Paisley’s Business Improvement District

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Winner of the Paisley First Mascot Competition Revealed!

The winner of the new Paisley First Mascot Design Competition has been revealed as ten year old Christopher McCall with his design…Paisley Lion!

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Christopher, a primary six pupil from Williamsburgh Primary School, impressed judges with his colourful creation which was picked from the final shortlist of ten entries.

Paisley First received hundreds of entries for the competition from school children all across Renfrewshire.

The new mascot will be used by Paisley First at events, performances and activities, all promoting Paisley town centre as a great place to live, work and visit.

Paisley First Chairman Ian Henderson and Paisley First BID Manager Andrew Mitchell made a surprise visit to Christopher and his school friends this week to announce he had won the competition and award him with his prize…see the video at www.paisleyfirst.com

Paisley First Chairman Ian Henderson with Mascot winner Christopher McCall, teacher Michaela Lennon, Paisley First BID Manager Andrew Mitchell and Williamsburgh Primary School Head teacher Nova Scott

“I am so happy,” said Christopher. “It took me about two days to create my design.”

“We had been talking in class with our teacher Miss Lennon about the lions which came to Paisley last year and then we started to talk about the Paisley pattern.”

“So I wanted my mascot to be about the lions and the Paisley pattern and I wanted my lion to be happy because Paisley is a happy place.”

Paisley First Chairman Ian Henderson agreed that these were all factors which helped Christopher’s entry stand out, saying: “All the entries were fantastic and it was a really difficult job to pick just one winner.”

“It was such a bright, colourful and happy picture and just had that positivity that we want to be associated with Paisley.”

Class teacher Miss Michaela Lennon, who helped the class with their entries to the competition, said: “I am not from Paisley so it was really interesting to talk to them about the town and its history.”

“They were all very excited when they were telling me about the Pride of Paisley so it’s clear the lions made a big impression on them all last year.”

Head teacher Nova Scott added; “The children all loved the lions last year and we have our very own school lion “Will.i.lion.”

“The children really enjoyed taking part in the mascot competition, it’s good to get them involved in what’s happening in the town.”

As well as being able to see his mascot design brought to life, Christopher received a £25.00 prize and as the winning school, Williamsburgh Primary School Parent Teacher Association also receives £200.00.

Three runners up also received prizes of £15.00 each – Jack Dunn of Wallace Primary School and Erin Clark and Lily Belle McEwan of Williamsburgh Primary School.

Paisley First Chairman Ian Henderson said:” It’s important to involve the children in all the positive projects we are working on to bring more people to the town centre.”

“This helps them take pride in their home town and this is why Christopher’s design made such a big impact on our judges.”

“We can’t wait to see Christopher’s design being brought to life and welcoming Paisley Lion to Paisley town centre in the near future.”

Paisley First would like to thank all the local school children, and their parents and teachers, who helped submit entries.

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The face of the next Paisley First Mural is revealed

The face of our next giant mural…and the winner is….

Seven year old Eva Rose Ross from Paisley has been announced as the face of the next Paisley First giant mural.

Renowned local artist Caroline Gormley will team up with artist Alexander Guy to complete the next mural in the Paisley First Wall Series.

Eva Rose was picked following the town’s Buddie competition, asking young people under 18 in Paisley to send in photographs in their best Buddie pose, as previously sketched by Caroline.

The youngster will be commemorated on the next giant mural on the gable wall next to Allan’s Snack Bar on Storie Street, a popular fish and chip shop in the town.

Caroline said:” I thought Eva Rose’s photograph was great. It was very natural…and I liked her attitude. She just seemed so carefree and happy.”

“This will be a great piece of public art. It’s really for the community.”

“It’s not just a nice picture. It will show how children are the future of Paisley and how younger generations will uphold the town’s heritage in the future.”

Eva Rose, who attends St Fergus Primary School, said: “I love Paisley and I am always telling everyone how great the town is.”

“I loved the Lions last year and now I can’t believe that I have won the competition to be on the wall.”

