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 gavin.mcinally@reachplc.com  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 www.roccoawards.com #2018Rocco

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The Chamber is delighted to announce that Paisley.is has been confirmed as main sponsor for Rocco 2018.

 

Louisa Mahon, Renfrewshire Council’s head of marketing, said: “I am delighted the new destination brand Paisley.is will be supporting this year’s ROCCOs event.

“The annual awards are a fantastic showcase of the diversity of businesses operating across Renfrewshire and the creativity and entrepreneurialism that have put Renfrewshire firmly on the map as a business destination of choice.

 

“We have had great support for Paisley.is from the business community and from the chamber and believe we now have the strongest possible platform to sell the benefits of doing business in Renfrewshire throughout the world.

“What makes our proposition so powerful is the strength and profile of our business community and it is a pleasure to be able to honour the best of the best at the 2018 awards.”

 

The ROCCO’s now in their 15th year are open for entry and are Renfrewshire’s premier business event.

CEO Bob Grant commented “We are delighted to welcome Paisley.is as main sponsor for Rocco 2018.  The ambitious brand highlights our strengths as a commercial location and demonstrates Renfrewshire is open for business. Thank you to all our category sponsors, without their support, the ROCCO’s would not be possible. I encourage businesses & organisations from all sectors to consider entering in 2018. Winning a ROCCO is a great achievement and competition is always fierce. There are 17 categories including two new awards for 2018; Developing the Young Workforce and Excellence in Tourism. You have plenty of time to enter the Rocco’s however please don’t leave it to the last minute. You can enter as many categories as you wish, and if you are planning to attend please book early, the ROCCO’s sell out every year well before the event.”

The ROCCO’s are free to enter for members based anywhere plus non-members that are based in Renfrewshire. The 17 categories this year are:

  1. ROCCO Award for Excellence in Customer Service – sponsored by the Scottish Leather Group
  2. ROCCO Award for Developing the Young Workforce (West) – sponsored by DYW (West)
  3. Excellence in Manufacturing – sponsored by University of the West of Scotland
  4. ROCCO Award for Innovation & Technology – sponsored by Creation IP
  5. ROCCO Award for International Trade – sponsored by Glasgow Airport
  6. ROCCO Award for Invest in Renfrewshire – sponsored by Renfrewshire Council / Invest in Renfrewshire
  7. ROCCO Award for Most Promising New Business – sponsored by Business Gateway
  8. ROCCO Award for Employer of the Year – sponsored by Rolls Royce
  9. ROCCO Award for Family Business of the Year – sponsored by The Malcolm Group
  10. ROCCO Award for Excellence in Tourism – sponsored by Paisley.is
  11. ROCCO Award for Young Business Person of the Year – sponsored by West College Scotland
  12. ROCCO Award for Business Leader of the Year – sponsored by Diageo
  13. ROCCO Award for Community Champion – sponsored by Engage Renfrewshire & The Royal Bank of Scotland
  14. ROCCO Award for Outstanding Performing Business with 5 or less employees – sponsored by intu Braehead
  15. ROCCO Award for Outstanding Performing Business <25 employees – sponsored by Renfrewshire Council
  16. ROCCO Award for Outstanding Performing Business >25 employees – sponsorship available
  17. ROCCO Award for Renfrewshire’s Favourite Business – sponsored by the Paisley Daily Express  – to nominate your favourite business please email gavin.mcinally@reachplc by noon on Friday 21st Sept and explain why in 100 words. Please include ROCCO AWARD in the subject header, name of the business, your own name, address and phone number.  

 

The awards are open for entry until the 14th September. Shortlist will be announced end September and the winners announced at our awards ceremony on Friday 16th November at The Normandy Hotel hosted by Fred MacAulay.

