Paisley’s Business Improvement District

Paisley is the place to be this summer! Paisley First is bringing Jurassic Bricks – a free, interactive LEGO® Brick Dinosaur Trail to the town centre!

From Saturday 30th June until Sunday 12th August, there will be 15 large dinosaurs made out of Lego bricks on the trail plus two interactive play zones, a selfie zone and a find the Hidden Dinosaur Competition!

All of the dinosaurs will be situated within local businesses and everyone who completes the trail will have a chance to win prizes.

Paisley First Chairman, Graeme McGowan, said:” This will be a great event to showcase everything that Paisley has to offer this summer. “We are sure families will come from far and wide to enjoy this great, free day out during the school holidays.

“And after hitting the shops and enjoying our Jurassic entertainment, visitors can take advantage of our many cafes, restaurants and bars.

“There is so much to see and do in the town already and this will help cement the town’s reputation as a visitor destination.”

Paisley First will also be running the Golden Ticket Competition once again this summer with a weekly draw offering visitors the chance to win £250 of Paisley town centre gift vouchers! Come to Paisley for a great family day out this summer!

For more details see www.paisleyfirst.com

Visitors to this weekend’s Beer and Food Festival can get a taster of what’s to come at CarFest when the team officially launch this year’s event this Saturday at County Place from 10am until 3pm.

St Vincent’s Hospice is bringing its hugely popular CarFest into the town centre once again on Saturday 16th June 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, supercars and emergency vehicles, not to mention motorbikes and Remote Control cars!

As well as treats for motor enthusiasts, there will be plenty of family-friendly fun with fairground rides, children’s entertainment, live music, stalls, tombola and a prize raffle!

This is the fifth year of St. Vincent’s CarFest and its second visit to the town centre with all funds raised on the day supporting St. Vincent’s Hospice in Howwood
The event is organised by MaxSafe and sponsored by Paisley First.

The cars will be on show at locations including Abbey Close, County Square, The Cenotaph, High Street and Johnston Street from 10 am until 4 pm on 16th June.

Paisley First Chairman, Graeme McGowan, said: “We’re thrilled to be supporting the Hospice and the CarFest team in bringing this great event to Paisley town centre for a second year.

“The sun shone last year and we’re hoping for the same again this June. It was a great day out for all the family and all the local businesses joined in the fun too, all in aid of such a worthy cause.”

Kate Lennon, Chief Executive of St. Vincent’s Hospice, said: “CarFest is one of the absolute highlights of our calendar, and we are always absolutely blown away by the amount of work and passion that people put in to making it happen.

“This year we are celebrating our 30th Anniversary since first opening our doors in 1988. Since then we have provided palliative and end of life care to thousands of individuals and families from all across the Renfrewshire Community.

“This has only been possible thanks to events like CarFest and the amazing support we continue to receive from so many generous people throughout Renfrewshire and beyond.”
Willie Chrystal of MaxSafe Solutions said: “Last year was the first time the event was held in Paisley town centre, after three years of being held in the hospice grounds, and it was great to see so many people in the town centre supporting it.

“It has been fantastically received by both the car owners and the public alike with vehicles of all shapes, sizes and years.

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“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.”
The event on Saturday 16th June will kick off with a procession of more than 100 cars taking part from Renfrew Road into the town centre at 8.30am.

The cars will then be on show at locations including Abbey Close, County Square, The Cenotaph, High Street and Johnston Street from 10 am until 4 pm.

Paisley First has launched a Golden Ticket Competition to encourage visitors to Paisley to Shop Local!

A Golden Ticket prize draw will see six lucky winners each winning £250 worth of Paisley town centre gift vouchers this Easter.

The Golden Ticket Competition will run from Thursday 29th March until Monday 16th April with a large number of Paisley First BID businesses participating in the special Easter holiday competition.

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

Two lucky winners will be chosen during each draw on Tuesday 3rd April, 10th April and 17th April, each winning £250 of vouchers to be spent within town centre businesses.

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

The competition coincides with the launch of a new loyalty app which will offer Love Paisley deals, discounts and special promotions in a wide range of town centre businesses all year round!

