High St Renovations

A formerly-empty building on Paisley High Street has been brought back to life as a new home for businesses and residents – in what is believed to be the first new residential development on the street in decades.

The four-storey building at 30 High Street has been comprehensively refurbished by its owners – local family-owned building firm Calside Contracts – who fitted out two retail units and six flats on the upper floors.

High St Renovations

The ground floor was soon filled by two distinctively Paisley businesses – White Cart Company and Renfrewshire Witch-Hunt Experience – and all the flats above were quickly rented out to residents attracted by the idea of living in the heart of the town centre.

Calside Contracts bought the building at auction in 2016 and soon refurbished it to a high standard. And their work was hailed by Renfrewshire Council’s leader as an example of how other town centre building owners can benefit themselves and the town by investing in their properties.

Cllr Iain Nicolson said: “The team at Calside Contracts have done a fantastic job renovating the inside and outside of this building – it would be fantastic to see other owners follow their example.

“The council is often asked what we can do to bring new business to Paisley High Street but one big challenge is the buildings are privately owned.

High St Renovations

“Old buildings are harder to maintain and in some cases when tenants have left, units were allowed to deteriorate to the point major investment was needed, which made them unattractive for new business to move in.

“Calside on the other hand did invest – and the speed at which they were then able to let out the whole building shows big demand is there from businesses and residents for high-quality commercial and residential accommodation in the town centre.

“Paisley town centre is changing for the better with the council overseeing a once-in-a-generation £100m investment in venues and outdoor spaces, including transformations of Paisley Museum and town hall, and a new learning and cultural hub at 22 High Street.

“That will preserve our heritage buildings and support the ongoing work to make the town a key destination for visitors and events – driving new footfall and life into the town centre.

“And in turn we hope that creates attractive conditions for the private sector to invest – we would call on other town centre property owners to look at what can be achieved here if they do so.”

High St Renovations

The improvements to the ground-floor shopfronts were part-funded through the council’s five-year £4.5m TH.CARS2 scheme, which provides grants to restore buildings and improve shopfronts in the town centre, and a programme of community activity promoting the town’s culture and heritage.

Mary Grogan of Calside Contracts said: “We are a building firm run by myself and my two sons Craig and Christopher Stewart. We are from Paisley and wanted to put something back into the town. The flats were really easy to let – they were all snapped up straight away.

“We appreciate the help we got from the TH.CARS2 team to help finish the shopfront section of the building – and we suggest owners of other buildings in the town centre should get in touch to see what help might be available.”

Renfrewshire Witch-Hunt Experience are a local group helping promote the area’s unique history, inspired by the tale of the Paisley Witch trials – the last mass hanging for witchcraft in Western Europe.

High St Renovations

White Cart Company is an award-winning independent retailer selling niche gifts and artwork – many produced by Renfrewshire artists – and are now operating from two locations in the town, with another shop in Glasgow Road.

Both are delighted with their new homes – and White Cart owner Joe Bisland believes the relocated businesses and residents will bring great benefit to the town as a whole.

He said: “The High Street location has been great for us – we get a lot of footfall here. We are really pleased with the quality of the unit – when you look inside the shops and the flats you can see Mary and her team did everything to a very high standard.

“Paisley town centre is a very good place to live and a good commuter location for Glasgow and elsewhere – putting flats into Paisley High Street is a very positive thing to do and hopefully more building owners will do the same.

“Those new residents will spend their money in the shops, cafes and pubs on their doorstep and that will be great for businesses like us and the town as a whole.”

The TH.CARS2 scheme is funded by National Lottery Heritage Fund and Historic Environment Scotland, and council support is available for other owners within the project area. More information can be found at www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/thcars2

The council also operates a retail improvement scheme offering grants to improve the frontage of businesses in retail areas throughout all parts of Renfrewshire – more info available at www.investinrenfrewshire.com

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summer camp

YOUNG people can enjoy a summer of fun and games thanks to a variety of activities in this year’s Summer Camps run by Renfrewshire Leisure.

There are sports of all kinds, outdoor activities, themed days along with arts and crafts during the school holidays at Paisley’s Lagoon Leisure Centre; ON-X, in Linwood; Renfrew Sports Centre; Johnstone Community Sports Hub; Park Mains, in Erskine; St Andrew’s Academy, in Paisley and Castle Semple, at Lochwinnoch.

