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Provost’s charity drive at local leather plant

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Provost’s charity drive at local leather plant

Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall brought charity into the workplace at a local leather plant.

Provost Hall earned a day’s wages at Bridge of Weir Leather Company to raise money for a charitable cause close to her heart.

The company will also donate £500 to the Provost’s charity scheme.

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The money raised will be shared equally among the four charities – Renfrewshire Carers’ Centre, RAMH (Recovery Across Mental Health) and two hospices – Accord and St Vincent’s – chosen by Provost Hall to feature in a special charity giving scheme during her term as Provost.

Last year, Provost Hall launched the charity giving scheme with an abseil from the roof of Renfrewshire Council’s HQ in Paisley. The event raised almost £5,000.

Since then, Provost Hall has worked for her charities at the Piazza shopping centre, Paisley in December and the Phoenix car dealership, Paisley in February.

At the Bridge of Weir plant, Provost Hall got to grips by finishing and cutting leather alongside fellow workers and apprentices.

Provost Hall said, “I really felt part of the team at Bridge of Weir Leather plant. I worked with some really great people who took time to lead and train me as I worked beside them.

“Bridge of Weir Leather is dedicated to training and developing local young people through their award-winning apprenticeship academy, and I have been proud to meet some of these young people during my day here.

“People will be able to support the four charities by sponsoring them directly. Contact details of the charities are available by clicking the links at www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/provostcharities. The funds raised will be split equally between the organisations.”

Karen Marshall, Managing Director at Bridge of Weir Leather Company, said, “We really enjoyed having Provost Hall working alongside us today in a variety of roles within the finishing department, laboratory facility and cutting department. There was a real excitement around the plant and the staff were really pleased to show Provost Hall their skills and expertise.

“We are pleased to be able to support Provost Hall in fundraising for her chosen charities and to donate £500 to this worthwhile cause”.

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Bridge of Weir Leather Company Limited is part of the Scottish Leather Group Limited. Scottish Leather Group is the UK’s largest producer of leather, and operates across five subsidiaries, four of which are in Renfrewshire.

The firm’s Apprenticeship Academy was launched in 2012 and took on ten apprentices for a two year training period. The scheme was named joint-winner of the Apprentice Award at the S1jobs recruitment awards 2013 alongside Renfrewshire Council’s modern apprenticeship scheme

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Image 1: Zehra Bekar, lab technician shows Provost Anne Hall how to test leather in the Bridge of Weir Leather plant.

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Provost and Piazza partner up for fundraiser

Provost and Piazza partner up for fundraiser.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall has teamed up with the Piazza shopping centre in Paisley to raise money for a charitable cause close to her heart.

The Piazza paid Provost Hall the Living Wage to work in the shopping centre’s ice rink for the day.

The wage will be shared equally among the four charities – Renfrewshire Carers’ Centre, RAMH (Recovery Across Mental Health) and two hospices – Accord and St Vincent’s – chosen by Provost Hall to feature in a special charity giving scheme during her term as Provost.

Earlier this year, the Provost’s charity giving scheme was launched with an abseil from the roof of Renfrewshire Council’s HQ in Paisley. The event raised almost £5,000.

At the Piazza, Provost Hall worked alongside Ryan Rodden who took up the seasonal job in the shopping centre through Renfrewshire’s youth employability hub.

Provost Hall said: “I enjoyed working at the ice rink and I was pleased to be supported by the local people and local business.

“It is really important to me that fundraising events like today not only raise as much money as possible for the charities but show the good work taking place within the community and business.

“I also want to support the important work of Invest in Renfrewshire – Renfrewshire Council’s £8 million programme to support employment and business. It was great to meet and work with Ryan today. I am looking forward to developing further sponsorship opportunities with local businesses next year.

“People will be able to support the four charities by sponsoring them directly. Contact details of the charities are available by clicking the links at www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/provostcharities. The funds raised will be split equally between the organisations.”

Maureen Hill, Centre Manager at the Piazza shopping centre said: “It was a pleasure to have the Provost work here and generate a real buzz within the centre. Shoppers were very supportive and the kids enjoyed themselves.

“We are pleased to be able to support the Provost in her aim to raise money for her chosen charities.”

The ice rink in the Piazza shopping centre is open Monday to Friday 12pm – 6pm, Saturday 11am – 6pm until the 4th January.

For more information please visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk.

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Piazza’s Ross in running for national award.

Piazza’s Ross  in running for national award.

A young Paisley executive is in the running for a national award after proving he can do the business.

