Towns Tea Party 2018

Incorporating the Annual General Meeting of Scotland’s Towns Ltd

Monday 25 June 2018, 2pm - 4.30pm

The Melting Pot, 5 Rose Street, Edinburgh EH2 2PR

Tea, cake and refreshments provided.

Free to STP Members - please RSVP below on this page.

Tickets are £15+VAT for non-members; please purchase these here.

 

Join Scotland's Towns Partnership for this year's Towns Tea Party!

Come along to network with STP and other town stakeholders over tea and cake, and hear about the latest developments and opportunities for Scotland’s towns and city neighbourhoods. At this year’s gathering don’t miss:

  • Bill Grimsey and Matthew Hopkinson, co-authors of The Grimsey Review - An Alternative Future for Towns, 2013 & 2018.
  • Phil Prentice, Chief Officer of STP on recent developments and future plans for towns in Scotland. 
  • Paisley Community Trust on their 'Baker Street' proposal for a cultural and creative quarter, voted winner of the FutureTown Design Competition 2017.
  • Launch of the FutureTown Design Competition 2018.
  • AGM with STP Chair, Professor Leigh Sparks, on activities and progress over the previous year.

Taking place in The Melting Pot, Edinburgh, this is an excellent opportunity to gather with colleagues from across the country to network, learn and to be part of the launch of the fourth FutureTown Design Competition. Paisley Trust submitted the winning entry in 2017 and will help us launch the 2018 campaign. More information and past entries can be found here.

The Towns Tea Party will also incorporate the Scotland's Towns Ltd Annual General Meeting and this is a great chance to be updated on STP's progress and future activities. Check out the STP Infograph for a quick picture of what we got up to in 2017.

We look forward to welcoming STP members and the wider towns network to Edinburgh for tea and cake. Full agenda and speaker list to be provided shortly.

 

This event is free for STP Members, who can RSVP below.

Tickets for non-members are £15+ VAT, and can be purchased here.

 

Towns Tea Party: Agenda

Incorporating the Annual General Meeting of Scotland’s Towns Ltd

25 June 2018, 2pm-4.30pm, The Melting Pot, 5 Rose Street, Edinburgh EH2 2PR

1400   Towns Tea Party

Afternoon Tea and Networking

1430   Welcome & AGM Business

          Professor Leigh Sparks, Chair of Scotland's Towns Partnership

1440   Scotland’s Towns – Progress and Future Plans

          Phil Prentice, Chief Officer, Scotland’s Towns Partnership

1450   Town Centres in the 21st Century

Bill Grimsey, Author of ‘Sold Out’, and Matthew Hopkinson, co-founder, Didobi. Co-Authors    of The Grimsey Review - An Alternative Future For Towns, 2013 & 2018

1510   Questions and Answers

1520   Future Town Design Competition Winner 2017 – Paisley Baker Street

          Gary Kerr and Andy Campbell, Paisley Community Trust  

1535   Questions and Answers

1545   Future Town Design Competition 2018 Launch – Professor Leigh Sparks

1600   Networking

Close (1700)

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Towns Tea Party 2018 - Non-Member Booking

Incorporating the Annual General Meeting of Scotland’s Towns Ltd

Monday 25 June 2018, 2pm - 4.30pm

The Melting Pot, 5 Rose Street, Edinburgh EH2 2PR

Tea, cake and refreshments provided.

Free to STP Members - please RSVP here

Tickets are £15+VAT for non-members; please purchase these below.

 

Join Scotland's Towns Partnership for this year's Towns Tea Party!

Come along to network with STP and other town stakeholders over tea and cake, and hear about the latest developments and opportunities for Scotland’s towns and city neighbourhoods. At this year’s gathering don’t miss:

  • Bill Grimsey and Matthew Hopkinson, co-authors of The Grimsey Review - An Alternative Future for Towns, 2013 & 2018.
  • Phil Prentice, Chief Officer of STP on recent developments and future plans for towns in Scotland. 
  • Paisley Community Trust on their 'Baker Street' proposal for a cultural and creative quarter, voted winner of the FutureTown Design Competition 2017.
  • Launch of the FutureTown Design Competition 2018.
  • AGM with STP Chair, Professor Leigh Sparks, on activities and progress over the previous year.

