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Kilmarnock is set to go head-to-head with Irvine for the title of Scotland’s ‘most improved large town’ after being shortlisted for a major award.

The two Ayrshire towns found out last week they were shortlisted in the category as part of Scotland’s Independent Regeneration Network.

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A historic area of Edinburgh's Old Town, which was restored following decades of neglect, has been named best development in Britain.

Advocate's Close won national Project of the Year at the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) awards.

The development saw nine listed buildings transformed into commercial, office and residential spaces.

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A group of knitters has helped welcome the arrival of fibre broadband in a Scottish Borders town.

Around 3,400 homes and businesses in Selkirk are now able to access faster internet speeds thanks to the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband rollout.

The premises in Selkirk join more than 17,500 in the Scottish Borders able to access fibre broadband.

Across Scotland, more than 438,000 homes and businesses have been connected by the Digital Scotland programme.

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The Crieff Succeeds Business Improvement District has launched two grant schemes worth £158,000 to local event organisers and local businesses.

The grant schemes are the first initiatives to come forward from the BID Business Plan that was overwhelmingly voted through in June.

The Crieff BID will allocate £80,000 to support local events and festivals. Organisers will be able to apply to the new Crieff Succeeds BID Events Grant Scheme. The awards will look to support local event organisers cover costs such as; event management, insurance, promotion, website development, equipment hire or feasibility studies for new events. The scheme is open to organisers of both existing and new events.

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Context: Fundamentally, Scotland is a nation of towns. Towns and villages account for 69% of our population as well as two thirds of all our jobs and businesses. Our towns are a living legacy of our history and culture, they provide us with a sense of pride and identity, define who we are, and most importantly, town life gives us access to one another through shared spaces and experiences.

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SCOTLAND's biggest Gaelic cultural festival has been declared a 'tremendous' success on its return to Oban for the first time in six years.

Thousands of competitors have converged from as far afield as Canada, the USA and Germany for the Royal National Mòd, which ran until Saturday.

A Glasgow accountant won the title of best overall piper on the opening day of competitions at the Royal National Mòd in Oban on Saturday.

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WEST Kilbride is the only Scottish finalist in this year’s Great British High Street Awards.

It marks a remarkable transformation from having a dilapidated village centre with half the shops boarded up to becoming a thriving community where the number of visitors has doubled in the last four years.

Over 230 communities entered the prestigious competition – almost double the entrants from 2014.

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EDAS is pleased to announce details of two events which will be of interest to all stakeholders in economic development: addressing Local Economic Strategies, and Skills & Underemployment.


The Crieff Succeeds BID is now looking to recruit a full time BID Manager to drive forward the business plan and to work with the local businesses and the BID Board. This position is a fantastic opportunity for an experienced, enthusiastic and self-motivated Manager to lead our team and influence the future success of Crieff.

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The shortlist for a prestigious national awards scheme that showcases success in regenerating Scottish communities has just been announced.

The SURF Awards are delivered each year by SURF, Scotland’s independent regeneration network, in partnership with the Scottish Government.

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A weekly newspaper has won its battle to get town status for an area of its patch.

The Wishaw Press had been campaigning for Shotts to be recognised as a town for two months.

North Lanarkshire Council has now agreed to the new designation for Shotts, previously a village, making it Scotland’s newest town.

It means Shotts, which has a population of around 8,400, will be able to apply for a share of £1.7m being offered by the Scottish government to regenerate town centres across Scotland.

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What: To experience Scottish culture this weekend, you won’t even need to leave the state, let alone the country. Throw on your kilt and head over to the 28th annual Highland Festival from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday at the Waldo Homestead in the Quiet Corner town of Scotland.

Fun and games: The event will include Scottish music, vendors, sheep hearding, demonstrations, competitions, traditional food and more. Competitors come from around the country to Scotland for the games, which include Highland dancing, athletics, piping and drumming.

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The Centre for Scottish Public Policy (CSPP) features the work that Business Improvement Districts have been doing to support local economic growth and community engagement across Scotland.

There has been much debate in recent years on how Scotland can best adapt to changing circumstances in order to guarantee prosperity, fairness and sustainable development. One widely shared response has been to focus on the role of communities and how they can promote local development, engagement and wellbeing. Such notions have also helped to inform Scottish Government policy, as expressed through the Town Centre Action Plan, the Community Empowerment Act and the proposed Land Reform Bill, which together seek to strengthen the role of community groups and local business in regeneration and development.

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Urban Realm has begun the process of collating our annual New Year’s honours list with a hunt for your nominations for our top 100 architect’s poll.

As the year draws to a close we will once again assess the state of play in Scotland’s architecture community with the return of our annual roll call of the country’s top architectural practices, as recommended by peers and clients.

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