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Street events, heritage trails and flower baskets are among the ideas being lined up to revive the West End as it continues its recovery from tram works.

The pledge comes after traders voted in favour of creating a Business Improvement District (BID) in a ballot which closed last week.

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Stirling Council has announced plans to transform the face of the city with a new £200 million regeneration plan.

The council said yesterday the plans could make Stirling an “economic and cultural powerhouse”, allowing it to “compete” with Scotland’s other cities.

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All the latest news from Creative Scotland including Creative Place Award Winners, cast your vote for Glasgow 2014 Cultural programme and information about the Open Project funding from April-May.

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The Scottish Government’s 2013 Town Centre Action Plan was developed as a “stimulus to encourage and support action across the wider public, private and community sectors” with a view to addressing issues faced by Scotland’s towns. The Scottish Government, Scotland’s Towns Partnership, RTPI Scotland, Architecture + Design Scotland, PAS, SURF and others are keen to support the ambitions of the Action Plan and the revitalisation of town centres as a mechanism to tackle wider physical, social and economic challenges in urban Scotland.

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An infographic from the Federation of Small Businesses - Small Business Index Scotland Q2

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STP Funding Workshop 

STP along with key funding partners are set for another great Funding Workshop.  This time taking place in Edinburgh on 16th September 2015, the workshop looks to inspire and give confidence to attendees to apply for funding and make their project a reality! Jean Robertson, SLOG will present on the funding support available through your local authority, funding expert Michael McKernan, East Renfrewshire Council will look to inform and inspire with our funding partners providing top tips and forthcoming opportunities. 

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The approval by the Scottish Parliament of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Bill this week presents a great opportunity for communities to shape their future and the places where they live and work.

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A brand new £200,000 events fund created to develop activity to celebrate Scotland's achievements in innovation, architecture and design is now open and we are welcoming applications from the events and festivals sector across Scotland for grants of up to £20,000. 

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The time is right for further improvements to the nation’s planning system, Social Justice Secretary Alex Neil will underline at a planning conference in Edinburgh tomorrow

10 years since planning reform began with the publication of a white paper, Mr Neil will soon announce plans to consult on further reforms to the planning system.

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Scotland's national walking and cycling charities have called for policy changes to get people more active and improve the country's health. Seven organisations who champion walking, cycling and sustainable transport are involved.

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The Great British High Street Competition 2015 is now open so make sure you get your entries in!  Following the huge success of the 2014 Awards, we are once again looking for the nation’s best high streets. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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