mirren business centre

Mirren Business Centres – Offices to Let – Paisley
Mirren Court, 119 Renfrew Road
Mirren Chambers, 41 Gauze Street

mirren business centre

We have a variety of different offices available suitable for small businesses for a couple of staff up to whole floors for a larger business requirements in our two main locations in Paisley.

Both our locations benefits from: private car parking, excellent access to public transport and M8 avoiding traffics, on site Management, wide range of amenities nearby.

We offer very competitive terms.

We would be delighted to provide you further information or arrange a viewing.

Please give us a call on 0141 843 4211 or contact us by email mail@dpgroup.org.uk.

MFG intu Braehead Soar Astronaut

YOUNGSTERS can spend the school spring holidays in outer space if they take off and land at intu Braehead.

MFG intu Braehead Soar Astronaut

The free activities for kids at the shopping centre and in Soar at intu Braehead are truly out of this world from now until April 22.

A Mission to Mars is the theme for would-be space travellers in the central atrium with dressing up, arts and crafts and ride-on rockets. And a 50-feet high artificial giant sun will be hanging above their heads to shine a light on everything going on below.

Over in Soar at intu Braehead youngsters are invited to come along to an Astronaut Academy and witness the amazing pop-up planetarium where they can learn about the galaxy and take part in arts and crafts.

MFG intu Braehead Soar Astronaut

Free shows at the planetarium run throughout the day at various times from 12.15pm until 4pm and kids can find out about different things on each day of the week.

On a Monday it’s astronomy; Tuesday, the solar system; Wednesday, exoplanets; Thursday, Mars; Friday, spacecraft; Saturday, human space exploration and on Sunday, it’s sci-fi in space.

Marketing manager for intu Braehead, David Lyon said: “We’re getting ready for take-off and the countdown is well and truly on for youngsters to come along and conquer the galaxies.

“Our activities are certainly fun and enjoyable, but there is also an educational element and the kids will certainly learn something.”

These events are organised in association with the intu Braehead Family Club and are open to everyone for children and their families to enjoy. You can sign up to join the intu Braehead Family Club at www.intu.co.uk/braehead and you’ll receive exclusive offers and discounts.

Meanwhile, here are some interstellar space jokes to keep everyone amused as they jet along to intu Braehead.

How does a man cut his hair on the moon?
Eclipse it.

How can astronauts get more protein in their diet?
They make it meteor.

If athletes can get ‘Athletes foot’, what can astronauts get?
Missile Toe.

How does NASA organise a birthday party?
They planet.

And finally….
I was up all night wondering where the sun had gone for so long, but then it finally dawned on me.

MFG intu Braehead Soar Astronaut

iconic yoga

Next event on the iconic calendar – Mother’s Day. Whether you’re a mother or whether you’re an other you’re sure to enjoy our Mother’s Day Special event.
90 minutes of meditation, breathing, relaxing yoga, chair yoga, tea and cake! and a 30 minute yoga nidra (yogic sleep) to round it all off.

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All proceeds to Marie Curie Cancer Care.
www.iconic.fitness/join
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mad hatters easter

Youngsters can get as mad as hatters at fun Easter event at Johnstone Town Hall.

That’s where a Mad Hatter’s Easter Fun Day is being held on Saturday, April 20 between 11am and 4pm.

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A variety of Easter events are planned with arts and crafts, and games like Find the Mad Hatter Treasure Hunt and Pin the Tail on the Cheshire Cat.

And there’s a special screening of the all-time Disney movie classic, Alice in Wonderland at 11.30am and 1.30pm.

Tickets cost only £5 per child with an adult going free and additional adult tickets at £5.

Chairperson of Renfrewshire Leisure Councillor Lisa-Marie Hughes said: “This is an eggs-ellent way for families to spend time together having fun during the Easter Weekend.

“There are lots of fun things for kids to do and they get the chance to see one of the all-time great Disney movies – Alice in Wonderland.”

Log on to www.renfrewshireleisure.com to get your tickets or on the day at Johnstone Town Hall.

