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Zero Waste Scotland are looking to support three Scottish Business Improvement Districts (BIDs), Traders’ Associations or local business groups to improve waste management practices. 

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Voting is now open for the Scotland's Most Beautiful High Street competition! 

After receiving fantastic entries, a judging panel of representatives from Scotland's Towns Partnership and Keep Scotland Beautiful have drawn up a shortlist of 10 finalists. The winner will be decided by an online public vote, which will be open until 1 October 2017. The winner will be announced at Scotland's Towns Conference in Paisley on 21st November 2017. 

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A Scottish Government support programme to help Scottish towns reach their full digital potential was launched today by Scotland's Towns Partnership.

The Digital Towns Pilot Programme offers funding support and expert industry advice to towns seeking to develop innovative and collaborative digital strategies.

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This sections contains information on Digital Towns, including the Digital Towns Pilot Programme and Digital Towns Guidance. 

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The VisitScotland Growth Fund is designed to assist the tourism industry and to further cement Scotland's reputation as a world class destination.

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BBC News - Edinburgh and south-east Scotland are to receive a multi-million pound boost after the latest City Deal was agreed.

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STP Chief Officer Phil Prentice looks at reasons to be cheerful for Scotland's towns in the context of heritage and tourism, and the need to remind the world of the 'spirit of Scotland' in 2017.

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Scottish Government - An app for the Place Standard is now available to download for free for Android* or Apple* smartphones or tablets.

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KSB - We are pleased to announce that a record breaking 73 parks from across Scotland have been presented with a Green Flag Award this year in recognition of their high standards and provision of quality outdoor space - an increase of three over last year.

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The "Humble Lamppost" (EIP-SCC) Initiative seeks to upgrade 10 million smart lampposts across European cities (that involves a network of lampposts in a city that provide LED light, and a collection of 'smart services' that exploit the lampposts). 

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BBC - Paisley has been shortlisted as the sole Scottish contender vying to become the UK City of Culture in 2021.

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Community-led organisations interested in applying for funding from the Scottish Government's Climate Challenge Fund (CCF) are invited to find out more at CCF Information Surgeries.

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STV - Debit card payments have overtaken cash for the first time in what is being hailed as a "milestone" in the development of the digital economy.

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On Wednesday 28 June 2017 Scotland’s Towns Partnership held a learning workshop on “Funding: Where’s the Money?”, hosted at Architecture & Design Scotland in Edinburgh. 

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There are fewer independent bookmakers in Scotland than ever before, but these businesses – often family run over many decades – continue to provide employment and enjoyment for local people, writes Donald Morrison of ABB Scotland. 

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