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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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Exclusive Luxury Online Casinos

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Exclusive luxury online casinos are relatively rare. Many of the developers want to be able to make sure that as many people can use their services as possible, and that means that they are going to need to make their online casino gaming services widely and broadly accessible. Their goal is really for people to be able to feel as if they are attending luxurious online casinos. However, genuine luxury online casinos do exist, and they are actually becoming more popular these days.

 

Many of these luxury online casinos are going to offer very substantial welcome bonuses. They want to make sure that the people who attend these casinos are going to actually participate, and this is going to be easier to ensure if those people are offered large bonuses right away as they enter. Of course, lots of other online casino gaming websites are going to offer large bonuses for the new players. Today, you can claim your new player bonus at Euro Palace. Euro Palace Online Casino bonuses are substantial, and many people would not categorize this online casino as a luxury online casino. This is one of the many online casinos that is actually able to compete with a lot of the luxury online casinos that are present today.

Many of the luxury online casinos are going to give people VIP treatment in a lot of different ways, and they will set themselves apart from a lot of the other online casinos in that manner. People will typically get bonuses in the neighborhood of one thousand dollars right away as they join the community. These sorts of casinos will often feature people betting much larger sums of money, and this is one of the ways in which people are going to be able to distinguish between luxury online casinos and other online casinos.

Betting sums in the five-figure range is not going to be uncommon in the luxury online casino sub-group. These are the online casinos for the people who have more than ten thousand dollars to spend casually and to lose casually if applicable. There are also usually going to be a lot of VIP bonuses available on websites like these, and this is going to keep the players coming back for more over and over again. Many people enjoy VIP treatment of all kinds. Some wealthy people have worked for this sort of thing all their lives. These luxury casinos will make them feel as if they have made it.

There is a long tradition involving casinos giving certain people VIP treatment in one way or another. The land-based casinos still do this sort of thing today. It was only natural that this sort of thing would happen in the online casino gaming world. The online casino gaming world has managed to establish itself and set itself apart from the land-based casino world. However, certain things are going to work well for both online casinos and land-based casinos, and luxury VIP treatment has a long history of success in certain instances.

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Former Paisley nightsport Carnegies up for sale

The former popular Paisley pub Carnegies is going up for sale this month.

The site at 6 New Sneddon Street, Paisley has been closed for many years.

It will go under the hammer at Wilsons Auctions in Dalry on 26th January 2017.

The guide price for the site is sitting at £45,000.

According to the listing online at the auctioneers website the “former public house has expired planning for 6 flats and a commercial retail unit” and describes it as “an ideal investment for any developer or investor.”

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Renfrewshire’s ground-breaking educational training initiative named among Scotland’s best

Renfrewshire’s ground-breaking teacher training initiative to improve pupil reading standards.has been named among Scotland’s most successful educational interventions.

Teachers featured in the Renfrewshire Literacy Initiative training films at the premiere with Renfrewshire Council HQ education staff and (centre) Councillor Jacqueline Henry (in red jacket). To her right is Prof Sue Ellis, University of Strathclyde (wearing grey cardigan).

The Renfrewshire Literacy Approach – launched in September 2015 – is featured alongside the cream of Scottish educational initiatives in a new digital resource from Education Scotland .

The cutting-edge partnership between Renfrewshire Council and the University of Strathclyde.has seen more than 800 teachers across primary and secondary schools take part in a high quality programme of professional learning – designed to enhance the knowledge and skills of teachers and head teachers in the teaching of reading

Now the success of the Renfrewshire Approach is highlighted in Interventions for Equity – a new digital resource from Education Scotland to help schools and their partners making local decisions about how best to go about closing the attainment gap between children of richer and poorer households.

The interventions listed in the new resource represent the range of different approaches developed in Scotland and which have proved to be effective, according to Education Scotland.

The Renfrewshire Approach is designed to increase staff skills in encouraging a love of reading and books in children from an early age – and so increase pupils’ chances of success in education and in later life.

Teachers are being trained to look not just at core skills which support the development of reading skills. The Approach also equips staff to address other factors which play a role – such as children’s opinions, along with knowledge and understanding of the world.

News of the national accolade came shortly after a special event in Johnstone to highlight the success of the Literacy Approach to Renfrewshire Council’s education and early years staff.

Johnstone Town Hall may be 5000 miles from Hollywood Boulevard – but staff attending the venue were given the red carpet treatment at a film ‘premiere’ there this week..

