Category Archives: BIDS

Regeneration – of Place and People?

I attended a couple of events at the end of last week which caused me to feel a little more positive about some of the things going on in Scotland in terms of retailing and towns. On Thursday I was … Continue reading

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Business Improvement Districts: Gatherings and Huddles

As I have written before, in reading this post you have to remember that I am a Board Member of BIDs (Business Improvement Districts) Scotland and thus believe they have a role to play in Scotland and in Scotland’s town … Continue reading

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The National Report on BIDs in Scotland

As before, this blog comes with something of a health warning; when I write about Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) in Scotland you need to be aware that I am on the Board of Improvement Districts Scotland (IDS) Ltd, the arms … Continue reading

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Local Data Company/University of Stirling Scotland’s Towns Report: Event Update

As forewarned in a post a couple of weeks ago, last Tuesday saw a wide range of people gather to hear about the work we have been doing with The Local Data Company analyzing some of their data on Scotland’s … Continue reading

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“Whose Town is it Anyway?” Reflections on Scotland’s Towns Conference

Take one minister (no, not of the Co-operative Methodist type), a couple of passionate key note presenters and well over 100 people mainly from across Scotland, wanting, willing and able to share their town stories and opportunities and you get … Continue reading

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National Review of Town Centres

In addition to being on the Scottish Government’s Expert Advisory Group on the lessons from the horsemeat scandal I have also been a member of the External Advisory Group (EAG) on the Scottish Government’s National Review of Town Centres. Not … Continue reading

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One Night in Falkirk

Last night I presented at a meeting held by the Provost and Convenor of Falkirk Council to allow businesses in the town to voice their opinion of the town and to give suggestions as to what can be done to … Continue reading

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