Dundee & Angus Convention Bureau News https://www.conventiondundeeandangus.co.uk/rss.php Dundee and Angus Convention Bureau RSS Feed English WorldHost Customer Service Training Available for Business https://www.conventiondundeeandangus.co.uk//news/240_WorldHost-Customer-Service-Training-Available-For-Business.html 2019-02-11 00:00:01

Are you looking to improve your customer service skills? This one day training course will provide you with the skills to ensure that you and your business are engaging with your customers in the most effective way. Angus Council is now an established WorldHost training provider and delivering training across Angus with a goal of achieving World Host Destination status for Angus. Employers who have supported staff to complete the training have reported that staff as a result are: Are more motivated, engaged and loyal Have improved both their local tourism and product knowledge Are more confident and empowered to deal with customers positively Are less likely to want to change jobs Communicate better within the business The course will explain and re-enforce: Why customer service is such an important part of their role How to make an excellent first impression and make customers feel welcome How using customers’ names can help create a good rapport, and techniques f ]]>
Officially the best place to stay in Scotland https://www.conventiondundeeandangus.co.uk//news/239_Officially-The-Best-Place-To-Stay-In-Scotland.html 2018-12-07 00:00:01

What a year it has been for the Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort and Spa! Not only did the luxury resort celebrate the completion of a three-month refurbishment project; the addition of a new Health and Fitness centre and a multimillion pound upgrade and extension project of Kohler Waters Spa, the resort was also the proud recipient of numerous national and international awards in 2018. The most recent award, AA Hotel of the Year, was announced at a glittering awards ceremony in London in September. ‘The whole team at the Old Course Hotel is extremely honored and truly delighted to win the 2018/19 AA Hotel of the Year for Scotland,’ said Old Course Hotel general manager Helen McBride. ‘We are continually investing in the hotel and in staff training to ensure that our guests always enjoy a truly memorable stay at the resort.’ 2018 Awards Hotel of the Year – Scotland – AA Awards Scotland's Leading Resort 2018 – World Travel Awards Spa of the ]]>
HMS Unicorn Investment https://www.conventiondundeeandangus.co.uk//news/238_HMS-Unicorn-Investment.html 2018-10-19 00:00:01

Rewiring and New LightingWith the support of Dundee City Council, HMS Unicorn has been completely rewired and improved lighting installed. This is the first major overhaul of the ships wiring and lighting since the Royal Navy operated Unicorn in the 1960s. The work has not only upgraded the on-board electrics but has greatly enhanced the visitor experience on the ship, by lighting and opening up areas of the vessel that were previously inaccessible. New GunsWe had a surprising donation of two life-size replica guns recently from Dundee Sea Cadets.  Our plan is to restore these and include a plaque marking their donation. GardenDundee Sea Cadets have been busy cleaning our dockside area whilst Capability Scotland and the Inclusion Group are working on some planting plans. If you would like to find out more about HMS Unicorn as a venue for events click here ]]>
2019: another year of growth on the horizon for Dundee’s business events sector https://www.conventiondundeeandangus.co.uk//news/237_2019-Another-Year-Of-Growth-On-The-Horizon-For-Dundees-Business-Events-Sector.html 2018-10-01 00:00:01

Dundee’s thriving business events sector is set for even further success in 2019 with six major conferences worth over £1.6 million being brought to the city by Dundee & Angus Convention Bureau Conference Ambassador Programme.The events, secured following a competitive bidding process and carried out in partnership with the Bureau’s conference ambassadors, will attract over 1,250 national and international delegates to the city.The conferences already secured for 2019 build on an incredibly successful period for business events in Dundee and Angus: the sector is experiencing rapid growth, contributing £68m to the local economy and bringing, on average, 255,000 national and international delegates to the region each year.Karen Tocher, business tourism manager at Dundee & Angus Convention Bureau, says the region is increasingly being recognised within the UK and overseas as one of Scotland’s preeminent business event destinations.Recent initiatives, ]]>
New plan to increase food and drink tourism https://www.conventiondundeeandangus.co.uk//news/236_New-Plan-To-Increase-Food-And-Drink-Tourism.html 2018-09-19 00:00:01

