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SCOTLAND’S top retail and leisure destination, intu Braehead has welcomed the opening of new stores creating more than 30 jobs.

Management has announced two new tenants have taken units and an existing store is tripling its retail space.

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The UK’s largest independent toy retailer, The Entertainer has opened in the upper mall having taken up a unit of more than 5600 square feet bringing work for 12 new staff.

This was followed by cake, crepe and dessert outlet, The Little Dessert Shop opening a 1,600 square feet store in the adjacent Soar at intu Braehead leisure complex, which already hosts Scotland’s only indoor real snow ski slope, a multi-screen cinema, ten-pin bowling, an adventure climbing facility, the UK’s tallest indoor helix slide along with various bars and restaurants and retail outlets.

The new store will be the first Little Dessert Shop in Scotland and it has meant 20 new jobs have been created.

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Fashion trainers and apparel retailer Footasylum are currently fitting out a new unit in the upper mall of the shopping centre, which will see them operating out of a 10,000 square feet unit three times the size of their present store.

Operators cite intu Braehead’s high profile and its “remarkable” catchment as reasons for opening stores there.

And intu Braehead was recently ranked as Scotland’s top shopping centre by GobalData, who measured the requirements and data from both tenants and shoppers to give a comprehensive review of the country’s shopping malls.

Donnie Macdonald, from the Little Dessert Shop said: ”The mix of retail, dining and entertainment venues at intu Braehead make it the largest and most visited shopping centre in Scotland.

“While I was looking for premises in which to open the country’s First Little Dessert Shop, availability of a space in Soar at intu Braehead presented itself as a total no-brainer.

“The centre enjoys a high profile throughout Scotland and given its enduring draw as a shopping destination, it clearly ranks high not just on local people’s radar, but also draws large numbers of tourists and visitors.

“There is literally no better location for pretty much any kind of food, shopping or leisure pursuit, given Soar at intu Braehead’s already huge popularity, which continues to be illustrated by its remarkable catchment.”

Andrew Milner-Walker, head of property at The Entertainer comments, “We are pleased to open another store at intu Braehead following the success we’ve experienced at other intu centres across the UK.

“With The Entertainer stores in a range of intu locations including Lakeside and Derby, it was a natural move for us to open in one of Scotland’s largest shopping centres.”

Peter Beagley, regional centre director with responsibility for intu Braehead said: “The team here at intu Braehead is determined to create the conditions that give retailers the best chance of successful trading.

“Our aim is to drive footfall to intu Braehead, continue to be Scotland’s number one retail and leisure destination and give people a much wider and enjoyable experience than just going to the shops when they visit us.

“Our unique mix of leisure and retail along with our creative and innovative marketing strategy certainly seems to be working for us and our retail partners.”


The Scottish Government have launched a consultation seeking views on proposals to strengthen enforcement powers for animal welfare offences. Proposed amendments to the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006 would increase the maximum penalty for the most serious cruelty offences from one to five years imprisonment, and a potential unlimited fine. These new tougher penalties could also apply to attacks against service animals, supporting the initiative ‘Finn’s Law.’

Other changes would allow quicker rehoming of abused or neglected animals and give enforcement authorities the ability to issue fixed penalty notices.


SNP Councillor Natalie Don has welcomed the consultation and the proposed legislative changes.

“I know this is a subject close to many people’s hearts, it is certainly something I feel very passionately about. I cannot understand how anyone could mistreat an animal and these proposed changes which would see more power to local enforcement and tougher laws is welcome.”

“The SNP made strong commitments to improve the welfare of our animals in our Programme for Government and the Scottish Government is taking bold steps to this aim. I hope that strengthening these powers will send a strong message that such abhorrent behaviour is not acceptable and will not be tolerated.”

“The Scottish Government are seeking views from key stakeholders and those with practical experience of animal cruelty to ensure that any steps which are taken are feasible. I know there are many animal welfare charities who do a fantastic job in Renfrewshire and I would encourage all to take part in this consultation to allow a wide range of views to be heard.”


UWS are delighted to host Professor Sheila Rowan, MBE, as their next Inspiring Women speaker on the 13th February on their Paisley Campus.  As Chief Scientific Adviser for Scotland, Prof Rowan ensures the Scottish Government has access to the best scientific advice to inform and guide policy across all areas.  Prof Rowan’s research was awarded a share of the 2016 Special Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics for her and the member of team’s input into the discovery of Gravitational Waves. An elected Fellow of the Royal Society, Sheila is in good company with the likes of luminaries such as Einstein.


