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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)

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Cllr Eddie Grady with the council's procurement team

Renfrewshire Council procurement team celebrates success.

Renfrewshire Council’s procurement team is celebrating after its performance was recognised at its industry Oscars.

The team – which oversees the council’s purchasing needs – was highly commended in the Team of the Year category at the Government Opportunities (GO) Awards Scotland this month.

The council established its procurement team in 2009 and since then has achieved significant financial savings by introducing more efficient practices.

Cllr Eddie Grady with the council's procurement team

Councillor Eddie Grady, who attended the GO Awards ceremony with the team, said: “The council spends more than £200 million a year on a massive range of goods and services from thousands of different suppliers, both big and small. It’s crucial that we get value for taxpayer money in all our dealings.

“The job of the procurement team is to co-ordinate all contracts and spending as efficiently as possible. For the team to be recognised by their peers is testament to how well they are doing.

The team was also shortlisted in award categories for excellence in collaboration and corporate social responsibility.

The team may be in line for further success with the recent news that Julie Welsh, Head of Procurement and Business Support for Renfrewshire Council, has been shortlisted for the national award of ‘Procurement Professional of the Year’ by the Society of Procurement Officers (SOPO).

The corporate procurement unit’s innovative structure – with one centralised team dealing with all council spending – is considered rare within local government.

Glasgow Airport MD awarded OBE

Glasgow Airport’s managing director, Amanda McMillan, has been recognised by the Queen for her services to business and tourism by being named on the 2013 Birthday Honours List.

Ms McMillan, who was appointed managing director of Glasgow Airport in 2008, has received an OBE (Order of the British Empire) in recognition of her success in steering it through the worst downturn in aviation history.

During this time she has succeeded in growing passenger numbers and fostering positive relationships with the airport’s city and national partners, with whom she has worked to further strengthen Scotland’s connectivity. This has included the introduction in June 2012 of Emirates’ second daily Glasgow to Dubai service.

Commenting on her achievement, Ms McMillan said: “Not only is receiving an OBE a tremendous honour, it is both humbling and wholly unexpected. To be recognised by the Queen in this way is a source of great personal pride but I truly believe it is in recognition of my team, who work tirelessly to ensure Glasgow Airport continues to deliver for the city and for Scotland.”

Earlier this year, Ms McMillan unveiled details of an ambitious £17 million investment programme which will see key parts of the main terminal building undergo a major makeover in 2013. This includes international arrivals which for many will be the gateway to the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

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Double celebration for council at employment awards

Two schemes run by Renfrewshire Council to give young people a helping hand into the world of work have been honoured at a prestigious national awards ceremony.

The council’s modern apprentice programme was named as the joint-winner of the Apprentice Award at the s1jobs recruitment awards 2013.

The other winner was Renfrewshire-based Scottish Leather Group, which last year launched its apprenticeship academy in partnership with the council-run Invest in Renfrewshire programme, which provided financial support.

Invest in Renfrewshire is a £4.5m programme designed to boost the local economy through offering employment and training opportunities to young people and providing financial support to businesses.

Both organisations were also named as joint-winners of the Chairman’s Award, which recognises the groups deemed most deserving over all the categories of the awards.

The ceremony was held at Glasgow’s Oran Mor venue and hosted by telly funnyman Craig Hill.

Councillor Roy Glen, Convener of Renfrewshire’s Council’s Economy and Jobs Policy Board, said: “The local economy and youth employment are two of the main priorities of this council and we have made significant investment in both, despite the tough financial climate.

“The council’s apprentice programme last year recruited 78 modern apprentices – the most the council has ever had at any one time.

“The Invest in Renfrewshire scheme has now provided financial support to more than 100 local businesses. I am delighted to see our partnership with Scottish Leather being recognised with this award.”

Maureen Ross, group HR manager at Scottish Leather Group, said: “We are absolutely over the moon to have won these awards for our academy.

“This is part of our strategy to find the talent which we hope will lead the business to success in the future.

“Our work with Invest in Renfrewshire to help get this project off the ground just shows what effective partnership working can do.

“I would say to other local businesses to get on board with Invest in Renfrewshire if they have not already done so.”

The s1 awards are intended to honour Scotland’s best employers, recruitment agencies and consultants.

Renfrewshire Council’s modern apprentice programme is supported by Skills Development Scotland and offers both craft and office-based apprenticeships.

All the council’s modern apprentices are guaranteed to be able to complete their apprenticeships with the council, which supports them through their college placement and relevant vocational qualification.

The candidate achievement rate has been above 95% in each of the past five years. Recruitment is set to begin in the next few weeks for the 2013 intake.

Scottish Leather Group is the UK’s largest producer of leather, and operates across five subsidiaries, three of which are based in Bridge of Weir, plus one in Paisley.

The firm’s apprenticeship academy was launched in 2012 in partnership with Invest in Renfrewshire, Scottish Enterprise and Reid Kerr College.

Local youth workers honoured at national awards

Dedicated volunteers from Renfrewshire have swept the board at Scotland’s youth- work Oscars.

