Paisley First WinterFest is returning to Paisley town centre this Christmas.

In association with M&D events, this Christmas spectacular will help the town get into the festive mood from 24th November, running daily apart from Christmas Day, until Sunday 30th December!


This year’s plans will see the return of the outdoor ice rink, a Big Wheel and an improved continental Christmas market, as the town looks to attract visitors and shoppers from further afield.

Paisley First is also bringing back its successful free festive Nutcracker Trail with 15 Nutcracker Kings spread throughout the town from Saturday 17th November until Sunday 30th December.

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

Paisley First Chairman, Graeme McGowan, said: “These will be two great events to showcase everything that Paisley has to offer during the festive season.

“We will also be running our Christmas Golden Ticket competition where visitors shopping and socialising in the town centre will have four chances to win £500 of town centre gift vouchers. And when it comes to festive shopping we have a lot of fantastic independent retailers as well as national chains throughout the town centre.

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

“Following the success of Jurassic Bricks in the summer, the return of our Christmas events will help cement the town’s reputation as a visitor destination.”

M&D’s Events Director, Douglas Taylor, said: “WinterFest was a great success in Paisley last year and those who enjoyed the festivities made it clear that there was an appetite for it to return.

“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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Graeme added: “WinterFest is an ideal addition to the town and we are hoping it will become an annual Christmas tradition in Paisley town centre for many years to come.”

The Nutcracker Trail will see visitors collect special booklets and complete the trail for a chance to win a special WinterFest prizes!

Christmas Golden Tickets are already available in most town centre businesses with draws being made on Saturday 24th November, Saturday 1st December, Saturday 8th December and the final draw on Saturday 15th December.

All the details of these fabulous Christmas events can be found at .

Early Bird Discounted Tickets for the outdoor ice rink are available now at

Look out for special Christmas Golden Tickets this winter and you could win £500 of Paisley town centre gift vouchers!

Ten lucky shoppers in Paisley this year have already won £250 of town centre gift vouchers each thanks to the Paisley First Golden Ticket Competition.

For Christmas, Paisley First is adding some extra special sparkle and doubling the prize pot to £500 to help make your Christmas dreams come true!

Tickets will be available in most town centre businesses from Monday 1st October.

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

One lucky winner will be chosen every week for four weeks, each winning £500 of vouchers to be spent within town centre businesses, just in time for Christmas!

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

The Christmas draw dates are Saturday 24th November, Saturday 1st December, and Saturday 8th December with the final draw on Saturday 15th December.

This follows the success of previous Golden Ticket Competitions at Easter and during the Jurassic Bricks adventure in the summer.

Previous winners were able to spend their vouchers in a wide variety of Paisley businesses including Dooley’s Cycles, Pendulum, Outdoor Summits, Burger & Keg, White Cart Company, The Lane, Marks and Spencer, JD Sports and Genova to name but a few.

Chairman of Paisley First, Graeme McGowan, 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, and when it comes to festive shopping we have a lot of fantastic independent retailers as well as national chains throughout the town centre.

”Pick up your Golden Ticket this winter for your chance to win!”

For more information on the Paisley First Golden Ticket Competition head to

Know a business that gives great service, welcomes you with a smile or you love going there? Nominate them for Renfrewshire’s favourite business ROCCO Award.

To nominate your favourite business in Renfrewshire please email  by 12pm on Thurs 27th Sept. Please include ROCCO AWARD in the subject header. In the email please include the name of the business you wish to nominate and why in <100 words and include your own name, address and phone number. A shortlist of six will be announced early October with online voting open for 3 weeks after that. The winner will be announced at the ROCCO ceremony on the 16th Nov at the Normandy Hotel hosted by Fred MacAulay.

More info at #2018Rocco


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OFFICE no. 1 
Size: 465 sqft for 1-4 staff

OFFICE no. 2 
Size: 780 sqft for 4-10 staff

Our offices are located in Gauze Street and have an excellent transport options.
Parking is available to the rear and the building is located on a main bus route. Paisley Gilmour Street is located only a few minutes walk away.
Our great location benefits from lots of facilities nearby such as shops, restaurants, cafes, gyms.

Mirren Chambers has a variety of Tenants including Action for Children, Momentum, The Wise Group and Local MSP’s.

If you are looking to save on your office running costs just come and see our new and modern offices at Mirren Business Centres. 

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Every Friday 7-9pm during term time, from 24th August, for ages 11 – 18

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Our regular make-session for young people.  A chance to get creative and learn to make, amend or adapt your clothes. All materials and resources supplied, or bring along clothes you would like to work on.  To register send an email to


Every Saturday 12 noon – 4pm  No need to book!

Find out more by visiting our website here.

Mirren Court Three, 123 Renfrew Road, Paisley

The beautiful open plan office to let at Mirren Court Three on second floor perfect for 6/7 people with 2 car parking (with others available to let).

The office has fluorescent lighting, power, central heating and natural daylight.The rent is inclusive of fair use of heat/light and service charge costs. Meeting room hire is also available.

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A unique event staged by intu Braehead shopping centre that allowed youngsters to find out what it was like to be an adult for a day has won a top national award.

The free Mini City activities event staged at the centre has won a prestigious Purple Apple Award for an event in the 2018 retail marketing Oscars.

The Mini City activities allowed four to 12 year olds to become adults and perform tasks from daily life in an environment adapted to their size.

Youngsters got hands-on experience of becoming a police officer, building worker, doctor, or working in a restaurant and supermarket.

Staff organised interactive role-play for youngsters, giving them an amazing insight into adulthood. Everyone taking part was given a Mini City clock-in card and ‘employees’ who visit every workstation were rewarded for their hard work.

