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25th July 2013

Environmental quality marks - what do you think?

EQM logos

There are lots of ways that businesses can work towards being sustainable, eco, green, or environmental. One is through an environmental quality mark (EQM), also called an accreditation or award. Some common examples of EQMs are the Green Tourism Business Scheme and Green At Heart, but there are many more.

We conducted a review of environmental quality marques (EQM) from across the globe and across the industry. We found that working towards an EQM can help businesses to achieve their sustainability aims, and it makes good business sense!

However, uptake of the EQMs by Cumbrian tourism businesses is low. To find out why, we would love to hear from you.If you have five minutes to spare, it would be great if you could complete this online survey.

If your business has an EQM, what are the advantages and disadvantages? please click here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/HS69LWJ

If your business doesn’t have an EQM, what would be an incentive and what is stopping you? please click here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/6JDF3DH


sPhoto credit James Bell

Everyone who replies will be entered into a prize draw for a FREE ADVISORY VISIT from our wonderful Sustainable Tourism Advisor. Ask her anything you want to know about sustainable tourism and your business.

All participants are also invited to join us at a FREE EVENT on Tuesday 24th September 2013 at 1 -3pm in Staveley. We will present the results from the survey, there will be plenty of chance for feedback and discussion, and we will reveal the winner of the prize draw. This event will be a great opportunity to network with like-minded business, and together we can decide what is needed to ensure the sustainability of Cumbria and your business.

The deadline for the survey will be in three weeks, on Friday 16th August 2013. We look forward to hearing from you!




6th July 2013

twizzyFirst up is a very local initiative right here in Staveley!

The Co-Wheels Car Club has a fleet of 8 electric and low carbon vehicles across South Cumbria available from as little as £4 per hour. Here in Staveley we have a Renault Kangoo Van available to both residents and visitors.

It is increasingly easier to get around the Lake District via public transport thanks to the 'Go Lakes Travel Programme' a dedicated sustainable transport project delivered by Cumbria County Council, Cumbria Tourism and the Lake District National Park Authority. However, from time to time we may need some help and the Co-Wheels car club provides a great helping hand!

To find out more follow this link and if your a local business why not include this offer in your pre arrival email to add a fun and different transport option to the Lake District experience.  













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