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ROCCO 2012 Winners Announced
Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce 9th Annual Business Awards

The annual business awards of Renfrewshire Chamber, The ROCCOs, now in their 9th year, took place at the Cosmopolitan Normandy Hotel on Friday 16th November. The sell-out crowd of 480 witnessed 15 ROCCO awards presented on the night and helped raised over £11K for charities and good causes. Hosted by Fred MacAulay, the ROCCOs are known as a positive, feel good event and regarded as one of the best corporate events in Scotland.

The Winners from ROCCO 2012 were:

1) ROCCO Award for Employer of the Year sponsored by Rolls Royce – Phoenix Car Company

2) ROCCO Award for Invest in Renfrewshire sponsored by Renfrewshire Council – Fission Creative

3) ROCCO Award for Third Sector Recognition sponsored by Engage Renfrewshire & The Royal Bank of Scotland – The Star Project

4) ROCCO Award for Most Promising New Business sponsored by Renfrewshire Council – Meso

5) ROCCO Award for Excellence in Manufacturing sponsored by the Scottish Leather Group – Life Technologies

6) ROCCO Award for International Trade sponsored by Glasgow Airport – Chivas Brothers

7) ROCCO Award for Family Business of the Year sponsored by The Malcolm Group – Gillies Gas Services

8) ROCCO Award for Young Business Person of the Year sponsored by Reid Kerr College – Nick Cohen, PCR Business

9) ROCCO Award for Excellence in Customer Service sponsored by Braehead – Glasgow Airport

10) ROCCO Award for Journey to Zero Waste sponsored by The William Tracey Group – Scottish Leather Group

11) ROCCO Award for Innovation & Technology sponsored by Hillington Park Innovation Centre – Meso

12) ROCCO Award for Outstanding Performing Business >25 employees sponsored by Phoenix Car – The Malcolm Group

13) ROCCO Award for Outstanding Performing Business

14) ROCCO Award for Business Leader of the Year sponsored by Diageo – Iain McFadyen, MD Scottish Leather Group

15) Special ROCCO Award to Colin Neill Chamber Director and Supply Chain Director with Diageo retiring after 30+ years’ service

470 ROCCO 2012 v2Commenting on the event chamber president Tom Johnston said “thank you again to all our sponsors and members for supporting our 9th ROCCO Awards. We have received some great feedback, which is great to hear – as ROCCO is a year in the making by the Chamber team. Anyone involved in large events such as the quality of ROCCO knows how much work and effort goes into making it a great night”.

Bob Davidson, chamber chief exec’ further commented “I encourage all winners to maximise the positive PR from winning a prestigious ROCCO. We had our highest ever number of entries and competition was extremely tough, so reaching the final and winning is a great achievement”

“….for ROCCO 2012 we made a number of changes; we refreshed and updated all the categories and increased the number of awards from 11 to 14. We also commissioned a brand new ROCCO award trophy designed and manufactured in Renfrewshire by chamber members and ROCCO winners – Meso”

All the pics from the event can be viewed on the Renfrewshire Chamber facebook page

www.renfrewshirechamber.com

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st-vincents

Sponsor a light for someone special this Christmas and sponsor the care of future patients at St Vincent’s Hospice.

St Vincent’s Hospice invites you to dedicate a light on their Christmas tree to someone who you was or is a light in your life. You can celebrate or remember loved ones and special occasions by sponsoring a light. In doing so, you will help to provide future care for local patients and their families at the Hospice and in the community.

st-vincentsYou will help more patients like Eric who attends the Day Hospice. He said, “Without St Vincent’s, I wouldn’t get out. It gives me a goal and the care I have received there is unbelievable. When you sponsor a light, it’s not just a light on the tree that you are sponsoring but future patients too.”

Dedicating a light it helps families and friends to join together and celebrate the lives of loved ones and share hope that they are helping others in the future.

Julie Munro has supported the event for the last 4 years after her mother passed away in the Hospice in 2009. She said, “For me, the Hospice not only gave me support when my mum passed away, but it gave me the motivation to help
others who will access the Hospice in the future. By supporting Light Up a Life it means patients will continue to receive the support, dignity and high level of care that my mum and family received when we needed it most. The support to families during and after their loved one’s passing is tremendous.”

