Sma' Shot Day celebrations online (1)

Renfrewshire Council’s spring and summer events programme will be going online over the coming months.

The popular Paisley Food and Drink Festival will take a different shape for 2021 – with an online programme across 10 days in April.

Sma' Shot Day celebrations online (1)

The Festival will showcase the rich diversity of Renfrewshire’s food and drink offer along with interactive culinary experiences, including cooking demonstrations and workshops, ways to grow your own food and much more.

More details about the programme for this year’s Paisley Food and Drink Festival will be unveiled in the coming weeks.

Following the success of last year’s event, Paisley’s annual Sma’ Shot Day celebrations will once again be marked with a programme of online events to commemorate the historic victory of local weavers.

This year’s online event will take place on Saturday 3 July – the time when the weavers and their families would traditionally take their holidays.

The move to take the events online for 2021 is in response to the current COVID-19 pandemic, to ensure celebrations can still take place in adherence with national guidance.

The British Pipe Band Championships, which were due to be staged in Paisley in May, will no longer take place.

Louisa Mahon, Head of Marketing, Communications and Events at Renfrewshire Council, said: “The Paisley Food and Drink Festival is always one of the highlights of our annual events calendar – and this year’s online programme will provide a fantastic opportunity to shine a spotlight on the exceptional food and drink offer we have across Renfrewshire.

“We look forward to telling you more about the festival programme and how people can get involved very soon.

“Sma’ Shot Day represents an important part of Paisley’s heritage and we were delighted with the warm reception last year’s online celebrations received from local people, as well as those from further afield who wouldn’t normally be able to take part in the day’s events.

“This year’s online event will look to carry on these traditions and feeling of community spirit, while offering opportunities for everyone to get involved in celebrating this great day.

“Due to the current restrictions on major events, it’s a great shame that we will be unable to host the British Pipe Band Championships in Paisley this May. The Championships is a fantastic event which draws competitors and spectators from over the UK and across the world and it’s just not possible to stage such an event right now.

“We’ve thoroughly enjoyed partnering with the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association since 2016 and it’s disappointing that the last two years of our partnership – 2020 and 2021 – have coincided with the pandemic.

“We wish the Association, and everyone in the piping world, the very best in successfully resuming competition when it’s safe to do so – and we will continue our dialogue with the Association, actively seeking alternative events and activities to partner on in the future.

“Decisions on the remainder of our 2021 events programme will be made throughout the year, in line with national guidance and public health advice. We will continue to work with events sector and other local authority partners to ensure that we can deliver a safe, accessible, and inclusive programme when physical events are permitted again.”

Renfrewshire Council advises everyone to stay safe and continue to follow the national guidance on coronavirus set out by the Scottish Government.

For the latest local updates, visit our ‘Information, help and guidance on coronavirus (COVID-19)’ webpage:

Artist’s rendering of the Medicines Manufacturing Innovation Centre in Renfrewshire, UK

CPI has today announced an agreement with Pfizer, making it the newest partner of the Medicines Manufacturing Innovation Centre collaboration. The partnership will enable the Centre to draw upon Pfizer’s expertise within the pharmaceutical sector to help address key challenges and maximise efficiency within the medicines supply chain.

Artist’s rendering of the Medicines Manufacturing Innovation Centre in Renfrewshire, UK

The Medicines Manufacturing Innovation Centre is a collaboration between CPI, the University of Strathclyde and founding industry partners GSK and AstraZeneca, with funding provided by Scottish Enterprise and UK Research and Innovation. The Centre aims to advance emergent and disruptive technologies through a series of flagship ‘Grand Challenge’ projects to increase productivity and patient outcomes in the pharmaceutical industry. 

The new partnership with Pfizer will focus on Grand Challenge 1, which aims to develop an innovative continuous direct compression (CDC) platform enabling oral solid dosage medicines to be formulated more robustly and efficiently. The CDC platform will feature a digital twin and data predictor model to allow for the modelling of processes in a digital space. This capability will improve efficiency and significantly cut down the quantity of starting materials needed to optimise formulations with the aim of enabling companies to ultimately develop formulations faster and at reduced cost. 

As a partner in the Medicines Manufacturing Innovation Centre collaboration, Pfizer will be providing data, expert skill and knowledge of continuous mixing technology. Pfizer’s contributions to Grand Challenge 1 will aim to minimise costs and significantly reduce risk by providing vital technical expertise for further development of the digital twin and data predictor model for the CDC platform. 

Dave Tudor, Managing Director at the Medicines Manufacturing Innovation Centre, said: “We are extremely proud to be working with Pfizer and look forward to drawing on its wealth of expertise in the pharmaceutical industry. This partnership will help to further develop the CDC platform as part of Grand Challenge 1, leading to reduced materials requirements and lower costs for the end-user.”

Brian Henry, Vice President, Drug Product Design, at Pfizer, said: “We are excited to begin our partnership with the Medicines Manufacturing Innovation Centre to support the delivery of Grand Challenge 1. Through the support of Pfizer’s Emerging Science Fund, we believe we can utilise our collective knowledge to build predictive models for continuous tablet manufacturing, with the goal of enhancing our ability to accelerate the drug development process and help deliver breakthroughs that change patients’ lives.”

