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Passenger numbers up 5.4% in June 2013

Passenger growth at Glasgow Airport has continued with almost 775,000 people travelling through the airport in June 2013, representing an increase of 5.4% compared to the same period last year.

GA LOGO Proud to serve ScotlandThe marked increase in numbers ensured the airport was able to enjoy its busiest June in five years and maintain its pattern of consistent passenger growth which has stretched back to January 2011.

There was a strong demand for domestic traffic which grew by 5.7% and the start of the busy summer getaway contributed to a 5.2% increase in international traffic. Over 113,000 people travelled through the airport during the last weekend of June alone with many heading to popular sun-spots such as the Balearics, Canary Islands, Portugal and Turkey.

Glasgow Airport’s long haul routes including Virgin Atlantic’s direct flights to Florida and Canadian Affair’s Toronto service, as well as Emirates double daily service to Dubai all enjoyed an increase in demand.

Amanda McMillan, managing director of Glasgow Airport, said: “It really is an exciting time for Glasgow Airport and it’s particularly pleasing to follow the unveiling of our new logo and the launch of the Dreamliner’s first Scottish flight with news of further passenger growth.”

On Wednesday 10 July, Glasgow Airport reached a significant milestone in its £17 million investment programme with the unveiling of its new look logo. The launch of the logo and accompanying strapline – Proud to Serve Scotland – is a key part of the airport’s extensive preparations for the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Paisley agency’s new Thistle brand takes off at Glasgow Airport

Paisley creative design and marketing agency Designline Creative has created a new distinctly Scottish brand identity for Glasgow Airport as part of a multi-million pound upgrade for the city’s airport.

After a three stage competitive pitch process, involving branding agencies from across the UK, Renfrewshire’s Designline was chosen to develop the new brand identity.

Designline Creative

The brief for the new brand identity was to create a ‘sense of place,’ positioning Glasgow Airport an international gateway to Scotland, as well as communicating the airport’s key values – friendly, efficient and passionate about its customers and Scotland.

The decision to launch a new brand comes as the airport continues a £17 million upgrade in preparation for the Commonwealth Games being hosted in the city next summer.

The new brand will be seen by around seven million UK and overseas passengers a year.

The new logo features a stylised thistle design, incorporating the letter G, and uses the colours of the Saltire to create a strong Scottish accent.

The supporting strapline ‘Proud to serve Scotland’ articulates the airport’s commitment to customer service and its role as an international gateway, and a champion for Scotland’s economic development.

The brand identity was launched to the press, stakeholders, and passengers on Wednesday 10 July after months of brand value workshops, an inspired creative process and implementation of the new brand on key collateral including digital, print, ambient media and promotional material.

Amanda McMillan, Managing Director of Glasgow Airport, said: “We are thrilled with the new logo and even more pleased we were able to work with a local agency. The initial brief was to create a strong, identifiable personality, which positioned the airport within the region, reflected our commitment to customer service and provided people with a sense of arrival to Glasgow and to Scotland.

“Designline’s concept captured all of the above and we’re looking forward to rolling the new logo out across the airport in the coming months. For many, Glasgow Airport is their first and last impression of Scotland and Designline has created a logo we will be proud to show off to the millions of passengers who travel through our doors every year.”

Ashley Moore, Account Director at Designline said: “We have worked very closely with the team at Glasgow Airport to explore the vision, values and key messages of the airport and then translate all our findings into a strong and memorable identity and brand design style. The process has been very exciting and we’re proud to serve Glasgow Airport as their dedicated creative agency.”

Kim Maxwell, Creative Director added: “We have been working with Glasgow Airport for over six years, creating a wide range of corporate and marketing materials and tactical campaigns. We’re absolutely delighted to have been chosen to create their new brand identity.

“Glasgow Airport is a much loved institution. The people of Glasgow feel that it belongs to them, as their airport. We’ve worked hard to create a brand that delivers a sense of place and articulates why Glasgow Airport is so important to the city and region it serves.

“The client gave us a strong brief but also the creative freedom to devise a new brand which positions them strongly, not only within Scotland, but within the overall travel and tourism market.”

The striking new brand has also been positively received by marketing and business leaders in the city.

Scott Taylor, Chief Executive of Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, said “the new branding perfectly captures the dedication shown by everyone who works there whilst reflecting the airport’s deserved reputation as Scotland’s leading business and leisure gateway to the world.”

Stuart Patrick, leader of Glasgow Chamber of Commerce and Councilor Gordon Matheson, leader of Glasgow City Council, have also welcomed the rebrand.

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Glasgow Airport has today reached a significant milestone in its multi-million pound investment programme with the unveiling of its new look logo.

The launch of the logo and accompanying strapline – Proud to Serve Scotland – comes at an exciting time for the airport which is currently investing £17 million in enhancing key parts of the terminal ahead of the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

GA LOGO Proud to serve Scotland

Glasgow Airport will be the gateway to the Games and the new logo is a key part of its extensive preparations.

Designed by Paisley-based agency Designline, the logo is a contemporary twist on an iconic Scottish symbol. It depicts the head of a thistle sitting proudly above the letter G and the use of a solid blue colour adds to its distinctive Scottish feel.

Amanda McMillan, managing director of Glasgow Airport, said: “When creating our new identity, we considered the many factors that make Glasgow Airport unique and the overwhelming theme was that the people who work here see it as more than a job. They carry out their day-to-day roles with great care and are passionate about delivering unrivalled customer service to the millions of people who travel through our doors every year. Our new strapline was therefore quite a logical choice as it articulates the tremendous sense of pride we take in serving Scotland.

“For many, Glasgow Airport is their first and last impression of Scotland and the concept of the new brand also centres on creating a ‘Sense of Place.’ We recognise the need to have a strong, identifiable personality, which positions the airport within the region, supports an enjoyable customer experience and gives people a sense of arrival to Glasgow and to Scotland, hence the use of the G and the thistle.

“Through our continued investment and new logo, we are also sending out a clear message that Glasgow Airport is committed to playing its part in the successful delivery of what will be the biggest sporting event in Scotland’s history, when Glasgow plays host to the 2014 Commonwealth Games.”

David Grevemberg, Chief Executive Glasgow 2014, said: “The Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games will be the largest multi-sport event Scotland has ever hosted and will attract visitors to the city and to Scotland to soak up the fantastic atmosphere that will be created.

“Glasgow Airport will be a key entry point for those attending the Games from elsewhere in the UK and internationally including athletes and team officials and we welcome the investment being made to help Glasgow’s global gateway to the Games make a positive first impression.”

Councillor Gordon Matheson, Leader of Glasgow City Council, said: “As we get ready to host the Commonwealth Games next year, it is great to know that all of our partners are playing their part by preparing for the biggest event that the city has ever hosted.  Glasgow Airport will welcome tens of thousands of visitors from all over the world in the summer of 2014 and I am delighted it has reached such an important milestone in its investment programme with the launch of its new logo, which will give our guests an ever better welcome to the city.”

Scott Taylor, chief executive of Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, said: “Glasgow Airport has achieved a great deal of success in 2013; growing passenger numbers, securing new routes and investing heavily in enhancing facilities in time for the 2014 Commonwealth Games. The team at Glasgow Airport is one of the most customer-focused of any business in the city and the new branding perfectly captures the dedication shown by everyone who works there whilst reflecting the airport’s deserved reputation as Scotland’s leading business and leisure gateway to the world.”

Stuart Patrick, chief executive of Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, added: “It’s great to see the Glasgow Airport proactively going out and creating this dynamic new brand which is in step with exciting developments in the city like Glasgow 2014, the new city branding, and high levels of investment like The Hydro and the Strathclyde Technology and Innovation Centre. This new identity perfectly reflects the importance of the airport to the whole of Scotland.”

The new logo will be rolled out across the airport in the coming months.

Braehead Clan Are Back!

The Clan return to Braehead Arena for the Elite League Ice Hockey 2013/2014 season.

First up the 2013 Aladdin Cup!
Braehead Clan are hosting tournament games at the Braehead Arena on Sat 31st August & Sun 1st September:

Sat 31st August v Amiens Gothiques Face Off 7pm
Sun 1st Sept v GMB Panthers Face Off 6pm


2 Day Tickets go on sale Wed 10th July at 10am – LIMITED TIME OFFER!

(closes midnight Sun 28th July )

1 Day tickets on sale from 12noon Tues 30th July.

For ticket & booking information click here.

Inaugural Thomson 787 Dreamliner flight takes off from Glasgow Airport

Monday 8 July 2013: Thomson Airways, the first UK airline to fly the new state-of-the-art Boeing 787 Dreamliner today celebrated the departure of the inaugural long haul flight to Cancun, Mexico from Glasgow airport.

thomson1Thomson operated flight TOM 518 with its brand new 787 plane which departed Glasgow Airport at 09:40am with 291 customers on board – its first ever transatlantic flight since taking delivery in May. The occasion was celebrated in true Scottish style with customers welcomed at the gate with bagpipers and Highland dancers.

The Dreamliner is set to revolutionise air travel and leave holidaymakers more relaxed and refreshed than ever before, with comfort and wellbeing features on-board reducing the effects of jet-lag. It can also fly much further distances than similar-sized aircraft and is more environmentally friendly, using 20% less fuel.

Thomson Airways will fly the state-of-the-art aircraft from Glasgow on long haul routes to Sanford, Florida and Cancun in Mexico, and will add Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic to its service from summer 2014. The aircraft will also fly from London Gatwick, Manchester and East Midlands airports.

Chris Browne, Managing Director of Thomson Airways comments: “After much anticipation we are delighted to welcome the 787 Dreamliner to Glasgow. This is a key milestone for the company and as the first airline in the UK to take delivery we hope our customers will enjoy the unique experience of this revolutionary aircraft.

“The introduction of the Dreamliner is a major milestone in our journey of modernising the holiday experience. Customers travelling from Glasgow will be amazed at the unique look, feel and service – all of which will ensure the Thomson holiday experience starts as soon as they step on board this fabulous new aircraft.

“The extended flying range of the Dreamliner also unlocks a host of new and exciting holiday options for our customers, increasing the range of long haul destinations available with Thomson Airways, from four UK airports this summer.”

Amanda McMillan, Managing Director of Glasgow Airport, said: “To be the first airport in Scotland to welcome the Dreamliner is a tremendous honour and something we’re extremely proud of. Not only with the new state-of-the-art aircraft offer passengers a unique flying experience, it will open up new possibilities for the long haul market from Glasgow Airport and we are looking forward to working with Thomson to ensure the Dreamliner realises its full potential.”

Deputy First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon said: “It is exciting to see the 787 Dreamliner make its first flight from Scotland and I am sure that all of those on board will have the best start to their holiday.

“We want to see more direct long haul flights from Scottish airports and having this state of the art aircraft depart from Glasgow is very encouraging, especially as this aircraft is suited to routes from regional airports because of its long range.”


Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan added: “Glasgow Airport has a proud history of pioneering aviation developments and this is another important milestone. The first flight of the Dreamliner in Scotland is a notable event in itself and, in the longer term, will boost travel options for passengers and strengthen the economic impact of Glasgow Airport in the regional and national economy. This is very positive news.”

The Thomson 787 Dreamliner will carry 291 passengers. Premium Club will seat 47 in a 2-3-2 configuration, each with a 38” pitch, and Economy Club will seat 244 in a 3-3-3 configuration, each with an industry leading 33” or 34” pitch.

Thomson Airways will be taking delivery of eight Boeing 787 Dreamliners in total, up to May 2015. Thomson’s first long-haul Dreamliner flights will operate from Manchester to Florida and Glasgow to Cancun, today, 8th July.

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Paisley Photographs July 2013

Paisley, for once, was basking in glorious sunshine today so what better excuse than to take the camera out and snap some fantastic shots of its wonderful skyline. That’s exactly what Ian McDonald did and he shared the results for all to see…

Paisley Skyline

Paisley Skyline featuring the John Neilson Institution to the left, Thomas Coats Memorial Church then Orr Square Church and Trinity High Church to the right.

Paisley Town Hall

Paisley Town Hall, with the current new super hospital at the Southern General being built in the background


If you would like to see photographs of Paisley from a certain area or specific building then please use our contact page to place a request.

Coming soon, competition to win tickets to the show…

Paisley on the web will soon be launching a competition to win tickets to the Glasgow or Greenock shows, we will let you know the details as soon as we can…

The Extreme Stunt Show Live..

