Ballater Royal Deeside Ltd (BRD) is one of Scotlands Development Trusts and is a registered Charity and Company limited by Guarantee.
BRD is owned and managed by local people whose aim is to support the sustainable regeneration of the community and to address a range of economic, social, environmental and cultural issues within the communities of Ballater, Crathie and Dinnet. Whilst BRD is independent, it does seek to work in partnership with other private, public and third sector organisations and with the current tougher economic climate it aims to reduce dependency on grant support by generating income through enterprise and the ownership of assets. All trading surpluses are principally reinvested in the organisation or the community. As a result, BRD is involved in a very wide range of activities, but every activity is underpinned by a strong ethos of self help and self reliance and a strong belief that the way to build strong and sustainable community is through community owned enterprise and assets. In short, anything and everything that might help build a vibrant and sustainable community
Some of the projects include the Ballater Walking Festival, running the valuable community bus service, supporting maintenance of the Ballater Halls, the Ballater Winter Festival and many other projects within the community.
In 2012 BRD established a trading subsidiary known as Ballater Community Enterprise Ltd (BCE) whose remit is to generate income on a commercial basis. BCE negotiated a long lease of Ballater Caravan Park from Aberdeenshire Council and have been operating this facility for the past three seasons.
The Community run Ballater Caravan Park has been and continues to be very successful, generating significant profits during the course of a year which are directed into two key areas, which are firstly re Investment into maintaining and upgrading the facilities of the Caravan Park and secondly passing monies to BRD to reinvest back into the community
Ballater is considered by many as the Jewel of Royal Deeside, with a strongly developed community, strong historical links to The Royal Family and attracting tourists throughout the year. It is important that the community continues to thrive and BRD , along with other community groups, play a key role in achieving that vision