This event has been developed in partnership with and includes presentations from Creative Scotland, Historic Environment Scotland, National Lottery Heritage Fund Scotland, An Lanntair Arts Centre and Gael Force Group.

The event is FREE to Arts & Business Scotland members & £30 + VAT for non-members.

The Arts & Business Scotland Development Forums are meeting places for arts, heritage and business organisations to find out the latest news impacting on the cultural sector, hear from experts in their field and to learn from creative business and cultural partnerships that have made a significant impact on people and communities across Scotland. There are three networking opportunities before, during and after the event.


Friday 22 February 2019

2:30pm – 5:30pm
followed by a networking reception
RSNO Centre, 19 Killermont Street, Glasgow, G2 3NX


This course increases understanding of not just “how” but “why” formatting for the web has such a crucial impact on your organisation’s on-line and social media performance. It reveals what the human eye sees on a webpage and how to ensure visitors to your site read more and investigate further. We disclose some of the secrets to improve your search engine rankings and discuss why site testing is a must before launch. Delegates attending this course will never look at a website in the same way again.

Delivered in a friendly, non-technical and informal style, the workshop explores the following key areas:

  • What are the aims of a website?
  • Why use search engine optimisation (SEO) and how to find keywords people search on
  • What visitors to your website see
  • How to write on-line copy and engineer what people read
  • Accessibility
  • How to run a usability study
  • The importance of interaction on your site

Friday 29th March 2019 (10.00am to 4.00pm) – Room 3, Kirkwall & St Ola Community Centre, Broad Street, Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1DH

Cost-Free of charge for members/staff of third sector organisations

 How to Book Click here to complete the on-line registration form. Places are limited and are offered on a first come, first served basis so please book early to guarantee your place.  

The Scottish Parliament’s Social Security Committee has launched an inquiry into Social Security Support for Housing. The Committee has heard evidence that increasing numbers of people are experiencing hardship due to the rising cost of rent, with the gap between private sector rents and the amount provided by the social security system increasing. 

In their inquiry, the Committee will explore how social security support for housing costs is impacted by welfare reform, with a particular focus on the local housing allowance and Universal Credit housing costs. The Committee will consider how both reserved and devolved social security policy can address issues arising for tenants and landlords, particularly in the private rented sector.

The Committee are seeking input from organisations and individuals to inform their view and are asking for views, on any or all of the following questions:

  • How have changes to the Local Housing Allowance impacted on the private rented sector, particularly for the affordability of rents for young people?


  • To what extent have UK welfare reform measures impacted on private landlords’ willingness to let to those in receipt of social security benefits? (Including for example, the impact of Universal Credit, the benefit freeze and the benefit cap).  


  • How does the administration of Universal Credit Housing Costs impact on the ability of tenants to pay their rent and landlords to administer rent payments? (for example, the impact on rent arrears, communication between landlords and the DWP)


  • How do Universal Credit Scottish Choices and Discretionary Housing Payments impact on the way landlords and tenants handle Universal Credit housing costs?


  • In all of the above, what improvements could be made to reserved and devolved systems, including the way they interact with each other?

If you would like to make a submission, please first read our privacy notice about submitting your views to a Committee. This tells you about how we process your personal data.

Please ensure you use the template provided to format your submission and complete the Data Protection Form which should be returned with your submission.  All submissions should be sent electronically to the following address: by Monday 18 March 2019.

Full details on the inquiry can be found on our webpage:

In 2019, the bank has relaunched the programme to find the best young talent wanting to drive positive social impact through their creative enterprise. The programme aims to enable and celebrate creative entrepreneurship for social good, led by 18-30-year olds in the UK today.

The programme offers entrants the chance to win funding for their creative enterprise and a year of business support. The prize package is designed to give applicants everything they need to accelerate their idea or existing business, so that they can take it to the next level.

There is a cash prize fund of £50,000, to be shared amongst five winners. How much awarded per winner is not fixed but assessed on a case-by-case basis. Applicants who proceed to the second stage of the competition will be asked for the amount of prize monies they would like to apply for from three incremental categories of £2,000-£5,000; £5,000-£10,000; and £10,000-£20,000.

To apply, applicants must be 18-30 years old and have a strong idea or an existing business in the creative industries. They must have a desire to create positive social impact through their enterprise. Applicants do not have to have a business already set up. They just need to be ready to grow with their idea. The eventual business can be not-for-profit or a commercial idea/enterprise.

Webiste here

Over the next three years (2019-2021) the programme will provide a total of £2.4 million in funding. Grants of up to £48,000 are available for nine months. It is expected that 13 projects will be funded in the first round. In addition to the funding, grant recipients will receive expert support and advice as well as the chance to collaborate and share learning.

The funding is for projects at any stage of development, with solid user-centred research, a clear problem to address, and a compelling digital solution to achieving this. The technology may be simple or cutting edge. The funding is for new products and services that can be shared with the wider not-for-profit sector. It is anticipated that most applicants will already have a digital development partner on board when they apply to help them deliver their project.

Projects should address one of Comic Relief’s four core issues:

  • Children Survive and Thrive
  • Global Mental Health Matters
  • Fighting for Gender Justice
  • A Safe Place to Be. 
  • Comic Relief is also looking for applications that address challenges around disability and inclusion.

Applications will be accepted from 11 February 2019 to 25 March 2019.

Website here

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