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My Credit Union Renfrewshire


Have you ever wondered what a credit union is? My Credit Union Renfrewshire will answer all your questions.



We are delighted to announce the launch of a new website, outdoor advertising and radio campaign that will raise awareness of credit unions in Renfrewshire and answer the common question ‘What is a credit union’. To celebrate the launch, we are extending an invitation to the public and press to an event that will take place on Thursday 20th October (International Credit Union day) in the Piazza centre Paisley at 11am.


www.mycreditunionrenfrewshire.co.uk has been designed to promote the benefits of Credit Unions to the people of Renfrewshire. The fresh, easy-to-use website signposts people to credit unions throughout Renfrewshire, lists all their services and highlights the many benefits of saving and borrowing affordably. A key aim is to raise public awareness of credit unions generally and to help people enjoy the benefits of sound money management.

The website is funded by Renfrewshire Council who have committed up to £500,000 of funding to support credit union development in Renfrewshire as a key strand of their Tackling Poverty strategy. This substantial investment has been used in a variety of initiatives to tackle the rise in high cost lending and to provide access to a wider range of ethical and affordable financial products for the Renfrewshire community.

Gleniffer Credit Union, Johnstone Credit Union, Renfrewshire-Wide Credit Union, Scotwest Credit Union and White Cart Credit Union have collaborated on the development of the website to ensure that the Renfrewshire community can make an informed choice on the best credit union for their needs. Paula Ferrier, the Marketing Officer overseeing the website development said, “This is a fantastic opportunity for credit unions in Renfrewshire, to have a campaign that promotes good value financial products and services and the many free benefits that are available. Credit unions are not for profit, member-owned financial cooperatives, so they can’t always compete with the massive marketing budgets that banks and high-cost lenders can deploy. In some ways, credit unions are a well-kept secret! However, more and more people are discovering how much better off they are by joining a credit union, and with over a million members across the UK, mycreditunionrenfrewshire will help open credit union doors to even more people in Renfrewshire.”

To mark the launch of this vibrant new website and to celebrate International Credit Union Day, representatives from all five credit unions will be in the Piazza Centre, Paisley on Thursday 20th October from 11am to 1pm to chat and answer any questions about joining a credit union. Additionally, Councillor Mike Holmesdeputy leader of Renfrewshire Council, and several third sector agencies will be present to help raise awareness of credit unions and help mark the occasion.

There will be lots of credit union freebies being handed out – so call into the Piazza Centre and let Renfrewshire credit unions help you to make the most out of life and your money!

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John McKay Jeweller’s prize draw


John McKay Jeweller are having another prize draw to win a £500.00 voucher for wedding rings to enter all you have to do is click the link below.




Draw runs until 1st November 2016.

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Paisley Town Centre from the eye of a drone

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McKays Jewellers, Paisley


McKays Jewellers are going to sale this week with ½ price Kenneth Cole and citizen watches and on selected silver Jewellery.


They will also offer all of our subscribers a 20% discount on products and services, including clients who wish to join their Christmas club.

John McKay Jewellers are also up for another award this November, the vows awards, which would mean if they won it they would have won all 3 awards for Jeweller of the year 2015-2016.  An amazing accomplishment for everyone involved in this fantastic local business.

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Core 2 Computing October desktop deals


Core 2 Computing currently have, back to Uni/College, refurbished desktop PC deals running in store at the moment.


These include system units from as low as £150 all preloaded with Windows 7 ( some have 10 if preferred ). All refurbished desktops come with 12 month Hardware warranty for added peace of mind. Also, there are laptop deals starting from as low as £170 ( while stocks last).

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William Phelps Butchers – October special offers

Special Offers this October are:
The Finest Rump Steak Mince £4.19 lb.
1/4 lb. Angus Steak Burger £1 each contains less than 5% fat
Low Fat Square slice Sausage contains less than 5% Fat £3.30 lb
So why not pop along to Wm Phelps Butchers at 41 Causeyside Street , Paisley to see what is on offer.
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Retail Academy produces job ready recruits

Left to right::  Moroaj Alkenani, Morag Doig (Retail Coordinator), Cllr Mark Macmillan, Amrit Pall, John Docherty, Pauline McAree (Retail Academy Assistant)

Over the next six weeks, seven young people are learning the tricks of the trade at Renfrewshire Council’s Retail Academy.

Left to right::  Moroaj Alkenani, Morag Doig (Retail Coordinator), Cllr Mark Macmillan, Amrit Pall, John Docherty, Pauline McAree (Retail Academy Assistant)

Left to right:: Moroaj Alkenani, Morag Doig (Retail Coordinator), Cllr Mark Macmillan, Amrit Pall, John Docherty, Pauline McAree (Retail Academy Assistant)

The Retail Academy is based at the InCube shop in Gilmour Street, Paisley. It offers employer led training which is designed to help young people gain the knowledge, skills, qualifications and experience they need to work in a customer service or retail environment.

The trainees are: Natasha Aitchison, Moroaj Alkenani, Ruth McCallum, John Docherty, Nicole McGregor , Amrit Pall and Kelsey Robin

Trainees initially spend three weeks at the InCube shop where they learn to: deliver high standards of customer service, process till point sales and gain product knowledge and selling skills. They will also take part in merchandising activities and stock control. This is followed by a three week work placement where the trainees demonstrate these skills to potential employers.

