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Cross Party Group on Towns and Town Centres: Scotland Loves Local

7 June, 2023 @ 12:45 pm - 1:45 pm

The purpose of the CPG is to analyse policy prescriptions and develop ideas and innovations. This, in turn, will help Scotland’s towns and town centres through the current economic climate to emerge stronger, smarter, cleaner, healthier and greener.

The June meeting will focus on the Scotland Loves Local Programme. Speakers will showcase how a national initiative can be implemented in both rural and urban settings to encourage communities to think local first. The meeting invites expert speakers embracing the Scotland Loves Local programme, Card and campaign to show the benefits to communities, citizens and businesses and share exemplars on best practice. With additional funding and support from Scottish Government, the meeting will conclude on the exciting route map of the programme.


12:45 Welcome and Opening Remarks – Meghan Gallacher MSP, Deputy Convener

Minute of last meeting held 8th March and Matters Arising – Meghan Gallacher MSP, Deputy Convener

12:55 Overview of Meeting Topics, “Scotland Loves Local” – Kimberley Guthrie, Interim Chief Officer, Scotland’s Towns Partnership

13:00 City: Cost of living support – Graham Smith, Head of Investment, International & Innovation, Glasgow City Council

13:08 Rural: Independent business and tourism – Fergus Murray, Head of Development and Economic Growth, Argyll & Bute Council

13:16 Towns: Engaging stakeholders – Suzanne Rhind, Strategic Town Centres Executive, Aberdeenshire Council

13:24 Next steps: David O’Neil, Customer Experience Director, Miconex

13:30 Discussion and Any Other Competent Business

13:45 Close of Meeting

You can view the digital report of this event here.


7 June, 2023
12:45 pm - 1:45 pm