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LEADING PAISLEY COMMUNITY WEBSITE BACKS PLANS FOR TOWN’S NEW PERFORMING ARTS VENUE

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Paisley.org.uk, Paisley leading community focused website founded by Brian McGuire has announced its full support and backing of Paisley Community Trust’s proposed plans for a new Performing Arts and Film Theatre for the Town.
As part of a series of early stage discussions, first draft designs of the Trust’s proposed Performing Arts and Film Theatre have been shared with key stakeholders

in the Town. The plans, created by award winning architects Stallan Brand, outline the Trust’s proposals for a new state of the art community facility featuring a flexible main theatre, secondary studio theatre, rehearsal rooms, dressing rooms, dance studios, several unique cinema spaces as well as bar and restaurant facilities.

 

Paisley Community Trust carried out a comprehensive feasibility study into the project and identified an overwhelming market demand for such a facility in the town. At present a number of sites have been shortlisted with a preferred option emerging.

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Final plans are set to be publicly unveiled in September 2017. “We were delighted to be approached by Paisley Community Trust to review their plans for the newly proposed Cinema and Theatre for the town. What can we say, we were blown away with what we saw! The designs look amazing. Having been a massive supporter of the town and with close relationships to the communities, we have a fairly good idea of what people are looking for and what the town needs. The Trust’s plans are exactly what the town needs. It will put Paisley back on the cultural map, not just locally but nationally. It will attract people and communities back into use the town.

You’ll be able to take part in a variety of classes or to catch a movie or a show. There is no doubt this will provide the transformation the town needs. Community groups, Council and Paisley Buddies need to get behind the Trust’s vision. We’re in!”

Brian McGuire, Founder, Paisley.org.uk

“Paisley.org.uk is without doubt one of the key websites for Paisley. They work closely with the town, businesses and community.

They have their finger on the pulse when it comes to what the town needs. We were nervous in showing them because we really respect their knowledge, however we shouldn’t have been. The response was overwhelmingly positive. Their backing and support confirms the need in the town for what we are planning. We’ve agreed that Paisley.org.uk will be one of our key partners in engaging and discussing with the town’s communities. We’re delighted to share a teaser image for Paisley.org.uk to exclusively publish with more news to come!”

Gary Kerr, Chairman, Paisley Community Trust

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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.

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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.

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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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3 Consideration Before Expanding your Business Overseas

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There’s an old adage which suggests that you should never run before you can walk, and this is definitely something that small business owners should adhere to in the modern age.

More specifically, SMEs should strive to establish their brand on a local and national level before looking to expand overseas, as this ensures that they have a viable foundation from which they can achieve sustainable growth.

If you are considering expanding your business overseas, however, you’ll need to think long and hard before making an informed decision. Here are some of the key points to bear in mind:

 

  1. Is Your Product or Service in Demand Overseas?

 

This is arguably the most important consideration, as the international marketplace is extremely diverse and dictated by a number of economic, behavioural and geopolitical trends.

While your product or service may well be in demand in the UK, for example, there’s no guarantee that this can be sustained overseas. Even with experts forecasting a more robust rate of growth for the global economy and consumer spending throughout 2018, it’s important to remember that customer demand is vulnerable to a number of variables including cultural trends and potential language issues.

So, before you expand your venture into the international marketplace, you’ll need to target specific regions before determining whether not these can sustain a viable demand for your range of products or services.

  1. Can Your Business Cope with International Expansion?

If there is a demand for your offering overseas, the next step is to determine whether or not your business model can cope with international expansion.

After all, expanding overseas will require a significant, upfront investment, and one that must ultimately be measured against any potential increases in turnover and profitability. Your business must also be able to adapt to an increased demand and workload, in order to meet deadlines and the requirements of a global consumer base.

