Save the Date!

This year events are coming back with a BANG!

We have a year filled to the brim with events for everyone to enjoy.

The events calendar is kicked off on Saturday 30th April with our Scottish Theme Day. Part of the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival, our Scottish Theme Day celebrates everything Scottish!

Join the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival Team to taste a wee dram or two. Witness our spectacular Tartan Stilt Walkers and learn some circus skills with Hop Scotch Magic. Everyone’s favourite Bubbles the Clown will be there with his balloons and juggling (and maybe a trick or two!).

If you have a Westie, Scotty Dog, or Scottish Terrier be sure to bring them along to take part in our Wee Scottish Dog Parade!

The City Centre will be filled with the sound of bagpipes from Elgin & District Pipe Band. And if you are a fan of drums you will have to come and see Clann a Drumna!

BEEP BEEP! Our next event will be Classic Car & Bike Show on Saturday 18th June.

Classic cars and bikes will be spread across the City Centre for classic vehicle enthusiasts to come and see.

After you’ve had a look around all the cars and bikes, the monthly Farmers Market will also be in full swing all day.

If you would like to showcase your classic car or bike you can book your space online here.

 

August will see three events! The first being our biggest event of the year- The Elgin Food & Drink Festival.

Taking place on Saturday 20th August the giant outdoor street market will be returning!

Entertainment on the day will include chef demonstrations, cocktail demonstrations, and a new addition to the event that anyone can get involved in (more details coming soon!).

Families can head to Commerce Street Kids Zone for fun for all ages!

Buskers will be playing a variety of music throughout the city centre to give that festival vibe.

Stall bookings are currently being taken, if you would like to attend the event you can book your place online here.

Fast forward to the following Saturday and we have two events for you!

In the morning is the annual launch of the Cannonbawz Run. Come along from 9.30am to see the super cars before they set off on their run of the NC500 at 11.30am.

The afternoon is one for the dog lovers as we bring back the International Dog Day Parade!!

We’ll start the event off at 1.30pm with the Dog Parade around St Giles Church and then dogs and their owners can take part in our fun mini dog show!

There will be 10 categories:

🐾Best Behaved
🐾Best Dressed
🐾 Biggest
🐾Smallest
🐾Best Hair Do
🐾 Best Paw Shaker
🐾Grumpiest
🐾 Happiest
🐾Loudest
🐾Golden Oldie

Winners of the 10 categories will each receive a goody bag from F.P Birnie Pet Shop!

Keep an eye out for bookings opening!

 

Our next event is perfect for those that love a bit of pampering and some bubbles.

The Prosecco & Pamper Charity event was so popular in 2019 we had to bring it back to Elgin Town Hall on Friday 30th September. 

The evening will be kicked off with a complimentary glass of prosecco (or mocktail), followed by a pamper treatment of your choice! Sweet and savoury canapes will be served and if you can’t get enough sweet things, a trip to our candy cart is an absolute must.

To round of the evening there will be bingo and the raffle will be drawn!

All money raised on the evening will be donated to the Elgin BID charities who do work on the ground supporting the people of Elgin and Moray.

 

Things will then get spooky on Saturday 29th October with Enchanted Elgin’s Spooktacular Event!

We’ve got fangtastic activities for ghouls and little monsters off all ages!

🎃 Fancy Dress Parade
👻Silent Disco
🎃 Hook the Donut
👻 Halloween Games
🎃 Street Market
👻Ghastly Ghost Hunt

As they say the devil is in the detail and more details will be coming soOoOOn….

The year will then be rounded off with the Christmas Light Switch On on Saturday 26th November.

Come and witness the beautiful Elgin Christmas Lights being switched on to start the festive season!

Santa & his reindeer will be back in town and there will be loads of activities and market stalls on all day!

Santa & his Reindeer will be setting off at 2pm from the car park next to Elgin Museum! Be sure to spread the word!

Santa’s Post Office will be back in Elgin for the day! Head to the back of St Giles’ Church and you will find Santa’s Post Office! Step inside to write your letter to Santa and post it in the magic post box where it will be whisked away to the North Pole! Santa will then read your letter and write his reply and send it back to his Elves in Elgin and let you know when it is ready to be collected!

This year the Christmas Lights are being switched on at 4.15pm!

There will be plenty of entertainment for the whole family starting from 11:00, it is sure to be a great day for everyone!

More event details will be released closer to each event so be sure to keep an eye on our website and social media!

