Bray Controls takes Chamber Awards 2013 Success

Renfrewshire Chamber member Bray Controls (UK) from Inchinnan, is celebrating after being crowned one of the winners in the Scottish heats of the Chamber Awards 2013. The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) Chamber Awards, now in their 10th anniversary year, is one of the showpiece events in the business calendar, highlighting the role of business as a positive force for the UK recovery, and for local communities.

Bray won 2 awards for the Scottish Region: Exporter of the Year and Commitment to People Development.  Bray now go forward to represent Scotland in the national finals, which take place in London in November.

Nora Senior, President of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) said:

“I visit businesses up and down the country and am constantly impressed by their determination, innovation and the contributions they are making to their local communities. Many of them are optimistic and looking for opportunities to grow and find new markets for their products and services both at home and abroad. These are the kinds of businesses that will become the wealth creators of tomorrow, and will play a crucial role in helping the UK economy move from being good, to being great in the months and years ahead. The Chamber Awards, now in its tenth anniversary year, is the perfect platform to showcase the amazing work of UK firms across the country, and show the world why Business is Good for Britain.”

Bray attended the recent Renfrewshire Chamber lunch where they were awarded their certificates from Chamber President Tom Johnston who commented “Bray are a very supportive member of the Chamber who have given great opportunities to several young people via the Recruit and Invest in Renfrewshire. Congratulations to Bray on their double regional win and we look forward to attending the finals with them in London.”

Bray MD George Crooks said “it’s great recognition for Bray’s employees, many of whom have watched the business almost from Day 1. The awards reflect well on Bray, and also on the efforts and support of Renfrewshire Chamber.”

About Bray – Bray has earned a reputation for excellence by creating products of superior value and quality, providing personalised customer service and on-time deliveries. Their success has always been the direct result of their fully integrated range of butterfly valve and control products. Rugged and reliable, their products are engineered to provide years of trouble free service.

Information and photographs courtesy of Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce.

“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

Renfrewshire welcomes UK wide Chamber network

Renfrewshire Chamber recently welcomed Chief Exec’s from across the accredited Chamber network for their 1st Chief Exec’ Residential of 2013 held at Mar Hall in early March.

This is the 1st time the high profile group have met in Renfrewshire and the pleasant weather ensured the visitors saw the area at its best. With CEOs from as far afield as Plymouth and Inverness, the coming together gives the Chambers from across the network the opportunity to share ideas and best practice and discuss future opportunities. Items discussed included policy, the international Chamber network, affiliation, and the potential business impact of Independence.

Commenting on the successful event Renfrewshire Chamber CEO Bob Davidson said “…it was a pleasure hosting fellow Chief Exec’s from around the whole of the UK right here in Renfrewshire, Mar Hall was a wonderful venue. Our President Tom Johnston gave the welcome speech at the dinner focusing on how the chamber has grown and developed and the work we are doing in areas such as with young people, and Renfrewshire as a place to do business with examples of some of the great companies based here.”


About Renfrewshire Chamber: Est. in 1964, based at Glasgow Airport in Paisley and with just under 600 members. It is the area’s main business organisation and holds dozens of events every year providing members with the opportunity to network & learn. In addition the well-connected Chamber provides members with a range of products, services and marketing channels designed to help them grow & prosper. For more info on the Chamber please visit

Mar Hall

Renfrewshire Chamber today (Fri 15.2.13) held a cross party Independence Debate, hosted by STV’s anchor man John MacKay. The 100+ attendees packed into the lecture theatre at Reid Kerr College’s

Abercorn Conference Centre in Paisley to question the political panel that included:

-Derek MacKay MSP – SNP
-Annabel Goldie MSP – Conservative
-Garry Clark – Scottish Chambers of Commerce
-Douglas Alexander MP – Labour
-Councillor Eileen McCartin – Liberal Democrats

Intependence Debate

The panel were asked questions on a wide range of topics including:

-Is Independence good for business?
-Why is there so much focus on this subject when the economy is struggling?
-Will we be better off in an independent Scotland?
-Plus many more questions on the EU, embassies, NATO etc….

In addition to business people, teachers and pupils from 3 Renfrewshire High Schools attended; Renfrew, Linwood and Gleniffer. Questions asked by the young people included:

-What impact will Independence have on the future of young people in Scotland?
-Should 16 yr olds have a vote on Independence?

chamber logo 2012 writingThe panel and audience were well behaved in what can be an emotive subject. John MacKay ensured all the panel had their fair share of air time allowing them the chance to respond to the many questions.

Chamber president Tom Johnston commented  “…this debate has been in the planning for a long time. It is not easy to get such a high profile panel all in the one place at the same time. The Chamber was delighted with the turnout today of over 100 members – and also great to see so many young people attending and taking a genuine interest in their future. We plan to have a follow up debate in 2014 – by then more information, facts & figures will be available”.

This event was a free event for Renfrewshire Chamber members – to find out more about the Chamber visit

Scotland’s top civil servant visits Renfrewshire Chamber

The permanent secretary for the Scottish Government, Sir Peter Housden today met with the Board of Directors from Renfrewshire Chamber at the Chamber offices in Glasgow Airport in Paisley. During the 2 hour meeting Sir Peter learned a great deal about how Renfrewshire Chamber is helping local businesses grow and prosper.

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Commenting on the meeting Chamber chief exec’ Bob Davidson said “Sir Peter came across as a very knowledgeable and approachable person; this was very encouraging to see. Going by the responses to questions and the notes he took – he was impressed by the breadth and depth of activity in Renfrewshire. We certainly flew the flag for Renfrewshire as a great place for business and an area that could do more with additional support by from the government – including Air Passenger Duty, youth unemployment and business rates. Additional topics of discussion included procurement, international trade, access to finance and connectivity.

