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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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Hundreds turn out for Street Stuff football festival

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Hundreds turn out for Street Stuff football festival

Hundreds of youngsters from Renfrewshire’s award-winning Street Stuff youth diversionary project took to the turf of St Mirren Park for a festival of football.

Boys and girls aged from 10 to 18 from throughout Renfrewshire descended on the stadium to compete for glory during the annual end-of-season tournament.

Street Stuff is a partnership between various organisations, including Renfrewshire Council and St Mirren, which provides activities for young people at various locations in Renfrewshire.

The programme includes street football with coaching from St Mirren and mobile youth activities with computer games, and has helped reduce youth disorder in each of the areas where it operates.

Around 300 youngsters from 53 teams took part in the five-a-side football contest, with separate sections for the 10-12, 13-15 and 16-18 age groups.

Action took place on the pitch, as well as in the new indoor covered Dome behind the stadium, which was recently opened for business by St Mirren.

The event was funded by Police Scotland and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, who are also partners in the Street Stuff initiative.

Councillor Eddie Devine, Renfrewshire Council’s Street Stuff Champion was there on the night to present prizes to the winning teams.

He said: “Once again, the Street Stuff football festival was well attended and proved to be a great success.

“The scheme has rightly been recognised at a national level for the work it has done to reduce youth disorder by giving kids something positive to do in the evenings.

“I’m sure Street Stuff activities will continue to be popular over the summer holidays and I would urge any kids looking for something to keep them occupied to check out what is on offer in their area.”

St Mirren chief executive Brian Caldwell said: “We are a community club and it is important to us to be involved in schemes like this, and offer something to local youngsters.

“We were delighted the end of the first-team’s season allowed us to be able to open up our doors and give so many youngsters the chance to play on the pitch and in the dome at St Mirren Park.

“Going by the size of the crowd there on the night, we are sure they enjoyed the experience.”

Street Stuff is a partnership between Renfrewshire Council, St Mirren, Police Scotland, the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, Engage Renfrewshire, McGill’s Buses and Reid Kerr College.

The latest Street Stuff timetable can be viewed online at www.activerenfrewshire.com

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Independence Debate

Renfrewshire Chamber today (Fri 15.2.13) held a cross party Independence Debate, hosted by STV’s anchor man John MacKay. The 100+ attendees packed into the lecture theatre at Reid Kerr College’s

Abercorn Conference Centre in Paisley to question the political panel that included:

-Derek MacKay MSP – SNP
-Annabel Goldie MSP – Conservative
-Garry Clark – Scottish Chambers of Commerce
-Douglas Alexander MP – Labour
-Councillor Eileen McCartin – Liberal Democrats

Intependence Debate

The panel were asked questions on a wide range of topics including:

-Is Independence good for business?
-Why is there so much focus on this subject when the economy is struggling?
-Will we be better off in an independent Scotland?
-Plus many more questions on the EU, embassies, NATO etc….

In addition to business people, teachers and pupils from 3 Renfrewshire High Schools attended; Renfrew, Linwood and Gleniffer. Questions asked by the young people included:

-What impact will Independence have on the future of young people in Scotland?
-Should 16 yr olds have a vote on Independence?

chamber logo 2012 writingThe panel and audience were well behaved in what can be an emotive subject. John MacKay ensured all the panel had their fair share of air time allowing them the chance to respond to the many questions.

Chamber president Tom Johnston commented  “…this debate has been in the planning for a long time. It is not easy to get such a high profile panel all in the one place at the same time. The Chamber was delighted with the turnout today of over 100 members – and also great to see so many young people attending and taking a genuine interest in their future. We plan to have a follow up debate in 2014 – by then more information, facts & figures will be available”.

This event was a free event for Renfrewshire Chamber members – to find out more about the Chamber visit www.renfrewshirechamber.com

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Wanted: Young people with important opinions

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Wanted: Young people with important opinions
Renfrewshire students are being urged to come along and have their say on local issues that are important to them later this month.

Renfrewshire Council is urging Reid Kerr College and University West of Scotland students to drop in to the UWS Brough Hall on Wednesday 20 February and voice their opinions during an interactive question and answer session.

Their views will help the council and its partners to shape the next Renfrewshire Community Plan.Renfrewshire_Council_ezg_1

Information stalls will also provide advice on community safety, student services, career and job opportunities including internships, volunteering, health, equality and human rights.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan said: “Young people are our future and it’s so important that their views help to shape the next community plan for the area. The plan will set out the key areas that the council and our partners need to focus on to make Renfrewshire a better place to live, learn, work and do business. I would urge all young people who go to university or college here to some along and tell us what’s important to them.”

The drop-in session will be open from 12noon until 6pm. Refreshments will be provided.

There will be a free return bus service every half an hour between the main entrance of Reid Kerr College and Brough Hall from 12pm until 4.00pm.