Thanks for reading!

Tina

tina.mainland(at)elginbid.co.uk

13 Harrow Inn Close, Elgin IV30 1BP

Elgin’s Christmas Lights Need You!

Elgin’s Christmas Lights Need You!

❄Is your favourite part of Christmas the twinkly lights?

❄Do you want to be more involved in your community?

❄Do you have a flare for fundraising?  

If so you may just be the perfect fit for the Light Up Elgin Group!

The Christmas Lights in Elgin are funded by Elgin Town Centre Benevolent Trust and Elgin BID. Elgin BID cover the ongoing costs of putting the lights up every year and the Benevolent Trust fundraises money for when lights need replaced.

The trust is now down to a few members and are in need of some fresh faces to bring some new ideas and fundraising ability. That is where the Light Up Elgin group will come in. The group will need core members to meet with the Elgin BID team (5 times a year max) to discuss the Christmas Lights and what fundraising can be done.  

The current Christmas Lights will need replaced in the next few years and it costs a pretty penny to get the whole City Centre lit up! The BID Team will be on hand to help with any fundraising ideas and events.

If you are interested in joining or want to find out more come along to our meeting at Elgin Library on 23rd February. To register your interest please email Tina on [email protected]

tina.mainland(at)elginbid.co.uk

13 Harrow Inn Close, Elgin IV30 1BP

The Perfect Christmas Present- The Elgin Gift Card!

The Perfect Christmas Present- The Elgin Gift Card!

Have you ever thought “Wouldn’t it be great if there was a gift that would be perfect for everyone?” Well here it is- The Elgin Gift Card!! No more having to wonder what to get your cousin’s husband for Christmas, no more stressing over for what you can get your new work colleague for Secret Santa and it’s the perfect gift for those who say they want nothing for Christmas!

Unlike conventional Gift Cards that are used in one location, the Elgin Town Centre Gift Card can be used in any one of our 86 registered businesses, with the number rising steadily.  With such a number of businesses accepting the Gift Card the choice is endless, from:

  • Sausages to shoes
  • Clothes to cocktails
  • Make up to massage

The choice is huge!

One of the many great things about the Elgin Gift Card is that the recipient doesn’t have to spend it all at once in one place. They can spend money on a new outfit and then a couple of weeks later use the same card to buy a coffee.

The value on an Elgin Gift Card can be from £5 right up to £200! The Elgin Gift Card is also the perfect gift for employees and customer rewards, if you would be interested in buying in bulk for your business head to https://townandcitygiftcards.com/business-orders/  

Elgin Gift Cards can be bought instore from:

  • Gordon & MacPhail (South Street)
  • Tech Cave Electronics (Batchen Street)

You can also buy Elgin Gift Cards online at www.elgingiftcard.co.uk. When buying online you can either have your order delivered to you or to who you are gifting the gift card to.

The Elgin Gift Card is not only the perfect Christmas Present, but it also makes a wonderful gift for birthdays, leaving presents, wedding or anniversary presents and just to say, “Thank You”.

The Elgin Gift Card is a wonderful gift to give because not only are you giving them a great way to treat themselves, but you are also supporting the local businesses in your area. By giving an Elgin Gift Card you are keeping money in the local businesses boosting the local economy- isn’t that a great feeling to have?

tina.mainland(at)elginbid.co.uk

13 Harrow Inn Close, Elgin IV30 1BP

Elgin Business Awards Night

On Friday 15th October we had our Annual General Meeting (AGM) & Annual Business Awards Ceremony.  The Business Awards are all about celebrating the local businesses and their staff who provide great service. It really means a lot to the businesses to receive nominations in the awards as it shows them how much their customers appreciate the work they do.

The Business Awards were launched on the 13th August in partnership with the Northern Scot. By the time the voting closed on the 10th  September there had been hundreds of votes cast for 171 businesses and individuals. We have to count each and every vote in all categories, which takes a while, but it’s heart-warming to see the volume of  support for the local businesses.

Our Awards are a little different from many other business awards as it is the public who nominate and vote for the businesses.