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Following on from the popularity of previous Summer, Spring and October camps for children in Primary 1 to Primary 7, these school holiday camps are run by highly trained and enthusiastic staff who have experience working with young people.

The Activity Camps run between 10am and 3pm during weekdays between July 1 to August 9.  There are also two options for an extended stay for children – The Early Risers Club and the Afternoon Kids Zone. These added blocks of fun offer Wii games, arts and crafts, giant floor games and dance mats in a more chilled out environment

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There are also P7 – S6 Outdoor activity camps with mountain biking, rock climbing, kayaking for youngsters from Primary 7 to S6 and football camps in association with the Scottish Football Association for children aged between five and 13.

Other activity camps including Athletics, Gymnastics and Dance for Primary school kids

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There is a disability sports programme for children in Primary 1 to S6 at St Andrews Academy and disability outdoor programme at Castle Semple for Primary 4 to S6.

Chairperson of Renfrewshire Leisure, Councillor Lisa-Marie Hughes said: “We’ve got something for everyone this summer and if you want your children to stay active and have fun during the school holidays, then one of our activity camps is the place to be.”

Log on to www.renfrewshireleisure.com for more information and to book your child on one of the activity camps.

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PUPILS from Renfrew High School spent two days experiencing life at a busy shopping centre after being asked to come up innovative ways to recycle more waste.

The third year pupils were invited to spend the time at intu Braehead as part of their school’s close links with the shopping centre to complete a business challenge to develop new ways to encourage shoppers and retailers to recycle their rubbish.


The idea was to engage with the pupils to not only make them think about recycling, but how a business can play its part in helping save the environment.

Two groups of pupils devised very different ideas to encourage recycling.

The winning group came up with the concept of colour coded recycling bins with shoppers being rewarded with points on a card every time they recycled a piece of rubbish. The points can then be traded in for an intu Braehead gift card.

A leaflet encouraging people to recycle designed by the winning group will be used in the shopping mall as it is being professionally printed for shoppers to pick up and read.

The second group came up with the idea of a hi-tech recycling bin with a camera that recognised what type of waste product the customer was holding and then automatically opened the lid of the specific bin for cardboard, plastic or glass.

Billy Burke, Head Teacher, Renfrew High said: “I am very grateful to the team at intu Braehead for hosting another Renfrew High Business Project.


“The teams of young people worked really well together, displaying the skills for work required to be successful in employment. They rose to the challenge set and displayed creativity, problem solving and excellent communication skills.

“This was an invaluable experience for them in their learning journey and will stand them in good stead for the future.”

Caroline McColl, Employability Co-ordinator, at Renfrew High added: “This was yet another fabulous experience with intu Braehead and our S3 Business Partnership Project.

“If only the employability skills learned by our young people over the two days could bottled.

“We’d like to thank the team at intu Braehead for an extremely relevant environmental waste management project brief.

“I’m so proud of our young people who cam up with such innovative and passionate presentations.”

Community development manager at intu Braehead, Lydia Brown said: “The pupils from both groups taking part showed great inventiveness and practical awareness of the need to recycle more.

“The leaflet that the winning group designed will certainly be put to good use and I’m sure the pupils will be excited to see their idea become a reality.”


We are promising a day out of this world in Paisley town centre this summer with our Bricks in Space Summer Trail!

Following on from the success of Jurassic Bricks last summer, we will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the moon landing with a space-themed LEGO® Brick Space adventure!


Running from Saturday 29th June until Tuesday 13th August, there will be seventeen fantastic LEGO® Brick models spread throughout town centre businesses as well as an interactive play zone and a selfie zone.

The town centre will be divided up into different galaxies with special hidden items which will orbit different businesses within each galaxy on a weekly basis.

Armed with their space passports, the mission will be to travel through the four galaxies to find all the Space models, plus there will be stickers, activity sheets and goodies to collect as families make their way around the town.

Alongside our large LEGO® brick models, there will be other Space items included as part of the trail and our local schools have been joining in the fun…making space items made out of recycled items!

The schools’ models will also be on display throughout the town during Bricks in Space!


Paisley First Chair, Colette Cardosi, said:” This will be a great event to showcase everything that Paisley has to offer this summer.

