Dumfries-based IT and telecoms specialists 8020 have celebrated their 10th birthday by helping Big Burns Supper (BBS) transform into a major nine-day festival.
The business, which has a £2 million turnover and employs 17 staff, provides the communications and computer systems vital to running BBS, which is now a major event with tens of thousands of customers over a series of venues.
Andrew Edgar, Managing Director, said: “We’ve just had our 10th anniversary at 8020 and supporting Big Burns Supper is a great way to celebrate. We’ve been involved for the past three years and watched the way it has grown.
“This year it has expanded massively from three days to nine so we rolled up our sleeves and helped them overcome the challenges that involves. But one of the main reasons we support Big Burns Supper is because it’s so much more than a festival – it works with the community all year round. We are really proud of them and to be a part of what they have achieved.”
Graham Main, Big Burns Supper Artistic Director said: “The practical support we get from 8020 is vital to the success of our event. IT and telecoms are the nerve centre of the festival – without high quality systems we couldn’t doing any of the organisation or admin, we couldn’t take calls from the public, take bookings or any of the things that make Big Burns Supper tick. Andrew, Jez and the 8020 team really believe in Dumfries and its brilliant that they have chosen to work with us to benefit the community.”
BBS is a festival of contemporary and traditional culture and a huge public celebration of the birthday of Scotland’s national Bard, Robert Burns, in his beloved town of Dumfries. It is also part of Scotland’s Winter Festivals (a programme of events managed by EventScotland on behalf of the Scottish Government) and attracts thousands of visitors from across the UK and overseas.
The festival is made possible by support from many organisations including Creative Scotland, 8020 and Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Beacon Event Programme.
Once again BBS has teamed up with other local festivals and promoters to present eclectic club nights which include the Eden Opening Party.
The carnival is supported by the Robertson Trust, Holywood Trust and Awards for All. Year of Food and Drink Scotland will build on the momentum generated by Homecoming Scotland 2014 with a series of exciting events and activities celebrating Scotland’s outstanding natural larder.