MSP connects with North-east business

Gillian Martin MSP visited Dolce Vita Flowers where she met owner James Salvin-Keech and daughter Kirsten Knight who works in the family-run business alongside her parents
Gillian Martin MSP visited Dolce Vita Flowers where she met owner James Salvin-Keech and daughter Kirsten Knight who works in the family-run business alongside her parents

Aberdeenshire East MSP Gillian Martin has met with a number of Inverurie businesses as part of an annual Scottish Parliament programme encouraging politicians to connect with firms in their area.

The MSP Connector Programme is now in its fifth year and is run in conjunction with Scotland’s Towns Partnerships and the Cross-Party Group on Town Centres.

Gillian Martin with Shama Rafiq owner of One Life Gym

Gillian Martin with Shama Rafiq owner of One Life Gym

MSPs are encouraged to take a day during Parliamentary Recess to visit towns in their constituency or region as part of the programme.

And town centre managers, improvement districts, community groups, local business organisations and other town stakeholders have been encouraged to come forward with an invitation to host an MSP for the day in their town.

The purpose of the programme is to raise the profile of towns to MSPs and the visit can include a walk around, presentation, lunch, work experience or something a little more creative.

Ms Martin has completed previous visits to Ellon and Turriff during the Summer recess period in 2017 and 2018.

Gillian with Pedal Power owner Mark Fraser

Gillian with Pedal Power owner Mark Fraser

The most recent town visit included meeting with the owners of One Life Gym, Pedal Power and Dolce Vita Flowers.

Gillian commented: “It was great to spend the day in Inverurie, getting to meet key stakeholders and businesses.

“The community in Inverurie has worked tremendously hard in the past few years, particularly during the BID process, to put the town on the map.

“We know that high streets face many opportunities but also challenges from online stores and, as a member of the CPG on Town Centres and as the MSP for Aberdeenshire East, I am keen to do all I can to help support Inverurie.”

Derek Ritchie, BID Manager at We are Inverurie, said: “BID are delighted that Gillian Martin chose to visit our town centre as part of the MSP Connecter Programme. It was a great opportunity for BID members to discuss local issues and showcase their businesses to their local MSP.

“We are proud of the varied range of shops and businesses that we have in Inverurie town centre and welcomed the opportunity to give Gillian some insight into the people behind these successful businesses.”

Phil Prentice, chief officer of Scotland’s Towns Partnership, said: “Scotland’s Town’s Partnership is excited to run the MSP Town Connector Programme once again.

“This is a great way to build links between elected representatives and towns.”