Understanding Scottish Places

Understanding Scottish Places is a website to help towns practitioners and communities better understand the function of the towns they live and work in.  The platform primarily functions as a diagnostic tool, and beyond that offers the opportunity to compare and contrast data about places across the country.

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CityFibre - CityFibre to invest at least £40 million in full fibre infrastructure for the Granite City in partnership with Vodafone.

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Chair of the Scottish Alliance for People and Places and Former First Minister Henry McLeish says longer term plans are key for engaging communities in decisions about their local areas.

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Sustrans Scotland - Sustrans Scotland is delighted to launch the Community Links programme for 2018 -19, run in partnership with the Scottish Government.

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On Wednesday 7 February Scotland’s Towns Partnership and Visit Scotland held a workshop examining how local and regional groups could maximise the tourism opportunities in Scotland’s towns, such as via marketing, events and inclusive tourism. Expert speakers also provided an overview of the funding and support available from Scotland’s national tourism agency.

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14/02/218 - Town and city managers from across Scotland will converge on Perth next week for ‘A Smarter Scotland’ to hear the findings on Scotland’s Digital Towns Pilot Programme.

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Do you belong to a group or organisation that connects heritage with people? A large part of Scotland’s heritage is managed by volunteers and community organisations, but we have no clear picture of this rapidly growing sector. A new project called Community Heritage Scotland has been launched which aims to map it and bring about positive change.

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Zero Waste Scotland - Small businesses in Scotland could save up to £8,000 on average each year simply by making energy efficiency improvements – and cut their annual energy consumption by a quarter.

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Welcome to Scotland’s Towns Partnership’s roundup bulletin for January 2018.

Please see below for notices of: upcoming events and workshops; the opportunity to reserve your place for the next Cross Party Group on Towns & Town Centres meeting; and a call for expressions of interest to host our summer 2018 Big Tea Party and our new 2018 conference, The Scottish Place Leadership Summit.

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We are looking for someone to cover maternity leave for 12 months from late February 2018 in the position of Assistant BID Manager – A job which carries real responsibility and a degree of autonomy.

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The latest BEFS bulletin is now out, with a roundup of upcoming build environment-related events and initiatives in 2018. The bulletin can be read on the BEFS website here

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Do you want to encourage more re-use and repair in your organisation or community? Pass it on week (10-18 March 2018) is the perfect campaign week to help. People across Scotland will be holding events, and as such there will be national publicity, resources and support to help. And Zero Waste Scotland want you to help them spread the word by holding events in your area. See below for more information from ZWS: 

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One Dalkeith have received funding to develop a Business Improvement District (BID). This BID will focus on the town centre and the wider Dalkeith business community. An individual experienced in developing and providing direct support and/or services to local businesses is sought to fill the post of a Project Coordinator.                  

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Climate change poses increasing threats and challenges to communities around the world. Those most affected, however, are often those who are already most disadvantaged in society. In the UK, for example, many people affected by flooding live in social housing originally built on cheap land on the floodplain. While the need to enhance resilience is increasingly recognised, there has been limited on-ground action that specifically focuses on climate disadvantage. The Scottish Borders Climate Resilient Communities Project (SBCRC) used action research to improve understanding and approaches to building climate resilience in Scotland. 

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Learn how to maximise the opportunities from tourism in your town at this interactive workshop with VisitScotland and Scotland’s Towns Partnership. The event is free for STP members – join today!

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Round 2 of the Green Infrastructure Community Engagement Fund is now open for applications and will close on 3 April 2018 at midnight.  

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