Scotland's Towns Partnership has released it's final newsletter of the year. Please read below for: a message from STP Chair, Professor Leigh Sparks; 2017 infographic; and dates for 2018. 

Seasons's Greetings from Scotland's Towns Partnership


Dear colleague,

I am pleased to introduce the final STP newsletter ahead of the festive period, and to report that it has been another busy and successful year for Scotland’s Towns Partnership.

Through our activities, and together with our numerous members and partners, we have continued to act as the voice for towns in Scotland, supporting those organisations and groups that have an interest in, or ownership of, our towns and city districts. We have also maintained close engagement with the Scottish Government to coordinate action and shared learning around the principles of the Town Centre Action Plan.

In this newsletter you will find an infographic reviewing our progress in supporting towns over the past 12 months.

Particular highlights from the last year include the launch of Understanding Scottish Places Version 2, with new indicators and enhanced features to help inform understanding and decision-making in your local town. The consortium of organisations responsible for USP was also delighted when North Ayrshire Council’s use of the ‘Your Town Audit’ function linked to USP was declared a winner at the Scottish Awards for Quality in Planning last month. In addition, the experience of USP has helped to inspire the proposal for a similar “Understanding Welsh Places” town data tool.

Furthermore, the past year saw the successful delivery of the first ever ‘Scotland’s Most Beautiful High Street’ competition, organised in partnership with Keep Scotland Beautiful and the Sunday Herald. This was won by Forres following a public vote, and awarded in person by the Minister for Local Government and Housing, Kevin Stewart MSP, at our annual conference on 21st November. Moreover, STP delivered a suite of workshops, events, programmes and the initiation of pilot projects to support those who work to improve our towns, as well as Scotland’s Towns Week, the annual celebration of our diverse places.

The next year will bring both challenges and opportunities for towns, and STP will continue to play its role in helping our places to flourish. In early 2018 look out for: the launch of Understanding Scottish Places Version 3; the piloting of a new community and business investment model for business improvement districts; and our first CPD workshops and Cross Party Group meetings of the year. As always, please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you’d like to find out more about any aspect of our work.

Wishing you the best for Christmas and the New Year,

Professor Leigh Sparks

Chair, Scotland’s Towns Partnership


A Year of Support for Towns

STP has released an infographic summarising our activities in 2017. Please view it below, and check out our website to find out more, contact us, access our resources, or become a member


Upcoming in 2018

We are already gearing up for an active start to 2018! Some initial dates and events to look out for include:

  • 7th February 2018, 1.30pm, Edinburgh  – Maximising Tourism Opportunities in Towns: CPD Workshop with VisitScotland. Read more and reserve your place
  • 14th March 2018 - Cross Party Group on Towns and Town Centres: “Young People and Towns”.
  • April 2018 (date TBC) – Launch of Understanding Scottish Places Version 3.


Previous Events

You can view reports of all of our past events, including photos and presentations for download, at our Storify page hereGet all of the key messages and learning from our past events, and see if you can spot yourself!

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