Brand new studio space to let at Mirren Court Three on the ground floor. The space of 265 sqft has been freshly decorated and ready to let now. The space might be perfect as a beauty studio. There is a possibility to install the sink inside the room. Depending on tenants requirements the landlord will lay down the carpet or a vinyl throughout.

The suite comes with one car parking space.

The space benefits from central heating, double glazing, LED lighting and lots of natural day light. The shared kitchen and the toilets are located on the same floor.

Mirren Court benefits from a fantastic location, on-site parking, amenities nearby and is close proximity to M8 Jct.27.

Please call on 0141 843 4211 to organize a viewing.

Tonight ‘The Shoppers Slot at 4pm it is Wild Card. Straight after that at 8pm young band Esquire will be playing a short set from 8pm then Emma Nailen will be performing at 9pm. Emma keeps herself busy running Third Wheel Music and Production studio in Bellshill.

She teaches guitar and vocals and band production. She has been working with the two boys from Esquire and has done a great job with them. Lucky for us she still finds time to get out and play live. The Sunday Northern Soul afternoon is back and starts at 3pm. On Monday Cammy Miller is in his usual slot at 4pm then on Tuesday Lee James does his Rat Pack Show at 3pm.

On Wednesday The Pre Fab Four are playing at 5pm. Lee James will be back for round two on Thursday at 3pm when he ‘Takes You Through The Decades’. Whew, I told you it was another bumper of a week, didn’t I?

 

A new band for The Cave is playing tomorrow at 8.30pm. They are called Off Ya Rocker and they are sure to get the usual warm welcome from all the Cave’s regular rock fans. On Sunday at 6pm Cherry Red 53 will be banging out some old-fashioned rock n roll.

Tomorrow afternoon The Bungalow have their first Big Band Session of 2022 and to kick it off it is Glasgow based jazz band The Bobby Deans Big Band which is run by Michael Deans, brother of the late Bobby Deans. Bobby Deans name is synonymous with big band music in Glasgow. The band is formed from some of the finest musicians available in Scotland and their setlist has all the big band classic sounds of Dorsey, Ellington, Millar, Basie, Kenton and Goodman while vocal contributions cover the classic artists like Sinatra, Darren, Fitzgerald and Holliday.

This is always a popular afternoon at The Bungalow. Because of the limited numbers, it is advised to get a ticket from The Bungalow Facebook events page. Doors open at 1pm, the band starts at 2pm and tickets are £5. 

Tomorrow night is UB40 tribute band One in Ten and it is a sell-out but there may be some hand backs so it might be worth passing by. One In Ten are a fully live eight-piece band performing a night full of pulsating reggae hits spanning over 25 years. Expect great songs from UB 40’s early hits such as ‘King’, ‘Food for Thought’ and ‘Red Red Wine’ through to some of their most recent work. All that with some foot-stomping 80’s Ska thrown in it all looks like a great live show. Doors are at 7pm. 

The Open Stage afternoon on Sunday starts at 3pm. Everyone is welcome to take to the stage as a solo, duet or band. A full backline is provided, and a sound engineer will be there to get a great sound for you. 

The Keg have Mya Brown, Paisley’s Young Artist of the Year 2021 playing tonight at 9pm. Mya is a singer/songwriter and music journalist, and she is sure to put you in a good mood and kick off the weekend in style for you. It is a bit of a home tie for Mya as she is a regular at The Keg’s Open Mic Nights.

Tomorrow night the atmosphere will be electric as Mark Theo McMillan returns to The Keg playing all your favourites tunes. Mark gets things going at 9pm. Johnny Barr says The Keg has the wildest open mic session in town. Maybe it’s about time we all piled in to check this claim out and see if it’s true. What I do know is local musicians get to showcase their talents and you get to sit back and enjoy live music. Make sure you are down early to grab a seat. All the action starts at 8:30pm.

