Understanding Scottish Places

Understanding Scottish Places is a website to help towns practitioners and communities better understand the function of the towns they live and work in.  The platform primarily functions as a diagnostic tool, and beyond that offers the opportunity to compare and contrast data about places across the country.

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This year has certainly shown that young people in Scotland can show resilience and creativity in times of hardship. So – now’s the time to nominate the most inspirational young people in your lives and local areas for the Sunday Mail Young Scot Awards 2021!  

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One million pounds is now available to encourage innovation in public transport technology solutions.

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Lives and livelihoods depend upon us all remaining resolute to two key pillars in the battle against Covid-19 at this critical time: Staying safe and staying local.

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Chair of STP, Professor Leigh Sparks reflects on the past 12 months and the opportunities and challenges ahead for 2021. The message was originally posted in STP's December e-newsletter.

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Elgin and Edinburgh have been crowned the brainiest Scottish places, taking second and third place in the Great Town and City Christmas Quiz. Over 400 towns and cities took part in the festive quiz from the four nations of the UK.

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Hundreds of projects across Scotland are sharing £1m to help improve and promote their communities.

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Community groups, charities and NGOs are being encouraged to apply for a new £200,000 fund to support Scotland’s green recovery, launched by NatureScot on 10 December. 

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The National Lottery Heritage fund is once again accepting project funding applications up to £100,000. This National Lottery funding is there to help the heritage community recover from the effects of the pandemic, and re-engage with the communities hardest hit over the last year.

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Scotland Loves Local campaign poll boost for businesses revealed as Government lifts Level 4 measures across large parts of central Scotland.

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STP's Chief Officer, Phil Prentice, has written a blog for the Scottish Centre for Regional Inclusive Growth about the critical importance of supporting local and independent businesses during the Covid-19 pandemic and beyond. 

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Poll boost as festive bargain-hunters are urged not to forget shops from their high street when searching for Christmas presents on the internet

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Despite the challenges of 2020, Scotland’s tourism industry has opened its doors and hearts to people across the country and VisitScotland believes now is the time to return the love and show our support.  

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On behalf of the Forth Bridges Area Tourism Group,  Fife Council is currently recruiting for a Forth Bridges Area Tourism Strategy Manager. 

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A rallying cry has been issued for the public shoppers to support their local businesses online to help them survive the coronavirus pandemic.

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The £1 million Scottish Government Scotland Loves Local Fund aims to empower communities by enabling local delivery of projects, and giving support and guidance to help communities achieve aims important to them. The fund encourages communities to ‘love local’, recognise the importance of their local areas, and actively engage in and develop them.

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