Happy New Year Paisley.

From everyone at ‘Paisley on the web’ we would like to wish all our members, partners, advertisers, visitors and of course supporters a very Happy New Year when it comes to your part of the world, we understand that our visitors come from all around the world so somewhere there will be a Paisley Buddie celebrating 2014.

All the best..

The Paisley.org.uk team…

All wrapped up – British Heart Foundation receives donations from Paisley 10k.

British Heart Foundation (BHF) Scotland has been presented with the proceeds from this year’s Paisley 10k.

Carole Nicol, Fundraising Volunteer Manager from BHF Scotland was on hand to receive a cheque from race organiser Renfrewshire Council and MEPC Hillington Park, official sponsor of the event.

(Please note this is for the 2013 event which has now passed, we will update the website soon with 2014’s entry)

Competitors who registered online donated a further £1,500 on top of their entry fees to join BHF Scotland in their fight for every heartbeat by supporting its Mending Broken Hearts Appeal.

Carole Nicol, from BHF Scotland said: “On behalf of the charity I’d like to thank the competitors, the organisers, the spectators and the sponsors; everyone who helped to make this year’s event the most successful yet.

“Competitors literally gave pound for pound – 1,500 runners donating £1,500. And not only that, they also got their hearts pounding too, which is just as important to us in our fight against coronary heart disease”.

Every year 160,000 people die in the UK as a result of heart and circulatory disease.

Councillor Jim Harte, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Sport, Leisure and Culture Policy Board said: “We want our residents to have healthy hearts and healthy lifestyles. The 10k provides people with incentive to get race fit, whether that’s as a fun runner or as a more serious competitor.

“It’s great to see the event growing in popularity, which means not only are we helping to raise more money for a worthy cause, more people are getting the message and getting active”.

MEPC Hillington Park has sponsored the race for the past two years. Marketing & Customer Manager, Alison Clark said: “Paisley is one of three BHF ‘Heart Towns’ in Scotland. We’re proud to sponsor the event because it allows us to support the ambitions of two great organisations that are committed to improving the wellbeing of Renfrewshire’s residents – many of whom are Hillington Park employees and who also enjoy taking part in this event each year”.

Paisley’s 10k is noted for being flat and fast, with a course that takes competitors through the historic town centre, along Paisley canal and Kilmacolm cycle track. The date of the 2014 event has been confirmed as Sunday 31 August 2014.

Other sponsors of the event include:

* Foster Plus
* Engage Renfrewshire
* Body Beautiful
* Semi Chem
* Good2Run
* Marks & Spencers
* Paisley Fairtrade Partnership
* Renfrewshire Community Health Partnership
* Findel & Renfrewshire Leisure

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Cash for Kids at Christmas.

Clyde 1 and Clyde 2 annual Cash 4 Kids appeal has had another successful year, which means yet again they are helping thousands of families with a small cash award to help make Christmas that little bit easier and offering grants to many.

Today Cash for Kids was in Paisley, and we were lucky enough to speak to one of the recipient families…

The young mum who wished to remain anonymous said “The money they give may not seem like a lot to some, but when you have children and you are struggling to make ends meet especially at this time of year, it makes a difference. I had to give up my job to care for my partner who has many health problems, I also have 4 young children at home including a disabled child, I cannot thank Cash for Kids enough and of course the people who donate and raise money for the charity..

As part of the Bauer Radio network of charities across the UK, Clyde 1 & 2’s Cash for Kids was established over thirty years ago to provide much needed support to Glasgow and the west of Scotland’s most disadvantaged children in local communities.

With the support of our listeners and corporate partners we aim to help children suffering from the effects of abject poverty, ill-health and disability by providing the support they so rightly deserve.

You can find out more about Cash for Kids by visiting their website https://www.clydecashforkids.com

Cash for Kids at Christmas


Glasgow Airport has been awarded the British Safety Council’s coveted Sword of Honour which recognises the ‘best of the best’ in health and safety management.

The airport was one of 68 organisations from around the world which received the accolade at a recent ceremony in London.

It is the first airport in the UK, and the joint first in the world alongside Hyderabad in India, to be given the sword.

Glasgow Airport became eligible to compete for the sword after achieving the maximum rating in the British Safety Council’s Five Star Occupational Health and Safety Audit earlier this year. It then had to prove to an independent panel that it has embedded a culture of best practice for health and safety throughout the organisation.

Gillies Crichton, head of assurance at Glasgow Airport, said: “It is a great achievement to be the first airport in the UK, and the joint first in the world, to receive the Sword of Honour.

“The wellbeing of our staff and customers is always our top priority and we take a very proactive approach to health and safety. We are absolutely thrilled our efforts have been recognised by the British Safety Council in the form of this prestigious award.”

Lynda Armstrong OBE, chair of the Trustees of the British Safety Council, said: “Our warmest congratulations to Glasgow Airport. What the Sword of Honour being bestowed enables us to do is recognise and celebrate the excellence of the winning organisations and their employees in managing health and safety risks.

“The winning organisations are united in their shared belief that proportionate and competent risk management brings both financial and social benefits to their organisations. Managing health, safety and environmental risks effectively does not need to be onerous; quite the opposite.”

The Prime Minister David Cameron added his congratulations. In a message to the winners, he said: “I am delighted to send my congratulations to all of those organisations being presented with an award by the British Safety Council.

“These awards recognise the crucial success that these organisations and their employees have achieved in their pursuit of excellence in the management of health, safety and environmental matters at an international level during a time of global challenge.”

Courtesy of Glasgow Airport.

The Eastcoast Boys are coming to Paisley Town Hall!

Enjoy a fabulous, feel-good, pre-Christmas show at Paisley Town Hall this Saturday hosted by four fantastic singers and a wonderful live band.

Recreating the iconic sound of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, The Eastcoast Boys will take to the stage to perform over two hours of the band’s best-loved and most famous records in a sparkling live show.


Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons’ success started in 1962 with the classic number one ‘Sherry’, followed by the likes of ‘Grease is the Word’, ‘Bye Bye Baby’, ‘Working My Way Back to You’ and of course the show’s namesake ‘Big Girls Don’t Cry’.

Get ready to sing-a-long and have fun at this fabulous festive performance where dancing in the aisles will be encouraged!

Last few tickets remain for Big Girls Don’t Cry, taking place at Paisley Town Hall on Saturday 21 December, 7.30pm. Tickets cost £14 (£12 conc) and can be booked at the Box Office at Paisley Arts Centre, by calling 0300 300 1210 or visiting www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/onlinebooking

For further information on Renfrewshire Arts & Museums’ events log on to www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/events or follow us on Facebook www.facebook.com/renfrewshirearts or Twitter @RenArtsMuseums.

500 not out for council’s Invest in Renfrewshire scheme.

A family-run Renfrewshire engineering firm has just become the 500th local business to sign up for a council scheme aimed at boosting the local economy.

Reekie Machining of Inchinnan has been in existence for almost 70 years, but is now the newest sign-up for the £8m Invest in Renfrewshire programme.

Invest in Renfrewshire offers various packages of financial support to local firms with the twin aims of boosting business and tackling unemployment.

Reekie Machining – currently sub-contracted to work on the project to build a new Forth Road crossing – has received a business development grant through Invest.

This will go towards the cost of purchasing new high-tech measuring machinery which will help the firm increase the range of services offered to clients.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan met operations director David Reekie – whose grandfather started the firm back in 1947 – to congratulate him on becoming the 500th sign-up, and see for himself where the money will go.

He said: “When Invest started back in summer 2012, we set the target of signing up 1,000 businesses over what we initially expected to be a four-year programme.

“To have made 500 – and counting – within 18 months of the launch shows we are actually ahead of schedule.

“But the hard work doesn’t stop here – there are many more businesses out there who could benefit from the support we have to offer and who we can work with to help create employment opportunities for local residents.

“The council has made a sizeable financial commitment to Invest in Renfrewshire because we have a role to play in making Renfrewshire a better place to do business and see the local economy as one of our biggest priorities.

“We want the 500 companies who have signed up to Invest in Renfrewshire to help us spread the word to others and help the programme’s success continue.”

David Reekie, operations director of Reekie Machining, added: “The firm used to make and sell portable machine tools but these days we provide in situ machining services to clients, mainly in the oil and power industries.

“Our business development grant will help pay for a co-ordinate measuring machine, which will allow us to make more accurate measurements of machine parts.

Invest in Renfrewshire is a really good scheme – it helped us make the decision to invest in this machinery, as we may not have gone for it without the funding.”

Other financial support available through the scheme includes an employer recruitment incentive, which helps firms meet the wage costs of hiring an unemployed young person, as well as business loans and grants.

To date, Invest in Renfrewshire has supported the creation of more than 350 new local jobs.

To find out more about Invest in Renfrewshire, call 0300 300 1180, email invest@renfrewshire.gov.uk or visit www.investinrenfewshire.com

Cash boost helps Shopmobility service to run.

Shoppers with limited mobility will be able to get out and about to pick up their Christmas presents thanks to a five-figure cash boost from Renfrewshire Council.

The £12,000 council donation will help fund the Shopmobility Paisley and District service, which operates in the town centre.

Shopmobility provide a range of wheelchairs and scooters, free of charge, to people with mobility issues who would otherwise struggle to get around the shops.

The charity – which is based in the Paisley Centre multi-storey car park in Storie Street – also provides volunteer escorts.

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Councillor Iain McMillan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Social Work, Health and Well-being Policy Board, was on hand to present the cheque to charity staff and service users.

He said: “For many people, even a quick trip to the shops can be a real challenge, and often they will have to rely on friends and family for transport and support.

“Services like this allow people with mobility issues to live with a greater degree of independence and to do so with confidence.

“The team behind Shopmobility do a great a job in their running of this excellent service and we are delighted to be able to help them do that.”

Shopmobility Paisley and District chairman Tommy Porter added: “We are a charity which helps people with mobility difficulties live with a bit more independence.

“This money will be used to meet our running costs and to pay for the maintenance of the scooters. We would like to thank the council as without it we couldn’t function.”

The service runs from 10am to 4pm on a Monday to Friday and 10am to 3pm on a Saturday.

For more information about the Shopmobility service, call 0141 889 0441 or email info@shopmobilitypaisley.org.


French airline Europe Airpost has announced a series of scheduled flights linking Glasgow Airport with Halifax, Canada in summer 2014.

It will be the first time Halifax, which is the capital of the Canadian province of Nova Scotia, has been served as a destination from Glasgow Airport since 2009. Europe Airport will operate a weekly service during July and August.

Europe Airpost Dec 13

The busy Atlantic seaport of Halifax looks out over one of the world’s largest natural harbours. It is the largest city in Atlantic Canada and is described as the economic and cultural hub of Eastern Canada.

Europe Airpost will deploy a two class Boeing 737-700 aircraft with 128 seats – 24 in premium economy and 104 in economy – on the route.

Francois Bourienne, Glasgow Airport’s commercial director, added: “Canada and Scotland share rich historic and cultural links and as a result, demand for any route between the two countries is always extremely high. We are delighted Europe Airpost has restored Halifax to our route network and it will provide new capacity during one of our busiest periods of the year.”

Jean-François Dominiak, chief executive of Europe Airport, said: “The launch of this new route meets Europe Airpost’s strategy of diversification with the operation of series of scheduled flights. The Boeing 737-700 aircraft of the company perfectly suits the needs of a summer transatlantic connection between Glasgow and Halifax.”

Flights will go on sale in early January through www.europeairpost.com with prices starting from £499 return trip, including taxes and baggage.

Glasgow Airport

With some 30 airlines serving more than 100 destinations worldwide, including Canada, the US, the Caribbean, Europe, North Africa and the Gulf, Glasgow Airport is Scotland’s principal long-haul airport.

In addition to being Scotland’s largest charter hub, Glasgow Airport serves more Scottish destinations than any other airport and is a key component of Scotland’s transport infrastructure.

The airport supports over 7,300 jobs across Scotland and makes the largest contribution of any airport to Scotland’s economy, generating hundreds of millions of pounds.

Courtesy of Glasgow Airport.

THE world famous Paisley Pattern keeps the town’s name at the forefront of fashion.

Now two businessmen who recently opened a retail unit in The Piazza shopping centre have joined the campaign to promote the town by adopting the slogan – ‘Paisley is…always in style’.

Buddies Gary Kerr and Tommy McGrory have set up a new company, Paisley From Paisley, selling only fashion items featuring the famous Paisley Pattern.
The ‘Paisley is…’ marketing initiative uses the letters ‘i’ and ‘s’ in the word Paisley to tee-up different positive messages about the town.

Gary Kerr, who runs the engineering asset management company EPM Solutions said: “The idea to sell only products that feature the Paisley Pattern stemmed from a conversation I had with the late Ellen Farmer, of the Old Paisley Society, a few years ago. “She had said there was no one place you could go to get Paisley Pattern products.
“The idea came up again recently when I was talking to Tommy about the town and he had similar thoughts. So, we decided to launch the retail unit selling only Paisley Pattern products.“

At the moment we’ve sourced ties, ladies and gents scarves, shawls and pashminas from some of the biggest names in traditional clothing accessories like Tootal and Michelsons.
“We’re planning to source more items that feature the Paisley Pattern like jewellery, shirts, bags and wallets. And we’re planning to also sell our products online – taking Paisley to the rest of the world!”

Gary added: “We’ve started the retailing side, but we also want to see Paisley Pattern products being manufactured in the town that we can sell. Hopefully our venture could even maybe spark a cottage industry in the area with people making products we can take to the public.”

Tommy, who runs the Loud ‘n’ Proud Music School added: “Despite what people may say, Paisley does have a lot going for it. “We have a great heritage that we can exploit to start new businesses – just like Gary and I have done.“We’re just one of several new businesses to start up in the town recently and there’s no doubt there a new-found optimism that we can successfully revitalise the town in many different ways.

