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.

Apex Hotels

Apex Hotels

Apex Hotels crafts exceptional experiences in unique destinations.

Situated in city centre locations across the UK, our ten hotels provide high-quality amenities, refined accommodations and personalised, warm service. All this within convenient distance of each city's best dining, shopping, nightlife, cultural and corporate destinations.

The cornerstones of the Apex Hotels experience are friendly, personal service and contemporary design. Each of our hotels is inspired by the surrounding city, drawing from the people, places and spirit that make each of our destinations unique.



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.



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. 



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.

Find out more about DAM pensions and DAM wealth management at our website.


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.



itison.com is a market leading service which speaks to a million people daily, and works with 2,500+ of the world’s leading local and national companies, offering brilliant daily deals and events to its members.

itison.com is still totally free to join, with teams in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee, Aberdeen & Newcastle, letting you find and experience the best things to do in your city.

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.



Müller is delighted to be a HIT sponsor.

Müller is a dairy company with the will to win, the drive to succeed and the ambition to get there.  Müller Milk & Ingredients aims to be the biggest and best fresh milk and ingredients business with a network of dairies and depots servicing customers throughout the country.



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.

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.

YourTex UK (formerly known as IAM)

YourTex UK (formerly known as IAM)

YourTex UK (via IAM) became a corporate sponsor of HIT Scotland in 2011, and provides custom made workwear for the food, retail, healthcare, corporate, leisure, promotion, hotel & restaurant sectors.

Having worked with some of the best establishments and people in the hospitality industry over the past 6/7 years, YourTex UK has gained an invaluable insight into the expertise, knowledge and requirements of the industry, and is in a strong position to partner clients to meet their objectives and add value, through a very high level of service, and great connections.

In addition, YourTex UK’s parent company, YourTex EU, operates as a manufacturer in the textile sector, which YourTex UK is able to tap into, resulting in offering compelling solutions.

YourTex work in accordance to the strictest European standards. We produce high-quality and tailor-made professional clothing in our production units in Asia and Europe, together with having access to a large core stock range.

We can control the entire production process, from fibre to garment. Therefore, we guarantee a constant, sustainable quality and competitive prices.

YourTex dresses your employees from A to Z and helps you to promote the image of your company.