If you’re unsure about your businesses capability, you should consider testing this in a controlled environment. You can secure temporary premises on rolling contracts to trial the extension of your venture locally, for example, before hiring freelancers to increase your workforce in a flexible and manageable way. This replicates a small-scale global expansion and gives you an indication of basic cost increases, so it should help you to determine how your firm would cope in the future.

  1. How will you Deliver Expansion?

If you’re still determined to proceed at this stage, the final step is to determine the best and most cost-effective way of expanding your business overseas.

This includes the identification of specific, international markets and locations, while you’ll also need to cultivate a marketing plan that negates cultural, linguistic and behavioural differences which may be detrimental to your business.

This process will help you to create a viable growth plan for the future, and one that will afford your business its best possible chance of succeeding overseas.

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How to make money with thesis editing

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Writing for a living comes in many ways. If you do not work in the journalistic enterprise where those involved churned powerful news stories every day, then you are either a novelist of a blogger.  Blogging takes many forms and one that has increasingly become notable these days is academic writing.  Basically, you will be crafting academic papers for students who do not have the skills required for doing so. But it is important to note that it is not only poor skills that drive students to seek those who can write academic papers for pay or buy dissertations online.  Sometimes having a lot to do within a short period of time can be difficult and in such circumstances, learners often go out there in search of help from third parties like you.

Editing as part of writing and a career

Usually, before stories are let into the public domain, they have to be thoroughly checked for accuracy and that aspect of human interest is observed. This is often referred to as gatekeeping and editors in media centers an immense role in ensuring that only the best see the light of day.  The same happens when a novelist wants to get his or her book into the public domain through publishers. But in those very publishing houses, there are editors who do make sure everything is ready to go. Now, at schooling level, students more often than not hire what they believe is the best dissertation service and with an assumption that a perfectly done paper will be delivered at the end of the day. But what about is you get what is below your expectations? Will you blame the issue on the entire writing company or specific individuals?   

 

  • Academic writing: Where editors come in

 

Now, apart from writing, editors do make the whole process of delivering the best pieces of literature. But here is the catch. If you have what it takes to play this role, how can you make money with it?  There are many avenues where you can check out and start rending your editing services and earn good money in return. This post explores how to get started, so take a look further into insights.

  •    Perfect your grammar

Delivery of services to the satisfaction of your clients requires skill endowment and with editing, it’s no different.  Grammar is an integral part of writing, without we would be reading articles that sound unnatural or rather taken through some spinning software. Take note that a thesis is a very important paper and no student will want to run the risk of presenting something that is below par in terms of quality. Therefore, if you want to be regarded as that thesis writer who will always deliver the best work, your editing knowledge and skills play an immense role.

  •    Understand different academic writing styles

If this sounds like jargon to you, then expect to earn nothing. It is a rule of the thumb that academic papers meet set requirements such as writing styles. Here, you should think about APA, MLA, Harvard, Chicago and any other that you know of. The essence here is that you will be handling works of students from different colleges and Universities where academic writing styles vary significantly. A proper understanding of this aspect means you can partake in editing thesis from anyone and make money from it. Further, writing styles go hand in hand with citation and referencing, which are very crucial parts of an academic paper composition.

  •    Register with a writing agency

While others prefer to render editing services as sole proprietors, it can be difficult to get your services noticed out there. The fact that students prefer to hire through agencies complicated the whole issue. On this premise, you may want to try out Thesis Rush and see whether your services can be considered. If this is not what you prefer, registering an own blog is another option. It could be a blog where you advertise your editing services or a website where a whole range of such services is listed. Social media has equally become an instrumental platform for landing editing jobs.

In summary, every writer needs an editor because normally, when someone reads what you have written he or she is better placed to identify mistakes you cannot see yourself. I hope this post will help you get started with your editing services.

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Chaplain’s Charity to support two worthy causes this year

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Glasgow Airport’s Chaplain’s Charity will support two charities based in Glasgow and Renfrewshire in 2018.

 

Chaplain Keith Banks and his team will be supported by staff from across the Glasgow Airport campus in raising vital funds for Glasgow-based Funding Neuro and the Roar – Connections for Life – throughout 2018.

