Every year the "Hospitality Industry" invites businesses to enter awards or be nominated for awards. It can be quite a lengthy process of filling in forms, writing entries and then being assessed. This year (2013) we have already discussed Trip Advisor's Travellers Choice Awards and been recognised for Service and Romance. We have also been assessed for our Green credentials and picked up a Gold Award by Cben, which stands for Cumbria Business Environment Network, a local body who monitor and assist with our environmental credentials.
This process has helped us also gain a Green Tourism Business Scheme Gold Award in February of this year.
We also think that our involvement with Nurture Lakeland pays great dividends. We are contributing in several ways. We take part in Visitor Giving, which is when we ask our guests to contribute £2 when staying at the Hotel. This money is then collected and sent through to Nurture Lakeland who then distribute the funds to our two chosen charities - Fix the Fells and Save our Squirrels. To date we have collected over £5500.00
Nurture Lakeland also has projects for us to get involved with, such as Fresh Air is Free - a campaign to travel around the local area without using a car. The other project we have been active with is Love Your Lakes, a project aimed at reducing harmful phosphates that get into our water system and eventually into the Lake. Its the phosphates that change the marine life and cause build up of the harmful blue/green algae. In November 2012 we were awarded Love Your Lakes Ambassador for our work in this field. We believe that Cedar Manor is now 99% phosphate free.
This leads us nicely onto what are we up to now? Well, we are also part of a brilliant group called The Considerate Hoteliers and they have their awards too. This year, we have just found out that we have been shortlisted for Small Accommodation Provider. We are off to London in early June to find out if we win! Am sure we will be tweeting about it soon after.
A very nervous wait until the prestigious Black Tie event in mid-June.