Whittlebury Hall recognised in Chamber Awards

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Whittlebury Hall has been recognised for its commitment to green issues at the regional finals of the Chamber Awards.

The hall, conference and training centre received the Sustainability Award after introducing eco-friendly measures such as power-off master switches, smart meter programming for the gas boilers and an energy efficient laundry machine.

The hotel says it is aiming to ‘become one of the greenest hotels and conference centres in the UK.’

It also recycles all glass, office paper, waste, plastics and, through an onsite bailing machine, card waste.

This waste management system has reduced costs but achieving zero waste to landfill, which the hotel says, is the biggest achievement so far.

Michael Stott, director at Whittlebury Hall, said: “The team has worked hard to make these changes and these efforts being recognised by the British Chambers of Commerce is excellent news for our staff, customers and suppliers.

“Even more importantly, the environment will benefit as we continue to make our business even more sustainable.”

Whittlebury Hall employs more than 300 staff and attracts more than 120,000 visitors a year, for business and pleasure, from across the country.

Another Northants firm, RS Components, from Corby, received the Business of the Year for the East Midlands award.

The two companies will now represent the East Midlands in their respective categories in the grand final of the Chamber Awards in London on Thursday, November 29, with the chance to win £25,000 and the title of Outstanding Business Achievement, courtesy of the RBS Group.

Paul Griffiths, chief executive of Northamptonshire Chamber, added: “There has never been a more important time for businesses to showcase the amazing work they are doing on a day-to-day basis.

“The Chamber Awards is a perfect platform for companies in Northamptonshire to do just that and receive the recognition and national profile they deserve for helping to move the economy forward and create employment opportunities.”