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Inverness firms give staff a night to remember


By Gregor White

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Staff from Inverness pub Scotch and Rye. Picture: Eoghan Smith
Staff from Inverness pub Scotch and Rye. Picture: Eoghan Smith

Cru Hospitality and sister company Murray Travel have recognised top talent in their workforce at their annual team awards.

Over 180 colleagues and guests joined sponsors and the executive team for a Casino Royale – James Bond-themed party at the Drumossie Hotel.

Lynsey Horne of The White House was head chef of the year. Picture: Eoghan Smith
Lynsey Horne of The White House was head chef of the year. Picture: Eoghan Smith

Twenty-two individual and team award categories were recognised.

CEO and founder Scott Murray said: “These annual events are a great way of saying thank you to our incredible team and recognising some amazing achievements across the business.’

“We very much wanted to ensure that this year was 100 per cent focussed on the people within our business, and the usual corporate summaries and presentations were replaced by a night full of games, surprises, great food and company.”

The Murray Travel team received a business of the year award. Picture: Eoghan Smith
The Murray Travel team received a business of the year award. Picture: Eoghan Smith

This year the awards announced not one but two surprises! All employees of the year across the businesses won a space on the annual trip to Turkey where they will join Cru’s executive team for a four-day, five-star all-inclusive retreat.

The second surprise of the night saw the head chef of the year, manager of the year for both CRU and Murray Travel and overall employee of the year win a space to also join CRU’s executive team to Bangkok and Phuket in November.

“It’s the most elaborate event we have thrown to date since the company started some 15 years ago, and was a success in every way,” Scott said.

“It’s not something that anyone will forget for some time, and we hope it reassures our teams just how central they are to our success.”

Caitlin MacDonald of city restaurant Prime was employee of the year. Picture: Eoghan Smith
Caitlin MacDonald of city restaurant Prime was employee of the year. Picture: Eoghan Smith

Awards presented included business of the year for both CRU and Murray Travel; employee of the year for each business; manager of the year for both CRU and Murray Travel as well as rising star, customer champion, outstanding contribution, notable newcomer and outstanding achievement.

The evening had a James Bond Casino Royale theme. Picture: Eoghan Smith
The evening had a James Bond Casino Royale theme. Picture: Eoghan Smith

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