Premium members case study: The Wesley Hotel

Case study – Monday, October 30th, 2017

The Wesley is recognised as the First Ethical Hotel in the UK and is located near Euston. It has become established as one of central London’s fastest emerging independent hospitality and accommodation brands, since its rebranding in May 2013. Building on a rich Methodist heritage dating back to 1950 and beyond, attracting guests from around the United Kingdom and the world, for their accommodation, event and conference requirements.

Sustainability is at the core of The Wesley development strategy, some of their sustainability achievements include:

  • Reductions over the last seven years in carbon footprint by turnover, by employee and by customer
  • Non-chemical based cleaning methods to avoid water contamination
  • No food waste to landfill since 2012
  • Installation of a range of measures to reduce energy consumption within the premises
  • Active guests awareness campaign to influence their behaviour and reduce overall consumption and waste.
  • Electricity and gas are sourced from 100% renewable resources.

Recent accreditations include:

  • Camden Climate Change Alliance carbon champion in 2016.
  • Sustainable restaurant association food made good accredited in 2015/16.
  • ISO14001 accredited since 2012 after working on the programme since 2010 with aim to transition to the new standard
  • Green tourism award since 2012.

James Barr, The Wesley’s head of projects, reflects about their CCCA membership: ‘The Wesley has worked with the CCCA since 2008 on the creation of a new Environmental Policy, setting targets and putting standards and systems in place. We have continued to collaborate ever since, and this has helped us to go from strength to strength. We have managed to reduce our carbon footprint by 21% (compared to 2008 baseline) despite now being busier than ever with customers. One of the benefits of being a member of the Alliance is to meet other companies and organisations from the borough and find out about their best practices and achievements. This is particularly helpful when it includes different sectors, both public and private. It is also positive to receive recognition such as the Carbon Champion award, as it provides a benchmark that we are on the right track.’