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Councillors have committed to researching Renfrewshire’s history and links to the slave trade as part of stand against racism and hate crime.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Lorraine Cameron opened the first-ever virtual full Council meeting by outlining her desire to reflect on the area’s part in the slave trade as part of its support for the Black Lives Matter campaign.

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Provost Cameron said: “As an organisation, we value diversity and will not tolerate racism in our schools, workplaces or communities.

“The killing of George Floyd shocked and sickened us all and has marked a turning point for the anti-racism movement. We must work to eradicate racism in all its forms now and be prepared to examine the role it played in our past.

“Renfrewshire’s thread-making was part of an international industry built on slavery, a part of our history that we must reflect on and come to terms with.

“We were, however, a community that had an active abolition movement in the late 18th and early-mid 19th centuries, embracing diversity and campaigning for equality in all its forms.

“It is that sense of fairness and justice that has shaped our present and that we must draw on now, but we must also move away from that comfortable place where we have positioned ourselves as abolitionists – because that position is not enough anymore.

“That is why we are committing to researching the past and links between Renfrewshire and the slave trade. It is vitally important that we have a conversation about how we ethically address this part of our history, represent all the voices within our community and ensure that racism has no part in our future.

“It’s what we do next that matters. We must look to our past, stare it in the face and claim it. Only then can we begin to move forward.”

Following discussion, councillors agreed to support Black History Month each year and to support both cultural and educational events outside of the designated month, with consultation completed with the black community on how this should be done.

An anti-racism discussion group has also been established by Renfrewshire Leisure’s cultural team and will build on their ongoing research into Renfrewshire’s past and look at how museums can be decolonised moving forward.

Also at the meeting, which was attended by 21 of the 43 elected members to limit potential connection issues, councillors received an update on the current situation in Renfrewshire relating to Coronavirus, as well as details of the area’s recovery plan to restart, recover and renew services in line with national guidance with partners, businesses and communities.

Councillors also approved the move to undertake virtual meetings for the scheduled policy boards in August and September, as it is not yet clear when meetings of this nature will be able to take place in the conventional manner.

Council meetings will now move into recess until 14 August, although to ensure required decision can be made, the Emergencies Board will continue on a fortnightly basis and its membership has been extended to 15.

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Paisley First has launched a new shop local campaign as businesses start to reopen from the COVID-19 lockdown. 

Love Local Love Paisley aims to build on the renewed community spirit as people pulled together to fight against the pandemic which has seen much of the country closed down for the last three months. 

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Most retail businesses will begin reopening in Paisley town centre from this Monday, 29th June. 

Hospitality businesses with outdoor seating areas will be reopening from Monday 6th July. 

Hospitality businesses, including cafes, pubs and restaurants, will then be able to reopen their indoor seating areas from Wednesday 15th July. 

And who doesn’t already know that our hairdressers and barbers will also be reopening from 15th July! 

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Now Paisley First, the town centre Business Improvement District, is hoping that those people who relied on local businesses during lockdown will return the favour and continue to shop local as restrictions are eased. 

Colette Cardosi, Chair of Paisley First, said: “Local people relied on local businesses during lockdown, businesses have been there when people needed them most. Now we’re asking the public to be here for them! 

“Our town centre businesses have been working hard to get their premises safe and secure to welcome customers back, with social distancing measures all in place. 

“Of course, some of our amazing local businesses have remained open throughout lockdown, in order to serve the local community and we are so grateful to all their hard-working staff! 

“We have a great range of independent retail businesses – food, florists, jewellers, giftware, fashion, homeware and more and they can’t wait to welcome back customers, both regular and new. 

“You can still support your favourite hospitality or hair and beauty business before they reopen by leaving them a good review online or why not contact them via Facebook and see if you can buy a gift voucher, help support a local business now and give yourself a treat to look forward to!” 

Colette added: “My message to the local community is that our local business owners can offer you a safe way to shop. While many things have changed, our town centre remains the heartbeat of our local community. 

“Don’t queue around the block elsewhere, support our local businesses who need you to shop local like never before and together we can make Paisley a stronger and more vibrant town centre. 

“With summer well and truly here, we have plenty of fresh air and wide-open spaces, we look forward to welcoming you back safely to Paisley town centre soon. Love Local, Love Paisley!”


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Instagram is one of the most dynamic social platforms where people can realize their talents as a blogger. Getting more real likes on Instagram is a primary concern for everyone. Faves are the silent equivalent for approval and appreciation in the Instagram community. See the most effective methods to gross many likes for a short time!

