Paisley, Renfrewshire Category

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New Driving Test comes into effect from December

M8 Driving School

The new driving test comes into force on the 4th December this year, so if you want to sit the old style test it’s time to get started with M8 driving school.

M8 Driving School

December is also the time for test cancellations due to the weather so it’s also a good time to start now so you don’t have that problem come your test time.

Give us a call to find out more on  01505 345 372 – 07747 600 672

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Icelandair to increase their Glasgow service by over 2000 extra seats

Icelandair will increase their Glasgow service by over 2000 extra seats.  From the beginning of November until the end of December four flights a week from GLA to KEF will increase in capacity by 39 seats per leg jumping from 183 seats per flight to 222 seats.

Steven Marshall Head of Airline Marketing & Development at Glasgow Airport said:

“Icelandair is one of our longest serving airlines and we are delighted that they have seen the potential for increased demand between Glasgow and North America this winter. In winter time New York is especially popular from Glasgow and we are pleased to see Icelandair offer incredible value in its fares – return fares start from as little as £370pp.”

The Glasgow to Keflavik route will also remain a daily one allowing for smooth hassle free connections to Icelandair’s 18 trans-Atlantic North American gateways.

The increased capacity on these Glasgow flights will also be complimented by an additional flight to New York’s Newark from Keflavik that will begin on Wednesday 15th November until 11th January taking the Newark route to a daily service and the Glasgow flights, along with the other 6 from UK gateways will connect into this service.

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Paisley business Tout Petit goes POP at kids fashion trade show London Bubble

A luxury knitwear maker from Paisley has made a big splash at talent showcase of emerging fashion brands in London.

Dyane Lanez of Tout Petit beside a selection of her clothing range for kids

InCube entrepreneur Dyane Lanez, the woman behind baby and children’s knitwear company Tout Petit, went down to Bubble London to feature her kidswear collection in the POP section of the trade show, which is dedicated to up and coming brands.

Tout Petit’s colourful kids fashion earned her a final place on the Rising Star Award, which is watched by industry influencers and buyers looking to spot the tomorrow’s best-selling kid’s brands.

Kids wearing Tout Petit on the beach

Dyane started her creative business journey last year when she applied to join Renfrewshire Council’s business incubator, InCube. Speaking of what she calls ‘humble beginnings’, Dyane said: “To be honest I wouldn’t be where I am now if I had not been part of the InCube programme. At the time I was a stay at home mum who decided to start a little business while bringing up my children.

“The reason I started was with a frustration of not being able to find, modern, bright, quality knitted goods for my girls, so I decided to make my own. Coupled with a love for craft and knitting, I enhanced my skills gained from 10 years working in the fashion industry in London and begun to build the humble beginnings of a small brand. Ultimately, there was only so much I could do on my own. When I started at InCube doors started to open for me and I had opportunities I would never have had on my own – learning from industry experts, meeting other designers, developing my brand for the market place and my target customers.

“Everyone at InCube was in the same boat and we all supported one another. It was an invaluable spring board for us. The team at InCube are fantastic; always helpful, always there and always offering new ideas to inspire us.”

out Petit range showcased in a nursery

Dyane describes Paisley – the one-time centre of the world’s textile industry and home of the Paisley Pattern – as an inspiration to grow her business.

She said: “I always felt a strong bond with my home town, Paisley. The drive towards regenerating the town centre through its heritage makes me more determined that I can ignite a little corner of the town that will be part of a new bright emerging textile industry in Paisley. I would love to build a co-operative of knitters and designers and breathe that passion once more as we have seen it in the history books.”

The Council’s ambitious regeneration plans to use Paisley’s internationally-significant heritage and cultural assets as part of wider regeneration plans for the area have already seen the town shortlisted for the UK Government’s UK City of Culture 2021 competition.

Regeneration plans are working towards transforming Paisley into a hub of creative and cultural excellence and a world-class visitor destination that will drive investment to the whole of Renfrewshire.

Council Leader Iain Nicolson said: “Paisley’s rich textile heritage is transforming the town’s future as local makers emerge to set up creative businesses in town. The Council’s business incubator, InCube, has supported many businesses since it opened its doors and these businesses are a vibrant part of a new town centre economy based around heritage and culture.

