DrinkAware Information Sessions for Staff and Businesses

Drinkaware has partnered with the Scottish Alcohol Industry Partnership to deliver multiple free ‘Everything you need to know about alcohol’ sessions across Scotland in 2019. 

These workshops can be targeted at employees, sole traders, SMEs and business associations, to help support individual workers as well as promote a healthier, happier workforce: 

"The alcohol awareness session run by Drinkaware for our staff was informative and interactive with some surprising misconceptions blown out of the window" - Lloyd's Register

Alcohol can affect every aspect of our lives, from our long-term health to our mindset and safety at work the day after drinking.

The one-hour interactive sessions will give you the facts about alcohol and take-home tools so you can make better choices about your drinking; enabling you to feel healthier and happier both at work and at home.

Dates include;

  • 5th Feb 2019 – West Lothian
  • 8th Feb 2019 – West Lothian
  • 30th April 2019 - Glasgow
  • 8th May 2019 - Edinburgh


Click here to book your free place.

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Models for Success: 2019 Seminar Series from Burness Paull

From February to May 2019 Burness Paull are holding a seminar series on ‘Models for Success’: models for better collaboration and joint working among public authorities; models for maximising the benefit of City Region Deals; models for creating vibrant and sustainable communities; and models for driving innovation in delivery of public services.

All those involved in Scotland’s towns and business improvement districts are welcome to sign up. STP Chief Officer and SIDs Programme Director, Phil Prentice, will be speaking at Seminar 3 on ‘Creating New Communities’, which takes place on Wednesday 24 April 2019 at Burness Paull's Glasgow Office.

Please see below or the event website for more information.


The current economic environment is challenging, with continuing constraints on public finances and major uncertainty round the future shape of the Scottish economy. But with these challenges come new opportunities… and new thinking. 

New models are emerging in a wide range of settings – models for better collaboration and joint working among public authorities; models for maximising the benefit of City Region Deals; models for creating vibrant and sustainable communities; and models for driving innovation in delivery of public services.

This series of seminars will explore each of these areas in turn, identifying key features of the new models as well as future trends – and aiming to stimulate debate and develop new ideas.

This is a time when innovation has never been so important; and while media comment has tended to focus on the need for public authorities to adopt new ways of working, the reality is that success can only be achieved if we can also harness the creativity of private sector businesses, the academic sector, and third sector organisations, in a common effort.

We hope through this seminar series to help drive forward the debate, and encourage greater understanding of the contribution which these new models can make - in creating new opportunities and achieving success.

We look forward to seeing you. You are free to come to all, or any one or more, of the seminars in the series. Please use the links below to sign up.

Stephen Phillips


Topics will include:

  • Legal structures to support collaboration on capital projects;
  • Options for achieving good governance in shared services;
  • New templates and guidance for property-sharing arrangements among public authorities.

Who should attend: 

  • Senior officers of local authorities;
  • Senior officers of other public sector bodies and further/higher education institutions;
  • Accountants and consultants with a specialist practice in this field.

When and where

Wednesday 20 February 2019
Burness Paull's Edinburgh Office, 50 Lothian Road, Edinburgh, EH3 9WJ
8.30am - 10.45am


Topics will include:

  • Navigating the state aid issues;
  • Making the most of community benefit packages;
  • Applying innovation to financing models.

Who should attend: 

  • Private sector players involved in delivery or financing of public infrastructure;
  • Accountants and consultants with a specialist practice in this field;
  • Senior officers of local authorities and other partners involved in delivery of City Region or Growth Deals.

When and where

Wednesday 6 March 2019
Burness Paull's Glasgow Office, 120 Bothwell Street, Glasgow, G2 7JL 
8.30am - 10.45am


Topics will include:

  • New models for affordable housing;
  • Creating new opportunities via community empowerment;
  • Sustainable models for managing common areas and community facilities
  • Key ingredients for creating vibrant, balanced and sustainable communities.

Who should attend: 

  • Housebuilders and developers with a special interest in sustainable communities;
  • Consultants with a specialist practice in this field;
  • Senior officers of local authorities
  • Senior officers of housing associations and development trusts.

