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“Business really does matter in Renfrewshire”

The largest business to business event in Renfrewshire has just completed a successful 2 day residence at the beautifully restored Paisley Town Hall. Ran by Renfrewshire Chamber, “Business Matters in Renfrewshire” a free local B2B event (Business to business) open to all business people, students & school pupils was attended by >500 people over the 2 days.

The business conference on Day 1 attracted an impressive panel of speakers including:

Deputy First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon MSP
Shadow Foreign Secretary, Douglas Alexander MP
Dr Walter Boettcher – Economist – Director, Research and Forecasting Colliers International
Sir Tom Hunter – Scottish businessman, entrepreneur & philanthropist

Hosted by Douglas Fraser, BBC Scotland Business & Economy Editor

Economist Dr Boettcher commented that “….the focus was on the real economy, how to break the hiatus of investment and especially how to capitalise on Scotland’s numerous comparative advantages (energy, engineering & technology, education, to name a few).  The economy may still be lacking traction, but the messages were consistently positive suggesting that a turning point in sentiment is at hand and stronger economic performance within reach.”


Sir Tom Hunter – whose first retail outlet opened in Paisley in 1984, gave an inspirational speech and before leaving gave his time to a number of people keen to get some advice from one of Scotland’s most successful business men. Sir Tom, who stayed for the whole event commented “well done, speakers were all good… was a good event with an impressive turnout”.

Day 2 attracted 35 exhibitors and offered delegates the opportunity to learn about a broad range of topics from the “How to…” themed seminars including:

How to Build a Brilliant Brand with Fission Creative
How to Ruin Your Brand on Social Media with NSDesign
How to Grow Your Business with Invest in Renfrewshire
How to Improve your Tendering with Renfrewshire Council Procurement Team
How to be a Great Business Leader with Dr Stuart Paul of UWS
How to Deliver Customer Service the Disney Way with Renfrewshire Chamber Board Director & ex Diageo Supply Chain Director Colin Neill


Chamber President Tom Johnston said “This was our 1st time adding the business conference to Business Matters in Renfrewshire – and I have to say it went very well. Great speakers and a good turnout of approx. 200 people on day 1. We listen to our members and the Chamber Team used that feedback to improve the 2nd day from last year. Over the course of Day2 – approx. 350 attended. I would like to take this opportunity again to thank all our speakers, exhibitors and the people from Renfrewshire and beyond that attended. I hope what they heard & seen will inspire them to bigger & better things – improve their business and ultimately protect and ideally create jobs in Renfrewshire.

All images from the event are available on the Chamber facebook page – and to see the many twitter comments use the hashtag #b2bpaisley – 200+ tweets used the hashtag

Twitter comments included:

@fissioncreative: #b2bpaisley has been a fantastic event! @RenfrewshireCoC have done an amazing job, seminars were very useful and informative!

@LAShuttleworth – Oh. My. Goodness. #b2bpaisley absolutely fantastic. Colin Neil & Dr. Stuart Paul in particular were excellent. @fissioncreative also great.

‏@FullHouseApps: Hilarious and informative talk from @nsdesign #b2bpaisley

@markmacmillan12: Great turn out from at @RenfrewshireCoC #b2bpaisley event in Paisley Town Hall

‏@ModPhaislig2013: At the #b2bpaisley event in Paisley Town Hall. Lots of interest on #modphaislig2013


About Renfrewshire Chamber

Est. in ’64 and based in Paisley at Glasgow Airport, the fully accredited award winning Chamber is run by Chief Exec Bob Davidson and his team.  Bob reports to a Board of Directors chaired by President Tom Johnston. Renfrewshire Chamber is the area’s main business member organisation – whose purpose is to “help Renfrewshire grow & prosper” and have just under 600 members. The Chamber delivers a year round calendar of events and offers a range of member benefits.

For more information on Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce please visit

Street Stuff hosts festival of football at St Mirren Park

Young people from throughout Renfrewshire can step out on the hallowed turf of St Mirren Park to show their football skills at a special tournament this month.

The festival of five-a-side football is an annual end-of-season event run by the area’s award-winning Street Stuff youth diversionary project.

Street Stuff is a partnership between various local agencies, including Renfrewshire Council and St Mirren, offering activities for young people – such as mobile youth clubs and street football with coaching from the club – at youth disorder hotspots.

And the scheme’s organisers are looking for teams of young people aged from 10 to 18 to get their entries in for the event, on Monday 13 May from 6.30 to 9pm.

