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European BID of the year, Aberdeen Inspired is Aberdeen City Centre’s Business Improvement District that represents over 700 city centre businesses within the city centre.

Funded by both levy payers and voluntary contributions, Aberdeen Inspired works hard to help improve and effect positive change in our city centre.


Did you know?

Aberdeen is the first city in Scotland to be crowned Best European BID (Business Improvement District) 2017 by the Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry in Berlin.

Aberdeen Inspired’s leading role in delivering the successful Nuart Aberdeen Festival in April played a significant part in the judge’s decision to declare the organisation as the winner of the 2017 award.

As well as lobbying on behalf of its levy payers and supporting festivals and projects in the city, the success of other Aberdeen Inspired projects such as the first Aberdeen Comedy Festival, Summer of Art, and the Aberdeen Christmas Village also helped the organisation to stand out against other finalists, including Amsterdam and Hamburg.

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Inspired vision...

The vision of Aberdeen Inspired is to make Aberdeen City Centre one of the most vibrant, attractive, prosperous and liveable city centre’s in Scotland. Our role is to stimulate the economy, improve on the existing attractiveness, and to market the city centre as a destination of choice.

Our vision is executed through five main themes detailed below:

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There’s a buzz in the air and the city is a hive of activity


A leading city centre business organisation aims to increase biodiversity in the city centre through Urban Bees.

As part of Aberdeen Inspired’s ongoing civic pride campaign and to highlight the importance of pollinators to environmental health of businesses, Italian Buckfast strains of honeybee have been introduced to the city centre.

The Urban Bees project hopes to encourage businesses to engage in environmental issues, to improve understanding and to inspire positive action.

The project will also contribute to Aberdeen Inspired’s 2018 Keep Scotland Beautiful entry, in previous years the organisation has been awarded Silver Gilt as well as being crowned the winner of the BID category in 2016.

Adrian Watson, chief executive officer of Aberdeen Inspired said: “Aberdeen Inspired’s commitment to civic pride in the city centre continues to grow in dynamic ways as we react to environmental changes. Introducing urban bees and beehives to the heart of the city will allow our local businesses and volunteers to engage with biodiversity and work effectively towards improving the spaces we live and work in.

As Aberdeen Inspired strives towards driving the city forward, we endeavour to continue to introduce innovative and significant projects that will see our city centre become one of the most inclusive urban areas in the country. “

Aberdeen City Council contributed to the initiative financially through their Community Food Growing Fund.

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