For 5 years we've been attracting around 150 policy and decision makers, with an interest in Scotland's towns and high streets. Here's a selection of those who're taking part on 7th November -  

3rd Horizons

Aberdeen City Council

Abderdeenshire Council

Action for Market Towns

Alloa Town Centre BID


Angus Council

Architecture 00


Argyll & Bute Council

Argyll & Bute Council - Business Gateway

Ayr Renaissance LLP

Big Lottery Fund

BIDs Scotland


City Dressing

City of Edinburgh Council

Clyde Gateway URC

Cognitive Business Therapy

Craft Town Scotland

East Dunbartonshire Council

East Lothian Council

East Renfrewshire Council


Employment Enterprise

Essential Edinburgh

Falkirk Council

Federation of Small Businesses 

Forres Area Community Trust

Friends of Glasgow


Holyrood Magazine

Horsecross Arts

Inverclyde Council

Keep Scotland Beautiful

Land Engineering


Local Data Company

MacLean Electrical

Midlothian Council

Moray Council

Nick Wright Planning

North Ayrshire Council

Pop up Power Supplies Ltd

Prince's Foundation

Riverside Inverclyde

Scotland's Towns Partnership

Scottish Borders Council

Scottish Government

South Ayrshire Council

South Lanarkshire Council

Springboard Research

Stirling Council


Town Centre Activites

University of Stirling

Welsh Government



Young & Partners LLP

Zero Waste Scotland


Scotland's Towns Week - What are You Doing?

Scotland's Towns Week runs from 5th November - take the chance to run an event, activity or campaign in your town or high street. Share the details with STP & we'll help promote it through our web, e-news, & social networks. 



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Elaine Bone 
Scotland's Towns Partnership 
0844 544 9479 

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As part of Scotland’s Towns Week, Scotland's Towns Partnership  is hosting Scotland’s Towns Conference on 7th November.  Now in its 5th year, it is the gathering for everyone with an interest in Scotland’s towns and high streets.

As part of its Regeneration Strategy, the Scottish Government is undertaking a Town Centre Review, to spearhead action on the future for Scotland's town centres; the Review Group meet in September to begin to put in place a process at a national level to develop and support ideas for local action.  Timed to capture feedback from this meeting, our conference aims to create new stories for Scotland’s towns.

We will look at how we make a cultural change in understanding what the high street could be - beyond just retail; how we create a 'framework for mess' - a model which allows different people the freedom to do things; creating the conditions for locally driven solutions and recognising, and positively encouraging, different solutions in different town centres. We need to make people think about the high street as social spaces for all segments of society and to understand how and why people participate in places. The high street as a social space needs to go beyond tidiness.

Join us on 7th November, and create new stories for Scotland's towns.

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09:00 Breakfast & Street Exhibition - Shopping for Ideas that Work


Part 1: The town story so far...

10:00 Chair's Welcome - Ross Martin, Policy Director, Centre for Scottish Public Policy & Board Member, Scotland's Towns Partnership

10:15 Ministerial Opening Address - Derek Mackay MSP, Minister for Local Government and Planning, Scottish Government 

10:30 Local Solutions for Local Change - Daniel McKendry, Principal Regeneration Officer, East Renfrewshire Council 

10:45 Towns Review Update, Pecha Kucha style. Following the recent initial gathering of the Towns Review Group, we hear short provocations from participants sharing their feedback & views from a social, cultural and enterprise perspective.

Part 2: Tough Talk - agreeing, together, today, the key ingredients for successful towns...

11:00 Creating our Framework for Mess! Robert Rae, change scenario planning expert & founding Director of 3rd Horizons leads this Futures Session with the entire audience, to reach agreement on 10 key ingredients (facilities, services, assets) that will create new stories for our towns. 

12:00 Lunch & Street Exhibition - Shopping for Ideas that Work

13:00 Fringe Events: The Big Lottery Fund , Local Data Company, Employment Enterprise

13:45  Fringe wrap up and head back to the hall. 

Part 3: The Talking Stops Now!   Implementing Alternative Futures

14:00   Pledge your allegiance to Scotland’s towns! Ross Martin    

14:10  How you implement alternative futures. An Open Space session with Diarmaid Lawlor, Head of Urbanism, Architecture + Design Scotland. We've agreed on 10 key ingredients. Now we're going to agree on 10 things we need to do to implement alternative futures.

"What is an Open Space Session?" - It's a quick way to enable all kinds of people & organisations to input on a single theme, working in parallel groups in one big space. At each table, for a few minutes at a time, you'll work in pairs, then fours, then the whole table, then the whole room.

14:40 Civic economy expert, Joost Beunderman of Architecture 00 & Author, Compendium for the Civic Economy, on Putting in Place the Conditions to Scale it up 

15:00 Chris Wade, Chief Executive, Action for Market Towns How to measure it all, so you make it credible with examples from Wales. 

15:20 Quickfire Question Time & Round Up with Diarmaid, Joost & Chris

Led by Ross Martin 

15:40 The Last but important word! From Jenn Minchin, Head of Horsecross Arts Creative Learning & Malcolm Fraser, Architect and Chair of Scottish Government Towns Review.

We hear from a fantastic group, well and truly embracing the diversity and enthusiasm that’s needed to change places. Then we pass the baton of the day’s learnings to Chair of Scottish Government Towns Review, Malcolm Fraser. 

16:00 – 16:30 Street Party. Don’t forget to hand in your pledge cards!