Broch businesses could benefit

Fraserburgh businesses could benefit from Aberdeenshire Council backing after light was shed on the Support for Aberdeenshire Business scheme following news of a Banff firm’s latest venture.

Banff-based North East Sea Adventures, a diving tours operator, launched its Moray Firth boat tours following support from Aberdeenshire Council.

The scheme, which is available to view at www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/support/finance/sab.asp helped the company develop marketing materials and an interest free plant and equipment loan to purchase equipment to furnish the boat.

“It’s excellent to see this local business flourish with the help of the Support for Aberdeenshire Business scheme,” said the chair of the Banff and Buchan Area Committee, Councillor John Cox.

Chair of the Banffshire Coast Tourism Partnership, Roger Goodyear added: “We are always delighted when tourism businesses continue to develop on the Banffshire Coast.

“We have a powerful message to spread about the quality of the environment here and businesses like this help us to do that.”

The Support for Aberdeenshire Business scheme offers loans of up to £25,000 and development grants of up to £15,000 for businesses meeting the eligibility criteria.

Business must demonstrate that the proposal will bring additional economic benefit to Aberdeenshire, a viability and the potential to increase Aberdeenshire employment.

It must also be demonstrated that there is a need for top-up finance over and above what is available on the open market or within the business, and it must not have a detrimental effect on existing Aberdeenshire businesses.

The scheme also suggests that rural shops vital to the local community may also be able to access its support.

Businesses which have benefited from the scheme, previously, include Formartine’s Visitor Centre and Scottish Marine Safari.

If you operate a local business which has applied for this scheme’s support, please keep us informed of your progress by emailing news@fraserburghherald.com.