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Your Invitation to Join Digital December –  free online digital training with Renfrewshire Chamber 


We are delighted to announce the launch of “The 12 Days of Digital December” delivered by some of the most knowledgeable digital experts around. Open to any business based in Renfrewshire, member & non-member the 12 days of Digital December are designed to help you adapt to the changing environment.  Funded by Renfrewshire Chamber these sessions are offered free of charge & form part of our Covid-19 response strategy to support the local economy.

Day 1 – Adapting your Social Presence in a World of Social Change (NSDesign)
Dec 1, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
On Day 1 of The 12 Days of Digital December, we’ll start by reminding you that change is inevitable – especially in the world of social media. It shouldn’t take a pandemic to have businesses adapt to new technologies or social platforms – we should always be looking for opportunities to embrace, and new ways to engage our customers.

Day 2 – 30 Day Plan For a Stronger Digital Presence (Janine Marriott SEO)
Dec 2, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
30 uncomplicated, effective steps that you can do yourself for free that will help strengthen your digital presence. Ideal for local businesses whether service based or with a store front (even if you’re currently closed) it is not suitable for purely e-commerce businesses.

Day 3 – LinkedIn: What you need to know and what you need to do (Gordon White from fatBuzz)
Dec 3, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
With the recent government advice to continue to work from home, the need to utilise online networking, lead generation and business development tools has never been greater.  Without a doubt, LinkedIn should be the starting point for many.

Day 4 – What A Podcast Could Do For Your Business… And How To Make It Happen (Colin Kelly)
Dec 4, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

2020 has been a huge year for podcasting with more than 10 million people in the UK now listening regularly. Is it time your business got involved and launched a podcast?

Day 5 – How to rank in local search results focusing on Google my Business & Google Reviews (Janine Marriott SEO)
Dec 7, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Explore how you can increase your chances of ranking in the local search results and maps by optimising your Google my Business page. Ideal for local businesses whether service based or with a store front however big or small (even if you’re currently closed) purely e-commerce businesses without a store front will not benefit from this webinar.

Day 6 – Conducting a Digital Competitor Analysis (NSDesign)
Dec 8, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Join Gary from NSDesign as he provides you with an understanding of digital competitor analysis and why and how to use one using a range of free tools to help you understand and compare.

Day 7 – How to use Analytics to grow your business online (Brian Tait from Aillum)
Dec 9, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Join Brian Tait at Aillum for an insight into some of the tools and data available to you now, free, that can help you start monitoring, refining and improving your digital marketing activities! Includes tips on Google Analytics, Keywords / Content, Heat Mapping, Site speed and more!

Day 8 – Making LinkedIn work for your business (With Gordon White from fatBuzz)
Dec 10, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Join Gordon from fatBuzz looking at what you need to do to optimise your Business Page and how to tap into the power of LinkedIn Groups and LinkedIn Advertising.

Day 9 – Social Customer Service (NSDesign)
Dec 11, 1.30 pm – 3.30 pm

A fun, and engaging workshop discussing what ‘great social service’ looks like in today’s connected world. We’ll look at examples from a variety of companies and ask if we really deliver quality customer service, or do we focus on the numbers. Do we look for opportunities to wow customers across our social channels or do we just react to complaints.

Day 10 – Putting your Content to work (With Gordon White from fatBuzz)
Dec 14, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

The need to communicate has never been more critical.  During this period of disruption, uncertainty and a constant state of flux, businesses must continue to reach out to their stakeholders; in fact, it’s probably true that you need to increase your levels of communication.  So, Content Marketing has never been more important.

Day 11 – Anti-Social Media (NSDesign)
Dec 15, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Join NSDesign to learn where social media can go wrong in business, showing real world examples, the devastating outcomes, and discussing ways to mitigate the risks of it happening to you.

Day 12 – SEO in 2021 what you can expect and what you can do to get ready (Janine Marriott SEO)
Dec 16, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Join Janine Marriott SEO for a look ahead at how you can best utilise SEO in 2021.

To book your free place please email Laura Connor: lconnor@renfrewshirechamber.com or Laura Ritchie: lritchie@renfrewshirechamber.com 

Glasgow Airport

Glasgow Airport can confirm today (Monday 30 November) that the entry fee for its dedicated pick-up and drop-off facility will be set at £4 for up to 10 minutes from (00.01) on Friday 4 December.

The change is a direct response to the unprecedented economic challenges Glasgow Airport and the wider industry continue to face as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.

To support its efforts to operate in a more sustainable manner, passengers with electric vehicles will be able to access the pick-up and drop-off facility directly opposite the terminal free of charge for the first 10 minutes. Electric vehicle users can pre-register for free access for the first 10 minutes here.

A 30-minute free parking option will still be available to all other passengers in the long-stay car park on the airport grounds, which is accessible via a 24-hour on demand bus service. Blue Badge holders will continue to park for up to 30 minutes for free in Car Parks 1 and 2.

The pick-up and drop-off facility is intended for short visits of up to 10 minutes only. Passengers who think they may be longer than 10 minutes are encouraged to use our short-stay car parks or free option.

Derek Provan, chief executive of AGS Airports Ltd, which owns Aberdeen, Glasgow and Southampton airports, said: “The impact of COVID-19 continues to have a devastating impact on Glasgow Airport, which has been brought to a standstill during a nine-month period. Our passenger numbers are down by as much as 96% and we anticipate next year’s figures to be on a par with the passenger levels we experienced in the early 1990s.

“The funds generated through these changes will go directly towards re-establishing Glasgow’s vital connectivity. It will take years for the airport to return to pre-COVID levels, however, it’s important we start the long process of rebuilding the routes and services our passengers demand and the economy relies so heavily on.

“Despite the huge economic challenges brought about by the pandemic, we have also made improvements to the facility to further enhance the convenience it provides.”

Further details on the pick-up and drop-off can be found here.

Johnstone residents without symptoms of Covid19 will this week be able to find out if they have the virus at the only fixed site in Scotland’s current mass testing pilot.

A testing centre will be open at Johnstone Town Hall from Wednesday (2 Dec) and has capacity to test up to 12,000 residents from the town over the following eight days.

Anyone who lives, works or goes to school in Johnstone and who is currently asymptomatic is being invited to attend the centre.

It is hoped the pilot will help slow the spread of the virus in the town, give a clearer picture of the extent of asymptomatic transmission within communities, and help inform future mass testing across the country.

Johnstone was chosen due to the high rates of Covid19 detected in recent weeks – the town saw a rate of 214 cases per 100,000 residents in the seven days to November 26, and Renfrewshire is currently in Level Four restrictions.

The drop-in testing centre is being run by around 100 Renfrewshire Council staff and will run from Wednesday 2 December to Wednesday 9 December, from 8am to 8pm.

More detail on how it will work is at www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test-johnstone

Renfrewshire Council Leader Iain Nicolson, said: “Identifying asymptomatic people in our communities is an important step in the country’s response to coronavirus and it is welcome Johnstone has been chosen to feature in the pilot for mass testing.

“Testing on such a large scale will help our partners better understand the prevalence of the virus and provide crucial information to inform the approach to mass testing in the months ahead.

“I would appeal for as many people as possible in Johnstone to come along and find out whether they are unknowingly carrying the virus or not.

“With cases remaining high in the area, the testing centre is our chance to help slow the spread of the virus locally, protect family and friends and help us get back to normal more quickly.”

All residents, workers and learners aged over five in Johnstone without Covid19 symptoms are asked to take part in the pilot.

Anyone with symptoms should not come to the testing centre – they should book a test through the NHS instead. Anyone who has tested positive for Covid19 in the past 90 days, or who has been asked to self-isolate as a close contact, should also not come to the centre.

The Johnstone centre will be using lateral-flow tests, where results are ready in round 30 minutes. Anyone who tests positive will be asked to take a follow up PCR test – the same ones used in the government-run testing centres – to confirm the result.

If a positive test is confirmed, the person will be asked to self-isolate in line with national guidelines and contact tracing will take place.

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London has raised some of the renowned brands so as you choose a venue keep in mind that this city has can determine the success of your event. Just to break it down, the venue will determine the date of the event, the number of people that can attend and catering options among other things. What then, should you consider when choosing your event space?

Here are 5 factors to consider when looking for an event venue in London:

Location. When looking for an event space you should always consider a venue that is closer to where attendees are coming from. In the case where attendees are out of town make sure the venue is closer to the airport or their hotels. Keep in mind other factors like transportation. You can minimize the chances of attendees getting to the venue late by providing a mobile event app so they can track their movement. If your event has an exhibition, you can do posters, interactive indoor maps or parallel sessions to help attendees navigate conveniently.

Capacity. You must find a venue whose capacity can accommodate your attendees comfortably while taking into account the fire and safety codes. This is especially important now when Covid-19 has changed how we do things. For instance, a venue that would initially hold a capacity of 500 people will now take fewer people because of the social distancing requirement

Parking. Check that the event venue has a parking lot that your event attendees can access and use with ease. In places where there is no packing, you could look at the available alternatives. For example, you could reserve parking lots for your attendees. Alternative you can negotiate for discounts and share promo codes with your attendees.

Amenities and services. This is another crucial factor for consideration when it comes to opening a pop-up store London or hiring event space for rent London. Find out about the venue’s audiovisual capabilities. While some venues have built-in audiovisual equipment you have to bring your own for others. It is also important to take into account services like set up and clean up. Not all venues will have a cleanup crew so you may need to include this in your event team or find volunteers help you. If you will be serving food, you need to check if there’s a kitchen and if you need to pay an additional payment to access it. Most importantly, check that the venue has chairs, tables and linens.

Accessibility. When choosing a venue, you need to make sure that everyone including those with special needs can access not just the building but also the amenities. This means that you need to understand your attendees and their needs. You should be able to tell if children will be coming so that you take care of their needs appropriately.

Cost and flexibility. You need to be flexible on the event date when looking for a venue. This is because you could find that the venue is not open on the dates you’re looking to host your event but have other open dates that you can hold your event. When you’re flexible, you could book a different date for a discounted price.

Ambience. You need to pay attention to the existing décor. Check the architecture style and interior to see what it conveys. If the ambience doesn’t match the feeling you desire for your event, then you’ll have more decorating to do.

Layout. You need to have an idea of the activities that you will be including in your event and the amenities that you’ll require. Ask to see the floor plan taking note of important areas like the outlets and the flow of traffic as these will affect different aspects of the event.

Before signing up for event space inhire London, you must first identify your needs before taking time to look for a venue that will be a perfect match for your event. Remember, London is home to some of the unusual and exciting places so there is space for everyone. No matter the nature of your event, you can be sure to create a memorable experience that will leave your attendees looking forward to the next invitation from you.


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Gamblers love a freebie and this could come in the shape of a gift from a casino, or a generous welcome offer that casinos frequently use to tempt new customers to join their establishments. This can come in the shape of bonus cash or free spins. The next best thing to a casino gift is hitting bonuses on slots at casinos. Most free online slots consist of free spins bonuses and this tend to be the most sought after, of all bonuses slots have to offer.

The Purpose Of The Bonus Round

Bonus rounds give punters something to play for, if there were nothing but the base game to a slot, punters would get bored pretty quickly. Bonus rounds allow gamblers to have some game play on the house and this can help bolster their casino cash balance too. When slots are designed, most of the thought goes into creating memorable bonus rounds that keep punters coming back for more. This is why bonuses have got a lot more complex and multilayered recently. Free spins now come with add-ons such as multipliers, retriggers and sticky wilds and this has definitely added yet more excitement to slots.

Best Slots With Free Spins

With so many slots out there, it is incredibly difficult to play them all. Obviously you can spin as many as you can for free in demo mode to discover a hidden gem, or you can go by word of mouth or by slots reviews. Obviously there are the classics that have stood the test of time and these are well worth trying in practice mode so you can decide whether they live up to the hype.

If you like a large choice of bonuses to choose from including decent free spins options, then games like Top Cat, King Kong Cash, Ted and The Goonies, is well worth playing. The bonus you win is chosen for you at random but you can always risk gambling it for something better such as free spins. If you lose the gamble then you usually end up with a consolation cash prize.

Other Slots To Consider

Gonzo’s Quest from gaming giants NetEnt has been given the Megaways treatment courtesy of Ret Tiger who have teamed up with NetEnt to create the game because they hold a Megaways license. It’s based on the original game but since this is a Megways version, the entire game is on a much larger scale. It keeps with the cascading reels feature and once you trigger the bonus, you are awarded 9 free spins.  You can actually risk this offer by spinning the Royal Wheel in the hope that you can win more. Free spin wins in the bonus round are greeted with x3, x6, x9 and x15 multipliers. Other games with decent free spins packages include Rick and Morty Megaways and Eye Of Horus Megaways. Free spins are very common features on slots but ultimately they are the most rewarding of all the bonus rounds.

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Before the digital revolution of the 1990s, if you wanted to gamble, you would have to use the traditional available channels to get your fix. These were betting shops, brick and mortar casinos and gambling arcades.  These were fine if you actually had the time in your day to travel to find each of these establishments. They were also okay if you felt comfortable in them, as some arcade clientele could get a little out of hand at times. Obviously, these environments that were male dominated, were also highly intimidating to women, but even some men wished they could gamble elsewhere where they felt far safer.

The Digital Revolution

The wishes of many gamblers both male and female became a reality in 1996. The digital revolution of the early 1990s created technology that nobody had ever experienced before. A major breakthrough was the invention of the internet and many people started to access new casino sites in their homes. All kinds of services and information were made available to the masses at a tap of a computer key. It wasn’t just the thirst for information that could be quenched by this virtual world; entertainment needs were also catered for online. The gambling industry fancied a slice of the internet entertainment action too and they wisely made gambling games available to the masses via the internet. All you needed was an internet provider, a desktop or laptop computer and some cash to top up your online casino account.

Table Games and More

Online casinos and all they had to offer punters, proved hugely successful. The first online video slots were runaway hits too. Everything a land-based casino had and more could be accessed in the comfort and safety of your own home. The move online made gambling accessible to the masses from an environment they were comfortable in for the first time ever and this sent the numbers of people and more especially men, who gambled regularly, into the stratosphere.

Online VS Land-Based Gambling

The numbers speak for themselves men prefer the convenience and safety of online gambling. There are still the high rollers who like to visit bricks and mortar casinos to dress up and meet people, but the majority of men prefer to gamble in the privacy of their own homes. There is greater choice of games online and the games suit all budgets unlike some land-based casinos.

Online casinos have taken away many customers from traditional gambling outlets and this has meant that betting shops have been left empty. However, despite business going down, the fact that many gambling brands and online casinos have a huge online presence means that little revenue is actually lost. Last year alone, £2 billion was taken from slots players.

Final Thoughts

Land-based gambling offers a social element and you can make a night of the entire experience. This still holds some appeal but the majority of men now prefer the 24/7 gambling culture of the internet.

Pace panto

Christmas isn’t cancelled! PACE Theatre Company present their 33rd pantomime with Paisley Arts Centre – Lost in Pantoland – live online! Join Scottish panto favourites CHRIS ALEXANDER, ALAN ORR, DARREN BROWNLIE and DANI HERON for a hilarious live, interactive panto performance.


It’s almost Christmas Day and Widow Swanky can’t wait to get her feet up, enjoy a delicious dinner cooked by her son Billy Bob and have a wee shandy by the Christmas tree. But when she accidentally discovers a colossally powerful penny, both her and Billy Bob get transported to the wondrous – yet dangerous – Pantoland. Tasked with collecting objects from everyone’s favourite pantos, the tremendous twosome set off on a hilarious adventure featuring slimy Princes, wicked witches and at least one constipated goose… A madcap adventure for all the family!

Audiences can take part in one of two ways: there will be 30 interactive Family Tickets available for each performance in which those families will be called upon to join in with the performance, using props from a pre-posted Interactivity Pack, whilst others will be able to watch the performance for free via live stream.

