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The latest news from the 'High Street' & beyond. A look at the week's openings and closures across the UK High Street, Retail Parks and Shopping Centre from the Local Data Company.

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Transport operator Stagecoach Group is joining forces with Scotland’s Towns Partnership to help support the regeneration of the country’s towns and communities.

The aim is to improve connectivity, community and prosperity for towns across Scotland and help facilitate their success by sharing ideas, delivering improved accessibility and raising the profile of Scottish towns.

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ScotRail and Transport Scotland are seeking applications for a £1.5million community fund, designed to breathe new life into old and disused railway station premises.

The Stations Community Regeneration Fund enables business and community groups to transform redundant station rooms into facilities to benefit local people.

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The council must ensure its planned shared space scheme for a town centre reflects what people want, a Scottish minister said this week.

It’s also vital East Dunbartonshire Council take into account the needs of disabled people, added Local Government and Community Empowerment Minister Marco Biagi.

Mr Biagi spoke to the Herald during a visit to the charity Deafblind Scotland in Lenzie.

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BUSINESS rates are crippling Scotland's high streets, are responsible for widespread job losses and in need of urgent reform, retail leaders have claimed.

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STP Chair, Leigh Sparks' latest blog with guest blogger, Iain Scott, Can Do Towns on Falkirk's new Can Do Town Hub.

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The Scottish Government’s new £1.7m Town Centre Communities Capital Fund is open to community  organisations and is designed to  support capital projects which will make ‘real and lasting improvements to town centres across Scotland’.

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BARRHEAD'S local authority in partnership with Police Scotland, Fire and Rescue Scotland and the Scottish Business Resilience Centre are reminding local licensees to submit their applications for the 2015-16 Best Bar None awards before the end of the month.

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Alex Neil announces fund to help communities regenerate town centres across Scotland.

Social Justice Secretary Alex Neil has announced £1.7 million of funding to help revitalise and regenerate town centres across Scotland.

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It's the perfect holiday for literature lovers - running a bookshop in Scotland.

Guests pay £150 to work a 40-hour week at The Open Book store, while staying in the flat above the shop in Wigtown, Dumfries and Galloway.

The unusual holiday retreat has just been listed on lodging website AirBnB.

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The term “road trip” has the roar of a Chevrolet, the lure of never-ending Californian freeways, and nuances of the wild freedom of Beat writer Jack Kerouac. But here we were in the Highlands, about to embark on the recently launched North Coast 500, a new coastal route billed as Scotland’s answer to the US Route 66.

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An MSP who took a walkabout and a bus tour of Falkirk district says the area is “ahead of the curve” for future economic growth.

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A thriving and competitive Ayrshire economy where people, communities and businesses prosper and succeed is the focus of a funding bid that is being proposed by the three local Councils in East, North and South Ayrshire.

Over the next two weeks, Councillors in the three areas will be asked to approve plans – and commit a total of £150,000 investment – to develop an Ayrshire Regional Growth Deal bid that can be submitted to the Scottish Government.

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Ideas put forward during a consultation on improving Motherwell town centre will be outlined at a public event tonight (Thursday).

The event will also outline how North Lanarkshire Council and its partners intend to implement the ideas over the coming years.

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Renfrewshire Council are embarking on the most ambitious economic and cultural regeneration programme Renfrewshire has seen for generations. With a focus on tackling poverty, raising attainment and creating dynamic communities where all our citizens and business can thrive, Renfrewshire provides the ideal working environment for talented and ambitious professionals who want to make a difference. As a mark of Renfrewshire's ambition, the Council want Paisley, the home of the Paisley Pattern and a town rich in culture, heritage, history and learning, to be the UK City of Culture in 2021. Renfrewshire Council are looking for an equally ambitious Project Director with the skills and experience to lead, manage and champion a winning bid which will deliver maximum social value and economic benefit for Paisley and Renfrewshire.

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