Buell Business Advice Centre

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In partnership with The Buell Group, ScotHot offers free specialist business advice at the Buell Business Advice Centre.

The Buell Business Advice Centre was a new feature of ScotHot 2017.  It has been developed to enable owners and operators of hotels who are visiting the show to obtain free advice and guidance on matters that are impacting on their businesses. 

It brought together a group of professional and advisory companies from the hotel and leisure sector which were on hand to advise visitors to the show on a broad range of topics from Strategy to Property, Funding to Financial Management, Operations to Marketing, and Procurement to Revenue Management.  This new for 2017 drop-in centre allows owners and operators of hotels to talk to professionals and advisors on an entirely confidential basis and on virtually any subject of interest.

Participating companies for 2017:

The Buell Group – Hotel strategy and general operational advice
Colliers International – Property related services
Brodies – Legal services
Allied Irish Bank – Banking services
Procure Wizard – Procurement services and software
For-sight – Marketing and digital marketing specialists
SME Business Finance – Flexible funding for small businesses





The Buell Group is the largest service and advisory conglomerate focused exclusively on the Hospitality & Leisure sector in the UK.  Bringing together some 20 high quality professional and service companies and an equivalent number of highly experienced consultants, we are able to provide a response to any requirements an owner, operator, developer or investor in the sector could have.  As such, we are a true on-stop-shop for businesses both large and small.  We are intimately involved with the Scottish hotel and restaurant market and are able to support in virtually any area of operations, development or support.  All our advice is based on sound market knowledge.

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As a full-service law firm, we can advise on all legal matters affecting your business, namely: supplier agreements and contracts (nationally and internationally); employment matters; buying and selling businesses and business premises; leasing business premises; investment/financing; data protection; regulatory/health and safety matters; alcohol licensing; construction; and taxation.



Allied Irish Bank (GB) is a specialist business bank offering a full range of business banking services. At Scothot 2017 AIB (GB) will have an experienced leisure financing team available to answer any of your business financing questions. The team would be delighted to hear about your business ambitions and discuss ways to structure your finances, when to refinance, options to fund growth and how to support capital expenditure.

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Procure Wizard is an award-winning e-purchasing platform which enables organisations to control and manage all elements of the procurement cycle to reduce purchasing costs and streamline accounting & administration processes.  It offers a solution which enables multi-site groups and independents to manage all elements of the cycle from Purchase to Pay using both local and national suppliers.


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A niche independent funder providing non-bank finance to the hospitality sector, our experienced professionals  provide  helpful advice on business finance. Using a mix of own funding, brokerage facilities and peer to peer lending we access  flexible and competitive deals enabling clients to spread  acquisition costs of assets and projects over their useful economic lives and fund them from future revenue.


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We are hotel, hospitality and resort property specialists throughout the UK and overseas.
Our experienced team offer a complete agency service for buying and selling hospitality businesses and a wide range of consultancy services from concept and strategy development, through feasibility and RICS valuations, to securing operators.


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Enabling Guest Communications and direct bookings. For-Sight from data experts Forth Communication Ltd is a hotel focused CRM product, allowing hoteliers to get a full understanding of their guests, thus enabling them to personalise & streamline the guest experience. Built with a high degree of automation, the system will take data from the UK’s market leading PMS’, clean it and put it on a plate for hotel marketers. With over 10 years’ experience in the hotel market, we’d be delighted to talk to hoteliers about their marketing and data challenges.


Other advisors included:

Jill Chalmers:  Jill is a hugely experienced hotelier with a background in sales, marketing and hotel operations.  Jill is able to provide advice and very practical support.  She has advised many leading businesses and some much smaller private enterprises on everything from strategy to digital marketing, sales and revenue management.  Highly experienced and very practical in her approach, Jill is a Scot based in Edinburgh and has an intimate knowledge of all areas of the hotel and leisure sector.

Andrew Scott:  Andrew is first and foremost a Food & Beverage specialist.  Based in Milnathort, Andrew has a range of businesses which he owns and operates ranging from cafes to restaurants and event catering.  Hugely passionate about the sector, Andrew’s contribution has been recognised by numerous awards.  Hands on and incisive in his understanding of all matters Food & Beverage from new concept development to the implementation of effective controls, menu design and the latest legislation on allergens, Andrew is a mine of information and practical advice.


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