Paisley First has teamed up with LoyalFree – the digital loyalty app – to help promote local Paisley businesses.

Visitors to Paisley will benefit from the app 365 days a year with a wide range of special promotions offered by local retail businesses, as well as food and drink, and health, hair and beauty outlets.

Natalie McShane of Paisley First 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 town centre. Not only will people benefit from great offers every week but they also have the chance to win £250 worth of gift vouchers. Paisley is the place to be this Easter!”

For all your Love Paisley offers, download The LoyalFree app for free at www.loyalfree.co.uk/download or for more information on the Paisley First Golden Ticket Competition head to www.paisleyfirst.com

Visitors to Paisley are being encouraged to Shop Local with the launch of a new loyalty app which will offer Love Paisley deals, discounts and special promotions in a wide range of town centre businesses all year round!

Paisley First has teamed up with LoyalFree – the digital loyalty app – to help promote local Paisley businesses. And to celebrate the launch this Easter, a Golden Ticket prize draw will see six lucky winners each winning £250 worth of Paisley town centre gift vouchers.

Visitors to Paisley will benefit from the app 365 days a year with a wide range of special promotions offered by local retail businesses, as well as food and drink, and health, hair and beauty outlets. The Golden Ticket Competition will run from Thursday 29th March until Monday 16th April with a large number of Paisley First BID businesses participating in the special Easter holiday competition.

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

Two lucky winners will be chosen during each draw on Tuesday 3rd April, 10th April and 17th April, each winning £250 of vouchers to be spent within town centre businesses. Each winner then gets to choose where in the town centre they wish to spend their vouchers!

Paisley First Chairman, Ian Henderson, said: “This is a great initiative to promote our fantastic businesses within Paisley town centre. When people shop and socialise locally they really are making a huge difference to their local community.

“Not only will people benefit from great offers every week but they also have the chance to win £250 worth of gift vouchers. Why go anywhere else?” For all your Love Paisley offers, download The LoyalFree app for free at www.loyalfree.co.uk/download or for more information on the Paisley First Golden Ticket Competition head to www.paisleyfirst.com

Have a great idea for an event or project that will encourage visitors to Paisley?

Then Paisley First wants to hear from you… applications for sponsorship are open now!

Paisley First is committed to improving Paisley town centre by increasing footfall to the town and maximising business opportunities for Paisley First BID Levy Payers.

They are aiming to promote Paisley as a visitor destination by making customers think of Paisley as the go-to place for their shopping, dining and entertainment and leisure needs, providing great experiences for visitors to the town.

Applications for sponsorship are being accepted from organisations who feel that their project or event would help support the achievement of these objectives by attracting additional footfall to Paisley town centre.

For further information and an application form head to the Paisley First website www.paisleyfirst.com/paisley-first-sponsorship/

If you have any queries or require any further information then please contact the Paisley First team on 0141 237 8120 or email ask@paisleyfirst.com .

A second round of applications for Paisley First Sponsorship Opportunities will open again later this summer.

Paisley town centre has successfully retained its Purple Flag status following an application for interim renewal.

Purple Flag is a town and city centre award – similar to the Blue Flag for beaches – which aims to raise the standard and broaden the appeal of town and city centres between the hours of 5.00pm and 5.00am.

The award is seen as the benchmark for good night time destinations – areas awarded the Purple Flag are recognised for providing a vibrant and diverse mix of dining, entertainment and culture while promoting the safety and well-being of visitors and local residents.

Recent projects have included the Paisley Purple Flag Student Discount card. More than 60 Paisley First BID businesses have signed up to offer special deals to students in the town with the Purple Flag Student Discount Card accepted at all participating outlets which display the Purple Flag sticker.

Chairman of Paisley First, Ian Henderson, said: “This is a great achievement for all those involved in promoting Paisley as a great place to live, work, study and visit. “It’s important now that we continue to work together so that when it’s time for the full renewal later this year, and the assessors visit the town centre again, they can see great things happening in our vibrant town centre.”

Councillor Marie McGurk, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Communities, Housing and Planning Policy Board, said: “The interim renewal of our Purple Flag status is a fantastic boost for Paisley and recognises that the area continues to be a safe, exciting destination for a night out.