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At St. Vincent’s Hospice’s Strictly Come Prancing dance event, the unlikely duo of Lynn Ferguson and 81-year-old Alex Glass shocked both the audience and the judges by beating 12 other couples to win the competition.

The 8th annual Strictly Come Prancing, based on the hit TV series, was the biggest in the organisations history with nearly 500 people in attendance, raising an astonishing £57,500 for the local charity.

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With 13 twinkle toed contestants taking to the floor, the audience were treated to quicksteps, cha-chas, jives, sambas and tangos as the couples looked to impress the judges following months of training and preparation, all to support St. Vincent’s.

Senior Fundraiser for the Hospice, Louise Strachan, said: “What a great night this was! So much hard work and effort was involved in the lead up and owe a great debt of thanks to all involved. From Barr + Wray ltd (our headline sponsors for the event) to our choreographers, judges, make-up artists, local businesses, supporters and of course our incredible dancers who have given us so much of their time and dedication to fundraise and rehearse.

“Their efforts were not in vain, as this was our biggest Strictly event to date, raising a whopping £57,500, which will go directly towards helping St. Vincent’s to care for people in Renfrewshire and beyond who are affected by a life-limiting illness.”

Argentine Tango Dancers, Lynn and Alex, put their best feet forward and triumphed in the dance off against joint runners up, Martin Innes and Toni Kane and Joe McCrystal and Morag Lewis.
Alex said: “It was a joy to win the trophy and help raise such an amazing amount of money for St. Vincent’s. I have had such a wonderful time taking part and would recommend this experience to anyone. You’re never too old – I’m 81!”

His partner on the evening, Lynn, added: “I had a fantastic time taking part in Strictly. I met great people, from fellow dancers, to Hospice staff and volunteers, it was just a great experience for a great cause and I can’t believe we won!”

The Hospice are already looking forward to Strictly Come Prancing 2020 and welcome all applications from potential dancers and sponsors. For more information, contact Info@svh.co.uk.

The Guitar Man

The debut production from surrogate productions, The Guitar Man, opens as part of

Platform’s Outskirts Festival on Saturday 27 April, before embarking on a tour around Scotland in May.

The Guitar Man

‘Everything has its time, a man and a piece of music…’  

 

A man makes his living singing the same songs day after day on the edge of town. He plays to an audience that is always on the move, always passing him by. People call him The Guitar Man.

 

On a winter’s night, he takes shelter and tells us his story: he came here because of a woman, and stayed here because of a son. Searching for answers to the past, present and future, he reaches a decision: to stop playing.  

 

In a world made up of winners and losers, The Guitar Man asks what is left when we

reject the role we are expected to play? Written in 1997, by Norwegian writer Jon Fosse, the play speaks anew to a post-industrial society in crisis, where rootlessness and

homelessness have become a common experience.

 

Weaving text, song and silence to create an intimate, physical and disquieting

theatrical experience, this tender study of a so-called ‘outsider’ traces the delicate balance between loneliness and longing, loss and salvation.

 

The Guitar Man will be played by female performer Renee Williams, and is directed by actor and director, and Artistic Director of surrogate productions, Nora Wardell. The

production features a composition of vocal and guitar fragments by artist, composer and performer, Hanna Tuulikki with sound design by Kevin Murray. The creative team also includes dramaturgy by Eszter Marsalkó, set and costume design by Sarah Beaton and lighting design by Emma Jones.

paisley from drone

Being able to run your own business is one of the best things you can do with your life. You get to be your own boss, choose your working hours, and be contributing to an industry that you have a real passion and drive for.

This being said, it is a not an easy road to success, and you need to put in a lot of thought before you start your business to ensure that you are making the right choices and spending your time and money wisely.

This guide is going to walk you through the three most important things that you should consider before quitting the day job and deciding to pursue your dream of running your own business. While the road may be long, if you take advice and make the right decisions along the way, there is nothing stopping you from having a viable business in the next few years that can support you and your family.

Finding your business’s niche

The first thing you need to do is look into how to find a gap in the market for your small business. You need to make sure that whatever product or service you are trying to sell offers something different from your competitors in order to avoid direct competition with someone who is already well established.

What could you do if you’re finding it hard to find a gap in the market?

