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The ROCCO Awards returned with a roar on Friday 19th November at the Normandy Hotel, Renfrew. An ecstatic crowd of 400 people cheered 17 winners being crowned at Renfrewshire’s largest black-tie business event, now in its 17th year. The ambitious destination brand PAISLEY.IS returned as main sponsor for a third year signifying their ongoing support for the Renfrewshire business community.

Chamber President Liz Connolly highlighted the chamber’s achievements since Rocco 2019 and focused on the response in supporting the business community during the pandemic. The guests were piped into the Normandy by the talented St Columba’s School Pipe Band.

Mary Crearie Director, Communities, Housing and Planning Services, Renfrewshire Council gave the principal sponsor address and profiled the economic grant support awarded by Renfrewshire Council of over £53 million to the business community.

The ROCCO raffle raised an outstanding £9,000 supporting St Vincent’s Hospice and Kidney Research UK in memory of much-loved chamber director and friend Elaine Sherlock from Ingliston Country Club & Hotel.

The Rocco favourite host Fred MacAulay kept the audience laughing all evening and the GGC NHS Choir drew a warm and ecstatic response from the guests following their stirring performance with many of the choir members having been on the front line with the response to Covid-19.

ROCCO Award for Environmental Sustainability – Sponsored by Paisley Is.
Winner: Glasgow Airport
ROCCO Award for Developing the Young Workforce sponsored by Developing the Young Workforce (West)
Winner: Rolls-Royce plc
ROCCO Award for Innovation & Technology – Sponsored by Creation IP.
Winner: Glasgow Airport
ROCCO Award for Excellence in Manufacturing – Sponsored by the National Manufacturing Institute Scotland.
Winner: Rolls-Royce plc
ROCCO Award for International Trade – Sponsored by Glasgow Airport.
Winner: Volantes Technical Recruitment Ltd
ROCCO Award for Excellence in Business Resilience – Sponsored by Invest In Renfrewshire & Renfrewshire Council
Winner: Right Way Credit Union
ROCCO Award for Most Promising New Business 2021 – Sponsored by Renfrewshire Council
Winner: Squared Insurance Brokers Limited
ROCCO Award for Renfrewshire’s Favourite Business – Sponsored by Paisley Daily Express
Winner: I Am Me Scotland
ROCCO Award for Resilience in Tourism – Sponsored by Paisley Is
Winner: Open Road Scotland
ROCCO Award for Family Business of the Year – Sponsored by The Malcolm Group
Winner: Carli’s Kindergarten Ltd
ROCCO Award for Young Business Person of the Year – sponsored by Rolls-Royce plc
Winner: Andrew O’Brien J.G.B Steelcraft (UK) Limited
ROCCO Award for Employer of the Year – sponsored by West College Scotland
Winner: Arnold Clark
ROCCO Award for Community Champion of the Year – sponsored by Engage Renfrewshire & The Royal Bank of Scotland
Winner: I Am Me Scotland
ROCCO Award for Outstanding Performing Business <=5 employees – sponsored by Braehead
Winner: Plush Plans Ltd
ROCCO Award For Outstanding Performing Business 5>25 employees – sponsored by The University of the West of Scotland
Winner: J.G.B Steelcraft (UK) Limited
ROCCO Award for Outstanding Performing Business >25 employees – sponsored by Doosan Babcock
Winner: Wholesale Domestic Equipment Company Ltd
ROCCO Award for Business Leader of the Year – sponsored by Diageo
Winner: Eddie Hawthorne, Chief Executive & Group MD, Arnold Clark

Bob Grant chief exec said” Friday’s event marked a crucial step on the road to normality for our business community. The board and team at Renfrewshire felt it was crucial to run Rocco 2021 this year and plant a flag to mark the resilience and recovery underway. We witnessed a fantastic response from all our sponsors, companies entering and our guests on the night.”

“You can view all images on our Facebook page and comments on #2021Rocco. 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 400 guests had a great time. Special thanks to principle sponsor Paisley.is, Diageo who supplied our drinks reception, Cameron Presentations & Gap TV for all the AV, the Printbrokers for the program, Gary & Jan from NS Design for the excellent social media coverage and the Normandy Hotel for the superb meal and service. Thanks also to St Columba’s School Pipe Band who welcomed guests in such style.”