On the night a charity raffle will support 2 charities including St Vincent’s Hospice

For more info and to enter book a table – please visit www.roccoawards.com

The social medial hashtag is #2018Rocco

Register Now for Renfrewshire Chamber’s annual B2B event “Business Matters in Renfrewshire”

 

Renfrewshire’s largest free business event returns to Paisley for the 8th consecutive year on Thursday 10th May at the Lagoon, Paisley.

“Business Matters in Renfrewshire –your local B2B event” is organised by Renfrewshire Chamber and is open to all members & non-members, business people, start-ups, senior school pupils and students.

 

With 50+ exhibitors and 6 seminars running throughout the day the event is sponsored by Paisley.is, the new destination brand for Paisley & Renfrewshire.

 

Seminar line-up:

 

  1. 10.15-11.00 “Paisley.is: how your business can benefit” with the Paisley.is team & Renfrewshire Council   
  2. 11.15-12.00 “Anti-Social Media” with NSDesign
  3. 12.15-13.00 “Start up in Renfrewshire!” with Business Gateway & Invest in Renfrewshire
  4. 13.15-14.00 “How to win business using LinkedIn” with fatBuzz
  5. 14.15-15.00 What you need to know about GDPR” with MacRoberts
  6. 15.15-16.00 “Leadership – hoping isn’t good enough” with bfpeople

 

Commenting on the event chief exec Bob Grant said “Renfrewshire’s largest free business event is an excellent way to engage with the wider business community. There is a varied and interesting line-up of six informative seminars for you to attend throughout the day so please register your free place now.  We are expecting 50 + exhibitors and where else do you get the opportunity to network with so many companies in one go? It’s a great use of time and I would encourage you and your colleagues to attend. The free informative seminars are an excellent way to learn new skills and refresh old ones. We look forward to welcoming you on the day.”

 

For more information and to register your place please visit the Chamber events page at www.renfrewshirechamber.com  The event is free to attend (there is a cost to exhibit).  

 

Hashtag for the event is #b2bpaisley

ENTRY DEADLINE EXTENDED TO THIS FRIDAY 15TH SEPTEMBER

 

http://www.renfrewshirechamber.com/the-roccos/award-categories/

We look forward to receiving your entry this year – do let us know if you are looking for any support with entering this year and we will advise as best we can.

Submit your entries electronically directly to here – download forms on our website here

 

The 2017 Renfrewshire Employability Awards have celebrated the successes and people making a difference to local businesses.

Employees, entrepreneurs and interns were just some of the top talent recognised at the award ceremony on Wednesday (6 September 2017) hosted by television and radio presenter Bryan Burnett at Paisley Town Hall.

Renfrewshire businesses nominated local people who have been supported through the Employability in Renfrewshire Partnership programmes.

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And after a nail-biting wait, nine winners were announced from the impressive list of finalists.

The award winners are:

  • Most Promising New Employee: Jamie Drysdale, Power 1 Electrical Contractors Ltd
  • Most Promising New Entrepreneur: Euan McIntosh, Starkstrom (Scotland) Ltd
  • Top Intern: Debbie Campbell, I Am Me Scotland
  • Best Trainee: Homam Sharif, Renfrewshire Council
  • CV Builder (Youth): Morgan Spence, Johnstone High School
  • CV Builder (Adult): Laura Connor, Engage Renfrewshire
  • Apprentice of the Year: Andrew McClorey, Renfrewshire Council
  • Progression in Work: Laura Currie, Consilium Contracting Ltd
  • Achiever of the Year: Barbara Brown

More than 1,000 local businesses have signed up to support the Invest in Renfrewshire programme which support 1400 people each year, providing direct access to vacancies, work experience, training, personal support and finance.

The programme is now based at the recently refurbished Russell Institute building on Causeyside Street, which is also home to Skills Development Scotland.

The night concluded with three Special Recognition awards for local businesses who have shown outstanding support over the last year, enthusiastically helping people prepare for work, enter work and progress in work.

These awards went to Papamacs Gourmet Kitchen in Johnstone; Gormac Coachworks in Renfrew and Carli’s Kindergarten in Erskine.

