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Emissions blitz nets four offenders

A two-day crackdown on dodgy cars which damage the environment saw Renfrewshire Council workers net four offenders.

Staff from the Renfrewshire Wardens Service took to the streets of Paisley town centre to check whether vehicle emissions were within the legal requirements.

Of the 281 vehicles tested, four failed and were issued with £60 fixed-penalty notices.

Also present were staff from the council’s licensing section, who inspected 13 taxis and 20 private-hire vehicles – with one driver given an immediate suspension for failing the emissions test.

Licensing staff also issued six compliance notices to cabbies for a range of defects including worn tyre treads, blown bulbs and missing fire extinguishers.

The tests – at Wallneuk, Renfrew Road, Paisley – were carried out in partnership with officers from Strathclyde Police’s Road Policing Unit, who were responsible for pulling over the vehicles from traffic.

Councillor Chris Gilmour, Deputy Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Environment and Infrastructure Policy Board, visited the testing site to see the operation in action.

He said: “The aim of this campaign was to issue a highly-visible reminder to drivers that it is up to them to ensure their vehicle’s condition complies with the law.

“The fact more than 98 per cent of vehicles passed the emissions test shows that Renfrewshire’s motorists take that responsibility seriously.

“Vehicle emissions which are outwith the legal limit are liable to pollute the air we all breathe, which brings with it various potential health risks.

“The job of the wardens is to make sure Renfrewshire is a greener and cleaner place to live, and preventing damage to the environment is a key part of that.”

All drivers fined on the day will have the penalty waived if they are able to produce evidence the emissions problem has been fixed within 14 days of the offence.

The police also detected a number of minor road offences during the testing, including vehicle defects and seatbelt violations.

All drivers were also given a council leaflet containing information on the problems caused by vehicle idling.

Picture one (from left to right): Martin Brier, civic enforcement officer; Jeanette Love, senior warden; Councillor Chris Gilmour; Andy Redmond, environmental protection officer; PC Sandra Ewing; with Eric Gilday, senior warden (front).

Picture two: Jeanette and Eric test one vehicle’s emissions.

For more information please visit Renfrewshire Council.

Accord Santa Dash

The Accord Hospice Santa Dash will take place on Sunday 9th December at 10am in Barshaw Park. This was a very successful event for Accord last year with 135 Santas taking part.

The suggested minimum sponsorship is £15 and santa suits will be supplied. There will also be a free kids race thereafter, again with suits supplied for the first 50 entrants.

Accord Hospice would love to see as many of you there as possible. Please tell of of your friends. The Rowantree Cafe which is where the registration desk will be sited will also be open for refreshments.

Whilst some participants may take it more seriously than others, this is very much designed as a fun run to suit all levels of ability. Walkers are also very welcome.

Here is a link to the booking page

Alternatively contact Accord Hospice on 0141 581 2000 or for more information

Accord Hospice would also like to thank Good2 Run who are based in the Prolife Gym in Paisley for their sponsorship and support in organising the run for us.

the project

Saturday morning boot camp is still on at 9am Prolife Fitness Centre in Paisley £5 PAYG.

Are you stuck in a Christmas Shopping rut? Show your friends and family that you really care by giving them the gift of The Project this Christmas…gift vouchers available that can be redeemed against boot camp and Personal Training sessions!

New to The Project : Group Personal Training sessions : max 5 people!
This really is something you cannot refuse! You will have the opportunity to work in a small group in the gym with one of The Projects fantastic Personal Trainers! We will run this for a block of 6 weeks with various challenges and plenty of fun!

First session will be this Thursday 22nd November at 7pm but if demand is high enough other sessions will be put on, so let us know a time that suits.

£30 for 6 weeks – 1 session per week

For more info contact Elaine @ The Project on 07837029403, PM The Project or email us on

b&m homestore

B&M Homestores has secured new shop premises at the former Great Mills DIY store on Renfrew Road, Paisley.

The large 22,000-sqft store opens for trade on 21st November 2012 creating 30 jobs.

B&M now trade from 315 stores compared to 20 stores only 5 years ago.  In the last 3 years, it has been opening an average one new store every week.  The company is now one of the UK’s largest retailers with 2 million shoppers per week. It employs 12,000 staff.

“What is amazing about our growth is that is has been secured just through word of mouth.  The secret to this is very simple – we sell branded product at discounted prices.  The shopping public are obviously voting with their feet.  We have been waiting for an opportunity in Paisley for 2 years, and are delighted to have secured this site.”  Carl Allen, Operations Director.

