Award-winning Strattons Hotel in Swaffham has saved over £16,000 by reducing food and packaging waste thanks to a government campaign supporting British businesses.
Strattons Hotel is just one of the many innovative companies to benefit from the Business is GREAT campaign (www.greatbusiness.gov.uk) which offers support for people looking to start and grow a small business.
The family-run business has increased its recycling to a massive 98 per cent capacity. The green hotel, which is run by Vanessa Scott’s daughter, Hannah, and her husband, Dominic Hughes, now recycles the majority of its waste stream and water through a range of systems, including the use of sunken tanks to collect surface water, composting and setting up agreements with new suppliers to ensure that all waste is recycled at source.
All 25 members of staff go through a recycling induction when they join, learning how to sort different materials and understanding what types of waste are eligible to be recycled. By using this process the couple are able to maximize the efficiency and measure the quantity they are recycling.
Strattons Hotel has been working closely with WRAP to optimise their recycling processes. WRAP (www.wrap.org.uk), a non-profit organisation, provides free and practical advice to help businesses, local authorities, communities and individuals reap the benefits of reducing waste, developing sustainable products and using resources in an efficient way.
Vanessa deals with the strategic community-based projects such as sitting on the boards of Visit Norfolk and the Norfolk Food and Drink Festival. She is the executive chef of the hotel and works mainly on their green policy.
She said: “There is a surprising amount of government help out there for small businesses and it’s well worth asking about. WRAP helped my business to reduce waste and recycle more, making better use of resources and helping to tackle climate change whilst improving our bottom line.
“As a tourism business it makes perfect sense to improve environmental performance because successful tourism relies on great environments.
“We are supporting the Business is GREAT campaign to highlight our story to other SME employers looking to grow and show the support available to help them fulfill this ambition.”
For more information on how your company can benefit from the “Business is GREAT Britain” campaign visit www.greatbusiness.gov.uk