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Town Centre Empty Homes Fund Open

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...

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An Overview of the Scotland's towns series with Sunday Herald

With most of the population of Scotland living in towns, it is time to shift the focus on to their potential, writes Dominic RyanLike 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...

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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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