Proud mum Lee-Ann, who runs Uptown Barbers in the town’s High Street, said:” We are thrilled that Eva Rose has been chosen to be the face of the next mural. We are so happy for her.”

“She is a proud Paisley Buddie and always loves getting involved in anything going on in the town.”

Work is due to get underway on the wall at Storie Street today, Monday 20th March, with the project expected to take around two weeks to complete.

Paisley First’s Melanie Hughes who is leading the art murals project said:” We’ve had some fabulous entries from young people across Renfrewshire.  It’s great to see the community getting behind our murals and local children taking an interest in the town. There will be more community involvement in the future.”

left to right – Christopher Ross, Lee-Ann Redmond, Paisley First BID Manager Andrew Mitchell, Buddie Competition Winner Eva Rose Ross, Paisley First Chairman Ian Henderson and artist Caroline Gormley

Paisley First Chairman Ian Henderson added: “The murals are proving popular with visitors and Buddies alike and have become a real talking point.”

“Projects like this are a great way to get people involved in the regeneration of Paisley, improve the town’s image and get families back into the town centre.”

  • The first mural is situated at Johnston Street and depicts a kingfisher perched next to thread woven in between the branches, while the distinctive Coats Memorial Church appears in the background. This was completed by local artist Mark Worst with assistance from Ross Dinnett.
  • The Paisley First Business Improvement District (BID) is a non-profit organisation comprised of over 600 businesses from within Paisley town centre. Businesses within a defined area work together and invest collectively in priority issues they themselves have identified and agreed upon.
  • There is a range of issues that BIDs across the world seek to address; from reducing business costs, making town centres safer and cleaner to introducing proactive marketing and promotional campaigns allied to events, creating new platforms for economic growth
  • There are 30 BIDs in existence in Scotland at present and many being developed across a range of sectors

 

 

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Paisley to celebrate trio of food and drink events

Paisley is getting set for a food and drink extravaganza next month – with three great events taking place over the same week.

(left to right) – David Cassidy (Renfrewshire CAMRA), Tony Fitzpatrick (St Mirren), Linsey Reith (Three Sisters Bake), Rachna Dheer, (Babu Bombay Street Kitchen), Jason Smith (The Bankhouse Bar) and Hollie Stark (Kilty Kilty’s)

The 30th annual Paisley Beer Festival – Scotland’s largest – will return for another year to Paisley Town Hall from Wednesday 19 to Saturday 22 April.

On the Saturday the Paisley Food Festival brings a one-day culinary carnival of street food from across the globe plus free family entertainment to Abbey Close.

And Paisley Restaurant Week, being delivered by local business improvement district Paisley First, runs from Saturday 15 to 23 April, with discounts and deals at eateries throughout the town centre.

The events are taking place one week before Paisley’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021 is due to be lodged with the UK Government.

The beer festival is organised by the Renfrewshire branch of the Campaign for Real Ale, who are marking the event’s 30th anniversary by celebrating St Mirren’s 1987 Scottish Cup win – which took place on the same day as the first festival – on their logo and pint glasses.

To promote the event, beer festival organisers were joined by St Mirren chief executive and 1987 cup-winner Tony Fitzpatrick, plus some of the vendors from the food festival, and local businesses taking part in Paisley Restaurant Week.

David Cassidy of Renfrewshire CAMRA said: “When we first started we had no idea we would still be going 30 years on – back then we just had 30 beers and one hall.

“Now we are the biggest real ale festival in Scotland with more than 250 beers over three bars, plus a cider bar and foreign beer bar.

“A few of us are St Mirren fans and it was an easy decision to celebrate the link with the 1987 team in this year’s festival. We also want to thank our sponsors, the Bungalow Bar and Callum’s Cavern.”

The food festival is run by Renfrewshire Council and is taking place for the third time, as part of the area’s major events programme, which aims to attract visitors to the town centre and showcase it as a vibrant destination, alongside the town’s UK City of Culture bid.

It will run from noon to 7pm and will include a wide range of food vendors, from global cuisine to the best of the Scottish larder, with smaller-sized portions at reduced prices for children, and all dietary options catered for. There will also be live music, children’s entertainment, cookery demos and workshops and more – all free.

