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Confirmation that the UK’s largest leather manufacturer will open a new facility in Renfrewshire is being hailed as ‘the first step’ in ambitious growth plans to add more than 9000 jobs to the local economy by 2030.

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Scottish Leather Group employ more than 800 people at its Bridge of Weir, Paisley and Glasgow sites and today announced they are opening a new Paisley hub by autumn 2020, creating 100 skilled jobs to provide high-end car seat upholstery.

This comes as Renfrewshire business leaders set out the strategy to grow the local economy and seize on £1.4billion being invested in infrastructure, innovation and skills across the region.

Welcoming the new jobs, Derek Mackay, Scottish Government Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Economy and Fair Work said: “Scotland is an attractive place to do business with a skilled workforce and companies like Scottish Leather Group expanding their operations is testament to this.

“Our Programme for Government sets out ambitious commitments in areas such as trade, manufacturing, skills and innovation which will also help to boost productivity growth across Scotland. Our Economic Action Plan will also be relaunched later this year to reinforce this work and will be the central point for both businesses and individuals across Scotland to access the information demonstrating the work that is being done by this Government to drive sustainable and inclusive economic growth.

“I welcome the publication of Renfrewshire’s Economic Strategy which will help develop the local economy further.”

Together with the jobs pledge, the strategy aims to increase GVA by £400million a year and expand Renfrewshire’s manufacturing sector by 30%.

Plans are also in place to grow the working age population by 5000 people and reduce economic inactivity by 15%, bringing 3000 local people into the workforce, while Renfrewshire businesses will benefit from targeted actions to reduce skills gaps and shortages.

Scottish Leather Group Director James Lang chairs Renfrewshire’s Economic Leadership Panel, which led development of the ambitious economic strategy.

He said: “Renfrewshire offers the perfect environment for businesses to flourish and as a locally-based business we can trace our Renfrewshire roots as far back as the 18th century. We are delighted to be expanding our Renfrewshire operation further with this important new facility in Paisley, which will create new jobs and enable us to deliver on our expanding portfolio.

“These jobs are an important first step in our ambitions for Renfrewshire. We are at an exciting time with major economic investment taking place right across Renfrewshire, a region which has strong foundations upon which to build, with a high employment rate and businesses exporting £2billion of goods and services worldwide.

“Renfrewshire’s Economic Strategy sets out how we will seize upon the opportunities brought by this new investment and achieve inclusive economic growth. It is the culmination of close partnership working between the private and public sector and achieving its ambitious aims will require our continued collaboration, drive and passion.”

The strategy identifies key sectors of strength in manufacturing, construction, transport and storage, together with emerging sectors in creative industries, tourism and care.

It acknowledges the importance of the work now started on construction of the Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District Scotland (AMIDS) – a partnership project with Scottish Government and Scottish Enterprise to develop a 52-hectare site next to Glasgow Airport into a base for manufacturing companies to harness new technologies and access cutting-edge research.

The first opening road bridge over the River Clyde at Renfrew, funded through the Glasgow City Region City Deal, will enhance connectivity and transform the Clyde waterfront.

Major investment is being made in Paisley’s venues and outdoor spaces, including the transformation of Paisley Museum, as part of plans to attract more tourists and visitors to the region.

And the strategy cites the critical importance of the house building programme, with 5000 homes being built in Renfrewshire over the next 10-years, including at Dargavel Village, one of the UK’s largest privately-funded brownfield regeneration projects.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Iain Nicolson said: “Renfrewshire is a place of culture, creativity and design, a region that is globally connected and a place that is investing in its economy.

“I am confident we will deliver a thriving Renfrewshire and we are already making great progress. Guided by this strategy and through the private and public sector working together, we will achieve a strong and inclusive economy, bringing more people into work with more secure earnings and greater earning power.

“We will bring education and skills provision closer to the needs of the local economy and we will improve our economic infrastructure, with better public transport and new digital connectivity. We will grow our working age population by retaining and attracting more people to live, learn and work here and we will grow our tourism and visitor numbers as we make Renfrewshire a destination of choice.”


