Media coverage of Hall Aitken

The Herald, 13 November 2007

We wrote a report for the Scottish Consumer Council that was picked up by the Herald.

The one million people living in Scotland's rural areas are not being heard as national policy-making is dominated by the urban agenda.

That is one of the main conclusions of a study published yesterday by the Scottish Consumer Council (SCC). It wants rural communities to be given a louder voice and Scottish Government policies to be properly "rural-proofed".

The Rural Advocacy study commissioned by the SCC found that, although 98% of its land is classed as rural, Scotland is one of the few countries in Europe that does not have an established network of rural organisations and this is undermining the capacity of local communities to influence government decisions.

Link to Herald website

The Scotsman, 11 May 2007
"Hall Aitken, community regenration consultants, have signed a sponsorship deal with the Citizens Theatre in Glasgow. The partnership - worth £5,250 - will provide support for the theatre's Gorbals Schools Package.

As this is the first time that Hall Aitken has sponsored the arts, the deal is eligible to receive match-funding from a Scottish Executive New Arts Sponsorship Award, with Arts and Business Scotland."

Investment in Cairngorms National Park

Hall Aitken supported an economic impact study, community consultation and action planning for The Cairngorms National Park. As a direct result of this Scottish Enterprise has allocated £1m. Further information on the investment is available at

Regeneration and Renewal, 16 March 2007

Our evaluation of the Green Heart Partnership has been reviewed by Claire Lawless, Senior Consultant at URS Economics and Development. A copy of the interim evaluation is available for download at

New Start magazine, 16 Feb 2007.
In an article titled "Electoral changes spark fear of inertia north of the border" discussion took place on the introduction of Single Transferable Voting (STV) to the May 2007 Scottish Council elections. One argument was that this would water-down bold policies. Denis Donoghue, Research Director for Hall Aitken however opposed this view. He stated that "If more communities are engaged in the process, councils are more likely to be involved in bottom-up proposals and less in politically driven so called regeneration like the super-casino".

Paul Buchanan of Hall Aitken appeared on the Channel 4 programme dispatches (22 January 2007) discussing the social impact of the super-casino’s proposed by the government.

In Any Questions on Radio 2 on 19 January 2007 the report completed by Hall Aitken on super-casino impact was quoted by the Shadow Minister for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) Caroline Spelman.

A director of Hall Aitken was interviewed on Radio Wales on 18 January 2007 to discuss the impact of £13bn of Ministry of Defence spending in the Welsh border area.

Hal Aitken featured predominantly on the BBC Frontline Scotland programme (November 2006) that examined the Glasgow super-casino bid.