“Finally, thank you the GGC NHS Choir. It was a privilege to have them entertain us with many of the choir members having been on the front line with the response to Covid-19 from our wonderful NHS. Planning for Rocco 2022 is already underway, and we hope to see you enter and attend next year.”

View the 2021 ROCCO Awards photo album on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/RenfrewshireChamberofCommerce/posts/306925744771863

Christmas is coming to Paisley town centre with a whole host of activities for all the family to enjoy!

In association with Renfrewshire Council, Paisley First will be hosting free family entertainment each weekend leading up to Christmas in December with Festive Stilt walkers, Magicians, Jugglers, Balloon modellers, face painting, music and lots more!

Get your skates on for our roller rink! County Square will be home to a festive roller rink in the town centre from Saturday 4th – Sunday 19th December.
Plus, Santa’s Reindeer will also be in town on Saturday 4th and Saturday 11th December.

Make the most of our weekend Christmas Market or enjoy our free family trail – find all our Christmas characters for your chance to win prizes!

Or why not book our Pop up Panto, Wee Red Riding Hood, taking place on Saturday 18th December at Coats Venue.

Colette Cardosi, Chair of Paisley First, said: “We are making up for last year and bringing festive fun for the whole family to enjoy back to Paisley town centre!

“We’ll have entertainment for the kids, a chance for you to get your Christmas shopping sorted and plenty of food and drink venues to help you make the most of festive family get-togethers.
“And don’t forget, Paisley’s Christmas Golden Ticket Competition is back with £500 of Paisley town centre gift vouchers up for grabs for four lucky winners!
“Paisley is the only place to be this Christmas!”

Renfrewshire Council leader Iain Nicolson said: “We are delighted to be working with local businesses through Paisley First and to have helped make Paisley’s Big Christmas Weekends possible.
“The team at Paisley First have put on a great programme of activities, which gives families lots of reasons to come into Paisley town centre in the weeks running up to Christmas this year.

“Money spent in the local economy stays in the local economy – Paisley is home to a great selection of local businesses and we encourage Renfrewshire residents to see what’s on offer and Spend Local wherever they can.”

Around 65p from every pound spent locally, stays local – so you can support the local community and its businesses while enjoying a great day out for all the family!
See www.paisleyfirst.com for details and how to book our Roller Rink and Pop-up Panto.

Love Christmas, Love Paisley!

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A UNIQUE arts trail around Paisley town centre shops will literally shine a light on the climate issues facing people in Renfrewshire.

As world leaders gather only a few miles away in Glasgow for the Cop26 Climate Change conference, more than a dozen shop windows in Paisley will feature illuminated window displays highlighting various environmental issues and what people can do to help save the planet.

Renfrewshire Leisure is collaborating with the Paisley First group to create the Paisley Windows on Cop26 trail.

The displays have been designed by three artists – Jane McInally, Jennie Bates and Rebecca Johnstone – who were commissioned by Renfrewshire Leisure to work in partnership with local shop owners.

The artists worked with the shop owners to create striking visuals that match the ethos of their business.

The illuminated shop windows display event takes place from November 5 to November 12 each evening between 5pm and 8pm.

To add to the illuminated artists windows, neon artwork ‘Electricity Will Make Angels of Us All” from Jessica Ramm will be showcased, and the ‘Fate and Fortune Lumia’ can be seen under the bridge in Gauze Street.

Rikki Payne, Arts Manager at Renfrewshire Leisure said : “This fascinating trail, featuring artistically designed shop window displays, will not only be very eye-catching, fun and entertaining, it will also be educational.

“Hopefully it will be a catalyst for discussion among families about the current perilous state of our environment and highlight why we need to adapt to climate change, take action and make changes in our lives to help the crisis.

“We also hope the trail will encourage people to recognise that even small actions on their part can make a difference.

“Although the big decisions will be made for all of us at COP26, this project gives local people a voice at the same time.”

Muriel Ann Macleod, Creative Producer for Place Partnership at Renfrewshire Leisure added: “We designed the project to tie in with COP26 and highlight the climate issues that are important for people in Renfrewshire.

“The artists involved worked closely with the local shops taking part and it was the shop owners who chose a theme for their window.

