The Beardmore Hotel & Conference Centre was delighted to win at the Scottish Hotel Awards 2012:
Beardmore offers guests a tyre-ing treat
A borrow-a-bike scheme has been introduced at a Clydebank hotel to encourage guests to get active while reducing their carbon footprint.
The Beardmore Hotel and Conference Centre also hope the new bikes will offer more visitors the opportunity to explore the local area.
Keith Laikowski, Health Club Manager at the Beardmore, said: “Cycling is a great method of exercising, it is fun while also providing a good cardio workout. Our bikes can be borrowed for a small deposit and we also supply walking and cycling routes for our guests.
“By using one of our bikes, our guests can take advantage of the cycle paths that run past the hotel or they can cycle through Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park that is just minutes from our doorstep.“
The introduction of the Beardmore’s borrow-a-bike scheme is just one of the many ways they are helping to safeguard the environment for future generations.
Their eco-friendly measures include:
• being a member of Visit Scotland’s Green Tourism Business Scheme – achieving silver status so far;.
• using locally sourced produce in their menus
• wherever possible, recycling waste, such as plastic bottles, conference papers and used cooking oil;
• reducing use of paper by using e-mail, e-brochures and e-faxing;
• wherever possible, ensuring that all purchases are made from recycled materials;
• monitoring heat, light and power consumption;
• providing video conferencing as a resource for clients who wish to reduce the need to travel to meetings;
• encouraging guests to reuse towels and bed linen if staying for more than one night; and
• bird boxes are located in the hotel grounds for local wildlife.
Bronagh Bell, Business Development Director at the Beardmore, added: “We are confident that our new bikes will be popular with our guests and will encourage more people to get active.
“Our environmentally-friendly approach has helped us secure a Green Tourism Award and is a key part of our drive to help sustain the planet for future generations to enjoy.”
Date of release: Monday 30 March 2009