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Business Improvement Districts could hold the key to future economic prosperity.  For the past eight years entrepreneurs, retailers, local groups and tourism providers have been coming together in towns and cities in the hope of supercharging their...
Wednesday, 29 March 2017
Enterprising Bathgate is delighted to announce the delivery of a major new project. For some time businesses have asked for improvements to the operation of CCTV in Bathgate town centre, and the BID have been working with partners to find an affordable...
Wednesday, 29 March 2017
A new photography competition has been launched in St Andrews – and the winning pictures will be exhibited to an international audience this summer. The competition is part of the 2017 St Andrews Photography Festival, which in its inaugural year last...
Monday, 27 March 2017
An Aberdeen street art festival has unveiled its programme.  The schedule for Nuart Aberdeen has gone live online and reveals what will be going on in the inaugural bash.  Murals and installations from UK and international artists will take...
Monday, 27 March 2017
The Key to Inclusive Economic Growth for Scotland  Over 250 leaders from across sectors and nations, will gather in Perth Concert Hall on, Tuesday, 28th March, to discuss the phenomenal progress and innovative plans for Business Improvement...
Monday, 27 March 2017
The day to day running of a tourist office in the heart of Crieff is to be taken over by locals.  The long-term future of Crieff Town Hall appears to have been secured after an agreement was reached which will see locals take over the day-to-day...
Friday, 24 March 2017
A national competition is to be launched for designers to develop a new architectural vision for the historic town centre of Dumfries.  Entrants will be invited to submit their ideas for the Midsteeple Quarter.Housing Minister Kevin Stewart is due...
Friday, 24 March 2017
The Greater Grassmarket BID's exclusive Walking Wedding Fair returns for the second year running.  The Greater Grassmarket Business Improvement District’s (BID) Walking Wedding Fair takes place in the Grassmarket area on Saturday 8th April from...
Wednesday, 22 March 2017
Like London and Buenos Aires, cities can move their nightlife away from drink-dependent culture - if councils and businesses work together  After years of unregulated growth, it looks like the good times may be over for those in the UK who make...
Thursday, 16 March 2017
Scotland's Towns Partnership has published a document offering guidance on the use of digital platforms, technologies and skills in towns. The Digital Guidance was presented at the Cross Party Group on Towns and Town Centres, held in the Scottish...
Monday, 13 March 2017
World-renowned artists are to give Aberdeen streets a splash of colour next month.  Aberdeen Inspired yesterday confirmed the locations which will be transformed into street art for Nuart Festival. The event, founded by Martyn Reed, has attracted...
Monday, 13 March 2017
Some of the county's tastiest food and drink was served at a Taste of East Lothian reception at the Scottish Parliament on Wednesday. Guests had the chance to sample the finest local produce from throughout the county and hear about how local producers...
Friday, 10 March 2017
North-east councillors have thrown their weight behind plans to waive property developers' community contributions in a bid to spark growth.  Developers currently have an obligation to act as “good neighbours” and contribute to local infrastructure...
Friday, 10 March 2017
Aberdeen’s Christmas Village generated more than £21 million for the city – and saw more people visit businesses such as McDonald’s. New figures put together by Aberdeen and Grampian Chamber of Commerce have revealed around £5.5m was spent within the...
Friday, 10 March 2017
The Greater Grassmarket Business Improvement District (BID) has announced a range of free visitor events taking place in the area from May to September 2017. Events returning due to popular demand include; the Vintage Weekend featuring a vintage market,...
Wednesday, 08 March 2017
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The Board of Economic Development Association Scotland wishes to appoint a new Chair to lead the organisation into its next era - a period that will be exciting yet challenging for our economic development community, set in a time of change and...
Monday, 06 March 2017
Artists from around the world will head to the north-east for a show later this year.The Nuart Festival will take place from Friday, April 14 to Sunday April 16 in Aberdeen.Street artists Fintan Magee, Nipper, Add Fuel, M-City, Alice Pasquini, Jaune,...