Anyone can sponsor a light on St Vincent’s tree, not just those who have experienced hospice care. The community event is one of St Vincent’s best-loved and most meaningful events that attracts hundreds of local people every year.

The lighting of the tree will take place on Sunday 25th of November at 5pm at St Vincent’s Hospice on Midton Road Howwood. Everyone will be warmly welcomed to the Hospice courtyard and join in carols and readings with mince pies and hot drinks. Parking will be available at St Anthony’s Primary School with a free shuttle service provided by Pride of the Clyde.

For more information or to sponsor a light, please contact the Fundraising Team on 01505 705 635 or go to www.svh.co.uk to download a dedication form.

Contact details:

Karen Milne
Director of Fundraising and Communications
Tel: 01505 705 635
karen.milne@svh.co.uk

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Get ready to ROCCO with Renfrewshire Chamber

ROCCO 2012, the 9th Annual Business Awards of Renfrewshire Chamber take place at the Cosmopolitan Normandy Hotel in Renfrew on Friday 16th November.  The principal sponsor for the premier business event in Renfrewshire is easyJet, with 14 other organisations sponsoring the individual awards. Hosted by Fred MacAulay the winners will be presented with their awards in front of a capacity crowd of 480. In addition to recognising business excellence across Renfrewshire the ROCCOs also raise money for good causes, having raised in excess of £50,000 over the last few years.

renfrewshire chamberCommenting on the ROCCOs, chamber president Tom Johnston said “ROCCO is the biggest business night in Renfrewshire and one of the best corporate events in Scotland. Different from most in that it is a positive, feel good event. I wish all our finalists the best of luck on the night and say thank you to all the sponsors and organisations that have supported the ROCCOs this year.”

The companies shortlisted are:

ROCCO Award for Employer of the Year – sponsored by Rolls Royce
– Phoenix Car Company
– Spectrum Service Solutions
– The Malcolm Group

ROCCO Award for Invest in Renfrewshire- sponsored by Renfrewshire Council
– Cosmopolitan Hotels Group
– Fission Creative
– Scottish Leather Group

ROCCO Award for Third Sector Recognition- sponsored by Engage Renfrewshire & The Royal Bank of Scotland
– Accord Hospice
– RAMH
– The Star Project

ROCCO Award for Most Promising New Business – sponsored by Renfrewshire Council
– Fresh Cleaning
– Meso
– SIP PMC Ltd

ROCCO Award for Excellence in Manufacturing – sponsored by the Scottish Leather Group
– Caledonian Industries
– Life Technologies
– Rolls Royce plc

ROCCO Award for International Trade – sponsored by Glasgow Airport
– Caledonian Industries
– Chivas Brothers
– Scottish Leather Group

ROCCO Award for Family Business of the Year – sponsored by The Malcolm Group
– Gillies Gas Services
– Phoenix Car Company
– Spectrum Service Solutions

ROCCO Award for Young Business Person of the Year – sponsored by Reid Kerr College
– Anna Devitt – Direct Devitt
– Mark McShane – Training Developments Scotland
– Nick Cohen – PCR Business

ROCCO Award for Excellence in Customer Service – sponsored by Braehead
– Enchanted Forest Nurseries
– Glasgow Airport
– NS Design

ROCCO Award for Journey to Zero Waste – sponsored by The William Tracey Group
– Consult Lift Services
– Scottish Leather Group
– Spectrum Service Solutions

ROCCOROCCO Award for Innovation & Technology – sponsored by Hillington Park Innovation Centre
– Caledonian Industries
– IRW Systems Ltd
– Meso

ROCCO Award for Outstanding Performing Business >25 employees – sponsored by Phoenix Car
– Holiday Inn Glasgow Airport
– Scottish Leather Group
– The Malcolm Group

ROCCO Award for Outstanding Performing Business <25 employees – sponsorsed by the University of the West of Scotland
– ChemTech Consultancy Ltd
– Fresh Cleaning
– Sarkar Defence Solutions Ltd