 

Keith Banks, who has been the airport’s chaplain since 2008, said: “Towards the end of last year I asked my colleagues to nominate a local charity the chaplaincy team and Glasgow Airport could support in 2018.

 

“We received many really worthy nominations for fantastic organisations doing great work. It was really difficult to choose just one beneficiary charity, so we decided to pick two – one from Glasgow and another from Renfrewshire given the airport’s close links with both areas.  

 

“Funding Neuro and Roar are two local charities providing different, yet incredibly worthwhile services and I am determined to ensure that Glasgow Airport make a significant contribution to support their fine work this year.”  

 

Last year the airport’s chaplaincy raised more than £7,600 for British Heart Foundation (Scotland) and Keith and the chaplaincy team are hopeful this record sum can be matched, if not bettered, in 2018.

 

Introduced by Keith in 2010, the Chaplain’s Charity has raised more than £40,000 in total for a number of organisations including The Teddy Bear Foundation, CHAS, Robin House Children’s Hospice, Teenage Cancer Trust, The Salvation Army, Wish upon a Star and Make a Wish.

 

He added: ‘As always I’m very grateful to my colleagues across the airport – and of course our incredibly generous passengers – who help raise these vital funds each year.”

 

Funding Neuro was founded by Bryn Williams, who himself has Parkinson’s disease, to help fund research and pioneering treatment for devastating neurological conditions including Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, Motor Neurone Disease, Multiple Sclerosis and brain tumours prevalent in children.

 

The charity, based in North Street, Glasgow, took the unusual step in 2015 to set up a crowdfunding page to raise £900,000 to finance a clinical trial to treat 18 children with deadly DIPG brain tumours.

 

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Sharon Kane, Funding Neuro’s chief executive, said: “We are thrilled Keith and his team have chosen to support Funding Neuro. This will enable us to continue our work extending the lives of children with brain tumours and support our research into debilitating conditions such as Parkinson’s disease and Motor Neurone Disease.

 

“As well as raising vital funds we hope that the partnership will allow us to showcase our work to the many millions of people who pass through the airport throughout the year.”       

 

Based in Paisley, Roar provides preventative, health and wellbeing services for older people to connect lives and reduce social isolation and loneliness. The charity provides opportunities to help older people stay as mobile as they can, reducing their risk of falls and encouraging them to socialise in various leisure activities.

 

Nicola Hanssen, Roar’s general manager, said: “Support from the Chaplain’s Charity will enable us to expand our services even further in Renfrewshire in 2018. For example, through the generosity of Glasgow Airport staff and passengers, we’ll be able to expand our falls preventions and companionship services, which are invaluable to many of our elderly service users who perhaps have mobility issues, poor social networks and are at risk of loneliness and depression.”

 

To find out more about the work of both charities visit: www.fundingneuro.com, or www.roarforlife.org

 

If you’d like to support the Glasgow Airport Chaplain’s Charity in 2018 contact chaplaincy@glasgowairport.com  

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Charities set for boost as Renfrewshire’s Provost pledges her support

Three charities have been given a civic boost after it was announced they will receive the support of Renfrewshire’s Provost Lorraine Cameron.

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Provost Cameron has pledged her support for MND Scotland, St Vincent’s Hospice and ACCORD Hospice as she prepares to undertake a variety of fundraising endeavours for each charity.

The Provost will focus on a different charity each year during her remaining time in office and will aim to raise as much money as possible by offering her services for the day to local businesses, hosting large events such as a charity ball and setting up fun, smaller events which everyone in Renfrewshire will be encouraged to take part in.

Provost Cameron said: “These charities are very close to my heart and I’m delighted that I will be able to support them throughout my time as Provost.

“The support and care they provide for families throughout Renfrewshire cannot be underestimated and is a vital lifeline for people in their time of need.

“I’ll be working hard to raise as much money as possible to help them continue their work so keep your eye out for upcoming events which you can take part in and play your part in supporting these fantastic charities.”

Provost Cameron will fundraise for MND Scotland in 2018 and 2021 and chose to support the charity after losing her mother to Motor Neurone Disease (MND) in 2011.

MND is a rapidly progressing terminal illness, which stops signals from the brain reaching the muscles and may cause someone to lose the ability to walk, talk, eat, drink or breathe unaided.

Iain McWhirter, Head of Fundraising at MND Scotland, said: ““MND Scotland is very grateful to have been chosen as one of Provost Cameron’s charities and we look forward to working together to ensure everyone in Renfrewshire who is affected by Motor Neurone Disease receives the best possible practical, emotional and financial support.

“Awareness of MND has never been higher with the tragic diagnosis of Scottish rugby legend Doddie Weir, former Rangers captain Fernando Ricksen, and Celtic’s Jimmy Johnstone, and MND Scotland is the only Scottish charity which provides care and support to people affected by the disease, as well as funding research into finding a cure.”

Following in the footsteps of her predecessors, Provost Cameron will also support two local hospices, St Vincent’s and ACCORD, who provide palliative and end of life care to people with life limiting illnesses.

Helen Simpson, Chief Executive of ACCORD Hospice, said: “ACCORD Hospice is honoured and delighted to be chosen as one of the Charities that Provost Lorraine will support during her term in office.

“The fundraising ventures will financially support ACCORD Hospice in our care for individuals and families living with a life limiting illness in Renfrewshire, while also allowing us to reach more people and raise awareness of the palliative and end of life care services that hospices can offer the community.”

St. Vincent’s Hospice Chief Executive, Kate Lennon, said: “We are absolutely delighted and so grateful to be named as one of the dedicated charities by the Provost, just weeks before we mark our 30th anniversary.

“For three decades, we have provided specialist palliative and end of life care for people and families affected by life limiting conditions all across the community. This is only made possible thanks to the generosity and kindness of our supporters, and we cannot thank the Provost enough for this incredible gesture.”

If you wish the Provost to come along and work in your business for the day, or have an idea for a challenge, please contact Donna or Heather atcivicevents@renfrewshire.gov.uk.

For more information, visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/provost.

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Look Up! event offers Buddies free home maintenance guidance

Home and building owners in Paisley are to be shown how to check and maintain their properties to ensure they are weather tight this winter at a free event led by local building experts and Renfrewshire Council.

The Look Up! event will take place on Saturday 27 January from 1.30pm – 3.30pm at Paisley Museum where locally based conservation architect Fiona Sinclair will give a presentation and lead a walking tour around Paisley town centre. During the event she will highlight typical maintenance issues and answer questions from participants.

The annual Look Up! event highlights the main ways to save your home from the impacts of wet weather and damp by doing simple checks such as; checking roofs, gutters, downpipes and drains.

The event is being run as part of Renfrewshire Council’s £4 million Townscape Heritage Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme 2 (TH.CARS 2), which is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Historic Environment Scotland and Renfrewshire Council. The project aims to make the area around the High Street a more attractive place to visit and invest.

Leader of Renfrewshire Council, Councillor Iain Nicolson, said: “The Look Up! event is a great opportunity for people to get free expert advice on how to protect their homes and properties from the elements this winter.

“Through the TH.CARS 2 programme we want to help home and building owners repair and improve their premises to help increase business interest. By investing in our built environment we will encourage more visitors and businesses to the area which will in turn increase footfall in the town centre and reduce the number of vacant properties.

“I would encourage any interested parties to head along to the event later this month to find out more.”

Fiona Sinclair said: “Look Up! demonstrates how taking simple steps to keep your building dry will stop expensive repairs and positively impact on fuel bills.

“This event will give people practical advice and guidance on how they can make their properties and homes weather secure and warm this winter and help people identify potential problem areas before they become an issue.”

