Aberdeen Inspired won the 2018 'David Welch Memorial Award for Something Special' for the urban bee project:
Working with the local Alcohol and Drugs Action group (ADA), training was undertaken in Beekeeping. Two members of the ADA and Angela Joss (BID) underwent basic beekeeping training. From this, three hives were procured using BID money. These were placed in two locations in the City Centre. The resulting care and maintenance of the beehives have helped two ADA members start turning their lives around. So committed are they that they want to expand the initiative and involve others by becoming mentors for new beekeepers. The intention is to sell the honey to reinvest in more hives and bring more people into the scheme.
Aberdeen Inspired BID represents over 800 levy payers. As well as lobbying on behalf of these businesses and supporting festivals and projects in the city, the success of other Aberdeen Inspired projects such as the first Aberdeen Comedy Festival, Summer of Art, and the Aberdeen Christmas Village and Nuart Aberdeen Street Art Festival also helped the organisation to be the first city in Scotland to win Best European BID 2017 by the Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry in Berlin. The BIDs civic pride programme sees it work with businesses, volunteer groups and young people to encourage and support a responsibility for city centre cleanliness, and a pro-active approach to planting and maintaining a healthy, green environment.