“We are sure families will come from far and wide to enjoy this great, free day out during the school holidays.

“And after enjoying our out of this world entertainment, visitors can take advantage of our many shops, cafes, restaurants and bars.

“There is so much to see and do in the town already and this will help cement the town’s reputation as a visitor destination.”

You will be able to collect your Space Passport from shops throughout Paisley plus both the Piazza Shopping Centre and The Paisley Centre nearer the time, plus keep checking our website for a sneak preview of our Trail Map…watch this Space!

Paisley First will also be running the Golden Ticket Competition once again this summer with a weekly draw offering visitors the chance to win £250 of Paisley town centre gift vouchers!

Come to Paisley for a great family day out this summer!

For more details see www.paisleyfirst.com

Back in the heyday of British bingo during the 1960s, it wasn’t uncommon to see heaving halls full of people chatting, drinking and hoping to win big. From local community centres dressed up for the purpose to dedicated bingo halls constructed to meet the demand, Britain simply couldn’t get enough of bingo.

In the intervening half a century or so, however, dedicated bingo halls – and even bingo nights – have been on the decline in much of the UK. Other hobbies have taken over as the community aspect of bingo became side-lined.

Of course, there remain active bingo halls in England, but it’s Glasgow where you’ll find bingo alive and kicking. Yes, our nearest city is home to bingo’s biggest fans, many of whom play in the UK’s biggest bingo hall – still heaving even today. The reason? Glasgow’s communities have stuck together over the century, engraining bingo into the local psyche.

More than that though, Glasgow and – of course – Paisley have had its modern bingo obsession fuelled by one thing – online bingo games, often with games that start from just 5p.

You’ll have seen the adverts on TV for the countless online bingo services that have popped up and, for a new generation of bingo players, this is their first point of contact with the game. But how has technology in online bingo driven players towards real bingo halls in Glasgow, Paisley and beyond? Join us as we take a look.

Live Video Feeds


Ultra-fast broadband across much of Scotland has meant that today, streaming high-quality video from sources like Netflix, YouTube and Twitch is commonplace. It’s also meant that online bingo providers have been able to incorporate real bingo hosts and games into their services.

Rather than offering simplistic cartoony graphics, these live video bingo games offer just a taste of the thrill of a live bingo hall. With a few games under their belt, players have felt more comfortable going to a physical bingo hall and tasting the atmosphere for themselves.



An often-underappreciated aspect of bingo’s popularity is the community aspect of it. It’s a fun, communal activity where you can make new friends, enjoy a chat and have a laugh with strangers.

Chatrooms, introduced to online bingo in recent years, have gone some way to recreating that experience – albeit not to the extent that you experience in a crowded bingo hall. That little taste of the community spirit of bingo has been enough to encourage players to visit physical bingo halls too.

Social Media Connectivity


Bingo is, ultimately, a social game. Of course, you can play it happily alone, but there’s nothing quite like playing with friends and family.

By linking social media accounts to bingo accounts, increasingly online bingo players are playing along with friends in the very same game. The leap from that to meeting up on a Friday night to play in their local bingo hall? Well, it’s not a big one at all.

Do you still play bingo at your local hall? Let us know on social media!

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Eco-aware youngsters at a Paisley primary school have helped create their own classroom-sized wind turbine – and their innovative approach to renewable energy has won them a place at a prestigious European science event.

Primary 6 pupils at Brediland Primary School in Paisley have been working with lecturer Dr Patricia Munoz de Escalona and students at Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) to create a 2m high wind turbine to power classroom objects.

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Funded through a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) Partnership grant awarded by the Royal Society, the project saw pupils and Masters students take part in a series of workshops and activities themed around the creation of the turbine.

The project was such a success that the work created by the young people will now represent Scotland at Science on Stage – an event which celebrates STEM and shares information on new teaching concepts – in Portugal in October.

Brediland PS

Acting Principal Teacher David Rigmand steered the young engineers through the project.

He said: “Creating their own wind turbine has been a fantastic experience for the young people.

“Every pupil has been engaged throughout the whole process and it’s been great to see the plans evolve over the last year.

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“Alongside developing their skills in STEM, the project has helped young people with their skills in communication and teamworking, which will stand them in great stead for the future.

