Funding Workshop

Scotland's Towns Partnership are bringing together funding experts and funding providers for an afternoon of learning and sharing. Don't miss this opportunity to connect with some of Scotland's major funders.

These partners are ambassadors for the regeneration of our places and want to support you in achieving your goals and projects. Our funding expert will provide you with top tips for approaching and completing the applications which can sometimes be a daunting task!

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This event is free for STP Members, who can RSVP below.

Tickets for non-members are £60, and can be purchased here.

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STW2016 ‘On the Road’ 11 – 18 March, Scotland-wide

Scottish Tourism Week 2016 will see us hitting the road, travelling up and down and all across the country to host and attend a number of events.

Traditionally, you come to us. This year we’re coming to you and bringing it all together at the end of the week with the Signature Conference at the EICC.

11 – 13th March
The STA team with selected partner organisations will deliver events on Shetland, Orkney and the Outer Hebrides over the weekend.

14 – 16 March
We’ll then make our way down the East and West coastlines into the Borders and Dumfries and Galloway before heading back to Edinburgh.

17 – 18th March
Our Signature event programme which will once again include the Scotland Food & Drink conference the SLTA AGM, the National Tourism conference and conclude with the final of the Scottish Thistle Awards at the EICC in Edinburgh.

18th March
The Thistle Awards, an evening celebrating our Scottish tourism champions

For more info, see: The Scottish Tourism Alliance

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Digital Towns Workshop

STP’s free Digital Towns event centres around how digital activity can support and enhance the regeneration of towns and places across Scotland. Delegates will hear from experts in the digital sector including representatives from BT Scotland and Digital Scotland, followed by examples of successful implementation of digital tools from Perth and Kinross CouncilMiss Pauley's and a Business Improvement District's perspective. Delegates will have time to discuss how, what and where digital tools can be implemented in their place during the “Meet the Supplier” session with representatives from a range of supporting organisations including:

 

802 Works 

ADS Digital

Global Treasure Apps

Loop Connections

Miconex

Noggin

Scottish Business Resilience Centre

Social I Street

Swipii

 

We hope that you can join STP for an afternoon of learning, sharing and networking.

 

Book here.

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STP Funding Workshop

STP are bringing together funding experts and funding providers for an afternoon of learning and sharing.  Don't miss this opportunity to connect with some of Scotland's major funders including:

Heritage Lottery Fund

Big Lottery Fund

Firstport

Foundation Scotland

Sustans Scotland

These partners are ambassadors for the regeneration of our places and want to support you in achieving your goals and projects. Our funding expert will provide you with top tips for approaching and completing the applications which can sometimes be a daunting task!

Click here to book your place

For more information contact Rebecca Mather.

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STP Funding Workshop

In partnership with SLAED, BIDs Scotland, DTA Scotland & Harper Macleod, this learning event provides an overview of a range of town centre partnership regeneration interventions and models; with a more in-depth look at two examples - Business Improvement Districts and Development Trusts. Advice on overarching legal considerations  and incorporation options will round off the session and there will be ample time to discuss aspirations and challenges for your town or community. 

One Size Doesn’t Fit All..when it comes to regenerating and developing your local town, it is important that you choose the right delivery vehicle. In some cases this may be a traditional Town Centre Partnership approach, a Business Improvement District or even a Community or Development Trust led programme. This event looks at the various ways in which you can tackle your town byy highlighting the pro’s and con’s of each and highlighting some of the more complex legal and statutory issues that can arise.

— Phil Prentice, East Renfrewshire Council

Members - Free / Non-Members - £50

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Understanding Scottish Places Launch - Musselburgh

You are warmly invited to join us for the launch of the Understanding Scottish Places platform which will take place on Wednesday 29 April, 10am - 11am, at the Brunton Theatre in Musselburgh. 

The platform will be launched by Alex Neil MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice, Communities and Pensioners' Rights. Refreshments will be served. 

The Understanding Scottish Places platform is the first free to use, open access platform to help us understand Scottish towns. Guests at the event will be the first to gain access to the platform, where you can to explore information about your town and compare with communities across the country. Guests will also receive a USP map of Scotland, an innovative new way looking at how citizens and places interact with their neighbours.

To book your place, please email Georgina Bowyer, (Projects Officer, Carnegie UK Trust) [email protected] by 22 April. 

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Community Shares Scotland - Edinburgh Roadshow

Community Shares Scotland's fourth Roadshow in Edinburgh - learn more about the community shares model and how it can benefit your community. A free event, but booking is essential via this link.

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A Day for Towns

A half day dedicated to talking towns, incorporating STP’s Annual General Meeting. Take this opportunity to meet and connect with Scotland’s towns network at the Towns Tea Party; Julian Dobson will launch his book for the first time in Scotland, “How to Save our Town Centres”; join us in Parliament too for the Towns and Town Centres Cross Party Group meeting.

Agenda

1430 ‘Town Tea Party’ - Afternoon Tea and Networking

1530 Welcome & AGM Business – Professor Leigh Sparks, Chair of Scotland's Towns Partnership

1600  Julian Dobson launches his new book, How to Save Our Town Centres

1630 Discussion

1655  Closing Remarks – Professor Leigh Sparks

1700 Close of Towns Session at Storytelling Centre.

1800 Meeting of the Cross Party Group on Towns & Town Centres in The Scottish Parliament.
If you are not a member of the CPG and would like to join and attend this Meeting, contact [email protected].

1930 Close of Cross Party Group Meeting

 

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Practical Application of Skills Investment Plans and Regional Skills Assessments

Over the last few years SDS have taken the lead in establishing an industry-led approach to Skills Planning in Scotland. Chris Brodie, Lead Head of Sector Development, will lead a session on how and why SDS have developed Skills Investment Plans and Regional Skills Assessments. Book your ticket via the EDAS website.

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Introduction to Economic Development

2-day non-residential course providing an introduction to economic development and the basic approaches required in delivering economic development in Scotland.

Book via the EDAS website.

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Can Local Trump Global? The Can Do Towns Story

Talk Oot #1 with Can Do Towns - a great opportunity to hear about the successful programme which is delivering two key Scottish Government policies in our communities and towns - Scotland Can Do and the Town Centre Action Plan.

Can Do Towns was born out of a conversation about breathing new life into our town centres and how we can create a more enterprising Scotland. The starting point was that "our towns have become innovation free zones". This was followed up by a variety of other comments including "if cheaper rates and easier parking are the solutions what was the problem in the first place?"

We can no longer depend on big multi nationals to create jobs for our towns - we need our local communities to take the lead and create new opportunities for a new breed of entrepreneur.

Can Do Towns worked with Business Improvement Districts, Development Trust Associations and community activists. The starting point was doing something different with much loved places and spaces. The result was an enterprise journey for nearly fifteen town groupings as they started considering purchasing or taking over redundant buildings and turning them into something different.

In this Enterprise Talk Oot #1 we will hear directly from some of the participants as they negotiated:

  1. Their community right to buy;
  2. How to convert buildings into collaborative work space;
  3. How they can create new economic opportunities for their local area, and addressing the fact that both our towns and our economies need something radically different;
  4. The reality of a bottom up project;
  5. Creating a sustainable project  that keeps the money in the local area and is there for the long term.

Can Do Towns is a great opportunity to hear about the successful programme which is delivering two key Scottish Government policies in our communities and towns - Scotland Can Do  and Town Centre Action Plan.

Relevant to anyone with an interest in local economic development, community empowerment, place based entrepreneurship, innovation and inclusiveness, collaborative economy, globalisation.

To find out more and to REGISTER for the event click here.  Places are limited so book your place now!

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EDAS Refresher Course

This one day course is intended to update the knowledge of people with a good basis in local economic development, to cater for the changing economic and policy circumstances. Book your place via the EDAS website.

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2015 Central Scotland Green Network Forum

The 2015 forum has a particular focus on urban greening, emphasising the CSGN’s links to the Scottish Government’s agendas on placemaking, town centres, climate change and tackling health inequalities. Delegates will gain insight into international practice and what is already being achieved in Scotland, in particular within the CSGN area. A series of parallel sessions will allow you to tailor the day’s programme to best suit your interests.  

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Local v Global - A Town Centre Regeneration Story

Local V Global - A Town Centre Regeneration Story with Can Do Towns - a great opportunity to hear about the successful programme which is delivering two key Scottish Government policies in our communities and towns - Scotland Can Do and the Town Centre Action Plan.

In the fight to regenerate our town centres we need our local communities to take the lead and create new opportunities for a new breed of entrepreneur.

Can Do Towns was born out of a conversation about breathing new life into our town centres and how we can create a more enterprising Scotland. The starting point was that "our towns have become innovation free zones". This was followed up by a variety of other comments including "if cheaper rates and easier parking are the solutions what was the problem in the first place?"

In the fight to regenerate our town centres we need our local communities to take the lead and create new opportunities for a new breed of entrepreneur.

Can Do Towns worked with Business Improvement Districts, Development Trust Associations and community activists. The starting point was doing something different with much loved places and spaces. The result was an enterprise journey for nearly fifteen town groupings as they started considering purchasing or taking over redundant buildings and turning them into something different.

In this Enterprise Talk Oot #1 we will hear directly from some of the participants as they negotiated:

1. Their community right to buy;
2. How to convert buildings into collaborative work space;
3. How they can create new economic opportunities for their local area, and addressing the fact that both our towns and our economies need something radically different;
4. The reality of a bottom up project;
5. Creating a sustainable project that keeps the money in the local area and is there for the long term.

Relevant to anyone with an interest in local economic development, community empowerment, place based entrepreneurship, innovation and inclusiveness, collaborative economy, and globalisation.

To register click HERE. Places are limited so book your place now!

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ABCD Festival

The ABCD Institute is at the centre of a global movement for citizen-led action. In 2015, to mark the 20th Anniversary of the Institute, ABCD Europe will be hosting a five day gathering on 15-19 June 2015, which we’re calling ‘The ABCD Festival’.
It will gather together people from across the world who have fostered place-based, citizen-led, and asset-based social movements. We will gather in the village of Ribby Hall, in Blackpool in England, where we will create our own community/ village.

This is an opportunity to celebrate our efforts to ensure local action continues to proliferate and flourish. 

Click here for more information and to book.

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Connecting MSPs to Scotland's towns

This campaign encourages MSPs to take a day during recess to spend time in and connect with their local town. Towns are key to Scotland’s economy with around 60% of jobs and employment there and around 70% of the population living in these communities.

STP along with the Cross Party Group on Towns and Town Centres are keen to hear about the activity taking place in towns across Scotland and we would be delighted if you’d like to take part. Join the discussion on Twitter @ScotlandsTowns #MSPTownTime

MSPs are welcome to take part by spending a day in their local area, connecting and sharing with local businesses and the community. By feeding their experience back to the community through STP, we can share with the wider towns’ network and add to best practice examples for all to access. MSPs, download your campaign toolkit!

Town centre practitioners, groups, businesses and town centre management are encouraged to host an MSP for the day in their town. We want to raise the profile of our towns to MSPs and this is an important campaign to celebrate and raise awareness of the opportunities and barriers our towns face.

Scotland's cities and small and rural towns and settlements are welcome to take part!

Towns Cross Party Group Convener, Margaret McCulloch MSP, Shadow Minister for Towns said;

“Through the Cross Party Group for Towns and Town Centres we hear and discuss much of the regeneration activity taking place across the country. It is important for us as MSPs to have practical knowledge of town centre regeneration and the barriers and opportunities that face our towns. This opportunity allows us to further connect with and support our towns whilst igniting the conversation around how we can improve and develop our town centres.

I encourage MSPs across Scotland to take a day during this campaign to enjoy the town centres that are at the heart of our communities. I will be visiting East Kilbride and Falkirk town centres this summer and thoroughly look forward to exploring all they have to offer.”

For more information and to take part, please contact Rebecca Mather.

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SURF Awards 2015

SURF’s annual awards process, delivered in partnership with the Scottish Government, is open to all community regeneration projects in Scotland that are currently in place or that have been completed within two years of the closing date. The purpose of the SURF Awards is:

  • To recognise and reward best practice and innovation in community regeneration;
  • To promote and disseminate best practice across Scotland as means of sharing knowledge and experience, and thereby enhancing future policy and practice;
  • To highlight the role that regeneration projects have in improving the wellbeing of individuals and communities.

The SURF Awards offers an opportunity for regeneration projects of all sizes to demonstrate value to funders and partners, support team-building and develop a national profile. 

SURF Award Categories:

The Scotland’s Most Improved Town 2015 SURF Awards category will identify, celebrate and share the positive impacts of participative planning and regeneration processes in urban settlements of all sizes across Scotland. There will be three winning projects in this category:

  • Scotland’s Most Improved Small Town (population size below 5000)
  • Scotland’s Most Improved Medium Town (population size between 5000­20,000)
  • Scotland’s Most Improved Large Town (population size exceeding 20,000)

Entries will be expected to demonstrate, and will be judged on:

Engagement: Effective community engagement and participation;

Enhanced Economy: Improved economic opportunities and engagement with the private sector;

Practical Achievements: Benefits for people living in the town and using the town centre;

Putting the Town Centre First: Use of proactive planning and the ‘Town Centre First’ principle, and improvement in access to public services and digital infrastructure;

Pride of Place: Improvement in the town’s image, identity and ‘pride of place’.

Information Paper | Application Form (PDF)

Applications close on 14th September 2015, more information can be found at www.scotregen.co.uk/surf-awards/ 

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How we can Unleash the Massive Small

As global problems are increasingly felt locally, now more than ever we need to harness the power of the small. ‘Massive Small’ happens whenever a person takes control over the space in which they live or work, adapting it to their needs. When many people do this, it adds up to sustainable, human centric, and beautiful places that are capable of meeting the challenges of the future.

Andrew Campbell, co-founder of the Massive Small network will discuss:

  • How the Massive Small framework and theory will expand beyond the module currently taught at Oxford University to many new contexts.
  • How people across the world are making Massive Small change happen in their cities, often against all the odds.
  • How together, we can trigger a global movement that can change the way governments collaborate with citizens.

This will be followed by an open Q&A session. After the event, Andrew and the new Edinburgh team will be heading to the Novotel Bar across the road from the Edinburgh College of Art for a follow up chat. Come along and connect with other free thinkers who want to challenge the prevailing way that we make cities.

For more information and to attend click here.

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Special Lecture: Scotland’s Urban Past

GCHT are proud to present a special double lecture, in collaboration with the Scotland’s Urban Past team, on the 6th August 2015, 7pm at 54 Bell Street.

About Scotland’s Urban Past: Scotland’s Urban Past (SUP), a joint initiative between the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS) and Historic Scotland, with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, is an innovative project that will put groups and individuals across Scotland’s towns and cities in charge of recording the history on their doorsteps through capturing memories, investigating buildings and exploring sources of local knowledge.  SUP supports all kinds of projects which help people to explore and celebrate the history of Scotland’s towns and cities. Every project idea stems from a local community. SUP also help to grow these ideas into full community-led projects by offering groups training, access to essential resources and continued project support.

Lecture 1 - Scotland’s Urban Past: Your Town, Your Street, Your Story, Chiara Ronchini                                              

From medieval monuments to skate parks, Chiara Ronchini will provide an introduction to the new nationwide project from Historic Scotland and the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments which helps communities throughout Scotland to take the lead in exploring and celebrating the history of Scotland’s towns and cities.

Chiara Ronchini is the Project Manager for Scotland’s Urban Past. 

 

Lecture 2 – Discovering the Clyde: The Heritage of a River, Alex Adamson                                               

Alex Adamson will talk about Discovering the Clyde, a newly launched 5-year programme about the 176km long thread of history that flows through Glasgow. The programme, led by Historic Scotland and the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments, encourages local people to explore how humans have created, been affected, changed and been changed by the River Clyde.

Alex Adamson is the Programme Manager for Discovering the Clyde.

Date: 6th August 2015

Time: 7pm

Venue: 54 Bell Street

 

Lectures are free to GCHT Friends or £5 donation for non-friends. Please note, booking is essential for the lectures.

To book please email: [email protected]org.uk or call 0141 552 1331.

Please note: Lectures start at 7pm prompt. We would request patrons to be seated by 7pm. GCHT operates a doors closed policy with no admittance after 15 minutes of commencement. GCHT will hold reservations for 15 minutes at which point any non-reserved patron will be offered these places.

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Business Tourism Conference 2015

Designed by industry for industry, this business focused, interactive day is for owners, senior directors and managers from the Scottish meetings, incentives, conferences and conventions industry and all supplier companies associated with these businesses.

The programme will challenge delegates to think differently in how we sell, promote and deliver the business tourism product in Scotland, looking at emerging trends, audience engagement, the customer journey and looking at ways to join up and work more collaboratively.

If you book before the end of August, you’ll get three places for two.  Click here to find out more about the conference and to book your place.

The Conference Building on the success of the 2014 Conference, 2015 will deliver a collaborative, thought provoking and highly interactive day for meetings and events professionals in Scotland.

The programme will challenge us all to think differently in how we sell, promote and deliver the business tourism product in Scotland. We will be talking about emerging trends, how to engage audiences differently, the customer journey and the opportunities for collaboration. Lots of motivation, inspiration and practical tips to take back to your own business no matter what your business size or location.

Designed by Industry for Industry A high-level industry steering group working closely with VisitScotland’s Business EventsScottish Enterprise,Dundee & Angus Convention BureauMarketing EdinburghGlasgow City Marketing Bureau and VisitAberdeen will once again deliver a business focused and interactive day.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

Owners, senior directors and managers from the Scottish meetings, incentives, conferences and conventions industry and all supplier companies associated with these businesses. Including:

  • Activity providers
  • AV companies
  • Catering companies
  • DMCs
  • Gala Dinner venues
  • Hotels & Resorts
  • PCOs
  • Transport companies
  • Venues & Conference Centres

Early Booking Rate Take advantage of our 3 for 2 rate until the end of August 2015.

For bookings see: https://www.registerforevent.co.uk/bts2015/

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Vacant to Vibrant - the opening of Scotland's first Can Do Space in Falkirk

In May 2014, Falkirk Delivers (the Business Improvement District) took part in our Can Do Towns Innovation Challenge. The aim of the Innovation Challenge was simple. Find a redundant building and breathe new life into it The Challenge was, there was no funding and the space had to be a messy one and by messy we meant a place where people could share and collaborate and make work together. Not an Innovation Hub, not a Creative Hub, great though they are, but a mash up of all kinds of enterprise and enterprising people could become Can Do. In short a Can Do Space.

To say it was a voyage of discovery for all participants was an understatement, but on 27th August 2015 the former Walmsleys store on Falkirk's Callendar Riggs, will become the first Can Do Enterprising Space.

Come and hear the story. How it happened, who was involved, how it all fell into place.

Come and see what it looks like and what will happen next.

Come and join us as the next part of the voyage starts!

Tickets are FREE! Please visit Eventbrite to register

Event Timings

10.00am   -   Arrival with tea, coffee and scones Behind the Wall

10.30am   -   Vacant to Vibrant

                     Move to the launch venue

                     The Falkirk Can Do Towns Story

11.00am   -   Minister launches Can Do Space

11.30am   -   Workshop

12.30pm   -   Close

 

Perfect for Development Trust Assocations, Business Improvement Districts and any group of Can Do People.

 

FAQs

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

This event takes place in the town centre and is easily accessed by train - Falkirk High or Grahamston, by bus or car with easy parking at the Howgate Centre.

Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Event Manager - Fiona Colquhoun - [email protected]

Is my registration/ticket transferrable?

No. Please note spaces are very limited if you are unable to attend  it is essential you let us know as soon as possible so we can make the space available for someone else

For tickets please visit Eventbrite

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SBRC Pubwatch Summit

The Summit will take place on Thursday 10th of September 2015 over a half day at Edinburgh’s prestigious National Galleries with confirmed speakers from National Pubwatch,The BII, Tennent’s Training Academy and Best Bar None.

The Summit will look to draw on a number of industry experts to help raise awareness of issues affecting Pubwatch. It will also provide an excellent opportunity to showcase the best practice which is currently being seen in Pubwatches throughout Scotland. Licensed premises will also be able to pick up the tools they need to help them run not only a successful Pubwatch but also a safe and successful licensed premises.

For more information and to book see SBRC Pubwatch Pages.

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Scotland's Housing: Achieving step change in supply and suitability

This conference will discuss how currently planned and innovative new approaches to investment and regeneration can deliver a step change in housing supply and suitability across all tenures in Scotland.

Scotland's housing challenge remains: how do we deliver affordable public and private rented housing and affordable home owner housing in the right places and sizes across the communities of urban, rural and remote Scotland.

The conference will examine:

  • Scottish Government strategy and policy for housing
  • Current and future housing demand challenges
  • Partnership opportunities for additional housing supply
  • Investment innovation and new models for delivery
  • What can be learned internationally in housing delivery?
  • Balancing urban, rural and remote Scotland’s housing demands
  • Delivering housing that supports smart, connected places across Scotland
  • Getting Scotland’s housing supply, location, tenures and types right to support sustainable communities and growth
  • The role of housing in the prevention agenda

Keynote speaker: Margaret Burgess MSP, Minister for Housing and Welfare

For more information and to book click here.

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North Towns Roadshow

Scotland’s Towns Partnership’s Roadshow series runs across Scotland in Summer/Autumn 2015. The North Scotland Roadshow event will be held in Inverness on 28th September. It will engage with local authority areas covering Highland, Argyll and Bute, Western Isles, Orkney and Shetland. It aims to enable Scottish Government and a key range of delivery and support partners to update local authority, private and third sector groupings, through a focused session, to raise awareness of progress with the Town Centre Action Plan and the wide range of organisations assisting with project implementation and support.  It builds on the towns national media campaign, launch of towns web portal, town toolkit, place standard and aims to help local practitioners understand the full menu of supports available; ultimately engendering new relationships and activity and better levels of engagement.

Understanding Scotland’s Towns

10:00   Networking Coffee

10:30   Welcome from Highland Council

10:35   Scotland’s Towns Partnership Overview

Professor Leigh Sparks, Chair, Scotland’s Towns Partnership

10:45   Town Centre Action Plan

Kevin McGowan, Scottish Government

10.55   Understanding Scottish Places Online Platform

Professor Leigh Sparks, Chair, Scotland’s Towns Partnership

Neil McInroy, Chief Executive, Centre for Local Economic Strategies (Invited)

11:15   USP Lab – Interactive Session

Helping you to understand the function of your town and compare and contrast towns across Scotland.

A limited number of tablets will be available for this session. Please bring your own devices if possible.

12:00   Networking Lunch

Supporting Scotland’s Towns – Partner Showcase

Key organisations showcase what they do and how they can help you through a series of rapid elevator pitches.  Save questions for the end, and catch up with our partners during the Connector Session. 

12:45   Architecture and Design Scotland

12:50   Planning Aid Scotland (PAS)

12:55   Business Improvement Districts

13:00   Development Trusts Association Scotland

13:05   Can Do Towns

13:10   Lateral North

13:15   Scottish Business in the Community

13:20   Sustrans Scotland

13:25   Scottish Business Resilience Centre

13:30   General Questions

13:45   Connector Session (Coffee served)

An opportunity to find out more and connect with the organisations that have the right support for your town or project.

14:45   Close

Who Should Attend?

  • Representation across relevant local authority departments:

-       Director and Head of Planning/Housing/Regeneration/Economic Development

-       Management levels in above departments

-       Operational staff who will use toolkits and Understanding Scottish Places  

  • Development trusts and other community groups
  • BIDs, Chambers and other trade groups
  • Community Planning partners
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DECADE: I don't live in a house, I live in a community

How can housing create stronger communities and great neighbourhoods? With contributions from representatives of private and public housing, healthcare and academia we invite you to hear their views and join the discussion at this lively and topical event.

Set against a context where place-making policies are being strongly promoted in order to deliver better outcomes for people. And at a time when policy agendas are uniting around ‘place’ to ensure communities are empowered and engaged in the making of their places. How can housing provide more than merely unit numbers?

This is about a people-centred approach that links health and social sustainability benefits with the benefits of added value and marketability. It aims to stimulate thinking about conventional ‘market and deliverability’ approaches to housing and to reflect on the housing sector’s greater longer term role in ensuring the creation of great places for people.

Chaired and introduced by Andrew Burrell, The Burrell Company and A&DS board member.

Speakers:

Yvette Burgess, Director of the Housing Support Enabling Unit, Coalition of Care and Support Providers

Mark Hamilton, Head of Architectural Design, Springfield Properties

Keith Kintrea, Professor of Urban Studies and Housing,University of Glasgow

Kevin McGeough, Head of Corporate Strategy, Homes and Communities Agency

Rory Mitchell, Public Health Information Manager, NHS Scotland 

To book a ticket:

https://decadehousing.eventbrite.co.uk

 

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SP=EED Verification - Engagement Skills training for planning and placemaking

Would you like to be recognised for your skills in community engagement and undertake valuable CDP training?

PAS (www.pas.org.uk ) has a new date for SP=EED Verification coming up:

Thursday 1 October 5.30-9.00 pm - Glasgow (city centre venue)

  • SP=EED (Successful Planning = Effective Engagement and Delivery) is PAS’s practical guide to effective community engagement and is mentioned in Scottish Government guidance.
  • SP=EED Verification is a two-part programme. Part 1 is an interactive workshop and Part 2 is a written reflective-learning assessment.
  • The programme certifies competence in using the SP=EED™ approach and that you have completed a written reflective-learning assessment. It also develops interpersonal skills required to deliver effective engagement. Follow this link to the PAS website for full details.
  • Previous participants have come from planning authorities across Scotland (local, strategic and national park); a range of planning consultancies; the renewables sector; communications consultancies, Sustrans Scotland, as well as third sector organisations, academia and community groups.

Feedback from previous participants:

  • “Completing SP=EED™ Verification was really useful to enhancing the quality of my community engagement work with communities on planning issues. The training provided lots of fresh ideas and a good explanation of the SP=EED process. The materials provided were very comprehensive and invaluable to completing my project.”
    • “Very good facilitation using a range of different methods. The programme was well thought out and flowed well, it will be good to get this accreditation.”
    • “Initial attempts focused on using SP=EED as an audit tool at the end of the engagement but we have realised that it is most effective when used to plan consultation at the outset. We have now used SP=EED to develop best practice and incorporate its principles into the design of the consultation.”

 

Cost: The cost of SP=EED Verification (including the workshop, assessment process and verification) is: £250 per person.

If you would like to register please complete the form at this link.

If you have any questions please email [email protected] or call David Wood on 0131 659 9774.

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Vacant to Vibrant -Hear the Story + See The Space

Vacant to Vibrant @Can Do Towns - How Falkirk Made It Happen

Hear The Story + See The Space

After the immensely successful launch in Falkirk in August with Minister Margaret Burgess MSP, we have had lots of requests from people wanting to learn how they could have a Can Do Space in their area.
 
We are running  a set of workshops in Falkirk where the first Can Do Space is underway.  This means you can actually see what the concept is all about.
 
Limited to small groups of no more than 15 we can spend time explaining why it happened, how it happened and how you can make it happen.
 
We will go over all the elements that were involved, who has taken part and how it happened. The Falkirk project was a partnership with Falkirk Delivers, the BID and also Falkirk Council.  We will also cover the role social media played in getting the Can Do Towns project and this Can Do Space underway, and involving so many people, community groups and businesses.
 
The event is FREE and gets you tea coffee and scones on arrival.
Do you have questions about Vacant to Vibrant -Hear the Story + See The Space?Contact Can Do Towns - unlock your town's enterprise potential
For tickets, see Can Do Towns Eventbrite page
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Fighting Fit: Ready for Anything MGS Conference 2015

Organiser: Museums Galleries Scotland

Purpose:  To offer a cost effective platform through which Scotland’s museums and galleries can network and engage with practical and relevant content, helping the sector to develop and work towards delivering against the National Strategy aims and objectives.

Theme:  “Fighting Fit: Ready for Anything” will focus on developing the long-term resilience of the museums sector in facing challenging funding and political environments. The day will be organised around three sub-themes:

  • ‘Robust’: organisational health – governance, business planning and change management
  • ‘Resourceful’: creativity, enterprise and innovation
  • ‘Responsive’: organisational agility and adaptability

Programme: The day will consist of a mix of presentations, keynote and parallel sessions. Please click on the link to view an overview of the programme.

There will be a marketplace of organisations that can support the museums sector.

BOOK YOUR TICKETS HERE

Please download the Breakout Session document on the right hand side of this page for full information of the different sessions on offer on the day. You will be asked to choose your sessions when you book your tickets, so please make a note of your choices before proceeding.

#MGSConf @MuseumsGalScot

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CSPP Discussion Forum: How Can Towns Contribute More Effectively Towards the Development of a Fairer Scotland?

Led by CSPP Chair, Professor Richard Kerley, the forum’s purpose is to gather insight and expertise in the identification of key factors and considerations for the alignment of town development with social justice goals. The forum will encourage a candid and inclusive discussion on the role of Scotland's towns in this agenda, seeking to address key areas of related legislation including living wage, community empowerment and land reform.

Booking and attendance:

This event is free to attend. However, as places are strictly limited, please reserve your place by contacting Elaine Bone, [email protected], Tel/Text 07801 354591.

Background

Scotland’s policy think tank, The Centre for Scottish Public Policy (CSPP), founder of the ‘go to’ body for towns, Scotland’s Towns Partnership (STP), has been appointed by STP to host ‘the National Think Tank on Towns’. Its focus is to primarily explore how towns should ensure they deliver on social justice and a fairer, more inclusive society.

Next steps

Feedback from the forum will be reported to the Voluntary Action Fund. Feedback will also make a key contribution to the extensive research being undertaken for the project. Early thoughts will premiere at a future-towns session at STP’s national conference for Scotland’s towns on 18th November in Falkirk.

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East Scotland Towns Roadshow

Scotland’s Towns Partnership’s Roadshow series runs across Scotland in Summer/Autumn 2015. The East Scotland Roadshow event will be held in Edinburgh on 20th October. It will engage with local authority areas covering Edinburgh, Midlothian, West Lothian, East Lothian and Falkirk. It aims to enable Scottish Government and a key range of delivery and support partners to update local authority, private and third sector groupings, through a focused session, to raise awareness of progress with the Town Centre Action Plan and the wide range of organisations assisting with project implementation and support.  It builds on the towns national media campaign, launch of towns web portal, town toolkit, place standard and aims to help local practitioners understand the full menu of supports available; ultimately engendering new relationships and activity and better levels of engagement.

Understanding Scotland’s Towns

10:00   Networking Coffee

10:30   Welcome from City of Edinburgh Council

Councillor Ross, City of Edinburgh Council

10:35   Scotland’s Towns Partnership Overview

10:45   Town Centre Action Plan

Susan Brown, Scottish Government

10.55   Understanding Scottish Places Online Platform

Professor Leigh Sparks, Chair, Scotland’s Towns Partnership

Neil McInroy, Chief Executive, Centre for Local Economic Strategies (Invited)

11:15   USP Lab – Interactive Session

Helping you to understand the function of your town and compare and contrast towns across Scotland

*A limited number of tablets will be available for this session. Please bring your own devices if possible.

12:00   Networking Lunch

Supporting Scotland’s Towns – Partner Showcase

Key organisations showcase what they do and how they can help you through a series of rapid elevator pitches.  Save questions for the end, and catch up with our partners during the Connector Session. 

12:45   Architecture and Design Scotland

12:50   Planning Aid Scotland (PAS)

12:55   Business Improvement Districts

13:00   Development Trusts Association Scotland

13:05   Can Do Towns

13:10   Lateral North

13:15   Scottish Business in the Community

13:20   Sustrans Scotland

13:25   Scottish Business Resilience Centre

13:30   General Questions

13:45   Connector Session (Coffee served)

An opportunity to find out more and connect with the organisations that have the right support for your town or project.

14:45   Close

 

Who Should Attend?

  • Representation across relevant local authority departments:

-       Director and Head of Planning/Housing/Regeneration/Economic Development

-       Management levels in above departments

-       Operational staff who will use toolkits and Understanding Scottish Places  

  • Development trusts and other community groups
  • BIDs, Chambers and other trade groups
  • Community Planning partners
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West Region Towns Roadshow

Scotland’s Towns Partnership’s Roadshow series runs across Scotland in Summer/Autumn 2015. The West Scotland Roadshow event will be held in Kilmarnock, in partnership with East Ayrshire Council on 27th October. It will engage with local authority areas covering Glasgow City, East Renfrewshire, Renfrewshire, East Dunbartsonshire, West Dunbartonshire, North Ayrshire, South Ayrshire, South and North Lanarkshire, Inverclyde and of course East Ayrshire. It aims to enable Scottish Government and a key range of delivery and support partners to update local authority, private and third sector groupings, through a focused session, to raise awareness of progress with the Town Centre Action Plan and the wide range of organisations assisting with project implementation and support. It builds on the towns national media campaign, launch of towns web portal, town toolkit, place standard and aims to help local practitioners understand the full menu of supports available; ultimately engendering new relationships and activity and better levels of engagement.

Understanding Scotland’s Towns

10:00   Networking Coffee

10:30   Welcome from East Ayrshire Council

10:35   Scotland’s Towns Partnership Overview

10:45   Town Centre Action Plan

Kevin McGowan, Scottish Government

10.55   Understanding Scottish Places Online Platform

Professor Leigh Sparks, Chair, Scotland’s Towns Partnership

Neil McInroy, Chief Executive, Centre for Local Economic Strategies (Invited)

11:15   USP Lab – Interactive Session

Helping you to understand the function of your town and compare and contrast towns across Scotland.

*A limited number of tablets will be available for this session. Please bring your own devices if possible.

12:00   Networking Lunch

Supporting Scotland’s Towns – Partner Showcase

Key organisations showcase what they do and how they can help you through a series of rapid elevator pitches.  Save questions for the end, and catch up with our partners during the Connector Session. 

12:45   Architecture and Design Scotland

12:50   Planning Aid Scotland (PAS)

12:55   Business Improvement Districts

13:00   Development Trusts Association Scotland

13:05   Can Do Towns

13:10   Lateral North

13:15   Scottish Business in the Community

13:20   Sustrans Scotland

13:25   Scottish Business Resilience Centre

13:30   General Questions

13:45   Connector Session (Coffee served)

An opportunity to find out more and connect with the organisations that have the right support for your town or project.

14:45   Close

Who Should Attend?

  • Representation across relevant local authority departments:

-       Director and Head of Planning/Housing/Regeneration/Economic Development

-       Management levels in above departments

-       Operational staff who will use toolkits and Understanding Scottish Places  

  • Development trusts and other community groups
  • BIDs, Chambers and other trade groups
  • Community Planning partners
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Place Challenge 2015

PLACE CHALLENGE 2015: TOWN CENTRE LIVING 28-29 OCTOBER

Changing economic circumstances, competition and patterns of service provision are challenging the role of town centres as sustainable places. Rethinking town centres as places to live is one possible future. But, how do we – working collaboratively – create town centres as living places that re-use existing spaces to deliver housing, opportunity and services in the right place for the most impact?

Architecture and Design Scotland, with Scottish Government and Angus Council, is hosting a practical learning event to address these issues. Join us at the PLACE CHALLENGE event on 28-29 October. Using Arbroath as a ‘learning place’ we will offer a two day collaborative learning experience focusing on how to deliver town centre living as a key part of making the ‘town centres first’ principle a reality.

The Place Challenge is a practical, multidisciplinary learning event, offering you
the opportunity to:

• Share practice with your peers from across Scotland (what’s working, what
are the barriers?)

• Hear from contributors with potential solutions to your challenges on the
ground

• Engage with policymakers, funders and agencies who can support you to
influence change

• Develop approaches and networks to help you deliver change in your place

For more information and to book see the Place Standard 2015 Flyer

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New Research: Lessons from the U.S. for Building Local Economies in Scotland
New Research: Lessons from the U.S. for Building Local Economies in Scotland

Friday 30th October, 2.30pm, Edinburgh 
 
Book now, and bring a friend for free! 

EDAS is excited to announce that on Friday 30th October an expert panel will present new research on innovative local economic strategies in the U.S., and how the lessons from these can contribute to building local economies in Scotland which promote both progressive growth and social wellbeing
 
The afternoon will be a valuable opportunity to hear high profile speakers from the Centre for Local Economic Strategies, Scottish Government, Social Enterprise Scotland, and EDAS, and to discuss key challenges and opportunities for local economic development in Scotland. Full information below.
Book now, and bring a friend. All those who reserve a place may bring a colleague or associate for free, in order to introduce them to EDAS' work and activities, and to help raise awareness of the important new research to be presented. 

SDS Flexible Training Scheme. Non-public sector organisations with less than 100 employees are able to apply to the Skills Development Scotland Flexible Training Scheme. You may qualify for a refund of 50% of the cost of attending our event. Read more.  
 
Building New Local Economies in Scotland: Lessons from the United States

Supported by: 
 
  
When: Friday 30th October
Location: Edinburgh
Address: Pinsent Masons Board Room, 139 Fountainbridge, Edinburgh, EH3 9QG. Map
Time: 14:30 - 16:45 (close by 17:15)
Refreshments provided
 
Booking and attendance: £25 (members) £50 (non members). As a special offer, those who reserve a place may bring a friend for free.
 
To book, please contact Yvonne Prager.
 
EDAS extends a warm invitation to learn about an important international study by the Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES) - the UK's leading independent research organisation with a focus on economic development, regeneration and place-making.                                                                                             
Attendees will hear first-hand about CLES' recent fact-finding mission to the United States to investigate the responses of different areas to economic decline in a way that promotes progressive growth, social development, and addresses poverty and inequality. The CLES team will present key findings from their research, including on: collaboration, the local state, philanthropy, markets from within, inequality, the role of the social sector, and BIDs. 
 
Together with speakers from the Scottish Government, Social Enterprise Scotland, and EDAS, those attending will be able to discuss the implications of the mission's findings for the development of local strategies to achieve productive growth balanced with social inclusion and wellbeing in Scotland - one of four key priorities in the Scottish Government's new economic strategy. 
 
The event will be of value to EDAS members and all stakeholders with an interest in local economic development. Read more about CLES' research.
 
Speakers: 
 
  • Neil McInroy, Chief Executive, CLES. Biography.
  • Matthew Jackson, Deputy Chief Executive, CLES. Biography.
  • David McPhee, Head of Business and Digital Analytical Unit, Office of the Chief Economic Advisor to the Scottish Government
  • Fraser Kelly, Chief Executive, Social Enterprise Scotland. Biography.
  • Susan Love and Robert Pollock, EDAS Board
 
Image: Pittsburgh, one of several sites visited by CLES
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SSN Conference 2015 - Beyond Paris: Climate Change, Systems Change and the Public Sector

This year’s conference, Beyond Paris: Climate Change, Systems Change and the Public Sector, locates itself within the sub-national, national and international context of current challenges around action on climate change.  The programme has been designed for SSN Members and their colleagues who play key roles in improving public sector action on climate change. The 2015 conference will also be of interest to all those involved in the development of Scotland’s climate ambitions beyond 2015.

 

Register for the conference now at: https://ssn-conf.eventbrite.co.uk

This year’s programme includes:

Plenary presentations from:

  • Professor Kevin Anderson, Deputy Director, Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research (http://kevinanderson.info/)
  • Aileen McLeod, Minister for Climate Change, The Scottish Government
  • Councillor Frank McAveety, Leader of Glasgow City Council
  • Terry A’Hearn, Chief Executive, Scottish Environment Protection Agency
  • Paul Tebo, Former Vice President (Safety, Health and Environment) of Dupont & the creator of DuPont’s "The Goal Is '0'" approach to environmental stewardship
  • Lang Banks, Director, WWF Scotland
  • Pete Leonard, Director of Housing and Environment, Aberdeen City Council
  • Duncan Booker, Sustainable Glasgow Manager, Glasgow City Council

Breakout sessions will feature Scottish Futures Trust, Institute of Future Cities, University of Edinburgh, Scottish Natural Heritage, Royal Town Planning Institute, Transform Scotland, Scottish Renewables, and Adaptation Scotland.

The summary conference programme is attached. More information is available online at www.sustainable-scotland.net/conference.

The SSN Conference 2015 is supported by The Scottish Government, Resource Efficient Scotland, SEPA and Glasgow City Council.

 

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SCDI & Social Enterprise Exchange Business Focus 2015
SCDI is delighted to be once again be working in partnership with Social Enterprise Scotland, in their 10th Anniversary year, on the delivery of the annual Social Enterprise Exchange, recognising social enterprises as a dynamic and integral part of the Scottish economy.

The recent launch of the Social Enterprise In Scotland: Census 2015 confirms that social enterprises are making a significant economic and social contribution, verifying the presence of over 5,000 social enterprises providing 112,400 jobs, with £1.15bn in combined traded income and Net collective assets of £3.86bn. It also presents a picture of a sector with a wide range of business services, strong regional representation and a positive outlook on future growth.

Taking place on Tuesday 3 November at The Hub, Edinburgh, the Social Enterprise Exchange Business Focus 2015 will include opportunities for networking and meaningful engagement between social enterprises and the public and private sectors, as well as strategic dialogue discussing the Scottish Business Confidence Monitor and its relationship with social enterprise.
 
PROGRAMME & BOOKING
The event will be held on Tuesday 3 November from 12.00 for 12.30 until 16.30 at The Hub, Castlehill, Edinburgh, EH1 2NE.

Beginning with a two course networking lunch, this will be followed by an afternoon conference session addressed by a number of key industry contributors. Further programme information will be available shortly.

Please note there is no charge to attend this event. To register please contact Claire Miller
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Transport for Regional Growth

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Refresher Course in Economic Development

Booking and attendance: £150 (members) £250 (non members). 

In a fast changing landscape, this is a knowledge update for people with a good basis in local economic development, to cater for the changing economic and policy circumstances. The course addresses four key topics:  Challenges Facing Scotland's Economy and Future Scenarios; Emerging Economic Policy in Scotland and the UK; Scotland's Businesses and Sectors; and Scotland's People. Below is an example of the feedback received from previous course participants:

 "The Refresher course in Economic Development provides a useful overview and update of current national and regional economic policy, with fresh analysis on the latest trends in the Scottish economy. It has provided useful context for the economic policy, intelligence work and briefings that Fife Council's Economic Advisors carry out."

Robin Presswood - Head of Economy, Planning and Employability at Fife Council

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Skills Event Part I - Underemployment

Attendance and booking: £25 (members) £50 (non members). To book, please contact Yvonne Prager at [email protected]

EDAS is pleased to host an event examining underemployment with Professor Ewart Keep of Oxford University.  Professor Keep has been a full-time researcher on education, training and skills for 28 years. Read more. 

The event will focus on: workforce planning; underemployed graduates; parity of esteem, and the future talent pipeline. This is the first of two EDAS events on skills to be held in the coming period. The second will focus on equity and employment (details TBA). 

 

Speakers:

 - Professor Ewart Keep (Oxford University)

- Ishabel Bremner(Chair, EDAS Skills Sub Group )

- Additional speaker TBA.

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DECADE: Letting People Lead – supporting community led regeneration

DECADE: Letting People Lead – supporting community led regeneration

10 Nov 2015, 10.15 – 12.30 The Lighthouse, Glasgow Tickets £6/4 

In Scotland there has been a significant shift from physical regeneration lead by publicly funded urban regeneration companies towards a more people based approach that addresses physical, social and economic change. Scottish Government funding, policy and the Community Empowerment Bill intend to open up ownership to communities and encourage them to take the lead on change.

In taking on this role what are the benefits of co-production where communities have a greater say in how the built and green environment grows up around them? How can this approach tackle inequalities? What support do organisations need to engage with people and communities to achieve this shift? And in turn what support do communities need from these organisations?

The event will include presentations on these topics; sessions to gather the views and ideas of participants and the opportunity to discuss these ideas as a group.

The event will be introduced and chaired by Alan Sim, Board Director of Community Central Halls, Glasgow and A&DS Board Member

Speakers:

Linda Gillespie, Programme Manager, Community Ownership Support Service DTAS

Gordon Keenan, Chief Officer, Neilston Development Trust

Brian MacDonald, SURF - Scotland's Independent Regeneration Network

 This event is part of the DECADE series of talks marking 10 years of Architecture and Design Scotland and is supported by Creative Scotland. #adsdecade

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Measuring wellbeing for effective place-making

In this sixth symposium ‘Measuring wellbeing for effective place-making’, we will explore how to measure well-being, including establishing key indicators and developing best practice standards and metrics. Small groups will discuss: What is happening? What needs improving? What do we want to happen? Through a series of activities participants will consider:

1. How should we measure well-being? How do we distinguish between identifying what people perceive well-being to be from the factors that actually impact on wellbeing?
2. What measures (indicators and related metrics) are appropriate for different contexts/schemes?
3. What kinds of approaches are needed for evaluating the contribution of place making to well-being?
4. How can the evaluation of wellbeing of collaborative community place-making approaches be better integrated?

This one day event with The University of Dundee, Centre for Environmental Change and Human Resilience (CECHR), which is being run collaboratively with community and development sector partners, will be structured around presentations, small group and plenary discussion. The event will bring together expertise from across the UK and abroad.

More information and booking here!

 

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Scottish Empty Homes Conference

This all day event is about celebrating success and will include the announcement of the winners of the Scottish Empty Homes Champion of the Year Awards.

The 5th Annual Scottish Empty Homes Conference is taking place on the 17th November 2015 at the MacDonald Holyrood Hotel in Edinburgh. This all day event is about celebrating success and will include the announcement of the winners of the Scottish Empty Homes Champion of the Year Awards. The day is an opportunity to showcase best practice and new ideas, as well as further building relationships and links to bring more empty homes back in to use in Scotland. This year is an especially exciting one as the Scottish Empty Homes Partnership based at Shelter Scotland has expanded its core team and now have increased capacity to support more innovative projects and initiatives with councils and others.

Last year there was a strong thread through the conference emphasising the role of empty homes work in achieving town centre living aims. This continues to be a focus for the Partnership which will be reflected in the day’s agenda.

This year's conference is about increasing local effort and demonstrating local impact.

Speakers

  • George Clarke, UK empty homes advisor and TV architect
  • Graeme Brown, Director of Shelter Scotland
  • Phil Prentice, Chief Officer, Scotland's Towns Partnership
  • Exclusive discussion session for Elected members

Who should attend

  • Local authority officers
  • Elected members
  • Housing association staff
  • Community Groups
  • Private sector housing professionals

Cost

£99 per delegate (£69 for second delegate)

Early bird booking for the conference begins on the 1st of July. To get yourself on the conference mailing list or to enquire about sponsorship opportunities please get in touch with Kristen Hubert on 0344 515 2461; [email protected] or Lisa Glass on 0344 515 1941; [email protected]

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Scotland's Towns Conference 2015

As part of Scotland’s Towns Week (16 – 22 November), Scotland’s Towns Partnership is hosting its annual conference on 18 November at Falkirk Town Hall. The Conference is the largest gathering for and with Scotland’s towns, celebrating all that our towns have achieved over the past year. All those with a role or interest in towns from the length and breadth of Scotland, the United Kingdom and overseas will attend making this is a great opportunity to meet new and existing connections and to share and learn with them .

An exciting programme has been developed and will focus on the Transformation of Scotland’s towns and how the Town Centre Action Plan is being delivered across Scotland. It will explore current towns’ issues whilst highlighting practical opportunities for the regeneration of Scotland’s towns, large or small.

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Scotland's Towns Conference

The largest gathering for and with Scotland’s towns will take place on 18th November 2015. Scotland’s Towns Conference looks to explore current towns issues and provides practical solutions and networking opportunities for your town.

Transforming Scotland’s Towns: Town Centres First 

09:15 Breakfast 

Registration & Information | Falkirk Showcase | Co-working Drop In (Ground Floor)

Marketplace | FutureTown Gallery (Upper Floor)

10:15 Film - Welcome to Falkirk!

10:20 – 10:25 Welcome Professor Leigh Sparks, Chair, Scotland’s Towns Partnership

10:25 – 10:45 Ministerial Address and Film Launch

Marco Biagi, Minister for Local Government and Community Empowerment 

10:45 Film – A Year in the Life of Scotland’s Towns - A Celebration 

10:50 – 11:35 Audience Forum – From National to Local: Putting Town Centres First

From national policy to local delivery, we are transforming Scotland’s towns. Led by broadcaster Keith Aitken, panel guests and audience share views on what is helping; good practice examples; and identifying the challenges being overcome.   

National viewpoint

  • Sam Cassells, Strategic Design Advisor, Scottish Futures Trust
  • Colin Mair, Chief Executive, Improvement Service
  • Ross Martin, Chief Executive, SCDI

Local viewpoint

  • Alex Fleming, BID Manager, Falkirk Delivers
  • Suzanne Arkinson, General Manager, The Howgate Shopping Centre, Falkirk
  • Rhona Geisler, Director of Regeneration, Falkirk Council

11:35 – 11:55 Town Centre First in action: Local Case Study 

We hear 3 perspectives on local action making a difference. Featuring Town Centre Action Plan projects, Renfrew Development Trust’s delivery of the Town Centre Action Plan and Renfrewshire Council’s Simplified Planning Zone. The final perspective is from Land Engineering on how our towns can create sustainable opportunities and make a real difference to communities beyond a ‘tick box exercise’.

11:35 – 11:45 Brigid Corr, Renfrew Development Trust

11:45 – 11:55 Fraser Carlin, Head of Planning and Economic Development, Renfrewshire Council

11:55 – 12:05 Gerry McLaughlin, Community Benefits Manager, Land Engineering

Catch up with our speakers over lunch to find out more, and visit Land Engineering in the Marketplace.

