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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 

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Programme of digital content and services will be stepped up as Scottish Government confirms Covid-19 Tier 4 measures for region

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Venues operated by Renfrewshire Leisure will temporarily close after the Scottish Government confirmed new Covid-19 restrictions for the region.

 Tier 4 protection measures mean that all leisure centres, gyms, swimming pools, libraries and the heritage centre run by the charity must close to the public from 6pm on Friday. The First Minister has said that the new rules covering Renfrewshire will be in place until December 11.

 While in-venue facilities will be closed, a vibrant and varied package of content – covering everything from fitness and wellbeing to storytelling and nostalgia – will be available at www.renfrewshireleisure.com and via the online REN TV channel.

 A vast selection of library books are also available for download via the array of services offered online by Renfrewshire Libraries.

 Direct debit membership payments will be adjusted in light of the latest restrictions. Members will be contacted with details in the coming days.

 Renfrewshire Leisure Chief Executive Victoria Hollows said: “We appreciate how disappointed people will be that our in-venue services have to be suspended to comply with the Scottish Government’s Tier 4 regulations to safeguard our communities.

 “We remain here for you, however, and our team will be pulling out all of the stops to create and deliver more brilliant content for our members and the wider community online and via social media.

 “While we cannot offer services in-venue, we hope that our work online will help the wellbeing of the region’s residents and keep people safe and well at what’s a challenging time for us all.”

 Details on service updates will be shared as soon as they are available online and via Renfrewshire Leisure’s social media channels.

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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.”

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Excitement is building as young people and community groups wait to discover whether their projects to enhance the lives of 12-25-year olds in Renfrewshire have been successful.

An incredible 86 projects have been designed and submitted to the Celebrating Renfrewshire Fund and for the last month, thousands of young people have been casting their votes for their favourites.

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A special online announcement event hosted by Renfrewshire Youth Voice at 6pm on Friday 13 November will unveil the winners who will take away a share of £150,000.

Applicants have been invited to attend the one-off event which is taking place online due to the current Coronavirus pandemic and will take a look back at the projects awarded funding in 2019, before this year’s winners are unveiled.

The event is open to the public and anyone wishing to attend must register online in advance.

Adrian McKechnie, Chair of Renfrewshire Youth Voice, said: “Young people in Renfrewshire for the past 4 weeks have been using their ballots to decide what projects they would like to see in their communities.

“Celebrating Renfrewshire is not just another funding pot, but rather it gives young people across Renfrewshire a real say in how public money is spent and provides an opportunity for young folk to directly give their backing to projects they see value in.

“I wish all the applicants good luck and look forward to hosting the event, albeit virtually, this Friday.”

Councillor Michelle Campbell, Renfrewshire Council’s Young Persons Champion, will open the event and is looking forward to finding out which projects have been successful.

She said: “This fund is a fantastic opportunity for young people to shape their own communities and create activities that they want to take part in, not what others believe they want.

“The projects which have been submitted are creative, well-thought-out and will make a real difference to life in Renfrewshire for young people – and I can’t wait to discover which ones will be taken forward.

“I’m looking forward to Friday’s event so join me and see some of the most inspiring young people in Renfrewshire discover if they’ve been successful in their applications.”

For more information, and to sign up for the event, visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/CelebratingRenfrewshire.

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AS a toddler Clare Hemsworth loved books so much she would correct her mum if she missed a word while reading her daughter a story.

And the youngster’s favourite trips with her dad would be to the local library.

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Clare has gone on to forge a career working in libraries and has been so successful she has just won a top national award.

The 38-year-old schools library support co-ordinator with Renfrewshire Leisure has won the 2020 Library and Information Professional of the Year Award.

The award is made by CILIPS – Scotland’s Library and Information Professionals – and is sponsored audio digital publishers, Bolinda.

Clare has worked with Renfrewshire Libraries for the past seven years and as well as being the support co-ordinator for all school libraries, she is the school librarian at Castlehead High.

“I’m really honoured to have won this award,” she said.

“I was amazed to even be shortlisted and absolutely astounded that I won given the amazing work being done by the other librarians shortlisted across Scotland.

“I’m so pleased that the judging panel were able to see how much I love school libraries and a little bit of what we’ve been able to achieve in Renfrewshire.”

Clare has worked with Renfrewshire Libraries for seven years and was nominated for the award by the organisation’s Children and Families Development Co-ordinator, Andrew Givan.

Clare, who wins a trophy and £500 towards paying for professional development courses, continued: “I love libraries and I’ll do anything I can to make them more vibrant and accessible places to young people.

“I love it when a pupil comes into one of our school libraries and you can see how excited they are about asking for a new book they’ve heard about and want to read.”

Clare added: “I’ve enjoyed reading books since I was a young girl and my mum, Mary tells me that when she was reading me a story from a book, I would correct her if she skipped a word.

