Fashion firm is dressed for success thanks to loan

A Paisley fashion business is the first local company to receive a microloan through Renfrewshire Council’s Invest in Renfrewshire programme.

Sleek Fashions, based in the Piazza shopping centre, is using the £5,000 loan to promote the business and to develop a website to complement the shop.

The firm is also taking on two new members of staff thanks to additional support from Invest in Renfrewshire, the council’s £2.5m programme to support employment and business locally.

The company has used wage subsidy funding to take on two assistant managers, Deborah O’Donnell and Emma Christie, both of whom are from Paisley and were previously unemployed.

Councillor Roy Glen, convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Economy and Jobs Policy Board, said: “We’re delighted to be able to help local businesses like Sleek Fashions to grow and create jobs through the Invest in Renfrewshire programme.

“Since its launch last year, more than 200 businesses have signed up. We are providing a wide range of services to help them grow and as a result, they are creating employment opportunities for unemployed young people across Renfrewshire.”

Samina Baig, director of Sleek Fashions, said “The business is going really well so I’m using the loan to take it to the next level by developing the website to increase online sales.

“It’s great that Invest in Renfrewshire is available to help businesses like mine and I’m looking forward to expanding the company and taking on more young people like Deborah and Emma.”

For more information on microloans, wage subsidies and other support available from Invest in Renfrewshire go to or call 0300 3000 144.