Yorkshire’s leading companies gather for Ambassadors’ dinner

Dan Gill of Dine at the Ambassadors' Dinner

Award-winning events specialist, Dine, has celebrated a record-breaking year, launching into the “Roaring Twenties” with an exclusive gathering of some of Yorkshire’s most influential business leaders at Howsham Hall, one of the jewels in its crown of stunning, luxury venues.

The Ambassadors’ Dinner event tops the year after Dine drove a record-breaking increase in turnover of 42 per cent in the year 2018/19, having delivered its award-winning services to more than 220 events and weddings across the region in 2019.

A former boarding school, the Grade 1 listed Jacobean mansion – which was on the market for five million pounds in 2014 and is now leased by the founders of Dine, Daniel and Helen Gill – has seen investment of £225,000 over the last two years. Howsham Hall’s development continues with aims of becoming carbon neutral as the nearby Mill generates hydroelectricity for the area through the two Archimedes Screws on site.

The leading lights assembled at Howsham Hall included prominent hoteliers, Colin Little and Valeria Sykes; Gordon Bateman, CEO of human capital specialist, CRSI; Julie Shaw, director of Touch Media Solutions; and business growth specialists Melanie Ellyard, of Smart Bulldog and Bernie Albert, Leeds Beckett University.

Daniel Gill, co-founder and creative director of Dine, hosted the Ambassadors’ Dinner. He said: “We ended 2019 celebrating the addition of Rise Hall to our portfolio of services. Dine had a huge 42 per cent growth last year in terms of sales. With the business developing rapidly, seeing Dine Delivered work so well and also the addition of our venue Rise hall will ensure that we keep seeing even more growth throughout 2020.”

Rise joins beautiful venues including Sefton Park Palm House in Liverpool, The Mansion in Leeds and Howsham Hall amongst others, meaning that Dine has bases across the Northern Powerhouse region. To usher in the 2020s, we decided to bring together corporate clients, friends and suppliers from the UK’s most diverse and exciting business community outside London to compare notes on prospects for the new decade.”

“Meanwhile, Dine has hit the ground running, with a busy first few months in prospect. They include the formal re-launch of its landmark property, Rise Hall, in East Yorkshire, with a £500,000 restoration on top of the £1.6m acquisition price, establishing it as one of the world’s leading luxury wedding and events venues.”

Four chefs spent a total of 110 hours on the dinner’s preparation and service, with wines handpicked by Dine’s sommelier to specifically match the bespoke menu. The meal was rounded off by a specialist Rwandan coffee, Coocamu, which is grown on the shores of Lake Kivu and that no other hospitality group has access to.

Dine’s guests were received and attended to by the butler team, the best in Yorkshire, drilled and rehearsed by Daniel Gill, himself originally trained in auspicious locations including the Royal Academy, Downing Street, Lancaster House and No.1 London.

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