A postcard designed by a Renfrewshire schoolgirl will be used by a major car dealership to contact their customers.

Lucy Wight, of Ralston Primary, was chosen from hundreds of entries from across Renfrewshire after primary five pupils were set a design challenge by Infiniti Car Dealership, at Braehead.

The competition came about after Renfrewshire’s schools became members of the Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce, of which Infiniti are also a member, earlier this year.

Infiniti centre manager Jason Blane set the challenge of asking local school pupils to design Infiniti a new customer postcard.

Another Chamber of Commerce member, Fission Creative, based in Paisley, also came on board by running a training session for staff to learn about the process of approaching a design for a business client. The staff were then able to use what they’d learned to support the pupils taking part.

A total of 244 primary five pupils entered the competition and all of their designs will all go on display on the front window of the showroom for two weeks.

Six finalists were selected and invited to an awards ceremony hosted by Infiniti at their showroom.

The finalists were:

  • Lucy Wight, Ralston Primary
  • Billy Todd, Bargarran Primary
  • Rebecca Dolan, Ralston Primary
  • Ruairidh Sutherland, Bishopton Primary
  • Laura Nicole Eadie, Ralston Primary
  • Ellie Little, St Fillan’s Primary

Each of their finalists and their families were driven to and from the event in cars sent out by Infiniti.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Brian Lawson, who was there on the night to help present the prizes, said: “This is a great example of how local schoolchildren are learning about the business world through their partnership with the Chamber of Commerce. The task they were set was to design a postcard that will be used by a major car dealership to contact their customers. They were given a real brief just as if they were a company commissioned by a client and they all took it seriously and approached it in a professional manner. I’d like to congratulate Lucy and all the finalists, as well as all those who took part.”

On the night Lucy was announced as the overall winner whose design will be on the postcard. She was also presented with a framed version on her design.

Bob Davidson from Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce and Morag Malloy of Fission Creative were also there to meet all the finalists.

Jason Blane, Infiniti Centre Manager, said: “I wanted the postcard to have a real feeling and to have a picture of the centre on it so that people could visualise what we looked like. We are always looking to do things in the local market and thought that it would be great to involve the children in this project. I have to say the standard was incredibly high and so creative, we had a real task in choosing the six winners but with the help of Wilma, Morag and the staff at the centre we eventually did it. The prize giving was such a good night and it was fabulous to see all of the children and their families, they were all so excited, well done to everyone who took part.”

Renfrewshire’s schools became members of the Chamber of Commerce in March in order to build up contacts with local employers who may be able to contribute to the curriculum and support enterprise initiatives.

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We are always looking to increase our partnership within organisations in the Paisley area, we find it essential for the growth of not only our social enterprise but the business and organisations awe are associated with, everyone gains from a partnership with ourselves. We will be running various courses soon and our partners get a discount.

What does a partner with us mean? Well it means we should essentially be in contact and share a common goal, we should help each other out with experience or pass on the details of someone who could help further.

How do you become a partner? Simple contact us brian@paisley.org.uk and in your title just put partner. And tell us a wee bit more about yourself and organisation.

How much does it cost to be a partner? Well it’s free, yes it really is, if you wish to make a donation then that’s fine by us but primarily we want to talk to as many people as possible and take it from there, we are centrally based in the town and ideal for meeting up with other groups informally or formally. Just give us a shout.Paisley

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Council signs green pledge to promote sustainable timber

Renfrewshire Council has signed up to a new scheme committing the local authority to buy sustainable timber.

The scheme, operated by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), discourages the illegal harvesting of timber products and the destruction of large parts of forest with no replanting taking place.

The council has pledged to support events that spread the message about sustainable timber and to train its own purchasing managers in responsible buying of timber products.

Figures from the WWF show that 1.5 million cubic metres of timber imported into the UK each year comes from illegal sources. New EU regulations to be introduced in 2013 will require anyone introducing a forest product into the UK to show where it’s come from and prove that it isn’t illegal.

Cllr Allan Noon, Renfrewshire Council’s finance spokesperson, said: “Last year, the council spent £95,000 on timber products for various services. And the public sector as a whole is responsible for 20% of all the timber purchased in the UK.

“As significant buyers of these products, we want to do what we can to influence and encourage responsible purchasing.

“We’ve all got a part to play in protecting our environment and a greener Renfrewshire is a major commitment of ours.”

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Provosts Awards Launch 2011

Still time to nominate Renfrewshire’s unsung heroes

Renfrewshire residents are being urged to nominate their friends, loved ones, colleagues and neighbours for Provost’s Community Awards.

