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Scottish Government Reopening Guidance for Safer Public Spaces: Urban Centres and Green Spaces

The Scottish Government has published a guidance document focusing on design principles for safer urban centres and green spaces in Scotland during the coronavirus crisis. It contains information and examples of interventions that may be undertaken by owners and operators of public spaces to keep people safe, as restrictions relax....

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New ATCM Report Published: Releasing the Social Business Economy

The Association of Town and City Management (ATCM) has published a new report, 'Releasing the Social Business Economy'. 

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Communities Secretary Announces Expert Group to Consult on Towns Policy, Led by STP Chair, Professor Leigh Sparks

Scottish Government - Diverse views from urban, town, rural and island communities must be heard if town centres are to be revitalised and renewed in the wake of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, according to Communities Secretary Aileen Campbell.

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COVID-19: Links to Support for Towns & Improvement Districts

This document signposts to key sources of support and advice relevant to towns, city-districts and communities in order to help the custodians of Scotland’s places respond to the impact of coronavirus.

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Grimsey Review COVID-19 Supplement Report: Build Back Better

Building on the Grimsey 1 and Grimsey 2 reviews, the ‘Build Back Better’ Covid-19 report, produced by Bill Grimsey and team, provides a comprehensive exploration of how town centres and high streets can transform in order to thrive post-Covid19. 

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Phil Prentice: Why Scotland's Towns Are Ready to Fight Back from Effects of Pandemic [Herald Feature]

Phil Prentice, Chief Officer of Scotland's Towns Partnership, has written a leading thought piece for the Herald's Business HQ magazine and Herald newspaper, exhorting people to support their local traders and communities in the economic fightback from the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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Community Defibrillator Initiative: Working Together to Save Lives

The Defibrillator Group is a non-profit organisation which works to ensure that NHS, community-funded and privately purchased defibrillators are supplied, installed, maintained and protected.

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Scottish Government and VisitScotland Re-opening Guides for Businesses

The Scottish Government and VisitScotland have published guidance for businesses (including in the tourism sector) on how to re-open safely as lockdown is phased out. 

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Professor Leigh Sparks Blog: Shopping with Confidence?

In his latest blog post, Chair of STP and Professor of Retail Studies at the University of Stirling, Leigh Sparks, reflects on the phased re-opening of retail and related issues. 

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Maybole – Back to the Future as a Tourism Hub?

(Maybole Regeneration Project) - Anyone walking Maybole High Street as it looks just now could be forgiven some cynicism about the town becoming a tourism hub. However, anyone who remembers the villages of the East Neuk of Fife a few decades ago, would be much less surprised at local ambitions....

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