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Partnership between town and gown is a real winner

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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Alex Neil MSP Sunday Herald Piece

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...

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Innovation thrives in a happy town

Positive people drive recovery, says Dr Robert Crawford I recently attended a conference on innovation co-sponsored by the Economic Development Association Scotland (EDAS) and the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA) - probably the UK's leading think-tank on innovation. Featuring a host of inspiring speakers from home...

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High street on a health kick

The vital signs are good as Ayr looks forward to a wealthier future. Ken Mann takes the town's pulse. Location on an idyllic coastline in Burns Country does not automatically resonate with connectivity to the commercial front line. But as the County Town, Ayr has taken its leadership role seriously....

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Ayr's past is woven into its regeneration

Some 800 years after its formation in the 13th century by King William the Lion, Ayr is undergoing a wide-ranging and energetic transformation. While this includes, of course, a raft of enterprising initiatives aimed at rejuvenating and sustaining the town as a business centre, it's also underpinned by a determination...

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New thinking is central to the solution

With comparatively healthy numbers of residents and jobs, a move to attract new people and businesses back to the town centre is sure to revitalise historic Ayr, writes Dominic Ryan Ask anyone who does not live there to think about Ayr. The chances are they will immediately conjure up images...

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Edinburgh’s West End firms sign up for BID scheme

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 plans to be 'cultural and economic powerhouse' after £200m revamp

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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Latest News from Creative Scotland

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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Scotland's Most Improved Town Award

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...

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