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Renfrewshire Council are recruiting for a number of nursery jobs across the area.

Laura Sheridan, who changed her career to work in early years says it means she is making a big difference to children’s lives. 

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She said: “I started working in early years as a supply worker, but it wasn’t long before I gained a permanent post as an Early Learning and Childcare Officer (ELCO) at Glendee ELCC.

“Every day is different in a nursery and each child is an individual with their own ways of doing things. That’s why we provide them with a range of experiences and options at Glendee. We have a free-flow environment, which means the children can take part in the same experiences outdoors as they do indoors. They can choose where they want to go and what they want to do.

“Our centre has strong links with the local care home and groups of children visit the residents each week as part of their intergenerational learning. We also have a forest kindergarten that we visit to explore and learn about the natural world. These trips help children to develop team building and understand the risks in their environment.

“I’m also responsible for a group of children within the centre and I track their developmental milestones. If a child needs additional support, we will work with parents and outside agencies to make sure we have the right support in place for them.

“I’ve been working in early years for more than six years now and I love it. Making a difference in children’s lives is very important to me and I am so glad I changed my career to do it. I used to work in the travel industry, but I’ve always wanted to work with children. So, after my son was born, I decided to head off to college and get my HNC in Childhood Practice.

“You get paid well, have flexibility on when you can take your holidays and have a rewarding job. I’d recommend it to anyone who has a passion for children and their learning and development.”

To apply for either the Early Learning and Childcare Officer or Early Learning and Childcare Support Worker jobs, visit www.myjobscotland.gov.uk.

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FAMILIES can have some spook-tacular fun in Soar at intu Braehead during the October school break.

There’s a fang-tastic variety of free Halloween-themed activities for everyone to enjoy every day from Friday, October 11 until Sunday, October 20 between noon and 5pm.

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And these fun activities for both adults and kids include joining in to create a creepy crawly spider picture to take home and use as a Halloween decoration.

There’s also a mysteriously spooky selfie mirror where everyone can pose for photos and then post them on social media as a great way to remember a great day out.

On Saturday, October 12 between noon and 5pm, Soar is also hosting an exclusive event for members of the intu Family Club with members receiving a goody bag filled with all sorts of things that will make the school holiday a week of family fun.

Family Club members are also being encouraged to come along in fancy dress to take part in a Halloween Fashion Show with a prize for the best-dressed family on the day.

And on Sunday, October 20, the PJ Masks cartoon superheroes will be visiting Soar to stage a Hero Training Camp.

There will be five meet and greet sessions with activities featuring Catboy, Owlette and Gekko.

These will be every hour on the hour for 30 minutes from 11am until 3.30pm. There will be an opportunity at each session to pose for a photo with PJ Masks characters.

Although there is free admission, the event will ticketed, so log on to www.intu.co.uk/braehead to book your place.

David Lyon, marketing manager for intu Braehead said: “There are lots of fun things happening in Soar for all the family this October school break.

“And since all the activities are free, you could say it’s a real free-ky Halloween event!”

Log on to www.intu.co.uk/braehead to join the intu Family Club for free and enjoy exclusive offers and discounts, a gift for youngsters, a membership pack, a magazine and much more throughout the year

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Free sanitary products are now available in the toilets at Renfrewshire Leisure run Town Halls and libraries, and in the bathrooms and accessible toilets at its sports and leisure centres.
Nearly one in five women in Scotland have experienced period poverty, with 12% of girls saying they have resorted to using rags and socks during their time of the month.

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Funding for the free sanitary products has been provided by the Scottish Government as part of its efforts to tackle period poverty in Scotland.

Councillor Michelle Campbell, Renfrewshire Council’s Young Persons Champion, said: “Period poverty affects people across Renfrewshire, with some having to choose between feeding themselves and their families, and buying sanitary products.

“We believe everyone has the right to a dignified life and we want to do everything we can to help anyone who finds themselves facing period poverty.

“The sanitary products we are putting into our community venues are free and available to anyone who needs them. Take whatever you need, whenever you need it.”

The council started offering free sanitary products in schools last year and supplies are also available in community groups, including STAR Project, Active Communities, Home-Start Renfrewshire, Renfrewshire Citizens Advice Bureau and Engage Renfrewshire, who can give to anyone who needs them.

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The distribution of products to community groups is carried out by FareShare.

