To mark the launch of its Green Start initiative, which helps hospitality businesses to go green, VisitEngland gathered together some of the finest sustainability brains in the sector to share their tips and discuss the challenges for the industry. The event, chaired by VisitEngland chairman Penelope, Viscountess Cobham, took place at Shoreditch Trust's eco-friendly training restaurant, Acorn House. Neil Gerrard listened in.
Top tips for making your business "green"
EW Don't get a consultant in to change your business - make the changes yourself. You know your own business better than anyone else.
CW Communicate with your staff and bring your team along with you.
JE Encourage all staff to take an active role in contributing to innovation.
|Penelope, Viscountess Cobham (VC) - Chairman, VisitEngland Jane Carlton Smith (JCS) - Project manager at the Centre for Environmental Studies in the Hospitality Industries, Oxford Brookes University Richard Hammond (RH) - Journalist and founder of www.greentraveller.co.uk ](http://www.greentraveller.co.uk)Govert Deketh (GD) - General manager, Marriott Hotels Emma Wellman (EW) - Sustainability adviser, Earls Court and Olympia (EC&O) Martin Sachs (M Sachs) - London Canal Museum Sandra Barnes Keywood (SBK) - Old Chapel Forge B&B, Chichester, West Sussex Michael Smith (M Smith) - Managing director, Venus Company John Forte (J Forte) - Sustainability specialist Camilla Woods (CW) - Head of commercial services, British Hospitality Association Stephen Farrent (SF) - Director, International Tourism Partnership Jamie Eagles (JE) - Director, Shoreditch Trust Jason Freezer (J Freezer) - Sustainability project manager, VisitEngland|