Welcome to Scotland’s Towns Partnership’s roundup bulletin for February 2018. Please see below for: (i) town photo of the month; (ii) STP events and key notices; (iii) latest news; (iv) more events supporting towns and communities.


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 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.

Kind Regards, 

Scotland's Towns Partnership Team


Town Photo of the Month

February 2018: Ayr

The month's photo is from STP's very own Alison Jones, of her native Ayr. We hope you like it as much as we do! 


We'd love to receive your pics 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,[email protected], or tag us on Twitter at @ScotlandsTowns. 


Scotland’s Towns Partnership Events and Notices

Cross Party Group on Towns – Young People and Towns


12.30pm – 2pm, Wednesday 14th March 2018. Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh

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. View agenda.

Attendance free.

Refreshments kindly supported by  Global Treasure Apps.

Reserve your place here!


Funding Workshop: Where’s the Money?

1.30 – 4pm, Wednesday 28 March 2018, 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

STP members: reserve your place here.

Non-members: purchase your ticket here.


Event Report: Maximising Tourism Opportunities in Towns

On Wednesday 7 February Scotland’s Towns Partnership and Visit Scotland held a workshop examining how local and regional groups could maximise the tourism opportunities in Scotland’s towns, such as via marketing, events and inclusive tourism. Expert speakers also provided an overview of the funding and support available from Scotland’s national tourism agency.

An event report, including presentations for download is now available. View Maximising Tourism Opportunities for Scotland's Towns here.


Partnership Announced between STP and BIDs Belgium


STP is pleased to announce the agreement of a partnership with BIDs Belgium. 

The announcement was made on Tuesday 27th February in Edinburgh at an event with business improvement districts in Scotland, which discussed plans for a renewal and enhancement of the current BID model. 

Phil Prentice, Chief Officer of Scotland's Towns Partnership, said: "As Brexit approaches STP is looking outwards to ensure the connections with our European partners remain as strong as ever. This partnership will lead to collaborations around shared learning, resources and toolkits, ideas and innovation and the ongoing work around place-making and Improvement Districts. Look our for more exciting partnerships which will be announced over the coming weeks!"

Rozina Spinnoy, Director of BIDs Belgium, stated via Twitter: "Incredibly proud to announce partnership with @ScotlandsTowns. Thanks for the invite to Edinburgh yesterday by Phil Prentice of [STP] to interactive sessions on Re-imagining Business Improvement Districts Scotland". 


Latest Towns News

Aberdeen to Become Scotland’s First Gigabit-Speed Fibre Broadband City

People & Places Alliance: Longer Term Plans Key for Engaging Communities 

Active Travel Funding for Towns: Sustrans Launches Community Links Programme 2018-2019 

Community Heritage Scotland: Early Phase Engagement Project and Event

Launch of a New Cashback Scheme to Help Scotland’s Small Businesses Capitalise on Energy Efficiency


Events Supporting Towns and Communities 


Below is a list of upcoming events from our friends and partners supporting Scotland’s towns and communities. Click on ‘read more’ for further information, including on how to reserve your place.

If you have an event relevant to towns that is not included here, please contact us to let us know.


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

1pm – 6pm, Thursday 1 March 2018, University of Dundee. Read more.


STA Signature Conference 2018 [Scottish Tourism Alliance]

Thursday 1 March 2018. SEC in Glasgow. Read more.


Community Heritage Scotland - Going Forward [Various]

10.30am – 4.30pm, Saturday, 3rd March. North Muirton Hall, Perth. Read more.


Landownership: Opportunities and Challenges for Urban Communities [Community Land Scotland]

12.00pm – 4pm, Tuesday, 6th March. Barmulloch Residents Centre, Glasgow. Read more.


Pass It On Week [Zero Waste Scotland and Recycle for Scotland]

10 – 18 March 2018, Scotland-wide. Read more.


Scottish Young Planners Conference 2018 [RTPI Scotland]

9:30am - 5pm, Wednesday 14 March. University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. Read more.


Built Environment Forum Scotland Conference 2018 [BEFS]

10am - 4pm, Thursday 15 March, Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation. Read more.


Scotland Walking Summit 2018: Steps to Stronger Towns and Cities [Living Streets Scotland].

9am – 2pm, Wednesday 21 March. Council Chambers, City of Edinburgh Council. Read more.


Improving Waste Management: A How To Guide for Business Groups [Zero Waste Scotland]

9.30am – 1pm, Friday 23 March. The Studio Glasgow, 67 Hope Street. Read more.


CDAS Conference 2018: Development, Democracy, Dark Matter [CDAS]

9am – 4pm, Tuesday 17 April. The Studio, 67 Hope St. Glasgow. Read more.


Your Festival, Your Community [Regional Screen Scotland]

Friday April 27 to Saturday April 28, 2018. MacRobert, University of Stirling. Read more.


New Approaches Towards Tackling Barriers to Employability: SURF Awards Shared Learning Workshop [SURF]

10am – 1pm, Thursday 3 May. Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh. Read more.


The Role of Creative Arts in Regeneration: SURF Awards Shared Learning Workshop [SURF]

10am – 1pm, Thursday 17 May. BAaD, 54 Calton Entry, Glasgow. Read more.


Successful Approaches to Regenerating Scotland’s Places: SURF Awards Shared Learning Workshop [SURF]

10am – 1pm, Thursday 31 May. The Portal Townhouse, Irvine. Read more.



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