Category Archives: Community Development

“Destination High Street – Restoring Vibrancy to Scotland’s Towns”

The invitation from the Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland (AHSS) and the Scottish Civic Trust was to present a keynote address to their conference on ‘Destination High Street’.  As both Professor of Retail Studies and Chair, Scotland’s Towns Partnership I … Continue reading

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‘Oor Summit’ and its Big Ears

Towards the end of the first day of the World Towns Leadership Summit in Edinburgh last week, Neil McInroy tried to describe and capture the sense of engagement and endeavour that the delegates were displaying and he used the phrase … Continue reading

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Social Spaces and Places

A number of my colleagues have at times questioned why I bother with this retail blog or engage with Twitter. They tend to view such activity as essentially pointless or potentially taking them away from their research and other activity. … Continue reading

Posted in Academics, BIDS, Community, Community Co-operatives, Community Development, Cooperatives, Development Trusts, High Streets, Places, Regeneration, Scotland's Town and High Streets, Town Centre Action Plan, Town Centre Review, Town Centres, Towns, Uncategorized, USP | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

How to Save Our Town Centres

Early on in 2013 Julian Dobson (director of Urban Pollinators Ltd) visited Stirling and we had an interesting discussion about the state of British retailing, high streets and town centres. He had asked to come up and chat as part … Continue reading

Posted in Books, Community Development, High Streets, Localisation, Regeneration, Scotland's Town and High Streets, Scotland's Towns Partnership, Small Shops, Town Centres, Towns | Tagged , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Small Business Saturday and Craft Town Scotland

I am not wholly convinced about Small Business Saturday, which took place on the 6th December. Another US import, it is now in its second year in this country. It has had an impact and a lot of publicity and … Continue reading

Posted in Art, Books, Community Development, Craft Town, Crafts, Design, High Streets, Independents, Local Retailers, Places, Scotland's Town and High Streets, Scotland's Towns Partnership, Small Business Saturday, Tourism | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Your Town Centre: An Innovation Challenge

“See the world as you want it to be, not the way it is” There’s been much discussion over the last few years about the need for a new narrative or story for Scotland’s Town Centres, not least in the … Continue reading

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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

Posted in BIDS, Charrettes, Community Development, Government, Heritage, High Streets, Historic Shops, Places, Regeneration, Scotland's Town and High Streets, Shopfronts, Stirling, Town Centre Review, Town Centres | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment