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Scotland Means Business November 2011

Scotland Means Business November 2011

November’s edition of Scotland Means Business was another great success, this time round taking place in Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow. The event took in iconic Glasgow venues such as the Grand Central Hotel, One Devonshire Gardens, the Riverside Museum, the Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery, and the Glasgow Science Centre. Over 50 buyers and press from the MICE industry attended the event from the USA, UK, Germany, Spain, Austria, Belgium, Switzerland, Russia and India to meet with a range of Scottish venues and suppliers.

Day one kicked off in the magnificent surroundings of the Grand Central Hotel’s ballroom, with words of welcome from Neil Brownlee, VisitScotland’s Head of Business Tourism and David Welch, Regional General Manager at Principal Hayley Hotels. Buyers and partners had a series of six 15 minute scheduled appointments, based on preferences selected by the buyers via our dedicated SMB website, followed by a delicious buffet lunch with an international twist, featuring different food stations including “A Taste of Scotland”, “Fragrant Indian Flavours” and an “Around the World Dessert Station”. In the meantime, the press were whisked away to One Devonshire Gardens where they had lunch before engaging in an afternoon of press activities.

Lunch was followed by a further 7 scheduled appointments, the final appointment being “buyer’s choice”. All in all, over 500 appointments took place during the workshop. Fergus Ewing MSP also made an appearance at the event, offering a warm Scottish welcome to our international buyers and driving home Scotland’s dedication to business tourism and to delivering world-class events.

For the evening entertainment and networking, guests transferred to the brand new Riverside Museum for a drinks reception and further networking in the backdrop of an imitation Glasgow Street from the 1900s, and were offered tours of the transport museum. This was followed by an evening of seasonal Scottish produce at the Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery, and of course no Scottish gala dinner would be complete without the address to the haggis and some ceilidh dancing! Our buyers and press put the Scottish partners through their paces on the dancefloor, accompanied by the Reel Time Ceilidh Band.

Day two consisted of a fast-paced and informative taxi treasure hunt of Glasgow, devised by Maximillion. Our guests and partners headed off into Glasgow city to visit a number of local businesses and tasked with such challenges as sourcing some vegetarian haggis, taking a snap of a team member playing the bagpipes, and finding out which hotel hosted the world’s first television transmission. The taxi treasure hunt was a perfect opportunity to allow the delegates to discover Glasgow city and also a superb way for the groups to get to know each other and to provide further valuable networking opportunities.

In order for our guests to make the most of their brief visit to Scotland, the event was surrounded by a series of familiarisation visits throughout the country, and all in all 66 Scottish venues were visited by our various markets in the days running up to and after the SMB workshop.

You can view photos of the event here.

All that remains is to look forward to the next event. For more information on the next edition of SMB, please contact Rebecca Steven.

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