Category Archives: Retail Planning

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

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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

Community Engagement

I fail to see how anyone can work (especially if a Professor) in a Business or Management School and not have any contact with businesses or organisations, or even worse, any interest in how business or organisations really work or … 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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A Tale of Two Capitals?

Over the last couple of weekends I have been in Edinburgh and London, and for various reasons spent some time in arguably the two major off-centre shopping centres in each city – the Gyle in Edinburgh and Westfield Stratford in … Continue reading

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National Review of Town Centres

As you may have seen in The Scotsman, The BBC and other news outlets at the start of the week, some of the details of the long-awaited Scottish Government National Review of Town Centres have been announced. The review is … Continue reading

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Going for Gold

I’m quite interested in sports – including Welsh rugby, though that is more of a religion – and so the next few weeks of the Olympics might just grab my attention at times. Yes it is bloated, over-corporatized and a … Continue reading

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