Business Matters in Renfrewshire – 2012
your local B2B event, 10th May 2012, 9am-4pm Paisley Town Hall

Please support your local B2B event – the event is free to attend and all are welcome (all businesses, entrepreneurs, career changers, students – all welcome – you do not need to be a member to attend). Please share this email with colleagues.

Free to attend, 30 exhibitors & 10 seminars plus keynote speech from Minister for Local Government & Planning, Derek Mackay MSP


Key Note Speech: Scottish Government Minister for Local Planning & Government, Derek Mackay MSP
9.30 – 10.30 Alexander Wilson Suite, 1st floor –
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Renfrewshire Council seminar – Invest in Renfrewshire
10.45 – 11.30 – Alexander Wilson Suite, 1st floor –
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Renfrewshire Council seminar – Trusted Trader
11.45 – 12.30 – Alexander Wilson Suite, 1st floor –
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Renfrewshire Council seminar – Regeneration & Development
12.45 – 1.30 – Alexander Wilson Suite, 1st floor –
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Scotland’s Zero Waste Plan – What it means for Business – from The William Tracey Group
1.45 – 2.30 – Alexander Wilson Suite, 1st floor – more info / just register me – click here

Employment law for business: What do you need to know? – from bto
2.45 – 3.30 – Alexander Wilson Suite, 1st floor – more info / just register me – click here

Crowdfunding – A Blooming Revolution from Bloom VC
10.45-11.30 Loggia, 1st floor –
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What’s the difference between management and leadership?- from Dr Stuart Paul of UWS
11.45 – 12.30 Loggia, 1st floor –
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Coaching People to Perform – from On Track Training
12.45 – 1.30 Loggia, 1st floor – more info / just register meclick here

Social Media – The Good, The Bad and The Downright Mad – from NSDesign
1.45 – 2.30 Loggia, 1st floor – more info / just register me click here

Love Your Brand from Branding Boutique
2.45 – 3.30 Loggia, 1st floor – more info / just register meclick here

Examples of companies exhibiting include:

Renfrewshire Council – various departments
Business Gateway
Renfrewshire Chamber
Scotia Marketing
PCR Business
Reid Kerr College
University of West of Scotland
Campbell Dallas
The Cosmopolitan Normandy Hotel
The Royal Bank of Scotland
St Vincent’s Hospice
Ferguson Imaging
The William Tracey Group
Dark silence
Engage Renfrewshire
Skills Development Scotland
Prolife Fitness
Skills Development Scotland

hashtag for the event is #b2bpaisley

Business Matters PDF right here

Paisley heart Town

Paisley heart Town







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Buddies to Bairns Big Heart Cycle


Sunday 27th May 2012 will see the first ever inter-Heart Town event in Scotland. Together with Renfrewshire Council and Community Health Partnership, the British Heart Foundation Scotland is bringing communities like Paisley together through fundraising and volunteering while raising awareness of heart disease. Falkirk is one of the other two Heart Towns in Scotland and to promote heart health in both areas an exciting route (which includes a ferry crossing!) has been drawn up for a family-friendly cycle from the Lagoon Leisure Centre to the Falkirk Wheel.

The event gives people the opportunity to take part in an organised cycle taking in 2 historic town centres (Paisley and Renfrew), the famous Renfrew Ferry crossing and the stunning Forth and Clyde Canal route directly to the Falkirk Wheel. The distance is approximately 34 miles and if you think the return journey would be just too much we are providing transport back to Paisley for you and your bike! There will be entertainment, information and snacks at both ends of the cycle and a chance for you to have your bike checked by professionals at the starting point. Entry is open to anyone, however you will need to have some degree of fitness and cycling ability to complete the route, and any children taking part must also be able to last the distance. Some of the route will be on main roads, although most of it is on cycle track, and participants will ride in groups of around 40.

The event starts at 10am from the Lagoon Leisure Centre, with groups leaving at 20 minute intervals after that, and it is anticipated that most people will complete the route in 3½ – 5 hours. Buses will leave the Falkirk Wheel to return to Paisley at 3.30pm and 5.00pm allowing people to enjoy the facilities and spectacle of this fantastic landmark. We can’t organise the weather unfortunately, but we can guarantee an enjoyable and healthy day out!

