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Open Air Business February 2018

The UK's outdoor hospitality business magazine for function venues, glamping, festivals and outdoor events

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The latest news from the world of outdoor hospitality A Greener Festival Announces 2017 Award Winners INTERNATIONAL NOT FOR profit organisation A Greener Festival (AGF) has announced the 34 winners of the 11th A Greener Festival Award and the first Greener Event Awards from summer 2017. Festivals and events from 12 countries participated in the award, with applicants undergoing a rigorous assessment, site visit and post event analysis of their event’s sustainability actions. Events are assessed on 11 main areas including transport, waste, power, water, and local area impacts. An awards ceremony for winners was held at Eurosonic Noorderslag, Netherlands, on 18 January. Among the winners classified as Outstanding were UK events Green Gathering and Wood Festival. In the Highly Commended category were the Cambridge Folk Festival, Greenbelt Festival, and HebCelt. Robin Bennett, organiser of Wood Festival, said: “Ever since we started we’ve wanted Wood Festival to be an inspiring example of sustainability in action. Working with A Greener Festival gives us an objective, fair assessment of how we’re doing and, with their help and support, we keep trying to improve. We are thrilled to be judged Outstanding just in time for our 10th anniversary!” Applications are now open for the Greener Festival Award 2018. Events should contact to apply. Boutique Camping’s Kickstarter Campaign BOUTIQUE CAMPING HAS launched the Star bell tent range on Kickstarter. By crowdsourcing the company hopes to achieve a figure of £100,000 for manufacturing a full collection. The 5m Star bell was released and tested in the market last year, with a limited production of 50 units. Boutique Camping is an e-commerce website founded in 2010 by Ollie Mundy and Fiaz Iqbal, who made it their mission to create a company that was fun and colourful, and aimed towards traditional camping and festival glampers. Ludlow Glampsite on the Market for £2m BLEATHWOOD LODGES, LUDLOW, comprises 13 acres and is being marketed at just shy of £2 million. It currently has just seven glamping pods but has been granted planning permission for 176 holiday units (60 touring pitches, 100 tent pitches, six static caravan pitches and eight further glamping pods). Agent Lee Southan said: “This is an incredibly rare opportunity for someone looking to develop and own their own holiday park. The park presents potential operators with a real blank canvas to create a thriving leisure business in one of the most picturesque parts of the country. “On top of the excellent park development opportunity there is also a modern and newly refurbished home and annex accommodation, a boxing and fitness gym, additional meeting facilities and a brand new function room with bar." The property is on the market with Sanderson Weatherall. For further information or to book a viewing call 01884 256741. 4 WWW.OPENAIRBUSINESS.COM

Cornwall’s The AA First and Stone Be Circle My in Guest 2,000 Years Announce Partnership BE MY GUEST is delighted to announce an industry partnership with The AA Hotel & Hospitality Services for the forthcoming event series in February, launched to provide a platform for the UK’s small accommodation providers. The multi-faceted partnership is capped by a funded initiative which will see Be My Guest visitors enjoy a 20% saving on the AA Quality Assessment Scheme for their properties throughout the UK. The saving is wholly funded by the senior management team behind the Be My Guest project who are dedicated to bringing together a fragmented marketplace through their regional roadshow series. Be My Guest director Jim Curry explained: “The AA has been inspecting and recommending accommodation providers for over a century, ensuring that standards and quality service are second to none. the breadth of the categories of the AA’s Quality Assessment Scheme makes this saving appealing for all providers across the board from B&Bs, guesthouses, holiday rentals and small hotels right through to independent hosts, campsites and self-catering properties.” Be My Guest will hold one-day, freeto-attend road shows to help providers connect, learn and discover in a new event format featuring a marketplace, learning roundtables and a business talks stage. Register for EPS The UK’s leading event for live and outdoor events is taking place at Olympia, London, on Wednesday 28 February and Thursday 1 March. Register and plan your visit by visiting The Right People for the Right Job At EEP we have great staff to support you across your events covering: · Health & Safety, pre-event and on-site · Floor Management · Security Management · Crowd Management · Emergency and Evacuation Planning · Crisis Management, including desk top exercises 01483 266 486 or 020 8545 2492 WWW.OPENAIRBUSINESS.COM 5