Here is an event for you to attend this Friday 4-May-2012   Fire Walk Challenge, Normandy Hotel, Renfrew all in aid of the following

West Scotland Puppy Training Satellite

Canine Partners in Scotland continues to grow and expand.  As part of this, the West Scotland Satellite is moving to Paisley and we are keen to find new volunteer puppy parents in the area.

Can you…

Be at home most of the day?
Have transport to attend weekly puppy classes?
Follow Canine Partners’ training methods?
Wave the puppy goodbye when your good work is finished?
Enjoy the fun of classes and outings?

Do you…

Have a secure, dog-friendly garden?
Have the stamina to manage an active puppy?

If you live within an hour of Paisley, and would like to find out more, please contact Bryony White on 07826 695201 or email westscotland@caninepartners.org.uk.


Puppy classes are held once a week at the Martyrs Church, Broomlands Road, Paisley, although we sometimes visit other locations as well so it is always better to call first to check where we are.


We hope that the move to Paisley will help encourage more people to volunteer with us and raise awareness of Canine Partners in the Glasgow, Paisley and Renfrewshire areas.


For latest charity news, download our newsletter or sign up for more information here.

Up and Coming Events

Have your event advertised here, please call 08456 580 480
4-May-2012   Fire Walk Challenge, Normandy Hotel, Renfrew
27-May-2012   Charity Plant Sale, The Steading at Foulis Castle
15-Jun-2012   Duntreath Castle Garden Show, Nr Glasgow 15 – 17 June
29-Jun-2012   The GWCT Scottish Game Fair at Scone Palace 29 June – 1 July


check out more on their website http://www.caninepartners.org.uk/west_scotland

Business Matters in Renfrewshire – 2012
your local B2B event, 10th May 2012, 9am-4pm Paisley Town Hall


Please support your local B2B event – the event is free to attend and all are welcome (all businesses, entrepreneurs, career changers, students – all welcome – you do not need to be a member to attend). Please share this email with colleagues.

Free to attend, 30 exhibitors & 10 seminars plus keynote speech from Minister for Local Government & Planning, Derek Mackay MSP


Key Note Speech: Scottish Government Minister for Local Planning & Government, Derek Mackay MSP
9.30 – 10.30 Alexander Wilson Suite, 1st floor –
more info / just register me – click here

Renfrewshire Council seminar – Invest in Renfrewshire
10.45 – 11.30 – Alexander Wilson Suite, 1st floor –
more info / just register me – click here

Renfrewshire Council seminar – Trusted Trader
11.45 – 12.30 – Alexander Wilson Suite, 1st floor –
more info / just register me – click here

Renfrewshire Council seminar – Regeneration & Development
12.45 – 1.30 – Alexander Wilson Suite, 1st floor –
more info / just register me click here

Scotland’s Zero Waste Plan – What it means for Business – from The William Tracey Group
1.45 – 2.30 – Alexander Wilson Suite, 1st floor – more info / just register me – click here

Employment law for business: What do you need to know? – from bto
2.45 – 3.30 – Alexander Wilson Suite, 1st floor – more info / just register me – click here

Crowdfunding – A Blooming Revolution from Bloom VC
10.45-11.30 Loggia, 1st floor –
more info / just register me – click here

What’s the difference between management and leadership?- from Dr Stuart Paul of UWS
11.45 – 12.30 Loggia, 1st floor –
more info / just register meclick here

Coaching People to Perform – from On Track Training
12.45 – 1.30 Loggia, 1st floor – more info / just register meclick here

Social Media – The Good, The Bad and The Downright Mad – from NSDesign
1.45 – 2.30 Loggia, 1st floor – more info / just register me click here

Love Your Brand from Branding Boutique
2.45 – 3.30 Loggia, 1st floor – more info / just register meclick here

Examples of companies exhibiting include:

Renfrewshire Council – various departments
Business Gateway
Renfrewshire Chamber
Scotia Marketing
PCR Business
Reid Kerr College
University of West of Scotland
Campbell Dallas
The Cosmopolitan Normandy Hotel
The Royal Bank of Scotland
St Vincent’s Hospice
Ferguson Imaging
The William Tracey Group
Dark silence
Engage Renfrewshire
Skills Development Scotland
Prolife Fitness
Skills Development Scotland

hashtag for the event is #b2bpaisley

Business Matters PDF right here

Paisley heart Town

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Buddies to Bairns Big Heart Cycle


Sunday 27th May 2012 will see the first ever inter-Heart Town event in Scotland. Together with Renfrewshire Council and Community Health Partnership, the British Heart Foundation Scotland is bringing communities like Paisley together through fundraising and volunteering while raising awareness of heart disease. Falkirk is one of the other two Heart Towns in Scotland and to promote heart health in both areas an exciting route (which includes a ferry crossing!) has been drawn up for a family-friendly cycle from the Lagoon Leisure Centre to the Falkirk Wheel.