Purchasing Likes

The most simple way to increase your stats is to buy them. A bigger number of likes also means that your post will be appearing to more users. That’s how the algorithm of Instagram basically works. Many people use this method to boost their metrics at the start of blogging career. Here we would like to drop a piece of advice – don’t go too big at once and start with smaller numbers such as 20 Instagram likes. Taking smaller steps will be helping to see how it works for you. Thus you can adapt your workflow for organic growth.

Remember, that the likes that you purchased would worth nothing if you don’t put a big effort in work with your real audience.

Create Epic Content

This is vital. Likes on Instagram were primarily designed to show viewers’ attitudes to the content they see. And even though since its launch Instagram has changed a lot, the little hearts are remaining the iconic currency for this social network.

But people want to see high-quality content. The more time and effort an influencer puts into his profile, the more likes he gets as a result. Here are the main rules, that you should follow if you want to gross more double taps with your content:

  • Choose a niche and be consistent in your topics
  • If possible, purchase a good professional camera
  • Develop your unique style and maintain it
  • Learn the essentials of Adobe Lightroom and mobile editing apps
  • Plan your posts ahead

Enter The Instagram Engagement Groups

Engagement groups on Instagram are people’s communities that agreed to like each other’s posts and leave comments. This method is based on mutual support between the members of this group. Members can be running blogs on the same niche, or not having common topics at all. The number of likes can increase in a few minutes from zero to hundreds, depending on the member’s quantity. Usually, fellow users start a chat where everyone can drop a link to the post they want to promote.

This method only works when you collaborate with other people. If you will not leave like or comment on other users’ posts, they will kick you out of the group at least.

Encourage Your Followers

Another effective way to improve your stats right now is by asking your followers to leave likes on your post. The proper term for that in social media marketing is call-to-action or CTA. It is one of the truly helpful tools to get more likes. You can easily turn it into a game, where a like is equal to a lottery ticket. With the changes in the news feed algorithm of Instagram, influencers and brands have to use CTA’s for maintaining their popularity. Even if you don’t have a large audience yet, CTA’s can be useful to you as they help to build a stronger relationship with your followers.

Hashtags And Other Kinds Of Tags On Instagram

Hashtags are an effective tool that helps you to get in touch with your target audience and have more likes. A popular beginner mistake is to consider the overall hashtags like “instamood”, “instalife”, or “instaphoto” to be helpful. Using these will not bring you more hearts. Your posts will be simply lost on endless streams of images bearing these hashtags. By now the number of posts with the hashtag reached the mark of 237 million and continues to grow.

The right thing to do is to stick with hashtags that are related to your niche and are interesting to a particular audience. Make a list of most relevant hashtags and add them to your posts in different groups.

Besides hashtags, Instagram offers other ways of reaching out to your viewers:

  • Location tags. According to the latest research, posts that have a location tag are far more engaging than the ones without! Hence that is a good method to gross likes!
  • Tagging featured accounts (brands in the first place). It may be a surprise for you, but adding tags of products or brands that are shown in your content can work out really well! Doing so gives you a good chance for appearing on the “Explore” page and drives users to your profile.

Post Regularly And Choose The Perfect Time For Posting

People are getting used to consistent posting quickly. After you start showing a scheduled posting on a regular basis, you will notice the bigger amount of hearts sooner than you think. No need to roll out more posts. It is much better to make fewer posts, but at an established time. To increase the effectiveness and get more double taps, find out at what time of the day your target audience is active the most.

A Word To Sum Up

The secret of getting more IG likes without losing much time is in constant working over your blog. Simply buying likes is not enough. This purchase can only serve as a lever for boosting your results. The main thing that you have to do is create something worth attention. High-quality content, along with consistency and proper hashtags is a clue to increase your stats in short terms. Good luck!



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Renfrewshire Council’s board meetings are set for a virtual return, with the full Council meeting on 24 June taking place for the first time via Skype.

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Nominated Councillors from across the political parties will attend the meeting next week and receive an update on the current situation in Renfrewshire relating to Coronavirus, as well as details of the area’s recovery plan.

Councillors will also be asked to approve that the scheduled policy boards in August and September are held remotely, as government guidance does not yet allow indoor gatherings of this nature.

Since 20 March, all council boards were suspended in line with national guidance and replaced in line with established protocols with a weekly Emergencies Board which consisted of senior council officers, including the Chief Executive, and elected members from each of the political parties.