If you are struggling to identify a gap in the market, take an existing product that you love and think about how it can be improved. What is the product missing that you could add?

Managing your information in an effective way

Running a company involves dealing with a massive influx of information that all needs to be stored securely and accessed easily. To do this, it is worth paying a visit to Krystal.uk, which offer a VPN Cloud Service that helps you to secure your company’s data. There are lots of different options that mean you can have control over how much you are spending, to begin with, and tailor the hosting service to the specific needs to your business.

There is nothing worse than when a company gets into hot water about not protecting their data, so making this a priority to investigate right for the start will always put you in a strong position.

How to learn to work from home

Last but not least, you will need to consider how to be productive working from home. When you don’t have an office to go to, it can be easy to slack off and become unmotivated.

One of the easiest ways to combat this is by making a specific work area for yourself. This might not sound like much but having some form of a home office where you always work will replicate the feeling of going into an office every day and give you more motivation. Also, always working from the same place means that you will begin to associate the office with working on your business and be able to get into a business mindset quickly.

gavin newlands post office

SNP MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, Gavin Newlands, reiterated his calls for the UK government and national banks to take action to support the sustainability of Community and Sub-Post Offices during a House of Commons debate last night.

During the debate, Newlands highlighted the rising importance of Post Offices to small towns and rural communities and renewed SNP calls for the UK government to act to protect their future.

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As bank branch numbers continue to fall, local Post Offices have become increasingly important to local communities – particularly to the elderly and those with additional support needs because of the face-to-face banking services that they provide. This is on top of the role they play in services regarding post, advice, pensions, benefit administration, and community spaces.

The debate took place as UK Finance, trade association for the UK banking and financial services sector, re-negotiates the current deal with Post Office Ltd, where financial remuneration for sub-postmasters from banks to carry out services falls short.

Ahead of the debate, Newlands visited Post Offices in Ferguslie, Renfrew, Bargarran, Kirklandneuk, Inchinnan, and Bridge of Weir. He raised many of their concerns during his lengthy speech.

Commenting after the debate, Gavin Newlands MP said:

“It is now imperative that the UK government steps in and acts to ensure that the Post Office, a publicly owned body, gets a fair deal from banks.

“The local Post Office plays a huge role in public life – it is both a symbol of the community and a lifeline on everything from pensions and benefits to vital day-to-day banking services.

“In many small and rural towns in Scotland, the local Post Office is the last place where a face-to-face service is available, making it essential for the elderly and those with additional support needs.

“Sub-postmasters have continually raised concerns that they are not receiving adequate financial remuneration for services they provide to major banks turning over huge profits, resulting in many post offices operating at a loss.

“Sub-postmasters are also often paid less than the minimum wage when you take into account the hours they work, so not surprisingly many are considering leaving our local high streets.”

“The public owns the Post Office Ltd and the UK Government steward it on our behalf, it is therefore their responsibility to ensure the Post Office has a sustainable future for all of our communities.”

h the SOOPIR bus team

An inspired employee is helping tackle social isolation and loneliness with a new community bus for older adults in Renfrewshire.

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Sally Logan, a Health and Wellbeing Coordinator for Renfrewshire Council, wanted to improve the provision of transport for older people who had difficulty in accessing public transport, and who sometimes felt unable to leave their home.

Sally put the wheels in motion for her vision by applying for the Lens intrapreneurship programme, which funds and supports innovative problem-solving projects brought forward by staff within an organisation, and she was successful with an award of £10,000 to develop her concept.

Sally said: “I’m so excited to have been supported by the Council and the Lens programme to create this bus.

We organise lots of outings and events for our older tenants but there were some who had difficulty getting on and off the transport that we could book.

“However, this new bus will create a huge opportunity for many people to be able to get out who otherwise could feel isolated or excluded.”

Part of the Strengthening Opportunities for Older People in Renfrewshire programme, the SOOPIR bus is now ready to be launched to provide transport for the council’s sheltered and amenity housing groups including Forever Young, Cotton Club, Quality Circle and Cairn Heights for trips and activities that, until now, not everyone could attend.