Marketing and Events manager Ross Neilson has made it on to the shortlist for the Young Achiever of the Year accolade in the prestigious SCEPTRE awards which recognise the best practice and the best people in the shopping centre industry.

RossNow Ross, 22, who is used to being in charge of special events at the bustling Paisley Piazza will be sitting with VIPs and the best in the industry at the Dorchester Hotel in London on Tuesday (June 25) when the winners will be revealed.

The awards put the spotlight on management teams, retailers and suppliers that demonstrate real excellence with 15 categories up for grabs.

Maureen Hill, manager at the Piazza, said: “This year has seen a record number of entries so it is a fantastic achievement for Ross to make the shortlist with six other young achievers.

“Ross has been employed at The Piazza for 18 months and has made a great impact since he arrived. His contribution towards the performance and success of the centre has been huge and he deserves to be amongst the elite in the industry.”

Maureen added: “Mall income increased to 180% within one year and social media interaction tripled within a year, due to creative thinking and new initiatives such as QR code merchandise, community sponsorship, staff networking and unique events.

“We’ve seen a 248 per cent increase in Facebook likes; an increase in Facebook activity of 3611%, an increase in mall income of 180% and 15 new initiatives developed. And 12 new community groups and local clubs involved with our shopping centre.”

Ross has attended a number of workshops to enhance his skills and takes a keen interest in all aspects of centre operations. He has also been heavily involved in a number of Paisley’s community groups, including the Fairtrade group and has been instrumental in bringing a number of unique Fairtrade events into the Piazza.

One of the new initiatives that Ross has championed is an annual “Staff Night In”.  A networking event designed to allow tenants and centre management to informally discuss ideas and develop relationships.

SCEPTRE info – http://shopping-centre.co.uk/news/fullstory.php/aid/5881/SCEPTRE_Awards_2013.html

Shortlist info – http://shopping-centre.co.uk/news/fullstory.php/aid/6234/SCEPTRE_2013_Shortlist.html

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Piazza Shopping Centre ‘Santa’s Parade Winners

Paisley Photographs of the Santas Parade 2012

The winners of the Piazza Shopping Centre’s competition to ride on the open top bus were Kodey McDonald and his mum Lisa Townsley.

The parade was a great success and as you can see from the photographs below they featured not only Santa Claus but an old style Tunnock’s Teacakes truck, Buddie the Lion mascot, the Rockettes, Brazilian Samba band and lots more. Keep coming back to the website for more photographs from around Paisley today.

Photographs of the competition winners and ‘Santa’s Parade’ taken by Tracey Clements for www.paisley.org.uk

If you have any photographs you would like to post on here please send them in, all photos will be credited to the photographer.

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Santa’s Parade Paisley Piazza Shopping Centre

Santa Parade 2012

Santa’s Parade Paisley Piazza Shopping Centre

What a fantastic day it was in Paisley with the Christmas lights being switched on earlier this evening, Paisley on the web were out in force to capture the day. It started from the Piazza Shopping Centre with ‘Santa’s Parade’ starring Buddie the Elf, a parade of vehicles including an open topped bus and a horse and cart with a huge following crowd, and ended with the lights being switched on by Chart Toppers Stooshe. We have all the Paisley Photographs and will be posting them up during tonight and tomorrow. Below is our first batch of photos taken by Ian McDonald for www.paisley.org.uk

If you have any photographs you would like to post on here please send them in, all photos will be credited to the photographer..

Keep coming back to the website for more photographs from Paisley today.

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Naughty Or Nice? Piazza Shopping Centre Competition

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Naughty Or Nice? Piazza Shopping Centre Competition

You can be in with a chance of winning VIP family tickets to ride on Buddies open top bus during the Piazza Elf Parade on November 10th. Limited availability.

santaNaughty Or Nice – For your chance to win tickets to ride on Buddies’ open top bus during the Christmas parade on November 10th, tell us the naughtiest or nicest present you have given or received. (Keep it clean now!)

How to enter: Email your entry to buddietheelf@piazzapaisley.co.uk OR post your entry into Buddies’ post box which can be found at the T-Junction in the Piazza OR search post on Buddies’ wall on Facebook at facebook.com/piazzabuddie

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£25m deal to see big names chasing a Piazza the action

Piazza Paisley

By STEF LACH – Evening Times online

A THRIVING Paisley shopping centre has been bought over in a deal worth around £25million.

The Piazza Shopping Centre, in the heart of the Renfrewshire town, has been snapped up by London-based NewRiver Retail which plans to attract more big retail names to the town.

