Cash boost for Welsh hospitality and food businesses

23rd January 2013

Welsh hospitality, tourism, food and drink manufacturing and food service businesses can get 2013 off to a great start thanks to a new package of support from WRAP Cymru (Waste & Resources Action Programme in Wales) worth up to £60,000 per business.

Small and medium businesses (SMEs) can apply for grants of up to £50,000 to buy waste –prevention or recycling equipment, plus up to £10,000 worth of advice to help them avoid waste and cut costs. The scheme is backed by £920,000 of Welsh Government funding.

Businesses typically waste £1,800 with every tonne of avoidable food waste they throw away1, while pubs, restaurants, hotels, quick service restaurants and food service businesses in Wales could together save £5 million a year by reducing the amount of waste they produce and recycling more.2.

WRAP Cymru and the Welsh Government have worked with representatives of the hospitality and food industry to ensure that the support meets  the needs of Welsh businesses.

Businesses will benefit from:

·         Up to £50,000 towards the capital cost of implementing and maintaining a waste prevention or sustainable waste management solution

·         Up to £10,000 worth of advice and business support from a WRAP Cymru-appointed business consultant with specific industry experience3

·         Access to a wealth of online resources, case studies and toolkits


WRAP Cymru Business and Markets Manager Susan Jay said:

‘We’ve worked closely with the hospitality and food and drink industries to come up with a package that truly meets their needs. That’s why we’re not only offering businesses the chance to save money by learning how to reduce their waste, but up to £50,000 towards the cost of new equipment too.

‘We want to award grants as soon as we can. That way we’ll help businesses start saving money right away, and get 2013 off to a great start.’

The package was developed in association with British Hospitality Association Wales, backed by Wales Tourism Alliance and the Institute of Hospitality Cymru.

British Hospitality Association Wales Chair Andrew Evans said:

‘WRAP Cymru has listened carefully to industry requirements and devised a package that closely meets business needs. To date it has been a very successful partnership between the industry and WRAP Cymru and we look forward to leading for the industry in the implementation stages, and to making a difference in Wales.”

Businesses can apply now at http://www.wrapcymru.org.uk/content/funding-hospitality-tourism-and-food-smes

To find out about other WRAP Cymru support for businesses visit www.wrapcymru.org.uk or call 029 2044 8090.

1 The Composition of Waste Disposed of by the UK Hospitality Industry, WRAP, July 2011

2 Based on associated food and packaging waste analysis for food service, pubs, restaurants, hotels and quick service restaurants

3 Businesses can apply for either or both parts of the package.

Applicants are encouraged to sign up to the Hospitality and Food Service Agreement, a UK-wide voluntary agreement launched by WRAP in June 2012 on behalf of the UK, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland governments. It aims to cut food and associated packaging waste by 5% and increase the overall rate of food and packaging waste that is being recycled, sent to anaerobic digestion or composted to 70% by 2015. The Agreement aims to help all size of businesses across the sector, including schools, hospitals, staff canteens, restaurants, pubs and hotels. In Wales, Bluestone Resort, BHA Wales, Capital Quisine, Castell Howell Foods Ltd, Cowbridge Compost Ltd, Institute of Hospitality Cymru, Millennium Stadium, SA Brain & Company Ltd, Wales Tourism Alliance and the Welsh Government have signed up to the Agreement. Across the UK as a whole, over 130 organisations have signed up. More information about the Agreement can be found at http://www.wrap.org.uk/content/hospitality-and-food-service-agreement-3

WRAP’s vision is a world without waste, where resources are used sustainably. It works in partnership to help businesses, individuals and communities improve resource efficiency. Established as a not-for-profit company in 2000, WRAP is backed by government funding from England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. Learn how we’re helping tackle global food waste as part of UNEP’s and FAO’s Think.Eat.Save campaign

Did you know that every £1 WRAP spends generates £18 of benefits? To find out more about the economic impact of our work and WRAP’s contribution to economic growth visit http://www.wrap.org.uk/sites/files/wrap/WRAP%20contribution%20to%20economic%20growth.pdf

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Information about other Welsh Government support for the hospitality and tourism sectors can be found at http://wales.gov.uk/topics/tourism/?lang=en

British Hospitality Association is the leading representative organisation in the hospitality industry, representing hotels, restaurants and food service providers; The Wales Tourism Alliance is the umbrella organisation for tourism in Wales and The Institute of Hospitality is the professional body for individual managers and aspiring managers working and studying in the hospitality, leisure and tourism (HLT) industry.

 

For more information or to arrange an interview please contact Luisa Pastore 029 2044 8090/07712 852017