Provision of the bus may also be extended in future to allow other community groups to use this new form of accessible transport.

Councillor Marie McGurk, Convener of Renfrewshire’s Communities, Housing and Planning Policy Board said: “Sally has done a fantastic job in bringing her idea for a community bus to fruition and it will make a real difference to the lives of older adults in Renfrewshire.

“The bus will allow people to retain their independence, address the issue of loneliness and give them a new lease of life, and is a great example of what the Lens programme can do for council staff and the community.”

Renfrewshire was the first Scottish Council to run the Lens intrapreneurship programme in 2016, and 15 employees have been supported so far to make a difference to council services and the local community.

The SOOPIR bus has been funded through a grant from The Lens programme as well as match funding provided by Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT).

SPT vice-chair David Wilson said: “SPT is delighted to support this vital project to assist older and disabled people in Renfrewshire, as well as other community groups, to access activities and leisure facilities to improve their quality of life.

“Projects such as this are proving to be most beneficial as it increases opportunities for social interaction and physical activity, all of which help in reducing loneliness amongst some of the most vulnerable in our communities.”

For more information on the SOOPIR bus, contact: ct@renfrewshire.gov.uk.

CELEBRATED artist and playwright John Byrne came back to his roots for the opening of his annual drawing competition exhibition.

John, aged 79, was born in Paisley’s Ferguslie Park and went to school in the town’s St Mirin’s Academy.

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And on Wednesday (March 27) he returned to Ferguslie for the launch of the 2019 John Byrne Drawing Competition exhibition being held in The Tannahill Centre, in Blackstoun Road.

John – who found fame through his paintings, artwork for album record covers, along with creating and writing theatre and television shows – met two talented local school pupils who were runners-up in the competition.

The artwork of Marie McNicol, from Paisley Grammar School and Rachel Bryceland from Trinity High School, in Renfrew has been chosen to be shown in the free exhibition, which is open to the public until Monday, April 15.

The exhibition, organised by Education Scotland in partnership with Renfrewshire Leisure, showcases the highlights of the fifth annual John Byrne Drawing Competition, open to young people from Primary 4 to S3 from all over Scotland.

John joined pupils from St Fergus and Glencoats Primary Schools in a drawing workshop at The Tannahill Centre before the official launch of the exhibition.

Chairperson of Renfrewshire Leisure, Councillor Lisa-Marie Hughes said: “This annual drawing competition is a great way to encourage young people to fulfil their artistic potential.

“John Byrne is one of Paisley’s famous sons and his paintings and plays are enjoyed by many generations.

“And for all we know, we might find a new John Byrne in our midst among the young artists whose work is on show at the exhibition.

“I’m particularly pleased to congratulate the two pupils from Renfrewshire whose work has been chosen to feature in the exhibition.”

Alan Armstrong, Strategic Director for Education Scotland said: “Art and design are important parts of the Scottish curriculum.

“For years, this competition has encouraged many thousands of children to use their artistic talents to create inspiring and unique drawings.

“Education Scotland is proud to support the competition and its ethos of keeping the art of drawing alive.”

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A £21million construction contract has been approved to create the connections underpinning a major innovation district being developed in Renfrewshire.

Glasgow Airport Investment Area-anotated-map

The Glasgow Airport Investment Area project is jointly funded by the UK and Scottish Governments through the £1.13billion Glasgow City Region City Deal and will see new roads, bridges, cycleways and footpaths being built to connect into a site at the centre of the emerging Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District Scotland.

Abbotsinch Road will be upgraded and realigned, and a new bridge spanning the White Cart from Wright Street to an approach road off Arran Avenue, offering access for cyclists, pedestrians and Wright Street businesses. There’s also a new cycle and pedestrian bridge crossing the Black Cart and an off-road cycle link between Abbotsinch Road and the A8 Greenock Road.

This will all connect into a 52-hectare site next to Glasgow Airport, which is already confirmed as the location for the National Manufacturing Institute Scotland (NMIS) and the Medicines Manufacturing Innovation Centre (MMIC).

Construction work will ensure the site is ready to welcome its new tenants and provide the perfect investment opportunity, focusing on innovation, research and advanced manufacturing.

