Business Matters in Renfrewshire – your local B2B event

8th & 9th May 2013 Paisley Town Hall

Renfrewshire Chamber has recently announced the details of its annual B2B event, Business Matters in Renfrewshire. Held this year over 2 days in May at Paisley Town Hall, the event is the main business event of its kind in the area.

Day 1, 8th May 09.30-12.30 is a business conference with an impressive speaker line up:

10.00 – Deputy First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon MSP

10.30 – Shadow Foreign Secretary, Douglas Alexander MP

11.00 – Dr Walter Boettcher – Director, Research and Forecasting – Colliers International

11.30 – Sir Tom Hunter – Scottish businessman, entrepreneur & philanthropist

Day 2, 9th May 10am-4pm is for exhibitors and seminars. This year the seminars are built around a “How to…” theme and include:

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 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

Bob Davidson, Chamber chief exec’ said “we’ve spent a lot of time building on the event from the last 2 years, with the addition of a business conference with a selection of high profile speakers. The seminars will also for the first time run sequentially allowing individuals to see them all if they wish. All seminars will also be in the main hall to encourage more exhibitor traffic and create more of a buzz at the event. We purposefully choose Paisley Town Hall, to support Paisley, Scotland’s largest town and encourage business people to get back into it”.

The entire event is free to attend and open to all Renfrewshire businesses, organisations, students & schools.

The twitter hashtag for all communications relating to the event is #b2bpaisley

For more info on the event and to book for the conference / seminars / or to book an exhibition space – please visit www.renfrewshirechamber.com

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Hundreds of young people have their say at youth conference

Over 150 people have taken part in Renfrewshire’s first ever Community Planning conference for young people, held at Trinity High School.

The aim of the conference was to give young people a unique opportunity to share their views on vital community issues, and to collaborate on solutions, with the council and its community planning partners.

The conference brought together six groups of young people who had each made a short film reflecting one of Renfrewshire’s community planning themes. The themes are:

  • Children and young people
  • Community care, health and wellbeing
  • Community safety and public protection
  • Empowering communities
  • Jobs and the economy
  • Sustainable Renfrewshire.

The films can be viewed at Renfrewshire Council’s Community Planning Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/renfrewshire.communityplanning

Councillor Mark Macmillan, Leader of Renfrewshire Council, said, “We are committed to giving young people the opportunity to be involved in the decisions that affect them and to speak out on the issues that they feel strongly about. This conference gave local young people the chance to comment on the themes which will make up the Community Plan and to shape its priorities. This conference is the first stage in our conversation with young people.”

The young people who attended the event were encouraged to tweet to their friends and classmates about the conference in real time. Their comments reflected the enthusiasm the young people brought to the day.

“I’m not sure politics is dead. Young people seem to be willing to talk about it, which is encouraging.”

“Brilliant quote from Jennifer in the Mary Russell video, ‘What makes you feel respected? Friends.’”

“Got to be the first event where I’m allowed to sit on my phone!”

“Bullying and anxiety is no laughing matter. Deep, deep video there. Definitely enjoyed it.”

“It’s wonderful to rant about the problems in the world and actually be listened to!”

“Feel like I’m missing out, not being at yon Youth Conference.”

Community planning brings together all the agencies which provide services to the public in Renfrewshire including: Engage Renfrewshire, the Federation of Local Housing Associations in Renfrewshire, Job Centre Plus NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde, Reid Kerr College, Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce, Renfrewshire Council, Renfrewshire Leisure Ltd, Scottish Enterprise, Skills Development Scotland, SPT, Strathclyde Fire & Rescue Strathclyde Police and the University of the West of Scotland.

The new Community Plan will be published in the Spring.

For regular updates on local news and events follow @RenCouncilNews on Twitter or our page on Facebook at www.facebook.com/renfrewshirecouncil.

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Showcase of star artworks in a ‘Delightful’ new exhibition at Paisley Museum.

A new exhibition, highlighting many of the treasures that make up Paisley Museum’s permanent collection, will be opening on 1 Feb. The exhibition, ‘Delightful’ will feature

Paisley Museumexamples of star artworks, including recent acquisitions that have never previously been presented. From David Roberts’ 19th century painting ‘Church of the Nativity’ to 21st century drawings and sculptures by Glasgow based contemporary artist Alex Frost, there is something to delight every visitor.

Delightful’ will run from 1 Feb to 12 April 2013 at Paisley Museum. Entry to this exhibition is free.

For further information on Delightful, future shows and events log on to www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/events or follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/renfrewshirearts

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Something for everyone: Renfrewshire Arts & Museums is delighted to announce its brand new arts programme for Spring 2013.

Spring has arrived early at Renfrewshire Arts & Museums, bringing with it a wonderful selection of dance and drama performances, museum exhibitions, music gigs and film screenings, as well as a superb range of regular activities and classes for everyone from creative kids to talented tea dancers.

renfrewshire artsOur ever popular array of regular classes kicks off proceedings and places can now be booked for Saturday Art Classes, Creative Art Classes, Fashion Design workshops and Club Animate. Run by our fantastic Outreach Team these classes offer kids the chance to make their own movie, devise a stylish outfit or create their very own masterpiece. Plus, firm family favourites Playdays! @ the museum and themed Baby Discos will be back once again.

Movie time begins in March at Paisley Arts Centre bringing you a great selection of family favourites old and new. Disney and animation fans in particular will enjoy Brave and A Cat in Paris on the silver screen.

On the music scene there will be folk performances from Karine Polwart, Heidi Talbot and the critically acclaimed Southern Tenant Folk Union, a little bit of jazz from Loretta Reid and a tribute to the magic of The Eagles courtesy of Scottish group, Hotel California.

On the stage, hit Edinburgh Fringe show The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs will test our social conscience with a hilarious and sometimes harrowing tale about our beloved iPhones. Or if it’s a laugh you seek there will be plenty to smile about at How to Make a Killing in Bollywood, I Spy Mrs Peery and new comedy show Hardeep Singh Kohli’s Indian Takeaway.

This season we will once again be embracing Refugee Week to help celebrate diversity in Scotland and raise awareness of refugee issues. A Refugee Week Film curated by the African Association of Communities in Renfrewshire will be screened at Paisley Arts Centre where you will also be able to view Spirit, an inspiring photography project launched in partnership by the Scottish Refugee Council and Streetlevel Photoworks.

Paisley Museum will also play host to a number of not to be missed exhibitions this season, beginning with a beautiful display of some of our star artworks as part of Delightful in February. Plus our Alexander Wilson exhibition promises to delve into the social and natural history behind the famous Paisley poet and highly respected ornithologist.

The Guide for Spring 2013, complete with details of our arts programme in full is now available to collect, for free, from Paisley Town Hall, Paisley Arts Centre and Paisley Museum or can be downloaded online by visiting www.renfrewshire.gov.uk.

You can also keep up to date with Renfrewshire Arts & Museums by following us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/renfrewshirearts), logging on to www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/events or sign up to our weekly e-news service by emailing ram.els@renfrewshire.gov.uk.

Paisley Town Hall Photographs

As you can see from our Photographs of Paisley Town Hall, the front scaffold has now been removed and our Town Hall looks splendid. Our photographer Alex Kyle was passing today and took some photographs of it, as well as a group of the Invest in Renfrewshire’s recruits..

The Town Hall is being refurbished for this year’s upcoming Mòd festival which should see this beautiful building being central to the music and festivities.

The Townhall

In 1873 George A.Clark, a member of the famous thread family, left £20,000 in his will to build Paisley Town Hall to his native Paisley.

A site was found next to the Abbey which was suitable under the terms of the will; the hall was to be in the New Town, east of the Cart, where George Clark had been born and where his family’s thread mills were.

The George A. Clark Town Hall was officially opened in January 1882 among great celebrations. A procession made its way through the decorated streets, and at night there was a firework display from the High Church steeple.

The impressive building became a landmark in Paisley. The taller of the two towers, with its sculptured figures representing the four seasons, housed a clock and a chime of bells which could play a different tune for every day of the month.

The many rooms of the Town Hall proved ideal for meetings and social events. By the 1980s, however, the chimes no longer worked and the halls and rooms were shabby and run-down. Plans for repair and modernization were drawn up.

