Category Archives: Rates

The Retail Sector in Scotland by Numbers

Over the Christmas break you may have spotted some newspaper and media commentary that the price of a shopping basket in Scotland for food was some 5% less than in the Eurozone. Those with long memories of my academic writing … Continue reading

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Town Centre Action Plan – One Year On

At the Scotland’s Towns Partnership Conference in Inverness last November, I extracted a pledge/promise (but most definitely not a vow) from the Towns Minister Derek Mackay to, one year on, reflect on progress against his Town Centre Action Plan (TCAP). … Continue reading

Posted in BIDS, Government, High Streets, Local Data Company, Planning, Public Realm, Rates, Regeneration, Rents, Retail Planning, Scotland's Town and High Streets, Scotland's Towns Partnership, Town Centre Action Plan, Town Centre Review, Town Centres, Towns | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Scottish Retail: Creating Jobs, Investing in Communities, Boosting Growth

At various points during the life of this blog I have turned it over to guest bloggers to cover a topic of their choosing. Sometimes this has been because something they have said or have written has caught my eye … Continue reading

Posted in BRC, Government, MSPs, Rates, Red Tape, Regeneration, Regulation, Retail Economy, Retail Levy, Tax, Town Centres | Tagged , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Rates Relief?

On a couple of occasions during the so far three year life of this blog I have almost written something about rates. I have obliquely skirted the issue and then pulled away, sometimes saying I’ll do it properly some day. … Continue reading

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Debating Points

On the 16th January there was a debate in the Scottish Parliament – not a long one mind – on the Government’s Town Centre Action Plan. The Official Record of the debate is available on the Parliament’s website and I … Continue reading

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The Government Speaks, and …

Last Thursday, all eyes turned to Kilmarnock as Derek Mackay launched the Scottish Government’s response to the Fraser Review (the National Review of Town Centres). The response, with its 37 actions, had been eagerly awaited over the Autumn, and now … Continue reading

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A Levy, Some Rates and the Grimsey Report

I quite enjoy the flight to Singapore (which is where I was much of last week) as it gives me time to read and catch up on a few things; once I’ve landed things get more hectic with wall to … Continue reading

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