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With a heating system 90% greener than a gas boiler and two specialist centres transforming skills, processes and productivity, Scotland’s home for manufacturing innovation is taking shape in Renfrewshire.

Here’s a snapshot of photos showing the progress being made on the Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District Scotland (AMIDS).

Renfrewshire Council is leading development of the 52-hectare site next to Glasgow Airport, which has already attracted the National Manufacturing Institute Scotland (NMIS) headquarters, operated by the University of Strathclyde, and the Medicines Manufacturing Innovation Centre, led by CPI, both facilities on course to complete construction this year.

They will be the first occupiers to benefit from heating and hot water supplied through a ‘fifth generation’ low carbon renewable energy network, the sustainable system – including 3.7km of underground pipes – currently being installed by experts FES Energy.

There’s also a new primary sub-station providing power and later this year, further across the site, work starts on landscaping to create a central square and gathering place for people to meet, collaborate and enjoy the riverside views.

Netherton Avenue will provide a new gateway road through the district, complemented by better walking and cycling facilities, with two bridge connections around the site opening this year improving access for commercial vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists, all funded through the Glasgow City Region City Deal.

Boeing has already landed in the wider district at Westway Park, opening the Metallics Research Centre in the NMIS Boeing facility.  This will see Boeing undertake its first ever research and development project in Scotland in collaboration with the University of Strathclyde’s Advanced Forming Research Centre, which is part of the NMIS group and has been based at Inchinnan Business Park since 2010 next to Rolls Royce.

And more companies are sure to follow, the £150million capital value and green campus credentials an appealing offer, with the council looking to form a joint venture with a private sector partner to develop the district to its full potential.

Plans are also being progressed to better connect people from the surrounding areas to the district through the UK Government’s Levelling Up funding, creating a new network of road, cycling and walking links from Paisley town centre along the route of the White Cart river.

Alongside new infrastructure, there’s strong links being forged with the local manufacturing sector through a new network, ensuring Renfrewshire companies know what AMIDS has to offer them and how they can secure supply chain opportunities.

And careers co-ordinators in Renfrewshire schools are linked into the jobs of the future and apprenticeships on offer, including a Foundation Apprenticeship in Digital Manufacturing.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Iain Nicolson said: “Development of AMIDS will bolster our hugely productive manufacturing sector in Renfrewshire, made famous from the threadmills, shipyards and aerospace engines, and now accounting for more than 8,000 jobs – almost 10% of all employment across the region.

“It’s great to see the district taking shape, achieved despite the backdrop of the pandemic, and I’m sure it will bring big benefits locally as the research centres open their doors – creating new jobs and helping local, national and international businesses to grow and upskill their employees.

“Its development is a fantastic example of collaboration between a wide range of enterprise, education, public and private sector agencies and every aspect of it is focused on a net-zero future.”

Working together on its success alongside the Council are the Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprise, the University of Strathclyde, West College Scotland, NMIS and the Medicines Manufacturing Innovation Centre, CPI.

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Not much to write about this week. At this time of year every venue usually puts on extra gigs and party nights to take you through the bells. The town should be full of live music and throngs of revellers in the streets ready to have fun. The Bungalow have cancelled all their gigs and it looks like things will be back soon but in this climate it’s difficult to tell. One metre distancing, all seated, and table service has made it impossible to operate a pub or venue and those that can stay open. It’ll be a struggle to make it work.

It looked like The Old Swan was having to fully cancel their New Year Party but a bit of moving and shaking by Jac McCaig the owner it looks like it is now two parties instead of one.  I spoke to Jac and here is what she said “Good news our NYE gigs are going ahead. Firstly, I’d just like to apologise for having to refund everyone’s NYE tickets it was the only way as we had sold 180 tickets and as from 27th December the capacity will be reduced down to 79, secondly, I’d just like to say a huge thank you to everyone who told me to keep their NY ticket money for the staff that was so so kind, 

I now have another plan for NYE but for us not to run it at a loss, we need to split the day into 2 sessions, and we’ve had to up the ticket price. You know this is the musician’s chance to get a bit more money and quite rightly so as they play for next to nothing. So, I’m proposing two sessions 

An afternoon with Maria McAveety Music & Lori live at 12-5pm with haggis, neeps & tatties and a half £5 or an evening with The Dead Flowers 5:30pm- 10pm also with haggis, neeps & tatties and a half £8”

She explained to me that this was the only way to come to some compromise and have some sort of celebration. It means that The Old Swan stays open, and the bands don’t lose their gig. If you phone The Old Swan on 0141-562-0908 the staff will issue everyone’s refunds and can sort out new tickets. 

The Cave Hogmanay Bash is full booked tonight. Wreckless are the band taking them into the New Year. I know they will play a blinder in their favourite wee venue and the atmosphere will be great. I might just pass by and peer in the window or that might be torturing myself a bit too much. Black Triangles are playing at Kennedys on Sunday from 6pm till whenever they stop.

The Keg have the perfect Neerday hangover cure and a great start to the New Year of 2022 with some light-hearted comedy compered by host Billy Kirkwood. Headlining is the master storyteller and regular headline act of Scottish comedy, Gary Little. There are more acts TBC and it kicks off at 7.30pm and tickets are £10.

It has been a rollercoaster of a year when we were all shut down, then opened, a bit then opened a bit more, then all but shut down again. To be honest I have hated it so much and another year of ups and downs will be torture for people who like me who want to get out and see live music, meet old and new friends and check out new talent. However, I can only look back at some of my best gigs in our Paisley venues of 2021 and here they are:

Wreckless at The Cave, The Dead Flowers at The Old Swan, Proposal at The Anchor, Nightfly at Kennedy’s, Horse at The Bungalow, Johnny Barr’s Open Mic Night at The Keg, Frankly the Smiths at Rocknrollas and Scunnart at CC’s. That’s mine what are yours? I wish you all a very Happy New Year and hope it is better than this one.

An innovative enterprise centre helping start-ups is part of a fantastic package of support for Renfrewshire businesses.

Start-Up Street is already helping more than 30 new local businesses by providing low cost workspace and specialist support.

Created by Renfrewshire Council in partnership with youth enterprise charity Launch It, the centre on Paisley’s George Street lets businesses rent commercial space for up to two years, with lease costs incrementally increased until they are ready to move to an alternative commercial space in Renfrewshire.

It’s the latest council initiative to support local firms alongside everything from grants and loans to retail shopfront improvement funds, a renowned programme for creative entrepreneurs and a dedicated Business Gateway team.

For Troon-born artist Indie McCue, Renfrewshire is now his adopted home, with Indie leasing workspace at Start-Up Street as he looks to establish his community interest company Bide.

The 26-year-old previously worked with charities and organisations, carrying out roles in creative organising, assisting and community outreach.

Since going freelance two years ago, Indie has been drawn to the creative scene in Renfrewshire and earlier this year ran the community art project Scope, showcasing the work of his and 20 local artists at a pop-up gallery within a vacant retail space in Paisley town centre.

He said: “Start-Up Street has been phenomenal at connecting me with resources, directing me into business finances and funding and it’s given me the opportunity to meet with people that have become very influential and vital to the success of Bide.”

He is now running a monthly meet-up for creative-minded people in Renfrewshire to support the community ethos of local artists while dedicating his efforts to secure funding and support for Bide, a company he hopes will have a positive, long lasting influence.

Indie adds: “As a creative with a varying background in community arts and arts-organising, I think that it is vital to creating and sustaining a place of lasting culture in Paisley and wider Renfrewshire to have a space that nurtures and supports local creativity in a well-developed, well-managed and genuine way.”

Supporting start-ups and growing the local economy is a key focus of the Council, with the latest figures showing the progress being made.