By 1988, in time for the celebration of Paisley 500, the chiming mechanism in the bell-tower was restored. In 1990 work began on renovating the interior of the building, and as this continues we can see the Town Hall, over a hundred years old, ready to plan its full part again in Paisley life. read more…

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Paisley Property Market on the Rise

Paisley town hit the national headlines in18 December 2012 when the Scottish Government rated Ferguslie Park as the most deprived datazone. The damning statistical revelation was published in the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation 2012 (SIMD 2012). This was not shocking news for Paisley residents because Ferguslie Park topped SIMD’s most deprived datazone rankings in 2006 and was runners up in 2009. However, the news presented major concerns to the town’s administrators and investors alike because of the backlash it was likely to generate in the local business and political circles. Looking at the bigger picture, though, such panic and pessimism was unwarranted. Truth be told, Ferguslie Park is only but a small section of Paisley and its predicaments do not necessarily translate to doom for the entire town. Trends in the town’s real estate sector and other fundamental economic parameters, tell it all.

Paisley Pattern

Paisley PatternReal estate is the bedrock of Paisley’s economy but also the hallmark of its heritage. The mere mention of real estate brings to fore the renowned Paisley Pattern that has dominated the town’s architecture for centuries. Save for the property market glut that was widespread in the town and all over Scotland during the 2009 global economic recession, Paisley’s real estate and housing sectors have remained vibrant over the years. Property dealers in the traditional town centre have been raking in millions of sterling pounds as both residential and commercial property uptake continue to flourish. Property developers, estate agents and commercial property insurance providers are experiencing good business tidings. The Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce has categorically outlined these abundant commercial and investment opportunities in the town.

Property Trends

The recently completed property developments have given Paisley streets major facelifts. One such development was the mega student accommodation facility that was completed at the University of West of Scotland’s Paisley Campus. The building was constructed at a cost of £17.6 million provided an additional 336 bed spaces for Paisley campus. The university’s flats in George Street as well as those that located along the Lady Lane were transformed tremendously with repairs that were worth £4.4 million.

Paisley Town Hall

paisley town hallIndeed, property trends in the town have been changing fast that the Renfrewshire Council issued a directive requiring all privately owned properties to be refurbished or risk demolition. The Council has already commenced repairs on some of its properties, including the Paisley Town Hall and Paisley Arts Centre. Notably, repairs at the Paisley Town hall will reportedly cost £1.6 million. The Council seeks to conduct thorough repairs on all the public facilities in Paisley that are within its jurisdiction. Private property owners were expected to take cue and ensure their properties met the new architectural benchmarks that have been set in the town.

Progressing and Planned Developments

Paisley has been dubbed Renfrewshire’s fulcrum of property for sale and indeed, it has lived up to the billing. The town has been transformed into a bee hive of constructions activities following the realisation of more and more commercial and public planned developments. Some of the major planned developments that are already underway include the Gilmour House, the Paisley Piazza Multi-Story Car Park and Tesco Superstore, Wallneuk.

Gilmour House was purchased by FreshStart Living in August 2012. FreshStart Living then converted this particular piece of architectural wonder from its initially intended office space facility to an accommodation facility for UWS students in Paisly Campus. The building has a capacity of 235 flats and students would have sufficient number of en-suite rooms to choose from. It was estimated that Gilmour House would be ready for use during the 2013 academic year.

NewRiver Retail, a leading real estate developer in Paisley, acquired the Paisley Piazza Multi-Story Car Park at a record-breaking cost of £68 million in 2011. Paisley 2020 reported that the building was earmarked for extensive renovations that were set to begin in 2013. The planned renovation will significantly improve the town’s parking facilities.

Tesco’s plans to put up a hyper retail store right at Paisley’s entry point, Wallneuk, have been underway since 2009. Tesco has been busy preparing and seeking approval for its architectural plan that will see the construction of giant a 24-hour shopping mall. The old structures and facilities that previously occupied the targeted site were demolished in 2012. The planned development is now at its advanced stages and construction activities were expected to commence in 2013.

Article written by Evelyn Moffat.

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Bereaved relatives gather for suicide memorial

Renfrewshire residents who have lost loved ones to suicide gathered in Paisley for a special service.

The event was organised by the local support group of Survivors of Bereavement through Suicide (SOBS), and was attended by Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall.

Those attending the annual event met at council HQ in Cotton Street for a short service led by Reverend Alan Birss and Father Stephen Baillie

They then proceeded outside the building, to a special tree which was planted four years ago as a memorial for suicide victims.

The Provost laid a wreath and lit the tree, after which visitors had the chance to place purple hearts with messages written on them on its branches in memory of their loved ones.