Councillor Jim Paterson, Depute Leader of Renfrewshire Council said: “Congratulations to all the winners and to everyone shortlisted for these awards which celebrate success and recognise the talent, enterprise and commitment of Renfrewshire’s people.

“The collective cooperation and commitment of our partners in the business community, education and employability sectors is key to our continued economic success.

“Together, we have taken Renfrewshire’s youth employment from 27th in Scotland to being fourth best. Our job totals are at pre-recession levels; regeneration is gathering pace; unemployment is falling; businesses are growing; and we are developing a reputation as a place of enterprise, creativity and drive.

“Paisley’s bid to become UK City of Culture 2021 is already changing how we are seen and how others see us. The Glasgow City Region City Deal’s £274m investment in Renfrewshire will put us right at the heart of a powerhouse regional economy. We will seize this momentum by continuing to support business growth and create jobs. We will work tirelessly to help people find work and succeed in a modern economy.”

Sandra Black, Renfrewshire Council Chief Executive said: “I too want to congratulate all our finalists and partners who have shown what is possible and inspire our continued success.

“These awards celebrate the enterprise, talent and commitment to excellence that characterise Renfrewshire’s businesses and their employees. From the winners and everyone shortlisted we can see that these qualities are having an immense and positive effect on our people and our future.

“Renfrewshire has always had a strong, creative, hardworking and entrepreneurial culture. We also have a strong sense of community and fairness. Through local partnership working, we have made great strides in developing our economy, tackling poverty, regenerating our towns and empowering our communities.”

Find out more about employability programmes in Renfrewshire at: www.investinrenfrewshire.com

“Bob Grant, CEO Chamber of Commerce along with Tom Johnston, president of Chamber of Commerce came along to St Vincent’s Hospice today to donate £3,000 which has been raised at The Rocco Awards 2016 raffle.

cheque being presented by Bob Grant, CEO Chamber of Commerce along with Tom Johnston, president of Chamber of Commerce to Kate Lennon Chief Executive and Eunice Muir chairman of St Vincent’s hospice.

Each year, ROCCO support 2 Organisations which are based or operate in Renfrewshire. Eunice Muir, Chairman of St Vincent’s Hospice said “We would like to thank the Chamber of Commerce for their continued support, we greatly appreciate all that they do for the Hospice.” Pictured presenting the cheque are Bob Grant and Tom Johnston from Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce and Kate Lennon Chief Executive and Eunice Muir chairman of St Vincent’s hospice.”

Join Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce before the end of January 2017 and save 25%.

New members will also get 1st networking lunch FREE and content in our magazine.

Cairn Housing have a ‘one person flat’ currently available at Glentanar Court.

Overlooking the gardens this well appointed one person flat provides a bedroom/living room area, separate kitchen and recently refurbished bathroom with walk in shower.

If anyone would like to arrange a viewing at Glentanar Court with a view to making an application for housing with us please call 0800 990 3405 and come for a chat, look around and a coffee!

Glentanar Court provides well-appointed retirement housing for those over 50.  Situated in a well established residential area, convenient for the town centre, surgeries, local shops and supermarkets.

Tenants enjoy use of  a communal lounge with a Social Group providing a range of activities many of which are open to family and friends.

‘Whilst we currently have a vacancy for a ‘one person’ flat we would accept applications for our waiting list for both ‘one person flats’ and our one bedroomed properties.

Cairn Housing Association seeks to provide quality affordable homes and services in communities, and with partners, across Scotland.

Prospective tenants are encouraged to visit Glentanar Court where any queries can be answered by our on-site staff.

A sell–out crowd of 500 people watched 16 awards presented at the ROCCO’s on Friday 18th Nov at the Normandy Hotel, Renfrew – the annual business awards of  Renfrewshire Chamber.

