Scottish Hospitality Talent Conference Looks to the Future

Date: 30/12/2011

The Hospitality Industry Trust (HIT) Scotland has announced its conference next year to help Scottish tourism, hospitality, catering and leisure businesses prepare their people for future challenges, including the Olympic and Commonwealth games.

Now in its ninth year, The HIT Scotland Emerging Talent Conference takes place in the Glasgow Science Centre on February 7th 2012.

With 2012 Olympics approaching, the charity has arranged for Katherine Grainger MBE, the world champion and Olympic rower, to speak at the conference. Delegates will also hear from Peter Fisk, one of the UK’s most innovative marketing consultants and authors, and Captain Nick Bates on his life in charge of the iconic QM2.

This week, VisitScotland announced its winning years initiative to encourage the country to maximise the benefits of the Disney/Pixar animated film Brave, the Diamond Jubilee and Olympics in 2012 and the Ryder Cup and Commonwealth games in 2014.

In order to make the most of the winning years HIT Scotland believes the industry needs to raise aspirations and promote leadership in the workforce. The conference aims to do this by through inspirational speakers, workshops and training sessions. The first three sessions to be announced are with chef Willie Pike MBE, Jon Proctor of the Green Tourism Business Scheme and Costa Coffee. The event will be hosted journalist and broadcaster Stephen Jardine.

Organisers are expecting around 370 people to attend. The conference offers a unique opportunity for senior managers, students, recent graduates and leaders to meet and learn from one another.

The event will close with the award of HIT Scotland’s Emerging Talent Scholarships. Around 80 scholarships will be provided to people who show some promise of becoming future leaders for the industry.

The scholarships provide world class learning opportunities and experiences at home and abroad. Scholarships are available to new entrants up to senior managers. The programme includes working with Michelin starred chefs and in Dubai to courses at the Disney Institute in Florida and at Europe’s top hospitality school.

The scholarships aim to raise ambitions for the industry and broaden horizons and estimated to return over £1m to the industry annually. The applications for the 2012 scholarships close on the 30th November 2011.

David Cochrane, Chief Executive of HIT Scotland, said, “In the near future a possible golden period for Scottish hospitality and tourism could be upon us. If we are to make the most of these opportunities we need to inspire and raise the sights of the whole industry. The emerging talent conference will help us meet this challenge through broadening horizons and finding the leaders of the future.”

Tickets cost £80 from

The event is only possible through event sponsors People 1st, Xpress recruitment and Jupiter Hotels.

HIT Scotland is also supported through corporate sponsors, I AM Clothing Solutions, Brakes, Wiseman Dairies, Philips, Enterprise Rent a Car, and Highland Spring.


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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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