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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


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.

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.

Popuphood: The future of high streets?

18 Jan

“These partnerships that we are making, this is the new model, its no longer going to be; just put in a big box store somewhere and hope that everyone else follows suit.”

In September 2011, Alfonso Dominguez and Sarah Filley launched popuphood, “a small business incubator revitalising neighbourhoods”. The popuphood model epitomises what we are trying build on in King Street. It represents a unified community, willing to contribute to, and support one another to help realise bigger goals.

“It’s really hard to open one small business what we need is a group that can stand together.”

And whats great? It works. They have made it work. Inspirational? We think so. Possible here? Absolutely. It doesn’t matter who we support, its the process by which this all happens that will make it a success:

“Someone’s not going to come and hand you £100,000 to open a shop. You really have to scrape and figure stuff out and work with people and collaborate and it makes people who are starting business more creative and edgy because of that.”

Have a look at their video below and see what you think.


Development Workshop

6 Jan

Back in 2011…

The 13th of December to be more accurate, Architecture & Design Scotland, Stirling Council, Snook and the SUSS Ground Team came together for a further development workshop to identify which direction Start Up Street Stirling might take heading into 2012.

It was a lively day, where directed by Snook we blueprinted – or mapped out all the stages – of the service SUSS should provide in 2012.  The blueprint took up the majority of the workshop and the resulting outcomes were condensed into a report which included a list of outcomes and actions.

We discussed a range of topics, some of which included SUSS customer types, people who might be using the service. Alongside this, we need to consider how to push Start Up Street to more people in Stirling. (If  you know anyone who you think might be interested, please get them involved!)

We also developed a six month forecast taking us into June 2012 when the Olympic torch will be arriving in Stirling. In this, one of the most important things for SUSS going forward into the new year will be getting partners on board. We have had a really positive response from the public so far, and are now looking to get local business on board to really grow this venture.

If you haven’t already, take a look at our post on the recent Mary Portas High Street review, where you can get a feel for how important what we are all are trying to achieve in Stirling is. So please, get involved, get onboard, tell your family and your friends and lets get enterprising in Stirling.

What is Start Up Street?

11 Oct

Startup Street is a new way producing a meaningful change in Stirling; taking all the good stuff that already exists in Stirling and connecting it together in a new way. Watch the video link above to find out more.