The awards take place in February but the nomination period ends at the end of November so time is running out.
Businesses, individuals and community groups across Renfrewshire are being invited to put forward their local heroes for these long-running awards.

Now in their 14th year, the awards celebrate those in the community who have made special achievements and gone out of their way to make a difference to the lives of others.

The awards, which will be held in the Glynhill Hotel on Saturday 25 February, hosted by STV’s Sean Batty, who is himself from Paisley.

They are also set to be Provost Celia Lawson’s last as host in her role as Renfrewshire’s civic leader.

There are seven award categories:

  • Arts and Culture Award (sponsored by Acre Industrial and Cleaning Services)
  • Adult Achiever, sponsored by Diageo
  • Special Needs (sponsored by Scottish Power and former Provost Ronnie Burns)
  • Community Volunteer Award (sponsored by BASF Performance Products UK)
  • Carer’s Award (sponsored by former Provost Nancy Allison)
  • Spirit of Fairtrade Award, (sponsored by the Piazza)
  • Child of Achievement (sponsored by Glasgow Airport Ltd)

Provost Lawson said: “There are so many people around us who go above and beyond to contribute to our community or who have achieved something inspiring and these awards are a chance to recognise that. It may be someone who doesn’t even realise they difference they make or how proud their family and friends are.

“The Community Awards are one of my favourite jobs as Provost of Renfrewshire because they celebrate the real heroes on our doorsteps.”

The final date for nominations is Friday 25 November.

Nomination forms are available at all council buildings or on the council’s website www.renfrewshire.gov.uk


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Paisley Cenotaph

Communities across Renfrewshire are preparing to commemorate Remembrance Day.

Members of the Royal British Legion and the armed forces will join representatives of Renfrewshire Council and a wide range of organisations and community groups at services.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Celia Lawson, who will be attending Paisley’s Remembrance Service, said: “This is a time for all of us to honour the service given by our armed forces and their sacrifice in military conflicts past and present.

“The services of commemoration are a time to remember those who gave so much for us.”

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stress less

StressLess is the new public education course, free to people who live or work in Renfrewshire.

The course will offer practical strategies for reducing stress in our bodies, lives and minds.

Run over 3 sessions of 2 hours, the format is:

  • information sharing
  • low-key participation activities
  • personal goal setting between sessions. Read more

Renfrewshire residents warned to prepare for benefit changes

Hundreds of people across Renfrewshire are being urged to start preparing now for changes that will cut their housing benefit.
Last year the UK government announced changes to Rent Allowance and Local Housing Allowance which will affect the amount of Housing Benefit people who rent from private landlords receive.

Around 1500 people across the area will find themselves receiving less money when these changes come into effect in January 2012.

Changes to the way Local Housing Allowance is calculated will affect anyone living in private rented accommodation and receiving housing benefit.

Councillor Allan Noon, Convener of the Council’s General Management and Finance Policy Board, said: “Although these changes have already been brought in most people’s benefit payments have been protected so far by a transitional period. However this will come to an end in January when people may start to notice changes to their housing benefit payments and will have to pay more rent to their landlords.”

The changes will also in particular affect anyone aged between 25 and 34, living on their own in private one bedroom accommodation and receiving housing benefit.

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It is now even easier to vote for Paisley on the web rbs project just call 0800 2100 245 project no 208

This is the last day

takes two minutes and you can get everyone you know to call up, as loads have had problems with the online voting..

Here is a video tutorial showing you how to register and vote for Paisley on the web on the RBS Community Force website, its step by step so please pause it if necessary, your vote really does matter to our organisation for some desperately needed equipment to promote the town of Paisley, its events, its buildings and its people.

The RBS Page direct link is here http://communityforce.rbs.co.uk/project/208 

but please follow this video which is much easier. Read more

Paisley Daily Express

The Paisley Daily Express has launched a new Reader’s Pic of the Day feature and we want to hear from you. We’re looking for lighthearted snaps of everyday life in Paisley and Renfrewshire as well as photographs which highlight our beautiful towns, villages and countryside. The best way to get in touch is to sign up to our group on our Flickr page (www.flickr.com/groups/paisleydailyexpress) and upload any photos you’d like to see published. It would be great if you could include some details about the picture – where it was taken, when, and your name.



Here is a video tutorial showing you how to register and vote for Paisley on the web on the RBS Community Force website, its step by step so please pause it if necessary, your vote really does matter to our organisation for some desperately needed equipment to promote the town of Paisley, its events, its buildings and its people.

The RBS Page direct link is here http://communityforce.rbs.co.uk/project/208 

but please follow this video which is much easier. Read more