Scotland Still Needs to Improve Food and Service, Chateau Largo CEO tells Thrive for Business Members

“The biggest challenge to the Scottish tourist industry is complacency” says Christopher Trotter, the award-winning food writer and CEO of Chateau Largo, Scotland’s first commercial grape wine grower.

That's the message he will be telling Thrive for Business’  Hospitality Club members on 31st January.

“The world is getting smaller and smaller and Scotland can no longer assume a natural visiting clientele. We cannot rest on the laurels of history, tradition and scenery. We have to improve our variables -food and service.

“I think we can only improve as people become more aware of the need for quality Scottish food and excellent service.”

Trotter has a distinguished track record in the Scottish hospitality industry, including running the Portsonachan Hotel and opening Scotland's Larder, a restaurant food shop and demonstration facility. He also has four books to his credit including his most recent:  The Whole Hog

Chateau Largo is scheduled  to produce its first wine for the shelves in 2014.

ENDS (background info follows)

Click here for photo – head & shoulders of Christopher Trotter.

For further information, or for comment on business networking from Thrive’s CEO, Amanda Kremer, please contact: Emma Taylor, Thrive’s Marketing Executive on 0131 526 3106 or 07720 970 664 or URL:

Thrive for Business – Info:

  • Thrive runs a series of sector-specific business networking clubs in Scotland.
  • Founded in 2005 by Amanda Kremer, a business development specialist with a strong track record of using networking to grow client bases.
  • Kremer set up Thrive to fill a gap for sector-based facilitated networking.
  • Thrive runs an average of 10 meetings a month in central Scotland, Dumfries & Galloway:
    Technology – Glasgow
    Energy – Edinburgh
    Professional Services – Glasgow & Edinburgh
    Hospitality – Glasgow
    Property – Glasgow & Edinburgh
    Dumfries & Galloway  -  Agriculture, Tourism plus Food & Drink
  • Influential speakers at Thrive clubs include senior players from: Touch Bionics, Wolfson Microelectronics, Robert Wiseman Dairies, AgriScot, Scotland Food & Drink, G1 Group, Famous Grouse, Scottish Power Renewables, Scottish Government, Aquamarine Power, AMA Developments, Barrhead Regeneration, HSBC, Microsoft, and Investors in People.
  • Thrive’s professional management at meetings accelerate results by providing structured opportunities for members, facilitating introductions and sourcing interesting visitors.
  • Thrive guarantees an average of 40% new visitors per meeting to keep the network fresh, plus managed competition in business categories, and 1-2 potential clients at every meeting. 
  • Future plans include:  an Energy club in Glasgow and a Life Sciences club in Edinburgh, plus Network Conferences in both cities.
  • Thrive itself is thriving: on track to nearly double members by the end of 2012
  • Thrive is the only business network in Scotland to offer a 33% discount to the third sector.

Contact: Emma Taylor
Phone: 0131 526 3106 or 07720 970 664