The Shepherd Neame Visitor Centre has been named as a finalist in this year’s Beautiful South Awards in recognition of its eco-friendly efforts. Organised by Tourism South East, the awards reward excellence and significant contribution to the tourism industry across the region.
Shepherd Neame’s Visitor Centre is one of three visitor attractions shortlisted for the Sustainable Tourism Award, given to a business that demonstrates proven commitment to sustainable best practice.
One of Kent’s leading attractions, the brewery offers award-winning tours and dining experiences, and also hosts corporate and private functions including weddings in its Visitor Centre and Old Brewery Store events venue.
Its eco-friendly practices include creating a new interactive display to share its green story, introducing a bigger range of recycling bins, and expanding its online booking system so the events team now works in a virtually paperless office. The catering team and brewery shop source from local suppliers wherever possible, and Shepherd Neame also participates in the Big Bus Guide, and works with Southeastern Trains to encourage visitors to use public transport to visit tourism destinations around Kent and East Sussex.
It is the latest in a string of awards in recent months for the Visitor Centre and its staff, which include a Gold Award from the Green Tourism Business Scheme and VisitEngland Best Told Story award. Catering manager and wedding functions co-ordinator Samantha Jeal also won the Unsung Hero Award for Customer Service in last year’s Beautiful South Awards.
Visitor Centre manager Graham Hukins said: “We are delighted to be shortlisted for this award. Our team are committed to ensuring that our working practices are as eco-friendly as possible, so it is fantastic to have their hard work recognised in this way.”
The winners will be announced at an Awards Celebration Event in Southampton on November 24.
To book a tour of Shepherd Neame or for more information about other special events, call 01795 542016 or visit the website.
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