 There were 10 categories in the awards:

  • Retail
  • Finance, Printing, Professional and Service Sectors (Local Businesses)
  • Finance, Banking (National Chains)
  • Hospitality & Tourism
  • Hair, Beauty, Fitness, Dental & Health Care
  • Charity, Community, Church Groups, Education, Support Groups and Clubs
  • David Urquhart New Business Award
  • Long Established Business Award
  • Ian Widdowson Individual Customer Service Award
  • Elgin Community Champion

On the night, over 60 people attended the AGM and Awards Ceremony to hear about the work BID has been doing and our plans for 2022 in the AGM and of course to join in the celebrations for the Awards. Between the AGM and Awards Ceremony, we had a networking session where the businesses had a chance to have a chat with their business neighbours. Everyone also enjoyed a  glass of wine (or two!) and delicious canapes that were prepared by the Inkwell- the chicken & waffles canape was a firm favourite!

The winners and finalists for the awards were:

The Business Awards are one of our favourite times of the year because it is truly wonderful to see that people still want to say thanks to the great businesses and their staff that Elgin has. With over 16,000 votes since the start of the awards it shows how much local people really care about the local businesses.

tina.mainland(at)elginbid.co.uk

13 Harrow Inn Close, Elgin IV30 1BP

Who let the dogs out?

Who let the dogs out?

We did, it was us, at our first International Dog Day Parade and Dog Show!

Nearly 50 dogs and their owners joined us for a paw-some afternoon.

Led by Chase and to the beat of ‘Who Let the Dogs Out’, the parade went around St Giles Church and all dogs (and humans) were very well behaved and walked so well!

Following the parade we led straight in to the Dog Show.

There were 10 categories

🐾 Best Behaved
🐾 Best Dressed
🐾 Biggest
🐾 Smallest
🐾 Best Hair Do
🐾 Best Paw Shaker
🐾 Grumpiest
🐾 Happiest
🐾  Golden Oldie
🐾  Noisiest

Here are our winners!

All winners received a goody bag from Birnie’s Pet Shop that was JAM PACKED with doggy goodies! Dana the winner of Best Behaved couldn’t wait to get in to hers!  

The Best Paw Shaker category had the most entries with more than half sitting nicely and giving their paw to show they were the best! Ultimately the prize went to Mystique- she had all the paw skills!

After the making the call for any grumpy dogs to come forward for Grumpiest Dog, two owners stepped forward with grumpy looking dogs (but were very happy on the inside) but then we looked over to the steps and saw Frankie and you can easily see why he was the winner.

The winner of biggest dog went to Wendy the Irish Wolfhound, she towered over the competition!

And from biggest dog we went to smallest dog and the winner was Gizmo, the super teeny tiny Chihuahua. Everyone was absolutely buzzing about his adorable bee outfit.

Golden Oldie award went to the superbly groomed Toto who is 11 years young!

The happiest dog was Angus was a very cheerful golden spaniel who was wanting to talk to everyone and wouldn’t stay still for his photo- such a happy boy!

The ever so glamorous Maggie won Best Dressed, the judges loved her outfit and her very stylish collar stood out to really complete the ensemble.

Best Hair Do went to Riley as the judges loved his “I woke up like this” hair.

And last but no means least we had noisiest dog and there was no need for the judges to judge anyone other than Archie as he barked the whole way through the show!!

We hope everyone that attended the event had a great time, we certainly enjoyed ourselves and it was a real treat to get to pet so many dogs!

We’d like to bring the event back in 2022 and are open to improvements!

If you took part in the event or just came along to watch, we’d like to hear your feedback. Please complete this very short survey to submit your feedback.

tina.mainland(at)elginbid.co.uk

13 Harrow Inn Close, Elgin IV30 1BP

Sit Yersel Doon

Grab a tasty treat from one of our delicious businesses and enjoy it at one of our new brightly coloured benches!

Funded by Elgin BID and the Scotland Loves Local Funding, we created and put in place 5 picnic benches in July. The benches were not only to create more seating in the City Centre but to also help hospitality businesses when they were operating at reduced capacity.

The benches were expertly crafted by Willie Duncan our Street Ambassador who (very conveniently) is a joiner to trade. They only took a few days to paint and build- very speedy indeed!

The three pink benches are all inclusive benches so wheelchair users and prams and sit at the bench with no pesky table legs getting in the way. You will find these benches at the grassy area at Café Kombucha and on the Plainstones at the back of St Giles Church.

Since being installed the benches have been well used!

Come the Winter the benches will be put in storage to keep them protected from the Winter weather (wouldn’t it be great to hide from the winter weather, hibernation anyone?). In Spring they will get a wee touch up with paint if needed and be back out ready for the better weather.

tina.mainland(at)elginbid.co.uk

13 Harrow Inn Close, Elgin IV30 1BP

Elgin Business Awards 2021- Voting is open!

