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EICC hosts Scotland's biggest banquet in over 400 years for the Scottish Business Awards

Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC) has hosted Scotland’s biggest banquet in over 400 years, with a formal service of dinner for almost 1,700 people at the Scottish Business Awards. President Bill Clinton delivered a keynote address before a three-course dinner of Shetland salmon, Ayrshire pork belly and a sharing assiette of desserts was served.

The Scottish Business Awards recognise and celebrate business and entrepreneurship as the principle engine of growth and development. One hundred and forty-four business leaders and entrepreneurs were shortlisted for awards in eighteen categories ranging from family firms to public companies.

Commenting on the event EICC’s Chief Executive, Hans H. Rissmann OBE said: “Our new Lennox Suite uses innovative event technology to deliver a unique space that is always fit for purpose and dressed for the occasion. These awards highlight a vibrancy and strong sense of direction in Scottish business and our new space is a tangible expression of these vital characteristics”.

The Leith’s at EICC banqueting team for the Scottish Business Awards included 16 chefs and a further 22 kitchen staff, 12 Maîtres d’ and 250 table servers under the direction of General Manager, Adrian Wade.

The Scottish Business Awards dinner is believed to be the biggest formal banquet in Scotland since the reign of King James VI (1567-1625) when a banquet for 2,000 people is recorded.

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