Taking place in The Melting Pot, Edinburgh, this is an excellent opportunity to gather with colleagues from across the country to network, learn and to be part of the launch of the fourth FutureTown Design Competition. Paisley Trust submitted the winning entry in 2017 and will help us launch the 2018 campaign. More information and past entries can be found here.

The Towns Tea Party will also incorporate the Scotland's Towns Ltd Annual General Meeting and this is a great chance to be updated on STP's progress and future activities. Check out the STP Infograph for a quick picture of what we got up to in 2017.

We look forward to welcoming STP members and the wider towns network to Edinburgh for tea and cake. Full agenda and speaker list to be provided shortly.

 

This event is free for STP Members, who can RSVP here.

Tickets for non-members are £15+ VAT, and can be purchased below.

 

Towns Tea Party: Agenda

Incorporating the Annual General Meeting of Scotland’s Towns Ltd

25 June 2018, 2pm-4.30pm, The Melting Pot, 5 Rose Street, Edinburgh EH2 2PR

1400   Towns Tea Party

Afternoon Tea and Networking

1430   Welcome & AGM Business

          Professor Leigh Sparks, Chair of Scotland's Towns Partnership

1440   Scotland’s Towns – Progress and Future Plans

          Phil Prentice, Chief Officer, Scotland’s Towns Partnership

1450   Town Centres in the 21st Century

Bill Grimsey, Author of ‘Sold Out’, and Matthew Hopkinson, co-founder, Didobi. Co-Authors    of The Grimsey Review - An Alternative Future For Towns, 2013 & 2018

1510   Questions and Answers

1520   Future Town Design Competition Winner 2017 – Paisley Baker Street

          Gary Kerr and Andy Campbell, Paisley Community Trust  

1535   Questions and Answers

1545   Future Town Design Competition 2018 Launch – Professor Leigh Sparks

1600   Networking

Close (1700)

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MSP Connector Programme 2018: Connecting MSPs with Scotland's Towns

Now in its fourth year, Scotland’s Towns Partnership and the Cross Party Group on Towns and Town Centres are encouraging MSPs to take a day during Parliamentary Recess to visit towns in their constituency or region as part of the MSP Connector Programme.

MSPs are welcome to take part by spending a day in their local area, connecting and sharing with local businesses and the community.

We are also seeking interest from town centre managers, community groups, local business organisations and other town stakeholders to host an MSP for the day in their town.

We want to raise the profile of our towns to MSPs and this is an important campaign to celebrate and raise awareness of the opportunities and barriers our towns face. Scotland's cities and small and rural towns and settlements are also welcome to take part.

STP will invite MSPs to take part in a visit and for towns and businesses to host their MSP. The visit may include a walk around, presentation, lunch, work experience or something a little more creative! We are looking for lots of tweets, photos and highlights from the visits to help us raise the profile of Scotland’s towns.

By sharing your experiences with STP, we can disseminate these with the wider towns’ network and add to best practice examples for all to access. An online Wakelet report will summarise highlights from all of the visits. See here for an example of MSP Connector Programme 2017.

Cross Party Group Convener Invitation

John Scott MSP, Convener of the Cross Party Group on Towns and Town Centres, has encouraged MSPs to get involved in this year’s programme, stating:

“The majority of Scotland’s population lives in towns and smaller settlements. Vibrant towns are key to the prosperity and wellbeing of communities across the country, with each town having its own unique identity and history which should be recognised and celebrated.

I welcome the MSP Connector Programme as a positive initiative to raise the profile of our towns. I encourage MSPs to visit their local towns during the summer recess in order to connect with local communities, to learn about current challenges and successes, and to discover all that our towns and town centres have to offer”.

How to Get Involved

STP along with the Cross Party Group on Towns and Town Centres are therefore keen to hear about the activity taking place in towns across Scotland and we would be delighted if you’d like to take part.

Join the discussion on Twitter @ScotlandsTowns #MSPTownTime.

For further information or to take part either as an MSP or a host, please register your interest with Rhona Brown via rhona@scotlandstowns.org 

To provide us with the necessary information and help with the organisation of your visit, please download our campaign toolkit here.