ROCCO Award for Business Leader of the Year – sponsored by Diageo
– Stuart Macdonald, Seric Systems
– Andrew Malcolm, The Malcolm Group
– Paul smith, XCL Framing solutions
– Iain McFadyen, Scottish Leather Group
– Douglas Winfield, Holiday inn Glasgow Airport

Bob Davidson, chamber chief exec’ commented “2012 has been another great year for the Chamber – not only our biggest ROCCO ever but a year in which we have grown the team, further increased the membership and won a number of accolades including Chamber of the Year finalist for the 2nd year running  and awarded Investors in People Silver.”

http://www.renfrewshirechamber.com/rocco/

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Renfrewshire social worker wins top award

Liz Snodgrass, from Renfrewshire Council, has won the first ever Wilma MacDonald Mental Health Officer (MHO) of the Year Award.

The Scottish Association of Social Work (SASW) set up the award in honour of Wilma MacDonald, a Mental Health Officer who worked in the East End of Glasgow for many years. Wilma died in 2010.

LtoR Alex Hamilton_ Joanna Boddy_ Liz Snodgrass and Bob Leslie

Liz was nominated by her colleagues in the MHO Service at Renfrewshire Council. She said, “It’s a great honour and privilege to receive this award, especially as it’s supported by the MacDonald family. Working as an MHO can be very challenging and the support and understanding of colleagues is an essential ingredient in making sure the decisions reached help the individual service user.

“There is a lot of work to do in the area of mental health, not least to try and minimise the stigma of mental illness and to continue to improve the quality of life, and the lifespan, of people who suffer from mental illness. MHOs can and do make a difference in society and it’s great that the SASW has taken the first steps in recognising this.”

Councillor Iain McMillan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Community and Family Care Policy Board, said, “This is welcome recognition for Liz personally and for Renfrewshire Council’s Social Work Service.

“Liz is a passionate advocate for the people who use our services. She goes the extra mile to protect people’s rights and puts the individual at the centre of her work. She is an excellent team player and a supportive colleague.

“Importantly, Liz is also keen to pass on her knowledge and best practice. She has been a tutor on the MHO training course and is currently a Practice Assessor. Renfrewshire Council’s goal is to ensure that the Social Work Service is staffed by well qualified and well motivated people and Liz is a shining example.”

Liz’ nomination highlighted an example of her work in dealing with an elderly man on a Guardianship Order. His benefits had built up while he was in hospital but his care home had claimed the money in fees. She navigated a complex system and sought the help of the Office for the Public Guardian, the Care Inspectorate and the Mental Welfare Commission to make sure the care home repaid the money.

www.renfrewshire.gov.uk

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Paisley Photographs of the Paisley war memorial commemoration to the fallen.

Volunteers from Paisley on the web were at the Cenotaph this morning to give our respects along with schoolchildren, politicians, members of the public and members of the armed forces serving and served to commemorate all those lost in all conflicts and wars over the years. Lest we forget.

TOMORROWS VETERAN

When I am old
With my medals on my chest
Will you be grateful
That I did my very best

When I am old
Will those words still haunt me
‘We shouldn’t have been there’
Even though, I helped keep you free

When I am old
And tears for my comrades fall
Will any of you understand
Side by side, we stood proud and tall

When I am old
Will you forget about me
Because if today you don’t acknowledge us, then….
Tomorrow our parades, you won’t want to see!!

Author: Di G ©

All Paisley Photographs taken by Ian McDonald for www.paisley.org.uk of the Paisley Remembrance Parade 2012

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Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan will host the organisation’s first ever live ‘ask’ session on Facebook and Twitter this month.

Councillor Macmillan will take questions on the council’s two key social media pages on Thursday 15 November from 8pm until 9pm.

The session will be on a specific theme that’s crucial to the area and which is a top priority of the Council Leader.

Renfrewshire_Council_ezg_1Councillor Macmillan said: “I want to have a conversation with people who live, work and do business in Renfrewshire on a key theme that’s vital to the area and which is at the top of my priority list – jobs, business and the economy.

“It’s no secret that we’re still facing difficult times as a result of Renfrewshire being given the lowest Scottish Government grant settlement of any mainland council year-on-year since 2009. And it’s not going to get easier for residents any time soon with the UK Government set to slash benefits in Renfrewshire by £22 million.

