Exchange Theatre, a new community theatre space in Paisley town centre, has received a major boost to its capital campaign this week with the confirmation of two significant awards from charitable foundations. 

We are delighted to acknowledge a grant of £200,000 from The Garfield Weston Foundation, one of the UK’s major supporters of the arts, as well as an award of £50,000 from The Robert Barr Charitable Foundation.

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The redevelopment of the vacant former nightclub as a much-needed mid-sized venue for Renfrewshire, establishing it across Scotland as a destination for children and young people’s theatre, is being spearheaded by PACE Theatre Company alongside their existing operations.

Once complete, it will host in-house and touring theatre productions, and offer a wide programme of creative learning opportunities, as well as offering an alternative venue to Renfrewshire’s thriving cultural community.

PACE Chief Executive Grant Mason said: “We are extremely grateful for these generous awards from the Garfield Weston Foundation and the Robert Barr Charitable Foundation in support of our vision to provide life-changing opportunities for young people and the local community. 

“These grants are a major boost to our plans for Exchange, which we believe has the potential to create a vibrant cultural landmark and community hub for Paisley.” 

As well as the main theatre, Exchange will also host a small-scale 80-100-seat flexible studio theatre and creative learning space, plus a community creative play and workshop space. There will also be a family-friendly café/bar with informal performance area, dressing rooms, reading snug, and exhibition space for young visual artists.

The space will be fully accessible, autism-friendly, and co-designed and developed at every stage with a group of ‘Young Architects’.

Sustainability is a key priority for the project, designed with the aim of creating a green, carbon neutral, theatre for the future that’s financially and environmentally sustainable with 100% LED theatre fixtures.

It is expected Phase II will be complete by December 2022, but PACE are calling on businesses and individuals to support the project by donating to their Million Pound Wall campaign, to reach the fundraising total required to complete the third and final phase of work. 

The ongoing project to build a new community theatre space in Paisley town centre has taken a huge step forward after an £800,000 funding boost was confirmed.

PACE Theatre Company are currently developing a new theatre in Paisley for children, young people and families – called Exchange – in a long-time vacant former nightclub opposite Paisley Gilmour Street Station.

And the project has now received the sum from the Scottish Government’s Regeneration Capital Grand Fund (RCGF), after a successful bid from Renfrewshire Council on PACE’s behalf.

The £2.6m project – which will include a 300-seat main theatre plus other community and creative spaces – received planning permission in February 2020, and work has been under way since November of that year.

When open in March 2023, it will host near-200 PACE performances each year, plus professional touring shows, and creative learning opportunities, as well as offering an alternative venue to Renfrewshire’s thriving cultural community.

This round of the Scottish Government’s Capital Grant Regeneration Fund will see more than £25 million of funding shared between 22 locally-developed projects across Scotland that tackle inequalities and promote sustainable and inclusive economic recovery from the pandemic.

PACE chief executive Grant Mason said: “We are extremely grateful to the Scottish Government’s Regeneration Capital Grant Fund for their investment in this project, which we believe will be transformative for young people, the local community, and for the regeneration of Paisley.

“The award will allow major works to begin early next year and takes us significantly closer to the completion of Exchange.

“The support of Renfrewshire Council throughout this process has been invaluable, with their vision for Exchange’s potential to create a vibrant cultural landmark and community hub for Paisley mirroring our own.”

Renfrewshire Council leader Iain Nicolson added: “Our officers have been working with PACE since 2019 to assist with their funding applications, and we are thrilled for them the Scottish Government have recognised the quality of the project by making this significant award.

“PACE have been at the heart of the area’s creative community for decades, and when it opens Exchange will allow them to harness the power of culture to change the lives of future generations of Renfrewshire’s young people.

“This development complements our wider vision to bring new life to the town centre by finding new cultural uses for vacant buildings, as well as our £100m investment in our own heritage venues and outdoor spaces, including the ongoing transformations of the museum and town hall.

“The news also arrives as we prepare to open our Future Paisley exhibition in the new year, which will tell the story of how Paisley’s approach to culture-led regeneration can make it a leader for towns everywhere.”

PACE had already received £420,000 from Renfrewshire’s share of the Scottish Government’s Town Centre Fund to fund initial work to the building, and to produce developed designs to allow their application to the RCGF to be made.

The project is bringing back into use a long-time vacant historic building in a prime location, which will allow it to come off the Buildings at Risk register.

As well as the main theatre, Exchange will also host a small-scale 80-100-seat flexible studio theatre and creative learning space, plus a community creative play and workshop space.

There will also be a family-friendly café/bar with informal performance area, dressing rooms, reading snug, and exhibition space for young visual artists.

The space will be fully-accessible, autism-friendly, and co-designed and developed at every stage with a group of ‘young architects’.

Sustainability is a key priority for the project, designed with the aim of creating a green, carbon neutral, theatre for the future that’s financially and environmentally sustainable with 100% LED theatre fixtures.

It is expected Phase II will be complete by December 2022, but PACE are calling on businesses and individuals to support the project by donating to their Million Pound Wall campaign, to reach the fundraising total required to complete the third and final phase of work.

https://www.pacetheatre.com/exchange/millionpoundwall/

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PACE is re-developing a disused town centre building as a unique venue for children and young people, and aims to create a vibrant arts hub for use by all of the community. But we want to hear your ideas!

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Exchange-ing Ideas: A Community Open Day

Sat 9 Oct, 11am – 3pm
Exchange Theatre, Old Sneddon Street, Paisley

(formerly Mannequins)

Exchange will provide a low-cost venue for performances by community groups, a free interactive creative play area for younger children and their families, and a much needed mid-size venue for Renfrewshire.  It’s planned flexible-use spaces will also allow for a host of creative learning opportunities, increased community engagement and will support artist development locally. It’s anticipated that Exchange will also bring more people to Paisley and help promote the area as a cultural visitor destination, providing a boost for local restaurants and businesses, increasing employment and contributing to regeneration.

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– Come along to meet our team and see the space
– Find out about our plans and how they could benefit you
– Have your say about what you think a space like this can offer
Children/young people are welcome but please be aware that the building is still under construction. Access is currently via several stairs and there is uneven flooring.

Pop in anytime between 11am and 3pm.

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“After careful consideration, we must reluctantly confirm that there will be no PACE Theatre Company panto for Christmas 2021.

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“Regrettably, there are a number of factors that mean it is not viable for us to produce our annual panto this year. Paisley Arts Centre, our home venue for more than 30 years, is currently undergoing a £2.8m redevelopment and due to delays resulting from the pandemic, will not re-open for December 2021 as originally expected. Coupled with the ongoing impact of the pandemic and the uncertainty about any future restrictions, we feel the risks are too great to commit to staging a production this year.

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“Neither do we have plans for an online panto alternative at this time. Last year’s “Lost in Pantoland” was made possible with support from an emergency arts relief fund and without this additional funding the model is not sustainable.”

“This is not a decision we have taken lightly, and we understand that many people will be disappointed. Our annual pantomime is a highlight of the year for many people, as it is for us, but we’re looking forward to being able to come back bigger and better next year.

“As a registered charity, we are hugely dependent on ticket sales to subsidise the work we do with young people throughout the year. Over 95% of our income comes from ticket sales and fees, meaning that we have been especially hard hit during the pandemic, and the loss of panto from our schedule for a second year running will leave a massive hole in our funds.

“If you are a regular audience member, please consider making a donation here: https://www.pacetheatre.com/donate/. Or to donate £10, text PACE to 70191.”

Grant Mason
Chief Executive, PACE Theatre Company Ltd.


We have ambitious plans for a new theatre in Paisley for children, young people and families but we need your support. Find out how you can #PlayYourPart at exchangetheatre.org

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PACE has revealed a summer programme of unique and varied in-person creative performance experiences for ages 3-21, performing both indoors and out.

The programme is brimming with exciting performance courses; from classic to contemporary texts, devising, physical theatre, comedy and musicals.  Make friends, take risks, learn new skills and make memories to last a lifetime.

Highlights include several site-specific outdoor productions including A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Into the Woods and The Secret Garden; a strand of youth-led productions inspired by the climate crisis; devised and physical theatre performances; comedy and improv events; film-making and writing workshops; as well as musical theatre shows including Bugsy Malone and 13.

NB – photographs are from previous Fests prior to the introduction of social distancing or any other covid measures. 

We have been working hard to ensure young people can experience all of the social, educational and wellbeing benefits of our summer activities safely and in line with current covid guidance. PACE successfully re-introduced in person workshops for the Summer term, and has made a number of changes to capacities, introduced staggered start times, enhanced cleaning, ventilation and other procedures to minimise risk and all activities have been risk assessed in line with covid guidance for children’s activities, youth work and performance.

