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Tingwall Glasshouse Community Growing Project Consultation

August 23rd, 2013 • By: admin News













A B Associates have been contracted by local environmental action group Transition Shetland (www.transitionshetland.org.uk) to carry out a feasibility study investigating the potential to turn the Tingwall Glasshouse into a community growing centre.

As such, we have drafted a brief questionnaire to gauge community interest in such a project and to determine what people would like to see happen in the Glasshouse building. (See the following Press Release for more information about this consultation period: Glasshouse Press Release Aug 2013)

Anyone interested in seeing the Tingwall Glasshouse brought back to life as a community growing centre is urged to fill out this questionnaire. We would especially like to hear from anyone who is interested in becoming actively involved with this exciting project.

Please download the questionnaire below, fill it out as instructed, save, and return as indicated below.

Basic Questionnaire (Word 97-2003 version):
Glasshouse Consultation Questionnaire_Word 97-2003
Please use this basic version if you are unsure whether Word 2013 is supported by your computer.

Word 2013 Version:
Glasshouse Consultation Questionnaire_Word 2013
Download this if you are using Word 2013. Be sure to enable Macros to edit the document correctly.

All questionnaires should be returned to A B Associates by no later than Monday 2nd September 2013.

Electronic copies should be returned to info@abassociates.com

Paper copies can be sent or faxed to:
AB Associates Ltd
Kirk Business Centre
Scalloway
ZE1 0TF

Fax: 01595 880853

For more information or to request a paper copy, please contact Katrina or Diana on (01595) 880852, or by emailing Katrina@abassociates.com or Diana@abassociates.com.

European Fisheries Fund

November 1st, 2010 • By: admin News

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.

Business Improvement District

October 18th, 2010 • By: admin News

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

Agricultural Strategy Press Release

September 28th, 2010 • By: admin News

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:

Location Time Date
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

E-mail: info@abassociates.com

28th September 2010

Agricultural Strategy

September 20th, 2010 • By: admin News

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.

Shetland Agriculture Strategy DRAFT summary report