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Paisley Pirates – Update

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Paisley Pirates go into their Scottish National League match at North Ayr this Saturday (face off 6.30) boosted by their season’s best 14-1 win over Kilmarnock Storm, but with their coach in very cautious mood about their forthcoming trip to the seaside in Ardrossan.

“Yes, it’s a totally different proposition we’re facing this weekend, with all due respect to the boys at Kilmarnock,” commented coach Ian Turley.” North Ayr are probably one of the form teams in the league at the moment, they’ve been a totally different side since some of their more established players returned to them earlier in the season, and I reckon they will fancy their chances of beating us. Our home record remains at 100% after we took care of business against the Storm, but away from home we’ve struggled a bit and that’s a concern.”

“I think that the Wild start favourites for this game, and that’s not doing our players any disservice, it’s just that the hosts are playing very well at the moment, and just like we’ll fancy ourselves against anyone at the Braehead Arena just now, equally, they’ll be rating their chances of turning us over at the Auchenharvie Leisure Centre on Saturday night.”

“The league is very open this year and with Dundee Tigers turning over Edinburgh Capitals in Edinburgh on Sunday the title race is wide open with maybe five or six teams, the Wild and ourselves included, looking to be top of the pile at the end of it all. The North Ayrshire blokes have a couple of guys in their side who used to wear a Pirates’ top and, equally, we’ve got a few players who used to ice for the Wild, so there’s always a wee bit extra spice in the matches against each other. I know the North Ayr boys always enjoy a win against us, and we’ll be no less keen to win at the weekend, but we need to find the kind of form away from Braehead that has been missing so far this season.”

“It makes for an interesting and, I hope, very entertaining game at the weekend, and I’m hoping that our very vociferous fans will make the relatively short journey to Auchenharvie to cheer us on, in games like these, every single bit of support might be enough to tip the balance, so the more fans in the red, white and black we can hear cheering us on Saturday, the better I’ll like it!”


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Circus on Ice at Braehead Photographs



Roll up, roll up for the circus on ice!

THE coolest show on earth is coming to town when circus acts perform on an ice rink inside a Big Top.

The Continental Circus Berlin On Ice show opens today (Thursday, January 8) on a specially built ice rink in a circus tent next to the Soar at intu Braehead leisure destination.

And the ringmaster becomes a rinkmaster when the circus on ice has its only Scottish performances that run until January 18.

The show features trapeze artists, contortionists, acrobats, clowns, comedy acts, magicians and a troupe of dazzling ice dancers performing on the rink in a brand new state of the art and heated luxury theatre Big Top.

Operations manager with Soar at intu Braehead, formerly known as Xscape, Ian Anderson said: “This is a spectacular show that’s not been presented on this scale in the UK for 30 years.

“Continental Circus Berlin On Ice combines amazing feats of ice artistry with fabulous traditional circus skills and comedy.

“We’ve even got a daredevil whose wife fires a bolt from a crossbow to knock an apple from her husband’s head. All I can say is I hope she doesn’t slip on the ice when she fires the crossbow!”

Tickets for the show are available from Ticketmaster on 0844 453 9009 or or the on site Box Office.

All photographs in this Gallery are taken by Digital Dave Photography  and Tracey Clements for



Images from David Weir.

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Race against time for playpark fundraisers

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[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]A COMMUNITY group is in a race against time to hit their fundraising target to build an extension to a children’s playpark.

The Inchinnan Community Playpark and Garden Association needs to raise another £1600 by the end of this month, so they will have reached £19,000 to take advantage of an offer of half-price outdoor fitness equipment.

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Now a new fund that will give a cash boost to local charities and community groups has stepped in to help out with the villagers’ fund-raising efforts.

Soar at intu Braehead launched a community fund and has agreed to donate £600 to the Inchinnan community group who want to extend their kiddie’s playpark for six to 12-year-olds with an outdoor gym for teenagers and adults.
The popular leisure destination plans to donate hundreds of pounds to good causes in the west of Scotland between now and the end of the year.

