The Cross Party Group on Towns and Town Centres will meet online at 1pm on Wednesday 9th September, incorporating the CPG's Annual General Meeting.
Please see details and agenda below, and scroll to the bottom of the page to RSVP your place. The link to join online will be sent out the day before the meeting.
Following the business of the day, the topic to be discussed will be ‘Scotland’s Towns Post-Covid – The Recovery’.
Chief Officer of Scotland's Towns Partnership, Phil Prentice, will talk about current initiatives to support the economic recovery of town centres and high streets, including the Scotland Loves Local public relations campaign.
Caroline Warburton, Regional Leadership Director (East) for VisitScotland, will give an overview of the topic from a tourism perspective, focusing on targeting and managing the return of the domestic market safely.
Each of the thematic talks will be paired with an invited case study. Following Phil, will will hear from Danielle McRorie-Smith, BID Manager of Go Forth Stirling. She will discuss the measures and marketing the BID is undertaking to support Stirling’s recovery.
Debbie MacCallum, Chair of Tourism St Andrews, will link to Caroline's talk. She will discuss Stay Safe St Andrews, described as “a trailblazing initiative which has been launched in St Andrews to safely welcome tourists back to the popular coastal town.”
13:00 Welcome and Opening Remarks – John Scott MSP, Convener
13:05 Minutes of the Meeting of the Cross Party Group held 4 March, 2020
Matters Arising from the Minutes
13:10 AGM Business
13:15 Phil Prentice, Chief Officer, Scotland’s Towns Partnership
13:25 Danielle McRorie-Smith, Manager, Go Forth Stirling BID
13:35 Caroline Warburton, Regional Leadership Director (East), VisitScotland
13:45 Debbie MacCallum, Chair, Tourism St Andrews
14:10 Any Other Competent Business
14:15 Close of Meeting