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Commercial arm proves success

Surgeons’ hall makes most of ancient and modern

Slainte nightsOne of Scotland’s most venerable institutions has announced its best annual results, driven by its modern focus on hospitality and events.

Surgeons’ Hall in Edinburgh has achieved a turnover of £4.25 million – a 20% increase on the previous year.

A commercial enterprise team was established a decade ago, with all profits supporting the college’s charitable aims in education, assessment and advancement in surgery.

Scott Mitchell, commercial director, said: “These performance figures are no fluke, but the culmination of 10 years of creative thinking, careful planning and painstaking delivery.

“This shows what a masterstroke it was to set up a dedicated commercial arm of the college 10 years ago. We are now seeing that coming into its own. However, we won’t be resting on our laurels and will keep innovating and evolving.”

Commercial Enterprises promotes, sells and manages conferences, corporate events, dance nights (picture), weddings and other events across the College’s buildings, which include the King Khalid building and the modern Quincentenary Conference Centre, created to celebrate the institution’s 500th anniversary.

The team also manage the four-star, 77-bedroom hotel, Ten Hill Place, which saw a range of improvements in the past year. The rundown university language school underwent a £1.5m restoration and was opened by the Duke of Edinburgh.

More than 500 events were hosted, including its biggest ever medical conference.

Mr Mitchell said: “There is a fantastic spirit in the team and the sheer variety and range of events and occasions we are involved in help keeps everybody fresh and enjoying the work we do here.”

The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh is one of the world’s oldest medical institutions founded in 1505 after receiving a Royal Seal of Cause from the town council which was ratified by King James IV 1506.

It provides education and assessment for medical students, surgical trainees and consultants and supports research to advance standards of care for the future. Surgeons trained and assessed through the college take skills all over the world.

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