Two’s Company: Couples in business profile

Working together when you’re a couple is a real skill and we profile eight couples that lift the lid on how they’ve mastered it…and today’s the turn of JOHN BLACK AND MARION BLACK of The Fort Hotel, Broughty Ferry.

Joan Collins says that the secret to her fifth marriage lasting the longest is separate bathrooms and it’s a similar story for John and Marion Black, joint owner-operators at The Fort Hotel and adjacent Wine Spa in Broughty Ferry. When I asked John for his secret to working together successfully as a couple, he answered, “separate offices.”

They have been together for 15 years and married for eight and they never seem to stand still at The Fort, with a huge refurbishment in 2014 and the opening of The Wine Spa last year, the town’s smallest bar. Despite their close proximity and being sister premises, The Wine Spa is attracting a whole different type of clientele to the The Fort’s.

Said John,“The interior has been decked out in gold, with much attention to detail, and is very blingy, so instead of guys and hen parties like in The Fort, we’re getting mostly ladies and couples in The Wine Spa.”

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