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Double first for Spectrum at the British Masters

Posted on September 26th, 2017 in Contracts, Events
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This week sees a double first for Spectrum as we prepare for the British Masters at Close House in Newcastle upon Tyne.  It’s by no means our first golfing event, we’ve worked extensively with the European Tour at the Ryder Cup, five Scottish Opens and the recent Ladies Scottish Open and Scottish Seniors Open, however we have never worked at the British Masters and it’s our first time working at a European Tour event in South of the border.

We are delighted to be working with the European Tour again, especially at such a prestigious event with such a good field of players who will be watched live all over the world.

Like the strong filed of competitors, we’ve spent the first part of the week doing our preparations; whilst the players have been fine tuning their swings and perfecting their putting, we’ve been putting the finishing touches to the many areas we’re responsible for during the competition.  Over and above the vast open areas on the course, we also provide cleaning and waste management services for all other public areas; this includes, public catering, merchandising, corporate hospitality suites, VIP areas, official and technical areas and BOH operational areas.

As you can imagine, large crowds spread across many acres of this beautiful Newcastle course will create many challenges, and with worldwide TV coverage of the event, it is essential to keep it clean, tidy and free of waste at all times.  The preparations are almost complete and we’re looking forward to welcoming large crowds for the practice and competition days.  We wish all the competitors the best of luck as they too take on the challenges presented at Close House.

Below are some of the pictures from the various areas which are now ready to receive hospitality guests and spectators.

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A fair slice of the golfing calendar for Spectrum

Posted on July 12th, 2017 in Contracts, Events, General, Services
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It wouldn’t be an understatement to say that Spectrum Events’ 2017 calendar is about to get into full swing; yes, we’ve already been very busy this year with domestic and international football at Hampden Park, not to mention a sell-out Stone Roses concert, and 250,000+ people to clean up after at The Royal Highland Show.  Now, we are turning our attention to the fairways and greens of competitive golf to provide services to the biggest golf events taking place in Scotland this year.

This week we are delighted to be working with the European Tour for the fifth consecutive year at the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open Championship which takes place at Dundonald Links from the 12th – 16th July.  The Spectrum Events Team have been at the Ayrshire course all week preparing for some of the biggest names in golf as they compete for the much-coveted title of Scottish Open Champion 2017.  As usual, the Scottish Open will be broadcast around the world and remains one of the few European Tour events that is shown live on American television.

With some of the greatest golfers in the game registered to play, the Ayrshire course is certain to draw a massive crowd, so we know we have a busy few days ahead to keep all public areas clean and free of waste.  However, our duties at these major golf events go far beyond the public areas of the course – we also provide cleaning and waste management services for all other public areas; this includes, public catering, merchandising, corporate hospitality suites, VIP areas, official and technical areas and BOH operational areas.

We are then back at Dundonald Links for the Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open Championship from the 27th – 30th July.  Once again, we expect some big crowds as some of the leading ladies of the game compete for the Ladies Scottish Open title.

The following week, we move to the other side of the country to provide our full range of services for the Scottish Seniors Open which is being played at the superb Renaissance Club at North Berwick from the 4th – 7th August.

These three events will keep us busy in Scotland for the next few weeks, however it doesn’t stop there; we are then off South of the border to provide our full range of cleaning and waste management services at the British Masters28th September – 1st October at the magnificent Close House course in Newcastle upon Tyne.  Long established in the world’s golfing calendar, the British Masters always attracts a fantastic field made up from some of the best players in the game.  We are looking forward to taking our experience and expertise South of the border for one of the biggest events in the golfing calendar.

We will be bringing you updates from each of these prestigious events as they happen, for now it’s heads down as we tee off with the AMM Scottish Open Championship this week.

It’s a Royal celebration at Spectrum this week…

Posted on May 20th, 2017 in Contracts, Events
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When you mention Ingliston in Edinburgh you could be forgiven for immediately thinking about the Royal Highland Show; after all, it is a world renowned agricultural show that attracted almost 190,000 visitors over the 4-day event in 2016.  However, Ingliston’s proper name is, Royal Highland Centre, one of the busiest event venues in Scotland and Spectrum Service Solutions is delighted to announce this fantastic facility is our latest contract win and most recent new client.

The contract was won in a competitive tender and will see Spectrum provide a range of cleaning and waste management services for the venue and many events it hosts every year.

The Royal Highland Centre is a truly unique venue offering over 18,000m² of covered exhibition space encompassing four halls, substantial outdoor areas including 110-acres of parkland, the main arena, a unique track area and parking for 20,000 vehicles – hardly surprising then that plays host to over 200 events and attracts over 1,000,000 visitors every year.

