Cost-Cutting Workshops for Welsh Tourism Sector

21st February 2013

·        Free half-day events in Caernarfon, Abergavenny and Haverfordwest

·        Up to £60,000 worth of support per business on offer

·        Delegates will learn how to save money by wasting less

Welsh hospitality and tourism businesses have the opportunity to learn how to prevent waste and save money at one of three free workshops organised by WRAP Cymru. (Waste & Resources Action Programme in Wales)

Delegates will learn how simple steps to avoid food and packaging waste can have a big impact on their budget as well as the environment. They’ll also have the chance to find out how to apply for up to £50,000 towards the cost of equipment for preventing waste or recycling, and up to £10,000 worth of consultancy.

Businesses typically waste £1,800 for every tonne of avoidable food waste they throw away1, while pubs, restaurants, hotels, 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.  Often small, simple, inexpensive changes can make a big difference.

Support on offer includes:

·        Up to £50,000 towards the cost of waste prevention or recycling equipment

·        Up to £10,000 worth of consultancy support to identify how to prevent waste and recycle more

·        Up to £50,000 towards the cost of introducing recycling facilities in public places

·        Opportunity to sign up to WRAP’s Hospitality and Food Service Agreement to help save money and reduce environmental impacts

·        Free access to online tools and guidance for Hospitality and Food Service Agreement signatories

WRAP Cymru Hospitality and Food Service Key Account Manager Hugh Jones said:

“Using fewer resources and preventing waste can bring real business benefits – and it’s easier than you think. These events will give delegates the skills and confidence they need to make the small changes which deliver big results.

“Delegates will also have the opportunity to talk to me and my colleagues about their businesses’ needs, and to find out about funding and advice. The events are free and last just half a day – but their benefits could last a long time.”

The events are open to small and medium businesses operating in the hospitality and tourism sectors. All workshops run from 09.30 – 12.30, followed by a free networking lunch.

They will be held at:

·        The Black Boy Inn, Caernarfon 12 March

·        Preseli Venture Eco Lodge, Haverfordwest 13 March

·        Llansantffraed Court, Abergavenny 14 March

Places are limited. To book email sheena.newell@ricardo-aea.com.


The workshops are supported by the Welsh Government, the National Park Authorities and other tourism partners in Wales.

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

The Hospitality and Food Service Agreement is 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. 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.

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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Contact

Hugh Jones

Key Account Manager - Food & Drink Wales
07809 092897