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Policy Priorities for Revitalising Scotland's Town Centres

This event will be an opporunity for delegates to discuss the key steps needed to revitalise Scotland's town centres and high streets.

Reinvigorating Scotland's High Streets

According to a recent report published by FSB Scotland on the future of Scotland's towns, a total of 414 stores have closed across Scotland since 2016. The negative consequences of these closures is keenly felt across town centres in Scotland.

In light of this trend the Scottish Government, in partnership with COSLA, announced a £50 million fund in March 2019 to be allocated according to the aims of the existing Town Centre Action Plan.

The new fund joins a raft of other policies including the UK Government's Stronger Towns Fund and the soon to be established Scottish National Investment Bank.

Join Holyrood on 22nd January 2020 as we explore how these policies can be leveraged to support the regeneration of Scotland's town centres, and discuss what further steps may be necessary to drive real change.

Key Issues We'll Address with You

  • Policy in context: the challenges facing Scotland's town centres
  • Latest thinking on the Scottish Government's Town Centre Fund
  • Potential models for the future of town centres

Who Should Attend

  • Local authorities - including councillors, economic development, communities and planning teams
  • Community Councils
  • Development Trusts
  • Improvement Districts
  • Central Government

Would You Like to Speak at Our Event?

If you have an inspiring case study or a project that you think is relevant, please do not hesitate to get in touch. We are always on the lookout for new speaker and case studies. Please contact

09:30 Registration and Refreshments

Session 1: Policy and Context

10:00 Welcome and Introduction from the Chair

Professor Alan Alexander, Emeritus Professor of Local and Public Management, University of Strathclyde

10:05 Phil Prentice, Chief Officer, Scotland's Towns Partnership

10:25 Barry McCulloch, Senior Policy Advisor, Federation of Small Business Scotland

10:45 Senior representative, local authority

11:05 Senior academic

11:25 Q&A

12:00 Lunch and Networking

Session 2: Next Steps and Good Practice

12:30 Andrew Faulk, Secretary, Strathard Community Trust

12:50 Senior representative, local authority

13:10 Steve Malone, Principal Architect, Architecture & Design Scotland

13:30 Senior representative, think tank

13:50 Q&A

14:25 Chair's Closing Remarks

14:30 Close of Event

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22 Jan 2020
Central Edinburgh
Reduced Rate
1 place £145+ VAT

Voluntary/charitable organisations with an annual income of less than £1m

Standard Rate
1 place £245+ VAT | 2+ places £195+ VAT per place

Public sector organisations and voluntary/charitable organisations with an annual income over £1m

Private Sector Rate
1 place £295+VAT | 2+ places £245+ VAT per place

Commercial organisations e.g. plc, Ltd, LLP

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