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Business Matters Summer 2017


President’s Welcome Welcome to the Summer 2017 issue of Business Matters. I hope by the time you read this summer will have arrived. I am pleased to say that there are some good news stories coming out of Renfrewshire. The most recent being that Paisley has been shortlisted for the UK City of Culture 2021. The UK Government’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport have confirmed that the eleven towns and cities bidding for the title has been reduced to just five; Paisley, Coventry, Stoke Sunderland and Swansea. There has never been a Scottish winner and with Perth dropping out we are now Scotland’s bid and hopefully the whole country will get behind us. The initial bid was the product of a wide range of local groups, community and cultural organisations, schools and young people, business and council all working together on a shared vision to change Paisley and indeed Renfrewshire for the better and make the area a great place in which to live and work. If the bid were to be successful it is estimated that the local economy could be boosted to the tune of £172million and create the equivalent of 4,700 jobs over a ten year period. Two weeks ago I took the opportunity of visiting Hull, the current City of Culture, to see for myself what benefits the title had brought to the city. Immediately it was apparent that the city was going through a transformation, with noticeable infrastructure and building works all around. On speaking to businesses and some of the city’s blue coated volunteers, they all spoke in glowing terms about the new investments and dramatic increase in visitor numbers coming to the city as well as the sense of pride the event had brought back to the area. One important message was that everyone agreed the improvements must not be a one year project and that they must carry on to leave a lasting legacy. Phase 2 of our bid has to be submitted by the end of September so let’s keep the momentum going and convince the judges that Paisley deserves to win. I am delighted to announce that my Chamber Board have made a substantial financial commitment to support 2021 if our final bid is successful.

Two other good news stories to come out recently, relate to the announcement by the First Minister that an £8.9 million Lightweight Manufacturing Centre is to be established and based at the Doosan Babcock complex in Renfrew and run by the AFRC. It is, I believe the first step towards creating a National Manufacturing Institute for Scotland – right here in the heart of Renfrewshire. The second story is that planning applications have been submitted in respect of two major infrastructure projects which form part of the “City Deal” initiative. One proposal’s aim is to regenerate the Clyde waterfront as an attractive area supporting residential, industrial, business, retail and leisure opportunities. It includes the construction of an opening road bridge across the Clyde linking the communities of Renfrew, Yoker and Clydebank. The plans behind the other proposal - the £39 million Glasgow Airport Investment Area (GAIA) hope to facilitate the creation of a world class business and commercial location in the heart of Renfrewshire connected by land, sea and arise. If approved, both schemes should create not only better connectivity to our region but also provide a large number of jobs which are sorely needed. On the political front it is hard to believe since our last issue we have been involved in two sets of elections both general and local. Let me offer my congratulations to our returning MPs representing Renfrewshire Mhairi Black and Gavin Newlands, and to all our new council members, including the new leader Iain Nicolson. Your Chamber works closely with both local and national politicians and we look forward to continuing the strong relationship. Brexit negotiations are underway and after months of engagement British Chambers of Commerce and the Chamber Network will now be one of just five business organisations to be members of the formal body for business engagement on Brexit. The others being the CBI, IoD, EEF and FSB. We don’t know yet what Brexit will look like but the business community is looking for certainty and stability from the Scottish and UK governments with a commitment to focus on the priorities

for business and our economy. The Chamber supported premier partner University of the West of Scotland at the recent Higher Education, Teaching & Learning Conference (HETL). This was the first time the prestigious conference has been held in the UK and was attended by 250 delegates from around the world and enjoyed a 3 day informative program which ended with a keynote address from Principal Craig Mahoney. The Chamber supported an informal evening reception for the delegates at our fine Abbey at which I had the honour of speaking, extolling the virtues of Paisley and Renfrewshire. The event proved a great opportunity to show off our town’s assets to an international audience. As is the norm we do not have any events in July however the Chamber team have been busy launching Rocco 2017. The Awards are now open for entry and are a great opportunity for you to be recognised for your efforts and achievements in the last year. Winning a prestigious Rocco Award is not an easy task, the shortlisting and judging process is taken very seriously. I encourage you to enter at www. All that remains is for me to wish you and enjoyable summer and hope you have an opportunity to enjoy a break over that time. Support your Chamber and your Chamber will support you.

Tom Johnston, President Renfrewshire Chamber

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A Warm Welcome from our Chief Executive Announced this week is the fantastic news Paisley has been shortlisted for 2021 UK City of Culture: a great result for the Town. However the next stage of the competition is even tougher, an extended Bid document is to be submitted at the end of September, so we need more support and more companies to engage with the Bid, the support you have shown so far has been crucial. The business community is making a genuine difference to how the judging panel perceive the strength and depth of Paisley’s bid. Thank you to all our exhibitors and attendees who came along to Business Matters in Renfrewshire on the 18th of May at the Lagoon, Paisley. The event attracted close to 60 exhibitors with strong attendance at each of the free seminars on hot topics. The value of the day continues to grow and we hope to be back next year. Rocco 2017 is now open for entry, see details at and page 31. Our main sponsor will be

announced at the end of September so please watch this space. The Roccos are an opportunity to be recognised for your success in the last year but it’s not easy - there is stiff competition to even make the shortlist and an achievement in itself. The Awards ceremony takes place on Friday 17th November at the Normandy Hotel. We are seeking your support for our Skills Ambassador program which returns in early September - could you be a role model and help mentor a group of young people? This program has been getting strong results and we seek a fresh input of experience to work with our young people, meeting with them five or six times over the school year. Contact Fran Porter at the Chamber for more details on how you can help. STEM fortnight will be returning in October - look out for more details soon. If your organisation can offer an activity for a young person in a STEM subject (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) please get in touch.

And finally welcome to our new Development Manager Jill Carrino. Jill can help you maximise your membership and highlight the full range of benefits available, please contact her on 0141 847 5451 and she will be delighted to come and meet with you. Have a great summer and best regards,

Bob Grant Chief Exec

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Colin Pratt receiving his Chief Executive’s Award from Renfrewshire Leisure’s Joyce McKellar.

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Stars came out for awards bash The stars were out in force for the annual Renfrewshire Leisure staff awards bash. The Star Awards ceremony hosted by Clyde 1 radio presenter, Gina McKie was held at Johnstone Town Hall and a host of accolades were handed out to the great and the good of staff working in local sports centres, swimming pools, libraries, museum and community halls. Among the awards presented was the Chief Executive’s Award for Outstanding Achievement, which was presented to Colin Pratt, Renfrewshire Leisure’s Cultural Venues Development Manager. The Team of the Year Award went to Johnstone Town Hall Operations team of Jennifer Ann Northcote, Karen Pattison, Donald Hampson, Tracy Weir, Colin Smith, Geraldine Smith, Carol Harris and Katie Sweeney.

And tribute was paid to popular leisure manager, Gerry Noble who sadly died earlier this year with a new award - The Noble Award for Young Achievers - that was presented to marketing support assistant, Graham Barr. Three members of staff were also commended for their acts of heroism in helping save people’s lives when they were off duty. The first of those was Natalie Stewart, who helped rescue a woman who had fallen into the River Cart, in Paisley town centre and held on to her before the emergency services arrived. The second was Steve Truesdale who gave First Aid to a young boy who had been knocked down while they waited for an ambulance to arrive. And the third was Carol Doyle who was closing Renfrew’s Victory Baths one

night when she saw a man had collapsed in the street and she used a defibrillator that is kept at the pool on him before paramedics arrived. Newly-elected leader of Renfrewshire Council, Iain Nicolson and news chairperson of the Renfrewshire Leisure Board of Trustees, Councillor Lisa-Marie Hughes were guests at the awards ceremony. Renfrewshire Leisure chief executive, Joyce McKellar said: “Our most important asset is our staff, as they are vital to provide a first class sports, leisure and cultural service to the public. “It’s only right that we pay tribute to those who give so much to the people of Renfrewshire and go above and beyond the call of duty.”

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GLYNHILL HOTEL INVESTS £2.5M Originally a mansion house, bought in 1967 by the Nicholas family, The Glynhill Hotel has grown from a 22 roomed hotel, into Renfrew’s only fully serviced hotel complete with 147 bedrooms, bars, restaurants, a function suite for 350 and a leisure club. In the last two and half years alone the family have invested some £2.5m in the hotel. Managing Director Maroulla Nicholas explains, “You can’t stand still. We’ve improved our efficiency by sending our staff on courses, and we’ve implemented changes in our processes. In fact, we’ve saved more than £50k with the changes we have brought in.” However, the biggest changes have been in the hotel itself. One of the first enhancements made was to create a Champagne Terrace outside of the Banqueting Suite to enhance the wedding offering. At the same time, the function suite was redecorated, and the chairs re-upholstered, with a new bespoke zebra-style carpet laid, and a brand new partition installed. The carpet

was then extended to flow through in to the adjoining Reception Lounges at the front of the hotel, adjacent to the Champagne Terrace. The Reception area, Cocktail bar and Gourmet Restaurant have also been revamped, with brand new Amtico-like flooring laid throughout. The Cocktail Bar itself has seen a revamp, with designer cream weave wallpaper which compliments the new contemporary looking chairs. The Reception foyer, and Grand Manor Staircase were refreshed

with grand thistle wallpaper. Although all of the public areas have been refreshed, it’s the bedrooms that really have accounted for much of the spend. All of the hotels Standard Rooms have been upgraded, creating 45 Boutique Bedrooms which have the wow factor. The hotel has also created three more bedrooms, having transformed storage rooms in to a three room apartment, complete with kitchen facilities. The apartment can also be sold as three individual rooms.