Monday, 06 March 2017
Talented street artists from around the world will bring a splash of colour to Aberdeen this spring for the debut of the Nuart Festival in Aberdeen. Artists from Australia, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Norway, Poland, Spain, Portugal and the UK have...
Friday, 03 March 2017
Energise Galasheils, in partnership with Galasheils Chamber of Trade has announced £55,000 funding has been secured to develop a town centre Business Improvement District (BID) plan for the town.  The initial funding has come from BIDs Scotland,...
Thursday, 02 March 2017
Plans to regenerate the region's town centres will be discussed by members of Scottish Borders Council's executive committee on Tuesday, March 7.  In October 2016 the council agreed to establish the rolling three-year plan, which targets resources,...
Thursday, 02 March 2017
An ambitious renovation plan for Union Street has been given a boost worth more than £1million from a national conservation body. Historic Environment Scotland have awarded the Aberdeen City Council scheme for repairing and preserving the buildings on...
Thursday, 02 March 2017
Business rates. You see... some of you are already nodding off! Business rates - how they are calculated, how they are billed, enforced and collected - have been a thorn in the side of many a party in Government for decades. It has been the...
Thursday, 02 March 2017
The public art trail will stampede into the town this summer.  The final preparations are being made for the public art trail that will feature giant sculptures of safari animals throughout Hamilton. A herd of elephants, tower of giraffes, pride...
Monday, 27 February 2017
Overshadowed by Glasgow, inhabitants of Scotlan'ds largest town are discovering that they live in a place of consequence and beauty.  Paisley has a horizon of domes and spires and one or two factory chimneys from which smoke never rises. You can...
Monday, 27 February 2017
Hoping to have something to raise a glass to are the three Falkirk veues shortlisted for the Best Bar None national awards.  The initiative recognises the best licensed premises in Scotland over ten categories. Flying the flag for Falkirk will be...
Monday, 27 February 2017
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Paisley is set to become the first Business Improvement District (BID) in Scotland to have a gable end transformed into a giant mural. The work highlights one of the town’s most eminent yet relatively unknown sons, Alexander Wilson, as well as iconic...
Thursday, 23 February 2017
Plans put forward by Ayr Renaissance were given unanimous backing by councillors with a host of empty buildings set to make way. The starting gun has at last been fired on a river renaissance designed to propel Ayr back from the doldrums. Councillors...
Tuesday, 21 February 2017
A comprehensive upgrade to an innovative data tool providing in-depth information on Scotland’s towns was unveiled outside the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh on Tuesday.  Senior representatives of the University of Stirling, Carnegie UK Trust,...
Friday, 17 February 2017
Town centre BID, Kirkcaldy 4All, was invited to sit in on a government think tank to look at ways of exploring and improving the non-domestic rates system in Scotland.   The Barclay Review, chaired by Ken Barclay, former chairman of the Royal Bank...
Friday, 10 February 2017
The Aspiring Communities Fund is now open for applications with a deadline for submissions of 5pm on Friday 7 April 2017.  Copies of application forms and guidance can be downloaded from the Aspiring Communities web page. Information events on the...
Wednesday, 08 February 2017
A new law will make it easier for communities in Scotland to take over land or buildings that are currently in public ownership. The asset transfer section of the Community Empowerment Act (Scotland) 2015 has come into force on 23 January. This allows...
Tuesday, 07 February 2017
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Neat Streets was Keep Scotland Beautiful's innovative anti-littering campaign, based in the Grassmarket in Edinburgh, and which ran through 2016. The purpose of the campaign was to decrease litter using a variety of methods, from promoting civic pride...
Monday, 06 February 2017
The Nuart festival is renowned as a leading celebration of street art and takes place in Aberdeen from April 14-16. And now, Aberdeen Inspired has delivered the message they want as many people as possible to get involved. Adrian Watson, the...
