Catax: Optimising Opportunities in your Sector

Catax and SimPRO welcome you along to WEST Brewery on 18th February to enjoy a morning filled with knowledge and insight into how you can maximise growth opportunities that may be sitting on your doorstep.

The event will consist of a variety of speakers (below) as well as an interactive workshop finishing off with some networking over lunch.

If you are involved in the architect, construction, land development, asbestos, contaminated land or commercial property industries or similar, we'd love for you to come along and meet the team and benefit from the topics discussed.

For more information and to register, visit the Eventbrite booking page here

Agenda

9-9.30am - Registration (tea, coffee and pastries/biscuits)

9.30-10am - Catax (Karen McFadden)

Catax will be touching upon areas of tax relief which may be applicable to you. These areas will cover:

  • Research & Development
  • Capital Allowances
  • Patent Box
  • Remediation of Contaminated Land

Catax have a number of clients in the construction, land development, commercial property and architect fields

10-10.15am - GUP Consulting (George Paschke)

George is an associate partner of Catax and offers Environmental and Business Improving Consultation work. He has assisted clients such as Aecom, ERS, Sweco, Arcaidas, VHE and many more.

He has 25+ years in the contaminated land sector and acts as a Technical expert in collaboration with Catax.

George will offer advice on projects he has worked on in the past/currently and how he has helped his clients get to where they are today.

10.15-10.30am - John Gilbert Architects (Matt Bridgestock)

John Gilbert Architects are a successful client of Catax. They will share with you innovative ways in how they have pushed boundaries in their field, challenges they have faced and how they plan to combat industry challenges to date.

10.30-10.45am - Break

10.45-11.15am - Catax Workshop (Natalie Brown)

Natalie Brown will be taking you through an interactive workshop to help you understand if what you have learned in session 1 will be off value to you or your company.This workshop is designed to get you thinking about your projects from different angles to help you uncover hidden tax benefit.

11.15-11.40am - SimPRO (Stephanie Divers)

SimPRO is a private SaaS company that provides cloud-based job and project management software to those in field service and trade contracting industries.

Mat will be giving you an insight into how this software can help you overcome selective industry challenges.

11.40-12pm - Zero Waste Scotland (Clive Bowman)

Clive will be giving you an update on the Circular Economy aspect of construction/architectural world etc. He will be giving you an insight into where ZWS can be of crucial benefit to your current and future projects.

12-1pm - Lunch and networking (a selection of sandwiches and soups will be served)

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Ajenta and SWAN Present Best Practice in Digital Collaboration

Scotland’s Digital Strategy was designed to extend connectivity, promote the digital economy, digitise public services and promote digital participation across the country. The Scottish Government has also recognised that the public sector plays an important role in decarbonising Scotland. So, how can the collaboration between SWAN and Ajenta help Scotland reach these goals?

Let Ajenta and SWAN customers talk you through a journey on how the services provided by SWAN and Ajenta have helped their organisations reduce business travel and their associated carbon footprint by adopting technology to manage remote teams across the business. Also hear how technology is being used across education services to increase and enhance equity as well as provide efficient professional development.

The SWAN team will be available to discuss the unique advantages of joining their network and will share the benefits of their value-added services. The Ajenta team will be on hand to provide live demonstrations of their video collaboration tool, Vscene. A secure, high quality and cost effective solution used by many organisations across public sector, education, research and NHS across the UK and Europe.

Refreshments will be provided on the day. Please advise of any dietary requirements to hello@ajenta.net

Please note – This event is open to those who work within Education, Research or the Public Sector including Central and Local Government, NHS as well as NDPB’s in Scotland.

View information and book on Eventbrite here

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Integrative placemaking – addressing the ‘silos’ with collaborative approaches

The places we live and work in are formed by an amalgam of policies, designs and decisions over time. Yet so many of the statutory, policy and behavioural systems pull in competing directions.

‘Working in silos’ has become one of the explanations for failed places at different scales. These can be competing or conflicting professional disciplines or authorities, client departments or organisations. Lack of collaboration or information sharing, lack of a shared vision or sense of purpose, or basic professional jealously can lead to dysfunctional, if not disastrous, outcomes for places and communities.

How might we better align legislation, policies, design guidance, but also technical practice and decision-making to ensure better place outcomes within more sustainable development in a healthy planet. Can we reconcile the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with national and local level programmes at city, town, and neighbourhood scale?

