Glasgow Saltmarket 2016

Capturing The Moment

As part of our aim for TestTown to be a constantly evolving and developing initiative, documenting the events and feedback for learning has been one of the priorities for the Carnegie UK team. Using our existing experience and skills in video-making we have worked with a number of professional and non-professionals to create a number of short films over the years. At the Grand Final in 2016, we decided to experiment with social video and aimed to produce a short film a day to be shared through our social media channels as the week developed.

“At the Grand Final in 2016, we decided to experiment with social video and aimed to produce a short film a day to be shared through our social media channels as the week developed.”

We did this in partnership with GMAC Film ( ), a skills, talent and project development centre in Glasgow. Between the TestTown team and GMAC staff we supported a young filmmaker, David Cherry to join us for the week and film the activities and events as they happened. Not only did these films help showcase and promote TestTown Glasgow Saltmarket during the week it was held, we have also been left with a fantastic record of films which can now support this ‘Build Your Own TestTown Guide.’

Watch all of our TestTown films here: TestTown Youtube

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Words of Advice

  • I also felt that the event could have been more rigorously promoted, particularly during the three market days. It became apparent that the public were not aware of the event taking place in their high street and that they did not understand what it was for. This could have been tackled by posters throughout the town and in shop windows in the lead up and during the event.

    TestTown 2015 Participant

  • It was an amazing location, yet because of the distance between finalists, we felt a little neglected because we so far out of the way. Try and have all finalists a fairly equal distance apart  

    TestTown 2014 Participant

  • Great experience for young people. Young people have a bad reputation in my home town so TestTown allowed us to show we had something more to give and that we were striving to achieve life goals.

    TestTown 2015 Participant

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Five Ways To Supercharge Your TestTown

We believe there are five things which would Supercharge your TestTown:

  1. Every town should create a clear, supported pathway into trading and opening up a shop  for new town centre entrepreneurs.
  2. Every town should have a permanent pop-up facility in a viable trading space which offers flexible lease arrangements up to a year for new town centre entrepreneurs to learn.
  3. Every town should work, within their means, to reduce financial barriers in reduced rates and rents for new traders during their first year of business.
  4. Every town should carry out a regular (every five years) entrepreneur-led consultation which would feed into a business-led strategy for town centre development and business support.
  5. Every town should develop a hyperlocal cross-sector partnership to lead local innovation, ensuring that agencies, businesses, and residents are all powerful in leading local development.