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Renfrewshire Businesses get chance to quiz the experts

Invest in Renfrewshire business hub

Renfrewshire Businesses get chance to quiz the experts

Renfrewshire firms can pick up some business-boosting tips at a series of free meet-the-experts events next month.

The special sessions will allow businesses of all kind to find out more about subjects including how to access business-growth funding, and bid for council contracts.

They will be hosted at Renfrewshire Council’s recently-opened business hub in Lawn Street, Paisley throughout October.

Invest in Renfrewshire business hub

Other topics set to be covered include consumer protection, planning and building standards, business licensing, recruitment, and funding for the third sector.

Each of the ten sessions will be staffed by an expert from the council or elsewhere, who will be able to answer questions and offer advice on their subject.

They are open to any local businessperson, although visitors will need to book a timeslot in advance.

To see a full list of sessions and times, and for details on how to book a timeslot, visit

Councillor Roy Glen, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Economy and Jobs Policy Board, said: “The council has a key role to play in creating conditions in which local firms can grow.

“We have made a significant investment in boosting the local economy through our Invest in Renfrewshire programme, to which more than 400 local firms have signed up since it launched last June.

“We are keen to ensure that any knowledge which could help the local business community is passed on, which is why we are hosting these meet-the-expert events.

“If successful, we will look to make these sessions a regular feature in future. I would encourage any local firms to get in touch and find out more.”

Invest in Renfrewshire is the council’s flagship £8m programme to tackle youth unemployment and boost the local economy.

The council recently opened the Invest in Renfrewshire Business Hub in Lawn Street, with the facility intended to be a one-stop shop for local firms to find out about the scheme.

The hub contains rooms which are available for any local business in need of meeting space to use.

For more information about Invest in Renfrewshire, call 0300 300 1180, email or visit

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Details of extra £4.5m jobs cash boost agreed

Cllr Roy Glen

Details of extra £4.5m jobs cash boost agreed

Details have been agreed over where a £4.5million cash injection for the Renfrewshire economy will be spent.

The money will be used over the next two years to deliver Invest in Renfrewshire, a council programme pulling together a number of schemes aimed at supporting local businesses and tackling youth unemployment.

At the council’s budget meeting in February, councillors agreed to pump an extra £4.5m into Invest in Renfrewshire, which – when added to the initial investment from the programme’s launch a year ago – takes the total to £7m.

Cllr Roy GlenThis week saw members of the council’s Economy and Jobs Board agree a report which lays out where that money will be spent between 2013 and 2015.

Just over £3.85m will be targeted at supporting businesses, with the largest chunk to go on wage subsidies to encourage companies to take on new staff.

Money has also been set aside to help companies grow, with funding to help pay for new premises, staff and technology, and grants to improve the look of shopfronts.

Another £1.5m will be spent on supporting unemployed young people to find and keep work.

This includes funding for graduate internships – with the council and with private-sector employers – and money for training and support for schools.

Councillor Roy Glen, Convener of the Economy and Jobs Policy Board, said: “Supporting the local economy and helping young people find work are two of the major priorities of this council.

“We have been able to make this substantial investment in both in spite of the challenges caused by the tough financial climate, and the reduction in the council’s budget by the Scottish Government.

“We are determined to make Renfrewshire a better place to do business, and want to work with local firms to do that.

“June will see the first anniversary of the launch of the Invest in Renfrewshire programme and in the past year, almost 300 businesses have signed up to the scheme.

“But we want others to come forward and take advantage of the range of funding packages which are available to them.

“I would encourage all Renfrewshire businesses to speak to one of our team, who will advise them on what we can do.”

For more information, visit, email, or phone 0300 3000 144.