11:55 – 12:05 Questions

12:15 Lunch

Registration & Information | Falkirk Showcase | Co-working Drop In (ground floor) | Marketplace | FutureTown Gallery (upper floor)

13:00 – 13:55 Fringe Events

Fringe 1 Keep Scotland Beautiful

Fringe 2 Springboard

Fringe 3 ATCM

Fringe 4 Active Fringe led by Falkirk Delivers BID; a walking tour of Falkirk’s regeneration highlights.

Transforming Scotland’s Towns: The Future 

14:00 – 14:15 The Future – Professor Richard Kerley, Chair, Centre for Scottish Public Policy

Towns should be competitive contributors economically but also deliver a fairer, more inclusive society. STP founder and towns’ think tank, the Centre for Scottish Public Policy, sets the scene for our futures session, and announces its work to promote towns for all.

Case Studies: A Vision for Towns

14:15 – 14:35 A Local Vision: Falkirk

A preview of Falkirk’s innovative vision to connect all parts of the town and its surrounds.

Douglas Duff, Head of Economic Development & Environmental Services Development Services Falkirk Council and Lorraine Simpson, Student Association President with responsibility for Equalities & Diversity, Forth Valley College

14:35 – 15:00 An International Vision: The University Town of Tübingen

Urban, mixed, small-scaled - the Tübingen development strategy with private building cooperatives.
Cord Soelke, Senior Planning Officer, University Town of Tübingen

15:00 – 15:15 Questions

15:15 – 15:45 Keep the Kids Out! Presented by PAS

Fresh off the Edinburgh Fringe circuit, ‘Keep the Kids Out!’ questions how young people interact with the fabric of our towns and cities. Who exactly are our towns and cities designed for? Do we create more risk by trying to isolate children from risks in the urban realm? And most importantly, why are ball games never allowed?! With the help of our audience, we will explore the ‘dangerous ideas’ that could make our towns and cities work for all ages.

15:45 – 16:00 Closing Remarks

Professor Leigh Sparks, Chair, Scotland’s Towns Partnership

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Scotland’s Economic Growth – Where Next?

“Scotland’s Economic Growth – Where Next?” Falkirk Hub Business Breakfast in partnership with Davidson Chalmers and Springfords, supported by SCDI

2015 has seen continued economic growth across Scotland and many businesses are once again focusing on growth rather than just survival.  This changing economy brings new opportunities to businesses in the Falkirk area, but real and potential instabilities from the wider European and global economies could threaten growth. Changes in Scotland’s economy - good and bad, impact on us all.

Join us during Scotland’s Towns Week for this breakfast seminar at Falkirk Business Hub on Thursday 19 November 2015 to hear the Bank of England’s local agent, Will Dowson discuss the challenges and opportunities around Scotland’s changing economy.  As the Bank of England Agent for Scotland, Will’s role is to assess the prevailing economic and financial conditions and to explain the Bank’s policy decisions to local businesses, industry and labour groups.

With rising personal incomes and improved credit availability driving demand across the economy, the seminar will address many of the new challenges facing businesses, such as recruitment difficulties and rising labour costs, as well as a shortage of key employee skills.

The seminar will start at 8am with breakfast and networking and close at 9:45am, with attendees offered a free business clinic immediately after the event.

Chaired by me, the seminar will also outline a number of the real-world financial and legal implications from this changing economy.  Andy Drane, partner at law firm Davidson Chalmers, and Carol Wright, partner at Springfords accountants, will present their commercial insights and practical advice and host a free business clinic for attendees to further discuss any business concerns.

Places for this event are limited, please register by emailing your name and company to [email protected]

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Measuring Social Impact - Social Enterprise Academy

Keep Scotland Beautiful, Glendevon House, Castle Business Park, Stirling, FK9 4TZ

In an environment where funding and resources are limited, it's never been more important for your organisation to prove the social value you add to your community. 

This one-day workshop is an opportunity to learn more about measuring social impact by exploring two main frameworks. This will enable you to identify an approach of demonstrating your impact which is most suitable for your organisation and its work. 

 
On this programme you will:

  • Explore the key concepts of social impact and the benefits of proving the value of your organisation
    Be introduced to the four-stage process of Social Accounting and Audit (SAA) framework
    Understand principles and stages of the Social Return on Investment (SROI) framework
    Discover recent developments of measuring social impact
    Compare and contrast SAA and SROI approaches and identify the best fit for your organisation

Book your place here.

This workshop is available through the Community Action Support Programme (CASP) which supports communities groups across Scotland to take action on climate change. Any community group in Scotland with an interest in tackling climate change is eligible to access the free training and support available.

The CASP is provided by Keep Scotland Beautiful through its management and development of the Climate Challenge Fund on behalf of the Scottish Government

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DECADE: Sustainable Design and Procurement

How does our concept of ‘sustainability’ shape how we build now and in the future? This event takes a look back at how sustainable design has evolved over the past 10 years, current practice, and where we are heading in terms of building innovation, public sector reform and sustainable procurement, design led thinking and wider considerations such as community empowerment and participatory democracy.
 

14:00-16:30 Thursday 19 November 
A&DS, 9 Bakehouse Close, Edinburgh, EH8 8DD

The event will look at:

Where we have come from, where we are now and where we are heading
Heather Chapple, A&DS
Innovation and transformational change in construction
Bruce Newlands, Head of Technical Operations, Construction Scotland Innovations Centre
Building design: the new basics
Mark Palmer, Senior Partner, Max Fordham LLP
The policy and strategic connection
Scott Bell, Deputy Director, Procurement Reform Integration Division, Scottish Government
A taste of where we are going – targeting public sector investment through working with communities
Richard Millar, Director of Heritage, Enterprise and Sustainability, Scottish Canals

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The event will include a Q&A and finish with refreshments.

We hope you can join us for the last in the DECADE series marking series marking 10 years of A&DS.

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Light up Bridge of Allan

For the very first time, festive street lighting is coming to Bridge of Allan and on Saturday 21st November, we'll host our Big Switch On at our Henderson St-wide celebration.

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Santa and his reindeer are coming to Kilmarnock!

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Santa and his reindeer are visiting Kilmarnock on Sunday 22 November.

Two lucky local children will ride in his sleigh along King Street before he stops to rest his reindeer in a pen at the Cross in Kilmarnock.

This will be Santa’s second visit to Kilmarnock with his reindeer and he’s looking forward to meeting local children and their families as he scouts round the local shops for some bargains for Mrs Claus.

Read more about his visit on East Ayrshire Council's website: https://www.east-ayrshire.gov.uk/CouncilAndGovernment/About-the-Council/Council-news/news-article.aspx?p=18010

Visit Kilmarnock: https://www.east-ayrshire.gov.uk/BusinessAndTrade/TownCentreManagement/KilmarnockTownCentre.aspx

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SCOTTISH CIVIC TRUST ANNUAL CONFERENCE HOUSING IN SCOTLAND Learning from the Past, Building for the Future

There are still tickets left for the next Scottish Civic Trust Annual Conference.  “Housing in Scotland” will tackle the question:

“How can we provide quality, well-built, sustainable and affordable homes without adversely impacting on communities”.

Everyone agrees that we need to build more houses but at what cost?  What lessons can we learn from the past - success stories and failures -  and what control do we have as citizens over housebuilding?

The conference will hear from industry experts, academics and community groups and will be of interest to everyone who wants to have a say in the future of housebuilding in Scotland.

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Scotland's Economy with Gary Gillespie, Chief Economic Advisor to the Scottish Government

In conjunction with Highland Council, the University of the Highlands and Islands, and Highlands and Islands Enterprise, EDAS invites members and the general public to this event with Gary Gillespie, Chief Economic Advisor to the Scottish Government. Gary will present on Scotland's Economic Strategy and how this applies to the Highlands and Islands regions. 

Time: 17:00 - 19:00

Attendance: Free of charge. To register your intention to attend, please contact Yvonne Prager at [email protected]

 

 

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3rd Scottish Town Centres Event

Join The Local Data Company and The University of Stirling as they host the 3rd Scottish Town Centres Event this December.

The morning event will be held at offices of KPMG in Edinburgh on Tuesday 1st December 2015 (08.30-10.30am).

After a breakfast registration Professor Leigh Sparks (The University of Stirling) and Matthew Hopkinson (The Local Data Company) will present the latest findings from their joint research paper and answer the following questions: 

  1. What is the retail scale and make-up of Scottish towns and cities? 
  2. How variable are Scottish towns and cities in their retailing?
  3. How significant is retail vacancy in Scottish town centres?
  4. Can we explain some of the patterns found? 

After the presentation, an expert panel (which will include a retailer, an investor and an MSP) will discuss the findings as well as answer questions from the audience. 

These events are always popular and there are limited spaces available.

To register for a place at this event, click here

 

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Creating effective partnerships to deliver public services

What Works Scotland

Dovecot Studios, Infirmary Street, Edinburgh

Do you work in a partnership which delivers public services?

Would you like to know more about how to improve partnership working?

Partnership working is prevalent in Scotland’s public services and central to the public services reform agenda. Yet creating and sustaining effective partnerships across sectors is challenging. 

This event will examine the evidence on partnership working, and enable those in working in partnerships to better understand the features of effective partnerships, the factors which influence them, and how to improve partnership working.

Delegates will:

  • Hear findings from the new evidence review from What Works Scotland: 'Partnership working across UK public services'
  • Reflect on and explore implications of the findings for partnership working with professionals from a range of sectors, including Scottish Government
  • Examine how the evidence relates to your own setting and experiences of partnership working
  • Identify opportunities to improve partnership working in your context, using tools created by What Works Scotland

The event will launch ‘Partnership working in UK public services’, an accessible, action-oriented evidence review produced by What Works Scotland’s Evidence Bank.

Who should attend? Senior managers, decision-makers, and practitioners working in multi-agency partnerships to deliver public services, including in Community Planning Partnerships, health and social care, local authorities, and the third sector; civil servants and other stakeholders interested in what supports effective partnership working.

This seminar is funded by WWS – places are free but please ensure you attend or give adequate notice of non-attendance to avoid wasting valuable resources.

Please note that this seminar will be recorded to produce an event report, and presentation elements of the event will be filmed.

For tickets and more info, click here

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Celebrate Success at the 2015 SURF Awards Dinner

SURF and the Scottish Government team up each year to recognise and promote the work of successful projects that are independently judged to be demonstrating a significant impact in addressing social and economic challenges in Scottish communities. The annual SURF Awards for Best Practice in Community Regeneration, now in its 17th year, concludes with a celebratory dinner event.

The 2015 SURF Awards process will highlight winning initiatives drawn from 16 shortlisted projects across five diverse categories: Scotland’s Most Improved Town, Large Scale Infrastructure, Employability, Creative Regeneration, and Community Led Regeneration.

At the event, the Scottish Government’s Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice, Communities & Pensioners’ Rights, Alex Neil MSP, will announce the category winners, as selected by a panel of 22 regeneration experts.

The convivial Presentation Dinner is a ‘must-attend’ event in the Scottish regeneration calendar, and a unique opportunity to join regeneration friends and colleagues from across public, private and third sectors to learn more about the latest examples of best practice and the quality and diversity of ongoing regeneration projects throughout Scotland.

The event takes place on the evening of Thursday 10 December (6:30pm to late) in the Radisson Blu Hotel in central Glasgow.

More information and booking here.

Source: SURF

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Scottish Civic Trust My Place Awards

The Scottish Civic Trust My Place Awards scheme is unique in Scotland as it is a national celebration of good local design and conservation as nominated and evaluated by local people.  It is not an industry award.

Its aim is to identify projects or buildings that have had a positive impact in a local neighbourhood and have delivered positive benefits to that community.  Entries in all categories will be assessed on their architectural, heritage and/or place making benefits.

The Scottish Civic Trust My Place Awards are supported by the Scottish Government and established in 2010.

Click Galleries for details of all projects considered in the last five years. 
Click News for details of the award-winning projects. 
Click How to Enter for current rules and guidelines.

The closing dates for entries to the Awards is 31 January annually.

For more information about the Scottish Civic Trust My Place Awards contact Scottish Civic Trust at [email protected]

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Internationalisation Opportunities for Scottish Business

Booking and attendance: £25 (members) £50 (non members). To book, please contact Yvonne Prager at [email protected]

In this special event, SDI's global directors for Asia, North America, and Europe, the Middle East and Africa will present on the subject of internationalism and opportunities for Scottish business in their respective regions: outlining market opportunities, company challenges and good practice.

 

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SCDI Annual Lecture 2017
SCDI has been active in the North East of Scotland for over 50 years and recognises the region as an integral and vital part of the wider Scottish economy. To acknowledge this and to provide additional value for members, the SCDI Annual Lecture was launched in 2004, an event of Scotland-wide interest held in Aberdeen. 

Now firmly established, their Annual Lecture is attended by over 300 guests drawn from across the economy and is a key event in the Scottish business calendar.

SCDI are delighted to announce that the 2017 Annual Lecture will be delivered by Martin Temple, Chair, Health & Safety Executive.

Please note that attendance is by invitation only and places are limited
.  If you would like to request an invitation to attend contact [email protected] 
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City/Town Gift Card Workshop

A demonstration of The Perth Card and a workshop which will explore how a Visa based program can be used within towns and cities both as a gift card and a visitor pass.

Miconex have been working with Perth and Kinross Council over the past few months to launch The Perth Card which is a prepaid Visa gift card created to help retain gift card spend in Perth and promote local businesses.

Joining them will be Hakan Hult from CBS City and Jon Sederqvist from Presend who will provide an overview of how these projects have been delivered in Scandinavia, profiling the most successful projects and the key factors that are required for success.

Anticipated outcomes for the day:

• Understanding of the Visa prepay infrastructure
• Understanding of the options for implementing this type of project
• Understanding of the key elements required for a successful project

Agenda

13:00 - 14:00 - Live Demonstration

• Live demonstration - visiting a Perth business to purchase and redeem a card. Demonstration of gift card kiosks.

14:00 - 14:30 - Coffee

14:30 - 16:45 - Workshop

  • Colin Munro, Managing Director, Miconex - Overview of The Perth Card, how it is set up and the processes required to facilitate the program.

  • Jon Sederqvist CEO, Presend - explanation of City gift cards - how they work

  • Hakan Hult, CEO, CBS City - examples of the most successful projects in Sweden and the role that kiosks play.

  • Leigh Brown, City Centre Manager, Perth and Kinross Council - A city centre manager's perspective, why this is an important project for Perth and plans for future development.

  • Panel Discussion

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Planning for Wellbeing

An evening discussion with Alex Neil MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice, Communities and Pensioners’ Rights, Sir Harry Burns, Professor of Global Public Health, University of Strathclyde, Nick Wright, Convenor RTPI Scotland and chaired by Petra Biberbach, Chief Executive PAS.

Now seems the right time to continue a discussion started at BEFS 2014 Annual Lecture by Sir Harry Burns, the then Chief Medical Officer for Scotland, about the contribution the built environment makes to wellbeing. Subsequently the Scottish Government, NHS Scotland and Architecture & Design Scotland have launched the Place Standard.

In the context of the Fairer Scotland project this evening is an opportunity to consider what the planning system can deliver for communities. Following the panel’s discussion the audience will be invited to participate and if you have a question for them to consider let BEFS know via email.

Tea and coffee available from 5.30pm for a 6pm start.

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Pathways to Inclusive Entrepreneurship and Growth

The nature of businesses, the ways in which they operate and their geography have changed substantially. We have seen a steep rise in microbusinesses and the sharing economy. At the same time, high streets are struggling in some towns and cities. This seminar will discuss how can we create inclusive growth in a fast changing economy, and how can economic development reach new types of businesses and entrepreneurial activity?

Seminar Flyer and more information here.

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Telling the Story of Your Project (Stirling)

Tuesday 9th February, 09:30-16:30, Keep Scotland Beautiful, Stirling

Bring your report to life using different avenues and mediums such as short film, media, social media, visual imagery or a published report. You and your project participants are well aware of how great your project is, but it’s often difficult to get the message out into the wider community, to funders, both present and future. In this workshop you will learn techniques and tips to make your reporting more effective and dynamic.

Delivered by:

Zarina Ahmad, CEMVO Scotland and Stuart Platt Media Consultancy

During the day we will:

  •  learn and explore different avenues and media for highlighting, showcasing and reporting the success of your project

By the end of the day you will:    

  • Have a better understanding of using different avenues and media for effectively reporting back the success of your project to a wider audience
  • Have improved confidence of using different avenues and media for effectively reporting back the success of your project to a wider audience 

 

Who’s this event for?

All funded projects which are coming to an end

 

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Capturing Value from natural capital

The 'Capturing Value from Natural Capital’ masterclass, run by ERM - Environmental Resources Management, is an exclusive benefit for members of the Scottish Forum on Natural Capital and is designed to help you determine where the real value for your organisation lies.

This masterclass is aimed at professionals who already have some understanding of the risks and opportunities in this area but have not yet mobilised actions to realise them.

At this masterclass you will develop an understanding of the Natural Capital Protocol and generate a coherent and prioritised action plan for Capturing Value from Natural Capital for your organisation.

Places will be limited to a maximum of 12 participants (Maximum of 2 from any one Scottish Forum on Natural Capital member organisation), please get in touch with the Natural Capital Forum to express an interest at the earliest possibility as we expect demand to be high.

More information and booking here.

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Engaging Young People in Your Project Activities - Inverness

Do you want to involve young people with your project activities? maybe young people are already involved with your project but you want to increase the level of involvement? 

This workshop is for CCF/JCCF groups who are looking to increase the involvement of young people within their projects. This workshop will focus on making climate change relevant, issues and values important to young people There will also be some practical advice on encouraging young people to get involved with your project activities as well as some useful case studies on groups who have successfully engaged with young people. Attending this workshop will be a good opportunity for you to network with some other projects. 

The aims of this workshop are to:

•    Raise your awareness of the issues and values that are important to young people
•    Explore how groups have effectively engaged young people in their project activities
•    Increase your confidence in involving young people with your project activities


At the end of the day you will go away having started a plan to help you on your journey to encouraging young people to become involved with your project activities.

Book your place here.

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Introduction to Economic Development Course

Delivered in partnership with the TERU centre of the University of Glasgow, EDAS is running its popular "Introduction to Economic Development" course next month in central Glasgow (exact location TBA). If you are an individual or organisation interested in benefiting, there are currently five places remaining. 

An ideal two-day introduction to all aspects of economic development. The course covers Scotland's economy and economic strategy, and how economic development can be more successful in combating worklessness, boosting growth, building the skills base and developing entrepreneurship.

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Telling the Story of Your Project (Edinburgh)

Tuesday 2nd February, 09:30-16:30, Quaker Meeting House, Edinburgh

Bring your report to life using different avenues and mediums such as short film, media, social media, visual imagery or a published report. You and your project participants are well aware of how great your project is, but it’s often difficult to get the message out into the wider community, to funders, both present and future. In this workshop you will learn techniques and tips to make your reporting more effective and dynamic.

Delivered by:

Zarina Ahmad, CEMVO Scotland and Stuart Platt Media Consultancy

During the day we will:

  •  learn and explore different avenues and media for highlighting, showcasing and reporting the success of your project

By the end of the day you will:    

  • Have a better understanding of using different avenues and media for effectively reporting back the success of your project to a wider audience
  • Have improved confidence of using different avenues and media for effectively reporting back the success of your project to a wider audience 

 Who’s this event for?

All funded projects which are coming to an end

Book here

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Understanding and Communicating Climate Change - 'Securing a Legacy' Series

Friday 5th February, 09:30-16:30, Keep Scotland Beautiful, Glendevon House, Castle Business Park, Stirling

Do you know that climate change is a problem and that more awareness is needed, but you lack confidence to talk about it? In this workshop you’ll gain a good basic understanding of the science of climate change and its potential effects. We’ll also learn how to talk about climate change in our communities in ways that will get people on board and feel empowered to take action.

Delivered by

Keep Scotland Beautiful, via the Community Action Support Programme (CASP). The CASP supports community groups across Scotland to take action on climate change. 

During the day we will:

  • Examine the scientific basis for climate change

  • Explore the potential impacts rising greenhouse gasses and a changing climate

  • Learn about communicating climate change and practice some techniques for doing so

By the end of the day you will:

  • Have an improved understanding of climate change

  • Be more confident in talking to people about climate change

Who’s this event for?

Anyone from a community organisation that is interested in taking action in climate change.

Going to this? Why not try this?

Carbon Literacy and Low Carbon Behaviours - understand where carbon comes from and what practical steps you can take to reduce emissions in your community.

Register for this workshop here.

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Welsh Co-operative Commission

In 2014 the Welsh Government set-up the Welsh Co-operative and Mutuals Commission to make recommendations on creating jobs and wealth. The Commission published its final report in 2015 and subsequently the Welsh Government have used the report to guide their policies on growing the co-operative and mutual sectors.

This free event will hear from Professor Andrew Davies, who chaired the Commission, and Derek Walker, Chief Executive of the Wales Co-operative Centre. They will outline the development of the Commission, discuss its findings and recommendations and explain what difference this has made to the opportunities for co-ops in Wales.

There will be time for questions and discussion after the main presentations to ensure a wide range of experiences are covered. 

More information and the final report of the Commission can be found at the Welsh Government website.

 Book your place here.

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National Libraries Day 2016

National Libraries Day will be back on Saturday 6 February 2016, celebrating libraries, library staff and their communities all over the UK.

This year’s campaign aims to get more public libraries involved than ever before, showcasing what libraries have to offer for all different needs and interests, with ideas to attract as many visitors as possible to local libraries on Saturday 6 February.

Nick Poole, Chief Executive of the Chartered Institute of Library & Information Professionals said,

“Public libraries provide everyone with opportunities for learning and inspiration. They help people find work and set up their own business. Libraries are places where children and young people discover the joys of reading, learn new skills like coding and get help with their homework. They tackle social exclusion and isolation. They improve health and wellbeing and help people get online. Everyone is welcome and the space belongs to the public, which is increasingly rare in our communities.”

Thousands of people took part in over 700 events in libraries across the country for National Libraries Day 2015. Musician and songwriter John Lydon, Johnny Rotten, recorded a special message encouraging people to show their support for Britain’s libraries.

Primarily a celebration of public libraries, National Libraries Day is strongly supported by libraries of all kinds including school, university, workplace and government libraries and by organisations, politicians, public figures, celebrities, writers and illustrators and service users. National Libraries Day will be the finale of a week’s celebrations in all types of library.

Visit the National Libraries Day website for the latest news and help planning 2016 events and follow@NatLibrariesDay and #NLD16 on twitter

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Carbon Literacy and Low Carbon Behaviours - 'Securing a Legacy' Series

Friday 12th February, 09:30-16:30, Keep Scotland Beautiful, Glendevon House, Castle Business Park, Stirling

Carbon literacy means having an instinctive understanding of the carbon impacts of our activities, and being able to make informed choices about the most energy and resource efficient and lower carbon options available to us. This workshop will give you the knowledge and skills to develop a low carbon plan for your community. 

Delivered by

Keep Scotland Beautiful, via the Community Action Support Programme (CASP). The CASP supports community groups across Scotland to take action on climate change.

During the day we will:

  • Understand the anthropogenic sources of GHGs and how our everyday lives relate to them 

  • Explore the Scottish Government's Low Carbon Behaviours and the challenges/ opportunities to adoption in your community 

  • Explore behaviour change models and how these might help you structure investigation into increasing adoption in your community

By the end of the day you will:

  • Have improved carbon literacy

  • Identify low carbon behaviours you would like to encourage in your community 

  • Idevelop a plan to identify opportunities/barriers to adopting low carbon behaviours in your community                                             

Who’s this event for?

Anyone from a community organisation that is interested in taking action in climate change.

Going to this?  Then why not try?

Understanding and Communicating Climate Change - get a grasp of the science and explore how to communicate the issue to your community.

Register for this workshop here.

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Telling the Story of Your Project (Stirling)

Tuesday 9th February, 09:30-16:30, Keep Scotland Beautiful, Stirling

Bring your report to life using different avenues and mediums such as short film, media, social media, visual imagery or a published report. You and your project participants are well aware of how great your project is, but it’s often difficult to get the message out into the wider community, to funders, both present and future. In this workshop you will learn techniques and tips to make your reporting more effective and dynamic.

Delivered by:

Zarina Ahmad, CEMVO Scotland and Stuart Platt Media Consultancy

During the day we will:

  •  learn and explore different avenues and media for highlighting, showcasing and reporting the success of your project

By the end of the day you will:    

  • Have a better understanding of using different avenues and media for effectively reporting back the success of your project to a wider audience
  • Have improved confidence of using different avenues and media for effectively reporting back the success of your project to a wider audience 

Who’s this event for?

All funded projects which are coming to an end

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Purple Flag workshop

*STP Members Attend Free!*

Purple Flag is an accreditation process similar to the Green Flag award for parks and the Blue Flag for beaches. It leads to Purple Flag status for town & city centres that meet or surpass the standards of excellence in managing the evening and night time economy (ENTE).

A comprehensive set of standards, management processes and good practice examples designed to help transform with a research, training and development programme, improving a town and city centres ENTE.

9.30 - 10.00 – Arrival

10.00 – 10.15 – Welcome – Chair
10.15 – 11.00 – ATCM Update – Shanaaz Carroll
11.00 – 12.00 – Guest speaker (TBC)
12.00 – 12.30 – Members Update

12.30 – 13.15 – Lunch
13.15 – 14.00 – Purple Flag – The view of an Assessor – Simon Ford – Purple Flag Assessor, Group Manager, Community Safety, Southend, Vice Chair, Institute of Community Safety.
14.00 – 14.30 – Purple Flag – How to write a successful application – Ross Grant, Project Manager, Aberdeen Inspired
14.30 -14.45 – Coffee
14.45 – 16.00 – Round table discussions – please bring any work that you have done to date on Purple Flag or a map of the area that you would like to consider for Purple Flag status. Aim of the discussions is to help you plan what actions are required next with your Purple Flag journey.
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Enterprising Communities Symposium, Kilmarnock

Enterprising Communities Symposium

In conjunction with East Ayrshire Council, this symposium will give delegates the opportunity to identify best practice in asset transfer, discuss some of the challenges and explore ways to overcome these.  With inspiring community led workshops demonstrating just how enterprising communities have been able to use asset ownership to protect key local services, create jobs and opportunities and transform their communities, this symposium is a must attend for those considering developing and implementing asset transfer policies.

Who is it for?

Key personnel from local authorities, community planning partnerships and wider public agencies.

Cost

There is no cost for attending this symposium.

Programme

This event will run from 10:00 (registration and coffee from 09.00) - 15:15, with lunch provided.

09:00 - Registration and coffee

10:00 - Linda Gillespie, Programme Manager, COSS 
Welcome and introductions       

Katie Kelly, Head of Housing and Communities, East Ayrshire Council
The Strategic Imperative - Community Engagement

Kelly McIntyre, Programme Manager, Community Shares Scotland
An introduction to Community Shares

11.15 - Coffee

11.30 - Drew Mac Eoghainn, Adviser, COSS
Best Practice approaches in asset transfer

Q & A Panel session
East Ayrshire Council, Community Ownership Support Service, Community Shares Scotland

12.15 - Lunch

13.15 - Introduction to the afternoon sessions

Workshop 1

Workshop 2

15.00 - Closing remarks

WHEN
Wednesday, 17 February 2016 from 10:00 to 15:15 (GMT) - Add to Calendar
WHERE
The Burns Monument Centre - Kay Park Kilmarnock, Ayrshire KA3 7RU GB - View Map
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Identifying your Project - 'Securing a Legacy' Series

Friday 19th February, 09:30-16:30, Keep Scotland Beautiful, Glendevon House, Castle Business Park, Stirling

This the first of a programme of 2 workshops that aims to help you identify and design better projects for your community - the second is 'Designing your Project'.  By signing-up you will be signing up to both days of the programme run on consecutive weeks.

Identifying a Project - Friday 19th February

A project aimed at improving your community will have a greater impact, encounter fewer obstacles and be more likely to secure funding if it has the support of the community and if they feel they have an ongoing say in how the project is run. In this workshop you will learn about how to conduct effective consultation and background research in order to identify a project that will   be supported. You’ll also consider how to design a project that is participative.      

Delivered by:

Keep Scotland Beautiful, via the Community Action Support Programme (CASP). The CASP supports community groups across Scotland to take action on climate change.

Pamela Candea and Anthony Morrow have many years community work experience between them.  Associates of The Surefoot Effect which equips people with the awareness, belief and confidence to take the next step toward sustainable, equitable living and working.

During the day we will:

  • Explore methods to carry out community consultations - identifying need; establishing support; identifying community assets

  • Consider different levels of community participation - service delivery to co-design and there benefits and draw backs

  • Understand support and advice that's available and how best to work with others

  • Look at good governance practises

By the end of the day you will:

  • Improve your consultation activities to establish need and support and identify assets and   opportunities.

  • Develop a plan to increase community participation in your project design            

Who’s this event for?

Anyone from a community organisation that is interested in taking action in climate change.

Going to this? Then why not try?

Designing your Project - part two of this two-day programme

Carbon Literacy and Low Carbon Behaviours - understand where carbon comes from and what practical steps you can take to reduce emissions in your community.

Register for this workhsop here.

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Funding Workshop Edinburgh

Scotland's Towns Partnership are bringing together funding experts and funding providers for an afternoon of learning and sharing. Don't miss this opportunity to connect with some of Scotland's major funders including:

Heritage Lottery Fund

The body which distributes a share of the income from the National Lottery to projects aimed at preserving and making accessible the nation's heritage. From the archaeology under our feet to the historic parks we love, from precious memories to rare wildlife… HLF use money raised by National Lottery players to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about.  Zoe Clarke can help you with your project!

Sustrans Scotland

Sustrans in Scotland: working to enable people in Scotland to travel by foot, bike or public transport for more of their everyday journeys. Sustrans Scotland‘s Community Links Programme provides grant funding to local authorities, statutory bodies and educational institutions for the creation of cycle network infrastructure for everyday journeys. It has been running since 2010 and has funded over 500 projects to date. The programme is funded through the Transport Scotland Sustainable Transport team within the Scottish Government. Meet Matt MacDonald who leads the programme.

Big Lottery Fund

The Big Lottery Fund awards grants to UK organisations to help improve their communities. Every year the Big Lottery Fund (BIG) gives out millions of pounds from the UK’s National Lottery to good causes, with money going to community groups and health, education and environment projects. Alastair Jackson will be on hand with his top tips!

These partners are ambassadors for the regeneration of our places and want to support you in achieving your goals and projects. Our funding expert will provide you with top tips for approaching and completing the applications which can sometimes be a daunting task!

 

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CECHR Working Lunch - Professor Ian Wight

A conversation about the place of place for built environment professionals, and the connection between placemaking and the making/s of a professional. Contemplating what might constitute transformation - beyond current convention... a more evolved professionalism for our times.  

Ian Wight will offer some integrally-informed perspectives on his several decades of experience as a practitioner and educator - in the form of reflections on what it might mean to 'come home' professionally... in hopes of sparking observations and insights from attendees. An opportunity for some reflective practice together, some tacit knowledge sharing. 

Bio: A Canadian of Scottish descent, Ian is now a Senior Scholar, in City Planning, Faculty of Architecture, University of Manitoba - where he was a professor from 1994 to 2014, serving as Head of the City Planning program from 2003 to 2008. He now resides near Victoria, BC but is currently in Scotland exploring a noticed 'yearning for a Scottish life again', which would mean 'coming home' to his primal place . 

Involved in professional planning for 35 years, as both a practitioner and educator, Ian advocates for planning as placemaking, as wellbeing by design. His current action inquiry is around 'evolving professionalism - beyond the status quo', in the context of ‘contemplating the education of the agents of the next enlightenment’. This includes integrally-informed professional-self design – meshing the personal, the professional... and more besides - in support of transformational professional learning.

Register for tickets here

WHEN
Friday, 26 February 2016 from 12:30 to 14:30 (GMT) - Add to Calendar
WHERE
University of Dundee - River Rooms 2, Tower Building. Perth Road. Dundee DD1 4HN GB - View Map
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Equity in Employment and the Scottish Labour Market: Progress and Challenges

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Friday 26th February
14:00 - 16:30
Ingeus, 
1 Osborne Terrace, Edinburgh EH12 5HG (5 mins from Haymarket station)
Refreshments provided 
Attendance & booking: 
 
£25 (members) £50 (non members). To book, please contact Yvonne Prager.

Event description 
 
In an interactive session, EDAS invites you to join Chris Oswald (Head of Policy, Equality and Human Rights Commission Scotland), Janine McFarland (UK Recruitment, Engagement and Diversity Manager, WebHelp Contact Services), Grant Thoms (Head of Strategy & Policy - Scotland, Ingeus) and Ishabel Bremner (Chair, EDAS Skills Group) to learn about the contemporary challenges that different groups including women, young people, ethnic minorities and those with disabilities face in both accessing the labour market and receiving equal treatment within employment.
 
Presentations will provide an overview of the latest research on equity in the Scottish labour market and workforce, including unique insight into EHRC's new report "Is Scotland Fairer?" regarding employment, skills and educational attainment. The case study of WebHelp Contact Services will be presented as an example of what employers can do to promote greater inclusiveness and equity in the workforce. 
 
Focus will also be directed toward challenges faced by specific groups, including those who are often excluded from participation in the labour market. In addition, speakers will offer analysis of what practices and policy approaches may be working in the effort to promote greater equity in employment. Time will also be given to Q&A discussion and refreshments.      
 
This event builds upon the work of the EDAS Skills Group, which held a previous event on underemployment and workforce planning in November 2015. Such initiatives form part of EDAS' Route Map of Common Ambition policy framework, focusing on the areas of innovation, internationalisation and skills. Following this event, we will provide attendees with an event report, while findings from the session will feed into key outputs from our Route Map policy framework. 
We hope to see you on the 26th for a valuable and productive afternoon. 
 
Speakers:
 
Ishabel Bremner(Chair, EDAS Skills Group; Economic Development Manager, Argyll and Bute Council).
Event Chair, and introduction to the work of the EDAS Skills Group.
 
Chris Oswald 
(Head of Policy, Equality and Human Rights Commission Scotland).
Presentation of key "Is Scotland Fairer" report findings regarding equity in employment, with additional research and priority points around employment and skills.
 
Janine McFarland 
(UK Recruitment, Engagement and Diversity Manager, WebHelp Contact Services).
Employer case study of good practice toward equity and support for diversity. 
 
Grant Thoms 
(Head of Strategy & Policy - Scotland, Ingeus).
The obstacles and challenges faced by those who are often excluded from employment, and what can be done to overcome these.  
 
Additional speaker TBA
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SCDI Skills Summit 2016

The Skills Summit 2016, held in partnership with SCDI and Skills Development Scotland, will once again launch Scottish Apprenticeship Week which is now in its 6th successful year and engaging with 100’s of Scottish businesses, training providers, colleges, local authorities and others to celebrate the importance of Modern Apprenticeships and the benefits they bring to the economy.

Building on the recommendations of the refreshed SCDI Blueprint, From Fragile To Agile: A Blueprint For Growth And Prosperity, the Summit will examine two key skills challenges: improving the transition from school to employment and enabling people to adapt to the changing nature of the economy.

Building Foundations: Foundation Apprenticeships, which allow pupils in S4 to S6 to complete elements of a Modern Apprenticeship while still at school, are being piloted in areas of Scotland and will be part of every schools offer from 2020, an ambition which SCDI strongly supports. This session will look at the successful pathfinder pilots and the expansion of the programme into more areas and sectors.

Futureproofing our Workforce: Graduate Level Apprenticeships enable MA's to gain the knowledge, skills and experience needed by industry through a mixture of University and work based learning while also being employed and getting paid. In 2016 a graduate apprenticeship in digital skills is to be made available for the first time. This session will discuss how economic change and technology are increasing the importance of a culture of lifelong learning and higher level skills, particularly digital, across all sectors.

To book your place or for further information please contact Claire Miller

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Scottish Property Awards

The Scottish Property Awards is the nation’s black tie industry gathering which celebrates the best in commercial property.

The 3rd annual programme has launched with a range of categories covering the best in development, deals, teams and talent.

Entrants have until Thursday 15th October 2015 to submit entries in any of 16 categories, including 4 new categories for agents.

Full details of the entry process can be found on www.scottishpropertyawards.co.uk

The awards celebration and dinner takes place on Thursday 3 March 2016 in Glasgow.

To book a table at the event visit www.kdmedia.co.uk/propertyawards/book-now/ - early bird rates apply until 1 September 2015
Sponsorship packages are available contact [email protected] for further information.

Download the Entry Guide here.

To see last year's winners and for more information click here.

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Scotland's City-Regions

Scotland's City-Regions Smart Opportunity: Second Annual Conference

This conference will discuss how we can most effectively release the potential of technology, infrastructure development and public data to foster competitive, efficient, joined up City Regions capable of competing globally and collaborating nationally.

The conference will address the opportunities for smart city enablers and smart initiatives to deliver fully integrated smart City Region development. It will examine the power and potential of Scotland's City Regions as magnets for investment and innovation and as core drivers for economic growth, asking the question "What is the route to smart, sustainable, socially just, City Regions and what should successful Scottish City Regions look like?

Conference themes to be discussed will include:

Transport and mobility
Investment
Economic development and growth
Digital and data
Sustainability
People as consumers and enablers
Smart services
Collaboration and innovation
Global competition and opportunity
Mayors, Powerhouses and City States - What's happening?

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Trading Securely for Small Business Conference

Both within the UK and internationally, we are witnessing a speed of developing new products and brands faster than at any time in history. As the business demand for flexible and swift connectivity develops, so the imperative for speed can often outpace resilience and security. Already it is estimated that an average household in the UK has 7 mobile devices, with the concept of the internet of things meaning that never before have there been so many different items to consider or secure.

Faced with this ever-growing landscape of new devices, options and offers, how does a small to medium sized business know what will work? What will prove the best and most secure service? What will be sustainable 5 years or even a year from now and, crucially, where to go for that trusted advice? 

The Scottish Business Resilience Centre is pleased to announce their forthcoming Trading Securely for Business Conference which will take place over a full day on Wednesday the 9th of March in Edinburgh. Working with close partners, NCC Group, the event will include a balance of networking opportunities and presentations and provide access to state of the art developments, showcase some of the best of new technical business in Scotland and share the plans for what a cyber resilient Scotland will look like in the years to come.

For more information click here and to download the delegate application form please click here 

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BEFS - HERITAGE AND DIVERSITY

Booking is now open for BEFS Heritage & Diversity event on the 9th March. Don’t miss out.

If you were unable to attend our Planning for Wellbeing event with Alex Neil MSP, Sir Harry Burns and Nick Wright RTPIS Scotland Convenor, a film of the discussion is now available on our website, along with blogged responses from various attendees.

The call for written submissions to the Independent Review of Planning has closed and the panel are now taking oral evidence but an online forum has been opened for submitting thoughts and recommendations not already made. The forum is open until February 29th and you will find details here.

Recent conservation work on Bible Land on Edinburgh’s Canongate is a good case study for the work that city heritage trusts, and similar bodies, provide in supporting communities in caring for the historic environment. As well as expert advice Edinburgh World Heritage supplied a repayable grant to complete repairs and you can find out more here.

Who engages with Scotland’s historic environment? At present the sector is predominantly white and middle class. Scotland’s Historic Environment Strategy, ‘Our Place in Time’ sets out the aspiration to broaden engagement with Scotland’s communities.  In order to develop the appeal and share the benefits we need to make the historic environment relevant to the widest range of people and the conference aims to start a dialogue within the sector on how to achieve this. BEFS hope to raise the profile of this issue and highlight opportunities for practitioners.

We would like to hear from voices that are not usually heard within the historic environment sector. Therefore, if you are running a project that addresses issues around diversity or know of individuals (non-heritage professionals), who have benefited from their engagement with the historic environment, get in touch!

Book your place today.

 

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Measuring Performance Glasgow

Learn more about Understanding Scottish Places Toolkit and the Place Standard Tool in this practical half day workshop. 

Experts will guide you to use and develop these tools for your own place and to build  an evidence base to inform strategy.

Understanding Scottish Places

Understanding Scottish Places is an online platform for towns' practitioners and communities. It is designed to help us better understand the function of the towns that we live and work in and provides the opportunity to compare and contrast towns across Scotland.

USP combines a typology of Scottish towns and an assessment of inter-relationships to find towns from across Scotland which share socio-demographic characteristics and score similarly on an independence to dependence scale. It also houses a tool designed to help users gather locally available information about towns to complement the national data presented within USP.

Place Standard Tool

Designed to support communities, public, private and third sectors, to work efficiently together, the Place Standard provides a framework to assess the quality of a place.

The tool supports collaborative working by providing a framework for structured conversations to occur, and allows participants to consider what action might be taken and to identify where their priorities lie. It enables the physical, social and environmental quality of a place to be evaluated in a structured way, but also, importantly, it aims to initiate positive conversations and collaborations between key groups and to identify areas where quality can be improved.

*An agenda will be made available shortly, watch this space!

This event is free for STP Members, who can RSVP below.

Tickets for non-members are £60, and can be purchased here.

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Scotland's Local Environmental Quality Conference 2016

Keep Scotland Beautiful is delighted to announce Scotland’s Local Environmental Quality Conference. This prestigious conference is held every year to celebrate innovation and development within local environmental quality issues and takes place in Glasgow at the Grand Central Hotel on 15th March 2016.

The Conference is a unique event which encourages learning and debate among a diverse range of stakeholders, and features a range of topical issues including: the Circular economy and its impact on the environment , the NHS Place Standard, innovation in business improvement to be a good neighbour and an opportunity to question politicians on why local environmental quality matters.

Delegates for the conference represent the public, private and third sectors and include all of those organisations in Scotland with an interest in local environments.

Who should attend the LEQ Conference 2016

Local Politicians – The conference will give a fantastic insight into the pressing issues that can affect your local area and how you can play your part in influencing change.

Land Managers – The conference will give the unique opportunity to network with fellow land managers and exchange best practice, along with the opportunity to hear from influential figures in the business world.

Business Leaders – The conference will offer business leaders the opportunity to hear from some hugely influential figures in the business world and offer insight into how to influence change within your business

Programme details and booking information can be found here.

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SCDI FORUM 2016 - 'The Emerging Economy'

Reflective of SCDI's unique membership, Forum brings together senior representatives drawn from the private, public and social economy sectors, providing a platform for dialogue, discussion and debate on the levers required to strengthen and grow Scotland's economy in an emerging environment.

Join SCDI at Forum 2016 as they discuss the findings of their refreshed SCDI Blueprint research around the three key economic challenges of the need for increased Innovation, Productivity and Internationalisation, underpinned by Infrastructure.

Profound technological, economic and geopolitical disruptions are changing the world around us at an accelerating pace, raising questions for all businesses and for how we do business. An emerging economy, in all its diversity, is approaching into view...

More entrepreneurial and intraprenuerial, economically and socially agile and adaptable by necessity. Highly competitive, but increasingly collaborative, requiring a more active regulatory relationship. Personalised, but more sharing in consumption. Has Scotland got the focus, appetite for risk and ambition to be at the forefront of these economic changes? Do our leaders, managers and workforces have the skills, opportunities and mindset to become early adopters?

SCDI will consider the potential opportunities as we move through developing infrastructure towards a low carbon future and to an increasingly digital economy supporting innovation. The next opportunity to consider the context for our economy and how it interacts internationally will of course be the forthcoming EU Referendum, with the challenges and opportunities which that debate will bring.

Keynote Speakers

Forum 2016 will feature keynote addresses from The Rt Hon Nicola Sturgeon MSP, First Minister of Scotland; The Rt Hon David Mundell MP, Secretary of State for Scotland and David McAllister MEP.

SCDI are also pleased to confirm Jim McColl OBE, Founder, Chairman & CEO, Clyde Blowers Capital will address delegates as a plenary speaker and Professor Sir Jim McDonald, Principal & Vice-Chancellor, University of Strathclyde will contribute to the Executive Symposium.

Executive Symposium - Thursday 17 March (12.00 - 17.00)
As a thought-provoking and energetic prelude to Forum 2016, the Executive Symposium is a pre-conference event aimed at high level debate and discussion with around 70 stakeholders, partners and economic experts.

Forum Dinner - Thursday 17 March (18.30 - 22.00)
The Forum Dinner is attended by over 200 guests and provides an excellent opportunity for networking and informal dialogue with fellow delegates.

Forum 2016 - Friday 18 March (08.00 – 15.00)
Attended by 250 delegates the Friday Forum session provides the opportunity for delegates to debate and discuss the key issues of Scotland’s emerging economy.

To book your place, and for details of delegate rates and accommodation options, please click here.

Source: SCDI

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FSB Conference and Small Business Expo

Small firms in the UK now total over 5 million. So with an ever increasing number of entrepreneurs, sole traders and freelancers now running their own business there’s an even greater need to ensure their voices are heard at the highest levels in government – that’s what the Federation of Small Businesses is all about.

For over 40 years we have built a fantastic reputation gathering together small business owners, political leaders, senior influencers and key topical speakers at our national conferences to discuss the key issues of the day.

Speaking at last year’s event in Birmingham, our Policy Director, Mike Cherry said: “When we all pull together; when we all work out exactly what we stand for and what we need; and when everyone of us ‘does Policy’ – that’s when we achieve the most for members’ and that is the aim of the FSB conference. One FSB, one team, one focus.”

Last year we had a fantastic line up of political and key note speakers such as Chancellor George Osborne, MPs Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg, PY Gerbeau, Kris Akabusi and more. And this year promises to have an equally heavyweight line-up.

So if you’re running a business, or even just thinking about starting one, make sure you visit the 2016 conference in Glasgow. There’s a wealth of information and support available from pensions advice to payment terminals, telecoms packages to transits vans, seminars, workshop and networking plus keynote speeches from some of the country’s top business leaders and politicians.

Click here to see the line-up of politicians, key note speakers and debates.

Full Conference and Small Business Expo details along with booking information can be found here.

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Innovation in Action: Learning the Lessons for Scotland's Economy

EDAS cordially invites you to join us for an afternoon examining practical examples of current innovation activity in Scotland and further afield, and what lessons these hold for all stakeholders in economic development.

In an interactive session, attendees will hear from Charlie Woods (Director, Scottish Universities Insight Institute & EDAS), Ian Ritchie CBE (Non Executive Director, Krotos Ltd), Scottish Government (speaker TBA), a public service innovation case study (via the Improvement Service) and others on the diverse forms innovation is taking in Scotland, the benefits this brings, and what support mechanisms can help innovation flourish.

Innovation is one of four priorities in the Scottish Government's 2015 - 2018 Economic Strategy, and is considered vital for the development of a competitive, sustainable, resilient and prosperous economy. With much greater awareness now being raised around the benefits of innovation and the different forms it takes, this event seeks to move thinking on to what practical examples of innovation are currently underway in Scotland and what all actors in economic development can learn from these in their own work. Please see below for full event details and information.

Book now, and bring a friend. All those who reserve a place may bring a colleague or associate, in order to introduce them to EDAS' work and activities, and to help raise awareness of the important issues to be discussed. Full event details are below.

Innovation in Action: Learning the Lessons for Scotland's Economy

Details

Monday 21st March
14:00 - 16:30
Scottish Universities Insight Institute (SUII), University of Strathclyde, Collins Building
22 Richmond Street, Glasgow, G1 1XQ
Refreshments provided

Attendance & booking:

£25 (members) £50 (non members). To book, please contact Elaine Bone ([email protected]).

Event description

Attendees will hear from Charlie Woods (Director, SUII), Ian Ritchie CBE (Non Executive Director, Krotos Ltd), Scottish Government (speaker TBA), a public service innovation case study (via the Improvement Service) and others on the diverse forms innovation is taking in Scotland, the benefits these bring, and what support mechanisms can help innovation flourish. Time will be given for discussion and audience Q&A.

Innovation is one of four priorities in the Scottish Government's 2015 - 2018 Economic Strategy, and is considered vital for the development of a competitive, sustainable, resilient and prosperous economy. Over the past year innovation has also been a key area of focus for EDAS' Route Map of Common Ambition policy framework, in addition to internationalisation and skills. This activity has included bringing together innovation leaders in partnership with Nesta at our Innovation and Prosperity for Scotland conference, held at Dynamic Earth in June 2015.

Much greater awareness has now been raised around the different forms innovation takes and the benefits this has for the economy and society. This event seeks to move thinking on to what practical examples of innovation are currently underway in Scotland. This encompasses their development, impact and difficulties experienced; and what all economic development stakeholders can learn from these examples in supporting, promoting and undertaking innovation.

The session will also put these case studies into the broader policy and support context. An overview of current policy goals and initiatives will be given by a Scottish Government representative, reflecting on the session's findings. The work of EDAS' Innovation Policy Group will also be presented. This has included researching Scotland's innovation landscape, examining the innovation systems of other small countries, and developing the idea of a diagnostic "Sat Nav" for innovation-curious organisations. As such the afternoon will offer valuable lessons and information for any individual or organisation engaged with innovation support and activity in Scotland.

We very much hope to see you on the 21st.

Speakers:

Charlie Woods (Director, SUII and Chair, EDAS Innovation Group) - Overview of EDAS' work on support for innovation in Scotland, including the proposal for a diagnostic 'Sat Nav' of innovation.

Ian Ritchie CBE (Non Executive Director, Krotos Ltd) - Private sector innovation case study.

Via the Improvement Service - Public service innovation case study.

