Scotland’s Towns Conference

Scotland’s Towns Conference 2023: Delivering towns for all


Scotland’s Towns Conference is our annual, flagship gathering of stakeholders from across sectors involved in supporting Scotland’s towns and improvement districts. This year’s conference will take place in Dundee, on Wednesday 29th November, in partnership with Dundee City Council.

This is an annual opportunity to get together with national place stakeholders; share challenges and opportunities; and to feel inspired and re-energised by the latest thinking, pilots and supports, funding and resources for your place. Together we’ll learn, share, connect, and collaborate on our vision to create healthier, fairer, greener, and more successful places for all. 


09:00 – 09:45 OPTIONAL STUDY TOUR – Sponsored by McGill’s Buses


10:20 – 10:25 WELCOME – Rona Dougall, Broadcaster

10:25 – 10:35 SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT ADDRESS: DELIVERING TOWNS FOR ALL – Joe FitzPatrick MSP, Minister for Local Government Empowerment and Planning, Scottish Government

10:35 – 10:55 DELIVERING TOWNS FOR ALL – DUNDEE SPOTLIGHT – Councillor John Alexander, Leader, Dundee City Council & Blair Parkin, Chief Experience Development Officer, Eden Project (invited)

Eden Project Dundee will be a landmark development for the city, transforming the former gasworks on East Dock Street into a beacon for regeneration and green tourism. It will encourage visitors to think, feel and act differently by revealing how we can learn from and be inspired by nature.

10:55 – 11:15 COFFEE TO GO


An interactive session with three rounds of table discussion centering around how a holistic approach to place should deliver on creating equality and opportunity for an economy that ensures our towns, neighbourhoods and communities are thriving, engaging and viable for all. Submit discussion highlights from your table to an interactive platform to share and learn with the room. Your discussions will feed into Scotland’s Towns Partnership’s Strategic Plan 2024-2025

12:30– 13:45 LUNCH | EXHIBITION

13:55 – 14:15 DELIVERING TOWNS FOR ALL – SCOTLAND-WIDE SPOTLIGHT – Lord Thurso, Chair, VisitScotland (Invited)

14:25 -15:05 FRINGE EVENTS

You’re invited to join a fringe session which will focus on one of these themes with case studies and discussion:

  • Town Centre Living
  • Enterprising Communities
  • Planet and Environment
  • Thriving Places


15:15 – 15:35 DELIVERING TOWNS FOR ALL – INTERNATIONAL SPOTLIGHT – David Martin, Joint Managing Director, M Worldwide

15:35 – 15:45 Q & A

15:45 – 15:50 Closing Remarks

STC23 Supporters

If you’d like to become a partner for Scotland’s Towns Conference 2023, or learn more about the various commercial opportunities available (including exhibition, sponsorship, and advertising) please contact Rhona Brown by email on

What to expect

If you’ve yet to attend Scotland’s Town Conference, you can find out more about the type of topics covered on the STC22 Wakelet, or take a look at our video recap below…