Dozens of Edinburgh business figures had a Hell’s Kitchen-style lesson in hospitality as part of Clydesdale Bank’s Business Week.
Six teams of Bank customers and contacts competed in the Recipe For Success cookery challenge at the Edinburgh New Town Cookery School on Tuesday evening (May 12).
Participants were shown how to make a selection of canapes before heading back to their stations to replicate the recipes. Fiona Burrell, Principal of the School, then judged their efforts, which were washed down with a glass of wine during a networking opportunity at the end of the class.
Clydesdale Bank’s Business Week, which ran from May 11-15, saw more than 250 customer-focused events take place in the Bank’s UK network of business and private banking centres.
Among the events held across Edinburgh and the Lothians were Deal or No Deal, which focused on succession planning, and Cyber Threat Inside and Out, which explored data security. Other sessions focused on issues including employee engagement and managing growth.
Billy Macleod, Head of Clydesdale Bank’s Business and Private Banking Centre in Edinburgh, said:
"Business Week is a great example of how we aim to offer added value to our customers by providing them with networking opportunities, advice and insight. It’s also been gratifying to see businesses coming together to learn from each other and build for the future.
"We’d like to thank everyone who took part in Business Week."
As part of Business Week Clydesdale Bank is encouraging SMEs to have a full understanding of their business’ value.
Research commissioned by Bank to launch Business Week suggested that the majority of small and medium-sized businesses in Scotland are underestimating their true worth by not taking into account the value of assets such as trademarks, patents and intellectual property. According to the study, only one in three (34%) Scottish SMEs has ever taken steps to value their non-physical assets.
Clydesdale Bank has strengthened its support for UK SMEs by becoming the first to partner with the British Business Bank under its ENABLE Guarantees scheme. Up to £125m of new lending by Clydesdale Bank, guaranteed by the British Business Bank, will help more small businesses achieve their growth ambitions.