Fishers Cleaning Services Ltd

Fishers - Headline Sponsor

Fishers Services is the market leader for textile rental, industrial workwear and laundry throughout Scotland and the north of England.  The Cupar-based company, established in 1900, cleans, irons and delivers more than two million items every week, providing linen rental, workwear hire and cleanroom garment services to the hospitality, healthcare, manufacturing and pharmaceuticals sectors. The business operates seven sites in Scotland and the North of England. Fishers’ client base includes major hotel chains such as Premier Inn, Travelodge, Accor and Jury’s Inn, as well as prestigious venues such as the Caledonian Waldorf Astoria, Edinburgh International Conference Centre and boutique Malmaison and Hotel Du Vin chains.

Fishers  is the Headline Sponsor of the 2016/2017 Scottish Thistle Awards and sponsor the Most Hospitable Hotel Award.

Caledonian MacBrayne

Caledonian MacBrayne

With roots dating back over 160 years, Caledonian MacBrayne provides award-winning lifeline ferry services to Scotland’s west coast islands and peninsulas. Our 32-strong fleet of ferries serve over 25 destinations, amounting to 130,000 sailings annually. Our network stretches almost 200 miles from Campbeltown, Kintyre in the south, to Stornoway, Isle of Lewis in the north. Some destinations require five-minute journeys and others involve anything up to seven-hour sailings, across waters that can be as challenging as they are scenic. Yet, day in, day out, 363 days of the year, we ensure access to life’s essential services, support local businesses and encourage visitors to the region.

Caledonian MacBrayne sponsors the Best Cultural Event or Festival Award and the Silver Thistle Award.

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ARRAN Sense of Scotland

A sprig of heather, a breath of sea and rain, a pinch of seasoned wood and just a hint of honey. These elements combine allowing us to conjure vibrant scents.  Our unspoiled island home is our heart and our inspiration. To the south we have lowland, rolling hills laced with tranquil beaches and breath-taking views. To the north, the dramatic highlands are more rugged, but every bit as beautiful. The rich colour palette of these breathtaking landscapes and the pure water fuel our creativity and passion for beautiful things, beautifully made. Unspoil yourself at ARRAN.com or visit us in store.

ARRAN Sense of Scotland sponsors the Most Hospitable B&B/Guest House award.

Braehead Foods

Braehead Foods

Braehead Foods is a wholesaler and game processor supplying the best chefs in the hospitality industry with the highest quality ingredients. The heritage of Braehead Foods originates from game processing and supply with our aim being to offer fantastic quality wild fowl and game at excellent value. 

Braehead Foods also incorporates The Production Kitchen which produces a vast range of high quality products including terrines, roulades, stuffed poultry which are Made by Chefs, for Chefs as well as The Scottish Charcuterie Company which offers a range of charcuterie products using Scottish ingredients. With ‘Absolute vision in Fine Cuisine’ and our passion for the industry, our focus is on delivering excellent standards of service and quality.

Braehead Foods sponsors the Hospitality Hero Award.

Edinburgh Airport

Edinburgh Airport

“Edinburgh Airport is Scotland's busiest airport. Serving over 130 destinations and over 11 million passengers in 2015 – the busiest year ever for a Scottish airport.    

July 2016 was the airport’s busiest month ever with over 1.3 million passengers travelling through its terminal.    

It is the 6th largest in the UK, in terms of passenger numbers, employing over 7000 people, and indirectly supporting over 23,000 jobs across Scotland contributing over £1 billion to the national economy.”

Edinburgh Airport sponsors the Working Together for Tourism Award.

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Event Connect

Wouldn’t it be great if someone could take care of getting people to and from your event, so that you could concentrate on other aspects?  When you choose Event Connect as your transport partner, you get a UK-based team that works as an extension of your own. We get to know all your transportation needs, and then we design a tailored service around them. We’re part of the Abellio Group; responsible for moving more than a million people every single day. So our transport credentials are hard to beat.  Whatever your event, choose Event Connect.

Event Connect sponsors Best Sporting Event Award.

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HIT Scotland

The  Hospitality Industry Trust (HIT) is a Scottish based charity whose mission is to inspire people to be the best they can be within hospitality.   

Since 1994 our fundraising events have allowed us to award more than 1,000 emerging talent scholarships to the industry and 10,000 bursaries for education.   

Our scholarship programme is open to applicants from all levels and sectors of the hospitality industry, including further and higher education, and offers money-can’t-buy learning experiences or the opportunity to study at some of the world’s finest hospitality schools.   

For more information on HIT Scotland visit www.hitscotland.co.uk

HIT Scotland sponsors the Regional Rising Star Award

J Thomson Colour Printers

J Thomson Colour Printers


J. Thomson Colour Printers s the market leader in Scottish print.

The award-winning Glasgow-based company has an accomplished record i probiding quality print solutions to a diverse, blue chip client base.

This is underpinned by a clear commitment to Scottish business which is supported from regional offices in Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Inverness and Perth.

For the last seven years J. Thomson has been a partner to the Highlands and Islands Tourism Awards and is proud to once again be working with the Scottish Thistle Awards for 2015/2016.


J. Thomson Colour Printers sponsors the Best Restaurant Experience award.

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ScotRail is proud to be a sponsor of the Scottish Thistle Awards and the Best Visitor Attraction category. As the national rail operator, delivering over 90 million passenger journeys each year, we recognise the critical role that transport plays in supporting the Tourism Scotland 2020 strategy.  We are happy to work in collaboration with Scotland's tourism industry as we transform Scotland's railway to connect communities with opportunities, businesses with customers and visitors with destinations.

ScotRail sponsors the Best Visitor Attraction category.

Scotland CAN DO

Scotland CAN DO

As we move into the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design, the Scottish Government is proud to sponsor the Scotland CAN DO Award for Innovation in Tourism.  Tourism is a hugely important and dynamic sector in Scotland: one which fosters all kinds of businesses and depends on a culture of innovation for its continued success.  Building on that excellent heritage, tourism-based enterprises can make a huge contribution towards our goal of becoming a world-leading entrepreneurial and innovative nation.  We therefore look forward with anticipation to a range of exciting entries in this category. 

Scotland CAN DO sponsors Innovation Award for Tourism

Become A Sponsor

Becoming a sponsor of the Scottish Thistle Awards in an excellent opportunity to reach thousands of tourism businesses which could be potential customers.

Scottish tourism represents a diverse range of small and medium sized enterprises with a variety of business needs. The Scottish Thistle Awards, a supportive and positive reward programme created by VisitScotland (Scotland's national tourism organisation) and run by the tourism industry reaches thousands of businesses who are receptive to the advice and promotional benefits created by the campaign.

The positive message of the awards and its reach across the industry gives sponsors an exciting opportunity to raise their profile, explain their products and gain access and insights to a sector of Scotland's economy which is worth £4 billion a year.

To learn more about sponsorship opportunities, please contact info@scottishthistleawards.co.uk / 0131 472 2228 or click here to download our Sponsorship Brochure.