Heather Kay, project coordinator at STAR Project, said: “We firmly believe no person should have to experience period poverty and therefore make sanitary products readily available in our toilets. We also give people the opportunity to take boxes of sanitary products from our Community Pantry.

“Being able to receive free sanitary products through the Fareshare scheme is fantastic. Our members have benefited from it, with one person recently commenting she ‘no longer dreads that time of the month where I need to decide between food or pads’.”
The launch of the products in Renfrewshire community facilities coincides with Challenge Poverty Week, which runs until Sunday 13 October.

The week aims to highlight the reality of poverty in Scotland and the work being done to tackle it, showcase the solutions to poverty and increase public support for action to solve it.
Chairperson of Renfrewshire Leisure, Councillor Lisa-Marie Hughes said: “There is an increasing awareness of the impact period poverty has on the lives of many people in society.

“We share a responsibility to ensure everyone has a decent standard of living and at Renfrewshire Leisure we feel it’s important that free sanitary products are easily available to those who need them.
“Our sports and leisure facilities are popular places where many people go and we hope there will be a good uptake of the free products being made available.”

Other activities which have taken place in Renfrewshire during Challenge Poverty Week include the launch of STAR Project’s Community Fridge Recipe Book and a collection of toiletry products by Active Communities to highlight and tackle hygiene poverty.

For more information on where free sanitary products are available in Renfrewshire, visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/periodpoverty
If your community group would like to receive free sanitary products from the council they should contact FareShare by emailing linda@moveon.org.uk

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– Fleet of three Scottish-built BYD ADL Enviro200EV full-electric buses will operate free 24-hour passenger service to airport’s Long-Stay Car Park – 

 

Glasgow has today (Tuesday, October 8) become the first UK airport to introduce a fleet of zero-emission electric buses to its car park operation. 

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The three-strong fleet of all-electric battery buses, which were built in Scotland by Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL), will replace the current diesel fleet used to shuttle passengers between the terminal and the airport’s Long-Stay Car Park.

 

This is the first time the BYD ADL Enviro200EV model has been operated anywhere in Scotland and its introduction at Glasgow Airport was made possible thanks to a £450,000 Green Bus Fund support grant from Transport Scotland.

 

Mark Johnston, Glasgow Airport’s Managing Director, said: “We are proud to be the first airport in the UK to incorporate a full-electric bus fleet into our car park operation.

 

“These state-of-the-art vehicles will play an important role in supporting our continued efforts to create a more sustainable business and will contribute significantly to help further reduce carbon emissions locally at Glasgow Airport.

 

“The environmental benefits and considerable cost reductions associated with the introduction of these electric vehicles was very attractive. 

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“Moving to a full-electric bus operation cuts the carbon emissions associated with passenger travel to and from our car park from 143 tonnes per year to zero, and this significant reduction is further supported by the fact that the airport’s electricity is also supplied via renewable energy.”

 

The launch of the airport’s new electric fleet coincides with Scotland’s Climate Week 2019. Events are being organised in schools, colleges and workplaces across the country to encourage people to take action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

 

Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity Michael Matheson said: “I’m pleased that the Scottish Government has been able to help fund these new electric buses at Glasgow Airport which will eliminate 143 tonnes of carbon emissions from passenger travel operations.

 

“The uptake of ultra-low emission vehicles is central to meeting our climate change commitments and our goal of making Scotland’s air quality the best in Europe.

 

“At the same time, decarbonisation and the global transition towards electric mobility provides real opportunities for sustainable economic growth. We will continue to work to position Scotland at the forefront of this movement and to maximise the economic opportunities afforded through innovation – as demonstrated in this exciting joint project between ADL and BYD Europe.”

 

The introduction of the new full-electric bus fleet is one of a number of projects introduced to help reduce Glasgow Airport’s carbon footprint. Earlier this year, the airport invested £200,000 to deploy eight of petrol/electric plug-in hybrid Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV 4×4 vehicles across its airfield operations. 

 

Glasgow Airport, as part of the AGS Airports Ltd group which owns and operates Aberdeen and Southampton airports, also made a commitment to Airports Council International (ACI) Europe’s NetZero2050 this month.

 

Glasgow joins 203 airports run by more than 47 operators across 24 European countries who have signed the resolution to formally commit to becoming net zero for carbon emissions by 2050.

 

A joint project between ADL and BYD Europe, the new zero-emission fleet combine BYD’s leading electric driveline and battery technology with Alexander Dennis bodies, which have been specially adapted to suit Glasgow Airport’s operational requirements.  

 

Charging infrastructure for the three buses has also been installed at the airport’s Long-Stay Car Park and the fleet will be operated by NCP. At 10.8m long, each bus has both front and rear access points, 23 seats, three-tier luggage compartments and includes wheelchair provision.  

 

Colin Robertson, ADL Chief Executive, said: “Glasgow Airport’s decision to electrify its official car park shuttles shows that battery buses have an important role to play at airports. We are delighted to have used our expertise in adapting buses to specific operational requirements on these environmentally-friendly vehicles. It is great to see Glasgow Airport leading the charge with pure electric buses.”

Williamsburgh

Volunteers, community groups, pupils and businesses have teamed up to remove more than 1000 bags of litter from Renfrewshire’s local environment.

A key part of Renfrewshire’s highly successful Team Up to Clean Up campaign, Spotless September saw 49 events held across the area and 931 volunteers take part to enhance their communities.

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Litter picks were held in schools, by riverbanks, outside businesses, in parks and more as the local community joined forces to tidy their local area.

The campaign has sparked new community gatherings across Renfrewshire and the latest has been formed by Jenna Givens as she looks to clean up Gallowhill in Paisley.

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Jenna said: “I’ve recently moved to the Gallowhill area and there is a real community spirit around here with volunteers coming out to help and more expressing an interest, I expect our fortnightly clean ups will become a growing movement.

“As ever my two children have a hugely positive impact and continue to do good and are still keen to make a difference, it’s very rewarding to see all those bags of litter piling up.

“The service from the wardens and StreetScene team is superb, always very reliable in dropping off and picking up on time, and I can’t wait to get back out there to Team Up to Clean Up.”

Spotless September also saw the first Pooches in the Park event take place in Barshaw Park as the campaign aimed to raise awareness of the issue of dog fouling and encourage everyone to be responsible dog owners.

More than 40 people turned out in rainy conditions to show their support for the mile-long walk, which also saw an open training event from St Mirin Dog Training Centre to teach owners and dogs alike how to stay safe when out walking.

Councillor Cathy McEwan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Infrastructure, Land and Environment Policy Board, said: “It’s fantastic to see the Team Up to Clean Up campaign continuing to grow and develop and with almost a thousand volunteers taking part throughout September, we really are seeing the difference in our communities.

“It’s more important than ever that we take care of our local environment and it’s great to see volunteers young and old taking part in the campaign. I take pride in where I live and it’s important the next generation recognise that we need to all work together to make Renfrewshire an inviting place to live, work and visit.

“Spotless September may be over but the campaign continues on and I can’t wait to get back out there along with others who enjoy”

The Team Up to Clean Up campaign forms part of a £2.5million investment across five years to make a real difference to the cleanliness of the streets in Renfrewshire and improve the local environment.

As well as the support from local communities, an enhanced programme of operational activity is underway to clean gullies, sweep the roads and repair the roads infrastructure to ensure the campaign is a joint approach between the council and its residents.

For more information and to find out how to get involved, visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/teamuptocleanup.

Cirque du Soleil

THE world-famous Cirque du Soleil is coming to intu Braehead with their coolest show ever.

For the first time, the amazing Cirque du Soleil entertainers will take to the ice for a skating and acrobatic extravaganza in a production of their new show, Crystal.

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Tickets are on sale from tomorrow/today, Friday October 4 for the spectacular shows – blending circus arts and exciting ice skating skills – being staged at The Arena at intu Braehead, between March 11 and 15 2020.

The international cast of 43 acrobats and skaters come from 24 different countries and their jaw-dropping performances will capture the imaginations of audiences who witness the spectacle.

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Crystal, which is a Live Nation presentation, tells the story of a young woman who feels misunderstood and to escape her reality, ventures out on to a frozen pond and falls through the ice to an upside-down world.

The magical show then takes audiences into a suspended reality and they glide into a world that springs into a colourful life with astonishing visual projections and an original score that blends popular music with the signature sounds of Cirque du Soleil.

Marketing manager for intu Braehead, David Lyon said: “This new show by Cirque du Soleil pushes the boundaries of performance with a combination of stunning skating skills and acrobatics that defy the imagination and challenge the laws of gravity.

“I’ve no doubt this will be a very popular show and already many people have been asking about booking their tickets and tell us they are really looking forward to a spectacular and unbelievable night of awe and entertainment.”

