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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The prestigious national 2021 SURF Awards for Best Practice in Community Regeneration were launched today (03/06/21) by the Scottish Government at an online event, in partnership with the
Glasgow Canal Co-op and the ‘Year of Coasts and Waters’

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A print campaign to highlight the importance of supporting local businesses and to promote the #LovesLocal Shop Local campaign is being rolled out across 5 towns in Dunbartonshire.

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Scottish fintech Miconex approved as regular supplier as a £1.5 billion Crown Commercial Services framework. 

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Professor Leigh Sparks reflects back on a difficult year for Scotland's Towns. 

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Blachere Illuminations feature in the May 2021 issue of 'Fife Business Matters' update which showcases their eco-friendly Christmas decorations.

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The Centre for Thriving Places (supported by Carnegie UK Trust and Power to change) has undertaken research to get to the heart of what is needed to make a Wellbeing Approach a reality in towns today. 

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Phase 2 of the campaign run by Zero Waste Scotland in partnership with the Scottish Government and Keep Scotland Beautiful has launched.

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Cambuslang Community Council Waste Management Report 

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New sheltered bike storage and shower facilities will help staff and volunteers at Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust Caerlaverock centre to cycle to work.

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A next generation town and city loyalty programme founded in Scotland has introduced a new website and tools for businesses ahead of a key milestone for the scheme. Mi Rewards, the town and city loyalty programme from Perth based fintech Miconex and loyalty platform Stampfeetis approaching £1million in sales, with over 47,000 transactions.

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The 2021 winner in the "Business Walking Champion" category is Milngavie, a project that brought together business, council and community representatives to develop and promote walking throughout the town.

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Scottish fintech Miconex has launched a new Spend It campaign across its 17 Scottish Town and City Gift Card Programmes, encouraging consumers to get out and spend local gift cards to support businesses reopening after the latest lockdown. 

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With international discussion of the climate emergency and a growing number of local councils taking action on climate change, Blachere Illumination has launched a second eco-responsible range of decorations. 

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The first 19 Pop-Up services will open in April, supporting communities with access to banking.

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A community project which converted an unused space at Saltcoats railway station into a 'training station' for local groups and activities has recently been completed. 

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