Rachna Dheer of Babu Bombay Street Kitchen said: “We are absolutely delighted to be taking part in the Paisley Food Festival – we’ve done a lot of these events and they are a great way for people to try lots of new things.”

Paisley Restaurant Week is running for a second year and will be backed by more than 20 businesses in the town centre.

Andrew Mitchell, Paisley First manager, said: “Paisley town centre has a wide range of fantastic restaurants and cafes to suit every taste and budget, and during restaurant week these businesses are putting on some amazing deals which can be found on our website, so don’t miss out on Paisley culinary delights and visit Paisley”.

You can find more information on Paisley Food Festival at www.paisley2021.co.uk, on the beer festival at www.paisleybeerfestival.co.uk and on the restaurant week at www.paisleyfirst.com

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The Pride of Paisley…The Lion roars again!

A Lion is on its way back to Paisley this summer…and the hunt is on for a local artist to help bring back the magic back to life.

Following the success of the Pride of Paisley Public Art Trail during the summer of 2016, Paisley First has been donated a lion by local company MacAsphalt.

Now Paisley First is looking to commission a local artist to name and paint this Lion which will take pride of place in Paisley town centre.

The Pride of Paisley 2016 consisted of 25 full sized lions which were painted by artists and 40 mini lions which were painted by local school children.

The event was visited by more than 20,000 people with the 25 larger  lions then auctioned off to the benefit of two local hospices- ACCORD and St Vincent’s- with the final amount raised a staggering £79,300.

Paisley Love Buddie was the most sought after lion fetching a magnificent £6500.

Paisley First is welcoming submissions from artists with the theme “Inspired by the town of Paisley and its people”.

Paisley First Vice Chairman David Wallace said: “The Pride of Paisley was a huge success for everyone involved and was enjoyed by both visitors to Paisley and Buddies alike. This will be a fitting tribute to ensure the public art trail is remembered for years to come.”

David added: “We are excited to see the designs that are submitted and looking forward to the Lion joining the town’s other famous landmarks.”

Application packs can be downloaded from the Paisley First website www.paisleyfirst.com  and the closing date is 5pm on 3rd April 2017.

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Paisley First Needs a Buddie

Renowned Paisley artist, Caroline Gormley, is teaming up with Paisley First and another international artist, Alexander Guy, on the second of the Paisley First Wall Series to produce a giant mural on a gable end, again in the heart of the town centre.

Caroline and Alexander are going to commence art work on March 20th, 2017 on the gable wall next to Allan’s Snack Bar, a Paisley fish and chip shop haunt and Cardosi’s, a popular Italian restaurant.

Caroline initially proposed a sketch of the lovely “Gracie” but this idea developed when she started thinking further about muralism.

“The modern tradition of muralism uses social and political themes, so community involvement is foremost for this mural. I decided early on that this project should be for the public.”

The artist’s sketch of “Gracie” shows the subject wearing a pair of oversized sunglasses with the reflection of Paisley’s wonderful architecture drawn in the lenses.

“The idea for this image was to show that our children are the future of Paisley. The reflection of the buildings are a representation of Paisleys heritage and the importance of how it’s the younger generations that uphold the future of that heritage.”

Paisley First Vice Chairman, David Wallace, added:

“This project is part of a wider initiative to enhance the attractiveness of the town centre. Protecting our heritage and the future of our iconic buildings is an important part of this process and the mural encourages young people to think about that.”

Paisley First, in collaboration with artist Caroline Gormley and Alexander Guy, would now like to encourage Paisley’s youth community to come forward. Anyone under 18 years of age who wants to get involved should send in a photo of themselves in the same pose as Gracie.

One winner is going to be chosen, commemorated on the gable wall and the art work will be entitled, “Buddie”.

When we quizzed the artist on what she was looking for in a winner, she responded:

“I’ll be looking for a photo that encapsulates the inquisitive nature of youth. An attitude that shows the child wants to know and learn more…. I’d like a natural curiosity to be depicted in the final outcome.”

