Last night (Thursday, 17 May), I was delighted to be one of the guest speakers at the Business Women Scotland second Women in Hospitality and Tourism Awards in the beautiful Grand Central Hotel.
When Lynne got in touch with me and asked me to do this, my first thought was why me?!?! I own a business I love, that has been part of me for 35 years, and I get to do what I enjoy most – meeting and talking to people.
Hospitality and tourism is one of the most demanding sectors you can be involved in but it also one of the most rewarding. I strongly believe that if you take a chance then the world can be your oyster – as long as you keep your feet on the ground, surround yourself with good people, listen to others and lastly but most important keep your eye on the pennies!
The achievements and success of all the nominees for each of the award categories made amazing listening – hard choices for all the judges I am sure.
For me the biggest shock of the night was still to come and for the first time in my life I was speechless!
The last award of the evening was the presentation of the Lifetime Achievement Award and when our MC for the night, Rachel McTavish started to talk about the person – left school at age 15 with no qualification, my first thought was “how good is this, someone else like me” – little did I know it was me!
I am still shocked but now that it is beginning to sink in I am absolutely thrilled. It’s such a great honour and I cannot thank the team at Business Women Scotland enough for this. I also would not be where I am today without the love and support of my family and my team at the Willow Tea Rooms – so this award is shared with them.
Downside this week has been a fractured humerus – I managed to slip coming out the shower and down I went. Thankfully, I didn’t need an operation and hopefully a few weeks with my friend “the sling” and my arm will be back to normal.
…….Live at Five….
I have loved been part of the Live at Five family and was devastated to hear the news this week that STV2 is closing. The team do a fantastic job and this was very much in evidence on 9 May when they won the Best Daytime category at this year’s Royal Television Society.
……Down the River…..
Willow Doon the Water at the Tall Ship at Riverside was a great success – the feedback was amazing – everyone loved the unusual setting for their delicious afternoon tea and so enjoyed Sylvia’s talk. We have had lots of requests to do more events and are working on some plans for this.
Lots of new developments in the pipeline including birthday treats, cakes and cheers, latest addition to our tea family, new ranges for our gift shops….lots to do so keep checking our website and social media channels for updates.
The Willow Tea Rooms at 97 Buchanan Street is inspired by Mackintosh and features the recreated White Dining Room and Chinese (Blue) Room from Kate Cranston’s Ingram Street tearooms in the early 1900s. This has influenced one of our new products which we are sure you will love!