Wine buying can now be a charitable activity

Date: 20/05/2010

Businesses looking to buy wine for their bar, restaurant or event can now make a donation to an industry charity, the Hospitality Industry Trust (HIT) Scotland, as part of their regular purchasing activities.

For every case of 12 chosen from a selection of great value wines, Scottish wine merchants, Wine Importers will make a one pound donation to HIT Scotland’s Kilimanjaro Burns Supper fundraising appeal.

The selection of six whites, six red and one rose were individually selected by Billy Bell, the Managing  Director of Wine Importers. The selection includes wines from many respected producers including Paternina, The Grand Chais of France - Marquis de Goulaine, Yalumba, Bodegas Norton, Chateau Routas, Baron Philippe de Rothschild, Familia Antinori and Niel Joubert.

Billy said, “Corporate social responsibility is an important part of business and this partnership gives them the opportunity to include wine purchasing in CSR activities. They can choose a quality wine at a good price and give something back at the same time.” 

Billy recently joined other supporters of HIT Scotland in an attempt to host Burns Supper on Mount Kilimanjaro next January. A keen piper, Billy will be responsible for announcing the arrival of the haggis. The 10 day climb starts in January 2011. The climb has already brought on board sponsors like Haggis producer Howies the Butcher of Perthshire.

Wine Importers, who are owned by Sir David Murray, have been supplying the trade in Scotland for over 30 years. Earlier this year the company took over the running of Cockburns of Leith, Scotland’s oldest wine merchants, who had Sir Walter Scott and Charles Dickens among its customers.

All the money raised from the sales of the wine will go towards the Hospitality Industry Trust Scotland’s bursary and scholarship funds. HIT Scotland provides hospitality students with financial support if to ensure they complete their course if in difficulty. For the first year they are also taking student representatives from college and university to Europe’s top hospitality school in Lausanne.

This year, HIT Scotland also awarded nearly 160 scholarships to emerging talent all ready working in the industry. Scholarships place promising people on world class learning experiences at home and abroad. They range from working behind the scenes at national events, cooking in Michelin starred kitchens and in Dubai to places at the world’s best hospitality schools and bespoke experiences. 

David Cochrane, Chief Executive of the HIT Scotland, said, “Wine is an important part of the hospitality experience. As well as raising money, the wines included in this offer can be recommended to guests with confidence.”

For more information on how to order visit or telephone 01506 468 900.


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

For a trade price list of wines click here.

For a full description of the wines click here.

Company Profile

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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