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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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Scottish Business Resilience Centre's Summer Newsletter including words from Phil Prentice, STP Chief Officer on the changing face of towns (page 19).

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The Teenage Market is coming to the Kingdom Centre Glenrothes on 3rd October 2015 and is giving young traders and performers a chance to showcase their creative products and talents for free. It will be the first time that a Teenage Market has been held in Scotland and is a great opportunity for young people to show their talents.

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THE first projects approved under the £1 billion-plus package to boost the west of Scotland economy are to be given the green light.

An initial £12 million will be invested across the Glasgow metropolitan area as part of the City Deal scheme, announced last summer by the Westminster and Scottish governments.

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Organisations that promote sustainability are being invited to apply to a regular grant scheme.

Vegware, the UK’s only completely compostable food packaging company, is re-launching its community fund which offers monthly grants of £20-£200 to non-profit sustainability projects.

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A mobile football pitch keeping young people off the streets is among the latest 131 projects across Scotland sharing £1 million of National Lottery funding from Awards For All Scotland.

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The latest blog from STP Chair, Leigh Sparks which asks; Do Rural and Urban Scotland need each other?

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Scotland's retailers have called for action from “government at all levels” after new figures showed a drop in shoppers and a rise in the number of vacant shops in town centres.

Research by the Scottish Retail Consortium (SRC) found 10.6 per cent of shops were vacant last month – up from 10.4 per cent in June – which means that almost one in every nine retail premises is now sitting empty.

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STP Chief Officer Phil Prentice and Kristen Anderson, Scottish Government presentation for the Development Plan Forum Workshop on Town Centre First

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Latest news from the Economic Development Association Scotland.

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With online shopping fast becoming one of our favourite ways to shop. Some studies have predicted disaster on the high streets, with many local businesses expected to suffer, as more customers choose to buy online from big name brands.

But one website has found a way to use the internet revolution to boost independent retailers in Edinburgh. By providing gift vouchers for a network of local retailers, beating back the high street giants and making room in the market for unique local businesses.

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This month: book a free place at the SURF 2015 Annual Conference; 2016 Manifesto for Community Regeneration; nominate a project for the 2015 SURF Awards; and get something useful out of the latest regeneration news.

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