Think Thursday

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MORE THAN a dozen city centre businesses are signed up for Dundee City Council’s new early evening economy pilot.

Christened “Think Thursday” and launching next week, the 13-week pilot scheme aims to attract and increase footfall in the city centre every Thursday between 5pm and 8pm to support businesses and cultural attractions.

The participating businesses – listed below - are encouraged to extend their trading from 5pm to 8pm and all have exclusive events and offers taking place on the Thursday evenings, ranging from discounts and workshops, to live music and craft clubs.

Cultural attractions such as the V&A Dundee, McManus, Discovery Point and the Dundee Science Centre will also be taking part on the first Thursday of each month during the pilot.

In addition, there will also be a variety of events taking place in the City Square for the community to enjoy, such as an enormous inflatable whale which will host interactive performances inside from the highly experienced women’s circus, Circo Rum Ba Ba from April 6 to 8.

The pilot scheme has something for everyone and has created an opportunity for the community to have a night about town at the different events and to access the offers taking place.

Mark Flynn, convener of Dundee City Council’s city development committee, said: “Think Thursday has already caught the imagination of some of the most recognisable independent names in the city centre.

“They have all either created a special offering or developed a unique event to encourage people to be in or come to the city centre on a Thursday evening.

“I am confident that the scheme will go some way to meeting the needs identified as part of the consultation around the City Centre Strategic Investment Plan (CCSIP) and create a vibrant city centre with unique destinations, as well as taking specific action around the evening economy.”

Think Thursday, which launches next week (April 6) and runs until June 29, is part of a £200,000 boost for the city centre, which will later include new banners and lighting.

Part of the City Centre Strategic Investment Plan (CCSIP), as well as Think Thursday, it aims to light up landmarks and buildings and provide street dressing at a number of locations.

Funding for the projects has come from City Investment Fund, Scottish Government City Centre Recovery Fund and the City Improvement Fund.

Participants:

•             The Botanist and The Bee

•             Dock Street Studios

•             Double Door Studios

•             Dundee Espresso Lab

•             Spex Pistols Ltd

•             The Tinsmith

•             The Mantuary

•             Edna Mae Bakehouse

•             Charlie Taylor

•             The Newport Bakery

•             Tailend Restaurant

•             The Cheesery Ltd

•             The Parlour Cafe

•             The Selkie

•             V&A

•             Dundee Science Centre

•             Discovery Point

•             Caird Hall

•             McManus

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