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Essential Reading

Welcome to the Towns Library, please feel free to browse the headline titles below from supporting organisations.  If you feel that your organisation can add to the library, please contact us for STP’s consideration. Please also see a list of key 'Knowledge Partners' on towns at the bottom of this page. 


Aberdeenshire Council

Regeneration in Aberdeenshire

ATCM International

Implications of Brexit for Town & City Centres Across the UK & ROI


Brighter Futures Report: A Brighter Future for our Towns and Cities

Carnegie Trust UK

Digital Participation And Social Justice In Scotland

New Powers, New Deals: Remaking British Towns after Brexit

Places that Love People

Public views on the enabling state – Report Summary

Carplus Scotland 

Annual Survey on Impact of Car Clubs in Scotland

CEIS et al

Building a New Economy: Scotland's Vision for Social Enterprise 2025

Community Development Alliance Scotland 

 How Community Development Happens - Why Stronger Communities Matter

CSPP (Centre for Scottish Public Policy)

Creating Confidence & Changing Futures in Scotland's Towns

Town Centre Regeneration: How Does it Work & What can be Achieved?

How to Prepare a Strategy for your Town

Department for Communities and Local Government

Smart Places Today 2015

Economic and Social Research Council

British High Streets:from Crisis to Recovery?

Federation of Small Business

Small Business Index, Scotland Q2 2016

Great British High Street

The Digital High Street 2020 Report

GVA James Barr

Scottish Town Centres and Retail Trends

Inspiring Scotland

The Practices, Impact and Implications of Inspiring Scotland’s First Five Years

Kevin Murray Associates, University of Dundee, Scottish Government

Shaping Better Places Report

The report 'Shaping better places together' marks a first attempt to investigate the role and significance of facilitators in participatory community design processes and aims to enhance the output performance of this increasingly common type of design event.


BRC-KPMG Retail Sales Monitor January 2015 - healthy sales growth for January

Local Data Company and Institute of Retail Studies, University of Stirling

2015 Scottish Retail Report: Retailing in Scotland's Largest Towns & Cities

NHS Health Scotland

Places and communities that support and promote good health

Industrial Communities Alliance 

Places with Purpose: The Future of Industrial Cities, Towns and Communities (2018)

Planning Review Panel

Empowering Planning to Deliver Great Places

Resilient Scotland

Case Studies

Stepwell: Reinvesting in Inverclyde

UCAN: Learn, Work, Live

RFM - Retail Factsheets

Maximising Revenue Opportunity

Sales and Marketing Plans for Small Retailers

RTPI Scotland 

"Poverty, Places and Equality: A role for place based approaches?" - Lecture by Naomi Eisenstadt, Independent Advisor to the Scottish Government on Poverty and Inequality on Wednesday 7 June 2017 in The Lighthouse, Glasgow. 

Scotland's Towns Partnership

Briefing: STP and the Towns Policy Agenda in Scotland

Scotland's Towns Partnership Digital Towns Guidance

Manifesto Statement for Towns

Understanding Scottish Places: An Introduction

Scottish Government

Creating Places: A Policy Statement for Architecture and Place for Scotland
Review of Planning: Scottish Government Response
Town Centre Action Plan - Two Years On
Town Centre Planning Pilots Programme - Case Studies and How To Guides
Town Centre Action Plan - One Year On
Scottish Government's response to the National Review of Town Centres

(2013) National Review of Town Centres: External Advisory Group Report (Fraser Review)

(2017) Realising Scotland's full potential in a digital world: a digital strategy for Scotland

(2017) Review of the community-led regeneration approach as delivered via the People and Communities Fund

Scottish Neighbourhood Statistics

Latest Scottish Neighbourhood Statistics

Scottish Retail Consortium

Retail Pay and Benefits: January 2017 Briefing

Scottish Retail in Numbers

Scottish Retail: The Economic and Social Contribution

Scottish Retail: Creating jobs, investing in communities, boosting growth

Scottish Small Towns Group

Scottish Small Towns Report (2007 – 2013)

Sustrans Scotland 

Community Links Portfolio 2011 - 2016

Transform Scotland

Overview of National Transport Strategy Debate

Urban Transport Group 

About Towns: How Transport Can Help Towns Thrive (Nov 2018)

Visit Scotland

Visitor Research

Tourism Statistics

What Works Scotland

Transforming communities? Exploring the roles of community anchor organisations in public service reform, local democracy, community resilience and social change


Knowledge Partners

Scottish Library and Information Council

The Scottish Library and Information Council (SLIC) is the independent advisory body to the Scottish Government on library and information services.

Institute for Retail Studies at the University of Stirling

The Institute for Retail Studies at the University of Stirling is a leading academic centre for retail research and education, providing independent, academic and practical research as well as commentary on retail matters of the day.

ATCM (Association of Town and City Management)

The Association of Town and City Management is the largest town and city membership organisation in Europe. They have a number of valuable reports, support programmes, events, guides and toolkits, some of which are free and open access. Check out their 10 Step Guide or read the Manifesto for Town and City Centres.

FSB (Federation of Small Business)

Our towns are made up primarily of small businesses and the Federation is the key membership and lobbying body. FSB works closely with STP and has valuable research and reports.

Kantar Worldpanel

Kantar Worldpanel provide leading consumer panel and shopper insight information as well as trend data and marketing reporting and analysis.

The Local Data Company

The Local Data Company is a leading retail location data insight provider. They provide detailed reports on openings and closures, vacancy data and provide gap analysis amongst a host of other valuable services.

Scottish Retail Consortium

The Scottish Retail Consortium is the trade association for the retail sector. In partnership with KMPG they produce the Scottish Retail Sales Monitor. SRC lobby on behalf of Scottish retailers and provide valuable economic evidence and key facts.


Springboard offer retail intelligence and insight. They also have milestone and benchmarking along with a host of valuable data gathering services, reporting and analysis.

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