Councillors will be asked to approve the continuation of this board throughout the summer recess, with the board moving to a fortnightly meeting and membership extended to 15.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Iain Nicolson said: “In what have been unprecedented times, myself and my fellow councillors have been working hard to support our local communities in every way we can, but I know I am looking forward to the return of our established meetings.

“With the Coronavirus pandemic affecting everyone in Renfrewshire, it is more important than ever that we work to provide all available avenues of support for local people and it’s right that all councillors are aware of the plans around this.

“The work of all our council staff during this time has been fantastic and I extend my thanks to each and every one of them for their hard work and dedication during this time.”

In line with the current Emergencies Board process, all meetings would be recorded and made available for the public to view as soon as possible on the council’s website.

Great news! West College Scotland has a new range of beginner courses launching this autumn at the Ferguslie Centre!

The Ferguslie Learning Centre provides certificated learning opportunities for adults who have little or no prior qualifications and delivers courses that increase employability skills and career opportunities.

The college would like you to know that they are continually working on how they can deliver their courses safely to community learners. When the College starts back in Autumn they envisage a ‘blended’ approach which may include online contact and socially distanced classes. They are in the early stages of planning and more information will be available soon.

To find out more about the courses highlighted, or to register your interest contact Kathleen on 07980 696139 -or email

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Renfrewshire Council Leader Iain Nicolson has paid tribute to the work of council staff for their dedication in providing essential services and support throughout the Coronavirus pandemic.

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In a report set to go to the full Council meeting on 24 June, the work of council staff to deliver essential frontline services and the resilience of residents who have volunteered to help their local communities has been outlined.

The national response to the pandemic has been led by the council and its partners to ensure that local people have had quick, direct access to the support that is available, and this work has spanned across every service within the Council.

The newly-established Local Assistance Team supported hundreds of people across Renfrewshire as they helped to arrange food supplies, delivery of medicines and supported those shielding to access supermarket deliveries – with more than 6,200 calls received to the local helpline and contact made with 94% of local people who are shielding. In addition, more than 250,000 food packages have also been supplied to local residents.

Staff at Renfrewshire’s seven childcare hubs have supported more than 250 children of key workers and vulnerable families every week during the lockdown period, with this support set to be extended throughout the summer.

More than 6,600 children have received an £11.25 payment every week in lieu of free school meals and, to facilitate learning at home, 500 Chromebooks have been given to pupils in Renfrewshire who need them.

More than 2000 Scottish Government grants have been processed for local businesses totalling £23million and community and third sector organisations have been supported to access more than £600,000 in grant funding.

Staff have prioritised maintaining services to protect the most vulnerable children and adults in Renfrewshire, including a 24/7 response for anyone made homeless, safe visits to older adults in sheltered housing and the concierge and caretaking service has continued in all high-rise blocks in the area.

The Renfrewshire Health and Social Care Partnership continue to support around 1,600 people through its Care at Home service, providing care packages for vulnerable residents, and staff are supporting care homes to recover from the impact of the virus.

Through the Connecting Scotland programme, vulnerable residents have also been provided with laptop or tablets, an internet connection, and training and support to help them stay connected – with 230 devices available for people in Renfrewshire.

Street cleaning and waste collections teams have continued to work a full schedule, with other key services such as emergency repairs, essential vehicle maintenance, catering and burials continuing to operate round the clock.

The council’s Customer Services team are answering thousands of calls each week to ensure that residents are able to access the services they need, as well as providing vital behind the scenes support for every council service.

Councillor Nicolson said: “The resilience of every one of our teams and their ability to adapt to this ever-changing situation has been incredible.

“Without the work of the council, and the incredible community spirit we have in Renfrewshire, we would not have been able to come through this testing time so successfully and the report set to go to Council outlines the scale of the work undertaken to support the people of Renfrewshire – it’s clear that that everyone has gone above and beyond the call of duty.

“Around 1,000 staff members have been fulfilling a different role than normal during this crisis, learning new skills and being an invaluable support for local people.

“I can’t praise them enough and we will continue to do all we can to give people the support that we know they’ll require now, and in the future, as we recover from this pandemic.

“We will do all we can to ensure that everyone in Renfrewshire can access the support they need so please if you need us, get in touch and we’ll help you through this difficult time.”

For advice and guidance on Coronavirus and the support available from the Council, visit

A NEW creative arts project has been launched for children and grown-ups.

It’s aimed at people looking to be part of a creative community, to pass the time creatively in lockdown, or to encourage and motivate friends and family to try new things.