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GLASGOW BREAKS ANOTHER RECORD AS JUNE PASSENGER NUMBERS HIT ONE-MILLION MARK FOR THE FIRST TIME • 5.7% INCREASE ON JUNE 2016 PASSENGER NUMBERS • EU-SCHEDULED TRAFFIC UP 16.1% For the first time in its 51-year history Glasgow Airport recorded more than one million passengers in the month of June, representing a 5.7% increase on the same period in 2016. Demand for EU-scheduled services increased by 16.1% thanks to additional capacity on city-break destinations including Berlin, Amsterdam, Dublin, Bucharest and Dusseldorf as well as new routes to Brussels, Valencia and Lisbon. The airport’s success in strengthening its European connectivity continued with the introduction of a new twice-weekly Blue Air route to the Romanian city of Iasi. International traffic grew by 10.4% as the busy school holiday period got underway, while long-haul routes were up 12.4% due to strong demand on services to North America and Dubai. Amanda McMillan, managing director

of Glasgow Airport, said: “June is traditionally one of our busiest months of the year, but to exceed one million passengers is yet another significant achievement for Glasgow Airport. “Our strong performance in the first half of 2017 has been driven by our efforts to enhance existing services and expand our growing network with new destinations to give even more choice to our customers, including the launch of Ryanair’s new Zadar route last week. “Later this month we’ll see a return of Scotland’s only direct link with Seoul as Korean Air’s in-bound charter service returns with an additional flight.

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“Route development continues to be a key priority in driving growth at the airport and we’re looking forward to welcoming a number of services in the second half of 2017 to exciting new destinations including Madrid, Krakow and Frankfurt.”

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Gleddoch Hotel, Spa & Golf – The Perfect Venue Located just 20 minutes from Glasgow city centre, Gleddoch Hotel, Spa & Golf is becoming a favourite for those visiting the west of Scotland for both business and pleasure. Following a multi-million pound refurbishment, Gleddoch has been transformed to become one of the leading hotel, conference and private function venues in the area. Once the home of the shipping Baron Sir William Lithgow, the hotel boasts stunning views over the River Clyde, Ben Lomond and the Renfrewshire hills, all complimented by the scenic 360 acres of private grounds, manicured gardens and championship golf course. The hotel features 70 bedrooms and suites with multiple meeting & events spaces for up to 140 guests which makes it ideal for those looking to host corporate events and is the ideal place for those wishing to celebrate Christmas

and the New Year in a relaxing and luxurious environment. Gleddoch’s fantastic championship golf course is famous for its stunning views over the surrounding Renfrewshire countryside and provides a challenge for players of all abilities with both corporate and private memberships available. And for guests looking for the ultimate relaxation and pampering experience, the brand new Imperia Spa at Gleddoch features a 17 metre indoor swimming pool, indoor and outdoor hot tubs, sauna, steam room, relaxation room as well as 6 treatment rooms offering a range of Elemis and ishga treatments. If food and drink are your thing, Gleddoch Hotel, Spa & Golf will not disappoint. Their VISTA restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner with offer both traditional and modern European dishes using the best locally

sourced ingredients. The Camillia lounge at Gleddoch offers a traditional afternoon tea with delicious selection of sandwiches as cakes and the DRAM whisky & gin bar has a fabulous range of both local and international whisky’s, gins and traditional cask ales. If you are looking for a more casual experience, our Nineteenth bar offers a range of snacks and drinks served throughout the day. For more information, visit www., call 01475 540711 or email 25% discount off all daily delegate & corporate golf days for Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce members

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Keeping your finger on the pulse Too often people from all walks of life view health and safety as a something that reduces profit or stops the job getting done but that has not the intention of the legislative framework. True there are penalties when things go wrong but there can be benefits from managing for health and safety. Integrating health and safety within your business objectives and practices helps everyone to take ownership of what they do in the workplace on a day to day basis. It contributes to sustainability, ensuring the business continues. It contributes to how others view your business locally and nationally impacting on the reputation of the business. How employers communicate with employees and listen to what they say

helps to break down any existing barriers whether perceived or real. Managing for health and safety or environmental issues is best achieved as a team effort and not undertaken in isolation. You need to be alive to what is happening within your organisation. As a business leader have you ever considered the impact on the life of an individual who has been injured or suffered from ill health due to a work activity or how you would feel if you could have prevented this from happening? How aware are you of the legal requirements for managing for health and safety in the workplace? Have you considered the financial implications of something going wrong


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and safety grants are generally not provided for persons undertaking accredited or licenced courses which lead to greater skill development despite such courses being optional. Therefore partnership working is the key to supporting and developing the health and safety knowledge and skills of young people. To mark the occasion Fred Cullum presented IOSH Safety Passports to four of the six pupils who were able to attend the presentation which took place within Gleniffer High School. Footnote: Fred Cullum who is a Chartered Fellow of IOSH has recently taken on the voluntary role of Vice Chair of the West of Scotland Branch of IOSH.

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Digital training is transforming the way employees learn

Paisley based digital learning provider, Bolt, has won consecutive national contracts in the UK Retail industry, to tackle due diligence, improving customer service and encouraging a culture of continual learning for clients. Local retail brands, McLeish and David’s Kitchen both sing the praises

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The HALO signs MoU with UWS for Enterprise & Innovation Hub The HALO Kilmarnock Limited (The HALO) and UWS have signed a Memorandum of Understanding aimed at creating a ground breaking Enterprise and Innovation Hub as part of the regeneration of the former Diageo bottling plant site in Kilmarnock. Marie Macklin CBE, a director of The HALO, and Professor Ehsan Mesbahi, Vice-Principal and Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academic) of UWS, put pen to paper at a signing ceremony at Paisley Campus. The HALO is a £65m mixed use brown field regeneration that will create an inspirational and imaginative urban park, a dynamic commercial, educational, cultural, lifestyle and leisure quarter and a light manufacturing facility alongside key worker private rental accommodation in the centre of Kilmarnock. The development is being seen as an exemplary collaboration between public, private, further and higher education sectors aimed at providing a sustainable facility for the town. The agreement between UWS and The HALO aims to ensure that an Enterprise and Innovation Hub, including a digital and cyber research facility, is central to the development. UWS and The HALO will now investigate how this partnership approach would enable research and development by the university’s students to be commercialised in collaboration with private sector companies within the Enterprise and Innovation Hub, providing opportunities for training and skills developmentm, re-

Professor Ehsan Mesbahi, Vice-Principal and Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academic) of UWS, Kathryn Wittneben Director of Advancement UWS, Marie Macklin CBE, director of The HALO, Johnny Mone Head of Enterprise Services UWS

skilling and up-skilling, work placements and Entrepreneurial mentoring and support. Marie Macklin, a director of The HALO, said: “A critical element in The HALO’s success will be the collaboration between the public, private and educational sectors in order that we meet the aspirations and needs of the people of Kilmarnock, East Ayrshire and beyond. “We are confident that, working together with UWS, we can create an Enterprise and Innovation Hub that will provide Ayrshire with a meaningful place in the fourth industrial revolution, the digital world. “I look forward to working with UWS to develop our collective thinking in this vitally important aspect for the economy of the area.” Professor Mesbahi of UWS said: “We are

excited by the opportunity to be closely involved in creating an Enterprise and Innovation Hub that would include digital and cyber research. This would provide intensive, varied and practical learning opportunities for our students to gain knowledge and develop the entrepreneurial skills that are in such short supply in the sector. “There is potential for creating a distinctive learning experience that would attract students from around the world and equip local students with internationally-recognised qualifications to develop their futures as entrepreneurs. “A further critical aspect of an enterprise and innovation hub is the opportunity to encourage original research which will have a tangible and visible effect on society.”

UWS celebrated in the Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2017 UWS has been ranked in the world’s top 200 universities under 50 years of age in recent Times Higher Education [THE] Young University Rankings 2017. The Young University Rankings measure institutions across the world on their teaching, research, citations, international outlook and industry income using a methodology calibrated to reflect the characteristics of younger universities. Alongside UWS’s Young University ranking, in the category 151-200, the University was also placed by THE in the

Top 18 of the Millennials in an analysis of universities of a similar age – a rating reflecting the significant growth and achievements of UWS over recent years. The THE Young University Rankings, are designed to show the impact on the world stage of universities in years rather than centuries and to highlight future rising stars. Professor Craig Mahoney, UWS Principal and Vice-Chancellor, commented: “This is an amazing achievement for University of the West of Scotland and truly reflects

the hard work and effort of colleagues across the University campuses and the tremendous input from our partners and stakeholders. “When I was interviewed for my post at UWS, I said that it was my ambition to have the University feature in international rankings. 2017 sees us celebrate 25 years as a university and marks 10 years since we became University of the West of Scotland, so to be recognised by THE at this early stage is a really proud moment for us all.”

