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EICC have developed a partnership with Empty Kitchens, Full Hearts.

Article Published 21/01/2021

Scotland's business events network is rallying together to give back to the local community and the environment. We want to celebrate the many good things that Scottish businesses have been doing over the last few of months to support their local communities.

K&N Travel

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K&N Travel team is beach cleaning in Musselburgh.

K&N Travel are committed to increasing their green credentials in a variety of ways from volunteering to clean a local beach to cutting down plastic at events. They have recognised the importance of slowing down and focusing on what they can do to give back.

The team at K&N Travel have encouraged their friends, family and industry colleagues to join them for a beach clean in Musselburgh in March. Over the course of a morning, they collected several bags of litter from the beach and everyone involved said that they found it a very rewarding experience. If you would like to give litter picking a go why not join the K&N Travel team for their next pick.

Additionally, K&N has chosen Cyrenians as its charity of the year. Cyrenians work with people at risk of becoming homeless and help transform their lives. The K&N team worked along with Fareshare, an umbrella of Cyrenians, to put together food orders made up of surplus food from supermarkets.

Fairmont St Andrews

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Fife Coastal Path.

Fairmont St Andrews has a range of procedures and practices in place to commit to becoming a sustainable hotel. The brand mission is to not only enhance the genuine experience for guests, but also to promote a rich cultural exchange within communities, which they hope to ensure positive benefits transpire.

Colleagues at Fairmont St Andrews are committed to the local community by participating in local beach cleans and the maintenance of the Fife Coastal Path with the Fife Coast & Countryside Trust. Teams go out at various points of the year to walk the Fife Coastal Path and The Kittocks Ravine to clean up debris from the sea and beaches around St Andrews, Kingsbarns and East Neuk.

In recent years, the resort has welcomed over 20,000 dark native Scottish honey bees to the resort as part of its commitment to green tourism. In preparation for hosting the honey bees, Fairmont St Andrews returned lawns back to natural wild grass, which enhances the local landscape and reduces water usage by encouraging natural wildlife and insects, helping to populate the local ecosystem.

Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC)

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Empty Kitchens, Full Hearts.

EICC have recognised the importance of offering kindness and support to those in need especially in current times. EICC have developed a partnership with Empty Kitchens, Full Hearts to provide supplies of food donations into meals. The charity, which was set up in response to Covid-19, turns food donations into meals and deliver them to those in need throughout Edinburgh. EICC have collected essential items such as food and toiletries and have been actively sourcing volunteers to help the cause. In addition to the Toiletries, Tins and Time initiative, EICC have supplied Empty Kitchens with a large amount of stock and have encouraged industry colleagues in the local area to do the same.

VisitScotland Business Events

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Theresa and Sian volunteering at Pass It On Peeps.

Two of our own colleagues, Sian and Theresa, have been annually volunteering at Pass It On Peeps, a local initiative to St Andrews. The charity put together care packages of clothes, toiletries and much more to support families who are victims of domestic violence or find themselves in hardship.  Over the festive season Theresa and Sian helped to put together more than 40 Christmas bags which included gifts for children. They also helped to create support bags which included clothes, nappies, toiletries and other supplies for families. Sian and Theresa found the experience exhausting, yet highly rewarding and are looking forward to supporting Pass It On Peeps with future projects.