Street Entertainers Paisley Photographs.

Photographs of some of the street entertainers on Saturday before the Christmas Light Switch On..

All Photographs taken by Ian McDonald Photography for www.paisley.org.uk

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ROCCO 2013 Winners:

Friday the 15th Nov saw 16 awards presented at the 10th ROCCOs – the annual business awards of Renfrewshire Chamber. Sponsored this year by Life Technologies who have their European HQ in Inchinnan, the sell-out crowd of 490+ celebrated at The Normandy Hotel hosted by ROCCO regular Fred MacAulay.

Chamber president Tom Johnston commented “it was a great night – a real celebration of the great businesses & people we have in Renfrewshire. I encourage all our 16 winners to use their ROCCO win in their own PR and share their good news with staff & clients. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our sponsors, premier partners and companies that supported ROCCO 2013. For those that didn’t win I hope you will enter ROCCO 2014″.

The ROCCO 2013 winners are:

1. Excellence in Customer Service sponsored by intu Braehead – Glasgow Airport
2. Journey to Zero Waste sponsored by the William Tracey Group – Chivas Brothers
3. Excellence in Manufacturing sponsored by the Scottish Leather Group – Rolls Royce
4. Innovation & Technology sponsored by MEPC Hillington Park – Rainbow Technology Systems
5. Family Business of the Year sponsored by The Malcolm Group – Spectrum Service Solutions
6. Outstanding Performing Business <5 staff sponsored by IRW Systems – Designline Creative
7. Outstanding Performing Business >5 & <25 staff sponsored by Renfrewshire Council – Sarkar Defence
8. Outstanding Performing Business >25 staff sponsored by the Phoenix Car Company – Bray Controls
9. Most Promising New Business sponsored by Business Gateway – Engage Marketing & Communications
10. Community Champion of the Year sponsored by Engage Renfrewshire & RBS – No Substitute for Life
11. International Trade sponsored by Glasgow Airport – Sarkar Defence
12. Young Business Person of the Year sponsored by West College Scotland – Craig Bickett (Tuckerbox)
13. Employer of the year sponsored by Rolls Royce – Life Technologies
14. Invest in Renfrewshire sponsored by Renfrewshire Council – Carli’s Kindergarten
15. Enterprise in Education sponsored by the University of the West of Scotland – Ferguslie Pre-five Centre
16. Business Leader of the Year sponsored by Diageo – Peter Beagley, intu Braehead

With entertainment provided by young artists from UWS MA in Songwriting and Performance and Loud’n’Proud, the event raised £10,000 for local charities & good causes including Accord Hospice and Sailability (Sailing for the disabled). Afterwards guests celebrated into the night at the after show party.

Renfrewshire Chamber themselves are officially short listed in the coveted UK Chamber of the Year award with the winner announced in London at a glittering awards ceremony at the end of November. The popular Chamber based in Paisley at Glasgow Airport has a growing membership at just under 600 companies and celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2014.

The twitter hash tag for any tweets on ROCCO 2013 is #2013Rocco (& #Rocco2013)

For more info on the ROCCOs please visit www.roccoawards.com

More images are available on the Chamber facebook page  – www.facebook.com/renfrewshirechamberofcommerce

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Paisley Christmas Lights Switch On Parade Photographs.

Paisley was buzzing all day with families coming to watch the festive lights being switched on in town, up to 20,000 people attended according to the announcer on stage. Festivities started with the Reindeer Parade (photos below)

All photographs were taken by Alex Kyle Photography on behalf of www.paisley.org.uk

Paisley Christmas Lights

Paisley Christmas Light Switch On Photographs.

This years Paisley Christmas light switch On saw up to 30,000 people crowd into Paisley town centre to see the festive lights switched on for 2013/14.

UK hip-hop star Tinchy Stryder and Dundee rockers The View wowed the crowds and helped kick off the celebrations alongside boyband Mr Meanor, the Clyde 1 Roadshow DJs, and Santa Claus with his reindeer.

Below are some shots from the stage taken by Alex Slaven Photography on behalf of www.paisley.org.uk

Opening of the Bield Activity Centre.

