Local MP Mhairi Black visited a Paisley betting shop this week to find out how the industry is working to promote responsible gambling.


Mhairi Black with William Hill shop manager Gail McMillan.

Ms Black, MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire South, was visiting the William Hill shop on Broomlands Street in the town where she met shop staff and representatives from ABB Scotland, the industry trade association, to find out more about measures to promote responsible gambling in betting shops. These include a nationwide multi-operator self exclusion scheme, new alerts on gaming machines and world leading technology that allows trained shop staff to monitor the behaviour of account based players, and intervene when customers get into difficulty.

The MP also heard how the industry employs 180 people in Renfrewshire and contributes £4 million in taxes and business rates.

Mhairi Black MP said: “I would like to thank Gail, and the other staff that I met at William Hill for their warm welcome.

“The meeting proved to be very informative, and I was pleased to note the level of care the staff in store provided to their customers. Staff, such as Gail, clearly play a much larger role in enforcing responsible gambling than many might expect.

“While there is much work to be done to stop gambling becoming a problem rather that a hobby, services such as self-exclusion demonstrate that bookies are making an effort to eliminate problem gambling.”

Donald Morrison of ABB Scotland said: “We were delighted to welcome Mhairi Black to William Hill in Paisley where we discussed a series of initiatives the industry has introduced in recent years to promote responsible gambling. As a result of these measures, high street betting shops are now the safest place to bet responsibly. They also help support our local economy, contributing around £4 million in taxes and business rates and supporting around 180 jobs in the Renfrewshire area alone.”

Earlier this month, the Gambling Commission published figures from the Scottish Health Survey which showed that the number of problem gamblers in Scotland fell to 0.7% in 2015 and is now lower than in 2012.

Mr Morrison added: “We are very encouraged by these figures, but not complacent. For the vast majority of people, betting is an enjoyable leisure experience. However, we are determined to do more to support the small number of people who get into difficulty.”




A few weeks ago, Glasgow Grinders attended the Scottish car show 2016 where they spoke to customers and answered questions on their processes of reconditioning engines to the engineering processes of skimming camshaft alignment to block skimming.

They had such a great time answering questions and talking shop that they can not wait to the next event. If you are looking for Machine work or a reconditioned engine then contact their support staff on Tel: 0141 432 4353.

Young singer-songwriters are set for a fantastic showcase of local youth talent with Love & Money frontman James Grant.


Leading up to this year’s Spree Festival, James Grant – whose show sold-out at last year’s festival – and creative arts youth initiative Create Paisley are working with young people across Renfrewshire to produce a special concert.

The showcase is part of the Spree sessions that celebrate local talent as part of Paisley’s national festival – The Spree – which culminates in a special showcase in the Spiegeltent on Tuesday 18 October at 7.30pm.

So far eight songwriters have signed up – Rachelle and Brittany Davies, Andrew Quinn, Lisa Kowalski, David McAdam, Jordan Stewart, Emily Punton and Darren Dickson.

The Spree is part of an exciting calendar of events for Renfrewshire that supports Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021.

Alan Clark from Create Paisley said: “We’re so excited to be part of this year’s Spree Festival and to be able to work alongside James Grant to offer local young people the opportunity to write songs and collaborate together. A lot of the young people involved attend our fortnightly Create Cafe at Blend on Friday nights and this is a great opportunity for them to improve their songwriting, get to know other young songwriters and showcase their talent. Opportunities like this made a big difference to the young people we work with.”

Chair of the Paisley 2021 Partnership Board, Council Leader Mark Macmillan, said: “The Spree sessions are a great opportunity for young people to get involved in Paisley’s national festival and showcase the wealth of talented young people in Renfrewshire. Culture is in Paisley’s DNA and the town’s bid for UK City of Culture in 2021 is all about harnessing our creative talents to deliver social and economic benefits for all of Renfrewshire.”

The Spree sessions include Fèis Phàislig Ceilidh Trail and Rockus Community Choir – both hosting a series of open events for people in Renfrewshire. Each session culminates with a final performance as part of The Spree festival.

Jean Cameron, Paisley 2021 Bid Director, said: “Young people are great ambassadors for Paisley 2021 and it’s fantastic that there are so many opportunities in Paisley and Renfrewshire to develop the talents of young people.”

Tickets to the James Grant and Create Paisley Spree session cost £5 from boxoffice.renfrewshire.gov.uk or call 0300 300 1210.

Young people interested in being part of Create Paisley should call 07886 554 275 or email alan@createpaisley.org.uk.

Find out more about The Spree sessions at www.thespree.co.uk/events.

Elderslie Wallace Bowling club was the venue for a great night of fun and entertainment organised by Emily Kerr and her family in memory of her gran who was cared for in St Vincent’s Hospice.


Emily would like to thank everyone who came along on the night, donated generously toward the evening and helped make the night such a huge success. Despite the treacherous weather, around 70 people packed into the club for a night of fun and games. An incredible £1665.00 was raised in total.

Laura McDade, Events Fundraiser said “we are hugely grateful to Emily and her family for all their hard work in organising this event, they put so much effort into organising the night and making it so successful. All the money raised on the evening will be used to support our work both at the hospice and in the community.”

If you want to support St Vincent’s Hospice please call the Fundraising & Communications department on 01505 705635.

October Events as follows:

Sat 1st: DopeSickFly, Sapienne and Table for One | Free Entry | 8pm | 18+
Sun 2nd: Open Mic Night | Free Entry | 8pm | 18+
Thu 6th: Music Quiz Night | Free Entry | 8pm | 18+
Fri 7th: The Valientlies, The Trend & Bandvandal | Free Entry | 8pm | 18+
Sun 8th: Open Mic Night | Free Entry | 8pm | 18+
Thu 13th: Music Quiz Night | Free Entry | 8pm | 18+
Fri 14th: Peninsula & Hangserez | Free Entry | 8pm | 18+
Sat 15th: Delta Smoke | Free Entry | 8pm | 18+
Sun 16th: Open Mic Night | Free Entry | 8pm | 18+
Thu 20th: Music Quiz Night | Free Entry | 8pm | 18+
Fri 21st: All or Nothing with START and Parliament of Owls | Free Entry | 8pm | 18+
Sat 22nd: Skaledonia, The Begbies, Keava & Fudgie McFadden | Free Entry | 8pm | 18+
Sun 23rd: Open Mic Night | Free Entry | 8pm | 18+
Thu 27th: Music Quiz Night | Free Entry | 8pm | 18+
Fri 28th: Happy Voodoo Party – Reggae Weekender with Skayaman & Flew the Arrow | £5.00 | 8pm | 18+
Sat 29th: Happy Voodoo Party – Reggae Weekender with Leeanne and The Radix | Free Entry | 8pm | 18+
Sun 30th: Kyle Falconer (The View), Brownbear and Billy Mitchell | Tickets available from Skiddle.com | 7pm | 18+

November Events:

The Blockheads playing on Saturday 5th November



McKays Jewellers are going to sale this week with ½ price Kenneth Cole and citizen watches and on selected silver Jewellery.


They will also offer all of our subscribers a 20% discount on products and services, including clients who wish to join their Christmas club.

John McKay Jewellers are also up for another award this November, the vows awards, which would mean if they won it they would have won all 3 awards for Jeweller of the year 2015-2016.  An amazing accomplishment for everyone involved in this fantastic local business.

Gavin Newlands, MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, has visited the new offices for Renfrewshire Citizens Advice Bureau to find out how they help their service-users.


The Renfrewshire Citizens Advice Bureau has recently moved to a new premises at Glasgow Road, with these new offices having more interview rooms to allow them to help more clients seeking help.

During the visit, Mr Newlands was able to meet with staff and volunteers to find out more about the work that they do to help service users.

Gavin Newlands, MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, said:

“I was extremely impressed with the new premises that the Renfrewshire Citizens Advice Bureau have on Glasgow Road, Paisley. The new space that’s available at these new premises, including additional interview rooms, will be of great benefit to people using their services.

“I enjoyed meeting the Citizens Advice Bureau staff and volunteers and it’s easy to see how much pride they take in the work they do to help local people to deal with a wide variety of issues. The Renfrewshire Citizens Advice Bureau perform a fantastic service and can offer advice on a wide range of matters, such as benefits, legal matters and consumer issues. Anyone looking for advice and assistance should get in touch with our local Citizens Advice Bureau.”

