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PRESEND Nordic, the leading Nordic-Baltic prepaid program manager, and Miconex, a UK provider of digital marketing services, today announced their partnership to provide Visa gift and promotion cards to city councils and towns across the UK.

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EVEN its biggest supporters concede that Paisley has its problems.

Although it has been shaking off its reputation as a hotbed for violent crime with murders, assaults, drug and knife crimes all falling in recent years, the stubborn scars of deprivation have been slower to heal.

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FOOD and drink speaks a language of hospitality, welcome and warmth. That sense of welcome is one visitors to Dumfries and Galloway enthuse about and it’s why so many of them return to this special corner of Scotland year after year, making it their home from home.

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"This is the second and updated version of the original Code of Conduct for Responsible Gambling, which was brought into force across the UK in March 2014. Publication of the newly updated and strengthened Code of Conduct, to which all members must comply by 1 November this year, illustrates the continued commitment to the promotion of Responsible Gambling across the retail betting industry. Any member who wilfully fails to comply with the Code could face expulsion from the ABB.

The past year has been a year of innovation for the industry in the area of responsible gambling. The initial code signalled the intent to take action this area and introduced some important early steps.  However, as the industry trials and rolls out initiatives such as multi-operator self-exclusion and new ways of using customer data to identify potential harm, it is important that the Code is updated to reflect these developments."

To view the Responsible Gambling code, click here


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A Scottish Charity Award winner is celebrating once more after being awarded over half a million pounds to fund its latest project.

Beith Community Development Trust (BCDT) received £512,000 from the Scottish Land Fund, to turn a former residential school into a community hub.

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Clydesdale MSP Aileen Campbell took part in Scotland’s Towns Partnership’s ‘MSP Town Time’ initiative this summer. The event is designed to connect politicians with the towns they represent in a bid to better understand the challenges and experiences of businesses in town centre settings. Scotland’s Towns Partnerships states that towns are key to Scotland’s economy, providing around 60% of jobs and employment, with around 70% of the population living in these communities. 

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Lottery funding of nearly £1 million will turn Kirkcudbright Town Hall into a modern art gallery to showcase the town’s unique heritage.

With the help of the Heritage Lottery Fund grant, the town hall will be transformed into a modern gallery bringing together works by members of the Glasgow Boys and Scottish Colourists as well as recent artists based in Kirkcudbright.

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Fife Council is calling for reforms to the Scottish planning system to help boost the local economy.

A number of concerns about the planning system have been raised by communities across Fife, and developers also have frustrations with the current system.

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A nice peice from Falkirk Herald's Iain Scott on Linlithgow and its cultural assets. 

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Scotland's only designated Food Town is Castle Douglas which has over 50 local businesses that sell top-quality locally produced food, confectionery and beers.

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Even its biggest supporters concede that Paisley has its problems.

Although it has been shaking off its reputation as a hotbed for violent crime with murders, assaults, drug and knife crimes all falling in recent years, the stubborn scars of deprivation have been slower to heal.

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SEVERAL Scottish landmarks are to receive millions of pounds in investment thanks to the Heritage Lottery Fund.

A total of £7 million is being made available for projects across the country, with the aim to preserve historical buildings, engage people in the history and heritage of their area and contribute towards the economy.

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Join us to learn about the latest tools and support available for your town.

This is an STP-led series supported by Scottish Government, in partnership with all major organisations providing support for Scotland’s towns to deliver on the Town Centre Action Plan.

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Access the Auchterarder Charrette Report here.

For more information about Charrettes, contact PAS (formerly, Planning Aid Scotland) pas.org.uk

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