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Tony & Liz Blaney

Fairfield Garden Guest House, Bowness.

on being awarded the CBEN Bronze Certificate. 



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Dear Barry

Thank you for the time that you spent talking to us at the recent LHA show, it was very useful to us to get feedback on what other businesses view as the key issues affecting them at present.

CGBF was launched a little over one year ago and we have much to celebrate – growing membership across Cumbria, successful campaigns and seminars, improved business support, a dynamic website and a member’s forum for sharing best practice, exchanging information and building networks. 

CGBF really is your forum – your voice. We have established excellent working relations with all the key service providers and policy-makers in Cumbria and actively campaign for better environmental facilities for the business community across the County. 

We have achieved much in our first year but there is so much more to do. The threat of global warming and climate change is very real and we need to do more to tackle those environmental issues that impact on your business performance. Through the combined strength of our members, CGBF will continue campaigning for green business solutions that protect the environment and ensures sustainable growth in Cumbria, for the long term. 

Your support and membership in 2009 could contribute to CGBF’s success. Help us build capacity and momentum by joining, at a cost for 2009 of just Ł30. 

CGBF Campaigns and activities round up for 2008: 

Committee meetings – over the course on one year our CGBF 10-member committee has held 16 meetings

Lakes Hospitality Show – CGBF Exhibition

LDNPA – CGBF invited to respond to the Local Development Plan response

World Federations for Environmental Education (FEE) Assembly – CGBF invitation to give presentation 

Seminars – regularly attracting over 80 members and guests

  • Waste, Re-use and Recycling and Procurement

  • Reduce your energy bills and your Carbon Footprint

  • Renewable Energy works

  • Staveley event, part of Green Build fortnight: Beer, Bikes, Bread and Beaujolais

  • Reducing Waste and Saving Money

CGBF Representation on Regional Committees:

  • Low Carbon Lakeland

  • Cumbria Strategic Partnership

  • Cumbria Renewable Energy Panel

  • Cumbria Tourism

  • Lake Windermere Renewal

Contacts and partners:

  • Cumbria Vision

  • BEN

  • Cumbria County Council

  • The Friends of the Lake District

  • National Trust

  • Tourism & Conservation Partnership

  • Cumbria Wildlife Trust

  • The Green Tourism Business Scheme

  • Encams

Media -  CGBF has proved particularly good at getting the message across to the media and has been represented on TV, Radio and most local newspapers and magazines in Cumbria.

We hope that you will consider joining CGBF, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Kind regards 

Rodger Woodroffe






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