B&M sells a wide variety of 7,000 different products.  It sells keenly discounted everyday essentials such as food, toiletries and household goods but it also has key strengths in soft furnishings, toys, homewares and seasonal goods.

The company has been recognised as one of the top 100 fastest growing private companies in the UK by the Sunday Times Fast Track 100 ranking.

Find out more by visiting

renfrewshire council

Renfrewshire residents offered support on benefit cuts

Renfrewshire residents are being urged to prepare now for major welfare reforms which could see them lose out on benefits.

Renfrewshire Council is launching a range of measures to help local residents prepare for the impact of changes being made to the benefits system by the UK Government under their Welfare Reform programme.

Councillor Mike Holmes, Renfrewshire Council’s Welfare Reform spokesperson, said: “The huge benefit changes being brought in by the UK Government are seriously worrying and what we’re particularly concerned about is that people don’t know about the changes or aren’t going to find out early enough for them to prepare.

“That’s why we’re taking action to raise awareness and provide as much information about the changes as possible, as soon as possible.

“We’re also keen to work with our partners wherever possible to support local residents so the Welfare Reform summit in December will be an important opportunity for local organisations to get together and discuss a joined up approach.”

Working age people in Renfrewshire could lose as much as £22million in benefits as a result of welfare reform.

The council is hosting two events in December, including a Welfare Reform summit with partner organisations, such as housing associations and advice providers, whose clients will also be affected in order to explore ways of working together to help local people.

The second event will be a Make the Most of Your Money Day in Paisley Town Hall on Thursday 13 December which will offer members of the public a chance to come along and speak to a range of experts and organisations about benefits, debt and money advice.

Information about the imminent changes will also be provided on the council’s website and social media sites, and staff training is being carried out to ensure key groups of council employees can advise the public of changes that might affect them and where they can get support.

The customer contact centre within the council’s headquarters is also being revamped to create more space to cope with anticipated increase in demand for services from the public.

In addition, eight young unemployed people have been taken on as trainees to provide further support for housing tenants affected by benefit changes. Over the next few weeks, the council will be sending leaflets to tenants expected to be affected by new housing benefit rules, often known as ‘under-occupancy rules’ or ‘bedroom tax’.

These rules will mean people in social rented accommodation who the government believes have more rooms than they need will have their housing benefit cut. In many cases this means the amount of housing benefit they receive will no longer cover their rent.

Councillor Tommy Williams, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Housing and Community Safety Policy Board, said: “We’re sending leaflets to our tenants who are going to be affected by under-occupancy rules set to come into effect in April.

“This change alone is expected to affect more than 3000 households in Renfrewshire and could see more than £1.8million in housing benefit lost locally so it’s vital that we start to speak to our tenants now about what options are available to them.

The changes being brought in under Welfare Reform are largely aimed at people of working age, rather than pensioners.

To find out more about the changes go to

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ROCCO 2012 Winners Announced
Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce 9th Annual Business Awards

The annual business awards of Renfrewshire Chamber, The ROCCOs, now in their 9th year, took place at the Cosmopolitan Normandy Hotel on Friday 16th November. The sell-out crowd of 480 witnessed 15 ROCCO awards presented on the night and helped raised over £11K for charities and good causes. Hosted by Fred MacAulay, the ROCCOs are known as a positive, feel good event and regarded as one of the best corporate events in Scotland.

The Winners from ROCCO 2012 were:

1) ROCCO Award for Employer of the Year sponsored by Rolls Royce – Phoenix Car Company

2) ROCCO Award for Invest in Renfrewshire sponsored by Renfrewshire Council – Fission Creative

3) ROCCO Award for Third Sector Recognition sponsored by Engage Renfrewshire & The Royal Bank of Scotland – The Star Project

4) ROCCO Award for Most Promising New Business sponsored by Renfrewshire Council – Meso

5) ROCCO Award for Excellence in Manufacturing sponsored by the Scottish Leather Group – Life Technologies

6) ROCCO Award for International Trade sponsored by Glasgow Airport – Chivas Brothers

7) ROCCO Award for Family Business of the Year sponsored by The Malcolm Group – Gillies Gas Services

8) ROCCO Award for Young Business Person of the Year sponsored by Reid Kerr College – Nick Cohen, PCR Business

9) ROCCO Award for Excellence in Customer Service sponsored by Braehead – Glasgow Airport

10) ROCCO Award for Journey to Zero Waste sponsored by The William Tracey Group – Scottish Leather Group

11) ROCCO Award for Innovation & Technology sponsored by Hillington Park Innovation Centre – Meso

12) ROCCO Award for Outstanding Performing Business >25 employees sponsored by Phoenix Car – The Malcolm Group

13) ROCCO Award for Outstanding Performing Business

14) ROCCO Award for Business Leader of the Year sponsored by Diageo – Iain McFadyen, MD Scottish Leather Group

15) Special ROCCO Award to Colin Neill Chamber Director and Supply Chain Director with Diageo retiring after 30+ years’ service

470 ROCCO 2012 v2Commenting on the event chamber president Tom Johnston said “thank you again to all our sponsors and members for supporting our 9th ROCCO Awards. We have received some great feedback, which is great to hear – as ROCCO is a year in the making by the Chamber team. Anyone involved in large events such as the quality of ROCCO knows how much work and effort goes into making it a great night”.

Bob Davidson, chamber chief exec’ further commented “I encourage all winners to maximise the positive PR from winning a prestigious ROCCO. We had our highest ever number of entries and competition was extremely tough, so reaching the final and winning is a great achievement”

“….for ROCCO 2012 we made a number of changes; we refreshed and updated all the categories and increased the number of awards from 11 to 14. We also commissioned a brand new ROCCO award trophy designed and manufactured in Renfrewshire by chamber members and ROCCO winners – Meso”

All the pics from the event can be viewed on the Renfrewshire Chamber facebook page



Sponsor a light for someone special this Christmas and sponsor the care of future patients at St Vincent’s Hospice.

St Vincent’s Hospice invites you to dedicate a light on their Christmas tree to someone who you was or is a light in your life. You can celebrate or remember loved ones and special occasions by sponsoring a light. In doing so, you will help to provide future care for local patients and their families at the Hospice and in the community.

st-vincentsYou will help more patients like Eric who attends the Day Hospice. He said, “Without St Vincent’s, I wouldn’t get out. It gives me a goal and the care I have received there is unbelievable. When you sponsor a light, it’s not just a light on the tree that you are sponsoring but future patients too.”

Dedicating a light it helps families and friends to join together and celebrate the lives of loved ones and share hope that they are helping others in the future.

Julie Munro has supported the event for the last 4 years after her mother passed away in the Hospice in 2009. She said, “For me, the Hospice not only gave me support when my mum passed away, but it gave me the motivation to help
others who will access the Hospice in the future. By supporting Light Up a Life it means patients will continue to receive the support, dignity and high level of care that my mum and family received when we needed it most. The support to families during and after their loved one’s passing is tremendous.”

Anyone can sponsor a light on St Vincent’s tree, not just those who have experienced hospice care. The community event is one of St Vincent’s best-loved and most meaningful events that attracts hundreds of local people every year.

The lighting of the tree will take place on Sunday 25th of November at 5pm at St Vincent’s Hospice on Midton Road Howwood. Everyone will be warmly welcomed to the Hospice courtyard and join in carols and readings with mince pies and hot drinks. Parking will be available at St Anthony’s Primary School with a free shuttle service provided by Pride of the Clyde.

For more information or to sponsor a light, please contact the Fundraising Team on 01505 705 635 or go to to download a dedication form.

Contact details:

Karen Milne
Director of Fundraising and Communications
Tel: 01505 705 635

Loud ‘n Proud last night hosted Who’s Who tribute band in the Union on Paisley’s Storie Street.
They were supported by Rockers Quoing on stage, all Paisley photographs were taken by Jean-Marie Stewart

Visit Loud n Proud for more information.

renfrewshire chamber

Get ready to ROCCO with Renfrewshire Chamber

ROCCO 2012, the 9th Annual Business Awards of Renfrewshire Chamber take place at the Cosmopolitan Normandy Hotel in Renfrew on Friday 16th November.  The principal sponsor for the premier business event in Renfrewshire is easyJet, with 14 other organisations sponsoring the individual awards. Hosted by Fred MacAulay the winners will be presented with their awards in front of a capacity crowd of 480. In addition to recognising business excellence across Renfrewshire the ROCCOs also raise money for good causes, having raised in excess of £50,000 over the last few years.

