New Recruit for Renfrewshire Chamber The Chamber has been supporting Renfrewshire Councils, The Recruit since it started in 2010. Based loosely around the BBC’s The Apprentice, a number of secondary school leavers under take a summer of business related challenges.

The Top Recruits win real paid jobs for a year – with the Chamber offering the position of Management Trainee. This year’s winner was Alison Fraser from Elderslie who went to Johnston High.

renfrewshire-chamber-commerceCommenting on her Recruit experience, Alison said “Throughout The Recruit programme I made many new friends, gained various different skills and greatly improved my confidence. And of course I won my job in the Chamber – which I still can’t believe I got! Being at the Chamber for a month, it has opened my mind to many diverse aspects of work and I have been introduced to many influential people who have put given me great advice.

Throughout my year here I hope to meet many more fascinating people, hear about their businesses and how they have achieved their success. After my year at the Chamber I plan on going to The University of the West of Scotland to study Social Sciences.

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Photographed – Recruit host George Bowie, Chamber job winner Alison Fraser and Chamber CEO Bob Davidson



Renfrewshire Chamber for the 2nd year running has been shortlisted with 5 others chambers across the entire UK (from a total of 51) for the prestigious BCC Chamber of the Year.

renfrewshire-chamber-commerceChamber President Tom Johnston, delighted with the official shortlisting commented “once again well done to all the Chamber Team and the Chamber Board.

Renfrewshire Chamber punches way above its weight in the Chamber network – and I am confident this will be recognised nationally. I will be joining members of the team at the official ceremony, when the winner is announced at the end of November in Guildhall, London.”

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The Chamber, at the September networking lunch, recognised a number of key mentors – that between them have mentored, for free, a significant number of local businesses from all sectors.

Linda Perry the Chamber’s Mentoring Exec’ presented 6 mentors with an official mentoring certificate. Commenting on the mentoring programme, Bob Davidson, Chamber CEO said “I encourage all growing businesses to get in touch with Linda and find out how mentoring can help their business grow & prosper.


You are gaining the valuable experience and views of business men and women from across Renfrewshire and beyond – many of them very senior. It’s a great programme and Renfrewshire Chamber have helped hundreds of companies gain access to a business mentor.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all our mentors for giving up their valuable time to help others.” Mentors recognised included:

  • Colin Neill – Diageo
  • David Hoey – BTO,
  • David Scouller – DPS Agency,
  • Gary Ennis – NSDesign,
  • Sheena Kitchin- Scotland by Design and Tina Beales.

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or contact Linda Perry at / 0141 847 5458 / 07525 323500


Investors in People Silver Award

Renfrewshire Chamber recently received their 3 yr audit from Investors in People – and successfully progressed from Bronze to Silver – joining the ranks of 70 other companies across the whole of Scotland to achieve this level. Of the thousands across the UK that go for IIP – only 1.5% are silver or above – so it is a significant achievement for a company with 8 staff.

renfrewshire-chamber-commerceCommenting on the award, Tom Johnston, Chamber President said “well done to Bob and the all the team. For a relatively small team – they deliver a great deal to a consistently high standard. It is reassuring to get independently reviewed and know you are doing well as an employer that genuinely looks after it’s number one asset – its staff ”.

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WEST END WURDZ Paisley Events
‘D’ye Mind o’ the Mills?’
Sunday 28 October, 2.30-4.30pm
16 Wellmeadow Street, Paisley
Entry Free

scottish mental health arts and film festival renfrewshireIf you’ve never been to a poetry event in Paisley, now’s your chance! Five female Paisley poets (Oh, who can resist that alluring alliteration?), one Dundee poet, and one Glasgow poet get together to ask, ‘D’ye Mind o’ the Mills?’ In case you didn’t know, Paisley and Dundee are toons that are alive with mill history. Dundee made the jute, and Paisley made the thread. So come and hear the gallus mill girls poets (Tracy Patrick, Mo Blake, Kathryn Daly and Gwen McKerrell) tell you what was great and gory about life in the mills. Mark Thomson gives his unique perspective in Dundonian patter. Mo Blake sheds her mill girl persona and delivers poetry with true wummin’s wit. And Barrheid’s own Jim Ferguson gives his take on… well, wait and see. Come and say your piece at the open mike. With music from Coleslaw and a special guest appearance from John Lennon’s elbow!
Oh yes, and did I mention the FREE WINE!


Brides Make An Extra Special Entrance In Renfrew Town Hall

A group of lovely ladies from across Renfrewshire Council have come out in force to show their support for the newly re-opened and beautifully restored Renfrew Town Hall by donning their bridal gowns one more time for a unique town centre bridal gathering.


bridesRenfrewshire brides and bridesmaids who have been married in the town recently to others who are celebrating longer anniversaries all jumped at the chance to wear that special dress again though this time with friends and colleagues in order to help raise awareness of Renfrew’s hidden gem fairytale castle style wedding venue.


