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Hillington Park shows support to Invest In Renfrewshire

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Hillington Park shows support to Invest In Renfrewshire

Companies based at Hillington Park have shown support for a council initiative committed to reducing youth unemployment and growing the Renfrewshire economy.

Invest in Renfrewshire held an event at Hillington Park’s Innovation Centre in November, which attracted business owners representing a variety of industries who were interested in learning how they can play their part in helping young people in the area prepare for the workplace.

Hillington_InnovationTwelve of the companies who attended on the day have since signed up to take part in the £2.5million programme offering a range of support including work placements, work place visits, staff time and graduate internships.

The delegates were very positive about working in partnership with Invest in Renfrewshire with an ultimate aim to create jobs suitable for a young person.

Invest in Renfrewshire representatives were invited to host the event by MEPC, Hillington Park’s majority owners.

“The feedback from the event has been extremely positive,” says Roz Bird, Head of Business Development at MEPC. “At MEPC we are committed to Renfrewshire and we understand that further investment will be crucial to ensure the region continues to be a major contributor to the Scottish economy. Our customers share this vision, and this was evident at the event.

“We will continue to support Invest in Renfrewshire because its work will bring great benefits to young people and assist business growth in the region. MEPC is also in the process of preparing plans for a substantial investment in Hillington Park and we will be working closely with Renfrewshire Council and our other partners to help deliver our vision.”

The Invest in Renfrewshire initiative was officially launched earlier this year and already has 163 companies and organisations signed up.

The programme includes funds for wage subsidies and apprenticeship grants as well as grants to support business growth and improving shop fronts. There is also funding available for graduate internships.
Councillor Roy Glen, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Employment and Economic Development Policy Board, said:  “The Invest in Renfrewshire programme is about growing the local economy as well as supporting young people into work and training.  It’s very encouraging to see such commitment and support from companies based at one of Renfrewshire’s economic success stories.  Tackling unemployment among young people is a key priority for Renfrewshire Council and this practical support for young people from leading companies will give a tremendous boost to their career prospects.”

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Scottish Property Records for 1905 Go Online

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Scottish Property Records for 1905 Go Online

From tenements to palaces – these records offer a fascinating snapshot of Scotland during the Edwardian era and are a major new genealogy resource

Over 2 million names of Scots included in the property records for 1905 are being released today online for the first time via ScotlandsPeople, the official government family history website. The new records, known as the Valuation Rolls and comprising over 2.4 million indexed names and over 74,000 digital images, cover every kind of building, structure or property in Scotland which were assessed as having a rateable value.

scotlandspeople_logoThe Rolls also reveal much about the changing social fabric of Scotland at this time – such as the growth in women owning property and running businesses, the rise in sports and recreation clubs, the development of music halls and theatres, and the expansion of railway hotels. As the Rolls include details about rents and the value of property, they will also help researchers to learn more about the cost of living during this period.

Fully-searchable by name and address, the records list the names of owners, tenants and occupiers of each property – so genealogists, historians and other researchers can now discover fresh insights into their ancestors’ lives through viewing these new records. As the 1905 Rolls appear between census years, they will be invaluable for genealogists who are trying to fill in gaps about their ancestors.

People from all social classes are included in the 1905 Valuation Rolls – from well-known land and property owners, to the tenants of Scotland’s tenements. Some of the famous Scots whose property situation appears in the records are AJ Balfour, Keir Hardie, Sir Hugh Munro, Lady Gordon Cathcart, Lord Armitstead and Donald Stewart (head gamekeeper to Queen Victoria).

Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop, said:

“ScotlandsPeople is a wonderful gateway to Scotland’s wealth of archives that tell the story of our nation and its people. I welcome this latest addition to their digital resources, which can be enjoyed by the people of Scotland, and people of Scottish descent everywhere.”

Audrey Robertson, Acting Registrar General and Keeper of the Records of Scotland, said:

The latest release of details about property owners and tenants in 1905 will be very useful for people researching the history of their family, or of their house or local area. The rolls can be searched alongside other records in ScotlandsPeople, and may help locate people who cannot be found in other sources.”

Chris van der Kuyl, the CEO of brightsolid, the company that enables ScotlandsPeople for the National Records of Scotland, said:

“The publication of the 1905 Valuation Rolls on ScotlandsPeople is another important piece of the jigsaw for helping people to trace their Scottish ancestry. As well as appealing to people’s fascination with property, these new records will complement the 1911 Census records that were published on ScotlandsPeople in 2011.”

The Valuation Rolls will be available on the ScotlandsPeople website (www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk), and at the ScotlandsPeople Centre in Edinburgh. These new online records will be interesting both to people in Scotland and to the Scottish diaspora across the UK, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and the rest of the world.

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St Mirren v St Johnstone SPL Preview

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After the enforced break for the International games St Mirren welcome Paisley boy Derek McInnes and his St Johnstone team to St Mirren Park. Danny and the boys will hope to bounce back after the defeat to Celtic and get moving back up the table again.

Saints still have Mooy(Back),Murray(Knee),Barron(Ankle) and McGregor all sidelined through injury.

St Johnstone have Murray & Callum Davidson missing from their squad.Lets hope the rain stays off and the improved crowds turn up in force again.Tickets are still on sale right up until kick off so lets get behind the boys again and hopefully cheer them on to victory.
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Wallace Day 2010

HUNDREDS of patriotic Scots will descend on Braveheart Sir William Wallace’s Elderslie birthplace later this month to commemorate his murder over 700 years ago.
The traditional Wallace Day parade will take place on Saturday, August 21, and leaves from Ludovic Square, in Johnstone, at 2.30pm to walk to the Wallace Monument, in Elderslie, where wreaths are laid.
In the evening, Elderslie Village Hall will host an evening of entertainment with Ted Christopher and Albannach, and a bar will be available.
Wallace Day is one of the most colourful in Renfrewshire’s year and the march is headed by a pipe band and many of those who go along get right into the spirit of things by wearing tartan and carrying Saltires.
Wallace, along with Andrew Moray, is remembered for defeating an English army at the Battle of Stirling Bridge in September 1297.
Organisers say the march dedicated to the freedom fighter will draw hundreds of people from across the country.
Wallace was born in the village around 1270 and went on to become Renfrewshire’s most famous son as, along with Andrew Moray, he defeated an English army at the Battle of Stirling Bridge.
He was named Guardian of Scotland but resigned the post after defeat at the Battle of Falkirk in 1298.
Wallace evaded English attempts on his life for several years until he was captured at Robroyston in 1305.
He was handed over to Edward I of England, who had him executed for treason at Smithfield, London.
Now the Society of William Wallace will mark his death with their latest rally.

Text taken from the Paisley Daily Express website read the rest of the post here.