Marketing manager for intu Braehead, Christine Macdonald said: “We realised youngsters like role-playing especially when they can act like grown-ups, so we created various real-life scenarios for them to experience.

“The team here at intu Braehead are always looking at new and innovative ways of engaging with young people and families and we aim to put a smile on the faces of everyone who visits us.

The Mini City was one of the most popular events we’ve had in the centre and we’re chuffed to bits that intu Braehead has been recognised by the Purple Apple Awards for creating such a compelling experience.”

Sewing2gether is an inclusive organisation that seeks to provide life enhancing opportunities
for those who would be positively impacted from participating in their workshops. Thanks to
some generous funding from Santander, Sewing2gether is now able to offer a new FREE
weekly Sewing Workshop in Paisley.

This class is to support and teach those with English as a second language, or non-English
speakers; predominantly those who are new to the UK and would appreciate the opportunity
to engage with others in similar situations.

So much of modern activity doesn’t have a physical end result. Sewing can make you any
number of items from homeware, clothes, toys and gifts. Sewing is a visual experience so
verbal communication is secondary as we use step by step demonstrations and can
incorporate multi language flash cards.

Sewing2gether specialises in textile upcycling using unwanted or discarded fabric, saving it,
transforming it, giving it a renewed purpose and uncovering the value that was there all
along, taking something that was labelled as damaged goods, rubbish, useless, unwanted,
unloved and hopeless, and giving it a new lease of life with all it&#39;s amazing flaws!

 Learn to use a sewing machine
 Practice your sewing skills
 Make things for yourself and your family
 Take home a finished item every week
 Produce extra items to sell at craft events
 Repair damaged clothes

We begin on May 16th 2018 and will meet every Wednesday at 9.30am. Hot drinks and a
light lunch will also provided. Bus fares may also be reimbursed.

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By bus take the McGills 747 from Paisley Town Centre to Gockston Road.

If you work, support or live near individuals you think would be suitable to attend please
enquire about referrals by calling 0776 385 5072.

Gavin Newlands, SNP MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, has urged constituents to buy Fair Trade Easter eggs this year and show their support for farmers in developing countries.

Last week, Mr Newlands met with the staff of Rainbow Turtle to find out how they were preparing for Easter.

The Member of Parliament for Paisley and Renfrewshire North bought his Easter gifts at Rainbow Turtle, and in doing so, encouraged local constituents to consider buying Fair Trade products this Easter.

Gavin Newlands, SNP MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, said:

“Many in Renfrewshire will be well aware of the fantastic work that Rainbow Turtle do to support Fair Trade. They’ve been in the town for over 15 years and their work has been crucial in Renfrewshire being awarded Fair Trade status in 2009.

“Easter is just around the corner, so it was good to meet with the staff to find out how they’re preparing for the busy time ahead. I was also able to pick up my Fair Trade Easter eggs and would encourage others to do so as well.

“Fairtrade chocolate makes a real difference to the lives, and futures, of over 179,800 farmers in the developing nations. It’s a simple and easy way in which we can help those less fortunate than ourselves.”

Jamie Scott, winner of Masterchef the Professionals 2014, will run a series of cooking demonstrations sharing his top cooking tips at Paisley Food and Drink Festival.

The chef, who runs the stunning The Newport restaurant overlooking the River Tay in Fife, will deliver three, free cooking demonstrations on Saturday 28 April to show audiences how to create top-class and delicious dining experiences at home.

The demonstrations will cover tasty recipes such as a how to get creative with your Sunday roast leftovers – delivered in association with Love Food Hate Waste, a mouth-watering vegetarian dish of cauliflower fritters and a fantastic spiced pork dish.

Chef, Jamie Scott, said: “I’m really looking forward to being part of this year’s Paisley Food and Drink Festival. Events like this are a great way to get insight into local producers, suppliers, restaurants and cafés.  It’s a great way for people to get involved with food particularly those that take an interest in cooking.”

Love Food Hate Waste will provide advice on the day on making the most of your leftovers and the best ways to avoid food waste.

Ylva Haglund, Food Waste Campaigns Manager, Zero Waste Scotland, said: “With Scottish households throwing away more than 600,000 tonnes of food every year, the Love Food Hate Waste campaign wants to inspire everyone about what they can do with their leftovers, including making a delicious meal the whole family can enjoy.

“We can all do more to tackle waste and to demonstrate, we are delighted to be teaming up with Chef Jamie Scott who will be demonstrating easy to make recipes that will provide people with new ideas for how to make the most of our food.”

Baking sensation Three Sisters Bake will also run a demonstration on the day for those keen to get some expert tips on creating some sweet treats.

This year’s festival will take place over two days for the first time ever from Friday 27 to Saturday 28 of April when the very best of Scotland’s producers will showcase their wares to visitors in Paisley’s iconic Abbey Close. Visitors on the Friday night can enjoy street food from Pitt Street traders, expert tastings with Gin 71, a Rum Shack Bar and acoustic music performances. On Saturday there will be a full programme of children’s workshops and entertainment, farmers’ market, craft market and plenty of delicious street food to enjoy and traders to purchase foodie gifts and goodies from.

The festival will run alongside Paisley’s Beer Festival which will take place from Wednesday 25 to Saturday 28 April run by the Renfrewshire branch of the Campaign for Real Ale, which attracts people from all over Scotland and beyond. The group will also run an outdoor bar on the Friday and Saturday.

Although the demonstrations are free spaces are limited so please book places in advance. You can find out more about the event and the demonstrations here: