We aim to host a diverse range of events throughout the year. To give you an idea of the types of event that we have held in the past, please see below:
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160 members attended the launch of the discount crd scheme which offers cardholders an amazing 25% discount on all drinks purchased at 99 Hanover St.
30 members enjoyed an exclusive fashion show at Kakao by K where we sipped bubbly and then moved to Cafe St Honore to sample the delicious menu cooked specially for us by Scottish Chef of the Year, Neil Forbes.
20 members attended an evening at D H Jewellers on Rose Street to explore the history of diamonds and their significance and status in modern society. Our members enjoyed bubbly whilst Daniel Henderson let them through a journey of the diamond trade, from source to store, the buying process and the efforts required to stamp out the illegal trade in blood diamonds.
Living with your partner? Married? Civil Partnership? Bought a property recently?
These were the relevant questions which were answered by the experts at Maclay Murray & Spens LLP.
A select group of EYP members attended an intimate event with Scottish Chef of the Year, Neil Forbes, where we learnt some of his secret tips for making fabulous yet simple savoury and sweet canapés. Neil created a feast of culinary canapé delights usinga range of different techniques as well as divine and develish chocolate treats! Yum! The perfect event to get us in the festive spirit!
Bonhams kindly invited 30 members of EYP to attend a very special private evening view of the Christmas Jewellery, Silver and Pictures auctions. Drinks were provided while we browsed the collections and the specialists were on hand to answer any questions we had - all in all, a fantastic and very spoiling evening!
Save the Children, EYP and LK Bennett teamed up to give 30 EYP members a chance to attend an exclusive evening shopping event to to start Christmas shopping in ernest. Entry included a preview of the Winter collection, together with a 20% discount on all purchases, a complementary glass of festive cheer and an exclusive gift from LK Bennett with every purchase.
EYP managed to acquire 55 tickets to the ballet, all of which sold out in under 24 hours! On the night, we were treated to the weird and wonderful retelling of Tchaicovsky's classic ballet rewritten by Matthew Bourne. We followed Clara's bittersweet journey from a hilariously bleak Christmas Eve at Dr. Dross' Orphanage, through a shimmering, ice-skating winter wonderland to the scrumptious candy kingdom of Sweetieland....superb!
The biggest event in the EYP calendar, the Winter Ball was hosted this year in the spectacular surroundings of the EICC. Over 450 members attended this fantastic festive affair, with dinner, dancing and superb entertainment in the form a rocking set by Ceilidh band Kilter, caricaturists, magicians and a looklook photo booth, all of which contriuted to the magical atmosphere.
On behalf of the EYP team we would like to extend a big thank you to our sponsors, Brewin Dolphin and Baillie Gifford for supporting the event, as well as those who donated raffle prizes: we couldn't have done it without you! For a summary of the event, please see the Ball Brochure.
Over 100 EYP members attended an exhibition of small works sourced by an open selection from artists across Scotland. Including new paintings, drawings, sculptures, prints, photographs, film and architecture.
22 members came along to enjoy a relaxed lunch at Indigo Yard. Plenty of chat and good food meant yet another successful networking event for EYP.
45 EYP members enjoyed this superb production at the King's Theatre. The performance was hilarious and, in our view, quite rightly deserves the superb reviews that it has been receiving.
Attendees were given an interactive seminar to learn how to improve the way we can be perceived by colleagues or prospective employers. Hosted by Cherrybank Dental Spa.
50 members joined us for this interactive seminar delivered by Mel Harris from The Performance Tree. Attendees learnt how to develop effective business relationships and turn their existing contacts into long term working relationships.
Networking often conjures up images of overly zealous extroverts handing out dozens of business cards….yet we at EYP know that it needn't be like this! This interactive workshop gave attendees the skills needed to ensure that networking is a fun experience rather than a painful one!
H&H's resident cocktail expert showed EYP members how to shake up a storm, focusing on how to create the perfect cocktail for every occasion.