To enter the competition, this is all you have to do:

  • Ask your child to put on a pair of (preferably oversized) sunglasses
  • Ask your child to put on a hat with a pom pom
  • Ask your child to pose in the same way as “Gracie”
  • Take a good quality photograph
  • E-mail your image to ask@paisleyfirst.com with your contact details or drop the photograph off at one of our Paisley First “Buddie Drop-Off “points in either the Piazza Shopping Centre or the Paisley Centre.
  • Get snapping in your “Buddie “pose soon as competition closes Friday 10th March, 2017!
  • The competition is open to anyone under 18 years old living in Renfrewshire. Note that if the entrant is under 18, we require a parent or guardian’s approval.
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A FIRST FOR PAISLEY FIRST

Paisley is set to become the first Business Improvement District (BID) in Scotland to have a gable end transformed into a giant mural.

The work highlights one of the town’s most eminent yet relatively unknown sons, Alexander Wilson, as well as iconic buildings and local wildlife.

Paisley First, the regeneration group tasked with breathing new life into the town centre, have launched the project to enhance the town’s image and tap into the creative potential in Renfrewshire.

A number of walls have been identified for the murals which form part of a series and the first is situated at Johnston Street. It depicts a beautiful kingfisher perched next to thread woven in between the branches, while the distinctive Coats Memorial Church appears in the background.

The kingfisher, a bird that can sometimes be spotted on the Cart, represents the life and work of Paisley’s Alexander Wilson, who is credited worldwide with establishing ornithology as a science. Originally a weaver poet, Alexander Wilson moved to America where he studied wildlife and travelled widely, documenting and drawing hundreds of illustrations of birds.

The Coats Memorial Church, an iconic part of Paisley’s skyline, was built in memory of Thomas Coats, founder of the town’s biggest thread firm.

This mural is designed to amalgamate just some of Paisley’s rich historical and cultural past.

Paisley artists Mark Worst, 26, and Ross Dinnett, 25, have just painted the three-storey mural and have undergone special safety training specifically for the job.

Mark said: “At 16m, this is one of the highest murals I’ve ever painted and it’s certainly the most unusual. Ross and I had to do training to operate the scissors lift to get up and down the gable end. It’s some height up there. “

Paisley First project leader, Melanie Hughes, who has developed this wall concept with the artists from the start said: “Thanks to additional funding from Renfrewshire’s Cultural Events and Heritage Fund this is going to be the first of many murals in Paisley’s town centre. We’re excited to see the reaction from the local community and town centre businesses.”

Paisley First Chairman, Ian Henderson stated,

“This should help make the town centre more appealing to potential businesses and visitors, as well as to Buddies themselves.”

“It’s a project that will help breathe new life into the town and hopefully, raise its profile. Ultimately, we want this project to increase footfall and encourage people to spend money in local businesses.”

Melanie added: “By utilising the best of Paisley’s artistic talent we hope to create a colourful and vibrant town centre that people want to visit. In the future, we’d like to involve more people in the process by collaborating with community groups too.”

Ian said: “We asked local artists to submit their proposals for various locations around the town and we’ve had some terrific entries.”

“Some of Mark’s work can already be seen around the town in places such as Brown’s Lane where he has painted a spectacular mural on the outside wall of The Bungalow featuring Jimi Hendrix and John Lennon.”

“He has also painted another mural on one of the walls of the beer garden at the popular Paisley pub DeBeers and produced the art work on the shutters of the music shop in Causeyside Street. “

Train travellers in Glasgow might also have noticed his city mural which was placed on huge boards at Queen Street Station while the main line to Edinburgh was being renovated recently.

Mark’s talents have also taken him abroad where he has also collaborated with other mural artists in Europe.

Paisley First would like to acknowledge the help and support they have received from Paisley Housing Association and its tenants who have been kind enough to allow us to use their gable end.”

A spokeswoman for the association said: “We are delighted to support the installation of this mural which will bring beauty and energy to the local area. This statement piece showcases local artists and celebrates Alexander Wilson, his life and work, and his special place in the rich history of Paisley. “

“The association is committed to continuing its tradition of regeneration and improvement which boosts the local community and this Paisley First initiative is going to have a real positive impact on the town centre.”