The contract win is great news for the company, but in particular for the Events division.  The contract win further enforces Spectrum’s position as the leading provider of cleaning and waste management services to the event industry.  We are pleased to be building on our portfolio of event venues which already includes Hampden Park in Glasgow, and to be adding to the list of events where we provide our services which have included the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow (7 venues), the Ryder Cup Matches at Gleneagles, the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open and the Kiltwalk.

We are looking forward to working with the team at the Royal Highland Centre and to another busy year for our Events division, we have many big events coming up which we will be announcing over the next few weeks.

Who says hard work can’t be fun?

Posted on April 30th, 2017 in Events, General
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It’s The Kiltwalk time again; now a regular occurrence in the Scottish calendar, and indeed with the Spectrum events team, The Kiltwalk 2017 got underway on Sunday morning.  It’s the third successive year that we’ve been involved and we’re delighted to be back.

It really is a pleasure to support and serve such a great event which raises millions of pounds for Scottish charities and causes.  The Kiltwalk is bigger than ever, with a record number of people taking part at the various events throughout the year – this year’s Glasgow event attracted in excess of 7500 walkers.

Drummer boy at the KiltwalkWe believe it’s popular because so many people can take part, kids can walk with their mums and dads and even their grandparents.  You don’t need to be an athlete to do the Kiltwalk; with three levels (The 23 miles Mighty Stride, the 15 miles Big Stroll and The 6 miles Wee Wander), there’s something to meet everyone’s fitness and ambitions.

Of course, with so many people talking part and so many people turning out to watch there is inevitably some cleaning up to be done, Spectrum Service Solutions is delighted to be on duty along the whole 23-mile route to make sure all waste is removed and disposed of responsibly.  As you can imagine, it’s hard work, but it’s work every member of our team enjoys; unlike the many competitive events we work with, they are able to engage with the walkers and encourage them along the route.  It really is a fun day with a serious purpose where everyone is striving for the same goal – to raise vital funds for charities across Scotland.

We will be providing our services at all the Kiltwalk events again this year, they take place in Aberdeen on the 4th June, Dundee on the 20th August and Edinburgh on the 17th September.  There’s still time to enter the remaining events by going to The Kiltwalk website here and registering online.  If you do, we hope you will say hello to any of the many staff that will be working to keep the routes clean and free of waste.

Below you can see what Anthony Grogan, Kiltwalk Events Manager had to say about our involvement with them.

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Hampden night celebrates some great names in Scottish football

Posted on November 2nd, 2016 in Awards, Events, General
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We were delighted to be back at Hampden this weekend, but this time we weren’t working; instead, we were enjoying the annual SFA Hall of Fame Dinner.  It was a chance for some of the Spectrum team to enjoy themselves whilst celebrating some of the excellent players and management involved in Scottish football over the years.

The inductees on Sunday night were, Stevie Chalmers, John Wark, Gary McAllister, Jock Wallace and Alex Smith.  We congratulate each of them, they are all welcome and fitting additions to the already illustrious names who are included in the SFA Hall of Fame.

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Following the induction ceremony, we were very ably entertained by Dougie Donelly who conducted an intimate, open and informative interview with ex Rangers and Scotland Manager, Walter Smith.  Walter shared some of the highs and lows of his own career along with some excellent stories from the world of football.

It was a great evening and a nice opportunity for some of the Spectrum team to mix with some of the greats of Scottish football.  Below are some of the pictures from the evening.

Scottish award secured, now our attention is directed to London…

Posted on August 3rd, 2016 in Awards, Events, General, Our Team
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The IoD Awards are very sought after, and highly respected, and many great names in Scottish industry have been privileged to win this award in the past.  The whole team at Spectrum was truly delighted when Sara won the award for businesses under £15 million turnover at the glittering awards ceremony in Glasgow.

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Imagine then how pleased we are to find out that this particular journey hasn’t ended; Sara has just been shortlisted in the IoD Director of the Year UK Finals 2016 in the ‘SME Director of the Year’ category.

There are around 90 finalist across the twelve categories and Sara is only one of five who are from Scotland and Sara is the only Scottish nominee in her award category.

Just to be shortlisted for such a prestigious UK award is extremely rewarding for everyone at Spectrum, however we now wish Sara all the best as she is considered for this remarkable accolade – naturally, we all think it is something she deserves to win.

The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in London’s Lancaster Hotel on the 21st October, we all wish her well and we are delighted to share her excitement at reaching this stage.

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Our June star employee – Chris

Posted on August 2nd, 2016 in Events, Services
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For June we would like to recognise Chris. Chris joined us 12 years ago and is a valued part of the Office Cleaning team at Hampden Park, Scotland’s National Stadium.

Chris is well loved by all of her colleagues and our customers within Hampden, she has also been a great asset on the event’s team over the years and recently took the time to join us for a week up in Inverness at the Scottish Open. This was a new experience for Chris and it was an added benefit to have her involved at such a remote location, once again, Chris made some great relationships and even received a big box of chocolates from the Marshall’s to thank her for her hard work.