Attendees developed their appreciation for wine under the guidance of qualified Sommelier Kristian who showed us how to improve your senses, recognise elements of wines and match them with foods.
We were delighted to be invited back by the RSA for a private viewing of the New Contemporaries exhibition, showcasing artwork by the best of 2011 Scottish Art Graduates.
The private rental market continues to grow despite (or some might say, because of) the recession. In many case, the lack of lending by banks has contributed to the phenomenon of the "accidental landlord" - and this is often, mistakenly, seen as an easy option. Lindsays hosted an introduction to the law of landlord and tenant and discussed the legal requirements to establish a tenancy, the grounds for eviction and correct procedure to follow when faced with a problem tenant.
"What does the property market hold for us in 2011?" "Should I sell or not?" "When is the best time to sell?" "What improvements could I make to my property to increase the value?" "What adds value?" "How do Home Reports work?" "How do I go about getting a mortgage?" These were the questions that the experts form Simpson & Marwick attempted to answer at this seminar held at Ghillie Dhu.
The fabulous Edinburgh New Club was the venue for Ed McCosh's seminar. We got lots of great tips to help show you how to feel the way you want to, including how to feel confident in any situation; change procrastination into motivation and action; and set goals that you will really achieve - avoiding the common mistakes that most people make...
Save the Children teamed up with Bonhams Edinburgh and Dalmore to bring EYP members a rare and exclusive opportunity to sample some of Edinburgh's finest malts. Attendees participated in a professionally tutored whisky tasting and the chance to sample some of Dalmore's finest whisky including: The Dalmore 12 year old, The Dalmore 18 year old, King Alexander III and the Dalmore Matusalem 1981.
This was the next installment of our very popular quarterly lunches. It was a great way to network within a managable-sized group.
Following a number of successful events at the Royal Scottish Academy throughout 2010, we continued into 2011 with the ever popular City Night. The exhibition wwasbe spread across all 12 RSA Galleries and included painting, sculpture, film making, photography, printmaking, architecture and installation. The majority of works were available for purchase and with the RSA's affiliation with the Own Art scheme, this could have been the first step towards acquiring your own personal art collection!
We were proud to welcome Edinburgh-based businessman, entrepreneur and self-made multi-millionaire Shaf Rasul to the Edinburgh Business School. He is the star of BBC's online Dragon's Den, has an investment portfolio worth £30 million and is recognized as one of the most successful Scottish entrepreneurs by Ernst and Young and Management Today. Shaf made a return visit to tell members about his life experience which enabled him to write his latest book "Secrets of a Serial Entrepreneur: A Business Dragon's Guide to Success".
A cold but excited crowd gathered on Charlotte Square, ready to be whisked off to a secret location. The mystery venue for EYP's second charity ball turned out to be the Corn Exchange, where 463 guests in all their finery were welcomed with a fizz and beer reception before being summoned through to The Exchange itself. The grand room proved to be the perfect setting for an incredible evening of dinner and dancing with friends old and new. We were thrilled to be joined by Douglas Elvidge, who gave a very poignant address on behalf of The Matthew Elvidge Trust. Doug spoke fondly of his late brother and told us about the Trust that his family has set up, which aims to support young people with depression as well as remove the stigma surrounding the subject, so that other families do not have to suffer the loss that they have suffered. Through a raffle and various games throughout the night we are delighted to have raised Â£6,155 for the Trust. There are many thanks due: to Doug Elvidge and his family; to Danni and her team at the Corn Exchange and Prestige Scotland; to Kilter, who put on yet another magnificent ceilidh set; to LookLook who provided a photobooth to capture members in their finest fancy dress; to our sponsors Brewin Dolphin and Simpson Marwick, without whom the ball would not have been the success it was; and finally to each and every one of our prize donors. At 1am, winter's first snow had begun to fall as guests made their way back onto the buses to be transported to Lulu for the afterparty. We were particularly delighted that so many members and guests were able to join us on the night and to have raised such a fantastic amount for the Trust. We hope everyone is already looking forward to next year!
