Delight as figures show 3,198 tickets snapped up for Aberdeen Comedy Festival

More than 3,100 tickets were sold for this year’s Aberdeen Comedy Festival.

Organisers have announced sales totalled 3,198, a 30% rise on its debut last year.

The festival, which ran from October 5-15 and was delivered by Aberdeen Inspired, featured local, national and international comedians who performed more than 55 comedy shows at more than 27 venues in the city.

It also included free stand-up shows, comedy workshops for children and adults, kids shows, local talent showcases and comedy films screened at the Belmont Filmhouse.

Adrian Watson, chief executive of Aberdeen Inspired, praised the public for supporting the festival and said plans for next year’s festival are already being discussed.

He said: “The response from the public, local businesses and visitors to the Aberdeen Comedy Festival has been fantastic once again and we are delighted to see an increase in audience numbers this year.”

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Scotland’s ‘most advanced’ recycling facility set to open in Aberdeen today

A new multi-million pound recycling centre was due to be opened today.

The £27 million facility, at the Altens East site, comprises a Materials Recycling Facility where mixed recyclables collected from homes and businesses will be sorted before being forwarded for re-processing.

The site is where mixed recyclables which are collected from homes and businesses are sorted before being sold as high-quality materials for re-processing.

A council spokeswoman said it was “Scotland’s most advanced – and newest – materials recycling facility”. “It is capable of processing 20 tonnes of mixed recycling an hour, including glass, cardboard, paper, plastics, and metals, and is part of Aberdeen City Council’s Zero Waste project aimed at increasing recycling rates and reducing the amount of waste that goes to landfill,” she added.

Aberdeen City Council co-leader Jenny Laing said: “We have invested massively in the future of Aberdeen in terms of reducing our environmental impact and landfill taxes while also creating new jobs.

“We have demonstrated our commitment to meeting our environmental targets.”

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North-east women to spread word on nut butter firm at BBC Good Food Show

Two North-east entrepreneurs have managed to secure a bursary to attend a national food show.

Hazel Farquhar and Susan Yule are behind Hungry Squirrel, which sells healthy nut butters.

Set up by Susan in May this year, the business has expanded and will now head to the BBC Good Food Show today for three days at the SEC Centre in Glasgow.

The opportunity to visit the event, which will be attended by around 20,000 people, came after Susan applied for a BBC bursary.

Susan, who still works part-time in IT, said: “I remember applying for the bursary just before heading away on holiday and thankfully we managed to secure one.

“If we were to pay for a stand at the event it would cost thousands, so getting this opportunity is going to be great for us. It will gives us a chance to see many different people outside our normal area.”

Susan set up the business after realising the nut butter market was lacking in choice.
As a result she decided to make her own and, along with Hazel, the partnership now makes five nut butters, including cookie dough cashew nut flavour and royal raspberry flavour – with another on the way.

“At the moment we work from home but at the rate we are going we will have to look at getting new premises,”

Susan added. “It is all hands on deck at the moment as we get ready for the show.”

Hazel, a design engineer who lost her job in the oil industry in June after 21 years, is equally looking forward to heading down to Glasgow.

She said: “This is a first time for me into the food and drink industry, but I like it so far.

“Business is going really well so far but getting the chance to go down to Glasgow for the Good Food Show is …read more

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North-east pair set to spread word on nut butter firm at BBC Good Food Show

A pair of North-east entrepreneurs have managed to secure a bursary to attend a national food show.

Hazel Farquhar and Susan Yule are behind Hungry Squirrel, which sells healthy nut butters.

Set up by Susan in May this year, the business has expanded and will now head to the BBC Good Food Show today for three days at the SEC Centre in Glasgow.

The opportunity to visit the event, which will be attended by around 20,000 people, came after Susan applied for a BBC bursary.

Susan, who still works part-time in IT, said: “I remember applying for the bursary just before heading away on holiday and thankfully we managed to secure one.

“If we were to pay for a stand at the event it would cost thousands, so getting this opportunity is going to be great for us. It will gives us a chance to see many different people outside our normal area.”

Susan set up the business after realising the nut butter market was lacking in choice.
As a result she decided to make

her own and, along with Hazel, the partnership now makes five nut butters, including cookie dough cashew nut flavour and royal raspberry flavour – with another on the way.

“At the moment we work from home but at the rate we are going we will have to look at getting new premises,” Susan added. “It is all hands on deck at the moment as we get ready for the show.”

Hazel, a design engineer who lost her job in the oil industry in June after 21 years, is equally looking forward to heading down to Glasgow.

She said: “This is a first time for me into the food and drink industry, but I like it so far.

“Business is going really well so far but getting the chance to go down to Glasgow for the Good Food …read more

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