Whilst we wish the Dons well as they start another European adventure this week, away from the football field we have already had continental success for Aberdeen to savour.
Aberdeen Inspired, the city’s Business Improvement District (BID), was named Best BID at the European BID awards in Berlin.
On behalf of everyone at Aberdeen City Council, can I take the opportunity to pass on congratulations to the Aberdeen Inspired team. The award is fantastic recognition for their hard work, energy and innovation.
I cannot stress enough how important partnership working is to the long term prosperity and vitality of Aberdeen. As a Council we are at the forefront of driving that change, but cannot work in isolation.
Aberdeen Inspired, now in its second five-year term as a BID, is one of the organisations we have forged an excellent and productive working relationship with – for example in delivering the successful and growing Aberdeen Christmas Village as part of the Winter Festival, Operation Union Street Rejuvenation as well as bringing the acclaimed Nuart festival to the city.
Since being established, Aberdeen Inspired has brought a focus to the commercial heart of the city with the main aim of supporting the businesses which pay a levy to help fund the BID.
In turn the organisation’s projects bring great benefits to residents, visitors and those who work in the zone.
Aberdeen City Council works with many, many more organisations who share common goals and aspirations for the city and takes great pride in the links we have built.
From the Aberdeen and Grampian Chamber of Commerce, VisitAberdeenshire and Aberdeen Harbour Board to Police Scotland and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service there are numerous joint initiatives and collaborations which improve lives in our communities.
Equally those communities themselves are key partners, helping to shape the future of their areas and getting involved in delivering the projects that matter most to local residents. It is teamwork on a city-wide scale.
In the north-east we don’t always shout about our achievements, but Aberdeen Inspired’s success on the European stage is one to be applauded and is richly deserved. I’ve no doubt there will be many more accomplishments to celebrate in the years ahead and we look forward to continuing to work with the award winning team.