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Paisley Museum has received a £200,000 capital funding pledge of support from The Hugh Fraser Foundation towards its transformation into a world-class cultural destination, payable once the project is underway.

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The Hugh Fraser Foundation, which is based in Glasgow, has for over 50 years supported a broad range of charities throughout Scotland. Dr Kenneth Chrystie, a Trustee of The Hugh Fraser Foundation said:

“We are very aware of the sterling efforts being made to transform and enhance the art and cultural attractions of Paisley. In this context, the museum’s initiative is hugely significant and when completed it will ensure the museum’s rightful place as a centre of excellence and a national treasure and attraction for many years to come. The Foundation was delighted to be able to offer support.”

The £42million redevelopment of the museum is part of Paisley’s radical regeneration plan, and the redesign of the campus led by an international team including architects AL_A and exhibition designers Opera Amsterdam, will allow the number of objects on display to be increased by 100%.

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When Paisley Museum reopens it is expected to attract 125,000 visits each year and provide a £79million economic boost to the area over the next 30 years.

Few places of Paisley’s size have had such a global impact, and this is reflected in the museum’s internationally-significant holdings, which include an unrivalled collection of 1,200 Paisley shawls, rare 2nd century glass from Syria, and vast natural history collections. They are currently being held in Paisley: The Secret Collection, the only publicly-accessible museum store on a UK high street.

Councillor Lisa-Marie Hughes, Chair of Renfrewshire Leisure Ltd, said:

“Investing in our venues is key to our recovery from the pandemic as it will create jobs, support new and existing businesses in the area, and drive new footfall to our town centre.

“We are delighted the Hugh Fraser Foundation has pledged its support towards the redevelopment of Paisley Museum. The museum has been beloved by generations of Renfrewshire people and this brings us a step closer to realising our ambitions of radically transforming this prominent symbol of Paisley’s past for future generations.”

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Eric Grounds, Capital Appeal Director of Paisley Reimagined, said:

“The pledge from The Hugh Fraser Foundation is yet another vote of confidence in the Paisley Museum project and indeed the town itself.

“Paisley Museum is an important part of the area’s heritage and has been at the heart of the community since it was founded in 1871. The £42million project to transform this historic venue will ensure our world-class collections are safeguarded and that our museum continues to be a place of knowledge, enjoyment and pride for those living in or visiting Paisley.”

Paisley Museum Reimagined is supported by Renfrewshire Council, the National Lottery Heritage Fund and the Scottish Government’s Regeneration Capital Grant Fund.

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Christmas isn’t cancelled! PACE Theatre Company present their 33rd pantomime with Paisley Arts Centre – Lost in Pantoland – live online! Join Scottish panto favourites CHRIS ALEXANDER, ALAN ORR, DARREN BROWNLIE and DANI HERON for a hilarious live, interactive panto performance.

 

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It’s almost Christmas Day and Widow Swanky can’t wait to get her feet up, enjoy a delicious dinner cooked by her son Billy Bob and have a wee shandy by the Christmas tree. But when she accidentally discovers a colossally powerful penny, both her and Billy Bob get transported to the wondrous – yet dangerous – Pantoland. Tasked with collecting objects from everyone’s favourite pantos, the tremendous twosome set off on a hilarious adventure featuring slimy Princes, wicked witches and at least one constipated goose… A madcap adventure for all the family!

Audiences can take part in one of two ways: there will be 30 interactive Family Tickets available for each performance in which those families will be called upon to join in with the performance, using props from a pre-posted Interactivity Pack, whilst others will be able to watch the performance for free via live stream.

As is traditional, Lost in Pantoland will feature a chorus of young actors selected from PACE’s core youth theatre groups, who will contribute to some pre-recorded sections in accordance with social distancing guidelines.

