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Go-kart venue races to five-star visitor accolade

The Experience

A recently-opened indoor electric go-kart arena and themed entertainment events venue has raced to the top by winning a coveted visitor attraction accolade after only seven months.
Visit Scotland has handed a Five Star Activity Centre Award to The Experience at Hillington Park, Renfrewshire.

The Experience

Annique Armstrong, Regional Director of Visit Scotland, said: “It is rare for a business of just seven months to achieve this.
“The five star award is real testament to the team’s hard work and dedication over just a few months to reach this standard.”

The Academy restaurant, which is part of The Experience, has also been awarded a Visit Scotland Taste Our Best Award for offering a comprehensive menu of high quality, local produce.
As well as being Scotland’s only go-kart arena of its kind, The Experience also offers activities for youngsters including laser games, slot car racing, play rooms along with conference and meeting facilities.

The Experience

The awards were given to The Experience after Visit Scotland conducted two mystery visits to grade the attraction on their national quality standards.
Annique added: “We are delighted to award The Experience with five stars. The Experience offers visitors a great day out in Renfrewshire, with a variety of fun things to do for the family.

“The business has succeeded in its primary focus, which is to provide the largest number and widest range of job opportunities to young people.

“It has reached this by providing a plethora of activities for visitors including go-karting, laser experience, slot car racing and a delicious restaurant, alongside a training kitchen, flexible event space and a stage for the performing arts.

The Experience

“A high level of customer experience has been consistent across the entire operation which has heavily contributed to this business receiving five stars.

“The Experience is a great example of how a business can achieve high standards very quickly – well done to all involved.”

Lynsey McLean, general manager of The Experience said: “We are very proud to have achieved these two Visit Scotland awards after such a short time.

“It’s a testament to the hard work of all our crew here. I’m a great believer that if the staff enjoy being at their work that will reflect on the service we give our visitors when they come through the door.

“As well as the Five Star Award being very unusual for a venue that has been opened for such a short time, there also can’t be many social enterprises like ourselves who have been awarded Five Stars by Visit Scotland.”

 

 

Pic stars 1: Star attraction – some of the crew from The Experience who have won a Visit Scotland Five Star Award, from left, Gerry Brown; Lynsey McLean; mascot Volta; Declan Gallacher and Danielle Parnis.

Pic stars 2: Star turn – some of the crew from The Experience who have won a Visit Scotland Five Star Award, from left, Gerry Brown; Lynsey McLean; Nathan Cowan; Danielle Parnis and Declan Gallacher with mascot, Volta.

Pic stars 3: Shining Stars  – some of the crew from The Experience who have won a Visit Scotland Five Star Award, front row from left, Gerry Brown; Lynsey McLean; mascot Volta; Danielle Parnis and Declan Gallacher.

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Go-kart staff on fast track to learn sign language

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STAFF at Scotland’s only indoor electric go-kart arena are on track to be trained in sign language.

Thanks to a £500 donation from the Pacific Building fit-out and construction company, four staff at The Experience, at Hillington Park, Renfrewshire will undergo courses in Makaton – a method of communicating with people who have speech and hearing difficulties using signs and symbols.

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The donation is one of ten £500 grants being made to local charities by Pacific Building, who are based at Earl Haig Road, Hillington Park, to celebrate the company’s tenth anniversary.

The Experience – run by KibbleWorks, the social enterprise hub of Paisley’s Kibble Education and Care Centre – is a themed entertainment and events venue that provides vital jobs and employment training to young people.

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As well as clean and emission-free adult karting, the venue, at Lothian Street, Hillington, also has a dedicated junior track for youngsters and runs a Karting with a Conscience programme providing a range of fun activities for people with additional support needs.

There are tandem karts and single-driver karts that can be adapted for disabled use.

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Kibble chief executive, Graham Bell said: “A big part of our ethos is to provide exciting leisure opportunities for everyone.

“The very generous donation from Pacific Building allows us to train four of our staff in Makaton, which will add great value to our Karting with a Conscience programme.

“This programme is tailored for people with physical and learning disabilities, as it’s important to us that everyone has the chance to have fun and enjoy themselves at The Experience.”

Pacific Building managing director Brian Gallacher said: “It is a noble cause to assist people in need, so we are honoured that our money will be channeled by Kibble towards this area of sign language support.”

Go-kart pix 1 and 3: Fast cash – construction company Pacific Building boss, Brian Gallacher, left, donates £500 to Kibble’s chief executive, Graham Bell to train The Experience go-kart staff in Makaton sign language.

Go-kart pic 2: Winners – The Experience general manager, Lynsey McLean flags Pacific Building boss, Brian Gallacher, left, as he donates £500 to Kibble’s chief executive, Graham Bell to train staff at The Experience electric go-kart staff in Makaton sign language.

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GLASGOW AIRPORT FLIGHTPATH FUND PUTS LOCAL CHARITY IN THE DRIVING SEAT

GLASGOW AIRPORT FLIGHTPATH FUND PUTS LOCAL CHARITY IN THE DRIVING SEAT

Go-karting sessions for young people with additional support needs and learning difficulties will commence later this year after Glasgow Airport agreed to fund the cost of four tandem karts.

The charity Kibble is currently creating a major new leisure facility to provide transitional jobs and training opportunities. Glasgow Airport is supporting the venture with an award of nearly £40,000 from its FlightPath Fund.

‘The Experience’ is being constructed inside the iconic former Rolls Royce factory in Hillington Park and will boast Scotland’s first indoor electric go-karting track.

Kibble hopes it will also become a major leisure, training and events centre which will create 50 transitional jobs and 50 work experience placements for young people aged between 16 and 24 every year.

Kibble intends to dedicate 20 hours every week to ‘Karting with a Conscience’, a social inclusion programme for those with additional support needs or learning difficulties who are unable to drive a go-kart themselves. This programme requires the use of tandem go-karts, which will be funded by the airport.

A support worker will manage and promote Karting with a Conscience, working with schools and other organisations such as charities to encourage them to use the facility on a regular basis.

The Experience will also offer other leisure and catering facilities and Kibble is hopeful it will become a sustainable social enterprise, with employment placements providing young people with the skills, experience and confidence they need to shape their own destiny.

Archie Hunter, chair of the Glasgow Airport FlightPath Fund, said: “The funding application we received from Kibble was one which really stood out. We were impressed by the ambition shown in constructing The Experience from what was effectively an empty shell, and the determination to make it an inclusive facility that can be enjoyed by all and will prove to be sustainable in the long term.

“In addition to the benefits it will bring for many in the communities under the flightpath, we are very keen to support innovative projects that help people towards employment. The Experience offers fantastic volunteering and employment placement opportunities for Kibble service users and other young people.”

Graham Bell, Kibble chief executive, added: “Our Karting with a Conscience programme offers social inclusion to children and adults with additional support needs and learning difficulties who would otherwise be unable to experience the thrill of go-karting.

“The sessions will be a really memorable experience and our friendly helpful staff will ensure the highest standards of health and safety at all times. The tandem go-karts are a very specialist piece of equipment and Glasgow Airport has done the communities around it a great service by supporting the purchase of these through the FlightPath Fund.”

Courtesy of Glasgow Airport.