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ROCCO 2013 – Still time to enter….

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ROCCO 2013 – Still time to enter….

The ROCCOs are the annual business awards of Renfrewshire Chamber. Now in their 10th year, they are the main corporate event in Renfrewshire. The ROCCOs are fast paced, fun and a great way for local businesses to get recognised for their success and reward staff & clients. This year the Chamber has 16 categories – all free to enter. Companies & organisations can enter as many as they wish. Entry is open to all members based anywhere AND non-members that are based in Renfrewshire. Deadline for entry is 9am on Monday 16th September – so still time to enter.

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ROCCO 2013 main sponsor is Life Technologies whose EMEA HQ is in Inchinnan.

There are 3 new categories this year:

ROCCO Award for Outstanding Performing Business <=5 staff sponsored by IRW Systems
ROCCO Award for Enterprise in Education sponsored by the University of the West of Scotland
ROCCO Award for Community Champion of the Year sponsored by Engage Renfrewshire & The Royal Bank of Scotland

The remaining 13 are:

ROCCO Award for Customer Service sponsored by intu Braehead
ROCCO Award for Journey to Zero Waste sponsored by the William Tracey Group
ROCCO Award for Excellence in Manufacturing sponsored by the Scottish Leather Group
ROCCO Award for Innovation & Technology sponsored by MEPC Hillington Park
ROCCO Award for Business Leader of the Year sponsored by Diageo
ROCCO Award for Family Business of the Year sponsored by The Malcolm Group
ROCCO Award for Outstanding Performing Business >5 & <25 staff sponsored by Renfrewshire Council
ROCCO Award for Outstanding Performing Business >25 staff sponsored by the Phoenix Car Company
ROCCO Award for Best New Business sponsored by Business Gateway
ROCCO Award for International Trade sponsored by Glasgow Airport
ROCCO Award for Young Business Person of the Year sponsored by West College Scotland
ROCCO Award for Employer of the Year sponsored by Rolls Royce
ROCCO Award for Invest in Renfrewshire sponsored by Renfrewshire Council

 

Shortlisted companies & organisations (excluding Business Leader) will get invited to attend a panel interview / presentation in October – the 3 judges will be sponsor, a Chamber Board Director and a neutral subject matter expert.

The night itself is Friday 15th November at The Normandy Hotel, always a sell-out with just under 500 people attending (black tie). The host this year is ROCCO favourite, Fred MacAulay

To enter, book a table or find out more info, visit www.roccoawards.com

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Renfrewshire Chamber launch 10th ROCCO Awards

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Renfrewshire Chamber launch 10th ROCCO Awards

Get ready to ROCCO…

Renfrewshire Chamber are delighted to announce that their 10th annual business awards, the ROCCOs, are now open for entry. This year the Chamber has 16 ROCCO awards, all free to enter and open to all Renfrewshire Chamber members and also non-members based in Renfrewshire. The awards ceremony itself will be held on the 15th November at The Normandy Hotel with Fred MacAulay returning as host.

rocco2013The ROCCOs are the premier business event in Renfrewshire and have been a sell out for many years filling the venue to its capacity (just under 500).

The ROCCO awards and sponsors for 2013 are:

1. ROCCO Award for Customer Service sponsored by intu Braehead
2. ROCCO Award for Journey to Zero Waste sponsored by the William Tracey Group
3. ROCCO Award for Excellence in Manufacturing sponsored by the Scottish Leather Group
4. ROCCO Award for Innovation & Technology sponsorship available
5. ROCCO Award for Business Leader of the Year sponsored by Diageo
6. ROCCO Award for Family Business of the Year sponsored by The Malcolm Group
7. ROCCO Award for Outstanding Performing Business 5 & 25 staff sponsored by the Phoenix Car Company
10. ROCCO Award for Best New Business sponsored by Business Gateway
11. ROCCO Award for Community Champion of the Year sponsored by Engage Renfrewshire & The Royal Bank of Scotland
12. ROCCO Award for International Trade sponsored by Glasgow Airport
13. ROCCO Award for Young Business Person of the Year sponsored by Reid Kerr College
14. ROCCO Award for Employer of the year sponsored by Rolls Royce
15. ROCCO Award for Invest in Renfrewshire sponsored by Renfrewshire Council
16. ROCCO Award for Enterprise in Education sponsored by the University of the West of Scotland

Commenting on the launch of the 10th ROCCOs, chamber President Tom Johnston said “I encourage all organisations to consider entering; the ROCCOs are a great way to be recognised for your achievements. And for those wishing to attend and reward staff & clients with a great night I recommend you reserve your seats soon as the event will sell out”.

