Abellio, the new ScotRail operators, plans to transform rail services for passengers in Scotland. Beyond that, they intend to play a strategic role in the long-term success of the country, providing jobs and support for small businesses in towns and cities; supporting and boosting Scotland’s leisure and tourism industries; working with local schools; and supporting community programmes

Architectural Heritage Fund is a registered charity, working since 1976 to promote the conservation and sustainable re-use of historic buildings for the benefit of communities across the UK, particularly in economically disadvantaged areas.

Architecture and Design Scotland is Scotland's champion for excellence in architecture, placemaking and planning. A+DS celebrates good architecture and design and work with a range of communities to shape the places we all value.  They deliver their work through encouraging and inspiring the public to get involved with architecture through exhibitions, events and workshops; they offer informed advice to those responsible for the development of our places; and promote sustainable approaches to building and place making.

Association of British Bookmakers is the leading trade association for betting shop operators on the UK’s high streets. We aim to help create and sustain conditions in which socially responsible betting shop operators can compete and prosper. 

Business Improvement Districts Scotland is the national organisation for BIDs in Scotland, providing support, advice and encouragement to business groups, communities and local authorities considering and developing a business improvement district.

Can Do Towns is an Innovation Challenge programme designed to help people make things happen, enabling them to breathe life into underused places and spaces; creating new opportunities for local employment, enterprise and job creation.

The Carnegie UK Trust works to improve the lives of people throughout the UK and Ireland, by changing minds through influencing policy, and by changing lives through innovative practice and partnership work. Carnegie UK Trust is worked with STP, CLES and University of Stirling to create the new toolkit, Understanding Scottish Places.

Centre for Scottish Public Policy Scotland’s only member based cross party think tank which for more than a decade has been influencing public policy. Focused on The Importance of People and Place,  the Centre concentrates on three key areas – Towns, Cities and Public Service Innovation.

Centre for Local Economic Strategies is a leading independent charitable research and member organisation with a focus on economic development, regeneration and place making.

COSLA - the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities - is the representative voice of Scottish local government, lobbying on behalf of our members – Scotland's 32 councils. 

Creative Scotland is the public body that supports the arts, screen and creative industries across all parts of Scotland on behalf of everyone who lives, works or visits here.

Development Trusts Association Scotland is the national body for development trusts in Scotland, supporting you to unlock the potential within your community.

First Bus Scotland is dedicated to offering good quality, safe, affordable and accessible services to millions of passengers who travel every year. A major employer; they are investing in state of the art environmentally friendly buses and work in partnership with local authorities and other agencies to provide the best service.

The Federation of Small Businesses Scotland represents the interests of around 19,000 Scottish members. Scottish Government statistics show that small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) now account for 99 per cent of all Scottish businesses and for over half of all private sector employment – underlining the pivotal role of small firms in our economy and communities.  The FSB in Scotland campaigns for a better social, political and economic environment in which to work, learn and do business.

Historic Scotland is an executive agency of the Scottish Government, charged with safeguarding the nation’s historic environment and promoting its understanding and enjoyment on behalf of Scottish Ministers.

Keep Scotland Beautiful is the charity that campaigns, acts and educates on a range of local, national and global environmental issues to change behaviour and improve the quality of people’s lives and the places they care for. KSB is committed to making Scotland clean, green and more sustainable.

Land Engineering is one of the leading names in design, development and implementation of hard and soft landscaping, public realm, civil engineering, stonework restoration, new build cladding, grounds maintenance and winter services. Find out more about what they offer to STP Members here

Living Streets is the national charity that stands up for pedestrians; working to create safe, attractive, enjoyable streets where it’s great to walk.  

Museums Galleries Scotland is the National Development Body for the museum sector in Scotland. Their role is to work collaboratively to invest in and develop a sustainable museum and galleries sector for Scotland

PAS is an independent and impartial educational charity operating on social enterprise principles and acting in the interest of the long term public good. The organisation is volunteer-led and delivers its services through a network of over 430 specialist volunteers across Scotland. PAS provides a free planning advice and mentoring service, alongside training and public participation events for members of the public, planning professionals, local authorities, elected members, and community groups.

Prostate Cancer UK is our chosen charity in 2017-18, supporting the theme of Healthy Towns. You can read more about how to help stop prostate cancer being a killer in Scotland and get involved here. 

Resource Efficient Scotland is the free advice and support programme designed to help you save money and reduce energy, water and waste.

Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce fellows collaborate on projects, events and activities to positively affect their local communities. Projects range from from encouraging manufacturing through a hub for local designers, to creating conversations on the future for Scotland, to the annual Angus Millar lecture with internationally renowned speakers. 

RTPI Scotland aims to support people and organisations to create great places for people across Scotland. It does so through leading thinking on how to create great places for people; skills development; managing and sharing knowledge; helping to influence planning issues.

Scottish Business in the Community works with its members and partners to strengthen communities so people can thrive, businesses can flourish sustainably and Scotland is a greener place in which to live.

