Paisley’s Business Improvement District
Paisley’s UK City of Culture 2021 ambitions had a resounding public show of support at the launch of a new drive to let everyone connected to the town take their place at the heart of the bid.
The For Paisley 2021 campaign aims to give everybody in Paisley, Renfrewshire and beyond the chance to share what they love about the town and fly the flag for the culture bid.
It includes a brand book – available to download as of today – including posters, logos, email signature, and key cultural facts about the bid and the town.
The aim is for anybody with an interest in the bid to find out how they can be part of it and access all the material they need to showcase their support For Paisley 2021 and develop their own bid campaign.
The campaign was launched in the town’s High Street by Councillor Mark Macmillan, chair of the Paisley 2021 partnership board, and Paisley 2021 Bid Director Jean Cameron.
They were joined by community groups, people from the local cultural scene, local business group Paisley First, pupils from local secondary Gleniffer High School, and town centre businesses including Linda Nutini, owner of Castelvecchi chip shop and mum of singing star Paolo.
The lunchtime launch included a giant Paisley 2021 logo and gave passers-by the chance to stop to have their picture taken with branded props.
The launch took place on the same day as the longlist of albums for the 2016 Scottish Album of the Year Award was announced. Paisley will be home to the SAY Award – the most prestigious date in the Scottish music calendar – for the next two years, with the 2016 ceremony taking in Paisley Town Hall on 29 June.
Councillor Macmillan said: “Winning the UK City of Culture 2021 title would make a massive difference to the town, and everybody in Paisley and Renfrewshire would feel the benefits.
“We have had great support from the local community since the bid launched last year – but there may be others who want to get involved and are not sure how.
“The aim of the brand book is to make it easy for any individual, group or business to show their support – the next few years are going to be such an exciting journey for the town and we want as many people as possible to come with us.”
Bid Director Jean Cameron added: “Paisley 2021 branding has been visible around the town and at our events for a while now – it reflects the Paisley Pattern and the values and high standard of creativity for which the town is known around the world.
“Today is about taking the brand into the heart of that community and saying ‘this is yours, please use it’ – and that goes for Paisley people throughout the rest of the world too.
“Although we have had great backing to date we will only have a chance of winning if we show the judges at the UK Government’s Department of Culture, Media and Sport the local community is For Paisley 2021.
“To have this show of support on the day we get the first look at some of the fantastic musicians heading to Paisley for the SAY Award just shows the momentum the town is building.”
To download a full version of the brand book including usable marketing material, logos and information about the bid, visit www.paisley2021.co.uk/get-
Paisley First BID company will deliver a spectacular Arts installation project during the summer of 2016.
They are currently inviting artists to submit designs for the painting of individual sculptures which will sited near or by sites of historical significance in Paisley Town Centre. Each artist whose design is chosen will be invited to paint their sculpture and will receive a fee for doing so. Full information and an artist pack are available from www.prideofpaisley.co.uk.
FOOD LOVERS can look forward to sampling Paisley’s finest restaurants and eateries this April with the launch of Paisley Restaurant Week. From 11th-17th April foodie fans can celebrate Paisley’s delicious food scene and enjoy special offers in Paisley town centre restaurants.
The weeklong celebration of dining is brought to you by Paisley First – Paisley’s Business Improvement District and will give Buddies and visitors the opportunity to rediscover the range of good food that is available in Paisley. Firm favourites and newcomers are getting involved with the event and the town centre businesses are looking forward to showcasing the developing food scene in Paisley.
Cardosi’s, Saporito Wine Bar, Trattoria Genova, Hamishes Hoose, Allan’s Snack Bar, Castlevecchi and Grill in the Park are all preparing for a week of great offers to ensure Buddies can sample the best food, drinks and atmosphere Paisley has to offer.
Joining Ian Henderson, Chairman of Paisley First, to launch Paisley Restaurant Week were Gary McCaw and Lyndsey Hyslop from Saporito Wine Bar along with Chris Smith and Besnik Ndoj of Trattoria Genova.
Commenting on Paisley Restaurant Week, Colette Cardosi of Cardosi’s Restaurant said:
“Cardosi’s Restaurant and Allan’s Snack Bar support Paisley Restaurant Week as it allows us to showcase and highlight the high level of restaurants that Paisley has to offer as well as our continued passion for fresh food and commitment to excellent service, giving our customers a memorable and first class dining experience.”
Piero Pieracinni of Paisley High Street’s, Hamishes Hoose is delighted to be involved and said:
“Restaurant week is a great business led initiative that everyone in Paisley should take part in, we certainly will. Visit our town for a wide selection of top quality food outlets and enjoy everything Paisley has to offer”
Paisley First is excited to deliver the initiative which will promote Paisley businesses and the town’s food and drink scene.
To celebrate Paisley Restaurant Week, you can follow all of the action on social media using the hashtag“#PaisleyRW16”. Information of all the week’s offers will soon be available on Paisley First’s website. Please visit www.paisleyfirst.com/paisleyrestaurantweek for updates.
ATHLETES and fun runners are being urged to get off their marks to enter this year’s Paisley 10k Race.
The popular event – sponsored by Paisley First and the Decathlon sports and outdoors retailer – takes place on Sunday, August 21.
And the starting gun has been fired for people to register for the 10k race and shorter 3k Fun Run.
Last year, more than 1700 people raced around the streets of Paisley in the 10k and were quickly followed by 700 fun runners, many taking part to raise tens of thousands of pounds for their favourite charities and good causes.
Macmillan Cancer Support is the Paisley 10k Race official charity partner for the second year.
Great Britain marathon runners and local Kilbarchan Amateur Athletics Club athletes, Derek Hawkins and Gemma Rankin are planning to compete in the race again this year if their training schedules allow. Both are previous winners of the Paisley 10k and they were in the town yesterday to help promote the race.
Gemma said: “The Paisley 10k is good if you are a serious athlete because there is some real competition in the race”. “But it’s also great for getting people more active as they train for the 10k or the Fun Run”. “You don’t have to be Usain Bolt to enjoy yourself running, so I hope lots of people sign up for the race and have a great day out.”
The race and fun run, on a flat course, is being organised by Renfrewshire Leisure in conjunction with Renfrewshire Council.
Renfrewshire Leisure chief executive, Joyce McKellar said: “Anyone who has been to a Paisley 10k and Fun Run will know it’s a fantastic event to be part of. The town centre is full of people running, jogging or even just walking the course and there’s a great camaraderie with everyone taking part”. “The amount of money raised for charities and good causes is phenomenal with being people sponsored to take part and complete the course”. “We’ve got all ages taking part – from primary school kids to pensioners – and there’s a real carnival atmosphere in the town on race day with lots of street stalls and entertainment”. “If you can put one foot in front of the other, why not consider putting in a wee bit extra training over the next few months and enter the Paisley 10k or Fun Run?”.
Joyce added: “There’s more than £1700 of prize money and trophies up for grabs in the Paisley 10k and for the fun runners there are prizes for the first boys and girls from primary and secondary schools over the finishing line.
“But the real prize for the fun runners is how much you will enjoy yourselves and the benefits to your health and fitness.”
You can register for the race by logging on to renfrewshireleisure.com or by telephoning 0141 842 3000 or picking up an entry form from any Renfrewshire Leisure venue.