Sunday, 17 February 2008
Nick Nairn helps Ayrshire businesses to go green
From Our Own Correspondent
NICK NAIRN was the star of a recent Scottish Enterprise event, held to raise awareness of environmental issues among Ayrshire's tourism businesses.
The celebrity chef joined a number of top business personalities to demonstrate the benefits of a greener, more sustainable business.
[Picture shows Nick Nairn with guest speakers and members of Scottish Enterprise.]
More than 70 business people participated in the event, which was held at Turnberry Golf Club. The events highlighted the environmental and cost savings that companies can make by changing the way they work.
Nick gave a talk on green tourism and a cookery demonstration that illustrated the importance of local produce. In true 'Ready, Steady, Cook' style, he used a selection of local foodstuffs to create a number of delicious recipes that focused on quality and seasonal produce.
Scottish Enterprise tourism executive Annemarie Burns said: "The event was a real success, and all the speakers provided practical hints and tips about green tourism and the importance of sourcing quality, local ingredients and services.
"More and more visitors to Ayrshire expect tourism businesses to be aware of environmental issues and the event gave local businesses the opportunity to learn about improvements that they can make to their operations, while generating energy and cost savings. Tourism is a growing industry in Ayrshire, employing 12,000 people and worth £330 million to the economy. It is imperative that our industry moves with the times and embraces the green agenda."
"The event also raised £200 for the Ayrshire Forrest Education Initiative which provides learning resources to Ayrshire schools about trees, forests and recycling."
All of the event's attendees were encouraged to join the Green Tourism Business Scheme, a tourism certification scheme, managed by VisitScotland and supported by Scottish Enterprise.
Nick Nairn joined the event's other speakers, local B & B owner Nick Quick, Jim Eccleston from Taylor Nelson Sofres and Andrew Ford from AA Food Services.
For more information about the Green Tourism Business Scheme contact 01738 632162.