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Aberdeen Inspired, supported by Aberdeen City Council, has appointed Ewan McLean as the new Evening and Night-Time Economy Manager (ENTEM) for Aberdeen City Centre. Ewan replaces Nicola Johnston, and his appointment comes at crucial time for the city centre as it continues to navigate through the challenges of Covid.

Ewan McLean is Scotland’s only ENTEM and his role is not only important to the development of Aberdeen City Centre’s night-time offering but will also allow us to push the city’s interest at a national level by looking to positively influence policy where appropriate.

Adrian Watson, Chief Executive of Aberdeen Inspired, said: “We are delighted to have appointed Ewan as the new Evening and Night-Time Economy Manager. He comes with a wealth of experience in management in the licensing trade and clearly has a passion for the city and a desire to work collaboratively across our night-time economy, and at such a crucial time.”

Ewan McLean said: “It is an exciting time to take on this role and build on the foundations laid by Nicola Johnston. I am looking forward to working with levy payers and other partners from across the night-time economy, be it the licensing trade, wider hospitality, cultural organisations, transport and of course public sector bodies such as the Police and NHS Grampian. A key strand of my business will be to promote a safe and welcoming city centre under the ‘Purple Flag’ accredited programme of work.”

The night-time economy plays a significant part in shaping Aberdeen City Council and partners ambitious Aberdeen City Centre Masterplan (CCMP) and with this Ewan will look to be a strong and positive voice on behalf of Aberdeen City Centre’s evening and night-time economy businesses.

Cllr Marie Boulton, said “we are delighted to support Aberdeen Inspired in the appointment of Ewan McLean as the new Evening & Night-Time Economy Manager. Aberdeen City Council is committed to seeing our evening and night-time economy recover and we feel that Ewan’s role is a key position in driving this forward.”

In 2020, Aberdeen successfully retained its Purple Flag status for safety and security of the city’s evening and night-time economy for the seventh year in a row. Ewan will lead the charge in retaining and developing the city’s Purple Flag accreditation as we run for the eighth year. The Purple Flag brings some thirty organisations together from across the private, public and third sectors and includes Police Scotland, NHS Grampian and Aberdeen City Council. Aberdeen’s Purple Flag working group create projects which protect the community such as Ask for Angela, Street Pastors Safe Space Bus, and Counter Terrorism Resilience Training for local businesses and taxis.