Renfrewshire Chamber’s B2B event “Business Matters in Renfrewshire” – the largest free networking event of its kind in Renfrewshire, is now open for registration click here

Thursday 16th May 10am-4pm, The Lagoon – Paisley, sponsored by Paisley.is

Hashtag is #b2bpaisley

50+ exhibitors and 6 free seminars throughout the day.

The day is a great opportunity for you to network with 50+ organisations in one go, learn some new “stuff” or update your existing knowledge, all business people, students & senior pupils welcome.

For event & exhibitor information click here


Register for all Seminars here

Seminar 1, 10.15-11.00 “Paisley.is: 1 year on & game changing city deal developments” with the Paisley.is team & Renfrewshire Council 
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Seminar 2, 11.15-12.00 “Social Now to Social Wow!” with NSDesign
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Seminar 3, 12.15-13.00 “Doing Business with Renfrewshire Council” with Invest in Renfrewshire & Procurement Team.
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Seminar 4, 13.15-14.00 “How to win business using LinkedIn” with fatBuzz
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Seminar 5, 14.15-15.00 How to Grow a Greener Business” with Resource Efficient Scotland, a programme of Zero Waste Scotland.
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Seminar 6, 15.15-16.00 “Business Futures: Accelerating Digital, Social & Transformational Tech” with UWS.
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50 + exhibitors confirmed so far with room for more.

Cost to exhibit:  £150+vat members, £250+vat non-members.

Contact lconnor@renfrewshirechamber.com or bgrant@renfrewshirechamber.com to enquire about stand availability.

(L-R) Mara Fehling SFTF, Renfrewshire Council Leader Iain Nicolson, Charles Sim SFTF (2)

Renfrewshire Council has become the first local authority in Scotland to recognise the new International Fair Trade Charter.

The charter lays out the purpose and aims of fair trade as agreed by the two largest global fair trade organisations, the World Fair Trade Organisation and Fairtrade International.

The new document lays out the unique approach, achievements and impacts of fair trade and illustrates how inclusive economic growth, fair wages and better working conditions can be achieved while empowering women and ensuring opportunities for the next generation.

(L-R) Mara Fehling SFTF, Renfrewshire Council Leader Iain Nicolson, Charles Sim SFTF (3)

Enrich Sahan, Chief Executive of the World Fair Trade Organization said, “I am pleased to see Renfrewshire Council being the first local authority in Scotland to recognise the International Fair Trade Charter, a document that enshrines the common vision and fundamental values of the Fair Trade movement to put us on the path to realising the Sustainable Development Goals.”

Adopting the charter is a commitment by the council to support the fair trade movement as it works to transform trade in order to achieve justice, equity and sustainability for people and planet

Michael Gidney, Chief Executive of the Fairtrade Foundation said, “Local government has supported Fair Trade in Scotland for a long time and Renfrewshire Council’s endorsement of the Charter is an excellent example of that commitment.

“The Charter is a timely and important reminder of the need for Fair Trade. Global trade has grown spectacularly in recent decades but the gains have not been shared evenly and 800 million people around the world still live in extreme poverty.”

The new charter was approved at the meeting of the full Council on 28 February 2019 following the agreement of the of the Renfrewshire Fair Trade Steering Group.

Councillor Iain Nicolson, Renfrewshire Council Leader said: “We are delighted to lead the way nationally by being the first local authority to recognise the International Fair Trade Charter.

“The charter sets out the values of fair trade and aims to provide people with a fair deal, protect our planet and provide a basis for sustainable development throughout the world.

“We’re committed to continuing to support fair trade in Renfrewshire and we were happy to recognise this new charter as our base for supporting fair trade moving forward.”

The council worked closely with the Scottish Fair Trade Forum to inform the steering group members about the charter and its benefits, which in turn led to its adoption by the local authority.

Charles Sim, Scottish Fair Trade Forum Vice-Chair, said: “We commend Renfrewshire Council for leading the way by pledging to recognise the Fair Trade Charter and showing its continued support for Fair Trade movement.