Official figures from earlier this month show there are 3,200 fewer people claiming unemployment benefits than during the pandemic peak of August 2020, while focused work to provide 250 paid placements and apprenticeships has seen the number of young people claiming now lower than pre-pandemic levels.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Iain Nicolson said: “It’s pleasing to hear how Indie and many other talented business owners and entrepreneurs are benefitting from the centre at Start-Up Street in Paisley and I know our economic development teams are working hard to progress plans for further centres in Johnstone and Renfrew.

“The ongoing impact of the pandemic has been keenly felt by Renfrewshire’s business community and we are doing everything we can to assist them at this hugely difficult time. We’ve approved and awarded more than £53million in lifeline funding and at the same time have put in place a recovery plan in partnership with our business community that takes every available action which can make the biggest difference locally and speed up recovery.”

An invitation to join Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce for 12 Days of Digital December starting tomorrow, Wed 1st December, colleagues can book for one session or them all.

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 strategy to support the recovery of the local economy. Please pass on the invitation to any staff member, contact or business you think would benefit from our free programme with some of the leading digital experts around.

Day 1 – Adapting your Social Presence in a World of Social Change (NSDesign)
Dec 1, 2:00pm – 4:00 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 – LinkedIn: What you need to know and what you need to do (Gordon White from fatBuzz)
Dec 2, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
With the recent government advice to continue to work from home where possible, 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 – Making LinkedIn work for your business (With Gordon White from fatBuzz)
Dec 6 12:00 pm-1:00 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 5 – 30 Day Plan For a Stronger Digital Presence (Janine Marriott SEO)
Dec 7, 1:00pm – 2:30 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 6 – Conducting a Digital Competitor Analysis (NSDesign)
Dec 8, 2:00pm – 4:00pm

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 – What A Podcast Could Do For Your Business… And How to Make It Happen (Colin Kelly)
Dec 9, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

2021 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 8 – Social Customer Service (NSDesign)
Dec 10, 10:00am- 12:00pm

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 9 – Putting your Content to work (With Gordon White from fatBuzz)
Dec 13, 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 10 – Anti-Social Media (NSDesign)
Dec 14, 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 11 – SEO in 2022 what you can expect and what you can do to get ready (Janine Marriott SEO)
Dec 15, 12:00pm – 1:30 pm

Join Janine Marriott SEO for a look ahead at how you can best utilise SEO in 2022.

Day 12 – How to use Analytics to grow your business online (Brian Tait from Aillum)
Dec 17, 11:00 am – 1:00 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!

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

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A memorial to the 71 children who lost their lives in one of Scotland’s worst ever human tragedies is to be unveiled in Paisley town centre next week.

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The Glen Cinema Disaster of 31 December 1929 remains known as Paisley’s Black Hogmanay – yet until now the town centre did not have a permanent memorial for the victims and survivors.

Artists Kerry Stewart and Rachel Lowther were commissioned to work with the local community on a suitable memorial as part of the 90th anniversary of the tragedy.

And their now-finished statue – entitled Rattle/ Little Mother – will be sited in the town’s Dunn Square, across the road from the site of the former cinema, in Dyer’s Wynd.

The tragedy happened when a smoking film canister caused a panic during a packed children’s matinee with more than 600 children present.

The metal gates on the main exit doors had been pulled shut, stopping it from opening, leading to a crush where 71 children died, and more than 30 were injured.

The memorial will be unveiled at a small ceremony led by Renfrewshire’s Provost Lorraine Cameron next Tuesday (30 November) at 1pm, joined by members of the local community.

To create the memorial, Kerry and Rachel met with community groups including the STAR Project, Paisley Community Trust, and pupils from Paisley Grammar School, with a working group formed to help drive the project.

An important part of the process was meeting with the two remaining survivors of the tragedy, and their families.