A total of four individuals or groups were honoured at the Youthlink Scotland Awards ceremony, set up to recognise those who go above and beyond to help change the lives of young people for the better.

The big winner on the night was 17-year-old Mark Waters of Erskine Music and Media Studio (EMMS) and Erskine Youth Council, who was named as Scotland’s Volunteer of The Year.

Described as ‘a young man with a big heart’ by the team who put him forward for the award, the Park Mains High pupil was praised for his unstinting work to help create a vibrant community of young people in his local area.

Mark is one of a team who have worked with local young people to transform the former Bargarran Community Library into a busy learning centre for young people, offering youth clubs, a media suite, a recording studio and IT facilities.

It was a double celebration for the team behind EMMS, who were named as the winners in the Innovative Practice Team of the Year category.

The runner-up in the Volunteer of the Year category was Dale Irvine, of Paisley, who was honoured for his work as role model for kids at the Beechwood Youth Centre in Shortroods.

Another winner on the night was Isaac Wilkies, who after attending Johnstone Youth Club as a teenager, graduated to being a young leader and has now carried out youth work for Renfrewshire Council for the past 12 years.

His energy and commitment saw him named as a runner-up in the Youth Worker of the Year category (Sessional Paid/Part Time)

The awards – now in their sixth year – saw 33 individuals or organisations from across Scotland shortlisted as finalists for this year’s event.

The event – hosted by DJ Grant Stott – took place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Glasgow and was attended by almost 300 youth workers, managers, sponsors and invited guests.

Staff from Renfrewshire Council’s Youth and Sport Services help co-ordinate youth work locally, and nominated the volunteers and staff for the awards.

Councillor Jacqueline Henry, convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Education Policy Board, said: “These volunteers are shining examples of some of the great youth work which is being carried out locally.

“I would like to congratulate them all on these fantastic honours.”

Jim Sweeney, Chief Executive of YouthLink Scotland said: “Once again the National Youth Worker of the Year Awards has given us glowing examples of selfless commitment to the cause of our young people.

“As always, the stories behind the Youth Worker of the Year Awards are truly inspiring.”

Nominations for the awards were open to Scottish voluntary and charitable organisations, community bodies, public sector organisations and private organisations.

Easter family entertainment in Renfrewshire

Easter family entertainment in Renfrewshire

March 20, 2013
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Renfrewshire Council’s procurement team is celebrating after staff won three prestigious awards at their industry Oscars – at both UK and Scottish level.

The team – which oversees the council’s purchasing needs – lifted the Team of the Year and Leadership of the Year titles at the Government Opportunities Awards Scotland last month.

They then followed it up by winning the Outstanding Achievement in Procurement for a Unitary Authority honour at the Society of Procurement Officers in Local Government Awards in London.

Renfrewshire_TeamoftheYearRenfrewshire Council established its procurement team in 2009, and since then has delivered savings of around £4 million by introducing more efficient practices.

Councillor Michael Holmes, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s General Management and Finance Policy Board, who attended the GO Awards ceremony in Glasgow, said: “It is of the utmost importance the council gets value for taxpayer money in all its dealings.

“The council spends more than £200 million a year on a massive range of goods and services from thousands of different suppliers, both big and small.

“The job of the corporate procurement unit is to co-ordinate all contracts and spending as efficiently as possible.

“For the team to be recognised by their peers – and not just in Scotland but at a UK level too – is testament to how well they are doing. I would like to congratulate them on these awards.

“In these tough economic times, it is a real boost that we have been able to save
£4 million, which can then be reinvested elsewhere.”

The submissions for both awards outlined how the council has made savings well in excess of targets by introducing new ways of working over the past three years.

The corporate procurement unit’s innovative structure – with one centralised team dealing with all council spending – is considered rare within local government.


For more information, call Colin Orr, Renfrewshire Council Communications Unit, on 0141 618 7348.

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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.


Renfrewshire Council services win recognition at excellence awards
Four Renfrewshire Council services have won runners up prizes at this year’s annual Association for Public Service Excellence (APSE) Awards.

The awards saw over 300, UK, local authorities competing to show how they deliver the goods for local customers.

Paul O’Brien, Chief Executive of APSE said, “These are not awards that recognise obscure or meaningless targets or initiatives. These awards are about the services that local councils deliver on the frontline, day in and day out, to local residents. From emptying bins to serving up nutritious school meals these awards are about the frontline services that matter to the public.”

Renfrewshire_Council_ezg_1“APSE is celebrating the very best in service delivery and rightfully recognising the contribution that workers within local councils make to frontline public services in the UK.

“These awards not only recognise and promote individual achievement, but also provide an invaluable opportunity for information to be shared with other authorities and bodies that recognise the hard work and dedication involved in delivering continuous improvement.”

Councillor Jim Harte, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Environment and Infrastructure Policy Board, said, “Our goal is to provide the best possible services that we can to the people of Renfrewshire. It is a credit to our staff that we secured a place in the finals in four key categories against tough opposition from virtual every other local authority in the UK.

“These awards are about excellence and innovation. We are consistently looking for new ways to deliver the top quality services that local people deserve and our success in these awards is a welcome recognition of that hard work.”

