SHOPPERS are being given the chance to vote for their favourite store, restaurant and entertainment venue in the 2018 intu Braehead retailer awards.

Thousands of people are expected to pick their favourites in an online poll just launched.

There are awards for the store categories – menswear, footwear and accessories, food and drink, kids, specialist retailer, ladieswear, jewellery, health and beauty along with retailer of the year, entertainment venue and world class customer service.

All you have to do to vote is log on to and those who pick their favourites in the poll will get the chance to win a £250 intu Gift Card. The closing date for voting is Thursday, September 6.

Marketing manager for intu Braehead, David Lyon said: “We’ve got some fantastic stores, cafes, restaurants and fun entertainment venues and this gives people the chance to vote for their favourites.

“And the awards are a great way of recognising the businesses that give shoppers such a great service.”

SHOPPERS must have thought they had walked through the doors of the intu Braehead mall on Saturday and landed in a galaxy far, far away.

They were met with the sight of characters from all kinds of films, TV shows and comics having a look round the shops.

Thousands of sci-fi fans turned out for the Film and Comic Con event being held in The Arena at intu Braehead.

Many fans were dressed in the costumes of their favourite sci-fi characters and they certainly caught the attention of shoppers in and around the malls.

They also flocked to hundreds of stalls set up in The Arena to snap up movie memorabilia and sought-after rare comics.

The event continues tomorrow (Sunday) when even more fans are expected to come along.

Marketing manager for intu Braehead, David Lyon said: “Where else but intu Braehead would Darth Vader, Stormtroopers, Spiderman and Superman come for a weekend’s shopping when they visit planet Earth?

“This Film and Comic Con is one of the most eye-catching events we have at intu Braehead and we look forward to it every year.

“Shoppers just love to see the fans dressed in their amazing costumes and you just never know who you’re going to bump into!”

paisley pirates

It might be a few weeks until Paisley Pirates fans have the chance to see their favourites back on the ice, but that’s not stopping them from getting right behind the team as the Supporters Club continues to use the close season to raise vital funds to help keep the Pirates on the ice.

paisley pirates

Supporters Club Chairwoman Marie Cadenhead explained, “Over the close season the club committee has been streamlined, but that hasn’t stopped us from pushing ahead with the fundraising which nowadays is as essential for keeping the main club on the ice as any other activity.”


“We know as well how important it is too for the Pirates to be seen in the community which they’re very much part of. We took part in the Barshaw Gala Day towards the end of June, organized a bag pack in Morrison’s at the beginning of July which raised a lot of money, we’ve got a stall at the Ferguslie Open Day on Saturday 11 August, and we’ve got a bunch of supporters taking part in the annual Fun Run organized by the local council on Sunday 19 August.”


“There’s none of us will ever be described as athletes, but we’ve had a lot of fun taking part in it in previous years, as well as raising a bucketful of cash for the club funds, and we’re hoping to do the same this year. We’ve set up a JustGiving page at for anyone able and willing to support those folk who will maybe not be running, the whole distance (3k) on the day, but will certainly be attempting a fast stroll around the town centre on the day. We’re hoping supporters will feel able to take part in the Fun Run, there’s still time to register. It is certainly a lot of fun, as the title suggests, and from our perspective it gives us another opportunity to take part in a community activity and raise money at the same time.”


“It’s not too long now until the main event for us, namely, seeing the Pirates back on the ice, gets underway, and we know it makes a big difference to the club management and players to know the supporters are backing us by bringing in much needed cash. It costs more than people maybe think to keep the show on the road, when you consider costly items like booking buses for far away road trips, so contributors to the cause, either in donations to the page, or by taking part in the event, know that every penny raised goes to help the Pirates, Renfrewshire’s only senior ice hockey team.”

STAFF at intu Braehead made sure residents at a housing complex for the over 50s will have a bright new garden to enjoy.

Volunteers from the shopping and leisure destination spent a day creating a new garden for the residents at Glentanar Court, in Paisley after intu Braehead agreed to donate £2500 to buy materials for the works.

The volunteer work was part of intu’s company-wide initiative encouraging staff to take the time from their work schedule to help support a local charity or community group.

Along with workers from landscape gardening experts, Cardwell Nurseries, based in Gourock, the intu Braehead team created new flower beds, built wooden planters filled with flowers and plants and gave residents a new garden shed to store their tools.

