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A Fyne Piece of History
We love learning about the history of our properties, which is why we are delighted to share this little gem from Loch Fyne Hotel & Spa. Pictured here is King George VI standing outside the hotel in 1941, when the property was known as Admiralty House and was used as a Combined Operations training centre during World War II, complete with a war room which still exists today as a conference room.
“It’s changed my university life” - Crerar scholar Catherine Sinclair
The recipient of a Robert Gordon University (RGU) scholarship, funded by the Crerar Hotels Trust, has revealed that securing the award has, “changed” her life at University.
Catherine Sinclair (17) is one of five scholars awarded funding to support the entirety of her tertiary education in Aberdeen, as part of RGU’s commitment to widen participation and supporting groups that are traditionally under-represented.
The ACCESS RGU scholarship opportunities have been made available through the generosity of the donors to the RGU Foundation and are accessible to students who demonstrate academic merit, motivation and ambition.
This year, a total of 89 applications were submitted for five scholarships, one of which is being funded by the Crerar Hotels Trust.
Catherine is currently studying International Hospitality Management. She was selected to receive this year’s Crerar Hotels Access Scholarship, which was made available through a donation from The Crerar Hotels Trust.
The Trust has donated over £4million to charitable causes over the past 10 years and this scholarship with RGU was established to provide support to undergraduate students studying a discipline related to leisure and tourism.
Catherine, who is from the Isle of Bara in the Outer Hebrides said: “Being awarded this scholarship has changed my university life.
“It has helped me be able to go home and see my family more often, as well as helped me to take part in more events. I’m very grateful that it will also open more doors for me when I finish my course, since I’m now linked with a hotel group.”
Paddy Crerar, Chairman of The Crerar Hotels Trust and Chief Executive of Crerar Hotels, said: “We are delighted to have made this award to Catherine and look forward to hearing how this funding helps impact her work.
“Crerar Hotels is committed to giving back to the local community to help it grow and thrive, and provide opportunities that may otherwise seem out of reach.”
Sarah Dingwall, Development Manager at the RGU Foundation, said: “We are honoured to receive support for our ACCESS Scholarships, which allow RGU to continue to attract a diverse body of students, create opportunities and help remove financial barriers that exist between a student and achieving their potential.”
Introducing ishga - The Scottish Skincare Brand
Isle of Mull Hotel & Spa, has announced the introduction of ishga, the organic Scottish skincare brand which harnesses the properties of seaweed hand-picked from the very waters that surround the Hebridian islands.
This February, Isle of Mull Hotel & Spa is launched their exclusive partnership, which offers guests a range of 11 exquisite ishga face and body treatments into their island spa.
Welcoming the new ishga line, Neal Goldsmith, General Manager of Isle of Mull Hotel & Spa, comments; “We are so proud to introduce the ishga range to our spa, to be able to shout about a truly local spa experience.
“Guests can immerse themselves in our idyllic island location, take in the breath-taking views of Craignure Bay from the hot tub and indulge in an array of ishga skincare treatments which make use of natural products from our neighbouring island Lewis. ishga is already available in some of the UK’s top luxury spas, however we are delighted to be the first spa to bring it back home to the Islands which feels really special and projects our commitment to local and Scottish.”
ishga, which is derived from the Gaelic word for water, harnesses the anti-aging properties of the purest Hebridean seaweed to produce a 100% organic ingredient. The powerful concentration of vitamins, minerals and natural antioxidants help to detoxify, nourish and rejuvinate the skin and maintain a healthy glow.
Leon Trayling, Director, ishga Skincare commented; “We are delighted to add Isle of Mull Hotel & Spa to our luxury ishga spas. The stunning island location is the perfect setting to complement the experience that ishga has to offer.
“We believe that the seaweed content in our products is higher than any other seaweed brands on the market. Scientific tests have shown that Hebridean seaweed contains natural anti-oxidants that have anti-ageing properties which help protect the skin. ishga products work on every skin type by harnessing the potent powers of the finest Scottish seaweed. We believe the products can really make a positive difference to the health and appearance of your skin.”
