Heritage Transforming Neighbourhoods: Heritage Trust Network Annual Conference 2019

Join the Heritage Trust Network for our annual conference 2019, this year taking place in Northern Ireland!

We already have a fantastic line up of speakers and workshops that will particularly focus on how to revive your High Street or Main Street, in both rural and urban areas across the UK. We will offer advice and support as to how to revive your building using a sustainable financial model, making sure that your community will benefit for years to come. Bring your questions and queries to put to our experts, and build new relationships to boost your project.

Attendance is open to all, including HTN members, heritage trusts, community groups, business owners, local authority staff and decision makers. Join us in November to learn how we can revive our places by working together!

We are delighted to be hosted by our member organisations in Derry, Londonderry, and supported by the Architectural Heritage Fund, Derry City and Strabane District Council, along with the NI Department for Communities.

See the conference Eventbrite page for programme and booking formation. 

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Scotland's Towns Week: 18 - 24 November 2019

Scotland's Towns Week is the annual celebration of the nation's towns and city districts as well as all those organisations and individuals who support Scotland’s places. Please see below for what’s on and how to get involved this year!

Coordinated by Scotland’s Towns Partnership and Scotland’s Improvement Districts, Scotland’s Towns Week is a great chance to collaborate, share best practice, interests and opportunities, and ultimately to help bring life, vitality and vibrancy back into our town centres.

Visit the full Scotland's Towns Week webpage here

 

What’s On

There’s lots happening during Scotland’s Towns Week – see below! In addition, STP will be promoting any and all local initiatives to support towns and improvement districts via our social media channels: please share these via Twitter @ScotlandsTowns or to ewan@scotlandstowns.org. 

Scotland's Towns Week: 18th - 24th November 2019

Monday 18th

·       Launch of Scotland’s Towns Week

·       Unveiling of FutureTown Design Competition Shortlist

Tuesday 19th

·       Evening Reception – Scotland’s Towns Conference, Aberdeen

Wednesday 20th

·       Scotland’s Towns Conference, Music Hall, Aberdeen Music Hall

        - FutureTown Design Exhibition and Voting

Thursday 21st

·       Launch of regeneration pledges to wow Kilmarnock. Register here

All Week

·       Carnegie UK Trust – Turnaround Towns Case Studies

·       FutureTown Design Competition Voting

        Oban Winter Festival (15 - 24 November).

 

How to Get Involved

You are encouraged to get involved in the following ways:

→ Tell STP about and share any events or initiatives happening in your town during 18 - 24 November. Contact ewan@scotlandstowns.org.

→ Download and display the "Keep it Local" poster.

→ Vote for your favourite innovative idea in the FutureTown Design Competition shortlist [to be revealed by 18 November].

→ Share our suggested Tweet: “Scotland’s Towns Week is this 18-24 November! Show your support for Scotland’s towns and city districts by tweeting what makes your place special to @ScotlandsTowns. Find out more about how to get involved here: https://www.scotlandstowns.org/scotlands-towns-week #LoveMyTown #ScotlandsTowns”

→ Share photos or news of positive initiatives in your town and tell STP what makes it special. Take part in the conversation on Twitter @ScotlandsTowns, #LoveMyTown and #ScotlandsTowns, or on our Facebook page.  

 

 

#LoveMyTown

 STP support Scotland's towns throughout the year! Share your good news, events and campaigns with us on Twitter all year round. @ScotlandsTowns

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Scotland's Towns Conference 2019

Futureproofing Our Towns and Cities: Embracing the Opportunities

Wednesday 20th November 2019: The Music Hall, Aberdeen

This year, Scotland's Towns Partnership and Scotland's Improvement Districts will bring together 150+ senior level stakeholders from across public, private and third sectors, working to support our towns and city districts.

This is a once-a-year chance to get together with national and international place stakeholders; share challenges and opportunities; and to feel inspired and re-energised by the latest thinking, pilots and supports, funding and resources for your place.

This year we will be hosted in Aberdeen Music Hall by Aberdeen City Council and Aberdeenshire Council. Our principal sponsor is Blachere Illumination. See conference partners here.

A pre-conference drinks reception will take place on Tuesday 19th November from 7.30pm at the The Esslemont, 38 Union Street. If you are registered to attend the conference, please RSVP by return to alison@scotlandstowns.org if you can come along.

Focus

In the face of changing economic, socio-demographic, technological and environmental factors, how do we futureproof our towns and cities?

Scotland’s Towns Conference 2019 will focus on the need to change the paradigm; through the creation of new economies; and recognising the role of emergent City and Regional Growth Deals and Partnerships in improving the interdependent relationship of hub cities and hinterland towns. 

Programme and Booking

Hosted by Journalist and Broadcaster Nicky Marr, the programme includes, inspirational keynotes and conversations, a Walking Conference, 'future-proofing' showcase, exhibition, Future Town Design Competition and ample time to network and connect. Contributors include, leaders from international, national and local governments and agencies, corporate and community organisations.

View programme here  and book below. Booking discount for STP members. (Join STP now to benefit).

View Commercial Opportunities here.

We look forward to seeing you at this year's Scotland's Towns Conference! 

 

Cancellations policy: Bookings cancelled will not be refunded. Substitutions are welcome.

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STP Workshop: Structures and Strategy: Legal, Finance, Governance

This practical session will discuss key issues for place management related to legal corporate structures, financial and governance management.

This session will be beneficial to your place management organisation or to businesses you support in your place, whether community and business-led development of our towns, urban districts or villages.