The most exciting, exhilarating and fastest growing motorsport event in Europe is heading your way. From monster truck mayhem to back flipping motocross, the Extreme Stunt Show has it all, live & unbelievable.

extreme-stunt2013 is bursting with anticipation, as the log awaited return of over 140 towns buckle their seatbelts ready for the thrill of a lifetime.  Extreme Events Europe prides itself on delivering quality family entertainment with a difference.  Monster stunts have been perfected and the stuntmen are sure to bring Extreme to your hometown & making Extreme a state of mind.

The Extreme Stunt Show Arena is home to all the favorites including our very own monstrous trucks Extreme and Lil’ Devil (Guinness World Record).  Drivers Glen Wise and Mark Glover will show you how to handle a 2000 plus horse powered mammoth machine.  These mean machines have been in Extreme’s Monster Garage getting a full MOT before returning for the 2013 Summer Season.

Look to the horizon as you witness our motocross madmen fly through the air Dave Wiggins and Josh Grindrod will reach new heights as they perform their death defying FMX stunts. This isn’t for the faint hearted – our daredevil duo don’t believe in boundaries and you are sure to witness the impossible, ad to this the PRO BMX Trials and Mountain Bike Riders of tomorrow

Our trained professionals are typical showman.  Ignoring all fundamental forces and defying gravity, these guys will be flying through fire, turning themselves into a human inferno, jumping ramp to ramp on quads and buggies and putting anything with four wheels onto two wheels.
What are you waiting for, come and join other like minded Extremists witness the unimaginable!

Due to high demand new dates have been added.


The show will be appearing in:

Thursday 4 July   PERTH
McDiarmid Park Crieff Road, PH1 2SJ

Friday 5 July to Sunday 7th July ABERDEEN  
Queens Links, Beach Boulevard, AB24 5EF
Friday 7.30pm
Saturday  6 July  5pm   6pm
Sunday  7 July 2pm   3pm

Tuesday  9 July   FRASERBURGH
North Links AB43 9BB

Wednesday 10 July   NAIRN
Showfield Inverness Road, IV12 4RY

Thursday 11 July   TAIN
The Links, Shore Road,IV19 1EH

Friday  12 July & Saturday 13 July   INVERNESS  
Caledonian Thistle FC Stadium Road, IV1 1FF
Friday  12 July 7.30pm
Saturday 13 July  5pm   6pm

Sunday 14 July   FORT WILLIAM
Lochaber Rural Complex Torlundy, PH33 6SQ

Tuesday  16 July   OBAN
Mossfield Stadium Glencruitten Road, PA34 4PU

Wednesday 17 July & Thursday 18 July  CUMBERNAULD
Broadwood Stadium Atholl Drive, G68 9NE
Wednesday 17 July 7.30pm
Thursday 18 July  7.30pm

Balloch, Ben Lomond Way, G83 8QL

Saturday  20 July   GREENOCK
Battery Park Eldon Street, PA16 7QG

Sunday  21 July  ARMADALE
Stadium Bathgate Road, EH48 2PD

Tuesday  23 July   AVIEMORE
Highland Resort, PH22 1PN

Wednesday 24 July   MONTROSE
East Links,  Trail Drive, DD10 8SW

Thursday 25 July   ARBROATH
Victoria Park King’s Drive, DD11 5BL

Friday  26 July   FALKIRK
The Stadium Stadium Way, FK2 9EE

Saturday 27 July   DUNDEE
Caird Park DD4 9BX
Saturday 27 July 6pm
Sunday 28 July  3pm

Tuesday 30 July   COWDENBEATH
Racewall, Central Park Chapel Street, KY4 9QQ

Wednesday 31 July   KELBURN
Country Park Largs, Fairlie, KA29 0BE

Thursday 1 August & Friday 2 August AYR  
Racecourse Whitletts Road, KA8 0JE
Thursday 1 August 7.30pm
Friday 2 August  7.30pm

Saturday  3 August & Sunday 4 August  MOTHERWELL
Strathclyde Country Park Hamilton Road, ML1 3ED
Saturday 3 August 6pm
Sunday  4 August 3pm

Tuesday  6 August   GLASGOW
Queens Park G42 8DA
Tuesday 6 August 7.30pm
Wednesday 7 August  7.30pm

Thursday 8 August   GLASGOW
Victoria Park G14 9NN

Friday  9 August   EDINBURGH
Ocean Terminal Leith, EH6 6JJ
Friday 9 August 7.30pm
Saturday 10 August 5pm   6pm
Sunday 11 August  2pm   3pm

Jobs staff mark year of success for Invest in Renfrewshire

Employment professionals travelled from across Scotland to hail the first year of an £8m council-run programme to boost Renfrewshire’s economy and support youth employment.

