Recognised as the best 3% Sustainable Business in UK

21/07/2014

Finalists revealed for Britain’s top sustainable businesses honour

SIXTY of the UK’s most environmentally sustainable businesses have been shortlisted for one of the country’s most coveted awards – a Green Tourism Goldstar.

Accommodation providers, visitor attractions and events venues across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have been included in this year’s Goldstar shortlist which has been whittled down from more than 2,400 eligible entries.

All of the contenders are vying for the top accolade in 13 categories, the winners of which will be announced at the Green Tourism Annual conference on November 10 at a special ceremony held in the Palace Hotel, Manchester.

Now in its fourth year, the annual awards honour those businesses and organisations that have done the most to promote sustainability within the tourism industry by implementing cost-saving practices that help the environment, improve customer services and benefit the bottom line.

All of the finalists, which include 36 from England, 22 from Scotland, one from Wales and one from Northern Ireland, were chosen from over 2400 green tourism companies assessed for their innovation, cost savings and green ambassadorship.

The categories for the Goldstar Awards 2014 include:

Best Activity Centre / Provider.

Best B&B / Guest House.

Best Campus Accommodation

Best Conference / Events Venue

Best Holiday Park / Camping Site

Best Hostel

Best Hotel

Best Inn / Pub

Best Museum

Best Nature Reserve

Best Self-Catering Accommodation

Best Tour Operator

Best Visitor Attraction

Andrea Nicholas, Director of Green Tourism, said: “The Goldstar Awards are a recognition of the best of the best in Britain when it comes to creating and maintaining a thriving sustainable tourism industry.

“A total of 60 green tourism businesses from across the UK have been shortlisted for the Goldstar Awards this year out of more than 2,400 entries. These finalists represent the best of the best, the top 3 per cent of Green Tourism businesses in the UK.

“The standard has been exceptionally high this year and every one of the shortlisted finalists have shown a dedicated commitment to providing consumers with great service and value for money while at the same time championing the cause of sustainability.”

Green Tourism was launched 17 years ago and is now is the biggest of its kind in the world having helped nearly 10,000 businesses improve their commitment to sustainability. It is considered one of the most rigorous of its kind and is the only certification programme independently validated by the International Centre for Responsible Tourism (ICRT) on behalf of VisitEngland, VisitWales and the Northern Ireland Tourist Board, and endorsed by VisitScotland and Failte Ireland.

The organisation has become a world leader in highlighting the importance of protecting environments, respecting local cultures, supporting communities, conserving natural resources and minimising pollution.

For further information on Green Tourism and the Goldstar Awards visit http://www.green-tourism.com

The nominations for each category are:

 

Best Activity Centre / Provider

Blancathra Field Studies centre, Kewswick, Cumbria

Newlands Adventure Centre, Keswick, Cumbria

Surf South West, Croyde, Devon

 

Best B&B / Guest House

Bedknobs B&B, Bodmin, Cornwall

Bryn Bella Guest House, Betws-y-Coed, Conwy

Cote How Guest House, Ambleside, Cumbria

Pendragon Country House, Camelford, Cornwall

The Rumblie, Newtonmore, Inverness-shire

 

Best Campus Accommodation

Celedonian Court, Glasgow, Strathclyde

McIntosh Hall, University of St Andrews, St Andrews, Fife

Storm Jameson Court – East & West, Leeds, West Yorkshire.

 

Best Conference / Events Venue

CREATE Environment Centre, Bristol, Avon

IET Glasgow: Teacher Building, Glasgow, Strathclyde

Perth Concert Hall, Perth, Perthshire

Royal Armouries International PLC, Leeds, West Yorkshire

The Wellbeing Farm, Bolton, Lancashire

 

Best Holiday Park / Camping site

Cobleland Caravan & Camping site, Aberfoyle, Stirlingshire

Dolbeare Park, Saltash, Cornwall

Jollydays Glamping, York, North Yorkshire

 

Best Hostel

Iona Hostel, Lagandorain, isle of Iona

Lochranza Youth Hostel, Lochranza, isle of arran

New Ing Lodge, Shap, Cumbria

Best Hotel

Agnes Blackadder Hall, St. Andrews, Fife

Bedruthan Hotel & Spa, Newquay, Cornwall

Captains Club Hotel, Christchurch, Dorset

Chewton Glen Hotel, New Milton, Hampshire

City Hotel, Derry, Londonderry

Jurys Inn Brighton, Brighton, East Sussex

Jurys Inn, Newcastle

Lancaster London, London,

Radisson Blu Portman Hotel, London

The Beardmore Conference Hotel, Glasgow, Strathclyde

The Cheltenham Chase Hotel – QHotels, Gloucester, Gloucestershire

The Green House Hotel, Bournemouth, Dorset

The Scarlet Hotel, Newquay, Cornwall

 

Best Inn / Pub

Glenuig Inn Ltd, Sound of Arisaig, Inverness-shire

Stein Inn, Waternish, Isle of Skye

The Miners Arms, Alston, Cumbria

 

Best Museum

Horniman Museum & Gardens, London

Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust, Telford, Shropshire

 

Best Nature Reserve

Forvie NNR Visitor Centre, Ellon, Aberdeenshire

RSPB Loch leven, Kinross, Perthshire

WWT Welney, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire

 

Best Self-Catering

Cranmer Country Cottages, Fakenham, Norfolk

David Russell Apartments, St. Andrews, Fife

Higher Wiscombe Ltd, Colyton, Devon

Hoe Grange Holidays, Matlock, Derbyshire

Little White Alice Ltd, Carmenellis, Cornwall

Merlin Farm Eco Cottages, Newquay, Cornwall

The Hytte, Hexham, Northumberland

The Peedie House, South Ronaldsay, Orkney

Wheatland Farm, Winkleigh, Devon

 

Best Tour Operator

C-N-DO Scotland Ltd, Stirling, Stirlingshire

Sea Life Surveys, Tobermory, Isle of Mull

Wind & Cloud Travel Ltd, South Queensferry, West Lothian

 

Best Visitor Attractions

Inchmahome Priory, Stirling, Stirlingshire

John Muir’s Birthplace, Dunbar, East Lothian

Sealife Glass Bottom Boat, Gairloch, Ross-shire

South West Lakes Trust, Upper Tamar, Nr Bude, Cornwall

Ullswater Steamers, Glenridding, Cumbria

 

For further information on the Green Tourism and the Goldstar Awards visit http://www.green-tourism.com or call Andrea Nicholas on 01738  32162

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