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INVERNESS BID: Your voice matters to businesses the most

By Lorraine Bremner McBride

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Winners and highly commended at last year's awards.
Winners and highly commended at last year's awards.

Firstly, a huge thank you to all those who took the time to nominate your favourite and our finest businesses and third sector organisations for a BID City Centre Business Award.

The feedback from our previous winners is that one of the reasons these commendations mean so much is because it is not a panel that decides the winners, but instead it is the people. Your voice matters to the businesses the most: you their valued clients and customers.

The final voting window for this year has now opened and we would be grateful and delighted to have your help once more to now select our four finalists in each category who will each then be invited to our awards ceremony at the Drumossie Hotel on November 6: www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/VOTES23

If there was an extra accolade for the best digital initiative this year a very worthy winner would be Gavin Johnston and Inverness Taxis with the launch of the innovative Safe Kab and Safe Walk app this month. The concept and functionality is simple, easy to use and makes passenger and driver personal safety from pick-up to drop-off a priority. The Safe Walk feature is free and allows those walking to also get home safely but with added peace of mind: https://safekab.org

In other news, a very warm welcome and many congratulations to Don Johnston the new chief executive of Visit Inverness Loch Ness (VILN) who we very much look forward to working with in the coming months.

Watch this space too for an exciting new event for those who are partial to enjoying great food and drink experiences, with all budgets and tastes catered for to be launched in conjunction with Inverness City Centre BID and VILN early in the new year.

Speaking of events, another date to add to the calendar is our new City Centre Pumpkin Trail providing free Halloween fun for all the family to be held on October 28, from 10am-4pm with the starting point in the Eastgate Shopping Centre (ground floor) – Falcon Square entrance.

Lorraine Bremner McBride is Inverness BID director.

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