Rikki Payne, Arts Manager for Renfrewshire Leisure says:
“Panto is integral to Paisley Arts Centre’s programme and it seemed inconceivable that we couldn’t find some way to mark the festive season. We were really keen to find a way to blend the technology available to us along with the more traditional elements of panto that we all know and love, to create an experience for families that should still feel intimate, connected and above all, fun!

We’re looking forward to working with a fantastic team to create Lost in Pantoland, and partnering with PACE means that we’ve been able to maintain a sense of continuity with our annual panto.”

Jenni Mason, Artistic Director of PACE agrees:

Panto is a major highlight in the calander for us, so when Paisley Arts Centre approached us to help them create an alternative panto we jumped at the chance. This has been an extraordinary year for everyone, and we’re thrilled to have the opportunity to provide a bit of light relief for families.

We’re confident that whether you’re part of the interaction, or watching the live stream, this will be a great way for families to celebrate together this festive season.”

Lost in Pantoland is made by possible thanks to funding from Creative Scotland’s Performing Arts Venue Relief Fund, awarded to Renfrewshire Leisure for a programme of events in Paisley Arts Centre. This will support freelance artists from a range of multiple disciplines to deliver a programme of work throughout the winter months. Live streaming of the Panto will be facilitated by Paisley-based video production company, Media Monty.

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Salt and Grit Solutions Ltd have been working hard behind the scenes all year and now look forward to providing the people of Renfrewshire and the rest of the UK with de-icing salt and associated winter maintenance products including grit bins, spreaders, snow shovels and scoops during the winter months.

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The company, based at North Arkleston Farm in Paisley, supplies de-icing salt to homeowners, businesses, local authorities and winter maintenance companies alike, and plays a pivotal role in keeping the country moving when the bad weather hits. This seems more important than ever this year as all business areas have already felt a negative impact from COVID and the different restrictions in place. When the temporary restrictions have eased off it is important to keep shops, schools and hospitals accessible and encourage some economic activity in the local area.

The company facilitates deliveries of rock salt throughout all the UK, however a fantastic service with short delivery lead times and competitive prices is offered to the people of Paisley, as to be expected from a local supplier.  Individual bags of de-icing salt are available to buy direct from the depot at North Arkleston Farm however customers are reminded that social distancing rules are in place and visitors are requested to wear a face covering in the shop area if applicable.

If you are interested in organising bulk salt supplies for your business, Salt and Grit Solutions Ltd can be contacted on 0141 8891455 or you can visit their website at www.saltandgritsolutions.co.uk.

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THE Braehead shopping mall is backing an appeal for donations of Christmas gifts to disadvantaged children and teenagers.

A giant collecting box has been installed at the central atrium in the lower mall for donations of unwrapped gifts to be dropped off.

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All gifts will then be passed on to the Renfrewshire Christmas Toy Bank appeal and volunteers there will distribute the presents to children and teenagers up to the age of 18.

This is the third year the shopping centre has supported the appeal, which was started by Renfrew mum, Lauren Roy-Sutherland.

Last year, the Renfrewshire Christmas Toy Bank provided 1500 gifts to young people, but this year Lauren reckons the referrals they will get from various charities, social workers, community groups and the local Food Bank could reach as high as 4000.

Lauren said: “We are finding more families than ever before need a donation from us this year.

”Covid has definitely taken a toll on family finances with redundancies that are taking place and although people are still in work, they are being furloughed and receiving 80 per cent of their wages.

“But as always, people have been very generous with their donations and we’d like to thank Braehead for her support in allowing us to have a collection box in the mall.”

Braehead’s community development manager, Lydia Brown said: “With all that has been going on this year it’s more important than ever to make sure children and young people can celebrate and enjoy Christmas.

“Our visitors to Braehead have always been extremely generous when it comes to donating gifts for young people of all ages and I’m sure it will be the same again this year.

“And we’d like to thank them for everything they have donated in the past and what will be donated this year.”

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Christmas might be a little different this year but there’s still plenty of festive cheer in  Paisley town centre with the Christmas Buddie Bear Hunt! 