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Homeless World Cup coverage wins national broadcast award Online video coverage of the Homeless World Cup which took place last year at Glasgow’s George Square has won the Best Innovation Award at the Royal Television Society (Scotland) Awards 2017, which were presented at the Òran Mór in Glasgow on 17 May 2017. More than a dozen current students and recent graduates from University of the West of Scotland (UWS) contributed to QTV Sports’ coverage of the Homeless World Cup, which took place last July in Glasgow. Over the course of seven days last July 416 matches were played on the three specially-constructed pitches in George Square. Action from all three pitches was live streamed, with real-time video highlights and interviews posted to social media channels throughout each day. Glasgow-based producers and creative agency QTV Sports was the host broadcaster providing exclusive action footage of all the games, and the company’s strategic partnership with UWS provided students the invaluable

opportunity to be involved in the coverage of the Homeless World Cup Johnny Mone, Head of Enterprise Services at UWS, said: “We are delighted that the QTV’s coverage of the Homeless World Cup has won a Royal Television Society Award. Winning team from UWS “We have been working with QTV Sports since the company was founded, and entered into a strategic partnership two years ago. Winning this award is great recognition not just for the company but also the students and graduates who worked with QTV to help produce their coverage of this global event.” Jack McGill, CEO of QTV Sports, added: “Winning this award is a fantastic


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Fast-growing independent accountancy firm Campbell Dallas has acquired Perth-based Bell & Company, a long-established independent firm specialising in owner managed businesses and private clients. The deal will see 20 staff and 1 Partner transfer to Campbell Dallas, and adds over £1m of fee income per annum. Campbell Dallas, which recently opened a new £1m office in the centre of Perth, is now the largest accountancy firm in Perthshire.  Total staffing in the newly enlarged Perth office has increased to 5 partners and 56 staff, including 9 trainees.  Founded in 1945, Bell & Company provides a broad range of business and tax advisory services alongside robust compliance services.  The firm represents many well-known local owner managed businesses, and has developed a strong presence in the rural and farming community.  Andy Ritchie, Head of Campbell Dallas’ Perth office, said the acquisition was a natural fit for both firms, and would provide clients access to a much greater range of services and expertise: “Bell & Company is a highly respected local firm and we are delighted to welcome the business to Campbell Dallas. Our existing Perth office is well-established, but this acquisition provides us with the

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scale to expand the enlarged business and we will be recruiting further over the coming months.” Charlie Carnegie, Bell & Company’s Managing Partner added: “Joining Campbell Dallas presents an exciting opportunity for our clients and staff as we can now offer a full range of advisory services together with specialist technical knowledge in areas such as tax, VAT, corporate finance and re-structuring. It will be ‘business as usual’ for our clients, many of whom have been with Bell & Company for several decades, but they will now have the resources of a much larger practice at their disposal.”  Chris Horne, Managing Partner at


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Campbell Dallas said “This is a solid step forward for the firm in achieving its planned growth target. Perthshire and Tayside has a wide variety of high quality businesses that we think would benefit from our entrepreneurial approach to client service. There is also the rapid regeneration of Dundee Waterfront that is attracting local and national entrepreneurs who will need access to our full range of accountancy services”

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MacRoberts LLP partners with ENABLE Scotland to raise vital funds • Employment • Banking & Finance • Energy • Commercial • IPin& Technology Construction Dundee on 20 August and events like the Kiltwalk MacRoberts LLP has embarked upon•a new corporate Edinburgh on 17 September partnership with companies partnership with ENABLE Scotland. Showing their support • Pensions • Corporate with MacRoberts colleagues, like MacRoberts ENABLE for the organisation, partners and employees from the Defence friends and family joining in Scotland can support Scottish law firm first took to the streets for the Glasgow • Planning • Corporate Finance the fun. Sign up to take part more families throughout Kiltwalk on Sunday 30 April. MacRoberts has chosen to Scotland.” support ENABLE Scotland in a variety• ofDebt ways; from raising • Projects Recovery events/ or contact kiltwalk@ The Kiltwalk continues funds via events like the Kiltwalk as well as sponsoring their 01698 737024. in Aberdeen on 4 June, Annual Ball in February 2018. The firm will also share its • Real Estate • Dispute Resolution skills and expertise to support ENABLE Scotland members and volunteer at key fundraising events. The Glasgow Kiltwalk was a great success, with 280 walkers taking part to raise funds for ENABLE Scotland; the learning disability charity is a key beneficiary of the Kiltwalk this year. MacRoberts will also be taking part in the Aberdeen Kiltwalk in June and the Edinburgh Kiltwalk in September. The 280 walkers who took part in the Glasgow Kiltwalk, including the MacRoberts team, have so far raised £28,000 for the charity, with some fundraising monies still coming in. All money raised will be supplemented by an additional 10 per cent in funding, donated by Sir Tom Hunter and his charitable foundation. Katy Wedderburn, Partner, MacRoberts LLP “MacRoberts is delighted to support ENABLE Scotland in this exciting and challenging event. The work ENABLE Scotland does to fight discrimination and inequality is truly

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Protect your business: Beware… In a recently reported English case of MPT v Peel the Court had to consider whether a business was entitled to certain interim remedies against 2 former senior staff. Those 2 individuals had agreed various restrictions within their employment contracts, including a wide ranging protection against revealing confidential information. There were also certain restrictive covenants. The employees had decided to set up in competition following their restrictions ending. That business would compete directly with their former employer. Prior to leaving their employment, client and company data was copied and downloaded and then removed. The individuals did not tell the truth when they were asked about their intentions. The employer discovered individuals had begun a competing business. The former employer sought an injunction (called interdict in Scots law - a Court order preventing the party from doing something). Duty to tell the truth? One interesting issue in this case was the extent to which the individuals were under a duty to tell the truth in relation to their intention to compete with the business following the ending of their restrictions. There are certain terms and duties implied into every contract of employment. One such duty is that of fidelity and honesty. It was alleged in this case that one incident of the duty of good faith is to answer questions truthfully. The Judge noted that there are some exceptions to this principle, one being that employees are entitled to refuse to answer questions about their private lives. The Judge considered the position and said he was “far from satisfied that these employees were under a duty to disclose their true intentions”. He said that: “The law will step in to prevent unfair competition or to hold employees to enforceable restrictive covenants or to protect confidential

information. Equally, employees must not induce others to breach their own contracts of employment, conspire to cause their employer injury or, in most cases, solicit their colleagues for their new enterprise. Subject to these matters, employees are otherwise free to make their own way in the world. I should therefore be reluctant to hold that an incident of the duty of fidelity is that, when asked a straight question a departing employee is under a contractual obligation to explain his own confidential and nascent plans to set up in lawful competition.” He did note, however, if the individuals owed the company fiduciary duties the position may have been different. This would apply, for example, in relation to company directors and certain senior staff. Confidentiality – Focus the restriction The two former employees admitted to copying and taking away company data which they conceded was wrongful. The Judge found that this was a flagrant breach of the duties of fidelity and could well have been an infringement of the employer’s database rights and/or its copyright in its technical drawings. However, it was argued that the confidentiality restriction was far too wide to be enforceable. Not only did it apply indefinitely but the range of material contained within the express provision rendered the clause too wide to be enforceable. The Judge noted that confidentiality clauses can be enforced even where they are of indeterminate duration but it is important to ensure that wide and generic definitions of confidential information are avoided. One reason to avoid such wide clauses is that where employers seek to protect confidential information by way of an interdict, it is “essential that they should make it absolutely clear what it is that they are seeking to protect”. In this case the Judge decided to issue a more restricted order to prevent the 2 individuals (and the new company)

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£6MILLION DEVELOPMENT OPEN FOR BUSINESS AT HILLINGTON PARK A new £6million development on one of Scotland’s largest business parks has come onto the commercial property market following successful completion of the construction phase. Evolution Court, an 85,476 sq ft scheme made up by four separate units ranging in size from 17,728 sq ft to 23,950 sq ft, is situated on Hillington Park adjacent to the busy M8 motorway. Grant Edmondson, commercial director at Hillington Park said: “Evolution Court has a prime position on the Park just minutes from the M8 and in the view of the tens of thousands of people that pass along the motorway each day. The four modern premises are ideal for a variety of industries such as manufacturing, logistics and distribution companies and are of a size and design not widely available in Scotland.” As part of the new development’s marketing activity, a new film has been created using specially commissioned drone footage which shows off views of the Park and surrounding area never seen before. To view the film please visit www. The new build development is the latest major project built using the Park’s Simplified Planning Zone (SPZ) status. Hillington Park is located to the west of Glasgow and just two miles from Glasgow Airport and is the base for more than five hundred businesses employing around 8000 people including Balfour Beatty,

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How the Superhero that is Innovation defeated the Grim Reaper of demolition Standing on a beautiful spot alongside the White Cart, The former Anchor Thread Mill Complex proudly represents the culture and history of a town, whose history and prosperity were products of the once booming thread industry. Formerly employing over 5000 people, parts of the complex were threatened with demolition as recently as 2000. When architect Marcus Dean saw the potential to breathe new life into the buildings, his vision of transforming the site into a bustling business centre began with the redevelopment of the Old Embroidery Mill in 1984. His redevelopment continued with The Sir James Clark Building in 1993, Mile End Mill in 2000 and The Anchor Mill in 2006. Following initial pessimism in the 80’s from the local council, The Abbey Mill Business Centre is now testament to how vision, passion and innovation can defeat the grim reaper of demolition. Gladly Renfrewshire has changed; Renfrewshire Council are now ambitious for business to succeed and over the years have been very supportive. Mill girls of yesteryear would still recognise the outside of the buildings, but today Abbey Mill offices are contemporary gems in disguise: traditional on the outside, but strikingly modern within. Providing office and workshop space to a wide variety of businesses, from high tech companies, charities and government agencies to small businesses and start-ups, Abbey Mill certainly has the wheels of industry turning again within the mill buildings. On the question of how business has changed over the years, Marcus said, “We have seen the average size of offices go up and also the number of companies wishing to relocate from the centre of Paisley. There is also the trend for companies choosing Paisley over Glasgow. Abbey Mill has therefore attracted a lot of business into the area by offering modern space within a historical building, a concept that has also worked well in former Mill towns such as Halifax, Bradford and Bolton. We have added a number of key tenants

such as a cafe, nursery and gym, which has also helped us grow�. Going the extra mile for new tenants and working with them to create a bespoke space that few other landlords are willing to do, is highest on the agenda for The Abbey Mill team. Allowing businesses to grow without any obstacles, by providing bespoke separate offices, meeting rooms, IT systems, glass partitioning, corporate colour schemes and bespoke carpets, all within historical listed buildings, has seen tenant retention rates at Abbey Mill remain at a steady high. Possibilities of flood lighting the last remaining chimney and copper fish scale domed towers on these iconic buildings are being explored. Innovation continues to abound at Abbey Mill as the opening of a new high tech hub approaches. Due for completion in late Autumn, The Abbey Mill Hub will host a range of new office space plus shared meeting and relaxation areas, featuring designer furniture and unique wall features and fittings. The grim reaper of demolition has been banished forever by the superhero that is innovation.