“We hope this good example will encourage others to follow suit as the support of local authorities is essential to achieve the ambitious goals of the fair trade movement.

“Recognition of the charter can be a crucial contribution on our way to a future where trade is fair and consumers get a good deal at no cost of the quality of life of producers.”

For more information on the charter, visit www.fair-trade.website and for more on Renfrewshire’s support of fair trade visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/fairtrade.

Cllr Cathy McEwan at Inchinnan Road (2)

Plans for the first set of roads and footways to be improved in Renfrewshire have been announced – with every community in the area set to benefit.

Cllr Cathy McEwan at Inchinnan Road (2)

The £40million investment programme is being delivered over a five-year period as part of the biggest ever sustained investment in Renfrewshire’s roads network, with more than £8million set to be invested in 2019/20.

More than 125 roads will see improvements undertaken in the forthcoming year, with 95 benefitting from carriageway resurfacing and a further 31 receiving initial work ahead of future resurfacing.

The programme also includes work to improve 57 footways across Renfrewshire and outlines a focus on quality, long-term repairs, with a significant emphasis on post-repair inspections.

Councillor Cathy McEwan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Infrastructure, Land and Environment Policy Board, said: “We’ve made the largest-ever investment in our roads network as, through speaking to our communities, we recognised it was a key priority for local people.

“More than £37million will be invested in the first four years of the programme to make immediate changes to the quality of our roads and footways and ensure their safety for our road users.

“We’ll continue to review all roads across Renfrewshire through our ongoing inspection programme and where resurfacing works not part of the 2019/20 programme are identified, they will be captured on a priority basis in future years.

“As we continue to develop Renfrewshire into an inviting place to live, work, visit and invest in, we realise the importance of our transport connections and this significant investment will help ensure we have the correct infrastructure to meet these aims.”

The resurfacing work will be complimented by an ongoing programme of pot hole repairs which will focus on long-lasting repairs, as well as repairing any other pot holes identified when attending the reported area.

For a full list of the roads and footways incorporated in the 2019/20 programme, visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/roads2019-20.

More than 16,000 people turned out to enjoy a two-day feast of delicious street food and live entertainment at this year’s Paisley Food and Drink Festival.

The fifth annual event, which took place on Friday 26 and Saturday 27 April, attracted crowds from Renfrewshire and beyond to the town’s Abbey Close for one of Scotland’s largest outdoor food and drink festivals.

Visitors were able to tempt their taste buds as more than 40 traders and vendors served the finest street food and drink, alongside fascinating cooking demonstrations from celebrity chefs, children’s workshops and more.

The party started on Friday evening with Glasgow’s award-winning Gin71 bar hosting two expert gin tasting sessions, while the popular Rum Shack provided a Caribbean flavour with music from their resident DJs.

Glasgow’s popular PLATFORM independent street food market went out on tour to Paisley Food and Drink Festival for the first time, bringing along a range of delicious street food traders for foodies to enjoy across the two days, including British Street Food Awards finalist Ginger and Chilli, Brigston & Co. Artisan Hot Dogs and delicious desserts from Crema Caravan.

Festival-goers could unwind with cutting-edge cocktails in the giant Kata tee-pee tents, packed with colourful furniture and tunes from the PLAFORM DJs.

Hilary Goodfellow, Project Manager for PLATFORM on Tour, said: “We’ve had an absolutely brilliant weekend being part of this year’s Paisley Food and Drink Festival. The feedback has been brilliant with so many people embracing street food and enjoying trying some new foods.

“We love taking our traders out on tour, especially to events like this with something for everyone to enjoy. It was great to see people turn out in their numbers. The vibe at the festival was just fantastic.”

Paisley Food and Drink Festival ensured there was something to suit all tastes, with gluten-free and dairy-free options and a brand-new vegan and vegetarian zone at this year’s event.