It was the setting for a special after-school cinema format screening of three short films of local teachers telling how their work has been helped by the Renfrewshire Literacy Approach.

The films feature 18 teachers from 11 primary schools giving their personal views and opinions on the benefits of the Literacy Approach

Primary school and early years education specialists from across Renfrewshire were in the audience of more than 200 people who watched and listened to the teachers praising the effect which the new training techniques has had on them – and the children.

One little boy featured on screen talked about how he was now enjoying reading instead of disliking it.

Teachers described how strategies to help them deal with teaching full classes and individuals wth differing abilities were having a very positive effect on children’s enthusiasm for reading – with knock-on effects for pupils’ learning and overall achievement in class.

Copies of the DVD containing the films will be sent round Renfrewshire schools to give easy access to information about how the programme is working in practice and so help staff development among teachers and classroom assistants.

Councillor Jacqueline Henry, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Education and Children Policy Board, said: “Being able to read easily and well is a basic essential for children to get the education necessary to make the most of life and avoid poverty in adulthood.

“Showing children that learning to read is interesting and fun helps them to understand that learning is an enjoyable experience.

“Our hope is that this Initiative not only helps improve literacy skills of pupils but encourages a lifelong interest in all forms of learning.

“It’s great to see the inspirational effect the Renfrewshire Literacy Approach has had on our teachers and it’s immensely satisfying to see it getting the national recognition it so richly deserves..

“The films are not only an important training tool for staff – they also show the amazing work going on in Renfrewshire to end the poverty gap through giving our children the best possible start in life.”

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PAISLEY PIRATES-PREVIEW

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Paisley Pirates face another difficult weekend as they take on Edinburgh Capitals at Braehead Arena this Sunday. The clubs drew 3-3 in a tense match in the capital last Sunday, and Pirates coach Ian Turley is expecting another close game when they clash for the second time in a week.

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“In recent years our league games against the Caps have always been tight affairs, with never much more than a goal or so between the teams, and I don’t think this Sunday is likely to be any different,” he said. “We had a tough weekend just past when we scraped by Aberdeen Lynx before going to Edinburgh on the Sunday, and I have mixed feelings at the outcome of the double header having not gained the full four points. I thought we were a bit disjointed at certain junctures over the weekend and made some bad decisions when it really mattered. I’ll be looking for the boys to dig deep, play to the maximum of their ability and effort to ensure there’s no slip ups this weekend.”

He went on, “We’ve been playing with various bumps and bruises, something which the fans don’t always realise, but we’re now at the business end of the season, when you’re playing for prizes, so we just have to get on with it and grind out the results we need. We’ve got five games left to play in the league, and we are regarding every one of them as crucial. There can be absolutely no let up from us in training and games on the run in to the finish-we simply can’t afford to relax, and I’ll be reminding everyone of that fact in the coming weeks.”

“The fans also have their role to play in getting right behind the boys, forgetting about anything else that’s going on, and giving them every bit of encouragement that they can muster. The noise level has risen sharply in the last couple of home games, and we’ve seen a lot of familiar faces back watching us, as the word is obviously getting about that a Paisley Pirates match provides great entertainment and is excellent value for money. We’re hoping that they continue to come along and watch us as, believe me, a good, encouraging support makes all the difference in the world.”

Face off on Sunday is at 6.00pm

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Mackay visits Paisley Cafe which will benefit from SBBS

Small Business Bonus Scheme exempts 100,000 properties from business rates this year.

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More than half of all commercial properties will pay no business rates in 2017-18, Finance Secretary Derek Mackay said today.

As a result of the Small Business Bonus Scheme (SBBS) an estimated 100,000 small business premises in Scotland will pay no business rates in 2017-18.

The SBBS has already saved small businesses over £1.2 billion since the scheme was introduced in 2008.

In the Draft Budget Mr Mackay announced that the SBBS will be expanded, raising the eligibility threshold for 100% relief to a rateable value of £15,000 – lifting 100,000 properties out of rates altogether, and generating a saving of up to £6,990 per property.

Visiting Mad Hatter’s Coffee House in Paisley, which will now qualify for 100% relief through the SBBS, Mr Mackay said:

“This government has consistently delivered a competitive environment for business and we have used our tax powers to support growth.  Not only have we ensured that smaller businesses pay zero or lower rates of non-residential LBTT, large businesses enjoy a lower rate than the rest of the UK.

“I was pleased to set out a range of further measures in the Draft Budget to confirm a highly competitive business rates regime for Scotland in 2017-18, including expanding the Small Business Bonus Scheme.