Scottish Business Resilience Centre is a unique organisation comprising contributions and secondments from Police Scotland, Scottish Government, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, major banks, industries, investors and private membership.  It aims to provide members with a wide ranging one stop shop for business security services and advice and has established itself as a hub of innovation and business improvement in support of its partners and the business community.

The Scottish Cities Alliance is the collaboration of Scotland’s seven cities and the Scottish Government, strategically facilitated by the Scottish Council for Development & Industry (SCDI) to create the conditions for growth and to attract inward investment. 

Scottish Chambers is the umbrella organisation for 26 local Chambers of Commerce - representing more than 50 percent of private sector jobs in Scotland - Scottish Chambers of Commerce has built a reputation as Scotland’s premier voice for business at national and international level.

The Scottish Forum on Natural Capital is an initiative bringing together public, private and voluntary sector organisations to protect and rebuild Scotland’s natural capital.

Scottish Futures Trust  is committed to saving taxpayers’ money and works with the public sector to deliver the best possible value when money is invested in infrastructure.

Scottish Government - the devolved government for Scotland has a range of responsibilities which include: health, education, justice, rural affairs, housing and the environment. Scottish Government endorsed STP as the ‘go to’ body for Scotland’s towns in 2014, supporting and promoting government’s Towns Centre First Principle and Town Centre Action Plan.

Scottish Libraries and Information Council  (SLIC) is the independent advisory body to the Scottish Government on library and information services.

Scottish Tourism Alliance is the Industry Leadership Group for tourism and the leading voice for the tourism sector in Scotland.  As an independent trade body comprising over 250 trade associations, businesses, destination groups and other organisations with an interest in tourism, the STA represents a significant proportion of the industry.

Shelter Scotland is a charity that works to alleviate the distress caused by homelessness and bad housing.  They do this by giving advice, information and advocacy to people in housing need, and by campaigning for lasting political change to end the housing crisis for good.

Scottish Local Authorities Economic Development Group (SLAED) is a network of senior officials from economic development teams across all 32 Scottish local authorities.  SLAED exists to provide a national voice for Local Economic Development in Scotland by linking the work of Scotland's 32 local authorities and bringing a collective influence to bear at national and European levels.  It is a non-political, service-based organisation that focuses on excellence in delivery of local economic development services by local authorities across Scotland.  Wide-ranging interests, are all directed towards supporting economic development through investment and employment in local areas. The Group connects and shares member councils' interests and develops ideas on different aspects of local services, such as business support, skills and employability, external funding, town centre regeneration and tourism development.

Small Towns Group was established in 2005 and is open to any local authority which has responsibility for a small town in its area.

Stagecoach From modest Scottish roots, the Stagecoach group is now an international concern, carrying over 3 million passengers daily in the UK and U.S. on their greener, smarter rail and train networks. They continue to grow and Scotland's towns can benefit from this healthier, stronger and greener world class transport network.

SURF’s overall objective is to improve the health and wellbeing of residents in Scotland’s disadvantaged communities. SURF provides a neutral space for all sectors and players in Scottish community regeneration to share their knowledge and experience; stimulates challenging debate about community regeneration policy and practice; maintains a high status for community regeneration on Scotland’s political agenda; and provides relevant and constructive feedback to key policy-makers.

Sustrans Scotland works to enable people in Scotland to travel by foot, bike or public transport for more of their everyday journeys.

Transform Scotland is the national alliance for sustainable transport, bringing together organisations from the private, public and voluntary sectors.

Turner & Townsend is an independent professional services company specialising in programme management, project management, cost management and consulting across the property, infrastructure and natural resources sectors.

Visit Scotland is the national tourism organisation for Scotland. Its main aim is to contribute significantly to the advancement of Scottish tourism by giving it a real presence in the global marketplace and benefiting the whole of Scotland.

Knowledge Partners

The Scottish Library and Information Council (SLIC) is the independent advisory body to the Scottish Government on library and information services.

The Institute for Retail Studies at the University of Stirling is a leading academic centre for retail research and education, providing independent, academic and practical research as well as commentary on retail matters of the day.

The Association of Town and City Management is the largest town and city membership organisation in Europe. They have a number of valuable reports, support programmes, events, guides and toolkits, some of which are free and open access. Check out their 10 Step Guide or read the Manifesto for Town and City Centres.

FSB (Federation of Small Business) is the key membership and lobbying body for the small businesses in our towns. FSB works closely with STP and has valuable research and reports.

Kantar Worldpanel provide leading consumer panel and shopper insight information as well as trend data and marketing reporting and analysis.

The Local Data Company is a leading retail location data insight provider. They provide detailed reports on openings and closures, vacancy data and provide gap analysis amongst a host of other valuable services.

The Scottish Retail Consortium is the trade association for the retail sector. In partnership with KMPG they produce the Scottish Retail Sales Monitor. SRC lobby on behalf of Scottish retailers and provide valuable economic evidence and key facts.

Springboard offer retail intelligence and insight. They also have milestone and benchmarking along with a host of valuable data gathering services, reporting and analysis.

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