Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall has launched a charity raffle ahead of her much anticipated Masquerade Charity Ball in September.

With a top prize of £1,000 and tickets costing £1, the raffle will help to raise vital funds for the Provost’s chosen charities.


A £500 art voucher and a Lenovo laptop are the second and third prize on offer.

Raffle tickets will be available at all charity events hosted by Renfrewshire Carers’ Centre, RAMH (Recovery Across Mental Health) and the two hospices – Accord and St Vincent’s.

Provost Hall said: “A raffle is a great way for people to donate a small amount of money that makes a big difference to the community. My chosen charities support and help local people at a time they really need it.

“There are fantastic prizes to win – from £1,000 cash, to £500 towards local art or a brand new laptop. I would encourage everyone who can to donate £1 – it all adds up.”

Prizes in the raffle were donated by Accord Hospice and Pacific Buildings Ltd.

The raffle winners will be announced on Friday 4 September, a week before the Masquerade Charity Ball takes place.

The Masquerade Charity Ball, which will be held in the Normandy Hotel, Renfrew, is promised to be an evening of great entertainment, live music and the popular live and silent auctions, presided over by professional auctioneers.

Tickets to the ball cost £60 per person and can be purchased by calling the Provost’s office on 0141 618 7102. Pre-dinner drinks, a three course dinner and a bottle of wine per couple are included.

Money raised at the event and raffle will be shared equally among the four charities.

For more information, visit or call 0141 618 6794.

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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

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