Renfrewshire’s Economic Strategy 2020-2030

The strategy sets out our ambitions and actions to achieve sustainable, inclusive growth of the Renfrewshire economy over the next 10 years. Its development has been led by Renfrewshire’s Economic Leadership Panel, which draws together leaders from across the private and public sector, enterprise agencies and education and skills experts.

The strategy has six ambitious aims:

  • Add more than 9000 jobs to the economy
  • Add an additional £400million GVA per annum
  • Grow the working-age population by 5000 people
  • Reduce economic inactivity by 15% bringing 3000 local people into the workforce
  • Reduce by 60% the businesses reporting skills gaps and shortages impacting on performance
  • Grow Renfrewshire manufacturing GVA by 30%

It also sets out eight economic challenges and a series of actions to address these, including development of a Renfrewshire Skills Plan and an agreed Renfrewshire Inclusive Growth approach.

Renfrewshire’s Economic Leadership Panel will now support the development of a detailed action plan, with sectoral groups focusing on manufacturing, creative industries, tourism, care, transport and infrastructure.

The panel will monitor progress against the strategy ambitions, considering any changes as the context and circumstances for economic growth change.

ModStuff is always a Spree festival favourite – and this year’s event is now the latest sell-out show on this year’s bill.

The celebration of all things Mod – run by LNP Promotions – returns to The Spiegeltent on Saturday 12 October, and the last tickets for the evening show have now been snapped up.

But if you missed out you can still take in the ModSuff afternoon show – it’s free, no ticket is needed, loads of bands are playing, and includes the spectacle of the annual scooter rideout. Both shows are being run in support of Renfrewshire Carers Centre.

Gary Kerr of LNP Promotions said: “ModStuff has been a big part of The Spree for a few years now and the event has grown in popularity with the festival as a a whole. We are delighted to once again take over the Spiegeltent on the first Saturday of the festival in aid of a great cause.

“We are thrilled to be bringing some incredible bands to Paisley for you to enjoy… we look forward to seeing you all there!”

Spree tickets have been flying out the door this year with ModStuff one of several sell-outs. All tickets are gone for the Gerry Rafferty Songbook, Hue and Cry and Jerry Sadowitz, while The Snuts sold out The Spiegeltent within hours of going on sale in July.

But if you hurry there’s still time to get tickets for other acts including Glasvegas, Gruff Rhys, PP Arnold, Karine Polwart, Hayseed Dixie and our late-night comedy nights on Friday 11th and Friday 18th.


It is the dream of many to hire or purchase a campervan and explore the British Isles. There are thousands of miles of beautiful coastline and plenty of wonderful towns and villages to explore in the heart of the English countryside. This post takes a look at 4 different English towns that have plenty to do in the summer and that are perfect for a weekend break or as a place to stop on a tour of the UK.


Chichester lies on the South coast of the UK and has a broad mix of elements that attract people. Among them there are beaches, vast countryside and a range of different historical attractions for everyone to enjoy. There are also several quaint, fishing villages nestled away that can be described as the hidden gems of the Chichester coast.

As well as these popular attractions, there are also a number of fantastic places to eat and grab a drink in the town. Among them is the Hole in the Wall,, which is a popular cider and ale house.


Newquay is probably most famous for the waves, and it attracts thousands of surfers every year. The waves are great here because Newquay faces to the Atlantic Ocean, so it provides a great spot to jump in the water with your board. However, there is much more to Newquay than just the surfing.

If you are looking for a more chilled out experience, there are many fantastic beaches that you can enjoy while you are exploring the town. There are also plenty of water-based activities, tours in the town and lots of entertainment for all ages.


If visiting the Lake District is on your list of things to do, a perfect little town that you should stop off at while you are there is Keswick. The town itself has many of the facilities and amenities you would expect, such as hotels, pubs, places to shop and great places to eat.

Of course, one of the main draws of Keswick is its location in the Lake district. There are many different walks you can take to explore the district. One walk will take you to the 4000-year-old Castlerigg stone circle. It contains 38 stones, some of which are up to 3 meters tall, and it is said to be one of the oldest stone structures in Britain.


The final location on the list is Bath, most famous for its Roman Baths, which attract over 1 million visitors every year. Although you are no longer allowed to bathe in historical baths, you can still walk around the old building that houses them and take in this historical town.