Charities and community groups to apply to the fund for single donations up to a maximum of £600, outlining how the money would be spent and how the cash would benefit their local community.

Margaret O’Neill, is chairperson of the Inchinnan group and she explained: “We previously raised £30,000 to build a kiddies playpark and now we want to create something for teenagers and adults by building an outdoor gym.
“We have the offer of half-price outdoor gym equipment, but that’s only available until the end of August.
“The donation from Soar at intu Braehead is much appreciated and it’s great they are creating a fund for charities and community groups.”

Operations manager for Soar, Ian Anderson said: “There’s great work being done in communities by the many small charities and community groups out there. And with a little more financial help, they could do even more.
“Soar at intu Braehead is very much part of the local community and we want to help those who are helping others in our community.”
Log on to to download an application form for one of the grants.

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Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce ROCCO 2012 Shortlist


Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce ROCCO 2012 Shortlist

The 9th ROCCOs – the annual business awards of Renfrewshire Chamber – are the largest business event in Renfrewshire and one of the top corporate events in Scotland. Held this year on Friday 16th November at The Cosmopolitan Normandy Hotel, the ROCCOs are a great way to celebrate and gain recognition for your business success.

renfrewshire-chamber-commerce2012 seen Renfrewshire Chamber receive its highest ever number of entries. Commenting on the shortlist Chief Exec’ Bob Davidson said “thank you to all that entered and congratulations to all the shortlisted companies. The sheer number and quality of entries shows that Renfrewshire is a thriving business community with great companies old & new – all with outstanding potential. We are looking forward to the ROCCO Awards, as the Chamber to will be celebrating following another year of growth and commercial success. Plus having recently been awarded Investors in People Silver, successfully passed our 3 year export documentation audit and finally finding out this week that we have been shortlisted for the 2nd year running in the prestigious British Chambers of Commerce “Chamber of the Year 2012”. Thank you to all our members for their continued support”.

The shortlist for each category is:

ROCCO Award for Employer of the Year – sponsored by Rolls Royce
– Phoenix Car Company
– Spectrum Service Solutions
– The Malcolm Group

ROCCO Award for Invest in Renfrewshire- sponsored by Renfrewshire Council
– Cosmopolitan Hotels Group
– Fission Creative
– Scottish Leather Group

ROCCO Award for Third Sector Recognition- sponsored by Engage Renfrewshire & The Royal Bank of Scotland
– Accord Hospice
– Renfrewshire Association for Mental Health
– The Star Project

ROCCO Award for Most Promising New Business – sponsored by Renfrewshire Council
– Fresh Cleaning
– Meso

ROCCO Award for Excellence in Manufacturing – sponsored by the Scottish Leather Group
– Caledonian Industries
– Life Technologies
– Rolls-Royce plc

ROCCO Award for International Trade – sponsored by Glasgow Airport
– Caledonian Industries
– Chivas Brothers
– Scottish Leather Group

ROCCO Award for Family Business of the Year – sponsored by The Malcolm Group
– Gillies Gas Services
– Phoenix Car Company
– Spectrum Service Solutions

ROCCO Award for Young Business Person of the Year – sponsored by Reid Kerr College
– Anna Devitt – Direct Devitt
– Mark McShane – Training Developments Scotland
– Nick Cohen – PCR Business

ROCCO Award for Excellence in Customer Service – sponsored by Braehead
– Enchanted Forest Nurseries
– Glasgow Airport
– NS Design

ROCCO Award for Journey to Zero Waste – sponsored by The William Tracey Group
– Consult Lift Services
– Scottish Leather Group
– Spectrum Service Solutions

ROCCO Award for Innovation & Technology – sponsored by Hillington Park Innovation Centre
– Caledonian Industries
– IRW Systems Ltd
– Meso

ROCCO Award for Outstanding Performing Business >25 employees – sponsored by Phoenix Car
– Holiday Inn Glasgow Airport
– Scottish Leather Group
– The Malcolm Group

ROCCO Award for Outstanding Performing Business <25 employees – sponsorship tbc
– ChemTech
– Fresh Cleaning
– Sarkar Defence Solutions Ltd

ROCCO Award for Business Leader of the Year – sponsored by Diageo – nominees and winner announced on the night

Fred MacAulay returns as ROCCO host and the Chamber encourages companies to book a table / seats as early as possible as the event will sell out. For more info please visit


Davis Cup Braehead Report

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By Holly McCormack

BRAEHEAD earned the right to host yet another Davis Cup tie after Great Britain secured victory over Slovakia last weekend.