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Peak Scientific celebrates 20 years of innovation

Peak Scientific have been manufacturing gas generators for 20 years.

(Peak Scientific – Inchinnan, United Kingdom) Today Peak Scientific, a global leader in gas generators for laboratories celebrates 20 years in business. Since starting out in 1997 with just a small group of employees in Linwood, Scotland, the company has since established itself as an industry leader and grown rapidly across the world. Peak now employs more than 400 staff worldwide, including over 200 at its HQ and Manufacturing Centre of Excellence in Inchinnan, near Glasgow. Over the past 20 years Peak Scientific has grown to serve the laboratory gas generation market in every continent, and been repeatedly recognized for excellence in international trade and innovation by virtue of six Queen’s Awards for Enterprsie. A combination of market-leading technology and a commitment to customer service has seen the company establish a stellar reputation amongst its

customers as an easy to deal with brand which produces robust and reliable hydrogen, nitrogen and zero air gas generators. Speaking from the company headquarters in Inchinnan, Scotland, Company Founder and CEO, Robin MacGeachy, shared his thoughts on the business reaching its 20th year: ‘Reaching our 20th Anniversary is certainly a proud achievement and a testament to the hard work and commitment of Peak Scientific staff all over the world. A milestone like this is a great time to reflect on our journey so far, and to thank our customers for choosing Peak and joining us on that journey. Our anniversary is also a time to look to the future and to new and better ways to support our customers. It is Peak’s restless nature and constant pursuit of improvement which has enabled us to reach this milestone and, hopefully, many more to come.’

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Haulage firm flying the flag for Paisley 2021 with truck

Renfrewshire Council Leader Iain Nicolson & Craig Leslie Managing Director Gordon Leslie Group

A Renfrewshire-based distribution company will be flying the flag for Paisley’s UK City of Culture 2021 bid – after revealing a branded truck and trailer. Hillington-based Gordon Leslie Group provide distribution and storage services throughout the UK and beyond, and joins a wide range of companies who have agreed to provide funding should Paisley’s bid be successful. And new Renfrewshire Council leader Iain Nicolson – also the chair of the Paisley 2021 Partnership Board – paid the company a visit to see the truck and trailer – covered in colourful 2021 branding – for himself. Paisley is bidding for the title as part of a wider push to use the area’s unique cultural and heritage offer to transform its future. The town’s initial bid was submitted in April and competition organisers at the UK Government’s Department for Culture, Media and Sport are due to announce the shortlist for the second

stage over the summer. To date the Paisley 2021 bid has been backed by almost 200 local firms – including internationally-important names Glasgow Airport, intu Braehad and WH Malcolm. There has also been support from Coats PLC – which started life in the town and remains the world’s largest industrial thread manufacturer – and whisky giant Diageo, who bottle 30% of the world’s Scotch from their Shieldhall base. Councillor Nicolson said: “The UK City of Culture bid has already taken awareness of what Paisley has to offer to a new level. No matter what happens next, that will bring new visitors and investment into the area for local businesses to feed off. “Should the bid be successful, there would be even more economic opportunity and thousands of new jobs for Renfrewshire, as well as all the social benefits from creating opportunities for people to get involved in cultural activity. “We are fortunate to be home to large

employers such as Gordon Leslie Group – we are delighted they have thrown their support behind the bid and it’s great to think the truck and trailer will be spreading a bit of Paisley on its travels.” Gordon Leslie Group is a secondgeneration family business, which has been based in Renfrewshire almost 50 years. Managing director Craig Leslie said: “The firm was started by my father and has been in Renfrewshire since the 1970s – first at Abbotsinch Industrial Estate, then Linwood, and now Hillington. “Paisley 2021 is a fantastic opportunity to put the area back on the map and will provide a much-needed boost for local businesses in terms of attracting investment and creating jobs. “We are behind what the bid is trying to achieve and I would call on other businesses to consider how they could get involved and help promote the town.” You can see the Paisley 2021 business wall and find out more about the bid at

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Paisley’s bid to bring Mod back to town in 2021 is lodged

Gordon MacLennan chair & Provost Lorraine Cameron vice chair, members from Renfrewshire Schools Pipe Band and Skerryvore

A bid to bring the world’s largest celebration of Gaelic language and culture back to Paisley has been lodged - for what would be one of the centrepieces of the town’s potential UK City of Culture 2021 year. Paisley is bidding for the Royal National Mòd in four years time – with the town’s one previous staging of the event in 2013 being the second-largest in the event’s history. Renfrewshire Council has already ring-fenced a budget of £185,000 plus substantial extra in-kind support to cover hosting costs – with the event expected to bring thousands of visitors and a sevenfigure economic boost to the area. Bid bosses believe Paisley’s central location, excellent transport links, unique venues and established major event track record will add up to another successful Mòd. If the town was named UK City of Culture 2021, the Mòd would be key to that year’s programme of events. Paisley’s Mòd 2021 bid will be handed in at the Inverness offices of event organisers An Comunn Gaidhealach on Friday by the chair of the local organising committee, Gordon MacLennan. Gordon – also the chief executive of Strathclyde Partnership for Transport – was joined at Paisley Gilmour Street station to see the bid off by vice-chair, Provost Lorraine Cameron, members of

the Renfrewshire schools pipe band, and some of top trad band Skerryvore, who are backing Paisley’s Mòd bid. He said: “We would be absolutely thrilled if An Comun were to bring the Mòd back to Paisley in 2021, and believe we have put together a very strong bid. “The last – and only – Mòd held here in 2013 attracted 8,000 people over nine days and delivered a £1.4m economic impact, and Paisley was very well received as a location by visitors from across Scotland. “Aside from our unique venues, such as Paisley Town Hall and Abbey, our transport links are second-to-none – with an international airport on our doorstep, easy access to the motorway, and Paisley Gilmour Street station being Scotland’s fourth-busiest, handling five million passengers a year and a train to Glasgow every eight minutes.” Provost Cameron added: “Renfrewshire is committed to the development of the Gaelic language, with a five-figure annual investment in arts programming, Gaelic language plan, and more than 1,500 local people with Gaelic language skills. “We have also invested in the next generation, with our annual Fèis Phàislig music festival having seen around 700 local young people engaged in Gaelic and traditional music, with musicians visiting

27 local primary schools this year alone. “The area also has a strong record of supporting traditional music, with many trad acts featuring on the bill for our annual Spree festival in October, and the MG Alba Scottish Trad Awards coming to Paisley for the first time this December. “We want to build on that by hosting another successful Mòd whether we win the Uk City of Culture title or not.” Martin Gillespie – a founder member of Skerryvore, in Paisley last year as a Spree headliner – added: “I have a long association with the Mòd – myself and my brother competed in several when we were young – so it’s an event that means a lot to me. “It’s good to see such a strong bid coming from a place in the central belt as that would help open up the event to new audiences. “We played Paisley Town Hall last year – it would make a great main venue for Mòd competition and there’s no doubt the town would be a good host.” Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021 is part of a wider push to transform the town’s future using heritage, culture and events and the Uk Government is expected to announce the shortlist for the next stage of the competition over the summer. For more information, visit paisley2021.


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Plans submitted for major Planning applications have been submitted for two major infrastructure projects led by Renfrewshire Council through the Glasgow City Region City Deal. Authorities in Renfrewshire, West Dunbartonshire and Glasgow will consider the details of the £90.7million Clyde Waterfront and Renfrew Riverside project, which aims to regenerate the Clyde Waterfront as an attractive area supporting residential, industrial, business, retail and leisure opportunities. It includes construction of the only opening road bridge across the River Clyde and new roads and cycle routes to better link the communities of Renfrew with Yoker and Clydebank. Plans behind the £39.1million Glasgow Airport Investment Area project have also been submitted to Renfrewshire planning officials. Construction of a new bridge over the White Cart, realignment of Abbotsinch Road, and new cycle routes form the project proposals to improve connections between the existing Westway, Inchinnan and Airport business parks. It will also facilitate the creation of a world class business and commercial location in the heart of Renfrewshire, connected by air, sea and land. If approved, work on both projects is expected to start on site in 2018 with construction completed in 2020. Extensive engagement with more than 2000 people has signalled strong public support for the projects, with

Artist’s impression of the regenerated Clyde waterfront

feedback surveys showing 90 per cent backing for the Clyde Waterfront and Renfrew Riverside project, while 94 per cent of respondents are behind the Glasgow Airport Investment Area project. The projects are funded through the £1.13billion Glasgow City Region City Deal, an agreement between the UK Government, Scottish Government and eight local authorities across the Glasgow City Region to deliver improved infrastructure, create new jobs, tackle unemployment and drive innovation and growth. City Deal projects will bring big business boost Bob Grant, Chief Executive of Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce, believes the Glasgow City Region City Deal projects led by Renfrewshire Council will bring jobs and business benefits to the local area. He said: “These projects offer tremendous benefits for local businesses and have the potential to transform how we do business in Renfrewshire. These major infrastructure investments will make it easier for employers to do business; easier for employees to get to

and from their places of work and open up the potential for future investment. “Around 1400 jobs are expected during the construction period and a further 11,000 permanent jobs could be created through existing business expansion and new businesses being attracted to the area as a result of the City Deal infrastructure investment. “Improved connections will also benefit the public and local employers, with 59,000 jobs becoming more accessible to Renfrewshire residents. “I am very excited at the potential of the Glasgow Airport Investment Area to bring highly skilled jobs to the area. The signs are already there - the First Minister recently announced that an £8.9million specialist centre to develop new manufacturing processes for lightweight materials for the aerospace and automotive industries will be established here in Renfrewshire. “It has been encouraging to see the public are firmly behind these projects and I look forward to seeing the work get underway. These are key projects in the Glasgow City Region City Deal, which has the potential to unlock £3.3billion in private sector investment benefitting the whole region.”

