Walk Back Better: A Manifesto for 2021

Join Living Streets Scotland, Paths for All and Ramblers Scotland for the launch of Walk Back Better - a new manifesto for walking ahead of the 2021 Holyrood elections.

We want everyone in Scotland to be able to benefit from everyday walking, whether that’s walking to the shops or to school, or walking for enjoyment and exercise. Walk Back Better sets out our vision for Scotland to move forward to a healthier, cleaner, safer, and happier walking nation.

Speakers from Living Streets Scotland, Paths for All and Ramblers Scotland will be joined by Professor Nanette Mutrie, Chair of Physical Activity for Health at the University of Edinburgh and trustee of Paths for All. We will outline our asks to make walking as pleasant, safe and convenient as possible for everyone in Scotland, and answer your questions about how we can build back a walking nation.

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How to Get your Small Business Online

Organised by Small Business Saturday, in this webinar, Mark Tomkins & Matt Willson from award-winning web agency Aubergine will provide advice and guidance for small business to get the best from their website and to better manage their most important digital asset. They will be covering:

  • best practice advice for domains
  • hosting
  • website content
  • the importance of Google My Business profiles
  • how to best use online reviews

About your hosts:

Mark Tomkins, founder of Aubergine, has over 30 years of experience in the design & digital sector. He brings both his extensive design experience and online marketing knowledge together with his business partner, Matt Willson, and his enviable reputation in the Search and Google arena to make Aubergine a multi award-winning web agency one of the leaders in the field.

They thrive on sharing this wealth of knowledge and advice with other small business owners to help them achieve the most from their most important digital asset – their website.

A date for your diary:

Wednesday 27th January 2021, 11:00am - 12:00noon

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Introduction to Economic Development Course (from 3rd February)

This online course on Introduction to Local Economic Development is designed as a refresh or for those new to the role in local authorities, regional and national agencies and other organisations. It will cover key policies and strategies, and institutional arrangements, relevant to the Scottish setting. The Course tutor is Professor Graeme Roy, Director, Fraser of Allander Institute.

Offered by the Economic Development Association Scotland, the course will also provide an accessible introduction into the world of economic development through the lens of the Scottish economy. Key terms and data sources will be covered, alongside a discussion of Scotland’s economic strengths and weaknesses at both a national and local level.

We’ll spend some time talking about ‘hot topics’ of the day – most notably the economic impact of COVID-19 but also other issues such as Brexit and the evolving powers of the Scottish Parliament.

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The course takes place over a 3-week period.

3 February (10am – 12noon),

10 February (10am – 12noon) &

17 February (10am – 12noon)

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Virtual SURF Awards Presentation Dinner

SURF and the Scottish Government have teamed up again to deliver the prestigious SURF Awards for Best Practice in Community Regeneration for 2020. These are presented each year to projects that are judged by a panel of independent regeneration experts to be performing outstanding regeneration work in some of Scotland’s most disadvantaged communities. This year the Awards had a particular focus on celebrating the efforts of projects in responding to the challenges and impacts of Covid-19.

The awards process concludes with a celebratory dinner event, at which the Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Local Government will reveal the 2020 SURF Award category winners. As public gatherings look uncertain for the foreseeable future this year the dinner, for the first time, will be streamed live from Glasgow via Vimeo, with projects and partners joining the hosts virtually.

The SURF Awards have additional category support from; Architecture & Design Scotland, Creative Scotland, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Scotland’s Towns Partnership, the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations and Skills Development Scotland.

The format of the event is as follows:

19.00   Welcome from SURF Chair Kate Wimpress

19.10   Presentation of awards by Aileen Campbell, Scottish Government Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Local Government

20.20   After dinner speaker: TBC

20.30   Closing remarks by SURF Chair

You can view the fantastic shortlist for this year’s Awards at https://www.surf.scot/surf-awards/

Booking

This year the event will be FREE to attend. To secure your place please complete the short booking form on the event webpage here

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Introduction to Appraisal & Evaluation Course (from 24th February)

This course provides an accessible introduction into economic appraisal and evaluation, helping participants to understand key concepts, as well as recognising good practice and pitfalls.

Offered by the Economic Development Association Scotland, the course assumes no formal training in economics but would ideally suit people working – or with some experience – in economic development or an economic policy environment.

This course supports those involved in the development of HM Treasury Green Book compliant Business Cases (“five case model”) for City and Regional Deals. During the session we will touch on some of the recent criticisms of the Green Book methodology, including how it interacts with issues such as the levelling-up agenda and grand challenges such as Climate Change. We’ll discuss some alternative approaches and where adjustments can be made.

Also suitable for those operating at a more strategic level where best value and financial accountability is key.

The course tutor is Professor Graeme Roy, Director of the Fraser of Allander Institute (FAI) and Head of the Department of Economics at the University of Strathclyde. 

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The course takes place over a 3-week period.

Wednesday 24 February (10am – 12noon)

Wednesday 3 March (10am – 12noon)

Wednesday 10 March (10am – 12noon)

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Inclusive Growth Course (from 15th March)

This course is designed for people working in a role which demands a wider understanding of the factors perpetuating inequality and of the interventions that can play a role in reducing these inequalities and improving economic development outcomes.

The course tutor is Alan McGregor, Professor of Economic Development in the Adam Smith Business School at the University of Glasgow.

Offered by the Economic Development Association Scotland, this course is designed for people working in a role which demands a wider understanding of the factors perpetuating inequality and of the interventions that can play a role in reducing these inequalities and improving economic development outcomes. Consideration will be given to Scottish Government policies and economic strategy in relation to inclusive growth. The underlying determinants of inequality will be examined, as well as the reasons why economic growth on its own is insufficient to deal with the problem. Finally, there will be a review of relevant and effective interventions.

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The course takes place over a 2-week period.

Monday 15 March (10 – 12 noon)

Friday 19 March (10 – 12 noon)

Friday 26 March (10 – 12 noon)

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