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Burn's Night

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Being a proud Scot, this weekend I’ll be celebrating Burn’s Night in the usual way, with the holy trinity of haggis, neeps and tatties and plenty of Single Malt!

It’s a celebration which comes at just the right time: Christmas is long since over and the New Year festivities are already a distant memory. Looking forward to Burn’s Night on 25 January is a tonic for the long, dark, cold nights wedged in front of the TV, struggling to remember what fun is!

Talking of looking forward to some fun, I can’t wait for the evening do at the Summit. It’s always an absolute riot with comedians, magicians, great food and, of course, salacious gossip! This year, we’ve opted for a different angle so, without wanting to give too much away, be prepared for a surprise showdown and some hilariously high brow entertainment.

As I write, I’m sitting down to choose the menu for the gala dinner on Saturday night, so I hope you’re all in the mood for haggis, neeps and tatties as I can’t seem to get them out of my mind! The food last year was sensational so we’re all looking forward to a repeat performance from the fantastic chefs and waiting staff at the University of Warwick.

The social scene at the Summit is second to none, in terms of networking opportunities with some really influential people. I love the whole meeting-new-people and making-new-friends thing and I’ve certainly done that many times over the years. I can honestly say that I’ve made some really great friends at the Summit, both in a business context and on a personal level. That’s what I love about this event: people come from all over the country to hear about developments in the sector and come away with a whole new set of contacts which they keep for years to come.

The success of the weekend is not just down to the speakers, the presentations, the delegate material and the packed lunches (although they are all fab!) – it’s about all the great people you meet and the fun you have whilst doing it.