Around 250 delegates gathered in Renfrew’s Normandy Hotel as the flagship Invest in Renfrewshire programme marked its anniversary with an employability conference.

The conference was opened by Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan, who talked about the successes of Invest over the past year.

Visitors heard young people and businesses who have taken part in the programme talk about how it has benefited them.

They also heard from a variety of other speakers, who covered updates on national and local employment initiatives and issues, including welfare reform.

Organisations represented on the day included Renfrewshire Council, JobCentre Plus, Skills Development Scotland and the Department of Work and Pensions.

Councillor Macmillan said: “Creating jobs and growing the economy are big priorities for the council and Invest in Renfrewshire sees us making a sizable financial commitment to both.

“The twin aims of the programme are to help young people into jobs and to assist local businesses to grow.

“It was great to hear some of the stories on the day from young people whose lives have been transformed by the opportunities they have been given, and from businesses who have been boosted by the council’s financial support.

“It was also good to use the first birthday of Invest as a chance to gather together employment professionals and let them share ideas about their work.

“I hope they found the day useful and we look forward to continuing to work with partner agencies to create job opportunities for young people in Renfrewshire.”

The previous night, a networking event was held for businesses who have taken part in Invest in Renfrewshire, also at the Normandy Hotel.

On the night, Councillor Macmillan announced that an extra £750,000 funding had been secured by the council for Employer Recruitment Incentives.

Through Invest, the council will pay up to half the wage costs of a young person aged between 16 and 24, with an extra £1,000 for businesses which agree to pay at least the Living Wage of £7.50 per hour.

Other funding available through Invest in Renfrewshire includes money for graduate internships, business development grants, and a retail improvement scheme.

For more info on what Invest in Renfrewshire could do for you, call 0300 3000 144, visit, or email

Sandy Stoddart Glasgow Necropolis Tour

St Vincent’s Hospice Ambassador Sandy Stoddart, Sculptor in Ordinary to Her Majesty the Queen, held an exclusive walking tour of the Glasgow Necropolis with donations being taken in aid of the hospice.

Over 50 people turned up to be guided through this fascinating cemetery, giving unique historical insights into the monuments designed by major architects and sculptors of the time. Those included Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson, Charles Rennie Macintosh and JT Rochead, created for the prominent and wealthy entrepreneurs of the ‘Second City of the Empire’.

Sandy Stoddart - Necropolis Tour

The weather stayed dry for the tour, as everyone enjoyed listening to this very exclusive look at part of Glasgow’s history. There was such a high demand over the weekend for people to attend the tour that Sandy very kindly agreed to hold it all over again on the Sunday.

Thanks to the generosity of all that attended the tour the fantastic sum of £650 was raised for the hospice. A special thanks to Sandy for giving his time and expertise in hosting this event for the hospice.

For all those that missed out on this walking tour Sandy will be holding an exclusive walking tour of Paisley on Saturday 8th September. Tickets are just £10 and places are limited to a maximum of 30 people. If you would like more information and to book your place, contact the fundraising team on 01505 705635 or email

Renfrewshire Chamber Annual Golf Competition

The Renfrewshire Chamber annual Golf Competition this year was held on the 14th June at Renfrew Golf Club and was a great success. The sold out event saw 18 teams play the course which was in top condition given the recent spell of warm weather. The forecast in the run up to the event had not been good – but on the day the weather was ideal for golf – warm with little wind. The winners were:

  • Nearest the Pin – Murdoch Ferguson, Ferguson Imaging
  • Longest Drive- Russell Cohen, Benchmark Packaging
  • Winning team – Bray Controls
  • Best Score – Tom  Goldie from Bray Controls

The event raised £700 split between the Chamber charities of the year – Beatson Pebble Appeal and Pace Theatre

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The Chamber would like to thank Kenny and all the staff at Renfrew GC for looking after us – and thank you to all the teams for taking part and to those that kindly donated raffle prizes.

Pic: Bray Team pictured with Tom Johnston Chamber President, 3rd from left. Bob Davidson Chief Exec, far right. Tom Goldie 2nd from right

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