“Scotland’s small businesses are fundamental drivers in securing sustainable economic growth, which is why we are doing everything we can to support them.  Scotland already offers the most competitive reliefs package for small businesses in the UK, and we intend to keep our promise that Scotland will be the best place to do business anywhere in the UK.”

 

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Upcoming Events in Scotland in 2017

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Over the recent years, Glasgow has been the host to some fantastic world class events, and there is more coming in 2017. It’s hard to forget the twentieth Commonwealth Games and the extraordinary 2014 MTV European Music Awards that took place in this UNESCO City of Music. This city host more than 100 music events each week in different venues such as the Barrowland Ballroom and the SSE Hydro. Now you can avoid the January Blues and keep yourself busy with entertaining events in the beginning of 2017.

If you love discovering new things, you will most probably enjoy the Movie and Adventure themed slots at Magical Vegas apart from taking advantage of the free slots upon signing up. Some of the top adventure themed slots are Cluedo Spin Detectives, Dead or Alive, Jack Hammer, Secrets of Atlantis, Jungle Jim El Dorado, Time Gamble, Treasure Compass and more.

Celtic Connections

This January you can enjoy the largest winter music festival known as Celtic Connections. This is Glasgow’s annual roots, folk, indie, traditional and world music celebration where it honours the link between cultures across the world and Celtic music. Thus you can expect to find to find of the greatest artists around the globe together with the best Scottish artists. It will include a cast of more than 2000 artist that will perform in over 300 events that will include free events, art exhibition, dancing, talks, workshops, and ceilidhs. You can catch these performances from Thursday 19th of January to Sunday 5th of February in the various venues.

Aye Write! Glasgow’s Book Festival

This great book festival is all about the best in local, national and international writing, and each year it brings numerous speakers to the iconic Mitchell Library of Glasgow, allowing you the chance to enjoy appearances of top writers and the latest emerging talent. This event will be available until the 19th of March 2017. On 18th January 2017, you will be able to welcome back Peter May at the Partick Burgh Hall at 6.30pm. This will be part of the Aye Write! Presents series. For those who don’t know Peter May yet, he is author of the Lewis Trilogy, the Enzo Files, and the China thrillers, and has sold millions of books around the world.

North Hop

There is something for everyone at the North Hop festival, where you can discover the best drink, food, talent and music that Scotland has to offer by the means of countless events and festivals. There is certainly something for everyone at this festival, and it’s all about innovation things such as rum nights, two day festivals, mini festivals, pop up cocktail lounges, rum nights, gin tastings, food pairing festivities, craft beer and many more. The organisers of North Hop festivities pride themselves for making all the events fun, unique, and informative. They are constantly coming up with new ideas, collaborations and products.

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Renfrewshire venues toast success at Best Bar None Awards

Renfrewshire’s bars and pubs have toasted success at this year’s Best Bar None Awards.

Best Bar None Award winners with members of Renfrewshire Council and Police Scotland

The awards ceremony, held in Renfrew Town Hall on Thursday 12 January, saw accreditation given to local venues across five different categories of Independent Pub, Independent Bar, Pub, Bar and Nightclub.

Ten out of the 12 venues which applied secured a gold award with two receiving a silver award.

The Best Bar None joint initiative between Police Scotland and Renfrewshire Council was introduced in 2012 to reward venues that provide a safe and welcoming environment for local residents to enjoy responsible drinking.

The awards are based on core national standards with flexibility to address local needs. It also encourages pubs, clubs and bars to work with the Council and Police Scotland to prevent crime and disorder.

Councillor Eddie Devine, convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Environment Policy Board, said: “It’s great to see Renfrewshire’s bars, pubs and clubs working with the council and the police to deliver excellent entertainment venues, while also improving the safety and wellbeing of customers.

“Best Bar None recognises the hard work of the local venues and Renfrewshire is very proud to have so many outstanding licensed premises for locals and visitors to enjoy a drink.

Sergeant Jeff Curran of Police Scotland said: “I am delighted to see so many licensed premises in Renfrewshire achieve accredited status.

“Pubs and bars that offer a secure environment where customers can drink responsibly are becoming the norm and local people can enjoy a drink knowing they are in safe hands.”

This year’s Best Bar None ceremony also saw outstanding premises recognised in new local award categories for Best Family Venue, Most Improved, People’s Choice and Best Venue Manager.