Jenni Mason, Artistic Director of PACE, said:
We can’t wait to have our building buzzing with energy and creativity again this summer. We’re incredibly proud of the way the team adapted last year to deliver an online programme, but we really missed being able to see everyone in person.

During Fest! we see the young people who join us grow in confidence, as well as creating amazing performances, and this year more than ever it’s important that they have this opportunity to express themselves and to mix with their peers.”

The full programme can be viewed and booked online at .www.pacetheatre.com/fest


Details of Bursary and concessionary places are available on application.

The fundraising campaign for Exchange, a new community theatre in Paisley for children, young people and families, has taken another significant step forward as PACE welcomes prominent Paisley businessman Gary McCaw as its first Founding Sponsor.

The renovation of the previously disused building is expected to be a catalyst for the regeneration of the town centre area it sits at the heart of. Exchange will establish Renfrewshire as a visitor destination for children and young people’s theatre and it is estimated that this will increase visitors to Renfrewshire by over 80,000, providing a boost to the local economy by allowing businesses to thrive and increasing employment in the area.

Founding Sponsors will enjoy lifetime benefits including recognition on a specially engraved plaque in the foyer, regular updates on major milestones as plans progress, a VIP behind-the-scenes tour of the construction site, invitations to opening events, press and gala nights and 20 complimentary tickets a year for Exchange productions for 3 years after opening.

Gary McCaw, whose business interests include the newly refurbished The Gleniffer hotel, said:

This is going to be a really exciting development for Paisley, and straight away I felt that it was something that I wanted to get involved with. The new theatre will be a game changer for the town, in my opinion, and a valuable resource for the whole community.”

Grant Mason, Chief Executive of said:
“We’re delighted to have Gary on board as our first Founding Sponsor and are very grateful to him for being an early backer. We want to make Paisley a major centre for theatre for children, young people & families but just as importantly we believe this will make a vital contribution to Renfrewshire’s reputation as a vibrant visitor destination.

To make the development happen, we still need further business support and we’d urge companies to get in touch to find out how they can be part of creating this fantastic legacy for the Paisley.”

PACE is seeking further local businesses to join in support of become one of 10 Founding Sponsors by pledging £10,000 each or one of 50 Founding Supporters by pledging £2,000. Payment can be made monthly over 3 years, in one lump sum or yearly. Smaller donations can also be made to Exchange by donating to PACE’s Million Pound Wall.

More information about the plans for Exchange and ways to help can be found at www.pacetheatre.com/exchange. Find @exchangepaisley on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or Tiktok.

PACE Youth Theatre is delighted to be working with Renfrewshire Carers to create an exciting new project for young people in Renfrewshire. The project, supported by Creative Scotland’s Youth Arts Access Fund, aims to address the social isolation and lack of support faced by many young carers on a daily basis, and particularly this past year under Covid-19 restrictions.

With 74% of young carers reporting that they feel disconnected from friends and family due to lack of support and interaction outside of their household, PACE seeks to provide young people with an opportunity to connect with others in their community and support them to use their voices and share their experiences in a meaningful and positive way.

The project will launch with a series of creative workshops covering a variety of specialisms, and be followed by the creation of a final project that will be documented on film and shared at an event designed by the participants . Throughout the project, young people will have the chance to co-design, explore new creative skills and be supported to share their experiences and explore impactful ways of communicating their stories. Young people will be encouraged to lead on the direction of the project, allowing them to develop collaboration and leadership skills. Participants will also be offered bursary places to take part in PACE’s summer Fest! programme, to allow them to connect with PACE’s core work and meet new people.

Jenni Mason, Artistic Director of PACE said:

We believe that these creative opportunities are crucial in addressing the emotional well-being and mental health of young people, who have been deeply affected by events of the past year.  By the end of this project the young people involved will not only have found ways to express and explore what is happening around us but will have created a legacy resource that can be shared and used to inform others about the challenges and experiences of young carers.”

The project is due to begin in Spring 2021.

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Free music production and recording sessions, fully funded youth theatre places and gymnastics equipment for young people with physical, emotional or sensory impairments are just a few of the projects young people are set to benefit from as the winning projects were unveiled for Renfrewshire’s Celebrating Renfrewshire Fund 2020.