Unfortunately Chris is currently recovering from an emergency operation and we wish her all the best and a speedy recovery. We can’t wait to have her back as she is not only a great worker but also someone who puts a smile on everyone’s face with her stories!

Preparations complete, let the competition begin…

Posted on July 7th, 2016 in Events, General
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It’s been a busy week so far for the Spectrum events team, we’ve been preparing for the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open.  It’s great to be back at Castle Stuart just outside Inverness, it was the venue for the first Scottish Open for Spectrum back in 2013.

Like the strong filed of competitors, we’ve spent the first part of the week doing our preparations; whilst Mickelson, Monty and Lyle have been fine tuning their swings and perfecting their putting, we’ve been putting the finishing touches to the many areas we’re responsible for during the competition.  Over and above the vast open areas on the course, we also provide cleaning and waste management services for all other public areas; this includes, public catering, merchandising, corporate hospitality suites, VIP areas, official and technical areas and BOH operational areas.

As you can imagine, large crowds spread across many acres of the Inverness-shire countryside can create many challenges, and with worldwide TV coverage of the event, it is essential to keep it clean, tidy and free of waste at all times.  The preparations are now complete, and as usual, there’s a feeling of the calm before the storm when everything clicks into gear at 7:30am tomorrow morning as Englishman Lee Slattery gets the competition underway.

Much as it is extremely hard work, it is an event we enjoy, our teams are experienced in managing the cleaning and waste management at golf events like the Scottish Open and the Ryder Cup, we get to meet some great people, many are old friends in the golf industry.  So, whilst it’s a long and tiring week, it is one we enjoy, especially when it gets into full swing.

Everyone’s a winner on The Kiltwalk…

Posted on June 7th, 2016 in Blog, Events, General, Sponsorship, Testimonial
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Sunday 5th June saw the second event in our sponsorship of The Kiltwalk 2016. This time we headed north for the Aberdeen Kiltwalk which took place in and around the beautiful setting of the Granite City. The weather also played its part, it was a gorgeous day to be out walking, especially if you were also raising money for children’s charities at the same time.

Spectrum is not only a sponsor of The Kiltwalk, we also provide the clean-up service making sure the whole route is left litter free, but it is a very enjoyable day when we get to engage with the walkers and encourage them as they proceed along the route.

There were three different starting points on the walk with entrants choosing the distance that best suited them.  The full walk is a 26 mile route aptly named, “The Mighty Stride” starting at Duthie Park in Aberdeen, these hardy walkers are then joined by those electing for the 15.5 mile “Big Stroll” at Drumoak Playing Fields, then the final group settling for the 8 mile challenge, “The Wee Wander”, join the others at the King George V Park in Banchory.

The weather was very kind to everyone, which was just reward for the hundreds of people who gave up their time to raise funds for some of the most deserving children’s causes in Scotland, we applaud everyone who took part in the event and hope that we will see them all again next year.

The next leg of our Kiltwalk sponsorship takes us to Speyside on the 14th August, if you want to join any of the three routes that day you should enter now and help this great cause to raise even more for the children of Scotland, we’d love to see you there on the day.

Below, you can see some pictures from the Aberdeen Kiltwalk and a short video about our sponsorship of these great events.

You can enter for the Speyside Kiltwalk here.   Alternative, you can enter the final Kiltwalk of 2016 in Edinburgh on the 18th September by clicking here.

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It’s a big weekend of awards for Spectrum…

Posted on May 5th, 2016 in Awards, Events, Our Team
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It’s another big weekend for the Spectrum team, hot on the heels of the Scottish Cup Semi Finals at Hampden Park and The Kiltwalk in Glasgow comes another busy and exciting weekend. However, this time we aren’t working at events, instead we are attending them!

On Sunday night we will be attending the Scottish Entertainment Awards as a sponsor, and as judges in one of the categories, we will bring you more news about this next week.

It is Saturday night that has us really excited, we are attending the BIFM Scotland Awards Dinner 2016. The glittering awards dinner will take place at Glasgow’s Marriott Hotel and is the major awards dinner for the Facilities Management industry in Scotland, and we are shortlisted for one of only three awards. The BIFM Scotland Recognition Awards recognise outstanding performers in FM.

We are delighted to be finalists in the ‘2016 FM Team of the Year’ category, especially when you see the quality of the other finalists attending on the night – we wish them all well.

This is the second year in a row we have been named finalists at the BIFM Scotland Awards; last year we went on to be named winners of the “FM Project of the Year’, so we are hoping we can replicate that success with a win in this years nominated category. Regardless of the outcome, we are delighted to be included as finalists, and we are truly looking forward to catching up with many friends and colleagues in the industry at what always proves to be a great night.

We will let you know next week how we get on, but for now it’s fingers crossed.