Ewan Robertson (EDAS) - Innovation support system case studies (R. of Ireland and Finland).

Scottish Government spokesperson TBA - Scottish innovation policy and support mechanisms.

 

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PR and Communications: Connecting with your local audience

Looking for some practical advice and inspiration for your PR and Communications strategy?

An exciting new event from STP that will leave you feeling inspired to find your towns' USP, grab the headlines and make a cutting edge film.

1400 Networking and Coffee

1415 Welcome

Finding your USP and using it! Phil Prentice, STP

1445 Grab the Headlines

Victoria Masterson, The Herald

1515 Towns on Film

Jamie Smith, Enterprise Screen & John Hamilton, Largs Matters BID

1555 Case Study

Roddy Smith, Chief Executive, Essential Edinburgh

1610 Close

The Herald - Scotland's Towns Media Series

The Herald are great supporters of our towns.  STP and the Sunday Herald have partnered up again this year to raise the profile of Scotland's towns through a series of pullouts in the Sunday Herald paper. Check out the 2015 series here.  Meet Victoria on 23 March and get some top tips for spreading your towns news far and wide.

Enterprise Screen

Enterprise Screen helped STP to develop the celebratory film 'A Year in the life of Scotland's Towns' and worked closely with Largs Matters to deliver an effective advertising campaign using film. We are excited to welcome their expertise in advertising through film.

Enterprise Screen create high-impact video that will really help to establish and promote your brand: delivering your message. Using proven project management experience, broadcast industry production methods and our skilled, core staff to deliver professional and dynamic videos that focus on your ideas and your objectives

Largs Matters

Largs Matters delivered an extremely effective film advertising campaign to promote their town and a number of events.

Largs Matters' principal aim.... Is to create a more vibrant, viable and sustainable town centre for Largs. Largs Matters is using the Business Improvement District (BID) model to improve an area of Largs covered by the business community.

Essential Edinburgh

Essential Edinburgh do a lot to promote the city to ensure that Edinburgh city centre excels as a place to work, a place to do business, a place to shop and a place to visit. They do this through a very focussed marketing strategy and we think that they excel at reaching and connecting with their local audience.

 

This event is free for STP Members, who can RSVP below.

Tickets for non-members are £60, and can be purchased here.

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BIDs Scotland Gathering

The BIDs Scotland Gathering in 2016 will celebrate the 10th anniversary of BIDs in Scotland, showcasing the significant development of the BIDs model since 2006 and the future development of the BIDs model in Scotland.

BIDs Scotland is hosting its Annual Gathering on the 30th March 2016 at Perth Concert Hall. Building on last year, which was the biggest Gathering ever held in Scotland, we anticipate that this year’s will be bigger still.  Located in the superb Perth Concert Hall; offering an excellent programme including headliners, Deputy First Minister John Swinney and John Lambeth, President and CEO of CIVITAS, USA; combined with this being a celebratory 10th year of Business Improvement Districts in Scotland.  This year’s event will focus on the further development of the BID model in Scotland and how BIDs can help transform local communities and grow the local economy. 

 

Full programme and booking here!

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Scottish Regeneration Question Time (Thu 7 April)

Planning Ahead - 2016 Manifesto

Join us for an interactive SURF network debate on our 2016 regeneration manifesto with political party representatives.

  • Debate the future of regeneration in Scotland
  • Free to attend
  • Priority booking for SURF members – non-members also welcome

Date and Venue

  • Thursday 7 April 2016
  • 2pm to 4pm (networking lunch available from 1pm)
  • CoSLA Conference Centre, Edinburgh

Background

In late 2014, SURF started developing a regeneration policy manifesto with the goal of setting out a series of ‘bold and practical’ recommendations for the next Scottish Government.

Following extensive consultations over an 18 month period, the manifesto was launched in January of this year. It was widely shared with the SURF network, the media, and the main political parties competing the 2016 Scottish Parliament elections.

The manifesto proposals will be the basis for a ‘Scottish Regeneration Question Time’ hustings-style debate in the month leading up to the election. (SURF organised a similar debate in 2011 – a report from that event is available here.)

This free Scottish Regeneration Question Time event will take place on the afternoon of Thursday 7 April in the CoSLA Conference Centre in Haymarket, Edinburgh. Party representatives have been invited to respond to SURF’s manifesto and highlight their key regeneration policies, and to answer questions from the SURF network audience.

Participants

The confirmed party representatives so far are (a-z by party):

Iain McGill, Conservative – Scottish Policy Board Member and candidate for the Lothian region and the Edinburgh Northern and Leith constituency

Andy Wightman, Green Party – Party Spokesperson for Communities, Local Government & Land Reform and candidate for Lothian region

Johanna Boyd, Labour – Leader of Stirling Council and candidate for the Mid Scotland and Fife region

Willie Black, RISE – Party Spokesperson for Regeneration

The SNP and Lib Dems have also accepted SURF’s invitation and will be confirming their respective representatives soon. This page will be updated as further participants are added to the Scottish Regeneration Question Time programme.

Agenda

  • 13.00 Registration and networking over a buffet lunch
  • 14.00 Welcome, context and introduction from SURF
  • 14.10 Opening five minute remarks by main party representatives in response to SURF’s 2016 manifesto for community regeneration
  • 14.40 Comments, questions and debate, chaired by SURF Chief Executive Andy Milne
  • 15.40 Closing remarks by party representatives and SURF
  • 16.00 End of formal event followed by coffee and networking

Book Your Free Place

Confirm your free place at Scottish Regeneration Question Time by completing the booking form below or contact SURF Information and Communications Officer Emma Scott on 0141 440 6392 or [email protected].

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Place Matters Enterprise Mash Up - Drygate Brewery, Glasgow

The Enterprise Mash Up

So who cares about place? Apparently we all do, but in different ways. Community group or business improvement district? It is what it’s all about. Food and drink businesses? It is you and your brand. Architect/Planner/Urbanist? Places, spaces and buildings. Young or old? It affects whether you go or stay. Police or Fire Service? Safe places are enterprising places. Entrepreneur? Vibrant.

Why attend?

Every day decisions about place are made by Governments and Councils that impact on our lives, and businesses, on our places, and they are all changing radically. So why do we tackle these issues separately? It makes no sense at all, so that's why we are mashing them up because place is too important to be left to specialists. And that’s why you should attend The Place Matters Enterprise Mash Up on 20th April at Drygate Brewery, Glasgow.

You will learn something new, meet someone new and do something new!

As Holyrood 2016 elections get underway, this is a great chance to get place on the agenda. We are bringing a range of inspiring and challenging speakers together to start the ball rolling.

On The Day

Many A Mickle Maks A Muckle

  • The Can Do Places And Spaces Story Crieff, Falkirk, Peebles - why micro makes a difference.

  • What's a Fumbally Exchange ? - why did architect George Boyle need to start one to survive in post crash Dublin ?

  • Samphire Rock Gin? Cardamom Vodka? - from to Bradford to Cornwall, with a nod to Pakistan, find out why place matters for Rubina Khan and Curio Spirits Company .

  • The Teenage Market - why? A different approach to Place.

  • The Pub, the Kirk and the School - what does a safe place mean to a policeman?

The Place Matters Enterprise Mash Up will explore all of these issues and give you your chance to have a say on Scotland’s big new conversation covering how and why #placematters in everything we do.

No sit down and listen event this. Taking part in the unique space that is Drygate - micro brewery, event space, food market, this will be a challenging fun event that's essential for community groups, entrepreneurs, businesses, architects place makers, police and fire and more...

Iain Scott from Can Do Places has designed the event to give as much time to learn something new meet someone new and have a great time.

The event will also showcase projects carried out by students from West College Scotland who have been creating artwork under the topic heading of ‘Images of Enterprise’, interpretations of what an enterprising town should look like. Be blown away with the Paisley Pagoda and how the students have combined old images of their towns with the new enterprise economy.

Additional information:

The cost for this event is £45.00.
NB: There is no VAT included in this booking as we are a not VAT registered company.

Links to event booking form and speakers:

Place Matters - An Enterprise Mash Up -  https://v1.bookwhen.com/placematters

Can Do Places Postcard about the event - http://www.candoplaces.org/place-matters-enterprise-mash-up

Drygate - http://drygate.com/

Fumbally Exchange - http://www.fumballyexchange.com 

The Teenage Market - http://theteenagemarket.co.uk/

Can Do Places - www.candoplaces.org

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Culture, History and Heritage: the value of the assets around us

STP is joined by Global Treasure Apps, Historic Environment Scotland, Museums Galleries Scotland and more to highlight the possibilities for towns when they use their culture, history and heritage to reinvigorate and promote their place.

We'll highlight the opportunities, support and advice offered by our partners along with a case study from Queensferry Ambition (Business Improvement District) which has excelled in making the most of their heritage.  Take a look at Forth Bridges Festival 2015, led by Queensferry Ambition. 

14:00 Networking and Coffee

14:15 Welcome

Phil Prentice, Scotland’s Towns Partnership

14:25 History and Heritage

Pauline Megson, Historic Environment Scotland

14:45 Museums in Towns

Alison Turnbull, Museums Galleries Scotland

15:05 Funding your project

Zoe Clark, Heritage Lottery Fund

15:25 Creative Places

Suzanne Miller, Cultural Enterprise Office

15:45Culture, History and Heritage Digital Trail

Frances O’Neill, Global Treasure Apps

16:05 Case Study Example

Rev. David Cameron, Queensferry Ambition

16:20 Discussion

16:30 Close

 

This event is free for STP Members, who can RSVP below.

Tickets for non-members are £60, and can be purchased here.

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Join Leading Authors for Launch of "Culture, Outlook and Scottish Internationalisation"
EDAS invites you to join them for the launch of an agenda-setting publication written by leading figures from business, media, the public sector and academia concerning the internationalisation of the Scottish economy. The engaging and readable article series offers new and ground-breaking insight into the links between Scotland's culture and outlook, and our engagement, connectivity and trade with the wider world. See below for more on the publication.  
 
At the launch you will be joined by the authors of the article series, who have offered their expert insight into this important issue for Scotland's economy. Confirmed authors attending are Keith Aitken (freelance journalist & formerly of the Scotsman), Professor Paul Bishop (University of Glasgow), Fiona Fraser (Women's Enterprise Scotland), David Scrimgeour MBE (DS Consulting & formerly of Scottish Enterprise) and Dr Derek Sheperd (Former Managing Director, Aggreko). 
 
Confirmed audience members attending include prominent stakeholders in Scottish internationalisation, including from Scottish and local government, the Scottish Parliament Information Centre, British Council Scotland, key economic development and skills bodies, business organisations, university representatives, consultancies, and leading third sector organisations.  
 
The launch will begin with introductory speeches from Robert Pollock (Chair, EDAS) and Stuart MacDonald (Executive Director, Centre for Cultural Relations, University of Edinburgh). There will then be a panel discussion held between authors of the articles and audience members, followed by time for informal networking over refreshments. Those who book to attend will also be provided with an advance copy of "Culture, Outlook and Scottish Internationalisation", and will be able to discuss any questions they have about the articles with the authors present. 
The launch will be a unique opportunity to learn about an under-examined factor for internationalisation which, as the article series demonstrates, could have enormous implications for Scotland's successful adaptation to an ever-shrinking world. This analysis comes on the heels of the Scottish Government's new Trade and Investment Strategy, whose explicit aim is "to drive a shift in mindset with increased global outlook" as key to increasing economic internationalisation. As such, this interactive and social event will also be a chance to discuss with key stakeholders what more we can all do to promote a cultural outlook and environment that is conducive to greater internationalisation. 
As places are strictly limited, please RSVP to book.

 

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The Fife Science Festival

The Fife Science Festival itself will kick off in Cowdenbeath this weekend with everything from animals, forensics, gaming and ecology to lasers and light-based technologies.

As part of the festival an outdoor screening of Wall – E will be shown on the greenspace in the heart of Cowdenbeath Town centre tonight (Wed 4th May) at 9.30pm. Those wishing to attend should bring a blanket or a seat. On Friday night May 6th  Star Wars – The Force Awakens will be shown as part of the Cowdenbeath Community Cinema  at Cowdenbeath  from 7 o clock all Jedi’s and Stormtrooper’s are welcome. The festival itself will be held over the weekend at the Cowdenbeath Leisure Centre. It will showcase the wonders of science and encourage visitors to get hands-on at Cowdenbeath Leisure Centre on Saturday May 7 and Sunday May 8.

In addition on the Saturday night Guinness World record holder and member of the Magic Circle, Rosyth's Kevin McMahon – Quantum Magician http://quantummagician.com , will perform a one hour show mixing his unique brand of science and magic. Kevin has previously appeared at the Edinburgh Fringe and recently at the Fife Comedy Festival. FREE tickets will be available to those who attend the Science Festival on the Saturday on a first come first served basis.

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East Renfrewshire's Funding Event

Voluntary Action are delighted to announce the date of our next funding event for East Renfrewshire’s community groups, charities, social enterprises and voluntary organisations. 

The event is a wonderful opportunity for face-to-face communication with some of the sectors financial supporters. As ever, it provides the chance to network with old friends and develop new connections with groups and organisations across East Renfrewshire.

Funders attending:

Big Lottery Fund The Robertson Trust
Heritage Lottery Fund ERC Stalled Spaces
Volunteering Matters ERC LEADER Programme
East Renfrewshire Small Grants Trust FirstPort


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Drawing out the vision

Aimed at built environment professionals Drawing out the vision is a short, sharp event to discuss the use of graphics and mapping in planning.  We’re inviting all built environment professionals to join the session to share their experience (or not) of using hand drawing and different graphic techniques in planning. It is also a chance for you to promote you work – whether in development management or development plans – from using the simplest of doodles, masterplanning, charettes to local and strategic mapping to help create a more visual planning system for Scotland.

Places are free – Reserve your place by 8 May by emailing [email protected]

Please note that this is not a training event and you will no be asked to draw – but please bring examples of your work (if applicable).

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Facilitating Enterprise in Scotland’s Town and City Centres

Coming just days after the Scottish Parliament election and shortly before the expected publication of the Independent Planning Review’s report, this event will reflect on progress since the Scottish Government’s Town Centre Review and discuss whether further actions are needed by planning and development practitioners to ensure the vitality of Scotland’s town and city centres.

This event is being organised jointly between the RTPI West of Scotland Chapter and RICS Matrix Glasgow & West Scotland. Key speakers are:

Malcolm Fraser – architect and chair of the Scottish Government’s 2013 Town Centre Review External Advisory Group

Malcolm led the Scottish Government’s Town Centre Review, which reported in June 2013.  He will consider why this subject is of such importance, reflect on the successes achieved since the Review, and set out the underlying, structural Planning, Taxation and Governmental issues which continue to undermine the achievement of sustainable, creative and economically-effective placemaking.  Malcolm ran Malcolm Fraser Architects in Edinburgh and now works for Halliday Fraser Munro.

Professor Leigh Sparks – Chair of Scotland’s Towns Partnership and Deputy Principal and Professor of Retail Studies at the Institute for Retail Studies, University of Stirling

Professor Sparks has been Professor of Retail Studies at Stirling since 1992, during which time he has undertaken senior roles in academia and public life, including current roles as Chair of both Scotland's Towns Group for the Centre for Scottish Public Policy and Scotland’s Towns Partnership. Prof Sparks will reflect on the Review and consider the importance of developing strategic and coherent networks of town centres, in particular across the west of Scotland.

Estelle Forrester – Retail Director, Savills

Estelle has been Retail Director at Savills since 2005 and regularly advises landlords and tenants on occupancy requirements, asset management strategies and site searches for all aspects of in-town retail, including high street and shopping centres. Estelle will provide an overview of the retail market and recent trends across Glasgow and west coast town centres, as well as considering the future of the retail sector.

Booking information

Please contact the West of Scotland Chapter to confirm your attendance. Demand for places at this event is likely to be very high so booking in advance is essential.

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Evolution of the Built Environment in Vorarlberg - Exhibition

The exhibition will be launched by Karlheinz Kopf, Deputy Speaker of the Austrian Parliament, and Martin Eichtinger, Ambassador of the Republic of Austria.

This exhibition was developed for the specific purpose of presenting architecture from Vorarlberg to an international audience in the form of a touring show travelling to the venues of the thirty-two Austrian Cultural Forums located around the world. With a total of more than 230 projects and around 700 photographic illustrations, the exhibition offers a comprehensive overview of the Vorarlberger Bauschule (Vorarlberg School of Building) –  a movement with its origins in the late 1950s and early 1960s.

Please RSVP by email to [email protected] by Thursday 12 May.

More information here.

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Towns Tea Party 2016

Join Scotland's Towns Partnership and the towns network for this year's Towns Tea Party. Centring around the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design this is an excellent opportunity to gather with colleagues from across the country to network and learn and to be part of the launch of the second FutureTown Design Competition. William Lippe Architects submitted the winning entry in 2015 and will help us launch the 2016 campaign. More information and past entries can be found here.

The Towns Tea Party will also incorporate the Scotland's Towns Ltd Annual General Meeting and this is a great chance to be updated with STP's progress and future activities. Check out the STP Infograph for a quick picture of what we have been up to.

We look forward to welcoming STP members and the wider towns network to Edinburgh for tea and cake along with key speaker Malcolm Fraser, Architect who will highlight what the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design means for Scotland's towns along with Danny McKendry, Architecture and Design Scotland who will show us how to take part through the Say Hello to Architecture programme.

1400 Towns Tea Party

Afternoon Tea and Networking

1500 Welcome & AGM Business

 Professor Leigh Sparks, Chair of Scotland's Towns Partnership

1530 Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design

Malcolm Fraser, Architect

1545 Say Hello to Architecture

Danny McKendry, Architecture and Design Scotland

1600   William Lippe Architects – FutureTown Design Competition Launch

Winner of the FutureTown Design Competition 2015

1620   Closing Remarks 

This event is free for STP Members, who can RSVP below.

Tickets for non-members are £15+ VAT, and can be purchased here.

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SURF Award Place Based Regeneration Workshop

This free half-day SURF Awards workshop event in Glasgow provides an opportunity to explore successful current approaches towards place based regeneration with three winning projects from both the ‘Most Improved Town’ and ‘Creative Regeneration’ categories highlighted in the 2015 SURF Awards process.

SURF and the Scottish Government work together to identify and highlight excellence and innovation in initiatives that address social and economic challenges in disadvantaged communities through the annual SURF Awards for Best Practice in Community Regeneration.

Workshop guests will firstly hear from project representatives in the ‘Most Improved Large Town’ category winner Kilmarnock. East Ayrshire council responded to significant economic decline by implementing an Integrated Urban Development Plan. This Plan has created a town centre that meets the needs of its diverse stakeholders and provides an attractive environment for people to live, work and socialise.

This will be followed by input from the ‘Most Improved Small/Medium Town’ winner Barrhead. In 2012 East Renfrewshire Council launched the Barrhead Regeneration Initiative to promote a long-term growth strategy with town centre regeneration, economic activity and improved health and housing as the key priorities. As a result the town centre is now well-served with amenities and services.

Finally, attendees will hear from the ‘Creative Regeneration’ category winner Laurieston Open Spaces. Based in Glasgow the Open Spaces project was derived and led by arts organisation WAVEparticle, in conjunction with New Gorbals Housing Association and Urban Union, as an artist-led strategy to complement a new city housing development in the Laurieston area of the city. The strategy provided a wide variety of creative projects and engagement opportunities for new and existing local residents to participate in.

The SURF Awards ‘Most Improved Town’ judging panel team – comprising representatives of Scotland’s Towns Partnership, Royal Town Planning Institute Scotland, Architecture + Design Scotland, PAS, Heads of Planning Scotland, and the Scottish Government – were particularly enthused by the value in all four projects’ approaches, and the potential of replication to other town centres. The SURF Awards ‘Creative Regeneration’ judging panel team – comprising of Craft Town Scotland, Creative Scotland, North Edinburgh Arts, and the Scottish Government – were impressed by levels of engagement with the wider community by all three shortlisted projects in this category. The judges will be participating in the workshop, which also features a discussion session and networking lunch, to help draw out transferable lessons from the participating projects.

The event will close with a short input from Scotland’s Towns Partnership looking at the work they are currently undertaking to represent and promote the diversity of our towns and places, and support organisations and groups that have an interest in or ownership of them.

Programme

09:45am Welcome and Coffee

10:15am Introduction: Andy Milne, Chief Executive, SURF

10:25am Presentation, Kilmarnock: Andy Colvin, Dot Grieve and Karl Doroszenko East Ayrshire Council

10:40am Presentation, Barrhead: Gillian McNamara, East Renfrewshire Council

10:55am Presentation, Laurieston Open Spaces: Peter McCaughey and Lizzy O’Brien, WAVEparticle

11:10am Open Discussion, Questions and Comments with members of the SURF Awards Judging Panel

12:10pm Presentation, Scotland’s Towns Partnership: Craig McLaren, STP and RTPI Scotland

12:20pm Summary and Thanks: Andy Milne

12:30pm Networking Lunch

About the SURF Awards

Please visit www.scotregen.co.uk for more information on the SURF Awards and the outcomes of the 2015 process.

Places are free but numbers are limited. To reserve a place please complete the booking form. If you have any queries or difficulties with this please contact Emma Scott, Information and Communications Officer, [email protected] or 0141 4406392

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SP=EED Verification

SP=EED – Successful Planning equals Effective Engagement and Delivery – is PAS’s free practical guide to effective engagement in planning. SP=EED is referred to in the Scottish Government’s Planning Advice Note (PAN) 3/2010 as a benchmarking tool for community engagement in planning.

SP=EED’s uniqueness is its simplicity and planning focus.

What is SP=EED?
SP=EED (click to access) is PAS’s free practical guide to effective engagement in planning. SP=EED is referred to in the Scottish Government’s Planning Advice Note (PAN) 3/2010 as a benchmarking tool for community engagement in planning.

SP=EED’s uniqueness is its simplicity and planning focus.

SP=EED develops an understanding of three broad levels of engagement using eight defined criteria.

What is SP=EED Verification?
PAS’s SP=EED Verification is a two part programme which certifies an individual’s competence in using the SP=EED approach to delivering engagement in planning and demonstrates that participants have completed a written reflective learning assessment:

  • give public assurance that engagement is being done to an appropriate level and to the highest standard
  • allow individuals to develop a greater understanding of SP=EED and its practical application
  • provide a greater understanding of the skills required for effective engagement
  • encourage the use of a range of creative and effective planning and engagement tools to suit different participatory approaches
  • allow individuals to have their engagement methods verified by independent planning and engagement professionals

There are two parts to SP=EED Verification:
Part 1: Understanding SP=EED
A 3.5 Hour interactive workshop facilitated by PAS SP=EED Verification Trainers (after which participants receive the toolkits needed to complete part 2).

Part 2: Putting SP=EED into practice:
A written reflective learning submission based on at least one engagement process that the participant has been involved in since Part 1. This will be verified by independent planning and engagement professionals and ratified by PAS.

What happens once I become SP=EED Verified?

  • You become part of a ‘SP=EED Aware’ Network
  • Opportunity for you or your organisation to advertise you as SP=EED verified

Part 1: Understanding SP=EED: training event
The next course will take place on:
• Thursday 26 May 2016 – Dundee
• Thursday 6 October 2016 – Edinburgh

Cost
£250 per person (Parts 1 and 2)

Completing the SP=EED™ Verification process was really useful to enhancing the quality of my community engagement work with communities in Perth & Kinross area on planning issues. The training provided lots of fresh ideas and a good explanation of the SP=EED™ process. The materials provided including the workbook was very comprehensive and were invaluable to completing my project.
Diane Cassidy – Senior Community Capacity Builder (Perth & Kinross Council)

How to register

To register for SP=EED Verification please complete the Application Form or for general enquiries please e-mail [email protected]

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The Real McCoy

Scotland’s 2nd Anti Illicit Trade conference which is entitled The Real McCoy. The event is taking place on Friday 27th May and will form a two pronged approach with a conference taking place in the prestigious Glasgow City Chambers and an interactive street event taking place in George Square. The Event is being hosted by The Scottish Business Resilience Centre in partnership with the Scottish Anti Illicit Trade Group and is being kindly supported by UL. This event will put Scotland at the fore front of brand protection and combatting illicit trade. 

 

To download the delegate application form please click here.

To download the Exhibitor Information Pack please click here

To download the Exhibitor Application Form please click here

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Update on Policy and Practice in Economic Development​

Delivered in partnership with the TERU centre of the University of Glasgow, EDAS is running its Update on Policy and Practice in Economic Development Course (formerly, "Refresher Course") in Glasgow on Tuesday 7 June - venue TBC. If you are an individual or organisation interested in benefiting, there are currently limited places remaining. 

In a fast changing landscape, this is a knowledge update for people with a good basis in local economic development, to cater for the changing economic and policy circumstances. The course addresses four key topics:  Challenges Facing Scotland's Economy and Future Scenarios; Emerging Economic Policy in Scotland and the UK; Scotland's Businesses and Sectors; and Scotland's People.

Course fee

£150 + VAT for EDAS members and £250 + VAT for non-members.  

More information

http://www.edas.org.uk/events-economic-development-association-scotland.php

"The [formerly named] Refresher course in Economic Development provides a useful overview and update of current national and regional economic policy, with fresh analysis on the latest trends in the Scottish economy. It has provided useful context for the economic policy, intelligence work and briefings that Fife Council's Economic Advisors carry out."

Robin Presswood - Head of Economy, Planning and Employability at Fife Council, October 2015

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World Towns Leadership Summit

WTLS16

International town and urban leaders came together for a world first, that took place in Scotland in June 2016.  Organised by ATCM, BIDs Scotland, IDA and Scotland’s Towns Partnership, the World Towns Leadership Summit discussed the evolving nature of civic governance and the changing economic drivers for successful place-making.

Across the world, the State is shrinking. Urgent action is essential if we are to make our places better.  What are the new alliances and approaches we need to develop to achieve a strong competitive economy combined with a fairer, more equal society? 

Discussing this was the Cabinet Secretary for Communities, Social Security and Equality, Anegla Constance MSP, leading on what a fairer Scotland should look like in 2030 and how to make this vision a reality.  We also heared from a range of internationally recognised leaders and thinkers including, Bulelwa Makalima-Ngewana, CEO, The Cape Town Partnership, Tina Saaby, Copenhagen’s City Architect, international economist Michael Shuman and Michael Smith, Chair of the International Downtown Association.

An anchor of the Summit was the final shaping of a World Towns Framework: A Public-Private-Social Vision for Urban Centres. The purpose of the Framework is to; articulate the narrative of towns, neighbourhoods and city districts in responding to contemporary urban challenges; shape a new urban agenda for these urban places; assert the need for new alliances and approaches essential for a strong competitive economy combined with a fairer, more equal society.

This call to action is now vital. Towns are a key element of global urban infrastructure. At the scale of nations, they are nodes of labour force, distinct local production and tourism. Towns, while distinct from entire cities, share many traits with urban neighbourhoods outside the city centre. Across regions, networks of towns connect people and infrastructure at scale. Towns and neighbourhoods matter to the transformation of modern economies, promising value; blending local and global opportunities. But, the town narrative is less well articulated than cities. Towns suffer. Transformation is stalled. The promise of a networked urban system, with choices, to support an increasingly diverse society is not met with the support and investment to deliver the reality. Towns are dealing with social migration at a scale previously even unknown to cities; the supporting infrastructure is not there and the response has been chaotic. Amongst the challenge lies opportunity. Across the world, towns and neighbourhoods are in this struggle. They are the largest scale for community, and the smallest scale for urbanity.

VIEW THE WORLD TOWNS FRAMEWORK HERE

 

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Sir Patrick Geddes Commemorative Lecture

Copenhagen: A City for People by Tina Saaby, City Architect, Copenhagen

On 15 June 2016 at Surgeons' Hall, Nicolson Street, Edinburgh

Tina Saaby has been the Chief City Architect of Copenhagen since September 2010. She inspires, facilitates, advices, and coaches the politicians and City Administration. Her responsibility is to help defining architectural guidelines and visions in developing the city based on the City of Copenhagen's Architectural Policy.  She graduated from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Architecture in 1997. She has many years of experience as an architect, partly as partner of the architectural firm Witraz Architects in Copenhagen and was the former Vice President of the Danish Architects´ Association.

Tina is Visiting Professor at Sheffield University and external examiner at The University of Roskilde, The University of Copenhagen and The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation. Furthermore Tina is the Chairman of the Advisory board at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation.

This event costs £15 + VAT (£3) = £18 

Book by emailing [email protected] or calling 0131 229 9628

Full details at http://www.rtpi.org.uk/the-rtpi-near-you/rtpi-scotland/events/sir-patrick-geddes-commemorative-lecture/

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Scotland's Economy and the European Union: A Time for Reflection

EDAS' AGM and special lecture by Dr. Fabian Zuleeg, Chief Executive and Chief Economist of the European Policy Centre in Brussels. The event will take place on the PA Consulting Rooftop in central Edinburgh on the morning of Friday 17 June.

The event will begin with breakfast and AGM business directed by EDAS chair, Robert Pollock. Following this, Charlie Woods, EDAS Vice-Chair (Policy) and Director of the Scottish Universities Insight Institute, will give an overview of EDAS'Route Map for Common Ambition, including outputs and key issues after a year of work on Internationalisation, Innovation and Skills. There will also be a talk from a PA Consulting Change Expert on the capabilities required to engender strategic change in Scotland's economy. 

Attendees will then hear a special presentation from Dr. Fabian Zuleeg, Chief Executive and Chief Economist of the European Policy Centre in Brussels. Dr. Zuleeg will discuss the internationalisation of the Scottish economy in the context of the European Union, and how the Scottish economy can adapt to increasing competition, interconnectedness and digitalisation. This will touch upon the strategic role the public sector can play in building cross-border and inter-regional relationships, and supporting workers and firms to successfully adapt to changing global economic conditions. The talk will be based upon Dr. Zuleeg's paper on opportunities and challenges for the internationalisation of the Scottish economy, which he authored for EDAS' article series Culture, Outlook and Scottish Internationalisation. Fabian received his higher education in Scotland, and holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Edinburgh.

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Gold Awards

The Gold Awards are the leading awards recognising achievement within the retail property industry. The Gold’s benchmark the industry’s continuing commitment to the improvement in quality of the built environment and celebrate the most creative and innovative, showcasing work over the past year and bringing together retail industry elite. 

Catering and Leisure Destination

This category is aimed at developers and asset managers looking to showcase examples of innovative, catering and leisure projects that reflect exemplars of how the hospitality industry is reshaping the overall customer experience, both in individual leisure projects and integrated with mixed use, retail led environments. The award can cover new projects or the repositioning of catering and leisure within existing centres and is not subject to a minimum expenditure.

New Centre

This category covers new centres of any size or format whether they are in town centre, edge of town or out of town. The award is designed to recognise developments that have taken the industry forward in these challenging economic times, setting new benchmarks and levels of innovation.

Occupier of the Year

Jury members will consider retailers for this category that have demonstrated continuous innovation and that have delivered an outstanding and differentiated customer proposition. Two awards will be awarded in this category, Retailer Of The Year and Food/Beverage/Leisure Operator Of The Year. 

Potential winners for this year’s award will be shortlisted and chosen by the Jury.

Public Sector Award (NEW FOR 2016) 

This category is aimed at local authorities and/or public sector bodies to recognise, investment and ingenuity by the Public Sector to help support and enhance our retail environment.

Refurbishment and/or Extension (over £5million build contract)

This category is aimed at developers and asset managers looking to showcase examples of active investment into an existing retail destination. It seeks to highlight extension, refurbishment and general repositioning of a shopping centre in the widest sense.

Refurbishment and/or Extension (under £5million build contract)

This category is aimed at developers and asset managers looking to showcase examples of active asset management in an established retail destination. It seeks to include examples of smaller scale reconfiguration, extension, refurbishment and general repositioning of a shopping centre. The example need not encompass the entire venue, and could form part of a wider asset management/repositioning strategy.

More information and application details here.

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BlachereTalking Towns Experience

Revive & Thrive is very pleased to invite you to a most enjoyable and informative event, being brought to you in partnership with sponsor and host for the day Blachere Illumination and Blachere Theming.

Also supported by PFM Footfall Intelligence, the afternoon event in Huddersfield will focus on the two hottest topics in towns, cities, shopping centres and in fact all 'Places': experience and data.

This is certain to be an event that you will never forget as Blachere will demonstrate that imagination is the only limiting factor when it comes to providing your customers and visitors an experience.

The venue is the AMAZING (a word that Revive & Thrive doesn't use lightly) Blachere Theming. Here, you will be treated to a display of incredible animatronics and a lighting and music show. You will also enjoy a 4D film and a behind the scenes tour of how animatronics, theming and lighting are made. It really is a dream factory and the afternoon's workshops will focus on how you can deliver memorable experiences in your place.

The event will also consider how creating experiences can be cost neutral, if not profitable, and demonstrate how place-based experience increase dwell time, footfall, repeat visits and increased spend.

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Where Community Meets Enterprise

Where Community Meets Enterprise: The nature and scale of "community enterprise" within Scotland's growing family of social enterprises. A debate and a celebration.

More information and booking can be found here.

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Architecture Fringe 2016

In Scotland 2016 is the Year of Innovation, Architecture & Design. Initiated by a group of architects, photographers, engineers, visual artists, curators and musicians the Architecture Fringe is an independent, contributor-led series of events and projects across the arts which will explore architecture and how it makes a difference to our lives. 

Set to have its first run in July 2016, the Architecture Fringe took inspiration from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. There is no formal application process and the ArchiFringe platform is completely open for contributor-led creative responses to the built environment. Our first year will see new artistic work, events, exhibitions, talks, environmental installations, community self-builds, a summer school and a new small-town festival across Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee, Farr in Strathnairn and Beith, North Ayrshire.

The Architecture Fringe will open in Glasgow on Friday 1st July.

See a full list of Architecture Fringe Events here.

We hope you will join us!

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MSP Connector Programme: Connecting MSP’s with Scotland’s towns

Scotland's Towns Partnership and the Cross Party Group for Towns and Town Centres for the second year, will encourage MSPs to take some time during recess (2nd July – 4th September) to spend in their local town.

STP are also seeking towns, town centre businesses and communities to host their MSP so get in touch now.  

The visit may include a walk around, presentation, lunch, work experience or something a little more creative! We are looking for lots of Tweets, photos and highlights from the visits to help us raise the profile of Scotland’s towns.

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Inclusive Growth for Scotland

The RSA will explore the context of Inclusive Growth agenda within Scotland, where it is held up as a key policy focus for the Scottish Government. Our speakers will explore the potential for developing an Inclusive Growth strategy rooted in a Scottish context and building on the strengths available to us.

This will be the first RSA Inclusive Growth Commission seminar to be held in Scotland.  The Commission is a year-long inquiry into how local economies can drive growth, productivity and prosperity through greater economic inclusivity. The Commission is a successor to the influential RSA City Growth Commission and is chaired by Stephanie Flanders, JP Morgan Chief Market Strategist (UK and Europe) and former BBC Economics Editor.

It will consider the impact that further devolutions of powers to Scotland might have on the agenda, especially within the context of current and proposed City deals, and the wider impact on towns and places across the country.

This will also consider the relationship between the various layers of government, and the extent (or lack) of devolution withinScotland. Finally, it will also seek to understand the needs of enterprise – business, SMEs, the social sector and entrepreneurs – in supporting more dynamic, resilient and inclusive local economies.

To find out more, contact Jamie Cooke.

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A&DS and RIAS Scottish Student Awards for Architecture 2016

Join A&DS and RIAS in 2016 RIAS Award-Winning building the Saunders Centre to celebrate the best of Scotland's student architects and the Andy MacMillan lecture by this year's guest judge Christophe Egret Hon FRIAS. 

14 July 2016 Saunders Centre, The Glasgow Academy, Colebrooke Street, Glasgow G12 8HE


18:30 - 19:00 - Drinks reception
19:00 - 19:45 - Andy MacMillan lecture by Christophe Egret
19:45 - 20:30 - Awards Ceremony 


About the A&DS and RIAS Scottish Student Awards for Architecture 

Architecture and Design Scotland and the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) jointly promote the Scottish Student Awards for Architecture. 2016 will be the 14th year of these awards. The awards recognise the achievement of individual students and from Scotland’s five schools of architecture.

About Christophe Egret 

This year's Andy MacMIllan Lecture will be delivered by Christophe Egret HON FRIAS. Christophe is an Anglo-French architect, brought up in Paris. In his early career he worked for a number of well-known practices, including Alsop and Stormery. In 2004, Christophe co-founded Studio Egret West with urban designer David West.

Studio Egret West is an award-winning international practice and notable projects include their first building within the Nottingham Science Park masterplan; Park Hill, Sheffield, one of the iconic housing projects of the 60‘s and the largest listed building in the UK; Clapham Library Building; Stratford Shoal and Meridien Square at the entrance to the Olympic site and the Fold, Sidcup.

Christophe is a frequent lecturer on subjects including residential developments and sustainable communities.  

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Mapping Sustainability and the Arts Edinburgh

What cultural and environmental sustainability activities are taking place in Edinburgh and Glasgow? How do we map existing networks and discover new points of connection between them? Organised by Green Tease and Creative Carbon Scotland, two events are taking place in Edinburgh and Glasgow to map current projects and areas of future interest, and discuss how the Green Tease programme can enable stronger ties between artistic practices and environmental initiatives in Scotland.

The sessions are for Green Tease members, as well as those who are new to the network. Participants will be led by Dr Larissa Pschetz (Interaction Designer and Lecturer, Edinburgh College of Art) through a series of physical visualisation exercises, the data from which will be translated into online maps for use and sharing by participants.
Event details are as follows:

Edinburgh
Date: Monday 25th July, 6 – 8pm
Venue: Out of the Blue, 36 Dalmeny St, Edinburgh EH6 8RG
Find out more and register here

Glasgow
Date: Friday 29th July, 6:30 – 8:30pm
Venue: The Tron Theatre, 63 Trongate, G1 5HB
Find out more and register here

Green Tease is an ongoing informal events programme which aims to build connections between creative practices and environmental sustainability. The majority of our Green Tease are free to attend with refreshments provided.

For more information and to book click here.

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Mapping Sustainability and the Arts Glasgow

What cultural and environmental sustainability activities are taking place in Edinburgh and Glasgow? How do we map existing networks and discover new points of connection between them? Organised by Green Tease and Creative Carbon Scotland, two events are taking place in Edinburgh and Glasgow to map current projects and areas of future interest, and discuss how the Green Tease programme can enable stronger ties between artistic practices and environmental initiatives in Scotland.

The sessions are for Green Tease members, as well as those who are new to the network. Participants will be led by Dr Larissa Pschetz (Interaction Designer and Lecturer, Edinburgh College of Art) through a series of physical visualisation exercises, the data from which will be translated into online maps for use and sharing by participants.


Event details are as follows:

Edinburgh
Date: Monday 25th July, 6 – 8pm
Venue: Out of the Blue, 36 Dalmeny St, Edinburgh EH6 8RG
Find out more and register here

Glasgow
Date: Friday 29th July, 6:30 – 8:30pm
Venue: The Tron Theatre, 63 Trongate, G1 5HB
Find out more and register here

Green Tease is an ongoing informal events programme which aims to build connections between creative practices and environmental sustainability. The majority of our Green Tease are free to attend with refreshments provided.

For more information and to book click here.

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Exploring Geddes in the 21st Century

‘Outlook: Exploring Geddes in the 21st Century’  takes place on 18 and 19 August in Edinburgh.  

To mark the conference, PAS has developed a new awards programme to encourage all young people to engage in their local place. The Patrick Geddes Young Placemakers Award will use the Geddes approach of ‘survey, analysis, plan’ to help make better and more inclusive places for the benefit of all.

To coincide with the Scotland’s Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design 2016, the two-day international conference will celebrate the impact and legacy of Sir Patrick Geddes, polymath, botanist and founding father of town planning.

On 18th August you will hear from young people about their sense of place as well as a range of leading thinkers, artists, architects, educationalists, planners. Day two will provide opportunities for hands-on art and design workshops.

Register now to book your place at this interactive series of seminars and workshops, fusing together strands of academic and practice-based thoughts from Scotland and all around the world.

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Funding Workshop August 2016

Scotland's Towns Partnership along with Aberdeen Inspired are bringing together funding experts and funding providers for an afternoon of learning and sharing. Don't miss this opportunity to connect with some of Scotland's major funders.

These partners are ambassadors for the regeneration of our places and want to support you in achieving your goals and projects. Our funding expert will also provide you with top tips for approaching and completing the applications which can sometimes be a daunting task! More information about our partners can be found below.  

Check out the February Funding Workshop Storify

Big Lottery Fund

The Big Lottery Fund is responsible for distributing 40 per cent of all funds raised for good causes by the National Lottery. This totals over £650 million each year.

Heritage Lottery Fund

From the archaeology under our feet to the historic parks we love, from precious memories to rare wildlife… HLF use money raised by National Lottery players to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about.

Sustrans Scotland

Sustrans Scotland works closely with communities, the Scottish Government, local authorities and other partners to ensure that the people of Scotland have access to a network of safe walking and cycling routes, making Scotland a healthy, happy place to live, work and play, and a sustainable and beautiful tourist destination.

SLOG

SLOG is a professional network of local authority officers in Scotland exchanging and sharing information and experience on funding sources such as Lottery, EU funding, Trust and Foundations. SLOG acts also as an interface with funders to promote local authorities and communities they represent. 

This event is free for STP Members, who can RSVP below.

Tickets for non-members are £60, and can be purchased here.

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Cities and Regions: supporting inclusive economic growth and prosperity

This event will explore how Scotland’s cities can attract investment, stimulate and drive sustainable and inclusive economic activity in their locales and wider regions.

***20% Early Bird discount available on all bookings before 5pm Wednesday 15 June. Quote code 'CR20' when booking***

Context

In March 2016, the Scottish Government launched their refreshed Cities strategy ‘Scotland’s Agenda for Cities’ building on ‘Scotland's Cities: Delivering for Scotland’ published in 2011, which established the Scottish Cities Alliance.

With the Scottish economy facing significant issues, the Glasgow City Region Deal in place, deals in Aberdeen, Inverness, and Edinburgh and the South-East proposed, there are big challenges and opportunities - how can Scotland’s cities and regions take advantage of these opportunities to secure inclusive economic growth and prosperity?

Key learning objectives:

  • Explore the latest research and policy priorities for sustainable economic development for cities and regions
  • Hear about innovative investment opportunities and growth models
  • Improve policy and community engagement
  • Gain insights from colleagues and peers who are working in this area

Agenda

Session one: Inclusive and sustainable economic growth

10:00 Welcome and introduction by the Chair

10:05 Inclusive prosperity in and beyond Scotland’s Cities

Dr Georgiana Varna, Scottish Cities Knowledge Centre, Urban Studies, University of Glasgow

10:25 Improving policy and engagement

10:45 Collaborative regional partnership

11:05 Questions and discussion

11:20 Refreshments and networking

Session two: Enhancing development and benefits for all

11:40 Ensuring towns and regions enjoy positive outcomes

Phil Prentice, Chief Officer, Scotland’s Towns Partnership

12:00 Taking advantage of investment models and opportunities

12:20 Building on opportunities to maximise economic impact

Andrew Noble, Programme Manager, Improvement Service

12:40 Questions and discussion

12:55 Networking lunch

Session three: Making it real

13:45 Local authority perspective

14:05 Learning from beyond Scotland

14:25 Questions and discussion

14:45 Chair’s closing remarks

14:50 End of meeting

Venue and costs

Event location: Central Edinburgh

Delegate rates

  • Discounted rate: £149 + VAT (Voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income of less than £1m)
  • Reduced rate: £199 + VAT (Central government departments and agencies, local authorities, universities, colleges, NHS, police, professional associations and voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income over £1m)
  • Full rate: £299 + VAT (Commercial organisations e.g. plc, Ltd, LLP

​For more information please contact Craig Flannigan, by email [email protected] or phone 0131 285 1691

Book here: http://email.holyrood.com/q/17GZJcvK4qYftmNdSsleJI/wv

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2016 SURF Annual Conference

Key Themes

Like other parts of the UK, Scotland is a rich nation with too many poor people and places. Tackling poverty and inequality, while supporting inclusive economic growth, are the twin priorities for delivering regeneration over the 2016-21 Scottish Parliament term.

SURF’s free-to-attend 2016 Annual Conference will explore the key question: How can webetter connect challenges, resources, structures, policies and assets to help us achieve our widely shared aims for a better, fairer Scotland?

The conference will feature the following sub-topics:

  • Resource and strategy options
  • Government policy, community delivery
  • Learning from SURF’s Alliance for Action collaborations
  • Rebalancing local poverty and national wealth

Programme

Morning session: Still Trickling Down?

  • 9:15am Registration, coffee and networking
  • 10:00am Welcome and Introduction – SURF Chair Pippa Coutts
  • 10:10am 2016-21: Big Challenges, New Ideas – Robin McAlpine, Director of the Common Weal.
  • 10:30am Community Reality and Resources – Sandra Marshall, Edinburgh Muirhouse Resident & Kate Wimpress, North Edinburgh Arts
  • 10:45am Building a Fairer Scotland – Kevin Stewart MSP, Scottish Government Minister for Local Government and Housing
  • 11:00am Questions and Comments for the Minister, Robin McAlpine, Sandra Marshall and Kate Wimpress
  • 11:20am Coffee and Pastries featuring SURF Award Winners and Resilient Scotland Community Enterprise Investees with Token Gestures Coin Game

Early afternoon session: Show Us The Money: Resourcing Regeneration

  • 11:40am Funding Panel: Introduced by SURF Chair Pippa Coutts with colleagues from the Big Lottery Fund in Scotland; Heritage Lottery Fund (Scotland); Highlands & Islands EnterpriseResilient Scotland; and the Scottish Government.
  • 12:15pm Questions and Debate: Funding Regeneration 2016-21
  • 12:35pm Poverty, Our Hidden Shame: Short Film and Introduction by Plantation Productions Create Crew
  • 12:45pm Lunch and Funding Café exhibition with representatives from 30+ regeneration funding providers, from Amber Infrastructure to Youthlink Scotland.

Late afternoon session: Making the Connections

  • 1:30pm People, Policies, Partners and Places: Practical progress and learning from SURF’s Alliance for Action collaborations. Featuring Andy Milne, SURF Chief Executive, on Govan; Dr Elaine Cooper, SURF Practice & Learning Manager, on East Kirkcaldy; and Paul Duffy, Rothesay Alliance for Action Facilitator for SURF, on Rothesay, in addition to local partners.
  • 2:30pm Local Poverty, National Wealth – Panel Debate with Fiona Duncan, Chief Executive, Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland and Robin McAlpine, Director of Common Weal.
  • 3:15pm Thanks and What’s Next – SURF’s Pippa Coutts
  • 3:30pm Close and coffee.

Book Your Place

SURF’s Annual Conference is free to attend, with priority booking for SURF members in the event of excess demand.

Please complete a booking form here to register, or contact SURF’s Emma Scott directly on 0141 440 6392 or [email protected].

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Promoting Healthy Placemaking

Promoting Healthy Placemaking

Planning, at all levels, can play a crucial role in creating environments that enhance people’s health & wellbeing, but collaborative & inclusive processes for cross-sector cooperation are required to produce new ways to integrate planning & health. Janet Askew, RTPI.

 

RTPI East of Scotland Chapter

Thursday 1st September (5.45pm-7.30pm)

Venue: Room 2G14, Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee

 

Dr Husam Al Waer, University of Dundee

The aim of this presentation is to understand and explore the contribution that collaborative design-led approaches to placemaking can make to enhance the well-being of individuals and communities. This is timely given the increasing use of collaborative community-based placemaking in both the UK and international settings, and the emphasis within public policy on developing resilient communities and promoting place based well-being. Using real live projects, Husam will explore the multi-dimensions of well-being focusing on the achievements through collaboration.

John Howie, NHS Health Scotland

John will reinforce the critical role of planning authorities in shaping the health and well-being of populations whilst tackling inequalities. He will discuss some practical mechanisms to enable this; such as the community empowerment legislation and the range of key actions contained within the recently approved Place Standard Implementation Plan 2016/19.

Gillian Kyle, sportscotland

Gillian will focus on ‘Planning and Places for Sport’ with sportscotland – who they are, what they do and how they engage with the planning system as the national agency for sport. This will include their recently updated guidance on sportscotland’s approach to planning applications and their statutory consultee role in the development management process.

Free for RTPI Members/ students and staff (University of Dundee). Non-RTPI members very welcome, £5 charge on arrival. Advanced notice of attendance is required. Please contact Nicola using her email below

Please contact Nicola Orr (Chapter Convenor) [email protected] by Thursday 25 August to confirm attendance.

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Carluke Festival of Contemporary Art (Cool Carluke)

Cool Carluke aka the Carluke Festival of Contemporary Art will bring the Edinburgh Travelling Gallery, which will be in town 13th-17th September, along with lots of other art displays!

There will be Binary Art and temporary reusable sculptures, an outdoor art studio (Art2) showcasing exhibitions, demonstrations and classes based around Rankin Gait. There will be a guest 'plenary' artist and 10 more commissioned artists, plus local art societies and anyone who wants to show their work. We are also hoping to have 4 new window designs for shops in the town launched during the festival, and we are working with a top Visual Design and Merchandising consultant on this project. For the kids, we've got the Mobile Cinema Company in Carluke on the 17th September for the evening screening Finding Dory!

Please follow along on Facebook before, during and after the event for updates, photos, and videos of the festivities!

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ATCM Scotland: Pathway to Resilience

Aberdeen, 14th September 2016, 10.30am to 3.30pm

Booking & enquiries: [email protected]

 

Background

The collapse of the oil price has triggered an economic shock in Aberdeen and the wider regional economy in the North East of Scotland. Businesses are coming to terms with a decline in the trade that was buoyed by the vibrant energy industry.

This story has been all too familiar in Britain over the past four decades. Global factors have impacted local economies in towns and cities across the country, damaging the dominant industry and sometimes devastating communities that are left with the difficult task of regeneration and renewal. Car manufacturing, shipbuilding, and more recently steel production are just some of the industries that form part of this story, each carrying severe consequences for the supply chain and business eco-system.

ATCM Scotland’s ‘Pathway to Resilience’ will explore the measures that businesses, councils and government must take to ensure towns and cities across the UK can be resilient to the forces of globalisation and can support employment and enterprise in face of potential decline. This will be in the context of Aberdeen and the oil market, but aims to deliver a useful, informative discussion for town and city centre managers, BIDs, businesses, councils and policy-makers across the UK who support areas that are going or have been through turbulent times.

The meeting will end with a tour of Aberdeen city centre on the day it plays host to the Keep Scotland Beautiful Awards on the 50th Anniversary of the organisation. Join us for a behind the scenes exploration of Aberdeen’s efforts to provide an attractive and welcoming environment for all users, including a special flower market commemorating the awards.

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How Music Can Benefit Your Business

The Small Business Saturday Inspire Series will travel to Edinburgh for a workshop on 'How Music Can Benefit Your Business', supported by PRS for Music.

The roundtable will gather business owners in Edinburgh to examine the impact of music on their business, as well as sharing tips on how music can benefit you small business - from building your brand to driving sales and increasing employee satisfaction. Learn from experts from PRS for Music and hear case studies from other small businesses. Following the event, PRS for Music invites attendees to attend a unique evening of live music performances! 

For a taste of what you will learn from the workshop, check out these videos from the PRS for Music and Small Business Saturday Inspire Series last year. 

The event is free for small businesses to attend. The workshop will run from 5pm - 6pm and will be live streamed on Periscope with a real time Twitter Q&A, so even if you are not in the room you can still get involved and tweet a question using #PRSinspire. Follow @SmallBizSatUK  & @PRSforMusic for updates.

To book please see the following link: http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07ed3fdkvn14d46c35&llr=hrtzgluab.

The schedule for the workshop is as follows:

4:45pm Arrival and networking
5:00pm Workshop with PRS for Music 
5:45pm Q&A
6:00pm Event ends and attendees are invited to stay on for a special evening of live music with PRS for Music

We look forward to seeing you on 15th September for an informative workshop, small business networking and a fantastic evening of live music! 

About PRS for Music

@PRSforMusic

PRS for Music is proud to be supporting Small Business Saturday with Inspire Series workshops looking the benefits and values of music when used in small businesses both for customers and staff.

PRS for Music is a society of around 115,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers and it licenses organisations to play, perform or make available music. It distributes royalties to members and societies fairly and efficiently.

As a business, you play a vital role in the creation of new music because nearly 90 per cent of all the money collected goes back to PRS for Music’s members (the rest on their running costs). PRS for Music licenses the use of musical compositions and lyrics when they are played or performed in public, broadcast on radio or TV, used on the internet or copied on to physical products. 

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Climate Week 2016

Keep Scotland Beautiful - Climate Week 2016 is a new Scottish Government-backed national initiative to raise awareness and inspire action on climate change. There is still time for organisations to register and participate in the week, which runs from 16-23 September. In this article, we profile some of the events and activities that are currently being organised across the country.

Get Involved in Climate Week 2016 

Organisations, including the public sector, community groups, businesses and the third sector, are invited to participate in Climate Week 2016 by organising one or more events or activities. These could include tours of sustainable buildings or infrastructure, electric vehicle demonstrations, presentations from inspirational speakers, film viewings, or presentations highlighting recent climate change projects, plans or policies.

Climate Week is something that is easy to sign up to and which can be used to support any existing or new climate change activities – no matter how big or small – taking place in your organisation over the course of 16-23 September. Register by sending an email to [email protected].  You don’t need to wait until you have a plan of activities confirmed before you register.

The Climate Week website lists all organisations currently participating and provides ideas for activities. Some of the events and activities being planned include [read more]. 

Source: Keep Scotland Beautiful

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Scotland's Community Heritage Conference

Scotland’s Community Heritage Conference celebrates public archaeology, showcases community-led projects across Scotland and supports people as they explore their connection to the past. The event is open to anyone with an interest in history, heritage or archaeology, and includes excellent talks, interactive workshops, inspirational displays and stimulating networking opportunities. 

Programme

The programme for this event is currently being finalised.

The event will include talks on archaeological fieldwork and discoveries in Tiree, Ardnamurchan and elsewhere in Argyll.

The DRB Scottish Women's History Group, who are working with Scotland's Urban Past to record the Scottish itinerary of anti-slavery campaigner Frederick Douglass, will also present on their project.

There will be a special session on community empowerment. New legislation coming into force this year will create new opportunities for local groups to acquire public buildings and adapt them for community use.

Hear from groups involved in the community empowerment process, and there will be experts on hand too, in what should be an exciting and important discussion on a new route to regenerating public assets across Scotland.

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Accidental Entrepreneurs & Emotional Economics
Accidental Entrepreneurs & Emotional Economics - A Can Do Places Enterprise Talk Oot

"1 in 7 people now work for themselves."

"By 2020 more people will work in micro businesses than the public sector."

"Starting a business from home is more sustainable and helps you grow faster."

"More people are starting a business because they have no option."

Recently all the talk about entrepreneurship has been about high tech, business, venture capital and high growth businesses but the reality is very different.

Not everyone wants to start a business. Not everyone chooses to start a business, but for many people there is no option yet we persist in the notion that entrepreneurs are driven, focused and confident.

Furthermore we know think that this stereotype represents all businesses.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

On 20th September at House for an Art Lover in Glasgow:

Darja Reuschke from the University of St Andrews; 
Dr Frances Holliss of London Metropolitan University; 
Benedict Dellot of the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce), and; 
Iain Scott author of the Accidental Entrepreneurs Handbook

will explore the new economy of Britain and what it means for local economies.

By bringing together these distinguished researchers from across Europe, this will be a rare chance to hear about the hidden economy that actually is growing faster than ever.

This unique event will explore:

- The rise and value of home based businesses to the economy.
- The post financial crash rise of the accidental entrepreneur.
- What this means for economic growth inclusion and our communities.

This is an Enterprise Talk Oot which means a great chance to discuss and explore the findings.

Places are limited so book early!

ONLY £45 (plus small booking fee) INCLUDING LUNCH.
The event runs from 9.30am to 3.00pm.

If you are working on your local economy this is a must attend event.

For more information about Can Do Places visit their website www.candoplaces.org

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The Herald Property Awards for Scotland 2016

Scotland’s Towns Partnership is a proud sponsor of The Herald Property Awards for Scotland. The Awards honour the achievements of Scotland’s most innovative and successful house builders, developers and registered social landlords.

Since their inception in 2007, the awards have gained the respect and support of the new build industry as a result of the thorough judging process, and the high calibre awards evening which celebrates the winners and nominees in a range of categories.

As publisher of Scotland’s most comprehensive property guide, Scotland’s Homes, The Herald has a unique understanding of the new build market and there is a wide range of categories to ensure that all styles of properties and developments are recognised, from bespoke luxury homes to innovative social housing developments, from practical family homes to sympathetic renovations.

This year the black tie awards evening, bringing together figures from across the house building and development industry will take place on Thursday, September 22, 2016 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Glasgow. For more on the Herald Property Awards 2016, including information on how to attend, please contact Claire Hunter on 0141 302 7319 or email [email protected]. You can also visit the Herald Property Awards 2016 webpage by clicking here.  

The shortlist for the Herald Property Awards 2016 has now been revealed. The shortlists for the STP-supported categories are as follows:

 

Best Housing Regeneration Project

CCG (Scotland) Ltd and Queens Cross Housing Association – Panmure Street

Cruden Homes West and Wheatley Group /GHA – Kings View

Wheatley Group / Cube and Ruchazie HA – Milncroft Road

Wheatley Group / GHA and CCG (Scotland) Ltd – Barmulloch

Wheatley Group / GHA and CCG (Scotland) Ltd – Sighthill

 

Best Townscape Regeneration Project

Aberdeenshire Council – Portsoy Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS)

Perth & Kinross Council – Kinross High Street Public Realm Improvements

Riverside Inverclyde – Gourock Town Centre

 

 

The Herald Property Awards Launch Article

The Herald Property Awards Article 20 April 2016

Herald Property Awards - Scotland Homes feature

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Sustainable Health Scotland Conference

Sustainable Health Scotland 2016 will address the role of sustainable development within Scotland’s health services focusing on the shift to a preventative system. The Conference is a catalyst to a long-term campaign on behalf of National Services Scotland to address health inequalities and patient services via the role of sustainable development which includes the first annual NHSScotland Sustainability Day event.

The Conference will feature best-practice examples from across Scotland on how sustainability is supporting Boards to deliver high quality patient services as well as expert commentary on future initiatives to support the drive to a healthier Scotland.

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SCDI Policy Conference

With the growing importance of Place to economic, social and environmental prospects, this conference will explore how we can create more liveable, enlightened and dynamic cities and regions that thrive in the emerging economy.

SCDI’s recently published policy Blueprint, 'From Fragile to Agile: A Blueprint for Growth & Prosperity', highlights the importance of competitive Places and infrastructure for improving the Productivity, Innovation and Internationalisation of the Scottish economy, especially if Scotland is to become a world leader in digitalisation and the low carbon transition. The new Scottish Government has committed to a sustained nationwide drive to boost productivity through innovation. What is the role of place in driving this?

CONFERENCE THEMES #SCDIProductivePlaces

Discussion and debate will centre around 4 main themes:

Learning Lessons on the Decentralisation Journey
As well as increasing the international competitiveness of our cities and regions, the competitiveness of Scotland within the UK is a key priority. The emergence of City Region Deals and Regional Growth Deals across Scotland have resulted in new partnerships and increased collaboration across Scotland’s cities and regions. How do we ensure these steps on the decentralisation journey result in productive places for long term economic and social prosperity?

Planning for Productive Places
Successful place-making is key to the challenge of improving Scotland’s productivity. What will make a place successful socially, economically and environmentally? How will reforms in the Planning Review help deliver this, including through community engagement? How can the next National Planning Framework and the agreed and proposed City Region Deal and Regional Growth Deals support successful place-making?

Connecting Cities and Regions in the Digital Age
Investment in enabling infrastructure for competitive place has been shown to generate some of the most significant productivity improvements, but for this investment to be transformative it must embrace the 'Fourth Industrial Revolution' - shaped by the introduction and combination of emerging technologies - as it disrupts our industries, creating social, economic and environmental change.

Scotland’s Cities: Smarter & Greener
How will new forms of collaboration on Smart Cities and Low Carbon across the public and private sector enhance Scotland’s international competitiveness, as well as improve place for both citizens and business?

BOOKING

To request a delegate place at this conference please email [email protected]

Please note that there is no charge to attend, but places must be registered in advance.

http://www.scdi.org.uk/events/668-productive-places-conference-280916

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PR and Communications: New Ways to Connect and Increase Local and Visitor Footfall in Your Town or Community

Looking for some practical advice and inspiration for your PR and Communications strategy?

An exciting new event, running for the second time, from STP in partnership with East Ayrshire Council that will leave you feeling inspired to find your towns' USP, grab the headlines and to make a cutting edge film to deliver your messages.

Hear from experts in journalism and film making and from grassroots case studies to help you connect further with your local audience and to attract your local community and visitors from outwith the region to your town centre. Read more about our speakers.

This session will also introduce you to the opportunities available with Visit Scotland including 'Scotland's Community' and iKnow case studies.  There is a key role that destinations, towns and communities can play and benefit from by ebracing existing technology to enhance Scotland's offer locally and world wide.

Click here to view agenda, read more about the event contributors and book below.

The Herald - Scotland's Towns Media Series

The Herald are great supporters of our towns. STP and the Sunday Herald have partnered up again this year to raise the profile of Scotland's towns through a series of pullouts in the Sunday Herald paper. Check out the 2015/16 series here. 

Enterprise Screen

Enterprise Screen helped STP to develop the celebratory film 'A Year in the life of Scotland's Towns' and worked closely with Explore Largs to deliver an effective advertising campaign using film. We are excited to welcome their expertise in advertising through film.

Enterprise Screen create high-impact video that will really help to establish and promote your brand: delivering your message. Using proven project management experience, broadcast industry production methods and our skilled, core staff to deliver professional and dynamic videos that focus on your ideas and your objectives. http://www.enterprisescreen.com/

Explore Largs

Largs Matters delivered an extremely effective film advertising campaign to promote their town and a number of events.

Largs Matters' principal aim.... Is to create a more vibrant, viable and sustainable town centre for Largs. Explore Largs is using the Business Improvement District (BID) model to improve an area of Largs covered by the business community. Read more about their recent triumph: Digital Media Boosts Largs Visitors

VisitScotland

Working closely with private businesses, public agencies and local authorities, Visit Scotland work to ensure that visitors experience the very best of Scotland and that the country makes the most of its outstanding tourism assets and realises its potential.

VisitScotland:

  • markets Scotland to all parts of the world to attract visitors.
  • provides information and inspiration to visitors and potential visitors so they get the best out of a visit to Scotland.
  • provides quality assurance to visitors and quality advice to our industry partners to help the industry meet - and strive to exceed - visitors' expectations.

Read more about our partners and speakers here! 

 

This event is free for STP Members, who can RSVP below.
Tickets for non-members are £60, and can be purchased here.

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Revive & Thrive Solutions Conference

Celebrate places as they have never been celebrated before in this totally immersive and unique event being held in the UK's oldest town, Colchester.

This inspirational two day event is brought to you in partnership with Colchester Borough Council, the Colchester Town Team and local community groups including Colchestersoup and Revive & Thrive and is sponsored by Blachere Illumination, PFM Footfall Intelligence and The Mosaic Partnership.

Each of the two days have compelling reasons to come along, network, learn, share and discover.  An exhibition and programme of workshops runs throughout the event, as do keynote speeches, panel discussions and guided tours of Colchester.

Day one sees the final of the 2016 Revive & Thrive Challenge for Places and on day two, businesses step up to the plate to pitch themselves in the 2016 Town Centre Solutions Challenge.

Running parallel to the rest of the packed agenda, Blachere Illumination will be busy deciding who walks away with the top prize in their £20,000 Christmas Lights Competition.  

We have built the event to run over two days as there is a lot going on and a lot that everyone can take away from it, but the agenda is flexible enough that you can still learn a lot if you can only get there for either of the two days.

All of the winners will be announced at the end of the event and there will be a champagne reception on the evening of the first day of the conference.

The programme promises to give you an unforgettable experience that will leave you inspired and motivated to deliver amazing projects in your place.

The programme promises to give you an unforgettable experience that will leave you inspired and motivated to deliver amazing projects in your place.

The local walking tours will include -

  • Walking Heritage Tour by Colchester High Steward and former MP Sir Bob Russell
  • Around town with a twist by Dorian Kelly - local actor, playwright, author
  • Behind the scenes of local theatre - Mercury Theatre
  • From Camulodunum to Colchester
  • Georgian Colchester
  • Roman Colchester
  • Churches Monasteries and Chapels
  • Love Life & Loss in Colchester in the Great War
  • Colchester Under Siege (English Civil War)

Talks and workshops will include - 

  • Both sides of the coin - the industrial and the retail centre and the bond between them
  • Regeneration in a Historic Town
  • Running a town during a period of investment
  • Wider community benefits of a town
  • How to create a memorable experience in your place
  • Collecting & using data to improve your place
  • The Importance of Well Presented Shop Windows
  • Lighting is not just for Christmas 
  • Harnessing the Tourist Potential of our Towns
  • How to Create an Experience to Engage with your Community
  • Destination & Discovery - How Wayfinding will improve every visitors experience to your town 
  • Measuring the Customer Journey - home to high street and back again
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STA AGM & Autumn Conference

The Scottish Tourism Alliance Autumn Conference and AGM will take place on Wednesday 5 October at Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall.

The conference will explore the future of Scotland’s tourism industry post-EU Referendum, with thoughts, insights and evidence presented by a expert on future trends.  We’ll also hear from tour operators and industry leaders.

In the aftermath of what has been one of the most significant periods of political change, our speakers will give an overview from their specialist area, looking at the challenges, the unknowns and the opportunities which our industry faces before inviting questions from the audience to be discussed at a panel session.

This is the first gathering of what Scottish Government has described as “Scotland’s most important industry” post EU-Referendum and we expect attendance to be high.

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Scottish Resources Conference 2016

The Scottish Resources Conference, run in partnership by the Chartered Institute of Wastes Management (CIWM) and Zero Waste Scotland, will be held on 5-6 October in Edinburgh. Celebrating its 15th year, this two-day event will bring together professionals and practitioners from across the resource and waste sector, Scottish businesses, third sector organisations and anyone who is passionate about a waste free Scotland. This year, the conference theme is ‘Building a Circular Economy Together’.

The conference programme will pick up on the key themes of resource management and business innovation, allowing delegates to choose from a wide range of topics that are most relevant to them including the circular economy, food waste, sustainable waste management and litter prevention.

Speakers include:

Roseanna Cunningham MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform

Pierre Henry, DG Environment, European Commission

- Eric Lombardi, Executive Director, Eco Cycle International

Mathis Wackernagel, President, Global Footprint Network

 

The conference also features the Scottish Resources Awards, and organisations, individuals and communities from Scotland are being invited to enter their programmes and initiatives into the following categories:

- Best litter prevention strategy

- Best food waste initiative

- Best circular economy initiative

- Best health and safety initiative in resource and waste

- Outstanding individual contribution to sustainability, resources and waste management

- Rising star in sustainability, resources and waste management

- Scottish Waste and Resource Sector award

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Mobility, Mood and Place

Mobility, Mood and Place is delighted to announce that abstract submissions are now invited for oral presentations or posters at the fourth Open Space: People Space Conference, ‘Mobility, Mood and Place: Habitats for Happy and Healthy Ageing’.

#OSPS4 www.mobilitymoodplace.ac.uk/conference

Abstracts should be submitted online for consideration no later than: 31st March 2016

Authors will be notified of acceptance, by email, by: 29th April 2016

Submissions will be blind-reviewed by two reviewers and all those accepted will be published in the conference proceedings.

Abstracts should relate to the conference themes:-

Theme 1: Healthy, happy and active ageing

How can we realise healthy, happy and active ageing for all?

We invite abstracts that consider diverse factors including exercise, nutrition, service provision, assistive technologies and adaptations, income and benefits, social isolation and participation.

Theme 2: Co-designing the built environment with mobility in mind

What makes an environment age-friendly? How can we better involve user groups in the design of our built environment to enhance mobility?

We invite abstracts on the physical design of age-friendly environments that support mobility at a range of scales, from individual homes to the neighbourhood and the wider community, as well as on innovative methods of co-design, particularly those engaging older adults.

Theme 3: Experiencing mobility

What does mobility mean for older adults? How is it experienced and perceived?

We invite abstracts on various aspects of ageing and mobility including mobility behaviours and practices, aids and barriers to mobility, what motivates mobility, and older people’s experiences and perceptions of outdoor mobility.

Theme 4: Health, mobility and place through the lifecourse

Does an individual’s place of birth, and the places in which they have lived, influence their health and mobility in later life? What might the introduction of a lifecourse perspective bring to our understanding of the relationship between health and place?

We invite abstracts on the relationship between health and place as conceived through a lifecourse perspective. This could be through the use of historical environmental data, or other approaches.

Format

We invite structured abstracts of no more than 250 words, written in English and featuring the following sections: Background; Aims; Theoretical approach and / or Methods; Findings or Conclusions. Theoretical and exploratory research is welcomed, as well as the presentation of empirical studies. Up to five keywords should be included with the abstract.

Further information:

This announcement has been posted on the Mobility, Mood and Place website, with a link to the webpage for online abstract submissions.

If you do not want to submit an abstract, but simply wish to register your interest and receive future conference announcements, please email [email protected]

The conference is the fourth in the international Open Space : People Space (OSPS) series. Previous OSPS conferences have taken place in Edinburgh in 2004, 2007 and 2011.

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RTPI Scotland Annual Conference 2016

Empowering Planning, Transforming Places

Planning is going through a time of change. The Independent Review of the Scottish Planning System has outlined the potential of the system and put forward a range of possible solutions. A White Paper on planning will be published by the end of the year to be followed by a Planning Bill, regulations, guidance and advice. So what type of planning system do we want and need? What does this look like? And what do we need to do to take it forward?

The conference will look at how planning and planners can impact on place at different scales – national, regional, local and community – and will explore how it has been able to deliver quality outcomes in different circumstances. It will also challenge us to ensure that planners, planning and the planning system can help to meet the aspirations and ambitions of others.

The conference is a ‘must attend’ for anyone with a stake in planning and who wants to contribute to the debate on the future of the system and the profession.

More information and booking here.

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Measuring Performance Edinburgh

Learn more about Understanding Scottish Places Toolkit, the Place Standard Tool and the Town Centre Toolkit in this very practical half day workshop. 

Experts will guide you to use, connect and develop these tools for your own place and to build an evidence base to inform strategy.

Understanding Scottish Places

Understanding Scottish Places is an online platform for towns' practitioners and communities. It is designed to help us better understand the function of the towns that we live and work in and provides the opportunity to compare and contrast towns across Scotland.

USP combines a typology of Scottish towns and an assessment of inter-relationships to find towns from across Scotland which share socio-demographic characteristics and score similarly on an independence to dependence scale. It also houses a tool designed to help users gather locally available information about towns to complement the national data presented within USP.

Place Standard Tool

Designed to support communities, public, private and third sectors, to work efficiently together, the Place Standard provides a framework to assess the quality of a place.

The tool supports collaborative working by providing a framework for structured conversations to occur, and allows participants to consider what action might be taken and to identify where their priorities lie. It enables the physical, social and environmental quality of a place to be evaluated in a structured way, but also, importantly, it aims to initiate positive conversations and collaborations between key groups and to identify areas where quality can be improved.

Town Centre Toolkit

The Town Centre Toolkit contains ideas and examples of how people and organisations can make their town centre more attractive, more active, and more accessible. It should be used as a source of inspiration rather than a set of recommendations.

Securing investment to improve town centres is difficult as public sector budgets are tighter than ever. Many of the ideas in this toolkit demonstrate how worthwhile improvements can be made through more effective use of existing assets and resources, and by better co-ordination and organisation, to make Scotland’s town centres better places.

*An agenda will be made available shortly, watch this space!

This event is free for STP Members, who can RSVP below.

Tickets for non-members are £60, and can be purchased here.

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STP @ IdeaSpace: A New Vision for Housing in Scotland

Scotland’s Towns Partnership @ IdeaSpace, 13th – 15th October 2016

Scotland’s Towns Partnership is participating in a fringe event titled “A New Vision for Housing in Scotland” during the SNP October 2016 conference in Glasgow. The event will take place in Glasgow Science Centre, at 13:45 on Thursday 13th October.

At the event, STP’s Chief Officer, Phil Prentice, will talk about the possibilities and issues around Town Centre Living in Scotland, and the delivery of housing in towns which can help to underpin vibrant and diverse town centres. Also speaking will be Malcolm Fraser, award-winning architect and author of a new Common Weal report on housing.

The event will take place within the IdeaSpace inside Glasgow Science Centre. The space is open to the public and free to all. It sits adjacent to the SNP Conference in Glasgow SECC.

Scotland’s Towns Partnership will also have a stall in the IdeaSpace, alongside many other organisations, from the 13th – 15th. We hope you can come and say hello! For more about the IdeaSpace programme, visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/1602273023399902/. 

For more information about STP's stall, please contact Akshita Bajpai: [email protected]

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Culture, History and Heritage: The value of the assets around us

STP is joined by Global Treasure Apps, Historic Environment Scotland, Heritage Lottery Fund, Museums Galleries Scotland and more to highlight the possibilities for towns when they use their culture, history and heritage to reinvigorate and promote their place.

We'll highlight the opportunities, support and advice offered by our partners along with short case study examples from each.

This event is for all with an interest or ownership in their town centre, from community groups to local authorities, there is lots to learn from our partners and you can also be in with a chance to win a free treasure trail app for your town. Global Treasure Apps have generously offered a free taster sized trail in Global Treasure Apps to a lucky attendee on the day.  As we’ll be in Dundee, here’s some inspiration from the Dundee Riverside Museum and Tall Ship Global Treasure App https://youtu.be/wamtiYiB2pk  


 Welcome

Scotland’s Towns Partnership

History and Heritage

Historic Environment Scotland 

Museums in Towns

Museums Galleries Scotland

Funding your project

Heritage Lottery Fund 

Creative Places

Cultural Enterprise Office

Creative Places in Action

Creative Dundee 

Community Shares

Community Shares Scotland

Culture, History and Heritage Digital Trail

Global Treasure Apps 


 View the Culture, History and Heritage Storify Report for an idea of what's to come! 


 This event is free for STP Members, who can RSVP below.


Tickets for non-members are £60, and can be purchased here.

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Town Centre Planning Making a Difference

Two years on from the publication of Scottish Planning Policy (SPP) 2014 and the introduction of the town centre first principle into development plan policy, this event focuses on initiatives and interventions where the planning system has strived to make a difference and to support the viability of town centres. Although the event concentrates mainly on planning interventions, its scope includes a wider range of initiatives and interests designed to reinvigorate Scotland’s town centres.

Where: RICS Meeting Rooms, 125 Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4AD

When: Thursday 27 October 2016. Registration and light lunch 1.00 – 1.30. Finish 4.00

Cost: £40

Background

February 2016 saw publication of the ‘Town Centre Action Plan – Two Years On’, providing a snapshot report on progress against the themes in the Town Centre Action Plan. The Action Plan of 2013 introduced the Town Centre First Principle and a call for the health of town centres to be put at the heart of the decision making prorocess.

This event will be of value to planners, town centre practitioners and all with an interest in encouraging growth and promoting vitality in our town centres.

Agenda

1.00 Registration and light lunch

1.30 Welcome and Introduction from Chair – Nick Wright, Nick Wright Planning and RTPI Representative on External Advisory Group – National Review of Town Centres, 2013

1.35 Applying the Town Centre First Principle – Karl Doroszenko, Development Planning & Regeneration Manager, East Ayrshire Council

1.55 Town Centre Living – Bringing Empty Homes Back into Use – Gavin Leask, Empty Homes Local Project Manager, Shelter Scotland

2.15 Discussion

2.35 Tea/Coffee

2.55 Targeted Initiatives:

A discussion of Simplified Planning Zones, Reducing Planning Obligations, BIDs and Clustering of Payday Lending and Betting Shops – Sharon Marklow, Strategy & Place Manager, Renfrewshire Council, Alan Williamson, Team Leader, West Dunbartonshire Council & David Grove, Lead Officer, Town Centre Development, Fife Council
3.35 Discussion

3.55 Final comments

4.00 Close

Enquiries/to book: Joyce Hartley: 07896 058343: [email protected]

Organised by jh planning and supported by RTPI Scotland and the Improvement Service

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Scotland's Towns Conference 2016

Join practitioners from across the country, UK and worldwide to learn and share best practice for towns. The only gathering of around 200 professionals with direct influence and responsibility for policy making and strategic delivery across Scotland’s towns; creating a unique space in which to engage with local and national government including politicians and officers, as well as a wide range of key stakeholders and representative bodies.

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Scotland’s Towns Conference 2016 comes at a key moment for Scotland’s towns. The hosting of the first ever World Towns Leadership Summit in Edinburgh this summer highlighted that Scotland is leading the way in town transformation and partnership working across sectors – and even borders.

However, great challenges remain for Scotland’s diverse towns. The emerging national context of economic uncertainty underlines the need for towns to utilise partnerships and innovation to continue to build on progress made in recent times. Delivering inclusive growth that can generate positive social outcomes is now a first-order question on national and global policy agendas. Scotland’s towns and their communities can harness this agenda to ensure that all can benefit from broader, wider local strategies. This includes exploring opportunities offered by new developments in the digital, creative, housing and planning spheres.

Join leading practitioners, policy-makers, and other key stakeholders to discuss how our towns can flourish through local strategies with partnership and innovation at their core.

*All costs include VAT

**Join STP today and attend STC16 half price! Contact Elaine Bone for more information**

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Streets Beyond: Beyond Streets

Streets Beyond: Beyond Streets - The Changing Role and Purpose of Public Space

A landmark collaborative event that marks the 10th birthdays of The Academy of Urbanism and Architecture & Design Scotland, set within the Scottish Government’s Year of Innovation.

Streets and other urban spaces need to respond to the demands of modern life, including vehicle access and human walkability, safety and well-being, local business needs and shifts in arts and culture. There has been a progressive shift from utilitarian corridors to ‘positive’ streets where people want to be where they feel comfortable, safe and even inspired by their surroundings.

Creative and thoughtful design and management of these public spaces can stimulate a range of human activity that can bring wider urban areas to life – streets and public spaces should be more equitable, inclusive and just, and provide more sensory experiences for all – sight, sound, smell and touch.

The positive effects may include reduced accidents, more cultural and community events, more dwell time and improved trade and economic performance. Some streets have even helped to brand cities. 

The conference will be held in the Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee, DD1 5EN

Further information about the programme, speakers and how to follow us on social media channels can be found at the link below:

www.academyofurbanism.org.uk/streets-beyond

Source: Dundee University 

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Living Streets Walkable Communities Workshops

Living Streets Scotland is pleased to offer an opportunity for people from community groups, local authorities, and partners from public health or other sectors to attend our free half-day workshop in Perth, Aberdeen and Glasgow.

Living Streets Scotland's ‘Walkable Communities’ project aims to involve a range of partners in encouraging people of all ages and abilities to walk more often as a sustainable and healthy choice for local journeys. Funded by the Scottish Government and Paths for All, the project allows us to work with partners to help to deliver the core aims of the National Walking Strategy, which sets out a clear vision for walking in Scotland: "A Scotland where everyone benefits from walking as part of their everyday journeys, enjoys walking in the outdoors and where places are well designed to encourage walking.”

The workshops are an opportunity to learn about and plan effective interventions that enable and encourage people to walk more often as part of their everyday journeys and will focus on:

• Making the case for walking - Increasing our understanding of the social, economic and health benefits of walking

• Raising awareness of the most common barriers to walking (physical environment and other barriers) faced by people using our local streets

• Understanding what a Community Street Audit is and how to organise one in your neighbourhood

• Consider what action you could take locally in the future to encourage a ‘walkable community'

The events will take place on the following days:

Perth: 15th November, 09:30-13:30, AK Bell Library, York Place

Glasgow: 17th November, 09:30-13:30, the Albany Learning Centre, 44 Ashley Street

Aberdeen: 24th November, 09:30-13:30, the Town House, Broad Street

To book your free ticket for these events, please see here:

Perth:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/living-streets-walkable-communities-workshop-tickets-27749177537

Glasgow:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/living-streets-walkable-communities-workshop-tickets-27749213645

Aberdeen:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/living-streets-walkable-communities-workshop-tickets-27731343194

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From Heritage to Creativity with Scotland's Urban Past

"Dreaming of Possibilities" 
From Heritage to Creativity with Scotland's Urban Past

Inspiration for all, open to all. Learn how community groups working on the story of their places have dreamt up imaginative, creative outcomes - making a greater impact - and how you can do the same!

This networking & training opportunity combines Historic Environment Scotland's Scotland's Urban Past with the #DareToDream Storytelling Festival Campaign 2016.

View programme and booking here.

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Scotland Build 2016

Scotland Build is the key annual event focusing on the future of Scotland's built environment and constructing industry. The event is returning to the SECC Glasgow on the 23rd and 24th of November 2016.

The show provides opportunities for industry bodies, suppliers and buyers from Scotland's built environment to network, create new business and to position themselves as leaders with in this marketplace. Bringing together; Suppliers, Architects, Developers, Contractors, Home builders and Governments bodies. Free to attend:  http://www.scotlandbuildexpo.com/register/

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St Andrews Day Open Conference

“Enhanced by Our Diversity, Connected by Our Humanity”

Exploring cultural heritage and local creativity as a pathway to active citizenship

Scotland's history and heritage belongs to all of Scotland's people. Ahead of 2017’s Year of History, Heritage & Archaeology, this conference explores how we can realise the creative potential of our diverse cultural heritage in local communities and promote a dynamic, inclusive Scottish national identity.

Bringing together practitioners, policymakers and academics, the day will offer presentationsparticipative workshopslive performances and networking opportunities. We look forward to how we might realise this creative potential, fostering good relationships at a community level and promoting a dynamic, inclusive Scottish national identity for the future.

Alasdair Allan MSP will open the day with a reflection on the global influence on our national cultural heritage and Dr. Rami Ousta will highlight the role of intangible cultural heritage (ICH) as a pathway to active citizenship.

With live performances from BBC Traditional Musician of the Year 2013, Paddy CallaghanDr Muhammad Al-Hussaini and Dance Ihayami. Workshops with TRACS (Traditional Arts and Culture Scotland), Bemis, Museums and Galleries Scotland and Voluntary Arts Scotland.

What does Scotland’s inclusive national identity mean to you? The day will end with panel discussion and Q & A with Donald Shaw, Director of Celtic Connections, storyteller and musician Marion KennyEdyta Kania of Dance Ihayami and Bemis’ Danny Boyle, chaired by Donald Smith, Director of TRACS.

The daytime conference will be followed by Light in the Dark, a St Andrew's Day celebration of stories, music & dance celebrating Scotland's multi-culturalism. More information here.

View programme and booking information here.

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People Powered Money: Building a community currency for Glasgow

To book, visit the Eventbrite page

People, communities, businesses, councillors and officers of Glasgow!  Join us to discover more about the success of local economy initiatives in Scotland and beyond. Contribute your ideas about how we can re-think Glasgow's money system, to help build a more equal, sustainable and connected city for us all.

This is a partnership building and discussion event, open to anyone with an interest in shaping Glasgow’s future, with expertise in this area, or those just curious to know more.

Contributors include:

Duncan McCann, New Economics Foundation (UK)
Gloria Murray, Castlemilk Timebank (Glasgow)
Sarah Frood, Gorbals Skills Exchange Project (Glasgow)
Ailie Rutherford, The People's Bank of Govanhill (Glasgow)
Peter Ferry, Wallet Services (Edinburgh)
Mary Fox, Clacks Youth Timebank (Clackmannanshire)
Alex Walker, Eko Currency (Findhorn)
Graham Woodruff, Bristol Pound

Refreshments will be provided.

Organised by the Glasgow Pound Working Group in partnership with Castlemilk Timebank and The People's Bank of Govanhill.

Glasgow City Council have kindly supported hosting the event.Image Credit: People Powered Money.

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Delivering Scotland's Housing in the Next Five Years: Funding, Planning and Placemaking

MacKay Hannah 

This conference discusses how the Scottish Government's commitment to delivering additional housing stock can be supported across all tenures, housing types and communities in Scotland.  It will focus on three core factors in housing delivery - funding, planning and placemaking.

The SNP election manifesto contained commitments to key interventions in Scottish housing.  These included:

  • investing over £3 billion during the next five years to deliver a minimum of 50,000 affordable houses - at least 35,000 of them to be for social rent;
  • a Warm Homes Bill to tackle fuel poverty; and
  • the continuation of investment in Help to Buy and Shared Equity schemes to help first time buyers. 

The conference will examine the opportunities for funding to deliver new housing and to leverage in additional finance to increase housing supply in the context of the Scottish Government's housing ambitions.  It will examine the critical role of planning - in strategic and gatekeeping contexts - in supporting housing development.  And finally, in order for communities to be sustainable and vibrant once investment and build is delivered, the central importance of putting placemaking at the heart of both housing policy making and project delivery will be explored.

This is a networking day for all those involved in housing together with an opportunity to discuss where and how Scottish housing policy and spend will develop in the next five years.

Source & more information: MacKay Hannah

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Leading Economic Development Transformation

On 1st December 2016, EDAS and the Scottish Local Authorities Economic Development Group (SLAED) host their first joint conference for those leading Scotland's economic development. The conference is being held in partnership with Aberdeen City Council. 

Set against a backdrop of economic and political change, the event will bring together senior professionals from across sectors to discuss how national strategic aims are delivered locally to maximum impact. 

With change across a range of scales, including Brexit, extra Holyrood powers, the agencies' review, budgetary challenges and City Region Deals, the conference represents a timely and important opportunity for leaders in Scotland's economic development community to come together to collectively consider this changing landscape and shape common action.

With insightful and engaging speakers from within and out with Scotland, you will discuss, consider and contribute to policy and practice that supports effective local leadership for delivering economic development.

A first in Scotland, the conference offers prime networking through EDAS and SLAED networks, drawing 100+ leaders from across public, private, voluntary, political and academic spheres relating to economic development decision making and implementation.

A joint dinner takes place on the evening of 1st December. 

Speakers include: 

Douglas Fraser (Conference Chair), Business and Economic Editor, BBC Scotland 

Paul Wheelhouse MSP, Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy, Scottish Government

Councillor Jenny Laing, Leader, Aberdeen City Council 

Will Hutton, Principal, Hertford College, University of Oxford 

Jennifer Craw, Chief Executive and Board Director of One North East and Chair of Robert Gordon University

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Book your place today!

For more information: event web page

Event contact: Elaine Bone.

 

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Small Business Saturday 2016
Small Business Saturday will be celebrated this year on Saturday December 3rd! Let's make the fourth year of the campaign the biggest yet: small business, big difference.
As with previous years, there are loads of exciting things planned throughout the UK in the run-up to and on Small Business Saturday itself, including an expanded nationwide Bus Tour, the launch of Small Biz 100 applications in June, the Small Biz Finder and a new Small Business Saturday UK podcast
Small business? Customer? Local Authority? There are so many ways to get involved in #SmallBizSatUK - read more here: https://smallbusinesssaturdayuk.com/#get-involved
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Towns and Town Centres CPG

The next meeting is being held on 7th December from 6pm at the Scottish Parliament and will explore 'Towns Mean Business' including perspectives from, Hargest Planning, FSB Scotland, the Scottish Retail Consortium and others.

The purpose of the CPG is to analyse policy prescriptions and develop ideas and innovations. This will help Scotland’s towns and town centres through the current economic climate to emerge stronger, smarter, cleaner, healthier and greener. The group will discuss ways in which Scotland’s towns can work towards sustainable economic growth through greater vibrancy and vitality. More information here.

RSVP below or contact Elaine Bone.

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New Year, New Thinking: Procurement Symposium
Wednesday, January 11, 2017 -
09:00 to 15:00

OVERVIEW

Key Procurement and Supply Chain roles are often cited as those that will support the delivery of profitability or service excellence often in environments where budgets are diminishing.  Change is constant and external influences and disrupters often introduce doubt and concern into the aims of those with these responsibilities.  However, such change may also provide opportunity.  Current uncertainty in business activities brought on by high-level considerations such as national and global politics, developing technologies and renewed focus on CSR have the potential to impact even more on the objectives of those involved with Procurement and Supply Chain routines. 

WHY YOU SHOULD ATTEND

This one day symposium, developed to include opinion and commentary from Procurement and Supply Chain practitioners and others with such responsibilities in their organisations, has at its core a consistent, cross-sectoral perspective; recognising that change will have an impact and that we need to be ready to address it.  Delegates who participate will leave with a cohesive perspective against which they can align their own organisation's drivers and the personal actions they need to consider in their roles.  

  • Delegates can join the event from 0900 with a welcome snack breakfast. The agenda will commence at 0945 with a break at 1145 for a buffet lunch and networking opportunity. 
  • An option for a short visit around the New City Campus College building will be available (Places for the tour will be first come first served)

THE SYMPOSIUM FACILITATORS INCLUDE:

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Tickets are sold on a first come first served basis and places are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment.

Cost per ticket: £90 (£75 + VAT)

Booking link here: http://www.cityofglasgowcollege.ac.uk/news-events/events/new-year-new-thinking-procurement-symposium

 

 

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Pathways to Prosperity: Places, Spaces and Graces

Tue 24 January 2017

09:00 – 13:00 GMT

The Melting Pot, Edinburgh

Attendance free

Join us for this inspiring half-day seminar exploring how we can generate prosperity more effectively and sustainably while retaining, and indeed enhancing, our humanity. We will do this through examining three complementary themes that are coming to the fore in discussions about economic development.

First of all, Iain Scott of CAN DO Places will explain the importance of place-based entrepreneurship in ensuring truly sustainable local economies. CAN DO Places is an initiative working with local groups who are passionate about restoring life to underused places and spaces in their communities.

Next, social entrepreneur Claire Carpenter will talk about the value of co-working spaces in helping to breed a stronger culture of entrepreneurship. This is based on her own experience of founding The Melting Pot, the renowned social innovation hub where our event takes place.

Finally, Alan Meldrum of Percepta will speak from his own experience about strengthening staff engagement, client satisfaction and brand loyalty through strong corporate values. Percepta is the Glasgow-based customer experience arm of Ford Motor Company.

Booking link here

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Living Streets Scotland 'Walkable Communities': Free Half-Day Workshop

As part of our Walkable Communities programme for 2016, Living Streets
Scotland is pleased to offer an opportunity for people from community
groups, local authorities, and partners from public health or other sectors
to attend one of our free half-day workshops this Winter in Edinburgh.

The workshops are an opportunity to learn about and plan effective
interventions that enable and encourage people to walk more often as part of
their everyday journeys and will focus on:

- Making the case for walking - Increasing our understanding of the social,
economic and health benefits of walking
- Raising awareness of the most common barriers to walking faced by people
using our local streets
- Understanding what a Community Street Audit is and how to organise one in
your neighbourhood
- Consider what action you could take locally in the future to encourage a
'walkable' community

Workshops will include a short walkabout as a 'taster' Community Street
Audit.

The event will be held at McDonald Road Library, 2 McDonald Road, Edinburgh,
between 13:00 and 17:00 on Tuesday 31 January 2017.

Tea/coffee and lunch will be provided. Please let us know in advance if you
have any specific dietary requirements.

If you'd like to attend a workshop, please reserve your place through
Eventbrite by following the link below:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/living-streets-walkable-communities-workshop-
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Heritage Data: Making the Best Use of It

23 Feb 2017, 14:00-16:30, ECCI, High School Yards, Infirmary Street Edinburgh

Built Environment Forum Scotland

With the publication of the Scottish Historic Environment Audit 2016 we thought it timely to have a seminar looking at how data on the historic environment is currently being used, and how we can make the best use of it.

We have invited Jonathan Schifferes to discuss the  Heritage Index and Phil Prentice to talk about Understanding Scotland’s Places, examine how we can use them and perhaps recommend additional data that might be useful. 

Places are free but booking via Eventbrite is required.

 

Heritage Index

“In summer 2015 the RSA first set out to measure the strength of heritage at the local level. We started to organise existing data covering both heritage assets (material and tangible stuff like buildings and nature reserves) and heritage activities (things like volunteering, investment and community initiatives). We’ve take a broad and inclusive view of how you measure heritage. We’ve combined data on the UK’s 10,000 blue plaques, through to size of ancient woodland and the number of local foods with protected naming status (like Cornish pasties). Now in its second year, we want to reflect in our data what we have heard at workshops and events up and down the UK – heritage is a matter not just of what you have but what you do with it, and it’s up to citizens to decide: heritage is what you choose to make it.”

Jonathan Schifferes is an Associate Director at the RSA, where his focus is on public services, communities, and the built environment. Jonathan leads on housing within the Inclusive Growth Commission, and served as research lead for the RSA’s City Growth Commission in 2014. He leads the RSA’s work on heritage, identity and place, compiling the Heritage Index for DCMS and HLF. He has led major social research projects, working to understand and forecast social and economic impact on behalf of central and local government, and clients such as John Lewis Partnership, the Crown Estate and British Land. Previously, Jonathan has worked at the New Economics Foundation and at Strategic Planning Advice, supporting large scale planning applications for business parks and new towns in the UK.

 

Understanding Scottish Places 

“USP is a unique typology tool which attempts to classify each town in Scotland with a population of 1,000 or more. Developed in partnership with the Scottish Government, Carnegie UK Trust, the Centre for Local Economic Strategies and Stirling University, there are approximately 100,000 pieces of data which measure social and economic function across a dependency to independency scale. We are continually updating and improving the tool and exploring new and relevant datasets. With over 30,000 hits and 4,000 monthly users, the www.usp.scot platform has proven to be a really helpful tool for towns and communities across the country. Let’s explore how collectively we can ensure that the Heritage value in towns can be captured.”

With over 20 years’ experience in the field of Economic Development, Phil Prentice is the Chief Officer of Scotland’s Towns Partnership. Prior to his appointment in November 2014, Phil headed up Economic Development, Regeneration and Employability services within East Renfrewshire Council. He has also worked as a senior executive for Scottish Enterprise, the Scottish Milk Marketing Board and in the private sector, in construction and small business sectors. A graduate of the Universities of Ulster, West of Scotland and Glasgow, Phil is now focussed on helping improve the economic and social fortune of towns and smaller settlements across the country.

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Scottish Property Awards 2017

The 4th annual Scottish Property Awards, the independent programme which celebrates excellence in commercial property, has launched its 2017 programme including a refreshed list of categories and three new judges.

The Scottish Property Awards 2017 heads to Edinburgh next year and will take place on Thursday 2nd March at the Corn Exchange.  Once again, the annual celebration will bring together the breadth of the industry including developers, funders, architects, councils, agents, professional advisers and contractors.

Fiona Morton, the former managing partner and chairman of Ryden, returns as chair to lead the expert judging panel of 18 people, drawn from across the Scottish property industry.

In addition, the panel is joined for the first time by Paul Curran, Managing Director of Quartermile Developments and Vice Chair of the SPF alongside Gail Hunter, Regional Director of RICS Scotland and Graham Ross, Deputy Chair of Architecture and Design Scotland.

Last year’s programme reviewed 40 new developments undergoing construction in Scotland and welcomed 700 people to the to celebrate the achievements in the sector with the ultimate award of the night being presented to Drum Property Group for the second year in a row.

The awards are free to enter and entrants have until Friday 14th October 2016 to submit their work. Organisations are invited to enter as many categories as they wish.

These key sector awards raise funds for the charity ‘It’s Good 2 Give’ currently building The Ripple Retreat – a luxury residential holiday home which will be gifted to families with children who have cancer. The 2800 sq. ft. property is located on the shores of Loch Venacher in the Trossachs National Park and is being constructed by John Dennis group and has been designed by award winning architect, Tony Kettle.

For more information visit Scottish Property Awards 2017.

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CDAS Conference: Making Community Empowerment a Reality

Community Development Alliance Scotland

Our communities have great potential capacities and assets to offer. But their ability to successfully make full use of these cannot be taken for granted.  Action is needed to enable them to develop in response to challenges and to ensure social justice in the outcomes. That action is called community development. People are putting the values and skills involved into action in a wide range of places, dealing with many different issues, but usually with limited resources and finding support wherever they can. Our conference is a chance for people in government, in communities and elsewhere and in all sectors to come together and find their common ground.

Speakers:

  • Martin Cawley, Chief Executive, Big Lottery Fund Scotland
  • (invited) Kevin Stewart MSP, Minister for Local Government and Planning

The main purpose of the day will be the opportunity to learn from a wide range of groups and projects who are putting community development into practice. We will also be happy to display information about your experiences, and offer opportunities to tell others about them. You will hear from groups, and from the people who have worked with them, in a wide range of situations, including:

  • Community action to improve health
  • Community action to reduce poverty
  • People making a community plan for their area
  • Working together to develop a rural community
  • Mutual help for people leaving prison
  • Giving a voice to people involved in community care
  • Participatory Budgeting with young people

Bookings:

Cost:  £50, including light lunch and refreshments (Free to community groups with income of less than £50,000 per year, but booking is essential).

Read more and book.

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Towns and Town Centres CPG - Digital Towns
The Cross Party Group for Towns and Town Centres hosted by John Scott MSP, invites you to the next meeting of the Group.
If you wish to attend, please RSVP below or contact Elaine Bone (details below). 

 

Wednesday, 8th March 2017, from 12.30pm – 2pm
Scottish Parliament, Committee Room 2

Discussion theme: Digital Towns

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Digital Towns Strategy for Scotland: Phil Prentice, Chief Officer, Scotland’s Towns Partnership 
Maggie Morrison, Vice President Public Sector, CGI Scotland 
What Does Digital Mean for Towns? - David Wallace, Regional Direct – Major and Public Sector, BT
#DigiREN’s Progress and the Importance of a Digital Ambassador - Diane Webb, Project Manager, Digital Assistance, Renfrewshire Council
Introducing guests from the USA: Energy Edge on Digital Support for Renewable Towns


Open discussion and refreshments

Refreshments kindly supported by CGI Scotland

Please confirm your attendance by 1st March.
Email [email protected] or RSVP below.

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An Introduction to Natural Capital Accounting at the local and landscape scale

Organisers: Ecosystems Knowledge Network & Eftec

About the topic

There is growing interest in the use of accounting frameworks to understand the value of the natural environment. The aim is to inform planning, management and investment decisions that minimise risks and maximise opportunities. They are typically divided into asset accounts, maintenance costs, physical flow and monetary flows. Different frameworks help distinguish maintenance costs, physical flows of ecosystem services and their monetary values, and asset values.