Sheonna Anderson, Valerie Kelly, Michelle Carslaw, Linsey Matthews, Bobbie O’Donnell , Mary Longwell and Tricia Gault all from various sectors across the Council braved the weather and stopped traffic in Renfrew town centre yesterday as they made their way up the High St in their beautiful gowns.


Kathleen Kennedy of Renfrewshire Arts & Museums Service said,’ We were absolutely delighted to have received so much support from our colleagues across the Council, many of whom live in the area, to get involved in our campaign ‘Your Dream Setting Is Nearer Than You Think’ and to raise public awareness of such a beautiful venue which makes for the perfect wedding location. We hope the elegant and classic style of the facilities, which were just restored to their former glory earlier this year will make more bridal parties think of the Historic Burgh of Renfrew as their choice.’


Renfrew Town Hall has a rich and varied past dating back to 1670. It has served as a courthouse, an early 19th century jail, a focal point for community and civic activities and more recently of course a wedding venue.


The venue was officially opened by deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon on 28 January 2012 after a £5.2million programme to fully refurbish and renovate all aspects of the building.

To view the building and take full advantage of the event planning service offered by Renfrewshire Arts & Museums, enquiries and visits can be arranged by calling 0141 887 1007 or emailing

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The Jack and Jill Market

What fabulous quality, nearly new items will you buy for your “cheeky monkey” at The Jack and Jill Market for maternity, babies and children (0-9yrs) which is coming to The Meadow Leisure Centre, Meadow Road,Dumbarton,G82 2AA on Sunday 21st October 2012.
jack and jillStalls filled with gorgeous bargains, whether you are looking for Prams, Buggies, Cots, Highchairs, Car Seats, Toys, Clothes. The list is endless…

You really can’t afford to miss this!


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Paisley Competition Who’s Who

We have a fantastic chance for someone to win a Pair of tickets the LNP Promotions ‘Kings Ov leon’ Gig on Saturday 3rd  November in The Union on Storie Street, Paisley.

All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is answer this question.

Who is the lead singer/vocals for the Kings Of Leon

  1. Caleb Followill
  2. Matthew Followill
  3. Jared Followill
  4. Nathan Followill
KOL-POSTER-212x300This Competition has now Closed and the Winner will be notified by email – The Winner is N Oswald well done…
The answer of course was Caleb Followill

LNP Promotions Kings Ov Leon

We are delighted to announce another great LIVE gig in support of Loud n Proud
On Saturday 3rd November
at The Union, Storie Street Paisley,
The ultimate UK tribute ’Kings Ov Leon’ and much more,

£10 entry (booking fee may apply)

Tickets available from The Union, Ticket Scotland & Apollo Music Causeyside Street, Paisley
Doors open 6.30pm and open to everyone over 18, not just students!

Kings Ov Leon

‘Kings_Ov_Leon’ have been rocking out the most prestigious theatres, festivals and music venues since the start of 2009 with their undeniably breathtaking show! __

The scale, energy and charisma of their performances leaving audiences across Europe sure they’ve seen the Kings Of Leon themselves! The Kings_Ov_Leon take you on an absolutely epic, exhilarating journey playing your favourite KOL tracks from the first release “The Holy Roller Novocaine” through to the incredible number one album “Come Around Sundown”, all with unprecedented accuracy __

It’s this meticulous attention to detail; visually and audibly, that’s earned them rave reviews from press, critics and audiences alike. Hearing really is believing! But the uncanny resemblance doesn’t end there! Like the Followills there’s brotherly chemistry between lead guitarist Mark Eyden (Matthew Followill) and Dan Eyden (Jared Followill), the unmistakeable voice of Caleb bellowing eerily from Liam Coffey and the juxtaposed pounding rhythm and sweet harmonies of the bands ‘Nathan‘, Ant Wheeler.

All the guys have their own long history of professional success. In 1999, as a young teenager, Mark was signed to record label giants Polydor after winning BBC1s ‘Get Your Act Together’ in the band ’Marlo’ with what was the biggest ever national phone vote. He went on to tour extensively including a performance in front of 50,000 fans at ‘Party in the Park’ and had a charting single release.

Ant drummed professionally for numerous bands including the Towers of London and Wilkento. Dan, the youngest of the band at 21, fronted ‘Perfect Confusion’ and is a prolific song writer in his own right. Liam is the most recent to join the band. He has a long history of live performance in both original and covers bands including the epic ‘No Quarter’. He’s completed the line up and brought along with him a truly charismatic and authentic edge!

The Kings Ov Leon’s dogged determination to push the boundaries of what you’d expect of a tribute band sees them return to venues time after time. They’ve played literally hundreds of gigs and been championed by Signal Radio, XFM, The Stage and even the Kings Of Leon!

Notable venues include Tribfest – Europe’s biggest tribute festival, Marvellous Festival, a huge O2 Academy headline tour and the Ministry of Sound. The Kings Ov Leon carry a full professional PA system and lighting rig. Naturally all the guitars, drums, cymbals, amps and pedals are identical to their counterparts! How close can a tribute band get? The name says it all!

