Category Archives: Community

Making Things Happen in Towns

In retrospect it was a shame that the first Scotland’s Towns Partnership Roadshow was held in Galashiels earlier this week. Not of course, because it was Galashiels, but rather because the re-opening of the Borders Railway is still a few … Continue reading

Posted in BIDS, Charrettes, Community, Development Trusts, Places, Regeneration, Relationships, Scotland's Town and High Streets, Scotland's Towns Partnership, Scottish Government, Town Centre Action Plan, Town Centres, Towns, Towns Typology, Understanding Scottish Places | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Town Centre Toolkit Launched on the New Scotland’s Towns Partnership Portal

One of the key actions from the Scottish Government’s Town Centre Action Plan was the development of (what was then called) the Masterplanning Toolkit. This has now morphed into the Town Centre Toolkit, which is both more accurate and just … Continue reading

Posted in Community, High Streets, Planning, Retailing, Scotland's Town and High Streets, Scotland's Towns Partnership, Town Centres | Tagged , , , | 2 Comments

Retail Threads in the Scottish Diaspora Tapestry – Sir Thomas Lipton

  The Scottish Diaspora Tapestry was conceived as part of the 2014 Homecoming celebrations, with an original aim of paying homage to the determination and courage of Scots over the centuries. Communities would document their Scottish connections on a series … Continue reading

Posted in Art, Community, Crafts, History, Places, Retail History, Scottish Diaspora Tapestry, Tea, Thomas Lipton, University of Stirling, Wm Low | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment

The Wrong Vocabulary?

One of the recurring themes within this blog, and some of the writings and papers it has reported on, is the inexactitude of many of the terms and concepts that we use in discussing retail change. Going beyond that, I … Continue reading

Posted in Academics, Bill Grimsey, Community, ESRC, High Streets, Local Data Company, Mary Portas, PhD, Places, Scotland's Town and High Streets, Town Centre Review, Town Centres, Towns, Vacancies | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Social Science Perspectives on the High Street

Early in 2014, Neil Wrigley from the University of Southampton, invited myself and my colleague, Anne Findlay, to contribute two short chapters to a forthcoming collection of pieces exploring social science perspectives on the Evolving High Street. In particular he … Continue reading

Posted in Academics, Closure, Community, Competition, Consumer Change, Data, ESRC, Government, High Streets, Online Retailing, Regeneration, Resilience, Retail Planning, Town Centres, Towns, Vacancies | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Scottish Grocers’ Federation Retail Excellence Awards 2014: Store of the Year

Yesterday, I was fortunate enough to be at the Scottish Grocers Federation Annual Conference to hear a range of excellent speakers, take part in a debate on the Future of Retailing, present an award for Store of the Year and … Continue reading

Posted in Community, Convenience stores, Food Retailing, Independents, Local Retailers, Scotland's Town and High Streets, Small Shops | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Business Improvement Districts: Recent Successes in Scotland

The closing weeks of June saw three successful ballots for Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) in Scotland and further local endorsement and expansion of the “BIDs family” across the country. 18th June: Dunfermline Delivers welcomes a reaffirmation from its local business … Continue reading

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