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Called Tiny Revolutions Renfrewshire, the initiative aims to encourage everyone to get creative in an easy and fun way and be able to share their artistic endeavours with the wider community.

Renfrewshire Leisure’s Arts Team and joined with the Fun Palaces – Tiny Revolutions of Connection organisation to engage with the local community and stimulate creativity.

Every Friday Tiny Revolutions Renfrewshire will post an activity card on the Renfrewshire Leisure website – – for people to download and complete, with activities such as collage, colouring, animation, singing and dancing.

And when the arts project is completed, those taking part are being asked to share photographs of their creations by emailing or posting on social media using #TinyRevolutionsRen.

Renfrewshire Leisure’s Arts Team is also planning to organise a future display of artwork from the project in Paisley and the wider Renfrewshire area.

The first two weeks’ arts projects have been to create a rainbow from all kinds of everyday items and to make a two-metre long message paper message made from a single sheet of A4 paper to send to family and friends, re-connecting people who haven’t been able to see each other in a while.

Chairperson of Renfrewshire Leisure, Councillor Lisa-Marie Hughes said: “Friday is fun time for people of all ages, who like being artistic and trying new things.

“The Tiny Revolutions Renfrewshire brings together everyone in our community who like to be creative and it’s an ideal activity during the current lockdown.

“Why not encourage your family and friends to take part and then let everyone see how creative you are by sending us photos of your artistic efforts.”

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Grant support for Renfrewshire businesses to mitigate the impact of Coronavirus has now topped £23million, with 98% of all applications having been considered.

Renfrewshire Council’s business teams have awarded 2075 grants from the Scottish Government’s Coronavirus Business Support fund.

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Some 1876 small business grants have been issued, totalling £18.5million and 199 retail, hospitality and leisure business grants have been awarded, providing £4.8million in relief for companies to counter the impact of Coronavirus.

This small business grant has now been extended to support tenants and occupiers of premises such as shared office spaces, business incubators and shared industrial units

Local businesses are urged to apply now if they require support, with the Scottish Government confirming new applications to this fund will close on Friday 10 July 2020.

A further £380,000 in hardship grants has helped 190 people newly self-employed.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Iain Nicolson said: “Coronavirus is having a huge impact on all communities across Scotland and upon the local and national economy.

“Our business teams are working tirelessly to approve and award government grants and provide local businesses with support and guidance at this tremendously difficult time.

“I would encourage local employers and employees to visit our support for business web page which is being constantly updated with all the available funding schemes, including sector-specific support and employability advice too.”

The council web page will also have details of additional funding being made available for small B&Bs from Monday 15 June.

Throughout the Covid-19 outbreak, Renfrewshire business leaders, enterprise and education agencies have been in regular contact to consider the current situation and collaborate on the steps needed towards recovery.

Councillor Nicolson said: “The recent news of the potential for major job losses at Rolls-Royce is a devastating blow for everyone affected, including many Renfrewshire residents employed at the Inchinnan site.

“Our priority is to identify how we can support those at risk of losing their jobs and we are in contact with Rolls Royce and working with Government and national agencies to help mitigate the impact of this decision wherever possible.

“I know many more businesses big and small are struggling and we must be ready and able to tackle the social and economic harm now and in the months ahead.”

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Nik Makeup Artist is overwhelmed and honored to have won two top tiles at this years Scottish Makeup Awards 2020.

She took home Best in Glasgow award as well as regional Creative Makeup Artist of the Year 2020 (south west).

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Creative Oceanic is delighted to announce the winners of the first ever Scottish Make-Up Awards 2020.

The 1st Scottish Make Up Awards 2020 celebrate the talent within the country’s make-up sector that has shown no sign of shying away during these challenging days. Some of the most successful businesses and professionals from all over the country are amongst the winners in The 1st Scottish Make-Up Awards 2020.

The winners are chosen by members of the public and are a true reflection of the talent, creativity and impeccable customer service that flow within the profession- three key features that enhance the reputation of the Scottish make-up industry nationally.

Several of the awards were split into regions to ensure the diverse establishments from across the country are recognised for their exceptional work.

A spokesperson for The 1st Scottish Make- Up Awards, said: “The make-up industry plays a vital role in the country’s economy by employing thousands of staff and it is time to show our appreciation to those who have dedicated their career to making people feel beautiful.

“The Scottish Make-Up Awards provide a platform to reward those who stand out amongst the rest with their commitment to innovation and customer satisfaction.

“We would like to congratulate all finalists and winners for their achievements!”

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