The event gives people the opportunity to take part in an organised cycle taking in 2 historic town centres (Paisley and Renfrew), the famous Renfrew Ferry crossing and the stunning Forth and Clyde Canal route directly to the Falkirk Wheel. The distance is approximately 34 miles and if you think the return journey would be just too much we are providing transport back to Paisley for you and your bike! There will be entertainment, information and snacks at both ends of the cycle and a chance for you to have your bike checked by professionals at the starting point. Entry is open to anyone, however you will need to have some degree of fitness and cycling ability to complete the route, and any children taking part must also be able to last the distance. Some of the route will be on main roads, although most of it is on cycle track, and participants will ride in groups of around 40.

The event starts at 10am from the Lagoon Leisure Centre, with groups leaving at 20 minute intervals after that, and it is anticipated that most people will complete the route in 3½ – 5 hours. Buses will leave the Falkirk Wheel to return to Paisley at 3.30pm and 5.00pm allowing people to enjoy the facilities and spectacle of this fantastic landmark. We can’t organise the weather unfortunately, but we can guarantee an enjoyable and healthy day out!

For more information, and to register, go to www.bhf.org.uk/paisley2falkirk or phone 0131 555 5891. The cost is £20 per adult and £5 per child under 16, however you can buy a family ticket for 2 adults and up to 3 children for £40. This includes transport back to Paisley, the ferry crossing and a BHF t-shirt and goody bag. Sponsor forms are also available from the above sources, and we would very much appreciate it if you would consider getting sponsored to do the cycle to raise vital funds for the British Heart Foundation Scotland. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis, and they are limited, so don’t miss out!

Paisley Town Hall again plays host to the annual Paisley Beer Festival. Celebrating its 25th anniversary, the biggest beer festival in Scotland once more brings the widest range of ales and cider available in one location.

To celebrate our 25th anniversary we will be featuring as many of the beers that appeared on the bar at our very first festival in 1986. We will also feature over 160 different real ales from all around Scotland; the English bar will be sourced from the Cumbria area; as well as a Foreign Beer bar which boasts draught and bottled beers from Europe and beyond.


Opening Times

Wed 25th 5pm – 11pm (Foreign Legion opens 5pm)
Thu 26th noon – 11pm (Foreign Legion opens 5pm)
Fri 27th noon – 12am (Foreign Legion opens 3pm)
Sat 28th noon – 9pm (Foreign Legion opens noon)


Altern8 Computer Repairs:

Why not give your pc or laptop a checkup, The bigger boys charge £40 for this, we’re only £30, we will scan your machine for virus or spyware, remove any unwanted toolbars, give your hardware a check over and give you advice on any upgrades which would help your machine to run faster, no booking necessary, just drop the machine into us, and remember, 95% of our work is carried out same day or next day.

10 Wellmeadow Street,

Website: www.altern8solutions.co.uk
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Altern8-Computer-Repairs/301497739919357

We would like to welcome our newest advertiser on www.paisley.org.uk. If you would like to find out more information about advertising please follow this link.


Abercorn Heating are giving TWO YEARS FREE SERVICING with any boiler installed with referrals from the Paisley website this summer, call 0141 887 0308 for a free quotation.  Abercorn Heating are based in Abercorn Street and have been supplying and installing commercial and industrial heating since 1981 in the Paisley area, they are gas safe registered and offer a full range of gas and oil fired boilers and warm air heaters.

Abercorn Heating Ltd,
107 Abercorn Industrial Estate,
Abercorn Street,

Telephone: 0141 887 0308

Website: www.abercorn-heating.co.uk

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For one day only we are going to let any business in Paisley post one ad on our Facebook Page http://www.facebook.com/paisleyscotland


Tomorrow Friday the 30th March 2012 only.

Please add something like this:

Your Business Name

What you do i.e. services

Where you are

When you’re open if its appropriate

Your Website or Facebook page or both

Your twitter name if you have one

and of course your contact details and address

Don’t make the ad too big, you can promote yourself in just one or two paragraphs of text, please don’t over do it, keep it straightforward and think of your customer.