For something a little bit different to an average Thursday night, members were invited to join Scottish Opera for a taster of one of Mozart's most famous masterpieces, The Marriage of Figaro. Set in the stylish world of the late eighteenth century, this opera blends breathtaking arias with over-the-top characters and chaotic humour, and it is widely regarded as "Mozart at his theatrical best". The 'Unwrapped' performance was an hour-long session in which singers and musicians from Scottish Opera guided us through the plot and some of the key scenes, and even shared a few theatrical secrets behind the production. Afterwards, attendees had the opportunity to network and mingle with other members and the cast.
Ian Steele, Senior Partner for Scotland & Northern Ireland at Deloitte, provided a succinct yet highly engaging overview of the economic story from 2008 to the current situation today. Since 2008, the Global Economy has been under considerable pressure, in particular within the previously buoyant banking industry. As a result, the availability and pricing of credit has caused significant challenges for many corporate entities. With reference to the Q3 results of Deloitte's much publicised and renowned CFO survey, Ian presented the thoughts of leading CFOs throughout the UK, giving valuable insight into current optimism levels, proposed business and funding strategies and thoughts on economic outlook for the forthcoming year. This thought-provoking and interesting seminar gave the audience a valuable summary of UK business today, providing up-to-date and relevant educated views about current market sentiment. We were privileged that Ian took time out of his busy schedule to present this seminar to our members and thank him as well as Stephen Pratt and his colleagues at Deloitte for their efforts in organising the event.
Mel Harris, Managing Director of The Performance Tree, shared some top tips from her Flirting4Success programmes on how everyone can become a radiant and recognised networker. Mel has been an extensive networker both in her working life and as a member of JCI. After a brief talk she then demonstrated her simple principles through a 'Beehive networking' game. This proved to be a fast, furious and fun way to network with others and achieve effective connections for each other. Mel also addressed why networking and public speaking feature so highly on people's common 'fear' list. Zig Ziglar uses a popular acronym for fear: False Evidence Appearing Real. This refers to an internal belief that networking is all about you, which is the false evidence and creates the fear. In fact, networking is about being interested in others and seeing how you can help them. By focusing on service our internal dialogue changes which should make networking all the more effective, and enjoyable. This event was jointly hosted by the Edinburgh Business School, JCI and EYP and we hope it will be the first of many such joint events to allow regular opportunities for all parties to expand their networking circle.
Arwen Berry and Stephen Taylor, lawyers in McGrigors' Technology & Commercial Team, gave a very informative and eye-opening talk on intellectual property rights, covering the basic types as well as the protections that can be offered. Information and content is constantly becoming more widely exchanged and accessible, with sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Spotify bringing people much closer to issues of intellectual property protection than they may realise. Companies who are trying to find the most effective way to market and exploit their business are also having to adapt to understand and protect their intellectual property - but they don't always know the best way to do it. Arwen and Stephen cleared up much of the confusion around what 'intellectual property' actually is and gave the audience lots to think about - not least regarding the privacy settings of their own social networking prolfies! Many thanks to Arwen, Stephen and everyone at McGrigors LLP who helped to organise the evening.
21 members joined us for a very successful lunch club in the stunning Cabinet Room at Rick's. Our lunch clubs are proving to be very popular and we are already looking forward to our next one in 2011!
EYP arranged for complementary therapists Lucie Bradley & Joanna Anderson to give an enlightening and interactive seminar on how to naturally deal with stress using nutrition and natural therapies which can help boost energy, support immune function, improve rest and recovery, productivity and focus. Jo and Lucie brought along samples of some of their products to try on the night and will also be offering attendees great discounts on future treatments. The event was organised to raise awareness of Tumaini Nkwawangya UK, a charitable organisation that supports education and health projects in Nkwawangya Village, Tanzania. As such we would be very grateful if attendees could help support this project by making a monetary donation on the night. For more information please visit their website www.tumaini-nkwawangya.org
LinkedIn is increasingly being used as the electronic networking platform of choice for professionals across a range of industries. It is therefore very much in our interests to learn how get the most out of this powerful tool! We were therefore thrilled to have Adam Gordon, founder of Gordon BDM, who shared his knowledge and experience on the value of LinkedIn.
