A YOUNG tradesman working for a family-run firm has pipped his peers to be named a top apprentice.

Scott McPartlan finished his final year at North Glasgow College with both the qualification and the award for the most accomplished pupil.
The 22-year-old, from Johnstone, works for warm air heating sales and installations specialists Abercorn Heating.
A small, family-run firm, the company has been around for more than 30 years – employing 12 staff, including two apprentices at their base on Abercorn Street, Paisley.
Scott said: “Surprise doesn’t even come close to how I felt when I was declared the winner
“I was pleased to pass everything and get it over and done with after four years but this was the icing on the cake.”
Scott, who has now completed his training, has spent the past four years honing his skills at the Paisley firm.
Working with many of the experienced engineers, the apprentice has learned the skills needed to become a heating engineer.
Studying an SVQ in Heating and Ventilation at the Springburn-based college, everyone but Scott worked for a national company. However, the plucky young apprentice managed to outdo his classmates to take the prize.
And he believes working with the skilled workers at the Paisley firm helped him get to the top of the class.
He said: “I was the only person from a smaller company in my class and also the course. But all the engineers who’ve helped me over the past few years at Abercorn have helped me be successful. It is a great company to work for.
“Now I just can’t wait to get out there on my own and do the job I’m trained to do.”
Proud boss Paul Bryan, joint owner of Abercorn Heating with his brother-in-law Mark Brooks, was delighted with Scott’s achievements.
He said: “Scott has set the standards and I am very impressed he has passed his exams and also become the top man on his course.
“He has worked extremely hard over the past four years to get through his training and has come out the other side successfully.
“Scott is a part of our future plans to expand the company into renewable energies and the further expansion of the company.”

text and image taken from the Paisley Daily Express webpage



Dec 17 2009 by Alison Rennie, Paisley Daily Express
IT’S only a few days old but already the ‘Paisley is…’ campaign has got the whole town talking.
Every Buddies favourite daily is leading the way in backing the bid to boost our town.
We helped launch the campaign and want to make sure all our readers know all about the positive events and good people living in our historic town.
And we’ve been inundated with responses from folk wanting to come on board and do their bit to promote Paisley.
Now Brian McGuire, who runs the popular website from his home in Glenburn, wants to spread the postive Paisley message all over the world.
Brian set up his excellent website nine years ago and it has grown to become massively popular across the world, receiving an incredible 1.38 million hits last month.
He explained: “I got it going to promote Paisley. I had just left the army and come home to Paisley and after touring the world, I realised Paisley isn’t as bad as everyone makes out.
“At the time, the town was going through the drug wars, as they were called, which gave it a bad reputation but it really wasn’t that bad compared to some places I’d seen.
“I started putting up pictures of Paisley and a bit of history on a website and it grew from there.”
Brian is right behind the ‘Paisley is…’ campaign and already has the logos on his website. The logo cleverly uses the ‘is’ in Paisley to promote certain aspects of the town such as its history or popular events.
Brian said: “The logo is on every page of the website and when you click on a different page, the logo changes to something relevant to the page.
“So if you’re looking at the history of Paisley, the logo would change to ‘Paisley is…rich in culture’.
“It’s quite clever and can be used to promote lots of different parts of the town.
“I’m right behind the Paisley Daily Express and Paisley Vision Board for doing this.”
The website reaches across the world and is manned by Brian and 10 volunteers.
Around half of all the website visitors come from America and the rest from across the UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Europe.
Brian added: “We never have any problems with people on the site, it’s always very positive.
“It’s a community website. I have been asked to make money out of it by doing different things but I’ve always said no.
“It’s for the people of Paisley and that’s the way it’s going to stay.”

We want to know all about what ‘Paisley is…’ doing so if you’ve got a good news story about the town or its people that you want to share, phone our newsroom on 0141 887 7911 or drop us an e-mail at

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They certainly don’t make them like they used to, just read the story in the Paisley Daily Express about ‘Jannie’ Joe Adam who is retiring from his job at 85.

Joe works at Paisley Sheriff Court and even by the remarks of his son ‘Duncan’ you just know that Joe is a right character….. It got me thinking “i know i shouldn’t do that its bad for the brain”.

Snippet from the Paisley Daily Express website: A HARDWORKING jannie is finally hanging up his mop and bucket…at the grand old age of 85.

But dad-of-ten Joe Adam is making sure the job stays in the family – for one of his sons is being brought in as his replacement.

Joe has become a familiar and popular character at Paisley Sheriff Court during his 18-year stint as janitor there.

He was in his 60s and working for the council’s sewerage department when he retired for the first time but was soon itching to get back to work and was delighted to be offered the job at the landmark building, in St James’s Street.

But, now that he has retired for a second time, active octogenarian Joe insists he has no plans to head back to the JobCentre.

He told the Paisley Daily Express: “I don’t think I’ll look for another job. I’m going to my son’s house in Spain soon. I find the winters here hard going these days.”

There are so many people out there who work their fingers to the bone and go unnoticed in today’s society… We should highlight them and what they do and simply say thanks… add your comments below and please remember others right to privacy…

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This is from one of our visitors, whose daughter “the girl that’s running” recently lost her mum to cancer, please support a worthy cause if you can.

Hi everyone 

I talk to some you from time to time, some maybe only once, the others know me well, either way I was wondering if I could ask a huge favour, my daughter is running in the Race for Life and I was wondering if you could spare a pound or two to help her raise the total.

The link will take you to Race For Life’s’s web page where you can make a donation that not only quick and easy but allows them to claim Gift Aid:

If there is someone you could pass this on to I would be most grateful, I figure that she deserves to get the encouragement, but then I would. 

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I thank you in advance!

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