TWO LOCAL businessmen want to give something back to the Arbroath community as a thank you for years of support.
Brothers Valy and Shiraz Ossman have decided to donate a total of £10,000 to good causes in Arbroath, and want readers of the Arbroath Herald to help them choose.
Valy said: “As a gesture of goodwill to the community we want to donate £10,000 to the charities and good causes that are based in Arbroath.
“So in conjunction with the Arbroath Herald we will be looking for the most worthy causes as voted for by the people of Arbroath.”
There will be awards of £5,000, £3,000 and £2,000 available and, as stated by Valy, the only stipulation is that the money go to an Arbroath cause. The brothers are well known for the many business investments they have made in the town since the early 1990s.
Valy explained the thinking behind their plan. He said: “Arbroath and the people here have always supported us and now we want to give something back to the community.
“There has been a lot of negative press about Arbroath and I want to generate some positivity for a change.”
The Ossman brothers, with their development company VMS Properties, have recently acquired the newly refurbished flats at Marine Court from a Clydesdale Bank distress sale and are in the planning stages of a seven-figure development at the defunct Fisherman’s Association at the Harbour.
The new development has been designed by John Cullen at the Voigt Partnership and will be known as the Quayside Marina and will consist of 10 luxury apartments. Valy said: “I feel good about investing in Arbroath. We have a lot of confidence that it is a good and successful town, and it always has been.”
Mr Cullen said: “This unique site and development will be the springboard for the company in Arbroath and Angus and with the appropriate support will see a significant investment in the town and a lasting future for everyone’s benefit.”
If you have a suggestion for an Arbroath good cause that could benefit from a donation then put together a short description along with full contact details and send it to the Arbroath Herald at 21 Market Place, DD11 1HR, and mark it ‘Giving Back to the Community’.