“And when I was growing up I loved going to the library with my late dad, Paul. That was our thing – going to the library together. I’ve loved books and libraries for as long as I can remember.”

Announcing that Clare had won the award, CILIPS praised her excellent work within the school library sector and for her commitment to the profession.

In particular, the judging committee commended Clare for the following:

  • The leading role she has taken in developing an innovative and forward-looking school library service in Renfrewshire including using new and creative technologies to engage young people
  • Her engagement with the school library sector such as bidding for School Library Improvement Fund (SLIF) funding to deliver new projects, knowledge sharing through delivering presentations at conferences, and speaking to Information and Library Studies students about school librarianship
  • Her support for young people for example her work with the school libraries attainment team to ensure pupils are engaging with reading and libraries and her collaborative work with the University of West of Scotland Library to support the transition of senior pupils into higher education
  • The active role she takes in the wider profession for example through undertaking Chartership and Revalidation and also being a CILIPS mentor to support others through the Professional Registration process

Joyce Higgins, Digital Library and Development Manager said: “We all so pleased for Clare winning such a prestigious award.

“There’s no doubting her commitment and enthusiasm to libraries and the schools libraries in particular.

“Clare, along with the other staff in our libraries, provide an excellent service to the public.”

Communities in Renfrewshire are being asked to stay safe and stay home as Bonfire Night approaches.

Due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, there will not be any organised displays in Renfrewshire and local people are being asked not to create their own bonfires or let off fireworks to ensure the safety of others.

The current Scottish Government restrictions in Renfrewshire mean that groups of people should not be meeting outdoors so communities are asked not to hold displays which would encourage others to attend.

Renfrewshire Council are working closely with Scottish Fire and Rescue and Police Scotland to ensure that local communities remain safe on Bonfire Night and will have additional warden and police patrols in the lead up and on the night, regular checks on local fireworks sellers, and will remove potential bonfire material in advance.

Councillor Marie McGurk, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Communities, Housing and Planning Policy Board, said: “While it’s disappointing that we cannot hold our annual fireworks display, we must respect the times we are in and I would ask our local communities not to hold their own displays.

“It’s important that we do all we can to suppress the virus and groups of people should not be meeting up at this time.

“We must also consider the safety of anyone creating their own bonfire or setting off fireworks as this should only be carried out by trained professionals, so please avoid personal displays.

“This is often the busiest night of the year for our Fire Service so let’s work together to protect them, reduce the need to attend unnecessary calls and allow them to focus on saving lives where they are required.”

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service have provided virtual presentations to local schools on the dangers of fireworks and will provide an enhanced response on Bonfire Night to tackle any out of control fires.

Firefighters attended more than 2300 deliberate fires during the four-week period leading to Bonfire Night 2019 and on 5 November last year, Operations Control received 882 calls from members of the public and crews responded to more than 350 bonfires within an eight-hour period – with six recorded attacks on firefighters.

Deputy Assistant Chief Officer (DACO) Alasdair Perry, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service’s Head of Prevention and Protection, said: “First and foremost we would urge all of our communities to follow advice and guidelines around social distancing to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

“We know this means that people may consider hosting their own events this year, but we would urge caution around doing so because every year people are injured by fireworks and admitted to hospital – and children are particularly at risk.”

“This is already a traditionally busy period of the year for ourselves and our partners, and it is very important that we maintain an ability to respond to other emergencies.

“We are therefore strongly encouraging anyone who does wish to host a private event to reduce the risk by ensuring to familiarise themselves with our firework code and fire safety guidance. Do not take risks because the consequences can be devastating.”

Police Scotland will provide additional officers in Renfrewshire to support the Wardens and Fire Service and will attend any illegal bonfires or fireworks incidents in the local area.

Chief Superintendent Alan Murray, divisional commander for Renfrewshire and Inverclyde, sad: “We are committed to preserving public safety regardless of the anticipated reduction in people travelling to and attending organised events this year.

“Policing alone cannot tackle bonfire related disorder and this is why, every year, we work in close collaboration with our emergency services partners to highlight and mitigate the risks associated with reckless behaviour around fireworks. Any behaviour which puts our communities at risk, or endangers the safety of our officers and other emergency service personnel, will not be tolerated.

“Parents and guardians of young people also have a vital role to play and I would ask you to have very frank conversations with those in your care about the risks of getting involved in violence and disorder.

“The Chief Constable has made it clear that we are asking people to take personal responsibility to do the right thing to aid the collective effort to stay safe, protect others and save lives by preventing the virus from spreading.”

For more information on fireworks and bonfire safety, visit: www.firescotland.gov.uk/your-safety.

