Top bar owners back the buy local initiative

One of Aberdeen’s biggest and fastest-growing restaurant groups has signed up to a campaign to help propel the north-east economy.

Allan Henderson, whose restaurants include Granite City favourites No.10 Bar & Restaurant, McGinty’s Meal An’ Ale, The Stag, Ferryhill House Hotel and The Fourmile, has pledged to support the Buy North East campaign – and consequently join the Buy North East Roll of Honour.

The initiative was established to help boost the local economy in the wake of the oil and gas downturn and persuade firms to spend more money with other local suppliers.

So far, more than 300 businesses from across the region have signed up to the Buy North-East Campaign, which is being led by Aberdeen and Grampian Chamber of Commerce and Aberdeen City Council and Aberdeenshire Council – as well as the Press and Journal and Scottish Enterprise.

Mr Henderson, who is also chairman of the Aberdeen Inspired business improvement district, said: “As a local and growing independent hospitality group, we are fully behind the Buy North East campaign, especially during the difficult time that our city is currently facing.

“From launching our first venue more than seven years ago to our newest additions, we have always striven to use and support local businesses wherever possible.

“This includes our food and drink suppliers, our construction and maintenance teams, through to our branding and design.

“As a group, we are fully committed to the city and we want to encourage everyone to support local [businesses].

“For us, that means eating, drinking and utilising the local independent venues that are working hard to create a thriving food and drink sector in the north-east.

“Importantly, we have to provide a quality product and service which we couldn’t do without our local suppliers and staff.

“As with any business, it is difficult to source every single item locally, however we are going to endeavour to do our bit and buy local whenever we can.”

All firms need to do is pledge support by putting Buy North East on their next board agenda, then move at least one contract or piece of business to a local supplier.