The UWS Inspiring Women Lecture Series was developed at the request of Principal and Vice Chancellor, Professor Craig Mahoney, to provide an opportunity for staff, students and members of the public to hear from women who have been successful within their field, be that within science, arts, humanities, business or other areas. The diverse range of speakers has encouraged engagement and discussion, and the series is now a regular and important feature in the University events calendar.  The events this year have been made possible by the kind sponsorship of akp Scotland Ltd.

Their most recent Inspiring Woman, Shona McCarthy, CEO of the Edinburgh International Fringe Festival Society said:

“the event was a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the success, creativity and determination of women in leadership.  UWS have created an important platform that helps to shine a spotlight of positivity on what women can achieve and can aspire to be, and I was delighted to be a part of it.  I loved getting the chance to meet with some of the students from UWS and local Colleges, and to hear about their ambitions and focus for the future”.

The event is free but ticketed, with tickets (going fast) available via Eventbrite:

More information about the Inspiring Women lecture series can be found here:


Plans for one of the largest wind farm developments in Scotland have been given the green light following the installation of a state-of-the-art radar system at Glasgow Airport.


Together with air traffic services company, NATS, and Banks Renewables, Glasgow Airport has introduced a new radar earlier that can mitigate the impact of the Kype Muir Wind Farm near Strathaven, South Lanarkshire. The development will generate 88.4MW of renewable energy from its 26 turbines.

NATS will manage the dual Terma SCANTER 4002 radar system which is capable of supporting air traffic control requirements and mitigating the impact of the turbines. The system is now operational and NATS has secured the contract to operate and maintain the service for the 25-year life of the wind farm.

Due to their height and movement patterns, wind turbines can have a range of impacts on navigational systems, including being detected by Primary Surveillance Radar (PSR) and appearing on air traffic control screens. This can have a number of impacts including distracting controllers, masking ‘real’ aircraft and mimicking the appearance of actual aircraft to the extent that they must be avoided by other aircraft. Such impacts can have a detrimental impact on the safety, efficiency and capacity of the airspace surrounding airport.

As a statutory consultee, Glasgow Airport must assess wind farm development proposals up to 50 kilometres away. Importantly, it must ensure any proposed development will not pose a risk to the safety of the 30 airlines who fly over nine million passengers to and from the airport every year.

Glasgow Airport Managing Director Mark Johnston said: “We are very pleased to announce that the system is now fully operational. For the last three years, the Airport’s planning team has been worked extremely hard with our partners from NATS and Banks Renewables to develop this wind turbine mitigation solution in what is a very complex and safety critical environment. Talking about the biggest ambitions for the UK there is also consult the UK’s biggest sports betting community for help with betting tips.

“As well as resolving the issue with Kype Muir, the mitigation may also have the potential to resolve issues with other future wind farm proposals, which can only be of benefit to Scotland’s renewable energy sector.”

Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity Michael Matheson said:  “It’s great to see Glasgow Airport hosting the launch of this new radar system, which is a significant development for aviation safety.

“The new radar is able to distinguish between aircraft and wind turbines situated at Kype Muir Wind Farm, and this technology will be invaluable with the ever-growing sustainable energy sector.”  

Andrew Liddell, Technical Director with Banks Renewables, said: “We’re especially thankful to Glasgow Airport for engaging with us to deliver the new radar. This means that not only will our new wind farm stay clear of any radar detection – but other new wind farms may also benefit from this regional solution.

“We also acknowledge how proactive and instrumental the Scottish Government has been in helping deliver such a positive outcome.”

Paul Beat, NATS General Manager at Glasgow Airport, said: ““We’re delighted to have worked with Glasgow Airport, Banks Renewables and TERMA to deliver a mitigation solution that both supports safe and efficient air traffic services, while also allowing this important wind farm development to be built and make a major contribution to the Scottish Government’s renewables strategy.”

Glasgow was one of the first airports in the world to deploy large scale wind turbine mitigation in the form of infill radar and has continued to innovate by deploying single turbine blanking in response to the increasing number of developments.

As a result, it has approved 90% of the 495 wind turbine applications it received between October 2012 and August 2016. These projects have the potential to generate more than 700MW of energy.

remembering suicide

Renfrewshire’s annual memorial service to those who have lost their lives to suicide has been held, with more than 120 people paying their respects.

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Local support group Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (SOBS) hosted the short service on Thursday 24 January at Renfrewshire House, which was led by Renfrewshire’s Provost Lorraine Cameron.

There was a set of readings by Reverend Alan Birss and Father John Eagers, before Choose Life’s Rosemary Mullan read a poignant poem.

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The service was followed by a procession to the memorial tree where Provost Cameron laid a commemorative wreath and people were able to place a purple heart onto the tree with a message to a loved one that had been lost.

Anyone unable to attend the service who wishes a message to be placed onto the tree can visit the council reception at any time to collect a commemorative heart to be placed on the tree.

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Provost Cameron, who helped establish the memorial tree in 2010, said: “This service provides a chance for those who have lost a loved one to grieve, remember and celebrate the person.

“In many ways, it is sad to see the turnout growing at the service each year, but hopefully it shows the taboo around suicide is fading and people are seeking an outlet for support or a chance to remember who they have lost.

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“If you have been affected by suicide in any manner, please get in touch with the Choose Life team. They are available for a chat and can provide you with the support you, or a friend or family member, needs to move forward.”

The memorial tree was first dedicated in 2010 as a permanent memorial to those who have died through suicide and is believed to have been the first of its kind in Scotland.

The service aims to provide an opportunity to remember those who have been lost while providing an arm of support to the survivors. It is an opportunity to connect with others who have faced similar situations.

If you are feeling suicidal, or you know someone that might be then please call one of the helpline numbers: Samaritan’s 116 123, Breathing Space 0800 83 85 87, RAMH First Crisis 0141 849 90 90 or 0500 829 093

For more information contact the Choose Life Team on 0141 849 2200 or visit


(AGG 12-12-Comets win on penalties)


Pirates and Comets served up an epic SEVENTEEN goal thriller, which saw the home side edge through on the night-but the home side suffered the heartbreak of going out of the Scottish Cup to the holders on penalty shots, after the teams finished level over the two legs.


The visitors were first to score through McNicoll after only a minute to put them two ahead on aggregate after their 4-3 first leg win last week, but Pirates found their feet quickly as first Walker, linking up with Divok, and then Andreucci, put the hosts ahead on the night with just after five minutes played. Chances continued to go abegging at both ends and Comets were level after 15 minutes as Edmonds beat Russell to tie it up at 2-2. The scoring for the session wasn’t finished, however, and with Pirates on the powerplay they took advantage of the extra player to net through Dobson with two minutes remaining in the period to make it 3-2 at the break.

The glut of scoring was actually stepped up in the middle session as with Pirates again on the powerplay they netted their fourth through Walker inside four minutes of the restart, going nap two minutes later through Henderson, but McLuskey was quick to pull the visitors back into it with a goal before the halfway point for 5-3. Pirates hit a purple patch soon after, netting three times through Guy, Divok and Walker, the latter netting his hat trick, to go to 8-3, but Comets refused to lie down and netted two powerplay goals through Edmonds and McLuskey in the space of 50 seconds to make it 8-5 on the night, Pirates two ahead on aggregate. With time in the period running out, and with players and spectators alike trying to catch their collective breath, Walker stepped in for his fourth goal of the night and send the teams to the dressing rooms with Pirates an unlikely 9-5 ahead, and 12-9 on aggregate.

With the home side looking good with a three goal aggregate cushion they seemed content to hold what they had in the final session, and Comets had most of the play without putting Russell under great pressure in the early part of the period. However, with less than six minutes remaining, the roof fell in on the home side as while on the powerplay they were caught on the hop as McLuskey broke and sent in a shot which appeared to squeeze beneath Russell, and the aggregate lead was down to two. Worse was to follow, as Dundee repeated the shorthanded move two minutes later and this time it was Dolan squeezing the puck past Russell to cut the lead to two on the night and one on aggregate. Nerves clearly showing on the ice and in the stands and Comets continued to have the momentum, and there were under 90 seconds remaining when McGiffen tied the aggregate scoreb at 12-12 to take the game into penalty shots.

