The project manager of the Business Improvement District in South Queensferry says he is relishing his new role and hopes to deliver what businesses want.
Sunil Varu has taken over from Maggie Mitchell at Queenferry Ambition and has a wealth of experience having worked on a number of BID projects in Kirkcaldy, Paisley, Largs and Dunoon.
The BID has helped promote tourism to the area with events such as the Bridges Festival, but has come in for criticism on social media from some traders who are unhappy with the way it was being run.
However, Mr Varu hopes to win disgruntled businesses over before next year’s ballot renewal vote in March. He said: “I’m looking forward to it, it’s going to be a challenge, My job is to find out what the issues are and look at what can be done.
“I’m aware of the comments – but am also aware of the very positive feedback the BID receives from other quarters. If some businesses feel Queensferry Ambition can do better, I want to hear from them. We’re here to help all our members.
“The BID has delivered good services and attracted additional money into the town since it was set up. From my experience, working across Scotland, I firmly believe that Queensferry Ambition can continue to add significant value to local businesses and the wider community.
“I will continue the work of the BID to deliver projects but also encourage businesses to vote Yes for a new term for the BID in 2017.”
Rev David Cameron, the chairman of Queensferry Ambition, spoke highly of the new man at the helm, he said: “Mr. Varu brings a wealth of experience to his new role in Queensferry and I’m confident he will provide excellent support to local businesses.”