Unique Venues of Manchester finalists at CHS Awards 2018

Unique Venues of Manchester finalists at CHS Awards 2018

Proud Parent The other day my son handed me an envelope saying, “Dad, you need to read this”. Firstly surprise and fear, followed by feelings of apprehension, concern and curiosity all hit my mind like a drumstick beating a drum, whilst desperately trying to hide any emotions until I knew what was going on. I tentatively read through what had been handed to me. Gradually the concern and apprehension faded, to be replaced by relief with a side of excitement, the surprise was still lingering, and finally everything was replaced by a chest thumping proudness! He had written a short essay at school that was entered into a competition and been shortlisted to be published in a book, and he needed me to sign the consent slip! Whilst not quite to the same extent, I still felt that same parental proudness following the announcement of the finalists for the CHS Awards 2018, which were made following another brilliant and successful #CHSRocks show! Unique Venues of Manchester venues, hotels and suppliers are finalists in nearly half of all the categories at this year’s awards. The awards are being held at The Principle Hotel, Manchester on Thursday 31st May 2018, and is a ‘not to be missed’ event. UVM finalists include: University of Manchester – Best Academic Venue The Lowry & The Stoller Hall – Best Auditorium The Lowry, Victoria Warehouse & The Lowry Hotel – Best Independent Venue Victoria Warehouse – Best Venue Communications Grape and Grain Catering Co. – Best Outside Catering Company Manchester Metropolitan University – Best Green/Sustainable Venue Victoria Warehouse – Best UK Representation of an International Venue/Destination...
Friends’ Meeting House Manchester Scores Silver for Sustainability

Friends’ Meeting House Manchester Scores Silver for Sustainability

Friends’ Meeting House Manchester Scores Silver for Sustainability Manchester conference venue, Friends’ Meeting House, has achieved silver in the Green Tourism Award, becoming one of only 20 award holders within the Greater Manchester area. Green Tourism is a certification programme which offers trustworthy, independent guidance to businesses wishing to operate sustainably. Awarded to organisations conducting work responsibly, ethically, and who support the local area, Friends’ Meeting House scored well across the majority of areas of the assessment, achieving an overall 65%. The venue scored particularly highly within categories including Social Responsibility, Energy Saving, Waste Minimisation and Procurement. For the venue, the accreditation is an extremely valuable award. Sarah Donaldson, EO of Friends’ Meeting House, explained that the award ‘recognises that our business shares its environmental values with our staff and customers. That’s really important to us, because we want everyone to understand the urgent challenge of climate change and the need for development to be sustainable for everyone.’ As a Quaker owned business, sustainability is integral to the values of the venue. ‘We are an ethical business,’ stated Donaldson, ‘We seek to promote Quaker values while providing excellent customer service.’ Donaldson explained some of the policies used throughout many areas of the business to ensure sustainability, ‘We are a Living Wage employer, we are clear and transparent in our pricing and services, and we try to use local and ethical suppliers.’ At a time where consumers are increasingly concerned about environmental issues, the award defines the organisation as a leading example of how business can work towards sustainability. Donaldson commented, ‘When everyone sees our award it will help them...