A new plan to develop food and drink tourism in Scotland will aim to deliver an additional £1 billion to Scotland’s economy by 2030. The industry-led Food Tourism Scotland Action Plan, launched today by the industry and First Minister Nicola Sturgeon on the Isle of Arran, sets out a range of actions to maximise the potential of two of Scotland’s most successful sectors - tourism and food and drink. Visitors to Scotland already spend around £1 billion a year on food and drink. The action plan aims to unlock the growth potential and secure an extra £1 billion spend on local produce. Measures in the plan include: The creation of a food tourism apprenticeship programme Supporting the top 100 visitor attractions to achieve ‘Taste Our Best’, the quality assurance accreditation scheme promoting local sourcing Improved marketing for food and drink tourism Creating the next generation of agri-tourism monitor farms to stimulate diver ]]>
Kingsbarns Distillery Unveils its Inaugural Single Malt Scotch Whisky https://www.conventiondundeeandangus.co.uk//news/235_Kingsbarns-Distillery-Unveils-Its-Inaugural-Single-Malt-Scotch-Whisky.html 2018-09-10 00:00:01

Kingsbarns Distillery has unveiled its very first single malt Scotch whisky release; The Founders’ Reserve Inaugural Release. Bottled solely for the pleasure of the Kingsbarns Founders’ Club, this is the first ever single malt to be released by the fledgling, family owned, Lowland Distillery. It is the first in a series of five, exclusive, annual bottlings and will be delivered directly to Founders in December 2018. Kingsbarns Distillery was initially founded by a Fife-born golf caddie and with the support and expertise of the Wemyss family, who have a long standing passion as Scotch whisky makers; the distillery was opened in November 2014. The single malt Scotch whisky is produced from barley grown on only a handful of local Fife farms to ensure that it is truly a spirit of the Kingdom of Fife. It is slowly fermented using two yeast strains and meticulously distilled to produce a remarkably clean, complex and light spirit. The Founders’ Reserve Inaugural Release c ]]>
Gleneagles Strengthens International Sales Activity with Duo of Senior Appointments https://www.conventiondundeeandangus.co.uk//news/234_Gleneagles-Strengthens-International-Sales-Activity-With-Duo-Of-Senior-Appointments.html 2018-08-21 00:00:01

Gleneagles has announced two senior sales appointments as the iconic Perthshire property sets out an ambitious strategy to strengthen its presence in North American and European markets. The appointments are announced following the completion of an extensive two-year investment programme, which has seen Gleneagles undergo a complete transformation – to enhance the guest experience, create a ‘Glorious Playground’ of countryside adventures for its guests, and reclaim its position amongst the finest hotels and sporting estates in the world. Jane McGee, formerly Director of Sales & Marketing at Fairmont St Andrews, has been appointed as Gleneagles’ Commercial Director, with responsibility for all aspects of the hotel’s revenue, sales and marketing strategies. In her previous role, Jane, who brings over 25 years’ experience in the field, had responsibility for repositioning the Fairmont hotel after a multi-million pound refurbishment programme. The ]]>
New Manager takes the Reins at Dundee Hotel https://www.conventiondundeeandangus.co.uk//news/233_New-Manager-Takes-The-Reins-At-Dundee-Hotel.html 2018-08-08 00:00:01

A new General Manager is heading up the team at Apex City Quay Hotel & Spa in Dundee. Experienced hotelier, Ronnie MacKay, will lead the team at the four-star hotel in the heart of the city. Ronnie, who is originally from Glasgow, will oversee operations at the 151-bed hotel, which recently received a multi-million pound refit and boasts the award-winning Yu Spa as well as a swimming pool, fitness suite and dedicated events space. With more than 30 years’ experience in the industry, Ronnie has worked in operations and general management in properties across the UK, most recently as Regional Managing Director for Macdonald Hotels and Resorts, looking after its hotels across the central belt of Scotland. Ronnie MacKay, General Manager of Apex City Quay Hotel & Spa, said: “I’m thrilled to have joined the team here at Apex City Quay Hotel & Spa. “Having just undergone a £2.4 million refurbishment, the hotel’s location and facilities are ]]>
Gleneagles Launches Beautiful New Concept for Events, Meetings & Parties https://www.conventiondundeeandangus.co.uk//news/232_Gleneagles-Launches-Beautiful-New-Concept-For-Events-Meetings-Parties.html 2018-06-18 00:00:01

