Caithness Map :: Links to Site Map Great value Unlimited Broadband from an award winning provider  

 

HIE Standards Boost Business At The Station Hotel

22nd October 2001

A European funded initiative, aimed at helping accommodation providers upgrade their premises, is proving a real success for one Thurso business. The Station Hotel, which is owned by Pam and Stan Egan, has just attained a three star grading from Visitscotland (formerly the Scottish Tourist Board) after the couple spent 133,000 on a facelift for the hotel.

Pam and Stan applied to Caithness and Sutherland Enterprise (CASE) last year for financial assistance and were awarded a funding package worth 30,000 - half of which came from the HIE Standards programme. CASE business development managers are now encouraging more accommodation providers in the area, thinking about making improvements to their premises, to apply for assistance from the recently launched HIE Standards III initiative.

HIE Standards III continues to provide financial assistance to accommodation providers for investment in the upgrade of their premises in a bid to attract and meet the needs of today's discerning travellers. Among the improvement work undertaken at the Station Hotel was the upgrade of the hotel's 21 bedrooms and ensuite bathrooms as well as the formation of a reception area and the upgrade of the hall and landing areas. The project has resulted in the creation of a number of full-time positions at the hotel.

Management and staff at the Station Hotel are not only celebrating their three star grading from Visitscotland, they have also recently achieved a Green Tourism Bronze Award and have been awarded Investors in People status, a national programme which promotes the development of staff and skills.

Steven Kelly, manager at the Station Hotel said: "With the assistance of CASE and the HIE Standards programme we have achieved our aim of a three stars award from VisitScotland in a much shorter time than anticipated. We have also got a product to be proud of and the response in terms of repeat and future business has been outstanding. CASE have been very supportive and assisted us every step of the way."

Acting chief executive Carroll Buxton said: "One of our priorities at CASE is to improve the standard of accommodation on offer throughout the area in order to meet the high standards expected from business and leisure travellers.
"We are keen to see more accommodation providers follow the Station Hotel's example and come forward and apply for assistance via HIE Standards."

For more information on HIE Standards contact CASE on 01847 896115.

 

Related Businesses

 

Related Articles

HIE Awards Framework Agreement For Specialist Advice For Businesses
Regional development agency, Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) has awarded a new framework agreement for the procurement of specialist advise to support its clients.   Business advisory firm, Anderson Anderson Brown (AAB), will identify, procure and manage specialist advisors who will support HIE clients as they recover from the pandemic and meet the challenges of Brexit.  
Scottish wedding sector supported by £25million fundThumbnail for article : Scottish wedding sector supported by £25million fund
Over 2,800 businesses which operate within the Scottish wedding industry have been supported by £25.9million worth of funding to help survive the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.   A total of 2,811 eligible firms received a share of the Scottish Wedding Industry Fund, which was provided by the Scottish Government and administered by a partnership of South of Scotland Enterprise, Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE).  
Alumni Event Marks Three Years Of PathfinderThumbnail for article : Alumni Event Marks Three Years Of Pathfinder
A fully funded business growth programme aimed at nurturing life sciences and technology businesses is celebrating the completion of its third year.   Pathfinder Accelerator was developed by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) to help businesses bring new ideas to market quicker.  
Boost For New Tourism Business In MorayThumbnail for article : Boost For New Tourism Business In Moray
A project to create a new luxury venue and holiday accommodation in Moray has secured up to £100,000 from Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE).   The project, by Rothes Glen Limited (RGL), will create up to ten new full-time equivalent jobs in rural Speyside.  
The United Kingdom Internal Market Act 2020 - What It MeansThumbnail for article : The United Kingdom Internal Market Act 2020 - What It Means
The Institute for government has produce a paper explaining the Act.   The United Kingdom Internal Market Act 2020, which became law on 17 December 2020, will govern the trading relationship between the nations of the UK.  
The Latest Fraser Of Allander Scottish Business Monitor
This week we published our latest Scottish Business Monitor in partnership with Addleshaw Goddard.  You can read the latest Scottish Business Monitor in full here.  
£4.5m Investment In Argyll DevelopmentThumbnail for article : £4.5m Investment In Argyll Development
More than £4.5m is to be invested in expanding the marine enterprise cluster in Argyll, in a move that is expected to create more than 30 well-paid jobs.   HIE has approved the funding for two new stages in its development of the European Marine Science Park (EMSP) at Dunstaffnage near Oban.  
More young entrepreneurs set to make an impact
Another 27 young business leaders from around the Highlands and Islands have become the latest to take part in a year-long programme aimed at developing the next generation of entrepreneurs.   IMPACT30 is a fully funded business growth programme, offering bespoke support from industry specialists.  
£3 Million For Snow SportsThumbnail for article : £3 Million For Snow Sports
£2 million funding was originally announced in December but has now been increased to £3 million.  The funding will support snowsports centres that have been forced to close due to Level 4 restrictions to curtail the spread of COVID-19.  
A Plus and A Minus For Moray Tourism
The Plus A three-year project to restore confidence and resilience in Moray's tourism sector, has secured £350,000 from Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE).   The project, by strategically important destination management organisation Visit Moray and Speyside (VMS), will deliver a series of initiatives aimed at inspiring, enabling and delivering destination recovery.