Top chef signs up to energy-saving project

Top chef Galton Blackiston's prestigious Morston Hall hotel and restaurant has become the 900th business to sign up to an award-winning project which helps Norfolk firms cut costs while reducing carbon emissions.

The REV ACTIVE project has so far concentrated on providing free, confidential and impartial support to businesses in the A11 corridor, but it is now being offered to businesses in the north of the county thanks to a partnership with North Norfolk District Council.

Morston Hall, near Blakeney, was among the first North Norfolk businesses to take up the offer of a free business review.

“It is part of our commitment to our business to ensure that we are sustainable in everything we do,” said Mr Blackiston, whose restaurant is Michelin-starred and has three AA rosettes.  “This has always been clear through our policy of local food. When it comes to the business our energy consumption is sizeable, and as these costs are only set to continue grow it is important we do everything we can to manage these.

“REV ACTIVE has identified a number of things that could make a significant saving to our business, many of them at low cost, and the fact there is a grant towards these initiatives is very welcome indeed.”

The project has hit some significant milestones in addition to that of seeing 900 businesses sign up to its free website providing information on how to become more resource-efficient. More than 300 free business reviews have taken place, highlighting potential savings of more than £3m plus around 12,000 tonnes of carbon emissions. These businesses have further benefited from grant funding worth more than £150,000.
North Norfolk District Council Councillor John Lee commented:  “Projects like REV ACTIVE provide business owners with free impartial advice as to how they can cut costs, and are proven to help businesses grow. REV ACTIVE enables us to really help businesses in these uncertain times, and puts them on a strong footing going forward. We would now like to see more businesses in North Norfolk follow that lead, sign up, save themselves money and benefit our environment. ”

REV ACTIVE has European funding, and has been managed and delivered in Norfolk by Breckland Council, in partnership with Norfolk County Council.  Following the project's extension into North Norfolk, organisers are confident it can help more and more business owners to cut costs.

REV ACTIVE has helped businesses from a diverse range of sectors – from companies in the hospitality and leisure sector to manufacturers and professional services.

If you think your business could benefit from a free, impartial review call 01362 656808, email or visit

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