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The Scotch Whisky Experience were delighted to collect the award for Best Place for Women to Work at the Business Women Scotland Hospitality and Tourism Awards on 16th May. The awards, held at Edinburgh’s Waldorf Astoria, celebrate the achievements of individuals and organisations within Scotland’s booming tourism and hospitality industry, bringing together representatives from businesses across the country: from visitor attractions and festivals to accommodation providers and restaurants.
The Scotch Whisky Experience team, who were shortlisted alongside the Waldorf Astoria and Fairmont St Andrews, were praised for their positive approach to the long-term career progression of women within the organisation, and for the company’s inclusive and conscientious approach to maternity leave, phased return to work, and work-life balance.
The attraction was also recognised for its commitment to accessibility, making the ceremony’s first awards shortlist of the night: Accessible Business of the Year. While this award went to the team at Dundee’s Caird Hall, the Scotch Whisky Experience were proud to be a finalist in this incredibly competitive category, acknowledging the many adaptations and product augmentations that have been implemented over the years to make the attraction as accessible to as many people as possible.
“We’re incredibly proud to have made the shortlists for both of these awards”, says Susan Morrison, Chief Executive. “The Scotch Whisky Experience is about championing inclusiveness in whisky, and we achieve that with a programme of carefully honed training sessions, tastings and events that level the playing field for our whole team. Over our 30 years in business, we’ve created an internal culture where all members of our team feel they have a voice, an opinion and something to offer on this amazing spirit. Winning this award means so much to the organisation, and even more so to Scotland’s incredible whisky industry who we’re proud to represent.”
The Scotch Whisky Experience employs 90 members of staff, with a wide range of roles from operations, retail and hospitality to marketing, technical, administration and finance. The overall management roles are 59% female, with a 50:50 gender split between those in general managerial roles. In 2018, there were four female appointees to the board of directors; equating to 35% of the full board.
Located in Edinburgh at the top of the city’s famous Royal Mile, the attraction opened in 1988 and in its 30 year history has welcomed over 7 million visitors from around the world, and poured over 9 million drams of Scotch whisky.
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