Gleneagles are delighted to have opened the doors to their exciting new events and celebrations wing, Ochil House. Overlooking the hotel’s croquet lawn, Ochil House boasts some of the best views from Gleneagles, and a south-west-facing aspect provides an abundance of natural light. The impressive house is 380sqm in size and encompasses six beautiful rooms, each with their own distinctive flair and all named after original rooms in the hotel, including The Card Room, The Reading Room, The Writing Room and The Broadcasting Room. Perfect to book as an exclusive space for bespoke events, guests can enjoy Ochil House in its entirety with its six unique spaces that blend country-house tradition and luxury with a warm, relaxed vibe and contemporary style. Exclusive use of this new wing also benefits from private access and beautiful outdoor breakout lawns. The individual rooms can be booked privately too. From the inspirational boardroom meeting in The Broadcasting Room to the elegan ]]>
Sales Manager Vacancy - Apex City Quay Hotel & Spa https://www.conventiondundeeandangus.co.uk//news/231_Sales-Manager-Vacancy-Apex-City-Quay-Hotel-Spa.html 2018-05-14 00:00:01

Having recently opened our 10th Apex Hotel, an exciting opportunity for a dynamic and driven Sales Manager has arisen in our growing Scottish team. Based primarily at the Apex City Quay Hotel & Spa in Dundee, focused on corporate transient and group rooms together with C&E sales for this hotel. The role is also to actively sell and promote Apex’s portfolio to corporate clients, regional partners and end user bookers. Ensuring that specific sales targets are met, whilst product and service standards are consistently achieved within the Sales department, and that a high degree of customer care is given at all times. This is a proactive Sales role with a large percentage of time being spent managing the existing client base whilst seeking out new corporate partnership and cultivating new business opportunities. REQUIREMENTS Excellent level of English - written and oralYou will currently (or have previously) be working within a Sales Manager rolePrevious knowledge and exp ]]>
18th BioDundee International Conference 2018 https://www.conventiondundeeandangus.co.uk//news/230_18th-BioDundee-International-Conference-2018.html 2018-04-24 00:00:01

The last few remaining places at one of the country’s longest running life sciences and healthcare events are set to be snapped up. Now in its 18th year the BioDundee International Conference, sponsored by Medtronic, will focus on new perspectives and new opportunities in life sciences and healthcare over two days at the end of next month. Bringing together key people and organisations in life sciences, healthcare and associated sectors across the globe, sessions will cover innovation, bacteria, genetics and designing the future. Lynne Short convener of Dundee City Council’s city development committee said: “As in previous years, the event has a fantastic programme and an excellent line up of speakers as well as lots of opportunities to network at the reception and gala dinner sponsored by Hyper Recruitment Solutions. “With the chance to hear from speakers of the calibre of Chief Medical Officer for Scotland, Dr Catherine Calderwood, and hear the science beh ]]>
Best Western Invercarse Hotel Dundee Set to Open 24 Bedroom Extension https://www.conventiondundeeandangus.co.uk//news/229_Best-Western-Invercarse-Hotel-Dundee-Set-To-Open-24-Bedroom-Extension.html 2018-04-16 00:00:01

Situated in the West End of Dundee with privileged views from public rooms across the River Tay, Best Western Invercarse Hotel is set to open a stylish 24-bedroom extension on April 24th. A popular venue for Weddings and Events as well as Corporate and Leisure accommodation, The Invercarse is one of Dundee’s most established hotels. A £1.7 million investment has included refurbishment to the existing 44 bedrooms and transformation of the popular Redwood Restaurant as well as re-decorating the Ballroom and Reception areas. The new extension will provide an extra 72 beds and bring the total sleeping capacity to 160. Within the build there is a greater flexibility of room type formation and includes a bridal suite, along with easy access and family rooms. Additional car parking space has been provided by reclaiming land at the back of the site. The design has incorporated rooftop solar panels which will provide all the electricity required for the rooms. Additionally, six c ]]>
DoubleTree by Hilton Dundee - The Boardroom https://www.conventiondundeeandangus.co.uk//news/228_DoubleTree-By-Hilton-Dundee-The-Boardroom.html 2018-04-03 00:00:01