 

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DTAS Conference 2018 - “Development Trusts - Driving Positive Change in Communities!”

The Development Trusts Association Scotland (DTAS) Annual Conference for 2018 takes place on Sunday 2nd and Monday 3rd of September this year at the Ardoe House Hotel, Aberdeen.Please fill in the form below to book.

Note: Some bursaries are available to help meet the cost of attending the conference. Please contact Aileen at DTAS for a bursary application form.

Visit the conference webpage for more information and to reserve your place. 

 

Sunday 2nd September: 
Arrive & Register & Check-in (if room available) from 11am onwards

12:15 - 15:30
Visit – Birse Community Trust (packed lunch provided)
12:30 - 15:30
Study Visit – Stonehaven Towns Partnership (packed lunch provided)
13:00 - 14:00
Networking Sandwich Lunch
14:00 - 15:30
Fringe Meeting – Local Democracy Bill: Update & Discussion
15:30 - 16:00
Time to check–in
16:00 - 16:45
DTAS AGM & Annual Review
16:50 - 17:45
Speed Networking (back by popular demand)
17:45 - 18:45
Break
18:45 - 19:30
Drinks Reception Sponsored by: Aberdeenshire Council
19:30 till late
Conference Dinner Sponsored by: The Royal Bank of Scotland

Monday 3rd September:

08:30 - 09:30
Registration & Marketplace (Tea/Coffee)
09:30 - 09:35
Conference Opening Remarks: Sandy Brunton, Chair, DTAS
09:35 - 11:00

Opening Plenary:

Kevin Stewart MSP, Minister for Local Government & Housing

Development Trust Showcase – 5 Member Stories!

  • Auchinleck Community Development Initiative
  • Linwood Community Development Trust
  • Kyle of Sutherland Development Trust
  • Cranhill Development Trust
  • Sunart Community Company
11:00 - 11:40
Tea/Coffee & Marketplace & Networking
11:45 - 12:45
Seminars/Surgeries - Part 1 (see below for details)
12:50 - 13:50
Lunch & Marketplace
13:55 - 14:55
Seminars/Surgeries - Part 2 (see below for details)
15:00 - 16:00
Seminars - Part 3 (see below for details)
16:00 - 16:30
Tea/Coffee & a Final Chance to Network
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Contemporary Approaches to Sustainability in European Cities

The Academy of Urbanism and University of Dundee are delighted to convene a special event to consider the application of contemporary strategies to make medium-sized cities more sustainable in environmental, socio-economic and cultural terms.

We have invited senior speakers from leading AoU European City Finalists, including Bilbao, Freiburg and Ljubljana together with additional input from Scottish and UK specialists.

Event Format

13.00 Registration and Networking
14.00 Welcome + Introduction
14.10 AoU City Assessments David Rudlin AoU
14.25 International seminar with 5 talks
16.20 Q & A
17.00 Reception
18.30 Close


Delegate Fee

£30.00: General admission
£20.00: Young urbanists/young planners and non University of Dundee matriculated students

If you are booking more than 3 places from one company/institution, please enquire to c.seminars@dundee.ac.uk about our group booking discount.

This event is sponsored by the Scottish Government, RTPI Scotland, STP and JTP, and supported by Architecture & Design Scotland, Urban Design Group, Kevin Murray Associates and RTPI East of Scotland.

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Herald Property Awards for Scotland 2018

The Herald Property Awards for Scotland honours the achievements of Scotland’s most innovative and successful house builders, developers and registered social landlords.

Since their inception in 2007, the awards have gained the respect and support of the new build industry as a result of the thorough judging process, and the high calibre awards evening which celebrates the winners and nominees in a range of categories.

As publisher of Scotland’s most comprehensive property guide, Scotland’s Homes, The Herald has a unique understanding of the new build market and there is a wide range of categories to ensure that all styles of properties and developments are recognised, from bespoke luxury homes to innovative social housing developments, from practical family homes to sympathetic renovations.

The awards will take place on Thursday, September 27, 2018 at the DoubleTree by Hilton, Glasgow.

For more information on how to enter or attend the awards please contact Kerry Medford on 0141 302 7319 or email kerry.medford@newsquest.co.uk

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