The Renfrewshire arena will now host a fourth successive tie when Belgium come to town during the Easter Weekend.

The decision to hold the tennis tournament again at Braehead is a vital financial boost to the local area.

Dan Evans proved to be the unlikely hero after he secured victory over Martin Klizan 6-1, 6-1, 4-6, 3-6, 6-3.

Local Tennis fans may initially have been disappointed that Andy Murray pulled out the tie but the thousands who did attend were not left un-entertained.

Evans got things off to a tremendous start on Friday after an emphatic straight sets win over Lukas Lacko.

This was a huge achievement considering Evans is ranked 233 places below Lacko.

James Ward a more stable figure in the Davis Cup team struggled in the 2nd rubber, losing out to Klizan after four sets.

Doubles pairing Colin Fleming and Ross Hutchins provided short-term relief for the Braehead crowd after winning the crucial middle-day rubber in four sets.

Britain took that 2-1 lead into the final day as they faced another two crucial matches but Ward struggled to find a way past Lacko.

The Slovak player learned from previous mistakes and crushed Ward in straight sets to level the tie.

Evans then shook off the doubters as he led an expectant nation.

Cruising in the opening two sets, he then faced a momentum shift from Klizan but held on in the final set to become an unexpected hero.

Captain Leon Smith admitted he was ‘so proud’ of Evans performance and it would encourage healthy competition for future places in the squad.

Smith was also highly complementary of the Braehead crowd and acknowledged they hold such a crucial role:

“It was an amazing support, I think maybe even louder than last time.

The Braehead crowd are really understanding as to what they can do for the team in Davis Cup and it really does make a difference for the players.

It’s exactly what you want from the crowd.”

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Street Stuff kids enjoy ski slope visit

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Street Stuff kids enjoy ski slope visit

A group of young people from Renfrew enjoyed a visit to Xscape’s Sno!Zone recently as reward for their community spirit.

The youngsters carried out a clean-up of the King George V playing fields after being inspired by their involvement in Renfrewshire’s Street Stuff programme.

In appreciation of their efforts, a visit to Xscape was organised for a session on the ski slope provided free of charge by Sno!Zone.

The Street Stuff initiative provides a wide range of community and sports activities. The aim is to give youngsters things to do that divert them from antisocial behaviour and also help them contribute to the communities they live in. Read more

Keep it cool for Macmillan



Keep it cool for Macmillan

A leading cancer charity are asking people to get on board for their festive ski and snowboard challenge to help people affected by cancer.

Macmillan Cancer Support are challenging you to take part in their Santa Skiing and boarding challenge which will take place at SNO!zoneScotland at Xscape on Thursday 10 December.image001

The event has a festive theme with all participants being asked to ski up and down the wintery slopes 40 times – which is the equivalent distance in magic reindeer miles from Glasgow to Santa’s workshop in Lapland.

Participants will be asked to raise sponsorship for the challenge; the charity hopes that this year’s event will be its biggest festive fundraiser ever. All the proceeds will be used to fund vital cancer services in communities across the West of Scotland.

Susan Selkirk, Macmillan Fundraising Manager, said:
“The event is open to all skiers and boarders who reach the minimum recreational standard at SNO!zone why not come along and show your support. The event will feature lots of challenges and entertainment as well as tobogganing. It will be great fun for all the family.”

If you feel up to the challenge and want to do something to improve the lives of those affected by cancer then Macmillan Cancer Support on 0141 952 0085 or email Susan Selkirk on

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