Alongside efforts to develop natural capital accounts for large organisations and countries, accounts are being produced for natural features across smaller areas of land and water. This includes private estates, public parks and protected landscapes.  These seminars will introduce the process of accounting for the value of the natural environment at the local and landscape scale.

What will I learn?

The session will increase your understanding of

  • the methods for ecosystem and natural capital accounting applicable at the local and landscape scale

  • relationship with other tools and methods, e.g. ecosystem service mapping

  • the resources and skills required to undertake an assessment

  • the potential for informing planning, investment and management decisions

Who is the seminar for?

  • Estate managers in the private, third and public sector

  • Businesses dependent on goods and services from the UK’s natural environment (such as in agriculture, water, tourism)

  • Managers of designated areas (such as AONBs and National Parks)

  • Local heritage and environmental initiatives (such as Landscape Partnerships, Futurescapes, Living Landscapes, Local Nature Partnerships (England), Catchment Management Partnerships.)

Seminar leaders

These first seminars are being delivered by eftec (the economics of the environment consultancy) with experience of accounting for the value of the natural environment at the local and landscape scale.

Cost and how to book

For bookings paid for by 31st January:

  • Public sector and third sector organisations £55

  • Academic and private sector organisations: £85

The above costs are expected to rise by £20 after 31st January 2017. 

Click here to book your place at the seminar in Perth on Thursday 9th March 2017

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Scottish Tourism Week & Conference 2017

Tourism has been acknowledged by Scottish Government as being “Scotland’s most important industry", so we feel ok about being the first industry ever to create the ‘8 day week’ (you’ll notice that in fact, Scottish Tourism Week will run for eight days this year – we are packing a lot in!).

Our STW ‘Connecting 2020’ Roadshow was a huge success in 2016 and saw the STA travelling the length and breadth of the country, connecting with upwards of 2020 businesses.  This was one of the highlights of Tourism Week and tourism businesses and destinations all over the country are in full planning mode right now to offer you the opportunity to connect and engage with businesses in your area and be part of the national tourism conversation.

The ‘jewel in the STW crown’ is of course the STA Signature Conference which this year is titled ‘Tourism: The Future - Beyond 2020’, and will take place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Glasgow on Wednesday 15th March. As it says on the tin, the conference is all about looking ahead at everything in the political, economic, consumer and environmental worlds that will impact and affect Scotland’s global competitiveness and perception as a destination of choice.  

Once again, the Scottish Thistle Awards add a glittering celebratory element to Scottish Tourism Week, taking place this year on Thursday 16th March at the EICC, Edinburgh.

The STW2017 Parliamentary Reception, co-sponsored by The Caravan Club and VisitScotland, will be held at the Scottish Parliament on 22nd March, and the final Scottish Tourism Week Signature event will see the Scotland Food & Drink AGM and Conference take place at the Doubletree Hilton in Glasgow.

The North Coast 500 Parliamentary Reception will be held on 14th March at the Scottish Parliament.  Frequently referred to as ‘Scotland’s greatest roadtrip ever’, this event acts as an exciting and important pre-cursor to the biggest week for Scotland’s tourism industry.

Visit Scottish Tourism Week website for full information. 

Scottish Tourism Week is brought to you by the Scottish Tourism Alliance. 

We are grateful for the generosity of the STA "official" conference & DWAD sponsors and for the support of the national agencies helping ensure that the 2017 weeklong programme will be one of the best! 

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It's All About the Place & the People: Destinations Mini-Conference

An event by Scottish Tourism Alliance, sponsored by Calmac. 

Destinations, towns and cities are identified one of five key assets of Scottish tourism in the national tourism strategy, Tourism Scotland 2020. There are over 30 destination organisations in Scotland, all of whom are working hard to strengthen and grow the sector and the visitor experience in their areas, through the implementation of their own destination plans, linked to the national strategy.

This event is aimed specifically at destination leaders, such officers, Board or committee members of destination groups, destination managers in public agencies and Local Authorities and others who are active in supporting their destination activities. The event provides an opportunity for these professionals to come together to share ideas and best practice around destination development and marketing in Scotland.

Attendance free - eventbrite booking page

Programme

9.00am Registration 

9.30am Welcome by Chair: Calum Ross, Board member of Scottish Tourism Alliance & Argyll & Isles Tourism 

9.40am Session 1 - A National & International Perspective

Facilitator: Riddell Graham, Director of Partnerships, VisitScotland

  • Travel Trade, Quality & Destinations: Andrew Macnair, Business Development Manager - Scotland, UKInbound
  • Towns and Tourism - The Spirit of 2017: Phil Prentice, Chief Officer, Scotland’s Towns Partnership
  • Destinations & Local Authorities: Cllr Stephen Hagan, Orkney Islands Council
  • Destinations, A View from Across the Atlantic: speaker from Nova Scotia delegation

10.45am Session 2 - New Products

Facilitator: Graeme MacFarlan, Commercial Director, Calmac

11.45am Break

12.00pm Session 3 - Future-Proofing Destinations

Facilitator: Aileen Lamb, Tourism Manager, Scottish Enterprise

1.00pm Final Q&A and Closing Remarks

1.15pm Close

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Adam Smith Festival of Ideas: Kirkcaldy, 17 – 19 March 2017

In March 2017, Adam Smith Global Foundation will host the Festival of Ideas, in Smith’s hometown of Kirkcaldy.

The Festival of Ideas seeks to build on the philanthropic and academic theories of Smith to engage people from around the world in creative and animated discussions on topics such as Cultural Life, Enterprise and Economies and Cohesive Communities as Scotland enters a period of “New Enlightenment”.

Taking centre stage at the Festival of Ideas, the Adam Smith Theatre in Kirkcaldy will come alive as Scots and interested non-Scots gather to discuss and understand the changes in context and peer into the future of Scotland.

A varied range of interesting key speakers describe, from their perspective, fundamental changes and challenges facing Scotland and the global community.

Ticketed events over two packed days of stimulating and thought provoking discussion will allow versions of Scotland’s future to unfurl, hosted by Alistair Moffat.

Tired compartmentalisation has no place and we need a holistic perspective to ensure we can positively benefit from the effects of globalization, the impacts of social media, the shift in our relationship with Europe, the pressing need to embrace diversity, sport, sexuality, fiscal literacy, language and well-being so that we can build and contribute to a socially just and equal society, not just for ourselves, but for future generations.

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Social Enterprise Exchange Marketplace

The Social Enterprise Exchange Marketplace will be held on Tuesday 21 March 2017 in the Corn Exchange, New Market Road, Edinburgh. We are delighted to welcome Nicola Sturgeon MSP (First Minister) to deliver the keynote speech.

This dynamic and exciting one day event is a marketplace of over 80 exhibitors and a diverse mix of 600 delegates – with many opportunities for trading, learning and making new business connections – helping take Scotland’s brilliant social enterprises forward.

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BIDs Scotland Gathering 2017

BIDs Scotland is hosting its Annual Gathering on, 28th March 2017 at Perth Concert Hall.

Building on last year, which was the biggest BIDs Gathering ever held in Scotland, we anticipate that this year’s will be equally successful. Located in the superb Perth Concert Hall; offering an excellent programme, combined with the launch of the National Report on BIDs in Scotland 2017. We expect demand for places to be high, this year’s event will focus on supporting sustainable economic growth.

With attendance free of charge, secure your place at the only Gathering of around 200 senior professionals with direct influence and responsibility for delivering BIDs, policy-making and strategic delivery across Scotland; creating a unique space in which to engage with local and national government including politicians and officers, as well as a wide range of key stakeholders and representative bodies.

Book now via Eventbrite 

For commerical opportunities, please contact Elaine Bone, tel 07801 354591 or email [email protected] for more information 

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BEFS Conference - Financing the Historic Environment

BEFS conference, Financing the Historic Environment, organised in collaboration with Heritage Lottery Fund Scotland and the BRICK programme run by The Prince’s Regeneration Trust, will take place on 29th and 30th March at the Grand Central Hotel, Glasgow.

2017 is the Year of History Heritage and Archaeology, a celebration of what gives Scotland its unique character and draws people to live, work and visit. Caring for these assets is a collaborative effort across the United Kingdom undertaken by a wide range of organisations, from voluntary community groups to large-scale commercial development, public bodies and local and national government.

These are challenging times for public sector budgets and while the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act creates the potential for transfer of historic assets to communities there remains a need for the commercial sector to invest in historic places. What are the challenges faced by the investment community in developing historic buildings? Can the heritage sector help overcome any barriers? What should government do to enable such commercial investment?

In a changing economic landscape, an era of rapid technological advancement and the need to mitigate the challenges of climate change there is no escape from the historic environment’s need for increased investment.

This two-day conference, organised by Built Environment Forum Scotland, Heritage Lottery Fund Scotland and the BRICK programme run by The Prince’s Regeneration Trust, will explore how to achieve this and how local communities can be at the heart of it.

Check out the programme and booking your ticket here.

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Charity Retail Association - Scotland Conference & Networking Day

The Charity Retail Association is the only organisation which represents charity shops in UK and we are delighted to be holding a Scotland Conference in Edinburgh in 2017.

Join us to hear how the association can work with you to represent your views and needs. We are lucky to be joined on the day by a plethora of fantastic speakers, making for a packed and varied agenda for the meeting.

Robin Osterley, our Chief Executive will be leading a session on The Future of CRA Services. Further speakers will be announced shortly.

We will also be running our ‘Conversation Stations’ section – themed, topic based discussion groups, with the topics decided by you. It is a great opportunity to share you experience and learn new things from your fellow charity delegates.

*Speakers at the event include Chief Officer of Scotland's Towns Partnership, Phil Prentice, who will talk on the subject of Scotland's Towns: Fighting Back*

It will also be an opportunity to meet and hear from our NEW Scotland Officer, a brand new post for the Association (specifically to support our Scottish Members).

A full agenda for the meeting will be made available shortly.

The meeting is FREE to attend for both our charity and corporate members.  The meeting will commence with teas and coffees at 10.30am, lunch will be provided and the meeting should end by 3.30pm.

Non-members of the Association can book onto the meeting for a small fee; £20 + VAT for charities and £45 + VAT for suppliers.

There will also be fantastic networking opportunities, a small exhibition and plenty of chance for you to feed into the work that we do.

Book your place at the meeting here.

For further information please contact Julia Cloke at [email protected] or call the team on 020 7697 4080.

Details of our Cancellation Policy for all training, events, networking days and conference can be viewed here.

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Places and Spaces for Health and Wellbeing 2017

The health and wellbeing of a population is a key focus in any thriving nation. With this in mind, it is widely recognised that many of the underlying determinants of inequalities in health and well-being are environmental, including for example, our built environment, our communities as well as access to green space. The Scottish Government recognises that this has a significant impact on the health of Scotland’s people, and that action is required to create healthy environments which are safe, calming and nurturing for all age groups.

There are a growing number and variety of organisations, including the Scottish Government agencies, NDGBs, private companies and charities, working in this field and looking at a variety of issues. These issues include the association between health and access to green spaces and recreation, the benefits of play and the importance of active travel. However, the relationships between quality and extent of green space, proximity to and use of such areas, and health outcomes, have yet to be quantified appropriately and the underlying mechanisms remain poorly understood.

This conference will examine the issues outlined above such as the connections between health and wellbeing, place making and use of urban built landscape and open spaces. In addition, it will summarise the relationship between open space in relation to physical and mental health, and environmental, economic, social and cultural wellbeing, through expert analysis and evidence based case studies.

 

Event Agenda

9:20 Introduction from the Chair

9:30 Session 1 – Sustainable Places for Future Health

Scotland’s Place Standard - Sandy Robinson, Principle Architect, Scottish Government

Understanding the role of the built environment and its effect on human health and wellbeing – Prof Catharine Ward-Thompson Institute of Built Environment, Heriot Watt University

Public Health within the Planning Process; Spatial Planning – Craig MacLaren, Scotland Director, RTPI

Investing in our Future, addressing the needs of Scotland’s Children in the built environment – Marguerite Hunter-Blair, Play Scotland

Q&A

11:00 Break

11:20 Session 2 – Environmental Health Effects

Activating spaces

Public Health Research in the built environment – pollution, noise, air quality etc – Fintan Hurley, IOM

Future proofing for health in the built environment – Daisy Nanayathan, Sustrans

Q&A

13:00 Lunch and Networking

13:50 Session 3 – Social and Economic Impacts

Addressing Scotland’s postcode health inequalities – Matt Lowther, NHS Health Scotland

Regeneration of place for social health equality – Euan hall, The Land Trust

Housing and Community regeneration case study

Q&A

15:30 Closing remarks from the chair

15:40 Close

For a limited time there are a number of early bird places available for just £89+VAT. These places will be allocated on a first come first served basis, so we do recommend booking now disappointment. To view the full event and register click here or push the button below.

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ATCM Scotland Network Meeting: Perth – 28 April 2017

Association of Town Centre Management Network Meeting – Perth. The topic for the meeting will be Winter Events and the importance of economic data and rates.

Draft Agenda for 28th April
10.00 - Welcome and Introductions
10.10 - ATCM Update - Shanaaz Carroll, Chief Exec
10.30 - Network - individual members update and Winter Events update
11.00 - Speaker - How can events drive economic impact
11.30 - Hakon Dammen - MENDO - How to gather data to help assess economic impact
12.00 - Alison Bowcott-McGrath - Pinpointer  - Generating income from events spaces
12.30 - Q & A and group discussion
13.00 - Lunch
13.30 - Discussion - What does the rates review mean for Scottish Businesses
14.00 -  Discussion - How can council's support with rates relief
14.30 - Speaker - Industry view of rates relief
15.00  - Close and a chance for you all to visit Perth

This event is free to attend. To register your interest in attending, please contact: [email protected]

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Seeding Success: Learning Event from Stalled Spaces Scotland

A free one-day learning event to explore how communities have used vacant spaces to transform their places. Learn how these projects support town centre regeneration and find out more about the future policy direction. Hear from local authorities, Scottish Government, community groups and others on the impact of the Stalled Spaces Scotland project and how it supports community empowerment.

Held in the beautiful Paisley Town Hall, the event will bring you presentations on the key lessons and achievements from the Stalled Spaces Scotland programme, as well as inviting you to participate in fast-paced information sharing sessions to learn from those who have driven projects across Scotland – providing you with plenty of knowledge and seeds of inspiration.

Stalled Spaces Scotland was inspired by Glasgow City Council’s Stalled Spaces, and funded by the Scottish Government under the Legacy2014 programme. Launched in 2014 is has been delivered by Architecture and Design Scotland and has supported 50 projects in seven local authority areas.

As part of the Seeding Success event we will launch a Stalled Spaces Scotland toolkit, to help other communities and local authorities to develop their own projects to bring life back into stalled or vacant spaces.

We will announce a full list of speakers and running order in the weeks leading up to the event, but if you are involved in policy, community groups, town centres or regeneration or interested in creating your own response to a stalled space sign up today to join this free and inspirational event.

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SEEDING SUCCESS: Outline running order

9:30 – 10:00 Registration and Refreshments
10:00 – 10:30 Opening address and launch of Toolkit

10:30 – 11:10: Setting the Context
Lessons learned from the Stalled Spaces Scotland project, the difference the project has made and how it sits within Scottish Government policy landscape and the Town Centre Action Plan.

11:10 – 12:30 Learning Exchange

Fast paced information sharing session to hear from projects from around the country and to get to network and exchange ideas.

12:30 – 13:30 Cultural Lunch 
Lunch and learn about the Paisley UK Capital of Culture Bid.

13:30 – 15:55 Action: Seeding Success
Presentation on how Stalled Spaces Scotland thinking can be embedded in policy and investment going forward and workshop on implementation.

16:00 – Event close

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STP Place Branding & Communications Workshop

Looking for some practical advice and inspiration for your PR, place-branding or communications strategy? Then come along to this exciting CPD learning event from Scotland's Towns Partnership!

Hear from media experts and local case studies that will leave you feeling equipped and inspired to find your town's USP, grab the headlines, or make a cutting-edge film. Get top tips from Morrison Media Strategies, Newsquest Media Group, Enterprise Screen, Explore Largs BID, and Scotland's Towns Partnership. Network over refreshments with town stakeholders from diverse sectors, and discuss strategies for your town. Don't miss out - book today!

This event is free for STP Members, and £60 (inc VAT) for non-members: 

Non-Members can purchase tickets here.

STP Members can RSVP below

If you have any queries, please contact [email protected] 

 

Agenda

1330​ Networking and Coffee

1400 ​Welcome: "Finding your USP and using it!"

Phil Prentice, Scotland’s Towns Partnership

1415 ​"Grab the Headlines"

John Morrison, Morrison Media Strategies: branding and selling your town and developing positive media relationships.

Gordon Stevenson, Head of Digital, Newsquest Scotland & Northern Ireland: capitalising on new media​.

1445 Q & A with John and Gordon

1455 ​"Towns on Film"

John Hamilton, Manager, Explore Largs Business Improvement District - Case Study: Largs

Brendan Smith, Creative Director, Enterprise Screen

1525 ​Q & A with John and Brendan

1535 "Town therapy!" Top up your coffee and work through ideas, queries, challenges with speakers & fellow participants

1600 Finish

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Reversing Economic Decline in Scotland’s Towns: SURF Awards Shared Learning Workshop

This free half-day SURF Awards workshop event in the COSLA Centre, Edinburgh on 18 May provides an opportunity to explore successful current approaches towards reversing economic decline in Scotland’s towns with two winning projects from both the’ Most Improved Town’ and ‘Community Led Regeneration’ categories highlighted in the 2016 SURF Awards process.

Workshop guests will firstly hear from project a representative in the ‘Most Improved Town’ category winner Lochgelly. After being deemed ‘the worst place to live in Britain’ in 2004 and winning the Carbuncle Award in 2010 Fife Council, along with Ore Valley Housing Association and local community groups responded by developing a Lochgelly Masterplan which included the establishment of a Community Development Forum and the delivery of a Community Charrette.

This will be followed by input from the ‘Community Led Regeneration’ winner Tomintoul and Glenlivet Regeneration Project. To support the rural area’s socio-economic recovery a dedicated community organisation, the Tomintoul and Glenlivet Development Trust, was established to identify and deliver appropriate regeneration responses. This included the reopening of a Visitor Information Centre and the two local hotels, saving the local youth hostel and establishing the Glenlivet Mountain Bike Trails.

Following an open discussion session with the projects attendees will hear from Scottish Government representatives who will give an overview of the Town Centre Action Plan. This will be followed by short presentations from Highlands and Island Enterprise and Scotland’s Towns Partnership on the role they provide in helping to reverse economic decline within Scotland’s towns. The floor will then be open for wider discussion on national policy.

The SURF Awards ‘Most Improved Town’ judging panel team – comprising representatives of Scotland’s Towns Partnership, Royal Town Planning Institute Scotland, Architecture + Design Scotland, Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, Heads of Planning Scotland and the Scottish Government – were particularly enthused by approaches taken to make Lochgelly a vibrant town with a lot to offer, and the potential of replication to other town centres.  The SURF Awards ‘Community Led Regeneration’ judging panel team – comprising of Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Bellsmyre Development Trust, Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland and Scottish Community Development Centre – were impressed by the ambition and vision of the Development Trust which has provided a strong foundation for success in reversing economic decline. The judges will be participating in the workshop, which also features a discussion session and networking lunch, to help draw out transferable lessons from the participating projects.

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Programme

10:00am   Welcome and Coffee

10:30am   Introduction: Andy Milne, Chief Executive, SURF

10:40am   Presentation, Lochgelly: Hazel Cross, Fife Council

10:55am   Presentation, Tomintoul and Glenlivet Regeneration Project: TBC, Tomintoul and Glenlivet Development Trust

11:10am   Open Discussion, Questions and Comments with representatives from the projects

11:35pm   Presentation, Town Centre Action Plan: Kevin McGowan, Scottish Government

11:45pm   Presentation, Highlands and Islands Enterprise: Ailsa Raeburn (tbc), HIE

11:55pm   Presentation, Scotland’s Towns Partnership: Ewan Robertson, STP

12:05pm Open Discussion on National Policy

12:30pm Summary and Thanks: Andy Milne

12:35pm   Networking Lunch

 

When and Where

When: Thursday 18th May, 10am – 1pm

Where: COSLA Conference Centre, Edinburgh

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About the SURF Awards

Please visit www.surf.scot  for more information on the SURF Awards and the outcomes of the 2016 process.

Places are free but numbers are limited. To reserve a place please complete the booking form. If you have any queries or difficulties with this please contact Emma Scott, Information and Communications Officer, [email protected] or 0141 4406392

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Promoting Creative Arts in Community Regeneration: SURF Awards Shared Learning Workshop

This free half-day SURF Awards workshop event in Paisley Town Hall on 1 June provides an opportunity to explore successful approaches towards promoting creative arts in community regeneration. The winning and highly commended projects from the ‘Creative Regeneration’ category highlighted in the 2016 SURF Awards process will provide comment on their experiences and transferable learning.

Workshop guests will firstly hear from a project representative from the ‘Creative Regeneration’ category winner The Stove Network. Based in Dumfries town centre The Stove Network is an independent arts organisation working with a wide range of local and national partners to found an artist-led collective that engages with local people to deliver a range of culture-based regeneration initiatives.

This will be followed by input from the highly commended Hippfest project.  Run by Falkirk Community Trust the Hippodrome Festival of Silent Film (Hippfest) delivers a high-profile national festival of silent film that supports local community regeneration outcomes in the town of Bo’ness.

Guests will then hear from the second of the highly commended projects Made in Easterhouse. Managed by Glasgow East Arts Company’s Platform, Made in Easterhouse marked the achievements of a successful community arts centre on its tenth anniversary.

The event will close with Creative Scotland providing detail on their current priorities towards supporting creative arts organisations. Followed by a short input from the Paisley 2021 bid for City of Culture. It will then open up to a discussion on National Policy.

The SURF Awards ‘Creative Regeneration’ judging panel team – comprising representatives of Creative Scotland, Craft Town Scotland, Plantation Productions and North Edinburgh Arts – were particularly enthused by the level of community engagement and lasting impact in each area within all three shortlisted projects in this category. The judges will be participating in the workshop, which also features a discussion session and networking lunch, to help draw out transferable lessons from the participating projects.

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Programme

10:00am   Welcome and Coffee

10:30am   Introduction: Andy Milne, Chief Executive, SURF

10:40am   Presentation, The Stove Network: Matt Baker, The Stove Network

10:55am   Presentation, Hippfest: Alison Strauss, Falkirk Community Trust

11:05am   Presentation, Made in Easterhouse: Jenny Crowe, Glasgow East Arts Company

11:15am   Open Discussion, Questions and Comments with representatives from the projects

11:40am   Presentation, Creative Scotland: Karen Dick, Creative Scotland

11:50am   Presentation, Paisley 2021 Bid: Jean Cameron, Paisley 2021

12.00pm   Open Discussion on National Policy

12:25pm   Summary and Thanks: Andy Milne

12:30pm   Networking Lunch

When and Where

When: Thursday 1st June, 10am – 1pm

Where: Paisley Town Hall, Paisley

About the SURF Awards

Please visit www.surf.scot  for more information on the SURF Awards and the outcomes of the 2016 process.

Places are free but numbers are limited. To reserve a place please complete the booking form. If you have any queries or difficulties with this please contact Emma Scott, Information and Communications Officer, [email protected] or 0141 4406392

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What Works in Place Based Regeneration?

SURF, the What Works Scotland research centre and the University of Glasgow’s Training and Employment Research Unit (TERU) have teamed up to contribute to a special seminar exploring ‘what works’ in economic regeneration in the current climate for Scotland’s places.

Who: The event is being arranged by What Works Scotland and key contributors include Prof Ken Gibb, What Works Scotland Co-Director, and Prof Alan McGregor of TERU. They will be presenting a new study on the theme drawn from an evidence review including 20 in-depth interviews with policy experts and practitioners. SURF Chief Executive Andy Milne will also be sharing emerging outcomes from the Alliance for Action initiative. 

Where: The venue is the St Mungo Museum on 2 Castle Street, Glasgow.

When: The seminar takes place at 9:30am on Tuesday 13 June, finishing with a 1pm lunch.

Cost: The event is free to attend, but places must be pre-booked.

Book: Places can be registered on the seminar’s Eventbrite listing.

Further Information: Please contact Lynda Frazer, What Works Scotland Project Manager, on 0141 330 8587 or [email protected] with any queries.

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National Active Travel Conference 2017

The Walking, Cycling, Connecting Communities team is pleased to announce the 9th National Active Travel Conference.

The aim of this year’s WCCC National Active Travel Conference is to inspire delegates to better understand and engage in the culture and language employed by those who are not direct advocates of active travel. We want to move away from preaching to the converted and towards listening to the unconverted. The vision is to understand how we can walk in their shoes and talk in their language to help us overcome barriers and better promote active travel throughout Scotland.

Walking, Cycling, Connecting Communities is a group of organisations working for a Scotland which supports walking and cycling as the natural choice for short journeys.

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DATE AND TIME

Wed 14 June 2017

09:00 – 16:00 BST

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LOCATION

The Studio Glasgow

67 Hope Street

Glasgow

G2 6AE

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AGENDA*

09:00 – 10:00 Registration, refreshments and exhibition

 

10:00 – 10:10 Chair’s opening remarks

Dougie Vipond, Broadcaster

SESSION 1

10:10 – 10:40 Communicating the Scottish Government’s Active Travel

vision

Humza Yousaf MSP, Minister for Transport and the Islands,
The Scottish Government

Includes questions & discussion

10:40 – 11:00 Keynote Speaker:

Delivering Active Travel Without the Hot Air

Dr Steve Melia, Senior Lecturer: Planning & Transport, University of the West of England

11:00 – 11:20 Making active travel matter more in Edinburgh

Lesley Hinds, Former Councillor, Lord Provost and Transport Leader, The City of Edinburgh Council

11:20 – 11:30 Questions and discussion

to Steve Melia and Lesley Hinds

11:30 – 12:00 Refreshment break and exhibition

SESSION 2

12:00 – 13:00 Panel discussion and questions from the floor:

Listening to Alternative Perspectives on active travel

  • Neil Greig, Director of Policy and Research, IAM RoadSmart
  • Chris Little, Regional Policy Advisor, Road Haulage Association Ltd
  • Panelist TBC – High Streets/Business Improvement Districts
  • Panelist TBC  – Housing
  • Panelist TBC – Education and/or Health Professionals

 

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch and exhibition

 

SESSION 3

14:00 – 14:40 Masterclass sessions:  Reaching out to new audiences for

active travel

Choose only ONE from the sessions below:

Masterclass A – Using the Place Standard Tool for better community engagement
Diarmaid Lawlor, Director of Place, Architecture & Design Scotland
Johnny Cadell, Design Advisor, Design Forum, Architecture & Design Scotland

Masterclass B – Delivering effective social marketing strategies
Tim Steiner, Marketing and Communications Director, SYSTRA Ltd

Masterclass C – Identifying and communicating with different stakeholders 
Speaker TBC

 

14:40 -14:45 Transition back to the auditorium

 

14:45 – 15:00 Masterclass feedback

 

15:00 – 15:20 Making active travel a priority for local government

Paul Lawrence, Executive Director – Place, The City of Edinburgh Council

15:20 – 15:30 Evaluation and final remarks by the Chair

 

15:45 Close of Conference

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Towns Tea Party 2017

 

This event is free for STP Members, who can RSVP below.

Tickets for non-members are £15+ VAT, and can be purchased here.

Join Scotland's Towns Partnership and the towns network for this year's Towns Tea Party! This year we focus on ‘Developing Scotland’s Waterfronts’, launch the FutureTown Design Competition 2017, and review progress and future plans for Scotland’s towns.

With Scotland possessing the longest coastline of any country within the British Isles, many towns are situated by the open sea and inland sea lochs. At the Towns Tea Party we will hear from developments in Dundee and Fort William, to gain inspiration and ideas for how towns can make the most of their geographical location. 

Taking place in The Melting Pot, Edinburgh, this is an excellent opportunity to gather with colleagues from across the country to network, learn and to be part of the launch of the third FutureTown Design Competition. Fort William Town Team submitted the winning entry in 2016 and will help us launch the 2017 campaign. More information and past entries can be found here.

The Towns Tea Party will also incorporate the Scotland's Towns Ltd Annual General Meeting and this is a great chance to be updated with STP's progress and future activities. Check out the STP Infograph for a quick picture of what we have been up to.

We look forward to welcoming STP members and the wider towns network to Edinburgh for tea and cake along with Allan Watt, Dundee Waterfront Project Director; Sarah Kennedy, Fort William Marina and Shoreline Company; Phil Prentice, Chief Officer, Scotland’s Towns Partnership; and Professor Leigh Sparks, Chair, Scotland's Towns Partnership. Please see agenda below for full information.

 

This event is free for STP Members, who can RSVP below.

Tickets for non-members are £15+ VAT, and can be purchased here.

 

Towns Tea Party

Incorporating the Annual General Meeting of Scotland’s Towns Ltd

14 June 2017, 1400 – 1600. The Melting Pot, 5 Rose Street, Edinburgh EH2 2PR

 

Agenda

1400      Towns Tea Party

Afternoon Tea and Networking

1430      Welcome & AGM Business

                Professor Leigh Sparks, Chair of Scotland's Towns Partnership

1440       Scotland’s Towns – Progress and Future Plans

                Phil Prentice, Chief Officer, Scotland’s Towns Partnership

DEVELOPING SCOTLAND’S WATERFRONTS

1450       Dundee’s Leading Edge Waterfront Development

                Allan Watt, Dundee Waterfront Project Director

1510       Future Town Design Competition Winner 2016 – Fort William Marina and Shoreline Company

                Sarah Kennedy, Fort William Marina and Shoreline Company

1530      Questions and Answers

1545      Future Town Design Competition 2017 Launch

              Professor Leigh Sparks, Chair Scotland's Towns Partnership 

Close (1600)

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Explore Quality Co-working Workshop

An energising two-day workshop exploring key insights and strategies for building your quality coworking business.

Are you planning to launch, or have you recently launched, a quality coworking space? Then this event is for you!

  • Receive critical insights that will shape your business model and delivery, and inform success for your business and your community.
  • Learn from highly experienced, successful quality coworking space operators.
  • Work on your plans for developing your space alongside others on the same journey.

Join other leaders who are creating quality coworking businesses in their communities at EXPLORE Quality Coworking, June 22—23, 2017.

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Funding: Where’s the Money? STP Funding Workshop June 2017

This event is free for STP Members, who can RSVP below.

Tickets for non-members are £60 (inc VAT), and can be purchased here.

Identifying and accessing funding is a key challenge for organisations and groups working to improve towns and communities. To help you out, Scotland's Towns Partnership is bringing together funding experts and providers for an afternoon of practical advice, learning and sharing. Don't miss this opportunity to connect with some of Scotland's major funders!

These partners are ambassadors for the regeneration of our places and want to support you in achieving your goals and projects. STP’s resident funding expert will also provide you with top tips for approaching and completing the applications which can sometimes be a daunting task.

The first part of the session will share expert advice from Scotland’s Towns Partnership, Funding Scotland and the Scottish Local Authority External Funding Officers Group on identifying, applying for and obtaining the right funds to support your activities or project.

The second part of the workshop is a unique Funding Surgery. You will be divided into small groups, and representatives of major funders will sit at each table for 15 minutes to discuss directly about how they might be able to help you. The funding experts will then rotate, giving you a chance to speak to each funding provider present.

See below for the invited organisations and agenda for the session.

For a taste of what to expect, check out the August 2016 Funding Workshop report.

This event is free for STP Members, who can RSVP below.

Tickets for non-members are £60 (inc VAT), and can be purchased here.

 

Big Lottery Fund

The Big Lottery Fund is responsible for distributing 40 per cent of all funds raised for good causes by the National Lottery. This totals over £650 million each year.

Funding Scotland

Funding Scotland is a free online funding search engine launched by the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations in 2014. From small grants to funding for big capital projects, it can help you track down the funding you need to make a difference in your work. Funding Scotland provides information on over 1200 funds which support Scottish projects.

Heritage Lottery Fund

From the archaeology under our feet to the historic parks we love, from precious memories to rare wildlife… HLF use money raised by National Lottery players to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about.

Scotland’s Towns Partnership

STP is the go-to body for Scotland’s towns; a hub for promoting all things towns, and a hive of activity to help you learn, connect, find practical support and advice, and share good practice and knowledge. It is a repository for a wealth of intelligence around the Town Centre Action Plan and other policy conversations.

Sustrans Scotland

Sustrans Scotland works closely with communities, the Scottish Government, local authorities and other partners to ensure that the people of Scotland have access to a network of safe walking and cycling routes, making Scotland a healthy, happy place to live, work and play, and a sustainable and beautiful tourist destination.

SLOG

SLOG is a professional network of local authority officers in Scotland exchanging and sharing information and experience on funding sources such as Lottery, EU funding, Trust and Foundations. SLOG acts also as an interface with funders to promote local authorities and communities they represent. 

Zero Waste Scotland

Zero Waste Scotland provides support to SME’s, which can include supporting businesses to access funding that will allow them to make changes and savings in their operations. ZWS supports delivery of the Scottish Government’s circular economy strategy and the EU’s Europe 2020 growth strategy. Its goal is to help Scotland reap the environmental, economic and social benefits of making best use of the world’s limited natural resources.

 

Agenda - Funding: Where’s the Money?

28th June 2017, ADS Edinburgh

13:30 Coffee and Networking

13.45 Scotland’s Towns Partnership – Helping you to Help your Town

Find out how Scotland’s Towns Partnership can help you understand your town; share tools to shape its direction; and signpost you to funding to make it a reality.

Phil Prentice, Scotland’s Towns Partnership

14.00  Funding Scotland - Scotland’s free online search engine.

From small grants to funding for big capital projects, find out how to track down the funding you need to make a difference in your community.

Rhonda McLean, Funding Officer, Funding Scotland

14:15 Funding Success!  

Advice on finding and securing the right funds for your project.

Ellen Archibald, Chair, Scottish Local Authority External Funding Officers Group and Development Officer, North Lanarkshire Council

14:45  Questions

*Top up with Coffee and Biscuits*

Funding Surgery Sessions

15:00 Quick pitch from all funders at the start of the session.  (2 mins each)

15:15 Surgery sessions

There is a funder at each table. Find out how they might help you. Funders move round each table every 15 minutes.

  • Heritage Lottery Fund        
  • Sustrans Scotland  
  • Big Lottery Fund
  • Zero Waste Scotland

16:30 Close 

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A Smarter Scotland (Digital Strategies and Technologies)

Rapier Systems, Scotland’s leading wireless systems integrator, invites you to join us for a unique event in June 2017.

Read more and book here

This half day event (9am to 1pm) is designed to provide you with key information, helping you better understand what can best deliver Smarter Scotland.

You will hear from partners who are all leaders in their fields, working together to deliver coherent, joined-up thinking in what can appear to be a very muddled industry. You will also hear from those in the public sector, expressing their aspirations for delivering game-changing technology in their towns, cities and regions.

Who should attend?

We are inviting decision makers from Scotland’s Public Sector - Local Authorities (Economic Development Officers, IT and Innovation Managers, Director Level Officers), the Health Service, Colleges and Universities, BID and Locality Managers, Government Departments, Tourism Bodies and other supporting public services, . The event is designed for those who have an interest in exploring opportunities to develop projects under the Smart City and Internet of Things (IoT) initiatives - with a view to delivering tangible and measurable benefits in towns, cities and regions across Scotland.

Why should I attend?

You will gain a much broader understanding of the technology that exists today, as well as what is being developed for tomorrow. This will help you to make decisions that will transform your town, city or region into a technologically smarter place. There will be no selling or specific product placement at the event. It is not funded through the sale of exhibition space. It is run by practitioners who have many years experience in proven service delivery, with content designed to deliver clear and concise information, and to stimulate the discussion about IoT, Smart City and a Smarter Scotland.

Speakers include:

  • Richard Watson – Rapier Systems
  • Tom Flanagan – Perth & Kinross Council
  • John Robertson – The Highland Council
  • Dr Mark Begbie – CENSIS
  • Spencer Hinzen – Ruckus Wireless
  • Richard Mumford – RG Nets
  • Nick Platt-Higgins – Axis Communications
  • Luke 0’Kelly – Siklu Communications
  • Richard Roberts – Purple
  • Simon Baldwin – Destination66

Spaces are limited so please register as soon as possible to avoid missing out.

FAQs

What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Via Train - Perth has a main-line railway station with connections from Inverness, Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Stirling etc. Scotrail Website is here https://www.scotrail.co.uk/

Via Bus / Coach - Stagecoach Website is here https://www.stagecoachbus.com/

Via Car - Parking is available for a fee adjacent to the venue at Kinnoull Street Multi-Storey with details here https://www.myringgo.co.uk/parkinglocator/3100

On Foot - The main entrance to Perth Concert Hall is on Mill Street.

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Please email any questions to [email protected]

Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable?

Yes, however please let us know before the event - giving us 24 hours notice via email to [email protected]

Are refreshments provided or available?

Refreshments will be provided throughout the event.

Read more and book: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/a-smarter-scotland-registration-34652114407

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MSP Connector Programme 2017: Connecting MSPs with Scotland's Towns

For the third year running, Scotland's Towns Partnership and the Cross Party Group for Towns and Town Centres are encouraging MSPs to take the opportunity during recess (1st July – 3rd September) to spend time in their local town. 

We are also seeking interest from town centre managers, community groups, local business organisations and other town stakeholders to host an MSP for the day in their town.

MSPs are welcome to take part by spending a day in their local area, connecting and sharing with local businesses and the community. We want to raise the profile of our towns to MSPs and this is an important campaign to celebrate and raise awareness of the opportunities and barriers our towns face. Scotland's cities and small and rural towns and settlements are also welcome to take part. 

John Scott MSP, Convenor of the Cross Party Group on Towns and Town Centres, encouraged MSPs to get involved in this year’s programme, stating:

“The majority of Scotland’s population lives in towns and smaller settlements. Vibrant towns are key to the prosperity and wellbeing of communities across the country, with each town having its own unique identity and history which should be recognised and celebrated.

I welcome the MSP Connector Programme as a positive initiative to raise the profile of our towns. I encourage MSPs to visit their local towns this recess in order to connect with local communities, to learn about current challenges and successes, and to discover all our towns and town centres have to offer”.

STP will invite MSPs to take part in a visit and for towns and business to host their MSP. The visit may include a walk around, presentation, lunch, work experience or something a little more creative! We are looking for lots of tweets, photos and highlights from the visits to help us raise the profile of Scotland’s towns.

By sharing your experiences with STP, we can disseminate these with the wider towns’ network and add to best practice examples for all to access. An online Storify report will summarise highlights from all of the visits!

STP along with the Cross Party Group on Towns and Town Centres are therefore keen to hear about the activity taking place in towns across Scotland and we would be delighted if you’d like to take part.

Join the discussion on Twitter @ScotlandsTowns #MSPTownTime.

To take part either as an MSP or a host, please register your interest with Alison Jones via [email protected] · 07747 772712.

To provide us with the necessary information and help with the organisation of your visit, please download our campaign toolkit here.  

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Barriers to Community Engagement in Planning

Organised by Built Environment Forum Scotland.

Community engagement in the Scottish planning process is of interest across BEFS Membership, to both civic and professional groups. As part of the review of the Scottish planning system the Scottish Government commissioned research into barriers to community engagement in the planning system which was undertaken by Yellow Book, supported by SCDC and Nick Wright Planning. BEFS has invited two members of the team, John Lord of Yellow Book and Nick Wright to share their findings and recommendations followed by a discussion with the audience. We have also invited officials from the Scottish Government’s Planning & Architecture Division.

Everyone is welcome to attend and it will be of particular interest to those anticipating the publication of a Scottish Planning Bill in late 2017.

Can the conundrum of making the planning system more efficient and more engaging be solved?

Booking via Eventbrite

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Sustainable Building 2017
 

Sustainable Building 2017: creating homes and communities for the future

September 6th 2017, Saracen House, Glasgow

 

Scotland's Towns Partnership Chief Officer Phil Prentice is speaking at this event. In addition, STP members can benefit from a discounted rate of attendance of £75+VAT. Please contact [email protected] to receive a discount booking code. 

Sustainability is a crucial factor within the modern construction process and the creation of new homes and communities as we as the infrastructure that serves them. This reflects a wider cultural prioritisation of low carbon, environmentally responsible credentials. Given the size and scale of construction activity within the housing and social housing sectors recently and over the coming years, improvements in this area can have a dramatic impact on social and environmental objectives. This has also driven the demand for the new communities and the thousands of new homes which have been promised to be delivered to a higher standard with contractors expected to add social, economic and environmental value and sustainability.

 This conference will not only consider the incorporation of sustainable principles within the construction processes of new buildings and the retrofitting of existing stock, from changes in public policy to the evolution and innovation in design, the development of new materials, the creation of jobs and apprenticeships within these new communities but it will also examine the progress made towards reaching Scotland’s ambitious housing targets and what needs to be done to ensure these are met. Following on from last year’s conference, this event will bring together thought leaders from across Scotland and beyond to discuss the modernisation of construction practices, and explore how innovative solutions can be used to improve sustainability and deliver lasting value. The conference will also present a unique forum for knowledge exchange, open discussion and cross-sector engagement.

 

Event Agenda

 

9:20 Opening address from the Chair

9:30 Session 1: Strategies for New and Existing Communities

Current Progress, Housing Targets and Upcoming developments

Are we making the most of existing stock and retrofitting

Town Centre Living – Phil Prentice, Scotland’s Towns Partnership

Creating Better Communities

Q&A

11:00 Break

11:15 Session 2: New technologies and innovations for sustainable building

Innovation in sustainable communities and place making – Craig McLaren, RTPI Scotland

Design and innovation case study – Diarmaid Lawlor, A+DS

People and places; creating a liveable place

Building technology case study – Kingspan Representative

Q&A

12:45 Lunch

13:45 Session 3: Preparing for the future and creating environmental, social and economic sustainability through the supply chain

Are we achieving our environmental and social KPIs?

Creating a Future Ready Workforce

Construction industry sustainability and supply chain case study

Q&A

15:15 Closing remarks from The Chair

15:30 Close

There are a limited number of discounted 'early bird' places available for just £89+VAT which will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis, so we do recommend booking early to avoid dissapointment. To book your place click on the button below or visit www.impactengagement.co.uk

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Institute of Place Management: 4th International Biennial Conference

Institute of Place Management: 4th International Biennial Conference

7th – 8th September 2017, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester UK

Conference Chairs: Dr Ares Kalandides, Dr Steve Millington and Professor Cathy Parker

The repercussions of the 2008 global financial crisis continue to reverberate across the world, presenting major challenges to local development.  In many places, after decades of regeneration, the money has simply run out. This is an era of austerity, but one where responsibility for prosperity (or failure) is being devolved and localised through current political agendas.  This coincides with calls to take back control, both in the UK and USA. However, the local capacity to transform places, to tackle serious issues such as income inequality and climate change is severely over-estimated, and brings into question the future of the current economic development mantra, inclusive growth.

Despite these broad economic and political uncertainties, places continue to evolve.  In the absence of public or private funding there is a greater emphasis on communities to self-organise, through ordinary and neighbourhood placemaking.  The stories of how people in places support the arts, the local heritage, the vulnerable, the young and the old can be an inspirational example of creativity and compassion. Nevertheless, the organisers of food banks, free after-school clubs, community litter-picks, and all the other people who attend neighbourhood gardens, produce local festivals and events, are under-resourced, under-supported, and under-valued. 

In this context, we want to understand more about placemaking as a participatory and inclusive practice, which connects individuals into networks of place-based action and results in the context of austerity, devolution, and local responsibility.  We are also interested in moving beyond the silos of academics disciplines or professional interventions, to consider the connection between business, community and policy. 

More information: http://www.placemanagement.org/events/4th-institute-of-place-management-conference/

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Creativity, Culture, History and Heritage: The value of the assets around us

How are you supporting and growing your creative entrepreneurs and developing the richness and local economic growth this can bring to your town? Looking to grow and inspire cultural events and other activities?

If you need some help, advice and new ideas, join Scotland's Towns Partnership and a range of expert advisers as we highlight the opportunities, support and advice available to you. Centering around how we can utilise creativity, culture, history and heritage to maintain or develop vibrant and interesting places to live, work and socialise.

The workshop will highlight the opportunities and possibilities for towns when they use their culture, history and heritage to reinvigorate and promote their place, with support and advice offered by our partners. 

This event is for all with an interest or ownership in their town centre, from community groups to local authorities, there is lots to learn from our partners. 2017 is also Scotland’s year of History, Heritage and Archaeology.

This event is free for STP Members, and £60 (inc VAT) for non-members. 

UPDATE: this event is now fully booked. If you wish to enquire whether additional places have become available, please contact Alison Jones, [email protected]

 

DRAFT AGENDA 

Date: Tuesday 12th September – 13.45-16.00

Location: Architecture + Design Scotland, Bakehouse Close, Edinburgh

13:45 Networking and Coffee

14:00 Welcome

Phil Prentice, Chief Officer, Scotland’s Towns Partnership

14:10 Creativity and Culture in Towns
Karen Dick, Place, Partnerships & Communities Officer, Creative Scotland

14:25 Funding to Support Historic and Heritage Projects in Towns 
David Watt, Chief Executive, Resourcing Scotland’s Heritage at Arts and Business Scotland

14:40 Question and Answers

15:00 Top up coffee and networking

Creativity, Culture, History and Heritage Toolkit

15:15 Quick pitch from organisations at the start of the session (2 mins each)

Surgery sessions

There is an organisation at each table. Find out how they might help you, organisations move round each table every 15 minutes.

  • Resourcing Scotland’s Heritage/Arts and Business Scotland 
  • Audrey Carlin, WASPS Studios
  • Gordon Barr, Architectural Heritage Fund
  • (Further organisations TBA)
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Creativity, Culture, History and Heritage: The Value of the Assets Around Us (Ticket Booking)

The workshop will highlight the opportunities and possibilities for towns when they use their culture, history and heritage to reinvigorate and promote their place, with support and advice offered by our partners. 

This event is for all with an interest or ownership in their town centre, from community groups to local authorities, there is lots to learn from our partners. 2017 is also Scotland’s year of History, Heritage and Archaeology.

This event is free for STP Members, and £60 (inc VAT) for non-members: 

UPDATE: this event is now fully booked. If you wish to enquire whether additional places have become available, please contact Alison Jones, [email protected]

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Cross Party Group on Towns and Town Centres: 'Inclusive Towns' and AGM

Scotland's Towns Partnership invites you to the next meeting of the Cross Party Group on Towns and Town Centres. The meeting will focus on the topic of 'Inclusive Towns', as well as incorporating the group's AGM. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. 

Please see draft agenda and RSVP your place if you are able to attend below. 

You can also view the minutes and presentation slides from the previous CPG meeting on 8 March 2017 here

Inclusive Towns

Our towns are places of creativity and enterprise, where social and cultural interaction drives innovation and wealth-creation. Our towns also allow us to share resources and services. Their density means that shops, workplaces, leisure, culture and public services are near, and if we don’t actually live amongst them, they are still where public transport goes, and are accessible to the whole community. Through our partnership work, Scotland's Towns Partnership is encouraging new thinking and new approaches to deliver more inclusive and socially just towns across Scotland. From housing and business hubs to digital and low carbon, we are exploring just how towns create more shared wealth.

Sharing innovative project approaches and case studies, our invited speakers will illustrate the importance and impact of partnership and inclusion in our towns. 

 

Agenda

12:15 Meet in Parliament reception area

12:30 Lunch

12:45 – 13:00 John Scott MSP, Convener:

- Welcome and Opening Remarks
- AGM Business
- Minutes of Previous Meeting of the Cross Party Group & Matters Arising

Inclusive Towns

13:00 Andy Milne, Chief Executive and Derek Rankine, Policy and Participation Manager SURF - Scotland's Regeneration Forum

13:10 Shaheena Din, National Project Manager, Scottish Empty Homes Partnership

13:20 Christine Browne, Economic Development Officer (Change), East Renfrewshire Council.

13:30 Discussion

Scotland's Towns Partnership Update

13:45 Phil Prentice, Chief Officer, Scotland’s Towns Partnership

13:50 Any Other Competent Business

14:00 Close of Meeting

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The Herald Property Awards for Scotland 2017
The Herald Property Awards for Scotland honours the achievements of Scotland’s most innovative and successful house builders, developers and registered social landlords.

Since their inception in 2007, the awards have gained the respect and support of the new build industry as a result of the thorough judging process, and the high calibre awards evening which celebrates the winners and nominees in a range of categories.

As publisher of Scotland’s most comprehensive property guide, Scotland’s Homes, The Herald has a unique understanding of the new build market and there is a wide range of categories to ensure that all styles of properties and developments are recognised, from bespoke luxury homes to innovative social housing developments, from practical family homes to sympathetic renovations.

The award for Best Regeneration Project will be sponsored by Scotland’s Towns Partnership. On the launch of the HPAs 2017,  Phil Prentice, STP Chief Officer, said: “Scotland is a nation of towns and our future social and economic success will depend heavily on how we invest, nurture, innovate, support, repurpose and regenerate our towns. Scotland’s Towns Partnership is pleased to be working with The Herald again in 2017 to showcase the best regeneration projects taking place across the country.”

“There is so much regeneration progress being made across Scotland's towns and cities. Places like Inverness, Paisley and Dundee are reinventing their role and function using creativity, digital, life science’s and energy as new 21st century drivers. This event highlights the best of these regeneration projects and encourages others to follow suit.”

