Growing a Family Business

Growing a Family Business

Speaker: Stephen Leckie, CEO, The Crieff Hydro Family of Hotels

Chair: James Stuart, Managing Director, Entrepreneurial Scotland

Member level: Growing|Leading

Event type: Company visit with Dinner

Price: £30 + VAT


To many, the phrase “family business” connotes a small operation with a local focus. While plenty of businesses certainly fit that description, it doesn’t reflect the powerful role that family-run businesses play in the world economy. Crieff Hydro, Scotland’s leading leisure resort and the oldest trading registered company in Scotland, has been in Stephen Leckie’s family for over 140 years. Stephen worked in the hotel from an early age, gaining experience in all areas of the business and learned about all the demands that come with running a large hotel. His hard work and experience paid off: at the age of 25 he became the youngest General Manager to be appointed for Queens Moat House Hotels.

Since taking the helm in 1994, Stephen, Chief Executive of Crieff Hydro Limited, has marshalled more than £40 million of investment to transform the property into a true leisure resort which competes on the international stage. In 2014 Stephen led the biggest change in the history of the business – the expansion of the Crieff Hydro Family of Hotels. The group now includes ten properties, has more than 750 bedrooms, 1,200 staff and a group turnover of over £30 million.

Join us on this unique Company Visit at one of the hotels from the Crieff Hydro family – Peebles Hydro. Explore this hotel located in the heart of the borders, before joining Stephen for dinner to hear how he has grown the family business from one property to ten in three years. This is a fantastic chance for our family business members to hear from someone who has shown that, with ambition and the right support behind them, family businesses can grow and scale.

A member rate is available for those wishing to stay overnight at Peebles Hydro. Please email mairi.graham@entrepreneurialscotland.com for more details. 

  • When

    16th November 2017
  • Where

    Peebles Hydro
    Innerleithen Rd
    EH45 8LX
    United Kingdom


Stephen Leckie

Stephen Leckie

Chief Executive Officer, The Crieff Hydro Family of Hotels

Crieff Hydro has been in Stephen Leckie’s family for over 140 years. Stephen worked in the hotel from a young age, “sweating” all areas of the business to gain a thorough appreciation of the demands of running of a large hotel.  His interest in the industry grew over the years and he rose quickly through the ranks, becoming the youngest General Manager in Queens Moat House Hotels at the age of 25.


James Stuart

Managing Director

As Managing Director for  Entrepreneurial Scotland, James is responsible for turning the strategy into reality by working closely with the Board, the CEO and the team

Growing a Family Business