Heavens Above! More awards…

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                                   Perthshire Chamber of Commerce Star Awards...20.11.15 Excellence in Business Innovation winner Andrew Scott from Scott Hospitality Services receives his trophy from Allan McGregor of the Binn Group Picture by Graeme Hart. Copyright Perthshire Picture Agency Tel: 01738 623350  Mobile: 07990 594431               Innovation winner Scott Hospitality                     Perthshire Chamber of Commerce Star Awards...20.11.15 Employee of the Year Award to Holly Millar from Scott Hospitality Services presented by Gavin McLean (left) and Derek Petterson of McLeod Glaziers Picture by Graeme Hart. Copyright Perthshire Picture Agency Tel: 01738 623350  Mobile: 07990 594431

Friday 20th November was a huge night for us all at Heaven Scent and Heavens Above as we were double winners at the Perthshire Chamber of Commerce Business Star Awards 2015, held at a glittering ceremony at Crieff Hydro.

The judges of the “Excellence in Business Innovation” award were hugely impressed by Andrew Scott’s vision and ambition in opening Heavens Above, a unique dining and events space above Heaven Scent artisan coffee shop in Milnathort, just eight months ago. They remarked on how Andrew had been able to make such a success of a city style venue in a rural location, and highlighted his ongoing efforts to improve, engage and innovate.

Andrew said “We are absolutely delighted to be recognised in this way. These awards are testament to our quirky approach to continual improvement and expanding our range of services. We pride ourselves in being creative and always thinking of new initiatives, from being one of the very few Scottish companies to take part in ‘Silver Sunday’ which celebrates the contribution older people make to our community, running a weekly Supper Club and inviting local children to design a ‘Terrifying Tea’ for Hallowe’en.”

Our success in business innovation is also a reflection of our amazing team headed up by Hollie Millar, who herself won the ‘Employee of the Year‘ accolade, beating off stiff competition from high calibre finalists from across Perthshire.

As if running Scott Hospitality doesn’t keep him busy enough, Andrew has also established Victus Catering Consultancy which offers help, advice and guidance to small to medium businesses in the hospitality sector whose problems and challenges require a different perspective. Furthermore, as a highly sought after keynote speaker and MC, Andrew is often invited to conferences, workshops and events across the UK.

Taste Our Best Award

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W-Taste-Our-Best-2015-2016Following a recent visit from VisitScotland’s quality assurance team, Heaven Scent is thrilled to have achieved the “Taste Our Best” award for the third successive year.

We are proud of the provenance and fantastic quality of our food, and the fact that we use as many Scottish suppliers and ingredients as possible. This is not only highly beneficial for the local economy, it enables us to minimise our food miles and maximise good sustainable and environmental practices.

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FreeFrom Eating Out Awards Finalist

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FFEOA 15 shortlisted 300dopi-CMYKThe UK-wide FreeFrom Eating Out Awards were launched this year to encourage innovation and celebrate excellence in the fast-growing freefrom food service industry.

Heaven Scent was delighted to be shortlisted in the “Cafe, Coffee Shop and Tearoom” category, the only Scottish company to make it through to the final stages of this category in this national competition. We have worked very hard to create a menu with plenty of gluten and diary free options, and to train out staff about allergens and how to cater for customers with special dietary requirements. There’s plenty more we could do however, and we’re always increasing our efforts to include as much choice as possible.

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Terrifying Teas Triumph!

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Winning creations                   Competition winner Reilly White                   Reilly White's winning tea                   12192947_538840919626079_889036813_o

To celebrate Hallowe’en, us ingenious types at Heavens Above encouraged local children to design a “Terrifying Tea” in our scary, food-based competition. The winner of each category, primary and secondary, enjoyed the afternoon tea of their creation with their families on Hallowe’en itself, with their menus also available to other diners.

Reilly White (P4) impressed the judges with her spooktacular menu which included petrifying pumpkin soup and cursed cheese spider with scary carrot legs.

Emma Davel (S4) was the hands down winner of the secondary category as her submission included photos of her gruesome creations, such as a handwich, creepy meringues and a brownie web.

With lots of kids entering and the lucky winners having a fantastic time on Hallowe’en, the competition was a huge success and testament to Heavens Above‘s reputation as an innovative small business at the heart of Milnathort’s community.

