Hit Scotland


Since 1994, HIT Scotland has provided an unparalleled opportunity to all those looking to progress their career within the hospitality industry and make Scotland the greatest hospitality nation in the world. In order to facilitate this, HIT Scotland raises money through incomparable events, which in turn have raised over £3 million in funding for bursaries and scholarships granted to the brightest young talent within the industry.

None of this would be possible without the help of wonderful sponsors, who have graciously contributed to the on-going success of HIT Scotland Events

Are you thinking of becoming a sponsor?  Please contact david.cochrane@hitscotland.co.uk to find out more. 

Hear from our current sponsors who describe why they love working with HIT Scotland, and why it’s so important to them. We hope they can inspire you to become a sponsor also. 

Arran Sense of Scotland

Arran Sense of Scotland

Inspired by nature, made in Scotland. 

A sprig of heather, a breath of sea and rain, a pinch of seasoned wood and just a taste of honey. These and other locally sourced elements are the things we use to conjure vibrant, evocative, luxurious scents that are uniquely Scottish, uniquely Arran.

Our love of a beautifully blended aroma inspired both our name, Arran Sense of Scotland, and the lifelong pursuit of exquisite fragrances with the power to seduce and captivate the imagination. That’s why crafting the aroma is at the heart of each and every thing that we create. From soap to candles, to body moisturisers and bath oils, they all start with the subtle art of perfumery.

As a toiletry and amenity supplier to many hospitality partners, we are proud to support HIT Scotland and share their approach of providing young people the opportunity to flourish in their chosen sector. We are excited to be involved with such a great organisation and look forward to attending this year's various events and networking opportunities. 

Aston Recruitment

Aston Recruitment

Aston Recruitment specialise in the Hospitality, Catering, Leisure, Retail, Food Management and Service Industry sectors. We provide permanent, temporary and contract recruitment solutions.

'Working in Partnership' – that's exactly what we do, ensuring that as an independent recruiter we successfully grow the business.

Aston Recruitment has established itself as the leading independent Hospitality recruitment consultancy in Scotland.

We see ourselves as an extension of our clients' human resources department and this helps to ensure that they receive the best and most professional service available in today's marketplace. We are able to access candidates throughout the hospitality industry in the UK at all levels from trainee managers and chefs up to board level executives.

We also work in partnership with our candidates as we believe it is a two way process to ensure that they are able to access the widest range of suitable opportunities. We respect their expectations and are firmly committed to ensuring that our candidates, where possible, gain employment where they are able to develop their professional skills to the highest level.

As an independent consultancy we are able to give our clients and candidates a more personal approach to recruitment.

Simon Aston, owner of Aston Recruitment says, "We are delighted to support HIT as a corporate sponsor. As the business owner, I am very much involved in the hospitality industry and wanted to support a charity that I feel delivers what it says it will deliver to the hospitality industry. HIT does that."



Berendsen is the UK’s leading supplier of linen hire and laundering services to the hospitality industry, operating from a national network of processing facilities. We’ve owned linen processing sites in Scotland for many years and we’re proud to serve customers including some of Scotland’s best known hotels. We believe that developing people’s skills and experience is vital for continued success and we’re delighted to be working with HIT to help people to realise their potential within the Scottish hospitality industry.



Brakes are delighted to have supported HIT Scotland for many years. As the leading foodservice wholesaler with strong Scottish heritage, we are dedicated to a partnership that truly makes a valuable contribution to the hospitality industry in Scotland.

The mission of HIT Scotland complements our own group values and passion for investment in future talent towards enhancing knowledge and skills development. We are proud to sponsor HIT Scotland and the scholars who thrive and deliver within the industry, both in Scotland and beyond, as a direct result of HIT’s support, commitment and dedication.

We have also invested heavily in our Scottish infrastructure, with a newly built state of the art site in Newhouse that includes a development kitchen. This depot stocks products from more than 50 Scottish suppliers meaning Brakes operates as a local supplier for Scottish businesses. Our partners can be confident that Brakes is committed to investment in Scotland.

Brakes provides great food, great local service and great prices. To see how Brakes can help your business, get in touch via our website www.brake.co.uk or call 0845 606 9090.

