Paisley’s Business Improvement District

A pride of colourful lions will be the ‘mane’ attraction in Paisley from this weekend as the town’s first-ever public arts trail gets ready to roar into life.

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PACE Theatre Group members Orla Morrow, Erin Lafferty and Rebecca Russell with some of the lions.

The 25 creatively-designed lion sculptures which make up the Pride of Paisley will showcase the town’s heritage and history by merging colour, art and creativity to draw visitors, shoppers and tourists.

Streets around the town will become a kaleidoscope of colour thanks to business regeneration group Paisley First’s bold and unique project, taking place as part of the push towards the town’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021.

07/07/16.... PAISLEY. colourful painted life-size lion sculptures created as part of the biggest public art project in PaisleyÕs history. The Pride of Paisley Wild in Art Project is taking place as part of the townÕs bid for UK City of Culture 2021 and has seen 25 lions - inspired by popular Paisley Museum exhibit Buddy the Lion Ð created and individually painted by local artists and schools Erin Lafferty,

colourful painted life-size lion sculptures created as part of the biggest public art project in PaisleyÕs history. The Pride of Paisley Wild in Art Project is taking place as part of the townÕs bid for UK City of Culture 2021 and has seen 25 lions – inspired by popular Paisley Museum exhibit Buddy the Lion Ð created and individually painted by local artists and schools.

Paisley already boasts some incredible architecture, including Paisley Abbey and the Thomas Coats Memorial Baptist Church, as well as a respected live music scene, a burgeoning cafe culture and a history steeped in the rich tapestry of its thread mills and weaving.

Now the team at Paisley First, led by Andrew Mitchell, manager of Business Improvement District (BID), hope to see people flooding in from far and wide to take a look at the kings of the jungle – and the town itself – until September 25.

Public arts trails like this have been a roaring success, with Wild At Art events elsewhere in the UK bringing a boost in shopping centre footfall by around 25 per cent, a sales hike of almost 20 per cent and a 39 per cent increase in the number of visitors.

Andrew said: “Fantastic projects similar to ours have brought many benefits to places like Aberdeen, Hamilton and Norwich in the past.

“We know our incredible lions will be popular with people, bring them to Paisley and keep them coming back for more.

“These are exciting times for Paisley with the bid to become UK City of Culture 2021 and we are confident people will come to the town to see our lions and have their eyes opened to all of the wonderful things the town centre and surrounding area has to offer.”

Jean Cameron, Paisley 2021 Bid Director, said: “The Pride of Paisley is already capturing hundreds of people’s imaginations, from the schoolchildren, businesses and artists already involved in the project.

“It’s a great chance for everybody to get round the town, discover their favourite lion, and really see the town as they’ve never seen it before.”

Community is at the heart of the lions project and the heritage trail will raise money for Accord Hospice in Paisley and St Vincent’s Hospice in Howwood.
At the end of the event, the Pride of Paisley lions will be auctioned and all profits will go to these facilities.

The trail is an exciting thing for all the family to experience and over the 12 weeks, people young and old can enjoy these kings of the jungle in all their glory as they take up home in the streets and open spaces of Paisley.

Forty eye-catching mini lion sculptures designed by school pupils across Renfrewshire will add to the trail’s sense of fun and community.

You will be able to see these taking pride of place in local businesses throughout summer, before they return to the schools after the summer break.

PACE Theatre Company, a registered charity working closely with young people, schools and national organisations, was set up in Paisley back in 1988.

Executive director David Wallace, who started PACE, is heavily involved in the Pride of Paisley as the Project Leader.

David said: “At PACE, we take great pride in helping to develop young people’s creative potential and this public art trail will help do just that – and more – for Paisley.

“I would encourage people living here to become tourists in their own town by getting out there to follow the trail. And I’d say to anyone who has never visited before to come along and discover everything the town has to offer.”

The big launch kicks off in County Square at 11am with a performance by PACE Theatre Company, followed by Lion Fish Stilt Walkers at 11.20am and Black Eagles Acrobats at noon.

From 12.30pm the RockUs Choir will perform for half an hour before the stilt walkers and acrobats bring things to a close around 3pm. There will also be face painting from 11am until 2pm and miniature lion painting from 11am to 2pm at The Piazza.

The art trail’s headlining sponsors are: West College Scotland, University of the West of Scotland, Renfrewshire Leisure, The Piazza, Paisley First, Paisley 2021 and PACE Theatre Company.

Find out more about our sponsors by visiting  www.prideofpaisley.co.uk

More information on Paisley’s bid for UK CIty of Culture 2021 is at  www.paisley2021.co.uk

This year’s Paisley 10k returns on August 21st and is aimed at the serious runner and the first timer. With just under 2 months to go until the big race day, now is the perfect time to start training. Renfrewshire Leisure has created a motivating video for first-time runners, which shows them not to give up – and pursue various types of exercise to help them achieve their goal of running the race.