Provost Hall – who welcomed guests to a reception in Paisley Abbey after the event – said: “Hearing the stories of people who have been affected by suicide really brings home the extent to which it affects the lives of those who are left behind.

“Events like this help raise awareness of the issue, and make sure anybody struggling to cope is aware they aren’t alone and help is out there.”

Moira Buchanan, 39, began attending SOBS meetings after her sister Mary took her life two years ago.

She said: “When it happens, you go through so many different feelings all at once. As individuals we have different experiences.

“When I first went along to the SOBS meetings, I found it quite incredible. You can talk in privacy and share your stories.”

The event was supported by Choose Life, the national strategy to prevent suicide in Scotland.

Local Choose Life co-ordinator Rosemary Mullan added: “Every day, two people in Scotland die from suicide, but talking about it can save lives.

“If you are worried someone is suicidal, ask them – it could make the difference. And if you feel suicidal, talk to someone you trust or call a helpline.”

The national helpline Breathing Space can be reached on 0800 83 85 87, and the number for The Samaritans is 08457 90 90 90.

For more information on the Renfrewshire meetings of SOBS, call 0141 849 2200, or email rosemary.mullan@renfrewshire.gov.uk

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All aboard as Street Stuff buses get back on road

Two buses used to help give the young people of Renfrewshire somewhere to go in the evenings are back on the road and coming to a venue near you.

The award-winning Street Stuff youth diversionary project runs a programme of activities – such as street football – at various sites in the area.

Street Stuff buses launchUntil last year, the Street Stuff timetable included a youth bus and gym bus, which went temporarily out of use when Arriva – which operated the vehicles – was taken over by McGill’s.

But the two buses have since been given a makeover by McGill’s and are now back on the road.

Councillor Eddie Devine, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Environment and Infrastructure Policy Board, met up with Ralph Roberts, managing director of McGill’s, to help show off the revamped vehicles at St Mirren Park.

Councillor Devine said: “Over the last few years, Street Stuff has been doing fantastic work around Renfrewshire, with a clear trend showing a reduction in youth disorder in the areas where it operates.

“While many young people will enjoy taking part in the street football, it is important we offer a range of activities which will be of interest to everyone.

“The youth bus and gym bus have plenty which will help give those aged 10 to 18 something to do in the evenings and we are pleased they are back on the road.

“While Street Stuff has already won a series of awards, we are keen to build on its success, and the return of these buses will help us to do that.”

Ralph Roberts of McGill’s added: “McGill’s is delighted to support such a worthwhile initiative as the Street Stuff programme.

“The buses offer easy access to great facilities for teenagers across the McGill’s operating area and we were only too happy to get involved. We wish the team every success.”

The youth bus boasts Playstation and Xbox games consoles in its computer area, as well as musical equipment. The gym bus has six pieces of cardiovascular fitness equipment and Wii Fit computer games.

As well as street football with coaching from St Mirren, the Street Stuff timetable includes The Box, a multi-functional games area.

Street Stuff is a partnership between St Mirren FC, Renfrewshire Council, McGill’s, Strathclyde Police, Strathclyde Fire and Rescue, Engage Renfrewshire and Reid Kerr College.

The programme attracts more than 20,000 young people a year and has led to youth disorder dropping between 18% and 40% in each area where it operates.

The current Street Stuff timetable can be viewed at www.activerenfrewshire.co.uk

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NEWS FROM THE ROTARY CUB OF PAISLEY

QUEST4TALENT 2013

Have you got what it takes?

The Rotary Club of Paisley is gearing up to launch the 2013 Quest4talent competition for young people.
Now in its fifth year this has become a popular established competition which has already helped some of the areas most talented young performers on the road to success.

Q4TlogoThe competition is open to young people from 6 to 25 years with categories in vocal, instrumental, soloists and groups, choirs, bands,dance, and entertainers.
This year there are two new categories- musical theatre and Scottish traditional music.

The Grand Final is on Saturday 20th April 2013 in Paisley Town Hall with the heats taking place during March.
The competition aims to give as many young people as possible a chance to perform on the stage and at the same time raises money for charity.
In the past the charities which have benefited have included Rotary’s End Polio Now, Yorkhill Children’s Hospital, and Paisley YMCA.

www.quest4talent.org.uk