EYP teamed up with Festival City Theatres Trust to see the stage adaptation of When Harry Met Sally, the romantic comedy, adapted from the film starring Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan, about how two friends became lovers across a decade in New York. Playing these iconic parts was Sarah Jayne Dunn, best known for playing Mandy Richardson in Hollyoaks and Rupert Hill Coronation Street's ex-local lothario Jamie Baldwin.
EYP members were lucky enough to enjoy a full tutored whisky tasting with Dalmore at Bonhams auction rooms. Attendees were treated to a sneak preview of some of the world's rarest whiskys that will be up for sale in a couple of weeks.
Cordelia Ditton, one of the founders of voicebusiness and a specialist in public speaking, presentation and communication training ran an interactive workshop for EYP members, focusing on the basics of effective group communication. The workshop outlined a practical approach to giving presentations and provided us with immediately applicable solutions to overcome the fear of public speaking. From singing to secret breathing techniques, Cordelia shared a number of excellent tips to enable clear and effective communication which is vital for everyone, in all roles and for the successful progression of every career. Please visit www.voicebusinesstraining.co.uk for more information on the wide range of seminars and workshops that voicebusiness offer.
Attendees were treated to an informative seminar on a range of personal tax issues which affect us as individuals and our clients. Topics covered included employment income, investment income, property income, tax efficient investments, the 50% tax rate, capital gains tax and post election budget speculation. Afterwards, EYP members had the opportunity to chat to staff from KPMG's Personal and Corporate Tax departments. Many thanks to Max Chassells of KPMG for organising the event and giving such an informative presentation.
The masterpieces of rogue milliner James Faulkner and edgy cashmere designer Belinda Robertson headlined a night of art, live music, macabre pupperty and DJs for Noir's 6th fashion show, held in Hawke + Hunter's fabulous Green Room. Look out for details of the next Noir! instalment and other exciting events at www.hawkeandhunter.co.uk.
16 teams turned out in their finest retro sports gear and competitive spirits for a full day of sporting fun. Four mini leagues of four teams each battled courageously before the wheat was separated from the chaff and the mini league winners progressed to the knock out stages. By the time we reached the final, the sun was out, everyone had been well fed from the BBQ and voices were suitably hoarse from lots of energetic cheering. Congratulations to Master Batters who were crowned champions after defeating The Rounder We Are, The Faster We Roll in a hard fought game. Master Batters took away a fabulous prize courtesy of Blown Away. Other prize winners were I'd Hit That for Best Dressed, Hit and Miss for Best Team Effort and Paul Riddall who won a cricket set and meal for 2 at Ghillie Dhu for Biggest Hitter. We hope that everyone had a fantastic day, however, there was also a serious side to the event and we are delighted to have raised a fantastic amount for Johari Foundation. Many thanks to Head Marshalls Carron Rand and Kristen Read from Biggart Baillie who did a sterling job organising the tournament and ensuring everything ran smoothly.
EYP members were treated to a sneak preview of the RSA's newest works. Following the theme of 'Expressive Art and Social Involvement', the curated exhibition featured invited works from both members and non-members, including international artists as well as RSA Morton Award and RSA Barns Graham Award winners. Please visit www.royalscottishacademy.org to be kept up-to-date on future exhibitions.
EYP members were invited along to ESU Scotland's husting, which took place just hours before the first televised Leaders' Debate in the run up to the General Election. This gave attendees a chance to hear from representatives from each of the main parties in Edinburgh - Neil Hudson, Conservative candidate for Edinburgh South, Cammy Day, Labour candidate for Edinburgh West, Fred MacKintosh, Liberal Democrat candidate for Edinburgh South and George Kerevan, SNP candidate for Edinburgh East - as well as pose our own questions. For more information on ESU Scotland, please go to www.esuscotland.org.uk.
Following the success of our first round of speed networking in 2009, we ran two further sessions to allow more members the opportunity to benefit from a series of one-to-one chats with fellow attendees. Watch this space for the next instalment.
The young professionals at Morton Fraser guided us through an insightful case study of Adam and Eve, a young couple at a very interesting time of their lives! From buying a new flat to starting up a handbag business, to accepting loans from family members and the importance of wills, we gleaned a wealth of information on the sorts of legal issues that we should be thinking about. The evening was rounded off with tasty cocktails and a chance to mingle. Morton Fraser are generously offering EYP members discounted rates on their legal services, including 15% reduction in standard sale and purchase fees for residential transactions, Simple Will prepration for a fixed price of £150, Simple Co-Purchase Agreement for a fixed price of £200, free initial consultations for Financial Planning and Mortgage Advice plus reductions on Employment Advice and Family Law matters. Please contact Fiona Byron firstname.lastname@example.org quoting 'EYP' for further information.
The inaugural EYP Lunch Club saw 27 members enjoy a sumptious meal at The Rutland Hotel while being treated to incredible views up to Edinburgh Castle. Lunch Club will run once a quarter at different venues around Edinburgh. Keep your eyes peeled for details of the next instalment.
To celebrate Shrove Tuesday, the newly opened Edinburgh Newtown Cookery School hosted a demonstration showing members how to make the perfect pancake! Recipes included crepes suzette, bocconcini de parma pancakes, drop scones, pancake canapes and many others with all sorts of delicious fillings. The evening included wine and soft drinks and plenty of yummy tastings! For more information on the Edinburgh Newtown Cookery School, please go to www.entcs.co.uk.
Owing to high demand, we held two tasting evenings at Demijohn, both of which were packed to the rafters! Attendees' tastebuds were treated to a range of tantalising tipples, such as Grapefruit Vodka, Chocolate Orange Cream Liqueur, Cider Brandy and a very special Linkwood Single Malt. The evening included a behind the scenes talk about Demijohn, which is the world's first Liquid Deli, followed by a fully hosted tasting of virtually the complete Demijohn product range. For more information on Demijohn's products, please visit www.demijohn.co.uk.
Hardrock Cafe treated our members to a special EYP package that included buckets of Bud, food, sports quiz with great prizes and complimentary popcorn through out the night, all whilst cheering on their favourite team for the Super Bowl. Congrats to all Saints fans who saw their team take the Lombardy Trophy home to New Orleans for the first time in history.
Alison Locke, William Millar and Anna MacGregor of Brodies LLP led an entertaining and informative interactive session, focussing on building awareness of your own motivators and the impact of your beliefs about yourself and others on motivation at work. They spoke about how harnessing your personal motivation is difficult in the current economic climate, but those who manage to do so are likely to be more successful at work and will get the best out of themselves and also their colleagues. Many thanks to Alison, William and Anna, and to Brodies for hosting the event.
We all know that first impressions count. Someone who doesn't take the time to maintain a professional appearance can present an image of not being able to perform adequately on the job. Thus a crisp suit can go a long way in establishing a professional demeanour. It can also be about quality as most people can spot a cheap suit at twenty paces! Stuart Robertson of Ede and Ravenscroft delivered a humourous yet informative talk on the history of London's oldest tailor and robe maker - and wig maker! - as well as helpful tips for cutting a fine figure in a suit. We were even treated to a masterclass on how to tie a real bowtie! So gents, if you are looking to buy a new work suit or something more formal, drop into Ede and Ravenscroft on Frederick Street where they will be more than happy to help.
