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Upcoming Events for Towns & Improvement Districts

Places are going fast for our upcoming events tailored to those who support towns, communities and improvement districts across Scotland. Check out full details below and book today to avoid disappointment! 

See below for: 

– Improvement Districts Webinar: Making the Most of Social Media (18 April)

– STP: Town Delivery Models and Governance Strategy Workshop (30 April)

– Improvement Districts: Central Scotland Catchup (1 May)

– Improvement Districts Webinar: Engaging Local Politicians (23 May)

– Upcoming Partner & Third-Party Events 

Check out full details below and book today to avoid disappointment! 

If you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. If you are not already, you can also sign up to our newsletter, and become an STP member to receive free & discounted entry to events, among other benefits.

We look forward to hearing from you or seeing you at one of our events! 


Improvement Districts Webinar: Making the Most of Social Media

Thursday 18 April 2019 | 10:30-11:30 | FOC Online Seminar | Book Here!

The smartphone revolution has fundamentally changed how people access information, with most of us increasingly reverting to the online space to do so. Social media has become an essential channel of communication for local businesses and communities. 

The next free live webinar for Improvement District management and staff will provide tips, advice and practice sessions on how to successfully develop and deliver an effective social and digital media strategy, as well has how to respond online in a crisis situation.

The training will be delivered by Message Matters, a leading Scottish strategic communications and political relations firm. It will involve some practical exercises and a more substantial session outline will be issued to participants in advance.

Booking and Viewing DetailsPlease click the registration link to book your place on the webinar and for viewing details. More information about the webinar can be read here

If you have any queries, please contact Elaine Bone at

Our next upcoming webinar for Improvement Districts will be: 

Engaging Local Politicians: 23 May 2019 | 10:30-11:30 | Online seminar

You can also view a recording of the previous Message Matters webinar for Improvement Districts – Engaging Local Media –  on the resources section of the Scotland’s Improvement Districts website here.

Town Delivery Models and Governance Strategy Workshop 

Tuesday 30 April 2019 | 12:30-16:00 | A&DS, Edinburgh| Book Here!

STP Members FOC, Non-Members £50+VAT 

STP’s next workshop will help you navigate through the delivery models for place development, from Town Teams to City-Led Partnerships, and Development Trusts to Improvement Districts.

Featuring expert speakers and case studies, this practical session will discuss the models that will help to support community and business-led development of our towns, urban districts, villages and places.

We’ll also have specialist support from Burness Paull LLP on getting the governance strategy right. This session is perfect for communities just starting out on the process with a ‘how-to’ guide, and also a refresher on what models are available for places and spaces (e.g. Voluntary organisation, SCIO, and Limited Company etc).

April’s session brings you –

  • National context and case study presenters on delivery models,
  • Expert guidance on governance strategy,
  • Town surgeries – seek out solutions and ideas for your place,
  • Exchange news and ideas with Scotland’s towns community of practitioners.

More information and full agenda here.

Attendance and Booking

Attendance is free for STP members and £50+VAT for non-members. Not a member? Join now and enjoy all-year-round access to free learning events; being part of our community of practitioners; and a range of toolkits and funding supports.Read more and book here!

Improvement Districts: Central Scotland Catchup 

Wednesday 1 May 2019 | 10:00 – 12:00 | Hemma, Edinburgh

Come along to our next informal get-together for improvement districts management and chairs based in central Scotland to catch up and share news, ideas and work areas. 

There is no formal agenda. This is an opportunity to have one-to-one discussions with Phil Prentice, National Director and Bill Harvey, National Account Manager, and to catch up with fellow improvement district team members. You can stay for the day or drop in when and for how long you are able. Visit the Scotland’s Improvement Districts event page for full information. 

Please contact Elaine Bone: to RSVP or with any queries.

Coffee, tea, and a pastries will be provided by Scotland’s Improvement Districts.

More Upcoming Events for Towns & Improvement Districts

DrinkAware Information Sessions for Staff and Businesses 
From February  – May 2019, Various Locations

Models for Success: 2019 Seminar Series from Burness Paull
February – May 2019, Various Locations

National Lottery Heritage Fund: Scotland Information Workshops
February – May 2019, Various Locations

Can Do Places – Enterprise Walkabouts 2019
March – June, Various Locations 

Celebrate Scottish Community Councils CampaignApril 2019, Throughout Scotland 

Living Streets Scotland – National Walking Month May 2019, Throughout Scotland

The ATCM Cities Group: The Line Between Engagement and Enforcement:9 May 2019, Derby

Best Practice Approaches to Place-Based Regeneration: SURF Awards Shared Learning WorkshopThurs 2nd May 2019, 10am-1.30pm, Edinburgh

Strengthening Communities Conference Scotland 2019 Mon 27th May – Tuesday 28th May, Aviemore 

The ATCM Summer School and Awards Dinner 2019 26 – 27 June 2019, London

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