As is traditional, Lost in Pantoland will feature a chorus of young actors selected from PACE’s core youth theatre groups, who will contribute to some pre-recorded sections in accordance with social distancing guidelines.

Rikki Payne, Arts Manager for Renfrewshire Leisure says:
“Panto is integral to Paisley Arts Centre’s programme and it seemed inconceivable that we couldn’t find some way to mark the festive season. We were really keen to find a way to blend the technology available to us along with the more traditional elements of panto that we all know and love, to create an experience for families that should still feel intimate, connected and above all, fun!

We’re looking forward to working with a fantastic team to create Lost in Pantoland, and partnering with PACE means that we’ve been able to maintain a sense of continuity with our annual panto.”

Jenni Mason, Artistic Director of PACE agrees:

Panto is a major highlight in the calander for us, so when Paisley Arts Centre approached us to help them create an alternative panto we jumped at the chance. This has been an extraordinary year for everyone, and we’re thrilled to have the opportunity to provide a bit of light relief for families.

We’re confident that whether you’re part of the interaction, or watching the live stream, this will be a great way for families to celebrate together this festive season.”

Lost in Pantoland is made by possible thanks to funding from Creative Scotland’s Performing Arts Venue Relief Fund, awarded to Renfrewshire Leisure for a programme of events in Paisley Arts Centre. This will support freelance artists from a range of multiple disciplines to deliver a programme of work throughout the winter months. Live streaming of the Panto will be facilitated by Paisley-based video production company, Media Monty.

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The climate conditions in Manchester are characterized be the equal precipitation amount all the year round. Due to the moderate oceanic climate and the influence of the Gulf stream, the city enjoys a slight temperature difference between the seasons. Manchester weather in summer offers an opportunity to organize picnics and outdoor strolls.

As far as the temperature is concerned, it rarely rises above +20 degrees Celsius. In the evening, the temperature drops to +16 degrees, so you should take warm clothes before leaving home. During the warm season, weather in Manchester is dry. 

The precipitation level amounts to 65 mm in July and 80 mm in August. The number of sunny days reaches up to 28. It rains rarely in summer. The cloudy sky won’t prevent you from having an outdoor stroll. When the summer season ends, comes the time of fog and frequent rains. The number of daylight hours gradually decreases. In late July and early August, it amounts to about 16 hours.

Peculiarities of Cardiff weather

The climate of Cardiff can be classified as subhumid. The city differs from neighboring regions by the fact that humidity remains at an optimal level all over the year. Sometimes the air warms up to 25 degrees Celsius, with the winter temperature not falling below -4 degrees. Detailed information about Cardiff weather includes data about temperature, humidity, as well as other indicators.

Summer in the region is believed to be perfect. The minimum precipitation amount and the bearable air temperature make the city a comfortable place for tourist excursions. The middle of July – early August is the summer season peak. During the daytime, the air warms up to 21 degrees Celsius and drops slightly in the evening.

During this season, weather in Cardiff can boast a large number of sunny days. Clouds rarely appear in the sky, with the average precipitation level not exceeding 85 mm. By the end of August, fogs appear, which indicate the approaching rainy weather.  

Meteoprog service advantages

You can find out the weather in your city for today, tomorrow, or the next week using one single service. Website https://meteoprog.co.uk/ contains useful information about:

  • air temperature during the daytime and in the evening;
  • humidity level;
  • precipitation probability;
  • ultraviolet rays activity;
  • speed and direction of wind.

Bonus – recommendations regarding choice of clothes.

Meteoprog service will help to plan a weekend or a walk around the city. Detailed weather information is always at your fingertips, so you will always be prepared for unexpected rain or cold spell. 

Gryffe High School has been named The Sunday Times Scottish State School of the Year by Parent Power, The Sunday Times School Guide.

Pupils (L-R) Carla Dinnie, Calum Robertson, Andrew Hay, Rachael Bell and Simran Kaur with Head Teacher Colin Johnson

The 28th edition of Parent Power, due to be published in The Sunday Times and online on Sunday, 29 November, identifies the 2,000 highest-achieving schools in the UK, ranked by their most recently published examination results.