“But aside from that I am absolutely determined to stand up for Renfrewshire and to do all I can to make this a better place for our residents and businesses.

“I’m hosting this live session because I want to know what people think about our economy and I also want them to question and challenge me on this important issue.”

On Thursday 15 November at 8pm, Twitter users should tweet their questions on jobs, business and the economy to Councillor Macmillan@RenCouncilNews and use the hashtag #askMM. Facebook users should post their questions on the council’s Facebook page timeline which can be found at: facebook.com/renfrewshirecouncil

If the session proves to be busy with lots of questions – and if there’s anything that can’t be answered on the night, replies will be given over the following days.

Over 2,000 people follow the council on Facebook and 5,500 on Twitter.

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Wills and Testaments in Scotland, 1902 to 1925 Go Online

From inmates of poorhouses to owners of mansions – a fascinating portrait of Scottish life during the early 20th Century and a major new family history resource

 

A colourful picture of life in Scotland in the early 20th Century is revealed today, with the release of the Wills and Testaments from 1902 to 1925 by the National Records of Scotland on the ScotlandsPeople website.

scotlandspeople_logoThe new records, 392,595 in total, document the last wishes of 267,548 individuals who lived and died in Scotland during this period. The collection also includes the wills of Scots who died outside Scotland, but still had assets in the country. As inventories of moveable estate (savings, cash, furniture, stock, etc) are also included, you can discover the fine details of people’s worldly possessions in this era.

People from all social classes are included in the records – from famous industrialists and philanthropists such as Andrew Carnegie and George Coats, to the impoverished inmates of the nation’s poorhouses. With more than 35 millionaires included in the records, you can learn how the members of this Scottish ‘Rich List’ ultimately chose to divide up their wealth. Conversely, simpler and cheaper procedures for recording wills meant that estates below £500 were also included.

The records also highlight the effects of major historical events on people’s lives, with the wills of World War One soldiers, suffragettes and people who perished on the Titanic and Lusitania included in the collection. In addition to helping general historians with their research, the new records will also be invaluable to genealogists, who can use these documents to learn more about family relationships as well as the close friendships that their ancestors enjoyed.

Audrey Robertson, Acting Registrar General and Keeper of the Records of Scotland, said:

“We’re proud to be marking the tenth anniversary of ScotlandsPeople by creating a major enhancement of our popular resource for Scottish family history. The 400,000 additional testament entries from 1902 to 1925 will open up exciting new avenues for people in search of their Scottish ancestry.”

Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop, said:

“ScotlandsPeople is a wonderful gateway to Scotland’s wealth of archives that tell the story of our nation and its people. These wills and testaments offer a compelling and moving insight into the lives of Scots a century ago and provide a powerful connection to our past. I welcome the addition of so many more wills to the digital resources that can be enjoyed by the people of Scotland, and people of Scottish descent everywhere.”

The Wills and Testaments are available on the ScotlandsPeople website (www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk) and at the ScotlandsPeople Centre in Edinburgh. These new online records will be interesting both to people in Scotland and to the Scottish diaspora across the UK, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.

Sir William Arrol from Renfrewshire is even listed in the search.

  •  Sir William Arrol (1839-1913), Engineer – Ayr/Renfrewshire

To find out more about the Wills and Testaments in Scotland, 1902 to 1925 please click here.

Flight Path Fund speeches at Renfrew Town Hall

Glasgow Airport supports eco project for local primary schools

 

A unique project which encourages youngsters to respect and care for the environment has received £11,000 from the Glasgow Airport FlightPath Fund.

 

The Tree Amigos project will educate 150 pupils from five primary schools in communities around the airport about a range of issues including climate change and carbon footprints.

 

Flight Path Fund speeches at Renfrew Town HallGlasgow Airport has now supported the project, which was created by Trees4Scotland, through its FlightPath Fund for three years.

 

Angus Crabbie, who founded Trees4Scotland in 2008, received the cheque from Archie Hunter, chairman of the FlightPath Fund, and Amanda McMillan, managing director of Glasgow Airport, at an event in Renfrew Town Hall to celebrate the success of the Fund, which was launched in 2010.

