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Highland businesses welcome the arrival of the Queen’s Baton

11 July 2014

Businesses and athletes from Inverness and the surrounding area have been invited to a special event at the Centre for Health Science to celebrate the Queen’s Baton arriving in Inverness today (Friday 11 July).

Around 90 companies will attend a business session led by former Scotland and British Lions rugby international Gavin Hastings, who will speak about succession planning, leading high-performing teams and developing new talent. He will be joined on stage by a panel of business leaders from Harper Macleod, Atos, Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) and the Inverness Chamber of Commerce, ready to answer any questions the businesses may have.

Local athletes, past and present, and families have been invited to a BBQ followed by an interview session with athletes in the evening, with children offered the chance to take part in a mini Commonwealth Games. There will also be an opportunity to support the Scottish Commonwealth Games Youth Trust via a Silent Auction for some fantastic Games day packages.

In partnership with Commonwealth Games Scotland, the event is being hosted by HIE, The Highland Council’s Business Gateway service and Commonwealth Games sponsors Atos, Harper Macleod, SSE and Search.

The sporting part of the evening is an interview session with Scotland’s greatest ever Commonwealth Games medallist, multi award-winning and Olympic Champion athlete Alan Wells; Paralympic Silver Medalist, Paratriathlon World Champion and groundbreaking adventurer Karen Darke, and international rugby star Gavin Hastings. The session will be hosted by BBC presenter Rob Maclean.

Alex Paterson, Chief Executive, HIE said: “Business and community events have been taking place across the Highlands and Islands to celebrate the arrival of the Queen’s Baton Relay. This unique year of events gives us the opportunity to make businesses aware of the potential benefits generated by Scotland hosting major events like the Commonwealth Games and to highlight the talented people and businesses in the Highlands and Islands to the rest of the world. Today’s event will focus on the connections between high performing businesses and sports people. We are delighted to be hosting such a high profile event with our local and national partners, and to be able to bring some of the excitement around Glasgow 2014 to our region.”

The Queen’s Baton Relay in the Highlands has been planned by Glasgow 2014 in partnership with The Highland Council. It will reflect the important role of sport by visiting schools and sporting facilities.

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