When and where

Wednesday 24 April 2019
Burness Paull's Glasgow Office, 20 Bothwell Street, Glasgow, G2 7JL
8.30am - 10.45am


Topics will include:

  • Key features of the Innovation Partnership model; 
  • Constraints on innovation arising from existing procurement approaches; 
  • New opportunities which Innovation Partnerships could unlock; 
  • Emerging templates and guidance for Innovation Partnerships.

Who should attend: 

  • Private sector players in public infrastructure and public services;
  • Accountants and consultants with a specialist practice in this field; 
  • Senior officers of public sector bodies.

When and where

Tuesday 14 May 2019
Burness Paull's Edinburgh Office, 50 Lothian Road, Edinburgh, EH3 9WJ
8.30am - 10.45am



Events contact: events@burnesspaull.com

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National Lottery Heritage Fund Scotland Workshops: Strategic Funding Framework 2019 - 2024

The National Lottery Heritage Fund (formerly Heritage Lottery Fund) is the largest dedicated funder of heritage in the UK.

Following the launch of their new Strategic Funding Framework 2019-2024, the National Lottery Heritage Fund seeks to better connect the funding it offers and the projects it supports with the source, the National Lottery players, while also striving to better serve Scotland’s heritage. You can discover more about the new-look organisation at their website www.heritagefund.org.uk.

In the coming months the NLHF team will be running workshops across the country to help your colleagues and the wider sector discover more about their funding under the new framework, including introducing our outcomes and priorities. These events are free to attend but places are limited.


20th February    Heritage Fund workshop West Lothian

27th March        Heritage Fund workshop Dumfries and Galloway

26th April          Heritage Fund workshop Glasgow

2nd May            Heritage Fund workshop Inverness

TBC May           Heritage Fund workshop Dundee (date and venue TBC)


Places can be booked through ticket source: https://www.ticketsource.us/heritagefundscotland

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Pass it on Week, 9-17 March 2019
By Recycle for Scotland; Pass it on Week is Scotland's annual celebration of re-use - join in and get swapping, donating, sharing and repairing to help make things last!  The next Pass it on Week will be 9-17 March 2019 - and the theme is 'The Big Declutter'. Read more here
There are plenty of resources available including;
We're also holding a series of stakeholder events where you can come and find out more;
  • Perth -  Friday 25th January 2019, 10-1
  • Aberdeen - Tuesday 29th January 2019, 11-3

Booking is essential, so please register on the links on the event you'd like to attend.

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Cross Party Group on Towns and Town Centres Meeting

Join STP and town stakeholders for the next meeting of the Cross Party Group on Towns and Town Centres. The event topic is to be announced in early 2019. 

If you wish to attend, please RSVP your place below. 

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RTPI Scottish Young Planners' Conference 2019

Our 2019 Young Planners' Network conference takes place in the beautiful city of Dundee. This year we will be looking at how young planners can 'deliver great places now and for the future'. A jam packed line up with some of the most esteemed built environment professionals in the country will be complemented by afternoon workshops, helping improve and refine skills critical for your development as a professional planner. We are expecting another sell-out event so don't delay and book tickets today.

Read programme and boooking information on the RTPI Scotland website

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Cross Party Group for Towns and Town Centres Parliamentary Reception

A celebration, recognising the diversity and importance of Scotland’s small and rural towns. Given the importance of towns to MSPs and their constituents, this is a significant event to connect and inform. Leaders in the towns and Improvement Districts field will join at this opportunity to get up to speed and celebrate towns becoming viable, vibrant, vital places.

