Aberdeen’s clubs, bars and music venues are among those set to benefit from the appointment of a new late-night manager.
Aberdeen Inspired has opened applications for an evening and night-time economy boss to help to diversify and grow the Granite City’s after-dark economies.
The job will include working with venues, clubs, cafes, hotels and other businesses to help build a broader range of evening and late cultural activities.
It will also involve talking with transport organisations to help improve connections at night.
The successful applicant will work with Aberdeen City Council, government, police and other bodies to explore an approach to licensing that considers cultural value, economic impact and wellbeing.
One project the new manager would be expected to pursue is a free evening parking project – inspired by a similar scheme in Newcastle.
Alive after Five has seen charges stop at Newcastle City Council’s car parks after 5pm in an effort to increase the number of people coming into the area.
Aberdeen Inspired will be meeting representatives from the scheme in May to see how a similar initiative could be introduced to the Granite City.
Adrian Watson, chief executive of Aberdeen Inspired, said: “The application process for our new role of evening and night-time economy manager (ENEM) is in full swing and it has already attracted a fair bit of interest.
“This really is an exciting opportunity and the role is the only one of its kind in Scotland. The concept was developed on the continent in Paris and Berlin and was brought across to London last year.
“The successful applicant will be the voice of our evening and night-time economy and amongst other things will continue to build and promote this city as one of the safest of its kind in the country with an unprecedented fourth purple flag to its name.
“The perception of many of our evening and night-time economy businesses is that their voice isn’t always heard or necessarily understood by statutory organisations. The ENEM will offer a unique opportunity to bridge this gap and is another illustration of how Aberdeen Inspired listens to its levy payers and puts something tangible in place to help move the city centre forward.”