A new networking group to help businesses and cultural organisations in Dundee capitalise on the opening of the V&A has been founded.
Around 80 people attended the launch of Societay in The White Goose on Dock Street.
Societay has been set up by solicitor Chris Gardiner, Ashton McGill creative director Andy McGill and marketing consultant Daniel Rosie with the aim of creating informal meet-ups in Dundee where people can network in a relaxed setting.
Over the next 12 months, the trio aim to host a number of monthly events across the city, ranging from creative cafés, workshops, dinners and talks.
Chris said: “We are passionate about bringing people in Tayside together, from creatives to councillors, students to social workers, designers to doctors and those from different sectors in Tayside.
“2018 is going to be one of the most significant years in Dundee’s history, not least because of the V&A and the new waterfront being unveiled to the world.
“We think the more people who start recognising Dundee as the exciting place that it is, the more people will visit.
“We identified a real need for a relaxed, collaborative platform within the city and that’s how Societay was born. We hope to bring the city together through connecting people and places in Dundee and outwards across Tayside.
“Ultimately, we hope that we have created an inspiring platform that Dundee as a city can be proud of and we hope to provide real motivation for the people of Dundee and Tayside to support the positive social changes happening within the city.”
Dundee City Council leader John Alexander said: “Dundee is following a bold and exciting path and events like those organised by Societay allow the dynamic, creative and talented folk of Tayside to come together to share ideas and aspirations.
“Changing and improving Dundee’s future needs a strong social foundation as well as the bricks and mortar infrastructure which is why this initiative is timely.
“It’s particularly good to see three young and passionate ambassadors for the city taking this group forward, bringing together a very wide array of people with one ambition: bringing people together to meet, create and collaborate.”