Numbers for the tour are limited so those interested in participating in the event are asked to reserve their place by emailingTH.CARS2@renfrewshire.gov.uk. All attendees will also receive a free copy of The Tenement Handbook on the day.

More guidance on how to organise common repairs can be found on Under One Roof Scotland www.underoneroof.scot, the free website for flat owners in Scotland.

For more information on the TH.CARS 2 project please visit: www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/THCars2.

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Youngsters get sneak preview of iconic Monarch of the Glen painting

YOUNGSTERS yesterday (Thursday) got a sneak preview of one of Scotland’s most famous paintings before it goes on public display at Paisley Museum.

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Launch of Monarch of the Glen painting exhibition at paisley museum… local school kids from Arkleston Primary school, renfrew first to see the exhibition.

And their verdict was: “It’s stag-nificent!”
The pupils from Arkleston Primary, in Renfrew, were special guests at the launch of an exhibition of the painting The Monarch of the Glen (c.1851) by Sir Edwin Landseer.

The painting is an iconic image associated with Scotland and Paisley is only one of four venues in the country chosen by the National Galleries of Scotland for it to go on show.

People can view The Monarch of the Glen for free at Paisley Museum from tomorrow, Saturday, January 20 until March 11.

The painting was bought for the nation for £4 million from drinks giant Diageo last year, after a four-month fundraising campaign supported by the National Lottery, Art Fund, the Scottish Government, private trusts and public donations. Diageo had agreed to sell the famous painting for half the market value.

The image of a majestic red deer stag on a mist-covered Highland hilltop was painted in 1851 and has been used in modern times as an advertising tool on everything from beermats, biscuit tins to bottles of whisky.

Councillor Lisa-Marie Hughes, chairperson of Renfrewshire Leisure, who operates Paisley Museum added: “Having this painting on view in Paisley is a huge coup for Renfrewshire and shows we are at the cultural centre of Scotland.

“Many people will have seen the image used in advertising, but may not have realised it is a painting by such a famous artist.

“I would encourage as many people as possible to come along to see the original version of The Monarch of the Glen and it certainly is, as the pupils have been telling me – stag-nificent!”

Christopher Baker, Director of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery said:
“We want this tour of The Monarch of the Glen to be seen as a huge thank you for the overwhelming support we received during the fundraising campaign and as a celebration that this amazing work of art now belongs to all the people of Scotland.

“We hope that many people will take the opportunity to come and admire this iconic and world-famous painting.”

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Mhairi Black MP signs Holocaust Educational Trust Book of Commitment

This week MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire South Mhairi Black MP signed the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Book of Commitment, in doing so pledging her commitment to Holocaust Memorial Day and honouring those who were murdered during the Holocaust as well as paying tribute to the extraordinary Holocaust survivors who work tirelessly to educate young people today.

Saturday 27th January will mark the anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration and death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, the site of the largest mass murder in history.

In the lead up to and on Holocaust Memorial Day, thousands of commemorative events will be arranged by schools, faith groups and community organisations across the country, remembering all the victims of the Holocaust and subsequent genocides. The theme for this year’s commemorations is ‘The power of words’.

After signing the Book of Commitment, Mhairi Black MP commented:

“Holocaust Memorial Day is an important opportunity for people from across Renfrewshire and Scotland to reflect on the tragic events of the Holocaust. As the Holocaust moves from living history, to just history, it becomes ever more important that we take the time to remember the victims and also pay tribute to the survivors. I would encourage my constituents to show their support for such an important day.”

Karen Pollock MBE, Chief Executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust, said:

“The Holocaust did not start in the gas chambers but with hate filled words. Our mission is to educate young people from every background about the Holocaust and its contemporary relevance. We are very grateful to Mhairi Black MP for signing the Book of Commitment, signalling a continued commitment to remembering the victims of the Holocaust as well as challenging antisemitism, prejudice and bigotry in all its forms.”

