First HIT Scotland Inverness Dinner Raises £12000

Date: 10/09/2010

An inaugural charity dinner held in Inverness bought in over £12,000 for the hospitality industry during a sold-out event on Thursday evening (9th October 2010).  

The first Hospitality Industry Trust (HIT) Scotland Inverness dinner took place in the recently expanded Kingsmills Hotel. Guests enjoyed fine wine and food from the hotel’s new executive chef Stuart Stirling. Entertainment was provided by MC Peter Mitchell and after-dinner speaker Peter Brown, a former Director with HBOS.

Picture copyright Mary Hemworth - Left to Right:  Fraser Peterkin (GM Ramada Inverness), David Cochrane (HIT Scotland CE), Craig Ewan (GM of Kingsmills Hotel), Daniel Lawrence (GM Columba Hotel) Murray McFee (M Golf View Hotel, Nairn) and Steven Davies (GM Culloden House Hotel)

 

Picture of the Committee

Copyright Mary Hemsworth: Left to Right:  Fraser Peterkin (GM Ramada Inverness), David Cochrane (HIT Scotland CE), Craig Ewan (GM of Kingsmills Hotel), Daniel Lawrence (GM Columba Hotel) Murray McFee (M Golf View Hotel, Nairn) and Steven Davies (GM Culloden House Hotel)

The Inverness event was supported by a number of local business and industry bodies. As well as the Institute of Hospitality, wines merchants Hatch Mansfield and Matthew Clark, Tomatin Distillery, Highland Spring and printers Ink Shop all sponsored the evening.

Craig Ewan, chair of the organising committee and General Manager of the Kingsmills Hotel said, “To sell out our first event is a fantastic achievement and shows that hospitality and tourism professionals in Inverness are all behind the idea of working together for the benefit of the region.”

All money raised from the evening went to HIT Scotland’s scholarship programme. The scheme, which opened this week, places emerging talent from the tourism, travel, leisure, catering and hospitality sectors on world class learning experiences and professional courses across the globe.

HIT Scotland’s next events are the Grampian Dinner on the 28th October, the Edinburgh Lunch on 5th November, the London Lunch on 25th of November and the annual Christmas party on 2nd December.

Past winners have spent time in Michelin starred restaurants, at the Disney Institute in Florida, behind the scenes of six star resorts in Dubai and at Europe’s top hospitality school in Lausanne, Switzerland .

The scheme is also funded through sponsorship from some of the biggest names in the hospitality business including; Brakes, Wiseman Dairies, Swisscom, Enterprise Rent a Car, Caterer.com and Prestige Scotland. This year the charity is raising additional funds through an attempt to hold a Burns supper on the summit of Africa’s highest peak, Kilimanjaro.

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The Hospitality Industry Trust, known as HIT Scotland, is a Scotland based charity, which raises funds to support and encourage excellence in the hospitality industry.

Through practical support, which includes bursaries, scholarships and industry events, HIT Scotland helps those training to enter the industry and those already within. The overall objective is to help all to their full potential and further enhance and maintain the excellent skillbase within Scotland

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