In August, the Houston school became the first secondary school in Scotland to receive an ‘excellent’ grade under Education Scotland’s short model inspection format, which judges schools on two quality indicators as opposed to four under the full inspection model. The ‘excellent’ rating is the highest grade on a six-point scale and was received by the school for ‘raising attainment and achievement’.

Gryffe High School has also received accreditation in recent months by UNICEF, as a Gold Rights Respecting School, and as a Vision School for Holocaust Education in Scotland.

Head Teacher Colin Johnson said: “To say I am proud of our pupils and staff is a complete understatement. Despite the challenges of the past eight months our pupils have remained positive and have continued to support one another throughout.

“Their efforts and achievements are outstanding, and I am delighted that their work, and the work of our dedicated staff, has been recognised by The Sunday Times.”

Councillor Jim Paterson, convenor of Renfrewshire Council’s Education and Children’s Services Policy Board said: “We are thrilled that Gryffe High has been named Scottish State School of the Year by the Sunday Times. That is testament to the hard work and dedication of the pupils, staff and school community to raise attainment for all and I am sure they will all be as delighted as I am.

“We have invested heavily in our teachers and in our support staff across Renfrewshire, recognising the incredibly important role they have in shaping children and young people’s lives. We hope to build on Gryffe’s success and aim to emulate their achievements in all schools in Renfrewshire.”

Alastair McCall, editor of Parent Power, said: “Gryffe High has achieved its highest placing in our annual Scottish state secondary school rankings this year, building on a decade and more of sustained academic success. It now ranks among the best secondary schools in the country.  Inspectors praised the “relentless drive” of school leaders to ensure all children fulfil their potential in an outstanding report during the summer.

“The school expects and achieves much beyond the examination halls, however. Fundraising efforts have targeted local food banks during lockdown, while the children showed notable emotional intelligence and support of one another during a recent dyslexia awareness week.

“Under the leadership of Colin Johnson, children are encouraged to achieve their best academically and across the full range of school activities. Gryffe High is an exemplary school and a thoroughly deserving winner of our Scottish State Secondary School of the Year award.”




Best Start Foods clients can get free fruit and vegetables in Iceland and Tesco.


Customers who show their Best Start Foods card in Iceland stores can get a £1 bag of frozen vegetables when they make a minimum payment of £4.25.

In Tesco, Best Start Foods customers who present their card will receive £1 off their total shop when buying fresh or frozen fruit and vegetables.

At a time where a third of low-income families in the UK are struggling to afford fruit and vegetables, supermarkets are doing their bit to help communities they serve.

The prepaid Best Start Foods card replaced the UK Government’s healthy start vouchers in Scotland in August 2019 and can be used to buy First infant formula, fresh milk, fruit and vegetables, pulses and eggs.

Social Security Secretary Shirley-Anne Somerville said:

“The Scottish Government is committed to doing all it can to improve the health and wellbeing of children in Scotland and give them the best start in life. No child in Scotland should go without – our priority is ensuring low-income families can access healthy food for their young children.

“It is encouraging to see supermarkets running these kinds of initiatives. Feeding a growing family can be expensive – any extra help towards the cost of healthy food can make a real difference.

“I’m pleased that Iceland and Tesco have recognised how the Best Start Foods card can be a link in to helping some of the most vulnerable families in Scotland and would encourage Best Start Foods clients to take up these offers in store.

“I’d also ask anyone who thinks they might be eligible for Best Start Foods to find out more and apply. We want everyone to get all the money they are entitled to. The form is quick and easy to fill in so 10 minutes of your time could give you an extra £221 a year towards your food shop.”

Richard Walker, Managing Director at Iceland said:

“We are proud to support The Best Start Foods initiative and the families it supports by bolstering the value of payments made by using the cards in our stores.

“We understand the pressing need to help families facing food insecurity from our interactions with millions of customers each week and we are keen to implement initiatives and find new ways to support wherever possible.”

Jason Tarry, Tesco UK & ROI CEO, said

 “Right now, many families are facing hardship as a result of the pandemic and we want to help by providing nutritious food to those who need it.