Celebrating Silver Sunday

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Silver Sunday is an annual day of fun and free activities for older people across the UK. Led by the Sir Simon Milton Foundation, it celebrates the value and knowledge they contribute to their communities while combating loneliness and isolation. Heavens Above marked this year’s nation-wide event by encouraging the local community to nominate a remarkable older person who has made a significant contribution to Kinross-Shire.The four people with the most nominations were treated to high tea with a guest of their choice on Silver Sunday itself, 4th October.Our very worthy winners were:

Pat Eadie
“Pat is a cornerstone of our community.”
“She has dedicated her life to supporting the young and old through Girl Guides, her church and being a good neighbour.”
“In the time that I have known Pat, it’s very clear to me that she has the interests of the Milnathort community at heart.”
“She is a true friend to many local residents.”

Cathie Dewar
“Cathie was warden at Causeway Court for years in Kinross looking after the elderly and now retired has a hobby knitting for ‘Loving Hands’.”
“She is worthy of this prize.”
“This lady knits and crochets her heart out for ‘Loving Hands’ and various charity groups such as SANDS.”
“I feel it would be lovely to give Cathie a treat.”

Jean Erskine
“Jean is a friend to everyone… Nothing is too much bother. She is a wonderful person and we love her.”
“Jean goes out of her way to help the elderly and always has a happy smile.”
“Mrs Erskine is a ‘giver’ always ready to help anyone out. She is an invaluable help at Kinross Day Centre.  A lovely person with a great sense of humour.”
“Jean gives her time to help others on a number of different occasions throughout the year, year after year.”

Nan Douglas
“She is a lovely, caring person. Talented craftswoman and good teacher.”
“She is very helpful and passes on her knowledge of sewing, knitting. She is always there to help others.”
Nan is 90 this year. She is a lovely lady who is always willing to help others. She is also very talented when it comes to sewing and other crafts.”
“Nan is such a lovely person and does so much for everyone.”

Andrew Scott, owner, says “We live in a small, tight-knit community with many older people who live by themselves. Silver Sunday seems the ideal way of acknowledging this and recognising the contribution they make. We are also very lucky in the support locals give us, and this is our way of giving back and saying thank you.”

Steak night success

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SteakIt was with some trepidation that we thought we should trial a Steak Night at Heavens Above. A few casual texts later and we realised we were on to a winner.

Marketed as “A Rare Night Out” (our Office Guru Kate really is a lady of many talents!) and initially aimed at men, spaces were very quickly snapped up by the fairer sex as well as blokes, couples looking for a romantic night out, groups of friends and families.

We researched the best and most popular types of steak to offer, and plumped for rump and sirlion. As a VisitScotland “Taste Our Best” accredited caterer, the provenance of our food is important to us so we used the most local supplier we could while ensuring only the best quality of meat. We then got our creative juices flowing, designing a menu with enticing starters and desserts, and explaining the cuts of meat and where we had sourced them from.

Heavens Above was packed to the rafters. 45 cooked-to-order steaks later and Andrew, who had been at the helm of the griddle pan all evening, was fair chuffed with himself as not one was returned. In fact the feedback was incredible, with the food, atmopshere and staff all receiving five star reviews from diners.

The next steak night is actually a steak weekend running on Friday 26th and Saturday 27th February.
Call now on 01577 865577 to secure your place.

Heaven Scent Kitchen at Dalmeny House

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We’re excited and honoured to announce that Heaven Scent Kitchen has been awarded the catering contract at magnificent Dalmeny House near Edinburgh.

This impressive category A listed building is home to the Earl and Countess of Roseberry, and enjoys a fantastic location  in South Queensferry on the banks of the River Forth.

Heaven Scent Kitchen is delighted to provide finger and fork buffets, elegant afternoon teas and delicious bespoke menus to corporate, incentive and leisure groups visiting the house for exclusive tours of the world-renowned Rosebery and Rothschild art collection.

New Sales & Marketing Manager

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*Scott Hospitality is delighted to announce that Shoena Payne has joined the company as Sales & Marketing Manager.

Shoena has worked in the travel and hospitality industry for over 18 years, starting her career as Product Manager with Globespan. She was responsible for all operational aspects of the tour operator’s holidays firstly to Majorca then throughout Europe.

Following a six month sabbatical working as a translator for Raleigh International in Chile and travelling in South America, Shoena joined Maximillion Events, organising team building activities, conferences, award ceremonies and parties for corporate groups across the UK and beyond.

Andrew Scott comments “We’ve experienced huge growth in the past few years and we’re excited about bringing Shoena on board to drive the business forward. We have big ambitions to expand our outside catering branch into different markets, and we know that Shoena has the skills and expertise to open up new opportunities”.

“Also, with the opening of our Heavens Above venue in May 2015, we need an additional member of staff to focus on marketing and selling this unique catering and events space, located above our Heaven Scent coffee shop in Milnathort, Perthshire.”