Venues were assessed during October and November 2016 and were scored using national guidelines. Best Bar None Awards are based on core standards relating to five licensing objectives, which are:

• preventing crime and disorder,

• securing public safety,

• preventing public nuisance,

• protecting and improving public health, and

• protecting children from harm.

Overall category winners now have the chance to compete at the end of the year for the national Best Bar None Awards in Glasgow, which will take place in March 2017.

Councillor Devine added: “To have 12 premises across Renfrewshire achieve accredited status in the Best Bar None awards is a fantastic achievement and highlights the good practice in our venues. This is vital as we go forward with Paisley’s bid to become UK City of Culture in 2021.

“I’d encourage more bars, pubs and clubs to take part in this scheme and showcase Renfrewshire as a thriving location for entertainment and leisure.”

To read more about the Best Bar None Awards visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/bestbarnone

Below is a list of the venues which entered the Best Bar None scheme in 2016/17 and the awards they received.

Category – Independent Bar

Kilty Kilty Gold and Innovation in Public Health Award winner

Cafuffals Gold

The Bankhouse Gold

Bar Varia Gold and overall category winner

Bar Varia was the overall category winner. Kilty Kilty has also been given an additional award for Innovation in Public Health.

Category – Bar

Canal Station Bar & Restaurant Silver and overall category winner.

Category – Independent Pub

Old Swan Inn Gold and People’s Choice Award winner

The Ferry Inn Silver and Best Family Venue Award winner

Tartan Rose Gold and Heart of the Community Award winner

Craigielea Bar Gold and overall category winner

Craigielea Bar was the overall category winner. The Old Swann Inn, The Ferry Inn and Tartan rose also received an additional award for People’s Choice, Best Family Venue and Heart of the Community respectively.

Category – Night Club

Fantoosh Gold

Fantoosh was the overall category winner and also received an additional award for Most Improved.

Category – Pub

Lord of the Isles Gold

The Flying Scotsman Gold and overall category winner

Manager Award

Claire Colquhoun Tartan Rose Best Venue Manager (joint)

Jason Smith Bankhouse Best Venue Manager (joint)

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ALLEN & HARRIS

Thinking of selling?

Look no further.  Allen & Harris are based in Paisley.  The branch covers Paisley, Renfrew, Inchinnan, Bishopton, Erskine, Barrhead, Neilston, Uplawmoor & Johnstone.

Valuations

We provide a free valuation.

Available 6 days per week.

We provide a home report.

We provide professional photography, an audio tour, floorplans, schedules, for sale boards, accompanied viewings.

We advertise on over 16 websites, we are linked to 1200 portals.

We are part of the Paisley Centre and our location is first class given that we are on the main drag through the town.

16 Causeyside Street, PAISLEY, PA1 1UN

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Whether you be a First Time Buyer, looking to upsize, looking to start a portfolio, perhaps considering a Buy To Let or looking to remortgage.  Come and speak with Meryn in the office.  Our Help To Find Service is a great advisory service to help you make the right decisions when looking to make your purchase.

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It’s all going on in Renfrewshire

THE new edition of a What’s On Guide reveals there’s plenty going on in a line-up of cultural events being staged at venues throughout Renfrewshire.


Renfrewshire Leisure is staging a varied programme of shows, exhibitions and workshops from now until the end of April.  An events brochure listing all that is going on, called The Guide has just been launched.

The colourful free brochure – jam-packed with information about more than 40 different shows and events – can be picked up at Paisley Town Hall, Paisley Museum, Paisley Arts Centre, Renfrew Town Hall and Johnstone Town Hall. The Guide can also be downloaded by logging on to www.renfrewshireleisure.com .

The events being staged feature drama, music, dance, comedy, exhibitions, talks and workshops.
They include everything from a performance by award-winning traditional folk band, Breabach, stand-up comedian, Chris Ramsey to well-known film and TV actor, David Hayman appearing in a play called The Cause of Thunder to an exhibition of Star Wars memorabilia called May The Toys Be With You.

There are also events that are part of various festivals – International Women’s Day, Puppet Animation Festival and for the first time, LGBT History Month.

Chief executive of Renfrewshire Leisure, Joyce McKellar said: “There is culture everywhere you look in and around Paisley, these days.
“There’s something for everyone to enjoy and The Guide is the best way to find out what’s going on.”

Tickets for all the events are now on sale and can be bought online at www.renfrewshireleisure.com/arts  or by phoning 0300 300 1210 or in person at Paisley Arts Centre, in New Street, Paisley.

