The most recent round of successful European Fisheries Fund (EFF) applicants has been announced awarding a total of £10.9 million across Scotland.
A B Associates Ltd was again involved in several projects and would like to congratulate Hjaltland Hatcheries and North Ice on their successful applications.
The deadline for the next round of EFF applications is 10th December 2010.
Throughout November A B Associates Ltd will be conducting 200 street interviews in the Lerwick Town Centre. The survey work is being funded by the Lerwick BID (Business Improvement District) group with the aim of gathering opinions and suggestions on a variety of issues concerning the Lerwick Town Centre.
Opinions and suggestions will be gathered from customers, visitors, businesses and members of staff to aid BID in creating a plan and strategy for the future development of the Lerwick Town Centre.
Anyone wishing to participate in the survey can request a copy from our office. Tel: 01595 880852
Shetland Agriculture Strategy and Action Plan
A B Associates have been engaged by Shetland Islands Council Economic Development Unit to prepare a Strategy and Action Plan for the Shetland’s agriculture industry with a view to help it meet the challenges it is likely to face and take advantage of the opportunities to move forward over the next 5-10 years.
Over 800 questionnaires were sent out earlier in the year to all the main producers as well as a number of meeting and discussions held with individuals within the industry.
A DRAFT Strategy and Action Plan has now been prepared and is being issued for wide consultation within the industry. The full report, which is over 100 pages long includes a great deal of background data on the sector and a summary report, around 25 pages, has also been prepared.
The DRAFT contains around 100 suggested actions. Not all of them will be able to be carried out and some will be more important than others.
The author of the report, Andrew Blackadder, is keen to hear from you,
“We need your help to identify the actions that will have the greatest beneficial impact on the industry and help it become more sustainable. What are your views on a possible restructuring of the industry? How can the industry cope with reducing support in coming years?
According to Andrew, “The main task now is to identify the main priorities and the actions that will have greatest impact”
Copies of both the draft report and summary documents are available from A B Associates by phone or email. The summary document can also be downloaded from our newly launched website at www.abassociates.com.
Public Meetings are being held in different locations to provide an opportunity to discuss the proposals and receive feedback and suggestions on the way forward. Details of these meetings are as follows:
|MID YELL||Mid Yell Hall||7pm||Tuesday 28th September|
|BIXTER||Bixter Hall||7pm||Monday 4th October|
|SANDWICK||Hoswick Visitor Centre||7pm||Tuesday 5th October|
|BRAE||Brae Hall||7pm||Wednesday 6th October|
The industry needs your input so don’t miss the opportunity to influence the future of agriculture in Shetland. What action is needed to secure a sustainable future?
Those with an interest in the future of the industry are urged to attend these meetings as well as submit comments by email, phone or letter by 8th October 2010.
Kirk Business Centre, Scalloway, ZE1 0TF
Telephone: 01595 880 852
28th September 2010
Further to our news release on 27 November 2009, A B Associates have been engaged by Shetland Islands Council Economic Development Unit to prepare a Strategy and Action Plan for the Shetland’s agriculture industry with a view to help it meet the challenges it is likely to face and taking advantage of the opportunities to move forward over the next 5-10 years.
Over 800 questionnaires were sent out earlier in the year to all the main producers and a number of meetings and discussions held with individuals within the industry.
Although it has taken a little longer than planned, a draft Strategy and Action Plan has now been prepared and is being issued for wide consultation within the industry. The full report, which is over 100 pages in length, includes a great deal of background data on the sector. A summary report of around 25 pages has also been prepared. Copies of either are available by calling our office on 01595 880852. Public Meetings are to be held in different locations throughout the isles to provide an opportunity to discuss the proposals and receive feedback and suggestions on the way forward. Details of these will be announced when they are confirmed.
Please click on the link below to view the executive summary report.
We currently have a contract with the Intellecual Assets Centre (IAC) to offer businesses and organisations advice on managing their Intellectual Assets (IA).
On 17 June, we are running a seminar which will provide an introduction to IA and will feature gueast speaker Gillian Ramsay who will speak about her own IA experience and recent successful battle with ASDA – The Puffin Poo affair. The evening will be brought to a close with confidential one-to-one sessions to help identify areas where IA value can be maximised for participants’ own business or organisation.
Anyone who would like to learn more about IA, or anyone who thinks their business or organisation for potential to increase the value it derives from IA, are very welcome to come along to this free evening seminar.
If you are interested in attending the workshop, please contact us on 01595 880 852, or e-mail lizzie <at> abassociatesltd.com to register. The workshop is scheduled to begin at 5.30 pm and a buffet dinner will be provided.
View the poster below for more details.