“The Dyson Airblade™ hand dryers go down very well because we’ve got the Dyson backboards fitted above them and everyone can see what we’re trying to do environmentally. “
Environmental Officer, Ambassador Theatre Group
Renowned for its successful and innovative productions, including Guys and Dolls starring Ewan McGregor, the Ambassador Theatre Group is the largest theatre group in the West End and second largest in the UK. Its environmental ethos is equally as accomplished.
Environmental Officer isn’t a role usually associated with a theatre company. But Natalie Lewis, who holds that post at the Ambassador Theatre Group, is keen to point out that it’s imperative that all businesses consider their environmental impact. “Industry is having to catch up with people’s personal habits when it comes to environmental issues,” she explains. Like recycling. “We all do it at home, there’s no reason why not to at work.”
Natalie brings this approach to her workplace. “We’ve established an environmental policy and, having set benchmarks for improvement after having a Carbon Trust audit, are working to reduce our energy usage across all venues,” she reveals. “We had the Dyson Airblade™ hand dryer recommended to us when we tendered for a new recycling company to deal with our waste.”
It wasn’t the first time that Natalie had come across the Dyson Airblade™ hand dryer. “I first saw it in an airport and thought it was really whizzy.” Natalie was pleased to discover that the Dyson Airblade™ hand dryer delivered environmental benefits, too. “The rental of the new hand dryers is off-set by the electricity savings. It costs less in electricity because it uses less.” Replacing its old warm air dryers with the Dyson Airblade™ hand dryer has helped the Ambassador Theatre Group maintain its budget and lower its environmental impact.
The Group currently has 15 Dyson Airblade™ hand dryers installed across three of its theatres and its head office. “They’ve been received very enthusiastically by our audiences and we hope to have Dyson Airblade™ hand dryers in three or four new venues by the end of this year,” Natalie continues. “The Dyson Airblade™ hand dryer goes well with the Ambassador Theatre Group’s ethos and what we’re trying to achieve as a company. We’re really pleased with it.”
Ambassador Theatre Group