Other street food stalls included Babu Kitchen, Scozzese Pizza, POKE, Edin Burger, Flip n Fast Crepes and There’s No Catch, while the unique Fizzbuz prosecco van and Dispensary Bar also returned to delight the crowds.

Local resident, Beth Miller, said: “The festival has been brilliant. There’s so many different choices of food and drink – and they’re all really tasty! There’s lots of great music and things for kids too.”

The popular cooking demonstrations were back at this year’s festival, with celebrity chefs, Gary Maclean, winner of MasterChef – The Professionals 2016, Matt Pritchard, star of hit MTV series Dirty Sanchez and BBC TV’s Dirty Vegan, and baking sensations Three Sisters Bake all on hand to offer their top tips.

The cooking demonstration tent was sponsored by Zero Waste Scotland’s Love Food Hate Waste campaign, who provided advice on how to avoid wasting good food.

Chef Gary Maclean said: “I was so happy to be part of this year’s Paisley Food and Drink Festival. It’s a fantastic event and an amazing place to hold cooking demonstrations.

“For me, the festival is all about the people of Paisley and I love the fun I have with Paisley’s cooking enthusiasts when I’m here. It really is one of my favourite places to come to.”

Families were able to enjoy top music and entertainment all day on Saturday at the Main Stage, sponsored by Paisley’s The Bungalow music venue, and the Burger and Keg tent.

An interactive show from kids favourites Sprog Rock, tributes to the music of Ariana Grande, Little Mix and Steps by Princesses of Pop and ska sensations Esperanza were just some of the highlights on the Main Stage, while a number of local acts showcased their talents in the Burger and Keg tent.

Beer enthusiasts could take their pick from over 70 craft conditioned ales and craft beers at the Renfrewshire CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) Beer Tent on both Friday and Saturday.

Other highlights of the weekend included children’s pizza making workshops with Glasgow’s Tennent’s Training Academy and Chocolate Making with Limetree Larder, food, science and games sessions with children’s entertainer Captain James Tea Cook and gardening workshops with Renfrewshire Growing Grounds Forum.

Paisley Food and Drink Festival is the first major event in Renfrewshire Council’s popular events calendar. Other fantastic events taking place this spring and summer include, The British Pipe Band Championships on Saturday 18 May, Sma‘ Shot Day on Saturday 6 July and the annual Renfrew and Barshaw Gala Days on Sunday 2 and Saturday 22 June.

To find out about more upcoming events in Paisley and Renfrewshire visit: www.paisley.is.

heriot primary fire

There has been outrage about the fire in the Outdoor Classroom fire which was started last night (Thursday 25th April) There has been a gofundme page setup by one of the parents, first of all here is some info from the bbc news, The photos were courtesy of Elaine Adams who witnessed the sickening act.

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From the BBC:

Vandals have torched an outdoor primary classroom in Renfrewshire, prompting outrage in the local community.

Firefighters were called to the grounds of Heriot Primary in Foxbar, Paisley at about 20:20 on Thursday.

No one was injured and the crew left the scene by 21:40. Police are treating the incident as wilful.

Local residents have since expressed frustration over the loss of the wooden gazebo online.

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One parent, who has since set up a crowd funder to restore the structure, called it a “valuable resource that we cannot do without”.

While staff at the school tweeted: “We are absolutely devastated at losing such a well used outdoor classroom.

“We have been so overwhelmed with the support we’ve had from our local community. Thank you everyone!”

A spokeswoman for Police Scotland said inquiries were continuing.


To help please visit https://www.gofundme.com/heriot-primary-outdoor-classroom

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The Paisley Food and Drink Festival 2019 is well underway with visitors enjoying a fantastic first day at one of Scotland’s biggest outdoor food and drink events.

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The town’s fifth annual event is taking place today (Friday 26 April) and Saturday 27 April, with more than 40 food and drink traders and live entertainment – all in the stunning surroundings of Paisley’s historic Abbey.