Log on to www.braehead-arena.co.uk to book your tickets to a magical night.

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New football facilities, a music library and free bike repairs are just a few of the projects soon to be available for young people in Renfrewshire after the successful applications were announced for the Celebrating Renfrewshire Fund.

43 projects were awarded a total of £150,000 in funding after almost 3500 young people cast more than 10,000 votes.

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The successful projects were announced at a celebration event at the Tannahill Centre in Paisley which was attended by more than 100 young people and community partners from across Renfrewshire.

St Mirren Youth Football Club were successful in receiving the maximum £3000 to create a changing facility at the India Tyres park which help to get hundreds of budding footballers out onto the park.

Stephen Mann, St Mirren YFC Treasurer, said: “What this funding is going to do is allow our nine boys and five girls teams to be playing out of the Tyres hopefully from 2020.

“It’s really going to boost our club and make sure that more young people are going to be playing at the Tyres in the near future.”

Another successful project that received the maximum award was Erskine Music and Media, a Community Interest Company run by young people, for young people that provides services such as music tuition, PA hires, event filming and photography.

Catherine Coyle, Erskine Music and Media, said: “This funding will help us to create a new music library consisting of vinyl’s and CDs, as well as opening up lots of opportunities to go on trips, see new places and play gigs.

“In general, it is going to open a lot of doors for us and give us more opportunities in the musical world.”

Previously known as the Youth Challenge Fund, youth groups across Renfrewshire came together to form a steering group which facilitated the fund, as well as renaming it the ‘Celebrating Renfrewshire Fund – by young people, for young people’.

It allocated £150,000 to projects which will make a real difference to the local area, such as removing the barriers to participation or the stigma around mental health, with the maximum award to each project being £3000.

The funding was split by population between the seven Local Partnership areas of Renfrew; Inchinnan, Erskine, Bishopton and Langbank; The Villages; Johnstone and Linwood; Paisley North, West and Central; Paisley East and Gleniffer.

Councillor Michelle Campbell, Renfrewshire Council’s Young Persons Champion, said: “Through the Celebrating Renfrewshire Fund, we’ve been able to give young people the opportunity to shape their communities how they would like to see them.

“If there is an activity or support that they feel is missing, this fund gives them the chance to create it and we will now support all applicants as best we can to ensure that their ideas come to fruition.

“Too often, young people feel they are outside of the decision-making process, but through the fund we have been able to award almost £150,000 directly to young people to help them improve their own and the lives of their peers in Renfrewshire by making the changes they know are needed.

“Congratulations to all the recipients of funding, now is your time to go make a difference.”

The successful applicants will now use their funding to develop their projects and will be provided with the support they need to progress their ideas into reality from the council’s Community Planning and Youth Services teams.

For more information and a full list of winning projects, visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/celebratingrenfrewshire.

 

Adrian McKechnie, Chairperson of Renfrewshire Youth Voice, said: “I think this an amazing opportunity for young people to get involved in the decision making behind how money is spent.

“The projects that the funding is going to go towards, whether this is to affect change or put together programmes that they see the value in, I think that’s what’s at the core of participatory budgeting and what was at the core of the Celebrating Renfrewshire Fund was that it was young people in control of how that money was spent.”

The full list of winning projects and their funding awards are:

Erskine, Inchinnan, Bishopton & Langbank

Erskine Music & Media Studio – £3,000
Erskine Youth Council – £2,918.90
Lamont Farm Project – £3,000
Park Mains Community Sports Hub – £3,000
St Mirren Youth Football Club – £3,000
Renfrewshire Carers Centre – £1,693.71
I Am Me Scotland – £3,000
Renfrewshire Members of the Scottish Youth Parliament – £675.39

Gleniffer

Gleniffer High School (sports leaders) – £2,900
Gleniffer High School (gymnastics) – £2,500
I Am Me Scotland – £3,000
Renfrewshire Carers Centre – £1,693.71
Renfrewshire Members of the Scottish Youth Parliament – £2,961.60
Lamont Farm Project – £3,000
Foxbar and Glenburn Outdoor Group (Club) – £3,000
Foxbar and Glenburn Outdoor group (Residential) – £805.69

