Delight as food firm scoops top awards
civic “duty” to keep up with other cities.
Mr McIntosh, the city council’s director of planning and infrastructure, said: “The council believes the BID is a fantastic opportunity for businesses to work together towards the common goal of upgrading the city centre and attracting more people to visit Aberdeen.
“A city centre is vitally important to the economic development of a region and it needs to be a vibrant hub of activity.”
Mr McIntosh said the BID would give the private sector “more control” of how the city centre was shaped and sold to the world. He added: “Cities around the country are continuing to evolve and it is Aberdeen’s duty to keep up.
“It is essential that we have a retail offering that can compete with others, both in Scotland and beyond.
“For Aberdeen to be successful, the city centre needs to be an exciting place to visit and a ‘yes’ vote for the BID will help ensure that this happens.” A NORTH-EAST food entrepreneur is celebrating after his firm took seven awards at a national competition.
Gregor Mackintosh, pictured, of Mackintosh of Glendaveny, earned seven gold stars at the UK-wide Great Taste Awards, divided among four of his products.
The 23-year-old’s pure cold pressed rapeseed oil, lemon infused rapeseed oil and oatcakes, made with rapeseed oil, scooped two stars each.
His garlic-infused rapeseed oil received one gold star and his jalapeno infused rapeseed oil was highly
Gregor said: “This is the first year we have entered the awards and to come away with seven gold stars is a great achievement and one I am very proud of.”
Gregor set up Mackintosh of Glendaveny after graduating from the Scottish Agricultural College in Aberdeen in 2009.
VITAL: David Halliday, project director of the Business Improvement District, on Union Street. REVAMP BID: The Business Improvement District would include the area around Aberdeen’s Union Street.