Welcome to the first edition of IN Touch our e-news bulletin which aims to keep you up to date with city centre news. We are extremely grateful for the overwhelming support we received during our ballot campaign and are delighted to have secured a further five-year BID term. We plan to build on the achievements of the past five years and want to reassure all levy payers that our work moving forward will be focused on supporting the city centre in its recovery and continued growth. Working in partnership will be crucial to our success so please feed in your thoughts and ideas to us through our business networks, by email, phone or set up a meeting. And if you would like us to share your news on our social channels remember to tag us @abdninspired. Let’s keep IN Touch!
Globally acclaimed Nuart Aberdeen makes its mark on the city
Earlier this month, we announced the final two artists joining the Nuart Summer 2021 lineup, Henrik Uldalen and duo SNIK. Read more about them here.
Henrik Uldalen has just completed a Nuart mural at the Spring Gardens Unite Students building. Check out his interview with The Press and Journal here.
Along with her mural on Palmerston Road, KMG also created a second mural for Nuart Aberdeen at the St Nicholas Rooftop Garden. Make sure to take a picture if you’re passing by and share it with us on social media at @abdninspired!
New branch of SBS opens in Aberdeen
Exactly a month ago we welcomed the world’s oldest building society, Scottish Building Society (SBS) to the city centre when they opened a £500,000 branch on the corner of Union Street and Holburn Street. Business Relationship Manager Alan Chapman said “… given we have thousands of members in the North East we want to ensure they get the best of both worlds – the opportunity to talk to us face to face if they wish, or use our digital and mortgage savings service SBS online.”
It’s welcoming to see SBS making a commitment to bricks and mortar by opening a branch in Aberdeen and we look forward to supporting them.
Urgent reminder! Survey on city centre closes tomorrow
Aberdeen City Council’s public consultation exercise aimed at looking at the priorities of the City Centre and the Beach areas closes tomorrow, Friday 2 July. If you have not yet taken to the opportunity to make you voice heard in this important consultation - we urge you to participate today by clicking here.
Low Emission Zone – Public Consultation
Aberdeen City Council is currently working on proposals to create the city’s first low emission zone (LEZ), which would cover all of Union Street and stretch from Albyn Grove in the west to Commerce Street in the east. Read more here.
Give your opinion on the proposed boundary for a low emission zone in Aberdeen by taking part in a public consultation here.
Survey closes 22 August 2021.
Stuck Up – Get Stuck In
Last month, we issued a call for people to get involved in ‘Stuck Up’ a worldwide collaborative project which will see a massive ‘Paste Up’ project take place in Aberdeen City Centre as part of Nuart Aberdeen.
A wall spanning nearly half a kilometre has been earmarked for what could become the world’s largest paste-up wall. It will feature curated pieces from a selection of Nuart artists, archive revolutionary street art posters from partner ‘flyingleaps’ together with submissions from artists, poets and creatives from across the globe.
Make sure to get involved! Send your submissions to: STUCK UP, THE ANATOMY ROOMS, MARISCHAL COLLEGE, SHOE LANE, ABERDEEN, AB10 1AN.
Mark your calendars, Tedx is coming to Aberdeen on July 31. Spread the word, you can now apply for tickets here.
Aberdeen Arts Centre – Easy Money
Aberdeen Arts Centre are thrilled to produce their first professional in-house show since 2019 with a production of Arnold Ridley’s ‘Easy Money’. Performed in a vintage radio studio style, the production will take to the stage on 16 and 17 July 2021!
Secure your tickets via telegram or this frightfully handy link: www.aberdeenartscentre.com/easymoney
Aberdeen only Scottish art gallery to catch BAS 9
Be amongst the first to experience the best and most exciting recent art from the UK when British Art Show 9 lands in Aberdeen on 10 July for the summer before it tours to Wolverhampton, Manchester and Plymouth.
Taking place just once every five years, the British Art Show is widely recognised as the most ambitious and influential exhibition of contemporary British art. For the first time in Aberdeen – and the only Scottish venue - the British Art Show presents works from 33 artists who are defining new directions in contemporary art.
Read more here.
Aberdeen Restaurant Week
Now that life is slowly starting to return to normal, we’re looking for your thoughts on when the next Aberdeen Restaurant Week should take place? With restrictions still in place we know capacity is an issue but we are thinking that September or October might be the right sort of timeframe to work towards.
Your feedback from the last ARW was clear and a couple of common themes emerged - you wanted it to last longer and include more bespoke offerings. ARW was a staple on our menu of events, but we would like to know from you – Would you like to see it return and if so, when do you think this should happen?
Let us know what you think by getting IN Touch email: firstname.lastname@example.org
New look city centre Co-op opens its doors
The Co-op on Union Street had its big relaunch today. Gus the seagull which made the store go viral on social media was at the door to greet customers with a free tuna sandwich.
The Co-op team have done a fantastic job in remodelling the store so make sure you pop in and check out all the fantastic produce they have on offer. Seagulls are however required to remain outside!
Backyard @ Union Sq
Union Sq have teamed up with the Backyard team to bring their second instalment to the city centre. Located in the car park in front of the Union Square south entrance Backyard Union Sq serves up food from a selection of Aberdeen's local independent street food operators, has a locally operated and fully licensed outdoor bar and sheltered communal seating. Being on the doorstep of Union Square there is lots more to do from a visit to the cinema and of course some of the city’s best retail therapy.
Check out their Instagram here.
New businesses join the Aberdeen Gift Card scheme
With over 160 businesses in Aberdeen City already signed up, the Aberdeen Gift Card is delivering a much-needed boost directly back into local economy. View the full list of businesses where you can spend it here and find out more about the gift card here. We have had a number of new retailers and hospitality businesses join the scheme recently here are some of the new places where you can spend the Aberdeen Gift Card.
- Warren James - Trinity
- Holland & Barret - Trinity
- The White Company
- Hamish Munro
- The Wee Spotty Dog
- No 18. Cards & Gifts, Chapel St
If your business would be interested in getting involved with the Aberdeen Gift Card - please get IN Touch!
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