An Aberdeenshire tourist shop is celebrating after achieving one of the highest quality assurance accolades from the national tourism organisation.
The Platform has achieved the prestigious 5-star Tourist Shop award from VisitScotland at its first ever grading visit.
What was once a railway station has now been renovated into a fantastic shopping destination, located in the small coastal town of Macduff, situated within Banff Bay.
The Platform offers a wide selection of gifts, home furnishings and both men and women’s clothing with various popular brands on offer, including French Connection, Gym King, Superdry and Tia, Robell and Lauren Vidal to name a few.
It also includes a café – Annie’s Cakery – which is perfect for visitors looking to stop for a light lunch or a homemade cake with their tea or coffee, whilst enjoying the scenic view over the bay.
With its strong emphasis on promoting local produce, Annie’s Cakery has achieved a Taste Our Best award – a joint initiative between VisitScotland and the Scottish Government to recognise businesses including and promoting local Scottish Produce on their menus.
The Platform has also joined the VisitScotland Information Partner (VIP) programme. Launched in May 2016, the VIP programme harnesses the local knowledge, warmth and enthusiasm of partners across the country to help visitors receive the warmest of welcomes and make the most of their trip to Scotland.
Visitor attractions, accommodation providers and social enterprises have all joined the scheme to become a network of local ambassadors who help ensure visitors receive first-class quality local information about the region and Scotland as a whole.
Elaine Williams, Manager at The Platform said: “We are absolutely delighted that The Platform has been awarded its 5-star status. This is a testament to both the dedication of the staff and the support we have received from our valued customers.
“We have already opened a new extension to our store since our grading and are constantly sourcing new and exciting products to offer something that little bit different and to have been recognised for this is a great achievement.”
Annie Anderson, owner at Annie’s Cakery said: “This recognition reflects our hard work and passion for using the very best of Scottish produce with locally sourced ingredients to create our menu.”