The Annual Elgin BID Business Awards launch today in partnership with the Northern Scot!

Every year the public vote in their thousands for their favourite Elgin City Centre businesses.

This year we have 10 Award Categories:

  • Retail
  • Finance, Printing, Professional and Service Sectors (Local Businesses)
  • Finance, Banking (National Chains)
  • Hospitality & Tourism
  • Hair, Beauty, Fitness, Dental & Health Care
  • Charity, Community, Church Groups, Education, Support Groups and Clubs
  • David Urquhart New Business Award
  • Long Established Business Award
  • Ian Widdowson Individual Customer Service Award
  • Elgin Community Champion

You can vote online here!

Voting is open until 3pm on Friday 10th September and the winners will be announced at our AGM & Awards Night on Friday 15th October.

So be sure to show support for your favourite businesses and give them a vote!

tina.mainland(at)elginbid.co.uk

13 Harrow Inn Close, Elgin IV30 1BP

Elgin Sector Weeks

Join us for a month of celebrating our amazing Elgin City Centre businesses!

Running for the month of August is our Sector Weeks.

Health & Beauty Week: 2nd August to 8th August

Hospitality Week: 9th – 15th August

Services Week: 16th – 22nd August

Retail Week: 23rd – 29th August

Our dedicated webpage lists all the businesses getting involved and offers they are running.

So be sure to take advantage of any special offers, try somewhere new and you never know you can get a new favourite place!

tina.mainland(at)elginbid.co.uk

13 Harrow Inn Close, Elgin IV30 1BP

Elgin Christmas Hampers

Warning we are about to say….. 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝘾 𝙬𝙤𝙧𝙙

It’s only 6 months to Christmas!!

Whether you are a gift giving master or struggle to find gifts (we’re looking at you family member that says they don’t mind what they get), would themed hampers from our businesses solve your problems?

Let us know in this survey!

The themes we are planning are below,

– Loons

– Quines

– Food & Drink

– Pamper Hamper

– Elgin Theme

– Furry Friends (cats/dogs)

Pre-orders for hampers will open on the 25th September and close on 19th November.

Hampers will then be available to collect from the Elgin BID Office form 8th-20th December.

Keep an eye on our website and social media for more information!

tina.mainland(at)elginbid.co.uk

13 Harrow Inn Close, Elgin IV30 1BP

Happy Birthday Elgin Gift Card

The Elgin Gift Card turns three today and it has truly been the Gift of Choice!

Looking back over the years, Christmas continues to be the most popular time for the Elgin Gift Card with over £34,000 of gift cards being bought over the festive period in 2018, 2019 & 2020! But it’s not just for Christmas that the gift card has been bought- Mother’s and Father’s day, birthdays, Teacher presents, anniversaries and wedding presents are among the occasions people have bought the Elgin Gift Card.

By giving the Elgin Gift Card you are not only showing someone how much you care but you are also supporting the amazing local businesses we have in Elgin City Centre as the money is kept within the  local economy! Over £48,000 (!) worth of gift cards have been bought since the launch in 2018.

The Elgin Gift Card is accepted in over 80 different businesses. There is such a great variety of amazing local businesses accepting the gift card. You can choose from a meal out, coffee and cake, a beauty treatment, shoes, cocktails, a new outfit, or you can even get a steak from the butchers – the choice is truly yours!

Not only is the Elgin Gift Card a wonderful gift for loved ones it is also the perfect staff present or customer reward. If your business would like to know more about buying Elgin Gift Cards for your business contact the Elgin BID Office.

Other great ideas for the Elgin Gift Card are Secret Santa presents, new neighbour presents or as a raffle or competition prize.

Buying the Elgin Gift Card couldn’t be simpler! To buy your Gift Card you can pop into Gordon & MacPhail on South Street or Tech Cave Electronics on Batchen Street.   

You can also buy them online at www.elgingiftcard.co.uk. If you buy them online, you have the option to have them delivered to your house or delivered to the recipient’s house. You can also leave a special message to be written in the gift card holder in the ‘Order Notes’ section at the online  checkout. Wouldn’t that be a lovely gift to receive in the mail?

We hope that you have enjoyed the Elgin Gift Card so far and its many gift giving possibilities- here’s to many more years!

Happy Birthday Elgin Gift Card!!

tina.mainland(at)elginbid.co.uk

13 Harrow Inn Close, Elgin IV30 1BP