This year’s line-up also features delicious street food traders from the popular PLATFORM on Tour – the independent street food market who reside in Glasgow’s Argyle Street Arches, expert tasting sessions with the award-winning Gin 71 bar, Glasgow’s popular Rum Shack, live music on The Bungalow Main Stage, children’s workshops, the Renfrewshire CAMRA Beer Tent and much more.

Festival-goers can also enjoy cooking demonstrations with celebrity chefs Gary Maclean, winner of MasterChef – The Professionals 2016, Matt Pritchard, star of hit MTV series Dirty Sanchez and BBC TV’s Dirty Vegan, and baking sensations Three Sisters Bake.

Paisley Food and Drink Festival is one of the highlights in the area’s annual events calendar. Renfrewshire’s major events generated almost £5m for the local economy in 2018 and saw total attendance figures of over 160,000.

Day two of the festival begins at 12pm tomorrow (Saturday 27 April) with traders open and entertainment right up until 9pm, so make sure you don’t miss out on all the fun.

Abercorn Street

A project to build new bridges and connections across the White Cart river in Paisley is aiming to unlock the town’s economic potential.

Flowing through the town centre, the White Cart passes Paisley Abbey out to Glasgow Airport in the north of the town, before joining the River Clyde.

White Cart - Abercorn Bridge

Now it is the focus of development proposals to improve connections between the town centre and the airport that could create 450 new jobs and bolster the local economy by an additional £200million.

The plans have been developed to link investment in the town’s cultural venues with a major manufacturing centre of excellence anticipated to bring thousands of jobs to the region.

A report to Renfrewshire Council’s Leadership Board details the Strategic Business Case for building new connections along the White Cart corridor, including a ‘gateway’ road bridge at Paisley Harbour and an east-west road link from Renfrew Road to the edge of the river.

Also included in the £40million project, titled Glasgow Airport Investment Area South, are new pedestrian and cycle routes linking Paisley town centre, Shortroods, Gallowhill and Glasgow Airport and Renfrew; a ‘commercial area’ at Abercorn Street and works on Love Street to improve the look and feel for local residents.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Iain Nicolson said: “From A-listed architecture to an international airport, Paisley has many great assets, yet the White Cart is one of the most underused in the local area.

“These proposals offer a unique opportunity to develop this location and celebrate the importance of the river to the town.

“The improved connections offer huge potential, with initial estimates suggesting 450 new jobs and a £200million economic injection, opening up access to development sites along the river and at the same time creating places for Paisley buddies to be proud of.”

A series of road and public realm improvements are outlined in the initial proposals which would strengthen connections between investment projects in the town centre and the emerging Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District Scotland next to Glasgow Airport.

Abercorn Street

At the centre of the manufacturing district is a 52-hectare site already confirmed as the location for two major innovation centres and the district is expected to attract thousands of new jobs to the region, while significant investment is also being made to transform town centre venues including the town hall and museum into key cultural and entertainment attractions.

The strategic business case considers these opportunities and complements plans by West College Scotland to redevelop its Paisley campus, while also maximising the area being vacated by whisky makers Chivas.

Councillor Nicolson added: “It is an exciting time for Renfrewshire with major investment being made which will bring thousands of jobs, attract new visitors to share in our story and cement our position at the heart of Scotland’s manufacturing future.

“We want to make the most of these opportunities and adopt an inclusive approach that will improve the opportunities for residents in surrounding areas such as Shortroods and Gallowhill.

“This project will build on these developments and further unlock the economic potential of the town, opening up the White Cart as an attractive asset for Renfrewshire.”

If approved at the Leadership Board on 1 May 2019, the plans will be developed further into an Outline Business Case and brought back to the board in April 2020, with the potential for the project to be completed in 2024.

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Visitors will be able to learn valuable cooking tips from the professionals to reduce waste and help protect the environment at this year’s Paisley Food and Drink Festival.

The festival, which is one of Scotland’s largest outdoor food and drink events, will host a range of cookery demonstrations with celebrity chefs in collaboration with Zero Waste Scotland’s Love Food Hate Waste campaign, on Saturday 27 April.

