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A public appeal could be launched to help raise up to £1m to bring one of Scotland's most important hoards of Viking treasure to Kirkcudbright.

Dumfries and Galloway Council is looking at the possibility of acquiring the collection for permanent display.

It would be part of the proposed development of a new art gallery of national significance in the town.

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SCOTLAND’S shops could do with a helping hand in the Budget, writes David Lonsdale

Scotland’s retail industry is dynamic and diverse. It accounts for 257,000 jobs, 14 per cent of total commercial investment and provides routes to market elsewhere in the UK and overseas for domestic producers.

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Top music acts like Madness and Status Quo will be appearing in Montrose for years to come.

 That is the vow being made by LCC Live director Les Kidger in the wake of Sunday’s party on the East Links.

Ska legends Madness turned the famous dunes in to the House of Fun in front of 8,000 fans in pork pie hats and braces.

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Given it was the hottest July day ever in the UK, it was some relief for the audience at the latest National Retail Planning Forum (NRPF) seminar to be indoors in air-conditioned luxury at Carter Jonas, just off teeming and steaming Oxford Street. There was a high price to pay however for the cool; four hours of discussion and presentation on town centres, including an ‘academic viewpoint’ from myself.

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Shona Robison MSP to Open Broughty Ferry’s Gala Fete as part of the ‘Connecting MSPs with Scotland's Towns’ Initiative Local MSP embraces the opportunity to spend time in the heart of her community on its busiest, buzziest day.

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All the latest news in STA's Evening Round Up. Including the Tourism Cross Party Group, launch of new business support helpline and Scottish Tourism Week 2015!

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Great British High Street Awards extended until 1st September 2015 in light of a fantastic new prize from Google. 

Internet giant Google join the hunt for Britain’s best high streets.

 

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Small Biz 100 applications are now open

Applications for our Small Biz 100 opened on 1st June. We have already heard from many passionate small businesses who are taking advantage of this free opportunity to be at the forefront of the 2015 campaign and gain valuable exposure.

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Glasgow City Council is launching a conversation with Glaswegians to help develop a long-term plan to allow the city to recover from major catastrophes and the chronic stresses faced by a 21st century urban area.

It is hoped the draft document - Our Resilient Glasgow Conversation - will help the city "thrive not just survive" the many challenges, events or stresses that it could face in the future.

In Glasgow, challenges include extreme weather such as storms and flooding caused by climate change, securing sustainable and affordable energy supplies amid increasing pressure on the national grid, and tackling poverty.

At the moment, the city has plans in place to deal with individual emergencies, but this new draft plan hopes to make Glasgow more resilient for decades into the future.

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Latest news from BIG Lottery Fund Scotland including 5 year of Investing in Communities programme and Funding Plans for 2015 - 2020. 

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Latest news from EDAS including information on the Innovation and Prosperity for Scotland Conference, the Route Map for Common Ambition and economic development news and events. 

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A new £4 million fund will help bring abandoned homes and empty high street spaces back to life, Housing Minister Margaret Burgess announced today.

The Scottish Government’s Town Centre Empty Homes Fund will help revamp empty homes and convert derelict commercial spaces into new affordable homes. Registered social landlords and developers can apply for funding, which will be administered by the Scottish Government.

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With most of the population of Scotland living in towns, it is time to shift the focus on to their potential, writes Dominic Ryan
Like stepping stones of civilization across the beautiful wildness that is Scotland, our towns are key pointers to the economic prosperity and societal wellbeing of the entire nation.

They can be viewed as financial dynamos or social hubs, barometers of commercial and political cohesion or, at their simplest and best, those familiar places where we choose to work, meet, eat and sleep.

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The University of the West of Scotland has transformed Ayr, writes Ken Mann

Few towns in Scotland can boast a fresh investment of £81 million in higher education facilities. In Ayr, University of the West of Scotland (UWS) is the institution responsible for just that.

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The Scottish Government and its partners appreciate role of towns. By Alex Neil MSP

Town centres are at the heart of Scotland's economic and social fabric. They offer opportunities for local businesses to thrive, create jobs and strengthen the area's economy.

The Scottish Government is doing all it can to ensure town centres can take advantage of these benefits by helping them to be functioning, well maintained places that support the needs of residents, businesses and visitors.

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