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The shortlist for the Herald Property Awards for Scotland 2017 has now been released, including for Best Regeneration Project, sponsored by Scotland’s Towns Partnership. 

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23/08/2017 – Chief Officer of STP, Phil Prentice, stated this morning that the Barclay Review into Scottish business rates was a “positive” exercise and that he is broadly “comfortable” with proposals relating to town centre retail. The comments were made in an invited interview on BBC Radio’s Good Morning Scotland (1.41.55). 

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A new Planning Gateway has been added to the Scottish Grocers’ Federation (SGF) website to help retailers in Scotland access information on planning applications and local development plans.

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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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