We are more than excited to announce a complete refurbishment of our Greystanes Suite is now under way! We are investing to upgrade and to transform the suite to a high-tech Boardroom with state of the art conferencing equipment, including a 75-inch interactive touch screen with video conferencing and so much more. The conversion will be complete and ready for bookings by Thursday 19th April 2018 (not long now) so please get in touch to come and have a look at the most advanced boardroom in town for your next meeting! Email:  conner.harvey@hilton.com Tel:  01382 641122 DoubleTree by Hilton Dundee, Kingsway West, Invergowrie, Dundee, DD2 5JT. ]]>
Local Food and Drink Celebrated at Provost Reception https://www.conventiondundeeandangus.co.uk//news/227_Local-Food-And-Drink-Celebrated-At-Provost-Reception.html 2018-03-29 00:00:01

Success in the local food and drink sector was celebrated today (Thursday 29th March) with a reception hosted by Angus Provost Ronnie Proctor. The reception was held to mark the achievements of local businesses at the recent Menu Food & Drink Awards held at the Old Course Hotel, St Andrews. This was the first year that The Menu awards had been held to recognise the talent and dedication of food and drink businesses across Dundee, Angus, Fife and Perthshire. Angus had a lot to celebrate on the night with winners and finalists from across the area. Family run Gordon’s Restaurant in Inverkeilor won Fine Dining Restaurant of the year, while the restaurant’s chef, Garry Watson, was a finalist in the Chef of the Year category. Mackay’s Ltd, the jam manufacturer based in Arbroath won the Local to Global Award for its success in international markets, and Lewis Pickett of WeeCOOK Kitchen in Monifieth won the Young Talent/Rising Star category. Lewis is only 18 but has be ]]>
Angus Food Heroes In Running at Food & Drink Awards https://www.conventiondundeeandangus.co.uk//news/226_Angus-Food-Heroes-In-Running-At-Food-Drink-Awards.html 2018-03-09 00:00:01

The inaugural Menu Food & Drink Awards are taking place on Thursday 15th March and an impressive number of Angus businesses have made the shortlist. Held at the Old Course Hotel in St Andrews, the Awards are organised by DC Thomson Events to celebrate the very best in food & drink and culinary talent across ‘Courier Country’. A panel of expert judges had a difficult task choosing from the wide range of entries but have now made their decision and drawn up a list of finalists including Angus businesses: Artisana – Street Food Vendor of the year Wild & Smoky – Street Food Vendor of the year Gordon’s Restaurant – Fine Dining Restaurant Garry Watson (Gordon’s Restaurant) – Chef of the year Gin Bothy – Craft Drinks Producer of the year Mackays – Local to Global Lewis Pickett (WeeCOOK Kitchen) – New Talent/Rising Star Three Bellies Brae, Kirriemuir – Pub of the Year “I am delighted at the A ]]>
Birnam Brasserie at Gleneagles Hotel https://www.conventiondundeeandangus.co.uk//news/225_Birnam-Brasserie-At-Gleneagles-Hotel.html 2018-03-08 00:00:01

The Birnam Brasserie is a fantastic business breakfast or lunch venue: why not make your next morning meeting a little different and choose Gleneagles? Centrally located with plenty of parking or a chauffeur service from Gleneagles train station. Our Birnam Brasserie is Gleneagles’ newest restaurant, which offers all-day dining, serving the finest French-American brasserie dishes using seasonal and locally-sourced Scottish produce in an elegant, atmospheric and relaxed setting. New for The Birnam Brasserie is a great new 'Prix Fixe' menu, available Mon-Thurs 12pm-7pm starting from just £24 for 2 courses: View Birnam Brasserie menu Gleneagles Hotel, Auchterarder, Perthshire, Scotland, PH3 1NF ]]>
V&A Dundee Opening Announced https://www.conventiondundeeandangus.co.uk//news/224_VA-Dundee-Opening-Announced.html 2018-01-18 00:00:01

V&A Dundee, Scotland’s first design museum, will open to the public on Saturday 15 September 2018. It will be the only V&A museum in the world outside London: an international centre for design, a place of inspiration, discovery and learning. Visitors to V&A Dundee will experience the remarkable story of design past, present and future, and the vital contribution design makes to all our lives. Designed by internationally acclaimed Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, V&A Dundee stands at the centre of the £1 billion transformation of the Dundee waterfront, once part of the city’s docklands. With its complex geometry, inspired by the dramatic cliffs along the east coast of Scotland, it stretches out into the River Tay – a new landmark reconnecting the city with its historic waterfront, and a major new cultural development for Scotland and the UK. The new museum will feature permanent galleries of Scottish design, as well as an ambitious international ]]>
Invitation to Join in 150th Anniversary Celebrations at The McManus https://www.conventiondundeeandangus.co.uk//news/223_Invitation-To-Join-In-150th-Anniversary-Celebrations-At-The-McManus.html 2017-09-08 00:00:01