Deadline for entries is Thursday, June 1, 2017.

For more information on how to enter the 2017 awards please contact Claire Hunter on 0141 302 7319 or email [email protected]

This years black tie awards evening, bringing together figures from across the house building and development industry will take place on Thursday, September 21, 2017 at the DoubleTree by Hilton, Glasgow.

@HeraldEvents  #propertyawards

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Patrick Geddes Learning Festival

Following on from the success of the 2016 PAS conference; “Outlook: Exploring Geddes in the 21st Century” and in light of growing international interest in the work of Sir Patrick Geddes, PAS will host a follow-on conference this September. The “Patrick Geddes Learning Festival” will take place on 28 – 29 September 2017 in Edinburgh.

PAS is excited to say that we are working in partnership with the Patrick Geddes Learning Centre for the two-day conference. The Patrick Geddes Learning Festival will be held in the newly refurbished Riddles Court, just off the Royal Mile – a historic building with strong Geddes.

A number of speakers will offer an international perspective on Geddes’ work, including Keijiro Suzuki from Japan and Lord Charles Bruce who will be able to talk about Patrick Geddes’ relationship with Rabindranath Tagore and his influence in India.

Students from Galashiels Academy who are working with us on a four-year project will also reflect on their aspirations for their place and the new Place Standard digital app as a means of engaging more people in their local environment.

To view the full programme for the Patrick Geddes Learning Festival, please click here.

For further information, please contact Laura MacDonald on email [email protected] or by phone 0131 220 9730.

This event has been kindly sponsored by Ballie Gifford and Architecture & Design Scotland and and is in partnership with the Patrick Geddes Centre.

To book for this event, visit the EventBrite page here.

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RTPI Scotland Annual Conference

The New Agenda: Planners as Visionaries, Facilitators and Enablers

The planning system in Scotland is undergoing a significant review and a Planning Bill is scheduled to be published before the end of the year.  At the same time UN Habitat III in Quito has published the new urban agenda which outlines how planners and planning have a vital role in improving the quality of life for people by creating inclusive, successful and sustainable places.

The conference will look at the key issues we face in Scotland to develop an agenda for change. It will hear about opportunities, challenges faced and the new thinking and doing required from inspirational and forward thinking people.  Conference delegates will have the opportunity to discuss these with others and help develop and agree the way forward.

 

Programme

9.30     Registration

10.00   Introduction and Welcome - Stefano Smith MRTPI, Convenor, RTPI Scotland

10.05   The New Urban Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals - An Opportunity for Planning? - Emeritus Professor Cliff Hague FRTPI OBE, Chair, The Cockburn Society

10.30    How Do We Plan for Inclusive Growth?

  • Oonagh Gil MRTPI, Head of Enterprise and Cities, Scottish Government
  • Lesley Martin MRTPI, Lead Member, RSA Building Inclusive Growth Network in Scotland
  • Jennifer Wallace, Head of Policy, Carnegie UK Trus

 Q+A and discussion to identify priority actions

11.45   Tea/ coffee

12.00   How do we plan for Social Justice?

  • Sarah Boyack, Head of Public Affairs, Scottish Federation of Housing Associations
  • Andy Milne, Chief Executive, SURF
  • and other TBC

Q+A and discussion to identify priority actions

 13.15   Lunch

 14.00   How do we plan for Environmental Sustainability?

  • Anne McCall MRTPI, Director, RSPB Scotland
  • Martin Valenti, Head of Strategic Initiatives, SEPA
  • Gordon Watson MRTPI, Chief Executive,  Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park Authority

 Q+A and discussion to identify priority actions

15.15   Tea/ coffee

15.40   The Way Forward for Planning: Creating Certainty in an Uncertain World - Professor Janice Morphet FRTPI, the Bartlett School of Planning

16.05   Ministerial Address - Kevin Stewart MSP, Minister for Local Government and Housing

16.30   Closing comments

Booking

You can book places here

 

RTPI Members £125 + VAT

Non Members £150 + VAT

A limited number of places are available for students and unemployed members for £30 + VAT.

Source: RTPI Scotland

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Housekeeping Scotland Convention: A vision for homes, communities & places

Houses are not just walls with price tags. Houses are homes, which are the centre of communities, and it is communities which form places. Event organised by Common Weal.

Eventbrite booking page here

The Housekeeping Scotland Convention is the start of a long term Common Weal project aiming to build a genuinely transformative agenda for housing in Scotland that re-establishes homes as the beating heart of communities and places, not as financial assets for speculative gains.

This project therefore seeks to address the two facets of the housing crisis, equally pervasive: an economic one, with sky-high rents and ever-rising inequality between those with property and those without, and an alienation one, with new housing built without community in mind and the forces of gentrification and under-investment displacing and undermining communities within our built environment.

This twin crisis fused together in the tragedy of Grenfell tower, which if it does not act as a spur to fundamentally change our approach to homes, communities and places nothing will.

The aim is to have good housing with the infrastructure and public amenities that make good communities – then we can give people great homes and great communities in which to make a home.

Speakers confirmed:

Professor Richard Murphy is a UK chartered accountant and political economist. Richard was appointed as Professor of Practice in International Political Economy at City University in September 2015 where his academic research focuses on tax, tax gaps and tax abuse. He also directs Tax Research UK and writes, broadcasts and blogs extensively, the latter at http://www.taxresearch.org.uk/Blog/.

Robin McAlpine is Director of Common Weal, columnist at CommonSpace and author of Determination: How Scotland can become independent by 2021.

Malcolm Fraser is an award winning architect based in Edinburgh. He led and authored the Scottish Government's Town Centre Review in 2013. Fraser sits on the board of Common Weal and was spokesperson for Architects for Yes during the referendum campaign. Malcolm is author of Housekeeping Scotland: a new agenda for housing in Scotland, published by Common Weal last year.

Sarah Glynn is an academic and architect. She has been a Lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Edinburgh and a Teaching Fellow in Geography at St Andrews. She is author of Where the Other Half Lives: lower income housing in a neoliberal world, published by Pluto Press in 2009. Sarah also published Housing for a Better Nation in 2014, a Common Weal paper on a new vision for housing in Scotland.

Neil Sutherland is an Architect, Business Owner and Managing Director of MAKAR. MAKAR has pioneered a response to local renewable and often marginalised resources – timber and people - into a high skilled, high wage organisation delivering around 20 houses across Scotland per annum. MAKAR has evolved an 'engineered construction approach' which integrates design, manufacture and delivery, and delivers some of the highest energy performance housing in the country from non toxic and local resources.

Professor David Adams is the Ian Mactaggart chair of Property & Urban Studies at the University of Glasgow. He is one of Scotland's new Land Commissioners as part of the Scottish Land Commission established by the Scottish Government last year to make recommendations to the Scottish Government on land reform. His research interests focus on planning and land policy, real estate developers, speculative housebuilders, brownfield redevelopment and place quality.

Clare Symonds is the founder and Chair of Planning Democracy, which campaigns for a fair and inclusive Planning system in Scotland. Clare has been recognised in the Scottish Sustainable Development Forum’s Green List for her work to improve community engagement in Scottish planning. Clare has worked on community empowerment issues in both local government and the voluntary sector strengthening her belief that a robust, democratic planning system is crucial for shaping fairer and more sustainable places.

Kirsten Carter McKee is an architectural historian and cultural landscape specialist, lecturing at the University of Edinburgh.

Andy Wightman is Scottish Greens MSP for the Lothians and spokesperson on Local Government. Andy is a researcher and activist who is widely known for his work on land issues, and is the author of 'The Poor Has No Lawyers: Who Owns Scotland and How they Got it'.

Najimee Parveen has been Director of Positive Action Training in Housing (PATH) Scotland since 1999, a charity set up to provide training and work experience in housing-related fields of employment to people from ethnic minorities who are under-represented in the housing sector. Prior to this work Najimee has been policy and campaigns officer for the Commission for Racial Equality in Scotland and worked on a number of campaigns including “Lets Kick Racism Out of Football” and the “Visible Womens’ Campaign” which was designed to challenge stereotypes and promote positive role models of Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) women.

Amanda Burgauer is chair and director of the Scottish Rural Parliament (Scottish Rural Action), which is independent of government and aims to be a powerful voice for the people of rural Scotland. Amanda was part of the Scottish Government's Planning Review Group which informed the upcoming Planning Bill.

Chris Cook is a senior research fellow at the institute for security & resilience studies at the University College London, where his research focuses on legal structures and financial instruments. Chris works mainly in Scotland with Nordic Enterprise Trust to develop new partnership based enterprise models and related financial products and services.

Susie Fitton is Policy Projects Officer for Independent Living in Scotland, which aims to grow and strengthen the Independent Living Movement in Scotland and to support disabled people to have their voices heard by policy and decision makers. ILIS recently published Our Place; Our Space - a report on disabled people's housing issues from the recent Disabled People's Summit in Scotland.

More Speakers and full convention timetable TBC.

The venue is wheelchair accessible. Please let us know any other arrangements which would improve access to the event. Click here for further information on accessibility.

Contact [email protected] for more information about the event.

Registration opens 10.30am (11am start).

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Density Well Done and Walkable Communities Masterclass

Join international planning expert, Brent Toderian for an in-depth masterclass covering the smart design of active communities where people can thrive. The session is organised by Paths for All.

Good quality walking environments are vital to encourage people to walk more in their daily lives. The smart design of our towns and cities including urban density has benefits for our social, mental and physical health as well as our environment and economy. Join this interactive masterclass to learn about and discuss the creation of crucial walkable communities with an international expert.

Event host: Craig McLaren, Director of the Royal Town Planning Institute Scotland

Craig McLaren will host this unique event bringing local perspectives to the topics of Density Done Well and Walkable Communities in Scotland.

Masterclass with Brent Toderian: Density Done Well and Walkable Communities

Internationally respected practitioner Brent Toderian is leading this interactive masterclass addressing the critical elements of doing density successfully, with a particular emphasis on multi-modal city-making and designing walkable communities at any scale.

Brent Toderian is an expert in advanced urbanism, city planning and urban design and a former Chief Planner for Vancouver, Canada. Read more about Brent Toderian online.

Planning for Healthier Places: Place Standard

At this session you'll hear how planners can use the award-winning Place Standard to systematically evaluate what a ‘good place’ means. The tool allows practitioners to consider the physical and social aspects of a place, with a focus on promoting positive health outcomes.

Who should attend?

  • Planners and architecture professionals working in urban planning, regeneration, housing or transport
  • Practitioners, academics and professionals working in health disciplines who need to understand critical planning decisions involved in creating environments for a healthy population
  • Those working to promote active and sustainable transport

Scottish charity Paths for All have partnered with Scotland's leading organisations in planning and urban design to organise this event. The partners are: Architecture and Design Scotland, NHS Health Scotland, Paths for All, RTPI Scotland, Scotland’s Towns Partnership, Scottish Government Planning and Transport Scotland.

Book online to attend Density Well Done and Walkable Communities.

Event Details

Date: 24 October 2017
Time: 10.00 – 16.30
Venue: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Edinburgh
Organiser: Paths for All
Price: £135
Booking: tickets can be purchased online
Event Partners: Architecture and Design Scotland, NHS Health Scotland, Paths for All, RTPI Scotland, Scotland’s Towns Partnership, Scottish Government Planning and Transport Scotland.

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A Celebration of Small and Rural Towns Reception

John Scott MSP and Scotland's Towns Partnership invite you to celebrate Small and Rural Towns at the Cross Party Group for Towns and Town Centre's evening reception at the Scottish Parliament.

Given the importance of towns to MSPs and their constituents, this is a significant event to connect and inform. Through speeches from the Minister for Housing and Local Government, and leaders in the towns’ field, get up to speed on towns becoming viable, vibrant, vital places. The event will also discuss the upcoming Scotland’s Towns Week (November 20-26)

Kindly supported by ABB and Abellio Scotland 

 

Draft Agenda

17:30 Guests Arrival

17:45 Guests Escorted to the Robert Burns Room

18:00 Networking and Small and Rural Towns Showcase

18:15 Welcome – John Scott MSP, Convener, Cross Party Group for Towns and Town Centres

18:20 Ministerial Address – Kevin Stewart MSP, Minister for Local Government and Housing

18:30 Lindley Kirkpatrick, Borders Railway Programme Executive, ScotRail

18:40 Professor Leigh Sparks, Deputy Principal and Professor of Retail Studies at the Institute for Retail Studies, University of Stirling and Chair, Scotland’s Towns Partnership

1850   Professor Sparks introduces Scotland’s Towns Week

            [Group Photo]

19:00  Networking and Small and Rural Towns Showcase

20:00 Close

Refreshments provided 

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Planning in Scotland: Delivering a 360 Degree Planning System

Organised by MacKay Hannah.

This conference discusses the Scottish Government's plans to legislate to develop a Scottish planning system which is more strategic and enabling, better networked into other policy areas, rooted in consensual and engaged development planning and more collaborative in its structure, working and funding both internally and externally. In other words, how do we achieve the 360˚ Planning System Scotland needs?

Some of the conference themes to be explored include:

  • Purpose and Practice in Planning
  • Understanding the White Paper
  • Process and delivery - what works?
  • Getting system scale - balancing big-enough-to-matter with small enough for hands-on
  • Achieving the delicate balance of working protectively and proactively
  • Planning and its relationship with other policy areas
  • Planning structures, agencies and powers
  • Aggregating investment and structures 

View agenda, speakers and more information at the MacKay Hannah website. 

 

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Scottish Empty Homes Conference 2017

The annual Scottish Empty Homes Conference is invaluable for Empty Home Practitioners, Elected Members, Housing Development Staff, Community Groups and others with an interest in private sector empty homes work.

Book your place

The morning keynote address will be from Kevin Stewart MSP, Minister for Local Government and Housing.

Workshops will include:

  • Annie Flint from Under One Roof - common repairs  
  • Rural & Island Housing Fund - successful application
  • Empty Homes Loan Fund - best practice  
  • Ian Cook from DTAS - development trusts and empty homes

More information on the agenda and speakers will be available shortly.  If you have any questions regarding the conference or sponsorship please email: [email protected] or call 0344 515 2470.

Howdens’ Scottish Empty Homes Champion of the Year Awards

The Howdens’ Scottish Empty Homes Champion of the Year Awards are intended to provide a method for showcasing exemplary contributions to the field of private sector empty homes work in Scotland.

The awards are open to practitioners, campaigners, community groups and elected members who raise the profile of private sector empty homes issues in Scotland. Self-nomination is encouraged! Closing date for entries is midnight on 6th October 2017.

Find out more about the awards

Source: Shelter Scotland

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Scotland's Towns Week 2017

This year Scotland's Towns Week runs from 20 - 26 November, with Scotland's Towns Conference taking place on Tuesday 21 November. 

Scotland's Towns Week is an opportunity to collaborate, share best practice, interests and opportunities and ultimately to bring life, vitality and vibrancy back into our town centres. 

See below for what's happening in Scotland's Towns Week, and find ways to get involved. You can also visit the STW web page for more information. 

 

Whats going on in Scotland's Towns Week 2017

Watch out for special announcements on our website and social media accounts this week, where we’ll be featuring what our partners are doing to support and promote towns. 

Scotland's Towns Week is also supported by Abellio Scotrail, who focus on connecting Scotland's Towns. 

In addition, the following key events are happening during and shortly after Scotland’s Towns Week:

 

Ways to get involved in Scotland's Towns Week:

There are lots of ways you can celebrate and support your town during Scotland’s Towns Week!

→ Share photos of your town and tell us what makes it unique. Take part in the conversation on Twitter at @ScotlandsTowns, #LoveMyTown and #ScotlandsTowns, or our Facebook page here

→ Download and display our "Keep it Local" poster. Download here

→ Tell us about and share any events or initiatives happening in your town during 20 - 26 November. Contact us, and see what's on. 

→ Vote for your favourite innovative idea in the FutureTown Design Competition.

→ Get inspired by best practice examples, case studiestoolkits and towns news. Need some funding support? Check out the funding pages.

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Scotland's Towns Conference 2017

Creating the Future History of Scotland's Towns: The Key to Social, Cultural and Economic Wellbeing

A Scotland’s Towns Partnership production, in partnership with Renfrewshire Council and Paisley 2021

The conference is now full. Please contact Alison if you wish to be placed on the waiting list. 

 

 

For full information, programme and speakers, please visit the Scotland's Towns Conference 2017 web page

If you have any queries or would like to enquire about commercial opportunities, please contact Alison Jones at [email protected]

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‘There goes the neighbourhood’ – Academy of Urbanism Neighbourhood Summit

As part of Scotland’s Towns Week, the Academy and its partners are holding a one-and-a-half day event focusing on changing neighbourhoods, following the success of the 2016 event Streets Beyond – Beyond Streets.

Drawing from national and international examples, including contributions from some of the Academy’s Great Neighbourhood Award finalists, the aim is to explore the physical, social and economic attributes that make for successful neighbourhoods. Using lessons from ‘established’ exemplars, we aim to identify factors that can help regenerate existing neighbourhoods and making new neighbourhoods and estates more ‘liveable’.

At this stage our partners and sponsors include University of DundeeThe Scottish Governmentthe Carnegie TrustSustransScotland’s Towns PartnershipCECHR, RTPI Scotland, Architecture Design Scotland and Kevin Murray Associates

 

Programme

  Day One – 22 November 2017
Study trip to Broughty Ferry
AoU Neighbourhood Finalist
13.30 Assemble at Broughty Ferry Library to register (make your own way)
14.00 Welcome and Presentation
Willie Watt
Nicoll Russell Architects and Chair, Broughty in Bloom
14.30 Visit to Broughty Ferry
Tour with local group
17.00-18.00 Visit to Dundee Waterfront – optional
  Day Two – 23 November 2017
There Goes the Neighbourhood
1st AoU Neighbourhood Summit

Venue: West Park, 319 Perth Road, Dundee , DD2 1NN
08.45 Registration and Coffee
09.30 Introduction and Welcome
John Rowan, Kevin Murray AoU and Dr Husam AlWaer AoU
09.45 What Are Exemplar Neighbourhoods? Can They be Created?
Richard Guise AoU, Lead Neighbourhood Assessor
Director, Context 4d
10.00 Turning Twechar Around
Val Leslie, Places for People
10.20 Connecting and Reinforcing Neighbourhoods
Chris Breslin, Scottish Canals
10.40 Discussion
11.00 Break and Networking Discussions
11.30 The Challenge of Creating New Communities
David Rudlin AoU, Chair, The Academy of Urbanism
11.45 Lessons from existing communities lightning talks

Broughty Ferry: Jan McTaggart, Broughty Ferry Traders Association
Glasgow West End: Ann Laird, Friends of Glasgow West
Irvine Harbourside: George Hunter, North Ayrshire Council
Stockbridge, Edinburgh: Will Garrett, Edinburgh City Council (tbc)
North Berwick, East Lothian: Hilary Smith, Chair, North Berwick Coastal Area Partnership

12.30 Group Discussion
13.00 Lunch
13.45 Town Centre Living in Scotland – Lessons from Arbroath
Diarmaid Lawlor AoU, Kirsty Macari AoU
14.05 Five immersive inquiry discussions, with different lead themes on lessons for new communities and regenerating neighbourhoods

(1) Mix of housing, demography, including co-housing

(2) Role of schools, health facilities and catchments

(3) Local institutions, partnerships, societies, events

(4) Heritage, identity, conservation and environment

(5) Community empowerment mechanisms – legal, financial, land, buildings

15.30 Afternoon Tea / Coffee Break
15.50 Feedback Presentations
16.15 International Keynote Speaker
Participatory Communities

Rob St Mary, Patronicity, Detroit, USA
16.40 Discussion and Close – Headline Takeaway Points
17.00-18.30 Drinks Reception

Tickets

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Numbers for this event are capped, so please register early to avoid disappointment.

Cost
The fee includes conference attendance, printed materials, refreshments and lunch and a final drinks reception.

General ticket: £60.00
Students and Young Urbanists: £30.00

Discounted fee available until 7th November 2017. Group Discounts are available on request. Please contact [email protected] for more information.


Discounted Flights between London Stansted and Dundee

Loganair is offering an exclusive up to 30% discount to delegates travelling between London Stansted and Dundee for this conference. Please book at loganair.co.uk quoting promotional code, NSDND, for travel between 20 November 2017 and 26 November 2017. Please click here to book.

Accommodation
We are pleased through the Dundee and Angus Convention Bureau to be able to offer discounted local accommodation. Click here for more information.

For further information about travel and accommodation options, please visit Convention Dundee Angus or email Debbie at [email protected]

Tell your friends…
To make this our most successful event yet, please tell your friends and colleagues that you’ll be coming to summit by email, Twitter or Facebook.

 

For further information please visit our web

We very much look forward to seeing you in Dundee for what will be a very special event.

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Can Culture Save a City?

Event by the University of the West of Scotland, in association with the Institute of Ideas 

Cultural Policy now plays a major part in how our cities seek to reinvent themselves, and cities like Paisley are competing to be named UK City of Culture. But is culture really the key to regeneration?

Speakers:

Pauline Hadaway writer and researcher; author, Re-imagining Titanic, re-imaging Belfast and Policing the Public Gaze

Christine Hamilton consultant, cultural policy; author, Where are the women?; former director of planning and development, Scottish Arts Council

Professor Katarzyna Kosmala chair in media, culture and visual arts, University of the West of Scotland; co-editor, Precarious Spaces: The Arts, Social and Organizational Change

Gayle McPherson professor of events and cultural policy, University of the West of Scotland

Chair:

Alastair Donald associate director, Institute of Ideas; co-director, Future Cities Project

The event is free, however please pre-book using the eventbrite link below:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/can-culture-save-the-city-tickets-39648023305 

For Further details please contact [email protected] or [email protected]

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Why We Need Can Do Places & Spaces

Event by Can Do Places

Why do we need them and what impact will they have on our local economy and communities?

This short workshop is a chance to hear more and understand the Can Do Places and Spaces programme and how community groups, by converting redundant buildings can create a sustainable income for their trust or group, help create new businesses and ensure the local economy is strengthened.

This is a unique opportunity to hear and see what is being achieved in Crieff and how it can be applied in other areas.

Please join us for tea or coffee from 10am with the workshop starting at 10.30am sharp. The workshop will run until 12.30pm and is followed by a light lunch.

Places are strictly limited (attendance is FOC)

Eventbrite Booking Page

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Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday UK is a grassroots, non-commercial campaign, which highlights small business success and encourages consumers to ‘shop local’ and support small businesses in their communities.

The day itself takes place on the first Saturday in December each year, but the campaign aims to have a lasting impact on small businesses. In 2017 Small Business Saturday will take place on Saturday, December 2nd.

We want all kinds of small businesses to get involved, so know that whether you are a family business, local shop, online business, wholesaler, business service or small manufacturer, Small Business Saturday is supporting you! For all the ways you can get involved, check out the links below.

Want to support your local small businesses as a local authority? Show your support for Small Business Saturday and encourage others to get involved! For all the ways you can get involved, check out the links below:

Are you a trade body, membership organisation, BID or local business network? Show your support for Small Business Saturday and encourage others to get involved! For all the ways you can get involved, check out the links below:

Read more here. 

 

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Launch of Shaping Better Places Together – 25th Jan

During 2017 a specialist team from the University of Dundee, Eclipse Research and Kevin Murray Associates, supported by the Scottish Government,  undertook ground-breaking research into ‘the facilitation of participatory placemaking‘.

The publication of the resulting report – ‘‘Shaping better places together” – marks what they believe is a first attempt to investigate the role and significance of facilitators in participatory community design processes. The topic is highly relevant, given the increasing application of participatory and community design events in Scotland, along with the use of engagement tools such as the Place Standard Tool.

This research provides an important scoping of the many components and steps involved. Its findings will aid understanding and ultimately enhance the output performance of community charrettes and similar participatory design processes.

The research should give confidence to professional facilitators, local authorities, local communities and the development industry active in collaborative processes, underpinning the investment in skills and expertise of appropriate facilitators.

Event Details

This Launch event, between 10.30 and 1pm at The Lighthouse, will explore the key findings, and stimulate a panel and audience discussion around the lessons from this practice-based research. 

This promises to be an excellent insightful session for  a wide range of placemaking practitioners and community client-advocates.

Booking

If you are interested in attending this Launch event please register by contacting Mr Hugh Gunn ([email protected]). Places are free but limited, so registration is required by the 15th of Jan

Please note this is not an STP event, please contact the event organisers directly with any queries

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Maximising Tourism Opportunities in Towns [STP Member RSVP]

Learn how to maximise the opportunities from tourism in your town at this interactive workshop with VisitScotland and Scotland’s Towns Partnership. The event is free for STP members – join today!

Hear from VisitScotland experts in marketing, events and inclusive tourism, and receive information about support and funding available from the national tourism agency. You will also hear case studies from the VisitScotland Growth Fund and discuss opportunities to attract the local community and visitors from outwith the region to your town centres and its businesses.

The event will take place at Murrayfield, Edinburgh from 1.45pm on 7th February 2018. 

Free to STP Members | £50 + VAT to Non-Members 

Please note that booking for this event is now closed. To be added to the waiting list, please contact Alison [email protected]

 

Speakers:

Annique Armstrong, Regional Director, VisitScotland and STP Board Member

Susan Robertson – Senior Growth Fund Manager, VisitScotland

Torquil Macleod - Development Manager, VisitScotland

Marina Di Duca – External Communications Manager, VisitScotland

 

Presentations: 

Marketing & Growth

Susan Robertson – Senior Growth Fund Manager

VisitScotland Growth Fund: Make your marketing budget go further

Do you have a marketing plan or an idea for a marketing campaign to attract more visitors into your town?  VisitScotland’s Growth Fund supports collaborative tourism marketing projects which focus on growth in the tourism sector and ensure that visitors experience the true Spirit of Scotland. It helps groups to build their digital capability, market and measure outputs and success more effectively.  

Events

Torquil Macleod - Development Manager

Events are a major contributor to the Scottish economy locally and internationally.  Do you have an event which you would like to grow or an idea for a future event?  Find out what resources and advice are available to help with securing, staging and benefiting from events.  Maximise the opportunities of Scotland’s Themed Years  - 2018 Year of Young People, 2020 Year of Scotland’s Coasts and Waters and 2022 Year of Scotland’s Stories

Inclusive Tourism

Marina Di Duca – External Communications Manager

Find out more about inclusive or accessible tourism.  Businesses who cater for this market are experiencing higher occupancy rates and benefit from a loyal customer base who keep returning and recommending them to friends and family.  It’s not just disabled visitors who benefit; it’s families, older people, almost all your visitors in one way or another.   Find out how to better promote and provide both quality customer service and access for the inclusive tourism market.  Often small changes at little or no cost can have the biggest impact.

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Maximising Tourism Opportunities in Towns [Non-Member Ticket Booking]

Learn how to maximise the opportunities from tourism in your town at this interactive workshop with VisitScotland and Scotland’s Towns Partnership. The event is free for STP members – join today!

Hear from VisitScotland experts in marketing, events and inclusive tourism, and receive information about support and funding available from the national tourism agency. You will also hear case studies from the VisitScotland Growth Fund and discuss opportunities to attract the local community and visitors from outwith the region to your town centres and its businesses.

The event will take place at Murrayfield, Edinburgh from 1.45pm on 7th February 2018. Please see below for information about speaker presentations.

Free to STP Members | £50 + VAT to Non-Members 

Please note that booking for this event is now closed. Please contact Alison [email protected]

 

Speakers:

Annique Armstrong, Regional Director, VisitScotland and STP Board Member

Susan Robertson – Senior Growth Fund Manager, VisitScotland

Torquil Macleod - Development Manager, VisitScotland

Marina Di Duca – External Communications Manager, VisitScotland

 

Presentations:

Marketing & Growth

Susan Robertson – Senior Growth Fund Manager

VisitScotland Growth Fund: Make your marketing budget go further

Do you have a marketing plan or an idea for a marketing campaign to attract more visitors into your town?  VisitScotland’s Growth Fund supports collaborative tourism marketing projects which focus on growth in the tourism sector and ensure that visitors experience the true Spirit of Scotland. It helps groups to build their digital capability, market and measure outputs and success more effectively.  

Events

Torquil Macleod - Development Manager

Events are a major contributor to the Scottish economy locally and internationally.  Do you have an event which you would like to grow or an idea for a future event?  Find out what resources and advice are available to help with securing, staging and benefiting from events.  Maximise the opportunities of Scotland’s Themed Years  - 2018 Year of Young People, 2020 Year of Scotland’s Coasts and Waters and 2022 Year of Scotland’s Stories

Inclusive Tourism

Marina Di Duca – External Communications Manager

Find out more about inclusive or accessible tourism.  Businesses who cater for this market are experiencing higher occupancy rates and benefit from a loyal customer base who keep returning and recommending them to friends and family.  It’s not just disabled visitors who benefit; it’s families, older people, almost all your visitors in one way or another.   Find out how to better promote and provide both quality customer service and access for the inclusive tourism market.  Often small changes at little or no cost can have the biggest impact.

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Scottish Tourism Month and STA Signature Conference 2018

Produced by the Scottish Tourism Alliance 

Tourism Month has grown from the traditional, annual Scottish Tourism Week which takes place in March and in 2018 for the first time ever, Scotland’s tourism industry will connect throughout a month length series of industry events taking place across Scotland.

The aim of the event is to engage, connect and inspire all of Scotland’s tourism businesses and organisations, and of course to celebrate the enormous contribution of our tourism industry to Scotland’s economy.

Tourism Month will kick off with the STA Signature Conference at the SEC in Glasgow on 1 March. On the afternoon and eve of the STA Signature Conference there will be Advisory Workshops and a Civic Reception for those who are in town. 

Over 25 sectoral, destination and business events such as the Scotland Food & Drink Annual Conference, The Thistle Awards and EventIt will take place all over Scotland throughout the month of March under the Scottish Tourism Month banner with a Parliamentary Reception hosted at Holyrood as one of the final events of the tourism month calendar.

Our mantra of ‘Tourism is everyone’s business’ is the driver behind the month long event and Tourism Month is your opportunity to get involved in these networking events and tourism conversations happening all over the country and to take inspiration and knowledge from some of the tourism world’s leading figures who will be joining us next March.

Whether you’re an individual, tourism business, public or private sector organisation, you’ll find a number of ways to get involved in this hugely important and inspirational nationwide event.

Read more: Scottish Tourism Month website

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Contemporary Approaches to Sustainability in European Cities

The Academy of Urbanism and University of Dundee are delighted to convene a special event to consider the application of contemporary strategies to make medium-sized cities more sustainable in environmental, socio-economic and cultural terms.

We have invited senior speakers from leading AoU European City Finalists, including Bilbao, Copenhagen, Freiburg and Ljubljana together with additional input from Scottish and UK specialists.

Event Format

13.15 Registration and Networking
14.00 Welcome + Introduction
14.10 AoU City Assessments David Rudlin AoU and Kerri Farnsworth AoU
14.25 International seminar with talks by

Bilbao – Asier Abaunza Robles, Councillor, Bilbao City Council
Copenhagen – Tina Saaby, City architect of Copenhagen
Ljubljana – Liljana Jankovic Grobelsek, Head of the Planning Office, City Municipality of Ljubljana
Freiburg – Wulf Daseking, Former Head of Urban Planning, City of Freiburg
Scotland – Ian Gilzean, Chief Architect, Scottish Government

16.20 Q & A
17.00 Reception
18.00 Close

Copenhagen

Ljubljana

This promises to be a hugely insightful event for a wide range of policymakers, urbanists, planners, designers, researchers and students.

Places are free but will be limited, so registration is required by the 22 February.

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Supported by

Thanks to our sponsors: Erasmus Funds, the Scottish Government, Scottish Towns Partnership and RTPI Scotland, and to our supporters CECHR, RTPI Scotland (East Chapter) and Kevin Murray Associates.

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Community Heritage Scotland - Going Forward

What is Community Heritage in Scotland?

Do you belong to a group or organisation that connects heritage with people - independent museums, historical societies, development or buildings trusts, community archaeology groups, clan societies etc? Or you may be an individual working on your own project.

At the moment, there is no clear picture of who is doing what and where, in Scotland. Finding this out will be the first step. One outcome of this project may be to create the first community heritage network for Scotland.

Community Heritage Scotland - Going Forward is a discussion day for people involved with heritage in their communities. We will debate core questions such as how you define community heritage, discuss how to encourage new and diverse audiences and look at how a potential network would be best delivered.

The day will involve a series of informal discussions, workshop sessions and plenty of cakes and biscuits.

We* want to help bring about positive change for community and voluntary organisations involved with heritage in Scotland. To help better understand how community heritage groups currently operate and how we might best meet their future needs, please take part in our survey: http://bit.ly/communityheritage

This event is free, and you can book your place here.


*We are a group of people and organisations connected in various ways to heritage in communities. Our initial steering group: Representatives from four community heritage organizations; Historic Environment ScotlandMuseums Galleries ScotlandSt Andrews University; Archaeology ScotlandAssociation for Independent Museums.

The project is being run by a combined team from Ergadia Museums & Heritage and Northlight Heritage, all specialists in community heritage projects.

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Landownership: Opportunities and Challenges for Urban Communities

By Community Land Scotland - Community landownership has been transformative for many rural communities in Scotland. Can it have the same impact in Scotland’s towns and cities? Come along to this event to find out about the results of our research into urban community landownership, hear inspiring case studies and take part in a discussion about the future of urban community landownership.

Tue 6 March 2018, 12:00 – 16:00, Barmulloch Residents Centre, 54 Quarrywood Road, Glasgow

Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

REGISTER YOUR PLACE NOW ON EVENTBRITE 

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Pass it on Week: 10-18 March 2018

The 4th year of Pass it on week will be running from 10-18 March 2018. The week is all about re-use, so passing things on, upcycling, swapping, repairing – anything to #MakeThingsLast.

Pass it on Week is Scotland's annual celebration of re-use - join in and get swapping, donating, sharing and repairing to help make things last!
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Recycle for Scotland are calling on community groups, charities, local authorities, businesses, schools, colleges, universities and individuals to get involved and run some kind of re-use activity to get people passing on stuff they no longer use, so it can have a new life with someone else. 
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Whether it's holding a clothes swap, running an upcycling workshop, holding a donation drive or putting on a repair cafe - anything that helps people to keep stuff in use for longer!
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For more information see the official web page for Pass it on Week. 
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Scottish Young Planners' Conference 2018

By RTPI Scotland - The planning profession is about to undergo fundamental changes as a result of the planning review and Planning Bill, once enacted, with implications for the way planners and planning authorities work in the future.  It is becoming all the more important that we are clear about how to plan and what we plan for. But how do we do this? How do we best meet the challenges that will need to be faced and make the most of the opportunities that will arise?

The SYPN 2018 annual conference will look at the potential transformation to the planning system of making better use of technological advances and new approaches to construction and design. It will include case studies of how new ways of working and thinking can help more joined up and productive working across sectors, disciplines and professions.  The event will allow delegates to contribute to the debate and put forward their views on the change we need.

View the programme.

There are 10 discounted places available for Student/Unemployed members of the RTPI. These will be sold on a first come first served basis.

If you are having difficulties booking, please contact us on 0131 228 9628 or email [email protected]

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Cross Party Group on Towns Meeting - Young People and Towns

Join STP and town stakeholders for the next meeting of the Cross Party Group on Towns and Town Centres.

As the Year of Young People begins, the meeting topic will be on 'Young People and Towns', focusing on the contribution young people make to towns, and how greater opportunities for young people can be supported and created. 

If you wish to attend, please reserve your place below.

For any queries, please contact Alison Jones, [email protected] 

You can access past minutes and reports from the CPG Towns here

 

Agenda 

12:30 – 14:00, Wednesday, 14th March 2018
Committee Room 2, Scottish Parliament

Refreshments kindly supported by Global Treasure Apps

12:15              Meet in Parliament reception area

12:30              Light refreshments

12:45              Welcome and Opening Remarks – John Scott MSP, Convener

12:50              Minutes of the Meeting of the Cross Party Group held 6th December. Matters Arising from the Minutes

 

Young People and Towns

13:00              Introduction - Phil Prentice, Chief Officer, Scotland’s Towns Partnership

13:05              Chelsea Stinson, Children’s Voices Programme Manager, Children’s Parliament

13:15              Young People Treasuring Regeneration

                       Frances O’Neill, Producer, Global Treasure Apps     

13:25              Geoff Leask, Chief Executive, Young Enterprise Scotland

13:35              David McAllister, Communications Manager, PAS

13:45              Discussion

13:55              Any Other Competent Business

14:00              Close of Meeting 

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BEFS Conference 2018 - Historic Environment Scotland Policy Statement Conference

Book now for BEFS conference 2018!

Historic Environment Scotland is undertaking a review of the Historic Environment Scotland Policy Statement this year and this is an opportunity to influence what direction it may take and potentially shape the future content of Scottish Planning Policy.

The conference will bring together the sector for an intensive workshop looking at creative and pragmatic approaches to caring for Scotland’s historic environment.

Further information and a programme to come soon!

Booking via Eventbrite

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Scotland Walking Summit 2018: steps to stronger towns and cities

Come and join Living Streets Scotland to hear how towns and cities across the country and beyond are creating world-class places for walking. 

Our summit will bring together decision-makers, business leaders, place-makers and campaigners to discuss how we can create world-class towns and cities for walking in Scotland. 

Walking towns and cities are economically stronger and resilient. Prioritising pedestrians over vehicles helps to reduce costly congestion and increase footfall encouraging business activity, whilst creating places to attract business and investment. 

This one-day summit will focus on the opportunities for towns and cities in Scotland to improve their competitiveness by prioritising walking.

Speakers include:

  • Riccardo Marini, Masterplanning and Urban Strategy Expert at Gehl Architects; Marini Urbanismo.
  • Professor Cathy Parker, Chair of the Institute of Place Management, Manchester Metropolitan University.
  • Tom Platt, Head of Policy & Communications, Living Streets.

The summit will also showcase walking towns and cities from the UK and beyond, and provide an opportunity to debate the priorities and challenges in prioritising walking in our towns and cities with Alastair Dalton, Transport Correspondent from The Scotsman, and city leaders.

Book your place now – or visit our website for more information including a provisional schedule.

Places are free, but limited.

 

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Improving Waste Management, A How-To Guide for Business Groups

An event by Zero Waste Scotland

If you’re involved in working with groups of businesses to develop and deliver projects to improve the local business environment, and your wider community, then this launch event is for you. That could include:

  • Business Improvement Districts (BIDs)
  • Local Chambers of Commerce
  • Traders Associations
  • Industrial Associations
  • Other local business groups

Zero Waste Scotland have developed a free How-To Guide for business groups, along with a suite of handy tools and templates, to help you work with your businesses to improve their waste management practices, and drive down their costs.

This launch event will introduce the new Guide, and how business groups of all sizes can use it to identify and implement waste reduction opportunities.

The morning will include a run-through of the guide and associated support tools, presentations from a range of key stakeholders, and case studies from business groups across the UK who have already had significant success in delivering waste management improvement projects.

Outline Agenda:

09:30 - Arrival tea and coffee

10:00 – Welcome and introductions

10:05 – Key Note Speech from Zero Waste Scotland

10:15 – Community Improvement Districts – the next generation BIDs, Phil Prentice of Scotland’s Towns Partnership

10:25 – Introducing the new guide

11:00 – Case Studies – hear from business groups across Scotland about their successful projects

12:00 – Networking lunch

To book your place for this free event, please register on the Eventbrite page here.

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STP Funding Workshop - Member RSVP

STP Funding Workshop: Where's the Money?

Scotland's Towns Partnership is bringing together funding experts and funding providers for another of our popular workshops to help you make the most of available funding opportunities for your town.

Don't miss this opportunity to connect with Funding Scotland, Scottish Local Authorities External Funding Group, and some of Scotland's major funders!

These partners are ambassadors for the regeneration of our places and want to support you in achieving your goals and projects. Our funding experts will provide you with top tips and advice regarding applications, and you will be able to ask them directly about any queries you might have.

Refreshments provided.

 

Please note this event is now at maximum capacity. To add yourself to our waiting list, please contact Alison Jones [email protected]

 

Agenda 

13:30​ Networking and Coffee

14:00  Welcome. Scotland’s Towns Partnership: Helping you to Help your Town

Phil Prentice, Chief Officer, Scotland’s Towns Partnership (Event Chair)

Funding – Where’s the Money?

14:10 Funding Scotland – Scotland’s free online search engine

Sandra Hogg, Funding Officer, Funding Scotland

14:30 Funding Success!

Ellen Archibald, Chair, Scottish Local Authority External Funding Officers Group and Development Officer, North Lanarkshire Council  

14:50 Q & A with Sandra and Ellen

15:00  Coffee

Drop-in Funding Surgery Sessions

15:20 Quick Pitch from all funders

15:30  Drop in Surgery Sessions (Finish – 16:30)

  • Big Lottery Fund – No representative. Information supplied.
  • Foundation Scotland – Sian Langdon, Philanthropy Adviser
  • Funding Scotland – Sandra Hogg, Funding Officer
  • Heritage Lottery Fund – Diane Gray, Development Manager
  • The Robertson Trust – Stewart Macgregor, Funding Manager
  • Scottish Local Authority External Funding Officers Group – Ellen Archibald, Chair
  • Sustrans Scotland – Matt MacDonald, Head of Project Delivery, Infrastructure
  • Zero Waste Scotland – Rob Snaith, Adviser, Resource Efficient Scotland Team
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STP Funding Workshop - Non-Member Ticket

STP Funding Workshop: Where’s the Money?

Scotland's Towns Partnership is bringing together funding experts and funding providers for another of our popular workshops to help you make the most of available funding opportunities for your town. 

Don't miss this opportunity to connect with Funding Scotland, Scottish Local Authorities External Funding Group, and some of Scotland's major funders!

These partners are ambassadors for the regeneration of our places and want to support you in achieving your goals and projects. Our funding experts will provide you with top tips and advice regarding applications, and you will be able to ask them directly about any queries you might have.

Refreshments provided.

Please note this event is now at maximum capacity. To add yourself to our waiting list, please contact Alison Jones [email protected]

 

Draft Agenda 

13:30​ Networking and Coffee

Welcome – Scotland’s Towns Partnership – Helping you to Help your Town

14:00 Phil Prentice, Chief Officer, Scotland’s Towns Partnership (Event Chair)

Funding – Where’s the money?

14:10 Funding Scotland – Scotland’s free online search engine

Sandra Hogg, Funding Officer, Funding Scotland

14:30 Funding Success!

Ellen Archibald, Chair, Scottish Local Authority External Funding Officers Group and Development Officer, North Lanarkshire Council  

14:50 Q & A with Sandra and Ellen

15:00  Top up with Coffee and Biscuits

Funding Surgery Sessions

15:20 Quick Pitch from all funders at the start of the session

15:30  Drop in Surgery Sessions

  • Big Lottery Fund – Information supplied.
  • Foundation Scotland – to be announced
  • Funding Scotland – Sandra Hogg
  • Heritage Lottery Fund – To be announced
  • The Robertson Trust – to be announced
  • Scottish Local Authority External Funding Officers Group – Ellen Archibald
  • Sustrans Scotland – Matt MacDonald
  • Zero Waste Scotland – Rob Snaith

16:30 Close

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CDAS Conference 2018: Development, Democracy and Dark Matter

Dark matter is everywhere, it’s completely invisible, it binds things together and it can change the appearance of a space - sound familiar!! We can’t often see what it is that creates and sustains healthy, resilient, caring, communities but we know that it is there and would argue that it can be generated by community development. 

So what other elements and forces in the surrounding universe are helping or hindering successful community development?  The annual Community Development Alliance Scotland Conference this year will focus on just that.  

To boldly go- A day to reflect and speculate on the creative potential energy released by the Community Empowerment Act in local communities across Scotland; and space to look ahead at what broader participative democracy horizons might be explored via the Local Governance review.

Programme outline - Morning

Key note speaker - Sylvia Douglas, Founding Director of MsMissMrs CIC
 
Sylvia set up the social enterprise in 2013 for all women to address self-esteem issues which suffer as a result of a difficult life journey. The Get SET Programme was written by Sylvia after her own experience growing up in care and all that followed. Her own recovery inspired her to write the ASDAN Accredited programme which has helped over 200 women to date. Difficult topics about who we are and how to relate to the world are nicely balanced with the quirky Empowerment Pants that fund the project! Not only does Sylvia work with women and sell her pants but she trains other organisations to deliver the programme to young women & girls.

Open Space time - covering topics of:

  1. Participation Requests
  2. Asset transfer
  3. Community growing
  4. Local community planning

Programme outline – Afternoon

Key note speaker - Alasdair McKinlay, Head of Community Planning and Empowerment Unit in the Scottish Government's Local Government and Communities Directorate.  

RoundTable discussions -     The future of local democracy in Scotland



Book your place now

Cost:  £50, including light lunch and refreshments (Free to community groups with income of less than £50,000 per year, but booking is essential
 

For queries, please contact [email protected].

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Keeping Church Buildings Alive - Workshop

By Built Environment Forum Scotland, Scotland's Churches Trust & Scottish Redundant Churches Trust.

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Are you responsible for managing a church, or thinking about taking on the management of a former church? If yes, this event will be of particular interest to you.The workshop will provide practical learning opportunities, allow groups to access expert advice and meet people from similar projects, all with a focus on maintaining the local church buildings at the heart of our communities.

 

Speakers and topics confirmed include:

- Historic Churches – new 21st century partnerships
Raymond Young, Chair of the General Trustees, Church of Scotland

- Community Engagement, Digital learning and interpretation
Dorothy Hoskins, Historic Environment Scotland

- Unexpected Benefits: using activities to engage and sustain
Victoria Collison Owen, Scottish Redundant Churches Trust

- Consider your audiences
Paul Jardine, Jura Consultants

- Community Engagement: why and how
Tiva Montalbano, The Prince’s Foundation

- Generating New Income Streams to Develop a Sustainable Project
Rosie Fraser Associates

- Scotland's Churches Trust – Happy to help
Stuart Beattie

- Top Tips from a Funder on Getting Funded
Gordon Barr, Architectural Heritage Fund

 

The workshop is being organised in partnership by Built Environment Forum Scotland, Scottish Redundant Churches Trust, Scotland's Churches Trust and The Prince’s Foundation.

There are a limited number of travel bursaries available, please get in contact for further details.

To book, visit the EventBrite page here

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STP Workshop: Creating Health, Wealth and Happiness in Your Town [Member RSVP]

Architecture & Design Scotland, 9 Bakehouse Close, Edinburgh

With participation from: Scottish Government Planning & Architecture, RTPI Scotland, PAS, Scotland's Towns Partnership, Cycling Scotland, Living Streets Scotland, greenspace scotland, and Generations Working Together. 

Join Scotland’s Towns Partnership, the Scottish Government’s Principle Architect, and a wide range of placemaking experts on 25th April to discuss the importance of creating and promoting spaces for active and healthy communities; encouraging people to engage with the places they live in; and the potential for added-value for the local economy.    

Key features of this interactive learning workshop include:

  • Expert context speakers on national support and advice from PAS, Scotland’s Towns Partnership and RTPI Scotland.
  • Practical planning toolkit exercise by Sandy Robinson, Principal Architect at Scottish Government.
  • Town surgery sessions - seek out solutions and ideas for your town with Cycling Scotland, Living Streets Scotland, greenspace scotland and Generations Working Together. 
  • Exchange news and ideas with Scotland’s towns community of practitioners.

Attendance is free for STP members, and £50+VAT for non-members. Not a member? Join now and enjoy all-year-round access to free learning events; being part of a community of practitioners; and a range of toolkits and funding supports!  

 

This workshop is now at maximum capacity. If you wish to be placed on the waiting list, please contact Alison Jones

 

AGENDA*

13:30​   Coffee

14:00    Welcome: Scotland’s Towns Partnership

Phil Prentice, Chief Executive, Scotland’s Towns Partnership (Event Chair)

Phil will update on the work of STP and share the range of resources, supports and partners available to help your town.

14:05   Planning for Place

Kate Houghton, Policy and Practice Officer, RTPI Scotland

Discussing the importance of delivering the type of places in which people can thrive and planning’s proactive contribution to this.

14:20    People and Place: Encouraging People to Engage with the Places they Live In

David McAllister, Manager – Communications, PAS

PAS helps people to engage with the places they live in; providing impartial planning advice, training, education programmes, facilitation, community visioning and awareness-raising to ensure everyone has a voice in creating positive communities.

14:35   The Place Standard Tool – An Introduction and How-to Session

Sandy Robinson, Principal Architect at Planning & Architecture, Scottish Government

The Place Standard Tool is free to use and available on the Scotland’s Towns website. It was developed to help structure the necessary conversations between planners and communities to create places and spaces that promote good health and reduce health inequalities. John will give an introduction to the tool and carry out a practical exercise in how to use it.

14:55   Q & A

15:10    Coffee Top up

15:20   Quickfire Intros to our Surgery Experts

15:25    Surgery Sessions. Experts move on to next group every 15 minutes.

  • Cycling Scotland - Kath Brough, Behaviour Change Manager
  • Generations Working Together - Kate Samuels, Communications and Policy Assistant 
  • greenspace scotland - Ea O’Neill, Programme Manager
  • Living Streets Scotland - Penny Morriss, Project Coordinator (Communities)

16:30    Close

*May be subject to change.

