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£1.5m investment helps Edinburgh venue post record figures

Turnover passes £4.2m at the commercial arm of the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh after hosting 500 events

Pictured: Scott Mitchell, commercial director at Surgeon's Hall

A £1.5 million restoration at Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh has been credited with generating record figures for the venue's hospitality and events business.

Its Commercial Enterprises arm saw turnover hit £4.2m in 2015, a 20 per cent increase on the previous year.

Venues managed across the College’s Surgeon’s Hall campus include the King Khalid building and the modern Quincentenary Conference Centre, while a £1.5m investment transformed a run-down university language school building which was reopened as the Prince Philip Building in May 2015.

Last year saw the college host more than 500 events. Scott Mitchell, commercial director, said: “These performance figures are no fluke, but the culmination of 10 years of creative thinking, careful planning and painstaking delivery.

“This shows what a masterstroke it was to set up a dedicated commercial arm of the college 10 years ago. We are now seeing that coming into its own.”

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