APSE (Association for Public Service Excellence) is a not for profit local government body which works with over 300 councils throughout the UK. It promotes excellence in public services and hosts a network for front line service providers in areas such as waste and refuse collection, parks and environmental services, leisure, school meals, cleaning, housing and building maintenance.

The following Renfrewshire Council services made it to the finals of the APSE Awards:

Category 6a Best Partnership Working Initiative (Public/Private) – Kick and Collect
Kick & Collect is a community involvement reward scheme. It is a new development of the Street Stuff programme which was successfully established to tackle problems with young people not connecting with services and being antisocial. Kick & Collect encourages disaffected and hard-to-reach young people to take pride in their local communities. Reward activities are run across West Central Scotland. On average approximately 3,500 young people attend the youth activities each quarter. Strathclyde Police attributes a recorded 20% drop in disorder (aged 10 to 18 years old) to the project.

Category 6b Best Partnership Working Initiative (Public/Public) – Safer Renfrewshire Partnership
The Safer Renfrewshire Partnership works to tackle the causes of violence and antisocial behaviour and build safer and stronger communities. A range of innovative initiatives over the last three years have led to significant reductions in violent crime, antisocial behaviour, disorder and vandalism. Police Statistics show a 42.1% drop in violent crime across Renfrewshire since 2008.

Category 10c Service Team of the Year – Building FM Cleaning Services
For the last two years, Renfrewshire Council’s Site Services have been rigorous reviewing of their services, challenging existing methods and considering whether they provide Best Value.

The objectives of this review were to:
1. Develop and introduce new specifications for services
2. Introduce new working practices, and
3. Identify £600,000 efficiencies to contribute to the council’s overall efficiency targets.

The submission identified how these goals were achieved.

Category 10g Service Team of the Year – Streets Cleansing and StreetScene
The StreetScene Services undertook the same review process as Site Services.

The objectives of this review were to:
1. Develop and introduce new specifications for services
2. Introduce new working practices, and
3. Identify £2.1 million efficiencies to contribute to the Council’s overall efficiency targets.

The submission identified how these goals were achieved.

APSE Award categories
· Best Employment and Equality Initiative
· Best Local Democracy Initiative
· Best Housing & Regeneration Initiative
· Best Efficiency Initiative
· Best Health and Well-being Initiative (inc. Social Care)
· Best Partnership Working Initiative
· Best Community & Neighbourhood Initiative (inc. Community Safety)
· Best Information Technology & Communication Initiative
· Best Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Initiative
· Internal Service Team of the Year.

RoSPA award

Glasgow Airport has been recognised for its focus on health, safety and accident prevention at a national awards ceremony.

The airport received a Gold award from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (ROSPA) at the Occupational Health and Safety Awards 2012, which took place at Glasgow’s Hilton Hotel.

The award reflects the airport’s comprehensive approach to health, safety and accident prevention, health improvement activity and the progress that has been made in recent years towards implementing a ‘safety first’ culture at all levels of the organisation.

In order to be eligible for the award, Glasgow Airport had to provide a comprehensive overview of the measures now in place to ensure a safe workplace. These include the Behavioural Based Safety Group, Managing Responsibly programme, Safety Bingo, Senior Manager Safety Tours and Healthy Working Lives initiatives.

RoSPA awardKenny Brown, Glasgow Airport’s health and safety assurance manager, said: “It is very satisfying to receive recognition from an organisation like RoSPA. This award proves that we are on the right track in terms of our focus on health, safety and accident prevention, and it also demonstrates the maturity of the various systems we have in place to go beyond merely complying with regulations.“

David Rawlins, awards manager at the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), added: “The RoSPA Awards programme provides well-deserved recognition for the winners and spurs on other organisations to raise their standards of accident and ill health prevention.

“We congratulate Glasgow Airport on its success and encourage it, and all our other winners, to remain committed to safety and health, an approach that is well recognised to be good for workers and the bottom line.”

The RoSPA Occupational Health and Safety Awards scheme is the largest and longest-running programme of its kind in the UK, dating back to 1956. It recognises commitment to accident and ill health prevention and is open to businesses and organisations of all types and sizes from across the UK and overseas.

Visit the Glasgow Airport website or follow them on Twitter @GLA_Airport

Good news to a talented Paisley Solo singer / songwriter from Paisley who has just won The Best Acoustic at the Scottish Alternative Music Awards.

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I’m thrilled to inform you all that I won ‘Best Acoustic’ at the Scottish Alternative Music Awards 2011 – I’d like to say a HUUUUUUGE thank you to all who voted, I am truly, truly grateful.

EP Launch – 16th April 2011 Stereo, Glasgow

Tickets for this gig are on sale now and can be bought HERE for a tiny five pounds. This full band show is not be missed, there may even be a suprise or two in store! You’ll also be able to get your hands on a lovely copy of the new EP, ‘What I Know Now…Changes Everything’.

Venue: Stereo, Glasgow
Date: Saturday 16th April
Doors: 7pm
Tickets: £5 [click here to buy tickets]

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