Commenting on the ROCCOs, chamber president Tom Johnston said “ROCCO is the biggest business night in Renfrewshire and one of the best corporate events in Scotland. Different from most in that it is a positive, feel good event. I wish all our finalists the best of luck on the night and say thank you to all the sponsors and organisations that have supported the ROCCOs this year.”

The companies shortlisted are:

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
– The Star Project

ROCCO Award for Most Promising New Business – sponsored by Renfrewshire Council
– Fresh Cleaning
– Meso

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

ROCCOROCCO 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 – sponsorsed by the University of the West of Scotland
– ChemTech Consultancy Ltd
– Fresh Cleaning
– Sarkar Defence Solutions Ltd

ROCCO Award for Business Leader of the Year – sponsored by Diageo
– Stuart Macdonald, Seric Systems
– Andrew Malcolm, The Malcolm Group
– Paul smith, XCL Framing solutions
– Iain McFadyen, Scottish Leather Group
– Douglas Winfield, Holiday inn Glasgow Airport

Bob Davidson, chamber chief exec’ commented “2012 has been another great year for the Chamber – not only our biggest ROCCO ever but a year in which we have grown the team, further increased the membership and won a number of accolades including Chamber of the Year finalist for the 2nd year running  and awarded Investors in People Silver.”


Renfrewshire Council’s procurement team is celebrating after staff won three prestigious awards at their industry Oscars – at both UK and Scottish level.

The team – which oversees the council’s purchasing needs – lifted the Team of the Year and Leadership of the Year titles at the Government Opportunities Awards Scotland last month.

They then followed it up by winning the Outstanding Achievement in Procurement for a Unitary Authority honour at the Society of Procurement Officers in Local Government Awards in London.

Renfrewshire Council established its procurement team in 2009, and since then has delivered savings of around £4 million by introducing more efficient practices.

Councillor Michael Holmes, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s General Management and Finance Policy Board, who attended the GO Awards ceremony in Glasgow, said: “It is of the utmost importance the council gets value for taxpayer money in all its dealings.

“The council spends more than £200 million a year on a massive range of goods and services from thousands of different suppliers, both big and small.

“The job of the corporate procurement unit is to co-ordinate all contracts and spending as efficiently as possible.

“For the team to be recognised by their peers – and not just in Scotland but at a UK level too – is testament to how well they are doing. I would like to congratulate them on these awards.

“In these tough economic times, it is a real boost that we have been able to save
£4 million, which can then be reinvested elsewhere.”

The submissions for both awards outlined how the council has made savings well in excess of targets by introducing new ways of working over the past three years.

The corporate procurement unit’s innovative structure – with one centralised team dealing with all council spending – is considered rare within local government.


For more information, call Colin Orr, Renfrewshire Council Communications Unit, on 0141 618 7348.

For regular updates on local news and events follow @RenCouncilNews on Twitter or our page on Facebook at

rock a buy baby market

What is Rock-a-Buy?

Rock-a-Buy is a pre-loved children’s market where mums and dads can hire stalls to sell on those good quality baby & children’s items they no longer need or use to other local families.

What type of goods are available?

Everything imaginable!  You never know exactly what bargains you’ll pick up at a rock-a-buy market but you’ll find a massive selection of toys, prams, cots, travel cots, clothes, car seats, moses baskets, ride on toys and swings.  The age range we cover is from maternity right up to 9 years.

Why shop at Rock-a-Buy?

By coming along to a Rock-a-Buy market, you can buy the kids goods you want without having to pay retail prices for them.  You can touch, see and test everything before buying it so you have confidence that what you’re buying is in good working order and meets your expectations.

Are the markets indoors?

YES! All of our markets are held indoors

Is there anything for the kids to do?

Absolutely.   All of our markets offer a variety of free kid-friendly activities which can include meet a character, bouncy castle, sand play and activity sessions run by Toddler Sense or Jo Jingles to name but a few!  Rock-a-Buy believe in making their markets engaging for everyone as we believe that Happy Kids = Happy Parents!

When & Where is the next market?

Our next Paisley market is on Saturday 24th November at the newly refurbished Lagoon Leisure Centre.  Market hours are from 10.30 to 13.30.

What does it cost?

Entry is £1.00 for adults. Kids free.


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Accord Santa Dash

Paisley Events – ACCORD Santa Dash

ACCORD Hospice are hosting a Santa Dash in Barshaw Park on Saturday 9th December 2012 from 10am,

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