Welcome to Scotland’s Towns Partnership’s latest e-bulletin. Please see below for: (i) invitations to get involved in our MSP Connectors Programme and FutureTown Design Competition, (ii) notices of latest job opportunities, news and events, and (iii) our town photo of the month, of Selkirk market place.

If you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. If you are not already, you can also sign up to our newsletter, and become a member to receive free & discounted entry to events, among other benefits.

You can also view upcoming events at our events page, and catch up with the latest news at our news page.

 

MSP Connector Programme - Host an MSP in Your Town or Neighbourhood This Summer! 

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.

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 issues our towns face. Scotland's cities and small and rural towns and settlements are also welcome to take part.

You can see pictures and read about MSP visits that have taken place so far at our online blog.

How to Get Involved

For further information or to take part either as an MSP or a host, please register your interest with Rhona Brown via rhona@scotlandstowns.org 

To provide us with the necessary information and help with the organisation of your visit, please download our campaign toolkit here.

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.

 

Get Creative for the ‘FutureTown’ Design Competition

The FutureTown Design Competition is open for applications! Both individuals and organisations are invited to submit innovative ideas for positive change in their town or city neighbourhood. The competition is aimed at provoking ideas and encouraging new approaches to highlight what the country’s towns could look like now and in the future.

Organised by Scotland’s Towns Partnership, the winner is chosen by the public through an online vote. Entries gain significant media attention for their local communities, while representatives of the winning design are invited to present their idea at a high-profile event with town and policy stakeholders. The Scotsman is our media partner for the competition once again. 

With no formal application to fill out, entering the competition is straightforward. Individuals or organisations can send a visual representation of their town or idea (such as a photograph or sketch) and a short written description to Scotland’s Towns Partnership, at: ewan@scotlandstowns.org. Applications close on Wednesday 31 October 2018 with voting held during Scotland’s Towns Week, November 2018. Full information can be found on the STP website here.

 

Job Opportunities

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LANGHOLM ALLIANCE FOR ACTION FACILITATOR (PART-TIME) [CLOSES 20/08/2018]

SURF is seeking a part-time Facilitator to support its Alliance for Action programme site of Langholm.

 

BUSINESS IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT MANAGER, DUNOON PRESENTS [CLOSES 31/08/2018]

Dunoon Presents (PA23BID) Business Improvement District requires a Manager to lead in the development of Dunoon BID, which encompasses Dunoon, Kirn and Sandbank.

 

Latest News

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LOCAL GOVERNANCE REVIEW: HAVE YOUR SAY

The Scottish Government and COSLA have jointly launched a Local Governance Review, which will ensure local communities have more say about how public services in their area are run.

 

STP’S PHIL PRENTICE DISCUSSES THE FUTURE OF TOWNS WITH BBC GOOD MORNING SCOTLAND

STP Chief Officer Phil Prentice was interviewed as part of a BBC GMS investigation into the future of Scotland’s town centres. 

 

Working with Glasgow Kelvin College, Digital Skills Scotland are offering a fully funded digital skills course. The online course is free, and all Scottish residents aged over 16 and businesses are eligible.

 

TESCO BAGS OF HELP FUNDING: UP TO £4,000 AVAILABLE FOR YOUR COMMUNITY

Need up to £4000 funding for a project that benefits the community?

 

THE GREAT BRITISH HIGH STREET AWARDS: OPEN FOR ENTRIES

The Great British High Street (GBHS) Awards are an exciting opportunity for councils, businesses, community groups and volunteers to learn from the leading examples of the ways in which high streets are succeeding in overcoming the challenges of a rapidly changing environment.

 

HIDDEN SCOTLAND'S MOST BEAUTIFUL TOWN OR VILLAGE COMPETITION

Show your support for your local town or village on Twitter or Instagram using #HIDDENSCOTLAND History and heritage embody the beautiful country of Scotland. Notorious for its ancient cities and municipalities, brownstone buildings, tartan and bagpipes. But it’s not just the well-known locations such as Edinburgh, the iconic Inverness and...

Upcoming Events 

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Glasgow, Thursday, 9th August at 10:00
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Dundee, Thursday, 20th September at 13:00

 

Town Photo of the Month

July 2018: Selkirk

The month's photo was submitted by Selkirk BID, and comes from an unknown photographer who posted the image to the organisation's Facebook page. The photo is of the new market place in Selkirk developed via a CARS initiative, and is soon to be buzzing with people and stalls. It comes with the credit, ‘you know you’re a souter’. Many thanks to Selkirk BID for sending it in!

Want to showcase your town? We'd love to receive your pictures of your favourite town in Scotland! Each month we'll feature a different one via our bulletin and social media. Send in your photos to Ewan Robertson, ewan@scotlandstowns.org, or tag us on Twitter at @ScotlandsTowns.

Selkirk Market Place, photographer unknown. 

 

 

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