Carnegie UK has been headquartered in the town of Dunfermline since its foundation in 1913.
It is one of the largest operating trusts in the UK to be town-based. As such, it has a long term commitment to supporting the resilience and wellbeing of town communities across the UK and Ireland.
In 2013-15, the Trust will be undertaking both policy and practice work to develop understanding of the challenges facing towns as the high street economy, public sector capacity and consumer habits all undergo drastic change.
This process began in the Summer of 2012 with round table discussions on towns planning and regeneration at Andrew Carnegie House, and continues with partnership work to design new approaches for the measurement and understanding of town economies and their interrelationships. In 2014, working with SRUC, the Trust is also considering the importance of remote 'lifeline' town communities in Scotland, vital hub providers of services and products.
The TestTown young enterprise programme for towns is drawn from this stream of Trust work, combined with our research on enterprise and business innovation among future workers. With this project, the Trust is showing an applied and practical lead in reconnecting young entrepreneurial flare with the opportunities of town centre business.
The Trust has been involved, as an external expert, in the discussions of the Scottish Government's Town Centres Review, and will continue to support the review as it develops and its outcomes are put into action by the Scottish Government's Action Plan.