Grab your space at the first Aberdeenshire Town Conference

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Spaces are filling up fast for an inaugural conference taking place next week for town centre business representatives to come together and discuss the successes and challenges they face in Aberdeenshire.

The first Aberdeenshire Town Conference, organised by Aberdeenshire Council and Business Improvement Districts Scotland (BIDS), will take place between 10am and 2pm on Wednesday, March 18 at the Palace Hotel, Peterhead.

The free event will allow representatives from Aberdeenshire town centre businesses to come together and hear from a range of keynote speakers expert in their fields.

Speakers will include representatives from BIDs as well as a number of organisations who have been working with Aberdeenshire Council to promote regeneration in the north-east.

Chairman of Aberdeenshire Council’s Infrastructure Services Committee, Councillor Peter Argyle, said: “All the spaces at the Aberdeenshire Town Conference are almost filled so I encourage any interested business owner or retailer to register their interest in attending as soon as possible.

“This conference is a fantastic opportunity for Aberdeenshire entrepreneurs to meet and hear about how they can improve their business models in a number of different ways.

“Although there have certainly been improvements in our town centres in recent years, in an age of ever-changing technology, it is always helpful to have access to experts who can give advice and guidance on how businesses can make the most of the resources they have.”

Director of Business Improvement Districts Scotland, Ian Davison Porter, said: “The business improvement district model can be used whenever a group of businesses want to work collectively and invest together in improving their business environment or grow their market sector.

“I myself shall be speaking at the conference on how business groups and communities can go about setting up and developing a business improvement Serving Aberdeenshire from mountain to sea – the very best of Scotland district.”

Following the keynote presentations and a question and answer session, representatives from a variety of specialist organisations will hold surgeries including the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), Aberdeen and Grampian Chamber of Commerce (AGCC), Enterprise North East Trust (ENET) and North East Scotland College (NESCOL).

Refreshments and lunch will be provided.

Any business representative or retailer interested in attending the conference should email Audrey.michie@aberdeenshire.gov.uk

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