Try for yourself! Call the spa direct on 01680 812 032 to book your ishga treatment.
New General Managers
Derek MacDonald has recently returned to his native Scotland and joins us at Thainstone House after a long career down south. Operating within the luxury hospitality sector, he brings a wealth of experience gained within Champneys Health Resorts and exposure delivering double Michelin Star level cuisine within some of the UK’s finest, award winning country house hotels.
Iain Watson our passionate new General Manager at Golf View Hotel & Spa is a resident of Nairn, although he has been operating hotels in the City of Aberdeen since 2012. Prior to this his long career includes highlights such as working as the General Manager at the Newton Hotel in Nairn, The Kingsmill Hotel in Inverness as well as a number of years in hospitality roles in Dubai. He was also the Food & Beverage Manager of the Swallow Hotel in Glasgow, before it re-opened as our very own GoGlasgow Urban Hotel last year.
David McGhie takes up the reins at Oban Bay Hotel from his last role at Jury's Inn Southampton with a highlight of this being the completion of the refurbishment of their 270 bedroom refurbishment. Prior to that David worked for Macdonald Hotels for a number of years in a variety of head of department and hotel managerial roles. Enjoy Oban David!
Upon joining Chevin Country Park Hotel & Spa as General Manager, Mark Starkey also brings a wealth of experience. Mark first became a General Manager within the Feathers Group almost 11 years ago, his career then took him to managing Studley Castle and Heythrop Park resort and most recently Sandals International in Jamaica. Welcome to the team Mark!
News from The Deeside Inn following the December floods
“The floods were a shock to all, yet it would take a lot more than this to dampen the spirit of the folk of Ballater.” So was the statement made by Paddy Crerar, Crerar Hotel Group CEO, on Hogmanay following the flooding in Ballater. “The team have been unbelievable and without their determination we could have lost the entire ground floor of the inn. It’s just as well Joanna and her staff are so dedicated and that they just got stuck in. The most important thing is that the village gets back to normal, folk get home and when they next come by, it’s for a tasty bar supper instead of being a flood evacuee.”
Joanna Whysall, General Manager has been very touched by all the kind messages received from friends and guests and commented yesterday “I would like to thank everyone for their support. At The Deeside Inn, we have been relatively lucky - we got a good soaking and have lost a few rooms, but on a positive note, our public rooms have remained dry, so we have been fortunate enough to stay open and host locals as our guests whilst they await temporary accommodation.”
Joanna added “The scale of the damage in the village and surrounding areas is devastating and the recovery phase is just beginning. Right now, the hotel is providing essential accommodation to the emergency services and contractors brought in for the clean-up, so there is lots of activity going on in Ballater. More importantly, I trust that all our guests will come and visit us again soon, as once the initial recovery period is over, it is from that point forward that we will need our customer support and loyalty, as this will undeniably contribute in getting the region back on its feet, and of course it will be gratefully received.”
The Deeside Inn is open for business as normal. Please check road access before travelling at https://trafficscotland.org. For general information and future bookings you can go online at www.crerarhotels.com/deeside, call the Inn direct at 01339 755 413, alternatively dial the Crerar Reservations line on 0844 950 6282.
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Professor Steven Gill to meet industry’s leading engineers at Thainstone House to explore ways to improve current treatment methods for conditions such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and brain tumours present in children (December 2015)
The neurosurgeon behind revolutionary robotic treatment combating deadly brain tumours present in children and debilitating conditions such as Parkinson’s will meet with some of the country’s top oil and gas engineers this week to discover if their methods and expertise can help him refine his work.
Professor Steven Gill, the Bristol-based neurosurgeon who developed the convection-enhanced delivery (CED) system, will take part in a round table discussion with the industry’s leading engineers on Thursday.