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£111k boost for local groups as part of Paisley 2021 bid

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Groups connected to Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021 are in line to share a six-figure boost from a fund designed to boost the area’s creative scene.

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Councillors will this week be asked to approve a £111,299 spend from Renfrewshire’s Culture, Heritage and Events Fund, to allow 12 different cultural and charity groups to run a variety of arts-related projects.

The CHE Fund was set up to help unlock Renfrewshire’s creative potential in the run-up to and during the Paisley 2021 bid.

This will be the third round of funding since the CHE Fund was set up – and saw 44 applications and a total ask of more than £700,000 for the judges to sift through.

The 12 projects recommended for approval include:
– £25,000 to Reaching Older Adults in Renfrewshire (ROAR) to use virtual reality and other digital technology to help older people have new cultural experiences;
– £15,000 for the Paisley First Business Improvement District to fund a project to produce six murals in partnership with local artists and community groups;
– £14,364 to the Historical Adventures group to help bring Renfrewshire’s deaf community together and involve them in arts projects.

Other shortlisted projects include an international tango festival for Paisley, a bi-annual poetry journal, a series of plays on the history of Renfrewshire, and money to help set up a local Scottish-Polish club.

A number of additional projects have been shortlisted but judges did not have all the information they needed to make a final decision on them – so councilors are being asked to give officers the power to approve up to another £45,000 of grants before the board meets again.

Members of the council’s leadership board will be asked to approve that request, as well as approve the other grant awards, when they meet on Wednesday 15 February.

The council set aside £500,000 for the CHE Fund back in 2015, and should the latest 12 applications be approved, £345,401 will have been spent to date.

That would also mean 46 projects will have been supported from a total of 152 applications – and a total funding ask of almost £2m.

Projects funded to date include teenage Kilbarchan animator Morgan Spence’s incredible Paisley 2021 Lego movie, released earlier month and now been seen by millions of people around the world.

Renfrewshire Council Leader and chair of the Paisley 2021 Partnership Board Mark Macmillan said: “Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021 will bring massive economic and social benefits to the whole area.

“But if it is to succeed we need to show a thriving local creative scene and a proven ability to stage cultural projects.

“The CHE Fund is key to that – we know there is a huge depth of creativity and talent here in Renfrewshire and the fund is intended to help people show that off.

“The response from the public has been phenomenal and the level of ask has far outstripped the funding available.

“That has given the judges a tough task, as they have had to pick between a really high quality of application in each of the three rounds to date.

“We are pleased the latest shortlist includes a range of projects to help some of the less-heard voices locally – such as older adults, the deaf community and women who have experienced mental health difficulties.

“One of the key aims of Paisley’s bid is to harness the power of culture to make people’s lives better and this latest round of funding will help do that.”

Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021 is due to be lodged in April, with organisers at the UK Government’s Department of Culture, Media and Sport to announce the shortlist over the summer.

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PAISLEY BECOMES THE NEWEST TOWN TO FLY THE PURPLE FLAG

Paisley First is celebrating today after learning it achieved the prestigious Purple Flag status for its evening and night-time economy (ENTE).  Purple Flag is a town and city centre award – similar to the Blue Flag for beaches – which aims to raise the standard and broaden the appeal of town and city centres between the hours of 17:00 and 05:00.

The Purple flag application was developed over the last twelve months by Paisley First, with partners; Paisley Pubwatch, Renfrewshire Council, Central Scotland Police, Renfrewshire Cabs, Scotrail, Paisley and West Community Council and the Paisley Street Pastors.

Areas awarded the Purple Flag are recognised for providing a vibrant and diverse mix of dining, entertainment and culture while promoting the safety and wellbeing of visitors and local residents.

Since 2007, the programme has awarded the Purple Flag status to over 65 towns and cities in the UK and Ireland. Purple Flag accredited areas have all reported a consistent increase in footfall and a decrease in crime within the ENTE. The Purple Flag programme is managed by the Association of Town and City Management (ATCM) which works in partnership with key stakeholder groups backed by the government, police and businesses, as well as UK sponsors, Diageo Great Britain.

