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Recruits shine during social media chat

A group of young people on a council-run youth employment programme were given the chance to get social after a masterclass with a Facebook expert.

The 30 S5 and 6 pupils on the latest edition of The Recruit were set a series of tasks by Gary Ennis of Hillington-based firm NS Design as their latest business challenge.

Recruits with NS design

The Recruit is loosely based on TV’s The Apprentice and sees young people compete through a series of enterprise challenges, with jobs on offer for the winners.

Gary talked the youngsters through the pros and cons of using social media as a business before asking them to set up a business Facebook profile and see how many ‘likes’ they could pick up before the end of the day.

The overall winners on the day were Team Fusion – Bethany Hunter, Stephen Dow, Jonathan McCart, Imaan Niven, Declan Hamilton and Hannah Lochhead.

This year’s summer edition has two sections – one for S5 and 6 pupils from Renfrewshire schools, and another for unemployed 18 to 24 year-olds.

Gary said: “I think the Recruit programme is really valuable, and credit to the council because they do it well and you see it making a big difference.

Recruits with NS Design

“I talked them about Facebook and Twitter and how it can be significant in the workplace, but also about how it can get you into trouble if you leave comments that potential employers might read.

“Working with the Recruits is something I always find really inspiring – when you give them licence to speak up and take initiative it’s great to see the results.

Councillor Roy Glen said: “Helping young people find work is one of the biggest priorities of this council, and the Recruit is one of many initiatives run under our successful Invest in Renfrewshire scheme to tackle unemployment.

“The Recruit has been running in Renfrewshire now for five years and in that time it has given hundreds of local young people a valuable taste of the working world, and a helping hand into employment.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

“Business really does matter in Renfrewshire”

The largest business to business event in Renfrewshire has just completed a successful 2 day residence at the beautifully restored Paisley Town Hall. Ran by Renfrewshire Chamber, “Business Matters in Renfrewshire” a free local B2B event (Business to business) open to all business people, students & school pupils was attended by >500 people over the 2 days.

The business conference on Day 1 attracted an impressive panel of speakers including:

Deputy First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon MSP
Shadow Foreign Secretary, Douglas Alexander MP
Dr Walter Boettcher – Economist – Director, Research and Forecasting Colliers International
Sir Tom Hunter – Scottish businessman, entrepreneur & philanthropist

Hosted by Douglas Fraser, BBC Scotland Business & Economy Editor

Economist Dr Boettcher commented that “….the focus was on the real economy, how to break the hiatus of investment and especially how to capitalise on Scotland’s numerous comparative advantages (energy, engineering & technology, education, to name a few).  The economy may still be lacking traction, but the messages were consistently positive suggesting that a turning point in sentiment is at hand and stronger economic performance within reach.”


Sir Tom Hunter – whose first retail outlet opened in Paisley in 1984, gave an inspirational speech and before leaving gave his time to a number of people keen to get some advice from one of Scotland’s most successful business men. Sir Tom, who stayed for the whole event commented “well done, speakers were all good… was a good event with an impressive turnout”.

Day 2 attracted 35 exhibitors and offered delegates the opportunity to learn about a broad range of topics from the “How to…” themed seminars including:

How to Build a Brilliant Brand with Fission Creative
How to Ruin Your Brand on Social Media with NSDesign
How to Grow Your Business with Invest in Renfrewshire
How to Improve your Tendering with Renfrewshire Council Procurement Team
How to be a Great Business Leader with Dr Stuart Paul of UWS
How to Deliver Customer Service the Disney Way with Renfrewshire Chamber Board Director & ex Diageo Supply Chain Director Colin Neill


Chamber President Tom Johnston said “This was our 1st time adding the business conference to Business Matters in Renfrewshire – and I have to say it went very well. Great speakers and a good turnout of approx. 200 people on day 1. We listen to our members and the Chamber Team used that feedback to improve the 2nd day from last year. Over the course of Day2 – approx. 350 attended. I would like to take this opportunity again to thank all our speakers, exhibitors and the people from Renfrewshire and beyond that attended. I hope what they heard & seen will inspire them to bigger & better things – improve their business and ultimately protect and ideally create jobs in Renfrewshire.

