Aberdeen’s only cat café says it is facing closure after a hike in business rates.
The Cat In The Window Café, on Netherkirkgate, has now appealed to the public in an effort to raise the £9,000 it needs to survive.
Writing on Facebook, the café says: “Like so many other small businesses in Aberdeen, we are drowning under the new business rates enforced by our city council.
“It’s a scary time for our city, with independent businesses closing down at a startling rate meanwhile the streets make room for yet more chain companies and new developments snuffing us all out. As is the current trend with businesses like ours in Aberdeen, the new rate increase puts our little company under so much strain; it basically puts us out of business.”
Last night the café turned to crowdfunding, appealing to the public to help it raise £9,087.
They wrote: “We have a huge support network and loyal customer base in you guys that is not to be underestimated.
“With your help not only will you be saving our business with its strong community roots, but also show the big boys that they cannot intimidate us out of business without a fight!!”
“We need to raise a whopping £9087.00 to cover this bill, without which we will seriously have to consider shutting up shop.
“Without compromising the welfare of our cats we have no other means of raising these funds; we also refuse to increase our prices further, which would make spending time at the cafe with our kitties unaffordable to many of our loyal customers.”
So far, more than £4,700 has been raised.
For more information on the crowdfunding campaign, click here