The Chamber regularly has meetings with senior figures from the private and public sector – most recently welcoming John Longworth the Director General of British Chamber in late 2012.

For more info on Renfrewshire Chamber please visit their website at


Graduate Career Zone & Recruitment Workshop – Paisley

Renfrewshire Chamber, who deliver the Graduate Recruitment Incentive, (a wage subsidy of £3k to companies that recruit a recent graduate into a new position) is holding a free Graduate Career Zone Workshop to bring graduates and potential employers together. Graduates will be able to access the latest thinking in how to secure that ideal job, including:

·         How to prepare your CV & cover letter to make you stand out from the crowd.

·         How to prepare for different formats of interview, e.g. competency based interview techniques.

·         How to network and find positions that aren’t advertised.

graduateSMEs will discover how to find the best young talent for their organisation and: 

·         Register for free access to our unique online recruitment support program.

·         How and where to advertise to attract the best graduate candidates.

·         How to prepare a job spec.

·         How to sift & match CV’s.

·         How to structure your interview questions.

Following the workshops there will be the opportunity to network between local companies and potential candidates in an informal setting. A light buffet & refreshments will be provided.

Graduates and employers from all over Scotland are welcome.

The event will be held at UWS Paisley Campus, P Block on Thursday 28th February 5PM-7PM (parking available via Lady Lane entrance)

To register your free place please email Bob Grant, Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce on or tel. 0141 847 5455

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FREE Business Health Surgery

Every business understands the importance of the constant need to change, whether it be sales, marketing, people, financial or operations. Business Doctors, in association with Renfrewshire Chamber, will be hosting complimentary Business Health Surgeries on Tuesday 26th February and Tuesday 5th March in the Chamber Offices at Glasgow Airport.

business doctorThe surgery will be held between 9am and 4pm when businesses will receive a free 45 minute one to one session with Business Doctor, Gordon Barraclough. The consultation will provide a sounding board to discuss the key challenges and opportunities that currently exist in your business. Business owners who exhibit high levels of entrepreneurial spirit and ambition will benefit most from these sessions, whether striving to achieve sustainability or moving the business up to the next level.


To book a place please visit the events section of or contact Gordon direct on 07803 586180 /


Renfrewshire Chamber is hosting a Question Time style cross party Independence Debate in February.

Held at Reid Kerr College, Abercorn Conference Centre – this members only, free event will take place in the main lecture theatre from 12-2pm on the 15th February.

renfrewshire-chamber-commerceThe confirmed panel are:

  • Annabel Goldie MSP – Conservative
  • Eileen McCartin – Liberal Democrat
  • Derek Mackay MSP – SNP
  • Douglas Alexander MP – Labour

The event will be hosted by STV presenter, John MacKay

Bob Davidson, chief executive commented “… members will get the opportunity to engage with the panel on what Independence means for Scotland, not only as a resident, but as a business owner or employee”.

The Chamber expects the event to sell out fast. The capacity of the theatre is just over 100, therefore members are encouraged to book quickly to guarantee a space.

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A New Year, a New Start….

Renfrewshire Chamber is offering local businesses a great start to 2013 with 25% off membership ‘til the end of January. The Paisley based Chamber is almost 600 members in size and has won several awards in the last year including:

  • Investors in People Silver
  • UK Chamber of the Year Runner up 2012 ( & 2011)
  • Renfrewshire Council Quality Awards finalist 2012

renfrewshire-chamber-commerceCommenting on the opportunity, Chamber chief executive Bob Davidson said “our January offer is always very popular, allowing businesses of all sizes and sectors the chance to join the areas main business organisation and save money”.

The Chamber provides companies with access to a wide range of products & services designed to help them grow & prosper, including:

  • Networking events – lunches, forums, business breakfasts & seminars
  • Marketing channels – magazine, eNews, app, website & social media
  • Chamber HR & Legal, Health, Finance and Merchant Services
  • The ROCCOs – annual business awards
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Export Documentation
  • Business Mentoring
  • Graduate Recruitment Incentive

New members also get to attend their 1st networking lunch for free. To take advantage of this offer please visit or call Bob Grant, Membership Manager on  0141 847 5455


Glasgow Airport secures ROCCO award for customer service

Glasgow Airport has been recognised, once again, for its efforts in customer service following its success at the 2012 Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce business awards.

The Chamber’s ninth annual ROCCO awards, which celebrate the success and achievements of Renfrewshire businesses, were held on Friday 16 November and Glasgow Airport came out on top in the Excellence in Customer Service category.

ROCCO 1This award recognises those companies who can “demonstrate excellence through their customer service objectives and strategy, customer care activities, staff development plans and show how this has driven business growth.”

The ROCCO is the latest in a long list of awards Glasgow Airport has secured in 2012, a year which also saw it become the first airport in the UK to launch a customer charter. The charter articulates the airport’s commitments to enhancing every aspect of customer service and has been designed around the customer’s journey through the airport. Other awards have included:

• Scottish Airport of the Year 2012, Scottish Transport Awards
• RoSPA Gold Award, Occupational Health and Safety Awards
• Excellence in Customer Service, Glasgow Business Awards
• Amanda McMillan, Outstanding Contribution to Glasgow’s Tourism Economy, SCDI International Awards

Amanda McMillan, managing director of Glasgow Airport, said: “It is always encouraging to receive external recognition, especially from our peers, and to have secured awards at a national, regional and local level is a wonderful achievement.

“We have an excellent team in place and the awards are testament to the commitment and dedication they have displayed throughout 2012, during which time we have regrown passenger numbers and delivered a real step change in customer service. This success validates our efforts to date and provides the perfect platform on which to further develop our customer charter in 2013.”

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