This collaborative learning event marks the growth of The Academy of Urbanism in Scotland with a keynote event organised jointly with the University of Dundee, Urban Design Group, Architecture and Design Scotland.

The objective of this event is to explore how we can move towards a more integrated approach in the planning, design, engineering and management of towns and cities by informing, exploring and challenging silo mindsets & behaviours to better connect operational outputs with high-level objectives.

  • How can policy and decision-makers work in a more holistic manner?
  • How can policy and technical standards be drawn up so that they do not conflict?
  • How can decision-making by different sectors of government be made consistent in pursuing desired outcomes?
  • Can local authorities be encouraged to align more effectively with national and international objectives?
  • What funding systems are needed to encourage better design and liveability?
  • How can planning, design and development decisions help to improve human wellbeing and planetary health?

This inter-disciplinary symposium will take place on 28 February 2020 at Dundee University. It will consider ways in which to improve collaboration in the planning, design, engineering, management and operation of our towns and cities. It will include lessons from within Scotland and also internationally.

The event coincides with cross-cutting updates to key guidance in the UK / Scotland including:

  1. The Place Principle
  2. Glasgow Place Commission
  3. Regional Spatial Strategy introduction
  4. New types of BID in Scotland
  5. RTPI research into Monitoring Outcomes of Planning

Audience
This event is devised for a broad audience of built environment decision-makers, including professional planners, architects and urban designers, landscape architects, highway and traffic engineers, regeneration, health, housing, town centre managers, consultants, retailers, public art and cultural practitioners.

The event will provide a leading forum for those concerned with the creation and development of a healthier planet, lively cities and towns, and happy citizens. It will consider contemporary thinking and innovative approaches to the design, operation and management of cities and towns. From experience, we anticipate the delegate participation to be drawn from across the UK and EU.

Venue
University of Dundee, Dalhousie Building,
Old Hawkhill,
DD1 5EN

Booking

Tickets are available to purchase at the University of Dundee via the button below.

Early Bird: £50.00 / £75.00 after the 14th February
Students/Young Urbanists/Young Planners: £30

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Source: Academy of Urbanism

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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, 4 March 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.

*Note - this meeting was postponed from the original date of 11th December 2019, in relation to the scheduling of the UK General Election. 

AGENDA

17:30            Meet in Parliament reception area

18:00            Coffee, tea and shortbread available

18:10            Welcome and Opening Remarks - Gillian Martin MSP, CPG Deputy Convener

18:15            Minutes of the Meeting of the Cross Party Group held 4th September 2019. Matters Arising from the Minutes

Towns: Vacant Spaces Made Good

18:20            Introduction

                     Phil Prentice, Chief Officer, Scotland’s Towns Partnership

18:30            Can Do Places and Spaces
                      
Iain Scott, Director, Can Do Places (invited)

18:40            Building and repurposing spaces for a Community ‘Hub’ in Dalkeith
                      Tom Donaldson, One Dalkeith

18:50            The Melting Pot’s Coworking Accelerator Program

                      Claire Carpenter, The Melting Pot

19:00            Discussion

19:25            Any Other Competent Business

19:30            Close of Meeting

 

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Pass it on Week, 7-15 March 2020
Pass it on Week is Scotland's annual celebration of re-use - whether it's swapping, donating, sharing or repairing to help make things last!  The next Pass it on Week will be held from 7-15 March 2020 and the theme will be "The Great Toy Rescue"
In 2019 we had over 500 events registered around Scotland so thank you to everyone who got involved.  Let's see if we can beat that in 2020.  We will shortly be updating our ideas guide and resources to help you get involved in Pass it on Week 2020.
In the meantime, re-use and repair are for life - not just for Pass it on Week, so the Pass it on Week resources will continue to be available on this site, so please do use them if they can help you in your work/campaigning.  Our guide to decluttering your home may be of particular use and is relevant all year round.
Read more about what's on and how to get involved at Recycle for Scotland
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Community Owned Shops and Pubs - Making It Easy

A shop or a pub can be the heart of a community, taking on a role well beyond its function, yet more and more are facing closure. To ensure these vital community assets are preserved, communities from across Scotland are coming together to take their shop or pub into community ownership.

Sign up to this free Community Owned Shops & Pubs event in Edinburgh on Friday 13th March to learn exactly how to take your project forward.

Experts in community business will be there to help you understand everything you need to know, including fundraising, governance and engaging your community. There will also be opportunity to speak to those already running community businesses and to learn from their experience.

