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Five strategies for a successful renewable energy project

DAVID LEE of Public Affairs Co-Op is a media and events expert with significant experience in the renewable energy sector. Here, he explains how he has seen the landscape change.... WITH momentum slower than expected in the development of offshore wind and increasing opposition in rural areas to sizeable onshore developments, it would be easy to be downbeat about renewable energy in Scotland. However, the sector is thriving at a localised and small-scale level - and making a genuine and positive difference to ... Read more

Time for change in FE?

Ben McLeish, Director of Public Affairs Co-op, asks if it is time for a change of emphasis in Scottish further education. Having read the Scottish Government’s response to the final report from the Commission for Developing Scotland's Young Workforce led by Sir Ian Wood, the one thing that jumped out at me was the full-time path that Further Education (FE) Colleges in Scotland have now been set off in. Is this a case of 2 good or 2 bad? (Sorry Match of the ... Read more

Behind the Devo-delays

Now Scotland knows where it stands. Well, after a fashion. The result might be in but the actual plan for more devolution to come has become even more vague than it was a week ago. It’s not, however, so hard to understand why when you consider the most pressing battle for the UK parties now is a General Election. The independence question is settled...for now. So what is behind the changes and disagreements on proposals for more devolution? Besides the attraction of finally resolving the ... Read more

Will the result be accepted?

If the Scottish referendum result is as close as these three recent polls suggest, possibly with a very small majority for Yes, will it be accepted? While not generally a litigiously-minded island when it comes to politics, how close does the vote have to be for Scotland to end up wrangled in a US Presidential Election Florida 2000 style series of recounts, legal challenges and delays? With reports of inaccurate registrations, this possibility of challenges to the result has already been mooted. Even ... Read more

A knife edge?

Now the referendum campaign is polling on a knife-edge, the whole world has decided to sit up and give it serious attention. Despite the divisions, and despite the reports from both sides of unpleasant incidents, there’s something undeniably happening in Scotland that hasn’t been seen for a long time: overwhelming political engagement. The referendum is creating an energising of voters as perhaps never before; this is obvious to anyone in Scotland right now. Posters in windows, campaigners on streets, concerts and debates being ... Read more

GALLERY: Third Sector Question Time

Last night MSPs Jenny Marra (Scottish Labour) and John Finnie (Independent) joined Lucy McTernan of SCVO and Andy Myles of Scottish Environment LINK in a unique 'question time' style debate about Scotland's constitutional future. David Lee of Public Affairs Co-op chaired the session, which sold out online with almost 40 people in attendance. Questions covered issues of how charities could be heard while remaining neutral, how co-ops and social enterprises can play a larger part in Scotland's society and economy post referendum, the ... Read more

GUEST POST – James Proctor, Co-operatives UK, on the referendum

One week ahead of the Independence Referendum - Third Sector Question Time event we asked our event partners: ACOSVO, Co-operatives UK and Social Enterprise Scotland to set out their views and thoughts for the social economy sector looking ahead to 18th September. Here, James Proctor of Co-operatives UK shares his thoughts: Co-operatives Fortnight is the our opportunity to remind everyone that co-ops are about people as well as profits. That they are about democracy, the right to appoint, and remove, the people that run the co-operative. And about participating in the big ... Read more

GUEST POST – Duncan Thorp of Social Enterprise Scotland on the referendum

One week ahead of the Independence Referendum - Third Sector Question Time event we ask our event partners: ACOSVO, Co-operatives UK and Social Enterprise Scotland to set out their views and thoughts for the social economy sector looking ahead to 18th September. Duncan Thorp, Parliamentary, Policy and Communications Officer for Social Enterprise Scotland shares his thoughts below: Scotland’s innovative social enterprises are taking forward a radical programme of social and environmental change across our communities. These businesses are helping to transform lives, go beyond traditional models of delivery and create a ... Read more

GUEST POST – Pat Armstrong of ACOSVO on the referendum

One week ahead of our Independence Referendum - Third Sector Question Time event we asked our event partners: ACOSVO, Co-operatives UK and Social Enterprise Scotland to set out their views and thoughts for the social economy sector looking ahead to 18th September.  Below, Pat Armstrong, Chief Executive of ACOSVO shares her thoughts: “The status quo is not an option”.  A phrase we hear a lot lately in Scotland.  Most are in agreement that no matter what the outcome of the Referendum, more change will be heading our way.  In ... Read more

PUBLIC AFFAIRS CO-OP AND ACOSVO ANNOUNCE NEW PARTNERSHIP

Public Affairs Co-operative, Scotland's first ethical public affairs company, this week joins other companies such as Royal Bank of Scotland Group and Tods Murray Solicitors in becoming an official strategic partner of the representative organisation for charity leaders, Association of Chief Officers of Scottish Voluntary Organisations (ACOSVO). The strategic partnership will see Public Affairs Co-op able to offer ACOSVO members exclusive discounts and training sessions, and work together on events of benefit to the wider sector, including an upcoming Third Sector Question ... Read more
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