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DOUBLE LOYALTY POINTS THIS SUMMER – A GOOD EXCUSE TO THROW AN EVENT AT BLYTHSWOOD SQUARE!

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I love a good event and with the fast pace of life, wonder if companies could be doing more to make fun events a regular occasion for employees – not just for clients. The heart of a great company is its people. Internal marketing is essential to keep staff motivated
Blythswood Square, Glasgow is well know for its fun atmosphere, range of flexible room layouts and bespoke menus to create an occasion to remember. The team are currently offering a summer promotion providing double loyalty points when you book a private event. The loyalty points can be redeemed for hotel vouchers: overnight stays, dining experiences, spa packages and much more.

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THE SCOTTISH HOTEL AWARDS 2014

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The Town House Collection, owners of Blythswood Square, Glasgow and The Bonham in Edinburgh are celebrating after receiving four prizes at the recent Scottish Hotel Awards.

The awards recognise hospitality excellence in every department as well as individual employees who have demonstrated outstanding dedication and achievements above and beyond their normal role.

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BLYTHSWOOD SQUARE WINS BEST HOTEL THISTLE AWARD

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5* Blythswood Square in Glasgow has won BEST HOTEL AWARD at the 2012 Scottish Thistle Awards…

Organised by VisitScotland, the Scottish Thistle Awards celebrate excellence and quality within the tourism industry. Now in their 20th year, they have undergone a major transformation and after extensive industry research, the awards have changed to include four new regional awards – Highlands and Islands, North East, South/Central East, South/Central West. The awards are widely recognised as the mark of excellence and professionalism across the industry, awarding businesses’ contributions to making Scotland a top visitor attraction.

Hans Rissmann, Managing Director of Blythswood Square, said: ‘To win this award three years after opening is fantastic for the whole team here. It proves that we have become established for locals and visitors to the city alike. Since the day we first opened our doors we have been welcomed to Glasgow by our neighbours, the industry and customers alike. We are thrilled that Blythswood Square is playing such an important role in the hospitality industry in Scotland.’

Tourism Minister Fergus Ewing said: “The tourism industry in Glasgow makes an immense contribution to Scotland’s economy and the Scottish Thistle Awards is an opportunity to recognise and celebrate excellence across the sector”.

Blythswood Square, located in the City centre, on one of Glasgow’s green spaces, it features 100 bedrooms including four spacious suites and an enticing top floor penthouse. It also houses Glasgow’s first luxury spa offering indigenous Scottish treatments, a restaurant, bars, a private screening room and event facilities. Blythswood Square is one of Scotland’s most environmentally-friendly hotels through the incorporation of renewable energy technologies to achieve reduced carbon emissions.

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PETER TAYLOR WINS CIS AWARD

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Peter Taylor wins Lifetime Excellence Award…

Peter Taylor, Chairman of The Town House Collection, has received the Catering in Scotland (CIS) Lifetime Excellence Award, making May a very rewarding month for the Scottish hotel group.

After graduating from Strathclyde University’s Scottish Hotel School, Peter worked with some of the world’s largest hotel groups before opening his first property in 1984, the Lundin Links Hotel in Fife. It was only five years later that he created Scotland’s first boutique hotel and from which The Town House Collection was born. Since that time, Peter has been the driving force behind some of the hospitality industry’s most exciting and successful town house hotels.

In 2006 the company made its first foray outside of Edinburgh with the acquisition of the former Royal Scottish Automobile Club in Blythswood Square in Glasgow. The iconic building is now Glasgow’s only AA Five Star hotel and boasts 100 bedrooms and a world class luxury spa.

Peter Taylor’s vision has always been that The Town House Collection would be one of the best companies to work for; that his team be the best to work with; and that his hotels be the best in Scotland for guests to stay in. He is dedicated to the continued development and management of luxury hotels and the business’ mission is to provide a genuine, personal and memorable experience to customers, suppliers and team members. This results in a culture that both demands and achieves excellence.

Of his award, he said: ‘The hotel industry is not all about bricks and mortar but very much about people – the team – and I am fortunate enough to have a great one! It is a great privilege for me to receive this CIS Lifetime Excellence Award however it is also a true reflection of the efforts of a strong and committed team over a great many years.’

