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Lanarkshire Business Week 2016
NEW COLLEGE Lanarkshire’s Taste training restaurant joined some of the world’s best fine dining establishments in a global celebration of French food culture on 21 March.
Paul Clark, Chef Lecturer at the Cumbernauld campus training restaurant, and his team of City and Guilds Professional Cookery first year students, were among 1000 chefs across five continents taking part in the second Gout de France, an international event paying tribute to the excellence of French cuisine.
The Cumbernauld team, assisted by second year City and Guilds Professional Cookery students as waiting staff, were the only Further Education college kitchen in Scotland – and one of only two Scottish restaurant teams – to take part in the event.
Gout de France was introduced last year when legendary chef Alain Ducasse and the French Government revived a tradition established in 1912 by one of the fathers of modern French cooking, Auguste Escoffier. It was based on the concept of one day, one menu, served in cities around the world, to as many guests as possible.
The Cumbernauld team stood alongside internationally famous restaurants taking part in this year’s Gout de France, including three Alain Ducasse restaurants and Raymond Blanc’s Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons in the UK.
Participating restaurants were tasked to produce a dedicated menu with recipes inspired by classic, French expertise.
Taste’s lunch menu was a starter of Salad Lyonnaise, followed by a choice of either Coq au Vin and Crème Brulee or Navarin of Lamb and Lemon Tarte, and a cheese course of brie and pear chutney.
Among the enthusiastic diners on Monday were a team of French students on the first leg of an exchange visit to Cumbernauld as part of a long-running Erasmus+ partnership between the campus and professional cooking school Lycee Helen Boucher, based in France’s gastronomy capital, Lyon.
Erasmus+ is the European Union programme for education, training, youth and sport, aiming to modernise education, training and youth work through opportunities abroad.
Glasgow-based based French freelance journalist and food blogger Cecilie Corso also travelled to Taste to sample the delicacies turned out by the budding chefs.
Cecilie, who featured her visit in her food blog The Wee Frenchy http://www.theweefrenchyinglasgow.blogspot.co.uk/ said:
“Celebrating Gout de France at Taste was a “triomphe” – a taste of home, in my new adopted country.
“The menu was classic yet offered a modern twist. I enjoyed the creativity in the coq au vin where the chicken was stuffed with a mushroom mousse and wrapped in bacon.
“The tarte au citron was beautifully presented and would easily compete with a lot a Parisian restaurants.”
Chef Lecturer Paul Clark said: “Eight students from our City and Guilds Professional cookery courses will travel to Lyon and Lycee Helen Boucher in May and June, where they will get really great experience of working with talented chefs in professional kitchens.
“We decided to take part in Gout de France because we thought this would be a good way of celebrating the visit of the French students while they are here and preparing our students for their French trip.
“It’s been great experience and they had a good time in the kitchen. It’s also quite something to be sharing a platform with some of the best chefs in the world.”
Taste will host another French themed lunch service and French gourmet evening on Thursday 24 March.
Medicity launchMediCity Scotland, a new medical technology incubator at the BioCity Group campus in Lanarkshire, has been officially launched at a packed event.
With the emphasis of creating economic growth in the region, BioCity has converted one of its existing buildings to allow companies a choice of flexible and virtual office space, workshops and laboratories. This was achieved with support from the Glasgow City Region – City Deal, and partners North Lanarkshire Council, Scottish Enterprise and the UK Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.
MediCity welcomed its first company OracleBio in January and is expected to enable the creation and growth of over 50 new healthcare businesses over the next 5 years, creating over 350 jobs as a result. The location also benefits from Enterprise Area Status.
MediCity, part of BioCity Group, the Bioscience incubation specialist with locations in the East Midlands (BioCity and MediCity Nottingham), the North West (BioHub at Alderley Park) and Scotland (BioCity Scotland at Newhouse). MediCity Scotland follows in the footsteps of the MediCity facility in Nottingham, established in partnership with the Walgreens Boots Alliance.
The event, ‘Accelerating Global Demand for MedTech Innovation’, featured speakers such as Donald McIver, founder of Gael and Managing Director of MindGenius, Dr John Waller, Chief Operating Officer at OracleBio and George MacGinnis of PA Consulting. Guests heard first hand of the drive and commitment in the burgeoning international medical technology sector:
MediCity will follow a similar clustering model to the one already successfully in action at BioCity Scotland, bringing together entrepreneurs, early stage businesses, academics, corporates, clinicians, developers and investors to facilitate and accelerate opportunities. 200 plus companies are based in a BioCity business incubator making the BioCity network one of the largest concentrations of life science businesses in the UK. The 91% survival rate of companies at BioCity in Nottingham tangibly demonstrates one of the benefits to a company of being located within the BioCity network.
BioCity’s accelerator programme – ‘DEVELOP’ – has been extended to MediCity Scotland and currently involves seven new medical technology, Healthcare and Wellbeing entrepreneurs. With a focus on a Lean Start-up and Business Model Canvas approach, the companies are being challenged on their commercial viability and value proposition; whilst receiving direct coaching in entrepreneurial excellence from international business coaches.
“Medtech is one of the most exciting areas of life sciences and Scotland has a long illustrious history of ground breaking innovation, explained Dr Barbara Blaney, Senior Incubation Manager at MediCity Scotland. “By tapping into the BioCity Group network, our international, industry specific mentor group and the wider community; this new initiative presents a great opportunity to build and expand the Medtech, Healthcare and Wellbeing cluster in Scotland.”
Julia Brown, Director of Life and Chemical Sciences at Scottish Enterprise, said:
“MediCity stands to become an important launch pad for many Scottish med-tech companies and will play a vital role in supporting our flourishing life sciences industry.
“Scotland’s life sciences industry attracts huge investor confidence, with some £40 million invested into Scottish companies in the sector during 2015. Facilities like MediCity will help us leverage that strong reputation and the opportunities for Scotland to incubate and develop more high growth companies.”
Councillor Paul Kelly, Depute Leader of North Lanarkshire Council, said:
“The council is delighted to be a partner in the first dedicated Medtech facility in Scotland and the first City Deal project for North Lanarkshire. The excellent business support provided here at MediCity puts the area at the forefront of medical technology and life sciences development, and will make a significant contribution to regional economic development over the next 20 years.”
Medicity launchTo find out more about BioCity Scotland and MediCity Scotland, visit http://www.biocity.co.uk
NEW COLLEGE Lanarkshire has taken two Gold and one Silver award in a prestigious marketing competition between Scotland’s further education colleges.
The College beat off competition from throughout Scotland to win prizes in each of the three categories it was short-listed for in the College Development Network (CDN) 2016 Marketing Awards.
The CDN Marketing Awards are designed to recognise and celebrate the excellent marketing and communication practice taking place in Scotland’s 25 further education colleges.
New College Lanarkshire won:
Gold for an innovative Communications and PR campaign for the launch of a £2.3 million heavy goods vehicle (HGV) training centre at the Motherwell Campus – the only centre of its kind in Scottish further or higher education.
Gold for the All Equal All Individual Internal Communications campaign to promote equality and diversity among college students and staff.
Silver for market research into the redevelopment of its website, due to re-launch in summer 2016.
The New College Lanarkshire team received their prizes in front of more than 130 guests from the college sector and industry on 3 March in Glasgow.
The Awards recognise the contribution made by the sector’s marketing teams to the success of colleges in Scotland with an annual awards ceremony and gala dinner.
Karyn Lumsden, Head of Marketing and Communications at New College Lanarkshire, said:
“To be recognised as sector-leading reflects the hard work and dedication of our fantastic Marketing and Communications Team.”
Plans for a massive expansion of Wardpark Studios, Cumbernauld have been lodged with North Lanarkshire Council.
If approved, the development will add a further two sound stages, production offices and a ‘backlot’ to the complex, presently used for the making of Sony’s hit series Outlander, now in its second series.
The new building will cover approximately 30,000 sq ft with a ceiling height of 50ft, high enough to accommodate sets, lighting rigs and other specialist production equipment.
The existing complex is around 200,000 sq ft and houses four sound stages, wardrobe and props storage and other production facilities.
North Lanarkshire Council Leader Cllr Jim Logue today welcomed the Wardpark Studios’ development proposal.
He said: “The scale of the hoped for expansion at the Wardpark Studios presents a tremendous opportunity for Cumbernauld and North Lanarkshire.
“We are, potentially, looking at hundreds of jobs and tens of millions of pounds pumped into the local economy over the next two decades.
“On a single day, as many as 300 people could be working on site.
“We have already been working closely with the studio owner and have built a strong relationship.
“For all the glamour of a film and TV production facility on our doorstep, the reality is in the number of tradesmen and women who will benefit; electricians, painters, plasterers and joiners before we even think about the specialist technical roles associated with a studio.
“North Lanarkshire enjoys tremendous transport and communications links which film and TV can only benefit from.”