The McManus: Dundee’s Art Gallery & Museum has invited everyone to join them in celebrating their official 150th Anniversary during the afternoon of Tuesday 12 September. This will be a birthday party to remember with the chance to chat, enjoy and learn about Dundee’s favourite building with Creative Learning and Curatorial staff at the museum. The attraction’s choir in residence, Loadsweeminsingin’, will launch proceedings with a dazzling rendition of Happy Birthday. Lord Provost Ian Borthwick and Managing Director of Leisure & Culture Dundee, Stewart Murdoch will then open the doors to an exclusive programme of memorable moments to enjoy throughout the afternoon. Visitors will be welcomed at reception where they will be encouraged to explore the galleries and discover 150 years of The McManus. Staff will be on hand to chat about the history and work of the museum through conservation, exhibitions and permanent displays. The Scottish Ensemble will hol ]]>
Nutrition Meets Sports Science at Conference https://www.conventiondundeeandangus.co.uk//news/222_Nutrition-Meets-Sports-Science-At-Conference.html 2017-08-15 00:00:01

A new Scottish conference will bring together industry experts and academics from the worlds of food, nutrition and sports science this month. A collaboration between the Mountain Bike Centre of Scotland and hosts Abertay University in Dundee, the event, Cycling & Sports - Opportunities in Food and Drink, will be attended by food and drink producers, members of the business support industry and academic staff. Aimed at stimulating exchange of ideas, analysing trends and sharing expertise, the purpose of the conference on August 22 is to build partnerships across the sectors. Two Edinburgh based companies are among the businesses signed up to attend. Some are already making cycling and sports produce, while others are considering diversifying. Networking and speed pitching sessions will take place in addition to a series of talks and one to one sessions. Active Root, a new natural ginger based sports drink company from Edinburgh, will provide an insight into their product, whi ]]>
Invercarse Hotel Welcomes New Head Chef https://www.conventiondundeeandangus.co.uk//news/221_Invercarse-Hotel-Welcomes-New-Head-Chef.html 2017-06-08 00:00:01

Barry spent an early part of his 23-year career at the Invercarse Hotel developing his craft while working with David Adamson (who retired in May 2017 after 32 years at Redwood). When the position of Head Chef was offered, Barry says he didn’t think twice about the opportunity to return to the group. In between the Invercarse and running his own restaurant in Perth, Barry also spent 3 years as Head Chef at the Birkhill Inn, it was there he succeeded to build up a loyal customer and Steak Pie following! Barry is enthusiastic and has great plans and flair for menu building; the team at the Invercarse are delighted to welcome him and patrons are already commenting on how refreshing the menu choice is with seasonal and local produce available. High Tea starts on Sunday 11th June and will continue every Sunday between 5pm – 8.30pm. Group menus, and delicious Festive Menus are now also available. Business Lunches can be pre-ordered from the Redwood Days Menu; when you call to ]]>
Redwood Leisure begin Expansion to one of Dundee’s Best Known and Loved Hotels https://www.conventiondundeeandangus.co.uk//news/220_Redwood-Leisure-Begin-Expansion-To-One-Of-Dundees-Best-Known-And-Loved-Hotels.html 2017-06-08 00:00:01

Redwood Leisure have begun a major expansion to build a 24-bedroom wing on to the rear of the Invercarse Hotel which has 44 existing and newly re-furbished bedrooms. To begin building the existing car park facility has been pushed back into what is now re-claimed wasteland. This was the first stage of ground work and is now very near completed. All work is being carried out by a local Dundee company; George Martin builders, who were also responsible for the additional rooms which opened in the Woodlands Hotel in 2015. The extension is on target to be completed in April 2018, and is already fully booked for the Open Golf championship in July. The new rooms will enhance the existing 44 re-furbished bedrooms and the large ballroom. It’s hoped the additional bedroom capacity will appeal to larger events and functions which require bedroom capacity. The Redwood lounge and Restaurant has the facility for 90 covers and one of the best views in Dundee to look out over the Silvery Tay ]]>
STEM Gallery to Honour War Hero Former Student - Abertay University https://www.conventiondundeeandangus.co.uk//news/219_STEM-Gallery-To-Honour-War-Hero-Former-Student-Abertay-University.html 2017-06-05 00:00:01

