The Scottish Government is ahead of its five-year target to deliver 30,000 affordable homes by March 2016, despite a decrease in the number of social sector homes being built.
New statistics have revealed that a total of 3,353 social sector homes were completed in the year to end December, a decrease of 24 per cent (1,050 homes) on the previous year.read more
The Resource Efficient Scotland SME Loan scheme has now opened for new applications. Funded by the Scottish Government, the loan could help you reduce your business’s overhead costs through improved energy, material resource and/or water efficiency.read more
Margaret McCulloch MSP, Convener for the Scottish Parliament Cross Party Group on Towns and Town Centres, is encouraging fellow MSPs to follow her lead and visit their towns as part of a summer campaign led by the Group and the go-to body for towns, Scotland’s Towns Partnership. The campaign, ‘Connecting MSPs with Scotland's towns’, aims to help promote and support our towns.read more
The gateway town to one of Britain's most iconic long distance walks has opened up to the world thanks to leading UK WiFi expert 802 Event WiFi.
From next month, (June 12 -15) Milngavie town centre will offer free WiFi to international visitors, West Highland Way walkers and local shoppers in the town's busy pedestrian precinct as part of a new scheme promoted by local businesses in Milngavie Business Improvement District (BID).read more
Essay of the week: Dreamscapes: imagining the perfect Scottish town
FOR a long time, it has been depressing to visit many of the towns that, historically, formed the bedrock of Scotland's industry and culture; places that, first as a native son and then as the child of economic migrants, I used to regard with deep-rooted, defiant pride - in spite of their defects.
The Scottish Government-funded bus service to support the Falkirk area’s major tourism drive was officially launched this week at the Falkirk Wheel with the unveiling of its distinctive new bus design.
The new hourly bus service, named The Loop, is funded by Transport Scotland and operated by local bus operator First Midland Bluebird and has been launched by Falkirk Council to boost connections between the area’s world class tourist attractions and other road and rail services over the summer season. The Loop takes in The Falkirk Wheel, Falkirk High and Grahamston Stations, Falkirk Town Centre, Falkirk Stadium, Callander Park and The Kelpies, with dedicated bus stop signs featuring VisitFalkirk branding to help signpost visitors to the route.read more
Applications will open on June 1st for any small business owner interested in being part of this year’s Small Biz 100, the companies around the UK that will be at the forefront of this year’s campaign. Now entering its third year Small Business Saturday is already the UK's most successful small business campaign. Last year 16.5 million adults went out to support a small business on Small Business Saturday with 64% of the UK aware of the campaign. The UK’s small businesses between them provide 60% of private sector jobs and nearly 50% of private sector turnover.
In 2013 the Carnegie UK Trust published the popular report Across the Divide, which examined digital exclusion in Glasgow. This new research, produced in partnership with Ipsos MORI, examines the same issues in Dumfries and Kirkcaldy – looking at the barriers to digital participation and how these can be best addressed.visit
The Association of Town and City Management (ATCM), Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) have engaged in a unique collaboration initiated by The Institute of Economic Development (IED), which has resulted in a new report entitled ‘A brighter future for our towns and cities’.download
It's not every day that a taxi driver is so effusive about the street furniture, so I was intrigued to find out what this particular set of Glasgow Southside lights had done to get my cabbie going. It turns out that these are 'smart' lights. To speed things up, they make flash decisions about changing colour based on the volume of cars waiting rather than being simply timed to change on a fixed pattern.visit
The latest news from Big Lottery Fund's Village SOS. Village SOS is a campaign for any rural community project that wants support to make something happen. See volunteering and mentoring opportunities along with news on rural communities and the good neighbour schemes.visit
TestTown is the UK and Ireland’s biggest accelerator programme for young entrepreneurs with fresh ideas for rejuvenating our high streets and town centres. You can visit the website www.testtown.org.uk to find out more about 2013 and 2014 activities.
This year Carnegie UK Trust will be supporting more towns across the UK and Ireland to hold local activities that support start-ups in ways that are appropriate and effective for each community. Providing up to 10 towns with funding of up to £3,000 each to run a skills development activity for entrepreneurs that uses the town centre. We are looking for activities that:read more
STP Chair, Professor Leigh Sparks reflects on 'A Day for Towns' which took place in Edinburgh on 13 May. Beginning in the Storytelling Centre STP hosted it's AGM, Towns Tea Party and welcomed Julian Dobson to launch his book "How To Save Our Town Centres" for this first time in Scotland. The CPG on Towns and Town Centres followed in Parliament with presentations from Boots UK and Architecture and Design Scotland. Click here to read more.read more
Listen to Professor Leigh Sparks, STP Chair and Head of Retail Studies at University of Stirling as he shares the Scotland's towns' story with CBC Radio in Nova Scotia, Canada.
Speaking to CBC Radio Leigh Sparks highlights the work currently taking place in Scotland to regenerate town centres, identifying the National Review of Town Centres to be a catalyst for change along with the Town Centre Action Plan. Click play to listen:read more
The Resource Efficient Scotland Programme, delivered by Zero Waste Scotland, is offering funding support during 2015/16 to support Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SME’s) and third sector organisations who wish to implement resource efficiency improvements within their organisations.read more