Glasgow’s airport scoops top national award

Glasgow Airport was last night crowned Best Airport in front of its peers at a prestigious awards ceremony in London.

The annual Airport Operators Association (AOA) Awards recognise excellence in a number of areas, and attract hundreds of senior delegates from UK airports and associated businesses.

Glasgow Airport was named Best Airport With Over 6 Million Passengers, for which Manchester and Birmingham airports were also nominated.

The award was voted for by major UK airlines which are members of the British Air Transport Association (BATA).

Terminal Operations Manager Ronald Leitch received the award from Simon Calder, Travel Editor of the Independent and a well-known media commentator on travel and aviation.

Amanda McMillan, Managing Director of Glasgow Airport, said: “It is a great honour to be recognised in this way by the airlines who use our airport every day. The award is testament to the fantastic effort that our terminal and airfield teams put in when they come to work.

“We have faced some difficult operational challenges this year such as the prolonged cold snap and volcanic ash disruption, but the response from our people was exceptional.

“I’m sure the focus on supporting our airlines and working as a team to provide the best possible product for our passengers has helped us in winning this award.”

Simon Buck, Chief Executive of BATA, said: “BATA is again pleased to be nominating the two ‘Best Airport’ awards. Both categories were extremely competitive and the winners well deserved.

“The strong field of nominees highlights the good working relationships that exist between UK airlines and airports.”

The AOA Annual Awards Ceremony, which is the centrepiece of the AOA Annual Conference, took place on Monday evening at the Hilton Metropole London.

Newcastle Airport won the category of Best Airport With Up To 6 Million Passengers.

Picture shows (l – r) Ed Anderson, Ronald Leitch, Simon Buck and Simon Calder.

New Media Breakfast with fatBuzz – Facebook for Business
Phoenix Honda showroom, Linwood
Tuesday 14th September 2010
8 – 10am

Facebook is without doubt the largest and most popular social network with over 400 million users world wide, it’s difficult to avoid it nowadays with such a large following of private and business users.

Are you getting the most from your Facebook activity? Is your Facebook set up properly for your business; should you use a Group, a Facebook Page, Facebook Causes or, your personal profile? How do you determine your privacy settings? These are all questions this event will explore.

Renfrewshire Chamber members fatBuzz, (formally known as Podcastmatters) are bringing this interactive and innovative New Media Breakfast to Renfrewshire.

Renfrewshire Chamber said, “Their events are now a must attend fixture in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Inverness and we are delighted to have them come and engage with our members.”

Member Cost: £15 + VAT / non member £20 + vat

NOTE: Charities can book a place at the reduced rate of £15 plus VAT whether they are members or not.

Further information:
0141 847 5465

Is your company struggling with your network, your computers or have I.T issues, you need IT support but dont need someone full time and find it expensive to bring in outside help?

Why dont you speak to Paisley Computer Repair, we offer IT support on a no minimum contract basis for your business. That means you have full time IT support without having the expense of an extra staff member.

We have over 12 years experience in the IT industry including some of the following

  • Websites (hosting, domain names, design, promotion)
  • Network (LAN, wireless, routers, setup and troubleshooting)
  • Hardware (keep your computers running to standard)
  • Software (vast knowledge of all software applications, Microsoft, Apple, Linux etc)
  • Anti virus and firewall setup as standard.
  • Staff Training (we can train your staff up to a standard level in your own time)

We are Based in Paisley, we can also setup remote support so we are virtually there for you anytime..

Interested? Then why not call us today on 07827 317074 or email us

Paisley Computer Repair is a partner of the popular website

A Glasgow charity which engages with young people through basketball is working to extend its outreach with the launch of a brand new website – – produced by award winning ecommerce company NSDesign.
Scottish Sports Futures (SSF) is a not-for-profit organisation working with 10-21 year olds throughout Scotland. It offers advice to adolescents to help them make positive lifestyle decisions. The Paisley charity selected Hillington-based web design company, NSDesign, to create it’s new site, which was launched this month.
Michelle Ferguson, Sponsorship Director of the Scottish Sports Futures said:
“As a charity, we look to engage with a variety of different audiences – from young people to community organisations to volunteers. From the outset, the team at NSDesign understood these complex needs, and worked with us to develop and put into practice the ideas we had for the site.
“NSDesign has produced a website tailored to all of our needs – we are absolutely delighted with the end product.”
The e-commerce company was awarded ‘Best Value for Money’ title at the 2010 Recommended Agency Register Awards. Gary Ennis, Managing Director said:
“Having designed many websites with small budgets in the past, it was no problem for us when SSF specified this in their initial brief. We have created a site for the charity that is user friendly and simple to manage and maintain.
“By including interactive elements such as social media channels and competition invites, the new website should help SSF communicate the excellent work that it does with young people throughout Scotland.”
For further information on NSDesign please contact Gary at NSDesign on 0141 585 6390 or

Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce ROCCO Business Awards 2010.

Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce is delighted to announce the annual ROCCO Business Awards 2010. This is your opportunity to demonstrate excellence and gain recognition for the exceptional achievements of your business. The ROCCO Awards, organised by Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce, will take place on Friday, 12th November 2010 at the Cosmopolitan Normandy Hotel, Renfrew.

Over 500 Business Leaders attended the spectacular event last year and this year promises to sell out again!

Your host for the evening, back by popular demand will be Fred MacAulay, with musical entertainment from Renfrewshire’s own School of Rock – Loud’n’Proud

We encourage the business community of Renfrewshire to enter the ROCCO Business Awards, demonstrating that your business has successfully achieved its objectives and created wealth and prosperity for our area. Submit your nomination for one or more of the award categories.

To give your company the best chance of success, don’t leave applying ’til the last minute. And ideally don’t copy and paste from a corporate document. We don’t want to make the application cumbersome – but answer the questions and include measures, targets and evidence. Good luck to all that enter.

You’re Hired! Renfrewshire names its Recruits

Seven young people from across Renfrewshire were stunned to hear the words ‘You’re hired’ as the winners of The Recruit were named.

The surprise news was revealed at a black-tie finale event hosted by Radio Clyde’s George Bowie to mark the end of the summer-long Apprentice-style scheme.

26 young people, all fifth and sixth year pupils from Renfrewshire schools, have spent the last 12 weeks taking part in The Recruit with the aim of earning an £18,000 job at the end of it.

However at the finale event, in Paisley Town Hall, it was revealed that not one but seven jobs were in fact up for grabs.

The overall Top Recruit, winning an £18,000 a year job with KDS ltd, was named as SarahJane Sarkhosh, from Renfrew.

SarahJane said: “Words cannot describe how I feel. I’m completely overcome with emotion and I’m so optimistic about the year ahead. I want to say well done to everyone. Everybody has done so well and I’ve made such good friends. We’ve watched each other all grow and develop skills we didn’t know we had. I am so proud.”

SarahJane’s new boss Stevie Kidd, managing director of KDS Ltd, said: “I had my own business when I was 17 and I felt that this is about giving something back to the community. I have got a passion for the next generation and do a lot of presentations in schools. A lot of kids don’t have any role models. There is a lack of leadership so I wanted to get involved to see if there are any young people with potential to work with us.

“SarahJane’s is going to be spending time learning every aspect of the company then we are really going to focus on what she wants to do with her life.”

The Recruit was run by Renfrewshire Council in partnership with local businesses and organisations to give young people practical experience and advice on starting a career in business.

Since the beginning of June the young people have worked in five separate teams and taken part in seven business challenges, as well as presentations and Q&A sessions with top entrepreneurs.

They also took part in courses in customer care, stress management, presentation skills, assessment centre and interview skills as well as raising funds for charity.

On the night, held at Paisley Town Hall, individual awards, a Top Team award and the Top Recruit award were presented.

Top Recruit , sponsored by KDS ltd – SarahJane Sarkhosh

Top Team, sponsored by Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce, – Team Stimulus (Katie Wu, SarahJane Sarkhosh, Stephen McDonald, Lindsey Byrne, Finlay Allardice)

As well as the Top Recruit, the following jobs were also announced:

Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce management trainee – Finlay Allardice, Johnstone High School.

Connaught Ltd, Housing Liaison Trainee – Nicole Wilson, Park Mains High School.

KDS ltd, trainee sales and marketing administrator – Lynsey MacKay, Park Mains High School.

Renfrewshire Council, Modern Apprentice Business Administrator – Angela Wilson, Parkmains.

Cosmopolitan Hotels, 2 Trainee Hotelier – Lindsey Byrne, Castlehead High School and Gemma Powell, Park Mains High.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Derek Mackay said: “All of the young people who took part have shown fantastic initiative, commitment and enthusiasm. They have stepped up to every challenge thrown at them and at no point did anyone say there was something they could not do. We’ve seen them all grow in confidence and watched them develop skills some of which they may not have even known that they had. They should all be incredibly proud of themselves, as we are of them. I’ve no doubt that every one of them has a bright future ahead and this is very promising for Renfrewshire as a whole. I hope this year’s Recruit contestants have inspired other young people to take part in this innovative project in future.”

Visit Santa in his Arctic Kingdom… just for a day from Glasgow Airport

The UK may be in the grip of belt-tightening but despite the economic gloom you can still treat your children to a once-in-a-lifetime trip to visit Santa in True Lapland this Christmas.

Transun, the UK’s leading operator of Santa trips to Lapland, is laying on extra day-trip flights in December, including a number of flights from Glasgow airport, due to their success last year, ensuring that you can still see the thrill on your children’s faces when they visit the grand old man in person – without breaking the bank.

Families on Transun’s day trips will take a ride on a Reindeer sleigh, go on an exciting husky sled journey, ride through breathtaking arctic scenery on a snowmobile and take part in a thrilling search for Santa, before finally meeting the big man himself. And they will still be back home in time for supper.

Nico Kostich, Transun’s Head of Sales and Trading, said: “Day breaks are the recession’s alternative to big-budget holidays. People don’t want to sacrifice their family holidays but at the same time perhaps can’t afford to travel for a long period of time.

“Transun offer an affordable way to create precious family memories, without breaking the bank.”

Transun’s day breaks start from only £399 per person and are operating from Glasgow airport on the 17th and 21st of December, right next to Christmas time to really get the excitement flowing. Transun is the UK’s leading operator of Santa breaks, with over 15 years’ experience operating to Lapland.

“Our packages are all-inclusive, with meals, rides and snow activities included,’ says Mr Kostich. “The private meeting with Santa will provide precious and magical memories, despite the recession.”

And for families that want to linger a little longer in Santa’s Lapland, Transun is also offering a competitively priced short break from Glasgow Airport during the Christmas period, for three nights.

Issued by Glasgow Airport on behalf of Transun.

About Transun:

Transun is a privately owned specialist tour operator established in 1982, concentrating on niche holidays for discerning customers.

Its programmes include Santa’s Lapland, Arctic Spirit, Day Breaks and a brand new Arctic Summer programme.

Transun is a member of ABTA and offers ATOL protection, and holidays can be booked through travel agents or direct, by phone and online.

For more information please contact:

Nico Kostich
T: 01865 265200

Sophie Plateau
T: 01865 265200

The Full listings for the Doors Open day 2010 are now online, if you have not taken part in the Doors Open day in the past, I would urge you to try it out and visit a few locations in the town or throughout Renfrewshire, its amazing to see some of the gems in our town.

Renfrewshire:  11 September 2010 – 12 September 2010

This is a great 2-day event across Paisley and Renfrewshire with over 60 buildings taking part.

Children’s Passport Scheme – Children collect a passport highlighting buildings taking part in DOD.  If they visit at least 5 buildings and get their passport stamped they will receive a prize.

Paisley Abbey Cluny 2010 – This year towns and villages throughout Europe have been celebrating the eleventh hundred anniversary of the founding of the Cluniac Order.  Paisley Abbey is one of only two Cluniac monasteries (the other being Crossraguel) and a series of events have taken place to celebrate the anniversary including a medieval fair, concert, coach tours, historical talks, a conference on Scotland’s Cluniac Heritage and an exhibition ” Charters and Chamber Pots: Aspects of Medieval Paisley” at Paisley Museum.

Celebrating Tannahill – 2010 marks the 200th Anniversary of the death of Robert Tannahill and to mark this a series of events focusing on  and celebrating his life and work has been taking place including poetry readings,performances, talks, guided walks, exhibitions, concerts and the creation of two poetry walls.  Tannahill’s Cottage will be included in the DOD programme.

Every Goal from Every Game as Superscoreboard Announces SPL Deal

RADIO Clyde’s Superscoreboard has secured goalflash rights for the new 2010 / 11 season.

The new deal means that listeners to the show will get all the action as it happens.

The contract with the Scottish Premier League (SPL) is a welcome addition to the show which launched again on Monday night with a special extended duration for the new season.

New signing Jim Delahunt is in the hot-seat with an expanded line-up including new regular pundit Roger Hannah from the Sun and familiar names such as Derek Johnstone and Hugh Keevins.

Head of News and Sport at the station, Lorraine Herbison, was delighted to make the announcement.

She said:

“We are thrilled to have secured this deal with the SPL and know this is sure to prove a real highlight for our avid listeners in Glasgow and the west of Scotland. Superscoreboard has some great personalities on the programme and has a really loyal following.

“Securing the goalflash rights, allowing us to go round the grounds, underlines our commitment to bringing the best in sports coverage direct to our listeners and enhances the show even further. The new look programme launched on Monday night and was also the debut show for Jim Delahunt, our new anchor. It is already proving very popular with our listeners.”

Host Jim Delahunt added:

“This is a really exciting time for me to be at the helm of such a popular programme. The new deal means we can bring every goal from every game direct to our listeners which can only further enhance the show. Not only will we be first with all the action we will also be bringing all the important news and stories to our audience and encouraging their opinions every week.”

Neil Doncaster, Chief Executive of the SPL, said:

“This deal brings all the action from the Clydesdale Bank Premier League straight to our clubs’ fans in the west of Scotland, with goal updates from our matches throughout the season. It is great to be part of such a long-running and popular show as Superscoreboard.”


From: Glasgow Airport

Please attribute to a BAA spokesperson:

We regret the uncertainty this vote has already caused our passengers and airlines.

We hope that the union will engage with us quickly to conclude an agreement.

Fewer than half of those people eligible to vote have done so and we do not believe this result provides a clear mandate for strike action.