Arts & Business Scotland launch regional events to boost local economies & rebuild communities

Arts & Business Scotland launch a series of six free online events running from 1 September-12 October.

The events put local communities and businesses centre stage, supporting Scotland’s regions: South of Scotland, Aberdeen & Aberdeenshire and The Highlands, to build back better post pandemic.

Part of the new Building Capacity: Developing Skills (BCDS) programme from Arts & Business Scotland (A&B Scotland), these events will demystify the business benefits that come with culture sector (the arts, heritage and creative) collaboration.  

Expert speakers and leaders from a diverse range of businesses will talk to the benefits of partnering with the culture sector, giving live examples (alongside historic case studies) of how such partnerships are instrumental in the rebuilding of town centres, helping businesses reach new audiences, supporting staff retention, and improving corporate social responsibility, among many other things. 

At a time when businesses across the country are facing some of their toughest ever challenges, from staff shortages and low morale, to disrupted income streams and a disengaged client base, the transition back to ‘normal’ can seem a daunting prospect, and the creativity of the culture sector can hold the key. 

David Watt (Chief Executive of Arts & Business Scotland) said: “We want businesses to know that the funding is there for cross sector collaboration. Funding that will double your financial investment and pay dividends when it comes to the positive impact on every aspect of your business.” 

Alice Samtoy (Sponsorship Consultant and corporate partnerships expert) said: “The past 18 months has affected every company in every industry and these BCDS events will provide valuable insights and practical direction to inspire future partnerships, which in turn will help communities across Scotland bounce back and become even stronger post-pandemic.”  

Ray Grant (Environmental Director at John Lawrie Metals Limited) said: “We have first-hand experience of what a culture sector partnership brings to a business. We were a new business when we decided to team up with The Swan Trust and our project ‘#LitterCUBES’ not only helped us develop our community links as a developing business in the area, it also allowed us to meet our objectives of promoting our environmental credentials, image, and brand awareness throughout Shetland. It surpassed our expectations.

If I could share one piece of advice with anyone thinking about partnering with the culture sector -be it with a local theatre, charitable trust, or community run castle – it would be just do it.”

Find out more about the events programme here  

Find out more about Culture Businiess Fund Scotland COVID-19 Recovery & Renewal Strand here