Force for good

THERE’S a wind blowing in Scottish hockey - and it promises to be a force for good for the game’s commercial prospects.

Former Scotland under-21 player Nicola Pitticas, known during her playing day as “The Hurricane”, has joined Scottish Hockey in the new role of commercial consultant to the national governing body.

Ms Pitticas takes up the part-time post having previously staged a successful fundraising project for the body, which allowed the women’s team to go full-time for the three months prior to the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

She has also shown great strength in overcoming personal adversity, having recovered from Hodgkin’s Lymphoma aged just 19 to play hockey at club level following two years of treatment.

All power to your stick, we say.

Big in the east

IT is surely a rare thing for a Scottish business to be better known in the Far East than it is in its homeland.

But that is the situation at Speyside Distillers, which is looking forward to building sales significantly in China after unveiling a major distribution deal this week.

The firm has had a strong presence in Taiwan since its distillery, near Kingussie, was acquired by John McDonough, six years ago, on the strength of his existing business ties to the country.

He told The Bottom Line: “We’re more well-known in Taipei than Inverness or Glasgow!”

Choco madness

ARE you looking to celebrate the end of lent in indulgent style?

Hopetown House near Edinburgh might just have just the thing.

The Stables Kitchen at the venue has designed what it described as the ultimate chocolate tea party for adults who gave up the sugary stuff for 40 days.

The tea starts with a cup of hot chocolate accompanied by a chocolate scone with cream and jam, followed by three treats featuring white, milk and dark chocolate.

Even thinking about it makes us feel like a lie down.