We’ve all seen those little cards in hotel bathrooms telling us what to do with our towels, just as we’ve all come to realise sustainability is so much more than this. Here, it starts with a simple philosophy – one that means you can consider The Harper among the more ethical hotels in the UK.
We believe that running a business is actually an opportunity to do good. We think ‘good’ simply means making a positive difference to people’s lives – now, and for future generations. It’s really about looking at everything we do through the lens of social responsibility.
For starters, the eco-conscious can sleep easy here. This little piece of Norfolk’s history couldn’t be more energy-efficient today. No gas is used, only biofuel, wood or electricity, even in the kitchen. Unusually, heating and hot water runs entirely on biofuel pellets. Low energy LED lighting is fitted throughout. The pool’s heat exchange air circulation system regulates the air without pumping heat into the atmosphere. And you’ll be drifting off in bedding made from eucalyptus fibre that requires ten times less water than cotton to grow, with a surprisingly fluffy recycled fill.
With an abundance of growers and producers in Norfolk, we don’t rack up many food miles, but we also work with suppliers to further reduce our environmental impact. Take the Norwich distillery, for example, working on ways to deliver our spirits in vats (what’s not to like?) so that we can decant into our own reusable glass bottles.
Where there’s a way, we’ll use technology where others might use paper. No well-thumbed directories in our bedrooms, no printed bills (unless you specifically ask for one), and certainly no little cards in bathrooms. And while you’re recharging, so can your car. There are free electric vehicle chargers (and Tesla rapid chargers) in the car park.
But what of responsibility beyond being ‘green’? As well as championing local suppliers, so far we’ve created 13 permanent new jobs locally, with more planned for unemployed young people currently reliant on Universal Credit as a result of COVID-19. We’re committed to creating opportunity for our community, in a culture where people of all backgrounds can thrive. Just as protecting the natural environment will have a positive impact on people’s lives, so too will supporting local livelihoods and kick-starting careers that turn lives around.
We want good times and doing good to go hand in hand at The Harper. It’s a small hotel, but when it comes to making a positive difference, size most certainly isn’t important.
Peace of mind
Of course, all of this includes keeping you safe and well while you’re in our care. In the wake of coronavirus, rest assured The Harper is as COVID-secure as they come – and reassuringly secluded. It’s also perfectly private, a place only for residents and members to enjoy, so you can expect personal space as well as personal service. We don’t believe in half measures, and this is especially the case when it comes to the health and wellbeing of everyone here at The Harper.