Portas touch comes to Peterhead

Peterhead businesses will soon benefit from the expertise of Mary Portas, best known from the BBC2 programme ‘Mary, Queen of Shops.’

With her mixture of guile, common sense and gregarious personality, Mary has revived many failing retail businesses across the country.

She has now shared her expertise with Skills Smart Retail to develop a unique series of master classes for independent retail stores.

A free taster session will be held in Peterhead’s Arbuthnot House, Broad Street on Friday, February 18 at 11am.

Made possible by regeneration funding for Peterhead, a group of seven master classes – led by an accredited Mary Portas trainer – will be presented in the town with costs partly supported by Aberdeenshire Council.

The programme of master classes, delivered in association with Lifeskills Centres, gives businesses the skills to increase turnover and profit, improve quality, standards and service, increase staff commitment, motivation and enhance personal confidence.

Alongside the master classes, businesses in Peterhead town centre will also benefit from a property enhancement programme which will offer grants to improve the physical appearance of their premises.

Chairman of Aberdeenshire Council’s Infrastructure Services Committee, Peter Argyle, said: “Retail businesses are very important to the success of our town centres and are a key component in maximising tourism spend in the area.

“The retail sector is developing so quickly with internet purchasing increasing year on year that businesses need to keep up-to-date with best practices to remain competitive.”

To register for the free taster session, please contact Colleen Kain on 07736367964 or email: kain@lifeskillscentres.com