Please note:

Travel bursaries are available - please contact morven@communitysharesscotland.org.uk for more info.

We request that two representatives from your community attend in order to get the most from the workshop sessions available on the day.

Booking link 

This event is organised by Co-operative Development Scotland, Community Shares Scotland, Plunkett Foundation and The Hive (delivered by Co-operatives UK) with the aim of simplifying support for community enterprises so you can get on with what matters to you - making a difference to your community.

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STP Workshop: Smarter, Digitally Connected Towns

Join us on 16th March to discuss the current social and economic benefits of digital and how to make the most of emerging smart solutions for your town or city district. Featuring speakers from: Capita IT, Scottish Power Energy Networks, BT Scotland, Destination Digital, and Tartan Jigsaw / The Place Team.

This event will be useful to those from across sectors who have a role in supporting or managing Scotland’s towns and city districts. The session will explore how to better connect people with their place through digital platforms and technologies, such as: the potential for added-value for the local economy, smart data solutions through the Internet of Things, and smart energy efficiency that supports the climate emergency. Please see agenda below for detail on speakers and topics.  

This session provides the opportunity to:

  • Get an up-to-date overview of the national context.
  • Hear and learn from expert case study presenters.
  • Seek out solutions and discuss ideas for your town.
  • Exchange news and ideas with Scotland’s community of town practitioners

 

Booking

Attendance is free for STP members, and £50+VAT for non-members.

STP members can RSVP for free below.

Non-members can book their ticket here

Not a member? Join now and enjoy all-year-round access to free learning events; being part of a community of practitioners; and a range of toolkits and funding supports!

 

AGENDA

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

14:00    Welcome & Introduction
Phil Prentice, Chief Officer, Scotland’s Towns Partnership (Event Chair)

NATIONAL CONTEXT: SMARTER SPACES

14:05    Smarter Places: The Internet of Things

Adam Newton, Business Development Manager and Jack Anderson, Head of Digital and Innovation, Capita

The Scottish Wide Area Network (SWAN) will provide better and more accurate data on factors including water levels, air quality, footfall analysis and provide additional analytics for future health and social care services.

14:20   Smart Energy: Energy Efficient Towns of the Future

Graham Campbell, Head of Distribution System Operations (DSO), Scottish Power Energy Networks

14.35   Smarter and Better Connected: What 5G Means for Enabling Places in Scotland

Representative, BT Scotland

14:50   Q&A 

CASE STUDIES: DIGITAL PLACES

15:05    Digitally Connected Towns

Cupar Digital Improvement District: Simon Baldwin, Destination Digital (video)

15:25    Smart Tourism

Destination Optimisation Tool: Ros Halley, Managing Director, Tartan Jigsaw

15:45    Q & A and discussion

16:30    Close

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STP Workshop: Smarter, Digitally Connected Towns [Non-Member Booking]

Join us on 16th March to discuss the current social and economic benefits of digital and how to make the most of emerging smart solutions for your town or city district. Featuring speakers from: Capita IT, Scottish Power Energy Networks, BT Scotland, Destination Digital, and Tartan Jigsaw / The Place Team.

This event will be useful to those from across sectors who have a role in supporting or managing Scotland’s towns and city districts. The session will explore how to better connect people with their place through digital platforms and technologies, such as: the potential for added-value for the local economy, smart data solutions through the Internet of Things, and smart energy efficiency that supports the climate emergency. Please see agenda below for detail on speakers and topics.  

This session provides the opportunity to:

  • Get an up-to-date overview of the national context.
  • Hear and learn from expert case study presenters.
  • Seek out solutions and discuss ideas for your town.
  • Exchange news and ideas with Scotland’s community of town practitioners

 

Booking

Attendance is free for STP members, and £50+VAT for non-members.

Non-members can book their ticket below.

STP members can RSVP for free here.

Not a member? Join now and enjoy all-year-round access to free learning events; being part of a community of practitioners; and a range of toolkits and funding supports!

 

AGENDA

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

14:00    Welcome & Introduction
Phil Prentice, Chief Officer, Scotland’s Towns Partnership (Event Chair)

NATIONAL CONTEXT: SMARTER SPACES

14:05    Smarter Places: The Internet of Things

Adam Newton, Business Development Manager and Jack Anderson, Head of Digital and Innovation, Capita

The Scottish Wide Area Network (SWAN) will provide better and more accurate data on factors including water levels, air quality, footfall analysis and provide additional analytics for future health and social care services.