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infrastructure projects

Clyde Waterfront and Renfrew Riverside

Glasgow Airport Investment Area

Project details • A 184 metre, two-lane opening bridge across the River Clyde, linking Meadowside Street in Renfrew with Dock Street in Yoker and accommodating vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists. • A 750 metre Renfrew North Development Road to link Meadowside Street to the A8 at Argyll Avenue in Renfrew. • New cycle lanes and connections to existing cycleways and active travel paths, connecting from Inchinnan Road, Renfrew through to Yoker Railway Station. • New bridge approach roads providing access to the River Clyde crossing from existing roads • Active travel routes of pedestrian walkways and cycle lanes incorporated into all new roads and bridges • New and improved junctions upgrading existing roads and linking to existing and future developments. • Landscaping including woodland planting, trees along the proposed roads and hedges to create wildlife habitats

Project details • Realignment and upgrading of Abbotsinch Road – including 1620 metres of new road – to establish a high quality gateway into the new investment area • A new 70 metre, two-lane bridge over the White Cart river from Wright Street to an approach road off Arran Avenue • Active travel routes of pedestrian walkways and cycle lanes incorporated into all new roads and bridges • A 2030 metre off-road cycleway connecting the realigned Abbotsinch Road to Inchinnan Business Park • A 100 metre cycleway and pedestrian bridge spanning the Black Cart • New and improved junctions and connections to existing cycleways and paths • Benches and cycle parking at key points along new routes • Trees planted on the realigned Abbotsinch Road and hedge planting to enhance biodiversity on Inchinnan cycle way

Anticipated project benefits • Increased business potential on both sides of the River Clyde, gaining access to more customers and suppliers • Improved journey times between the newly connected communities • Ease traffic congestion at Renfrew Cross • Attract £282million in private sector investment • Create 1015 jobs during the construction period and 629 permanent jobs as a result of new business creation • Help deliver 1690 new homes • Bring 83 hectares of land back into use • Support reduction in greenhouse gas vehicle emissions by more than 500 tonnes in 2020

Anticipated project benefits • Deliver the infrastructure and environmental improvements to facilitate a world class commercial location around Glasgow Airport and existing manufacturing centres in the heart of Renfrewshire • Support the continued growth and expansion of Glasgow Airport • Attract £430million in private sector investment • Create 365 jobs during construction and up to 10,600 jobs as a result of new business creation in the Investment Area • Create more than 300,000 square foot of new and enhanced development space. • Brings 60 hectares of vacant and derelict land back into use • Help deliver 250 new homes • Reduce HGV traffic on Porterfield Road and Paisley Road as a result of Wright Street link • Support reduction of greenhouse gas vehicle emissions by more than 200 tonnes in 2020

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Jill Carrino joins Skills Ambassadors Chamber team 2017-2018 The Chamber welcomes our new Development Manager Jill Carrino who has joined the team at the end of April. Jill hails from Ayrshire and has many years’ experience working in commercial development roles in the engineering/construction sector and within her family business. She is looking forward to using her experience & knowledge to help the chamber membership grow. Jill Carrino Development Manager Bob Grant chief exec said “Jill has already made a great impact to the membership at the Chamber since joining in April and along with Carol Griffiths ( Membership Administrator) we have a strong team in place to help you get the most from your chamber membership and maximise all the member services you can utilise to help grow your business.” Email • 0141 847 5450 Email Carol on • 0141 847 5141

We are seeking experienced business people to regularly meet with a class or group of pupils: Discuss various topics: • What employers are looking for, skills & attitudes • Business visits etc…

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Share real life business experience Advice on CV / interviews Life at college / university Encouraging pupils to do their best, get involved and make the most of time in school

Program starting August 2017 If interested please contact Fran Porter at the Chamber 0141 847 5450

Renfrewshire Chamber golf day – The Winners The Chamber annual golf day was held at Old Course Ranfurly Golf Club on Friday 9th June. The event saw 16 teams compete around the course which was in superb condition. The winners were: • Individual Winner: Graham Stevens from Thermo Fisher Scientific • Winning Team: Power 1 Group • Nearest the Pin: Gerry Hunter from William Tracey Group • Longest Drive: Jamie Ockrim from Satelliet-UK Commenting on the day Chamber chief executive Bob Grant said “thank you to all the teams who supported the chamber golf day. The weather stayed kind, the golf was hotly contested as ever and played in a fun spirit. The course at Old Ranfurly was in good condition and the green keeping staff did a great job. We were made very welcome by both the members and Clubhouse team. I am delighted to say the fund raising raffle raised £800 for Chamber Charity of the Year St Vincent’s Hospice. Thank you to all who made donations of prizes on the day.”

Individual Winner: Graham Stevens from Thermo Fisher Scientific

Winning Team: Power 1 Group

Nearest the Pin: Gerry Hunter from William Tracey Group

Longest Drive: Jamie Ockrim from Satelliet-UK

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The ROCCO’s (the annual business awards of Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce) – are now open for entry. The Rocco’s are Renfrewshire’s premier business event now in their 14th year. The ROCCO main sponsor will be revealed at the end of September. Chamber chief exec’ Bob Grant commented “Thank you to all our category sponsors, without their support, the ROCCO’s would not be possible. I encourage businesses & organisations from all sectors to enter this year. Winning a ROCCO is a great achievement - the process we follow for selecting a winner is taken very seriously. Across the 16 categories we have something for everyone; from a sole trader or young entrepreneur & community group to well established SMEs and large corporates. You have plenty of time to enter the Rocco’s - but please don’t leave it to the last minute. You can enter as many categories as you wish, and if you are planning to attend - please book early - the ROCCO’s sell out every year well before the event. The ROCCO’s are free to enter for members based anywhere plus nonmembers that are based in Renfrewshire. The 16 categories this year are: ROCCO Award for Excellence in Customer Service - sponsored by the Scottish Leather Group ROCCO Award for Enterprise in Education - sponsored by University of the West of Scotland ROCCO Award for Excellence in Manufacturing - sponsorship available ROCCO Award for Innovation & Technology - sponsored by Hillington Park ROCCO Award for International Trade sponsored by Glasgow Airport

Rocco Host Fred MacAulay

ROCCO Award for Invest in Renfrewshire - sponsored by Renfrewshire Council / Invest in Renfrewshire ROCCO Award for Most Promising New Business - sponsored by Business Gateway ROCCO Award for Employer of the Year - sponsored by Rolls Royce ROCCO Award for Family Business of the Year - sponsored by The Malcolm Group ROCCO Award for Young Business Person of the Year - sponsored by West College Scotland ROCCO Award for Business Leader of the Year - sponsored by Diageo ROCCO Award for Community Champion - sponsored by Engage Renfrewshire & The Royal Bank of Scotland

ROCCO Award for Outstanding Performing Business with 5 or less employees - sponsored by intu Braehead ROCCO Award for Outstanding Performing Business <25 employees sponsored by Renfrewshire Council ROCCO Award for Outstanding Performing Business >25 employees – sponsorship available ROCCO Award for Renfrewshire’s Favourite Business - sponsored by the Paisley Daily Express (nominations open end August) The awards are open for entry until the 8th September. Shortlist will be announced end September and the winners announced at our awards ceremony on Friday 17th November at The Normandy Hotel hosted by Fred MacAulay. On the night a charity raffle will support 2 charities / good causes. For more info and to enter / book a table - please visit The social medial hashtag is #2017Rocco

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New Members On behalf of the Board of Directors and the Chamber staff we would like to welcome onboard the following new members. 8 Outdoor Media

Howden UK

Fierce & Fab Women

Digital Banner Business Claire McIlreavy 02034055754

Engineering Phyllis Creaney 0141 885 7559

Career Coaching Colette Reilly 0141 416 0916

Basics & Beyond Ltd

NXGEN Payment Services

Robert Direct Rentals

Business Consultancy Michael Clerck 07762937137

Payment Services Paul Williams 07535472805

Rental & Retail Domestic Appliances Connel Conaghan 0141 840 4849

D2 Corporate Solutions Ltd

The Jaw Brewery

EG Chauffeur Hire Ltd

Insurance Broker Tony Zonfrillo 0141 5608022

Drinks Manufacturing Alison Hazell 0141 237 5840

Coach Hire & Executive Travel Paul Reid 0800 695 2222

Good Day Studio

Whyte And Christie

Graphic Website Design Tamsin Richardson 07496 576951

Joinery James MacFarlane & David Storey 01475 722118

Old Course Ranfurly Golf Club Ltd Golf Club Marin Lawrie 01505 613 214

The K9 Way Dog Training Services John Allison 07714470946

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Top Scottish entrepreneur, Tim Allan, appointed as President of SCC Scottish Chambers of Commerce announces the appointment of Tim Allan as its new President, taking on the role from Nora Senior who stands down after four years in office. Tim Allan will serve in the non-exec post from April 2017 to March 2019. Tim Allan is the Chief Executive of Unicorn Property Group, an award winning Scottish property company and is the Founder and Director of Motor Fuel Group, the second largest independent fuel retailer in the UK with more than 370 stations, turning over £2bn per year. Tim also serves as Member on the Court of the University of St. Andrew's and was previously President of Dundee and Angus Chamber of Commerce and Chair of Young Enterprise Scotland. Tim is a recipient of The Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion, and was made a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts, Manufactures and Commerce.

