Highland Hospitality Industry Raises over £15,000 at charity event

Date: 15/09/2011

Leaders of the highland hospitality industry gathered last Thursday night (8th September) to raise over £15,000 for charity.

The Hospitality Industry Trust (HIT) Scotland Highland Dinner, now in its second year, saw 107 guests arrive at the Kingmsills Hotel in Inverness to raise money for HIT Scotland’s scholarship programme.

HIT Scotland Inverness Committee - Picture my Mary Hemsworth (<a href=http://www.hemsworthimages.co.uk/)" src="http://www.real-pr.co.uk/images/uploads/image-2011-09-14_03_42_32[1].jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 240px; " />

The annual emerging talent programme sees individuals placed on world class experiences at home and abroad in a bid to raise the aspirations of the industry and help people reach their potential.

The evening included a champagne reception and  four course dinner. Guests heard from speaker Sandy Strang, Scottish journalist & former “Wag of the Year”. Nicky Marr, Moray Firth Radio presenter and Inverness Courier columnist, was the evening’s master of ceremonies.

During the evening, applications for the scholarship programme were promoted direct businesses in the area. The scholarships are on offer to students and workers of any age from any area of tourism, leisure, travel, catering and hospitality.

Craig Ewan, chair of the organising committee and General Manager of the Kingsmills Hotel said, “The HIT Scotland Highland Dinner has already become a must attend event for the highland hospitality industry. With the Highland Dinner and scholarship programme opening this week, it stressed how important it is for us to work together to create a strong tourism product for Scotland and the Highlands.” 

This year’s event was supported by a number of organisations, including the host, the Kingsmills Hotel.

The Institute of Hospitality provided the speaker. Drink supplier, Matthew Clark supplied the wine. Tomatin donated a bottle of their whisky to each table. Wine agent Hatch Mansfield sponsored the champagne reception.

The Haggis comes from Simon Howie, the Scottish Butcher. The table centres were by Stephen Seedhouse, with addition costs covered by Inverness Hotels Association. Inkshop printing created the evening’s brochures and Highland Spring provided the water.

As well as fundraising through events like the Highland dinner, HIT Scotland is supported by big names in the industry including Highland Spring, Wiseman Dairies, Caterer.com, Enterprise Rent a Car, Phillips and Brakes Fresh Ideas

For more information on applying for scholarship visit http://www.hitscotland.org.


For more information on HIT Scotland please contact  Joe Walton at Real PR on 07968022684 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Picture by Mary Hemsworth (http://www.hemsworthimages.co.uk/)

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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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