Love Food Hate Waste aims to raise awareness of how doing easy, practical things in the home can reduce food waste, save money and benefit the environment.

Top chefs, including Gary Maclean, winner of MasterChef – The Professionals 2016, Matt Pritchard, star of hit MTV series Dirty Sanchez and BBC TV’s Dirty Vegan, and baking sensations Three Sisters Bake will teach their tricks of the trade and show how making small changes in the kitchen can have a big impact.

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Love Food Hate Waste will be on hand to provide advice at the festival to help prevent good food ending up in the bin.

Ylva Haglund, Food Waste Campaigns Manager, Zero Waste Scotland, said: “A massive £1 billion worth of food is binned from our homes in Scotland every year. Most of this is good food that could have been eaten and enjoyed had it been used up in time. Food waste also contributes more to Scotland’s carbon emissions than any other type of waste.

“To make it easier for people at home to tackle this, we’ve teamed up with leading chefs at this year’s Paisley Food and Drink Festival, who will share tips and tricks to show just how simple it can be to save food from the bin.”

Ahead of the Festival, Love Food Hate Waste will also work with local community groups, including The Tannahill Centre, ROAR: Connections for Life, Erskine Music and Media Studios, Our Places Our Families and Active Communities, to host a selection of free to attend workshops across Renfrewshire.

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The daily two-hour Love Food Hate Waste workshops aim to provide further advice on how to reduce food waste at home and will take place with the following groups:

  • Young Mums – The Tannahill Centre – Monday 22 April – 10am – 12pm
  • Older Adults – ROAR: Connections for Life – Tuesday 23 April – 2pm – 4pm
  • Erskine Community Hub – Erskine Music and Media Studios – Wednesday 24 April – 3pm – 5pm
  • Our Places Our Families – Our Places Our Families – Thursday 25 April – 1pm – 3pm
  • Feel Good Project – Active Communities – Friday 26 April – 10am – 12pm

Ms Haglund added: “Our popular Love Food Hate Waste training sessions are delivered to many community groups, businesses and local authorities across Scotland every year.

“They are fun, free, interactive sessions which will provide those attending with practical knowledge around the simple things we can all do to stop wasting food at home and save money in the process.”

Apple Oils Ltd will also be collecting waste cooking oil from participating traders at this year’s Paisley Food and Drink Festival, which will then be transformed into sustainable biodiesel.

The Glasgow-based company will filter the cooking oil and use a chemical process to turn it into biodiesel which can be used to fuel vehicle engines.

Paisley Food Festival

Alexander Macdonald of Apple Oils Ltd said: “We are delighted to be participating with Paisley Food and Drink Festival and support any actions that reduce waste and help save our environment. We collect waste cooking oil from all over Scotland and sell new to a selection of our customers.”

Paisley Food and Drink Festival takes place over two days on Friday 26 and Saturday 27 April and will see more than 40 vendors from across Scotland in the stunning surroundings of the town’s Abbey Close.

This year’s line-up will also feature delicious street food with traders from PLATFORM on Tour – the independent street food market who reside at Glasgow’s Argyle Street Arches, expert tasting sessions with the award-winning Gin71, the popular Rum Shack and the Renfrewshire CAMRA Beer Tent.

There will also be live music and entertainment on the Main Stage, sponsored by Paisley’s famous The Bungalow music venue, including Sprog Rock, Princesses of Pop and Esperanza – perfect for adults and kids alike.

Smaller portion sizes will be available for children and there’s something for all foodies with a range of halal, gluten free, veggie and vegan options also on offer.

Find out more about what’s on at the Paisley Food and Drink Festival 2019, visit https://paisley.is/featured_event/paisley-food-and-drink-festival/

Oran Kearney - St Mirren Manager

Young footballers are being given the opportunity to sample life as a professional and take to the field at the Simple Digital Arena, home of St Mirren Football Club.

