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BID Breakfast Update - River Ness Flood Alleviation Scheme

There was an excellent turnout from businesses at the Business Breakfast to hear Matt Smith (below right) the Principal Engineer for The Highland Council's Flood Team talk about the plans for the River Ness Flood Alleviation Scheme. He described it as an exciting project which offered the opportunity to develop the vista of Inverness’s greatest asset and improve its linkage and engagement with people.

Planning Application Approved for 92-94 Academy Street!

Responding to today’s decision by the South Planning Committee to approve the planning applications by Arc Estates for a new hotel building at 92-94 Academy Street Inverness BID Manager (BID) Mike Smith said “We are delighted with this unanimous decision by the Planning Committee which is extremely important to ensuring the strengthening of the city centre economy.

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Perth Wins Competition to become Scotland's 7th City!

Perth will become Scotland's seventh city after winning a UK competition marking the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.The town based its bid on Perth's history as Scotland's first capital. Its city status was removed in 1975 as part of a local government shake-up.Perth was one of 25 towns across the UK which applied for the civic honour in the jubilee competition.Two other UK towns, Chelmsford in England and St Asaph in Wales, will also become cities.There are 66 cities in the UK - 50 in England, five in Wales, six in Scotland and five in Northern Ireland.

INVERNESS IS THE BEST BAR NONE

Johnny Foxes/The Den were the winners of the night’s main award and are officially the “Best Bar in Scotland”.The Gellions were awarded “The Health Award” one of the 4 other awards on offer to licensed premises throughout Scotland.Best Bar None is a nationally recognised awards scheme for licensed premises and currently runs in over 80 locations across the UK. This year 285 premises throughout Scotland took part in the assessment process.

Enter the 2012 Classic Vehicle Show

Saturday 12 May 2012 - 11:00am - 4:00pmFor the third year running the popular Classic Vehicle Show will take place in Inverness City Centre.Vehicles from different eras will occupy the city centre streets and there will be a variety of entertainment including street performers, musicians and kids activities ensuring a fun day out for all the family.

Best Bar None Awards Ceremony 2012

Inverness's best bars, pubs and clubs were recognised for their customer care and commitment to a safer city centre at the Best Bar None Awards Ceremony this week.  The ceremony was held in the Town House and 16 pubs & clubs were awarded.  Seven gained Gold, Seven gained Silver and Two gained Bronze awards.  Overall Category winners were Love2Love, Johnny Foxes & The Den and The Gellions who go forward to the National Awards in Glasgow in March.

Proposals for 92-94 Academy Street, Inverness

There has been a lot of media coverage recently following submission of planning applications to demolish 92-94 Academy Street and erect a new hotel in its place.The Board of Directors of BID have had a number of meetings with the developer to understand the state of the current building and details of their proposals to replace it with a hotel development.Following those meetings and indepth discussions with the project professionals the board of Inverness BID have voted overwhelmingly in favour of redeveloping the site as:

Business Comment in Inverness Courier by BID Vice-Chair Jackie Cuddy

As the festive season comes to a close it is normal for one to both reflect on the past year and feel apprehensive about the new. Some fall out was predicted in the retail sector as the new quarters rents became due.  It would appear that for the first two Hawkins Bazaar and La Senza.

BID Chairman in Inverness Courier Feature "On My Doorstep"

In this week’s On My Doorstep feature, Craig Duncan, chairman of Inverness Business Improvement District (BID) and franchisee of McDonald’s in the city’s High Street expresses his love for the city and the Black IsleHow long have you lived in the Inverness area?I moved here five years ago from the Angus area with my family to start our business. We’re the franchisees for McDonald’s, owning the restaurant on the High Street, as well as outlets in Fort William and Elgin but in effect we have been investing in the area for the last 20 years.

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