Local businessman Ian Henderson has opened Embiance, a new travel agency at 27 Causeyside Street. Ian said ‘Following the closure of Thomas Cook and Tui we saw a real opportunity to provide Paisley with more holiday options and I expect 2022 to be a bumper year for travel as all of us can’t wait to get a break in the sun’

Embiance is a fully Bonded ABTA travel agency offering all holiday options including JET2, Carnival Cruises, Disneyworld and others. Manageress Lisa Duffy said ‘We aim to deliver an excellent service at the most competitive prices and, whether you are looking for two weeks in the sun or a cruise round the UK, my team will be happy to put together a deal for you. Deals change day to day and right now we have Disneyland Paris three nights for a family of three for £818 and a split centre holiday of Nashville, Los Angeles and Las Vegas with 15 nights for £1199. Right now our prices are just unbelievably low’.

Embiance also specialises in trips to Kenya where Ian has worked for many years. Ian said ‘Our business has a strong presence in Kenya and I look forward to Lisa and our team arranging holidays there so that our clients can enjoy the fantastic scenery, animal life and, above all, the welcome of the Kenyan people. We own the hotels which we use and we employ the staff, drivers and guides so we can offer unbeatable value for money.’

All Embiance Kenya holidays are tailor made using scheduled airlines and Embiance clients have opportunities to visit community projects and local villages as well as relax at the breathtaking UNESCO World Heritage Site at Lake Elementaita or play golf at Kenya’s only PGA rated course at Vipingo Ridge. Ian added ‘I can assure everyone that they will not be disappointed with a visit to Kenya. It will be the trip of a lifetime’.

Save money and grab yourself a bargain in Paisley town centre with great £5 offers from our local businesses as part of our summer FiverFest!


Paisley is joining with hundreds of High Streets across the UK, and thousands of independent businesses, to put on special £5 deals across two weeks, starting this Saturday, as part of the Totally Locally FiverFest Fortnight!

We have a great range of £5 offers across the town’s retail shops, food and drink venues, and health, hair and beauty salons.

Around 65p from every pound spent locally, stays local – so by going for lunch, buying that gift or treating yourself to some pampering, you can do your bit to support the local community and its businesses.


Colette Cardosi, Chair of Paisley First, said: “Now that restrictions are easing and the warmer weather has finally arrived, everyone is enjoying getting out and about once again.


“Our independent shops and businesses are what helps to make Paisley town centre special. These offers are to say thank you to the community for their support this last year, and to show just what great value our local businesses are.

“Spending just £5 every week in Paisley town centre can make a big difference to our local businesses and helps keep our town centre alive!”
So, come and show Paisley town centre some love and take advantage of our great FiverFest offers!

June FiverFest runs from Saturday 12th – Saturday 26th June 2021.

Pick up a FiverFest leaflet from the Paisley First leaflet racks in the Paisley Centre or the Piazza Shopping Centre or see the full deals online at www.paisleyfirst.com.

Love Local, Love Paisley!
More details on all Paisley First projects and events can be found at www.paisleyfirst.com or follow Paisley First on social media @paisleyfirst

We’re getting summer underway in Paisley town centre with our free family  adventure, BRICKLIVE’s Animal Paradise! 

Running from Saturday 26th June until Sunday 15th August, this interactive trail  features hand-built brick endangered animal statues. 

We’re sure your mini explorers will have a great expedition hunting down these  stunning animals across ice caps, jungles, rivers and forests, all in the heart of Paisley  town centre! 

What will our intrepid voyagers find first – the Bengal Tiger, the Macaws, the Dolphin  or the Snow Leopard? 

Find all 15 models for your chance to enter our free prize draw! 

What better way to get the whole family out and about for the day with this fun, free  activity! 

Colette Cardosi, Chair of Paisley First, said: “It’s been a tough year for everyone so  we’re happy to be able to give everyone something to look forward to this summer. 

“BRICKLIVE Animal Paradise is made up of hand-built brick endangered animal  models and has been devised to entertain whilst educating children and families  about environmental issues and the importance of conservation and biodiversity. 

“So, if you are looking for a free day out and something fun to do with all the family  this summer, head to Paisley!” 

Trail leaflets will be available from the leaflet racks in both the Piazza Shopping  Centre and also the Paisley Centre as well as town centre businesses and the Paisley  First office at 1 County Place – just opposite Paisley Gilmour Street train station. 

Once you’ve had fun with our trail, we have a wide range of great shops and an  abundance of fantastic food and drink venues, catering to every taste and budget,  where you can have a well-earned rest! 

Plus, Paisley is Paw Friendly so no need to leave your four-legged friend at home! Love the school summer holidays? Love Paisley!

Marks & Spencer has today opened a brand new Foodhall in Paisley, unveiling one of Scotland’s first new look stores for customers in Renfrew Road Retail Park.

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New M&S Food Store in Paisley, Scotland.

The new 12,600 square foot Foodhall has a marketplace feel and has been designed with customers and local families at its heart, helping to make shopping as convenient and inspirational as possible, with the addition of exciting in-store features. Highlights include an Instagram-worthy bigger-than-ever cheese range, an in-store bakery and a pick your own loose egg counter. The fresh produce area is the biggest that M&S has ever had in Paisley, and the frozen product section is twice the size of that in the previous store. But most importantly, you can now say hello to the new talking Colin and Percy as you browse!

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New M&S Food Store in Paisley, Scotland.

Located in Renfrew Road Retail Park, the 80-strong store team is led by Store Manager, Kirk Russell, who has worked for M&S for nearly 29 years. The M&S team will offer the community the very best service, drawing on M&S’s 135 years of serving the British public – and the M&S Paisley team’s impressive 820 years of combined service.

M&S Paisley colleague Elaine Gibson, who is celebrating her 40th year of service for M&S, will do the honors of opening the doors of the new Foodhall to the public on Wednesday as she embarks upon her role in the new store.

To further celebrate the opening of the new M&S Paisley Foodhall, the store has announced that every week, a few lucky Sparks customers will be surprised with M&S gifts, and one very lucky Sparks shopper will be treated to a free shop every day for the next seven days. The recipient will be chosen at random and whatever is in their trolley will be complimentary!

 Store Manager, Kirk Russell, said: “We’re delighted to open our new store in Paisley today. Our Paisley customers will find our fresh produce aisles brimming with flavorful fruit and veg and our in-store bakery ready to serve fresh bread and delicious pastries and cakes throughout the day. There will also be a plethora of new elements and ways to pay – all designed to make our customers’ shopping experience as enjoyable and convenient as possible!

The last few weeks have been spent putting the finishing touches in our new store and making sure all our measures are in place to support customers, so they can shop with peace of mind. I’d like to say a big thank you to the team, who have been amazing in getting the store ready. We’re all so excited to welcome the Paisley community to our new store and to show off all of the fantastic features at M&S Paisley – where the magic happens!”

M&S Paisley has also been home to five Marks and Start colleagues over the last four weeks, all of whom have helped to set-up the new store. The training and mentoring scheme, which gives unemployed young people the skills, experience and confidence they need to find a job, was first launched in 2013 and has since helped over 3,000 young people across the UK, including the five at the Paisley store.

Aaron Cunningham, who is currently working at M&S Paisley through the Marks and Start programme, said: “My confidence has increased a lot in the time that I’ve been working at M&S Paisley, all of my colleagues have been so helpful and patient in teaching me the ropes – everything from stocking shelves to working the till! I’m really excited for the new store to open so that I can gain even more new skills, but also for the Percy Pig aisle!”

M&S Paisley offers thousands of M&S’s quality and great value food products, from daily essentials and fresh produce from Scottish M&S Select Farms – such as juicy Scottish strawberries and Scottish trout – to dinner favourites and ready-to-go family meals.

M&S Paisley offers the full range of M&S Clothing & Home products via its Click & Collect service. Customers can opt for next day pick up if they order online by 10pm the night before on M&S.com and the store will also offer hassle free returns. With free car parking spaces, including six accessibility space in front of the store, M&S Paisley is ideal for convenient Clothing & Home collection.

