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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Scotland’s national walking charity Paths for All is calling on employers across Scotland to take steps to improve the health of their workforce.

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Tesco Bags of Help Centenary Grants are now open for not for profit organisations to apply for £25,000 for projects that bring significant benefit to communities.

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An exciting position has been created with Falkirk Council’s Growth and Investment Unit to lead on the development and delivery of the Council’s ‘Investment Zone’ initiative to secure a Growth Deal for the Falkirk area.

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The Scottish Coworking Network is a project by the Scottish Library and Information Council to establish a network of coworking hubs within public libraries across Scotland.

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Scotland’s Improvement Districts has produced a wide range of resources and opportunities to increase awareness of Business Improvement Districts and support those already working across Scotland. We also host useful resources by third party organisations.

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On Tuesday 5 February 2019 the Chair of Scotland’s Towns Partnership, Professor Leigh Sparks, was interviewed on BBC Good Morning Scotland. The discussion focused on the future of Scotland’s towns and high streets in the face of pressures on retail and other challenging trends for towns. Matt Baker of the Midsteeple Quarter initiative in Dumfries also took part in the feature.

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National Lottery Heritage Fund - A major devolution of decision-making across the whole of the UK is at the heart of new plans to distribute more than £1billion of National Lottery money to the UK’s heritage over the next five years.

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Walking charity Living Streets has put together some new campaign tools to help support efforts to make pavements safe and clear in your area.

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Stornoway BID Steering Group has attracted funding from the Scottish Government and Comhairle nan Eilean Siar to promote and progress the development of a Business Improvement District (BID) for Stornoway, Isle of Lewis.

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Walking charity Living Streets has put together some new campaign tools to help support efforts to make pavements safe and clear in your area.

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Assoiation of British Bookmakers Scotland (ABB) - A campaign to raise awareness of prostate cancer by targeting men in betting shops has reached thousands of men and generated tens of thousands of pounds for leading men’s health charity, Prostate Cancer UK, to fund life-saving research.

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Better ‘Plaice’ Making – it’s a relatively new concept being bandied about a lot, so beware of the shapeshifters, and do we really understand what it is? STP Chief Officer Phil Prentice discusses the meaning of the ‘place-principle’ and how it can be applied to place-making in Scotland’s communities.

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This is a blog article written by Christie Frail, a pupil at St. Mungo’s High School, about changes in her hometown of Falkirk. She recently undertook a work placement with Ross Martin, advisor to the Scottish Government on Regional Economies.

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Youthlink Scotland is developing resources around ‘cyber resilience’ - this means people are better able to think about and protect themselves from risks online. They want to hear from you to inform the development of the resources.

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A Scottish high street renaissance could be around the corner if new Scottish Government funding is complemented with local business and public sector support, according to the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).

Following FSB campaigning, the Scottish Government has pledged £50million for high streets in their draft budget, which will be spent by Scotland’s 32 local authorities.

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