“I’m very proud of everyone who took part and we’re all really excited to represent Scotland at the event in October.”

Brediland Primary School Head Teacher Marie-Claire Temple said: “STEM education is at the forefront of equipping our young people to reach positive destinations, and developing innovations of the future.

“STEM is integral to Scotland’s economic and social development. I am extremely proud of the success and achievement of all pupils and staff and look forward to our young people realising their STEM ambitions.”

Dr Patricia Munoz de Escalona worked with GCU students on the project.

Brediland PS

She said: “We’re very proud to be involved in a project which inspires and motivates young people to pursue a career in STEM.

“Learning more about presenting complex, technical information in a way that’s accessible to youngsters has also helped the students refine their communication skills.”

Brediland teachers and pupils celebrated the delivery of the wind turbine as the school unveiled its new STEM and digital literacy centre in this, its 60th year.

Doosan Babcock Chief Executive Officer – and former Brediland pupil – Andrew Colquhoun joined the school in its celebrations.

The engineering firm was involved in some of the workshop sessions, and STEM ambassador Neil Brackenridge worked with the children at the Primary Engineers lunchtime club.

Andrew said: “It’s a real privilege for me to come back to my old school and find so many pupils engaged in this STEM project, and showing an interest in the energy and engineering sectors.

“One of our young engineers has supported the launch of the school’s STEM club, and we hope to play our part in inspiring another generation of youngsters to pursue a career in this area.”

MND Charity

Renfrewshire’s Provost Lorraine Cameron has shown her charitable side, raising £23,257.68 for MND Scotland in 2018.


Provost Cameron pledged to support MND Scotland as one of three charities she will focus on during her time as Provost.

MND Scotland was founded as the Scottish Motor Neurone Disease Association in 1981 by John Macleod, a Strathclyde police officer and his wife Peggy.

MND Charity

At the time, services were limited, and health professionals had little or no knowledge of the condition.

Today, MND Scotland strive to reduce the impact of MND on the lives of those affected, by offering services such as benefits advice, equipment loans, counselling, advocacy and a grants programme.

There are over 450 people in Scotland currently living with MND and on average almost 200 people are diagnosed each year.

Sadly, around 53% of those diagnosed will die within one year.

Provost Cameron said: “One of my favourite things about my role as Provost is that I’m able to support charities that undertake incredible work in our communities, and I’m proud to have been able to raise so much money for MND Scotland after losing my mum to the condition in 2011.

“One of the highlights was taking a team of daredevils to the Garry Bridge in Killiecrankie to complete the Highland Fling Swing! Everyone had a great day and I really admired everyone’s bravery. Another stand-out moment was hosting my charity ball where so many local businesses got involved and showed their dedication and commitment to raising money for charity.”

“It’s also been great to get out and about in Renfrewshire to help raise awareness and I’ve worked closely with Scotrail who also support MND Scotland. I travelled around Renfrewshire by train on MND Awareness Day with collection buckets and got to meet some fantastic people in the process.  Scotrail were also keen to help with my ‘working challenge’ and I worked a day out at Johnstone Train Station in support of the charity.

“I’ve been honoured to meet so many people across Renfrewshire who wanted to tell me their own personal connections with MND and I was touched that people chose to share their experiences and memories. I’m pleased that the money we’ve raised will help MND Scotland provide essential services and go towards research to find treatments, and eventually a cure. “

Provost Cameron also spent a day working with City Gate Construction as part of her Working Challenge where she tried different tasks from using computer-aided design technology to learning how to plaster a wall.

As well as learning new skills and raising money for charity, Provost Cameron found out more about how CGC are helping local young people gain skills and experience that will prepare them for the future.

Iain McWhirter, Head of Fundraising at MND Scotland said: “I would like to thank Provost Cameron for her incredible ongoing support. The amount raised is already making a huge difference to lives of people affected by MND in Scotland. Without supporters like this, we would not be able to continue providing essential practical, financial and emotional support to families across the country, or fund cutting-edge research projects, which are taking us a step closer to a cure.”

Provost Cameron will support local charities, St Vincent’s Hospice and Accord Hospice, in 2019 and 2020 and will return to fundraising for MND Scotland in 2021.





