Heather Matthews, Managing Director of Little’s Chauffeur Drive Nominated for Top Scottish Business Award

We are excited to share the news: Heather Matthews, Managing Director of family-run firm Little’s, which co-ordinates chauffeur services throughout the world, has been shortlisted for Female Business Leader of the Year at the Scottish Business Awards 2015.

The nomination follows an unprecedented year of business for Little’s, which involved an extensive re-brand of the company and maximising the opportunity of a phenomenal rise in visitor numbers to Scotland due to major events including The Commonwealth Games and The Ryder Cup.

Little’s won key contracts throughout what tourism chiefs hailed the ‘Year of Homecoming’ as well as building upon its already well established client base, yielding impressive results for the firm.  At the core of the company’s success was Heather’s forward thinking approach to modernising the company in anticipation of what she knew would be a landmark year for business in Scotland.

Heather Matthews, Managing Director of Little’s commented: “It fills me with great pride to be nominated for Female Business Leader of the Year.
“Over the last couple of years Little’s has made some big changes to ensure that we maintain our position at the top of the industry as we listen and respond to our clients’ evolving needs.
“These have been bold and quite pioneering changes for our industry, however what has been of utmost importance to me is that we keep our core family values at the heart of the company, offering our clients an exceptional level of personal service.
“To be recognised by the Scottish Business Awards in a category of such high calibre and influential fellow businesswomen is a real honour and I look forward to attending the ceremony in November”.

As well as a new brand identity, a relaunch of its website and a new online portal for clients, Little’s also introduced a new range of hybrid vehicles to its luxury fleet in Spring 2015, in a drive to become a more environmentally friendly enterprise.

Josh Littlejohn, Founder of the Scottish Business Awards commented: “The Scottish Business Awards is now a major fixture of the Scottish business calendar and this year the Scottish business community will have a lot to celebrate at our ceremony with George Clooney. Heather’s nomination in this prestigious category reflects her growing influence and achievement as a female business leader.”
The prestigious Awards, which last year welcomed Sir Richard Branson, will play host to Scotland’s business elite as well as this year’s speaker Hollywood actor and activist George Clooney. Renowned as the UK’s biggest business dinner the event will take place on November 12 2015 at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre.

Established almost 50 years ago, Little’s is headquartered in Glasgow but has an international reach, providing chauffeur services in worldwide locations. The company specialises in corporate travel, including airport and rail transfers and event delegate transport for movements of all sizes. The Little’s team is also experienced in the logistical organisation of single and multiple venue roadshows, taking care of all transport, luggage and passenger requirements. For leisure travellers, they are able to provide bespoke visitor leisure tours and itineraries for worldwide destinations.

Colombian historic Tall Ship ‘ARC Gloria’ visits Edinburgh

As part of its 2015 goodwill tour of the world, the Colombian Navy’s three-masted training ship will visit Edinburgh for the first time in its 47 years at sea from Thursday 27 to Sunday 30 August 2015.

The ‘ARC Gloria’, one of the biggest tall ships in the world still in service, left its home port of Cartagena, Colombia, on 26 June and has since visited ports in Portugal, Germany and Holland. Shortly after Edinburgh the ‘ARC Gloria’ will visit London and ports in Spain, Portugal and the Dominican Republic.

The ship has a crew of 150, including 67 final-year cadets from the Colombian Naval Academy and one dog “Black Pearl” the sailing black Labrador and the flagship’s mascot.

On Thursday 27 August 2015, the ‘ARC Gloria’ will arrive to Ocean Terminal Leith, Ocean Dr, Edinburgh, EH6 6JJ at 8am where it will be officially welcomed by The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo at 11am.

The ship will be open to the public during the following times and ALL ACTIVITIES ABOARD ARE FREE

•    Thursday 27 August: 0900 to 1200  – 1400 to 1700
•    Friday 28 August: 0900 to 1200 – 1400 to 1900
•    Saturday 29 August- Family Day in association with the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh 0900 to 1200 – 1400 to 1900
•    Sunday 30 August- 0900 –Noon

ARC Gloria will depart at 1700 on Sunday 30 August for London where it will be berth at Thames Quay, West India Docks from 3-6 September 2015

The Royal Yacht Britannia acquired the iconic heritage vessel MV Windsor Castle

In a near £1 million investment, this classically designed ship is to be converted into a 25 bedroom luxury ‘boatique’ hotel. She will be berthed permanently, adjacent to Britannia in Edinburgh’s historic port of Leith.