Hard Rock Cafe allowed EYP members to indulge in cocktail making heaven and spend an evening with their fabulous cocktail mixologist who took us through the history of cocktails and taught us how to make our favourites. With our newly-acquired mixing skills we were then split into teams for a cocktail making competition before feasting on a medley of Hard Rock's delicious signature party dishes.
Mulled wine, bubbling fondues, live music and boogying along a snow-lined street... just your standard December in Hawke & Hunter! 60 members enjoyed a winter wonderland party with a difference. For more details go to www.hawkeandhunter.co.uk
The George Hotel was the spectacular venue for our inaugural winter ball, and over 250 members turned out in all their finery and with generous spirits to help raise money for Teenage Cancer Trust (www.teenagecancertrust.org) . We were delighted to welcome along Lynne McNicol from TCT and the brave Rachel Blair who shared her moving story of her personal battle with cancer. We want to thank everyone for their generous contributions that help us raise an incredible £4,500. Kilter blew the crowd away with their fabulous music and kept us on our feet all night long - to contact them, please email email@example.com. Many thanks to all of our generous sponsors and prize donors - we could not have done it without you.
This was the first in a series of seminars which we hope will let members share the particulars of their own industries with other members. Lucinda Faulkner, Jonny Macneal, Alistair Creyke and Bryan Johnston of Brewin Dolphin covered some of the key areas of investment management, such as questions to ask a financial adviser, why it's never to early to start planning for your retirement, and when and how to invest.
Over 100 members had the chance to preview the RSA Annual Exhibition 2009. The 183rd exhibition marked the highlight of the exhibiting year for artists, architects and members of the public and showcases around 350 works, presenting a comprehensive cross section of contemporary art in Scotland. The evening provided a great venue for EYP members to practice their mingling and networking skills.
40 EYP members had a fantastic evening sampling one of the world's finest single malts. Glenmorangie's Sensory Whisky Creator, Annabel Meikle, gave a tutored tasting at the George Hotel to give EYP members the chance to get together, relax and indulge in a range of their finest malt whisky.
At the beginning of anyone's career, the importance of developing a network of contacts is paramount and it is essential that young professionals have the confidence to do this. While some have a natural ability to meet and interact with new people at social and business events, others may not find it so easy. We therefore enlisted the services of Richard Andrews from Create the Future to run a workshop focusing on the following areas: * The purpose and value of networking including developing personal, business and strategic opportunities * The importance of on-line networking * Do's and don'ts and other hints and tips Due to demand we ran this event on three nights, so as many members as possible could benefit. The workshops were a great success and we had lots of very positive feedback from them. We are very grateful to our hosts - Burness, National Australia Bank and Tods Murray - and of course many thanks go to Richard for sharing his knowledge and top networking tricks with us. To contact Richard directly, please email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We held 2 speed networking evenings in June. After a glass of wine and some casual mingling we were treated to addresses by our guest speakers, Graham Auld of Brown Shipley on Tuesday 16th and Bryan Johnston of Brewin Dolphin on Wednesday 17th, who kindly came along to share some of their pearls of wisdom on the magic of networking. We then took our seats and the speed networking began. Each pair had 4 minutes to chat before one person moved on to the next table. The chance to speak to people one-to-one was excellent and everyone came away with a variety of useful contacts. Many thanks to Graham and Bryan, and to all of the staff at Gusto. We hope to hold more speed networking sessions in future, so keep your eye on the Events page for further details, or email us to let us know you are interested.
We were delighted to be joined by 170 members to celebrate the Official Launch of EYP. The venue for the sold-out night was the spectacular Secret Garden @ Hawke & Hunter. Our members were treated to a complimentary glass of bubbly on arrival, kindly sponsored by Hawke & Hunter, food from the barbeque, background music from jazz pianist Robert Harrison and even a game of Human Bingo! Congratulations to all of our lucky raffle winners, who scooped some fantastic prizes. Many thanks to the staff at Hawke & Hunter, our entertainment sponsors Edinburgh Audi, everyone who donated raffle prizes and of course to our members who came along and helped make the night such a huge success.