The shortlist will be announced by the end of September with finals judging taking place mid-October. The closing date for entry is the 6th September 2013 and the twitter hashtag is #2013ROCCO

For more info and to enter please visit www.roccoawards.com

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Diane Booth – Community Champion

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Diane Booth – Community Champion

Diane Booth is a happily married 46 year old woman who lives in Renfrew.  She is a mother of 4 children with 5 grandchildren and has been a community activist for 25 years. Despite very difficult challenges Diane has faced in her own personal life she has found the time to volunteer in many interesting projects over the years as she is passionate about helping people and her community.

Examples of projects Diane has worked with include volunteering with Renfrewshire Credit Union, a Pre 5 Gymnastics Coach in Moorpark Family Centre and organising a Toy Library which enabled parents to hire out toys for their children, again at Moorpark Family Centre. For her own personal and professional development Diane has also participated in numerous adult education classes such as healthy eating, physcology, arts and crafts, sewing and food hygiene.

In 2010, Diane was a Youth Worker at Moorpark Youth Centre and every day she went to Trentos Cafe for breakfast. It was here she discovered a leaflet advising that Big Lottery were looking to invest circa. £1M into the local community via a funding stream called ‘Our Place’.

Big Lottery needed to consult with the community to identify a shared vision for delivering change in the area and Diane participated in these consultation exercises where project ideas were generated from the community, one of which included activities for families.

At this point Diane formed Moorpark Parents Support Group which consisted of two people but it grew quickly, became a constituted group enabling them to apply for funding. The group soon broke away from Moorpark Family Centre to become independent which is when they changed their name to Our Place Our Families.

In 2011, Our Place Our Families successfully secured three years funding from ‘Our Place’ Big Lottery to provide low cost family fun days and a wide range of family activities bringing the local community together. People can also go along on certain days to complete their CV’s, and conduct job searches. Alternatively people can be signposted to other organisations such as Money Advice Works, Adult Literacies etc. The organisation is run by three part time employees, directors and volunteers. Diane is one of the part time employees and her job title is Family Support Worker but she also spends a lot of her free time volunteering for the project.

Whilst Diane is the driving force behind the success of Our Place Our Families, she recognises it has been a team effort all the way. As such Diane actively encourages staff, directors and volunteers to take advantage of bespoke training courses and also encourages group members to attend events and meetings to increase knowledge and confidence which is an area she sees real progress which she is proud of.

During the next 5 years Diane and her team plan to build on their success and replicate their model of service delivery in other areas in Renfrewshire to ensure other communities get the same level of support that people have in Renfrew.

This story only serves to confirm that Diane is a true community champion.

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About Paisley on the web

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About Paisley on the web

Ok so you know about the website and the town of Paisley but do you really know who runs the website and what we do?

Well, we are all volunteers and give up our own time to promote the town of Paisley. We have been doing this for over ten years.

We are a team of 12, all from Paisley, and we are very enthusiastic about promoting the town. We have expertise ranging from History to I.T. in the group.

Here is what we do

  • paisley logo webWe will promote all community organisations free of charge, if you are a member of Engage Renfrewshire we also have a section where your organisation could be community champion for a month on Paisley.org.uk, giving you extra publicity, and all free!
  • We also promote and recommend local accommodation, places to visit, places to eat, websites etc. to potential visitors through enquiries, free!!
  • We publicise all events and anything that promotes the town of Paisley and Renfrewshire, this can include large events like the Christmas light switch on to car boot sales.
  • We will work with every organisation which has a common interest of trying to promote Paisley in a positive way, (we are inclusive – not exclusive).
  • We will promote any business in the town, we can do blog posts for free but we would prefer either a donation for this service, or you can sponsor the website – rates start at £25.
  • We will also help groups who wish to have a website or help them with social media, again a donation is all we would require for this service.
  • We can also offer website design and promotion to businesses at reasonable costs.
  • We can offer photography and video coverage for events – prices will vary depending on event and timescales.
  • We can offer video editing and presentations customised to your organisation.
  • We can also offer IT support to organisations and business, we are centrally based and can travel to anywhere in the region.
  • We will be offering computer and internet classes in the future. If your organisation needs help to navigate social media or even set up an email then contact us.
  • The best way for businesses in Paisley to get involved with us is to advertise on the website, we will constantly promote your company through our website and social media networks, this way you financially support us and we bring customers to you.

 

You can email us at brian@paisley.org.uk  If you have anything to ask or want to run an idea past us then please get in touch.We are not affiliated to Renfrewshire Council or the Tourist Information Centre.