Tag Archives: Community

Local Convenience Stores in a Challenging Retail Environment

It is always a pleasure to be simply able to stroll across the University car park to the Stirling Court Hotel (formerly the Stirling Management Centre) in order to present at an industry conference. Last Wednesday the Scottish Grocers Federation … Continue reading

Posted in Community Grocer, Competition, Convenience stores, Food Retailing, Independents, Local Multiplier, Local Retailers, MSPs, Planning, Scottish Grocers Federation, Scottish Local Retailer, Small Shops | 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 , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Convenience and Community

In the disaster zone that was the Tesco half year results finally released the other week, there were two figures that confirmed again the changing structure of British grocery retailing. And for a change neither of them were really to … Continue reading

Posted in Alcohol, Association of Convenience Stores, Community Grocer, Convenience stores, Local Retailers, Scotland's Town and High Streets, Scottish Grocers Federation, Small Shops | 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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It’s Incredible

We hear an awful lot these days about the importance of, and need for, community. This is often in the setting of place-making or rebuilding locations hit by structural and recessionary change. But the numbers of examples of communities doing … Continue reading

Posted in Academics, Community, Crowdfunding, Food, Incredible Edible, Local Retailers, Places, Red Tape, Resilience, Seeds, Slow Food | Tagged , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Todmorden, Bruntsfield, Little Salkeld …. Local in Action

Many will know of the Incredible Edible Todmorden story – I mentioned Pam Warhurst’s presentation at Scotland’s Towns Conference a few posts ago – and some may have got involved in the Kickstarter crowdfunding of a book about their experiences, … Continue reading

Posted in 3D Printing, Campaigns, Community Grocer, Crowdfunding, Food, Localisation, Places, Retail Diversity, Seeds, Water Mills | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment