While Scotland ‘The Home of Golf’ warmly welcomes the world’s media to the 2014 Ryder Cup in Perthshire this weekend, many of the spectators will be reflecting on their time in Scotland and what it has to offer as a business destination.
For golf fans, the 2014 Ryder Cup has been an opportunity to play on some of the most stunning greens in the world.
Across the Highlands and Islands, from Castle Stuart, Royal Dornoch and Machrihanish Dunes, visitors have been awed by the region’s natural beauty and inspired by the global brands which have already chosen to invest in the Highlands and Islands.
The benefits the region has to offer potential investors are unparalleled, with a pristine natural environment, a rich cultural heritage, access to a highly motivated and educated workforce and transport links to international hubs, to name but a few.
Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) is on hand to offer advice and support to businesses looking at options to locate to the area, with incentives available.
One innovative golf business which has recently selected the Highlands as its international base is The Living Golf Experience. Owned and run by Franz and Amanda Rolinch, Franz said:
“Our business The Living Golf Experience is located in Moray Speyside and we offer team building and business strategies through golf, bringing everyone together on a level playing field. The Highlands of Scotland as a location offers many benefits, stunning natural environment, access to a great range of historic classic links golf courses. It is a hub for digital, health and wellbeing, life science and exceptional Scottish food and drink. Living Golf – Living Life – Loving Life!”
The Ryder Cup has given businesses already based across the Highlands and Islands an opportunity to showcase the very best of what they have to offer.
The region’s food and drink businesses are set to reap the benefits, with Great Glen Charcuterie, Hebridean Sea Salt and Gigha Halibut amongst the many suppliers from the region featured on the menus.
Anna Allan, Head of HIE’s 2014 Events Team, commented: “2014 has been an amazing year for Scotland, playing host to the second Year of Homecoming and major international sporting events, including the Commonwealth Games and now the Ryder Cup. These events and many others held throughout the year have provided a wealth of opportunity for Highlands and Islands businesses.
“Many businesses across the area, including those in the food and drink and creative industries sectors, have secured contracts from the major events of 2014. Businesses are reporting a very busy year to date.
“HIE is continuing to closely work with our partners and clients to ensure maximum benefit for the region is delivered in 2014 and beyond.”