De­light as food firm scoops top awards

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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

com­mended.

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.

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