If invoked, it would mean the Bid — responsible for the NuArt street art festival, restaurant week, international comedy festival and Christmas Village in Broad Street — would be wound up 10 years after its inception. Only three months ago, the same urgent business committee voted to allow the ballot to go ahead but it was later delayed by Aberdeen Inspired bosses. The legally required poll had been due to take place on Match 25 — and councillors have again been advised to arrange the ballot for June 24 by chief city growth officer Richard Sweetnam. Council officers, led by chief governance officer Fraser Bell, would oversee the summer plebiscite.
Make or break vote on Aberdeen business improvement district looms
Future of Aberdeen business improvement district put to March ballot
Business chiefs and city leaders were due to meet bosses at John Lewis today in a bid to convince the retail giant to remain in Aberdeen. Last week the chain announced plans to close the branch on George Street — the northernmost in the UK and the only Scottish store outside the central belt. The closure of the outlet would lead to the loss of jobs, although any final decision on its future would be subject to a consultation with staff. We might have had a tough couple of years but we do see some good signs for the future and it would be good if John Lewis were part of that. We hope they would take all that into consideration before making a final decision. It is understood a key issue for the retailer is the size of the outlet, with bosses at John Lewis believing they do not need , square feet of space.
Aberdeen to host 'Scotland's first' conference on the night life economy
The move, which has prompted a string of jokes on social media, is not a late April Fools' Day prank but "part of a modern, agile, digitally-enabled brand" strategy. Standard Life Aberdeen is abandoning the letter "e" in phone-text fashion as part of a plan to modernise its brand. The new name, unveiled on Monday April 26 , will still be pronounced "Aberdeen" and comes after the company sold its Standard Life brand to life insurer Phoenix earlier this year. The Edinburgh-headquartered company said the name change would also allow it to own digital assets such as apps and websites, without confusion with the city of Aberdeen. The company, a sponsor of the Scottish Open golf tournament and Edinburgh International Festival, declined to disclose the amount spent on the rebrand, which was designed by agency Wolff Olins.
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