One of the only funds of its kind still operating in Scotland during the Coronavirus pandemic, it saw an incredible 86 projects imagined, designed and submitted by young people or community groups who work with 12-25-year olds.

More than 1,700 young people then cast 5,163 votes for their favourite projects as they took the lead role in the youth participatory budgeting fund at every stage in the process.

A fantastic £124,437 was awarded to 68 projects and these ideas will now be brought to life as opportunities and support for young people in Renfrewshire continue to grow.

Loud N Proud secured £6,000 to build on their 2019 project which saw young people given an introduction to song writing, and this year’s funding will now enable young musicians to record their tracks in a professional studio.

Tommy McGrory, Loud n Proud Manager, said: “We are very excited as this grant will mean that local young musicians will be able to get their songs recorded and produced to a professional level at the new Loud n Proud studios in Paisley.

“For young aspiring musicians getting their songs recorded is difficult due to the costs involved, so this will be a big stepping stone for them and they will get to work with a music producer who has 15 years’ experience working with young bands.

“Young musicians will learn how to mix and record with the support and training of a professional music producer and will take a piece of music from an idea to a finished product. This is a great opportunity to get free advice and use high-quality professional equipment to gain the key skills in music recording and production.”

Pace Youth Theatre were also successful with their application and received £4,000 as they look to provide free bursary places for local young people aged 3-21 whose financial circumstances, due to the impact of COVID-19 or otherwise, mean that they are unable to participate.

This will ensure all young people are able to see the benefits of youth theatre participation, which include improved confidence, mental wellbeing, communication skills, creative thinking and enhanced employment prospects.

Jenni Mason, Artistic Director of PACE, said: “This is a real boost in enabling us to widen access to our work. The Celebrating Renfrewshire funds will go directly to assisting young people, allowing us to expand our Bursary Scheme and support more young people than has previously been possible.

“PACE focuses on developing and nurturing young creative talent, and creating opportunities for them to benefit educationally, socially and culturally from a varied programme of high-quality performing arts experiences. It’s really important to us that financial circumstances shouldn’t be a barrier to getting involved with these opportunities, and the Bursary Scheme is one of the ways in which we aim to achieve this.”

Another success story was Twist & Hit Cheerleaders, as they secured £1,685.82 to provide CHEER classes to disability groups in Renfrewshire.

Founder, Director & Head Coach Sarah McNeill, said: “The funds will be used to purchase new equipment that will support under 5s and those with physical, emotional and sensory impairments.

“We are the first cheerleading programme in Scotland to be offering CHEER classes to disability groups and this equipment will help us to facilitate the classes.

“This will change their lives as it gives them access to equipment and coaching that is not available anywhere else in Scotland.”

The announcement event was held online this year due to the current pandemic and more than 50 people attended as Renfrewshire Youth Voice (RYV) members unveiled the winners for each Local Partnership area.

Adrian McKechnie, Chair of Renfrewshire Youth Voice, said: “With the way 2020 has unfolded the Celebrating Renfrewshire Fund has been a much-needed source of hope and optimism for a number of young people.

“When we look back on this year, many of the Celebrating Renfrewshire applicants, such as community groups, charities and other third sector organisations, should do so with a great sense of pride knowing that when their communities needed them the most they stepped up to the mark.

“Over the past two years, the Celebrating Renfrewshire Fund has been a significant step forward in terms of empowering young people to make decisions that have and will continue to influence the community around them.

“I sincerely hope the successes of applicants from last year coupled with those of this year will serve as a legacy to inspire other young people to effect change in their community.”

The fund was facilitated by Renfrewshire Council’s Community Planning and Youth Services teams as they engaged with and supported young people to apply, as well as assisting RYV to run the announcement event online.

Councillor Michelle Campbell, Renfrewshire Council’s Young Persons Champion, opened the event and said: “What a fantastic event as young people from across Renfrewshire got the chance to receive funding which will make a real difference to the way they live their lives in Renfrewshire.

“I’m continually amazed by the new and exciting ideas that our young people bring forward and the ability they have to turn them into reality, so I look forward to seeing all the winning projects come to fruition.

“It’s important that those who weren’t successful this time though aren’t disheartened, and I would encourage them to get in touch with our teams at the council who will support them to find alternative ways to bring their ideas to life.”