Those playing on the day will be able to pose with the Scottish League Cup, and meet some of the first-team players who won the trophy in March.

Youngsters will also get to try out St Mirren’s brand-new Dome, with some of the action due to take place in the recently-opened indoor pitch beside the stadium.

For those who don’t fancy the football, computer games will be set up in the main-stand hospitality suite, with Fifa 13 and Just Dance on offer.

Councillor Eddie Devine, Renfrewshire Council’s Street Stuff champion, said: “The activities run by Street Stuff have made a huge difference to the area and to the young people involved.

“By giving youngsters somewhere to go and something to do, and through the work with police and the council’s community safety services, youth disorder rates have fallen in every area where the scheme operates.

“The end-of-season football festival is always one of the highlights of the Street Stuff calendar. I would encourage any local youngsters who want to play at St Mirren Park to get together with their mates and enter their team now.”

St Mirren manager Danny Lennon added: “The club is always keen to play a part in the local community and events like this are great for the youngsters.

“I’m sure we will see a great standard of football on the evening and who knows, maybe some St Mirren stars of the future will be among those taking part?”

There will be separate competitions for those aged 10-12, 13-15, and 16-18, with trophies for the winners. All those taking part will receive a goodie bag and medal.

Entry forms are available to download at More information is available by contacting Street Stuff organiser Stevie Gallagher on 07557 281581 or

Street Stuff is a partnership between Renfrewshire Council, St Mirren, Police Scotland, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, McGill’s Buses, Reid Kerr College and Engage Renfrewshire.

The event is being funded by Police Scotland and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.

Dance Ihayami Interview and Photographs

Photographs and Interview from when Dance Ihayami visited and performed in Paisley Arts centre recently. Dance Ihayami is Scotland’s Indian dance company, dedicated to the contemporisation of Indian dance. The company challenges ideas about Indian classical dance and creates innovative contemporary work, regularly collaborating with different art forms and media.

Photographs below taken by Alex Kyle for find more of Alex’s photos here 

Dance Ihayami Interview produced by Peter Greenwood

Interview and photos were courtesy of all the members from Dance Ihayami so we would like to thank them all for their time and the performance was amazing and mesmerising… Find out more by visiting

Hillman Imp Linwood Rally

Linwood Imp Returns to Linwood.

Photographs of the Hillman Imp Rally at St James Business Centre, Thursday 2nd May 2013. All Photographs taken for by Tracey Clements

The centre-piece of the celebrations was a parade involving a 50-strong convoy of vintage Imps, which have now set off on a 320-mile journey from the Linwood site to the former Rootes headquarters in Ryton-on-Dunsmore.

coats observatory

Ideal SaturN-Day Night viewing! See Saturn up close in this year’s space-themed celebration.

Paisley Museum and Coats Observatory will be throwing open their doors on Saturday 18 May for a one off evening event packed with out-of-this-world activities.

Running as part of the national Museums at Night festival; Paisley Museum’s very own ‘SaturN-Day Night’ event offers a programme of free, astronomical activities suitable for all the family.

Museums at Night is the annual, after-hours celebration of arts, culture and heritage when hundreds of museums, galleries, libraries, archives and heritage sites open their doors for special evening events.

Coats Observatory

From 7.30pm at Paisley Museum, visitors can catch a show in our brand new digital Planetarium, or settle down to hear a Space Story, read in the stunning, new-look Pillar Gallery. Plus there will be plenty of hands-on activities for creative kids and those interested in science and film; with a Van de Graff experiment, make your own zoetrope and cosmic crafts.

Then, at 10pm as the light fades, SaturN-Day Night moves into the Dome in Coats Observatory for a spot of Saturn viewing and stargazing through the telescopes. An undisputed jewel in the crown of our solar system, Saturn is a sight that once seen, is never forgotten!

Renfrewshire Arts & Museums’ Observatory Officer John Pressly explained what visitors can hope to see (weather permitting of course!) on May 18.

“In May, Saturn has just gone past opposition – when it is directly opposite the Sun – meaning it will be at its brightest in the sky. Around 10.30pm, when the sky darkens, the planet will be shining brightly in the south-east. Visitors will see Saturn up close, including its rings, composed of billions of pieces of rock, ice and dust that constantly orbit the planet and may even catch a glimpse of Saturn’s largest moon, Titan, the only other place in the Solar System apart from Earth where liquid flows on the surface.” 

SaturN-Day Night will run from 7.30pm – Midnight. Please see below for the full list of activities and times.