HRH The Princess Royal

HRH The Princess Royal to attend service to mark 850th Anniversary of Paisley Abbey

On Monday 15 October, HRH The Princess Royal is to attend a service at Paisley Abbey to mark the beginning of the Abbey’s 850th anniversary year.
Following the service, which will feature music especially composed for the event by the Abbey’s Director of Music, Dr. George McPhee, Her Royal Highness will meet members of the Abbey’s 850th anniversary organising committee, unveil a plaque commemorating the visit and receive a gift from 8-year old Stephen Chalk on behalf of the Abbey congregation.

HRH The Princess RoyalAdmission to the service is by invitation and, as well as members of the Abbey congregation, representatives from other churches in the town and the community of Paisley will be present.

Reverend Alan Birss of Paisley Abbey said: “It will be an honour to welcome HRH The Princess Royal to Paisley Abbey for one of the most auspicious occasions in our year of celebration to mark the Abbey’s 850th Anniversary.

“Paisley Abbey has been at the centre of the town’s history and is an architectural landmark for the town and a spiritual focus for the community. Times have changed but the Abbey’s mission has remained unchanged. The events which will take place over the coming months will remind us all of that enduring legacy.”

Paisley Abbey was founded in 1163 when Walter Fitzalan, the High Steward of Scotland, signed a charter establishing a ‘house of devotion’ on his lands of Paisley. That ‘house of devotion’ became one of the foremost Cluniac Abbeys in Europe. Religious and secular history are interwoven in the Abbey’s story with Robert II, the first Stewart king, being born here and Princess Marjory Bruce (daughter of Robert the Bruce and mother of Robert II) and Robert III buried here.
After the Reformation the Abbey church continued to serve as a place of worship for the people of Paisley and today is a vibrant parish church of the Church of Scotland.

Details of the Abbey’s 850th anniversary events, which run from 15 September (St. Mirin’s Day) 2012 to 15 September 2013 can be found on the website

The service on Monday October 15 will begin at 1.30pm


Renfrewshire Council Leader hits our at rising fuel costs

Renfrewshire Council’s Leader Mark Macmillan has hit out at the latest hikes in energy prices, saying the move will force the area’s most vulnerable residents into fuel poverty this winter.

British Gas has announced above-inflation price rises from November that will add £80 a year to the average bill, with Scottish and Southern Energy set to increase charges by 9% from next week.

Renfrewshire_Council_ezg_1Renfrewshire Council Leader, Councillor Mark Macmillan said: “People in Renfrewshire will quite rightly be angry at yet more price hikes by the major energy providers in time for winter. The real worry is that residents will struggle to heat their homes at a time when UK benefits are being cut – with children and pensioners going cold this year. Quite frankly, that’s not good enough. Local people have an absolute right to be safe and warm in their homes this winter.

“I urge the UK Government and energy regulator to do more to break the dominance of these large companies, to simplify tariffs and to protect vulnerable customers from being ripped off. Families and businesses who continue to feel the squeeze of the recession need more transparency from energy companies on pricing and profits.

“In Renfrewshire Council we are delivering a range of improvements in our housing stock to improve the energy efficiency of homes, reduce fuel consumption and energy costs, and address fuel poverty for our tenants – but the bottom line is that Renfrewshire residents need a better deal on energy costs during these tough times.

“I’d urge everyone to take steps now to do what they can to avoid crippling bills as winter progresses. Steps can include making use of offers of free loft and cavity wall insulation, trying an energy switch website to see if it finds you a better deal, speaking to one of our energy advisers or looking at the Energy Saving Trust website for efficiency tips.”

Renfrewshire Council’s own improvements for its housing stock include:

* Installing more efficient heating systems in over 3,750 houses in the past two years. Further programmes planned to 2015 should see upgrades in a further 4,000 homes.

* A range of insulation programmes planned or in progress including loft insulation, cavity wall insulation and thermal over cladding. Projects include the over cladding of high rise blocks incorporating 180 homes at Gallowhill and Glencairn Courts currently in progress. A further 630 high rise homes will benefit from programmes over the coming 2 – 3 years.

* Insulation measures completed on over 800 terraced and semi detached houses by April next year and with upgrades then started on a range of shared blocks of flats and maisonettes.

The council is also taking part in the Universal Home Insulation Scheme UHIS which provides energy efficiency measures such as cavity wall insulation and loft insulation to private home owners.

Help and advice

* Renfrewshire residents who would like to be considered for insulation measures, call 0800 512 012 (quoting: Renfrewshire UHIS 2011).

* Renfrewshire is one of the few councils to offer an Energy Advice Service where help and support is available over the phone with home visits available to help reduce fuel bills. Our Energy Advice team can be contacted on 0141 840 3704.

* British Gas Free Insulation Programme ends on 30 November. Check for full details.

* To check if you or a relative is eligible for the Warm Home Discount Scheme go to and type Warm Home Discount Scheme into the search box.

* The Energy Saving Trust website is full of useful tips and can be found at