The building is listed as Grade B. He trained as a chef at a local hotel on leaving Tain Royal Academy, before moving to become Head Chef at Delny House Hotel. I am immensely grateful for all the help and support I have received – from family, friends, the local community, Highland Opportunity and Business Gateway, the Railway Heritage Trust, Station Community Regeneration Fund to name a few.

They also filmed this year’s Moray Speyside Tourism Summit. The previously boarded-up buildings have now been transformed into a café and bar, formal dining area, garden area, tourist information centre, and gift shop. From advice on starting a business, through to passing your business on to the next generation and from an insight into cloud accounting, to fighting cybercrime – the week has something for all, whether you run your business as a hobby from home or head up one of Moray’s largest companies. This site uses cookies. Danny Gallagher, Business Gateway Highland and Moray Service Manager, added: “There’s no doubt that there are differences in how businesses operate depending on their location.

It was great to see so many members of the local community come to see The Real Macbeth.”. I knew it would be a challenge, but I wanted to make it work for the local community. Sara explained: “When we first heard about the upcoming Hollywood film we were intrigued, as we had both read Shakespeare’s version at school and were disappointed that the factual story had been lost. Enter your email address to follow this Newsfeed and receive notifications of new posts by email. As well as the promise of a prize, however, the competition provides businesses with transferrable experience of pitching their business via video and in person, and an opportunity for expert feedback from highly experienced local business people. We hope readers will feel as inspired as we do by their ingenuity and determination. They turned to Business Gateway Moray for start-up guidance and received ‘Will It Work?’ funding from The Prince’s Trust. Highland Opportunity will continue to support Graham in this and we’re confident that Platform 1864 will be of immense benefit to the Tain area.”. These entrepreneurs will be invited to pitch at the semi-finals to the Dragons. View map. In recognition of her effort, she will have a dish named after her on the new menu. The previously boarded-up buildings have now been transformed into a café and bar, formal dining area, garden area, tourist information centre, and gift shop. The memorial was unveiled by her son – local Highland Councillor, Jamie Stone. An organisation supporting people who are lonely and isolated has given a special lockdown treat to carers across the Highlands. “But we are not satisfied with more of the same. By showcasing some of our key developments, case studies and outcomes, we will highlight some of the big changes we have been involved with this year – both to Highland Opportunity’s operations and services, and to local businesses as a result of our assistance. ← Highland Opportunity Annual Report 2014-15, Full steam ahead for new restaurant in restored Tain train station, Highland Opportunity Annual Report 2014-15, Rural Entrepreneurship in Scotland: a new free course, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=09piUJuLBxs, Suzanne Uprichard (L) winner of Business Woman of the Year (Self employed), with Jess Atkinson from sponsor Exec Space. Content Websites Photos Distance This location only 2 miles 5 miles 10 miles Refine location HILTON, TAIN BALINTORE, TAIN TOULVADDIE NIGG, TAIN HARTMOUNT HOLDINGS IV20 FEARN INVER, TAIN EDDERTON PORTMAHOMACK IV19 ARDVANNIE ARABELLA … It provides two flexible funds and locally delivers national business support services including Business Gateway, Enterprise Europe Network and the Prince’s Trust Enterprise Programme. Restaurant, Cocktail Bar For Reservations please call 01862894181 Graham Rooney (Owner, Platform 1864) & Andy Savage (Executive Director, Railway Heritage Trust), Graham explained: “Being born and bred in Tain, I saw the derelict station buildings and realised that my skills in hospitality and catering could be put to good use. The competition forms part of Lochaber Ideas Week, which is aimed at actively inspiring innovation and entrepreneurship in Lochaber. Business Gateway Highland and Moray is working as a local partner with The Open University in Scotland to help entrepreneurs across the region benefit from a new free Open University course: Rural Entrepreneurship in Scotland. Graham is a member of the Tain Civic Trust which welcomed his initiative and drive to restore the building. In its heyday it employed up to 30 staff, but its fortunes gradually declined as the railway changed and modernised, and the building eventually closed to passengers in June 1991. The afternoon formal opening ceremony also featured a prize-giving for primary 6 student, Emily Vass, who won the restaurant’s naming competition at Graham’s former school Craighill Primary School. A memorial dedication to Susannah Stone was also unveiled during the afternoon. Flying Mirrors has now worked with an array of local partners including Logie Estate, Moray Art Centre, Findhorn Foundation, and TEDx. Dragons’ Glen is not the only Ideas Week opportunity for local entrepreneurs: Anyone wanting to enter the Dragons’ Glen or Scrap Sculptures competitions or to nominate a business or individual for one of the awards should email ideasweek@lochaberchamber.co.uk, For more information about Business Gateway, contact your local Senior Area Business Manager: Simon Purdon at 07787 283216 or simon.purdon@highland-opportunity.com. I’m delighted that all of our hard work and investment has now paid off and Platform 1864 is now open!”. The panel will then select up to three finalists who will be invited to present at the Ideas Week Awards ceremony on the 20 November, where the winner will be announced. Events will take place in Fochabers, Forres and Elgin over the week and almost all are free of charge. Andy Savage, Executive Director of the Railway Heritage Trust, said: “Tain is a wonderful example of how the local community can use a listed railway station in new and imaginative ways. Hampers were delivered to 24 carers as a morale booster while their usual support of day centres and lunch clubs for the individual they are caring for – or even visits from other family members – are not available. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! Railways Heritage Trust provides advice and grants to assist operational railway companies in the preservation and upkeep of listed buildings and structures, and to help the transfer of non-operational premises and structures to outside bodies willing to undertake their preservation. “Normally we would bring everyone together for tea. Tain station was built and opened by the Inverness and Aberdeen Junction Railway in 1864, but this company almost immediately merged with another to form the Highland Railway. View map. Graham added: “From the outset I wanted to make sure the restaurant had a strong social responsibility – from the naming competition at my old primary school; to working with local architects, builders and the Tain Civic Trust. Local award-winning chef, Graham Rooney, opened new restaurant – Platform 1864 – in the restored old Tain railway station buildings on 11 November with an official opening and evening reception. Further information is available on the Moray Business Week social media sites: www.facebook.com/moraybusinessweek and twitter.com/MorayBizWeek. G&G Rooney Ltd. 17 Craighill Terrace, Tain, Ross-Shire, Scotland, IV19 1ER. Their hard work is evidently paying off. “They are trying to maintain their caring role 24 hours a day, day in, day out, without extra support.”. Applicants are asked to produce a 90-second video pitch along with a written application explaining why their venture is of “crucial importance to the area”. This has meant that some of the numerical results reported in this year’s Annual Report may appear lower than in previous years, but we are confident that the changes we have made, and will continue to make, will yield positive results for years to come. I am immensely grateful for all the help and support I have received – from family, friends, the local community, Highland Opportunity and Business Gateway, the Railway Heritage Trust, Station Community Regeneration Fund to name a few. The afternoon formal opening ceremony also featured a prize-giving for primary 6 student, Emily Vass, who won the restaurant’s naming competition at Graham’s former school Craighill Primary School. Entries are being invited for a scrap sculptures competition. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies -. The events we outline below – hosted by our Business Gateway and Enterprise Europe Network services – are just a snapshot of the wealth of valuable and interesting events available throughout Moray Business Week. I will be working with the community and schools to provide training and development opportunities for young people, promoting health, nutrition and wellbeing. Here, he built the restaurant’s reputation from a new-start to an award winning establishment with a reputation as one of the top restaurants in the North of Scotland before taking up a post as General Manager at the Beaufort Hotel in Inverness. Graham Rooney (Owner, Platform 1864) & Andy Savage (Executive Director, Railway Heritage Trust), Graham explained: “Being born and bred in Tain, I saw the derelict station buildings and realised that my skills in hospitality and catering could be put to good use. For more information about Highland Opportunity, contact Marie Mackintosh on 01463 228341.

Tain station was built and opened by the Inverness and Aberdeen Junction Railway in 1864, but this company almost immediately merged with another to form the Highland Railway. It was also attended by those organisations that supported Graham in the development of the new facility including Highland Opportunity, Business Gateway, Tain Civic Trust and The Highland Council. Entry to the event was free, although there was a collection at the door for the Forres Heritage Trust and Film Forres charities. Company number SC452329 VAT: 177971845 Mr Graham Rooney Active Correspondence address 17 Craighill Terrace, Tain, Ross-Shire, Scotland, IV19 1ER . I hope many local businesses will take this opportunity to benefit not only from these sessions, but the whole host of valuable events on offer throughout the week, and to immerse themselves in the inspirational, pro-active and collaborative business environment that the week creates.”, Sara Brockbank and Alex Wright of Flying Mirrors. By 7:05pm we were starting to wonder if Forres Town Hall would be filled beyond capacity. The afternoon teas were delivered by award-winning Tain-based chef Graham Rooney, who has had to close his doors at the Platform 1864 restaurant in Tain due to the lockdown but has developed a takeaway and delivery service. Susannah was founder of Highland Fine Cheeses and a lifelong advocate of Tain heritage conservation. It also includes information about our partnership with the Scottish Government in the field of public procurement.