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STP Workshop: Creating Health, Wealth and Happiness in Your Town [Non-Member Booking]

Architecture & Design Scotland, 9 Bakehouse Close, Edinburgh 

With participation from: Scottish Government Planning & Architecture, RTPI Scotland, PAS, Scotland's Towns Partnership, Cycling Scotland, Living Streets Scotland, greenspace scotland, and Generations Working Together. 

Join Scotland’s Towns Partnership, the Scottish Government’s Principle Architect, and a wide range of placemaking experts on 25th April to discuss the importance of creating and promoting spaces for active and healthy communities; encouraging people to engage with the places they live in; and the potential for added-value for the local economy.    

Key features of this interactive learning workshop include:

  • Expert context speakers on national support and advice from PAS, Scotland’s Towns Partnership and RTPI Scotland.
  • Practical planning toolkit exercise by Sandy Robinson, Principal Architect at Scottish Government.
  • Town surgery sessions - seek out solutions and ideas for your town with Cycling Scotland, Living Streets Scotland, greenspace scotland and Generations Working Together. 
  • Exchange news and ideas with Scotland’s towns community of practitioners.

Attendance is free for STP members, and £50+VAT for non-members. Not a member? Join now and enjoy all-year-round access to free learning events; being part of a community of practitioners; and a range of toolkits and funding supports!  

 

This workshop is now at maximum capacity. If you wish to be placed on the waiting list, please contact Alison Jones

 

AGENDA*

13:30​   Coffee

14:00    Welcome: Scotland’s Towns Partnership

Phil Prentice, Chief Executive, Scotland’s Towns Partnership (Event Chair)

Phil will update on the work of STP and share the range of resources, supports and partners available to help your town.

14:05   Planning for Place

Kate Houghton, Policy and Practice Officer, RTPI Scotland

Discussing the importance of delivering the type of places in which people can thrive and planning’s proactive contribution to this.

14:20    People and Place: Encouraging People to Engage with the Places they Live In

David McAllister, Manager – Communications, PAS

PAS helps people to engage with the places they live in; providing impartial planning advice, training, education programmes, facilitation, community visioning and awareness-raising to ensure everyone has a voice in creating positive communities.

14:35   The Place Standard Tool – An Introduction and How-to Session

Sandy Robinson, Principal Architect at Planning & Architecture, Scottish Government

The Place Standard Tool is free to use and available on the Scotland’s Towns website. It was developed to help structure the necessary conversations between planners and communities to create places and spaces that promote good health and reduce health inequalities. John will give an introduction to the tool and carry out a practical exercise in how to use it.

14:55   Q & A

15:10    Coffee Top up

15:20   Quickfire Intros to our Surgery Experts

15:25    Surgery Sessions. Experts move on to next group every 15 minutes.

  • Cycling Scotland - Kath Brough, Behaviour Change Manager
  • Generations Working Together - Kate Samuels, Communications and Policy Assistant 
  • greenspace scotland - Ea O’Neill, Programme Manager
  • Living Streets Scotland - Penny Morriss, Project Coordinator (Communities)

16:30    Close

*May be subject to change.

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Your Festival, Your Community

Please note that this is not an STP event - contact organisers Regional Screen Scotland directly for more information.

Celebrate, learn and share

Your Festival, Your Community will be an event celebrating, learning about and connecting local film festivals from all over Scotland. It will be completely free to attend, open to any local film festival organisers in Scotland and the rest of the UK, people interested in starting a festival, or those who want to find out how they can support local film festivals.

We'll be joined by speakers from Cromarty Film Festival, Glasgow Short Film Festival, the Hippodrome Festival of Silent Cinema, Whitley Bay Film Festival and more, to share experience and advice and consider the question: what makes a film festival local?

The event will explore the themes most important to local film festivals in Scotland such as planning special events, creating an inclusive festival and how to make a festival sustainable.

 

Your festival could win an award!

The Your Festival, Your Community Awards event will take place on the evening of Friday 27 April at MacRobert, when we'll recognise the achievements of local film festivals and the communities that support them. Our special guest will present awards in categories such as Best Guest and Most Surprising Location, after which there'll be a dinner reception for all attendees.

 

Bursaries available for travel and accommodation.

A limited number of bursaries up to £150 are available for travel and accommodation for attendees of Your Festival, Your Community. For more information click the link below.

Find Out More about Your Festival, Your Community

 

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Digital Cities 2018 Roadshow

FutureScot is delighted to invite you to attend the Digital Cities 2018 Roadshow, a series of half day policy conferences aimed at policy, academic, technology and business leaders across Scotland.

Made up of plenaries and  expert-led panel discussions, the series will be focussing on the  proposed outcomes of Scotland's City Region Deals and the impact they will have on the growth and sustainbility of the regions as well as citizen wellbeing.

This is an opportunity for policy leaders from local and national government and its agencies, to gather with industry leaders to forge new relationships, overcome existing challenges and refresh their digital thinking.

Book your place now to take part in FutureScot's Digital Cities 2018 Roadshow: see full information and register here

Stirling & Clackmannshire: 1st May // Aberdeen & North East: 3rd May // Tay Cities: 8th May  // Glasgow: 9th May // Edinburgh & South East: 16th May // Inverness & Highlands: May 30th

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New approaches towards tackling barriers to employability: SURF Awards Shared Learning Workshop

This free half-day SURF Awards workshop event in the Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh on 3 May provides an opportunity to explore successful new approaches towards tackling barriers to employability. The winning and highly commended projects from the ‘Youth Employability’ category and the winner of the ‘Community Led Regeneration’ category highlighted in the 2017 SURF Awards process will provide comment on their experiences and transferable learning.

SURF and the Scottish Government work together to identify and highlight excellence and innovation in initiatives that address social and economic challenges in disadvantaged communities through the annual SURF Awards for Best Practice in Community Regeneration.

Workshop guests will firstly hear from a project representative from the ‘Youth Employability’ category winner LinkLiving. The project works with young people in Edinburgh, Falkirk and Fife and supports them in seeking employment, education and training by helping identify goals and removing barriers to progress

The second presentation will be given by the ‘Community Led Regeneration’ category winner Dundee International Women’s Centre. DIWC’s vision is to provide a space where women and girls from black and minority ethnic (BME) communities achieve their personal goals, reach their full potential, and prosper in their community.

This will be followed by input from the ‘Youth Employability’ highly commended Creative Pathways: Barrhead project.  The project is delivered in partnership by community arts charity Impact Arts and Barrhead Housing Association. It delivers an employability programme that uses the power of arts and creativity to inspire and motivate young people who are not in employment, education or training.

Guests will then hear from the second of the ‘Youth Employability’ highly commended projects the DRC Youth Project. The service is run by DRC Youth Project, a voluntary organisation that provides a range of support for socially excluded young people in various wards across north west Glasgow including Yoker, Scotstoun and Whiteinch.

The event will close with Skills Development Scotland providing detail on their current priorities towards supporting individuals and organisations to help people enter or return back into training and employment. It will then open up to a discussion on National Policy.

Programme

10:00am   Welcome and Coffee

10:30am   Introduction: Andy Milne, Chief Executive, SURF

10:40am   Presentation, LinkLiving: Nicky Paton and Grant Alexander, LinkLiving

10:55am   Presentation, Dundee International Women’s Centre: Fatima Ramzan and Vaqar Salimi, DIWC

11:10am   Presentation, Creative Pathways: Barrhead: Fiona Doring and Natalie McFadyen White, Impact Arts 

11:20am   Presentation, DRC Youth Project: tbc

11:30am   Open Discussion, Questions and Comments with representatives from the projects

11:50am   Presentation, Skills Development Scotland: Michelle Gibson, Skills Development Scotland

12.00pm   Open Discussion on National Policy

12:25pm   Summary and Thanks: Andy Milne

12:30pm   Networking Lunch

When and Where

Date: Thursday 3rd May 2018, 10am-1pm

Venue: The Storytelling Centre , 43-45 High Street, Edinburgh

Booking

Please complete the booking form on the SURF event page here. For any queries contact [email protected] 

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Scotland's Retail and Tourism Conference - Managing the risk

Scottish Business Resilience Centre, in partnership with Scotmid Co-operative and Royal Bank of Scotland, are delighted to announce Scotland’s Retail & Tourism Conference 2018 – Managing the Risk

The Conference will take place on 4th May at Royal Bank of Scotland, Gogarburn, Edinburgh.

As both, retail and tourism sectors share the same consumers within their local communities and further afield, the overarching aim of the conference is to bring together small and medium enterprises from the retail and tourism sector to explore risks to their businesses and how they can identify and manage them effectively.

An excellent suite of speakers from Police Scotland, Digital Tourism Scotland and our sponsors Scotmid and RBS will be delivering unique and insightful inputs throughout the day.

To suit different needs of delegates, there will be breakout sessions where attendees will learn about current and emerging threats their businesses might be facing and what actions they need to take to prevent them. The sessions will cover fraudulent transactions, insider threat from staff vulnerability, human trafficking and safe night time economy.

The conference will also provide attendees with advice on how to overcome threats related to the ever-growing digital world, from cyber-security to managing digital reputation.

Agenda:

09.00 - 09.30: Registration, Exhibition & Networking - Tea & Coffee

09.30 - 09.40: Welcome address from Daniel Johnson MSP

09.40 - 09.55: Sponsor address, Scotmid (speaker TBC)

09.55 - 10.10: Will Morris, Young Scot - Rewards programme with Scotmid

10.10 - 10.55: Nik Senhauser, Digital Tourism Scotland - Managing your Digital Reputation online

10.55 - 11.10: Comfort Break

11.10 - 11.45: Breakout Sessions - Insider Threat and Human Traficking

11.45 - 13.10: Lunch, Exhibition & Networking 

13.10 - 13.25: The Royal Bank of Scotland

13.25 - 14.00: Breakout Sessions - Fraud and Bystander/Night Time Economy

14.00 - 14.10: Comfort break

14.10 - 15.10: Gerry Grant, Curious Frank/SBRC - Ethical Hackers Cyber Security Demonstration

15.10 - 15.20: Q&A

15.20 - 15.30: Closing Address

 

Please note places are limited.

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The role of creative arts in regeneration: SURF Awards Shared Learning Workshop

This free half-day SURF Awards workshop event in Barras Art and Design (BAaD) on 17 May provides an opportunity to explore successful approaches towards linking creative arts into regeneration initiatives. The winning and highly commended projects from the ‘Creative Regeneration’ category highlighted in the 2017 SURF Awards process will provide comment on their experiences and transferable learning.

SURF and the Scottish Government work together to identify and highlight excellence and innovation in initiatives that address social and economic challenges in disadvantaged communities through the annual SURF Awards for Best Practice in Community Regeneration.

Workshop guests will firstly hear from a project representative from the ‘Creative Regeneration’ category winner The Broomhill Project. Delivered by RIG Arts, in Greenock, the project aims to connect local residents with artists in collaborations that assist underprivileged people in the community, helping them develop their skills and deliver positive change.

This will be followed by input from the highly commended Cateran’s Common Wealthproject. Led by a network of local artists and producers in Perthshire, the project aims to simultaneously highlight the culture and heritage of rural communities and bring local people together.

Guests will then hear from the second of the highly commended projects Alchemy Film and Arts. Led by Alchemy Film & Arts in partnership with Heart of Hawick, the project delivers a high quality festival of experimental and new film while supporting the broader social and cultural regeneration of Hawick.

The event will close with Creative Scotland providing detail on their current priorities towards supporting creative arts organisations. Followed by a short input from Arts and Business Scotland on their supporting role within the arts sector. It will then open up to a discussion on National Policy.

 

Programme

10:00am   Welcome and Coffee

10:30am   Introduction: Andy Milne, Chief Executive, SURF

10:40am   Presentation, The Broomhill Project: Karen Orr and Jason Orr, RIG Arts

10:55am   Presentation, Cateran’s Common Wealth: Clare Cooper, Cateran’s Common Wealth

11:05am   Presentation, Alchemy Film & Arts: Karen Gateson and Richard Ashrowan, Alchemy Film & Arts

11:15am   Open Discussion, Questions and Comments with representatives from the projects: Chaired by SURF Chair, Kate Wimpress

11:40am   Presentation, Creative Scotland: Gary Cameron, Creative Scotland

11:50am   Presentation, Paisley 2021 Bid: David Watt, Arts and Business Scotland

12.00pm   Open Discussion on National Policy: Chaired by SURF Chair, Kate Wimpress

12:25pm   Summary and Thanks: Andy Milne

12:30pm   Networking Lunch

 

Booking: please see the SURF event page here. 

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Explore Quality Co-Working 2018

An energising two-day workshop exploring key insights and strategies for building your quality coworking business, by the Co-working Accelerator Network. 

Please see full information at the workshop event page here

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New Life For Empty Buildings - How Can Do Spaces Can Transform Our High Streets

A Can Do Places and Spaces Workshop.

£15 – £25, booking information at Eventbrite here.

 

  • 6 billion pounds of property lies empty across Scotland.

  • 48% of home based businesses plan to grow.

What if community groups turned empty buildings in to collaborative co working spaces?

This practical session tells you how to make it happen.

Is it easy? No

Is it worth it? Yes

Why?

  • Community groups generate an independent income for their trust or organisation.

  • Each Can Do Space is worth a minimum of half a million to a small town in Scotland.

  • Multiply that across Scotland's towns and that is a staggering £240 million to the Scottish economy.

  • 2,000 new and growing businesses can be created.

So, bye bye, Woolworths, BHS, hello Can Do Spaces. Vibrant towns and communities where people make work together and everyone benefits.

This is a hands on practical workshop for anyone that wants to see their local economy and town, city or village thrive. It's for community activists, local authorities, MSPs, and those in economic and community development.

Districts of Creativity

Can Do Places is part of the Districts of Creativity programme. To find out more visit their website at - https://districtsofcreativity.org/about/

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Save the date - Tuesday 22 May 2018.

More details to come!

 

Notes - Refreshments on arrival and lunch are included in the price

 

 

FAQs

What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Parking

There is a carpark near the venue, located behind the Bank of Scotland accessed off Galvelmore Street. The Bank of Scotland is directly across the road from Strathearn Artspace (on Lodge Street). Note that the carpark is only free for 3 hours. You need to pay thereafter. There are other options. There is free parking on the roads around the Artspace - Heathcote Road, Burrell Street and Coldwells Road. See Google Map for directions http://bit.ly/2zN5gBO

Public Transport

We would ask you to make your own travel arrangements depending on where you are travelling from.

If you are travelling from Glasgow to Gleneagles then please contact [email protected] as we may be able to assist you with transport from Gleneagles to Crieff.

 

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

If you have any questions regarding the event please contact [email protected]

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Bringing Spaces and Places back to Life: Dealing with the Tough Stuff

Towns need a cocktail of measures to breathe life into unloved buildings and spaces. From empty churches, to derelict buildings, disused land or empty banks; how do we tackle the difficult stuff in towns? This month, we’re doing just that!

Join experts from Scotland's Towns Partnership, Scottish Government, Community Land Scotland, DTAS Community Ownership Support Service, Architecture & Design Scotland and more on 23 May, to gain knowhow inspiration and signposting to practical support.   

  • Headline speakers on national support and advice.
  • Practical toolkits.
  • Town surgery sessions - seek out solutions and ideas.
  • Exchange news and ideas with the Scotland’s towns community.

Attendance is free for STP members, and £50+VAT for non-members. Not a member? Join now and enjoy all-year-round access to free learning events; being part of a community of practitioners; and a range of toolkits and funding supports!  

Please note, this event is now full. Please contact Alison Jones for any enquires or to be added to the waiting list. 

 

DRAFT AGENDA

13:30​ Coffee

14:00  Welcome. Scotland’s Towns Partnership

Tom Sneddon, Co-Founder and Director, Development Trusts Association Scotland; Chair

of Carluke Development Trust and STP Board Member (Event Chair)

Update on the work of STP and its range of resources, supports and partners available to help your town.

14:05  Compulsory Purchase Orders / Compulsory Sale Orders

Neil Langhorn, Head of Compulsory Purchase Policy, Scottish Government will give an overview of CPO policy and case studies, as well as hints and tips on how CPO can be used in town centre regeneration. 

14:25 Community Right to Buy: Urban and Rural

Linsay Chalmers, Development Manager, Community Land Scotland will share news of practical support and access to funding to tackle dereliction, underuse, land repurpose, reluctant owners.

14:45  Asset Transfer

Linda Gillespie, Programme Manager, DTAS Community Ownership Support Service

Case Study: Lochgelly Town House (Hazel Cross) (invited)

15:05 Coffee Break

15:25 Drop in Surgeries with our Speakers and Case Studies presenters.

All speakers and case studies presenters will now hold drop in surgeries. They’ll answer questions, offer signposting to help and advice and inspire you to bring your town’s buildings and spaces back to life. Plus input from the following organisations:

Lesley Riddell-Robertson – Principal Design Officer - Architecture + Design Scotland

Heritage Lottery Fund (invited)

Historic Environment Scotland (invited)

16:30  Close

 

Please note, this event is now full. Please contact Alison Jones for any enquires or to be added to the waiting list. 

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STP Workshop - Bringing Spaces and Places back to Life: Dealing with the Tough Stuff [Non-Member Booking]

Towns need a cocktail of measures to breathe life into unloved buildings and spaces. From empty churches, to derelict buildings, disused land or empty banks; how do we tackle the difficult stuff in towns? This month, we’re doing just that!

Join experts from Scotland's Towns Partnership, Scottish Government, Community Land Scotland, DTAS Community Ownership Support Service, Architecture & Design Scotland and more on 23 May, to gain knowhow inspiration and signposting to practical support.   

  • Headline speakers on national support and advice.
  • Practical toolkits.
  • Town surgery sessions - seek out solutions and ideas.
  • Exchange news and ideas with the Scotland’s towns community.

Attendance is free for STP members, and £50+VAT for non-members. Not a member? Join now and enjoy all-year-round access to free learning events; being part of a community of practitioners; and a range of toolkits and funding supports!  

 

Please note, this event is now full. Please contact Alison Jones for any enquires or to be added to the waiting list. 

 

DRAFT AGENDA

13:30​ Coffee

14:00  Welcome. Scotland’s Towns Partnership

Tom Sneddon, Co-Founder and Director, Development Trusts Association Scotland; Chair

of Carluke Development Trust and STP Board Member (Event Chair)

Update on the work of STP and its range of resources, supports and partners available to help your town.

14:05  Compulsory Purchase Orders / Compulsory Sale Orders

Neil Langhorn, Head of Compulsory Purchase Policy, Scottish Government will give an overview of CPO policy and case studies, as well as hints and tips on how CPO can be used in town centre regeneration. 

14:25 Community Right to Buy: Urban and Rural

Linsay Chalmers, Development Manager, Community Land Scotland will share news of practical support and access to funding to tackle dereliction, underuse, land repurpose, reluctant owners.

14:45  Asset Transfer

Linda Gillespie, Programme Manager, DTAS Community Ownership Support Service

Case Study: Lochgelly Town House (Hazel Cross) (invited)

15:05 Coffee Break

15:25 Drop in Surgeries with our Speakers and Case Studies presenters.

All speakers and case studies presenters will now hold drop in surgeries. They’ll answer questions, offer signposting to help and advice and inspire you to bring your town’s buildings and spaces back to life. Plus input from the following organisations:

Lesley Riddell-Robertson – Principal Design Officer - Architecture + Design Scotland

Heritage Lottery Fund (invited)

Historic Environment Scotland (invited)

16:30  Close

 

Please note, this event is now full. Please contact Alison Jones for any enquires or to be added to the waiting list. 

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Making Places: Introduction to Organisation and Governance

Event delivered by Senscot Legal supported by Architecture and Design Scotland.

 

As part of our Making Places support programme we would like to invite you to our event:

An Introduction to Organisation and Governance

The event will be delivered by Senscot Legal supported by Architecture and Design Scotland.

Free to attend - book on Eventbrite here!

Senscot Legal is the only social enterprise legal advice and support organisation in Scotland and it leads in understanding and advising on best practice for third sector organisations by capturing learning to support its clients with their legal requirements.

You will learn at the event:

  • What you need to consider when choosing a structure
  • Unincorporated v incorporated
  • Risks
  • Various options for legal models
  • Social Enterprise as a model
  • Compliance requirements
  • Legal Duties
  • Sustainability & Trading
  • Governance after incorporation
  • And much more!

Following the event, a Factsheet publication with useful information and contacts will be produced.

This event is free to attend and the Making Places communities will be able to claim their travelling expenses by providing a receipt as proof of purchase.

Please note: numbers for this event are limited.

 

Do you have questions about Introduction to: Organisation and Governance? Contact Architecture and Design Scotland

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Making Places: Introduction to Engaging with Confidence

Event delivered by Scottish Community Development Centre supported byArchitecture and Design Scotland.

 

As part of our Making Places support programme we would like to invite you to our event:

Engaging with Confidence!

Free to attend - book on Eventbrite here!

The Scottish Community Development Centre (SCDC) supports best practice in community development and is recognised by the Scottish Government as the national lead body for community development. The organisation works across sectors and with a wide range of professions to support community engagement and community capacity building in any context and at strategic and practice level.

 You will learn at the event:

  • How to engage the wider community in place-making and how to work with others to achieve this.
  • Gain a clear understanding of key frameworks and tools that support community engagement.
  • Share practice and learn from others about what works best in engaging communities in place-making.

Following the event, a Factsheet publication with useful information and contacts will be produced.

This event is free to attend and the Making Places communities will be able to claim their travelling expenses by providing a receipt as proof of purchase.

Please note: numbers for this event are limited.

Do you have questions about Introduction to: Engaging with Confidence!? Contact Architecture and Design Scotland

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Successful Approaches to Regenerating Scotland’s Places: SURF Awards Shared Learning Workshop

This free half-day SURF Awards workshop event in Irvine on 31 May provides an opportunity to explore successful current approaches towards regenerating Scotland’s places with two winning projects from both the ‘Most Improved Place’ and ‘Housing’ categories highlighted in the 2017 SURF Awards process.

SURF and the Scottish Government work together to identify and highlight excellence and innovation in initiatives that address social and economic challenges in disadvantaged communities through the annual SURF Awards for Best Practice in Community Regeneration.

Workshop guests will firstly hear from project a representative in the ‘Most Improved Place’ category winner Irvine. The Irvine Vision is an effort by North Ayrshire Council, in partnership with the local community, to take a strategic approach to the town’s economic and physical development. Originally approved in December 2015, the plan has delivered large scale investment in the town centre and a number of other areas. These developments have been guided by local planning partnerships and are based on extensive consultation with the local community.

This will be followed by input from the ‘Housing’ winner Ulva Ferry Housing Project. In 2010, the geographically isolated island community and its economically fragile, ageing population was in danger of losing its primary school as a result of long-term population decline strongly influenced by the lack of affordable housing options for young people. A successful local campaign to keep Ulva School open provided a genesis for the Ulva Ferry Housing Project, the need for which was identified in extensive community consultations in 2013 and 2015. In 2017, two three-bedroom homes were built enabling two new families, each with three children, to move to the area. This has secured a future for the local school which, with the lack of any other local facilities, acts as a hub for the wider community.

Following an open discussion session with the projects attendees will hear from Scottish Government representatives who will give an overview of current priorities regarding place based regeneration. This will be followed by a short presentations from Scotland’s Towns Partnership on the role they provide in helping to regenerate Scotland’s towns and Highlands and Islands Enterprise on their current focus on place based regeneration. The floor will then be open for wider discussion on national policy.

Programme

10:00am   Welcome and Coffee

10:30am   Introduction: Andy Milne, Chief Executive, SURF

10:40am   Presentation, Irvine: Alasdair Laurenson, North Ayrshire Council

10:55am   Presentation, Ulva Ferry Housing Project: Helen MacDonald, Mull and Iona Community Trust

11:10am   Open Discussion, Questions and Comments with representatives from the projects

11:35pm   Presentation, Place Based Regeneration: Susan Bolt, Scottish Government

11:45pm   Presentation, Scotland’s Towns Partnership: Mhairi Donaghy, STP

11:55pm   Presentation, Highlands and Islands Enterprise: tbc, HIE

12.05pm   Open Discussion on National Policy

12:30pm   Summary and Thanks: Andy Milne

12:35pm   Networking Lunch

When and Where

Date: Thursday 31st May 2018, 10am-1pm

Venue: TBC, Irvine

Booking

Please complete the booking form at the SURF event webpage. For any queries contact [email protected] 

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Land Value Capture - An Exploration of Methods & Views

Build Environment Forum Scotland (BEFS) is keen to continue the momentum for exploration and discussion around this topic, particularly at a time of growing interest in land value capture as a means of allowing communities to benefit from a greater share in the uplift in land value arising from the grant of planning consent.

One of the greatest obstacles to securing more housing is often seen as the price of land. There is also a body of opinion that considers that landowners, whose land can increase vastly in value as a result of obtaining planning permission for housing, should return some of that value to the community.

In Scotland, the issue has been brought into sharper focus by two reports, both published in 2017. The first, commissioned by BEFS and undertaken by the Centre for Progressive Capitalism looked at the potential for financing local infrastructure using land value capture in the Edinburgh City Region. The second, prepared for the Scottish Land Commission by Laurie Macfarlane, looks at the operation of the wider housing market in Scotland and suggests a number of policy options to improve the supply of land for housing, including public land value capture. The Scottish Land Commission has engaged in further research on the topic, the results of which should be available for discussion by the end of May.

This event will provide a forum for built environment professionals and others with an interest in land to discuss the potential for land value capture as a means of:

  • increasing housing supply across all tenures
  • funding future infrastructure
  • investing in placemaking

Over the course of the day we will hear from those presenting a range of Land Value Capture models. Then there will be a variety of perspectives - land owners, house builders, property/estates professionals and the public sector - discussing the possibilities and challenges for change.

These areas will be discussed through panel sessions with time for Q&A following each.

Contibuting individuals and organisations confirmed include: (further speakers to be announced)

  • Allan Lundmark (Chair)
  • The Scottish Land Commission
  • Thomas Aubrey, Centre for Progressive Capitalism
  • Sarah Boyack, Scottish Federation of Housing Associations
  • Laurie Macfarlane, Open Democracy
  • Malcolm Fraser, Common Weal
  • Archie Rintoul
  • Homes for Scotland
  • Scottish Property Federation
  • Community Land Scotland
  • Public Sector view

The day with start with registration at 10am - and conclude by 4pm. Lunch will be provided.

For more information and booking, visit the Eventbrite page here.

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CPG on Towns and Town Centres: The Future: Living, Low Carbon & Digital

Join STP and town stakeholders for the next meeting of the Cross Party Group on Towns and Town Centres.

At this meeting of the Cross Party Group, we will be looking at innovative projects being developed to support the future of towns and town centres across Scotland. From the Town Centre Living project, supporting vibrancy in town centres through housing; to pilot projects designed to reduce a towns’ carbon footprint; and how using digital and related data management will benefit towns, consumers and stakeholders.

If you wish to attend, please reserve your place below.

For any queries, please contact Alison Jones, [email protected] 

You can access past minutes and reports from the CPG Towns here

 

AGENDA

‘Towns - The Future: Living, Low Carbon & Digital’

Refreshments kindly supported by Turner & Townsend

17:45            Meet in Parliament reception area

18:00            Light refreshments

18:15            Welcome and Opening Remarks – John Scott MSP, Convener

18:20            Minutes of the Meeting of the Cross Party Group held 15th March

                     Matters Arising from the Minutes

Towns - The Future: Living, Low Carbon & Digital

18:25            Introduction

Phil Prentice, Chief Executive, Scotland’s Towns Partnership

18:30            Living

Diarmaid Lawlor, Director of Place, Architecture + Design Scotland

                     Steve Malone, Architect, Architecture + Design Scotland

18:45            Low Carbon

Graham Campbell, District General Manager, SP EnergyNetworks, and Scotland’s Towns Partnership Board Member

18:55            Benny McLaughlin, Director, Turner & Townsend

19:05            Digital

                     Simon Baldwin, Director, Destination 66

                     Bill Harvey, Manager, Kirkcaldy4All Business Improvement District

19:20            Discussion

19:35            Any Other Competent Business

19:40            Close of Meeting followed by Refreshments (Depart by 20:00)

Date of Next Meeting and AGM – Wednesday 26th September (18:00 – 20:00) – [topic tbc]

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Inclusive Growth Community of Practice Launch

To help contribute to the achievement of Scottish Government’s twin objectives of boosting competitiveness whilst tackling inequality, EDAS is launching a new Inclusive Growth Community of Practice to help members and other stakeholders improve practice in this area.

See full information and booking link here

Such a community will provide opportunities to explore ways of improving economic outcomes to enhance wellbeing, quality of life and equity in society.  It will provide a platform to help economic development practitioners to share learning on how best to stimulate a growing economy that is more inclusive.   

The community aims to -

  • Share lessons from experience to shape and improve practice.
  • Provide opportunities for engagement and speaker input to aid a better understanding of policy initiatives, theory and ideas.
  • Provide a conduit to feed back lessons and insights, themes and issues, from practitioners who are responsible for delivering this agenda on the ground.
  • Build on and contribute to other initiatives in this area.

AGENDA 

13:30    Arrival and Coffee

14:00    Welcome and Community of Practice Purpose

EDAS Directors, Liz McEntee, Director of External Affairs, Glasgow Council for the Voluntary Sector and Charlie Woods, Director, Scottish Universities Insight Institute

14:10    It is anticipated that there will be an update from the Scottish Government on its Centre    for Regional Inclusive Growth.

14:20    Where are we now?

 Professor Alan McGregor, Research Professor of Economic Development, University of Glasgow   

An overview of Scottish Government policy and economic strategy and observations and lessons learned from a long career working on people and place-based regeneration.  Alan will also share news of a new Inclusive Growth CPD course he is developing with EDAS.

14:40    Rhetoric versus Reality - Poverty in Scotland and the Impact of Inequality on People's Lives

Dr David Waite, Research Associate, Glasgow City Deal (Urban Studies), University of Glasgow 

An overview of JRF findings on the impact of UK policy, questioning the impact of policy silos on, for example, housing and health inequality and child poverty and the potential to address poverty through new welfare powers to the Scottish Parliament.

15:00    Q & A

15:15    Round Table Working Groups

At your table, consider –

  • Does our speakers’ input resonate and in what way(s)?
  • How might the issues raised inform the work practitioners undertake?
  • Are there collective points and shared views that EDAS could raise on behalf of members to policy makers and politicians?
  • What issues and themes should be explored at future events?

15:45    Group Feedback & Summing Up

16:00    Networking (close 16:30)

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Towns Tea Party 2018

Incorporating the Annual General Meeting of Scotland’s Towns Ltd

Monday 25 June 2018, 2pm - 4.30pm

The Melting Pot, 5 Rose Street, Edinburgh EH2 2PR

Tea, cake and refreshments provided.

Free to STP Members - please RSVP below on this page.

Tickets are £15+VAT for non-members; please purchase these here.

 

Join Scotland's Towns Partnership for this year's Towns Tea Party!

Come along to network with STP and other town stakeholders over tea and cake, and hear about the latest developments and opportunities for Scotland’s towns and city neighbourhoods. At this year’s gathering don’t miss:

  • Bill Grimsey and Matthew Hopkinson, co-authors of The Grimsey Review - An Alternative Future for Towns, 2013 & 2018.
  • Phil Prentice, Chief Officer of STP on recent developments and future plans for towns in Scotland. 
  • Paisley Community Trust on their 'Baker Street' proposal for a cultural and creative quarter, voted winner of the FutureTown Design Competition 2017.
  • Launch of the FutureTown Design Competition 2018.
  • AGM with STP Chair, Professor Leigh Sparks, on activities and progress over the previous year.

Taking place in The Melting Pot, Edinburgh, this is an excellent opportunity to gather with colleagues from across the country to network, learn and to be part of the launch of the fourth FutureTown Design Competition. Paisley Trust submitted the winning entry in 2017 and will help us launch the 2018 campaign. More information and past entries can be found here.

The Towns Tea Party will also incorporate the Scotland's Towns Ltd Annual General Meeting and this is a great chance to be updated on STP's progress and future activities. Check out the STP Infograph for a quick picture of what we got up to in 2017.

We look forward to welcoming STP members and the wider towns network to Edinburgh for tea and cake. Full agenda and speaker list to be provided shortly.

 

This event is free for STP Members, who can RSVP below.

Tickets for non-members are £15+ VAT, and can be purchased here.

 

Towns Tea Party: Agenda

Incorporating the Annual General Meeting of Scotland’s Towns Ltd

25 June 2018, 2pm-4.30pm, The Melting Pot, 5 Rose Street, Edinburgh EH2 2PR

1400   Towns Tea Party

Afternoon Tea and Networking

1430   Welcome & AGM Business

          Professor Leigh Sparks, Chair of Scotland's Towns Partnership

1440   Scotland’s Towns – Progress and Future Plans

          Phil Prentice, Chief Officer, Scotland’s Towns Partnership

1450   Town Centres in the 21st Century

Bill Grimsey, Author of ‘Sold Out’, and Matthew Hopkinson, co-founder, Didobi. Co-Authors    of The Grimsey Review - An Alternative Future For Towns, 2013 & 2018

1510   Questions and Answers

1520   Future Town Design Competition Winner 2017 – Paisley Baker Street

          Gary Kerr and Andy Campbell, Paisley Community Trust  

1535   Questions and Answers

1545   Future Town Design Competition 2018 Launch – Professor Leigh Sparks

1600   Networking

Close (1700)

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Towns Tea Party 2018 - Non-Member Booking

Incorporating the Annual General Meeting of Scotland’s Towns Ltd

Monday 25 June 2018, 2pm - 4.30pm

The Melting Pot, 5 Rose Street, Edinburgh EH2 2PR

Tea, cake and refreshments provided.

Free to STP Members - please RSVP here

Tickets are £15+VAT for non-members; please purchase these below.

 

Join Scotland's Towns Partnership for this year's Towns Tea Party!

Come along to network with STP and other town stakeholders over tea and cake, and hear about the latest developments and opportunities for Scotland’s towns and city neighbourhoods. At this year’s gathering don’t miss:

  • Bill Grimsey and Matthew Hopkinson, co-authors of The Grimsey Review - An Alternative Future for Towns, 2013 & 2018.
  • Phil Prentice, Chief Officer of STP on recent developments and future plans for towns in Scotland. 
  • Paisley Community Trust on their 'Baker Street' proposal for a cultural and creative quarter, voted winner of the FutureTown Design Competition 2017.
  • Launch of the FutureTown Design Competition 2018.
  • AGM with STP Chair, Professor Leigh Sparks, on activities and progress over the previous year.

Taking place in The Melting Pot, Edinburgh, this is an excellent opportunity to gather with colleagues from across the country to network, learn and to be part of the launch of the fourth FutureTown Design Competition. Paisley Trust submitted the winning entry in 2017 and will help us launch the 2018 campaign. More information and past entries can be found here.

The Towns Tea Party will also incorporate the Scotland's Towns Ltd Annual General Meeting and this is a great chance to be updated on STP's progress and future activities. Check out the STP Infograph for a quick picture of what we got up to in 2017.

We look forward to welcoming STP members and the wider towns network to Edinburgh for tea and cake. Full agenda and speaker list to be provided shortly.

 

This event is free for STP Members, who can RSVP here.

Tickets for non-members are £15+ VAT, and can be purchased below.

 

Towns Tea Party: Agenda

Incorporating the Annual General Meeting of Scotland’s Towns Ltd

25 June 2018, 2pm-4.30pm, The Melting Pot, 5 Rose Street, Edinburgh EH2 2PR

1400   Towns Tea Party

Afternoon Tea and Networking

1430   Welcome & AGM Business

          Professor Leigh Sparks, Chair of Scotland's Towns Partnership

1440   Scotland’s Towns – Progress and Future Plans

          Phil Prentice, Chief Officer, Scotland’s Towns Partnership

1450   Town Centres in the 21st Century

Bill Grimsey, Author of ‘Sold Out’, and Matthew Hopkinson, co-founder, Didobi. Co-Authors    of The Grimsey Review - An Alternative Future For Towns, 2013 & 2018

1510   Questions and Answers

1520   Future Town Design Competition Winner 2017 – Paisley Baker Street

          Gary Kerr and Andy Campbell, Paisley Community Trust  

1535   Questions and Answers

1545   Future Town Design Competition 2018 Launch – Professor Leigh Sparks

1600   Networking

Close (1700)

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MSP Connector Programme 2018: Connecting MSPs with Scotland's Towns

Now in its fourth year, Scotland’s Towns Partnership and the Cross Party Group on Towns and Town Centres are encouraging MSPs to take a day during Parliamentary Recess to visit towns in their constituency or region as part of the MSP Connector Programme.

MSPs are welcome to take part by spending a day in their local area, connecting and sharing with local businesses and the community.

We are also seeking interest from town centre managers, community groups, local business organisations and other town stakeholders to host an MSP for the day in their town.

We want to raise the profile of our towns to MSPs and this is an important campaign to celebrate and raise awareness of the opportunities and barriers our towns face. Scotland's cities and small and rural towns and settlements are also welcome to take part.

STP will invite MSPs to take part in a visit and for towns and businesses to host their MSP. The visit may include a walk around, presentation, lunch, work experience or something a little more creative! We are looking for lots of tweets, photos and highlights from the visits to help us raise the profile of Scotland’s towns.

By sharing your experiences with STP, we can disseminate these with the wider towns’ network and add to best practice examples for all to access. You can follow MSP visits including photos and twitter interaction on our MSP Town Connectors live blog

Cross Party Group Convener Invitation

John Scott MSP, Convener of the Cross Party Group on Towns and Town Centres, has encouraged MSPs to get involved in this year’s programme, stating:

“The majority of Scotland’s population lives in towns and smaller settlements. Vibrant towns are key to the prosperity and wellbeing of communities across the country, with each town having its own unique identity and history which should be recognised and celebrated.

I welcome the MSP Connector Programme as a positive initiative to raise the profile of our towns. I encourage MSPs to visit their local towns during the summer recess in order to connect with local communities, to learn about current challenges and successes, and to discover all that our towns and town centres have to offer”.

How to Get Involved

STP along with the Cross Party Group on Towns and Town Centres are therefore keen to hear about the activity taking place in towns across Scotland and we would be delighted if you’d like to take part.

Join the discussion on Twitter @ScotlandsTowns #MSPTownTime.

For further information or to take part either as an MSP or a host, please register your interest with Rhona Brown via [email protected] 

To provide us with the necessary information and help with the organisation of your visit, please download our campaign toolkit here.

You can follow MSP visits including photos and twitter interaction on our MSP Town Connectors live blog

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Democracy Matters - Local Governance Review Event

Working together,  Community Development Alliance Scotland, The Scottish Community Development Centre and the Poverty Alliance invite you to join them to discuss how you and your organisation can ensure that everyone we work for has heard,and has had an opportunity to share their ideas of how local democracy could change.  Join us for the morning, chat to us over lunch and learn how you can help others have their voice and make a difference. 

This is all because the Scottish Government has launched the next phase of its Local Governance Review, inviting people to join a conversation called 'Democracy Matters'. 

The campaign asks five key questions about how decisions should be made at a more local level. It asks whether communities, of place or identity, should have more control of decisions and what those might be. It also asks how this should look and what new or existing decision-making processes could be used. 

The Local Governance Review was launched earlier in the year aims to find out what changes are needed to encourage a more local, participatory and inclusive democracy in Scotland.

short animation summaries the review and the five questions being asked:

"In modern Scotland power must work in a way that involves and benefits everyone. To get this right, we will review how responsibilities and resources can be shared across national and local government in a way that delivers the greatest benefit to Scotland's different places. However, the starting point must be with our citizens and the power and potential within our communities themselves."

The review encourages people to hold conversations in their communities to discuss Democracy Matters and includes a community engagement fund where groups can apply for £100 - £300 to help make conversations happen. They have also published guidance about how the discussion might work and how it could be facilitated.

The review of local governance was set out in the Scottish Government's 2017-18 programme for government and will be part of the forthcoming Local Democracy Bill.

You can download the report and view more information on the Scottish Government website.

Register for the event here

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DTAS Conference 2018 - “Development Trusts - Driving Positive Change in Communities!”

The Development Trusts Association Scotland (DTAS) Annual Conference for 2018 takes place on Sunday 2nd and Monday 3rd of September this year at the Ardoe House Hotel, Aberdeen.Please fill in the form below to book.

Note: Some bursaries are available to help meet the cost of attending the conference. Please contact Aileen at DTAS for a bursary application form.

Visit the conference webpage for more information and to reserve your place. 

 

Sunday 2nd September: 
Arrive & Register & Check-in (if room available) from 11am onwards

12:15 - 15:30
Visit – Birse Community Trust (packed lunch provided)
12:30 - 15:30
Study Visit – Stonehaven Towns Partnership (packed lunch provided)
13:00 - 14:00
Networking Sandwich Lunch
14:00 - 15:30
Fringe Meeting – Local Democracy Bill: Update & Discussion
15:30 - 16:00
Time to check–in
16:00 - 16:45
DTAS AGM & Annual Review
16:50 - 17:45
Speed Networking (back by popular demand)
17:45 - 18:45
Break
18:45 - 19:30
Drinks Reception Sponsored by: Aberdeenshire Council
19:30 till late
Conference Dinner Sponsored by: The Royal Bank of Scotland

Monday 3rd September:

08:30 - 09:30
Registration & Marketplace (Tea/Coffee)
09:30 - 09:35
Conference Opening Remarks: Sandy Brunton, Chair, DTAS
09:35 - 11:00

Opening Plenary:

Kevin Stewart MSP, Minister for Local Government & Housing

Development Trust Showcase – 5 Member Stories!

  • Auchinleck Community Development Initiative
  • Linwood Community Development Trust
  • Kyle of Sutherland Development Trust
  • Cranhill Development Trust
  • Sunart Community Company
11:00 - 11:40
Tea/Coffee & Marketplace & Networking
11:45 - 12:45
Seminars/Surgeries - Part 1 (see below for details)
12:50 - 13:50
Lunch & Marketplace
13:55 - 14:55
Seminars/Surgeries - Part 2 (see below for details)
15:00 - 16:00
Seminars - Part 3 (see below for details)
16:00 - 16:30
Tea/Coffee & a Final Chance to Network
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Scottish Upcycling Network Forum

Organised by Rags to Riches Social Enterprise, this forum is aimed at people with an interest in upcycling and those who would like to find out more about the practice. The event will feature a number of leading speakers in the field of waste management, upcycling and creative re-use.

We will explore the role of upcycling within the circular economy framework and where the practice fits within policies and legislation.
What are the challenge and barriers that upcyclers face? what opportunities can be created when using waste to produce and manufacture goods? Can we identify gaps which needs to be addressed when working with waste creatively?
This event is free to attend and lunch will be provided along with a showcase of some upcyclers

Speakers will be announced soon. Are you an upcycler? PLease complete our survey to inform our discussions - https://goo.gl/forms/yNMwLHSKvRyO6iVA3

Book your free place at Eventbrite

This event is funded by European Social Growth Fund

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Contemporary Approaches to Sustainability in European Cities

The Academy of Urbanism and University of Dundee are delighted to convene a special event to consider the application of contemporary strategies to make medium-sized cities more sustainable in environmental, socio-economic and cultural terms.

We have invited senior speakers from leading AoU European City Finalists, including Bilbao, Freiburg and Ljubljana together with additional input from Scottish and UK specialists.

Event Format

13.00 Registration and Networking
14.00 Welcome + Introduction
14.10 AoU City Assessments David Rudlin AoU
14.25 International seminar with 5 talks
16.20 Q & A
17.00 Reception
18.30 Close


Delegate Fee

£30.00: General admission
£20.00: Young urbanists/young planners and non University of Dundee matriculated students

If you are booking more than 3 places from one company/institution, please enquire to [email protected] about our group booking discount.

This event is sponsored by the Scottish Government, RTPI Scotland, STP and JTP, and supported by Architecture & Design Scotland, Urban Design Group, Kevin Murray Associates and RTPI East of Scotland.

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The Social Value Gathering 2018

Social Value Portal is proud to announce the Social Value Gathering, an event dedicated to exploring Scotland’s future through the lens of social value.

We all want a society that is vibrant, viable and inclusive. But how do we achieve this? Through legislation, Scotland has prioritised social value as a vital component to many areas of public, private and voluntary sector activity. But putting this into practice needs the systematic collaboration of all three sectors.

We want the Gathering to tackle this challenge by creating a collaborative space and leaving with a plan of action for a more inclusive Scotland.

We are also proud supporters of The Social Bite.

Contributors

The Gathering has invited a diverse range of contributors, including Roseanna Cunningham MSP, Cabinet Secretary for the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform The Social Bite, Citizens Advice, the UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence,  Balfour Beatty, SEPA, University of Edinburgh’s Design Informatics, Social Investment Scotland, Scottish Land Commission, Changeworks, Scotland’s Towns Partnerships, Cornerstone, Stirling Council and many others.

 

Social Value Marketplace and digital collaboration

The event will also see the launch of SVP’s Social Value Marketplace, using an interactive tool to spotlight and develop exciting social value-led initiatives.

We are looking to break new ground in terms of the format as well, with an innovative partnership with the University of Edinburgh’s Design Informatics team to create a digital social value “thread” that leads to a collaborative space at the end of the day.

Agenda

Our sessions include:

How social value became our business model, with Josh Littlejohn, Founder of The Social Bite

Followed by a panel discussion with Josh Littlejohn, the Social Bite; Nicola Barclay, Homes for Scotland; Martin Valenti, Scottish Land Commission; Teresa Bray, Changeworks; Gill Henry, Business Development Director, Cruden Homes TBC

Moderator: Nick Rowan, Balfour Beatty

Housing strategy – Why the evidence points to a social-value led approach, with Professor Kenneth Gibb, UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence

Prosperous & Productive Places– Can a more strategic & entrepreneurial approach to vacant & derelict land unlock sustainable inclusive growth? Professor Ken Gibb, UCCHE; Sarah Boyack, Scottish Federation of Housing Associations; Phil Prentice, Scotland’s Towns Partnerships; Nicola Barclay, Homes for Scotland Discussions led by Martin Valenti SLC

Financing the Future– Can Scotland pioneer finance with a social purpose as the new norm? Louise Wilson, Abundance; Simon Chisholm, Resonance; Alastair Davis, Social Investment Scotland; Peter Ewart, Caledonian Economics

and many others

To see the full agenda, please click the link below:

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Cross Party Group on Towns Meeting: The Evening Economy

Join STP and town stakeholders for the next meeting of the CPG on Towns and Town Centres Wednesday, 26 September 2018.

In the discussion of the Cross Party Group, we will be looking at innovative projects that are being developed to support the town and city district evening economies. The meeting will also incorporate the group's AGM. There will be time for networking.

Tea, coffee and shortbread provided.

Please see agenda and RSVP your place below.

Read more about the CPG Towns and see reports from previous meetings here

"Towns – The Evening Economy”, incorporating the Cross Party Group’s Annual General Meeting 

AGENDA

17:45            Meet in Parliament reception area

18:00            Tea, coffee and shortbread  

18:15            Welcome and Opening Remarks – John Scott MSP, Convener

18:20            AGM Business – John Scott MSP, Convener

18:25            Minutes of the Meeting of the Cross Party Group held 13th June

                     Matters Arising from the Minutes

The Evening Economy

18:25            Introduction

                     Phil Prentice, Chief Officer, Scotland’s Towns Partnership

18:30            Scotland’s First Evening and Night Time Economy Manager

                     Nicola Johnston, Aberdeen Inspired

18:45            Develop your Evening Economy: Best Bar None

                     Lynsae Tulloch, Chief Operations Officer, SBRC

18:55            Tackling Anti-Social Behaviour

                     John Lee, Head of Policy and Public Affairs, Scottish Grocers Federation

19:05            Discussion

19:15            Any Other Competent Business

19:30            Close of Meeting (Depart by 20:00)

Date of Next Meeting – 5 December (12:30-14:00)

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Communities for a Changing Population

Overview

Scotland is committed to creating healthier and more sustainable communities and there is significant work to be done in order to meet both present and future needs. To achieve better outcomes while we have a changing and ageing population, it will fall on everyone working within the placemaking sector and beyond to address this challenge when improving existing or designing new homes and communities.

There are a limited number of reduced rate places for associates, members, partners and colleagues of Scotland's Town's Partnership for just £75 and these will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis, so we recommend booking early to avoid disappointment.

For STP members and partners only: To book your place simply click This Link and use the promotional code Impact16 (which is case sensitive). If you have any questions or require further information please email [email protected].

The built environment must become more responsive to changing need within communities if it is to address issues such as the urgent lack of housing options for younger and older people or the changing demographics, as well as the economic and social needs of communities and various social groups . In order to deliver innovative solutions to our current and future problems, we need to develop new approaches. Interest is growing in communities and across the third and public sectors for alternative approaches to housing delivery. Co-housing, self-build and modular construction constitute a large percentage of housing elsewhere in Europe and have the potential to create a positive impact on the social, environmental and economic wellbeing of communities here in Scotland.

This conference will explore how a greater focus on innovative, sustainable and community-led planning can support the development of new communities, the retrofitting of existing housing stock, changes in public policy, the creation of jobs and an evolution in our approach to placemaking. The findings of this event will coincide with Stage 2 of the Planning (Scotland) Bill, and will feed into the debate as the Bill continues through Parliament for the remainder of this year.

The conference also represents a unique forum for knowledge exchange, open discussion and cross-sector engagement while presenting an opportunity for delegates to engage with buyers and suppliers.

 

PAS

PAS helps people to engage with the places they live in. PAS provides impartial planning advice, training, education programmes, facilitation, community visioning and awareness-raising to ensure everyone has a voice in creating positive communities.