Bruce Stevenson Insurance Brokers

Bruce Stevenson Insurance Brokers

Bruce Stevenson is one of the largest independent Insurance Brokers in Scotland. We provide a first class, comprehensive insurance and risk management service for both business and private clients.

We were awarded Chartered Insurance Broker status in 2010 by the Chartered Insurance Institute, becoming part of an elite group of less than 100 brokers in the UK and in 2015, were awarded a prestigious three star accreditation for “exceptional customer service” by Investors in Customers.

We have a number of offices in major cities within Scotland and an office in London, and are already the “broker of choice” for a number of clients within the Hospitality sector.

Bruce Stevenson are extremely proud to be sponsors of HIT (Scotland) and to support the Trust.  To support the ongoing and wonderful work of HIT, we have agreed to pay 20% of our income from business introduced to us via HIT or the STA, not only upon inception of the business, but at each renewal.

Caledonian Brewery

Caledonian Brewery

We’re delighted to be supporting the Hospitality Industry Trust Scotland in their important work with those in Scottish hospitality. We look forward to welcoming a HIT Scotland scholar to the brewery to show them first-hand the investment we’re putting behind both traditional and modern craft brewing, and what the current craft beer explosion means for the Scottish hospitality industry.

Since its founding in 1869 Caledonian Brewery has been renowned for creating some of Scotland’s finest beers, and its pioneering spirit has ensured that this is a brewery never content to rest on its laurels. Our passion lies in providing quality beer for our customers to enable them to deliver the best consumer experience.

As Edinburgh’s only remaining Victorian brewery, we understand the importance of quality training and development in order to maintain high standards from generation to generation, and are pleased to support HIT Scotland in their invaluable efforts.



Caterer.com is the leading specialist hospitality recruitment website. 1 in 5 hospitality jobseekers use the site to look for a job and over 10,000 new candidates register with us every month We have the largest pool of local hospitality candidates and attract jobseekers from every region and sector in the UK, with over 30,000 hospitality candidates in Scotland alone.

Caterer.com is proud to work in partnership with the key industry organisations and events including HIT Scotland, the Catering In Scotland Awards, ScotHot, the BHA, AA Hotel Service and Springboard. Caterer.com also conducts and shares research with the industry via reports such as The Hospitality Employment Index and recognises employers that invest in their employees via awards such as The Best Employers in Hospitality Awards. Posting your jobs with Caterer.com is simple and effective. Visit www.recruiters.caterer.com or, if you are based in Scotland, call our dedicated team in Glasgow on 0141 206 3627. 

IAM in association with Cintas

IAM in association with Cintas

IAM became a corporate sponsor of HIT Scotland in 2011 and in association with Cintas from 2014.  IAM is be able to offer a suite of offerings and it’s aim is to add value to a client.  With the experience, knowledge and connections made over the years, IAM is well placed to partner clients to meet their own objectives and provide a top service.  Working with some of the of the best establishments and people in the Hospitality industry over the past 6/7 years, has given me an invaluable insight into the expertise, knowledge, requirements and needs of the industry and with this, I feel that IAM is well placed to add value and partner clients to meet their objectives.

Suite of IAM offerings include.

Uniforms: We are in a position to offer the full range of garment options, including stock, modified-stock and complete custom.  Your uniforms will always tell your guests and others who you are and what you stand for. They express a commitment to excellence, inspires trust, respect and integrity and of course enhances your image.

Hotel Amenities: IAM has developed strong relationships with like-minded companies that have similar values and objectives.  Hotel amenities is a specific area that this has developed in. We understand the importance of ensuring that the guests have a wonderful experience and will take a combination of world class service, delightful rooms, indulgent linens and that little something extra special, like hotel amenities.  While a guest may not choose a hotel based just on amenities in the bathroom, the right perks can make all the difference.   