Abertay University is to honour an inspirational former student who became the first ever female British marine engineer and was awarded an MBE for bravery at sea during the Second World War. To mark International Women in Engineering Day on June 23, Abertay will host a conference day packed with workshops and talks, all featuring ‘Unsung Heroes of STEM’ who have had an influence on science, technology, engineering or mathematics. The event will also feature a gallery in Abertay’s Hannah Maclure Centre, including images of former student, the late Victoria Drummond. Drummond was born at Megginch Castle, Perthshire in 1894, where she was named after her godmother, Queen Victoria. Abertay’s Old College already houses a commemorative memorial plaque to the pioneer, who was the first British woman marine engineer, the first female member of the Institute of Marine Engineers and was awarded both an MBE and Lloyds war medal for bravery at sea during the Second Wor ]]>
Alistair Kerr Photography - 'Picture This' New Weekly Blog https://www.conventiondundeeandangus.co.uk//news/218_Alistair-Kerr-Photography-Picture-This-New-Weekly-Blog.html 2017-06-02 00:00:01

Alistair Kerr Photography is delighted to announce the launch of “Picture This”, a new weekly blog aimed at businesses that care how they look. All of us can take our eye off the ball when it comes to thinking about how our business looks to the outside world. It’s also a well-known quirk of being human that we tend to assume everyone sees things the way we do, so without realising it we can go months or even years wearing blinkers – until customer feedback or falling sales force us to confront the fact that we have a problem. By then it can be very difficult to reverse the damage. “Picture This” encourages businesses to take a step back and look hard at every aspect of how they come across to customers, whether it’s their premises, their marketing materials, their signage or their photography - any one of which can be a very weak link in an otherwise strong chain. Of course we all think we care how our business looks, but every day business ]]>
BioDundee Annual Conference https://www.conventiondundeeandangus.co.uk//news/217_BioDundee-Annual-Conference.html 2017-05-22 00:00:01

Life Sciences and healthcare experts from all over Europe will gather in Dundee this week for two days to discuss international solutions in human and animal healthcare. More than 100 delegates are expected to attend the 17th annual BioDundee Conference at the West Park Centre tomorrow (Tuesday) and Wednesday. Delegates will focus on a wide-ranging programme under the heading of Global Challenges – Worldwide issues, threats and solutions. Among more than a dozen speakers will be Shona Robison, MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Health & Sport; Paul Wyatt, Drug Discovery Unit, University of Dundee; David MacCallum, SDI, Mike Sullivan, InnovateUK and Mark Cook, Medtronic UK & Ireland. He said: “The value of having world class universities with cutting edge facilities, great research capabilities and willing partners in a major teaching hospital cannot be underestimated. “Dundee has everything a life science company could want from start-ups to multinationals l ]]>
The McManus Getting Ready for Biggest Day of the Year https://www.conventiondundeeandangus.co.uk//news/216_The-McManus-Getting-Ready-For-Biggest-Day-Of-The-Year.html 2017-05-17 00:00:01

The McManus: Dundee’s Art Gallery & Museum is getting ready to host their biggest day of the year on Saturday 20 May as part of this year’s Festival of Museums, where they will be celebrating 150 years at the museum by telling ‘The People’s Story’. There is a packed programme of entertainment planned where event goers can join museum staff and partners for an exciting day and evening of activities and experiences. Highlights include Pop Up Performances from ZeroThree15 Theatre Company where the galleries’ paintings and sculptures will come to life. Look out for the ‘Twa Auld Wifies’, ‘The Highlander’ and Queen Victoria and Prince Albert aka ‘Vic & Bert’. There will also be the chance to find out more about the current learning and engagement project, ‘The People’s Story’, meet the curators and see a special performance of ‘Juteopolis’ from artists Lise Olsen and Lada Wilson, w ]]>
Abertay team celebrate BAFTA success https://www.conventiondundeeandangus.co.uk//news/214_Abertay-Team-Celebrate-BAFTA-Success.html 2017-04-08 00:00:01

