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Business Boost for Leith Walk and West End in Edinburgh

posted 16 Mar 2009, 02:48 by myEdinburgh Admin   [ updated 16 Mar 2009, 02:48 ]
A business co-ordinator has been appointed to develop further the vibrant and well established business and retail areas, Leith Walk and the West End in Edinburgh.

Graham Russell will take up the post on 30 March 2009 to work with the Leith Business Association and the West End Association and other partners to attract further investment into both areas and to improve the retail, business and physical environment. Both areas currently have quality independent retail and local businesses and are also both situated on the route of the new tram.

Mr Russell was formerly Managing Director of the Mill Warehouse (Borders Ltd) and Chairman of a business lobbying organisation. He will be employed by the Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce but will also work closely with the Council, local business associations and other key stakeholders.

Ron Hewitt, Chief Executive, Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce, said: "Mr Russell's knowledge of these areas in Edinburgh and broad commercial experience will allow him to quickly assist the Council and other key stakeholders with their liaison and communication with local business associations.

"His first task will be to meet with the associations and produce a business plan which will help attract investment and will also look at promotion and marketing; environmental improvements; safety and the general attractiveness of each area. He will also work closely with local shops and businesses to help them gauge the benefits each area may gain by becoming a Business Improvement District (BID)."

Cllr Tom Buchanan, Convener of the Economic Development Committee, said: "This post will provide a great boost for business in Leith Walk and the West End. Crucially, the co-ordinator will also help build strong partnerships between businesses, ensuring that the future of these areas is shaped by the business associations themselves."

Source: The City of Edinburgh Council