People & Leadership Development: Over the past 10+ years, IAM have supported various businesses at different levels with leadership development. This has involved 1:1 consulting, group workshops and ongoing support.  Leadership development is the cornerstone of this area and the objective is to increase leadership effectiveness through adopting and developing the correct skills and behaviours, through a blueprint model that everyone can start applying immediately and experience the positive changes.  Companies that have been supported have ranged from global to individual locations within large organisations and more recently the Radisson.

http://www.cintas.com http://www.iamhospitalityservices.co.uk


Firmly rooted throughout the country for nearly 75 years, Compass in Scotland has operations at 500 sites and employs nearly 5,000 people from communities throughout the country in sites ranging from the North Sea to the Borders on oil rigs, business and industry sites in education, healthcare and major leisure venues.  As the largest and leading foodservice provider in Scotland, we are committed to supporting the industry and have been a supporter of HIT Scotland for over 10 years, sharing a focus on developing our industry’s terrific talent. Over the years, a number of Compass colleagues have been supported to achieve their potential through HIT Scotland industry scholarships and we have been proud to support the industry by providing HIT industry scholarships. By continuing to invest in our talent, we as an industry have an opportunity to maximise on these events and display Scotland’s hospitality industry in a great light on the global stage.



Davidson Asset Management, more commonly referred to as DAM, has been a proud partner of HIT Scotland for the past 13 years.

With Managing Director Russell Davidson’s help, DAM has been involved in sponsoring some fantastic and successful events in the last decade and more.

Given that the majority of DAM’s corporate employee benefits clients are based in the hospitality industry, the Glasgow-based firm has always seen the support that HIT Scotland provides to the hospitality industry as essential for the growth of the industry in both the short and long term. DAM has seen first-hand the difference that HIT Scotland makes to the industry and is proud to be a part of that success.

Dunns Food and Drinks Ltd

Dunns Food and Drinks Ltd

One of the most historic family businesses in Scotland, Dunns Food and Drinks Ltd are an award-winning delivered wholesaler that are continuing to grow throughout the country with a remarkable portfolio of foodservice products from around the world covering chilled, ambient and frozen, as well as drinks of all descriptions - including craft beers, wines, spirits and soft drinks. 

In the wake of our recognition in 2016 as Scotland’s Food Wholesaler of the Year for the second year running, we are delighted to have established a partnership with HIT Scotland.  The HIT mission of supporting the Scottish hospitality industry and its people is so clearly well aligned with our own and we look forward to working with many of the HIT scholars as they progress within the industry.


Eagle Consulting

Eagle Consulting

Based exclusively in Scotland, Eagle Consulting is one of the largest independent hotel accounting providers in the UK, and we are proud of our long history of specialism in the hospitality sector. Above all else we are practical accountants. We work with hotels all over the UK, from small boutique properties to major, international brands. Eagle Consulting is different from traditional accounting practices, our aim is to become the accounts department for our clients, working in partnership on a daily basis, and not just at year end. By leaving the detailed work to us, our clients benefit from being able to focus on core business activities.

We became involved with HIT Scotland because they share our approach of providing young people the opportunity to grow and flourish in a sector we are passionate about. We mirror this with our inclusive training scheme which is an integral part of our staffing model.

Fraser Suites

Fraser Suites

Fraser Suites Glasgow is set in a beautifully-renovated 1850s Victorian building in the Merchant City: Glasgow’s cultural quarter abound with museums, art galleries and bustling nightlife. Elegantly designed with a timeless appeal, our 98 Gold-Standard luxury and sophisticated residences comprising studio, one & two-bedroom apartments give you the benefits of city living combined with a touch of elegance and luxury. With a fully furnished and serviced residence, it is the height of luxury for a short or long stay so you can take in as many of Glasgow’s attractions as you like.


Located within a stone’s throw from Edinburgh Castle and just off the Royal Mile on St Giles Street is the 130-year old building that houses Fraser Suites Edinburgh. The serviced apartments stand with understated elegance in the heart of Scotland’s capital amongst other hotels in the city, with a sand-stoned Victorian façade restored to preserve its past. Read more

The award-winning Gold-Standard Fraser Suites Edinburgh offers 75 units of fully furnished luxury serviced residences designed with contemporary interiors, adorned with sophisticated touches and furnished with the necessary modern conveniences, ideal for business and leisure stays, with the exclusivity of a boutique hotel Edinburgh travellers have come to expect.


