When Stuart Heslop, from the Royal Bank of Scotland’s real estate finance department, introduced himself at the Can Do Places Talkoot in October 2014 (he was a member of the experts’ panel), Jill Davies’ ears definitely pricked up when he told the room: “I can introduce you to the right people if the need arises.”
Because as Jill, part-time project manager with the Coupar Angus Regeneration Trust, had explained earlier in the Challenge, the empty building that CART was trying to acquire for their arts and business enterprise hub was believed to be in the hands of the RBS, and she had described the process of finding out if they could use the former print works as being “painfully slow.”
Immediately after Jill had pitched the “Printworx” concept to the Talkoot panel (the project now includes the possible addition, outside the premises, of brightly painted beach huts for artists’ studios), Stuart – true to his word – said they would help find out who really owned the building.
To be continued . .