Bath also has a fantastic visitor centre that is very popular as well as a large number of independent shops that make this town a very unique place to visit. The architecture is another element that attracts people to Bath, with one of the most famous and most pictured buildings being the Royal Crescent

For the first time, this year’s Paisley Halloween Festival will feature a spooky silent disco where party-goers can show off their best Monster Mash and Thriller dance moves.

Part of the award-winning annual festival, taking place on Friday 25 and Saturday 26 October, the open-air silent disco, delivered by Silent Knights, is a family-friendly activity promising plenty of dancing, DJs, singing and a whole lot of Halloween fun.

Taking place in the heart of the town in Dunn Square, there will be a series of 40-minute sessions for families and festival-goers to head along to over the two-day event. They will be provided with wireless headphones and can select their tunes of choice.

There will also be two relaxed disco slots suitable for those with additional support needs and their families and carers. During these time slots the music will be turned down in the headphones and there will be more room to dance around. These sessions will take place on Friday from 5pm to 5.40pm and Saturday 2pm to 2.40pm. A walk-in Sensory Safe Space will also be available in the POP store in the Piazza Shopping Centre during the festival. This will be a relaxed space specially created for individuals with additional support needs and their carers.

Event DJs will be spinning tracks over three channels from Halloween hits to classic Ibiza dance anthems and pro-dancers will be on hand with classic dance moves that will keep everyone moving all day long.

The festival is being delivered in partnership with acclaimed outdoor theatre specialists, Cirque Bijou. There will be plenty of opportunities for people to join in the fun with a huge range of Halloween-themed activities including the dark circus style Halloween parade, aerial performances, workshops, street theatre and musical performances, scary movie screenings, live stage acts, creepy installations and a Halloween Fun Fair.

Louisa Mahon, Head of Marketing, Communications and Events at Renfrewshire Council, said: “The popular Paisley Halloween Festival is one of the most highly anticipated events in Renfrewshire’s annual calendar. Every year it gets bigger and bolder and this year is no exception.

“The Silent Disco is sure to be another exciting addition to the creative programme, drawing festival-goers right into the heart of Paisley town centre and offering a fantastic, fun, family experience.

“The support of partners like EventScotland has helped us grow our ambitious major events programme and establish the town as one of Scotland’s key cultural destinations in recent years. We look forward to continuing to deliver top class events in Renfrewshire in the future.”

The Paisley Halloween Festival, which was supported in 2018 through the Year of Young People event fund, was awarded £16,950 of National Programme funding from EventScotland part of VisitScotland’s Events Directorate for this year’s event.

The Silent Disco is accessible for all abilities and is recommended for ages 4 and over but all ages are welcome. Under 2s do not require a ticket but cannot be provided with headphones.

Tickets are on sale now and cost £5 for adults and £3 for kids (under 14 years old). A family ticket (two adults and two kids) is available for £14. Prices include booking fees.

To book tickets for the Paisley Halloween Festival Silent Disco please visit:  To find out more about the event please visit

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Life can often be very complicated, but thankfully with a bit of legal preparation, some of the most disruptive aspects of your life can be taken care of. If you’re worried about making sure you don’t get caught up in any legal disputes when things go wrong, there are certain steps you can put in place to minimise any risks. In some cases, these instances cannot always be prevented, but having the peace of mind you’re in-the-know of what to do if ever they were to occur may put your mind at rest. The below pointers should help steer you in the right direction for a stress-free life when it comes to tackling legal issues.

Prevent business bankruptcy

In the world of business, there are many risk factors to be taken into consideration. You just don’t know when your business could all come crashing down around you. With the market adjusting constantly and new competitors springing up, it’s important to be on your guard to protect your business from financial decline.

You can do this in several ways:

  • Cut out or reduce any unnecessary expenses
  • Stimulate more cash to keep the business ticking over
  • Update your business plan to find new strategies to grow your customer base and discover whether anything is outdated
  • Hire a financial specialist to look at keeping your finances in order and prevent your business folding in times of struggle


Buy a property securely

When buying your first home or a property for investment purposes, it can be easy to overlook any hidden damage which could cause a devaluation of the property. Saving up for a home is one of the biggest purchases you make in your lifetime, therefore, you should be extra careful before committing yourself to a purchase. There is the chance you could select a property that’s not structurally sound or has other interior or exterior damages that you weren’t initially aware of. If you have purchased a home that has damage you weren’t aware of, it would be an idea to seek the assistance of a lawyer.