Councillor Mark Macmillan, Leader of Renfrewshire Council, said, “We want to make sure that there is a pool of well trained, customer focused staff available for local retailers to choose from. Our trainees will graduate in time for the Christmas rush when many retailers are looking to recruit new employees.

“But our aim is to do far more than just provide extra staff for shops during busy times. The council’s Invest in Renfrewshire initiative has been particularly successful in reducing unemployment amongst young people. Over the last six years we’ve seen a 60% drop in the number of 18 to 24 year olds claiming unemployment benefit.

“The Retail Academy is about giving young people the skills and experience which will be the foundation for long-term employment in retail or a customer service role.

“The InCube shop, itself, is an important part of our drive to regenerate Paisley’s town centre. It is more than just a Retail Academy. It is a real shop, selling high quality goods made by local manufacturers and designers. It is the kind of niche establishment that represents the future for traditional town centres in a time of expanding out-of-town shopping centres.”

Morag Doig, Retail Coordinator, said, “The InCube shop offers a unique live retail trading environment for trainees to learn in. The programme we offer isn’t just classroom-based, it is actual work experience which involves engaging with customers on the shop floor.

“An important part of our programme is helping our trainees break down any barriers that may be holding them back. This includes issues such as a lack of qualifications and limited work experience. At the end of the programme our trainees are talented, job-ready, potential employees with practical shop floor skills and an up to date work history.”

If you are a local retailer and would be interested in offering a work placement to a Retail Academy trainee, please contact Morag Doig, 0141 618 6040 or stop by the InCube Shop, 9b Gilmour Street, Paisley.

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William Phelps – your town centre butchers

Wm Phelps

Wm Phelps are a family run business that specialises in selling only the finest Dry Aged, locally sourced grass fed , beef ,pork ,and lamb from selected local farmers.

Wm Phelps

Established in 1965, they make all of their own sausages, pies and puddings, using their own secret recipes.

So why not pop into 41 Causeyside street, and see for yourself the variety and quality meats that they have to offer.

Proudly serving the people of paisley since 1965.

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Hard work for a national award is a Fair Trade

Award photo

Innovative Renfrewshire charity Rainbow Turtle have won a national award for their work during this year’s Fairtrade Fortnight.

Award photo

The charity was awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award by the Fairtrade Foundation for their ‘Living Window Display’.

Public figures, volunteers and members of the public were invited to eat breakfast in the window of the Rainbow Turtle shop on Gauze Street in Paisley to highlight the ‘Sit down for breakfast, Stand up for farmers’ campaign.

The campaign centred around Martin Luther King’s quote “Before you finish eating breakfast in the morning you’ve depended on half the world.”

His words were used to encourage people to tackle injustice and to support farmers and workers to put food on their families’ tables, by harnessing the power of a Fairtrade breakfast.

The collaborative and imaginative event encouraged consumers to think about their breakfasts and provided opportunities to engage with Fairtrade.

Councillor Jim Sharkey, Chair of the Renfrewshire Fairtrade Steering Group, said: “This is a fantastic achievement and it is great to see a Renfrewshire charity being recognised on a national level.

“I took part in the ‘Living Window Display’ myself and saw firsthand how it drew the attention of passers-by and engaged them with the campaign’s message.

“I am delighted that a member of the steering group has received this kind of recognition and I would encourage anyone that has an interest in fair trade to enquire about joining the group.

“We are always looking for new members to help support the activities completed by our local groups- such as Rainbow Turtle- and advance the fair trade message across Renfrewshire.”

For more information on fair trade in Renfrewshire or how to join the steering group, visit: www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/fairtrade

For more information on Rainbow Turtle visit: www.rainbowturtle.co.uk

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Rainbow Turtle Win National Award


We are thrilled to announce that Rainbow Turtle Charity entered the ‘Living Window Display’ from Fairtrade Fortnight into the Fairtrade Foundation’s Big Breakfast Awards and have received the ‘Outstanding Achievement Award’.  

Award photo with Rio

This was an event held over both the Saturdays of Fairtrade Fortnight when people from schools, churches, community groups, Fairtrade towns and villages, Rainbow Turtle volunteers and local politicians were asked to ‘stand up for farmers and sit down for breakfast’ in the shop window. It was also great to have catering from Ken Clark of Redss – serving an amazing feast of Fair Trade treats. You can see all the photos and story on our web site www.rainbowturtle.co.uk/events/past-events/fairtrade-fortnight-2016/the-living-window-display/  and listen to why the participants thought it was important to make that stand, on our Rainbow Turtle podcast www.rainbowturtle.org.uk/rtftpodcast/ ‘Stand up, Sit down’.


In the words of the Foundation, ‘the group was recognised for their commitment to raising awareness about the principles and values of Fairtrade in their local community during Fairtrade Fortnight 2016, a highlighted campaign for the grassroots movement in the UK. The Outstanding Achievement Award is given to a group that has created a campaign that impressed the judges in all areas: a well-planned campaign that reached lots of people and communicated the Fairtrade message imaginatively. The panel were particularly impressed with the innovation, outreach and longevity of the campaign.’

So thank you for everyone who took part and made the event possible and successful. It is great news for Paisley and Renfrewshire and, we think, the third time the region has won one of the awards in this competition! #PositivePaisley!

If you would like to find out more about the event, Rainbow Turtle or Fair Trade contact us on info@rainbowturtle.org.uk, 0141 887 1881 or visit our website rainbowturtle.org.uk.