Highland Spring Group

Highland Spring Group

Highland Spring Group is the UK's largest bottled water company. We are proud to produce only naturally sourced bottled water. Our range includes some of the UK's best loved brands such as Highland Spring, Speyside Glenlivet, Hydr8 and Hydr8 Flavours.

The Group supplies a range of private label flavoured and unflavoured waters to many of the UK's major supermarkets and food service retailers, making us the UK’s leading supplier of private label bottled water.

Bottling over 470 million litres a year, and with a £100m turnover, the company has grown year-on-year since its origins back in the 1970s.



Instock are delighted to become involved with HIT Scotland. Being a family owned, independent business allows us great flexibility and speedy decision making to ensure we are one of the best served companies to cater for the hospitality industry in Scotland.


The vision of HIT Scotland to make Scotland the best hospitality nation in the world is one that excites the Instock Group as it promotes our own thoughts. We encourage staff to be actively involved with customers to enable them to receive the best possible service that will aid their businesses.


We are committed to investing in the Scottish infrastructure, with plans for a brand new central belt distribution hub already in progress. This will feature a brand new showroom that show cases new innovations and trends that will further improve the Scottish hospitality industry. We hope this shows that the Instock Group are committed to investment in Scotland.

Inverarity Morton

Inverarity Morton

Inverarity Morton is Scotland’s leading independent wines and spirits merchant and we have been a supplier to the Scottish on-trade since 1946. Our reputation has been hard earned: we are always working to improve our game so we can be the best in the business and we do this by investing in our product, our people and our service. Here there are many similarities with HIT Scotland. Our Wine School is a recognised centre for excellence in staff training; we help give individuals at every stage in their professional journey - be it starting out in the hospitality industry or reaching the top rung of the vocational ladder - the step up they need to work with confidence, dedication and enthusiasm. And we hope we inspire them at the same time to carry and share the passion that we have for our trade into their workplace.

Johnston Carmichael

Johnston Carmichael

Johnston Carmichael is Scotland’s largest firm of accountants and business advisers, with over 650 partners and staff across 11 offices, acting for 450 hospitality and leisure businesses. 

Our firm became involved with HIT Scotland because they are at the heart of the hospitality industry in Scotland and we wanted to enable HIT Scotland members to have access to our dedicated team of hospitality and leisure accounting and tax specialists.

We are delighted with our partnership and specifically because we have people and offices located 11 Scottish offices, we can ensure that HIT Scotland members can meet with our people wherever they are. 

Macdonald Hotels & Resorts

Macdonald Hotels & Resorts

Established in 1990, Macdonald Hotels & Resorts has grown to become the UK’s largest privately owned hotel group, with over 40 hotels across the UK and ten resorts throughout the UK and Spain. In 2015 the company celebrates its 25th anniversary, a milestone for the company that has delivered world class hospitality for a quarter of a century. This follows on from the group's second AA Hotel Group of the Year win in 2013-2014.

Macdonald Hotels & Resorts believes that good people can do great things. With support and guidance, talent can be nurtured. This is why we are proud to support the work of HIT Scotland. Through their conferences, programmes and scholarships they bring inspiration to the hospitality industry. Thousands of young people have already benefited from experiencing hospitality, at its best, all over the world and in turn have returned to their own careers with more focus, drive and energy.

The future of our industry will rely on these individuals so it is our responsibility to invest in their development and as a headline sponsor, we are delighted to be a part of it.

Macdonald Hotels & Resorts is proud to sponsor HIT Scotland. Their investment in tomorrow’s hospitality leaders is a commitment that is aligned with our own dedication to nurturing and developing emerging talent. Our people are at the centre of our industry, and HIT Scotland affords opportunities to those looking to become part of it, while also being dedicated to furthering the careers of those already working within hospitality.

As a proud sponsor, Macdonald Hotels & Resorts promotes HIT Scotland as an excellent means for talented individuals to build their existing skills while also discovering new ones as a means to furthering their careers within the hospitality industry. This underlines our group-wide focus of ensuring the highest standards of both product and service for our guests, which of course, our people are at the heart of.

POSH – Professional Online Solutions for Hospitality

POSH – Professional Online Solutions for Hospitality

POSH is a high profile, high return and high impact online agency for the hospitality industry.