Cross Party Group for Towns and Town Centres Parliamentary Reception
Sponsored by John Scott MSP

Kindly supported by BT Scotland and Scottish Power Energy Networks

‘A Celebration of Small and Rural Towns’

Recognising the diversity and importance of Scotland’s small and rural towns 

Ministerial Address by, Aileen Campbell MSP, Cabinet Secretary, Communities and Local Government

Tuesday, 26th March 2019

6 pm to 8 pm

The Garden Lobby
Scottish Parliament

Register below or contact Alison@scotlandstowns.org

Please RSVP by Monday 18th March 2019

Scotland's Towns Partnership


Information for visitors to the Parliament can be found here:  https://www.parliament.scot/Eventsandexhibitions/Information_for_Guests_-_Jul_2018.pdf



Kindly supported by BT Scotland and Scottish Power Energy Networks

17:30   Guests Arrival

17:45   Guests Escorted to The Garden Lobby

18:00   Networking and Small and Rural Towns Showcase

18:15   Welcome – John Scott MSP, Convener, Cross Party Group for Towns and Town Centres

18:20   Ministerial Address – Aileen Campbell MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Local Government

18:30   Professor Leigh Sparks, Deputy Principal and Professor of Retail Studies at the Institute for Retail Studies, University of Stirling and Chair, Scotland’s Towns Partnership

18:40   David Wallace, Director – Major and Public Sector, BT Scotland (invited)

18:50   Graham Campbell, District General Manager, Scottish Power Energy Networks (invited)

19:00    Networking and Small and Rural Towns Showcase

20:00   Close

Refreshments provided

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Introduction to Local Economic Development: Challenging Times for Scotland’s Towns

CPD Course delivered by EDAS and Prof Alan McGregor, University of Glasgow


March 27, 2019 at 9.30am – 3.30pm


Architecture + Design Scotland, Bakehouse Close, Edinburgh


£150 + VAT, email alison@scotlandstowns.org to reserve your place. Booking includes the course and materials, CPD certificate/points, also one year’s membership of the Economic Development Association Scotland.

Under the circumstances of key trends impacting on the economy - Brexit, digitalisation, low growth/low productivity and demographic change - it is challenging for people involved in Scotland’s Towns and local economic development to work out what’s best to be done. Uncertainty casts a heavy cloud over local and regional economies. However, this simply means that professionals need to be more up to speed with what is going on and how best to respond.

This one-day course on Challenging Times for Scotland’s Towns is designed for Business Improvement District Managers, Chairs, Local Authority liaison officers and other sector professionals as an introduction to local economic development through the lens of towns and city districts. It will cover key policies and strategies, and institutional arrangements, relevant to the Scottish town and urban district setting. There will also be consideration to some of the underlying economic issues and key drivers in relation to maximising potential of businesses, people and places.

Booking for this workshop also comes with one year’s membership of EDAS, alongside a CPD certificate and points from the Institute for Economic Development.



9.30                         Coffee/tea on arrival

10.00                       Purpose of the Day, Phil Prentice

10.05                       Key Economic and Social Trends, Prof Alan McGregor    

11.15                       Policies and Strategies

12.30                       Lunch

1.15                         Institutions and Processes

2.30                         Open Forum: Doing Better for Our Towns

3.25                         Closing Remarks

3.30                         Close


About Prof Alan McGregor

Alan McGregor is Professor of Economic Development in the Adam Smith Business School at the University of Glasgow. Although working in an academic environment for most of his career, he has always placed considerable emphasis on research with applications for policy and practice. He has worked for a range of public bodies including community-based initiatives, local authorities, sub-regional and city-regional bodies throughout the UK, national agencies across the UK, the Scottish Government and its agencies, and for the European Commission between 2011 and 2016 advising on the evaluation of the European Social Fund across all 28 member states.

Coming from a background in labour economics, he has researched a wide variety of local economic development and inclusion issues, and carried out many hundreds of evaluations of projects, programmes and policies.  Much of his work relates to the development of strategies and action plans to achieve better outcomes at the local, sub-regional and national levels.

Alan was born and brought up in Ayr, but on occasional visits to the town has not been able to summon the psychological strength walk down to the bottom of Ayr High Street for at least 10 years, since it entered into a period of ‘renaissance’. He remains very committed to Ayrshire. He is vice-chair of the North Ayrshire Economic Development and Regeneration Board, and has worked pro bono on aspects of the Ayrshire Growth Deal. He is also a founder member of the board of the Ayr United Football Academy.


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Sponsored By …Connecting Scotland's Towns