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The First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, has announced that she hopes to lift the current Stay at Home order on 5th April with a return to the tiered levels system and a phased but significant re-opening of the economy from Monday 26th April. She stressed that a cautious easing of the restrictions was required to suppress COVID-19 and that she will bring these dates forward if the data shows that any restrictions can be lifted earlier.


A more formal route map out of lockdown with clearer, indicative dates will be published by the Scottish Government by the middle of March. The main announcements from today are: The remainder of primary school children and more senior pupils will return to school from 15th March along with outdoor mixing of four people from two households and the restarting of outdoor non-contact group sports for young people aged between 12 and 17 years old.

From 5th April, it’s hoped the Stay at Home order will be lifted alongside an expansion of what can be classed as essential retail and a relaxation of some rules around Click and Collect services. The commencement of communal worship may also begin on this date, or slightly earlier, with restricted numbers and it’s also hoped that outdoor gatherings will be increased to six people from two households. More children should be able to return to school after the school Easter Holidays if progress in the fight against COVID-19 continues. Monday 26th April will see a return to the tiered levels system with the majority of areas moving into Level 3 initially – details of what restrictions will be required for each level will be reviewed and this will also be published as part of the formal route map out of lockdown in mid-March.

The First Minister also highlighted that following the Chancellor’s UK budget next week, she would hope to set out more business support for businesses as restrictions are eased. In her speech today, Miss Sturgeon said this would include extending the current Strategic Framework Business Fund (Temporary Closure Grants and Restrictions Grants) until at least the end of June. She stated that when local authority areas move out of level 4, businesses that are allowed to reopen will continue to receive payments from the fund for at least the next four weeks, as they transition back to trading more normally.

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She added that the Scottish Government was also considering some form of tapered support for businesses that may still face trading restrictions and reduced demand, even as they are allowed to re-open and more details on this will be set out soon. You can read today’s announcement in full HERE or download the revised Strategic Framework HERE Also today, the new VAT deferral monthly payment scheme – for those who deferred a VAT payment due between 20 March and 30 June 2020, is now live. You can see more on the options available to those who deferred VAT payments last year due to COVID-19 HERE on our website.

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Derek Provan

Commenting on today’s announcement in the Scottish Parliament from First Minster Nicola Sturgeon on the introduction of tougher quarantine restrictions, Derek Provan, chief executive of AGS Airports, said:

Glasgow airport Derek Provan

“This is the third significant announcement regarding travel restrictions in as many weeks which, once again, have been introduced without any consultation whatsoever. We’re also lacking any detail on how the latest layer of restrictions will be implemented.

We understand the need for short-term emergency measures, and we all want to see this virus brought under control as quickly as possible, however, it’s imperative government engages with industry on developing a recovery plan.

“Our airports are effectively closed, they have been for almost one year and without a recovery plan from government there is no end in sight. We need to see sector specific support beyond the rates relief otherwise our entire industry will remain in a perilous position.”

Amanda Lightbody

Outspoken Arts Scotland announces the first in a series of FREE creative learning workshops in the visual arts.  These online workshops are aimed at young people, school leavers and those not in employment, further education or training.

This first series of workshops explore drawing, film making, sculpture from found and recyclable materials, and clay.

Full details of the programme can be found at this link

[ pictured below left to right: Sara Sonas, Katie McGroarty & Amanda Lightbody ]


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Joining us Online

These workshops will take place online via Zoom.  Participants must register their personal details, or that of a parent or guardian.  We need your year of birth and also a postal address for surveying purposes and for you to receive any FREE materials pack if required in the workshops. We will issue Online Safety guidance to participants on how to manage their participation, what conduct is expected, and how we will moderate the sessions.  The lead artists will host the sessions along with our Creative Learning officer, who is registered with Disclosure Scotland.  Participants will be screened in a waiting room prior to start of workshop to ensure safety and compliance.

Outspoken Arts Scotland will manage your data safely and not share this with anyone outside of our organisation for any purpose.  We observe and adhere to the General Data Protection Act of 2018.

If you have any questions please contact our team.

Outspoken Arts Scotland Ltd
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This workshop programme is supported by
Creative Scotland | Glasgow City Council | Renfrewshire Council | LGBT+Consortium | William Syson Foundation

WORKSHOP TIMETABLE                                                                                                                                
Tue 16 Feb, 5-7pm                           Katie McGroarty – Drawing Workshop

Wed 17 Feb, 5-7pm                         Katie McGroarty – Drawing Workshop

Thu 18 Feb, 11am-1pm                   Sara Sonas – Reuse Art Workshop

Thu 18 Feb, 3pm-5pm                      Sara Sonas – Clay Workshop

Fri 19 Feb, 10am-12noon                Amanda Lightbody – Photography Workshop – Part 1

Fri 19 Feb, 12noon-2pm                  Giacinta Frisillo – Film Workshop

Fri 19 Feb, 2pm-4pm                       Amanda Lightbody – Photography Workshop – Part 1–vqTkvEtHt_K-yKYwxyx91o0OmmHoN