Planetarium Shows 

7.45pm, 8.30pm & 9.15pm

Coats Observatory

Booking essential on 0141 618 5087. Max of 15 places per show. Suitable for ages 5+. Each show lasts 20 mins.

Experience our new state-of-the-art digital planetarium taking you on a journey through distant galaxies and star clusters, zooming in on constellations and objects too faint to be seen except through a powerful telescope, all without leaving the comfort of your chair.

Space Stories 

7.30pm and 8.30pm

Paisley Museum

Please book at front desk on the night. Max of 25 places per session.

Come along to our storytelling sessions and escape into the magical world of ‘The Little Prince’ by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry – an enchanting children’s tale about a pilot stranded in the desert who meets a young prince fallen to Earth from a tiny asteroid. A fascinating story for children and adults alike.

Family Arts Activities 

7.30pm to 9.30pm

Paisley Museum

Drop-in activities including:

  • Fantastic Film – discover the science behind early film and create your own zoetrope and a short animation.
  • Van de Graff experiment – a mini science experiment with the Van De Graff generator and a microscope
  • Plus many more space-themed activities…


Saturn Viewing 

10pm to 12midnight

Coats Observatory (entry at this time will be via Oakshaw St)

The Dome will be open to allow visitors the chance to take in spectacular sightings though the telescope and to view mesmerising sights of Saturn at its best.*

Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

*Please note this activity is weather dependant.

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Battle of Prestonpans Tapestry

The Battle of Prestonpans Tapestry Exhibition Launch Photographs

The Battle of Prestonpans Tapestry is exhibited in the atrium of Anchor Mill, Thread Street, Paisley from 27th April-4th May 2013, weekdays from 2pm-8pm and weekends from 11am-4pm. Free entry.

The exhibition was opened by Paisley MSP George Adam, all photographs taken for Paisley on the web by Brian McGuire.

You can also find a lot more information about Paisley Patter by visiting and also the Paisley Development Trust by visiting

duck race

Paisley & District Scout Group Duck Race 2013

Saturday 11th May sees Paisley and District Scout group’s Annual Duck Race from the Mill Bridge opposite Morrisons (Lonend) Car Park..

Last year’s event was a huge success and this year’s is already shaping up to be even BIGGER

The fun starts at 11.30am with Music being provided by McCallum School of Music and Paisley’s very own Sean Batty, STV’s weatherman will hopefully bring along the sunshine when he starts both races

The Corporate Duck Race starts at 2.30pm. Corporate Ducks are £50, this also gives 10 entries into the main race

The Main race starts at 3pm..  You can adopt a duck to enter into the race for £2 or adopt 3 ducks for £5 …. All money raised will be split equally between the Special Care Baby Unit at the Royal Alexandra Hospital and Paisley & District Scout Group

There is a phenomenal list of prizes to win and the list continues to grow daily..

Ducks can be adopted from the following locations…

Sunday 21st April

Morrison’s, Lonend – 10am to 5pm

Saturday 27th April

Paisley RAH – 1.30pm to 4.30pm

Dobbies Garden Centre, Braehead – 12pm to 4pm

Sunday 28th April

Paisley RAH – 1.30pm to 4.30pm

Dobbies Garden Centre, Braehead – 12pm to 4pm

Morrisons, Lonend – 10am to 5pm

Saturday 4th May

Paisley RAH – 1.30pm to 4.30pm

Morrison’s, Lonend – 10am to 5pm

Sunday 5th May

Paisley RAH – 1.30pm to 4.30pm

Morrison’s, Lonend – 10am to 5pm

You can also adopt a duck through any member of the Paisley & District Scout Group… And if you don’t know any scouts and cannot make it along to one of the stores don’t worry – you can register your interest on their webpage ( ) and someone from Paisley & District Scout Group will be in touch.

Photograph taken for by Jean-Marie Stewart.

employment awards

Double celebration for council at employment awards

Two schemes run by Renfrewshire Council to give young people a helping hand into the world of work have been honoured at a prestigious national awards ceremony.

The council’s modern apprentice programme was named as the joint-winner of the Apprentice Award at the s1jobs recruitment awards 2013.

The other winner was Renfrewshire-based Scottish Leather Group, which last year launched its apprenticeship academy in partnership with the council-run Invest in Renfrewshire programme, which provided financial support.

Invest in Renfrewshire is a £4.5m programme designed to boost the local economy through offering employment and training opportunities to young people and providing financial support to businesses.

Both organisations were also named as joint-winners of the Chairman’s Award, which recognises the groups deemed most deserving over all the categories of the awards.