Professor Gill’s CED system works by infusing treatment drugs directly into the brain through a series of micro-catheters linked by a port attached to a patient’s skull. This pioneering method allows the professor and his team to circumvent the brain-blood barrier, which stops anything getting through the brain doesn’t recognise, including man-made drugs.
Several of the country’s leading oil and gas companies will be represented at the meeting, including BP North Sea, Westerton UK, Precision Oil Tools, Axis Well Technology and Well-SENSE Technology. John Scrimgeour, executive director of Aberdeen Institute of Energy, part of the University of Aberdeen, will also be in attendance.
Speaking ahead of Thursday’s gathering, Professor Gill said: “I had a chance conversation with a few oil and gas engineers while I was attending one of the charity’s fundraising nights held at Thainstone House Hotel last year.
“It became apparent during the conversation that there were similarities between the technologies being used for the extraction of oil and gas and the system I’ve developed to infuse drugs directly to a patient’s brain.
“Their methods are more advanced than mine and are on a completely different scale, but the principles are the same and I’m hoping our discussions can be extremely helpful for any future treatment advances and development of the CED system.
“We’re currently seeing extremely positive results in tackling neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s disease, and particularly in the treatment of deadly DIPG brain tumours present in children.
“With any new form of treatment comes a wide variety is issues, many of which have already been encountered and overcome by the very engineers who have kindly agreed to meet with me this week. I look forward to sitting down with them.”
The session has been devised and arranged by Aberdeen-based George Walker OBE, a champion of Funding Neuro, the Scottish charity supporting the work of Professor Gill.
Crerar Hotels has also agreed to support the event by hosting a lunch and will provide a meeting room for Professor Gill and the group at the stunning Thainstone House from 12.30pm.
New Crerar Hotel - GoGlasgow Urban Hotel (May 2015)
GoGlasgow Urban Hotel opened phase one in June 2015. The new look 117 bedroom hotel (formerly a Swallow hotel) was acquired as a site and building by Crerar Hotel Group in September 2014 for an undisclosed sum, following negotiations with administrators Deloitte LLP.
The design concept is a reflection of Scotland’s most progressive, dynamic and friendly city, a city made famous by its history, achievements and its “Goahead”people.
- 117 stylised bedrooms
- 80 seater eatery “GoGrill” with a menu built around locality in an open theatre kitchen with Josper charcoal grill
- A 100 seat bar and meeting venue with inside/outside space
- Events rooms for 350 combined
Phase 2 (Commencing spring 2016)
- Meeting event space for a further 250
- Spa and treatment rooms
Paddy Crerar (CEO) explains, “GoGlasgow is the real deal. A welcome city cousin for the Crerar Hotels family – the hotel shares the same ethics and values that our team live by. Like all our hotels, GoGlasgow delivers Heart & Soul through great service, real hospitality - something that is sadly lacking in the cookie cutter big brands that are chocking our towns and cities – that’s why we stand apart in our customers eyes…”
Where is it?
It’s all about location, on Paisley Road West;
- Neighbours to Ibrox Stadium, home to Rangers FC
- 15 minutes by car to Glasgow International Airport
- M8 Motorway junction 750 yards
- Walk to SSE Hydro Arena in 15 minutes, 5 minutes by cab
- Glasgow subway and bus stop, one minute walk
- City centre and George Square, 10 minutes by cab
Pitched where and at whom?
- It’s a high 4 star feel with 3 star pricing
- Travelling business people, city tourists, event goers and large sporting groups
- Rooms can be bought online from £69 at www.crerarhotels.com/goglasgow with free secure parking and WiFi.
- General Manager - Graham Urquhart formerly of Palm Court in Aberdeen (by Glasgow based G1 Group)
- Sales Manager - Susan Brodie, formerly Groups Manager at Devere Cameron House
- Head Chef – John Hyslop, formerly Portevaddie Resort prior to joining Crerar Thainstone House
- Operations Manger – Glen Buchanan, formerly Crowne Plaza Glasgow
- Head Housekeeper – Elaine Hunter, formerly Macdonald Inchyra Grange Hotel