Applying for one of the Green Credential schemes that are available can help give your business a market advantage and the advantages of being part of a network. Customers are increasingly looking out for businesses that are operating in an environmentally responsible manner.
Once you have expressed an interest in joining the scheme you will receive the scheme criteria documents and other information in an Application / Information pack.
(if you prefer you can ask CCGHT to get the information)
You then complete the enclosed Application form and return it to the GTBS office who will invoice you for your membership fees (£70 for the joining fees and from £100 for the annual fees).
A GTBS grading advisor will make an appointment with you and come to your business to assess you against the criteria.
If you have implemented enough measures you will be awarded either a BRONZE, SILVER or GOLD award.
You will receive a plaque, full report and certificate, and relevant advice and information on new technologies, case studies, financial support etc.
Look through the criteria. If you are doing at least three measures in each section and a minimum of 5 measures in total you are likely to be doing enough for BRONZE
If you want to achieve GOLD you should aim for 5-8 measures in each section with a minimum of 60 measures in total but the more measures you have in place the better.
The Causeway Coast and Glens Heritage Trust achieved the European Charter for Sustainable Tourism in Protected Areas in 2011.
The European Charter for Sustainable Tourism in Protected Areas is an award to protect areas that have demonstrated partnership working, developed and implemented a tourism strategy based on the area’s special qualities, as well as following a resourced work plan to address sustainability issues.
The Charter approach ensures that organisations, local people and businesses are working together to protect the area, whilst at the same time increasing opportunities for visitors to discover and enjoy its special qualities.
CCGHT is implementing the EU Charter Part II the aim of which is to strengthen links and deepen understanding between protected-area managers and their partners in the business community in and around the area. Through Part II local businesses will be able to gain recognition as European Charter Businesses.
At the moment in order to qualify for certification as a European Charter Partner a business will:
Achieve an accreditation scheme: GTBS or STEP
Participate in the sustainable tourism forum
Have relevant quality accreditation
Carry out an environmental strategy and an improvement action plan
Marketing advantages on CCGHT website (CCR Alive)
Training and event (organised by the forum and the sustainable officer)
Networking and advice from other businesses! (talk with other businesses and develop common and unique product, improve visitor experience)
Nurture Lakeland lots of advices for tourism businesses
Better Tourism you can create online your action plan, green policy, visitor charter
Place of sense from Forest of Bowland – try to provide the same information for your area