We may make this a regular thing, we have over 2,000 people on the page and it also gets sent to twitter to about 7,000 people too.

Anyone abusing it will simply be removed and an email won’t be sent to warn you.

Remember go to http://www.facebook.com/paisleyscotland tomorrow and advertise free..


So sell your business to the people of Paisley free of charge for one day only.

Don’t forget, we have advertising packages on  http://www.paisley.org.uk/advertise/ with great rates and lots of extras…

Make the most of it, let’s promote the businesses of Paisley!  If you’re tweeting use the hashtag #paisleybusiness and if you’re posting just put this at the end of your post too… Don’t worry if you don’t know what that’s about… Just promote your business to new and existing customers.

Looking to have some family fun on April Fools Day? Why not join Jogging Buddies at Barshaw Park for the Mad Hatters Fun Run. You can walk, jog or run!

There will be a 3K at 11am open to anyone over age 9 and a 1K for all ages/abilities at 11.45am.

All participants will receive a medal and Easter Egg and their will be a special prize for the maddest hat!!

Entry fee £5.00 for 3k & £3.00 for 1k (£13 for family of up to 2 adults & 2 children). Call the race hotline 0141 880 9096 for an entry form or enter on the day from 10am.


Renfrewshire’s unsung heroes have been honoured at the 2012 Provost’s Community Awards.

STV’s Sean Batty and River City star Tom Urie joined Renfrewshire’s Provost Celia Lawson for the celebrations which recognise the special achievements of local heroes.

The awards, now in their 14th year, were also the last to be hosted by Provost Lawson before she steps down in May.

Each of the nominees, their families and the people who nominated them were invited to the ceremony, held at the Glynhill Hotel, Renfrew.
This year’s winners were:
Arts and Culture Award (sponsored by Acre Industrial and Cleaning Services) – The Buddy Beat
Adult Achiever Award (sponsored by Diageo) – Alice Beaton, Lamont Farm.
Special Needs Award (sponsored by Scottish Power and former Provost Ronnie Burns) – Edward Garry, Paisley
Community Volunteer Award (sponsored by BASF Performance Products UK) – Ian Williams, Paisley

Carer’s Award (sponsored by former Provost Nancy Allison) – Irene Struthers, Johnstone

Spirit of Fairtrade Award, (sponsored by the Piazza Shopping Centre) – Katrina Millar and Brooke Hepburn, Gleniffer High School

Child of Achievement (sponsored by Glasgow Airport Ltd) – Robbie Colquhoun, Paisley.

This year for the first time, there was also an overall winner’s award, chosen by the panel of judges from all the categories. Overall winner’s award went to Alice Beaton, for her service of more than 20 years to the Lamont Farm charity in Erskine.

Provost Lawson said: “The Provost’s Community Awards are always a very special occasion and this year was particularly special for me as it was my last time hosting the awards.

“It is one of my favourite jobs as Provost to be able to host this event and pay tribute to the many people who make such worthwhile contributions to our communities and overcome significant personal difficulties and tragedies at the same time. All the winners and nominees were fantastic and an inspiration to others. I’d like to congratulate them all, as well as the sponsors, without whom the awards wouldn’t be possible.”

Sean Batty said: “Being from Renfrewshire myself, it is a great pleasure for me to be able to join the Provost in honouring these local residents for all their achievements and contributions to the community. It’s always really inspiring and a really great, positive event. The winners, and nominees, are all very deserving and I really enjoyed meeting them and hearing their stories. It’s also been a pleasure to work closely with Provost Lawson on this and several other community events over the past few years and would also congratulate her on her huge contribution to the community as well.”

Renfrewshire Council Leader Brian Lawson also spoke at the event to congratulate Provost Lawson on all her work over the past five years.

He said: “The Provost’s Community Awards have become one of the key community events in Renfrewshire over the past 14 years and have grown under Provost Lawson to incorporate awards that recognise local achievements in Fairtrade and Arts and Culture. She has always been a huge supporter of the community and local charities and will be sadly missed as Provost. So as well as all very deserving winners and nominees, it’s also fitting to congratulate the Provost.”

Starlight Youth Music Theatre:

SYMT is a Scottish company based in Paisley offering the best opportunities for young people to stage new music theatre. We are proud to work with some of the most talented and passionate artistic professionals from within the music theatre industry in the Scotland and the UK. A host of opportunities are available for young people aged 4-19 on this website.

One of their next events is The Producers, see poster below for details.

For more information please check out www.starlightyouthmusictheatre.com