Get help for accidents in the workplace

Accidents in the workplace do happen, and while you may not expect it could ever happen to you, there’s always the chance you could be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Employers have a duty to ensure their employees are always safe when on workplace premises, so if you have an accident at work and it wasn’t your fault, you have every right to make a claim. The injuries you’re left with may mean you’re unable to work for either a temporary or permanent period, meaning you’re left without a solid income to provide for your family. If you’re in any doubt about how the entire procedure works, try this injury at work advice guide to discover the steps involved.

Make a will

While it’s extremely difficult to think about, you just never know when your time on this earth will come to an end. When you pass away, you want to be sure that your loved ones are taken care of and you can only be sure of this once you have made a will. This form of certification will decide who will be given your assets, while the financial power of attorney decides who will manage your finances if you’re no longer able to. Without this legal document, even a spouse or partner will be unable to own any finances or assets.


A leading cancer charity is urging people in Renfrewshire to raise millions of pounds for cancer services – by taking part in the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning.

Macmillan Cancer Support wants people across the county to take part in the event to help raise millions of pounds to fund local cancer services.

In 2018, Renfrewshire raised a fantastic £78,000 in total with a variety of fantastic Coffee Morning’s happening across the county.

But this year the charity is hoping even more people will get involved to raise even more to help fund local cancer services such as the Macmillan Library Information & Support Services, Macmillan Move More Classes and the 5 Macmillan Cancer Nurse Specialists based at the Royal Alexandra Hospital.

Macmillan’s fundraising manager for Renfrewshire Julia Perrie, said: “Macmillan is there to help from the moment someone is diagnosed with cancer and the support we provide is vital.

“From the nurses we fund within the NHS, to the benefits advisors we fund in local communities, we want to be there for everyone who needs us.

“It’s only thanks to the incredible generosity of people taking part in events like the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning that we’re able to be there for people at the toughest time of their life.

“The people of Renfrewshire have always got behind the event and we hope to see even more of them taking part this year.”

The official date of the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning is Friday, September 27, but people can sign up and host their own coffee morning whenever suits them.

“We’re taking part in the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning as every day we see how cancer impact people’s lives.

“It doesn’t just affect people physically. It can affect every aspect of their lives. We want to make sure we can continue to be here for people who need us. Enjoying a coffee and a cake with the community is also a great way to let people know we’re there for them.”

To get a free fundraising pack visit or call 0330 102 7810.

To get support from Macmillan visit or call the support line on 0808 808 0000.

Award winning theatre maker Andy Manley returns with hit show for young children – Stick by Me – At Johnstone Town Hall on Thursday 26 September.

“Completely delightful. Children’s shows of this calibre are rare”

Audience member

Andy Manley’s performance for young audiences, Stick by Me, is a quirky, non-verbal show about friendship and play, and the importance of treasuring little things. The show, created for children aged 3-6 years, and winner of the 2019 CATS Awards for Best Production for Children and Young People will be touring to Johnstone Town Hall.

Created by the duo behind the critically acclaimed play, White, Andy Manley and Ian Cameron’s new performance, Stick by Me, builds on their vast experience of creating work for very young children.

Alice McGrath, Creative Director at Red Bridge Arts said: “Stick by Me is a real celebration of friendship and children’s play. The creators, Andy and Ian, are experts in connecting with children’s humour and interests and presenting life back to them in an entertaining and thoughtful way. Hearing children and families responses after the show is always heartening and at the end the children are gifted their own Stick friend which brings a huge amount of joy to all”

Stick by Me was originally commissioned in 2017 by Gulbenkian Arts Centre for the Boing Festival, it then played the Edinburgh Fringe as part of the Made in Scotland showcase where it was a great hit with audiences and press. The show has been nominated for the 2019 CATS Award for Best Production for Children and Young People and has received rave reviews from audiences:

“Stick by Me is a charming and witty dance piece for all ages from Red Bridge Arts, commissioned by ACE and supported by The Gulbenkian, and is brilliantly performed by Andy Manley. Everybody in the audience, young and old, left Dancebase with a smile on their face – and a lolly stick.”