Johnstone and Linwood

Johnstone High School – £1,890
Johnstone Castle Learning Centre – £3,000
Renfrewshire Members of the Scottish Youth Parliament – £2,961.60
Linstone Housing Association – £3,000
I Am Me Scotland – £3,000
Linwood High School – £3,000
Renfrewshire Carers Centre – £1,693.71
Youth Interventions Sco46578 – £3,000
Linwood, Johnstone and Gryffe Community Sport Hub – £151.69

Paisley East

St Andrew’s Academy PE Department – £3,000
I Am Me Scotland – £3,000
CREATE Paisley (5 ways) – £2,964
Renfrewshire Members of the Scottish Youth Parliament – £2,961.60
Renfrewshire Carers Centre – £1,693
Sport for Change – £1,475
Loud N Proud £3,000
CREATE Paisley (cafe) – £2,934
Alba Thistle BC 2003 – £1,500
Young Enterprise Scotland – Renfrewshire Area – £1,567.40

Paisley North, West and Central

Paisley YMCA – £3,000
Loud N Proud – £3,000
Mary Russell Youth Club – £1,100
Own Yer Bike – £2,980.35
Pals of the Privies – £3,000
Cameron Dance School – £2,600
CREATE Paisley (ambassadors) – £2,000
Kibble Education and Care Centre – £2,800
CREATE Paisley (5 ways) – £652.65

Renfrew

Renfrew High Pupil Leaders – £3,000
Young Ambassadors – £3,000
Renfrewshire Carers Centre – £1,693.71
I Am Me Scotland – £3,000
Renfrew YMCA SCIO – £639.66
Renfrewshire Members of the Scottish Youth Parliament – £2,961.60
Lamont Farm Project – £3,000
Young Enterprise Scotland – Renfrewshire Area – £1,362.03

The Villages

Renfrewshire Carers Centre – £1,693
Linwood, Johnstone and Gryffe Community Sport Hub – £3,000
Johnstone Burgh Football Club – £3,000
I Am Me Scotland – £3,000
Braehead Junior Ice Hockey Club – £372
Renfrewshire Members of the Scottish Youth Parliament – £2,961.60
Lapwing Lodge Camp Staff – £2,500
Lamont Farm Project – £3,000
The Boys Brigade, Paisley & District Battalion – £1,000
Elderslie Youth Connect – £500
Young Enterprise Scotland – Renfrewshire Area – £2,500
Renfrewshire Effort to Empower Minorities – £82.40

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Confirmation that the UK’s largest leather manufacturer will open a new facility in Renfrewshire is being hailed as ‘the first step’ in ambitious growth plans to add more than 9000 jobs to the local economy by 2030.

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Scottish Leather Group employ more than 800 people at its Bridge of Weir, Paisley and Glasgow sites and today announced they are opening a new Paisley hub by autumn 2020, creating 100 skilled jobs to provide high-end car seat upholstery.

This comes as Renfrewshire business leaders set out the strategy to grow the local economy and seize on £1.4billion being invested in infrastructure, innovation and skills across the region.

Welcoming the new jobs, Derek Mackay, Scottish Government Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Economy and Fair Work said: “Scotland is an attractive place to do business with a skilled workforce and companies like Scottish Leather Group expanding their operations is testament to this.

“Our Programme for Government sets out ambitious commitments in areas such as trade, manufacturing, skills and innovation which will also help to boost productivity growth across Scotland. Our Economic Action Plan will also be relaunched later this year to reinforce this work and will be the central point for both businesses and individuals across Scotland to access the information demonstrating the work that is being done by this Government to drive sustainable and inclusive economic growth.

“I welcome the publication of Renfrewshire’s Economic Strategy which will help develop the local economy further.”

Together with the jobs pledge, the strategy aims to increase GVA by £400million a year and expand Renfrewshire’s manufacturing sector by 30%.

Plans are also in place to grow the working age population by 5000 people and reduce economic inactivity by 15%, bringing 3000 local people into the workforce, while Renfrewshire businesses will benefit from targeted actions to reduce skills gaps and shortages.

Scottish Leather Group Director James Lang chairs Renfrewshire’s Economic Leadership Panel, which led development of the ambitious economic strategy.

He said: “Renfrewshire offers the perfect environment for businesses to flourish and as a locally-based business we can trace our Renfrewshire roots as far back as the 18th century. We are delighted to be expanding our Renfrewshire operation further with this important new facility in Paisley, which will create new jobs and enable us to deliver on our expanding portfolio.