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Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce ROCCO 2012 Shortlist

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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
– SIP PMC Ltd

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 www.roccoawards.com

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FuturesFest event targets 16-24 year-olds for jobs and training advice

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Education and training providers in Renfrewshire are teaming up for an event aimed at helping young people aged 16-24 find out about local opportunities to develop their skills and careers.

FuturesFest will take place in Paisley Town Hall on August 22 from 11am – 4.30pm.

The event is being organised by Renfrewshire Council, SDS (Skills Development Scotland) and Jobcentre Plus.

The aim is to provide in one place on one day, the information and advice needed by 16-24 year-olds on training, education and employment opportunities in Renfrewshire.

Although not a jobs fair, some employers who are about to embark on seasonal recruitment drives will be represented.

In addition to the event organisers, other organisations participating will include Reid Kerr College, UWS, Kibble, AM2PM (Amazon Recruitment), Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce, Engage Renfrewshire, and Renfrewshire-Wide Credit Union.

“Everyone involved is aiming to give as much practical advice and information as possible to young people aged 16-24 about their future options,” said Councillor Roy Glen, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Employment and Economic Development Task Force.

“Recently there was very encouraging performance by Renfrewshire pupils in the national exam results and advice will be available for those who are looking to build on their exam achievements.

“Equally, we want to assist those who may have been out of school or higher education for some time and want to look again at the opportunities available to them.

“There’s lots of up to date advice available in an informal setting and we’d urge young people to come along.  It could make a real difference to their futures.

“Renfrewshire Council is already doing a lot to assist 16-24 year-olds into employment through the £2.5million Invest in Renfrewshire programme to support and grow the local economy.  FuturesFest is another example of a joint approach which is putting support in place for young people in these difficult economic times.”

Event organisers stressed that no pre-booking is required and that anyone aged 16-24 is welcome to turn up on the day.

In addition to the general guidance on offer, there will also be half-hour sector-based workshops on childcare, hospitality and construction.

Sessions will also be hosted by SDS on social media awareness.  The council’s community learning and development team will also run a workshop to help participants improve their employability.

www.renfrewshire.gov.uk

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The Spree Festival Paisley

The Spree festival Paisley, is a brand new music, arts and comedy festival taking place in Paisley from 25 – 28 October 2012. For the first time ever Paisley will have its very own Spiegeltent in County Square.
Visit the fantastic brand new website www.thepsree.co.uk
Description

The Spree is a new four day festival taking place in Paisley across four different venues, Paisley Abbey, Paisley Arts Centre, The Wynd Centre and a Spiegeltent based in County Square. Thursday 25 – Sunday 28 October 2012!

The festival encompasses music, drama, dance, comedy and has something for everyone to enjoy… Roddy Frame, Karen Matheson, Damien Dempsey, Francois and the Atlas Mountains and comedian Craig Hill headline the festival.

From lunch time comedy clubs, Roddy Frame performing live in Paisley Abbey to Craig Hill performing in the Spiegeltent this really will be a fabulous four days of complete entertainment.

Tickets can be purchased from www.tickets-scotland.com or 08444 155 221 or from the Renfrewshire Council box office on 0141 887 1010

Event Listing:
Thursday 25th October 2012
  • 10.00 -11.00: Gaelic workshops – trio of musicians FREE to be held in the Spiegeltent
  • 12.00 -2.00: Who’s lunch is it anyway? In association with The Stand to be held in the Spiegeltent £5 PER TICKET
    This improvised comedy show will have you in stitches. Marvel as Stuart Murphy & Garry Dobson weave comedy magic from your suggestions
  • 5.00 – 6.00: 5PM Club Reid Kerr College performance – two acoustic acts FREE to be held in the Spiegeltent
  • 6.00 – 7.30: Panel event to be held in Paisley Arts Centre FREE
  • 7.30 -10.00: Paisley Underground presents Chemikal Underground – Human Don’t be Angry supporter by Miaoux Miaoux to be held in the Spiegeltent £12/£10 TICKETS
  • 7.30 -10.00: Karen Matheson Band (Gaelic singer, lead in Capercaillie) and Dick Gaughan TICKETS £18/£16, event to be held in Paisley Abbey

Friday 26th october

  • 10.00 -11.00: Gaelic workshops – trio of musicians FREE to be held in the Spiegeltent
  • 12.00 -2.00: Who’s lunch is it anyway? In association with The Stand held in the Spiegeltent £5 PER TICKET
  • 5.00 – 6.00: 5PM Club Reid Kerr College performance – two acoustic acts FREE held in the Spiegeltent
  • 6pm: Create in association with Hit the Road held in the The Wynd Centre TICKETS £2
  • 7.00 – 9.00: Craig Hill, comedian held in the Spiegeltent TICKETS £14.50/£13
  • 9.30 -11.30: Damien Dempsey album tour (West of Scotland excl) £12/£10 TICKETS held in the Spiegeltent