Thousands of carers in Renfrewshire have benefitted from new Carer’s Allowance Supplement (CAS) payments of up to £442 introduced by the Scottish Government.

New figures show that 2730 payments have been to carers in Renfrewshire totalling £1,112,000.

The Carer’s Allowance Supplement is an extra payment made to carers in Scotland twice a year, in recognition of the important contribution they make.

Carers will now get two supplementary payments totalling £442 per year, equivalent to an extra £8.50 per week, which is a 13% increase on the Carer’s Allowance from the UK Government.

Paisley’s MSP George Adam said:

“Last year, the Carer’s Allowance Supplement helped 83,000 carers across Scotland.

“Carers in Renfrewshire make an absolutely vital contribution to our society, and it’s only appropriate that they’re duly valued and properly supported.

“The SNP is determined to use the powers available to the Scottish Government to improve the lives of people across Scotland.

“This supplementary payment allows the Scottish Government to get more money into the pockets of carers, as quickly as possible.

“I am delighted that carers in Renfrewshire are being recognised for the important contribution carers make, and the hard work they do in what can often be difficult circumstances.”

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Planning a trade show requires a lot of work, creativity, and resilience. The amount of effort that goes into any trade show will determine its success. One aspect you need to keep in mind when organizing a trade show is the rental services. The furniture, including selfie frames and all other equipment, will need to be sourced from reliable providers. Here are some of the rental services you will utilize when hosting a successful trade show. 

Transport Services

Transport services are one of the most important aspects of hosting a successful trade show. If you are hosting a trade show, the equipment you will use has to get to its destination in time. A good transportation service should include booth assembly and dismantling. It can be time-consuming and end up in a disaster if you will have to coordinate the booth assembly on your own. Look for a comprehensive service that will do it for you as an add-on instead of an extra service that you pay for. This way, you have time to prepare for other aspects of your trade show. Ideally, you should find a partner a few months before the trade show is set to start. 

Audio Visual Rental Equipment

Audiovisual equipment is important if you are planning to engage the audience at a trade show. It ensures they can hear presentations and see them as well. Look for a partner that uses leading-edge technology to create sponsorship opportunities, which can help to offset the costs. The sponsors want to ensure that they are visible and the right equipment can help to convince them to participate. 

The partner you choose should deliver the equipment in good time to ensure it is tested and that you understand how it works. Besides that, it should be customizable to ensure that it serves all your needs before the event starts. A large inventory is a good sign they are reliable. They must be able to offer you all conceivable equipment including tablets, monitors, sensitive microphones, and large audio systems. 

Webcasting Rental Service

Webcasting equipment can help you expand the reach of your tradeshow to an international scale. A good rental service will come with technicians and resources to cover every need you have. They should be able to cover a virtual meeting from one location or from tens of locations within the venue at once. The equipment should also be reliable indoors, such as in a hotel, outdoors, and offices. In the end, it is about ensuring the audience watching have a smooth and engaging experience. 


A lot goes into creating an engaging and smooth webcast. Everything from the initial survey of the site to testing every technical detail should be handled professionally. Besides that, there should be a contingency plan in place in case things do not work out. 

Furniture Rental Service

Just as with any successful trade show, the details determine its success. One of the most important aspects is furnishing the booths. The furniture that you use during the trade show should correlate to the goals you have. If your objective is to get people to stay, then the furniture needs to have large inviting spaces with seating that entices them to sit and relax. If you have a goal of creating a business-like setting chairs and conference tables will accomplish that. 

Besides that, you might want to create an interactive experience. To achieve this, you can use selfie frames like this: https://www.expocart.com/gb/buy/exhibition-furniture/selfie-frames. Young people today are looking to have a fun and engaging experience. When they share their selfie frame pictures on social media, it could help to boost brand recognition. A fun exhibition is also a nice way to have an edge over the competition. There are many trade shows being organized and you have to fight for recognition. A simple selfie frame can help you to achieve this. It might even encourage more people to take part in your tradeshow next time since it looks so trendy.

Boring furnishing will stick out but stylish furniture selected to complement the display will play an important role in creating a branded look. Always pick a company with a huge selection of furniture, this way, you will not regret when you have already made the down payment. 


While many other rental services are needed to hold a trade show, the above should always be given special attention. When choosing a company, choose one with a record of reliability.