 

Angus will continue to work with the schools that have been involved in the project over the last 12 months, providing an opportunity to enhance the pupils’ understanding of the environment and issues like climate change.

 

They are Killermont Primary, Bearsden, Our Holy Redeemer Primary, Clydebank, Whitecrook Primary, Clydebank, St Claire’s Primary, Drumchapel, and Rashielea Primary, Erskine.

 

The first phase of the programme sees Angus visit each school for an introductory workshop, at which they discuss a range of issues and the importance of taking an active interest in protecting the environment.

 

Each pupil receives an information pack and the schools work through a series of mini projects in their own time to build up the pupils’ knowledge. It culminates in a field trip to Teaghlach Wood in Perthshire, where each school plants 75 trees.

 

Angus Crabbie said: “The support of Glasgow Airport has been invaluable in getting the Tree Amigos project off the ground. We have now had more than 1,000 children take part and it has been so successful that parts of it have been integrated into the Curriculum for Excellence.

 

Archie Hunter said: “Tree Amigos is a fantastic idea and it is exactly the type of project we are keen to support through the FlightPath Fund. It is innovative and constantly evolving, with tangible benefits for the communities around the airport. The focus is both educational and environmental, and the importance of teaching our younger generations about nature cannot be overstated.”

 

Amanda McMillan said: “As one of the largest businesses and employers in the West of Scotland it is important that we take our responsibility seriously by supporting the communities we serve. Since the FlightPath Fund was established in 2010 it has grown in stature and continues to attract an increasing number and diverse range of applications from community groups and charities.”

Find out more on glasgowairport.com 

paisley museum exhibition

A special exhibition at Paisley Museum this Christmas. The history of picture book illustration: ‘Magic in the Nursery’

The ‘founding fathers’ of the modern children’s picture book in Britain, if not the world, were the late Victorians Walter Crane (1845-1915) and Randolph Caldecott (1846-1886). Their colourful and fanciful images for children are acknowledged as the breakthrough in a modern sensibility towards children and their pictures books.

Together with Kate Greenaway (1846-1901) they created images for children – and adults who read to them – that have more than stood the test of time and this touring exhibition which opens at Paisley Museum on 9 November, celebrating their importance and success, is a selection from their nursery books published in the 1870s and 1880s.

Walter Crane was the first of the trio to illustrate nursery books and his style, if sometimes a little formal, was nonetheless the first breath of fresh air in a new look for picture books. In succession of Crane, Caldecott instantly showed a lighter, more intuitive drawing style which animated the page with lively observations of people and animals in action. Greenaway’s drawing style differed again, with her popular vision of an ideal childhood, where children most resemble ‘little adults’, is as successful today as it was to the late Victorians.

The exhibition, however, is not simply a collection of these beautiful and imaginative children’s illustrations by Victorian masters. Rhymes and music have been central to the child’s intellectual and aesthetic development and the pictures in the exhibition, interpreting as they are well known and less well known nursery rhymes and jingles, encourage a re-engagement with this effective means of storytelling and the education of the very young.

(All photographs taken for www.paisley.org.uk by Tracey Clements)

In addition to ‘Magic in the Nursery’, we will be running drop in art activities for children, each Saturday from 12pm – 3pm for the duration of the exhibition.
So, why not come along and see the show! Children will be enthralled, parents inspired and grandparents invigorated by these images from childhood!

Magic in the Nursery will be on display at Paisley Museum from Friday 9 November – Sunday 6 January. Entry to this exhibition costs £2, and it is FREE to under 16’s.

Press are invited to a photo call opportunity on Friday 2 November at 11am within Paisley Museum to meet the curator of the exhibition, Dr Leo John De Freitas and view the works which will be going on display.

For further information on Magic in the Nursery, future events and exhibitions log onto www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/events or follow us on www.facebook.com/renfrewshirearts.

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Taylor Wilson

Alchemy

Voices in Paisley Festival Fringe,

at Holy trinity & St Barnabas Church

St James Place, St James Street, Paisley, PA3

Tickets £8 / £6 conc

Time 8pm (Doors open 7.30)

Box Office 0141 887 4202

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