Part of the celebrations to mark Street Stuff’s ten-year anniversary of working in the Renfrewshire community, aspiring footballers will have the opportunity to cross the white line and play on the pitch as part of a festival of football.

Oran Kearney - St Mirren Manager

The five-a-side football event is free for all Street Stuff participants, aged 8-16, and will take place in the evening of Wednesday 15 May.

Players can register individually or as a team, with all consent forms to be returned to St Mirren in advance of the tournament taking place.

St Mirren FC Manager, Oran Kearney, said “The people of Paisley and Renfrewshire have given the team brilliant support in my time at the club so it’s great that the young people of Renfrewshire will get the opportunity to play on the pitch at the stadium and have the chance to emulate their heroes.”

Since its inception in 2009, Street Stuff has seen more than 200,000 young people come through its doors, each having the opportunity to take part in sport, make new friends and engage in social activities.

A firm fixture of the community for a decade, the programme has contributed to a sustained reduction of 65% in reported youth disorder and anti-social behaviour in Renfrewshire.

Street Stuff provides activities such as football, dance and gaming six days a week, as well as hosting four holiday camps throughout the year where a healthy meal is provided to each young person who attends – with more than 26,000 healthy meals provided in the last four years.

Councillor Marie McGurk, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Communities, Housing and Planning Policy Board, said: “What a fantastic opportunity for our young people to make it out of the stands and onto the pitch at St Mirren and hopefully we can inspire the next generation of footballers for the club.

“Street Stuff works hard to provide opportunities for sport and exercise for young people that they may not otherwise have the chance to experience and the work of our staff, coaches and volunteers really is changing the lives of young people in Renfrewshire.

The project runs in partnership between Renfrewshire Council, St Mirren Football Club, Police Scotland, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and Engage Renfrewshire.

For more information on how to sign up, visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/StreetStuff.

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Communities are being urged to help shape their area by applying for a grant from their Local Partnership.

Applications for funding from the Local Partnerships, which replaced Renfrewshire’s Local Area Committees, are now open.

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The funding, which used to be known as Local Area Committee grants, is available for projects which help each Local Partnership meet its local priorities. These priorities were set by each Local Partnership at meetings in March and April.

There have been important changes to the way this funding works since the introduction of the Local Partnerships in 2018, with groups now having to demonstrate how their application will contribute to the local priorities of the partnership they are applying to.

All applicants are advised to read the new guidance for Local Partnership funding, available on the Renfrewshire Council website, before submitting their applications.

Local Partnerships are a new way for communities, elected members and public organisations to work together at a local level. The partnerships adopt a more informal and inclusive approach which allows local people to have more of a say in decisions which affect their area.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Iain Nicolson said: “People in Renfrewshire are passionate about their communities and Local Partnerships are a great way for them to shape their community and get involved in decision making.

“This funding will allow Local Partnerships to support projects that are important to local people and address their local priorities, making a difference to their communities.

“If you are looking for funding and have a project that supports your Local Partnerships’ local priorities, I’d encourage you to apply.”

The Council’s Community Planning Team will hold two drop-in sessions to provide potential funding applicants with information on how the grants work, what the local priorities are for their Local Partnership and advice on alternative funding sources. The sessions will take place on Wednesday 24 April from 5.30pm-7.30pm at Johnstone Town Hall and Thursday 2 May from 2-4pm at the Abercorn Centre, West College Scotland in Paisley.

Anyone who cannot attend the drop-in sessions can call our Community Planning Team on 0141 618 4168 or email communityplanning@renfrewshire.gov.uk.

The deadline for applications is Monday 20 May 2019.

A decision on funding applications will be made by Local Partnerships at their next meetings in June.

To book a slot at our Johnstone drop-in session, visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/local-partnerships-grant-funding-drop-in-session-tickets-59523195480. To book a slot at our Paisley drop-in session, visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/local-partnerships-grant-funding-drop-in-session-tickets-60530532452

For more information on Local Partnerships and their local priorities or to download an application form, visit http://www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/localpartnerships