Launched in August 1963, she was the last ship built by the Blythswood Shipbuilding Company, Glasgow, and was previously the Northern Lighthouse Board’s (NLB) tender Fingal. She was Leith registered but spent most of her NLB service working out of Oban for 30 years, followed by her last 6 years, based in Stromness, Orkney.

At 239 feet long, she is nearly two-thirds of the size of Britannia. The vessel was sold by the NLB in 2000 to Tamahine Shipping and has been maintained to the highest standards ever since, at her berth on the River Fal in Cornwall.

The ship was scheduled to arrive in Leith during the week of 25 August, 2014, and undergo an 18 month conversion, scheduled to open in Spring 2016. Developing a floating hotel represents natural organic growth for Britannia, having the requisite management skills in-house, and servicing demand from both day visitors and evening event guests for quality accommodation, adjacent to the Royal Yacht. Officially Scotland’s best visitor attraction, for each of the last nine years, and the UK’s No.1 attraction (TripAdvisor 2014), Britannia is already renowned for delivering the highest quality of customer experience; and this hotel will fit neatly within the overall brand.

Britannia’s Chief Executive Bob Downie said, ‘After many years of searching for the right ship, we are delighted that we have been able to acquire this iconic vessel and look forward to opening Scotland’s first boatique hotel. As a youngster growing up in Oban I have very fond memories of seeing the Fingal and I am delighted that the long-term future of another much loved classic vessel has been secured.’


For further information, contact Lynda Dalgleish, Head of Marketing & Visitor Experience, The Royal Yacht Britannia on 0131 555 8800

Soul to Sole Experience at the Old Course Hotel, St Andrews

Experience a complete head-to-toe rejuvenating body treatment and choice of Healthy Hands Manicure or Neet Feed Pedicure at the Old Course Hotel in St Andrews.

The Soul to Sole Experience is inclusive of the following:

– 80 minute Soul to Sole Body Treatment
– One 50 minute Healthy Hands Manicure OR one 50 minute Neat Feet Pedicure
– Unlimited access to Kohler Waters Spa™ facilities including the 20-metre pool, thermal suite and fitness suite
– A delicious two course lunch served at Kohler Waters Spa
– 25% discount on additional spa treatments at Kohler Waters Spa Sunday to Friday, excluding seasonal treatments.

£168, Saturdays £198

To enhance your Spa Day experience, we recommend that you arrive at least 2 hours prior to your first treatment to allow ample time for check-in, changing and relaxing.

To make a booking, or for further information, please contact the Spa via e-mail at reservations@oldcoursehotel.co.uk.

The Royal Yacht BRITANNIA welcomes Shirley Spear of The Three Chimneys onto its Board of Trustees

As co-founder of the internationally-renowned The Three Chimneys on Skye, a multi-award-winning restaurant with rooms, Shirley brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to Britannia, the UK’s No.1 Attraction (TripAdvisor 2014-15).
At the heart of The Royal Yacht Britannia’s success is providing the highest levels of customer service and hospitality, resulting in the 5 star attraction being Scotland’s Best Visitor Attraction for an incredible nine years’ running (VisitScotland). Based on these same core values, Shirley has successfully established an international reputation for The Three Chimneys, as a Gold 5-Star Restaurant with Rooms and holder of 3 AA Red Rosettes for food for 16 years. Many awards and accolades have been won over three decades, the latest being a coveted Michelin Star in September 2014.

She commented, “I am honoured to have been invited to join Britannia’s Board and look forward to working with an exciting new team on a different aspect of Scotland’s diverse hospitality industry, helping them to develop the next chapter of their amazing success story.”

Passionate about promoting and celebrating Scotland’s natural larder, as Ambassador for Food & Drink for the Highlands and Islands and Chair of the newly formed Scottish Food Commission, Shirley is leading the drive to position Scotland as a ‘Good Food Nation’.

With over 30 years’ experience in high-end hospitality, Britannia looks forward to working with Shirley to further strengthen the Royal Yacht’s prominence as a five star tourist attraction and exclusive evening events venue.


To learn more about the Royal Yacht BRITANNIA visit its page on Luxury Scotland’s website.