All images from the event are available on the Chamber facebook page – and to see the many twitter comments use the hashtag #b2bpaisley – 200+ tweets used the hashtag

Twitter comments included:

@fissioncreative: #b2bpaisley has been a fantastic event! @RenfrewshireCoC have done an amazing job, seminars were very useful and informative!

@LAShuttleworth – Oh. My. Goodness. #b2bpaisley absolutely fantastic. Colin Neil & Dr. Stuart Paul in particular were excellent. @fissioncreative also great.

‏@FullHouseApps: Hilarious and informative talk from @nsdesign #b2bpaisley

@markmacmillan12: Great turn out from at @RenfrewshireCoC #b2bpaisley event in Paisley Town Hall

‏@ModPhaislig2013: At the #b2bpaisley event in Paisley Town Hall. Lots of interest on #modphaislig2013


About Renfrewshire Chamber

Est. in ’64 and based in Paisley at Glasgow Airport, the fully accredited award winning Chamber is run by Chief Exec Bob Davidson and his team.  Bob reports to a Board of Directors chaired by President Tom Johnston. Renfrewshire Chamber is the area’s main business member organisation – whose purpose is to “help Renfrewshire grow & prosper” and have just under 600 members. The Chamber delivers a year round calendar of events and offers a range of member benefits.

For more information on Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce please visit

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Bad Idea Honours List

This was one of the projects that supported to get crowd funded alongside other local business, I am a Captain of the Revolution but two other companies I am associated with have helped beyond means too, please take not only the time to read this press release but what is all about and why they exist. You can find out more from all the links below but just to say helped too..


This is from Anthony the project’s inspirational oner and founder:
My apologies for not having this prepared earlier, i was a little distracted with the Bad Idea workshops which began just 96 hours after the crowd-fund campaign closed!

I am delighted to tell you that the pilot workshops were a huge success, but what better way to show you just how successful they were than by inviting you to view all 20 of our budding young entrepreneurs in action:

None of this would have been possible without your generous support and for this i simply cannot put into words my gratitude!

Please follow this link: to the ‘Honours List’ page where you will be immortalised forever as an original supporter of the Bad Idea Youth Enterprise Competition.

Please check the details and let me know of any changes, alterations, links and so on that you want included/removed. I will endeavour to complete this page in the next day or two. I would also like to include a picture of you, your organisation, business or whatever else you wish so please send these to me before i make it public – i still have acknowledgements to include for some people so please dont be annoyed if you’re not listed yet!

I have tons of video content being edited from the workshops and there are still ‘elevator pitches’ being added to the kids’ campaign pages as i write. I will follow-up with the promotional video soon, and would hope you could help share amongst your networks and contacts in the media and press.

If you would like to offer any quotes, blogs, be available for video interviews and so on then please get in touch – the more noise we make the better!

This is just the beginning for Bad Idea, and the next stage of this mission is to scale the project nationally. I cannot do this myself and am calling on you to support in any way you can. The next step is securing a minimum £87,000 for the organisation to put in place our functional digital resource, infrastructure and resources. This project also requires a team of exec and non-execs who can make this the global Revolution it has the potential to be. Access to contacts, networks, individuals and organisations will be key too, so lets get talking, sharing and unite in the fight against the Tyranny of the Status Quo! 

Revolutionists, I salute you!

Vive la Revolution!


Oh, and get donating to the kids who are raising their funds! :-)

Twitter handle: @bad_idea_org

Facebook: /badideaorg

Kiltr: /bad

P.S. The rewards will be following as soon as i can get some time to put them into production.

P.P.S The final/awards ceremony will be the evening of Saturday 20th April 2013 – so make sure you keep this free as you are all invited!

E: W: A: Digital Enterprise Centre, Glasgow G4 0ND

Bad Idea Organisation is a registered Community Interest Company Limited by Guarantee (SC440535)

Help support the next generation of entrepreneurs Support Bad Idea Here


Business Matters in Renfrewshire – your local B2B event

8th & 9th May 2013 Paisley Town Hall

Renfrewshire Chamber has recently announced the details of its annual B2B event, Business Matters in Renfrewshire. Held this year over 2 days in May at Paisley Town Hall, the event is the main business event of its kind in the area.

