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Your Invitation to Join Digital December –  free online digital training with Renfrewshire Chamber 

 

We are delighted to announce the launch of “The 12 Days of Digital December” delivered by some of the most knowledgeable digital experts around. Open to any business based in Renfrewshire, member & non-member the 12 days of Digital December are designed to help you adapt to the changing environment.  Funded by Renfrewshire Chamber these sessions are offered free of charge & form part of our Covid-19 response strategy to support the local economy.

Day 1 – Adapting your Social Presence in a World of Social Change (NSDesign)
Dec 1, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
On Day 1 of The 12 Days of Digital December, we’ll start by reminding you that change is inevitable – especially in the world of social media. It shouldn’t take a pandemic to have businesses adapt to new technologies or social platforms – we should always be looking for opportunities to embrace, and new ways to engage our customers.

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Day 2 – 30 Day Plan For a Stronger Digital Presence (Janine Marriott SEO)
Dec 2, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
30 uncomplicated, effective steps that you can do yourself for free that will help strengthen your digital presence. Ideal for local businesses whether service based or with a store front (even if you’re currently closed) it is not suitable for purely e-commerce businesses.

Day 3 – LinkedIn: What you need to know and what you need to do (Gordon White from fatBuzz)
Dec 3, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
With the recent government advice to continue to work from home, the need to utilise online networking, lead generation and business development tools has never been greater.  Without a doubt, LinkedIn should be the starting point for many.

Day 4 – What A Podcast Could Do For Your Business… And How To Make It Happen (Colin Kelly)
Dec 4, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

2020 has been a huge year for podcasting with more than 10 million people in the UK now listening regularly. Is it time your business got involved and launched a podcast?

Day 5 – How to rank in local search results focusing on Google my Business & Google Reviews (Janine Marriott SEO)
Dec 7, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Explore how you can increase your chances of ranking in the local search results and maps by optimising your Google my Business page. Ideal for local businesses whether service based or with a store front however big or small (even if you’re currently closed) purely e-commerce businesses without a store front will not benefit from this webinar.

Day 6 – Conducting a Digital Competitor Analysis (NSDesign)
Dec 8, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Join Gary from NSDesign as he provides you with an understanding of digital competitor analysis and why and how to use one using a range of free tools to help you understand and compare.

Day 7 – How to use Analytics to grow your business online (Brian Tait from Aillum)
Dec 9, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Join Brian Tait at Aillum for an insight into some of the tools and data available to you now, free, that can help you start monitoring, refining and improving your digital marketing activities! Includes tips on Google Analytics, Keywords / Content, Heat Mapping, Site speed and more!

Day 8 – Making LinkedIn work for your business (With Gordon White from fatBuzz)
Dec 10, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Join Gordon from fatBuzz looking at what you need to do to optimise your Business Page and how to tap into the power of LinkedIn Groups and LinkedIn Advertising.

Day 9 – Social Customer Service (NSDesign)
Dec 11, 1.30 pm – 3.30 pm

A fun, and engaging workshop discussing what ‘great social service’ looks like in today’s connected world. We’ll look at examples from a variety of companies and ask if we really deliver quality customer service, or do we focus on the numbers. Do we look for opportunities to wow customers across our social channels or do we just react to complaints.

Day 10 – Putting your Content to work (With Gordon White from fatBuzz)
Dec 14, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

The need to communicate has never been more critical.  During this period of disruption, uncertainty and a constant state of flux, businesses must continue to reach out to their stakeholders; in fact, it’s probably true that you need to increase your levels of communication.  So, Content Marketing has never been more important.

Day 11 – Anti-Social Media (NSDesign)
Dec 15, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Join NSDesign to learn where social media can go wrong in business, showing real world examples, the devastating outcomes, and discussing ways to mitigate the risks of it happening to you.

Day 12 – SEO in 2021 what you can expect and what you can do to get ready (Janine Marriott SEO)
Dec 16, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Join Janine Marriott SEO for a look ahead at how you can best utilise SEO in 2021.

To book your free place please email Laura Connor: lconnor@renfrewshirechamber.com or Laura Ritchie: lritchie@renfrewshirechamber.com 

Pace panto

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.

Even though we have moved into Level 4, you can still support our local businesses!

Many essential businesses remain open for food, medicines and other essentials.

A large number of our town centre hospitality businesses are still offering takeaway and delivery services.

And a number of retail businesses are also still operating by offering click and collect, shipping or delivery services so you can still order Christmas presents, Christmas flowers, homeware and clothing by phone or through social media.

For those in the food and drink sector, and those in our health, hair and beauty salons, gift vouchers can also be purchased remotely.

You can see the full list on our website here https://bit.ly/33aebdg

Colette Cardosi, Chair of Paisley First, said: “We’ll be keeping you updated on social media during the next few weeks on what’s available and where!

“This also means there are still plenty of chances to be one of our Golden Ticket competition winners!

“So please continue to put Paisley First when it comes to getting your essentials and your Christmas shopping.

“Our local businesses need your support more than ever!”

Remember, even in Level 4, there’s no limit on outdoor exercise.