Community activist Tony Lawler – one of the organisers of the annual ceremony to mark the tragedy which takes place every Hogmanay – was a member of the working group.

He said: “It’s important the town centre has a memorial – as it’s about more than remembering the 71 who died, it’s for the survivors and their families too.

“For a long time, people didn’t really talk about the Glen Cinema – the survivors were sent away to convalesce and didn’t get the support they would have if it happened now.

“The existing memorial at Hawkhead isn’t accessible for everyone, so having one in the town centre is important as it will give people a place to go to reflect.

“Since the 80th anniversary we’ve held community-led memorial ceremonies at the Cenotaph but it has a different purpose. This memorial will provide a new focus dedicated to the Glen Cinema.”

Artists Kerry Stewart and Rachel Lowther said: “Having met with survivors Emily Brown and Robert Pope and processed, through research and community engagement, what happened on that terrible day, we wanted to produce something that spoke to and of the children.

“We have tried to create a sculpture that is playful yet serious, that hovers between a nostalgic lost object – a portal to the children of Paisley, 1929 – and a sacred or devotional object, carrying the story of the children as their own protectors.”

The memorial was funded by the Rotary Club of Paisley and through Future Paisley – the council-led programme of events and activity using the town’s unique culture and heritage to transform its future.

Provost Lorraine Cameron said: “The Glen Cinema remains printed in Paisley’s collective memory as perhaps the darkest day in the history of the town.

“It is important the events of that horrific day should never be forgotten and that’s why this permanent memorial means so much.

“This has been a real community effort – the artists and the groups they have worked with have done a fantastic job to create a sensitive reminder of the tragedy, and all involved deserve praise for their efforts.

“I would invite any members of the local community to join us on Tuesday to see the memorial unveiled.”

EARLY-BIRD shoppers can take advantage of the Black Friday bargains at the Braehead Centre as it opens two hours earlier than normal.

Store bosses throughout the malls are giving shoppers an early Christmas present by slashing prices, as Braehead opens its doors at 8am instead of the usual 10am on Friday, November 26.

The popular Currys electronics store in the Braehead Retail Park also opens at 8am – an hour earlier than usual.

Many retailers started their sales early this week in the run-up to the now-traditional Black Friday bargain bonanza – and some will continue until the end of this month.

There are huge discounts available from a wide variety of stores at the Braehead Centre including up to 60 per cent off fashion at Joules; up to 50 per cent of jewellery stores Beaverbrooks and Thomas Sabo; up to 50 per cent off Unique Clinics treatments; up to 40 per cent off at Kids Cavern and Kiddie Boutique, while H. Samuel say they have offers that are better than half price.

Braehead Centre Director, Peter Beagley said: “Shoppers recognise that there are some fantastic offers on during Black Friday and beyond. This is encouraging them to get into top gear for their Christmas shopping.


“Fears of supply chain issues and a desire to beat the rush has meant shoppers are coming out early to do their Christmas shopping to make sure they get the gifts they really want for family and friends.”

Peter added: “We’re hearing that big ticket items like jewellery and watches are doing well this year and our new luxury concept Goldsmiths store had an exceptional first weekend since they opened last week.


“We’ve also seen our restaurants and cafes a lot busier this week as people combine ‘me time’, or meeting up with friends and family with their Christmas shopping.”

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The COP26 summit is almost over and it’s been great to see all nations come together to talk about climate change. Moreover, on a more localised level individual businesses are rethinking their working operations to find more environmentally friendly processes that are sustainable in the long term.

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When we think about the environment and how plants are beneficial to the earth’s atmosphere we tend to think about rainforests and the exchange of gases occurring with trees. Did you know that grasses also play a substantial part in this too? An area of around 500 square metres produces as much oxygen as two 100 foot trees! And it doesn’t take as long to grow 500 square metres of grass as it does for a tree to grow 100 foot. An area of approximately 70 square metres can provide the amount of oxygen required by an average hum in a day. That’s not all – part of this gas exchange is the absorption of carbon dioxide – lawn grasses absorb an unexpectedly high volume of carbon dioxide daily!

