Paisley’s Business Improvement District

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Head to Paisley this Easter for not one but two fantastic fun trails!

Our Cuckoo in the Nest Trail will see “out of place” items hidden in businesses throughout the town centre.

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For instance, a silver locket may be found on display in the butcher’s shop, while a shampoo and conditioner set may be on display in a cafe.

Families will be able to collect trail leaflets in both shopping centres and local businesses, and complete the list of misplaced items by visiting each business.

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A free chocolate egg will be given at either the Piazza Shopping Centre or the Paisley Centre for each child who can show a completed trail form, before it’s posted into the designated post-box for the grand draw at the end of the trail.

Our second Easter trail will see a trail of seven animal sculptures located outside throughout the town, all made from recycled materials and carefully produced into stunning works of art.

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Created by local artist Kevin Cantwell, there will be everything from a Paisley Panda to a Unicorn, which is of course, Scotland’s national animal!

Artist Kevin Cantwell, said: “I have created this art installation to highlight the great advantage of recycling and reclaiming materials.

“For this trail, we have found new uses for a range of materials including wooden pallets, tyres and old car parts, all transformed into large animal sculptures, and which all have a local connection to Renfrewshire or Easter.”

Paisley First will also be running its hugely successful Golden Ticket Competition this Easter with three chances to win £250 of Paisley town Centre Gift vouchers.

Sixteen Golden Ticket winners shared a prize pot of £5,000 worth of Paisley town centre vouchers in 2018, just one of the benefits of choosing to shop and socialise locally!

Both trails and the Golden Ticket competition will run in Paisley town centre from Friday 29th March until Monday 22nd April.

For more details see www.paisleyfirst.com

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Ahead of the festive period, revellers are being advised to take care when using taxis and private hire vehicles on their Christmas nights out.

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Renfrewshire Council and Police Scotland have teamed up to give passengers some important safety tips as the festivities get set to begin.

Party-goers should ensure they plan how to get home from their night out in advance and, where possible, pre-book their taxi home.

They should also only use licensed taxis or private hire vehicles to make any journeys and never be tempted to accept the offer of a lift from a passing car.

Councillor John MacNaughtan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Regulatory Functions Board, said:  “We have lots of fantastic venues for an evening out in Renfrewshire and we want to ensure that everyone has a great time, but remains safe while doing so.

“All licensed taxi companies or private hire vehicles will have Renfrewshire Council plates which display the licence details, and the driver’s badge should be displayed within the vehicle.

“If this is not the case, then don’t accept the lift and call your taxi company to confirm that it is the correct vehicle.”

Police Scotland will have additional patrols in Renfrewshire across the festive period to ensure that revellers are safe at one of the busiest times of the year.

Chief Inspector Simon Wright, Area Commander for Paisley, said: ” The festive period is an exceptionally busy time of year, with large numbers of people out enjoying themselves across Renfrewshire.

“My message would be to have a fantastic, but safe time while out across Renfrewshire. Always plan ahead and make arrangements to ensure you can get home, preferably in the company of friends.

“Never get into a private hire, you have not phoned for and booked in advance and always ensure that the driver is displaying their drivers badge. If you are in any doubt, seek alternative transport.”

Should you enter a vehicle which you believe to be a taxi or private hire vehicle and become aware it is not, or if you feel unsafe in any way you should contact Police Scotland using 101 or 999 in an emergency.

For more information on taxis in Renfrewshire, visit: www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/taxisandprivatehires

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November 27th

 

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Some stunning photographs of Winterfest & The Big Wheel in Paisley taken last night by Muir Media and kindly allowed on Paisley.org.uk, these were taken when things were nice and quiet and were probably the first ones on the big wheel. It looks amazing and some superb views of the town.

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If you have any photographs you would like to share with the public of Paisley simply use the hashtag #PositivePaisley and we will do our best to reshare via Twitter, Instagram or for Facebook just email them over to the Paisley FB Page. Also thanks to Muir Media we have our brand new logo for the #PositvePaisley Hashtag please feel free to download and use on your images.

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More than 27,000 people flocked to Paisley town centre to enjoy this years’ Christmas Lights spectacle.

Families enjoyed a full day of free fun, with Renfrewshire’s Provost Lorraine Cameron carrying out the big switch on. 

