‘Follow our lead and buy local’

Bosses at a North-east centre for outdoor pursuits are urging people across the region to sign up to a campaign.

Deeside Activity Park on the outskirts of Aboyne has thrown its weight behind the Buy North-East campaign.

So far, more than 360 businesses from across the region have signed up to he campaign, which is being led by Aberdeen and Grampian Chamber of Commerce, Aberdeen City Council and Aberdeenshire Council – as well as the Evening Express, Press and Journal and Scottish Enterprise.

Managing director of Deeside Activity Park Ken Howie said: “I have always wanted to promote local businesses and this is a great campaign to do that.

“We don’t use oil for the activity park instead we use wood pellets which are bought locally and 100% of the money stays in the North-east.

“That’s what it is all about buying locally so money stays in the area.”

The Deeside Activity Park opened its doors to the public in 2003 and has gone from strength to strength offering many outdoor activities.

Ken said: “Although it has been tough recently with the downturn it is important for people to think and buy locally.

“We don’t want to see places filled with multi-nationals as it hurts family run companies.”

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