Iain Scott on the philosophy and progress of CAN DO Places
Scotland’s town centres are full of amazing people and amazing places and this is a chance to look at both differently. Our places are changing rapidly. Not just in the way they look but in the way they feel, the way that we use them, and the way they should be used.
Supported by the Scottish Government, and delivered by the Scottish Business Resilience Centre in partnership with Iain Scott of Scotpreneur, CAN DO Places is about breathing life back into Scotland's town centres and city neighbourhoods. The purpose is to transform existing places and spaces to create new opportunities for enterprise, and thus local communities, to flourish.
Over the last six months we have been working with local community and business activists to do just that. Fifteen groups from communities across the country have already taken part so far. Working with other BIDS, DTAs and like minded people across Scotland they have shaped their proposals, streamlined their ideas, and had expert-driven feedback to carry their plans forward onto the next stage.
What we want to see is activity that helps create prosperity. That might mean transforming a community building into a hub for people to have a go at starting a business. Equally, it might mean turning a place or a space into an avenue that creates a huge amount of footfall that benefits the town and local businesses. CAN DO Places is about opening up entrepreneurial opportunities by utilising local knowledge and expertise, and empowering local people with entrepreneurial thinking and enterprising culture.