The purpose of the CPG is to analyse policy prescriptions and develop ideas and innovations. This will help Scotland’s towns and town centres through the current economic climate to emerge stronger, smarter, cleaner, healthier and greener. The group will discuss ways in which Scotland’s towns can work towards sustainable economic growth through greater vibrancy and vitality.

You can view all 'Wakelet' event reports of past CPG meetings, including photos, tweets and presentations for download, at the STP Wakelet page here

Next Meeting:

26 September 2018 (18:00 – 20:00) – Topic 'The Evening Economy'

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Further details of CPG meetings will be circulated via bulletin and posted on the CPG webpage on our website.


Minute of the Meeting 13 March 2018 [Draft] (40KB)
Minute of the Meeting 6 December 2017 (48 KB)
Minute of the Meeting 13 September 2017 (47 KB)
Minute of the Meeting 8 March 2017 (43.8 KB)
Minute of the Meeting 7 December 2016 (44.1 KB)
Minute of the Meeting 21 September 2016 (587KB PDF)
CPG Annual Return Form 2015 - 2016 (PDF)
Minute of the Meeting 24 February 2016 (317KB)
Minute of the Meeting 4 November 2015 (356KB PDF)
Minute of the Meeting 13 May 2015 (408KB PDF)
Minutes of the Meeting 25 February 2015 (601KB) 

Minutes of Meeting 10 December 2014 (366KB PDF)
Minutes of Meeting 1 October 2014 (320KB PDF)
Minutes of Meeting 14 May 2014 (341KB PDF)
CPG Annual Return Form (MS Word Doc)
Minutes of Meeting 19 February 2014 (387KB PDF)
Minutes of Meeting 13 November 2013 (151KB PDF)
Minutes of Meeting 11 September 2013 (350KB PDF) 
Minutes of Meeting 6 February 2013 (489KB PDF)
Minutes of Meeting 17 April 2013 (98KB PDF)
Minutes of Meeting 12 June 2013 (162KB PDF)

Presentations & Links

2017 - 2018 Parliamentary Year

Event Report of CPG Meeting 14.03.2018 - "Young People and Towns"

Multimedia report from the 14 March 2018 meeting of the CPG on Towns and Town Centres, including presentations for download, Twitter interaction and more. 

Storify Report of CPG Meetings 2017

A regularly updated event report with photos, social media interaction and presentations from meetings of the CPG for Towns and Town Centres during the Autumn - Winter 2017 parliamentary session. 

Presentations of Meeting 06/12/2017 - "Towns - More than a Retail Economy"

  • Alasdair Smart, Tourism Manager, Abellio ScotRail
  • Donald Morrison, Public Affairs and Media Relations (Scotland), ABB Scotland
  • Claire Carpenter, Founder and Managing Director, The Melting Pot
  • John Lauder, National Director, Sustrans Scotland
  • Leigh Brown, Chair, Association of Town and City Management (ATCM)

Presentations of Meeting 13/09/2017 - "Inclusive Towns"

  • Andy Milne, Chief Executive and Derek Rankine, Policy and Participation Manager, SURF - Scotland's Regeneration Forum 
  • Shaheena Din, National Project Manager, Scottish Empty Homes Partnership
  • Christine Browne, Economic Development Officer (Change), East Renfrewshire Council

2016 - 2017 Parliamentary Year 

Storify Report of CPG Meetings 2016 - 2017

A regularly updated event report with photos, social media interaction and presentations from meetings of the CPG for Towns and Town Centres during the September 2016 - June 2017 parliamentary session. 

Presentations of Meeting 08/03/2017 - "Digital Towns"

  • Digital Towns Strategy for Scotland: Phil Prentice, Chief Officer, Scotland’s Towns Partnership
  • Maggie Morrison, Vice President Public Sector, CGI Scotland
  • What Does Digital Mean for Towns? - David Wallace, Regional Director – Major and Public Sector, BT
  • Digital Renfrewshire - Diane Webb, Project Manager, Digital Assistance, Renfrewshire Council
  • Digital Support for Renewable Towns - Brian Walker, Principal, Energy Edge Consulting, LLC

Presentations of Meeting 07/12/2016 - "Towns Mean Business" (2.8MB PDF) 

  • The Ideal Retail Mix - Keith Hargest, Hargest Planning Ltd 
  • How are Town Centre Businesses Doing? - Laura McKelvie, FSB Scotland 
  • Retail, High Streets, and Transformational Change – Ewan MacDonald-Russell, Scottish Retail Consortium
  • Shopping Centres: Working Together with Communities and Town Centres – Alexander Nicoll, Intu Properties Plc; Chair, ATCM
  • Be Careful How you handle Charities – Phil Prentice, Chief Officer, Scotland’s Towns Partnership 

Presentations of Meeting 21/09/2016 - "Celebrating Local Leaders"


2011 - 2016 Parliamentary Session 

Garry Follis, ABB Community Engagement

Giffnock Village: Classic Car Rally

Paul Matthews, An Active Route to Town Centre Vitality

Ian McLelland, The Future of Retailing Presentation

Pete Vallance, Healthy High Streets Presentation

Town Centre Action Plan Update 

Andy Godrey, Alliance Boots Presentation

Barry McCulloch, FSB Scotland Presentation

Understanding Scottish Places Flyer 1

Understanding Scottish Places Flyer 2

Colin Munro, mi Scotland presentation

Ian Cooke, Development Trusts Association Scotland

An Assessment of the Economic, Social and Cultural Impact of Galeri Caernarfon

New Scottish Parliament Publications: You and Your Parliament and Common Questions

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly? Portas, Grimsey and Fraser - Professor Leigh Sparks, University of Stirling

Town Centre Review – Malcolm Fraser, Chair of the External Advisory Group, Town Centre Review

1001 Enterprising Scots Digital Vignettes from Iain Scott – video shorts sharing the highs and lows of setting up business in towns 

21st Century High Streets -  David Martin, Scottish Retail Consortium 

British Retail Consortium’s publication, ‘21st Century High Streets – What Next for Britain’s High Streets?

Local Solutions – Phil Prentice, Economic Development & Regeneration Manager, East Renfrewshire Council

Test Towns – Jim Metcalfe, Carnegie UK 

Monitoring Economic Diversity & Wider Social Value of Town Centres – Chris Wade, Chief Executive, Action for Market Towns - Insight into 'Benchmarking+' Pilot Led by Action for Market Towns, with Scotland's Towns Partnership and East Renfrewshire Council Supported by Scottish Government

Independents' Day campaign – David Stewart on behalf of National Skills Academy for Retail

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