Plus, six people from two households can still meet outdoors and children under the age of 12 are not included in this maximum number.

So, if you are looking for a good walk and some fresh air, then why not enjoy some  festive cheer with Paisley town centre’s Christmas Buddie Bear Hunt!

Paisley First has joined forces with Renfrewshire Council to pay tribute to the heroes of 2020 with every Buddie Bear dedicated to a key worker!

All the bears are on display inside business windows so it’s the perfect activity to help the kids have some fun and get outdoors for a little while.

Plus watch out for the Paisley Advent Calendar, beginning on 1st December on Paisley First Facebook, where there will be prizes up for grabs every day until  Christmas Eve!

Love Local, Love Paisley this Christmas!

salt grit

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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A UNIQUE adult colouring-in book that aims to encourage reminiscing and story sharing among Renfrewshire residents has just been launched.

The book, Colouring Renfrewshire is published by Renfrewshire Leisure and contains ten original line drawings relating to local industry, history and architecture from eight local artists.

People are being encouraged to colour in the drawings and share the memories sparked by the drawings.

The free book will be given to care homes, sheltered housing and older people’s organisations. But anyone can get a copy of Colouring Renfrewshire in pdf format to print out themselves by visiting www.renfrewshireleisure.com/colouring-renfrewshire.

The artists who have contributed to the book are Chris Manson, Stuart Hatt, Maureen Rocks-Moore, Kay Nicolson, Joy Rae, Jane McInally, Mandy Sinclair and Joy Nevada Hale

Pamela Givan, Renfrewshire Leisure Arts Outreach Worker said: “The Colouring Renfrewshire book is aimed at older residents, or those currently shielding to share memories and stories. However Renfrewshire residents of all ages can enjoy the book and have a go at colouring in their favourite picture.

“It’s an ideal way to get creative and hold close what is dear to us in these uncertain times. We hope that when people start colouring in the book, they will recall days gone by and share those memories.”

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Free music production and recording sessions, fully funded youth theatre places and gymnastics equipment for young people with physical, emotional or sensory impairments are just a few of the projects young people are set to benefit from as the winning projects were unveiled for Renfrewshire’s Celebrating Renfrewshire Fund 2020.

One of the only funds of its kind still operating in Scotland during the Coronavirus pandemic, it saw an incredible 86 projects imagined, designed and submitted by young people or community groups who work with 12-25-year olds.

More than 1,700 young people then cast 5,163 votes for their favourite projects as they took the lead role in the youth participatory budgeting fund at every stage in the process.

A fantastic £124,437 was awarded to 68 projects and these ideas will now be brought to life as opportunities and support for young people in Renfrewshire continue to grow.

Loud N Proud secured £6,000 to build on their 2019 project which saw young people given an introduction to song writing, and this year’s funding will now enable young musicians to record their tracks in a professional studio.

Tommy McGrory, Loud n Proud Manager, said: “We are very excited as this grant will mean that local young musicians will be able to get their songs recorded and produced to a professional level at the new Loud n Proud studios in Paisley.

“For young aspiring musicians getting their songs recorded is difficult due to the costs involved, so this will be a big stepping stone for them and they will get to work with a music producer who has 15 years’ experience working with young bands.

“Young musicians will learn how to mix and record with the support and training of a professional music producer and will take a piece of music from an idea to a finished product. This is a great opportunity to get free advice and use high-quality professional equipment to gain the key skills in music recording and production.”

Pace Youth Theatre were also successful with their application and received £4,000 as they look to provide free bursary places for local young people aged 3-21 whose financial circumstances, due to the impact of COVID-19 or otherwise, mean that they are unable to participate.

This will ensure all young people are able to see the benefits of youth theatre participation, which include improved confidence, mental wellbeing, communication skills, creative thinking and enhanced employment prospects.

Jenni Mason, Artistic Director of PACE, said: “This is a real boost in enabling us to widen access to our work. The Celebrating Renfrewshire funds will go directly to assisting young people, allowing us to expand our Bursary Scheme and support more young people than has previously been possible.

“PACE focuses on developing and nurturing young creative talent, and creating opportunities for them to benefit educationally, socially and culturally from a varied programme of high-quality performing arts experiences. It’s really important to us that financial circumstances shouldn’t be a barrier to getting involved with these opportunities, and the Bursary Scheme is one of the ways in which we aim to achieve this.”

Another success story was Twist & Hit Cheerleaders, as they secured £1,685.82 to provide CHEER classes to disability groups in Renfrewshire.

Founder, Director & Head Coach Sarah McNeill, said: “The funds will be used to purchase new equipment that will support under 5s and those with physical, emotional and sensory impairments.

“We are the first cheerleading programme in Scotland to be offering CHEER classes to disability groups and this equipment will help us to facilitate the classes.

“This will change their lives as it gives them access to equipment and coaching that is not available anywhere else in Scotland.”

The announcement event was held online this year due to the current pandemic and more than 50 people attended as Renfrewshire Youth Voice (RYV) members unveiled the winners for each Local Partnership area.

