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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
Troon Community Council have thrown their weight behind the Troon Business Association’s hopes to make the town a BID town. The move if successful will see Troon become a Business Improvement District in a plan to bring more funding to the town for...
Monday, 19 December 2016
The “blight” of pay day lenders and betting operators on Scotland’s high streets will be tackled with stricter planning controls from now on. The Scottish Parliament has passed new legislation following concerns raised in communities across the country...
Monday, 19 December 2016
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When it was reported recently that Brook Street in Broughty Ferry was amongst the top 10 streets in Dundee for drivers receiving parking tickets, it didn’t come as a surprise to those local shoppers and business owners who think that the current 45...
Monday, 19 December 2016
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The Greater Grassmarket Business Improvement District (BID) will be home to Santa and his elves, who will arrive in Edinburgh on their magical festive double decker bus. The free Santa Bus will be in the Grassmarket...
Friday, 16 December 2016
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Forward-thinking Business Improvement District (BID) gains silver accreditation from Keep Scotland Beautiful. Environmental charity, Keep Scotland Beautiful, has accredited Essential Edinburgh with a Silver in the National Awards for Environmental...
Friday, 16 December 2016
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Santa is in Glasgow. In fact, you may have spotted four Santas on Sauchiehall Street.   The six-foot statues have been designed by pupils at Garnetbank Primary School in the city centre. They are part of a campaign by a group of businesses on...
Friday, 16 December 2016
The projects aim to transform everything from street lighting to healthcare. The Scottish Cities Alliance today announced a programme of Smart City projects that they are hoping will transform Scotland’s seven cities into world-leading digital hubs.Last...
Thursday, 15 December 2016
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Edinburgh’s festive go-ers are being urged to look down for some sage advice – in a bid to stamp down on littering.   Essential Edinburgh, the company which runs the city centre Business Improvement District, has received support and funding from...
Wednesday, 14 December 2016
Scotland’s most challenged towns are showing signs of recovery at the same time that booze, money and gambling outlets are leaving the high street, a snapshot of the health of Scotland’s town centres and retail outlets has revealed. The number of...
Wednesday, 14 December 2016
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North-east artists featuring in a special showcase at this year’s Aberdeen Christmas Village have praised the scheme. Inspired at the Village, curated by local artist Mary Butterworth, is included within the festive offering for the first time. It...
Tuesday, 13 December 2016
They have a huge capacity, they are solar powered, they could be Wi-Fi hotspots, they can tell the authorities when they are full – and they could be coming to St Andrews. They are “big belly” bins and this week the town’s Community Council threw its...
Monday, 12 December 2016
Led by Byres Road and Lanes Business Improvement District (BID), the organisation behind Visit West End, the gift card aims to encourage an economic boost and increase in footfall to the area. If you're struggling to find the perfect gift for the person...
Friday, 09 December 2016
The Kirkwall Business Improvement District (BID) is inviting youngsters to pop in and help decorate the Christmas tree in the Town Hall. The tree is in the foyer and beside it is a table with BID paper baubles, which can be...
Thursday, 08 December 2016
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Free Grassmarket pop-up play tells the real story of how Scroggie inspired the Scrooge characrter as part of The Christmas Festival Weekend. As part of the Greater Grassmarket BID’s Festive Weekend (Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th December) there will be...
Thursday, 08 December 2016
A bid to give a North-east town an economic boost and calm the “churn” of business premises has been given backing. Inverurie was lauded in the media two years ago for having the fewest number of empty shops in Scotland. Since then, more than 10...
Thursday, 08 December 2016
Charities, community groups and people with additional support needs enjoyed a free festive event at the Christmas Village yesterday. The special Festive Fun Day for invited guests to enjoy the winter wonderland in a relaxed atmosphere was laid on by...
Thursday, 08 December 2016
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The Knight’s Vault enjoying busiest Christmas to date. Scotland’s leading licensed sword seller The Knight’s Vault, located in Edinburgh’s historic Grassmarket, reopens this week following a refit to extend the display of its sword collection. An...
Wednesday, 07 December 2016
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The Greater Grassmarket Business Improvement District (BID) will be home to Santa and his elves, who will arrive in Edinburgh on their magical festive double decker bus. The free Santa Bus will be in the Grassmarket from Friday 16th – Saturday 24th...
Monday, 05 December 2016
The Largs Yuletide night turned out to be a great success on Thursday evening with large crowds lining up both sides of Main Street to cheer on Abby Kane, the silver medal Paralympics sensation. Shouts of 'Well done Abby' and 'Congratulations'...
Monday, 05 December 2016
The new Dunfermline Delivers leadership are promising an “open and transparent” approach in their bid to make the town a more attractive place to visit, shop and do business.Chairman Lloyd Pitcairn and vice-chairman Neil Mackie have spoken candidly about...
Monday, 05 December 2016
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Pupils from Woodside Primary in Hamilton were joined in the playground by a few exotic friends as they launched The BIG Stampede’s exciting schools project. The education initiative, which will reach over 15,000 pupils, involving over 80 schools and...
Monday, 05 December 2016
The health of town centres is now enshrined in local decision making by Aberdeenshire Council, in the interest of economic recovery and sustainable economic growth. The Town Centre First Principle was launched jointly by the Scottish Government and...
Friday, 02 December 2016
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Penicuik is gearing up to host its largest Christmas light switch on event to date this Friday. Midlothian Council has been putting the finishing touches to the town’s Christmas decorations before the community comes together on Friday 2 December for...
Friday, 02 December 2016
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed legislation to establish the Greater JFK Business Improvement District to form a new public-private partnership in Southeast Queens around John F. Kennedy International Airport. The Greater JFK Business...
Thursday, 01 December 2016
Inspectors who can award Purple Flag status next month will find Dunfermline’s night-time economy is booming. That’s according to Dunfermline Delivers, who are highlighting all that’s good about the town in a bid to keep the accolade. From street...
Wednesday, 30 November 2016