14:20   Smart Energy: Energy Efficient Towns of the Future

Graham Campbell, Head of Distribution System Operations (DSO), Scottish Power Energy Networks

14.35   Smarter and Better Connected: What 5G Means for Enabling Places in Scotland

Representative, BT Scotland

14:50   Q&A 

CASE STUDIES: DIGITAL PLACES

15:05    Digitally Connected Towns

Cupar Digital Improvement District: Simon Baldwin, Destination Digital (video)

15:25    Smart Tourism

Destination Optimisation Tool: Ros Halley, Managing Director, Tartan Jigsaw

15:45    Q & A and discussion

16:30    Close

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Transferable lessons for place-based regeneration: SURF Awards Shared Learning Workshop – 13th May 2020

This free half-day SURF Awards workshop event in St Luke’s, Glasgow on 13th May provides an opportunity to explore successful current approaches towards regenerating Scotland’s places with two winning projects from the ‘Most Improved Place’ and ‘Community Led Regeneration’ categories highlighted in the 2019 SURF Awards process.

SURF and the Scottish Government work together to identify and highlight excellence and innovation in initiatives that address social and economic challenges in disadvantaged communities through the annual SURF Awards for Best Practice in Community Regeneration.

Workshop guests will firstly hear from project a representative in the ‘Most Improved Place’ category winner Glasgow’s Calton Barras. Located between Glasgow city centre and the city’s east end, the Calton Barras area has suffered from a range of problems including deprivation, inadequate urban connectivity and poor environment quality. Over the last ten years, Glasgow City Council, in consultation with local residents, traders and other stakeholders, have worked to respond to these challenges through a series of strategies and action plans, re-establishing Calton Barras as a successful and attractive place.

This will be followed by the ‘Community Led Regeneration’ winner Ochiltree Community Hub. Ochiltree is a small rural village in East Ayrshire with a population of around 1000. In 2014 a dedicated community group was formed, in response to council plans to close the community centre and library, to establish a new multipurpose, community-owned facility. The existing facilities were demolished in 2016, and the land was purchased by the community. The new hub was designed and constructed from January 2018, and opened in July 2019.

Following an open discussion session with the projects attendees will hear from a Scottish Government representative who will give an overview of current priorities regarding place-based regeneration. This will be followed by short presentations from Scotland’s Towns Partnership on the role they provide in helping to regenerate Scotland’s towns and Highlands and Islands Enterprise on their current focus on place-based regeneration. The floor will then be open for wider discussion on national policy.

The SURF Awards ‘Most Improved Place’ judging panel team – comprising representatives of Scotland’s Towns Partnership, Historic Environment Scotland, Architecture & Design Scotland and the Scottish Government – were extremely impressed that the unique character of the place has been retained alongside major physical and economic changes. The SURF Awards ‘Community Led Regeneration’ judging panel team – comprising representatives of The National Lottery Community Fund, SCVO, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and CoCreate – could see that they have maximised the skills and resource available to establish a hub that’s revived a previously declining environment.

This workshop will be delivered with support from Scotland’s Towns Partnership, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and Architecture & Design Scotland.

Programme

10:00am   Welcome and Coffee

10:30am   Introduction: Andy Milne, Chief Executive, SURF

10:40am   Presentation, Calton Barras: Michael Ward, Glasgow City Council

10:55am   Presentation, Ochiltree Community Hub: Alex Baird, Ochiltree Community Hub

11:10am   Open Discussion, Questions and Comments with representatives from the projects

11:30pm   Presentation, The Place Principle: David Cowan, Scottish Government

11:40pm   Presentation, Scotland’s Towns Partnership: Phil Prentice, STP/SID’s

11:50pm   Presentation, Highlands and Islands Enterprise: TBC, HIE

12.00pm   Open Discussion on National Policy

12:30pm   Summary, Thanks and What’s Next: Andy Milne and Emma Scott, Information, Communications & Events Officer, SURF

12:40pm   Networking Lunch

About the SURF Awards

Please visit www.surf.scot  for more information on the SURF Awards and the outcomes of the 2019 process.

Check back the website or follow us on Twitter @SURFscot or Facebook – SURF for information on how to apply for the 2020 SURF Awards, which launch on Thursday 4th June and close for applications at 5pm on Monday 7th September.

Bookings

Please visit the SURF event page here to book. Any queries please contact Emma Scott, emma@surf.scot

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