Dundee scored with their first penalty, while Walker’s shot for Pirates was parried by Michie to put his side ahead. Edmunds put the visitors ahead at 2-0 in the shoot out, but Divok pulled it back to 2-1. Russell knocked away Dolan’s third penalty, but with Henderson needing to score for the home side to take it into sudden death, his shot was saved by Michie and Pirates were out in a game where they had comfortable advantages at several junctures on the night, but just couldn’t put the Comets away.

Player/coach Adam Walker admitted to being “bitterly disappointed” after the game. He said, “We did enough to win the tie but we didn’t close it out. We will take a lot from the game and while we’re happy to score nine goals we can’t expect to go far when we concede eight.”

Pirates now face another tough home game on Saturday when they go head to head with unbeaten Murrayfield Racers at Braehead Braehead (face off 6.30pm).



Paisley Pirates face another in a series of tough tests this coming Saturday at Braehead Arena as they take on the high flying Murrayfield Racers who are so far unbeaten in the Scottish National League, but it’s a challenge which Head Coach Ian Turley is looking forward to.

“We’re coming off the back of a disappointing cup tie against Dundee Comets where we won the home leg but lost the tie on penalty shots,” he said. “Maybe it was a little lack of experience which we lacked, but we’ve had three very tight games in recent weeks, two against the Comets, and one against the Racers a couple of weeks ago, and we’ve shown we can compete with these teams. We scored 9 goals against the Comets which suggests that offensively we’re ok, but I’m expecting another tough game against the Racers. It was a 4-3 loss to them when we played them in Edinburgh in what was a good game in front of a good crowd so we’re hoping that the Racers’ fans will maybe travel in numbers to see what should be another good advert for the SNL. If you compare where we were at the start of the season to where we are now the difference on our play is a significant one and it’s showing in our performances.”

“If we stick to what we need to do for the entire 60 minutes I believe we will be ok and I’m certainly expecting fans to get full value for their admission fee as they did last weekend.

Murrayfield have a top line up featuring a number of players with Elite League experience, such as one time Edinburgh Capitals [layer/coach Martin Cingel, and it’s sure to be another cracker in a match which faces off on SATURDAY at 6.30pm.

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There’s something for everyone to enjoy in the latest programme of shows and events organised by Renfrewshire Leisure during the coming months.

Information about these cultural activities is contained in the newly-published free booklet, The Guide.

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Renfrewshire Leisure will host a variety of theatre performances as part of Puppet Animation Festival. These performances during April include both puppet theatre and animated films.

New venues will be staging shows and events after Paisley Town Hall and Paisley Museum are closed for redevelopment.

The Out of Place programme features the User Not Found theatre performance in the Paisley Arts Centre café, on May 8 and the Dark Carnival Unplugged is performed in the Paisley Arts Centre grounds, on May 17.

The Guide also highlights a series of acting writing and directing workshops from In Motion Theatre Company.

Paisley Arts Centre will host the Scottish Alternative Music Awards on March 15 and 16, featuring live showcases, music industry seminars and workshops.

The Arts Centre will also be turned into a virtual reality, 3D playground as Paisley YMCA presents Synaethesia, on June 29.

Music fans have a variety of concerts to enjoy, including the Acoustic Beatles and Acoustic Eagles, on February 1; singer Mary Ann Kennedy, on April 27 and legendary piper, Fred Morrison, on May 14, all at Paisley Arts Centre.

Victoria Hollows, Renfrewshire Leisure chief executive said: “There is something for everyone in the guide – from comedy acts to family shows, drama performances to traditional music along with interesting and informative exhibitions.”

The Guide can be picked up for free at Paisley Arts Centre, Renfrew and Johnstone Town Halls and Linwood’s Tweedie Hall or it can be downloaded from

To book any of the events log on to or call the Box Office on 0300 300 1210 or visit Paisley Arts Centre, in New Street, Paisley.


– Airport’s chaplaincy service and staff to raise funds for Scotland’s national children’s charity this year –


Children 1st has been chosen as Glasgow Airport Chaplain’s Charity for 2019.


Chaplain Keith Banks and his team will be supported by staff from across the Glasgow Airport campus in raising vital funds throughout this year for Scotland’s national children’s charity.