For more information, and to register, go to or phone 0131 555 5891. The cost is £20 per adult and £5 per child under 16, however you can buy a family ticket for 2 adults and up to 3 children for £40. This includes transport back to Paisley, the ferry crossing and a BHF t-shirt and goody bag. Sponsor forms are also available from the above sources, and we would very much appreciate it if you would consider getting sponsored to do the cycle to raise vital funds for the British Heart Foundation Scotland. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis, and they are limited, so don’t miss out!

A Facebook appeal and sponsored walk has raised a fantastic total of £713 for Macmillan Cancer Support, and on Wednesday Irene and Ian McDonald presented the cheque to April Andrews from Macmillan.

Irene explains how the money was raised:

‘Our sponsored walk was held at Barshaw Park on 8th April 2012 at 1pm. The bad weather put a lot of people off coming to the event, but we carried on regardless.

After the walk we had raffle prizes and we also had a stall where we sold items which people donated.

At the end of the day two young people came up to me and handed me £40. This was a PERFECT end to the day. I would personally like to thank Amy Gray and Sean Kelly for this donation, thank you Amy and Sean, that was a lovely thing to do and we very much appreciated it.

We would also like to thank everyone who helped with this event and everyone who donated items for us to sell, also the people who gave us sponsor/donation money, and the local companies which donated items for this fantastic cause.

As this event was set up through my website and was a big success with over 1000 members, we have now set up another website which helps other fantastic charities: Macmillan Cancer Support, Cot Deaths and Miscarriages, RAH Children’s Ward and the PDSA which are all great charities and need help raising money.


This site is  EVERYONE is welcome to join and put unwanted goods or items that they no longer need on the site. Every penny raised goes to the charities.

This site is doing great but we would like more people to join and donate to these fantastic charities, please help this be a massive success.

This is how the site works:  People donate their unwanted or items they no-longer need on the site, then the people who want the items pay a small donation for charity.

We have started off with Macmillan Cancer Support and every 3 months we will change to one of the other charities, so this gives each charity a fair chance.

We have a Just Giving page set up for people who want to pay for their items in that way – this makes even more money if you are a tax-payer as Gift Aid gives 25% on top of the sum donated.  Also everyone is welcome to make a donation, no matter how small or large on the page as it’s for a really good cause.

Thank you to everyone who helped and supported us to raise this amount of money, it was fantastic!


The Just Giving Page Is Still Live


Paisley Town Hall again plays host to the annual Paisley Beer Festival. Celebrating its 25th anniversary, the biggest beer festival in Scotland once more brings the widest range of ales and cider available in one location.

To celebrate our 25th anniversary we will be featuring as many of the beers that appeared on the bar at our very first festival in 1986. We will also feature over 160 different real ales from all around Scotland; the English bar will be sourced from the Cumbria area; as well as a Foreign Beer bar which boasts draught and bottled beers from Europe and beyond.


Opening Times

Wed 25th 5pm – 11pm (Foreign Legion opens 5pm)
Thu 26th noon – 11pm (Foreign Legion opens 5pm)
Fri 27th noon – 12am (Foreign Legion opens 3pm)
Sat 28th noon – 9pm (Foreign Legion opens noon)

St Mirren


As pledgers to the Individual Membership category we thought it appropriate to send you all the information regarding the other category of membership that exists within the Coop proposal.

This is the 87Club, which is effectively life membership of the CIC for a one off payment of £3000.

This life membership come with some Exclusive benefits which can be found at

Just download the PDF.

The 87Club Category is important to the whole process as its aim is to raise a significant lump sum of capital that can be used for the Coop purchase.

We would like to secure the pledges of at least 87 individuals or businesses to join the 87Club, if we get more than 87 then more the merrier

So please consider the proposal and complete you pledge or email if you have any specific questions regarding this category of Coop Membership.

Thanks for your consideration


Richard Atkinson
On Behalf of 10000hours

Cumbernauld Theatre presents Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson at Paisley Arts Centre on Friday 27 April, 7.30pm.

This fantastic new adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s timeless classic Kidnapped.  Set against the backdrop of revolution in Scotland, this epic tale brings a host of memorable characters to life onstage with all the evocative language of Robert Louis Stevenson.  A terrific and exciting story of intrigue and adventure.

Ed Robson, Artistic Director of Cumbernauld Theatre said:

“Robert Louis Stevenson was simply a genius and Kidnapped is one of the best known stories in all the world – adapting it for the stage has been a fantastic experience. It’s a true classic because it’s all about us, the Scots, our hopes and fears, the people and the country we live in.  Right now, when there’s talk of independence in the air, Kidnapped has never been a more important story to tell.”

Robert Louis Stevenson is one of Scotland most well known and well loved authors, his powerful and evocative descriptions along with ship-wrecks, murder and deadly pursuit all combine to create a production which young people and adults will thoroughly enjoy.

Tickets cost £10 (£7 conc) £6 under 18s or £16 (£13 conc) £12 under 18s as part of Paisley Arts Centre Plate and a Play option. Tickets are available by calling 0141 887 1010 or logging onto

Suitable for all ages from 8+.

For further information log onto or follow us on

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Good afternoon,

Well I hope a number of you are now (or by the time you read this) are on your way back from the 135th Year Strip Launch at JD sports, Braehead.

By way of update we are still receiving pledges and will announce a public sign up session and Q & A night for all those who have not been able to engage with the process online, so when you see the date advertised in the PDE please let your friends and family know who may want to attend

We have also had a number of people pledge more than the minimum £10 per month.

I wanted first of all to thank those who have and to ask everyone else to consider what they are able to pledge.

I absolutely do not want anyone pledging any more than they can afford and understand the tough financial times that many are facing and do not in away wish to belittle the £10 per month that over a 1000 people have already pledged, but if you wish to pledge any more then please simply send an email back to me with the value and we can make the adjustment to your pledge.

Remember you can also make a one off donation of any value and any money you give will be proportionately credited to you at a future date by way of the amount of share equity you will own in the St Mirren Fans Cooperative.

If anyone has any questions then please feel free to contact me.


On Behalf of 10000hours CIC

The St Mirren Fans Cooperative

Thread Mill Museum

The Thread Mill Museum opens its doors on Wednesday the 4th of April for our 2012 session, we are open on both Weds/Saturday from 12-4pm until the end of September, we hope to have more items on display and have several DVD’S to watch on our flat screen TV, we have disabled facilities and we also welcome groups visits out with our public opening times and these can be booked via our Secretary, Mrs Grace Lamond.

We also have our popular photo albums and “Penny Papers” available for the public to view; we also offer teas and coffees, plus a photo copying service, if you see and friend or family member in one of our albums, we had an elderly lady visit last year almost in tears as she found a picture of her Dad who worked in the Mile End Mill at Anchor, she promptly bought two copies of the print, with one being sent to Canada, we are always happy to help our visitors if we can.

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Hi, just wanted to give you an update on what’s been happening with the website,

The website is doing really well with now over 880 fantastic members and still growing, so it has been a success.

We have been overwhelmed with donations to help us on our way with our Sponsored Walk on Sunday 8th April 2012 (Easter Sunday) for MacMillan Cancer Support. We hope to see as many people as possible at Barshaw Park, setting off at 1.00pm

We have had the support of George Adam and his lovely wife Stacey who will be at the event and I’m really looking forward to meeting them again.

We have had donations for the raffle from: St Mirren Football Club; Boots in the Paisley Centre; Totally Gorgeous; CK Salon, Renfrew; Archie’s Barbers, Renfrew; Co-op, Renfrew;

Hamishes Hoose, Paisley; W H Smith, Paisley and the girls from the Central Cafe in Gilmour St, Paisley also donated gifts for a raffle.

We have also had donations for a raffle from very generous people on the website who also want to help support this FANTASTIC CHARITY.

We have people asking to buy raffle tickets now!

One of my admins Nikki has made 4 bracelets, three of which have been auctioned on the website and fetched a very generous £41.50.

Another member of the site, Jean-Marie, also made a bracelet to be auctioned on the site and there are bids on it at the moment, the auction ends on Saturday 7th April at 6pm and Nikki’s other bracelet ends then too.

Some people have even given me cash for the MacMillan Cancer event and I would love to say a VERY BIG THANKYOU as I know it will mean so much to MacMillan.

We have people also donating on the website which takes them to my Just Giving page,  So far we have been given £27.

I would like to thank everyone who has donated gifts, sponsored, donated cash on my Just Giving page and helped spread the word about this event.

Please help Easter Sunday be a good day for MacMillan Cancer

PS. An Easter Egg would be fantastic – would anyone like to donate as it’s for a good cause?

Thank you,

Irene McDonald

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