Monday, 17 August 2015

Coastal entrepreneurs >>> thriving by promoting a heathy environment

The New Economic Foundation's latest project looks at how local businesses can do well on many fronts:
Futures Forum: The Blue New Deal from the New Economics Foundation: 'delivering good jobs and economic sustainability for coastal communities through a healthier marine environment'

There are lots of examples out there:

Loving the beach
Venus Company
The Venus Company aims to balance its customers’ needs with environmental and social considerations. The six Venus caf├ęs and shops at beaches and locations in Devon and Cornwall support 30 jobs.
Author: The Venus Company
Location: South West England
Supporting the fishing community
Hastings Fishermen's Protection Society
The Hastings Fishermen’s Protection Society is helping to promote the social, cultural and economic value of the UK’s largest beach-launched fishing fleets.
Author: Hastings Fishermen’s Protection Society
Location: East Sussex, South East England
Coastal adaptation at Birling Gap
Birling Gap, The National Trust
To tackle the challenge of coastal erosion, the property team at Birling Gap decided to work as much as possible with nature and not against it, in order to maintain a local attraction that receives around 350,000 visitors a year.
Author: The National Trust
Location: Birling Gap, East Sussex, South East England
Restoring habitats to increase resilience
Photo by Peter Holmes
The Medmerry Realignment Scheme in West Sussex is an innovative coastal defence saving £300,000 in taxpayers’ money each year and enabling year-round business opportunities.
Author: New Economics Foundation
Location: West Sussex, South East England
The South West Coast Path
"SWCP Minehead start" by Geof Sheppard - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons
The South West Coast Path is used all year round by walkers, who contribute millions of pounds into shops and businesses in the region supporting almost 10,000 local jobs.
Author: The South West Coast Path team
Location: South West England
Footprints in the sand
Thanet Coast Project
The Thanet Coast Project reconnected people from deprived areas of Kent with their coast, increasing their knowledge of local cultural heritage, helping address health inequalities and developing conservation skills.
Author: Thanet Coast Project
Location: Thanet, Kent, South East England
The coast as an educational resource
Sea class
Learn to Sea is an award-winning marine education facility in South Devon, run by the marine biologist Maya Plass, which uses the coast as an educational resource.
Author: Maya Plass
Location: South Devon, South West England
Eco-tourism in the Isle of Mull
Isle of Mull, Eagle by Jacob Spinks, Flickr
The Isle of Mull’s diverse wildlife, including iconic Scottish species like puffins and basking sharks, support a lot of the local industry and jobs. Wildlife tourism supports at least 110 jobs and £1.4 million of local income.
Author: New Economics Foundation
Location: Inner Hebrides, Scotland
Coastal centre at Waterfoot
Coastal centre at Waterfoot Beach by Jude Byrne
Moyle District Council is using a £186,560 grant from the government’s Coastal Communities Fund to create a new coastal centre in Waterfoot Beach to celebrate the Sea of Moyle on the Causeway Coastal Route.
Author: Moyle District Council
Location: County Antrim, Northern Ireland
Coasteering in North Wales
Anglesey costeering
Anglesey Adventures offers activities like Coasteering and is one of the many small businesses supporting the outdoor activity tourism sector in North Wales, which is worth £481 million and supports over 8,200 jobs.
Author: Anglesey Adventures
Location: Holyhead, Anglesey, North Wales
The UK’s first-ever tidal lagoon
Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon - Illustration
The Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon is a project to build the world’s first power-generating tidal lagoon in Swansea Bay. It has the potential to support 1,900 jobs and power 155,000 homes through renewable energy sources.
Author: Tidal Lagoon Power Ltd.
Location: Swansea, South Wales
Mussel farming in the Menai Strait
Illustrative Mussels - Creative Commons
Bangor Mussel Producers Limited is committed to farming mussels in harmony with the environment. They employ over 20 staff and operate 4 boats from Bangor.
Author: Bangor Mussel Producers Limited
Location: Menai Strait East, North Wales

Blue New Deal

And the nef is asking for more examples:

Tell your story : Blue New Deal

There are some thriving local businesses in Sidmouth which are also promoting a healthy environment:

Jurassic Paddle Sports
Futures Forum: From Surfers Against Sewage to Jurassic Paddle Sports

Annings Fruit Cider | We Make Cider by the Sea Shore
Futures Forum: Annings: award-winnning fruit cider from Sidmouth

NIBE Sponsor Green Tourism Goldstar Awards 2013

Green Tourism | The largest sustainable certification programme of its kind
Futures Forum: Green Tourism Business Scheme - more awards

Sidmouth Hotels offering quality, comfortable sea view accommodation in Devon
Futures Forum: Sidmouth Hotels

Sidmouth Trawlers, fresh fish for sale
Futures Forum: Sidmouth Trawlers: representing UK in-shore fishing

The Loft - Home
Futures Forum: Sidmouth's 'The Loft' restaurant receives national accolade

Our New Unit Libra Court | Sidmouth Drill Hall
Futures Forum: Developing a hub for Sidmouth's seafront

See also:
Futures Forum: What future for coastal communities?

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