She was helped by 11-year-old Skye Thomson, from Paisley’s Heriot Primary School, who won the annual Christmas card design competition.

 Earlier in the day, a glittering parade with hundreds of tinsel-clad youngsters and Santa Claus and his reindeers wound its way through the town centre. 

Many families got an early start on Christmas shopping with the town centre shops open for business and The Urban Market at Paisley Abbey. 

The main stage featured entertainment from Capital FM DJs Des Clarke, Steven Mill and Garry Spence, with performances from family favourites Funbox, while the Princesses of Pop paid tribute to the music of Ariana Grande and Little Mix. 

X-Factor stars The Cutkelvins entertained the crowds just before the big Christmas countdown. 

Provost Cameron said: “The Paisley Christmas Lights Switch-On is one of the big events in the winter calendar and this year didn’t disappoint.

“It was great to see so many families and young people coming into the town centre to mark the start of the festive season and take part in all the activities on offer. 

“I’d like to take this chance to wish everyone a peaceful and Merry Christmas when it comes.” 

The winter event thrills will also extend across Renfrewshire with Christmas Lights Switch-Ons in Renfrew on Saturday, 24 November and Johnstone on Saturday, 1 December. 

Paisley First’s WinterFest also opens in the town centre on 24 November and runs daily until December 30, except for Christmas Day.

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Paisley First’s free Festive Nutcracker Trail returns to Paisley town centre this weekend.

Starting Saturday 17th November, this Christmas trail will help the town get into the festive mood, running daily apart from Christmas Day and Boxing Day, until Sunday 30th December!

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There will be 15 Nutcracker Kings and three mini-nutcrackers spread throughout the town…can you name them all?

Collect your free trail booklet at the Paisley Centre or the Piazza Paisley Shopping Centre and complete the trail for your chance to win prizes in a weekly draw!

If you are feeling extra adventurous, you may also wish to undertake the search for the special hidden nutcrackers, Sven and Kristoff!

They seem to be spotted in different locations every few days and are enjoying the festivities throughout the town centre so you may wish to check out Paisley First’s website www.paisleyfirst.com or social media for clues!

Once completed, post your entries in the special mailboxes located in both shopping centres.

One overall winner at the end of the Nutcracker Trail will also win an iPad mini. Good luck!

Paisley First WinterFest is returning to Paisley town centre this Christmas.

In association with M&D events, this Christmas spectacular will help the town get into the festive mood from 24th November, running daily apart from Christmas Day, until Sunday 30th December!

 

This year’s plans will see the return of the outdoor ice rink, a Big Wheel and an improved continental Christmas market, as the town looks to attract visitors and shoppers from further afield.

Paisley First is also bringing back its successful free festive Nutcracker Trail with 15 Nutcracker Kings spread throughout the town from Saturday 17th November until Sunday 30th December.

M&D Events is currently submitting the necessary consent applications to Renfrewshire Council.

Paisley First Chairman, Graeme McGowan, said: “These will be two great events to showcase everything that Paisley has to offer during the festive season.

“We will also be running our Christmas Golden Ticket competition where visitors shopping and socialising in the town centre will have four chances to win £500 of town centre gift vouchers. And when it comes to festive shopping we have a lot of fantastic independent retailers as well as national chains throughout the town centre.

“After hitting the shops and enjoying the Christmas entertainment, visitors can take advantage of our many cafes, restaurants and bars.

“Following the success of Jurassic Bricks in the summer, the return of our Christmas events will help cement the town’s reputation as a visitor destination.”

M&D’s Events Director, Douglas Taylor, said: “WinterFest was a great success in Paisley last year and those who enjoyed the festivities made it clear that there was an appetite for it to return.

“We are working with Paisley First to ensure this event will be a great attraction for the local community, who will be eligible for discounted rates, as well as visitors from further afield.”

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Graeme added: “WinterFest is an ideal addition to the town and we are hoping it will become an annual Christmas tradition in Paisley town centre for many years to come.”

The Nutcracker Trail will see visitors collect special booklets and complete the trail for a chance to win a special WinterFest prizes!

Christmas Golden Tickets are already available in most town centre businesses with draws being made on Saturday 24th November, Saturday 1st December, Saturday 8th December and the final draw on Saturday 15th December.