Grass also plays a massive part in nature’s water filtration system. It is not only pollution and gases that are trapped in the blades, enormous quantities of dust and other particles are trapped and filtered through the grass. It is essentially self-cleaning due to the addition of mycelium, a type of fungus. Mycelium helps to absorb dead cells and nutrients and can sometimes be seen on the end of grass as little white threads. This is a sign of healthy grass, and it is essential to stop a thick layer of dead thatch forming.

Rukeri, a brand of Salt and Grit Solutions Ltd are turf growers based in Paisley who cut turf from their own fields to provide grass for commercial and residential lawn areas. Once all turf has been used up from one field the ground is ploughed and rotovated before it is reseeded, and another field of turf is grown.  This cycle is kept going – growing and supplying turf for use elsewhere. As a result of this many householders and public areas alike benefit from a lovely green grass lawn. So, you could say that Rukeri are playing apart in helping the environment too!

It wont stop there for Rukeri though. Like most other businesses the Rukeri team will be reviewing their processes and looking for practical ways to reduce their impact on the wider environment. 

If you would like to returf your garden and benefit from a new lawn please visit www.rukeri.com

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The ROCCO Awards returned with a roar on Friday 19th November at the Normandy Hotel, Renfrew. An ecstatic crowd of 400 people cheered 17 winners being crowned at Renfrewshire’s largest black-tie business event, now in its 17th year. The ambitious destination brand PAISLEY.IS returned as main sponsor for a third year signifying their ongoing support for the Renfrewshire business community.

Chamber President Liz Connolly highlighted the chamber’s achievements since Rocco 2019 and focused on the response in supporting the business community during the pandemic. The guests were piped into the Normandy by the talented St Columba’s School Pipe Band.

Mary Crearie Director, Communities, Housing and Planning Services, Renfrewshire Council gave the principal sponsor address and profiled the economic grant support awarded by Renfrewshire Council of over £53 million to the business community.

The ROCCO raffle raised an outstanding £9,000 supporting St Vincent’s Hospice and Kidney Research UK in memory of much-loved chamber director and friend Elaine Sherlock from Ingliston Country Club & Hotel.

The Rocco favourite host Fred MacAulay kept the audience laughing all evening and the GGC NHS Choir drew a warm and ecstatic response from the guests following their stirring performance with many of the choir members having been on the front line with the response to Covid-19.

ROCCO Award for Environmental Sustainability – Sponsored by Paisley Is.
Winner: Glasgow Airport
ROCCO Award for Developing the Young Workforce sponsored by Developing the Young Workforce (West)
Winner: Rolls-Royce plc
ROCCO Award for Innovation & Technology – Sponsored by Creation IP.
Winner: Glasgow Airport
ROCCO Award for Excellence in Manufacturing – Sponsored by the National Manufacturing Institute Scotland.
Winner: Rolls-Royce plc
ROCCO Award for International Trade – Sponsored by Glasgow Airport.
Winner: Volantes Technical Recruitment Ltd
ROCCO Award for Excellence in Business Resilience – Sponsored by Invest In Renfrewshire & Renfrewshire Council
Winner: Right Way Credit Union
ROCCO Award for Most Promising New Business 2021 – Sponsored by Renfrewshire Council
Winner: Squared Insurance Brokers Limited
ROCCO Award for Renfrewshire’s Favourite Business – Sponsored by Paisley Daily Express
Winner: I Am Me Scotland
ROCCO Award for Resilience in Tourism – Sponsored by Paisley Is
Winner: Open Road Scotland
ROCCO Award for Family Business of the Year – Sponsored by The Malcolm Group
Winner: Carli’s Kindergarten Ltd
ROCCO Award for Young Business Person of the Year – sponsored by Rolls-Royce plc
Winner: Andrew O’Brien J.G.B Steelcraft (UK) Limited
ROCCO Award for Employer of the Year – sponsored by West College Scotland
Winner: Arnold Clark
ROCCO Award for Community Champion of the Year – sponsored by Engage Renfrewshire & The Royal Bank of Scotland
Winner: I Am Me Scotland
ROCCO Award for Outstanding Performing Business <=5 employees – sponsored by Braehead
Winner: Plush Plans Ltd
ROCCO Award For Outstanding Performing Business 5>25 employees – sponsored by The University of the West of Scotland
Winner: J.G.B Steelcraft (UK) Limited
ROCCO Award for Outstanding Performing Business >25 employees – sponsored by Doosan Babcock
Winner: Wholesale Domestic Equipment Company Ltd
ROCCO Award for Business Leader of the Year – sponsored by Diageo
Winner: Eddie Hawthorne, Chief Executive & Group MD, Arnold Clark