“Seeing new and emerging creative businesses from Paisley and Renfrewshire making their mark on the global fashion and textiles world is significant news for the town. It comes just after Paisley being shortlisted for the UK Government’s UK City of Culture 2021 competition, which is a major endorsement for the town.

“The competition has really changed people’s perceptions of Paisley and we are starting to see investment come into the area, which will drive economic benefits for the whole of Renfrewshire and support our ambition for the town to be known as a hub of creative and cultural excellence.”

For more information on Tout Petit, visit

To find out more about new business incubation in Renfrewshire, visit

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Hail The Villains has something for everyone! 

Check out the new range at Hail The Villains


Batman range featuring epic official DC T-Shirts!

Jewellery pieces from your favourite Cult TV, Comic and Sci Fi shows! Including Big Bang Theory! Walking Dead, Flash, Arrow, Game Of Thrones and much much more!!

Every order comes with an exclusive Hail The Villains wristband and Delivery is Free!


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Upcoming Events in the “Hoose”

Get a fantastic taste from around the world in oor Hoose.
We do Italian food, we do Chinese food, We do Mexican food, We do American food, we do Cajun food and we do Scottish Food.  Why would you want to go to a one trick restuarant, come to Hamishes and taste the whole world, well most of it anyway. Lol!!
Ye wanna know whats going to happen in your life before it does? Well you might get an insight into the future on Thursday the 27th July in oor Hoose with our very popular Psychic Night. Nick in and put your name down on the sheet to guarantee your place. Cheers
Come in and eat our Traditional Homemade steak pie or have a pint of the foaming £2.75 Carling in comfort this scorcher of a day in oorHoose on the High Street. cheers Paisley2021.
Get yer diaries oot for this great gig by the Mod Revivalist Re-Start on the 5th August.
Look out your soft shoes and some talc, for it’s the regular monthly Northern Soul/Motown night. Great tunes that will have you on yer feet all night.
Great deals on the popular drinks in the Hoose with Carling at £2.75 and a 35ml of Vodka or Whisky and a dash of mixer for only £2.50
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RAMH delighted for city of culture 2021

At RAMH we are delighted to hear that Paisley has been shortlisted as one of the final 5 nominations for City of Culture 2021. Having provided mental health services across the west of Scotland since 1990, we know the positive impact that culture and creativity have on mental health and well-being.

Culture and creativity are essential for sustained good mental health because self-expression is meaningful. We are all too aware of the benefits of the arts in mental health recovery; at RAMH we regularly use singing, drama, writing and woodwork for their therapeutic value, and to lessen symptoms such as anxiety and depression. Being creative boosts energy levels and feelings of well-being, plus it strengthens immunity and decreases stress. Our monthly Culture Club supports people, regardless of their background or diagnosis, to access local music, comedy, cinema and exhibitions, because engaging with the arts brings a sense of joy and hope. In essence, it’s food for the soul.

Equally, having a sense of identity and belonging, and a feeling that you are part of a thriving community is crucial for enhancing mental health. Everybody needs to feel connected to their environment and connected to the people around them. Connectedness overcomes loneliness and social isolation, which can negatively impact our mental and physical health, and is said to be as detrimental as smoking 15 cigarettes per day. Being connected brings benefits such as increased confidence and self-esteem, feelings of being valued, the opportunity to use existing skills and learn new things. Consequently, it improves people’s chances in life.

RAMH continues to build on its reputation for being a progressive provider of mental health services by developing “social prescribing” services in GP surgeries. Social prescribing is a non medical intervention that focuses on an individual’s strengths, interests and passions and provides opportunities to get involved in arts, sport, community groups or other therapeutic activity. It is successful because it has increased patients’ wellbeing, and in some cases has reduced their symptoms and need for medication. In many cases, addressing the roots of someone’s wellbeing and mental health and making non medical efforts to improve this, has led to a reduction in GP appointments, thus reducing the pressure that much of our local health care system is currently under.