Paisley First has joined forces with Renfrewshire Council this Christmas to pay tribute  to the heroes of 2020, every Buddie Bear has been dedicated to a key worker.  

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Just follow the trail around town and name all the key workers for your chance to be  entered into our Christmas Prize Draw! 

This COVID-19 friendly Christmas Trail will be running in the town centre from Saturday  14th November until 3rd January 2021 – just pick up a leaflet from the Paisley First  leaflet racks inside the Piazza Shopping Centre or the Paisley Centre. 

Or if you prefer, you can download a copy of the leaflet from the Paisley First  website at www.paisleyfirst.com 

Colette Cardosi, Chair of Paisley First, said: “It’s been a tough year for everyone and  while things may be a little different, it wouldn’t be Christmas without a free festive  trail in Paisley town centre offering fun for all the family.  

“Our key workers have done so much for us this year, so this is our way of recognising  them and all their efforts to keep us safe.” 

Colette added: “All the bears will be on display inside business windows so it’s the  perfect activity to help the kids have some fun and some fresh air while you get your  Christmas shopping sorted.” 

“Our local businesses need your support more than ever and who knows, maybe  you will be one of our Golden Ticket winners with £250 of town centre vouchers up  for grabs for 14 lucky winners!” 

Councillor Iain Nicolson, Leader of Renfrewshire Council, said: “It is important that we  all continue to support our local businesses and shop local wherever we can in the  lead up to the festive season. 

“This festive trail is a great way to spread some Christmas cheer in the local  community, while also celebrating our amazing key workers who are doing a  fantastic job to support everyone in Renfrewshire during this unprecedented time.” 

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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Excitement is building as young people and community groups wait to discover whether their projects to enhance the lives of 12-25-year olds in Renfrewshire have been successful.

An incredible 86 projects have been designed and submitted to the Celebrating Renfrewshire Fund and for the last month, thousands of young people have been casting their votes for their favourites.

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A special online announcement event hosted by Renfrewshire Youth Voice at 6pm on Friday 13 November will unveil the winners who will take away a share of £150,000.

Applicants have been invited to attend the one-off event which is taking place online due to the current Coronavirus pandemic and will take a look back at the projects awarded funding in 2019, before this year’s winners are unveiled.

The event is open to the public and anyone wishing to attend must register online in advance.

Adrian McKechnie, Chair of Renfrewshire Youth Voice, said: “Young people in Renfrewshire for the past 4 weeks have been using their ballots to decide what projects they would like to see in their communities.

“Celebrating Renfrewshire is not just another funding pot, but rather it gives young people across Renfrewshire a real say in how public money is spent and provides an opportunity for young folk to directly give their backing to projects they see value in.

“I wish all the applicants good luck and look forward to hosting the event, albeit virtually, this Friday.”

Councillor Michelle Campbell, Renfrewshire Council’s Young Persons Champion, will open the event and is looking forward to finding out which projects have been successful.

She said: “This fund is a fantastic opportunity for young people to shape their own communities and create activities that they want to take part in, not what others believe they want.

“The projects which have been submitted are creative, well-thought-out and will make a real difference to life in Renfrewshire for young people – and I can’t wait to discover which ones will be taken forward.

“I’m looking forward to Friday’s event so join me and see some of the most inspiring young people in Renfrewshire discover if they’ve been successful in their applications.”

For more information, and to sign up for the event, visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/CelebratingRenfrewshire.

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Go Glamorous Beauty my salon is located within Mirren Court One on Paisley road. 

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I started Go Glamorous over 12 years ago and I have build a very successful business in beauty therapy within Renfrewshire. 

Specialising in luxury treatments such as CND Shellac, Acrylic nail enhancements, Lash extensions, LVL Lash lift, waxing, threading & spray tanning.

I am a stockist for Environ Skincare™️ offering advanced Facial and body treatments, also Advanced Nutrition programme™️ stockist for beauty and wellbeing premium supplements. 