Adrian McKechnie, Chair of Renfrewshire Youth Voice, said: “With the way 2020 has unfolded the Celebrating Renfrewshire Fund has been a much-needed source of hope and optimism for a number of young people.

“When we look back on this year, many of the Celebrating Renfrewshire applicants, such as community groups, charities and other third sector organisations, should do so with a great sense of pride knowing that when their communities needed them the most they stepped up to the mark.

“Over the past two years, the Celebrating Renfrewshire Fund has been a significant step forward in terms of empowering young people to make decisions that have and will continue to influence the community around them.

“I sincerely hope the successes of applicants from last year coupled with those of this year will serve as a legacy to inspire other young people to effect change in their community.”

The fund was facilitated by Renfrewshire Council’s Community Planning and Youth Services teams as they engaged with and supported young people to apply, as well as assisting RYV to run the announcement event online.

Councillor Michelle Campbell, Renfrewshire Council’s Young Persons Champion, opened the event and said: “What a fantastic event as young people from across Renfrewshire got the chance to receive funding which will make a real difference to the way they live their lives in Renfrewshire.

“I’m continually amazed by the new and exciting ideas that our young people bring forward and the ability they have to turn them into reality, so I look forward to seeing all the winning projects come to fruition.

“It’s important that those who weren’t successful this time though aren’t disheartened, and I would encourage them to get in touch with our teams at the council who will support them to find alternative ways to bring their ideas to life.”

All unsuccessful projects can contact Engage Renfrewshire via info@engagerenfrewshire.com for support to apply for other funding opportunities.

The fund was supported by Young Scot throughout, including the voting process taking place through their online system, and they were quick to praise the efforts of Renfrewshire Council to support young people.

Gavin Crosby, Young Scot Local Partnership Development Manager, said: “Young Scot was thrilled to work in partnership with Renfrewshire Council and Renfrewshire Youth Voice on the Celebrating Renfrewshire Fund.

“Together, we successfully used our Young Scot online participatory budgeting system and the young.scot/renfrewshire pages to support local young people to have their voices heard.

“Renfrewshire’s approach, particularly during restrictions, is inspiring – and Young Scot looks forward to supporting exciting projects such as this in the future.”

For more information, including a full list of the winning projects, visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/CelebratingRenfrewshire.

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Dee dental
  1. Thank you to everyone that attended our Invisalign open day we had a great time meeting you all and carrying out your digital scans and consultations! 🥳
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    We will continue to carry out free consultations (but without the scan) so contact us today for your free consultation and we can give you the smile you have always dreamed of with these miraculous aligners
  2. Have you ever wondered how to soften both the volume loss and under eye wrinkles that make you look tired? It’s not always dermal fillers that are needed just a couple of magical drops and 2 weeks later voila relaxed eyes 💉Get in touch to find out what Dr Dinah naasan has done to create refreshed results 😍
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    Visit deedentalpaisley.co.uk to book on or call 0141 8892741
  3. Important announcements regarding the practice 👇🏻
    As the virus levels continue to rise we are no longer allowing anyone up to our waiting room and will be taking you straight through to surgery every visit. If it is raining you are welcome to wait on the stairs. Please arrive on time and if you are late by more than five minutes we will be unable to see you as this will mean patients on time will need to wait. Always wear a mask on attendance unless you have an exemption card. Medical histories as from June MUST be done before you attend if you can’t use the link call us if we have no updated medical you will be refused entry. Lastly we are doing this all to keep you safe including our sanitisation station so please comply with our system 😷
  4. Loving our custom made masks organised by Tommy Adams and a rare team photo with our Principal dentist Dinah & our nurses Elaine and Jacqui

Dee dental

  1. Thank you to everyone that attended our Invisalign open day we had a great time meeting you all and carrying out your digital scans and consultations! 🥳
    .
    We will continue to carry out free consultations (but without the scan) so contact us today for your free consultation and we can give you the smile you have always dreamed of with these miraculous aligners
  2. Have you ever wondered how to soften both the volume loss and under eye wrinkles that make you look tired? It’s not always dermal fillers that are needed just a couple of magical drops and 2 weeks later voila relaxed eyes 💉Get in touch to find out what Dr Dinah naasan has done to create refreshed results 😍
    .
    Visit deedentalpaisley.co.uk to book on or call 0141 8892741
  3. Important announcements regarding the practice 👇🏻
    As the virus levels continue to rise we are no longer allowing anyone up to our waiting room and will be taking you straight through to surgery every visit. If it is raining you are welcome to wait on the stairs. Please arrive on time and if you are late by more than five minutes we will be unable to see you as this will mean patients on time will need to wait. Always wear a mask on attendance unless you have an exemption card. Medical histories as from June MUST be done before you attend if you can’t use the link call us if we have no updated medical you will be refused entry. Lastly we are doing this all to keep you safe including our sanitisation station so please comply with our system 😷
  4. Loving our custom made masks organised by Tommy Adams and a rare team photo with our Principal dentist Dinah & our nurses Elaine and Jacqui
  5. Dee dental
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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.”