Crieff Hydro couple take expertise to national trade event

Ahead of Scottish Family Business Day (6 February), a couple at the helm of one of Scotland’s leading hotels are taking their expertise to a national trade event. 

Stephen and Fiona Leckie of Crieff Hydro will go head to head with two other couples in an interactive gameshow-style panel at ScotHot, Scotland’s leading trade event. 

Presented by Scottish Tourism Alliance CEO Marc Crothall, ‘Teamwork Makes The Dream Work’ will chart the highs and lows of working in a husband-and-wife team in Scotland’s hospitality industry. 

The panel forms part of the Scottish Tourism Alliance Spotlight Stage programme of events, designed to inform, inspire and entertain more than 7,000 delegates from Scotland’s food, drink, hospitality and tourism industries. 

Taking place on the 13th and 14th March 2019 at Glasgow’s Scottish Event Campus (SEC) in collaboration with Scottish Tourism Month, ScotHot is the Scottish hospitality and catering sector’s largest and most comprehensive trade event. 

Stephen and Fiona – the fifth generation of the Leckie family to lead Crieff Hydro – will be joined on stage by Martin and Sharlene Harvey, owners of restaurant Monadh Kitchen in Bearsden, and Fiona and Ali Campbell, owners of Mansefield House and Campbell Cottage on the banks of Loch Long, Arrochar. 

Stephen and Fiona Leckie said: “Family has been at the heart of our business for 150 years so it’s natural for us both to be involved. We’re looking forward to taking part in the Spotlight Stage session and sharing our experiences.”

Marc Crothall, CEO at the Scottish Tourism Alliance, added: 

“The Scottish Tourism Alliance Spotlight Stage within ScotHot has been carefully curated to complement the Scottish Tourism Alliance Signature Sessions, which will take place in the SEC on the 14th March. Through our partnership with ScotHot we are able to offer a unique and valuable event, delivering ‘do not miss’ insights and inspiration for tourism business owners, industry leaders, senior and middle management, suppliers to industry and anyone aspiring to succeed and carve out a successful career in hospitality and tourism.”

Figures released by the Scottish Family Business Association show that 73% of all businesses in Scotland are family firms, employing half of all workers in the private sector. 

Over the course of two days, ScotHot 2019 features more than 200 curated exhibitions from hospitality operators and suppliers, educational talks from key industry figures, and demonstrations from some of the country’s leading chefs, culminating in the hotly anticipated Scottish Culinary Championships. 

Each session at the Scottish Tourism Alliance Spotlight Stage seats up to 70 delegates. Spaces will be available to book on the ScotHot website in advance of the show. 

To view the full Scottish Tourism Alliance Spotlight Stage programme, please visit

For the latest show news, exhibitor information, and to register to attend ScotHot 2019, please visit 
For more information about Scottish Tourism Month, please visit 

Photo: Stephen and Fiona Leckie

Abigail Shepherd