 


I am all about enhancing what you have and looking after your skin,  nails and lash health with expertise and care for you. 

To make appointments it couldn’t be easier with my app available to be downloaded with all treatments listed,  online booking is 24/7 this provides a more convenient service for you. You can also call me to book if that if you preference and happy to help assist with any questions. 

My salon is also Covid secure and all safety is in place followed by Scottish government guidance. 

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This is a really simple ‘make at home’ project. Follow the video or download our instructions!

Make Packs with everything you need are available for £5 from ReMode on Paisley High Street – open Tuesday to Saturday 10am – 4pm

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Green Halloween

At Halloween about 30 million people in the UK opt to dress up and more than 90 per cent of families will consider buying costumes. However, seven million of those costumes will get thrown out each year, with only a small number getting recycled.

As quoted in the Guardian, Chris Rose of the Fairyland Trust* explained:

“the scariest thing about Halloween now is plastic.”

With its growing popularity, he says “consumers can take action to avoid buying new plastic and still dress up for Halloween by buying from charity shops or re-using costumes, or making their own from non-plastic materials.”

With the majority of costumes sold by popular retailers like Asda and Tesco made from oil-based non-biodegradable fibres like polyester, PVC, nylon and acrylic, the level of textile waste generated by Halloween contributes dramatically to the already staggering 300,000+ tonnes of clothing discarded in UK landfills. Creating an abundance of microplastic pollution.

 

 

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Creative Alternatives!

Craft your own costume from ReMode’s scraps and fabric donations, as well as simple household items like tin foil, cardboard, laddered tights and old curtains. Autumn is an ideal time of the year to dust off your sewing machine and get creative!

It’s only going to be worn once or twice so don’t go overboard with glues and permanent fixes. Use a needle a thread where you can then – after it’s all over – either keep it as materials for next year’s creation or reclaim the buttons and trims for your craft box, and the rags for household cleaning.

Never put fabrics in your bin – donate to ReMode, charity shops or use your local textile recycle bin.

Medicines Manufacturing Innovation Centre Directors break ground at the new facility site

CPI has today announced the start of construction at the Medicines Manufacturing Innovation Centre in Renfrewshire, Scotland.

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The new technology and innovation centre is set to become a unique and world-leading facility offering transformative solutions in small molecule and pharmaceutical manufacturing. It will accelerate the development and industrialisation of next-generation medicines manufacturing innovations and maximise technology opportunities within the medicines supply chain. Industry, academia, healthcare providers and regulators will work collaboratively within a GMP environment to address industry challenges and de-risk new technologies, providing a clear pathway for their widespread adoption within the pharmaceutical industry.

 

The Medicines Manufacturing Innovation Centre is a collaboration between CPI, the University of Strathclyde and founding industry partners, GSK and AstraZeneca with funding provided by Scottish Enterprise and UK Research and Innovation. The Centre has recently agreed partnerships with four leading technology companies to further strengthen the range of expertise in the collaboration.

The facility will translate, at industrial and commercial scale, novel techniques for producing patient-centric medicines, including real-time release of drugs, and integrated process analytics to drive the transformation of medicines manufacturing. These technologies will enable a reduction in quantities of the materials currently required in process development; accelerate timelines to achieve just-in-time, right-first-time and real-time-release manufacturing principles; and ultimately accelerate access of affordable medicines for healthcare providers and patients.

 

Companies of all sizes will be able to use the facility to evaluate, test and prototype processes using an array of advanced Industry 4.0 manufacturing technologies, including continuous, digital and autonomous manufacturing. The utilisation of next-generation technology will enable more efficient drug production to protect future generations by bringing new medicines to market safely and quickly.

 

The facility is due for completion late 2021 and will be operational in early 2022. It is expected to eventually house over 80 staff in both technical and non-technical roles.