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Paisley ready to bid as UK City of Culture competition launches

The team behind Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture say the town will be ready to host the 2021title – after the UK Government today fired the starting gun on the competition.

Paisley Town Hall lit up in support of the bid

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport today formally launched the 2021 competition, with bids due in for 28 April, and the winner to be announced at the end of the year.

The guidelines were announced by Minister for Digital and Culture Matt Hancock MP during a visit to Hull, the current holders of the title, which runs every four years.

Paisley’s unique assets include the globally-recognised Paisley Pattern, Scotland’s second-highest concentration of listed buildings, and an internationally significant museum collection, including the world’s largest collection of Paisley shawls.

The town also offers a thriving contemporary cultural scene, a highly-regarded university, international airport, and PACE, one of the UK’s largest youth theatre groups.

Paisley officially launched its intention to bid in November 2015 and the year since has seen an outpouring of support from the local community and beyond, including:

– more than 8,000 local people taking part in conversations around the bid;

– messages of support from homegrown cultural icons such as singer Paolo Nutini and playwright John Byrne;

– backing from more than 100 businesses, including Glasgow Airport, intu Braehead and the University of the West of Scotland;

– 70 million opportunities to see or hear something positive about Paisley, helping change perceptions and the tone of conversation about the town;

– cross-party political support, with an event at Westminster and one of the best –attended parliamentary receptions in the history of the Scottish Parliament;

Councillor Mark Macmillan, chair of the Paisley 2021 partnership board and Renfrewshire Council Leader, said: “We would like to thank DCMS for giving us the chance to bid for this title – we hope to use it to transform the area’s fortunes, bringing massive economic benefits and a lasting social and cultural legacy.

“The first week of Hull’s UK City of Culture year saw 342,000 visitors to the city – that is scale of boost this title could bring.

“Paisley’s name was once carried across the world thanks to the Pattern and its status as the one-time home of the global thread industry – for its size, the town’s contribution to the world has been massive.

“This bid will retell Paisley’s unique story to the world, while showing the judges Paisley wants the title, needs the title and can deliver it.”

Jean Cameron, Paisley 2021 Bid Director, added: “Over the past year we have had wonderful backing from the people of Paisley – and our thriving creative community has been at the heart of that.

“In that time we have seen a new sense of confidence and awareness of everything Paisley has to offer – and we will distil that into a bid which shows DCMS how we plan to harness the power of culture to make people’s lives better.

“We would also like to wish all the best to all the other cities who will be joining us on the bidding journey.”

Amanda McMillan, managing director of Glasgow Airport, said: “Securing UK City of Culture status would have a hugely positive effect on Paisley and everyone at Glasgow Airport is fully behind the bid.

“As well as providing a nationwide platform to showcase the town’s rich cultural heritage, it would also create a legacy of enduring civic pride for the people of Paisley.

“There’s no doubt a successful bid would play a significant role in boosting inbound tourism, so having an international airport serving more than nine million passengers just minutes from the town centre can only be to Paisley’s advantage.

“We hope our continued support can help play a part and wish the bid team good luck.”

Professor Craig Mahoney, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of University of the West of Scotland (UWS), said: “UWS is extremely proud to be one of the key partners of Paisley 2021.

“The university has already contributed to a number of initiatives related to the bid including an innovative digital art exhibition at Paisley Museum, which was commissioned by UWS in support of the bid.

“University staff are also playing an integral part in bid planning and delivery. We are excited about being part of the process and continuing to work with our partners to showcase Paisley.”

David Wallace, managing director of PACE theatre company and chair of the Creative Renfrewshire Network said, “The past year has been phenomenal in terms of taking pride in and perceptions of Paisley to a new level.

“The young people in the company now talk excitedly about their town and the competition launch brings their dream of a creative future one step closer.”

Although Paisley is not a city, the competition is open to large towns and urban areas, so as Scotland’s largest town, Paisley is equipped to apply and win.

Gavin Newlands, MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, said:

“The firing gun has now been fired and the race to be named UK City of Culture in 2021 can now truly begin.

“The team behind Paisley’s bid to be named UK City of Culture 2021 have been working hard for the past year, showcasing everything that our town has to offer and detailing the transformational impact that would come from Paisley being awarded this prestigious title.

“I know from my work promoting the town in Westminster that there is a lot of interest in Paisley, and I will continue to do everything in my power to help Paisley being awarded the title of UK City of Culture 2021.”

For more information about Paisley’s bid, see www.paisley2021.co.uk