Tag 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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London Calling

Everyone’s into high streets and town centres these days and there is a large volume of material out there and advice to follow. Little seems to have done much good to date, but we can live in hope. This is … Continue reading

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Mary Mary, Quite … …

So, where were you on the day the high street was saved? With just the merest hint of irony, I was in a shopping centre for much of the day. But a shopping centre with fully integrated public transport links … Continue reading

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Scotland’s Towns Conference 2011: Think Local – Act Local!

A November day out in Dunfermline; what could be more pleasant or stimulating?  But, a day out at Scotland’s Towns Conference – oh the added value of it all.  So, to the Glen Pavilion on the 16th November it was, … Continue reading

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Would the last person … please not arrive by car

Lots of media coverage yesterday for various data about the state of the Scottish high street and Scottish consumers. The headline seems to be that 1 in 9 of all Scottish shops are now vacant, though backed up with other … Continue reading

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