Tuesday February 16, 2010
Jo Harley comments on the launch of learnpurple Scotland...
I am a city (and very much a London) girl, however recently I have been introduced to the virtues of the countryside, and whist not totally converted I do like the idea of having lovely long walks, peace, quiet and fresh air on my doorstep. My sister has the best of both worlds, she lives and works in Edinburgh and whilst shopping on the fabulous Princes St can still see the views and look up at the castle. I guess this is why, along with the consistent and amazing architecture and the friendly people, Edinburgh is my favourite city to visit in Great Britain.
I remember, many years ago, flying up to Edinburgh with Tim Browne, who was running our Learning Bites at the time. It was November the 5th, I spent the flight looking at fireworks out of the window across the length of England and landed in Scotland on a clear and beautiful evening. We were there to introduce a little bit of learnpurple into Scotland, and we had a lot of interest in the Learning Bites we did in both Edinburgh and Glasgow. I fell in love with the place. Luckily both family and work have meant I can visit regularly and now I have even more of an excuse as we are (at last!) opening learnpurple Scotland.
The venture will be headed up by Managing Director, Gavin McLean, a Scot living in Edinburgh. Gavin has over 20 years experience within the hospitality and food industries and has always been enthused by people development and innovation to help companies maximise employee potential. This makes him an ideal partner for us. When we met he saw a real opportunity to use his local knowledge to head up a business that would deliver results for companies in Scotland.
Over the past nine years, we have built up a much-admired brand and an enviable reputation for helping service businesses achieve competitive advantage through their people. It's great therefore that Gavin can carry this on and really get stuck into the market in Scotland.
As I mentioned, we already have a very positive history North of the border, having worked with Scottish based hotels such as Malmaison and Hotel du Vin and Cameron House. Jane Sunley, founder and CEO, has appeared at numerous conferences and speaking engagements throughout Scotland and has three times chaired the Scottish Enterprise Sales in the City Conference in Glasgow. "I've always loved doing work in Scotland, people are so very receptive to new ideas and our style and approach. We've aspired to a Scottish branch for quite some time and feel the time is right. I'm so looking forward to expanding on this now." she commented. Learnpurple are also keen supporters of HIT Scotland and Springboard.
Sean Wheeler, Head of People at Malmaison and Hotel du Vin has always been a great supporter of ours and is looking forward to a stronger presence in Scotland, also the home of the first Malmaison "When looking at the current financial climate, there can only be one route to take; creative solutions to retain, develop and engage the great people you have. To keep them motivated and productive and keep hearts and minds engaged in your organisation. We have been working closely with learnpurple for seven years, and have had an impressive percentage decreases in labour turnover, significant increases in motivation and productivity, and important cost reductions and increased profit."
Scottish business success story Montpeliers also welcomes this new development. Managing Director David Wither is enthusiastic about the prospect of having learnpurple on his doorstep: "I wish learnpurple Scotland every success for the future, the innovative and forward looking training courses and appraisal system will deliver real benefits for the Hospitality industry in Scotland, I look forward to working with Gavin" So it looks like we are already on to a winner.
I know Gavin is getting lots of help from friends and contacts with the launch. I am really looking forward to seeing all our purple friends when Jane, Jodi, Emily and I fly up and if you would like to attend the breakfast and exclusive taster learning bite then please let firstname.lastname@example.org know.
It's at Tigerlily at 8am on the 25th February, we look forward to seeing you there!