“We’re happy to support the Paisley is… campaign because a great way to get a positive message out about the town.”

Local businesses, organisations and community groups are being given the chance to get involved in promoting Paisley by using the ‘Paisley is…’ logo with the strapline that’s most relevant to what they are doing on their letterheads and publicity material.

Paisley Vision Board, who is running the marketing campaign, will provide the artwork free of charge to anyone willing to use it. Chairman of the Paisley Vision Board, Renfrewshire Council leader Mark Macmillan said: “Gary and Tommy should be congratulated in seeing a gap in the ‘Paisley’ market and utilising our town’s great heritage to launch a new business venture in the town centre. “It shows that with the right idea to attract customers, you can set up a successful business in Paisley town centre.”

For ‘Paisley is…’ branding artwork, contact Amanda Moulson, of Renfrewshire Council by emailing her at amanda.moulson@renfrewshire.gov.uk .

New coffee shop Saporito aiming to brew up success.

A freshly-opened Paisley coffee shop is hoping to achieve the perfect blend – after setting up with financial help from Renfrewshire Council.

Saporito has just opened its doors in Gauze Street, offering a mix of coffee and high-end food, including a creperie and patisserie, and even Paisley-pattern-decorated cakes!

The owners were given a helping hand to fit out their premises through a business development grant from the council’s Invest in Renfrewshire programme.

Invest in Renfrewshire is a flagship £8m scheme with the twin aims of boosting the local economy and tackling unemployment.

Saporito – which will open until 9.30pm – was set up by local businessmen Craig Bickett and Gary McCaw, who already run two other takeaways in the town centre.

The pair say they spotted an opportunity to feed into the council’s ongoing regeneration of the town centre.

Craig – recently named young entrepreneur of the year at Renfrewshire Chamber’s ROCCO business awards – said: “We wanted to bring Paisley something that wasn’t already available, both in terms of products and the opportunity for evening trade.

“The council has overseen a huge investment in the Abbey Quarter area of the town with the new flats in Cotton Street and more to come on the former Arnotts site – and we are keen to link in with that.

“Invest in Renfrewshire helped us do that and my message to other firms is that they should find out what is on offer from the council and work with them to help grow their business and the town.”

Councillor Roy Glen, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Economy and Jobs Policy Board, said: “The council sees boosting the local economy and the regeneration of our town centres as a top priority.

“We are making a substantial investment in encouraging people to live in the town centre – and the key benefit from that is the opportunity created for new and existing traders to serve those new residents.

“Invest in Renfrewshire offers a range of packages designed to help businesses get off the ground or grow – including business development grants, loans, and help to meet the wage costs of an unemployed young person.

“I would encourage any firms who haven’t yet signed up to get in touch with one of advisors to find out what we can do to help.”

Since it launched in summer 2012, Invest in Renfrewshire has signed up more than 500 local companies and helped create more than 350 new jobs in the area.

Westpoint Homes have recently started work on phase three of their popular Cloisters development in Cotton Street/Gauze Street.

Meanwhile, the council and Link Housing are taking forward development on the former Arnotts site, with construction of 31 new flats set to begin in the new year.

For more information about the scheme, call 0300 300 1180, email invest@renfrewshire.gov.uk or visit www.investinrenfrewshire.com

Festive safety campaign is launched in Paisley.

Christmas and New Year revellers will be well looked after this December thanks to a festive safety campaign spearheaded by Renfrewshire Council.

Some of the council’s wardens will be doubling up as taxi marshals in Paisley’s County Square over the next few weekends to make sure party-goers get home safely.

There will also be a Safe Bus which will sit in New Street in the centre of town, staffed by wardens, paramedics from the Red Cross, and police officers.

The bus will be equipped to offer refuge to revellers and will allow staff to offer support to the public if required. Wardens and police will still be carrying out their usual street patrols.

The Safe Bus and taxi marshals will be out on the weekends of 13/14 and 20/21 December, while there will also be taxi marshals on the 27th, 28th and 31st.

Councillor Margaret Devine, deputy convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Housing and Community Safety Policy Board, met some of the staff who will be on duty.

She said: “We want people to have a great time during the festive period but to make sure they take care of themselves and others too.

“December is always the busiest month of the year for party nights – and while that is good news for local pubs and restaurants, it does put added pressure on the authorities to make sure everybody stays safe.

“The extra services we are putting in place in the form of taxi marshals and the Safe Bus are designed to do exactly that.

“While we are sure the vast majority of people will have a good time and be in good spirits while out and about, our staff will be on hand should they be needed to help.”

Courtesy of Renfrewshire Council.