Work is set to start on the underpinning infrastructure and environmental enhancements this summer and be completed in 2020 after councillors approved awarding the design and construction contract to Wills Bros Civil Engineering Limited.

The Motherwell-based company is currently delivering several infrastructure projects in Scotland, including the Greenhills Road City Deal project in South Lanarkshire and has recently completed dualling the A9 from Kincraig to Dalraddy and the Inverness West Link, with a three-span bridge over the River Ness.

Final procurement procedures are now being completed on the contract award, which follows a detailed 19-month tendering process.

This considered each bidding businesses’ previous experience and technical capability before scoring tenders against factors such as carbon reduction, traffic management and fair working practices.

Almost 60 community benefits are included as part of the contract, including opportunities for apprenticeships, supply chain events for SMEs and support for community projects.

Councillor John Shaw, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Finance, Resources and Customer Services Policy Board, said: “The Glasgow Airport Investment Area project will deliver substantial benefits to the local economy, bringing thousands of new jobs and cementing Renfrewshire’s role at the heart of Scotland’s successful manufacturing future.

“It is vitally important that the construction contract provides value for money and is awarded to the right organisation with the skills and commitment to achieve its aims. I am pleased that through the diligent procurement process this contract includes a series of important community benefits, including local job opportunities and I look forward to seeing their impact over the coming years.”

The construction contract award is subject to approval of the Full Business Case by the Glasgow City Region Chief Executives Group.

The Glasgow Airport Investment Area project is one of three Glasgow Region City Deal infrastructure projects in Renfrewshire. More than 2300 jobs are expected through the Clyde Waterfront and Renfrew Riverside project, which includes the first opening road bridge across the River Clyde, while the Glasgow Airport Access Project is working to deliver a new transport link to Glasgow Airport, recognising its critical contribution to the regional economy.

The Glasgow City Region City Deal is an agreement between the UK Government, Scottish Government and eight local authorities across the Glasgow City Region to deliver improved infrastructure, create new jobs, tackle unemployment and drive innovation and growth.

NMIS will be an industry-led international centre of manufacturing expertise where research, industry and the public sector work together to transform skills, productivity and innovation to attract investment and make Scotland a global leader in advanced manufacturing.

Hosted by the University of Strathclyde, it is being delivered through a partnership with Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Renfrewshire Council, Scottish Funding Council and Skills Development Scotland.

Renfrewshire Council Sheltered housing tenants have taken starring roles in their own theatre production, thanks to funding from Renfrewshire Council.

Tenants from four complexes across Renfrewshire took to the stage to perform ‘UpLIFTing Renfrewshire Folk’, performing two sold out performances at the Starlight Youth Theatre to rave reviews.

Karen Herbison, Director of H-Arts has been involved in working with the tenants, using their life experience and stories to write and produce the show, with many tenants appearing in performing roles.

Assisted by her core team, Karen and the tenants developed a performance telling stories that touched audiences, showcasing new and original sketches and featuring monologues, poetry and song.

Sally Logan, Health and Wellbeing Co-ordinator for Renfrewshire Sheltered Housing Service, said:

“All the tenants worked really hard to produce an unmissable piece of theatre and had a great time in the process.

“It has provided our tenants with the opportunity to channel their inner creativity. It also shows how important it is to keep active and socialise to reduce the effects of loneliness and Isolation.”

The project was supported by Renfrewshire Council’s Culture, Heritage and Events Fund (CHEF). Launched in 2016 to support Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture in 2021, CHEF has supported over 100 projects across Renfrewshire with the aims of increasing participation in cultural activity and showing how creativity can boost education, social inclusion and quality of life.

Leader of Renfrewshire Council, Iain Nicolson said:

“The CHE fund has been key in involving local people in cultural and creative activity and I’m pleased to see our sheltered housing tenants benefit.

“Involvement in culture has a positive impact on health and wellbeing and it’s fantastic that the tenants have had this opportunity to take part in what was a new experience for many of them.”

Applications for the next round of the Culture, Heritage and Events Fund are now being accepted. More information about the fund is available online at www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/CHEF.