Within the industry Peter Taylor is recognised as a great ambassador for the tourism and business sectors in Scotland. He is a past chairman of British Hospitality Association UK and British Hospitality Association Scotland. In 2005 he was the OBE for Services to Tourism.

Other award highlights for The Town House Collection this month include The Bonham receiving the Boutique Hotel of the Year award at the Scottish Hotel Awards and Blythswood Square winning the Regional Finals of the Thistle Awards. The hotel has won in two categories – Best Hotel and Best Café, Bar or Restaurant for The Salon. Often referred to as the ‘tourism oscars’ the awards are organised by Visitscotland and are designed to discover and celebrate excellence and innovation by the Scottish tourism industry for visitors. The hotel now goes forward to the national final in November.

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BLYTHSWOOD SQUARE WINS AA HOTEL OF THE YEAR SCOTLAND

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Blythswood Square picked up its biggest award yet when the Glasgow hotel was named AA Hotel of the Year Scotland.
First introduced in 1992, this award is the AA’s ultimate accolade for hotels in the UK. It is awarded to those that are recognised as being outstanding examples in their particular market. Entrants can be small, family-run hotels to the most ambitious commercial ventures and hotels of every size and style are considered.

About Blythswood Square, the judges said: ‘Lovingly restored by the present owners, this hotel has everything you would expect from a five star hotel. Throughout the bedrooms and the public areas décor and objet d’art reflect this aspect of the building’s history creating a focal and discussion point.’

Peter Taylor, Chairman of The Town House Collection, owner of the five star property, was naturally thrilled to receive the award. He said: ‘It is exactly a year ago just now that we completed the transformation of the former Royal Scottish Automobile Club to Blythswood Square, and what a wonderful way to mark the anniversary!

‘Since we first came to Glasgow and began the restoration of this ‘grand old lady’ it has always been our intention to create the best hotel in the city. With this award from the internationally recognised AA I believe that we’ve achieved that. This is a true testament to the skill, dedication and hard work of the team and to the support that we have enjoyed from all our customers and guests since we opened our doors.’

AA Hotel Services manager, Simon Numphud, said, “Blythswood Square was selected as the winner of this award because it is a stunning new addition to the hotel scene in Glasgow. Any new hotel opening has many challenges, but Blythswood Square has had more than its fair share and the amazing result is a true testament to Peter Taylor for creating such as wonderful hotel. It is certainly a worthy winner.”

The AA Hospitality Awards bring together some of the most influential people within the hospitality industry to recognise the outstanding accomplishments of high-achieving AA establishments and individuals. The award event also sees the launch of the 2012 AA guides to UK hotels and restaurants, which contain details of all the winning establishments

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BLYTHSWOOD SQUARE VIP HOTEL FOR THE MOBO AWARDS

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Follow in the footsteps of P Diddy and host an exclusive pool and spa party at the glamorous 5 star Blythswood Square, VIP Hotel for the MOBO Awards 5th October 2011.

Glasgow is one of the most popular destinations in the UK for award winning music – it has something to suit everyone from opera to R and B and intimate gigs so if you plan to visit this vibrant city to indulge your musical tastes then why not go one step further and hire the spa for an exclusive party?

The Spa has fully embraced it’s Scottish heritage and is home to Glasgow’s only Seaweed Bath Chamber filled with healing organic seaweed sourced from the Hebrides and it features the UK’s first indigenous Scottish treatments. Guests can indulge in bespoke natural treatments using Scotch Thistle extract, Scottish seaweed and a selection of treatments from the luxurious Anne Sémonin and ila product houses.

The marble Heat Suite offers a range of hot and cold experiences including a large hydrotherapy pool and the 11m relaxation pool leads to the decadent Dark Pool where guests can float undisturbed. Seductive, sophisticated and stylish, The Spa at Blythswood Square offers the perfect private party venue. To hire prices start at £2000.00

Blythswood Square is located in the heart of the city centre on one of Glasgow’s green spaces, ideal for attending a musical event. The hotel captures the glamour of a bygone era whilst showcasing the latest in designer styling as befits this vibrant and sociable city and the hotel’s chic cocktail bar is the ideal place to start or finish any evening of entertainment.