Commenting on his appointment as the new SCC President, Tim Allan, said: "I have long been a proud advocate of the role Chambers of Commerce play in Scotland and around the world and it is a great honour for me to take on the role of President during this critical time for the business community. Across Scotland, businesses are working hard to grow, to keep jobs secure and tap into new markets, and I look forward to utilising my role as President to champion the needs of business and showcase the contributions we make to Scotland's economy. "The core part of my role will be informed by tackling the key challenges facing the economic landscape of our country: navigating through an uncertain and ever-shifting investment environment, the need to create a flexible, skilled workforce suited to a modern economy and increasing

Past President of British and Scottish Chambers of Commerce receives CBE Nora Senior, Executive Chair UK Regions and Ireland of global communications consultancy, Weber Shandwick, has been recognised with a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2017. The Honour has been awarded for services to British and Scottish businesses during her term as President of British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) and Chair of Scottish Chambers of Commerce (SCC). Nora held the voluntary post of President of the British Chambers of Commerce between 2013 and July 2016 and the office of Chair of Scottish Chambers between January 2013 and April 2017. She is the first woman to have held the honorary position in SCC in its history and the only person to have held the two national Presidents’ offices simultaneously since the Chamber movement was formed over 300 years ago.

She says: “I am immensely proud and humbled. It is a huge honour to receive such recognition; a tremendous tribute to the Chamber Network who work tirelessly to promote business interests and great recognition for the important role communications has in driving business growth and success. I am very proud to have had the opportunity to contribute to and influence policy in key areas such as international trade, education and women in business. Liz Cameron OBE, Director & CEO of Scottish Chambers of Commerce, said: “Nora is one of the most influential and respected figures in the business community and a most deserving recipient of this prestigious honour. We are delighted that this has been recognised. She has worked tirelessly to promote and represent the Scottish Chambers Network and Scotland as a great place to do business, whilst establishing a strong legacy of enabling business growth. Practically, she has led

SCC President Tim Allan

Scotland’s exporting performance. I look forward to working with both the Scottish and UK Governments to ensure that they provide a platform for the Scottish business community to grow. In turn, Scottish Chambers of Commerce will share business insights with the decision-makers to ultimately ensure that business growth and securing a solid economy are at the top of our Governments’ agendas."

Nora Senior CBE

an expansion of our international trade support by establishing partnerships with our Global Chamber Network, helped create and promote more opportunities for our young people, and has fostered stronger collaboration between business and Government. Nora has been a trailblazer for the business community. “I have no doubt that she will continue to act as a source of inspiration to business people from all walks of life as she continues her business journey.”

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Renfrewshire Chamber says 2021 bid will be good for business Renfrewshire commerce chiefs believe Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021 could be an economic bonanza for the area – and will financially support the town’s potential year in the spotlight. The area’s largest business membership organisation – Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce – will make a five-figure contribution to the costs of hosting the prestigious culture title, should Paisley win. Bid bosses estimate hosting the title could bring in a £172m economic boost for the local economy – while creating more than 4,700 jobs over a ten-year period. Paisley has been shortlisted by the UK Government’s Department for Culture, Media and Sport have placed the town on the shortlist for the next stage of the competition. The town will submit a second-stage bid in the autumn, with the winner announced at the end of the year. Management from the chamber showed their support on a visit to one of their members – Braeheadbased internet firm Boston Networks, which recently won a £1m council contract to supply free public wifi to Paisley town centre. Renfrewshire Chamber are following in the footsteps of other big-name firms who have agreed to support the 2021 year – Glasgow Airport, intu Braehead, Diageo, Gordon Leslie Group and WH Malcolm, as well Coats PLC, the world’s largest industrial thread manufacturer, which

started life in the town. The organisation’s chief executive Bob Grant, who is a member of the Paisley 2021 executive bid team, said: “The chamber board are financially supporting Paisley 2021 because they recognise winning the title would bring a massive economic boost to Renfrewshire, and our members would share in that. “The bid has already raised Paisley’s profile and helped promote it as an attractive place to visit, work and invest. “Now we have been shortlisted the work to create a new visitor economy based around Paisley’s unique heritage assets will continue, creating jobs and footfall for local traders. “But winning the title would take that to new levels – giving us a yearlong programme of major events and an international platform from which to build a long-lasting economic transformation, just as previous winners Derry did in 2013 and current titleholders Hull are doing now. Boston Networks – named employer of the year at the chamber’s annual ROCCO awards last November – will soon be rolling out a free public-access wifi system in Paisley, Renfrew and Johnstone town centres. Councillor Iain Nicolson, Renfrewshire Council leader and chair of the Paisley 2021 partnership board said: “We thank Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce for their generous contribution to the 2021 bid. “The bid supports a wider

Scott McEwan (front) with Tom Johnston and Bob Grant of Renfrewshire Chamber (centre) and (from left) Audrey Schaefer, Andrew Hamilton, Brian McGinley and Denise Ewart of Boston Networks

Tom Johnston, Scott McEwan & Bob Grant

plan by the council to use our tremendous events, architecture and history to make Renfrewshire a key visitor destination. “Part of that is around making sure a 21st-century infrastructure is in place – which is why it is fitting Boston Networks are involved in this announcement, as the work they are doing for us to roll out free public wifi is key to that.” Scott McEwan, chief executive of Boston Networks, added: “We are delighted to add our backing to the Paisley 2021 bid – the work around it is already creating

opportunities for firms like ours and there will be even more if the town wins. “I would urge all our fellow chamber members and other local businesses to consider how they can get involved – by working together to make the town a more attractive place to invest and visit, we all stand to benefit.” Renfrewshire Chamber provides networking and mentoring opportunities, as well as legal and HR support, to its hundreds of members. More information is at More information on Paisley 2021 is at

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Launch of the new Chamber Services

The Chamber has an ongoing commitment to provide members with a range of benefits that offer real value to their business. Without doubt services that help protect members are very important and this is why we have invested in ChamberHR and Chamber Legal Expenses Insurance for many years, two services which have been highly valued by members. In 2016 the British Chambers of Commerce undertook a full procurement exercise to review the scope of the service, to ascertain whether it would be possible to offer a more integrated service and to identify the most suitable partner to deliver these services. We are delighted to announce that as of 21st August our Chamber will adopt the new BCC national scheme which will provide members with access to a wider range of services and will allow them to derive even more value from their Chamber membership. We are also pleased to confirm that these new and improved services will continue to be provided by our current ChamberHR

partners at Qdos, ensuring a disruptionfree transition to the new service provision and very little change in how you access the services. Members will now have access to four key services; • ChamberHR - advice line, website and legal expenses cover for employment disputes • ChamberLegal- advice line, website and legal expenses insurance for data protection, property disputes and more • ChamberH&S – advice line, website and legal expenses insurance cover to defend HSE prosecutions • ChamberTax – advice lines for taxation and VAT plus legal expenses insurance cover to defend HMRC investigations These services are all underpinned by Chamber Legal Expenses Insurance, which provides cover across 11 different sections up to £100,000 per claim and £1,000,000 in the annual aggregate. All these services are integrated and

delivered directly by Qdos. From a member perspective access couldn’t be easier; One phone number – 01455 852037 (the current ChamberHR number) for access to all advice line services. The HR and legal lines are available 24/7, 365 days a year. One website – use the same log in details as before. The website features a document library with over 750 free downloadable template documents covering employment, health & safety and legal matters. Steve Charles, Head of Business Partnerships at Qdos said; “We were delighted to be selected by the BCC to be the national partner for the UK network. We know these services can really help members and with the expanded range of services we are now able to provide we can say with confidence that we have a service for ALL members” Bob Grant CEO of Renfrewshire Chamber said; “The Chamber is thrilled to be able to offer this expanded and integrated service which we believe will genuinely protect our members and give them peace of mind in these challenging times. I encourage all members to use these premium quality services” Contact Carol Griffiths for your log in details cgriffiths@renfrewshirechamber. com 0141 847 5450

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your services or products, our fabulous Gift Card offers you the perfect opportunity to gift a flexible shopping, dining and entertainment experience at Scotland’s leading shopping and leisure destination; intu Braehead and Soar at intu Braehead. We are delighted to introduce our new Corporate Gift Card Portal. Our FREE dedicated online portal is a secure tool for corporate clients enabling you to issue intu Gift Cards from the comfort of your computer! So convenient and hassle free. It is as easy as 1, 2, 3 - Simple! 1.    Once you are on board, we will send you your Gift Cards and presentation wallets. 2.    Then, you can use the portal to