All unsuccessful projects can contact Engage Renfrewshire via info@engagerenfrewshire.com for support to apply for other funding opportunities.

The fund was supported by Young Scot throughout, including the voting process taking place through their online system, and they were quick to praise the efforts of Renfrewshire Council to support young people.

Gavin Crosby, Young Scot Local Partnership Development Manager, said: “Young Scot was thrilled to work in partnership with Renfrewshire Council and Renfrewshire Youth Voice on the Celebrating Renfrewshire Fund.

“Together, we successfully used our Young Scot online participatory budgeting system and the young.scot/renfrewshire pages to support local young people to have their voices heard.

“Renfrewshire’s approach, particularly during restrictions, is inspiring – and Young Scot looks forward to supporting exciting projects such as this in the future.”

For more information, including a full list of the winning projects, visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/CelebratingRenfrewshire.

ACTOR Chris Alexander is swapping New York for New Street, in Paisley to take the role of the Dame in this year’s PACE panto, Snowhite.

Scots-born Chris performed in New York as part of Ramesh Meyyappan’s production of Butterfly, which was part of the Brits Off Broadway Festival, at the 59E59 Theatre, in Manhattan, last year.

And earlier this year, Chris was back in the USA with the same production – an adaptation of Madame Butterfly – staged in Millersville, Pennsylvania.

But the Paisley Arts Centre, in New Street will be Chris’s stage from November 25 until December 30 when he stars in the Snowhite panto.

Also appearing in the panto, written and directed by Ross Stenhouse are professional actors Chloe Lupton, as Snowhite; Dani Heron, as the Evil Queen; Danny Holmes, as The Prince and Nathan Byrne, taking the comic lead.

And of course, there will also be 100 local youngsters who are members of PACE, taking part in the hilarious adaptation of the traditional panto.

Tickets only recently went on sale and already more than half the seats have been snapped up.
The show is produced by PACE panto stalwart, Alan Orr who also takes on the role of musical director.
Alan said: “Everyone at PACE is working their socks off to make this the biggest and best panto we’ve ever done.

“We’ll be performing a magical, fun-filled family show with laughter every step of the way and loads of audience participation.

“Our Dame, Chris Alexander is a very experienced actor and is a really funny guy. He’s got natural comic timing and has experience performing in panto many times before.”

Tickets, priced from £9.50p are available from the Arts Centre Box Office, by logging on towww.boxoffice.renfrewshire.gov.uk or by calling 0300 300 1210.

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Paisley.org.uk, Paisley leading community focused website founded by Brian McGuire has announced its full support and backing of Paisley Community Trust’s proposed plans for a new Performing Arts and Film Theatre for the Town.
As part of a series of early stage discussions, first draft designs of the Trust’s proposed Performing Arts and Film Theatre have been shared with key stakeholders

in the Town. The plans, created by award winning architects Stallan Brand, outline the Trust’s proposals for a new state of the art community facility featuring a flexible main theatre, secondary studio theatre, rehearsal rooms, dressing rooms, dance studios, several unique cinema spaces as well as bar and restaurant facilities.

 

Paisley Community Trust carried out a comprehensive feasibility study into the project and identified an overwhelming market demand for such a facility in the town. At present a number of sites have been shortlisted with a preferred option emerging.

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Final plans are set to be publicly unveiled in September 2017. “We were delighted to be approached by Paisley Community Trust to review their plans for the newly proposed Cinema and Theatre for the town. What can we say, we were blown away with what we saw! The designs look amazing. Having been a massive supporter of the town and with close relationships to the communities, we have a fairly good idea of what people are looking for and what the town needs. The Trust’s plans are exactly what the town needs. It will put Paisley back on the cultural map, not just locally but nationally. It will attract people and communities back into use the town.

You’ll be able to take part in a variety of classes or to catch a movie or a show. There is no doubt this will provide the transformation the town needs. Community groups, Council and Paisley Buddies need to get behind the Trust’s vision. We’re in!”

Brian McGuire, Founder, Paisley.org.uk

“Paisley.org.uk is without doubt one of the key websites for Paisley. They work closely with the town, businesses and community.

They have their finger on the pulse when it comes to what the town needs. We were nervous in showing them because we really respect their knowledge, however we shouldn’t have been. The response was overwhelmingly positive. Their backing and support confirms the need in the town for what we are planning. We’ve agreed that Paisley.org.uk will be one of our key partners in engaging and discussing with the town’s communities. We’re delighted to share a teaser image for Paisley.org.uk to exclusively publish with more news to come!”

