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3 Dec


From December to April Start up street Stirling will be offering a free programme that will support your idea grow and develop to flourish in Stirlings city centre.

Register for an opportunity to participate and make your ideas possible. Ideas can be businesses, enterprises, societies, organisations, events, projects, etc.

Contact us at:


Creative Heartland

21 Nov





A new exhibition aims to showcase the depth of creative talent in Stirling.


Creative Heartland is a free event, which will demonstrate the range of artistic and creative talent in Stirling and surrounding areas.

The event, on Saturday, November 24, will feature a range of exhibitors, including artists, animators, craftspeople, and photographers.

There will also be a variety of free demonstrations and advice on topics, including garden design and photography, as well as live music and a storytelling yurt. A live panel discussion will also take place in the afternoon.

The event, the first of its kind in Stirling, is being organised by the Stirling Creative Industries Forum (SCIF), a new organisation formed to further the interest of those working in the creative sector. Earlier this year, the first SCIF project, the Made in Stirling shop, was a huge success and attracted interest from across Scotland.

A spokesperson for SCIF said: “Stirling and the surrounding area is rich with creative talent and Creative Heartland will demonstrate just how much talent is out there.

 “It’s time people realised that Stirling is a hotbed of creativity.”

Stirling Council Portfolio Holder for Finance, Economy & Tourism Councillor Neil Benny said: “It is fantastic to see local creative people coming together to organise activity and promote the creative sector.  There is a wealth of talent in the Stirling area that can really help to inspire our young people. This exciting event will showcase some of the innovative businesses operating in the area that are helping to promote innovation, culture and quality new experiences.”


For further information contact 

Barry McDonald

Tartan Penguin Media

07968 141 895 /

Where Next?

27 Sep

Good question.

One that the Start Up Street team are working hard to create opportunities for.

There have been some fantastic things happening in Stirling over the past few month with the work of the Creative Industries Forum, Creative Stirling, Made In Stirling and all the effort and support from sponsors and volunteers. 

Start Up Street are looking to capture this and turn the learning into a catalyst service which supports the implementation of the ideas into other empty spaces. This isn’t a project solely about pop ups – its about change. Understanding what is possible and helping support people to create sustainable change. 

Don’t worry – you’ll hear from us again shortly, we need you to help support where the project can go next. 



Sneak Preview

30 Jul

Check out the images below for a preview of what you can expect to see if you head to 58 Murray Place.

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We’re Open!

30 Jul
The Stirling Creative Industries Forum (SCIF) pop up shop ‘Made in Stirling’ open it’s doors last Tuesday in conjunction with Start Up Street Stirling.
Made in Stirling is offering local creative practitioners the opportunity to showcase their work in a city centre location at 58 Murray Place. The space has be brought back to life through the donated time of Stirling Electrical, Ogilvies and D Signs with materials from Norbord. Members of SCIF have also worked tirelessly to pull together all aspects of the creative industries to make this a showcase of not only artists work but also the members strength in collaboration.
The interest and support of local business, local people and local organisations has been overwhelming. It is at the point we would like to thank everyone who has helped us, sponsored us and enquired about the project by inviting you to the official launch.
Made in Stirling Launch this Tuesday the 31st July between 5-7.
There will be entertainment by local musicians, light refreshments and the opportunity to meet the artists, designers and makers who are participating in the project. 
We very much hope to see you on Tuesday, please feel free to open this invitation onto anyone who you think may find the event and the project of interest.

Get in touch!

18 Jul

Interested in being part of the Start Up Street Stirling initiative? Like the sound of a retail space at 58 Murray Place in the Made In Stirling Unit?

SCIF are currently seeking proposals from creative businesses and people in the Stirling area to utilise the space for retail and exhibition of creative goods (e.g. art, crafts, design work, print, photography, jewellery, etc.) between the 16th July and the 24th of September.

For more information and an application form, please contact: Sarah Frood, Icecream Architecture at:, phone: 0751307499 or tweet @startupstirling


18 Jul

Made In Stirling is a new initiative to give local creative people and businesses the opportunity to display and sell a range of arts, crafts and design work in Stirling city centre this summer.

Based at 58 Murray Place, Stirling the shop will run from mid July through to the end of September and anyone interested in this opportunity to showcase and sell their work is being urged to bring forward proposals for the shop.

As you know the aim of Start Up Street was to revitalise the city centre by bringing new and interesting uses to vacant commercial property. The pop-up shop links in with the wider Start Up Street initiative, however, Made in Stirling is the first project of the newly formed Stirling Creative Industries Forum (SCIF).  SCIF is a branch of the Stirling Business Panel and is specifically focused on addressing the needs of people working in Stirlings creative industries.

The shop will provide retail and display space for the best work by local artists, photographers, designers and artisans.  It will also provide information on whats on, with daily listings of upcoming cultural and creative events across Stirling, promoting creative venues and activities across the Stirling area.

Garry Freckleton, Chair of SCIF and Co-director of Twenty Ten Architecture, said:

We are really excited to launch the pop-up shop and urge local creative businesses and artists to submit proposals to utilise the space over the summer.  In addition to showcasing some of Stirlings finest arts, crafts and design work; the shop will provide a wealth of information to tourists and residents on cultural activities in the Stirling area.

Keep your eyes peeled over the coming weeks for more updates and information. In the meantime, here is a sneak peek of the shop unit.

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Collaborating with Communities: An assets based approach

25 Jan

Yesterday, Snook spent an afternoon in the IRISS head quarters talking about assets – the values, relationships, trust and respect involved in truly adopting an assets based approach. With over twenty minds in the room from social work, NHS, funders, third sector, government and other interesting worlds it was definitely an interesting afternoon. It was a nice treat for us to just sit and absorb, think and sketch for a couple of hours so thank you to Sue Northrop and IRISS for coordinating the meeting.

As the first sketch below suggests, the conversation opened with a question around why an assets-based approach isn’t happening more visibly and rigorously, as we have known about it for a very long time and we know it works…of course it is flavour of the month and has been for a while, but what does that really mean for people who are on the ground doing this stuff anyway? Most of whom have been working in this way for many years already.

We were really interested in the balance between the intellectual debate that was happening and the people who are charged with delivering servives on the ground. They are asking how this is different from what they are doing already and I’m not sure we know how to answer them. The whole practice and role of being a public servant fascinates us and I think the future has to involves public servants who are supporters, catalysts, facilitators and innovators.

We talked about the stories and narratives in this space and I think this aspect is so important and often over-looked. At the moment the stories are all happening on different stages in different languages and the public don’t trust that ‘the state’ want to hear their stories, they simply don’t believe it. This is what has to change because more often than not the solutions are nuggets found in peoples stories – we have seen this happen time and time again in our work, particularly with Start Up Street Stirling and Mypolice.

Snook are excited to be part of this conversation and see our role underneath the umbrella of ‘action’ – we can make know how and inspiration tangible (or real!) and believe that is one things that will drive this conversation forward. Together with the people of Stirling (and beyond) we are beginning to collaborate in a way that utilises the full potential that an asset-based approach holds.

High Streets: Exhibition

20 Jan

Last night, the SUSS Ground Team were invited along to Architecture & Design Scotland’s new exhibition on High Streets in The Lighthouse, Glasgow.

It really is a great exhibition, steeped with the history of how our high streets have transformed since the 1800’s. Its not  a huge exhibition, which is great. You could easily spend a few hours looking around, but also pop in for half an hour and get a real feel for what its about. This is a credit to both A&DS and all involved with pulling the exhibition together.

SUSS were lucky enough to meet and talk with some of those involved, and became aware of others who are contributing to the successful development of high streets across the UK.

If you have a chance, and are in Glasgow, go.

Here are a few pictures from the event:

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Mary Portas Seeks Retailers

19 Jan

Mary Portas is due to return to our TV screens shortly, and is looking for independent retailers to take part.

“The show is calling for people who run independent shops which are struggling to survive or expand. As part of the programme the successful applicant will receive advice and guidance from one of the UK’s Leading Industry Experts.”

Find out more by clicking this link.