“In addition to helping Best Start Foods customers with an extra £1 off fruit and vegetables each week, we’re providing an extra £4m of food to FareShare in the run up to Christmas, on top of our regular monthly food donations, to support food banks and community groups with vital supplies at a time when so many people are relying on them.”



  • The Best Start Foods provides low income families on certain benefits with £17.00 on a payment card every four weeks during pregnancy up until a child turns three. The payment doubles (to £34.00) in the first year of a child’s life.
  • To qualify for Tesco’s offer, a Best Start Foods card must be presented and used for a transaction where £1.00 or more is spent on fresh and/or frozen fruit and/or vegetables. This offer runs from 16th November and will be reviewed in February 2021.
  • In Iceland stores, Best Start Foods customers will receive a free £1 bag of frozen vegetables (900 g – 1 kg range) on a minimum spend of £4.25 in one transaction by presenting their Best Start Foods card at the checkout. This offer is available now and runs until 31st December 2020.
  • Promotional materials and store colleagues will signpost customers to these offers in store.
  • The full Resolution Foundation ‘Caught in a Covid Trap’ report which shows figures of families struggling to buy vegetables can be accessed at resolutionfoundation.org/app/uploads/2020/11/Caught-in-a-Covid-trap.pdf
  • People on certain benefits and tax credits can apply for Best Start Foods when they’re pregnant, or at any time up until their child turns three years old.
  • People can apply for Best Start Grant, Best Start Foods and the Scottish Child Payment in one simple online form.
  • People can find out more and apply at mygov.scot/beststart or by calling 0800 182 2222.
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Got an idea for a business, but don’t know where to start? It’s a problem faced by many budding entrepreneurs. Starting a business requires a fair bit of planning, and it’s best to go in prepared with knowledge of the necessary steps.

In Paisley, many entrepreneurs have overcome the initial hurdles. In 2020, there are 4,565 small businesses in Paisley and Renfrewshire, data from the Office of National Statistics shows. In the past year, growth in the number of small businesses has been low. Compared to 2019, there are 40 more businesses with less than 50 employees in Paisley and Renfrewshire, showing only a 1% increase.

So, what steps should you take to join the ranks of small business owners in Paisley (and beyond)? Here’s how to get started.


Putting together a business plan

First things first, every business should start with a plan. In order to do this, begin with conducting a bit of market research. Which similar products/services are already out there? How would you differentiate your offering from them? Also, look at how well other similar businesses are doing. It can help you gauge the size of the market, but also spot the strengths and weaknesses of your competitors. After you’ve done your research, write down a clear plan of how you’ll structure, fund and run your business.


Deciding the business structure

You’ll need to decide upon the type of company you’re setting up, where you’ll be operating and whether you plan on taking on employees. Most businesses register as a sole trader, limited company or partnership. As a limited company, there’s less personal liability for the company’s debts than with being a sole trader or partnership. Then again, limited company insurance is more costly, and you’ll have more reporting and management responsibilities. What would be the best choice, depends on the circumstances of your business.


Sorting the paperwork

When you’ve got the business plan in place and the basics decided, it’s time to file the paperwork. You’ll need to register the business, check if any licenses or permits are needed, and get the necessary insurance. Using the UK government’s license finder makes this easier to figure out. Reading up on the types and cost of business insurance can save you a fair bit of trouble, and money, as well.

When you have the registration and licensing ready, it’s time to open a business bank account. Make sure you’re clear on taxes and bookkeeping, too. Many businesses choose to hire help with accounting, but with a bit of research and numeracy skills, it’s not impossible to handle yourself.


Setting up shop

Finally, when all the boring (but crucial) steps are taken, you can set up shop. Getting the business going might not be easy, and can take more than it gives back. Utilising your network to find customers and investing some time (and possibly money) in marketing can help you along at this stage.

Starting a business can seem like a great deal of work, and it is. Before launching into entrepreneurship, it’s a good idea to think the whole process through. Doing proper market analysis and putting together a plan will save you much trouble in the future.