Glasgow’s airport scoops top national award

Glasgow Airport was last night crowned Best Airport in front of its peers at a prestigious awards ceremony in London.

The annual Airport Operators Association (AOA) Awards recognise excellence in a number of areas, and attract hundreds of senior delegates from UK airports and associated businesses.

Glasgow Airport was named Best Airport With Over 6 Million Passengers, for which Manchester and Birmingham airports were also nominated.

The award was voted for by major UK airlines which are members of the British Air Transport Association (BATA).

Terminal Operations Manager Ronald Leitch received the award from Simon Calder, Travel Editor of the Independent and a well-known media commentator on travel and aviation.

Amanda McMillan, Managing Director of Glasgow Airport, said: “It is a great honour to be recognised in this way by the airlines who use our airport every day. The award is testament to the fantastic effort that our terminal and airfield teams put in when they come to work.

“We have faced some difficult operational challenges this year such as the prolonged cold snap and volcanic ash disruption, but the response from our people was exceptional.

“I’m sure the focus on supporting our airlines and working as a team to provide the best possible product for our passengers has helped us in winning this award.”

Simon Buck, Chief Executive of BATA, said: “BATA is again pleased to be nominating the two ‘Best Airport’ awards. Both categories were extremely competitive and the winners well deserved.

“The strong field of nominees highlights the good working relationships that exist between UK airlines and airports.”

The AOA Annual Awards Ceremony, which is the centrepiece of the AOA Annual Conference, took place on Monday evening at the Hilton Metropole London.

Newcastle Airport won the category of Best Airport With Up To 6 Million Passengers.

Picture shows (l – r) Ed Anderson, Ronald Leitch, Simon Buck and Simon Calder.

October looks to be a very busy month for us so far beating last month so far and we still have till the end of the week to go, last month was 1194356 hits this month so far its 1248072.

Lets hope by the end of the year we beat January 2010’s total of 1495768.

To all our volunteers keep up the good work and for all our visitors old and new.. Thank you…

Renfrewshire chosen to host national Fairtrade event


Renfrewshire Council has been chosen to host a national event bringing together people from all over the country to discuss Fairtrade.

The Scottish Fair Trade Forum have asked Renfrewshire to host their annual Campaign Day which invites organisations and volunteers to come together to discuss ways to push Fair trade further, in particular the campaign to make Scotland a Fairtrade nation.

The event will take place in Paisley Town Hall on Saturday 6 November.

Councillor Brian Lawson, chair of the Renfrewshire Fairtrade Steering Group, said: “The decision to hold the Campaign Day in Paisley is further evidence of Renfrewshire leading the way for Fair Trade in Scotland. We are delighted to have been asked as it is another tribute to the strength of the Fair Trade campaign in Renfrewshire.

“Through the Renfrewshire Fairtrade Steering Group we have established an excellent support network for groups, firms, schools, churches and individuals wanting to get involved in Fair Trade locally. Through taking part in various national events and initiatives we’ve built a reputation for leading campaigns to reach out to new people and organisations both within Renfrewshire and beyond.

“The Campaign Day is an opportunity for Fair Trade volunteers and workers not just from Renfrewshire to do this on a national scale, sharing experiences and best practices.”

The Campaign Day will offer the opportunity to:
• Hear first hand how Fair Trade changes lives from producers from the developing world.
• Find out about future campaigning plans from leading Fair Trade campaigners.
• Celebrate the 5th anniversary of the Scotland-Malawi Co-operation Agreement.
• Take part in workshops, including Fair Trade in Malawi, Fair Trade Schools, Fair Trade Towns, working for Fair Trade with local councils.
• get your festive gifts early at a Fair Trade Market Place
• Meet Fair Trade campaigners from all across Scotland
Martin Rhodes, director of the Scottish Fair Trade Forum, said: “This Campaign Day promises to be an exciting opportunity for Fair Trade
campaigners from across Scotland to come together and plan for the final
push to make Scotland a Fair Trade Nation. Scotland really can lead the
way in its commitment to trade justice.”

The event is open to anyone, is free and includes lunch, however places need to be booked in advance.

To register and reserve a place, email

For more information contact 0141 840 3213 or log on to

The Happening
Paisley Town Hall, Abbey Close, Paisley, PA1 1JF
Tuesday 16th November 2010
9.30am – 4pm

Social enterprise Trade Fair The Happening will offer something for
everyone. For those involved or interested in social enterprise there’s the
opportunity to learn something new at a series of workshops, make new
contacts, discover more business opportunities, visit other companies and
see how they operate or simply relax and socialise with like-minded others
while browsing the stalls at the Trade Fair to make a start on your Xmas

Renfrewshire Council for Voluntary Services (RCVS) are organising this
special event to celebrate the existence of social enterprises – companies
that put people before profit. They hope it will become an annual tradition
and bring people from across Scotland to learn more about social
enterprise, share knowledge, network with other social entrepreneurs and
sell their goods at a trade fair that will be open to the general public.

Janis McDonald, Chief Executive of RCVS: “In light of these tough
financial times, RCVS view this as an important event which will be of
great importance for Social Enterprise businesses. Social Enterprises
reinvest profits in local communities and we aim to achieve an increased
recognition amongst local people of the social benefits and cost efficiency
of the immense work done by this sector. RCVS is proud of the sector it
represents and is delighted to showcase the good work being done by hosting
The Happening 2010.”

Stalls at the Trade Fair are going quickly, with many seeing it as a great
opportunity to tap into the beginning of the festive shopping season.
Scottish Huntington’s will be selling their Christmas cards, for example,
while the Sunshine Gallery from Paisley Shopping Centre will be offering
artwork to members of the public who come in looking for something a little

All charity and voluntary groups are welcome to book a stall at the Trade
Fair, which will be open to the general public, and take advantage of this
great opportunity to sell your wares to a large audience of Christmas
shoppers. Anyone wishing to book a stall is advised to book quickly as
space is running out.

A series of workshops will be running throughout the day for delegates and
stallholders to attend, covering such topics as starting up and developing
a social enterprise, advice on obtaining funding and contract

Delegates and stallholders will also have the opportunity to visit social
enterprises in Renfrewshire and East Renfrewshire, finding out more about
how they operate and the services they deliver.

Everyone is welcome to take part in The Happening. Anyone who purchases a
ticket for The Happening will be given full access to the trade fair,
workshops and trips to local social enterprises.

The trade fair will be open to the general public. Any charity, voluntary
group or social enterprise in Scotland is welcome to book a stall at it.

RCVS is in the process of arranging hotel discounts and other special
offers for delegates and stall holders.

Anyone interested in The Happening should contact RCVS on 0141 587 2487 or for further information.

The day kicks off with a Craft Fayre and Farmers’ Market followed by
the ever popular Santa Reindeer Parade before The Singing Kettle, The
Red Hot Chilli Pipers and chart-topping Olly Murs take to the stage.
There is also The Clyde 1 Roadshow, SnoZone area, Accord Hospice
Fun Day, Childrens’ Fun Fair and a spectacular Fireworks Finale.
This year promises to be a real treat for all the family.

Click here for pdf on the days events and timings

Funding Information Session for Older Adult Groups and Organisations
Wynd Centre, 6 School Wynd, Paisley
22nd October 2010
11.30 – 12.30

This free event is open to anyone looking for Lottery funding to support their work with older adults. Whether it’s to keep their work going or to develop a new organisation to support older adults, this information session will provide valuable help.

Ruth Cooper, the External Funding Manager for Renfrewshire Council, will be running the session, which has been organised by Reaching Older Adults in Renfrewshire (ROAR) and Renfrewshire Council for Voluntary Services (RCVS).

Staff members from ROAR and RCVS will also provide follow up support for anyone needing help with their application for Lottery funding.

Samantha Drysdale, ROAR’s Admin & Communication Officer: “If you need help with funding an older adult group or organisation then this is the event for you! Come along receive the advice you need and the follow up support provided by RCVS, ROAR and Ruth Cooper, Renfrewshire Council’s External Funding Manager.”

Anyone who would like to book a place should contact Samantha on 0141 889 7481 or

More information on the award-winning ROAR can be found on their new website: