Falkirk Delivers & Aberdeen Inspired win prestigious awards at the annual ATCM awards 2017.

Falkirk Delivers scoop BID of the Year Award, and Aberdeen Inspired has won the Innovation Award at the Association of Town and City Management’s (ATCM) annual awards which were held in Bournemouth on Thursday, June 29.Aberdeen was also placed as runner-up in the Business Improvement District (BID) of the Year category. 

Falkirk Delivers scoop BID of the Year Award

Following a lengthy application and shortlisting process, Falkirk Delivers, the town’s Business Improvement District , was named UK and Ireland’s BID of the Year at the national awards ceremony in Bournemouth last Thursday , 28th June.

The award, from the Association on Town and City Management (ATCM) recognised the BID’s diverse projects and initiatives such as the annual Pirate & Princess parade, festive events and marketing , town centre Street Ambassadors and much more. It was noted the BID has established strong partnerships with private, public and third sector partners which enable the delivery and growth of key initiatives to support both the day and evening businesses in the town. As well at these well-established favourites, the assessors were impressed that the company continues to find new and innovative ways to promote the town centre both locally and now to those who want to visit from further afield.

There are upwards of 270 BIDs across the UK with Falkirk Delivers being one of the first “Pathfinder” BIDs as the programme was rolled out in Scotland in 2008. In 2016 the company became the first BID in Scotland to have a 3rd successful ballot which will see invest directly in the town centre until 2021.

Falkirk Delivers were also delighted to win the Runner Up Campaign of the Year Award, for their festive marketing and events campaign over a 7 week period to encourage people to shop, eat and play locally.Read More

Aberdeen Inspired has won the Innovation Award at the Association of Town and City Management’s (ATCM) annual awards which were held in Bournemouth on Thursday, June 29. and also placed as runner-up in the Business Improvement District (BID) of the Year category.

Aberdeen Inspired’s leading role in delivering the hugely successful Nuart Aberdeen Festival in April played a significant part in the judging panel’s decision to rate the organisation so highly.

As well as lobbying on behalf of its levy payers and supporting festivals like SPECTRA, the success of other Aberdeen Inspired projects such as the first Aberdeen Comedy Festival, Summer of Art, and the Aberdeen Christmas Village also helped the organisation to stand out.

The annual awards showcased the achievements of town centre managers, local authorities, Business Improvement Districts, community organisations, and place-making partnerships across the UK & Ireland which work to improve high streets and town and city centres.

The team at Aberdeen Inspired is now eyeing continental success as the organisation has been shortlisted as a finalist for the European BID Award 2017.

Adrian Watson, chief executive of Aberdeen Inspired, was in Bournemouth to represent the organisation at the UK awards ceremony.

He said: “We’re absolutely delighted with our success at the Association of Town and City Management’s annual awards. All our efforts are focused on improving the city centre to drive footfall there and boost traders in the area. To be recognised nationally for our innovation and success is very satisfying and we are determined to achieve so much more.

“As well as delivering a range of very successful cultural events, such as Aberdeen Comedy Festival, Summer of Art and the Nuart Aberdeen Festival, we also support initiatives like the Union Street rejuvenation project and the City Centre Masterplan which will make a huge difference to Aberdeen.

“In August, we will also host the Great Aberdeen Run which promises to be a great weekend of activities for all of the family alongside the Celebrate Aberdeen parade along Union Street.”

As well its Innovation Award success, Aberdeen Inspired is one of three finalists of the European BID Award 2017 in recognition of the organisation’s achievements over the last year. The winner of the award, which is now in its ninth year, will be announced in July.

Mr Watson added: “Being shortlisted as a finalist for the European BID Award 2017 is a fantastic achievement which we hope will serve as an inspiration to the city.

“We’re very excited to see how we do as we have been up against hundreds of other BID organisations from across Europe, ranging from Albania to the Nordic countries, to make it to the final three for this years’ award.”

“Our success has been made possible through a strong collegiate approach of partners including Aberdeen City Council and our city centre businesses. Despite the challenging operating environment in our city and wider north-east they have all rallied to the cause and shown the rest of the country some excellent practices to boost economic and cultural activity that lead the way.

“We should all take a great deal of confidence from this and it brings the right kind of recognition that our great city deserves. However, we all understand that we cannot stand still and there is still much to do, but be sure Aberdeen Inspired will continue to play its part.”

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Proceeds are used to fund projects designed to improve the business district. More information about Aberdeen Inspired is available at www.aberdeeninspired.com