Can Do Places aims to breathe new life into empty properties by encouraging communities to take them over as spaces where they can work, create and trade. Thomas Barrett spoke to their CEO, Iain Scott, about how the loss of the high street can present a golden opportunity for communities.     How did Can Do Places come about? The Scottish government did a review of Scottish town centres and I was part of that. Somebody said the problems were due to business rates and parking. I said no, the world is going in the opposite direction. Let’s turn these empty buildings into places where people can work together. There’s at least £6bn of empty property in Scotland and 48% of home-based Scottish businesses plan to grow. I picked up on a trend and thought big companies are leaving the high street but at the same time we’ve got more and … (To read the full article, subscribe below)

Thomas Barrett is a journalist at New Start magazine. Follow him on Twitter