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TUI LAUNCHES WINTER 2021/22 AND SUMMER 2022 PROGRAMMES FROM GLASGOW AIRPORT AS APPETITE FOR TRAVEL GROWS

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More demand expected for 4 & 5-star all-inclusive hotels with private pools or villas

29 October 2020: TUI UK has launched winter 2021 and 2022 holidays from Glasgow and is set to put summer 2022holidays on sale from 5th November, with thousands of free kids’ places, low deposits from £75 per person and £0 deposit on direct debit bookings made online on offer. This comes as 86% of customers surveyed in September said they expect to have gone on holiday again by next summer – reinforcing the growing appetite for future travel post Covid-19.

With on-going travel corridor uncertainty for some regularfavourites this winter, those craving sunshine during the coldest months have already booked for next winter, with strong demand in particular for Tenerife and Lanzarote so far from the extensive range of 13 destinations on sale from Glasgow Airport. The winter 2021/2022 programme will see the reintroduction of flights to Naples and Alicante, as well as four flights a week to the popular Canary Islands and increased frequency to Majorca.

With 57% of customers saying they expect to book a Mediterranean beach holiday for 2021, TUI anticipates greater demand for summer 2022 as people want to ‘make up’ for not being able to go away this year. So far, Greece is the standout destination of choice based on current bookings for next summer, with Turkey and Egypt also popular, and patterns indicate these trends could continue into 2022.

The summer 2022 programme from Glasgow Airport will see 23 destinations on offer, with increased flying to Naples and Cancun, as well as five weekly flights to Turkey and flights to Florida three times a week during the peak holiday season.

TUI is seeing an upward trend in 4 and 5-star all-inclusive hotel bookings for next summer, with over 40% of customers surveyed expressing this preference. This includes hotels which offer the ‘best of both worlds’ with villas or room options with private pools and accommodation as families in particular seek to continue to feel safe in their ‘bubble’. TUI will be offering 233 different options in 155 hotels for this growing category in summer 2021 and expects this trend to continue for summer 2022.

In the same vein, 18% of customers surveyed said they would look to book a villa holiday with car hire included, making social distancing easier on holiday. TUI is offering 150 villas with flights and car hire included for summer 2021 and summer 2022 in Cyprus, Greece, Turkey, Balearic Islands, Canary Islands, mainland Spain, Portugal, Italy and Florida.  

Richard Sofer, Commercial & Business Development Director at TUI said: Our latest customer survey and booking patterns for next summer indicate that the great British public are looking forward to future holidays even more so as they may have been unable to take one this year. This is why we have launched our future holiday programmes through to the end of October 2022, so that families and couples alike can plan ahead to next year and beyond to make informed choices about what will make their perfect holiday from the wide range we have on offer.”

Paul White, Head of Aviation at Glasgow Airport, said:The launch of TUI’s winter 21/22 and summer 2022 programmes is very welcome news and provides a much-needed confidence boost for our passengers and the industry.

“As well as delivering a huge range of destinations, the programme also brings greater choice and flexibility for customers keen to enjoy a well-earned holiday in 2021 and beyond following the disappointment of not being able to travel this year.”

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Glasgow Airport was today (Wednesday 28 October) named Airport of the Year at the
Scottish Transport Awards for the second year in a row.

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The airport was shortlisted for the award alongside Aberdeen International, also part of AGS
Airports Ltd group, and Inverness.
The Scottish Transport Awards looked a little different in 2020. Instead of being announced
in the company of 450+ industry professionals to the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Glasgow in
June, as originally planned, the award winners were announced in a video that was played
during the virtual Scottish Transport Awards Summit.
Mark Johnston, chief operating officer of AGS Airports Ltd, which owns Aberdeen, Glasgow
and Southampton Airports, said: “We are extremely proud to win this award and thrilled to do
so for the second year in a row. It couldn’t come at a better time given the challenges
Glasgow Airport and the wider industry is currently facing.
“Thousands of people from dozens of companies work hard each day across our campus to
ensure Glasgow Airport continues to deliver its unique brand of customer service for our
passengers.
“Like the rest of the country, we’re operating in very difficult circumstances, however, I’m
immensely proud of the fact we’ve remained open and operational throughout this pandemic
to continue to deliver vital air services for our customers. Being named Scottish Airport of the
Year is a welcome boost.”
The Scottish Transport Awards looked a little different in 2020. Instead of being announced
in the company of 450+ industry professionals to the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Glasgow in
June, as originally planned, the award winners were announced in a video that was played
during the virtual Scottish Transport Awards Summit.
The Scottish Transport Awards Summit took place on today as an all-day virtual conference
with over 200 delegates registered.
Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity, Michael Matheson, gave the
keynote speech and said: “It was a pleasure to deliver the keynote address at this year's rather
unique Scottish Transport Awards Summit.

“Given the challenges 2020 has brought it was very important to recognise the incredible efforts
and achievements of the transport sector. The leadership and dedication shown in responding to
the Covid-19 pandemic – keeping our key workers and the nation moving safely, is undoubtedly
worthy of thanks and appreciation.
“Regardless of whether you won an award or not, you have all been successful and I am grateful
to all of our unsung heroes for keeping Scotland moving safely during these challenging times.”