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The area’s premier business event, now in its thirteenth year was sponsored by Paisley 2021 for UK City of Culture.   Chamber President Audrey Cumberford (Chief exec & Principal of West College Scotland) gave a warm welcome to the audience and highlighted the chambers successes in the last 12 months. She emphasised the opportunity for Renfrewshire with record investment planned via the Glasgow City Region City Deal and the potential of winning the City of Culture bid.  Council Leader Mark Macmillan gave the main sponsor address and urged companies and individuals alike to hit the “back the bid” button via the 2021 website. Paisley’s own megastar Paolo Nutini had a video message for the audience to encourage their support and the difference culture can make for young people was highlighted by Street Stuff’s Ben Milne & Mark Kerr. Rocco favourite Fred MacAulay hosted and was impressed by the performances of 3 piece girl group Loxi, Singer Lisa Kowalski and an energetic 2021 themed piece by Pace Theatre Co.  The ROCCO raffle raised £8,000 for local charities and good causes with St Vincent’s Hospice and Street Stuff Culture Bus Project the main charities of the year.

 

ROCCO Award for Excellence in Customer Services – Sponsored by Scottish Leather Group

Winner – intu Braehead

 

ROCCO Award for Enterprise in Education – Sponsored by University of the West of Scotland

Winner – DirectDevitt Comedy Management & Productions CIC

 

ROCCO Award for Innovation & Technology – Sponsored by Hillington Park

Winner – Rolls-Royce

 

ROCCO Award for Excellence in Manufacturing – Sponsored by

Winner- Diageo

 

ROCCO Award for International Trade – Sponsored by Glasgow Airport

Winner – Bridge of Weir Leather

 

ROCCO Award for Invest in Renfrewshire – Sponsored by Invest in Renfrewshire

Winner – I Am Me Scotland

 

ROCCO Award for Most Promising New Business – Sponsored by Business Gateway

Winner – PowerTek

 

ROCCO Award for Renfrewshire’s Favourite Business – Sponsored by Paisley Daily Express

Winner – Origins Fitness

 

ROCCO Award for Family Business of the Year – Sponsored by The Malcolm Group

Winner – Stafffinders

 

ROCCO Award for Young Business Person of the Year – Sponsored by West College Scotland

Winner – Fraser Gordon, The Detailing Factory

 

ROCCO Award for Employer of the Year – Sponsored by Rolls-Royce

Winner – Boston Networks

 

ROCCO Award for Community Champion – Sponsored by Engage Renfrewshire & RBS

Winner – Active Communities

 

ROCCO Award for Outstanding Performing Business <5 FTE – Sponsored by intu Braehead

Winner – Kenneth Keegan Independent Funeral Directors

 

ROCCO Award for Outstanding Performing Business 5<25 FTE – Sponsored by Renfrewshire Council

Winner – Braehead Clan
 

ROCCO Award for Outstanding Performing Business >25 FTE – Sponsored by Clyde Marine Training

Winner – Glasgow Airport

 

ROCCO Award for Business Leader of the Year – Sponsored by DIAGEO

Winner – Andrew Malcolm, MD The Malcolm Group

 

Commenting on the awards, Chamber chief executive Bob Grant said “a huge thank you to all our sponsors, those who donated prizes for our raffle and a hearty congratulations to all the finalists and winners.  Our 13th ROCCO was lucky for 16 winners and a great success.  You can view all images on the chamber Facebook page and comments on #2016Rocco.  I encourage all Rocco winners to utilise their win across their PR channels. Thank you to the entire Chamber team for all their work before and on the night to ensure our 500 guests had a great time.  Special thanks to principle sponsor Paisley 2021, Diageo who supplied our drinks reception, Cameron Presentations & Gap TV for all the AV, The Printbrokers for the program, Gary from NS Design for the excellent social media coverage and Normandy Hotel for a tasty meal. Finally thanks to Loxi, Lisa Kowalski and Pace Theatre Co. for entertaining us so well. Planning for Rocco 2017 is already underway and we hope to see you enter and attend next year