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News Update - December 22, 2016

I hope you’re getting ready for Christmas ….
The week, sadly, got off to a bad start with a fire in Queensferry High Street.

Luckily no-one was injured – but two shops, Deaf Action and Deans Properties, were affected by the blaze, which is said to have been caused by an electrical fault. Both premises remain boarded up.
A third neighbouring shop, The G:Room hairdressers, had to vacate its premises on Saturday and was offered free space in the new Ashley Clarke salon before re-opening as normal on Monday (after a clean-up).
We’ve been sharing updates on social media – - throughout the week to keep customers and fellow businesses informed. We’ve also been offering help and support to affected businesses.

Deaf Action tells us: “We are obviously saddened by this event but look forward to our re-opening in the future and we will keep everyone updated as we proceed with the refurbishment, possible pop-up shop and of course those important post-Christmas donations.”
The message from Deans was also positive. "We hope to be re-open as early as possible in the New Year and, in the meantime, are operating very much as normal. Our staff all work across our three offices and our data is centrally held, so we don’t expect clients will be affected. If they can’t get to one of our offices, I am sure we can get to them. Our office at St John’s Road is the closest to the Ferry and we are also at St Patrick Street, Newington."

Meanwhile John Pryde of The G:Room took to Facebook to praise his neighbours.

"Thanks to Ashley Clarke for so kindly allowing us to make use of their premises. A very gracious gesture and we are most appreciative." He also thanked family and friends for their support.

Anyone needing to contact Deaf Action can call 0131 556 3128 or get in touch via their website

Likewise, Deans Properties customers can visit their website or call
0131 667 1900.

Despite the weekend fire at its shop in South Queensferry, charity Deaf Action has been trying to spread some smiles this Christmas - as this video shows.

If you'd like to help the charity - or make a donation - get in touch through the main website: or via

I’ve been visiting lots of local businesses over the last few weeks, including meeting some of the new business owners in the area, such Tori Gray and her new gallery in Harbour Lane. I’ve also visited the Ashley Clarke salon and met the new owners of the Picnic Coffee Shop.

I’m also keen to work with firms outside the main town centre. The shops and businesses at Scotstoun, for instance, provide a great service to the local community. The Pool Hall is apparently the only one around for 10 miles.
To find out more about what we do – and our support services for businesses - see our website. 
In particular, we offer Business Improvement Grants. Apply NOW to get up to £250 from Queensferry Ambition towards improving your business performance. This could be for staff training, shopfront improvement, essential equipment, marketing your business (e.g. website). Don’t delay – it’s easy to complete the form. Email us for details:
Would you like Queensferry Ambition to help you reduce your business costs? Call or email us. We have worked on the helping businesses make money and also cutting all-important business costs. For example, we have saved 22 businesses over £25,000  - that’s an average of over £1,000 per business! – through the work of our partner, Business Advisory Support. Email:
The local Scout group is looking for a volunteer hall co-ordinator. For a chat about what's involved, call Jonathan on 0131 319 1888. Applicants need to have a few hours spare a week, be practical and reliable, and enjoy dealing with hall users, contractors, cleaners and volunteers. They tell us Allan Drain, the Scout Hall Caretaker, is stepping down early in the New Year.
Dates for your diaries: January 24 and 25, 2017 - public briefings in South Queensferry on the new Queensferry Crossing bridge. See our story. Plus April 18, 2017 - World Heritage Day and celebrations at Scotland's newest World Heritage Site, the Forth Bridge. The Scotsman has the story

The Boat House in Queensferry High Street is advertising for part-time and full-time front of house staff. Experience necessary. Apply at the venue.
Talking of boats … People are continuing to carry on cruising around Scotland - and landing up at places like South Queensferry! Read the impressive cruise stats.
The Scottish Government has commissioned research into the “barriers to community engagement in planning”. If you have time, fill out a quick survey by this Friday.
The latest report by the Institute for Retail Studies - University of Stirling and LDC looks at the latest retail health and trends across Scotland's towns and cities. Read more here.
It's been dubbed the Scottish capital's "cycle superhighway" and is the most ambitious bike route in the city … Read about the £5.5 million plan to take cyclists from west Edinburgh to the east on the City Council website.
The City of Edinburgh Council has also published a guide to Christmas opening times on its website. It includes info on local festive library opening times, bin collections and emergency numbers. Worth bookmarking this link:
Also on the Christmas theme, there were some errors in the Festive Ferry brochure regarding Christmas service times at St. Margaret’s Roman Catholic Church. See our post.

On behalf of the Queensferry Ambition Board of Directors, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support of the work of the BID. Much has been achieved during the past year and the town’s businesses and people have collectively overcome a few challenges.
On a personal note, I would like to thank the many people that I have met and who have given me a warm Queensferry welcome.
The year 2017 brings further challenges as well as opportunities for Queensferry and the BID will be well placed to help with a new five-year Business Plan focusing on making Queensferry a destination of choice, generating business benefits and playing a major advocacy role for the benefit of the town. If there are specific issues any of you would like to discuss in person or would like to email me, please get in touch and I will be more than happy to listen and take them on board.
Finally, we wish you the very best for the festive season and the New Year.

Best wishes

Project Manager
Queensferry Ambition 

P.S. If you’d like to talk, or want to promote new products or services, drop me an email: ... If you have material for this weekly newsletter, try to get it to us by 5 p.m. at the very latest on Tuesdays. Thanks!

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