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Launch of the Town Centre Action Plan 2: Ministerial Launch

May 31 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
The event will be broadcast from 10.30am on Tuesday 31st May at this link:
Please feel free to subscribe to the Scotland’s Towns Partnership YouTube Channel


Scotland’s Towns Partnership are delighted to announce a new series of events: the Town Centre Action Plan 2 (TCAP2) Roadshow.

Each event within the series will focus on a different region in Scotland, with each event inviting esteemed speakers to talk about place policy, before covering local examples of innovative projects and initiatives. The aim of each event is to examine, discuss and celebrate the variety of work being done in Scotland’s Towns all whilst covering a broad range of themes, from Climate to Community .

The first event will focus on the South of Scotland.





10:00 – 10:30     Arrival | Coffee


10:30 – 10:35    Introduction and Welcome

Launch Chair: Professor Russel Griggs OBE, Chair, South of Scotland Enterprise


10:35 – 10:45    Ministerial Address

Tom Arthur MSP, Minister for Public Finance, Planning and Community Wealth


10:45 – 10:55    Introducing TCAP 2 – Overview of Main Objectives and Actions

Professor Leigh Sparks, Deputy Principal and Professor of Retail Studies, University of Stirling and Scotland’s Towns Partnership Chair


10:55 – 11:05    Ambitions for the South of Scotland

Jane Morrison-Ross, Chief Executive, South of Scotland Enterprise

[Minister departs]


11:05 – 11:35    Panel Discussion: Ambition, Collaboration and Leadership

Norma Austin Hart, Chief Executive Officer, Third Sector Dumfries and Galloway

John Fordyce, Co-Founder, The Borders Distillery

Michael Gray, Chair, Energise Galashiels Trust

Julia Mulloy, Chief Executive, Scottish Borders Housing Association


11:35 – 11:50    Audience Open Forum


11:50 – 12:00    Closing Remarks – Professor Russel Griggs


The event will be broadcast from 10.30am on Tuesday 31st May at this link:

Dates for the diary:


TCAP2 Roadshow Ministerial Launch: South of Scotland

31st May, 10:00 – 12:00, Livestreamed from Galashiels


TCAP2 Roadshow: North East
7th June, 14:00 – 15:30, Online


TCAP2 Roadshow: East Lothian

8th June, 14:30 – 16:00, Online
(Please note this event will be tied into the Annual STP Town Tea Party and AGM)


TCAP2 Roadshow: Highlands and Islands

24th August, 10:00 – 12:00, Livestreamed from Inverness


TCAP2 Roadshow: Central

31st August, 10:00 – 12:00, Livestreamed from Stirling


TCAP2 Roadshow: Southwest

14th September, 10:00 – 12:00, Livestreamed from Ayrshire


All of these events can be joined online but some will have an in-person event, attendance at which will be by invitation only.