“These jobs are an important first step in our ambitions for Renfrewshire. We are at an exciting time with major economic investment taking place right across Renfrewshire, a region which has strong foundations upon which to build, with a high employment rate and businesses exporting £2billion of goods and services worldwide.

“Renfrewshire’s Economic Strategy sets out how we will seize upon the opportunities brought by this new investment and achieve inclusive economic growth. It is the culmination of close partnership working between the private and public sector and achieving its ambitious aims will require our continued collaboration, drive and passion.”

The strategy identifies key sectors of strength in manufacturing, construction, transport and storage, together with emerging sectors in creative industries, tourism and care.

It acknowledges the importance of the work now started on construction of the Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District Scotland (AMIDS) – a partnership project with Scottish Government and Scottish Enterprise to develop a 52-hectare site next to Glasgow Airport into a base for manufacturing companies to harness new technologies and access cutting-edge research.

The first opening road bridge over the River Clyde at Renfrew, funded through the Glasgow City Region City Deal, will enhance connectivity and transform the Clyde waterfront.

Major investment is being made in Paisley’s venues and outdoor spaces, including the transformation of Paisley Museum, as part of plans to attract more tourists and visitors to the region.

And the strategy cites the critical importance of the house building programme, with 5000 homes being built in Renfrewshire over the next 10-years, including at Dargavel Village, one of the UK’s largest privately-funded brownfield regeneration projects.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Iain Nicolson said: “Renfrewshire is a place of culture, creativity and design, a region that is globally connected and a place that is investing in its economy.

“I am confident we will deliver a thriving Renfrewshire and we are already making great progress. Guided by this strategy and through the private and public sector working together, we will achieve a strong and inclusive economy, bringing more people into work with more secure earnings and greater earning power.

“We will bring education and skills provision closer to the needs of the local economy and we will improve our economic infrastructure, with better public transport and new digital connectivity. We will grow our working age population by retaining and attracting more people to live, learn and work here and we will grow our tourism and visitor numbers as we make Renfrewshire a destination of choice.”

 

Renfrewshire’s Economic Strategy 2020-2030

The strategy sets out our ambitions and actions to achieve sustainable, inclusive growth of the Renfrewshire economy over the next 10 years. Its development has been led by Renfrewshire’s Economic Leadership Panel, which draws together leaders from across the private and public sector, enterprise agencies and education and skills experts.

The strategy has six ambitious aims:

  • Add more than 9000 jobs to the economy
  • Add an additional £400million GVA per annum
  • Grow the working-age population by 5000 people
  • Reduce economic inactivity by 15% bringing 3000 local people into the workforce
  • Reduce by 60% the businesses reporting skills gaps and shortages impacting on performance
  • Grow Renfrewshire manufacturing GVA by 30%

It also sets out eight economic challenges and a series of actions to address these, including development of a Renfrewshire Skills Plan and an agreed Renfrewshire Inclusive Growth approach.

Renfrewshire’s Economic Leadership Panel will now support the development of a detailed action plan, with sectoral groups focusing on manufacturing, creative industries, tourism, care, transport and infrastructure.

The panel will monitor progress against the strategy ambitions, considering any changes as the context and circumstances for economic growth change.

Parents and carers in Renfrew can get closer to their little ones thanks to a new ‘expression swing’ set to be installed in Knockhill Park.

Local volunteer group, Friends of Knockhill Park, secured a £9088 investment from Renfrewshire Council’s Green Spaces, Parks and Play Areas and Villages Investment Fund to install the swing within the park, as well as an array of new seating and picnic benches.

The swing offers a bonding experience that is both relaxing and fun and was requested by local families through a consultation process held earlier this year.

Margaret Laird, Chairperson of Knockhill Park, said: “I’ve lived and played in this park all my life and it’s amazing to see families coming back into the park because of what our group has achieved.

“We’re bringing in a parent and toddler swing which allows both people to be on it at the same time, which is especially good for young children who may be uneasy when their parent or carer is not with them.

“This swing will touch another part of the community which may have been missing and it’s a great investment as it’ll go on for years and years.”

The new equipment will enhance the parks facilities which currently include seven-a-side football pitches, swings, slides, a climbing web, an outdoor gym and a dog agility zone.

Councillor Marie McGurk, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Communities, Housing and Planning Policy Board, said: “Friends of Knockhill Park have carried out some amazing work in recent years to make the park an inviting, welcoming place for the Renfrew community.

“This latest improvement will be great for families to use with their little ones and I’m sure it will be very well received by parents and carers in the area.