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Sticks & Stones may break your bones... I Am Me Scotland is a community charity that works in partnership with Police Scotland to raise awareness of and tackle disability hate crime. Disability Hate Crime is one of the most under reported crimes in the UK, with an estimated 97% going unreported.   There are 1 million people in Scotland registered as disabled or with a long term illness. Keep Safe was developed in response to focus groups conducted in 2013, where disabled people said they did not feel safe when out in their local community. Keep Safe works in partnership with Police Scotland and a network of local businesses to create ‘Keep Safe’ places for disabled, vulnerable, and elderly people when out and about in the community. People can access these premises to seek assistance and help if they feel lost, confused, scared, in danger, or have been the victim of a crime. Keep Safe

Places are identified by displaying a sticker in the window, but are also listed on the I Am Me Scotland website and on the free Keep Safe Scotland app. Keep Safe cards are available for anyone and detail information about any health conditions, communication requirements and who to contact in the event of an emergency. Cards are available free from Keep Safe premises, to download from www. or by contacting I Am Me Scotland. The Keep Safe initiative is a national initiative and is being rolled out across Scotland in partnership with other Local Authorities. In order to monitor and evaluate Keep Safe as it expands across Scotland, we would greatly appreciate it if you could fill in this short survey. For further information on I Am Me Scotland, Disability Hate Crime awareness sessions, or becoming a Keep Safe place, please contact us:, 0141 618 6241

RAMH exceed mental health standards across Renfrewshire & East Renfrewshire Local mental health services provided by RAMH have exceeded required standards and smashed quality targets. The RAMH Housing Support Service achieved the best possible scores from the Care Inspectorate who awarded them 6s (excellent) for all elements of their work. The Care Inspectorate Report noted that RAMH excelled in “ensuring that services worked in a person centered and recovery focused way”. Equally the organisation has recently achieved ISO9001, a quality standard certificate, for continuous improvement

across all aspects of their operations. RAMH Operations Manager, Shirley McCuish, said “we’re delighted to have achieved an excellent report from the Care Inspectorate and to have attained our ISO9001.” Shirley explained “The people who use RAMH, and their carers, can be confident that we deliver best quality services, suited to their needs, to help them recover from all mental health issues.” She added “We are proud of our RAMH staff who continually work to review best practice, improve standards, and who passionately enjoy

working with the people they support.” RAMH promotes recovery from mental ill health, and empowers people to build independent, fulfilled lives. The charity supports a range of diagnoses including depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder, and their services include crisis support, housing support services, plus a range of creative, educational, social and therapeutic groups. If you know someone RAMH could help, and for more information about their services visit or contact or 0141 847 8900.

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Thermo Fisher Scientific, Get Involved Day 2017

Over 170 Inchinnan employees joined their colleagues around the globe to give back to the local community during the Thermo Fisher Scientific 2017 annual volunteering day. Inchinnan employees clocked up 500 volunteering hours, participating in a variety of activities and supporting various local charities. The activities included shrub and tree

planting on Knowes Farm Landfill Site near Beith with EADHA Enterprises, tidying Lamont Farm for their 40th Anniversary open weekend, general garden tidy, jet washing and fence staining at Accord Hospice, St Vincent’s Hospice and Renfrewshire Support Living Initiative. Some of our volunteers returned to Renfrewshire Foodbank for a third year, and there was an on-site litter

pick around the Inchinnan Site. On the day, the weather was glorious and everyone said they had a great day, and were very happy to support worthwhile local causes.

BRINGING YOU JAW BREW One of Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce’s newest members is Jaw Brew, an independent micro-brewery in Hillington Park. Husband and wife Mark and Alison Hazel started their venture into craft beer just three years ago with an original two styles of beer which has now been extended to a range of eight uniquely brewed and bottled beverages that is supplied to a continually growing customer base of bars, pubs, restaurants and other outlets across Scotland. Jaw Brew also provides bars and beers for events, festivals and weddings. The beer is offered in cask, keg, bottle, can and even bag-in-box whilst new customers of all sizes and types - such as Lidl and Café Gandolfini – are consistently being won over. Throughout their endeavour with Jaw Brew,

Mark & Alison Hazel

Mark and Alison identified a growing demand for unique craft gins in Scotland – which lead them to start a sister brand in late 2016: Hazell & Hazell. The batch craft gin is distilled using hand foraged botanicals from their family home near Bardowie Loch and has recently been named the fourth best gin in Scotland in Scottish Field’s debut ‘Gin Challenge.’ Furthermore, Bardowie Gin won bronze for its category of ‘Best Gins over £35’, which is a tremendous achievement. The tight Jaw Brew team consists of family members and local employees are they are looking forward to making the most of their membership of the Chamber of Commerce. Their beers and gin alike are available from their shop at Jaw Brew, 67B Montrose Avenue, Hillington Park G52 4LA or online at www. |

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6 reasons why you need social media training In light of last month’s successful ‘Embrace the Space’ course, we thought we’d take a look at why social media training is so very important for small businesses. Social media marketing is often an afterthought for small businesses. Sometimes it’s run by the youngest (read: tech-savviest) team member, and can be just one of their many responsibilities. But, social media marketing can help small businesses increase brand engagement and land new customers. 71% of customers who’ve had a good social media experience with a brand are likely to recommend them to a friend – so you really can’t afford to miss out. Here are six clear reasons why you should consider social media marketing training for your small business: 1. Come up with a defined strategy Developing a defined social media strategy is one of the top reasons why marketers struggle with this type of marketing. Whether that’s because staff don’t understand the specifics of major social media platforms, or because they’re lacking in time, social media training can help you develop an effective approach. 2. Identify and target specific audiences Social media is a great tool for reaching new audiences, but only if you know how to look for them. Things like using the right hashtags on Twitter, targeting relevant people on Facebook and posting on certain platforms will make sure you reach the right audience. Social media training

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can help you figure out which audiences reside where, and how to appeal to them. 3. Learn about tools and tricks Experts usually host social media training events. They know exactly what they’re talking about. They’ll be able to give you tools and tricks for integrating social media into your schedule, managing content and refining customer relationships. Hootsuite and Buffer are some of our favourite social media-related resources, for example. 4. Build meaningful relationships with followers Using social media, you can interact directly with followers (and, potential customers). This can be both a blessing and a curse – dealing with complaints in a public forum can be a bit tricky. Your trainer will help you plan for challenging interactions and establish your brand as an authoritative and trustworthy source of information.

5. Make the most out of a free resource Unless you decide to pay for advertising, social media is a free resource. When you consider the benefits it can bring, that fact is almost unbelievable. Invest in training just once and you’ll be able to reap the rewards of an effective social media strategy for years to come. 6. Everyone else is doing it Businesses around the world use social media, and regularly bring in experts to train their staff. Large companies like IBM, Dell, PepsiCo and Adidas were among the first to commence training programmes. The big players in your industry are probably doing the same. Don’t get left behind! Sign up for social media training today to generate more leads and create a loyal, profitable online following. To find out more about social media training, get in touch with our friendly team today.

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Renfrewshire Council Updates:

PAISLEY 2021 LATEST UPDATES Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021 has generated huge support from local businesses over the past year. The town is bidding for the title as part of a wider plan to use Paisley’s unique cultural and heritage story to transform the area’s future. The initial bid was submitted to The UK Government’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport in April and they have just confirmed that the eleven towns and cities bidding for the title has been reduced to just five; Paisley, Coventry, Stoke, Sunderland and Swansea. These places will now produce a stage two bid for later in the year and the winner will be announced in December. Winning the title will bring massive benefits to business – it is estimated if we win it would create 4,700 jobs and a £172m economic boost to Renfrewshire over the next decade. We would also expect to welcome 800,000 visitors in 2021, creating huge footfall for local traders, while a winning bid would also attract major infrastructure investment. A successful bid will also put the area on the map as a tourist destination, change how people see us at home and abroad, and shine a light on the area’s cultural significance, while also producing huge social benefits – by creating opportunities for people to get involved in culture. But no matter what happens next, the process has already been really positive for Paisley. From the launch of the campaign in late 2015 to the point it was lodged in April more than 30,000 people were involved in the conversation around it – and that momentum will continue. There are also a number of other exciting projects related to Paisley’s culture and heritage which will happen over the next few years no matter what: - cultural infrastructure projects such as the planned revamp of Paisley museum and the new museum store and library will bring new footfall into our high street; - work is under way to reconnect the global symbol that is the Paisley Pattern back to the town and help make us a hub for new business based around fashion, design and creativity;

- Paisley is ideally placed to be one of Scotland’s key destinations for heritage tourism. A new destination brand and focus on our visitor offer to be revealed later this year will help achieve that; - our major events programme already brings 300,000 attendances a year, with highlights including the British Pipe Band Championships, the Halloween Festival and The Spree. That will grow further, with even more events of national importance; Who has supported the bid? Around 200 Renfrewshire businesses – big and small – had pledged their support by the time the bid went in. You can see the full list at business-backers/ The list includes some of Renfrewshire’s biggest employers, including: - Diageo – whose packaging plant at Shieldhall bottles more than 25 million cases of Scotch whisky annually – and who agreed to produce a special limited-edition run of Paisley-2021-branded bottles of Johnnie Walker whisky.