The deal to buy the Piazza was part of a wider transaction between NewRiver and previous owners Zurich Assurance in which NewRiver bought four shopping centres for a combined price of £68m.

NewRiver now owns 14 centres across the UK.

Charles Spooner, senior asset manager at NewRiver, said: “Since our acquisition of the Piazza we have successfully renewed leases with two existing tenants and negotiated deals for two new leases in the mall.

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“Our vision for the Piazza is to build on the characteristics which have seen it continue to prosper in a difficult economy, and to attract and retain more tenants who will thrive in the retail environment created there.

“We see the Piazza as the prime retail property in Paisley and are confident that we can help it develop its position at the heart of the town.

“Maureen Hill, the centre manager, will continue to work closely with Renfrew-shire Council in the delivery of successful events in Paisley town centre such as the  Christmas lights switch on.”

The Piazza has seen something of a revival in recent years, having previously played second fiddle to the nearby Paisley Centre.

NewRiver’s aquisition has also led to the creation of jobs at the mall, with staffing levels having already increased by 50% under the new owners.

The Piazza tries to live up to its ‘At the Heart of Paisley’ tagline by maintaining links with local groups and charities. This year the centre is the main sponsor of Paisley Rugby Club.

Councillor Brian Lawson, leader of Renfrewshire Council, said: “It is particularly encouraging to meet successful retail property experts who believe that Paisley is a valuable investment opportunity, and who have sufficient faith in their ability to improve the shopping environment that they have invested many millions of pounds in our town.

“The Piazza has always been a key part of Paisley’s retail landscape, and building on its success will benefit all retailers in the town by attracting more shoppers through offering increased choice and value in a convenient town centre location.

“Renfrewshire Council has worked hard in recent times to re-establish the value of the town as a retail location, with the key aim to encourage more people to spend more time in the town centre.

“Renfrewshire Council look forward to a productive partnership with NewRiver Retail, and we are delighted to work with and support investors with ambition whose vision for the success of the Piazza so closely aligns with our ambitions for our town.”

You can visit the Piazza’s website here

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Recruits take to the runway in Fashion Show Challenge

Recruits take to the runway in Fashion Show Challenge

Renfrewshire teenagers taking part in this year’s Recruit competition were challenged to stage a fashion show in a busy town centre shopping mall.

Five teams taking part in The Recruit were each given two days, and no budget, to organise the show in which they each had to choreograph, style and model fashions from different decades from the 1950s to the 1990s.

They then staged three ten minute fashion shows over the busy lunchtime period in the Piazza Shopping Centre in Paisley.

Primaljit Kaur, 16, from Renfrew, said: “It was very scary because we had people watching but it was a really good experience and good for getting your confidence up.”

Caitlin Dickey, 17, from Paisley, said: “It was a bit different, quite nervewracking but really good fun.”

Francesca Connelly, 17, Gryffe High, said: “It was a bit more interesting than some of the other challenges because it was about putting on an event. I’m interested in fashion and events management so this is really good experience for me.”

The teams were judged by an expert panel made up of choreographer Susanne Neil, hair stylist Claire McMahon and Louise McBride, Fashion Marketing lecturer at Glasgow Caledonian University.

Susanne said: “I showed them how to walk, got them to relax and be confident within themselves. I got them to bring their own personalities to it. They were all very mature and professional.”

Louise McBride said: “I was giving them an overview of what fashions were apparent in each decade and gave them ideas of where to look but all of them had great ideas themselves. I was very impressed. They had great enthusiasm, great teamwork and they just got into the show.”

In the end the winning team was Team Endurance for their showcase of fashion from the 1970s.

Claire said: “The input I had was on hairstyles from different decades and help and tuition on the morning of the show. They showed great enthusiasm, great teamwork. We picked Team Endurance as the winners though because of all the costume changes, they really pulled it out of the bag.”

The fashion show task was the latest in a series of challenges the 30 Recruits are facing over the course of the Apprentice-style competition this summer.

Maureen Hill, Piazza Shopping Centre Manager, said: “The Piazza was happy to provide our support to the Fashion Show Challenge. As well as being a great opportunity for those taking part in The Recruit to showcase their skills, the Mall’s fashion retailers and style-savvy shoppers made the Piazza the perfect place for the teams to show their take on fashion through the ages to a delighted audience.”

Towards the end of the programme the Recruits will face individual interviews before the overall winner is announced at a black tie finale in August.

See photos of what The Recruits have been up to on Renfrewshire Council’s Flickr page.