Blythswood Square features 100 bedrooms including four spacious suites and an enticing top floor penthouse, In addition to housing Glasgow’s first luxury spa Blythswood Square also features a restaurant, bars, a private screening room and event facilities. The hotel is one of Scotland’s most environmentally-friendly hotels through the incorporation of renewable energy technologies to achieve reduced carbon emissions.

For further information contact us on 0141 248 8888.

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BLYTHSWOOD SQUARE WINS AA HOTEL OF THE YEAR SCOTLAND

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Blythswood Square has become the first hotel in Glasgow to receive the coveted Five Stars from the AA.

The award recognises all areas of the business from front of house to the more operational day-to-day running of the 100 room hotel. A spokesman for the AA Hotel Services said: ‘”AA Hotel Services is delighted to award Five Stars to Blythswood Square: the first hotel in Glasgow to achieve an AA Five Star rating. This is in recognition of Blythswood Square’s consistent excellence across all standards of operation, including housekeeping, service and hospitality.”

Hans Rissmann, Managing Director, said: ‘We have been enjoying a particularly successful period in terms of winning awards here at Blythswood Square, however, this latest one from AA Hotel Services is very special as we’re the first property in the city to receive it. The AA brand is known nationally and internationally and as such the standards required in order to achieve it are very exacting. It is recognition for each member of staff and a great demonstration of teamwork.’

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BLYTHSWOOD SQUARE AWARDED FIVE STAR GRADING

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VisitScotland has today awarded Blythswood Square with a five star grading adding to Glasgow’s offering of luxury accommodation.

Blythswood Square, which opened in November 2009 is the latest addition to The Town House Collection of luxury boutique hotels and offers a 100 luxury bedrooms including six spacious suites and an enticing top floor penthouse complete with rooftop hot tub. It also houses Glasgow’s first luxury spa offering indigenous Scottish treatments, a restaurant, bars, a private screening room and event facilities.

VisitScotland’s Quality Advisor was particularly impressed with the high levels of professionalism enthusiasm and friendliness demonstrated by staff in all departments throughout their stay, coupled with the opulent surroundings of the public areas and the excellent standards in bedrooms and bathrooms citing Blythswood Square as ‘a wonderful new flagship hotel.’

Hans Rissmann, Managing Director of Blythswood Square, is delighted with this latest accolade. He said:

“Achieving VisitScotland’s five star status has always been at the top of our agenda. To be able to do this so quickly after the building was completed is a true recognition of the quality of our product and the hardwork and dedication of our team.
‘Blythswood Square was the first move to Glasgow for The Town House Collection and we have received a warm welcome from everyone from other hoteliers to our guests, diners and those who join us in our cocktail bar each evening.”

Mike Cantlay, Chairman of VisitScotland, said:

“We are delighted to award Blythswood Square with VisitScotland’s five star grading. In Scotland we enjoy high penetration rates in our quality assurance schemes, with more than 70% of accommodation providers and more than 90% of visitor attractions participating demonstrating that Scottish tourism businesses really see the value in receiving gradings.

“As a result we have seen quality across the sector improve with research showing that 44% of businesses have made investment following their grading visit. ”

With a growing trend of user generated content on sites such as Tripadvisor, consumer research shows that consumers still very much value the official rating scheme and that it plays a key role in decision making being viewed as a credible benchmark.

VisitScotland’s Quality Assurance Scheme is renowned throughout the world as a world leader, with many countries such as Sweden, Finland, Namibia and South Africa now adopting the model.

And quality is very much at the top of the tourism agenda tomorrow night as senior representatives from VisitScotland, Glasgow City Marketing Bureau and Glasgow Tourism Service Initiative meet with industry leaders and local businesses to discuss the future of tourism for the city moving forward in partnership through 2011.

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BLYTHSWOOD SQUARE UPDATE

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The former Royal Scottish Automobile Club, one of Glasgow’s most iconic buildings has been transformed into a luxurious five star hotel. Blythswood Square opens its doors to the public today, Tuesday 10th November.

