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Scottish Government are seeking to maintain an environment that promotes cost-effective learning opportunities through the communication of ideas, networking and engagement. They also seek to improve the impact of the learning network ethos, so that information reaches, interests and inspires new audiences.

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For 10 days every year, Scotland's National Book Town enjoys a sprinkling of celebrity stardust.

Writers, artists, politicians and personalities in all their guises descend on the Wigtown Book Festival to debate ideas, share gossip - and sell books.

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Can you imagine the high streets of the future? Do you have a good idea for the future of Scotland’s high streets?

Scotland’s Towns Week’s (16 – 22 November) FutureTown Gallery needs your ideas! We want your ideas to contribute to a space for a possible high street in STP’s FutureTown. 

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In this month's round up we report on efforts to map the visual arts sector in Scotland, invite you to come and talk to us at a series of Open Sessions, announce a record spend on film and TV production and share some exciting upcoming events including the DanceLive and Luminate Festivals and the Turner Prize 2015 Exhibition.

We also bring you the usual selection of Funding news, features from ourExplore section, and much more. Happy reading!

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Small Business Saturday December 5th 2015

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Malcolm Fraser, one of Scotland's leading architects has joined Halliday Fraser Munro.

Renowned for high profile masterplanning, cultural renewal and regeneration work, Mr Fraser joins the practice following the closure of his own practice after 22 years in business in a move that shocked many in architectural circles.

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West Kilbride has today been named as one of the country’s best high streets by being shortlisted in the annual Great British High Street competition.

West Kilbride high street has been named alongside Brigg and Twyford as one of the top 3 in the village category. Now, to be crowned champion, West Kilbride needs your votes.

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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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