On a day in which the effects of climate change seemed ominously present with sweeping gales, drenched roads and swollen rivers I drove down to Peebles to present at the Tontine Hotel at an event organised by the Tweed Valley Tourist Consortium.
Attendees from the area included representatives from Hotels, B&Bs, Country Houses, Castles, Food Producers, Botanic Gardens, Guest Houses, Farms, Lodges, Printers and pretty much any tourist related commercial activity you can think of.
I was last to speak and had been concerned that I would be left with nothing much to say, particularly when I considered the calibre of the speakers before me including people from the Energy Saving Trust, the Business Environment Partnership, the Green Tourist Business Scheme, a local business owner and Scottish Enterprise, all of whom would be offering a wide range of advice to the businesses present. I therefore tried to draft a presentation which looked at the bigger picture and covered how things might change for businesses as we move into the next decade. I also, of course, let businesses know what Waste Aware Business can offer through our website.
Overall the day was very well organised and attended. It showed that the Tweed Valley is making great strides towards sustainability and all the support organisations seem to be working with them in some capacity to support their efforts.