The £25 million redevelopment of the landmark property has been carried out by Scotland’s stylish luxury boutique hotel group,The Town House Collection. Peter Taylor, Chairman of the group, said: ‘Our aim was to capture the glamour of a bygone era whilst showcasing the latest in designer styling as befits this vibrant and sociable city. We are absolutely delighted with the outcome.

“It has been our privilege to have the opportunity to restore this landmark Glasgow property into a contemporary hotel, retaining the unique features and personality for which it became famous.

‘Like all projects of this nature the plan tends to change and evolve once it gets started. We are opening around 12 months later than originally planned with the first of a three phase opening which will run into the New Year.

‘Since first taking ownership of the building we have enjoyed the support of many individuals and organisations in Glasgow including Scott Taylor and his team at the Glasgow City Marketing Bureau and Cllr Steve Purcell and his colleagues on the Planning Committee in addition to retail outlets and other hoteliers’

‘It’s a magnificent building and we look forward to welcoming our first guests.”

Blythswood Square overlooks one of Glasgow’s only remaining green spaces. The hotel will boast 100 bedrooms including six spacious suites and an enticing top floor penthouse complete with rooftop hot tub. It will also house Glasgow’s first luxury spa offering indigenous Scottish treatments, a restaurant, bars, a private screening room and event facilities.

Blythswood Square is, without doubt, one of Scotland’s most environmentally-friendly hotels through the incorporation of renewable energy technologies to achieve reduced carbon emissions.

Scottish-based Chard Construction has been working closely with the design team – Ron Galloway Associates. Philip Thomson Associates and Dunwoody Associates – to deliver this landmark project.

The hotel interior, created by Jim Hamilton of Glasgow-based Graven Images, retains its fine architectural features whilst sporting contemporary bespoke furniture by modus, flooring and textiles. This includes the use of Harris Tweed which will be used across chairs, curtains and light fittings. This is the first time this textile has been used for interiors since the QE2 was commissioned.

Formerly the Royal Scottish Automobile Club’s ballroom, the hotel’s main 120-cover restaurant and cocktail bar is impressive with its high ceilings and grand dimensions. However, the atmosphere will be fun and relaxed, a place to enjoy delicious seasonally chosen and locally sourced food and inventive cocktails with friends under the attention of award winning Executive Head Chef, Dan Hall.

The Spa at Blythswood Square will open early in 2010 and will champion the latest in cutting edge design offering a number of unique facilities and treatments specially created for the spa.

Guests can indulge in bespoke natural treatments using Scotch Thistle extract, Scottish seaweed and a selection of treatments from the luxurious Anne Semonin and ila brands.

The spa will be home to Glasgow’s only Seaweed Bath chamber filled with healing organic seaweed sourced from the Hebrides. The marble Heat Suite will offer a range of hot and cold experiences including a large hydrotherapy pool. The 11m relaxation pool will lead to the decadent Dark Pool where guests can float under a crystal chandelier.

This outstanding spa will also house a Rasul, relaxation rooms, 9 spacious treatment rooms including a double suite, all offering the highest level of comfort and warmth.

Additional highlights within Blythswood Square include the stunning marble bathrooms from Italy by IQ Quadro of Livorno, a 35 metre Salon featuring two original fire places, columns and cornicing with stunning views over Blythswood Square and a private Screening Room, the first in a Scottish hotel, which will be furnished in over 40 different designs of Harris Tweed.

There is also the RSAC’s original ‘Rally Bar‘ named after the Monte Carlo Rally which started from Blythswood Square in 1955. Over the years many high profile racing drivers frequented the bar and it grew a wide reaching and auspicious reputation. The Rally Bar is being restored to its former glory and is available to guests booking the hotel’s event suites.

Scott Taylor, Chief Executive – Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, said: “We are delighted to welcome home one of Scotland most celebrated and modest entrepreneurs, who has helped shape the hotel industry beyond recognition.

“Peter Taylor’s decision to invest in Scotland’s largest and most vibrant city speaks volumes about where Glasgow is heading, and its competitive position on the global stage.

Blythswood Square is unique and will become a landmark trophy hotel for Glasgow, and one of the city’s newest style icons.”

Blythswood Square is owned by The Town House Collection

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