Paisley’s Business Improvement District

Fiver Fest

Save money and grab yourself a bargain in Paisley town centre with great £5 offers  from our local businesses as part of our Fab Summer 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  Saturday, 2nd July, 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, leisure and food  and drink venues . 

Colette Cardosi, Chair of Paisley First, said: “Enjoy a day in town with friends, treat  yourself or maybe even take advantage of some of these offers while the kids are  off on their school holidays – we know those lunch deals will come in handy if you  are out on our Fantasy Kingdom Summer Trail! 

“There’s everything from breakfast, lunch and burger deals to coffee and fairtrade  chocolate not to mention jewellery, sweets and designer gifts, plus butcher specials!  

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“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!” 

Around 65p from every pound spent locally, stays local – so you can do your bit to  support the local community and its businesses. 

So head to Paisley town centre and take advantage of our great FiverFest offers! Our Fab Summer FiverFest runs from Saturday 2nd – Saturday 16th July 2022. 

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Pick up a FiverFest leaflet from the Paisley First leaflet racks in the Paisley Centre or  the Piazza Shopping Centre or check out our website www.paisleyfirst.com – new  deals added daily! 

Love Local, Love Paisley!

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BRICKLIVE’s Fantasy Kingdom launches this Saturday, 25th June, in Paisley town centre – so come and join in the fun at this summer’s must-visit FREE adventure!

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More than 20 brick models form part of this year’s summer trail including Princess Orra, Abbra the Wizard, Sir Studley the Knight, Chester the Jester and Torre the Huntswoman.

But the showpiece of this year’s event is Tarygon, our huge life-like green dragon standing more than 3m tall and 4m long!

Follow the trail to reveal the Baron’s plans and help Princess Orra thwart them and you will have the chance to win our grand prize draw too!

Don’t forget to take a picture on our Royal Selfie Throne!

Our Fantasy Kingdom trail will run every single day of the school summer holidays until Sunday 14th August.

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

We can’t guarantee sunshine, but we can promise a great day out for all the family!

Visit our website for more details or collect your trail leaflet and activity sheet from the Paisley First leaflet racks at the Piazza Shopping Centre and the Paisley Centre when you are heading out on the trail.

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

So don’t forget to collect your illustrated Paisley Food and Drink Map when you collect your trail leaflet and free activity sheet.

Plus, Paisley is Paw Friendly so no need to leave your four-legged friend at home!

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This summer, we are bringing BRICKLIVE’s Fantasy Kingdom to Paisley town centre – so don’t miss this fun and FREE family day out!

Our amazing brick models will be taking you on a fantastical quest through our medieval fantasy land with chivalrous knights, brave princesses, duelling wizards and deadly dragons.  And with a nod to Scotland’s national animal, Brilliance the Unicorn!

Help Princess Orra on her quest to save the Brick Kingdom and defeat the evil Baron.

Join her friends as they show you the wondrous sights in this medieval fantasy land and experience life-sized brick models including Princess Orra, Abbra the Wizard, Sir Studley the Knight, Chester the Jester and Torre the Huntswoman.

Let yourself be amazed by Tarygon, our huge life-like green dragon standing more than 3m tall and 4m long…just don’t get too close!

Follow the trail to reveal the Baron’s plans and help Princess Orra thwart them and you will have the chance to win our grand prize draw too!

Our Fantasy Kingdom trail will get underway in Paisley town centre on Saturday 25th June, running every single day until Sunday 14th August.

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

We can’t guarantee sunshine, but we can promise a great day out for all the family!

Visit our website for more details or collect your trail leaflet and activity sheet from the Paisley First leaflet racks at the Piazza Shopping Centre and the Paisley Centre when you are heading out on the trail.

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

So don’t forget to collect your illustrated Paisley Food and Drink Map when you collect your trail leaflet and free activity sheet.

Plus, Paisley is Paw Friendly so no need to leave your four-legged friend at home!

Love the school summer holidays? Love Paisley!

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Spring is here and there’s plenty to look forward to in Paisley town centre with  our Easter Bunny Trail! 

Running from Friday 1st April until Easter Monday, it’s the perfect activity to get  everyone out in the fresh air and have some free, family fun at the same  time! 

There are 10 bunnies hiding in local business windows around the town centre  – find and name them all while gathering the clues of where you can collect  a free crème egg for completing the trail, you will also get a chance to enter  our bumper prize draw too. 

Pick up a trail leaflet from either the Piazza Shopping Centre or The Paisley  Shopping Centre, or if you prefer you can download your own trail leaflet  directly from the Paisley First website at www.paisleyfirst.com

Once you have completed our trail and collected your free crème egg or  dairy free alternative, just post your entry form in one of the special Easter  post-boxes located in either of the shopping centres to be entered into our  prize draw. 

Let’s have some Spring Fun in Paisley town centre this Easter! Love Local, Love Paisley!

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

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

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

Colette Cardosi, Chair of Paisley First, said: “Enjoy a day in town with friends, treat  yourself or maybe even take advantage of some of these offers ahead of Mother’s  Day. 

“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!” 

There’s everything from breakfast, lunch and burger deals to coffee and fairtrade  chocolate not to mention jewellery, sweets and designer gifts, and did we mention  the butcher specials and gym passes?! 

Come and show Paisley town centre some love and take advantage of our great  FiverFest offers! 

March FiverFest runs from Saturday 12th – Saturday 26th March 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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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