Cara Shaw, our Sales Researcher describes her experience moving from the Capital city to the granite city
Aberdeen is renowned for the warm welcome it offers to individuals and businesses alike, providing investors with a highly skilled workforce, an enterprising culture and exceptional support. As a result, Aberdeen is quickly becoming notorious for its ambition and inward investment. Recent noteworthy projects in the area have included the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route, the redevelopment of the Aberdeen Art Gallery, the ongoing Aberdeen Harbour Expansion Project, and of course P&J Live at our fantastic new events complex, TECA. This, combined with the fact Aberdeen Airport is the best-connected regional hub airport in the UK, makes Aberdeen a major engine for growth on both a national and international scale.
I joined the sales team at P&J Live in April this year, after having lived, studied and worked in Aberdeen for the past four years. Originally from a small town on the outskirts of Edinburgh, my decision to move from Scotland’s capital to the Granite City was one that surprised many, as following the downturn of the oil and gas industry, Aberdeen was a dying city, right? Wrong.
Between 2014 and 2018, Aberdeen attracted 62 new Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) projects, securing its place in the top ten UK cities outside of London for attracting investment. In Aberdeen, the top three sectors benefitting from the highest numbers of inward investment projects are digital, business services; and machinery and equipment. With our industry-leading engineering skills and best practice, building on the strengths of our North Sea Workforce, combined with Aberdeen being on track to be Scotland’s first gigabit city by 2021, we are in an ideal position to bid for large industry related events and capitalise on these investments.
This importance of this investment is something I did not appreciate until I began working at P&J Live earlier this year, but for the sales team, it could not be more significant when attracting business to the city. Organisers are always blown away by our state-of-the-art event complex, but in order to attract delegates from across the world, they also depend on superior transport infrastructure to ensure they can get here with ease, cultural and leisure activities to keep delegates occupied in their free time, as well as first-class hotels, eateries and so much more. Fortunately, for me, this bit is now easy, as I love shouting about Aberdeen and all it has to offer when selling the destination on a global scale.
Just this month, the investment in our city has resulted in Aberdeen being ranked the best place to live and work in Scotland and was ranked sixth out of 42 cities in the UK by the Good Growth for Cities Index. Aberdeen is already home to some industry-leading companies, such as Wood and Brewdog, with many others choosing to make Aberdeen their international headquarters. Aberdeen’s fantastic infrastructure and innovative workforce produces the ideal environment for startups, scaleups and established large businesses to thrive. This is sustained by an accomplished young workforce, aided by Aberdeen’s two universities, college and research facilities, where individuals can specialise in subjects such as engineering, law or medicine, to name a few, ensuring that companies have direct access to a pipeline of skilled future employees and world-leading research and development support.
Highlighting our city’s ambitious plans for future growth, the Aberdeen and Grampian Chamber of Commerce’s Investment Tracker sets out a plan for investment and development in the region over the next ten years. This encompasses major transport projects, such as the Aberdeen South Harbour, the development of the Haudagain roundabout and the A96 dualling between Aberdeen and Inverness, to the transformation of Union Terrace Gardens and development of the new Aberdeen Football Club. Aided by a plan for increased affordable housing provision in the city and over £320million of investment in leisure and culture facilities, this will ensure that Aberdeen continues to be a booming location for us all to live and work.
Aberdeen is a vibrant city with the ambition, talent and resources to attract visitors, allow businesses to flourish and increase opportunities for all.
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Frequently Asked Questions
- How can I buy a VIP View Bar Upgrade?
You can purchase a VIP View Bar Upgrade to selected events here. It includes early access, fast-track entry, complimentary drink on arrival and access to the View Bar before, during and post-show.
- How can I purchase tickets for a concert at P&J Live?
P&J Live do not sell tickets directly.
- How do I register for access to venue presale?
For certain events, venue presale tickets might be on offer. This means you'll be access tickets before they go on general sale.
To gain access to our exclusive venue presale, sign up to our newsletterhere and we will send you an email with the presale link for tickets go on general sale!
- How can I book a table at 195 Bar & Grill?
Our 195 Bar & Grill offers a unique dining experience before selected shows at P&J Live. You can check availability and book a table here.
- Will I be able to purchase food at P&J Live?
There is a wide range of food and beverage options available to purchase for concerts and events, including catering outlets offering a variety of hot food options.
Please note - it is against venue policy to allow patrons to bring in their own food and drink to the venue. At P&J live it is our aim to be completely cashless, all of our bars, kiosks and restaurants accept card payments, this is more efficient, safe and ensures a speedy transaction. There are therefore no cash machines on the TECA site.
- Is there parking available at P&J Live?
Yes, there is parking available on-site at P&J Live.
There are various ways to pay for your parking at P&J Live
On site payment machines: We accept both cash and card payments on site, pay on exit is required by entering your vehicle registration at any one of our machines located in the car parks. Please note payment machines only take coins and not notes.
APCOA Connect App: Up to 24 hour after you have left the venue, you can pay for your parking on the APCOA Connect App. Once you have downloaded the app, use location code 6680 for the Sub-T Car Park (underground) and location code 2356 for the Surface Car Park.
You can also pay for parking via the APCOA website here, click which car park you parked in and then you will be able to pay for parking.
- Can I pay by cash within P&J Live?
At P&J Live it is our aim to be completely cashless, all of our bars, kiosks and restaurants accept card and contactless payments. This is more efficient, safe and ensures a speedy transaction.
There are no cash machines on the TECA sites.
- What bus can take me to P&J Live?
Regular buses will be coming in and out of the complex daily for public use. Details on bus routes and operators are still in discussion and any updates will be posted on the getting here page of the website.
Currently, the Stagecoach Bluebird Jet Service 727 runs regularly from Aberdeen City Centre to Aberdeen Airport, stopping in the TECA site.