Paisley First Chairman, Ian Henderson stated, “Winning the Purple Flag is another project milestone for Paisley First and our partners, and it is a great credit to the team who have driven the project to completion.  Paisley is the third town in Scotland to achieve this accreditation, joining the latest towns, Aberdeen and Dunfermline.  Towns and cities that have been awarded Purple Flag status have reported increased sales and additional evening events and activities.  Paisley First are currently planning more events and projects for the year ahead and we will present these to our members at our open meeting on the 16th February, 2017 at the UWS.”

Councillor Eddie Devine, convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Environment Policy Board, said: “We are delighted the town is now only one of the few places in Scotland to be awarded Purple Flag status.  A number of council staff worked closely with Paisley First and other partners on the application and it is great to see that hard work paying off”.

“This award shows Paisley town centre has been judged as surpassing standards of excellence in managing the evening and night time economy, and offers an entertaining, diverse, safe and enjoyable night out.

“The work going on around the town’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021 is geared towards selling Paisley as a destination and bringing in visitors to spend their money with local businesses.

“For potential visitors to know the town centre has been given an official seal of approval by expert assessors  is a great boost to that work – and with the bid due to be lodged in the next few months, this accolade couldn’t have come at a better time.”

Shanaaz Carroll, CEO of the ATCM said:  “There are now over 70 towns and cities across the UK and Ireland who are proudly flying the Purple Flag after working hard to gain accreditation. The award is not just about safety, but also the vibrancy and diversity of the evening and night-time offer — this can only be achieved by people working together and across the country, we are seeing some amazing examples of this type of partnership working.”

Paisley officially receives the Purple Flag new accreditation on the 8th February, 2017, along with Dublin One, Leeds, Limerick, Maynooth, Reading, Wexford and a further seven towns; Dunfermline, Leicester Square, Newcastle under Lyme, Preston, Salisbury, Sheffield and Southend who have had their Full Renewal status renewed.

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Paisley First Seek Local Makers for New “Makerspace”

Paisley First are looking at the possibility of creating a permanent makerspace in the town centre and would like to hear from any local artisans, artists or traders who might be keen to get involved.

The aim of this exciting new project is to unleash Paisley potential by providing a physical space for open collaboration, idea creation, prototyping and even selling.

The aim of our makerspace is to bring interested minds together to provide spaces where members share available tools and resources, perhaps also containing an allocated space whereby parties sell their arts, crafts and wares to the general public. The idea is that members will draw inspiration from their peers to create a support network – the key to success for any budding entrepreneur.

Paisley First would like to hear ideas on creating a local makerspace from interested parties and would be happy to hear from anyone who’d like to participate in this exciting new venture.

Anyone interested can e-mail Melanie Hughes at the Paisley First office for further information: melanie@paisleyfirst.com

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Vacancy: Paisley First Project Leader

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Paisley First Business Improvement District has an exciting opportunity for an experienced Project Leader who will lead on the development and delivery of projects which will assist businesses and increase footfall within Paisley Town Centre.

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Working with the Paisley First Team, the successful applicant will play their part in the successful delivery of projects which are outlined within the Paisley First Business Plan which our members have asked us to deliver during the project term.

The ideal candidate will have strong project management skills, be highly organised with attention to detail, have excellent written communication skills.

Experience of using social media channels including Facebook, Twitter, You Tube and Instagram would be an advantage.

Salary and Hours

37 hours per week (including weekends when required)

Salary from £20,000 depending on experience

Application Process

If you would like to apply for this position please forward your current CV and covering letter which states your experience and suitability for the role to andrew@paisleyfirst.com

The closing date for applications is Friday the 20th January (noon).

The first interview will take place in Paisley week commencing 23rd January 2017.

The second interview will take place in Paisley week commencing 30th January 2017.

The interview process will consist of a 45-minute interview and 45-minute inbox test.

Attached Documents

PF Project Leader Job Description 301216

Project Leader Person Specification