We’re hugely excited by the prospect of Paisley 2021 and the boost it will bring to the wellbeing of all people in our communities, and across the west of Scotland. We are certain that the project will have a long term positive effect within local communities, and we look forward to hearing the result being announced in December.

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Core 2 Computing deals

Core 2 computing currently have a range of refurbished Dell Intel i5 desktop and laptop computers in stock. These all come with 4GB ram and have the latest 2017 updated version of Windows 10 installed along with word processing software.

All ready to take home today to get ready for back to school/university/college or general home use. The desktops have a 12 month hardware warranty and 6 months for the laptops.

You will have to be quick as Only 2 desktops and 3 laptops left in this deal.

Give us a call on 0141 889 6363 or come along to 10 Wellmeadow Street, Paisley.

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UK City of Culture win would be ‘life changing’ for Paisley people says previous winner


Winning the UK City of Culture title would be a ‘life-changing experience’ for the people of Paisley and Renfrewshire – says the city which first hosted the title four years ago.


The Northern Irish city of Derry-Londonderry was UK City of Culture in 2013 – and has promised Paisley is in line for wide-ranging economic and social benefits should it land the prestigious title.

Paisley was last weekend named the only Scottish bidder on the shortlist for the 2021 competition, alongside Coventry, Stoke, Sunderland and Swansea.

And one of the key figures behind Derry-Londonderry’s year in the international spotlight says Paisley’s long-term economic future would be transformed if it emerges as the winner.

That year saw the city host major events such as BBC Radio One’s Big Weekend and prestigious modern art showcase The Turner Prize.

Oonagh McGillion, Director of Legacy with Derry City and Strabane District Council said: “The hosting of the inaugural UK City of Culture in 2013 was life-changing for our citizens – it not only gave us a real sense of pride and achievement but instilled new confidence and aspirations for the entire community.

“It was also place-changing in terms of investment in regeneration and the local environment and was hugely successful in uniting our communities to share and celebrate their experiences.

“We believe our city is still in the early stages of its development and the economic legacy projected will be realised over a ten-year period.

“The UK City of Culture title was significant for us in bringing about positive investment in cultural regeneration, developing our visual arts and expanding our festival and events offering, as well as increasing our hotel occupancy figures and audience attendance at cultural events.

“Recently we launched details of our joint bid with Belfast to bid for the European Capital of Culture for 2023 and this would be a significant legacy project not only for Derry and Belfast but for all of Northern Ireland.

“Securing UK City of Culture would be a fantastic coup for Paisley in terms of investment, regeneration and profile and in putting it on the map.”

Paisley’s bid for the title is taking place as part of a wider push to use the town’s unique cultural and heritage offer to make it a key destination within Scotland.

That includes a new destination brand for the area, investment in cultural infrastructure – such as the £42m plans to transform Paisley Museum – and an expansion of the area’s existing events programme which already includes big days such as the British Pipe Band Championships, The Spree and the Halloween Festival.

That work is set to happen with or without the UK City of Culture title – but should Paisley win in 2021 it would take the town’s profile to new levels, while giving the chance to secure long-lasting benefits.

And statistics show the extent to which Derry has built a legacy of a new tourist economy over the past four years – welcoming even more visitors in 2016 than it did in 2013 when hosting the title.

Odhran Dunne, general manager of Visit Derry said: “In 2012 the city had 164,000 overnight visitors, which rose to 254,000 in 2013 and last year reached 283,000.

“The profile that 2013 created really did a lot for us in terms of attracting people to come here.”

Paisley is due to submit its second-stage bid to be UK City of Culture 2021 in September, with the winner to be announced at the end of the year.

For more information on Paisley’s bid, see

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TAG Street Party 2017

Come along to a fantastic day of free family fun in the heart of Paisley.  This is the fifth year the TAG Street Party has been run with thousands of people popping in throughout the day each year.  Here at ECF Paisley (, we are continually working on ways in which we can serve the community that we are part of. Being based in Paisley Town Centre on Gordon Street, we love putting on an event that celebrates Paisley and encourages community.

