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Scott Murray

Business, Opinion

Is now the time to cut back on marketing?

With the world currently in turmoil, there is no doubt that the publics’ pockets are getting shallower, purse strings are getting tighter and the common moth is settling in for an extended period of hibernation in your dad’s wallet! With this in mind, businesses will be looking for ways to control overheads, and directors will be looking to gain efficiencies…

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Business, Opinion, Travel

Surviving your next business trip.

In this day and age, business travel is a necessary evil. An inconvenience. A break in our comfortable routine. Time away from the family, and countless hours in an unfamiliar place with questionable internet, and strangers for company. Not for me. If you have ever seen the film “up in the air” with George Clooney, I am the embodiment of…

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Business, News

Jet-setting & Goal-getting

We are big believers in work hard, play hard.  And given our industry, we also don’t think these activities are necessarily that different.   In November, our entire Management team from every venue, flew out to Antalya, Turkey, with two of the company Directors, Ken & Scott, to undertake some training, share ideas, and enjoy some much earned downtime! After a long,…

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Business, Travel

Towing the (inter)line

As the connectivity from Inverness airport continues to increase, the savvy business traveller now has even more tools in his or her arsenal to make their business trips more convenient, and cost effective. The days in which you have to check in at each airport are long behind most of us – unless you are a frequent traveller from Inverness.  Until…

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Cru Holdings Acquires Popular Nairn Eatery

Highlands hospitality operator Cru Holdings now has its first venue in the Highlands outside Inverness thanks to the acquisition of the well established and extremely popular bistro, The Classroom, in Nairn. Acquired by local couple Willie and Fiona Lean in 2009, The Classroom has built up a reputation for excellent food, drink and service. Popular with locals and consistently receiving…

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Business, Opinion, Travel

3 Steps to surviving an airport

If you have seen the film Love Actually you may remember the monologue about the humble airport – a place of happiness, a place of sadness, a place of wonder and a place of discovery.  For solo travellers or couples without children, an airport can be a romantic place, a place where the holiday begins, and a refuge from the monotony of every…

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Business, News, Opinion, Travel

Were Thomas Cook left behind?

By the time you’re reading this, the “final” Brexit exit date of 31st October will have past.  Whatever the final result was, when we look back at the last couple of years in travel, there is no doubt that the process of Brexit itself has taken a huge toll on the industry.  For reasons that I have cited in previous articles, we have…

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Business, Opinion, Travel

Lounging Around

In the golden age of air travel, the airport lounge was the reserve of the truly elite classes.  A premium seat on board was your only chance of escaping the pre-departure throng of the departure terminal. Mere mortals would have to endure the far-from-serene cavernous enclaves for up to four hours, rubbing shoulders with the rest of the working classes as…

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Keep calm & speakeasy

Well it’s a wonder that it’s taken us this long to create a full-on speakeasy venue, but we think it was worth the wait! Once the home of Pazzos’ Pizzeria, a busy sidecar to the popular Riva restaurant that preceded what is now Prime Steak & Seafood, you can now find CRU’s latest brainchild: The Angel’s Share. Hidden away above…

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