Mary Portas event a hit with traders

More than 20 local retailers attended a Mary Portas tester session held in the Broch last week.

The event was held at the Hub last Thursday evening and was described as a ‘great success’ by FDT Chairman Ian Watson:

“We were delighted by the enthusiasm and response from local shop owners.

“We were approached to arrange this and spoke to retailers at Shopwatch and also visited local shops and the response was very encouraging.

“The regeneration of Fraserburgh Town Centre is one of the FDT’s priorities and it was extremely pleasing to see local retailers getting on board and showing their support,” he said.

The session was taken by Gordon Bell of the Retailer Ltd.

Chairman of Fraserburgh Business Association John Maitland said:

“I’ve been thrilled by the enthusiastic responses from all retailers who attended the taster session.

“ It’s great that the F.B.A and F.D.T care as much as I do about the future of our town centre and high streets. It’s been brilliant reading and listening to so many different thoughts and stories about the high streets we live on and are passionate about.

“With a little help from the Mary Portas team, I hope to implement at least some of their clever ideas into my own business!  Retailers who attend these sessions should see a benefit and customer’s will too.”

The event was organised by Grampian Skill Shop in association with the Fraserburgh Development Trust.

Speaking on behalf of GSS, Colleen Kain said:

“The session went extremely well. There was a far bigger turn out than we were expecting. It just proves that people in Fraserburgh see the benefit of enhancing their training opportunities.

“The Mary Portas programme is designed for small to medium sized businesses and we are very pleased that we look to have a full take up for the forthcoming courses.”

She added that those who had expressed an interest to attend further Mary Portas training sessions still needed to register for the programme.

A series of training sessions are being in Fraserburgh over the next six months. The dates for the sessions are as follows: September 14, October 19, November 2, November 16, January 18, February 1, February 15.

The training days will also take place in the Hub, 58A High Street, Fraserburgh.