With so many challenges for the hospitality sector during 2020 it would have been very easy for us as a business to let our goals to operate Whatley in an ever-increasingly sustainable manner drift somewhat.

In fact it has given us the opportunity to be even more focussed whilst also addressing the challenges of adapting the business to be Covid secure and minimising our use of plastics and disposables. Whilst searching for resources to assist us on this journey we found Fifty Shades Greener, the worlds leading “green business” training provider with a particular focus on the hospitality sector.

Through our conversations with the team they encouraged us to enter the annual Fifty Shades Greener business awards, the application process gave us an opportunity to reflect on our progress so far and identify our future goals and strategy, identifying the key areas we need to focus on.  We were surprised and delighted to find out this week that we have in been given a Green Business Award by Fifty Shades Greener in recognition of our journey so far and our commitment to further improvement.

The below is taken from the judges review of Whatley and we are extremely proud of this feedback.

It is not surprising that Whatley Manor has won many sustainability awards in the past year, and they will probably continue to do so for many years to come, establishing themselves as an exemplary Green Hotel.

Sustainability at Whatley Manor starts from the top, with General Manager Sue Williams heavily involved. But this culture is filtered down through the management team to junior staff through the provision of training for all members of the team. This is something 50 Shades Greener highlights to businesses when we work with them to help implement a successful green programme, so it is fantastic to see they have ensured to incorporate communication about their programme and staff training into their daily operation.

Energy, waste and water indicators are closely monitored by Kate Church and the Green Team is updated at their quarterly meetings.

Thank you at Fifty Shades Greener for recognising this team effort and we look forward to working towards our green goals for 2021!

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