European success for Aberdeen

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 […]
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Celebrating the success of Big Noise Torry

This week a very special group of budding musicians showcased their talent with a concert to celebrate the second birthday of Big Noise Torry. Colleagues who attended on behalf of Aberdeen City Council, including the Lord Provost, came away with a spring in their step and were inspired by what they saw. Having watched the […]
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A time to show support

Once would be too often to be sending a message of sympathy to a city suffering the pain and shock inflicted by a terrorist attack. Quite clearly we would all hope events of this nature simply did not happen. I find myself expressing condolences on behalf of Aberdeen for a third time in as many […]
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Our condolences to the people of Manchester

This morning the Lord Provost of Aberdeen has sent an official message of condolence to the Lord Mayor of Manchester on behalf of the city. Although words cannot come close to expressing the sadness the terrible events of yesterday evening have caused throughout the country and beyond, it is important we show solidarity in every […]
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Aberdeen’s support for London

We have all been touched by the horrific events in London and on behalf of Aberdeen City Council I wish to express our support for all those who have been affected and condolences to those who suffered from the loss or injury of loved ones, friends and colleagues. Wednesday’s attack at Westminster was a stark […]
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Building the foundations for the city’s future

As an organisation Aberdeen City Council has a vast remit but at the heart of that are fundamental aims:  to serve the people and the place. The need to address housing issues transcends both of those and it is heartening to see great strides being taken. This week I was on site at the former […]
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Investing in Aberdeen’s next generation high on the budget agenda

Last week fellow councillors and I voted to approve the Aberdeen City Budget for 2017/18. After months of tireless work by officers of the Council and elected members, it is satisfying to have our plans agreed and to be in a position to start implementing them. Understandably, given the impact it has on households, the […]
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SPECTRA shines a light on the potential for Aberdeen events

When the visitor numbers for SPECTRA arrived in my inbox earlier this week it confirmed what we already knew – once again Aberdeen’s festival of light had been an overwhelming success. More than 63,000 people attended the four day programme – almost double the attendance from 2016 and continuing the year on year growth of […]
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A time for heroes

If the mark of a city is its degree of global influence, Aberdeen should be rightly celebrated. Provost Skene’s House is being redeveloped as a new visitor attraction under the City Centre Masterplan to tell the story of local people who helped transform the wider world. And there are lots! From scientists to sporting champions, […]
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Giving a voice to Council’s valued staff

I have written before about the importance of engagement with the communities we serve, encouraging people to take the opportunity to be at the heart of decisions in the areas that matter most to them. Our events in Northfield, Torry and Seaton in recent months were very well received and have provided vital feedback as […]
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