NE Scotland, Orkney & Shetland

Retail Rocks Aberdeen project hailed a business success

A woman carrying shopping bags
Image caption Retails Rocks launched in Torry in 2011

A pilot project designed to regenerate an Aberdeen community has been hailed an economic and cultural success, a year after it was launched.

The seven winners of Retail Rocks were given empty shop units rent free for a year in the Torry area, plus ongoing business support, after a Dragons' Den-style challenge.

The scheme, backed by the public and private sector, was the first of its kind in Scotland.

Other councils are now considering it.

Media playback is unsupported on your device
Media captionA 'Dragons' Den' style project aimed at regenerating an Aberdeenshire community is hailed a success

The local community and businesses taking part have welcomed the project as something offering hope to young people in the area.

Retail Rocks is funded by the Scottish government, the city council and local businesses.

More on this story

Related Internet links

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites