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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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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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High Streets exhibition is a must

17 Jan


The high streets exhibition taking place in The Lighthouse, Glasgow, is an excellent installation, with a diverse range of views on the situation regarding the high street in Scotland being explored.

I was asked to take part, and I am delighted a range of others who were asked from different sectors have also given their time to contribute. The reason?  The exhibition (possibly for the first time) demonstrates the complexity of the high street as a distinct entity. It is not a view focused on any one discipline or interest group, and does not suggest the panacea lies with any individual, organisation or agency. I really hope issues at the heart of the demise of town centres, comes under scrutiny, through the increased knowledge of the high street that the exhibition will provide.

If you can, make the effort to go along and see the exhibition. It is open to the public. Anybody that has an interest in our high streets in the future, and values their town, will be more aware of issues and opportunities facing them if they have seen the exhibition.

There is a private viewing on Thursday for those that were involved, but the event has been open to the public since December and continues until April.

Workshop One – Report

12 Dec

Firstly, we’d like to reitterate how greatful we are to everyone who attended the workshops, and spoke to us on the street! If we have missed anyone out, let us know and we’ll get you added to our list! Some of the helpful people we did meet include:

Gary, Eilidh, Mandy, Robin, Mr & Mrs Bilsborough, Elaine, Gordon, Wilma, Sue, Eleanor, Philip, Kevin, Jim, Sarah, Gill, Steven, Martin, David, Joe, Carolyn, Emma, Megan, Samantha, Dawn, Clare, Stephen, Fiona, Zara, Julie, Diarmaid, Eric, Marion L, Allan, Marion M, Fiona M, Gillian, Sara, Paul, Pearl, Lauren, Stuart, Mairi, Jaqueline, Derek, Daniel, Alyson, Andy, Megan M, Ann, Deborah, Kieren, Bruce, Robert, Kay, Rodney, Susie, Cameron, Laura, Steven, Lisa, Sylvia, Mr Young, James, Karen, Nizar, Vicky & Tina!

What you’ll find below is a report about some of the learning, conversations, thoughts, ideas and opportunities that the Start Up Street ground team have pulled together.

This report should allow you to get an idea of areas where we have spotted possibilities for collaboration. If you have any more thoughts, ideas or questions please don’t hesitate to contact us.


Start Up Street Stirling Team

An update on SUS

24 Nov

A quick update on where we are at.

We’re currently collating the report from the first prototype we ran in Stirling arcade at the beginning of September.  This will be available to read soon.

We’ve been building a process of how this works, and ensuring that we lay the foundations before we make promises that this can happen, we’ll be posting a blog soon about some of the realities of what shops spaces are available and not from information Andy Kennedy has managed to pull together at Stirling Council.

We were overwhelmed with the support and enthusiasm for the concept and the feedback and ideas we generated during the first prototype we ran in Stirling arcade.  For those of you who didn’t make it, we had a great day on the Saturday interviewing members of the public and designing some of the process to make this work with them.  We’ve created a film of the first prototype we ran in September.


We are now at the stage of organising two events, an expert day to run around King Street showcasing some other ventures that are similar to how Start Up Street might work and a development day to pull together the process and build plans for how we will run the next prototype, putting ventures into a shop.