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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Six towns from across Scotland have been shortlisted for the title of ‘Scotland’s Most Beautiful High Street 2018’. See entries below and vote for your favourite today!

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Alloa First – Alloa’s Town Centre businesses & organisations have voted in favour of a third term of their Business Improvement District (BID). In conjunction with the Electoral Reform Society, Clackmannanshire Council revealed the outcome of the Alloa town centre BID ballot on the afternoon of Friday 19 October. The overall result was 71.85% in favour by number of businesses, 83.36% in favour by rateable value, with a turnout of 62.51%.

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This report, and the summary report, Remaking British Towns after Brexit: Key Actions for Policy Makers and Planners, explore the links between Brexit and towns.

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The full list of winners and shortlisted entries for the Herald Property Awards 2018 can now be viewed, including coverage of the awards ceremony, held on Saturday 28 September in Glasgow. 

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Ever thought of setting up a Film Festival in your community? Or perhaps you’re already running one, but would like to try something completely new.

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The Place Standard is delivered by NHS Health Scotland, Architecture & Design Scotland and Scottish Government.

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Herald Scotland - A property development in Castlemilk, Glasgow, has been hailed as the best in Scotland

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Green Infrastructure Fund - Phase 2 of the Green Infrastructure Fund has now reopened for new applications. The deadline for applications is 28 January 2019. Our expectation is that funding decisions will be announced by June 2019.

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Peterhead is Aberdeenshire’s biggest town and is a significant driver of Aberdeenshire’s successful economy.

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Zero Waste Scotland would like to engage with all Scottish Improvement Districts (SIDs) via Scotland’s Towns Partnership to provide them with the opportunity to inform and identify future projects that would be of real value and assistance to their members.

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Scottish Government (26/09/2018) - Cupar will become a Digital Improvement District, a first for Scotland, fulfilling the Programme for Government commitment to fund a business improvement district dedicated to digital improvement. It will soon have town centre WiFi and act as a potential model for future small town designs.

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Crieff Succeeds BID Ltd is about creating sustainable growth in Crieff and we are now looking for a new Manager to deliver the next phase of our Business Plan.

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A new national hub designed to support “Improvement Districts” in Scotland was launched today (Thursday) in Edinburgh by the Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Local Government, Aileen Campbell. This dedicated service, to be delivered by Scotland’s Towns Partnership, aims to encourage more collaboration, partnership and innovation.

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In July 2018 the Scottish Parliament’s Economy, Jobs and Fair Work Committee published a report from its inquiry into “bank closures: impact on local businesses, consumers and the Scottish economy”.

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Naird BID are seeking a part-time Business Improvement District Manager. 

Further information and application details are available here.

The job description is placed below for reference. 

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