The ceremony was held at Glasgow’s Oran Mor venue and hosted by telly funnyman Craig Hill.

Councillor Roy Glen, Convener of Renfrewshire’s Council’s Economy and Jobs Policy Board, said: “The local economy and youth employment are two of the main priorities of this council and we have made significant investment in both, despite the tough financial climate.

“The council’s apprentice programme last year recruited 78 modern apprentices – the most the council has ever had at any one time.

“The Invest in Renfrewshire scheme has now provided financial support to more than 100 local businesses. I am delighted to see our partnership with Scottish Leather being recognised with this award.”

Maureen Ross, group HR manager at Scottish Leather Group, said: “We are absolutely over the moon to have won these awards for our academy.

“This is part of our strategy to find the talent which we hope will lead the business to success in the future.

“Our work with Invest in Renfrewshire to help get this project off the ground just shows what effective partnership working can do.

“I would say to other local businesses to get on board with Invest in Renfrewshire if they have not already done so.”

The s1 awards are intended to honour Scotland’s best employers, recruitment agencies and consultants.

Renfrewshire Council’s modern apprentice programme is supported by Skills Development Scotland and offers both craft and office-based apprenticeships.

All the council’s modern apprentices are guaranteed to be able to complete their apprenticeships with the council, which supports them through their college placement and relevant vocational qualification.

The candidate achievement rate has been above 95% in each of the past five years. Recruitment is set to begin in the next few weeks for the 2013 intake.

Scottish Leather Group is the UK’s largest producer of leather, and operates across five subsidiaries, three of which are based in Bridge of Weir, plus one in Paisley.

The firm’s apprenticeship academy was launched in 2012 in partnership with Invest in Renfrewshire, Scottish Enterprise and Reid Kerr College.


Quest4Talent 2013 Finals

Still Game actor and comedian, Alex Robertson plays host to an exciting talent show in Paisley Town hall on the 20th of April. Organised by the towns Rotary Club to help raise money for its charity work, children and schools from across the whole of Renfrewshire and Glasgow have already battled it out through 5 heats of the highly popular competition now in its 6th year.

48 highly talented acts have made it through to the semi-finals with the winners of each going head to head on the night to find this year’s outright champion.Talented youngsters gave amazing performances in 10 categories including musical theatre, glee clubs, dance, vocals, bands and traditional Scottish Music as the town plays host to this year’s Gaelic Mod.

A spokesperson said “The judges faced a very difficult time this year as the level of talent was exceptional and a credit to themselves and their parents”.

Councillor Sam Mullen has agreed to free parking for this event at the council buildings and the entrance is at the new houses just built at the council building.

Tickets for the event are available from the Paisley Arts Centre’s box office on 0141 887 1010 with the finals taking place at 2pm and 7pm on the 20th of April. Photographs and memorabilia are also on sale to commemorate the occasion with profits going towards the charities work. Further details can be found on http://www.quest4talent

All photographs taken by Alex Kyle for

Civic reception honours St Mirren cup heroes

St Mirren’s cup-final winning heroes were honoured at a special event hosted by Renfrewshire’s Provost.

The civic reception saw Provost Anne Hall welcome 26 members of the first-team squad plus directors and staff.

The St Mirren contingent mixed with councillors, local MPS and MSPs and invited guests for a three-course meal.

As Paisley Town Hall is out of action due to a £2.36million refurbishment, the event took place at St Mirren Park.

St Mirren won the Scottish Communities League Cup for the first time in their history last month, defeating Hearts 3-2 in a memorable final at Hampden.

Provost Hall welcomed guests to the reception, and gave a speech praising the club for its achievement in winning the trophy.

After the event, she said: “I was delighted to be able to host the civic reception for St Mirren, and I hope all who were there enjoyed their night.

“It was great to hear manager Danny Lennon and others connected to the club give a first-hand account of how they managed to make history on that day.

“The scenes of joy in the centre of Paisley on the night of the cup final showed just how much the cup win meant to the people of the town.

“St Mirren’s success gave Renfrewshire an occasion it will never forget, and it is a privilege to be able to honour those responsible.”

Provost Hall was joined at the top table by St Mirren vice-chairman George Campbell, who praised the club’s players and staff and thanked the council for the help given to the club.
Around 15,000 black-and-white-bedecked fans made the trip to Glasgow for the game on Sunday March 17.

And thousands lined the streets of Paisley town centre that night to see the team parade the trophy on an open-top bus, before taking to the stage in County Square at the official council-organised victory party.

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