Welcome to Scotland’s Towns Partnership’s roundup bulletin for January 2018.

Please see below for notices of: upcoming events and workshops; the opportunity to reserve your place for the next Cross Party Group on Towns & Town Centres meeting; and a call for expressions of interest to host our summer 2018 Big Tea Party and our new 2018 conference, The Scottish Place Leadership Summit.

In 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 events, among other benefits.

In addition to key notices below, see information about all upcoming events at our events page, and catch up with our other news at our news page.


Upcoming Events

Maximising Tourism Opportunities in Towns [STP in partnership with VisitScotland] - Last few places remaining!

1.30pm – 4pm, Wednesday 7th February 2018, Murrayfield, Edinburgh

Learn how to maximise the opportunities from tourism in your town at this interactive workshop with VisitScotland and Scotland’s Towns Partnership. Due to high demand, additional places on this workshop have been made available. Read more.

Free to STP Members | £50+VAT Non-Members

Reserve your place here!


Funding Workshop: Where’s the Money? [STP]

1.30 – 4pm, Wednesday 28 March 2018, Architecture & Design Scotland, The Lighthouse, Glasgow

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 some of Scotland's major funders! Read more.

Free to STP Members | £50+VAT Non-Members

Reserve your place here!


Contemporary Approaches to Sustainability in European Cities [Academy of Urbanism, supported by STP]

1pm – 6pm, Thursday 1 March 2018, University of Dundee

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. Read more.

Places are free but will be limited, so registration is required by the 22 February. RSVP


Cross Party Group on Towns & Towns Centres – Young People and Towns

12:30pm - 2pm, Wednesday 14 March 2018, Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh

Join STP and towns 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. 

Read more.

Reserve your place here.


Call for Hosts: Big Towns Tea Party and Scottish Place Leadership Summit

This year Scotland’s Towns Partnership brings two major new events to towns stakeholders, and we’re looking for a host venue for each. These offer a unique opportunity to put your organisation or place at the heart of the national conversation on towns and city districts. Please contact Elaine Bone at [email protected] with queries and to express interest.

Big Towns Tea Party

In June, we are expanding our existing Tea Party and AGM event to become “The BIG Towns Tea Party”. This event will welcome grassroots community organisations and representatives to enjoy a chance to get together, hear about STP supports and be inspired by our guest speakers. See report from last year’s event.  

Scotland’s Place Leadership Summit

In November, we’re delighted to announce a new conference which brings the two flagship events for towns and city districts into one brand. “Scotland’s Place Leadership Summit” is the combination of the BIDs Gathering and Scotland’s Towns Conference, and is aimed at place leaders from across sectors. It will take place during Scotland’s Towns Week, the national campaign celebrating towns and communities across the country.

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