“We are working diligently with our partners to ensure that Paisley continues to offer a diverse range of establishments for people to enjoy, as well as ensuring they are able to travel home safely at the end of their night.

“Paisley’s night time economy is thriving and we look forward to the assessors returning later in the year as part of the full renewal process.”

Purple Flag status was achieved at the beginning of 2017 following an application developed by Paisley First, with partners Renfrewshire Council, Paisley Pubwatch, Police Scotland, Renfrewshire Cabs, Scotrail, Paisley and West Community Council and the Paisley Street Pastors. The town’s Purple Flag is on display at the town’s County Square.

Love Paisley? Love Christmas!

Paisley First WinterFest has arrived in Paisley town centre to help you get in the festive mood this Christmas!

In association with M&D events, this Christmas spectacular will run daily in the town until Christmas Eve!

Get your skates on for our outdoor ice rink just under the Piazza Car Park.

See Paisley in a whole new way with the Paisley panoramic Sky Swing or take part in our free interactive Nutcracker trail for children with a chance to win WinterFest prizes!

Take a browse through the continental style Christmas market, or pick up your free Paisley Guide to Christmas – we’ve got your Christmas shopping all wrapped up!

PA postcode? Then get 20% off ice rink prices at the ticket office when you show proof of your address!

And once you have had some fun and ticked off your Christmas shopping list, Paisley has plenty of great places for food and drink when you need to rest your weary feet!

Paisley also has an array of hair and beauty salons to help you look your best for those Christmas parties, nights out with friends and the big day itself!

Paisley First is also holding a free festive Nutcracker Trail with 10 nutcracker kings spread throughout the town from Saturday 2nd December until Saturday 16th December.

Paisley First Chairman, Ian Henderson, said: “This will be a great event to showcase everything that Paisley has to offer during the festive season.

“There is so much to see and do in the town already and this will help cement the town’s reputation as a visitor destination.

“We will also be running a Christmas retail campaign; when it comes to festive shopping we have a lot of fantastic independent retailers as well as national chains throughout the town centre.

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

“This year, Paisley will have Christmas all wrapped up.”

The event is a great showcase for the town as Paisley enters the final straight in the town’s bid for UK City of Culture in 2021 and will wrap up Paisley’s winter season, which has already seen over 50,000 people enjoy events in the town.

M&D’s Events Director, Douglas Taylor, said: “Paisley already has a rich cultural scene and this type of Christmas event is an ideal addition to the town.

“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.”

Ian added: “We believe the continental style market will really complement the existing Christmas shopping available in the town and we are also hoping some of the local traders will get involved too.”

The Nutcracker Trail will see visitors collect special booklets and complete the trail for a chance to win a special WinterFest prize! For more details on our Nutcracker Trail click HERE

Plus Santa’s reindeer helpers will be coming to Paisley on the afternoons of Saturday 9th, Sunday 10th, Saturday 16th and Saturday 23rd December – come and get a selfie with Rudolph!

Heading to Paisley for WinterFest?

Check out our parking map in advance!

As well as plenty of parking facilities, there are also great public transport links…

You can get a train from Glasgow Central train station to Paisley Gilmour Street train station which will bring you straight to County Square, just minutes away from the ice rink!

Plus buses from Glasgow City Centre include the McGill’s 38 bus and First Bus No.9.

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Paisley First is bringing a Winter Wonderland to the streets of Paisley town centre this
Christmas.


The town centre Business Improvement District is working with M&D Events to stage a
four week Christmas spectacular in the town.

Plans include an ice rink, the panoramic Star Flyer ride, continental style market and
other family attractions as the town looks to attract visitors and shoppers from further
afield.


Paisley First are also holding a free festive Nutcracker Trail with 10 nutcracker kings
spread throughout the town from Saturday 2nd December until Saturday 16th
December.

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

If the project gets approval, the Paisley First WonderFest will take place in Paisley
town centre from 24th November until Christmas Eve.

Paisley First Chairman, Ian Henderson, said: “This will be a great event to showcase
everything that Paisley has to offer during the festive season.

“There is so much to see and do in the town already and this will help cement the
town’s reputation as a visitor destination.