Darren Henley CEO, Arts Council England

“Absolutely loved this and so did my 3-year-old. It’s beautifully crafted with great attention to the little details that make the difference between an okay show and something that’s a bit special.”

Audience member

Stick by Me co-creator and director Ian Cameron has worked with and developed Andy’s physical performance and approach to non-verbal storytelling. Set design by Katherina Radeva supports the exploration of material and creation of an abstract world for the story to take place. Music and sound design by Will Calderbank and lighting design by Craig Fleming underpin the performance and bring a full, sensory world for audiences young and old to immerse themselves in.

Call 0300 300 1210 or visit to book for Thursday 26 September at 2pm at Johnstone Town Hall.

For those British who want to discover new amazing places by car, Alicante will be a great starting point in Spanish adventures. In this case, car rental will be the best companion. An independent trip by car allows you to enjoy a truly reliable and comfortable transport, views and relaxation in general. A number of interesting places are far from the base transport hubs. You will have to put up with the high prices of the rental and fuel itself. However, in any case, they will turn out to be cheaper than the subway, taxi services or continuous travel on buses and coaches.

What do I need to rent a car in Alicante?

Some distributors represent Firefly car hire in Alicante only to persons not younger than 21 years old. This requires the issuance of rights at least 12 or 24 months ago. Be attentive while reading the contract and pay attention to every word. Otherwise, a violation of a seemingly insignificant paragraph will result in a burdensome fine.

To conclude a lease agreement, you will need a passport, a driver’s license, a credit card for booking a deposit. Once the car is returned, the frozen amount will be returned.

How to rent a car in Alicante?

Actually, it is possible to hire a car in Alicante in two ways. The best one is the online booking. It will be better if you book a car beforehand using the Internet, this option is especially profitable in the hot season, when the situation with cars is stressful.

Another variant is directly upon arrival. You can find the budget car rental company Firefly at Alicante, which is located 10 km from the city limits.

How much does the car hire cost in Alicante?

Prices for car rental in Alicante airport and other places are determined primarily by the type of car. The minimum rental rate for a day is 15 EUR. The cost of rent usually includes limited insurance with a franchise. Its cost varies from 300 to 500 EUR. It is blocked by the rental company on your card until you return the car in the condition in which you were provided.

You can find the following most demanded car models – 20-30 EUR per day for Ford Focus, Citroen C4 or Renault Scenic, 35-50 EUR for Citroen C5 and Peugeot 308 when using Firefly car rental.

When traveling with children, think of a child seat in order to avoid unpleasant situations and fines.

You can refuel a car in Spain with unleaded 95th or 98th gasoline or diesel fuel. Before starting a rental, it is necessary to clarify the type of fuel suitable for your car.

Popular places in Alicante to visit

On a rented car you have no restrictions in moving – you can easily get to Benidorm and get acquainted with Spanish-style New York, visit Torrevieja – a picturesque resort town surrounded by many lakes, enjoy the solitude in old Gandia, in Altea with its abundance of art galleries and museums replenish your cultural experience a piggy bank, and in Calpe you can take beautiful photos from the observation deck on Mount Ifach.

Applying to the car hire in Alicante you can get to other major Spanish cities: for example, the A-7 highway will take you to Valencia (160 km), and along the M-40 highway you will reach Madrid and Toledo (a little over 400 km).

Take into account these tips for car rental in Alicante and you will receive only positive emotions from the trip!


“The Diane Mitchell Music School offers one to one lessons in Singing, Guitar, Piano, Ukulele and more for people of any age or level. 

There are a variety of classes for children such as Theory, Musicianship, Piano, Violin and Kodaly in the music schools two locations – Paisley and Barrhead. 

With new classes starting in our Barrhead venue on Saturday the 21st of September such as Violin tots, Maestros and Musical Tots. Learning music in a fun, Interactive way.

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