Gary Kerr, Chairman, Paisley Community Trust

A sell–out crowd of 500 people watched 16 awards presented at the ROCCO’s on Friday 18th Nov at the Normandy Hotel, Renfrew – the annual business awards of  Renfrewshire Chamber.

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The area’s premier business event, now in its thirteenth year was sponsored by Paisley 2021 for UK City of Culture.   Chamber President Audrey Cumberford (Chief exec & Principal of West College Scotland) gave a warm welcome to the audience and highlighted the chambers successes in the last 12 months. She emphasised the opportunity for Renfrewshire with record investment planned via the Glasgow City Region City Deal and the potential of winning the City of Culture bid.  Council Leader Mark Macmillan gave the main sponsor address and urged companies and individuals alike to hit the “back the bid” button via the 2021 website. Paisley’s own megastar Paolo Nutini had a video message for the audience to encourage their support and the difference culture can make for young people was highlighted by Street Stuff’s Ben Milne & Mark Kerr. Rocco favourite Fred MacAulay hosted and was impressed by the performances of 3 piece girl group Loxi, Singer Lisa Kowalski and an energetic 2021 themed piece by Pace Theatre Co.  The ROCCO raffle raised £8,000 for local charities and good causes with St Vincent’s Hospice and Street Stuff Culture Bus Project the main charities of the year.

 

ROCCO Award for Excellence in Customer Services – Sponsored by Scottish Leather Group

Winner – intu Braehead

 

ROCCO Award for Enterprise in Education – Sponsored by University of the West of Scotland

Winner – DirectDevitt Comedy Management & Productions CIC

 

ROCCO Award for Innovation & Technology – Sponsored by Hillington Park

Winner – Rolls-Royce

 

ROCCO Award for Excellence in Manufacturing – Sponsored by

Winner- Diageo

 

ROCCO Award for International Trade – Sponsored by Glasgow Airport

Winner – Bridge of Weir Leather

 

ROCCO Award for Invest in Renfrewshire – Sponsored by Invest in Renfrewshire

Winner – I Am Me Scotland

 

ROCCO Award for Most Promising New Business – Sponsored by Business Gateway

Winner – PowerTek

 

ROCCO Award for Renfrewshire’s Favourite Business – Sponsored by Paisley Daily Express

Winner – Origins Fitness

 

ROCCO Award for Family Business of the Year – Sponsored by The Malcolm Group

Winner – Stafffinders

 

ROCCO Award for Young Business Person of the Year – Sponsored by West College Scotland

Winner – Fraser Gordon, The Detailing Factory

 

ROCCO Award for Employer of the Year – Sponsored by Rolls-Royce

Winner – Boston Networks

 

ROCCO Award for Community Champion – Sponsored by Engage Renfrewshire & RBS

Winner – Active Communities

 

ROCCO Award for Outstanding Performing Business <5 FTE – Sponsored by intu Braehead

Winner – Kenneth Keegan Independent Funeral Directors

 

ROCCO Award for Outstanding Performing Business 5<25 FTE – Sponsored by Renfrewshire Council

Winner – Braehead Clan
 

ROCCO Award for Outstanding Performing Business >25 FTE – Sponsored by Clyde Marine Training

Winner – Glasgow Airport

 

ROCCO Award for Business Leader of the Year – Sponsored by DIAGEO

Winner – Andrew Malcolm, MD The Malcolm Group

 

Commenting on the awards, Chamber chief executive Bob Grant said “a huge thank you to all our sponsors, those who donated prizes for our raffle and a hearty congratulations to all the finalists and winners.  Our 13th ROCCO was lucky for 16 winners and a great success.  You can view all images on the chamber Facebook page and comments on #2016Rocco.  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 500 guests had a great time.  Special thanks to principle sponsor Paisley 2021, Diageo who supplied our drinks reception, Cameron Presentations & Gap TV for all the AV, The Printbrokers for the program, Gary from NS Design for the excellent social media coverage and Normandy Hotel for a tasty meal. Finally thanks to Loxi, Lisa Kowalski and Pace Theatre Co. for entertaining us so well. Planning for Rocco 2017 is already underway and we hope to see you enter and attend next year