Day 1, 8th May 09.30-12.30 is a business conference with an impressive speaker line up:

10.00 – Deputy First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon MSP

10.30 – Shadow Foreign Secretary, Douglas Alexander MP

11.00 – Dr Walter Boettcher – Director, Research and Forecasting – Colliers International

11.30 – Sir Tom Hunter – Scottish businessman, entrepreneur & philanthropist

Day 2, 9th May 10am-4pm is for exhibitors and seminars. This year the seminars are built around a “How to…” theme and include:

How to Build a Brilliant Brand with Fission Creative

How to Ruin Your Brand on Social Media with NSDesign

How to Grow Your Business with Invest in Renfrewshire

How to be a Great Business Leader with Dr Stuart Paul of UWS

How to Deliver Customer Service the Disney Way with Renfrewshire Chamber Board Director & ex Diageo Supply Chain Director Colin Neill

Bob Davidson, Chamber chief exec’ said “we’ve spent a lot of time building on the event from the last 2 years, with the addition of a business conference with a selection of high profile speakers. The seminars will also for the first time run sequentially allowing individuals to see them all if they wish. All seminars will also be in the main hall to encourage more exhibitor traffic and create more of a buzz at the event. We purposefully choose Paisley Town Hall, to support Paisley, Scotland’s largest town and encourage business people to get back into it”.

The entire event is free to attend and open to all Renfrewshire businesses, organisations, students & schools.

The twitter hashtag for all communications relating to the event is #b2bpaisley

For more info on the event and to book for the conference / seminars / or to book an exhibition space – please visit

A Glasgow charity which engages with young people through basketball is working to extend its outreach with the launch of a brand new website – – produced by award winning ecommerce company NSDesign.
Scottish Sports Futures (SSF) is a not-for-profit organisation working with 10-21 year olds throughout Scotland. It offers advice to adolescents to help them make positive lifestyle decisions. The Paisley charity selected Hillington-based web design company, NSDesign, to create it’s new site, which was launched this month.
Michelle Ferguson, Sponsorship Director of the Scottish Sports Futures said:
“As a charity, we look to engage with a variety of different audiences – from young people to community organisations to volunteers. From the outset, the team at NSDesign understood these complex needs, and worked with us to develop and put into practice the ideas we had for the site.
“NSDesign has produced a website tailored to all of our needs – we are absolutely delighted with the end product.”
The e-commerce company was awarded ‘Best Value for Money’ title at the 2010 Recommended Agency Register Awards. Gary Ennis, Managing Director said:
“Having designed many websites with small budgets in the past, it was no problem for us when SSF specified this in their initial brief. We have created a site for the charity that is user friendly and simple to manage and maintain.
“By including interactive elements such as social media channels and competition invites, the new website should help SSF communicate the excellent work that it does with young people throughout Scotland.”
For further information on NSDesign please contact Gary at NSDesign on 0141 585 6390 or

NSDesign Hits £1k Target for Renfrewshire Charity
THE STAFF of Hillington-based company, NSDesign, have recently been doing their bit for charity.

Managing Director of the ecommerce business, Gary Ennis, pounded the pavements at the Men’s Health Forum Scotland 10k with his colleagues and managed to raise a fantastic £1,000 for the Renfrewshire Area Heart Appeal.

Gary, Kenny Roy, Martin Sarsini and Paul Elliot all completed the course in under one hour with only a few blisters between them.

Gary said:

“This was a great challenge for the team as we are not all regular runners so were pleased to finish in one piece. We were absolutely delighted to reach our target of £1,000 for the Renfrewshire Area Heart Appeal as it is a charity very close to all of us.”

Carole Nicol, Fundraising Volunteer Manager for the British Heart Foundation Scotland said:

“I would like to say a big thank you to the team at NSDesign for sponsoring the Renfrewshire Area Heart Appeal. The vital funds they have raised will help to ensure that local people living with heart disease receive consistent, highly skilled care in the diagnosis and treatment of their condition”.