 

Nadhim Zahawi, Life Sciences Minister, said: “Backed with £13 million of government funding, this centre is the first of its kind and will significantly boost our domestic medicines manufacturing capability to ensure we are prepared for any future health crises. Complementing our state of the art Vaccines Manufacturing Innovation Centre in Oxfordshire, it will ensure we are at the forefront of transformational technologies, attracting tens-of-millions-of-pounds of investment to the UK and creating new highly-skilled jobs in the Renfrewshire area – a great example of how we are working to build back better.”

 

Ivan McKee, Scottish Government Minister for Trade, Investment and Innovation, said: “The Medicines Manufacturing Innovation Centre is a tremendous boost to the Scottish economy, and a great endorsement of Scotland’s strengths in life and chemical sciences. The Scottish Government is committed to attracting inward investment from global partners, whose investment in this project will help to create highly skilled jobs in Scotland in a vitally important sector. As an integral part of the Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District Scotland, the centre will put Scotland at the cutting edge of advanced pharmaceutical manufacturing, developing innovative technologies which will help to strengthen the pharmaceutical supply chain.”

 

Professor Sir Jim McDonald, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Strathclyde, said: “As strategic partners in the Medicines Manufacturing Innovation Centre, the University of Strathclyde is utilising its research, innovation and internationally-leading experience and expertise in advanced medicines manufacturing to meet the biggest health challenges facing our world. We are delighted to be working in collaboration with our partners across industry, academia, government and healthcare to accelerate and transform the medicines manufacturing process. We are excited to see construction begin on what will be a distinctive and important asset to the Glasgow City region and to Scotland.”

 

Jon-Paul Sherlock, Technology Strategy Lead at AstraZeneca, said: “Manufacturing innovation is critical to future pharmaceutical supply chains. Molecules are more complex, development times shorter and the expectations of patients and healthcare systems higher than ever before. However, for a highly regulated industry, innovation is risky and potentially expensive. This facility will enable close collaboration between industry, government and academia and will be a game-changer; resulting in faster industrialisation and implementation of exciting new opportunities.”

 

Andy Jones, Medicines Manufacturing Challenge Director at UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), one of the Medicines Manufacturing Innovation Centre’s main funders, said: “The Medicines Manufacturing Innovation Centre will play a key role in the infrastructure the UK is building, investing in medicines manufacturing innovation to tackle today’s health challenges and those of the future. It will also be ideally placed to help turn great ideas into great business, ensuring that UK innovators can access a global, life sciences market worth some £98 billion.”

 

Derek Shaw, Commercial Director at Scottish Enterprise, one of the Medicines Manufacturing Innovation Centre’s main funders, said: “This is an important and exciting step in the development of the Medicines Manufacturing Innovation Centre, and the opportunities it will unlock for businesses through collaboration between academia, industry and government. Industry leadership and co-investment are central to shaping the facility and Scottish Enterprise is proud to have committed £15 million of funding alongside our partners.”

 

Dave Tudor, Managing Director of the Medicines Manufacturing Innovation Centre, Quality and Biologics, at CPI, said: “We are thrilled to be starting the construction of this new, collaborative centre. The consortium is already working together on several ambitious projects with the aim to de-risk disruptive technology that can lower the cost of drug development. Live projects include a digitally-twinned continuous direct compression platform to increase the productivity of drug product manufacture, and an automated platform to enable just-in-time supply for clinical trials which will drastically cut lead times. We look forward to bringing that technology and cross-sector expertise to these new facilities.”

 

Frank Millar, CEO at CPI, said: “Ageing populations, the increasing cost of drug development, and resource constraints impeding the adoption of emergent technologies are just some of the challenges facing the pharmaceutical industry today. The increasing financial burden on the healthcare system as a whole has led to a pressing need for more cost-effective medication. By connecting the dots between academia, government, industry and healthcare providers within this state-of-the-art centre, we can address these issues and transform the pharmaceutical supply chain for the future.”