The store is located at Renfrew Retail Park, and is open Monday – Saturday, 8am – 8pm, and on Sunday, 9am – 6pm.

  • Glasgow to Belfast route to commence on 1 July and will operate up to 19 times weekly
  • Route fares start from £29.99 each way 
  • Flights will operate in line with Covid-19 protocols, including Stobart Air’s enhanced health and safety measures
  • Andy Jolly Stobart Air MD: “We are pleased to add this new route from Glasgow to Belfast to our route network, which will cater to both business and leisure travellers with direct, convenient, and cost-effective flights.” 

Stobart Air, operator of Aer Lingus Regional routes, has today (Thursday, 20 May) added a new route to its network, connecting Glasgow and Belfast through frequent flights. 

The new Glasgow Airport to Belfast City Airport route will initially operate on a daily basis with 11 flights weekly, commencing on 1 July, and will increase to 19 flights weekly in August. 

In light of the successful Covid-19 vaccination rollout allowing air travel to increase safely, Stobart Air has added this new route to its Aer Lingus Regional network to provide additional choice and frequency for customers wishing to travel between Glasgow and Belfast for business and leisure. 

All Stobart Air flights will operate in line with Covid protocols put in place by the UK Government, Stormont Executive, and health authorities.

Commenting, Andy Jolly, Managing Director of Stobart Air, said: 

Stobart Air has called on the UK and Irish governments to support the industry and work with all industry stakeholders on a plan and timeline for the resumption of safe air travel. 

“In light of the successful Covid-19 vaccination rollout allowing air travel to increase safely, we are pleased to add this new route from Glasgow to Belfast to our route network, which will cater to both business and leisure travellers with direct, convenient, and cost-effective flights.

“We are committed to providing our passengers with frequent, convenient, and affordable services through our regional connections. We look forward to welcoming our staff and customers onboard this new route.”

Matt Hazelwood, Group Commercial Director for AGS Airports Ltd, which owns Aberdeen, Glasgow and Southampton airports, said: 

Belfast has always been a hugely popular destination with our passengers, so we are really pleased to see Aer Lingus and partner Stobart Air restart this busy route.  

“The airport is just a five-minute journey from the city centre, which makes it the best option for business and leisure travellers looking for a speedy and convenient commute to the Northern Irish Capital.

“It’s also great to see that Aer Lingus and Stobart Air will initially restart the route with 11 flights per week. This will be welcome news for our customers looking to travel between Glasgow and Belfast City as restrictions continue to ease.”

For further information and for booking visit aerlingus.com. 

Airlines UK, the Airport Operators Association (AOA), AGS and Edinburgh airports have called on the Scottish Government to rectify a major discrepancy that means passengers returning to Scotland from abroad will have to pay more than twice as much for COVID tests than travellers returning to England.

On 11 May, the Scottish Government confirmed it would adopt a four nations approach to the removal of the travel ban which, on 17 May, was replaced by a traffic light system, with a red, amber and green list of countries mirroring what had previously been confirmed in England.

There is still a requirement for passengers returning from countries on the amber and green lists to take COVID tests. Whilst passengers returning to England are permitted to purchase tests from private suppliers, that approach has not been mirrored in Scotland with current regulations explicitly stating tests from private suppliers cannot be used.

A testing package for passengers arriving in Scotland from amber countries is £170 per person and £88pp for those arriving from green listed countries. Some private suppliers are offering testing options for as little as £20pp.

Tim Alderslade, chief executive of Airlines UK, Derek Provan, chief executive of AGS Airports, Gordon Dewar, chief executive of Edinburgh Airport, and Karen Dee, chief executive of the AOA, said: “On 11 May we were told the Scottish Government would adopt a four nations approach to the removal of the travel ban which had brought our industry to a standstill. Within a matter of days, it transpired Scottish passengers would be heavily penalised by having to pay twice as much for COVID tests than people in England.

“It is not fair that people in Scotland are being forced to bear such high costs when there are private suppliers offering the same tests that meet strict UK Government requirements for a fraction of the cost.

