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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A new £1 million Scotland Loves Local Fund will provide grants of between £500 and £5,000 to hundreds of local projects to promote town centre and locally-based online businesses.

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As Andy Milne steps down after 18 years as SURF CEO, they now seek an outstanding leader to build on their success and actively promote better understanding and practical cooperation between all regeneration partners, sectors and perspectives.

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Zero Waste Scotland - as part of a wider package of measures aimed at tackling our throwaway society, the Scottish Government has launched a twelve-week public consultation on the introduction of market restrictions on certain single-use plastic items. 

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Ceteris is looking to appoint a high calibre Managing Director to provide leadership at an exciting and challenging time as Clackmannanshire moves into a new post-Covid19 world.

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The £1 million Scottish Government Scotland Loves Local Fund aims to empower communities by enabling local delivery, and giving them support and guidance to help them 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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In a new campaign video, released October 2020, small business owners in Melrose and Alloa explain how money spent locally stays in the local economy and spreads benefit throughout the community. Watch here:

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The Historic Environment Recovery Fund aims to support Scotland’s historic environment sector to recover from the impacts of COVID-19, enabling organisations to remain solvent, safeguard jobs and training opportunities and ensure that historic buildings and sites can re-open to the public.  It will also invest in urgent repairs and maintenance, helping to generate work for specialist contractors and the wider heritage economy.

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Historic Environment Scotland - HES is looking for your views on Talking About Heritage.

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Scottish Land Commission - The legacy of Scotland’s industrial past means that almost a third of the Scottish population lives within 500 meters of a derelict site. In deprived communities that figure increases to 55%. The amount of land on the Vacant and Derelict Land Register has remained static for years, and the consequences of this for wellbeing are enormous.

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Following the recent £50 million Town Centre Boost Fund, an additional stimulus of £18 million of capital investment has been allocated to support our town centres. The Town Centre Captail Fund, allocated and distributed with agreement from COSLA Leadership and the Scottish Government has been apportioned to Scotland's Local Authorities. 

This resource page will be updated with further information on the Town Centre Capital Fund to support local authorities. 

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More than half of Scots always support shops on their local high street, a new study has found.

And there is growing recognition of the fact that people need to get behind their town centres if businesses in them are to survive the consequences of Covid-19 and thrive beyond the pandemic.

 

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In what has been an unprecedented year for everyone SURF is pleased to announce the 2020 shortlist for our prestigious national awards scheme, which showcases success in responding to regeneration challenges in communities across Scotland. This year pays particular focus to projectsand communities that have come together to support those most in need through current
challenges resulting from the Covid pandemic.


The SURF Awards are delivered each year by SURF, a regeneration forum with over 300 cross-sector member organisations across Scotland, in partnership with the Scottish Government.

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By SURF - since lockdown began in March 2020, SURF (Scotland's Regeneration Forum) has provided a platform for SURF’s network to tell their stories of challenges, responses and resilience. 

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Since lockdown began in March 2020, SURF (Scotland's Regeneration Forum) has provided a platform for SURF’s network to tell their stories of challenges, responses and resilience. 

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The Urban Economy Forum (UEF) in collaboration with UN-Habitat is organizing the second “Urban Economy Forum 2020” virtually in conjunction with World Habitat Day on October 5th and 6th, 2020 in Toronto, Canada.

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