The Bield Activity Centre, owned by 7th Paisley JNI Scout Group, was officially opened at the weekend by Graham Haddock, Chief Commissioner of Scotland.

The Provost of Renfrewshire, Anne Hall, joined the many invited guests along with the Lord Lieutenant of Renfrewshire Guy Clarke, who presented Matthew Hesselmann with his Queens Scouts Award. There were presentations of the highest Scouting Youth awards: Chief Scouts Awards, Duke of Edinburgh and the Queens Scouts Awards.

scouts17The UK Chief Commissioner for Scouting Wayne Bulpitt, who had travelled from London, addressed the audience and spent time chatting to the youngest members of the Group.

The JNI Group offers Scouting activities to girls and boys from 6 to 18 years, with 150 members throughout the Group.
The centre has been developed for the wider community over the last 2 years at a cost of £400,000, now boasting 2 climbing walls within the 3 separate halls.

At present there are 15 community groups making use of this great facility weekly, three of which were represented at the opening ceremony. The centre is also available for hire on a one-off basis for parties and wedding receptions. Contact Tom Allan on 01505 814502.

The main funders of the project are The National Lottery, Postcode Lottery, Community Energy Scotland, Renfrewshire Council, and Scouting.

All photographs taken by Alex Slaven Photography on behalf of www.paisley.org.uk

Glasgow Airport logo 2013

SECOND PHASE OF GLASGOW AIRPORT’S £17M

INVESTMENT TAKES OFF.

The second phase of Glasgow Airport’s extensive preparations for the 2014 Commonwealth Games is now underway.

Earlier this year the airport unveiled details of its £17 million investment programme which will see large parts of the main terminal building undergo a major makeover. This includes international arrivals which for many will be the gateway to the Games.

Glasgow Airport logo 2013Work was scheduled around the airport’s peak season and following the busy October week, contractors have now moved on-site to begin the refurbishment work. This will include the expansion and improvement of the international arrivals area, modernisations to the main check-in hall and £1.5 million will be spent on upgrading the toilet facilities.

Glasgow Airport has spent in excess of £21 million over the course of the past two years on capital projects designed to provide a better experience for passengers, however, this latest investment will ensure the airport is ready to play its part in what will be the largest sporting and cultural event Scotland will have ever hosted.

Amanda McMillan, managing director of Glasgow Airport, said: “Our £17 million investment programme represents one of the most significant and comprehensive upgrades to the main terminal since it was first opened in 1966. The airport has changed dramatically since then and this is our biggest single investment since the launch of our £31 million Skyhub building in 2008.

“Next year represents a fantastic opportunity to showcase the best of Glasgow and Scotland to the world and we are fully aware of the important role we have to play in helping deliver a successful Commonwealth Games, Ryder Cup and Year of Homecoming Scotland.

“For many visitors and members of the Games family, international arrivals will be their first impression of Glasgow and this is a particular area of focus for the coming months. We will be extending the international arrivals concourse, adding new seating and landscaping a new public space at the front of the building. Passengers will also notice changes in the check-in hall where hoardings are already in place and work on retiling the hall is underway.”

Other aspects of the refurbishment work will include new flooring in the airport’s domestic pier, the instillation of new heating and ventilation systems in terminal two, and general improvements to the airport’s road network.

In July, Glasgow Airport launched its new brand and and accompanying strapline – Proud to Serve Scotland. Designed by Paisley-based agency Designline, the logo is a contemporary twist on an iconic Scottish symbol. It depicts the head of a thistle sitting proudly above the letter G and the use of a solid blue colour adds to its distinctive Scottish feel.

Amanda McMillan, managing director of Glasgow Airport, added: “Through our continued investment and new logo, we are sending out a clear message that Glasgow Airport is committed to playing its part in the successful delivery of what will be the biggest sporting event in Scotland’s history, when Glasgow plays host to the 2014 Commonwealth Games.”

Paisley set for Christmas Lights Switch On.

Tens of thousands of people are set to pack Paisley town centre this Saturday (November 16) for one of the highlights of Renfrewshire’s Christmas calendar.

Paisley’s Christmas Lights Switch On promises to be bigger and better than ever this year.

UK hip-hop star Tinchy Stryder and Dundee rockers The View are the headline performers on the main stage in Gauze Street at 4.30 and 5.30pm respectively.

The Clyde 1 Roadshow will be in action from 1pm with DJs Gina McKie, Romeo and Gavin Pearson.

The stage will also feature performances from boyband Mr Meanor at 2pm, YouTube sensation Alexa at 3pm, and a magic show at 1.10pm.

The six –and-a-half hour festive extravaganza  starts at noon with the traditional reindeer parade starting from Gilmour Street which this year will be led by Santa Claus.

Throughout the day there’s lots of family fun including face painting and street entertainers, along with funfair rides and a Christmas market in Paisley Town Hall.

The action rounds off at 6pm with Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall switching on the town’s Christmas Lights.

People visiting the town might also take the chance to check out the popular Brick City Lego exhibition at Paisley Museum.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan said:  “It’s been a fantastic year for events in Renfrewshire with Paisley successfully hosting the Royal National Mòd, and The Spree.

“The recent fireworks display in Paisley was well supported despite the wet weather.

“Now we’re looking forward to what has become a massively popular event which last year attracted a crowd of 37,000 to Paisley.

“The council’s events programme aims to support business and boost regeneration in our town centres.

“Paisley’s Christmas Light Show offers a fabulous day of top entertainment and everything is set for another special event.”

Free parking is available at all Renfrewshire Council metered parking bays and car parks in Paisley town centre – as it is every weekend.

Additional free event parking will be available at West College Scotland, Paisley Grammar School, Castlehead High School, Wallneuk Road and Castlehead High School.

Drivers are advised that there will be various road closures around Gauze Street starting from Friday evening.

The event sponsors who have joined Renfrewshire Council in promoting the event are:  The Piazza Shopping Centre, West College Scotland, Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce, Renfrewshire Leisure, Lynnhurst Hotel, Bowfield Country Club, Hamishes’ Hoose, Intu Braehead and Clyde Scaffolding.

George Adam MSP

MSP for Paisley in Successful Yes Vote.

Paisley’s MSP has been getting that ‘de javu’ feeling after purchasing a book by a Glasgow author.  Overture by writer Erl B. Wilkie tells the story of the politics after Scotland has voted Yes after the independence referendum in 2014.  One of the key politicians in discussion on independence is the ‘firebrand’ backbench SNP MSP for Paisley.  This MSP lives in the east end of Paisley and drinks in his local the Burgh Bar.  These three facts sounded very close to home for the real Paisley MSP George Adam.

George Adam MSP

George said:

‘I was first made aware of the book by an article in the Paisley Daily express a few months ago.  Since then I’ve had loads of constituents telling me about it saying that I should take a look for myself.

‘I was initially very pleased to hear about a book detailing a successful vote on Scottish independence with a focus on my home town.  What I didn’t expect was a few coincidences that really had me thinking.

‘The politician involved was Paisley’s MSP, Jack Murdoch.  This fictional MSP lives in same part of Paisley as myself and has the same favourite watering hole – my local the Burgh Bar.

‘Seriously, I’m sure any similarities are just coincidence and I can confirm that the book was a great read which I thoroughly enjoyed.

‘Particularly pleasing is that art seems to be imitating real life in some parts of the book and I’m hoping that the referendum next year produces the same result detailed in the book.’

Courtesy of www.paisleysmsp.org

New service provides moving experience for older people.

A new service is being launched to provide practical help, advice, information and support to older people who are living in housing that doesn’t suit their needs anymore.

The new Older Persons’ Housing Advice Service is a partnership between the Bridgewater Housing Association Ltd and Renfrewshire Council.

It is aimed at local people who are aged 60 year or over who are finding their current home difficult to manage and who are thinking about moving home.

The initiative provides specialist advice and support on the housing options available. It aims to help older people find the best way to live independently for as long as possible.

The service offers one-to-one advice to people in the comfort of their own homes. It covers a range of housing options including; moving home, properties for older people like sheltered housing, support services and how to adapt the home to make it more suitable.

Staff from the service can help individuals reach a decision about their possible future housing and then provide the necessary practical help to put their decision into practice. This might be applying to get their existing home adapted to make it easier to live in, accessing care and support and even practical help and assistance with moving to a more suitable property.

The service is open to people who own their own homes as well as people who rent them.

Councillor Tommy Williams, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Housing and Community Safety Policy Board, said, “Increasingly, older people may find themselves in a position where they either want to or need to start thinking about their housing options. But this can be very stressful for older people, particularly for those who don’t have any family living nearby to help. It can be hard even just finding out about possible alternatives, let alone thinking about organising a move.

“This is where the Older Persons’ Housing Advice Service can help. Having someone impartial to talk through the pros and cons of possible housing alternatives and to help sort out the practicalities takes the strain from older people. It can help people make positive choices about their where they live.”

Mrs Maria Collins, 84, recently used the service and it helped her move from her home into sheltered accommodation. She said, “I didn’t feel safe in the house I was in. I was on my own after my husband died. I’d also had a few falls. It really was very bad and it was driving me daft.

“Becki (Becki Breakwell, Older Persons’ Housing Advice Worker with the Bridgewater Housing Association) got me all the names of the sheltered accommodation and helped me apply. When a place came up she told me all about it. She was really very good. She helped me with all the forms and she helped me in every way.”

Becki Breakwell, Older Persons’ Housing Advice Worker with the Bridgewater Housing Association, said, “The ultimate outcome of the Older Person’s Housing Advice Service will be better housed older people, relieved of the worry and stress which living in an unfit, unsuitable home brings, plus a reduced health risk for those who are living in a home ill adapted to their needs. Perhaps most importantly, the service will give older people the right information to enable them to take control of their housing situation and make their own decisions about their future, prior to a crisis when the matter could be taken out of their hands.”

The Older Persons’ Housing Advice Service is paid for through the Scottish Government’s Reshaping Care for Older People’s agenda.

More information is available by calling 0141 812 2237 or emailing bbreakwell@bridgewaterha.org.uk

Council Leader launches Renfrewshire Living Wage campaign.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan has launched a campaign urging businesses and organisations in Renfrewshire to sign up to the Living Wage.

The Council Leader visited the Phoenix Car Company in Linwood to meet with employers from the private and public sector that have already pledged to pay the Living Wage.

By supporting the campaign, Living Wage employers will receive recognition through the council’s website and be entitled to use the campaign logo across their own publicity activities.

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Earlier this week the UK Living Wage, the amount people need to earn to meet the basic cost of living, was unveiled as £7.65 per hour, significantly higher than the legal minimum wage of £6.31 for over-21s.

Councillor Macmillan said: “The national minimum wage has not kept pace with life here in Renfrewshire. It certainly isn’t sufficient to support a family. We need the help of the business community to make work pay so that employment is always the more affordable option for parents and individuals.

“Renfrewshire’s Living Wage campaign will provide practical local assistance to help employers do the right thing.

“Paying the Living Wage is good for business, good for families and good for Renfrewshire. It means that people can work their way out of poverty and it ensures Renfrewshire remains an attractive and prosperous place in which to work or build a future”.

In June this year Renfrewshire Council announced plans to pay an extra £1,000 per post to firms which agree to pay at least the Living Wage, taking the council’s investment in youth employment and Renfrewshire’s economy above the £8 million mark.

Renfrewshire Council pledged its commitment to the Living Wage at the end of 2012, benefiting around 800 council workers. Those who experienced the biggest gains were mostly female part-time workers involved in catering, cleaning and school crossing services.

Last month ahead of the campaign the Council Leader wrote to 150 employers across Renfrewshire to share with them the council’s own experience and inspire them to get behind the campaign. Among the first firms to pledge its support was Phoenix Car Company in Linwood.

Managing Director John McGuire said: “Paying a Living Wage has had a positive effect on productivity because it shows we value our employees.

“Also if you pay people a Living Wage they can afford to contribute to the economy and if people are spending, that’s good for business in the long-run.”

Other Renfrewshire employers who support the Living Wage campaign include Share Scotland, Link Housing, University West of Scotland, West College Scotland, Smith & McLaurin and Ceridian HR & Payroll Services.

Businesses wanting to add their name to the list can find further information on the council website at www.renfrewshire.gov.uk or contact the Leader’s Office at Renfrewshire House.