The TAG Street Party is one of the ways that we love to do this. It includes a BBQ Cafe, a Kids Creative Centre (open 12pm – 3pm), Bouncy Castles and Assault Course, lots of Games, Facepainting, Balloon Modeling and Psalm Reading.  The best part: Everything is Free!

Date: Saturday 12th August

Time: 10am – 4pm

Location: County Square, Paisley

Cost: Everything is Free

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Transformation tour of Paisley showcases investment in town

Investment in Paisley’s heritage buildings and high street is a strong sign that ambitious heritage-led transformation plans are bringing a new lease of life to the town.

Council Leader and Head of Regeneration at Pendulum

Renfrewshire Council Leader Iain Nicolson took a tour round Paisley’s town centre to see firsthand recent investments in heritage buildings and shop units in the town.

Council Leader, Head of Regeneration and Mr Hussain outside 20 High Street

The Council’s ambitious plans to use Paisley’s internationally-significant heritage and cultural assets as part of wider regeneration plans for the area have already seen the town shortlisted for the UK Government’s UK City of Culture 2021 competition.

Head of Regeneration and Council Leader at Coats Memorial Church

Regeneration plans are working towards transforming Paisley into a hub of creative and cultural excellence and a world-class visitor destination that will drive investment to the whole of Renfrewshire.

The Leader’s tour began with a visit to the ground floor of the former Arnotts building, now a 120 seat contemporary restaurant Pendulum by the owners of the town’s existing Cardosi’s restaurant, which has benefitted from a new frontage, part-funded by a grant from Renfrewshire Council’s retail improvement scheme.

The former Arnotts department store site has been transformed into new residential apartments on Gauze Street and Lawn Street as part of a joint venture between Park Lane Group and Renfrewshire Council, with work to develop further apartments on Smithhills Street due to commence on site very soon.

At 20 High Street, Councillor Nicolson greeted owner and landlord Mr Hussain who is refurbishing shop units in the King Solomon building, due to open soon. The private sector investment includes fitting both shop units with traditional shop fronts in keeping with Paisley’s heritage-led and cultural ambitions for the town centre.

The shops are next door to the proposed Learning and Cultural Hub at 22 High Street, a £5 million investment funded by Renfrewshire Council and Scottish Government’s Regeneration Capital Grant Fund.

Up at the top of the High Street, plans to renovate shop frontages to a traditional look is part of a £4 million investment into the Townscape Heritage and Conservation Area Regeneration schemes in the area around the High Street, funded by Heritage Lottery Fund, Historic Environment Scotland and Renfrewshire Council, expected to run until 2021.

Changing the way the area looks and feels and creating a warm welcome for visitors are part of plans behind Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021, which will make the most out of County Square and rail connections through Paisley Gilmour Street, the fourth busiest train station in Scotland.

As part of the tour, the Leader also visited Moss Street to see renovations to residential property (14a Moss Street) and works at former Early Learning Centre (5 Moss Street). The tour ended at the magnificent Coats Memorial Church, which is currently in the care of trustees.

Council Leader said: “Our vision for Paisley is a new town centre economy based around heritage and culture as part of wider regeneration plans for the area.

“Being shortlisted in the UK Government’s UK City of Culture 2021 competition is a huge endorsement for the town. The competition has really changed people’s perceptions of the town and we are starting to see investment come into the area, which will drive economic benefits for the whole of Renfrewshire.

“Investment in venues and cultural infrastructure will have a huge effect on the local community, but also attract visitors into the town through our vital transport links – such as the M8, Paisley Gilmour Street, the fourth busiest train station in Scotland, and plans for a bridge from Renfrew to Yoker, funded by Glasgow City Deal.

“In retelling Paisley’s story to the world, we are bringing the past into the present and creating a new era for the town that will attract investment, people and jobs into the area. The work that we will put into submitting our final UK City of Culture 2021 bid to the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport in September, goes hand in hand with working with businesses, the community and landlords to transform the public space in Paisley.”

For more information on Paisley and the town’s bid for UK City of Culture in 2021, visit, like /Paisley2021 on Facebook or follow @Paisley2021 on Twitter and Instagram.