The session brings you -

  • Expert guidance on governance strategy,
  • Town surgeries - seek out solutions and ideas for your place,
  • Outcomes from the newly published and updated Towns Toolkit
  • Exchange news and ideas with Scotland’s towns community of practitioners.

 

BOOKING

STP members can RSVP free of charge below.

Non-members can book a ticket here, or join STP to benefit from free attendance. 

 

AGENDA

13:30​   Coffee /Tea (top up as you need to!)

14:00    Welcome & Introduction
Tom Sneddon, Board Member, Scotland’s Towns Partnership and Co-Founder, Development Trusts Association Scotland (Event Chair)

Structures and Strategy

14:10    DELIVERY VEHICLES FOR PLACE

Tom Sneddon, Board Member, Scotland’s Towns Partnership and Co-Founder, Development Trusts Association Scotland

14:30    LEGAL

Getting the right corporate structure for your place and basic principles of good governance; roles and responsibilities

Gary Macdonald, Partner, Corporate, DWF LLP

15:00    FINANCE

Good financial management: Veronica Donnelly, VAT Partner, Campbell Dallas 

15:30    Q&A

15:45    Surgery Sessions (Top up your coffee!) Experts are on hand to cover the following topics:

  • Delivery Vehicles
  • Legal
  • Finance
  • Tax, Natalie Brown, Regional Development Director, CATAX

16:30    Close

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STP Learning Workshop: Structures and Strategy - Legal, Finance & Governance [Non-Member Tickets]

This practical session will discuss the legal corporate structures, financial and governance management. This session will be beneficial to your place management organisation or to businesses you support in your place, whether community and business-led development of our towns, urban districts or villages.

The session brings you -

  • Expert guidance on governance strategy,
  • Town surgeries - seek out solutions and ideas for your place,
  • Outcomes from the newly published and updated Towns Toolkit
  • Exchange news and ideas with Scotland’s towns community of practitioners.

Non-members can book below, or join STP here to benefit from free attendance. 

STP members can RSVP free of charge here

 

AGENDA

13:30​   Coffee /Tea (top up as you need to!)

14:00    Welcome & Introduction
Tom Sneddon, Board Member, Scotland’s Towns Partnership and Co-Founder, Development Trusts Association Scotland (Event Chair)

Structures and Strategy

14:10    DELIVERY VEHICLES FOR PLACE

Tom Sneddon, Board Member, Scotland’s Towns Partnership and Co-Founder, Development Trusts Association Scotland

14:30    LEGAL

Getting the right corporate structure for your place and basic principles of good governance; roles and responsibilities

Gary Macdonald, Partner, Corporate, DWF LLP

15:00    FINANCE

Good financial management: Veronica Donnelly, VAT Partner, Campbell Dallas (invited)

15:30    Q&A

15:45    Surgery Sessions (Top up your coffee!) Experts are on hand to cover the following topics:

  • Delivery Vehicles
  • Legal
  • Finance
  • Tax, Natalie Brown, Regional Development Director, CATAX

16:30    Close

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SURF Awards Presentation Dinner

This year’s SURF Awards Presentation Dinner will be held on Thursday 5th December, 2019 in the Grand Central Hotel, Glasgow.

We are delighted to have Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Local Government, Aileen Campbell MSP, join us to announce the winners on the night. A running order for the night can be found HERE. We hope to announce our After Dinner Speaker in the coming weeks.

Places at the dinner cost £80 plus VAT and a table of 10 costs £720 plus VAT. If you would like to join us at the event and book a place, please complete the booking form HERE and return to emma@surf.scot 

The 15 shortlisted projects, across 5 categories, were announced on Friday 20th September, with projects from Dumfries in the South to Inverness and Drumnadrochit in the North. The Judging Panel are currently carrying out project visits across Scotland. The winners will be announced at the Awards Dinner on the 5th Decmber.

Further information on the Dinner, including booking forms, and the Awards Shortlist can be viewed HERE

For queries please contact Emma Scott, Information, Communications and Events Officer on emma@surf.scot

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Cross Party Group on Towns and Town Centres Meeting: Vacant Spaces Made Good

Join STP and town stakeholders for the next meeting of the CPG on Towns and Town Centres Wednesday, 11 December 2019.

In this session we will hear from expert speakers about a range of programmes and initiatives to support the re-development and re-purposing of vacant spaces in towns and city districts. There will also be time for networking with those involved in supporting towns from across sectors. 

Please see agenda and RSVP your place below.

Tea, coffee and shortbread provided.

AGENDA

12:30            Meet in Parliament reception area

13:00            Coffee, tea and shortbread available

13:10            Welcome and Opening Remarks - Gillian Martin MSP, CPG Deputy Convener

13:15            Minutes of the Meeting of the Cross Party Group held 4th September 2019. Matters Arising from the Minutes

Towns: Vacant Spaces Made Good

13:20            Introduction

                     Phil Prentice, Chief Officer, Scotland’s Towns Partnership

13:30            Vacant and Derelict Land Taskforce
                     Shona Glenn, Head of Policy and Research, Scottish Land Commission

13:40            Can Do Places and Spaces
                    
Iain Scott, Director, Can Do Places

13:50            Building and repurposing spaces for a Community ‘Hub’ in Dalkeith
                     Tom Donaldson, One Dalkeith

14:00            Discussion

14:20              Presentation to Scotland’s Most Beautiful High Street Competition winner, in association with Scotland’s Towns Partnership and Keep Scotland Beautiful

14:25            Any Other Competent Business

14:30            Close of Meeting

Date of Next Meeting:Wednesday 4 March 2020, 18:00-20:00, Topic TBC

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