“This lack of parity with England will price many people out of travelling and will be a very real barrier to airports and airlines as we try to safely re-establish our connectivity. It will also push passengers to airports in England to avoid the cost of the Scottish Government’s testing package meaning they would not receive any form of data. We urgently need the Government to review its guidelines and introduce an equitable testing system that doesn’t penalise Scottish passengers. We have offered to work with the Government and its clinicians to help identify an affordable solution.”

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We will be showing Glastonbury Live this Sat on our big screens from 7 pm till closing and it’s free!
Book a table now by messaging the page with the time required and numbers (up to 6 from 3 households only)
**Please bare in mind that we have restrictions on sound levels so it will be background levels only.

Now that Portugal Holidays are back, we have put together some amazing offers for waterpark holidays. Kids love them, and they will sleep like logs after a day of sliding and splashing.

For parents, the hotels are great quality and allow you to relax while the kids play. These deals are put together by our hotel partners and offer fantastic value for money.

Our waterpark deals are updated daily at https://www.facebook.com/SunnyHeartTravel so remember to bookmark the link and we will add more countries as they turn green.

Waterpark Deals

Alto Da Colina – Sunny Heart Travel

2 adults and 1 child

7 nights

Self-catering

Luggage pp and transfers included 23kg pp luggage

Flying from London Luton – Portugal

Total cost £770.16

Aquashow Park Hotel – Sunny Heart Travel

2 adults and 1 child

7 nights

Half board

Luggage and transfers include – 23kg pp luggage

Flying from Glasgow

Total cost £2080

Eftalia Holiday Village – Sunny Heart Travel

2 adults and 1 child

7 nights

All Inclusive

Luggage and transfers included – 23kg luggage pp

Flying from Newcastle

Total cost £1045

Parrotel Aqua Park Resort – Sunny Heart Travel

2 adults and 2 children

7 nights

All Inclusive

Luggage and transfers included

Flying from Manchester

Total cost £1728

Hotel Cyprotel Faliraki Resort – Sunny Heart Travel

2 adults 1 child

7 nights

All Inclusive

Luggage and transfers included

Flying from Stansted

Total cost £1771

Marks & Spencer has today announced it will be opening the doors to its newest Foodhall in Paisley, on Wednesday 26th May at 9am.

Located in the Renfrew Road Retail Park, the store will be led by Store Manager, Kirk Russell alongside his team of 80 colleagues. In line with the opening, the M&S Paisley Outlet in Paisley Centre will close the day before, with all colleagues moving across to the new store. The M&S team will continue to offer the community the very best service to make sure they can get everything they need when shopping at Paisley.

Store Manager, Kirk Russell, who has worked at M&S for almost 29 years, said: “M&S has served customers in Paisley for the past 90 years and my team and I are really excited about our new store. We’ll be working hard to provide outstanding service and help make every penny count for the community. Our new Foodhall will offer all the everyday essentials, as well as seasonal inspiration and innovation such as a pick your own eggs section and a huge cheese barge, which really adds to the store’s marketplace feel!

“Customers will also be able to shop for M&S’s full Clothing & Home collections via M&S.com using our next day Click & Collect service. Cutting the ribbon and welcoming customers in for the first time will be a great moment for the team and I hope lots of local residents will pop down and join us.”

The new store will offer thousands of M&S’s quality and great value food products, perfect for the whole family. From Fresh Market favourites supplied by some of M&S’s Scottish suppliers – such as juicy Scottish strawberries and Scottish salmon – through to all the daily essentials. Offering the opportunity to try something new with family and friends, customers visiting the store will also be able to enjoy the recently unveiled Chicken Feast Family Dine-in for £15, with mains including Southern Fried Chicken Burgers and the crunchy yet succulent Coated Buttermilk Tenders!

M&S Paisley will also offer the full range of M&S Clothing & Home products via its Click & Collect service. Customers can opt for free next day collection when they order online at M&S.com by 8pm. With free car parking spaces, including six accessibility space in front of the store, M&S Paisley is ideal for family shopping.

The store will be located at Renfrew Road Retail Park, and will be open Monday – Saturday, 8am – 8pm, and on Sunday, 9am – 6pm.