A team of Abertay University games students are celebrating after scooping the prestigious Ones to Watch prize at the BAFTA Games Awards. Student team Bluedoor Games took the coveted title at a glittering black-tie event in London, attended by key players from the world’s games industry. The winning game, Among the Stones, was created as part of Abertay’s Dare to be Digital Competition which has this year been rebooted to become Dare Academy. Bluedoor’s entry beat strong competition from fellow Abertay team Ludico’s creation, Pentagrab, and Hexterion’s dodgeball-based title, Rebound, to secure the win. Professor Gregor White, Head of Abertay’s School of Arts, Media and Computer Games, said the standard of entries in the category had been particularly high. He added: “To win this award is an incredible achievement from a great team and all of the Abertay students who were nominated are now on a trajectory towards a stellar career in the gam ]]>
Holiday Inn Express - Make us one of your Memories this Summer! https://www.conventiondundeeandangus.co.uk//news/213_Holiday-Inn-Express-Make-Us-One-Of-Your-Memories-This-Summer.html 2017-04-07 00:00:01

Enjoy a relaxing break in one of our stylish bedrooms before waking up to sumptuous breakfast included in your accommodation. Spend the day exploring historic Dundee, then indulge over supper with 10% IHG members discount. Book online: https://www.hiexpress.com Or call our reservation at 01382 314330 Holiday Inn Express, 41 DockStreet, Dundee, DD1 3DR ]]>
New Angus Larder Showcases the Best of Local Food & Drink https://www.conventiondundeeandangus.co.uk//news/215_New-Angus-Larder-Showcases-The-Best-Of-Local-Food-Drink.html 2017-03-24 00:00:01

The Third Edition of the popular Angus Larder publication has been published. This edition, written and published by The List in partnership with Taste of Angus, takes a different approach to the previous two, and focuses on a list of 52 great foods from Angus. Iconic local foods such as Arbroath Smokies, Forfar Bridies and Aberdeen Angus beef are of course included along with newer additions to the area including honeyberries and tea. There are suggestions from local chefs of dishes which can be prepared using the featured ingredients and listings of where to eat, and where to buy the very best of Angus food and drink. Each item is accompanied by an interesting story so readers really get to know the local producers, and appreciate the work that goes into growing, making, cooking and selling the products. Donald Reid of The List said, “We have worked with A Taste of Angus over many years and it's great to be publish this new showcase of all the great food from Angus - somethi ]]>
Dundee to Host one of World’s Largest Martial Arts Events https://www.conventiondundeeandangus.co.uk//news/212_Dundee-To-Host-One-Of-Worlds-Largest-Martial-Arts-Events.html 2017-03-24 00:00:01

Dundee will host one of the world’s largest martial arts events next year, bringing a potential economic boost of nearly £10 million. The 7th World Union of Karate Federations (WUKF) World Karate Championships for All Ages will be held at Dundee Ice Arena from June 12 to 17 2018, bringing more than 4,000 athletes, supporters, coaches and officials from across the globe. Dundee-based Kanzen Karate Scotland (KKS), the current Dundee Sports Club of the Year, launched the audacious bid to host the competition in June last year. The team have since been working tirelessly with Dundee and Angus Convention Bureau, Leisure and Culture Dundee and other organisations within the city to make the bid successful. The event will bring some of the world’s top karate athletes to the city, and KKS President, Roy O’Kane, said hosting the competition was a “tremendous honour.” “We are delighted to announce that we have been successful in our bid, ” he ]]>
Dundee’s biggest events firm Red Pepper announce ambitious expansion plans https://www.conventiondundeeandangus.co.uk//news/211_Dundees-Biggest-Events-Firm-Red-Pepper-Announce-Ambitious-Expansion-Plans.html 2017-03-23 00:00:01

Dundee’s biggest events firm Red Pepper announce ambitious expansion plans with the purchase of Origin Events, a dynamic Edinburgh based agency. Since forming in 2005, Red Pepper Events have entertained over 333,000 people at events as diverse as The Monaco Grand Prix and BP’s International Conferences on the one hand and Arbroath’s Sea Fest and Dundee’s NEoN Digital Arts Festival on the other. Red Pepper director Eleanor Whitby believes that not only is the buy-out a massive statement of intent on the part of Red Pepper, but it is also a signifier of the buoyant cultural status of Dundee as a city increasingly accustomed to international conferences and events. Origin Events are a niche consultancy with special interest in conference provision and support within the legal, women’s healthcare and housing sectors. Not only are the clients an attractively diverse addition to the Red Pepper client base, but Eleanor Whitby believes that the purchase of Orig ]]>