Residents were delighted with the result of the volunteers’ hard labour and as a thank you, presented the intu Braehead team with a framed stenciled Paisley patterned piece of artwork that had been created by residents during recent art classes they’d taken part in.

Glentanar Court resident, Susan Hill said: “The volunteers from intu Braehead worked really hard weeding and planting and I’m sure the residents here will just love the new garden.

“We’re delighted with what’s been achieved and hopefully we’ll still have some good weather to come so we can sit out and enjoy the garden.”

Lydia Brown, intu Braehead’s community development manager said: “We get involved in quite a lot of projects like this and enjoy coming out into the community to do volunteering work.

“And with the money intu Braehead donates, we can make life just a little bit better for people in the local community.”

The multi-million pound programme of investment in Renfrewshire’s roads network is well underway with the resurfacing of main routes across the area being completed.

New road surfacing at Barloan Renfrew 31.7.18

The £7.2million investment in Renfrewshire’s roads in 2018/19 represents the single biggest investment ever in the roads network and is being delivered as part of the continuing physical and economic regeneration of the area.

Major resurfacing work has taken place on more than a third of all carriageways in the planned programme so far with key routes such as Broadloan in Renfrew and Old Greenock Road in Inchinnan having been successfully completed already.

The programme is also addressing footways across Renfrewshire and six projects have already undertaken as part of the multi-million investment.

A further 33 roads have also undergone minor repairs which will protect them from future deterioration.

Councillor Cathy McEwan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Infrastructure, Land and Environment Policy Board, said: “We recognised that the condition of Renfrewshire’s roads was a key priority for those who live and work in the area which is why we invested accordingly in this year’s budget.

“The work is progressing well with more than a third of the work planned on carriageways already completed and this is making a substantial difference to the quality of the main routes in the area.

“A key focus has been placed on undertaking high-quality repairs and there has been an increased resource commitment to post-repair inspections to ensure a long-term benefit is achieved.

“While we recognise that road works can be frustrating for motorists, these necessary works will make a clear improvement to the quality of our roads and every effort is being undertaken to minimise disruption for motorists while the works take place.”

Further resurfacing works set to take place in the short-term include Lonend in Paisley and Ferry Road in Bishopton.

The resurfacing work is being complimented by an ongoing programme of pot hole repairs to improve the overall quality of Renfrewshire’s roads network.

For full details on the roads programme for 2018/19 visit

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FANS of the ITV2 Love Island show can watch the series finale on Monday night on a big screen at their very own beach party.

The event is being hosted at the indoor beach that’s been created in Soar at intu Braehead this summer.
Everyone is invited to come along and have some fun as they watch the finale of the hugely-popular TV show.

There will be music, beach games and giveaways, food and drink sampling, sofas and pink flamingo pool floaties to sit on, as well as a photo booth.

The Summer Beach Party, on Monday, July 30, begins at 6pm with loads of fun activities until the show starts at 9pm.

Kellie Lauder, intu Braehead’s assistant marketing manager said: “Love Island is probably one of the most talked-about TV shows just now.

“And what better way to watch the series finale that to get some of your friends together and have a beach party, as we eagerly await to find out who this year’s winners are.”

The latest phase of Renfrewshire Council’s £1m investment in free public wifi internet has rolled out – with Renfrew town centre the latest place to get the service.

Visitors to Renfrew now have fast and easy access to internet from key outdoor areas in the heart of the town – as part of a wider push to make local town centres more attractive places to visit

The Renfrewshire Council free public wifi is active on High Street from the town hall to Queen St, and on Hairst Street/Canal Street between the junctions with Inchinnan Road and Station Road.

The service went live in the area around Johnstone High Street and Town Hall earlier this year, and will be switched on in key outdoor areas in Paisley town centre next month.

The free wifi can also be accessed within many public buildings around the area – including town halls, libraries, council offices and some children’s homes.

Renfrewshire Council’s deputy leader Jim Paterson visited Renfrew town centre to test it out for himself, and said: “The council made this investment in free public wifi across our three biggest town centres to make them more attractive places to visit and drive footfall to local businesses.

“We live in an increasingly-connected world and access to fast, reliable internet is now an everyday necessity for many.

“This service is already proving popular in Johnstone and we are delighted Renfrew town centre can now benefit too, with Paisley to follow soon.”