Saturday 27th October

  • 10.00 – 11.00: Gaelic workshops – trio of musicians FREE held in the Spiegeltent
  • 12.00 – 2.00: Loud and Proud present ‘The Wee Band’ and ‘The Acutones’, plus special guest singers held in the Spiegeltent TICKETS £10/£8
  • 2.00: Kids Comedy Club in association with The Stand Comedy Club held in the The Wynd Centre. TICKETS £5
  • 2.00: Seminar held in the Reid Kerr College FREE
  • 3.00 – 5.00: Pace Youth Theatre held in the Spiegeltent TICKETS £10/£5
  • 7.00: Fidil and Bard Band £12/10 TICKETS held in the Spiegeltent
  • 7.00: Roddy Frame plus support £18/16 TICKETS held in the Paisley Abbey
  • 8.00: Mairi Morrison, Gaelic influence, just recorded album and Alasdair Roberts, Indie and Folk £12/10 TICKETS held in the Paisley Arts Centre
  • 9.30: Best of Scottish Comedy in association with The Stand -Bruce Devlin, Raymond Mearns , Keir MacAllister, James Kirk. £10/£8 TICKETS held in the Spiegeltent

Sunday 28th October

  • 2.00 -5.00: – Danny Kyle stage in association with Celtic Connections
    Breabach – recently nominated as Best Group at BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and Scots Trad Awards simultaneously in 2011

    Craig Jeffrey PLUS MORE TO BE REVEALED.
    TICKETS £10/£8 held in the Spiegeltent

  • 7.30: Francois and the Atlas Mountains, indie and folk (Scottish Exclusive) plus special guests. TICKETS £12/£10 held in the Spiegeltent

This listing is by no means the final listing and is subject to change, it is purely there to give visitors and the people of Paisley a guide to what is on during the Spree event in October.

Keep coming back to www.paisley.org.uk for more on the Spree itself. Or please visit the brand new website www.thespree.co.uk

The Spree website should be live week commencing 6th August 2012. You can also visit the Facebook pages https://www.facebook.com/thespreefestival

Tickets can be purchased from www.tickets-scotland.com or 08444 155 221 or from the Renfrewshire Council box office on 0141 887 1010

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Reid Kerr Radio

This was the first time that Reid Kerr’s HNC students had been given the task of working with ‘real’ clients. Importantly, it was also the first piece of radio most of these students had ever done. So it was quite a challenge for them to meet with their assigned clients and negotiate the creative. A big part of what they had to do was take their own brief to help them assess the client’s needs. This differs from other subjects where clients are told to give the students a brief that has already been worked out.

Despite the odd rough edge, I’m really proud of the work our students have produced. Some have gone on to volunteer with the clients they made ads for, but all learned a bit more than making commercials – they learned that Paisley & Renfrewshire have a thriving third sector. One of the goals was engagement with our community – thanks to the folks at Engage Renfrewshire we achieved that and some great radio.
find out more here.
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Street Stuff Christmas Tournament

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paisley logo webStreet Stuff Christmas Tournament

Young football fans from across Renfrewshire could score themselves an early Christmas present and win the chance to share a pitch with some of their SPL heroes.

Youngsters aged 10 – 16 are being invited to take part in a Street Football tournament on Saturday 10 December.

The winning team in the 13 – 16 age group will then get the chance to take part in a half time 10 second challenge on the first team pitch at the St Mirren V Rangers match on Christmas Eve.

The top two teams in the 10 – 12 age group will get the chance to play a small sided game during half time at St Mirren and Dundee Utd match on December 28.

The tournament is being run as part of the popular Street Stuff programme which is a hugely successful youth diversion activity programme which has helped contribute to significant reductions in youth disorder in communities across Renfrewshire.

The programme has this year expanded to encourage local young people to give back to their communities.

The Kick and Collect scheme encourages the teenagers to give back to communities and in return get the chance to take part in more activities.

St Mirren Manager Danny Lennon said: “This is a great opportunity for young people to get on the pitch in front of a packed crowd at a major SPL game and test their skills. It’s a bit of fun as well as a great way to get young people involved in giving something back to their communities and be a positive example to others.”

All teams taking part in the street football tournament on Saturday 10 December must take part in a community clean up scheme.

Councillor Kenny MacLaren, Renfrewshire Council’s Community Safety Spokesperson, said: “Street Stuff has been a huge success since it started three years ago and now it’s expanding to not just get young people taking part in positive, healthy activities but also to get them giving back to their communities. The Kick and Collect Scheme is a great way to show our appreciation for their hard work.”

Anyone interested in submitting a team (No league teams allowed) send your completed application form to us no later than Friday 2 December 2011

The tournament will run from 5.30pm – 8.30pm at St Mirren FC’s astro parks, Greenhill Road, Paisley.

To find out more information or get a form contact Stephen Gallacher on 07557281581 or stephen@saintmirren.net.

Street Stuff is run in partnership by Renfrewshire Council, Strathclyde Police, Strathclyde Fire and Rescue, Engage Renfrewshire, Arriva, St Mirren FC and Reid Kerr College.

Provided by Renfrewshire Council.

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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