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This year’s race is in association with Paisley First and Decathlon Braehead, the Paisley 10k will take place at 10am on Sunday 21st August, followed by a 3km Fun Run at 12:15pm. Runners are encouraged to sign up early to guarantee a place in this years race, and can sign up online  http://bit.ly/29qmmYm

The video can be viewed on the Renfrewshire Leisure Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/RL4Leisure/
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Paisley First Business Improvement District are currently looking for a Project Leader to assist with the delivery of projects and activities contained within the Paisley First Business Plan.  For more information and application details please download the job pack here.

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WOULD-BE runners in the Paisley 10k Race are being given the chance of specialist coaching for the big event.

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Race organisers Renfrewshire Leisure have teamed up with Kilbarchan Amateur Athletics Club to provide Paisley 10k Training Camps to get runners fit and ready for the starting gun.

The training sessions – twice a week for 12 weeks from Monday, May 30 – are for people who have never taken part in a 10k race before, or for those who want to improve their time around the Paisley course on Sunday, August 21.

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The coaches from Kilbarchan AAC – Grant Sandilands, Jennifer Rooney and Brian Graham – have helped some of the country’s top young athletes.People taking part in the training camps will be given specialised training schedules, advice on diet, how to improve their running performance, how best to prepare for the race and of course lots of encouragement.

The camps are open to both male and female runners over 16 years of age and the two nights a week sessions on a Monday and Thursday at Linwood’s ON-X Sports Centre cost just £50 for the 12-weeks of training camps. The fee also includes the £12 entry into the Paisley 10k.

The popular Paisley 10k Race and Fun Run is sponsored by Paisley First and the sports and outdoors retailer, Decathlon. Macmillan Cancer Support is the Paisley 10k Race official charity partner for the second year.

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.

Chief executive of Renfrewshire Leisure, Joyce McKellar said: “This is a great way to get fit and ready for the Paisley 10k Race and get advice from some of Scottish athletics top coaches.
“It’s ideal if you’ve never taken part in the Paisley 10k before and if you have, it’s a great opportunity to train and be coached by experts on how to improve your race time.”

Anyone wanting to sign up for the Paisley 10k Training Camps should email  beginners@kilbarchanaac.org.uk or call 01505 610701.

And if you just want to register for the race, log on to  renfrewshireleisure.com or telephone 0141 842 3000, or pick up an entry form from any Renfrewshire Leisure venue.

After a few months of extremely hard work it gives me great pleasure in announcing that The Wallace on Causeyside Street will be aiming to open on Friday 27th May, we will open the doors at 7pm and have some free food to sample from our fantastic Chef and live entertainment to celebrate this great venue opening.wallace

I am therefore looking to hire all levels of bar staff and waitresses so whether you’re looking for part time hours or full time hours please get in touch as we will be holding interviews in the next week and a half, send CV’s or emails to myself Maxwell_alan@btinternet.com or PM Alan Maxwell via FB

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.

Here are some photographs taken on Thursday of the launch for the brand book. 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-involved

Many thanks to David Weir of Paisley.org.uk for taking the photographs.

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.

12/05/16.... PAISLEY TOWN CENTRE....... public launch of the For Paisley 2021 campaign Ð a major drive to get local residents and businesses to show their support for the townÕs UK City of Culture 2021. Councillor Mark Macmillan, chair of the Paisley 2021 partnership board;  - Jean Cameron, Paisley 2021 Bid Director Lily Jane

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public launch of the For Paisley 2021 campaign Ð a major drive to get local residents and businesses to show their support for the townÕs UK City of Culture 2021. Councillor Mark Macmillan, chair of the Paisley 2021 partnership board;
– Jean Cameron, Paisley 2021 Bid Director
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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.

12/05/16.... PAISLEY TOWN CENTRE....... public launch of the For Paisley 2021 campaign Ð a major drive to get local residents and businesses to show their support for the townÕs UK City of Culture 2021. Councillor Mark Macmillan, chair of the Paisley 2021 partnership board;  - Jean Cameron, Paisley 2021 Bid Director Mark Macmillian, Tommy Mcgory, Danielle Caira, Maureen Hill, Linda Nutini, Ian Henderson, Andrew Mitchell, Fiona Smith, Scott Glassford, Katie Finnin

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PAISLEY TOWN CENTRE…….
public launch of the For Paisley 2021 campaign Ð a major drive to get local residents and businesses to show their support for the townÕs UK City of Culture 2021. Councillor Mark Macmillan, chair of the Paisley 2021 partnership board;
– Jean Cameron, Paisley 2021 Bid Director
Mark Macmillian, Tommy Mcgory, Danielle Caira, Maureen Hill, Linda Nutini, Ian Henderson, Andrew Mitchell, Fiona Smith, Scott Glassford, Katie Finnin

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-involved

Paisley First BID company will deliver a spectacular Arts installation project during the summer of 2016.

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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.

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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.

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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.

10/03/16.... PAISLEY Photocall to promote the Paisley 10k race Stuart Terris, Joyce McKellar, Gemma Rankin, Derek Hawkins and Ian Henderson

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.