All the details of these fabulous Christmas events can be found at www.paisleyfirst.com .

Early Bird Discounted Tickets for the outdoor ice rink are available now at www.mdsevents.co.uk/events/

Look out for special Christmas Golden Tickets this winter and you could win £500 of Paisley town centre gift vouchers!

Ten lucky shoppers in Paisley this year have already won £250 of town centre gift vouchers each thanks to the Paisley First Golden Ticket Competition.

For Christmas, Paisley First is adding some extra special sparkle and doubling the prize pot to £500 to help make your Christmas dreams come true!

Tickets will be available in most town centre businesses from Monday 1st October.

Customers will be given a Golden Ticket with their receipt in participating outlets; all you have to do is complete the ticket with your contact details and post in one of the Golden mailboxes located within the Paisley Centre and the Piazza Shopping Centre.

One lucky winner will be chosen every week for four weeks, each winning £500 of vouchers to be spent within town centre businesses, just in time for Christmas!

Each winner then gets to choose where in the town centre they wish to spend their vouchers!

The Christmas draw dates are Saturday 24th November, Saturday 1st December, and Saturday 8th December with the final draw on Saturday 15th December.

This follows the success of previous Golden Ticket Competitions at Easter and during the Jurassic Bricks adventure in the summer.

Previous winners were able to spend their vouchers in a wide variety of Paisley businesses including Dooley’s Cycles, Pendulum, Outdoor Summits, Burger & Keg, White Cart Company, The Lane, Marks and Spencer, JD Sports and Genova to name but a few.

Chairman of Paisley First, Graeme McGowan, said: “We are encouraging people to take a fresh look at all Paisley has to offer – when you shop & socialise locally you are contributing to the local community – great independent shops, great places to eat, lots of cultural events plus beautiful, historic buildings.

“This is a great initiative to promote our fantastic businesses within Paisley, and when it comes to festive shopping we have a lot of fantastic independent retailers as well as national chains throughout the town centre.

”Pick up your Golden Ticket this winter for your chance to win!”

For more information on the Paisley First Golden Ticket Competition head to www.paisleyfirst.com

Paisley First is calling out to Paisley’s vibrant art scene once again, with a second mural scheduled to arrive at Paisley Gilmour Street Train Station later this year.

Local artist Caroline Gormley produced the fabulous Welcome to Paisley Mural last summer and now plans are in place for another mural to help put Paisley on the map!

The neighbouring wall is approximately 7m in length and 2m in height with the concept for this second mural – a tourism map of Paisley with a modern twist.

We are looking for an artist who can design, project manage and deliver an original high quality art work that will have a positive impact on the town and will engage those using the station.

Paisley First Chairman Graeme McGowan said: “More than four million passengers pass through Gilmour Street, Scotland’s fourth busiest railway station, every year.

“We are looking for an artist who can design and produce a high quality artwork that reflects the town centre’s vibrancy and showcase the many different things there are to do, see and enjoy in Paisley.

“The aim is to provide a welcoming environment for people using the station, brighten up a long corridor and to engage travellers.”

The project is on track thanks to the support of station managers the ScotRail Alliance.

William Donaldson, the ScotRail Alliance’s Station Manager for Paisley, said: “We are delighted to support Paisley First and I look forward to seeing the submissions from Paisley’s arts community.

“The station plays a very important role in the town and reflecting the cityscape in murals around it is a great way to tell Paisley’s story to the millions of people using it each year.”

Proposals can be handed into the Paisley First office no later than 9am on Monday 22nd October 2018, or alternatively, artists can send their proposals electronically to ask@paisleyfirst.com by the deadline.

Artists must either work or live in Paisley, or have prominent links to the town.

Visitors to Paisley are in for a treat this Saturday as the annual Paisley Busking Day takes centre stage.

Organised by Loud n’ Proud and sponsored by Paisley First, there will be bands and solo artists as well as instrumental acts performing throughout the town centre from 10am until 4pm.

So if you are heading to Paisley for the Jurassic Bricks LEGO ® Brick Dinosaur Trail, popping into town before St Mirren’s first home game of the new season, or simply taking time out to enjoy our wonderful shops and cafes, this will be music to your ears!

Paisley Busking Day this Saturday, 4th August from 10am to 4pm!