Highly Commended Winner 2017 of Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight

We are delighted to have been given a highly commended award for our efforts at promoting Scottish Food & Drink during the recent Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight 2017.  The initiative encouraged businesses of all shapes and sizes to change just one thing to promote Scottish produce.  As members of Scotland’s Food & Drink we championed local producers and suppliers via our social media channels.

Speaking at the official prize giving at the NorthLink Ferries terminal in Aberdeen, Fiona Richmond, Head of Regional Food at Scotland Food & Drink, said:

“Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight takes place every year and it’s a fantastic way of celebrating our growers, producers, chefs and restaurateurs’, as well as our vast and delicious Scottish larder.”

Countdown to Spirit of Speyside: Distilled!

If you’re looking for beer that promises to be – in the words of a Speyside brewer – a refreshing change from “mass produced mouthwash” or cool ideas like adding a slice of apple, rather than a wedge of lemon, to enhance a gin and tonic, then Spirit of Speyside: Distilled is the place to be.

Keith Brewery and Caorunn Gin feature in the 30-strong line up of exhibitors taking part in the two-day celebration of the region’s gastronomy on September 1 and 2 at Elgin Town Hall.

Spirit of Speyside: Distilled offers the chance to meet the producers – like the chocolate maker from Favour-it Flavours who is isn’t afraid to experiment with new tastes, with crushed Oreo, caramel biscotti and jelly bean being among the most recent trials, and she’s never short of volunteers to help with a spot of new product sampling.

Find out the best cuppa to start the day, with Cairngorm Leaf and Bean and discover how Macleans Highland Bakery add a twist to their oatcakes offering ranges that have a touch of chilli, haggis, seaweed and black pepper or vanilla.

Whisky Maturation - insuranceBartenders, baristas, brewers, whisky makers and foodies will be there so expect to find samples and tastings, demonstrations, food and drink pairings, storytelling and masterclasses.

It’s the second of the new-breed event celebrating the vibrancy of Speyside’s food and drink producers, from artisanal operators to the globally renowned drinks brands.

It seeks to show the region’s wide range of gourmet delights with surprising flavours from alternative producers who, alongside the region’s well-known whisky brands, are keeping the region at the fore of the Scottish food and drink scene.

The craft producers join the big hitters and they all have one thing in common – people passionate about making great tasting food and drink.

The two-day pop-up festival is being delivered by the team behind the world-famous Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival.

Festival chairman James Campbell said: “A new generation of people want to seek out artisanal products while enjoying the produce of pioneering businesses that placed the region on the food and drink map.

“What makes Distilled stand out is that food and drink producers come together under one roof. There are so many great food and drink companies operating in the region and this event is a good way of highlighting that diversity while making it easily accessible to visitors.

“It’s a chance to discover new tastes and products, and to try some punchy tastes and flavours, some of which may be familiar and some which will be new. Tickets are selling fast and places are limited so pre-ordering them is the best way to ensure you don’t miss out.”

Distilled is sponsored by Bruce Stevenson Insurance Brokers and runs over four sessions, from 1-5pm and 6-10pm on both the Friday and Saturday. Tickets are priced at £20 and this includes entry, six vouchers for tasting samples of gin, whisky or beer, a lanyard and a Glencairn crystal nosing and tasting glass.

All whisky, gin, beer and foods on offer will have a Speyside provenance and there will be the chance to purchase products from stand holders. Festival merchandise will also be on sale.

For more information and to book tickets, visit www.distilled.scot

Distilled is active on social media at www.facebook.com/distilledscot on Twitter and Instagram @distilledscot. Follow the festival at #distilled17

Scottish Tourism Week 2016

Carol Ward and John Grady of the Commercial Team at Bruce Stevenson Insurance Brokers are exhibiting at the Scottish Tourism Week event at the EICC on 17th and 18th March.  As a Patron sponsors of the Scottish Tourism Alliance we are delighted to be supporting them this week.   Pop in to see  Carol and John and enter our free prize draw to win a magnum of Tattinger! #STW2016

Bruce Stevenson joins the CIS Excellence Awards as co-sponsors of The Independent Hotel of the Year Award

As award-winning insurance specialists, Bruce Stevenson have joined the CIS Excellence Awards. Along with Davidson Asset Management, we will co-sponsor the Independent Hotel of the Year Award, which aims to identify and celebrate the best establishments Scotland has to offer.

According to the official award criteria, the winning hotel will possess the following attributes:

  • An operating philosophy based around the central tenets of innovation, guest satisfaction and a positive contribution to local tourism
  • Ultimate autonomy and the capability for senior staff to make key decisions which directly affect the way the business is run
  • A clear commitment to environmental awareness, ethical principles and sustainable operating practices in all areas, including local sourcing
  • Respected training initiatives and procedures which are proven to improve employee skills and career prospects
  • An innovative approach to encouraging and promoting tourism on both a local and national scale

Account Executive, Carol Ward, is delighted to be co-sponsoring the category with Davidson Asset Management: ‘Our new relationship with Catering Scotland as co-sponsors of the CIS Excellence Independent Hotel of the Year Award makes us extremely proud to support the hospitality sector,’ she says. ‘We look forward to serving the insurance needs of the Scottish hospitality and catering industry.’

With a number of offices in major cities throughout Scotland, we are already the broker of choice for a number of clients within the Scottish hospitality industry.

For more information please contact Carol Ward on 0141 353 3539 or email [email protected]

Staysafe policy launches to benefit the bed and breakfast sector

The new Staysafe insurance policy, which covers both B&Bs and small guest houses, is specifically designed for smaller establishments with six or less bedrooms available to let. Accidental damage is included as standard on the policy, along with liability for employees up to £10 million and liability for paying guests up to £2 million and up to £40,000 for their effects.

Thousands of people enjoy memorable experiences in the UK whilst staying at B&Bs and guest houses and it’s important that these small businesses have the right insurances in place. Bruce Stevenson is delighted to help these businesses with this new insurance policy.

The policy not only covers B&Bs but also their owners, who receive personal accident cover for £100 a week as standard, as well as loss of income up to £500,000 for a two-year period and all risks worldwide cover on clothing and personal effects up to £20,000.

Accidental loss or theft of money, food spoilage up to £1,000 and goods in transit up to £2,500 are also all covered.

Edward Bruce, Bruce Stevenson’s chief executive commented,

“Owners face distinct challenges when they open their homes or other premises to visitors and so it’s important for them to have tailored insurance policies to help protect them.

We have our own 24-hour claims helpline to support B&B and guest house owners and our claims department has built up experience of dealing with all sorts of situations.”

For further details, or to request a no obligation estimate, please contact Fiona Reid on 01896 804912 or email [email protected]