As experienced hoteliers ourselves, we:

- Speak the language

- Understand hotel operations

- Know the systems

- And are clued up on travel markets and trends

We specialise in creating revenue and marketing strategies; combined with online technologies, channels and solutions.... Our more targeted approach means we create more targeted solutions for you. Which means you get a bigger bang for your budget, while we create a solution we know works. 

We are Professional Online Solutions for Hospitality.

POSH is more than what we do. It’s who we are as a company. We’re smart, stylish and sophisticated. Our work is pretty POSH too. It’s how we offer bespoke, tailored solutions for our clients. Solutions designed to meet individual business needs and optimised to deliver better results. 

We’re so far ahead of the digital curve, we’ve gone round the bend!

Our small POSH family delivers big solutions at a very fast pace. We know what works and what doesn’t. We’re driven to grow our clients’ business, and not out to simply make a quick buck. We are so passionate about your brand, we become part of your team.

We’re die-hard, white hat SEO practitioners who connect companies with customers from the inside, out. From internal processes and digital platforms, to new trends in the online world, we like to stay on top of our game. Because when it comes to holistic hospitality, encompass solutions are the game. 

Contact us today on 0141 342 4335 for a free SEO performance audit or discounted strategy report for £280.

We became involved with HIT because it is one of the only hospitality-focused organisations we have come across that gives our business direct access to the decision makers in the hospitality industry. 

POSH is truly invested in growing the hospitality industry in Scotland. It’s why we’ve partnered with HIT and its delivery to the hospitality industry.



Represent is a PR and brand communications agency weaving creative content across digital and established PR channels.


A team of born connectors and collaborators, Represent believe there is power in collaboration. Being open to working this way means they have an extraordinary knack for building stronger ideas, relationships and partnerships.


Which is why their clients trust them to represent and protect their interests though every rhythm of their business and through whatever channels are right for the task.




Shearer Candles

Shearer Candles

Founded in 1897 on the outskirts of Glasgow, Shearer Candles is the UK's longest established lifestyle candle company. We pride ourselves on delivering high quality candles that contain only the finest ingredients. Taking an average of six months from drawing board to first flame, we don't rush things. Each candle has its own recipe that takes into account the reactions between shapes, waxes & scents. Whether we are creating chandelier candles, scented candles, or filled glasses, our inspiration comes from the colours, forms and fragrances found in the distinctive Scottish landscape. Our customers today include leading retailers, hotels and restaurants, not to mention the candle lovers of all persuasions – who can’t help but fall for our beautifully crafted candle collections.

Shearer Candles supply many of Scotland’s leading hotel and bar groups with our quality candles, and offer corporate gifting, bespoke products, wedding favours and retail opportunities for the hospitality sector. Customer service, a quick response time and competitive pricing are key to our success within the hospitality sector. We are proud to support HIT and fully back the mission to make Scotland the leading hospitality nation. We believe that the work HIT carry out is invaluable in providing opportunities to the people that make the Scottish hospitality industry great now and in the future.

Tennent’s Training Academy

Tennent’s Training Academy

Tennent's Training Academy is a unique and inspirational learning environment. We are a dedicated hospitality focused training academy based in the Wellpark Brewery in Glasgow and offer a fresh approach to learning new skills. We pride ourselves in hands-on learning in every area of hospitality - from exciting bar training and practical chef qualifications, to essential compliance training courses including first aid, personal licence and security.

We offer fun, modern hands-on training with over 60 courses to choose from, designed to suit beginners as well as those more experienced in the hospitality trade. Our team of professional tutors will inspire you to learn with imagination, passion and enjoyment.

Whether your aim is to take your hospitality skills to the next level or have a bit of fun you will find a course suitable for you at the Tennent's Training Academy.

All of our hospitality trade courses are accredited and certificated by the leading awarding bodies and there are numerous funding options to help any business or individual access training.

We became involved with HIT Scotland as we strongly believe the charity has many great benefits for our industry and we want to help support this.

A number of our management team have benefitted from HIT scholarships so we really appreciate the good that the scholarships do in engaging people with the industry and helping people forge a successful career in the hospitality industry.