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Buddies asked for views on town’s heritage-led regeneration

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People from across Renfrewshire will have the chance to comment on key documents for Paisley’s rich built heritage at upcoming public consultation events.

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Through these events and an online survey people will be able to review two documents – Paisley Town Centre Conservation Area Draft Character Appraisal and the Draft Management Plan – which set out the town centre’s unique selling points and distinguishing assets.

Exhibitions will take place at the Lagoon Leisure Centre from Monday 22 – Sunday 28 January and at Paisley Central Library from Tuesday 30 – Friday 2 February where members of the public will have the chance to view the exhibition and the consultation documents and feedback their comments.

Members of the project team will be available to answer questions from the public at the following consultation sessions:

Lagoon Leisure Centre

  • Tuesday 23 January – 12pm – 3pm
  • Thursday 25 January – 4pm – 7pm

Paisley Central Library

  • Tuesday 30 January – 12pm – 3pm
  • Thursday 1 February – 4pm – 7pm

Those who are unable to attend the exhibitions or public consultation events can access the same information and provide comment through the online survey which can be accessed via www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/ZTLVVSV.

Renfrewshire Council leader, Councillor Iain Nicolson, said: “These consultation events give the public a chance to find out more about how we deliver heritage-led regeneration in the town with a view to bringing a range of social, environmental and economic benefits to the town and wider Renfrewshire area.

“This is a chance for the people of Paisley and Renfrewshire to help shape how we continue to safeguard the stunning architecture and heritage of our town for future generations.”

To find out more please visit: www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/THCars2.

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How to Start Writing?

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Many people who write different texts have the same problem – most of them do not know how to start. This problem is typical for students; that is why, writers from https://termpaper.help/ have decided to provide several recommendations to help you cope with procrastination.

Useful Ways to Start Writing Any Paperwork

Every writer knows that there can be situations when it is extremely difficult to start creating a text. Sometimes, you may not know what topic to choose or how to analyze the literature properly. Quite often, you may simply have not enough motivation to write. Here are some pieces of advice that may help you with such a painstaking process as writing:

  1. Have a good night’s rest.

If you want to be productive, make sure you sleep enough every day. This rule is especially important for students because they experience a lot of stress and exhaustion. Remember that writing is a result of critical thinking and cognitive information processing, so you need to have a rest to make your brain work.

  1. Eat enough healthy food.

Try to avoid junk food because only healthy eating can provide your brain with vitamins and minerals. You should have a balanced diet and avoid fast foot that is rich in fat and sugar. Moreover, to improve cognitive functions and writing skills, you may include fresh fruits, red salmon, and nuts into your diet. These products are beneficial to your cognitive abilities, which can help you compose texts easily and effectively.  

  1. Avoid drinking too much coffee.

Many people are used to starting the day with a cup of coffee and don’t even think that it can be harmful to their health. Although caffeine increases the level of energy, this product also affects the body negatively, leading to addiction. Therefore, it is better to start the day with physical exercises and water with lemon that will wake you up better than any other drink. Thus, your cognitive functions will not suffer, and your writing skills will also be good.

  1. Put off the beginning.

If you cannot think out the beginning of the text, it is not a problem as you can try to start from other parts. For example, if you compose an essay, you can first write the main paragraphs and a conclusion and then compose an introduction. Or, you can create a rough draft of the main ideas you would like to include in the text and then write an outline of your paper that will make it easier to proceed step-by-step.

  1. Make different notes.

If you have enough time to think over a text, prepare a notebook. Remember that good ideas for writing can come to your head unexpectedly, at any time and any place. In this case, you will have an opportunity to put them down immediately and then think how to use them in the text.

  1. Don’t be afraid to write.

One of the most widespread psychological difficulties with text creation is called clean sheet fear. This is a difficult problem for many writers, and all that you can do is just write whatever comes to your mind! Important ideas will follow once you leave behind your fear and procrastination.

Hopefully, all these short-term and long-term measures will help you cope with your inability to create engaging and high-quality texts.