A copy of the agenda for the event follows below and will be updated regularly. If you have any queries regarding the event please contact us via [email protected].

 

Event Agenda

9:20 Introduction from the Chair – Irene Beautyman, Planning for Place Programme Manager, The Improvement Service

9:30 Session 1 – The needs, challenges and opportunities for our communities

Understanding the needs of communities – Phil Prentice, Chief Officer, Scotland’s Towns Partnership

The role of design – Steve Malone, Principal Architect, Architecture and Design Scotland

Connected Communities – Margaret Fraser, Regeneration Manager, ng homes

Q&A

11:10 Break

11:25 Session 2 – Planning, Design and Innovation

The role of planning and community engagement – Craig McLaren, Scotland Director, RTPI

Developments for Co-Housing and integrated communities – Petra Biberbach, Chief Executive, PAS

Embracing Social Innovation for Future Built Environment Professionals – Prof Ashraf Salama, Head of Architecture, University of Strathclyde

Q&A

13:05 Lunch and Networking

13:50 Session 3 – Funding and Practicalities

Sharing best practice internationally – Mirjana Milanovic, Senior advisor at dRO Amsterdam, Department of Planning, Amsterdam

The importance of funding for groups in transition – Sue Kearns, Deputy Director Consumers and Low Carbon, Scottish Government

Private funding and project management

Q&A

15:30 Closing remarks from the Chair

15:40 Close

There are a limited number of reduced rate places for associates, members, partners and colleagues of Scotland's Town's Partnership for just £75 and these will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis, so we recommend booking early to avoid disappointment.

For STP members and partners only: To book your place simply click This Link and use the promotional code Impact16 (which is case sensitive). If you have any questions or require further information please email [email protected].

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Herald Property Awards for Scotland 2018

The Herald Property Awards for Scotland honours the achievements of Scotland’s most innovative and successful house builders, developers and registered social landlords.

Since their inception in 2007, the awards have gained the respect and support of the new build industry as a result of the thorough judging process, and the high calibre awards evening which celebrates the winners and nominees in a range of categories.

As publisher of Scotland’s most comprehensive property guide, Scotland’s Homes, The Herald has a unique understanding of the new build market and there is a wide range of categories to ensure that all styles of properties and developments are recognised, from bespoke luxury homes to innovative social housing developments, from practical family homes to sympathetic renovations.

The awards will take place on Thursday, September 27, 2018 at the DoubleTree by Hilton, Glasgow.

For more information on how to enter or attend the awards please contact Kerry Medford on 0141 302 7319 or email [email protected]

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Vibrant and Safe Town and City Centres

Delivered by Aberdeen Inspired, the Local Alcohol Partnerships, Scottish Business Resilience Centre and ATCM Scotland.

On the 11th October, organisations involved in making town and city centres safe, will come together with top quality speakers to discuss key issues from across the place management industry. We are inviting delegates from across the UK and Ireland to join us for what will be an insightful discussion on promoting safety and vibrancy wthin an urban setting.

Attendance free, book via Eventbrite here

 

Keynote speakers on:

  • Partnership working in the night time economy
  • Counter terrorism and crowded places
  • Managng public space
  • County lines
 
Confirmed speakers include:
 
  • Adrian Watson, CEO, Aberdeen Inspired 
  • Kay Perry, Programme and Regulatory Affairs Director, Portman Group 
  • Stewart Fotheringham, National Pubwatch Scotland 
  • Nicola Johnston, Evening and Night Time Economy Manager, Aberdeen Inspired
  • Brett Crabtree, Strategic Partnerships Development Lead, Drinkaware
  • Simon Ford, Programme Director of the Violence and Vulnerability Unit, (supported by MOPAC and the Home Office) 
 
This event will be followed by a guided tour of Aberdeen to explore the NuArt legacy, one of the UK's most successful street art festivals (see https://2018.nuartaberdeen.co.uk).
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Connected Towns Part 1 - The Physical Space

The Physical Space: Attractive, Active, Accessible Places for All

Our session on 24 October will help you to join the dots where you are; helping connect people and place, through the creation of sustainable, multi-functional spaces; accessible to all. ‘Connected Towns - Part 2, The Digital Space’, follows on Wednesday 12 December.

October’s session brings you -

  • National context and case study presenters.
  • Practical town toolkit exercise.
  • Town surgeries - seek out solutions and ideas for your town.
  • Exchange news and ideas with Scotland’s towns community of practitioners.

This event is now full with a waiting list in place, please contact [email protected]

Non members can join STP today to receive free attendance.

 

 

AGENDA *may be subject to change

13:30​    Coffee /Tea (top up as you need to!)

NATIONAL CONTEXT AND CASE STUDY

14:00    Welcome. Scotland’s Towns Partnership

Phil Prentice, Chief Executive, Scotland’s Towns Partnership (Event Chair)

14:05    Planning Places for the Future

Nick Wright – Nick Wright Planning

Nick is a chartered town planner, a qualified mediator and a trained facilitator, whose work, though mainly Scotland-based, extends globally.  Nick’s role is to make things happen: to bring people together, bring their ideas together, and translate aspirations into action. 

TOWN CENTRE TOOLKIT – USING THE TOOLKIT

14:15    The Town Centre Toolkit – Practical Exercise led by Nick Wright

The Town Centre Toolkit contains ideas and examples of how people and organisations can make their town centre more attractive, more active, and more accessible. It should be used as a source of inspiration rather than a set of recommendations.

Securing investment to improve town centres is difficult as public sector budgets are tighter than ever. Many of the ideas in the toolkit demonstrate how worthwhile improvements can be made through more effective use of existing assets and resources, and by better co-ordination and organisation, to make Scotland’s town centres better places.

The toolkit is divided into three themes: Attractive, Active and Accessible. This recognises that town centres must be all of these things to offer a positive choice to people. The most successful strategies will incorporate aspects of all of these themes.  The toolkit also includes a section called Making It Happen. This is in recognition that to enable real positive change, engaging local people is fundamental. 

14:35    Parking: Whose Space is it anyway? 

Ralston MacKenzie – Peter Brett Associates

The session will discuss parking legislation and roads as ‘right of passage’, the need for parking management     and intervention to dispel myths about parking. Ralston will include results from recent Parking Impact Assessments and case study examples of the benefit of Park and Rides and Modal Transfer.

14:50    Q & A

15:05    Coffee Top-Up

TOWN CENTRE SURGERIES

15:15    Quickfire Introduction from our Surgery Experts – go-to bodies on each of the key areas

15:25    Surgery Sessions. Experts move on to next group every 15 minutes.

  • Attractive: Keep Scotland Beautiful (invited)
  • Active: Sustrans Scotland (invited)
  • Active: Rona Gibb, Manager, Paths for All
  • Accessible: Kiki MacDonald, Co-founder, and Paul Ralph, Euan’s Guide 

16:30    Close

 

 

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Connected Towns Part 1: The Physical Space [Non-Member Booking]

Connected Towns - The Physical Space: Attractive, Active, Accessible Places for All

Our session on 24 October will help you to join the dots where you are; helping connect people and place, through the creation of sustainable, multi-functional spaces; accessible to all. ‘Connected Towns - Part 2, The Digital Space’, follows on Wednesday 12 December.

October’s session brings you -

  • National context and case study presenters.
  • Practical town toolkit exercise.
  • Town surgeries - seek out solutions and ideas for your town.
  • Exchange news and ideas with Scotland’s towns community of practitioners.

Non members can join STP today to receive free attendance. 

This event is now full with a waiting list in place, please contact [email protected]

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Federation of Master Builders Conference: STP Member Offer

With the Scottish Government designating energy efficiency as a National Infrastructure Priority, our conference will bring together SME building contractors, policy makers and stakeholders from Scotland’s construction industry. Join us to discuss the challenges and opportunities for our construction industry, in helping to achieve the Scottish Government’s ambitions on improving the energy efficiency of Scotland's buildings.

Along with discussions on the main stage, there will also be exhibitors showcasing their products and services for delegates to enjoy. 

We are delighted to announce that Monica Lennon MSP, Deputy Convener of the Local Government and Communities Committee, will deliver the keynote address.  

STP members are welcome to attend free of charge.

To book, please click here and use the code FMB_FreeConf to claim your free conference ticket

Read full conference agenda and information here

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Destination High Street: Restoring Vibrancy to Scotland’s Towns

This conference, organised jointly by the Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland (AHSS) and the Scottish Civic Trust (SCT) will explore the challenges faced by Scotland’s high streets and smaller town centres. Speakers will examine projects and schemes aimed at regenerating high streets and the conference will bring together experts on the subject tackling the issue from a range of perspectives. This is a rare chance to hear from people working at the cutting-edge of practice and policy.

The keynote address will be given by Professor Leigh Sparks, Chair of Scotland's Towns Partnership. 

See full information here and book via Eventbrite

 

Agenda

9.30 am Delegate registration and tea/coffee

 

Morning Session

Why do we need the High Street?

Opening remarks Colin McLean, Chair, SCT

The architectural value of the High Street

Simon Green, President, AHSS

The High Street as the centre of community

Dr Susan O’ Connor, Director, SCT

Keynote address: Thinking the unthinkable

Professor Leigh Sparks, Deputy Principal and Professor of Retail Studies, University of Stirling; Chair, Scotland’s Towns Partnership

 

Afternoon Session

What else works?

Public money: conservation area regeneration schemes and townscape heritage initiatives – Lessons learned

Ewan Curtis, Regeneration Principal Officer, Glasgow City Council

Public money: repopulating the High Street – the Empty Homes Partnership

Diarmaid Lawlor, Director of Place, Architecture and Design Scotland

 

Coffee / networking

 

People: community take-over of the High Street

Evie Copland, Board Member, the Stove Network

People: Ayr’s Day O’ the Deid – a case study in vibrancy through ceremony

Leona Stewart, Artist, Bright Light Arts

Discussion and closing remarks Martin Robertson, Chair, AHSS

 

Drinks reception

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Driving Forward Change: Next Steps for Community-led Regeneration

Organised by Holyrood Magazine Events - see event page here

This event will examine how to make community-led regeneration a reality and will focus on how organisations can enhance local decision-making.

Driving regeneration and giving communities a stronger voice

Community-led regeneration is at the heart of the Scottish Government’s regeneration strategy, with a £20 million fund from the Empowering Communities Fund announced in June.

The commitment to regeneration is underpinned and supported by several strategies, programmes and targeted funds – the Community Empowerment Act (2015), the People and Community Fund, the Aspiring Communities Fund, the Strengthening Communities Programme and the Community Choices Fund – which strive to drive forward regeneration and make changes through training, employment, arts and volunteering opportunities.

However, achieving regeneration is challenging in the current economic climate, and is still to be fully achieved as many programmes struggle financially and often spend much of their time and resources trying to make ends meet.

Join Holyrood on 8 November as we bring together experts at the forefront of community-led regeneration to examine how to support communities to drive forward regeneration that is effective and sustainable.

Key issues we’ll examine with you

  • Empowering communities to identify issues and opportunities in their local area and make decisions about how to make positive changes
  • Increasing the number and strength of locally-controlled, enterprising community organisations and supporting organisations to take ownership of assets, buildings and land, in line with the Community Empowerment and Common Good Property: Guidance for Local Authorities guidance
  • Co-ordinating actions and responding to challenges in areas with high levels of disadvantage, and supporting communities to deal with this effectively
  • Utilising the targeted funds and programmes:
    • The Strengthening Communities Programme
    • People and Communities Fund
    • Community Choices Fund
    • Aspiring Communities Fund

Confirmed speakers

  • Ian Cooke, Director, Development Trusts Association Scotland
  • Phil Prentice, Chief Officer, Scotland's Towns Partnership
  • Representative, Dundee International Women's Centre 

Who should attend?

  • Community councils
  • Managers, directors, and chief executives of community organisations
  • Director, managers, policy officers of third sector and equality organisations
  • Community planning, business services, planning and health improvement and partnership and commissioning in local authorities
  • Community planning partnerships
  • Private sector working in community regeneration

 

Agenda*

09:30    Registration and Refreshments

10:00    Welcome and Introduction from Chair

10:05    Session 1: Policy and Overview

  • Utilising the targeted funds and programmes:
    • The Strengthening Communities Programme
    • People and Communities Fund
    • Community Choices Fund
    • Aspiring Communities Fund
  • Examining the progress since the Scottish Government strategy

11:00    Questions and Discussion

11:20    Refreshments and Networking

11:40    Session 2: Empowering Communities to Tackle Inequalities

  • Increasing the number and strength of locally-controlled, enterprising community organisations and supporting organisations to take ownership of assets, buildings and land
  • Co-ordinating actions and responding to challenges in areas with high levels of disadvantage, and supporting communities to deal with this effectively

12:20    Questions and Discussion

12:50    Lunch and Networking

13:50    Session 3: Sharing Successful Approaches

A number of case studies will highlight successful approaches to community regeneration.

14:50    Questions and Discussion

15:20    Closing Remarks from Chair

15:30    Close of Event

*Agenda subject to change

Venue

Central Edinburgh, venue to be confirmed in due course

Costs

Delegate rates (excluding VAT):

  • Discounted rate: 1 place £145 + VAT (Voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income of less than £1m)
  • Reduced rate: 1 place £245 + VAT | 2+ places £195 + VAT per place (Central government departments and agencies, local authorities, universities, colleges, NHS, police, housing associations, professional associations and voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income over £1m)
  • Full rate: 1 place £295 + VAT | 2+ places £245 + VAT per place (Commercial organisations e.g. plc, Ltd, LLP)

For all event enquiries please email [email protected] or call 0131 285 1635

Dates
8 November 2018
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Scottish Empty Homes Conference 2018

Step Change - a vision for the future

Empty Homes Annual Conference 2018

When : 26th November 2018

Where : The Engine Shed, Stirling

As ever we will have a packed agenda of speakers and the opportunity to choose from several workshops and soundbite sessions. Who knows - you might even be our Howden's Empty Homes Champion of the Year 2018!

Full Agenda to be published shortly.

Booking Information

Delegate Rate: £109 + VAT

You can pay by card, or request an invoice at the payment page. Please note - invoice payments must be settled before the date of the conference.

Enquiries about booking more than two places, general registration or sponsorship should be directed to [email protected]

To book your place, please visit Empty Homes Conference page here

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Cross Party Group on Towns Meeting: Clean, Green, Sustainable Towns

Join STP and town stakeholders for the next meeting of the CPG on Towns and Town Centres on Wednesday 5 December 2018.

In December's meeting we will hear from expert speakers and the latest initiatives on how to create Clean, Green and Sustainable Towns as well as the benefits of these for local communities and economies.

There will also be time for both networking and speaker Q&A, with refreshments kindly supported by Zero Waste Scotland and Keep Scotland Beautiful

 

AGENDA

‘Clean, Green, Sustainable Towns’

Scottish Parliament, Committee Room 2

Refreshments kindly supported by Zero Waste Scotland and Keep Scotland Beautiful

12:00            Meet in Parliament reception area

12:30            Light refreshments

12:40            Welcome and Opening Remarks – John Scott MSP, Convener

12:45            Minutes of the Meeting of the Cross Party Group held 26th September

                     Matters Arising from the Minutes

 

Clean, Green, Sustainable Towns

12:50            Introduction

                     Phil Prentice, Chief Officer, Scotland’s Towns Partnership

12:55            Urban Green Infrastructure: Making healthy, prosperous places

Iain Rennick, Head of Structural Funds, Scottish Natural Heritage

13:05            Zero Waste Scotland and Towns

Lesley Ure, Project Development Officer; Warren McIntyre, Programme Manager, Zero Waste Scotland

13:15            Prosperous and Productive Places: The Future of Scotland’s Vacant and Derelict Land

Martin Valenti, Strategic Director, Scottish Land Commission

13:25            Discussion

13:40            Scotland’s Most Beautiful High Street Winner 2018

                     Pete Leonard, Operations Director, Keep Scotland Beautiful

13:50            Any Other Competent Business

14:00            Close of Meeting

Date of Next Meeting: TBA

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Connected Towns Part 2 - The Digital Space

Please note that this event is now at maximum capacity. To add your name to the waiting list, or for any other event queries, please contact [email protected]

Our session on 12 December will help you to connect all things digital: From helping to connect people with their
place, through to sustainable WiFi solutions and becoming a Digital Town/Improvement District. This is a follow-up event to ‘Connected Towns – Part 1, The Physical Space: Attractive, Active and Accessible Places for All

December’s session brings you -

  • National context and case study presenters.
  • Town surgeries - seek out solutions and ideas for your town.
  • Exchange news and ideas with Scotland’s towns community of practitioners.

Attendance is free for STP members, and £50+VAT for non-members. Not a member? Join now and enjoy all-year-
round access to free learning events; being part of our community of practitioners; and a range of toolkits and
funding supports.

 

AGENDA *may be subject to change

13:00​    Coffee /Tea (top up as you need to!)

13:30    Welcome & Introduction  

Phil Prentice, Chief Executive, Scotland’s Towns Partnership (Event Chair)

NATIONAL CONTEXT AND CASE STUDY

13:35    Gigabit Communities – a catalyst for economic and social development
              Justene Ewing, Vice President, CGI

13:55    Digital Strategy for Scotland – What does it Mean for Towns?

             Colin Cook, Director of Digital, Scottish Government 

14:15    Digital Improvement Districts

              Bill Harvey, Kirkcaldy4All; Simon Baldwin, Destination 66; Richard Watson, Rapier Systems

14:35    Q & A

TOWN CENTRE SURGERIES

15:00    Quickfire Introduction from our Surgery Experts – go-to bodies on each of the key areas-

  • Ros Halley, Digital Engagement - Destination Optimisation Tool
  • Ronnie McLaren, Thomas Stanford Cyberhub Ltd. - Digital 
  • Neil Cunningham, Our Community HUB - Community Platforms
  • Colin Munro, Miconex - Local currencies and Smart Town/City Reward Programmes 

15:10    Surgery Sessions. Experts move on to next group every 15 minutes.

16:00    Close

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Connected Towns Part 2: The Digital Space [Non Member Booking]

Please note that this event is now at maximum capacity. To add your name to the waiting list, or for any other event queries, please contact [email protected]

Our session on 12 December will help you to connect all things digital: From helping to connect people with their place, through to sustainable WiFi solutions and becoming a Digital Town. This is a follow-up event to ‘Connected Towns – Part 1, The Physical Space: Attractive, Active and Accessible Places for All

December’s session brings you -

  • National context and case study presenters.
  • Town surgeries - seek out solutions and ideas for your town.
  • Exchange news and ideas with Scotland’s towns community of practitioners.

See full agenda here

Please note that this event is now at maximum capacity. To add your name to the waiting list, or for any other event queries, please contact [email protected]

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Places and Spaces for Health and Wellbeing 2019

Places and Spaces for Health and Wellbeing 2019: Creating Healthier Towns and Cities

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The health and wellbeing of a population is a key focus in any thriving nation. With this in mind, it is widely recognised that many of the underlying determinants of inequalities in health and well-being including, for example, our built environment, our communities as well as access to green space must be dealt with in a collaborative manner between government, communities and other organisations using all of the tools, data  and technologies available.

There are a growing number and variety of organisations, including Scottish Government agencies, NDPBs, private companies and charities, working in this field and looking at a variety of issues and strategies. These issues include the association between health and access to green spaces and recreation, the benefits of play and the importance of active travel and how new strategies and technologies can encourage collaboration and connectedess to deliver measurable results and the role of funding, particularly within urban environments such as towns and cities, which is highlighted through funding programmes such as such as the next £8,000,000 funding round for SHN’s Green Infrastructure Fund.

This conference will examine the connections between health and wellbeing, technology, collaboration, place making and use of urban built landscape and open spaces. In addition, it will summarise the relationship between open space in relation to physical and mental health, and environmental, economic, social and cultural wellbeing, through expert analysis and evidence-based case studies.

A copy of the agenda follows below and will be updated regularly. If you have any queries regarding the event, please contact us via [email protected].

9:20 Introduction from the Chair – Petra Biberbach, CEO, PAS

9:30 Session one – Engagement and the Creation of Healthy Communities and Places for All Ages

The Place Standard; Engagement and Empowerment – John Howie, Organisational Lead, Health Equity (Place), NHS Health Scotland

The Impact of placemaking on our everyday sense of wellbeing – Kirstin Taylor, Director, LDA Design

Turnaround Towns; Lessons from international evidence – Lauren Pennycook, Senior Policy Advisor, Carnegie UK Trust

Children’s Play and Learning; the impact of place on relationships and social interactions – Marguerite Hunter-Blair, CEO, Play Scotland

Q&A

11:15 break

11:30 Session 2 – Access to and Funding for Greenspace

Funding Urban Greenspace – Iain Rennick, Head of Structural Funds, Scottish Natural Heritage

Understanding Urban Greenspace – Margaret Fraser, Head of Regeneration, ng homes

The role of Active Travel – Joanne Boyle, Team Leader, Bus Accessibility and Active Travel Directorate, Transport Scotland

Facilitating active travel – Stuart Douglas, Smarter Choices Smarter Places Manager, Paths for All

Q&A

13:15 Closing remarks from the Chair

13:25 Lunch and Networking

14:30 Close

Delegate bookings for this event are now open and there are a limited number of discounted ‘early-bird’ places available. These will be allocated on a ‘first-come-first-served’ basis, so we do recommend booking early to avoid disappointment.

You can book your place by clicking here, or using the button below.

If you are interested in sponsorship or exhibition opportunities, please contact us at [email protected].

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Smarter Greener Urban Places for Scotland: Ways to improve and modernise the infrastructure of our places

This MacKay Hannah conference examines the core project opportunities to modernise and improve the infrastructure of all Scotland's communities to create smarter, greener places - delivering real gains in resilient, green, digitally enabled places ready to compete, thrive and deliver inclusive growth.

This conference will be relevant for anyone involved in the planning, delivery and development of infrastructure, services and smart systems in Scottish cities, towns and villages whether in the public, private or third sector.

Read more about this conference on our website, BOOK YOUR PLACE HERE or contact for further information.

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Understanding Scotland's New Planning Act: What do you need to know about the new planning system?

This MacKay Hannah conference discusses the Scottish Government's new Planning Act which is expected to become law in early 2019. It will examine how the new legislation changes the way in which development is planned, planning applications are processed, communities are consulted and the planning system is resourced. The conference will consider whether the overall aim of promoting inclusive growth through the delivery of development is achieved and will explain the impact of the new planning laws for the planning system in Scotland.

It will be relevant for anyone involved in the planning process as applicants, regulators, community interest groups, promoters of economic development & growth, and participants in the strategic planning, development & place-making processes.

Read more about this conference on our website, BOOK YOUR PLACE HERE or contact for further information.

Early Bird Booking Discount of 25% in place for limited period of time – delegate rates start from £120  

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Community Development Alliance Scotland Conference 2019

Save the date - Community Development Alliance Scotland Conference 2019
Thursday 7th February
The Studio, Glasgow

Please contact Rachel at [email protected] if you have any queries and visit the CDAS Scotland website for more information.

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Can Do Places: Community Super Heroes v The Blight of Empty Buildings Launch Event

Event by Can Do Places: We are delighted to confirm that Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Economy Derek Mackay MSP will join us at the Tontine Building, Glasgow on Thursday 7 February to hear and talk about all that you and Can Do Places are doing.

We’re launching:

  • Out NEW resource website
  • Our Enterprise Walkabouts
  • Our Podcast series
  • AND details of the new Can Do Places book.

This is no sit down and listen event.  This is a get up, share stories and make things happen event. Groups from all over Scotland will be there sharing experiences.

It is also a super opportunity to hear from Derek Mackay about the importance of what everyone on the ground is doing and especially how community superheroes can transform our spaces and economy.

Clearing the Obstacle Course

We have set a challenge that by the end of the session we will have at least four things identified that will make life easier and projects happen faster.

We need you to be there. The more people who are able to share their stories and add to the discussion the better.

The launch is FREE to attend.  It will run from 9am to 12pm so please join us. 

Register NOW as places are limited.

REGISTER
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Pass it on Week, 9-17 March 2019
By Recycle for Scotland; Pass it on Week is Scotland's annual celebration of re-use - join in and get swapping, donating, sharing and repairing to help make things last!  The next Pass it on Week will be 9-17 March 2019 - and the theme is 'The Big Declutter'. Read more here
There are plenty of resources available including;
We're also holding a series of stakeholder events where you can come and find out more;
  • Perth -  Friday 25th January 2019, 10-1
  • Aberdeen - Tuesday 29th January 2019, 11-3

Booking is essential, so please register on the links on the event you'd like to attend.

PIOW
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Cross Party Group on Towns and Town Centres Meeting

Join STP and town stakeholders for the next meeting of the Cross Party Group on Towns and Town Centres.

The discussion topic is 'Towns: Creativity and Culture'. Please see below for the agenda and speakers. 

If you wish to attend, please RSVP your place below. 

Agenda

12:30            Meet in Parliament reception area

13:00            Coffee, tea and shortbread available

13:10            Welcome and Opening Remarks – John Scott MSP, Convener

13:15            Minutes of the Meeting of the Cross Party Group held 5th December 2018. Matters Arising from the Minutes

 

Towns: Creativity and Culture

13:20            Introduction

                     Phil Prentice, Chief Officer, Scotland’s Towns Partnership

13:30            Creativity and Culture in Towns

Karen Dick, Place, Partnerships and Communities Officer, Creative Scotland

13:40            Cultural Enterprise in our Towns

Rachael Brown, Chief Executive Officer, Cultural Enterprise Office

13:50            Embracing Creativity and Culture in Dumfries

Matt Baker, The Stove Network

14:00            Discussion

14:20            Any Other Competent Business

14:30            Close of Meeting

 

Date of Next Meeting: Wednesday 19th June – Theme T.B.C. 

Parliamentary Reception on a Celebration of Small and Rural Towns, Tuesday 26th March, The Garden Lobby

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RTPI Scottish Young Planners' Conference 2019

Our 2019 Young Planners' Network conference takes place in the beautiful city of Dundee. This year we will be looking at how young planners can 'deliver great places now and for the future'. A jam packed line up with some of the most esteemed built environment professionals in the country will be complemented by afternoon workshops, helping improve and refine skills critical for your development as a professional planner. We are expecting another sell-out event so don't delay and book tickets today.

Read programme and boooking information on the RTPI Scotland website

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Cross Party Group for Towns and Town Centres Parliamentary Reception

A celebration, recognising the diversity and importance of Scotland’s small and rural towns. Given the importance of towns to MSPs and their constituents, this is a significant event to connect and inform. Leaders in the towns and Improvement Districts field will join at this opportunity to get up to speed and celebrate towns becoming viable, vibrant, vital places.

Cross Party Group for Towns and Town Centres Parliamentary Reception
Sponsored by John Scott MSP

‘A Celebration of Small and Rural Towns’

Recognising the diversity and importance of Scotland’s small and rural towns 

Ministerial Address by, Aileen Campbell MSP, Cabinet Secretary, Communities and Local Government

Tuesday, 26th March 2019

6 pm to 8 pm

The Garden Lobby
Scottish Parliament

 

To register your place please contact Alison Jones: [email protected]

Information for visitors to the Parliament can be found here:  https://www.parliament.scot/Eventsandexhibitions/Information_for_Guests_-_Jul_2018.pdf

 

Agenda

17:30   Guests Arrival

17:45   Guests Escorted to The Garden Lobby

18:00   Networking and Small and Rural Towns Showcase

18:15   Welcome – John Scott MSP, Convener, Cross Party Group for Towns and Town Centres

18:20   Ministerial Address – Aileen Campbell MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Local Government

18:30   Professor Leigh Sparks, Deputy Principal and Professor of Retail Studies at the Institute for Retail Studies, University of Stirling and Chair, Scotland’s Towns Partnership

18:40   5G and what it means for Places and People in Scotland

              David Wallace, Director Scotland, Major and Public Sector, and Chair of BT in   Scotland and Fotis Karonis, Managing Director, Mobile and Voice Converged Services, BT

18:50   Bringing rural resilience, energy and local generation

            Caryn Jack, Stakeholder Engagement Manager, Scottish Power Energy Networks

19:00    Networking and Small and Rural Towns Showcase

20:00   Close

Refreshments provided

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Introduction to Local Economic Development: Challenging Times for Scotland’s Towns

CPD Course delivered by EDAS and Prof Alan McGregor, University of Glasgow

WHEN

March 27, 2019 at 9.30am – 3.30pm

WHERE

Architecture + Design Scotland, Bakehouse Close, Edinburgh

BOOKING

£150 + VAT, email [email protected] to reserve your place. Booking includes the course and materials, CPD certificate/points, also one year’s membership of the Economic Development Association Scotland.

Under the circumstances of key trends impacting on the economy - Brexit, digitalisation, low growth/low productivity and demographic change - it is challenging for people involved in Scotland’s Towns and local economic development to work out what’s best to be done. Uncertainty casts a heavy cloud over local and regional economies. However, this simply means that professionals need to be more up to speed with what is going on and how best to respond.

This one-day course on Challenging Times for Scotland’s Towns is designed for Business Improvement District Managers, Chairs, Local Authority liaison officers and other sector professionals as an introduction to local economic development through the lens of towns and city districts. It will cover key policies and strategies, and institutional arrangements, relevant to the Scottish town and urban district setting. There will also be consideration to some of the underlying economic issues and key drivers in relation to maximising potential of businesses, people and places.

Booking for this workshop also comes with one year’s membership of EDAS, alongside a CPD certificate and points from the Institute for Economic Development.

 

Agenda: CHALLENGING TIMES FOR SCOTLAND’S TOWNS

9.30                         Coffee/tea on arrival

10.00                       Purpose of the Day, Phil Prentice

10.05                       Key Economic and Social Trends, Prof Alan McGregor    

11.15                       Policies and Strategies

12.30                       Lunch

1.15                         Institutions and Processes

2.30                         Open Forum: Doing Better for Our Towns

3.25                         Closing Remarks

3.30                         Close

 

About Prof Alan McGregor

Alan McGregor is Professor of Economic Development in the Adam Smith Business School at the University of Glasgow. Although working in an academic environment for most of his career, he has always placed considerable emphasis on research with applications for policy and practice. He has worked for a range of public bodies including community-based initiatives, local authorities, sub-regional and city-regional bodies throughout the UK, national agencies across the UK, the Scottish Government and its agencies, and for the European Commission between 2011 and 2016 advising on the evaluation of the European Social Fund across all 28 member states.

Coming from a background in labour economics, he has researched a wide variety of local economic development and inclusion issues, and carried out many hundreds of evaluations of projects, programmes and policies.  Much of his work relates to the development of strategies and action plans to achieve better outcomes at the local, sub-regional and national levels.

Alan was born and brought up in Ayr, but on occasional visits to the town has not been able to summon the psychological strength walk down to the bottom of Ayr High Street for at least 10 years, since it entered into a period of ‘renaissance’. He remains very committed to Ayrshire. He is vice-chair of the North Ayrshire Economic Development and Regeneration Board, and has worked pro bono on aspects of the Ayrshire Growth Deal. He is also a founder member of the board of the Ayr United Football Academy.

 

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STP Workshop: Town Delivery Models and Governance Strategy

Our session on 30 April will help you navigate through the delivery models for place development, from Town Teams to City-Led Partnerships, and Development Trusts to Improvement Districts. This practical session will discuss the models that will help to support community and business-led development of our towns, urban districts, villages and places.

We’ll also have expert support from Burness Paull LLP on getting the governance strategy right. This session is perfect for communities just starting out on the process with a ‘how-to’ guide, and also a refresher on what models are available for places and spaces (e.g. Voluntary organisation, SCIO, and Limited Company etc).

April’s session brings you -

  • National context and case study presenters on delivery models,
  • Expert guidance on governance strategy,
  • Town surgeries - seek out solutions and ideas for your place,
  • Exchange news and ideas with Scotland’s towns community of practitioners.

Attendance and Booking

Attendance is free for STP members, and £50+VAT for non-members.

STP members can RSVP below. Alternatively, you can purchase a ticket as a non-member here

Not a member? Join now and enjoy all-year-round access to free learning events; being part of our community of practitioners; and a range of toolkits and funding supports.

 

AGENDA *may be subject to change

12:30 Coffee /Tea (top up as you need to!)

13:00 Welcome & Introduction
Mhairi Donaghy, Associate Director, EKOS and Scotland’s Towns Partnership Board Member (Event Chair)

Delivery Models for Places

13:05 The Improvement District Model
Mhairi Donaghy, Associate Director, EKOS

13:20 Town Team Approach and Multi-Partner Collaboration
Margaret Fraser, ng homes

13:35 Development Trust
Pauline Gallagher, Neilston Development Trust

Governance Strategy and Corporate Structures

13:50 Governance Strategy for Places
Stephen Phillips, Partner, Burness Paull LLP

14:10 Q & A

14:20 Coffee top-up

14:30 Town centre surgeries

Surgery Sessions. Expert speakers move on to next group every 15 minutes for any in-depth questions.

15:30 Close

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STP Workshop: Town Delivery Models and Governance Strategy [Non-Member Booking]

Our session on 30 April will help you navigate through the delivery models for place development, from Town Teams to City-Led Partnerships, and Development Trusts to Improvement Districts. This practical session will discuss the models that will help to support community and business-led development of our towns, urban districts, villages and places.

We’ll also have expert support from Burness Paull LLP on getting the governance strategy right. This session is perfect for communities just starting out on the process with a ‘how-to’ guide, and also a refresher on what models are available for places and spaces (e.g. Voluntary organisation, SCIO, and Limited Company etc).

April’s session brings you -

  • National context and case study presenters on delivery models,
  • Expert guidance on governance strategy,
  • Town surgeries - seek out solutions and ideas for your place,
  • Exchange news and ideas with Scotland’s towns community of practitioners.

Attendance and Booking

Attendance is free for STP members, and £50+VAT for non-members.

You can purchase a ticket as a non-member below.

STP members can RSVP FOC here

Not a member? Join now and enjoy all-year-round access to free learning events; being part of our community of practitioners; and a range of toolkits and funding supports.

If you have any queries about event booking, please Alison Jones at [email protected]

 

AGENDA *may be subject to change

12:30 Coffee /Tea (top up as you need to!)

13:00 Welcome & Introduction
Mhairi Donaghy, Associate Director, EKOS and Scotland’s Towns Partnership Board Member (Event Chair)

Delivery Models for Places

13:05 The Improvement District Model
Mhairi Donaghy, Associate Director, EKOS

13:20 Town Team Approach and Multi-Partner Collaboration
Margaret Fraser, ng homes

13:35 Development Trust
Pauline Gallagher, Neilston Development Trust

Governance Strategy and Corporate Structures

13:50 Governance Strategy for Places
Stephen Phillips, Partner, Burness Paull LLP

14:10 Q & A

14:20 Coffee top-up

14:30 Town centre surgeries

Surgery Sessions. Expert speakers move on to next group every 15 minutes for any in-depth questions.

15:30 Close

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National Walking Month

Are you ready to celebrate walking? Watch this space to see what Living Streets' Scotland have coming up for National Walking Month this May.

As it's Living Streets' 90th anniversary, they'll be giving it even more oomph!

Visit National Walking Month webpage

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Best practice approaches to place-based regeneration: SURF Awards Shared Learning Workshop – 2nd May 2019

This free half-day SURF Awards workshop event in the Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh on 2nd May provides an opportunity to explore successful current approaches towards regenerating Scotland’s places with three winning projects from the ‘Most Improved Place’, ‘Housing’ and ‘Community Led Regeneration’ categories highlighted in the 2018 SURF Awards process.

SURF and the Scottish Government work together to identify and highlight excellence and innovation in initiatives that address social and economic challenges in disadvantaged communities through the annual SURF Awards for Best Practice in Community Regeneration.

Workshop guests will firstly hear from project a representative in the ‘Most Improved Place’ category winner the Orkney island of Westray. The community owned Westray Development Trust’s mission is to develop the economic, social and cultural sustainability of Westray by harnessing the quality of its resources, people and island environment. It has delivered a number of projects with real practical benefits for the island’s diverse demographic and its economy.

This will be followed by input from the ‘Housing’ winner Chapelpark: A new beginning. This Angus Council-led project successfully transformed a B-listed former school into 29 high quality affordable rented homes in the town centre. An eco-minimalist ethos involving high thermal insulation and airtightness, and passive solar gain, was used to provide comfortable and efficient homes, which the Council pre-allocated to existing tenants.

Finally, we will hear from the ‘Community Led Regeneration’ winner Papay Community Cooperative, based on the Orkney island of Papa Westray. In 1979, Papay Community Cooperative was established by local community members in response to an announcement that the island’s only shop was set to close. The group’s initial aim was to develop a community shop, accommodation for tourists, and a venue for community activities. It delivered these by repurposing a row of empty farm cottages, known as Beltane House, which have helped safeguard the island’s future.

Following an open discussion session with the projects attendees will hear from Scottish Government representatives who will give an overview of current priorities regarding place based regeneration. This will be followed by a short presentations from Scotland’s Towns Partnership on the role they provide in helping to regenerate Scotland’s towns and Highlands and Islands Enterprise on their current focus on place based regeneration. The floor will then be open for wider discussion on national policy.

Programme

10:00am   Welcome and Coffee

10:30am   Introduction: Andy Milne, Chief Executive, SURF

10:40am   Presentation, Westray: Isobel Thompson, Westray Development Trust

10:50am   Presentation, Chapelpark: Lynne Warburton, Angus Council

11.00am   Presentation, Papay Community Co-op: Jennifer Foley, Papay Community Co-op

11:10am   Open Discussion, Questions and Comments with representatives from the projects

11:30pm   Presentation, Place-Based Regeneration: Susan Bolt, Scottish Government (TBC)

11:40pm   Presentation, Scotland’s Towns Partnership: Phil Prentice, STP

11:50pm   Presentation, Highlands and Islands Enterprise: TBC, HIE (TBC)

12.00pm   Open Discussion on National Policy

12:30pm   Summary, Thanks and What’s Next: Andy Milne and Emma Scott, Information, Communications & Events Officer, SURF

12:40pm   Networking Lunch

When and Where

Date and Time: Thurs 2nd May 2019, 10am-1.30pm

Venue: The Storytelling Centre, 43-45 High St, Edinburgh EH1 1SR

Booking

To book a place at this free event please complete the booking form at the SURF event page here.

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DrinkAware Information Sessions for Staff and Businesses

Drinkaware has partnered with the Scottish Alcohol Industry Partnership to deliver multiple free ‘Everything you need to know about alcohol’ sessions across Scotland in 2019. 

These workshops can be targeted at employees, sole traders, SMEs and business associations, to help support individual workers as well as promote a healthier, happier workforce: 

"The alcohol awareness session run by Drinkaware for our staff was informative and interactive with some surprising misconceptions blown out of the window" - Lloyd's Register

Alcohol can affect every aspect of our lives, from our long-term health to our mindset and safety at work the day after drinking.

The one-hour interactive sessions will give you the facts about alcohol and take-home tools so you can make better choices about your drinking; enabling you to feel healthier and happier both at work and at home.

Remaining dates are:

  • 8th May 2019 - Edinburgh

 

Click here to book your free place.

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The Line Between Engagement and Enforcement: ATCM Cities Group Meeting on Homelessness

Register now at  https://engagement_enforcement.eventbrite.com

Homelessness might be one of the most complex issues ATCM members face on a daily basis. Judging the nature and extent of an individual's vulnerability is difficult, and the implications for getting this judgement call wrong could be damaging for both the individuals and the organisations involved.

A number of issues add to this complexity. Mental health, addiction, conflation between homelessness, street begging and rough sleeping, exploitative gang culture, the availability of housing, government welfare policy may all play a role. As Place Managers, how should we intervene? When is the right time to engage? When is the right time to enforce? Is enforcement ever the right solution?

The next meeting of the ATCM Cities Group will be an open and honest, multi-agency roundtable discussion about 'The Line Between Engagement and Enforcement' designed to promote better understanding of a difficult subject. Hosted and supported by the Cathedral Quarter BID in Derby, we will hear about the local partnership approach delivered by the Proactive Engagement and Enforcement Programme. This meeting will bring together public and private sector city centre managers with outreach professionals, Police and Crime Commissioners, housing agencies, health professionals and others.

Spaces are limited so book early to avoid disappointment. This meeting is for practitioners only.

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Arts & Business Scotland: Specialist Fundraising Courses for Arts & Heritage

Would you like to…

* Develop partnerships and sponsorship opportunities with businesses?

* Learn how to market and fundraise lawfully within GDPR?

* Write funding applications and communications copy with copywriting knowledge?

* Get started on fundraising?

If yes to one or more of the above, then during May Arts & Business Scotland have four courses designed to get you on the track to achieving your goals.

Go to their Events page to read attendee reviews and find out more information on each training day or click on the individual training options choice below.

Please note that spaces are limited, and some have only a few places remaining.

Beyond GDPR – How to Market and Fundraise Lawfully
9 May 2019, 12:30 – 16:30 / Book Here
"If you want understandable, invaluable information and a great speaker then book now!"

Sponsorship: Developing Creative Partnerships
14 May 2019, 10:15 – 16:30 / Book Here
“Excellent….This session has made me think differently about creating a creative partnership.”

Telling It Like It Is – Effective Copywriting
15 May 2019, 10:15 – 16:30 / Book Here
“Excellent trainer and you will get a lot out of this session…”

Fundraising: Getting Started
23 May 2019, 09:15 – 16:30 / Book Here
"Very well presented and engaging. Very knowledgeable tutor. If you're fairly new to fundraising or feel you need a re-fresh this is a great day to get an overview."

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Models for Success: 2019 Seminar Series from Burness Paull

From February to May 2019 Burness Paull are holding a seminar series on ‘Models for Success’: models for better collaboration and joint working among public authorities; models for maximising the benefit of City Region Deals; models for creating vibrant and sustainable communities; and models for driving innovation in delivery of public services.

Please see below or the event website for more information

 

SEMINAR 4
INNOVATION PARTNERSHIPS

Topics will include:

  • Key features of the Innovation Partnership model; 
  • Constraints on innovation arising from existing procurement approaches; 
  • New opportunities which Innovation Partnerships could unlock; 
  • Emerging templates and guidance for Innovation Partnerships.

Who should attend: 

  • Private sector players in public infrastructure and public services;
  • Accountants and consultants with a specialist practice in this field; 
  • Senior officers of public sector bodies.

When and where

Tuesday 14 May 2019
Burness Paull's Edinburgh Office, 50 Lothian Road, Edinburgh, EH3 9WJ
8.30am - 10.45am

 

    

Events contact: [email protected]

 

 

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Community Business Matters - Community Shares Scotland Workshops

On 14 May in Edinburgh or 15 May in Glasgow, come along to Community Shares Scotland's workshop to learn more about the community shares funding model and how it helps community businesses grow and thrive.

Do you have aspirations to run a successful community business? Or perhaps you support people and communities with enterprising ideas? Then this is the event for you!

Booking for Edinburgh workshop here.

Booking for Glasgow workshop here

 

What are Community Shares?

Community shares are a way for people to invest in what matters to them. Community members buy shares in enterprises providing goods and services that meet their needs. In turn, the business is owned and governed by the community it serves.

Community shares can save local shops and pubs, finance renewable energy schemes, transform community facilities, support local food growing, fund new football clubs, restore heritage buildings, and above all, build stronger, more vibrant, and independent communities.

What will happen on the day?

The workshop will be practical and inspiring - with a focus on sources of free support and lots of success stories from the previous 5 years of the Community Shares Scotland programme.

This event is aimed at both community groups and intermediary support organisations. And there will be a tasty lunch!

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Play, Social Justice and Urban Space - Perspectives from India and Scotland

Play, Social Justice and Urban Space is an exciting international event exploring children's use of space. How do children navigate their local environments? How do they claim space, making child-friendly environments in contested urban space? What role do adults have? The programme includes a rich mix of speakers from Scotland and India, music, art and dialogue. Light refreshments.

International Play Association (IPA) Scotland looks forward to welcoming you to this unique opportunity for planners, designers, playworkers, international development professionals, architects, children's rights advocates and educators to hear perspectives from India and Scotland, and join the conversation.

Presenters

  • Dr Sudeshna Chatterjee, ACE Trust (Delhi) & IPA World Board Member
  • Dr Jenny Wood, A Place in Childhood & Heriot Watt University
  • Cathy McCulloch, OBE, Children’s Parliament
  • Marion Kenny, Musician, Storyteller
  • Barbara Middleton, Artist, Educator

For further details of the programme and to buy tickets, follow this link: https://play-socialjustice-urbanspace.eventbrite.co.uk

IPA Scotland is a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO), Scottish Charity Number: SC026909

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Scotland’s Housing – More than just Numbers

An event focused on the delivery of affordable, environmentally responsible housing. Organised by The Scottish Ecological Design Association and the Gaia Group.

The Scottish Government has committed to beginning work on a vision of how homes and communities will look in 2040 and how to get there (Housing Beyond 2021). Gaia Research with The Scottish Ecological Design Association (SEDA) are hosting an event to bring together inspiration – from successful and innovative housing initiatives in the UK and Europe – with information on how change can be facilitated and the design qualities required to ensure our housing is environmentally and demographically future proofed.

For the last 60 years housing in Scotland has been driven by quantity. For the last 40 years housing in Scotland has been dominated by a small number of volume housebuilders. In the last 20 years there has been growing dissatisfaction with the lack of affordable, environmentally benign and future-proofed social housing in Scotland. This concern is widespread amongst central government, local government, the many agencies that this affects, and communities. Meanwhile rents, buy-to-lets and homelessness continue to rise.

Many people want and need affordable, future proofed housing that addresses 21st-century issues – in particular environmental and demographic changes. Many more are appalled at the wrong kind of housing in the wrong place, the eating up of green belt by housing that imposes outdated transport solutions at costs unaffordable to many, and their increasing environmental and social impacts. Concerns about climate change are vital aspects of future proofing, as is the aging population.

In Germany and Switzerland, where homelessness was once a major concern, there has been a commitment to see housing as an underpinning right and essential foundation of a healthy society. There are numerous projects from which Scotland could potentially learn a great deal. However, the innovations they illustrate are widely perceived as “too difficult” to achieve in Scotland.

Scotland’s housing – More than just numbers will address the perception that a right to affordable, future-proofed housing “would never work here” by providing a forum in which to debate what we need to do to make it work here. It will look to the advice and experience of leaders in this field, and to agree the institutions, mechanisms and actors that need to be put in place to overcome the current barriers. 

The changes being set in place in Scotland – in part generated by the Land Commission – and initiatives such as consideration of Compulsory Purchase Orders for under-utilised land are setting an interesting context for this discussion now.   The two immediate building-related contexts are: 

  1. Community self build – new build
  2. Community self-build – refurbishment (this could range from a group wishing to renovate an old building, to those living in a street of ex-mining houses)

The target audience for the event includes community groups, housing associations, representatives of mature and fledgling co-housing and co-operative housing groups, developers, local authorities and relevant Scottish Government departments. We invite your participation to ask the questions that need to be asked and to share your knowledge of how to move forward. 

For further information contact Professor Sandy Liddell Halliday CEng Hon FRIAS: [email protected]

Book at: https://scotlandshousing-seda.eventbrite.co.uk

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Strengthening Communities Conference Scotland 2019

Join practised community development leaders from home and abroad in this exciting two-day international conference sharing experiences, skills, ideas and knowledge. Organised by Highlands & Islands Enterprise. 

Designed by communities, for communities, the event spotlights relevant topics important to organisations like yours, united by the theme 'Ionnsachaidh a ‘tighinn le deasbad' — learning and growing together.

Join the debate - let local and global perspectives empower your community

This is your opportunity to hear from expert speakers on key areas including assets, income, finance, succession, service provision and sustainability.

And importantly, you’ll tackle these topics in working groups – where you can discuss how to get the best results in community-led development with a wide variety of people working at all stages of community project development.

We’re expecting 250 delegates from a wide variety of groups to join the two-day event. In addition, you’ll have access to a vibrant, informative marketplace of up to 60 organisations and partners where you can get the latest help and advice from community support organisations, public agencies, and subject experts.

A diverse programme to stimulate ideas and action

We're delighted to be joined by Alex Thomson, chief correspondent of Channel 4 news. He’ll guide us through a varied programme of speakers, open forums, exhibitors and opportunities for networking and informal meetings. As well as a conference dinner, there’s a variety of entertaining fringe events.

Our final speaking line-up will be announced soon. Speakers already confirmed include: 

  • Sarah Skerrett, author of Recharging Rural
  • Rob Snyder and Suzanne MacDonald of Maine’s Island Institute
  • Brian Swainbanks from Tobermory Harbour
  • Irene Warner-MacIntosh from the Mhor Collective
  • Mike Staples from Dumfries and Galloway Small Communities Housing Trust
  • Neil Ferguson from Electric A9

Sign up today - give your community the advantage!

Please register now to secure your place. Because we anticipate high demand, tickets will be limited to TWO persons per organisation. Let us know if you wish to book a conference dinner place.

Conference rate accommodation is available at the MacDonald Aviemore Resort. We’ll send you a code after you register.

If you're interested in exhibiting in the marketplace, please get in touch at [email protected]

#SCCS19 is being run by Highlands and Islands Enterprise, with support from the South of Scotland Enterprise Partnership, the Scottish Government, and Scottish Enterprise. The conference dinner is supported by Cairngorm National Park Authority.

For more information, visit our website

Do you have questions about Strengthening Communities Conference Scotland 2019? Contact Highlands and Islands Enterprise
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