Iain Kerr, operations manager of Braehead-based Boston Networks, the firm who installed and will maintain the new service, added: “We are delighted to have completed the latest phase of the project, which will see high speed wifi internet access rolled out throughout Renfrew town centre.

“As a Renfrewshire business, we’re thrilled to be working in close partnership with the council to design and deliver these fantastic new digital public services.

“This will not only provide free internet access for residents, but will deliver multiple benefits for local businesses; offering visitors to the town centre and public buildings fast and easy access to information on local services and events. “

The free outdoor public wifi will complement the internet connections already available inside buildings and private businesses, by extending coverage to outdoor areas.

Miro Tramita, manager of popular restaurant and bar Luna Rossa, which has outdoor seating within the wifi area, added: “It’s definitely going to help bring business into the town.

“More and more these days, people come into the restaurant and one of the first things they ask for is the wifi password and that’s especially the case if they have kids.”

The service is open to anyone with a wifi-enabled device within the coverage zone –  just find ‘Renfrewshire Public Wifi’ in your list of available networks and connect. First-time users will have to accept the terms and conditions but after that you will connect automatically.

A giant sports and entertainment arena was transformed into a food packing factory to help feed starving children in the largest urban slum in Africa.

Bosses at intu Braehead stepped in to offer their Arena free of charge to members of the Rotary Club, so they could pack 75,000 meals that are being sent to the Kibera area of Nairobi, in Kenya.

The massive operation – the first of its kind in Scotland – for the international Rise Against Hunger charity saw tons of dried food in sacks being delivered to the Arena.

After intu Braehead staff used their forklift to move the pallets of food on to the Arena floor, a small army of volunteers from the West of Scotland Rotary transferred the rice, soya, dehydrated vegetable mix along with vitamins and minerals into portion-size plastic bags.

These bags were then heat-sealed and put into boxes and loaded back on to the lorry to be transported to Kenya.

The volunteers cheered when a gong was hit to mark every 5000 bags of food packed.
West of Scotland Rotary raised £16,500 to pay for the bulk supply of food and around 200 volunteers worked tirelessly for five hours to pack the food into containers and boxes.

District Governor for West of Scotland Rotary, Gary Louttit, from Renfrew said: “This is a major operation to get the bulk food into portions, packed in boxes and ready to send to Africa.

“We’ve got volunteers from Rotary clubs all over the West of Scotland packing the food, but we couldn’t have done this without the help from intu Braehead who gave us the Arena facilities, the forklift and the scores of tables we need to set up our production line.”

Gary added: “The Kibera area of Nairobi can only be described as a slum city with two million people living there in abject poverty. It’s hard to imagine just how bad the conditions are – it’s horrendous and the poverty is as bad it gets.

“The food we are sending from Scotland will provide 75,000 meals and give the people there much-needed nourishment.”

Community development manager for intu Braehead Lydia Brown said: “It’s a heartwarming sight to see so many volunteers beavering away packing food that will end up feeding thousands of people in Africa.
“We’re glad that we could do our bit to help in what is a fantastic charity effort.”

Rise Against Hunger is an international hunger relief organisation that distributes food and life-changing aid to the world’s most vulnerable people

The longest-running major sponsor of St Mirren, intu Braehead has signed up for another season.
The shopping and leisure destination has pledged a five-figure sum of money to the club in what will be the 13th year in a row they have been a Saints sponsor.

The intu Braehead logo will be on the back of the away shirt and also on signage around the stadium.
St Mirren chairman Gordon Scott said: “We’re grateful for the financial support intu Braehead has given the club over so many years.

“The centre plays a massive role in the local economy providing jobs that pay wages that people can spend in towns and villages throughout Renfrewshire.

Braehead sponser St Mirrin FC

“And intu Braehead has also been a great supporter of local charities and organisations, as well as being a major backer of St Mirren since 2005.”

Braehead sponser St Mirrin FC

Peter Beagley, regional centre director with responsibility for intu Braehead said: “We’ve always been a supporter of St Mirren who are synonymous with Paisley and Renfrewshire.

Braehead sponser St Mirrin FC

“A successful St Mirren gives a huge boost to the morale of the local community and you can see that’s what happened when Saints were promoted to the Scottish Premiership last season.

Braehead sponser St Mirrin FC

“I’m looking forward to seeing St Mirren in the Scottish Premiership this year and a successful and growing intu Braehead means we can support organisations like St Mirren and other good causes even more in the future.”