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OVERWHELMING SUPPORT FOR TIED PUB REFORM

Over 90 per cent of responses to a consultation on West of Scotland MSP Neil Bibby’s proposed Tied Pubs Bill backed a change in the law.

The proposal formally lodged today would create a statutory Pubs Code to regulate the relationship between tied pub tenants and their pub-owning landlords and an independent Adjudicator to enforce the code. Tied pub tenants in Scotland would gain similar rights to those in England and Wales, with restrictions eased on the range of drinks they can stock.

93 per cent of consultation respondents supported the Bill, including 87 per cent who described themselves as ‘fully supportive’.

The Bill is backed by a broad coalition including the Scottish Licensed Trade Association(SLTA), the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA), GMB Scotland, the STUC and the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).

West Scotland MSP Neil Bibby MSP said: 

“This proposal is about fairness, choice and jobs. Fairness for tied pub tenants, choice for Scotland’s pub goers and jobs in the pub and brewing industries. My Bill would reset the relationship between tied licensees and their landlords, giving tied tenants in Scotland similar rights to those in England and Wales, and it would make it easier to bring locally-brewed products into the tied pub sector.

“Too often tied deals are one-sided and uncompetitive. With a broad coalition behind the Bill and backing from an overwhelming 93 per cent who responded, this consultation has demonstrated very clearly that the sector has to change.

“I have now formally lodged my proposal and I am asking MSPs of all parties to work with me to deliver a much-needed change in the law and a fairer deal for Scotland’s tied pubs and the brewing industry.”

In a statement, licensed trade body, the SLTA said:

“The SLTA echoes the support of the majority of respondents to the tied house consultation who are calling for a statutory Pubs Code and Adjudicator in Scotland to give Scottish tied house tenants the same protection as their counterparts in England and Wales. The status quo is not an option and our message remains the same – ‘there is an urgent need to have parity with the rest of the UK’. It is totally unacceptable for Scotland’s tenant licensees to be left in the very vulnerable position they find themselves in.

“Tied pub reform will end the discriminatory, unfair and uncompetitive marketplace that tied house tenants are locked into and will reverse the serious negative effect on the economy, particularly local economies.”

Sarah Bellis, CAMRA Director for Scotland says: 

“CAMRA welcomes the consultation results which show that an overwhelming 93% of respondents agree with CAMRA that change is needed to protect Scottish licensees tied to the large pub companies.

“Many pubs in Scotland are struggling because pub companies take more than is fair or sustainable from tied licensees’ profits by forcing them to buy their beer directly from them at inflated prices rather than on the open market. Licensees are further hit by paying above market value for rents and consequentially struggling to make a living, contributing to pub closures across Scotland.

“We therefore fully support Neil Bibby’s Pubs Code Bill, which calls for a powerful pubs code to govern the relationship between pub companies and their tenants to ensure licensees are treated fairly.”

GMB Organiser Martin Doran said: 

“Neil Bibby’s consultation on tied pub reform has demonstrated the strength of feeling and the breadth of the coalition in favour of change.  The Scottish Government should now move quickly to support legislative proposals which can deliver fairness for tied pubs tenants, give more choice for punters and help create a more level playing field for Scottish brewers who, as they should know, are significant employers.

“GMB Scotland members working in the Scottish brewing industry certainly understand that a fairer tied pubs market will help to sustain good jobs in their industry.  MSPs, of all parties, should be in no doubt that tied pub tenants and brewing industry workers alike support these proposals and now want to see change delivered.”

Colin Borland, Head of Devolved Nations at the FSB said:

“Neil Bibby’s proposed Bill will give the pub industry the New Year boost it needs by giving small businesses the opportunity to be free-of-tie – meaning lower prices and more choice for customers and greater take-home pay for tied tenants.

“FSB is calling on the Scottish Government to back local pub owners, get behind the Bill and call time on ineffective industry self-regulation.”