Monday, 06 February 2017
The Overgate is thriving with around a million visitors a month attracted by its bright and lively atmosphere and variety of shops and restaurants. But you don’t have to walk far to discover that the stock of consumer spending – the lifeblood of retail...
Thursday, 02 February 2017
When we generate electricity, we produce heat – lots of it. We lose most of it too. According to the Association for Decentralised Energy (ADE), we waste enough to heat every home in the UK. Fortunately, wasted heat is a great opportunity for...
Tuesday, 31 January 2017
Forward-thinking Business Improvement District (BID), Clacks First has achieved a silver accreditation from Keep Scotland Beautiful in their National Award for Environmental Excellence. The National Award for Environmental Excellence acknowledges...
Tuesday, 31 January 2017
A new high-tech 'big belly' seagull-proof bin is being tried out in St Andrews.  The bin automatically compacts rubbish – so can take the place of up to eight regular bins – and transmits data to say when it needs emptied. But all the benefits...
Tuesday, 31 January 2017
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As part of a series of pieces on CommonSpace during the Our Land Festival, Katharine Wheeler and Matt Baker of The Stove Network in Dumfries explain how the community is trying to take control DUMFRIES is a market town that has lost its market, and so...
Tuesday, 31 January 2017
Sustrans have now published information on 2017's Community Links Programme. Below, as well as key information on any additional funding available and changes to the application and grant claim procedures, Sustans will also be looking to share case...
Tuesday, 31 January 2017
A former north-east police chief has reflected on his stint at the head of an Aberdeen business organisation – and concluded life behind the thin blue line is not so different from bringing people to the city centre. Now, six months into his...
Tuesday, 31 January 2017
A historic and once-popular Mansfield town centre venue that has stood empty for a number of years could soon be set to reopen its doors – as a pub food training academy. The Old Town Mill, in Bridge Street, was known for miles around as a live...
Tuesday, 31 January 2017
A lack of nightlife in Dumfries is putting people off living in the centre of town.  That is the view of a council report which says more could be done to encourage activity – echoing the perspective of grassroots initiative The Midsteeple...
Tuesday, 31 January 2017
Business organisations have objected to plans to create a retail park on the outskirts of Aberdeen. Drum Property Group, developer of Prime Four, has submitted an application to Aberdeen City Council for a 30,000 sq m retail development, including a...
Monday, 16 January 2017
Paisley First is celebrating today after learning it achieved the prestigious Purple Flag status for its evening and night-time economy (ENTE). Purple Flag is a town and city centre award – similar to the Blue Flag for beaches – which aims to raise the...
Monday, 16 January 2017
A free parking scheme which could be rolled out across Aberdeen has seen more than 11 million visitors attracted to Newcastle city centre. The ‘Alive After Five’ initiative was launched in Newcastle six years ago in response to the competition the...
Monday, 16 January 2017
Aberdeen’s Christmas Village has been hailed a success after attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors.The bonanza saw fairground rides, food stalls and music bringing people to Union Terrace to enjoy the festivities.Local business owners praised the...
Friday, 13 January 2017
Instead of trying to lure big companies with tax incentives, more and more places are trying to increase the number of local businesses to boost their economies.   Nearly 30 years ago, city officials in Littleton, Colo., put a novel theory to...
Monday, 09 January 2017
BID St Andrews is bringing a bit of fashionable love to the town in time for Valentine’s day next month. And the St Andrews Fashion Festival (STAFF) will involve everyone in the town in celebrating not just fashion, but style, creativity, music, pop-up...
Monday, 09 January 2017
The herd of safari animals set to invade Hamilton next year paid a surprise visit to Glasgow’s Royal Hospital for Children. Organisers of the upcoming public art trail will use it to fundraise for the hospital in summer 2017. And Hamilton Business...
Thursday, 05 January 2017
As we enter 2017, Access All Areas columnist Zoe MacLean reflects on the 'News' campaign to improve access around the town for disabled people, and has highlighted some significant issues which she believes needs improving... Is Largs in with a sporting...
Thursday, 05 January 2017