Sat 20 Feb, 10am-12noon               Amanda Lightbody – Photography Workshop – Part 1

Sat 20 Feb, 12noon-2pm                 Giacinta Frisillo – Film Workshop

Sat 20 Feb, 2pm-4pm                       Amanda Lightbody – Photography Workshop – Part 1

Mon 22 Feb, 11am-1pm                  Sara Sonas – Reuse Art Workshop

Mon 22 Feb, 3pm-5pm                    Sara Sonas – Clay Workshop

Tue 23 Feb, 5-7pm                           Katie McGroarty – Drawing Workshop

Wed 24 Feb, 5-7pm                         Katie McGroarty – Drawing Workshop

Fri 26 Feb, 12noon-2pm                  Giacinta Frisillo – Film Workshop

Sat 27 Feb, 12noon-2pm                 Giacinta Frisillo – Film Workshop

Tue 2 Mar 11am-1pm                      Sara Sonas – Reuse Art Workshop

Tue 2 Mar 3pm-5pm                        Sara Sonas – Clay Workshop

Tue 2 Mar, 5pm-7pm                       Katie McGroarty – Drawing Workshop

Wed 3 Mar, 5pm-7pm                     Katie McGroarty – Drawing Workshop

Fri 5 Mar, 10am-12noon                 Amanda Lightbody – Photography Workshop – Part 2

Fri 5 Mar, 12noon-2pm                   Giacinta Frisillo – Film Workshop

Fri 5 Mar, 2pm-4pm                         Amanda Lightbody – Photography Workshop – Part 2

Sat 6 Mar, 10am-12noon                Amanda Lightbody – Photography Workshop – Part 2

Sat 6 Mar, 12noon-2pm                  Giacinta Frisillo – Film Workshop

Sat 6 Mar, 2pm-4pm                        Amanda Lightbody – Photography Workshop – Part 2

Tue 9 Mar, 5pm-7pm                       Katie McGroarty – Drawing Workshop

Wed 10 Mar, 5pm-7pm                   Katie McGroarty – Drawing Workshop

Thu 11 Mar 11am-1pm                    Sara Sonas – Reuse Art Workshop

Thu 11 Mar, 3pm-5pm                     Sara Sonas – Clay Workshop

Fri 12 Mar, 12noon-2pm                 Giacinta Frisillo – Film Workshop

Sat 13 Mar, 12noon-2pm                Giacinta Frisillo – Film Workshop

Tear Drop Gin is a new Paisley business that was created during lockdown, July 2020, by husband-and-wife team Donald and Louise Boyd.

Donald and Louise are Paisley Buddies, lived in Paisley all our lives. They married in Paisley in the year 2000 and in fact met each other when they had Saturday jobs in Topo Gigio cafe, which used to be based in the ground floor of the Paisley Centre.

The idea for a Paisley inspired gin came about during a family celebration for Donald’s birthday. The conversation had turned to favourite gins and they thought why was there no gin from Paisley, yet there were gins from any other area in Scotland.

So…to cut a very long story short, they decided to give it a go!

Team Tear Drop employed the skills of a local graphic designer to assist in getting the product ready for market. With the help of another Paisley Buddy, Michael Barron…who is a graphic designer (Zest Creative), Tear Drop Team have designed and created a new gin based on their hometown of Paisley.

In the run up to launch of the website and e-commerce platform, Donald and Louise were grateful for help support and guidance from friend and Paisley Community Trust Trustee and show host, Andy Campbell.  Indeed Andy and his co-host Gary Kerr have helped with spreading the word by featuring a sampling of Tear Drop Gin on their show.

The juniper led London Dry Gin has forward notes of rowan berries and brambles. Both these berries can be found all over Paisley in the right season…lots of Paisley Buddies can recall bramble picking in late summer.

The bottle design is inspired by the world-famous Paisley Pattern and uses a unique process of direct print to glass.  This means that the bottle does not have any paper label, with the design and information being printed directly on to the bottle…this gives the bottle an extra special quality to it and has been well admired.

Tear Drop Gin was launched on 23 November and both Batch 1&2 are sold out with more than half of Batch 3 now sold!  Batch 4 is in the process of being bottled and if the support of the people of Paisley continues,  Batch 5&6 will be distilled. We hope it goes from strength to strength!

The gin is available to buy exclusively online only via the website and comes in a  70cl bottle, retailing at £36 including VAT.  The gin is available to click and collect at the Paisley gift store on Gauze Street, IVAD Gifts…our Paisley click and collect partner.

However, due to current lockdown restrictions, this service is unavailable at the moment…so the Tear Drop team are offering FREE LOCAL DELIVERY to the people of Paisley, Renfrewshire, Barrhead and Hillington…until the click and collect service can resume.

The bottle comes as a gifting set with a free bottle bag, hand sanitiser, gift postcard and wee business card…so the product is gift ready.

Team Tear Drop are continuing to develop the business in 2021 with a number of complementary products being developed in the pipeline.

Further information is available on the website and on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.