“New seating and picnic benches will also be welcome as it gives people a place to relax and enjoy the local park.

“If you have an idea for a similar project, please get in touch with the team and we’ll support you to make your application to the fund.”

The £1.87million fund aims to regenerate and make physical and environmental improvements to areas across Renfrewshire identified by the local community.

Awards from the fund will assist in bringing in external funding, increase community participation in local areas and encourage the process of transferring assets to local communities.

Each application must show it has consulted the local community to ensure there is a need and desire for the project and that it would improve community life.

£370,000 has been ringfenced from the overall £1.87million fund specifically for investment in Renfrewshire’s villages, through the Villages Investment Fund, and applications for this must show that they will strengthen the unique identity, heritage and character of village life.

For more information and to find out how to apply, visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/greenspacesfund.

Rocco 2019

The Chamber is delighted to announce that Paisley.is has been confirmed as main sponsor of Rocco 2019 for second year. 

 

Cllr Iain Nicolson, Leader of Renfrewshire Council, said: “I am delighted that Paisley.is will be the headline sponsor for this year’s ROCCOs event.

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“The ROCCOs are a highlight in the calendar of the Renfrewshire business community and do such a great job of showcasing the creativity and entrepreneurialism putting Renfrewshire firmly on the map as a business destination of choice. 

“We have had great support for the Paisley.is destination brand from the business community and from the Chamber as we look to sell the benefits of doing business in Renfrewshire.

“I’m proud of the strength and the success of our business community, and it is a pleasure to be able to honour the best of the best at the 2019 awards.” 

The ROCCO’s now in their 16th year are open for entry and are Renfrewshire’s premier business event. 

CEO Bob Grant said, “The Chamber is delighted to welcome Paisley Is as returning main sponsor for Rocco 2019. The destination brand has grown since launch and its important role continues to highlight our strengths as a commercial location demonstrating we are open for business. We look forward to building on our key partnerships, encouraging investment and visitors to Renfrewshire. 

Thank you to all our category sponsors, without their support, the ROCCO’s would not be possible. I encourage businesses & organisations from all sectors to consider entering in 2019. Winning a ROCCO is a great achievement and competition is always fierce. Across the 17 categories we have something for everyone; from a sole trader or young entrepreneur & community group to well established SMEs and large corporates. You have plenty of time to enter the Rocco’s however please don’t leave it to the last minute. You can enter as many categories as you wish, and if you are planning to attend please book early, the ROCCO’s sell out every year well before the event.”

Rocco 2019

The ROCCO’s are free to enter for members based anywhere plus non-members that are based in Renfrewshire. The 17 categories this year are:

ROCCO Award for Excellence in Customer Service – sponsored by the Scottish Leather Group

ROCCO Award for Developing the Young Workforce (West) – sponsored by DYW (West)

ROCCO Award for Excellence in Manufacturing – sponsorship available  

ROCCO Award for Innovation & Technology – sponsored by Creation IP 

ROCCO Award for International Trade – sponsored by Glasgow Airport

ROCCO Award for Invest in Renfrewshire – sponsored by Renfrewshire Council / Invest in Renfrewshire

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

ROCCO Award for Employer of the Year – sponsored by West College Scotland 

ROCCO Award for Family Business of the Year – sponsored by The Malcolm Group

ROCCO Award for Young Business Person of the Year – sponsored by Rolls-Royce

ROCCO Award for Business Leader of the Year – sponsored by Diageo

ROCCO Award for Excellence in Tourism – sponsored by Paisley.is 

ROCCO Award for Community Champion – sponsored by Engage Renfrewshire & The Royal Bank of Scotland

ROCCO Award for Outstanding Performing Business with 5 or less employees – sponsored by intu Braehead

ROCCO Award for Outstanding Performing Business <25 employees – sponsorship available

ROCCO Award for Outstanding Performing Business >25 employees – sponsorship available

ROCCO Award for Renfrewshire’s Favourite Business – sponsored by the Paisley Daily Express (nominations open end of August)

 

The awards are open for entry until the 6th September. Shortlist will be announced end September and the winners announced at our awards ceremony on Friday 15th November at The Normandy Hotel hosted by Fred MacAulay.

On the night a charity raffle will support 2 charities including Accord Hospice 

For more info and to enter book a table – please visit www.roccoawards.com

The social medial hashtag is #2019Rocco