Bob Grant chief exec said” Friday’s event marked a crucial step on the road to normality for our business community. The board and team at Renfrewshire felt it was crucial to run Rocco 2021 this year and plant a flag to mark the resilience and recovery underway. We witnessed a fantastic response from all our sponsors, companies entering and our guests on the night.”

“You can view all images on our Facebook page and comments on #2021Rocco. I encourage all Rocco winners to utilise their win across their PR channels. Thank you to the entire Chamber team for all their work before and on the night to ensure our 400 guests had a great time. Special thanks to principle sponsor Paisley.is, Diageo who supplied our drinks reception, Cameron Presentations & Gap TV for all the AV, the Printbrokers for the program, Gary & Jan from NS Design for the excellent social media coverage and the Normandy Hotel for the superb meal and service. Thanks also to St Columba’s School Pipe Band who welcomed guests in such style.”

“Finally, thank you the GGC NHS Choir. It was a privilege to have them entertain us with many of the choir members having been on the front line with the response to Covid-19 from our wonderful NHS. Planning for Rocco 2022 is already underway, and we hope to see you enter and attend next year.”

View the 2021 ROCCO Awards photo album on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/RenfrewshireChamberofCommerce/posts/306925744771863

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Renfrewshire’s Provost Lorraine Cameron is searching for community heroes across Renfrewshire as nominations open for the 25th edition of the Provost’s Community Awards.

The 2022 event will see seven categories, including one introduced last year to recognise businesses who have adapted to ensure their survival during the Covid19 pandemic.

Anyone who lives or works in Renfrewshire can send in a nomination for the following categories:

  • Community Volunteer (sponsored by Glasgow Airport Ltd)
  • Community Group (sponsored by City Gate Construction)
  • Sporting Achievement (sponsored by ACRE Industrial)
  • Employee of the Year (sponsored by UNISON Renfrewshire)
  • Carers Award (donated by the late Provost Nancy Allison)
  • Arts and Culture Award (sponsored by Renfrewshire Council)
  • Ingenuity in Business (sponsored by Provost Lorraine Cameron)

This year’s awards will also see the return of an in-person awards ceremony – due to take place in March – after last year’s was conducted online due to the pandemic.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Lorraine Cameron said: “I am delighted and honoured to be able to open nominations for the 25th edition of the Provost’s Community Awards.

“A quarter of a century on from the first edition, we are living through a time which has brought so many challenges, as the pandemic continues – so it is as important as ever we honour those in our community who go above and beyond to help those around them.

“I know Renfrewshire has more than its fair share of unsung heroes and the awards are a great way for them to be recognised.

“It’s always a pleasure to be involved in and the fact the nominations come from the community themselves makes it extra special – so I’m looking forward to seeing your nominations.

The deadline for entries to all categories is Friday 7 January 2022.

For more information, and to submit your nomination, visit http://www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/provostawards2022, or email provostawards@renfrewshire.gov.uk