“We will also be running a Christmas retail campaign; when it comes to festive
shopping we have a lot of fantastic independent retailers as well as national chains
throughout the town centre.

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

“This year, Paisley will have Christmas all wrapped up.”
M&D’s Events Director, Douglas Taylor, said: “Paisley already has a rich cultural
scene and this type of Christmas event is an ideal addition to the town.

“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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Ian added: “We believe the continental style market will really complement the
existing Christmas shopping available in the town and we are also hoping some of
the local traders will get involved too.”
The Nutcracker Trail will see visitors collect special booklets and complete the trail for
a chance to win a special WinterFest prize!
To mark the end of the Nutcracker Trail, there will also be a special children’s carol
concert in the town centre on Saturday 16th December.
All the details of these fabulous Christmas events can be found at
www.paisleyfirst.com .

Paisley First, the organisation which represents hundreds of local businesses, has backed the town’s bid to be named UK City of Culture 2021.

Paisley first and local businesses support Paisley 2021 bid for UK City of Culture 7.11.17
Pic with Lion L to R
Ken MacDonald (Houston Kiltmakers), Jean Cameron (Paisley 2021), Graeme McGowan (MSM Solicitors), Thomas Sinclair (JewelFare), Provost Lorraine Cameron, Colette Cardosi (Pendulum), Ian Henderson (Paisley First)

The non-profit organisation set up to deliver a Business Improvement District (BID) in the town centre, has joined a wide range of companies who have agreed to provide funding should Paisley take the title.

Paisley first and local businesses support Paisley 2021 bid for UK City of Culture 7.11.17
Pic with Lion L to R
Ken MacDonald (Houston Kiltmakers), Jean Cameron (Paisley 2021), Graeme McGowan (MSM Solicitors), Thomas Sinclair (JewelFare), Provost Lorraine Cameron, Colette Cardosi (Pendulum), Ian Henderson (Paisley First)

The group works with more than 600 businesses from within Paisley town centre, including both property owners and commercial tenants.

Paisley 2021 Bid Director Jean Cameron said: “The response we have had from businesses both locally and with international links has been phenomenal and we are delighted to welcome Paisley First as one of our valued sponsors.

“It works for and on behalf of literally hundreds of local businesses and so to have a commitment from them just shows the scale of the support for the bid as we head towards a decision.

“Local businesses recognise both the economic and cultural benefits of a winning bid, not least the extra footfall it would bring to the town centre.

“ Since Hull took the title in 2017, it has seen £1bn of investment with the city attracting 1.4m visitors in just the first three months of the year.”

The UK Government’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport is due to announce the UK City of Culture 2021 winner next month. The other shortlisted contenders are Coventry, Stoke, Sunderland and Swansea.

Renfrewshire Provost Lorraine Cameron also welcomed the latest sponsor and added: “It’s great to see an organisation with the reach of Paisley First locally come on board as we head towards a decision on UK City of Culture 2021.”

Paisley First, which drew an estimated 20,000 people with its Pride of Paisley public art trail last summer, has also launched its new Makers Space as part of a plan to boost creativity in the town’s artisan sector

Paisley First Chairman, Ian Henderson, said: “There is a real feeling of positivity on the streets of the town centre and this is in no small part due to the success of Paisley being shortlisted for the UK City of Culture 2021.

“Everyone at Paisley First is working hard to help confirm Paisley’s reputation as a business location and further enhance the town centre as a visitor destination.

“It’s vital that all businesses work together now to support the Paisley 2021 team as they enter the final stages in their bid to be appointed UK City of Culture – what a boost that would be for the town.”

To date the Paisley 2021 bid has attracted 13 bid sponsors, including internationally-important names such as Glasgow Airport, intu Braehead, drinks giants Diageo and Chivas Brothers as well as the world’s largest thread manufacturers, Coats PLC.

Leading science company Thermo Fisher Scientific, Paisley based Mac Asphalt and Clark Contracts and the Renfrewshire-based Scottish Leather Group have all also thrown their weight behind the bid.

Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce, Morrison Construction and the Gordon Leslie Group have all also pledged their support to back the town’s ambitions.