“It’s been a very worthwhile collaboration with local business owners through Paisley First and working together we have created something unique that people can enjoy and learn about the environment in a fun way.”

Colette Cardosi, Chair of Paisley First, said, “it’s been great to see our local businesses working together with the artists to highlight issues that are important to the local community as well as the businesses themselves.

“Good things can happen when people work together and hopefully this can be part of the COP26 legacy.”

Go to www.renfrewshireleisure.com/paisley-windows-on-cop26 to see the trail map and find out which shops are taking part in Paisley Windows on Cop26. People are also being encouraged to give feedback on the window displays through an online survey on the website, as well as uploading photos of the trail and tagging @rl4leisure on Twitter or @renfrewshireleisure on Instagram.

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Paisley First has joined forces with Renfrewshire Council this Christmas for the Paisley town centre Golden Ticket Competition! 

Launching this Saturday, 30th October, there’ll be £500 of Paisley town centre gift vouchers up for grabs for four lucky winners! 

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Receive a Golden Ticket with every purchase in Paisley town centre, post it in one of the Golden Post-boxes in the Piazza Shopping Centre Paisley and The Paisley Centre and you could win big! 

Paisley has a great mix of retail shops, food and drink venues, and health, hair and beauty salons. 

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

Remember, the more you shop, the more Golden Ticket chances you will have! 

Colette Cardosi, Chair of Paisley First, said: “We would urge locals to put Paisley first when it comes to Christmas shopping this year. 

“We have everything you need for all your Christmas shopping to please even the fussiest recipient and the majority of our businesses across retail, health, hair and beauty and food and drink all sell gift cards if you want to give the gift of choice. 

“And if you are looking for inspiration, why not pick up a copy of our latest Love  Paisley magazine and take a look at our extensive Christmas Gift Guide. 

“Paisley has Christmas all wrapped up!” 

Renfrewshire Council Leader Iain Nicolson said: “We’re encouraging residents to support Renfrewshire’s local traders by considering how they can Spend Local this festive season. 

“Money spent with our local businesses stays in the local economy, so by supporting local traders we are supporting each other – and as we look forward to a festive season this year with more opportunities to meet up with friends and family, our businesses need your help more than ever. 

“The Golden Ticket competition is a great incentive to spend money in Paisley town  centre and is just one of the many innovative ways the team at Paisley First are 

helping showcase the range of great businesses and attractions the town has to offer.” 

Draws are currently scheduled to take place on 27th November and 4th and 11th December, just one of the perks of shopping and socialising in Paisley town centre this Christmas!  

Love Local, Love Paisley!  

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

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From Paisley First:

Have you seen the latest edition of our Love Paisley magazine?

This special autumn and winter issue has you covered for the festive season with our Paisley town centre Christmas Gift Guide!
We also have all you need for winter fashion so you can stay warm and on-trend!

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And we’ve got the latest from our hair and beauty businesses who will make sure you are looking fabulous for the festivities!
If thoughts of the dark nights have you heading to the kitchen for some feel-good food, our independent food retailers have you covered!

Or, if you’re looking to stay social and get creative, we have the latest on classes and activities for adults available in our town centre businesses.
Plus. we take you on a tour of Paisley’s much-loved pubs and bars!

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Move or improve? If your home is top of your to-do list at the moment, we have a special section devoted to helping you take that next step up the housing ladder or turn your current house into your dream home.

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So, if all that’s whetted your appetite for more, you can see the digital version of the magazine here! https://bit.ly/30NiUDs
Or why not head into town and pick up your copy from our leaflet racks in either the Piazza Shopping Centre Paisley or The Paisley Centre!

Remember, around 65p from every pound spent locally, stays local – so by picking up that coffee, going for lunch or buying that gift, you can do your bit to support the local community and its businesses.

Love Local, Love Paisley!

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

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! 

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

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Colette Cardosi, Chair of Paisley First, said: “Get your Christmas shopping started early or enjoy a day in town with friends, or treat the kids during the October school holidays.  

“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 during these challenging times 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!” 

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So, come and show Paisley town centre some love and take advantage of our great FiverFest offers! 

October FiverFest runs from Saturday 9th – Saturday 23rd October 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

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There’s plenty of Halloween fun to be had in Paisley town centre this October with our Paisley Witches and Wizards Halloween Trail!