Keith Banks, who has been the airport’s chaplain since 2009, said: “We have selected Children 1st as the Chaplain’s Charity for 2019 because it is a leader in its field. It does what it says on the tin – puts children first.  Supporting this charity will mean making a difference to the lives of children in real need of protection, care and support.


“I’m always incredibly grateful and humbled by the efforts made by my colleagues each year to raise money for the fantastic causes supported by the airport’s chaplaincy service. Our passengers are also very generous and play an important part in raising funds each year.”


Mary Glasgow, Chief Executive of Children 1st, said: “Children and families in Glasgow and across Scotland will be happier and safer in 2019 thanks to Glasgow Airport’s Chaplain’s Charity.


“Children 1st are delighted to have been chosen as the Chaplain’s Charity of the year. Their support will help our work with families and local communities to protect children from harm and to support children to recover from trauma and abuse. It will also support Parentline, our free phone and online service for any family that needs us.”


Last year the airport’s chaplaincy raised a record £7,600 for Glasgow-based Funding Neuro and Reaching Older Adults in Renfrewshire (ROAR). Children 1st together with Keith and his chaplaincy team are hopeful the Chaplain’s Charity total can top £10,000 this year.


Introduced by Keith in 2010, the Chaplain’s Charity has raised almost £68,000 in total for a number of national and local good causes. Previous beneficiaries of the Chaplain’s Charity programme include The Teddy Bear Foundation, CHAS, Robin House Children’s Hospice, Teenage Cancer Trust, The Salvation Army, Wish upon a Star, Make a Wish and the British Heart Foundation.


This year’s fundraising got off to a flying start with a launch day donation of £1787, which was raised through an annual staff survey with Glasgow Airport donating £1 for every person who took part.

To find out more about Children 1st visit: If you’d like to support the Glasgow Airport Chaplain’s Charity in 2019 contact


Tickets officially went on sale today for RAMH’s 2019 annual fundraiser.

Join us on Friday 26th April 2019 at The Lynnhurst Hotel (8 Park Road, Johnstone, PA5 8LT) from 7.15pm – 1.00am for the RAMH Dinner & Dance: Proudly Sponsored by Bridge of Weir Leather.


The evening will begin with a glamourous red carpet arrival and fizz reception, followed by a delicious three course meal and fantastic live entertainment as well as our raffle and auction. We are also delighted to welcome back broadcaster Vanessa Collingridge as host!

Tickets are currently available at an Early Bird Rate of £35pp until Monday 18th February. After this date, they will be full price at £40. Tables of 10 are available for a discounted rate of £350.

fire walk

To mark the end of their 30th Anniversary, St. Vincent’s Hospice are having their hottest fundraising event ever, with a Firewalk on Tuesday 29th January.

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Teaming up with FireWalk Scotland, the Hospice are looking for people to sign up and face their fears, for this exciting challenge to support St. Vincent’s by doing something truly remarkable.

Commenting on the event, Fundraiser for St. Vincent’s Hospice, Linda Campbell, said: “Our 30th Anniversary year has been nothing short of spectacular, with some absolutely incredible events and support from people all across our Community. It only seems fitting that we close our 30th year in the same way, with this very special event, giving you the chance to do something you’d never think possible and literally walk through fire to raise money for a good cause.”

St. Vincent’s is a specialist provider of palliative and hospice care for people and families affected by life limiting conditions throughout Renfrewshire. Taking pride in offering the right care, at the right time, they offer support via their In-patient Unit, Day Services and in people’s own homes throughout the community.
They are also one of the few organisations in Renfrewshire to offer bereavement counselling and support for children and young people who have experienced the loss of a parent or loved one.

Jamie McKenzie, from FireWalk Scotland, said: “We are very excited to be teaming up with St. Vincent’s to put on this Fire walking event.  Not only will this help raise vital funds for the Hospice, and help so many people going through difficult times, but it is your chance to take part in an ancient ritual and rite of passage that is a truly unique experience.

“During the evening, you will learn how to conquer fear and how your minds can be turned to confidence and certainty, in any situation, focus on the future and your goals, rediscover your own inner power and use these new found skills to walk over hot coals, at temperatures of more than 800 degrees Celsius.”

The event begins at 6pm at St. Vincent’s Hospice and costs £37.90 to take part. For more information, contact