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Running your own business can be exciting. It sure beats working for an employer and it gives you the opportunity to use your many talents to your advantage. The risk is greater than working for an employer, but being able to make money in more than one way can ensure a better survival rate for your enterprise, and enable you to invest in your own future, too.

Why you should study finance and investing

Of the many businesses that will fail this year, most of them will do so because of poor money management. While every entrepreneur is dreaming of and planning for success, many do not really know as much about good money management and investing as they should. Without it, long-term business survival is less likely.

There really are many things you need to know about finances because money is what will power and enable your business to go forward, so you need to take some time to learn how to use it best to your advantage. Mismanagement of finances, along with poor record-keeping, can easily lead to problems that will make it hard to keep your business afloat.

Investing wisely leads to greater stability

If your new business cash flow is such that it is a struggle to pay the bills that indicates you are already in trouble. By investing your money wisely, or a percentage of it, you can create a reserve supply of cash that is steadily growing. It will also relieve the pressure you will face if you have no reserve and unexpected bills come in. Remember, too, that if you are starting a business that it may be a few months before your new business will realize any profit. Investing money in the right places will enable your reserve to grow. It can also help you to get or stay out of debt.

Diversify investment money for safety

You will have heard it said many times that you should never put all your eggs in one basket. The same thing applies to your investment cash. By placing your investment into different investment tools, such as stocks, bonds, mutual funds, etc., you provide protection for at least part of your investment, in case of economic problems.

Diversification also enables your portfolio to continue to grow. There will be occasions when certain industries or stocks may come to a standstill, or even collapse. By investing your money in different financial instruments you are more likely to have some in sectors that will continue to prosper.

How to learn more about investing

There are several ways to learn about finance and investing:

  • Read books about it – there are plenty of very good books available about finance and investment.
  • Take a college course – colleges offer many courses on the topic. This is an excellent way to learn and the teacher can help with specific queries you might have.
  • Hire a mentor – bringing an expert in to teach you how to make the best use of your money has helped many businesses to continue trading despite financial problems.
  • Take a course on trading in currencies known as Forex – excellent courses are available to teach you how to trade Forex. It is the world’s biggest financial market and serious money can be made by experienced traders and quickly lost by the inexperienced. That is why you must learn how to go about trading before plunging in. The market is always open during the working week and trading is possible day or night.

Every business needs to take steps to invest some money and to do so using sound financial principles. You can protect your business financially by wise investing and also your own pocket.




Core 2 Computing currently have, back to Uni/College, refurbished desktop PC deals running in store at the moment.


These include system units from as low as £150 all preloaded with Windows 7 ( some have 10 if preferred ). All refurbished desktops come with 12 month Hardware warranty for added peace of mind. Also, there are laptop deals starting from as low as £170 ( while stocks last).

Glentanar Court provides well appointed retirement housing for those over 50.  Situated in a well established residential area, convenient for the town centre, surgeries, local shops and supermarkets.



Tenants enjoy use of  a communal lounge with a Social Group providing a range of activities many of which are open to family and friends.

Applications are welcomed for our ‘1 person flats’ and ‘2 person flats’ both offering recently fitted walk in showers within  refurbished bathrooms quality fitted kitchens.

Prospective tenants can call 0800 990 3405 and arrange a visit to Glentanar Court and have a chat over a cup of coffee about what we offer

Paisley Development Trust’s Annual Bake Off is this Sunday, 1pm,  Hamishes Hoose.  There will be a raffle with great prizes and fun stuff for the kids. It’s always a great day oot so come along and bring your goodies. Free entry to all but £2 to enter your cake in the competition. Prosecco on special offer at £2.95 per glass.
Our “Spree for all” events start on the 15th October with Live music from Heavy Load then there is the Comedy Gong Show on Sunday the 16th and Monday the 17th with the final on the Wednesday the 19th. Win cash prizes and develop your comedic talent or get Gonged Off!
Also during the Spree for all we have a right Mods night on Friday the 21st with the Turkey Nuts and The Sell Out a double bill of fabulous music and on the 29th We have live music from Epic a well respected Glasgow band who will really get you up and dancing.