Just follow the trail around town and name all our Witches and Wizards for your chance to be entered into our Spooky Spectacular Prize Draw!

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This free, fun Halloween Trail will be running in the town centre from Friday 8th October until 31st October – just pick up a leaflet from the Paisley First leaflet racks inside the Piazza Shopping Centre or the Paisley Centre.

Or if you prefer, you can download a copy of the leaflet from the Paisley First website HERE.

Remember to pick up your free Halloween activity sheet too from our leaflet racks for even more fun!

All the witches and wizards will be on display inside business windows so it’s the perfect activity to help the kids have some fun whilst getting some fresh air in Paisley town centre, especially during the October school break and Halloween weekend.

And if you are dressing up, don’t forget to send us your pictures via our social media channels.

Whilst we can’t promise the sun will always be shining, we will do our best to make sure everyone has a great day out so please come and show our town centre businesses your support this October.

More details on our Paisley First projects and events can be found on our website HERE or follow Paisley First on social media @paisleyfirst

The Discover Africa trail launches in Paisley town centre on Friday, 1st October.

In conjunction with the School of African Cultures, Pachedu and Action for Cultures and Ethics, the trail will showcase 11 African countries represented by communities living in and around Paisley with displays in a number of our town centre businesses.

Learn more about the history and cultures of countries such as Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya and Malawi to name but a few.
The trail was the brainchild of Johannes Gonani from Pachedu, Samuel Yerokun of Action for Cultures and Ethics and Regine Bews from the School of African Cultures.

“We want to thank Paisley First, the business circle in Renfrewshire and in particular all the businesses which are hosting the “Discover Africa” exhibition in their premises,” said Johannes.

“This to us is a celebration and an acknowledgement and recognition of the presence of the African community in Renfrewshire,” added Samuel. “It is also helping to change the tainted narrative of the mother land, as the continent of Africa is affectionately known.”

Regine also added: “We hope communities in Renfrewshire and beyond will find these trail activities enjoyable and educative.”

Trail leaflets are available from our leaflet racks at the Piazza Shopping Centre Paisley and The Paisley Centre or you can download your own leaflet from the Paisley First website www.paisleyfirst.com .

The trail runs throughout October – complete the trail and quiz on the leaflet and post in the postbox in the Piazza Shopping Centre for your chance to win a prize!

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The Emmy-Nominated songwriter Rie Sinclair will judge the Corbin Miles Prize this year at the Tannahill Arts Festival. Here’s some more info about Rie:
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Rie Sinclair is an Emmy-Nominated songwriter, producer and recording artist with more than a decade of songwriting and music production. Her work includes catalogues of material for major music houses such as ABC’s Fifth Floor Music, Disney, In The Groove Music, Megatrax, and Indie Orange.
ABC has released 2 albums worth of her singles, featuring other indie artists: Caitlin Crosby, Jay Nash, Molly Jensen, Jayson Belt, Piera Klein, & Chris Cox, and several performed by actress Kristen Alderson. Rie has been crafting music for television since 2004.
Her credits include: The Vampire Diaries, Ghost Whisperer, Revenge, Samantha Who, Young & The Restless, Law & Order, and Californication. In 2008, she launched her own label, I Miss You Records.
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The Bungalow has another fantastic weekend of live music lined up for you. Tonight it looks like another sell out show by the fantastic Definitely Oasis. The Oasis tribute band areregarded by many Oasis fans and promoters alike as the best Oasis tribute band there is.

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With the real Oasis on an extended break at the moment, this is definitely the next best thing. If you have your ticket for tonight you’re in for an amazing show. They are one of the hottest acts to ever play The BungalowThe Bungalow. Doors at 7pm.

On Saturday afternoon the wonderful Leana Zaccarini and the Moonlighters are returning to the stage. This fantastic group of musicians will be playing popular jazz and swing classics that will have you bopping along all afternoon. The band starts at 3pm so come down before they start to get a table and settle in for music, song and love.

The last time the band played there one fan said this about them “Just saw this amazing band at The Bungalow. They are wonderful musicians and Leana is the full package of beautiful voice with a charisma to match” Free entry.

Tomorrow night it’s a double bill of pure power and is shaping up like a battle of who can belt it out the most. On the bill is Status Quo tribute band Heavy Traffic. This is a frantic 4 band that belt out Quo tunes from their classic albums and play a mix of chart hits.

They’re being supported by the very popular covers trio outfit Proposal who have been packing them in since live music started after lockdown. Proposal knows how to get you up dancing. I’ve seen both bands and I think it is a close call who is the most in your face band but whoever comes out on top Jay Fitzpatrick will be in the winning team.

That’s because he is playing guitar for Proposal and drums for Heavy Traffic. Check him out and see how versatile he is. Tickets are still available on Eventbrite so get them while you can or it is £6 on entry. Doors are at 7pm and first band is on at 8pm.

On Thursday The Bungalow Introducing Nights are back. These nights are for emerging talent to showcase their latest material. The line up includes Singer/Songwriters Fallen Arches, Sadie Marie and Leaving Bordeaux. The band have a riff-heavy, postpunk- ish thrash kind of sound complete with hooky choruses. Doors are at 7pm and tickets are £5.

Another sold out gig, this time it is widely acclaimed Gary Barlow tribute act Tony Kay at The Cave. (Seems to be a thing) ‘If you’re no fast yer last’ Tomorrow night from 6pm it is Splendid Suns followed by Sad Ida at 9pm. On Sunday it is a double bill with Blue Horizon from 6pm then Grants AfterParty at 9pm.

Stephen Henry is playing at The Old Swan from 5pm tonight. Tomorrow The Head Hunters are in the ‘Shopping Slot’ at 4pm. The Casual Swans will be on stage and up to some no good from 4pm on Monday.

A celebration of the life of Cat Jones is to take place at Rocknrollas.To honour her memory The M65’s and All or Nothing DJ’s are playing a charity gig at the Paisley venue and all proceeds from ticket sales and raffle tickets will be donated to Teenage Cancer Trust. Doors are at 7:30pm and you can buy tickets on the door for £10.

The energetic and amazing young band Best Bad Influence will be playing at The Anchor tomorrow from 4.30pm then on Sunday Moonshine Mojo will be kicking off at 4.30pm

Open Mic nights next week are The Keg with Johnny Barr at 8.30pm and The Abbey with Dunky Hunter at 9pm. The Anchor Bar started their open mic session recently and will be on the last Tuesday of the month from now on.

St. Vincent’s Hospice is bringing its hugely popular CarFest into the town centre once again on Saturday 14th August and a fun day out for all the family is guaranteed!

There will be classic, vintage and specialist custom cars on show, as well as muscle cars and supercars.

Normally held in June, the event was held virtually last year due to COVID but visitors can instead this year look forward to a scaled back in-person event in August.

The event is organised by Bill’s Automotive Detailing and is sponsored by Paisley First, in aid of St. Vincent’s Hospice.
The cars will be on show at locations including High Street, County Square and Gilmour Street from 10.30am until 4 pm on Saturday 14th August.

Chair of Paisley First, Colette Cardosi, said: “We’re thrilled to be supporting the Hospice and the CarFest team in bringing this great event to Paisley town centre once again.

“It’s a firm favourite in our calendar of events and it’s great to see so many people heading back into the town centre to support our events and our town centre businesses.

“It will also be the last weekend of our summer adventure, BRICKLIVE’S Animal Paradise, so there really will be something for all the family, Paisley is the place to be this summer!”

Kirsteen Murray, Chief Executive of St. Vincent’s Hospice, said: “Every year the St.Vincent’s Hospice has to raise around half of its running costs from its own fundraising and COVID has made face-to-face fundraising very difficult.

“We’re delighted therefore that CarFest will return this year. Not only is CarFest a great day out for families in Renfrewshire, but it raises much needed funds for the hospice.

“We are enormously grateful for the ongoing support of the sponsors who invest both their money and time to make CarFest such a successful event.

Willie Chrystal of Bill’s Automotive Detailing, who is organising the event, said: “CarFest has been fantastically received by both the car owners and the public alike with vehicles of all shapes, sizes and years in the last few years so it’s great to be able to bring the event back to Paisley town centre again this year.

“The work that the hospice provides for the people of Renfrewshire is exceptional so what better way for a petrol head to have fun and also help raise some money.