Gavin Brogan Site Director Diageo Shieldhall

- Malcolm Group – one of the country’s top logistics and construction companies – are flying the flag for Paisley around the UK after wrapping the back door of a trailer in Paisley 2021 branding. The Linwood-based firm will celebrate its centenary in 2021.

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- Coats PLC, the world’s leading industrial thread manufacturer. Bosses from the firm - which once employed 10% of Paisley’s population - visited the town earlier this year. Coats still retains a presence in the town today through its global Colour Systems Team, based in the Mile End Mill building. - Glasgow Airport, whose executive Amanda McMillan said: ““Paisley has a vibrant and rich heritage and is known across the globe for its famous Paisley Pattern...the bid can have a transformational effect on Paisley by harnessing a greater sense of civic pride and showcasing it as a destination in its own right.” - intu Braehead – one of Scotland’s largest leisure and entertainment destinations – also got behind Paisley’s ambitions. General manager Gary Turnbull said: “If any place deserves the title, it’s definitely Paisley with its fantastic history and architecture, alongside the myriad cultural activities of its people today and the great cultural future it has in years to come.” It’s easy to get involved – you can write a letter of support, download our Paisley 2021 logo and use it on your material, or download our posters and put them up in your place of work. All the info you need is at paisley2021.

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Renfrewshire Council Updates: Renfrewshire and Paisley: Developing a Tourism Destination Renfrewshire Council’s new tourism officer Andrew McKean talks about plans to develop the area’s visitor economy – and how you can get involved. There is a renewed Andrew McKean focus on tourism within Renfrewshire Council the region. As the new Tourism Officer for Renfrewshire Council, my remit covers tourism business engagement and destination development. I want to work with any business which would benefit from more visitors to Paisley and Renfrewshire – from cafes, restaurants, bars and shops to visitor attractions, hotels and other accommodation providers. I also want to work with organisations, groups, and individuals to help put Paisley and Renfrewshire back on the tourist map. The bid for UK City of Culture 2021

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created a new collaboration of public, private, cultural, academic and third sector organisations. Many already had working relationships but the bid united them behind a single vision and – crucially - a recognition of the benefits of a holistic destination approach. Although the 2021 process was a catalyst, tourism development will be a priority regardless of the bid outcome. We already host great events which attract thousands of visitors, and we want to build on that. We have great stories to tell and great places to enjoy, so we need to tell those stories louder and better so people can discover that authentic experience. We want more people to visit, both day trippers and those staying overnight. We want them telling their friends, coming back, and staying longer. In short we want more people, spending more. We can do this by acting together as a destination. As well as working with

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key bodies such as the Chamber of Commerce and Paisley First BID, we have already met national agencies including the Scottish Tourism Alliance, Scottish Enterprise and VisitScotland. Now we want to create a regional tourism business network; both so we as a council can have a better relationship with the industry but also so businesses can meet and share information and ideas. We have fantastic opportunities to exploit. Not only has the Paisley 2021 bid created a huge and positive profile for Paisley, but Glasgow’s new tourism plan positions Glasgow as a ‘Gateway to Scotland’ and they are keen to work with nearby regions. Other exciting developments are in the pipeline. There will be a brand new destination website launching later this year. We are developing a new customer service training scheme, using Scottish best practice, and we have been invited to submit a full application to Scottish Enterprise’s new Tourism Destination Development Fund. I look forward to hearing from you! You can contact Andrew through

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Renfrewshire Council Updates:

City Deal projects will create new job opportunities

Public engagement helped identify the preferred project locations and businesses are also set to benefit from the Glasgow City Region City Deal projects.

Two Renfrewshire-led Glasgow City Region City Deal projects which will transform Renfrewshire’s business potential have received overwhelming public backing. Extensive engagement on the Glasgow Airport Investment Area and Clyde Waterfront and Renfrew Riverside projects has helped shaped the final plans, now being considered by the planning authorities. Feedback from more than 2000 people through surveys, events and exhibitions in Renfrewshire, Glasgow and West Dunbartonshire found fantastic support for both projects, recognising their potential to create jobs and help local businesses expand. Glasgow Airport Investment Area will help to create a world class commercial location in the heart of Renfrewshire,

connected by air, sea and land through realignment of Abbotsinch Road, construction of a bridge over the White Cart and new cycle routes, improving connections between the Westway, Inchinnan and Airport business parks. Regenerating the Clyde Waterfront as an attractive area supporting residential, industrial, business, retail and leisure opportunities is at the heart of the Clyde Waterfront and Renfrew Riverside project, which proposes construction of a new opening road bridge across the River Clyde, the Renfrew North Development Road and cycle routes to better link the communities of Renfrew, Yoker and Clydebank. Up to 11,000 permanent jobs – including 1400 during the construction period – could be created through existing business expansion and new

businesses being attracted to the area as a result of the City Deal infrastructure investment. Businesses will benefit during the design and construction phases with tendering opportunities to be advertised by early 2018 through Public Contracts Scotland. Improved connections will also benefit the public and local employers, with an estimated 59,000 jobs becoming more accessible to Renfrewshire residents. The Glasgow City Region City Deal comprises more than 20 infrastructure projects across eight local authorities. It is the second largest City Deal in the UK and is expected to unlock £3.3 billion in private sector investment. For more on the business benefits City Deal will bring, visit: www.renfrewshire.

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Renfrewshire Council Updates:

RESILIENCE KEY TO BUSINESS SUCCESS The capacity to recover quickly from difficulties, that’s the dictionary definition of resilience. Resilience is a skill everyone can benefit from, none more so than the business community. Major incidents like the terror attack in Manchester terror attack was a timely reminder of the importance of resilience and readiness. Statistics show 80 per cent of businesses affected by a major incident don’t have continuity plans in place for the benefit of their staff, customers and stakeholders. Emergency planning might seem daunting, but there are simple steps all businesses large and small can take. Renfrewshire Council, through its Civil Contingencies Service, has templates and guidance on creating a business continuity plan.

It covers considerations around aspects such as the security of premises and managing deliveries, while there is also advice on collating a Business Grab Bag of the essentials you might need a short notice. Police Scotland and its emergency service colleagues, through the Scottish Business Resilience Centre (SBRC), has a strong relationship with the business community. Police Scotland and the SBRC deliver nationally accredited counter terrorism training to businesses to help keep our business community safe. Cyber-crime is another key area of focus for the business community. A recent attack caused chaos for NHS systems in Scotland and across the UK, the ransomware attack affecting organisations in 99 countries worldwide.

The SBRC has a comprehensive range of integrated cyber security services to help businesses assess, build and manage their cyber security capabilities, and respond to incidents and crises. Whether it’s online or outside, it is important to be alert and report anything suspicious to Police Scotland by calling 101 for non-emergencies and 999 in an emergency. Any suspicious activity can also be reported to the Anti-Terrorist hotline on 0800 789 321. As the Police report, Action Counters Terrorism and Communities Defeat Terrorism. For more information, visit: prepareyourbusiness

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SCHOOL UPDATES: Retiring Headteachers thanked for their service

Seven headteachers from across Renfrewshire with more than 230 years’ experience celebrated their retirement this week. Councillor Jim Paterson, Renfrewshire Council’s Convener of Education and Children’s Services thanked them for their service during the informal ceremony which was also attended by Provost Lorraine Cameron and Peter MacLeod, Director of Children’s Services and Chief Social Work Officer. The headteachers who were thanked for their service were: Moira Monaghan – Bushes Primary School David Nicholls – Gleniffer High School Marie Ward – St Fillan’s Primary School Hazel McMillan – Thorn Primary School Carol Vallance – Bridge of Weir Primary School Susan Carlton – Wallace Primary School Eileen Young – Linwood High School

Kilbarchan Primary School World of Work Week The week beginning the 15th May was an exciting one for the staff, parents and pupils of Kilbarchan Primary School. Over the course of 5 days, the pupils worked with a range of visitors and partners in order to learn more about the world of work and the many opportunities available to them when they left school.   At the heart of the programme for the week was a drive to combat traditional gender stereotypes and to promote high aspirations for all.  The feedback from both the pupils and the visitors was incredibly positive and we hope we can build on these partnerships in the future.

Linwood HS Modern Apprenticeship Week Senior Careers Speed Network Huge thanks to all our guests for the brilliant careers event on Tuesday 7th March 2017 - a record number of guests attended our best Careers event yet....... Thanks to Police Scotland, AECOM, Clark Contracts, Carousel Training, James Frew Gas Sure LTD, Cigna, DYW, SDS, Tesco, Clyde Marine Training, Renfrewshire Council, Mabbet and British Airways. Huge thanks to Jill Thomson, our STEM ambassador from University of West of Scotland, for coming in to launch our S1 Smart STEM Girls project. They are designing a new self-sufficient and sustainable Scottish town and it is looking great already! Rapid Response. Linwood High School’s  S2 Rapid Response engineering event was a great success. Pupils built shelters, transported and purified water Thank you to Kimberley from Doosan Babcock who was our expert on the day.

S4 Employability Fortnight (Enrichment) Between the 2nd-12th of May, S4 pupils not sitting formal National 5 exams took part in Gleniffer’s Employability Fortnight supported by local and national businesses. Week 1 activities included pupils setting up e-mail accounts, skills in music workshops from the SAE Institute, team building exercises, presentations from Skills Development Scotland and STEM workshops from the Royal Army Outreach team. We were delighted to be joined by pupils from Park Mains High School for a presentation from PC Audrey Paul on careers in Police Scotland. Week 2 was a packed program of activities mainly focused on preparing CVs, applications, interviews and we also

had a number of guest presenters. Mid week we had our careers speed dating event with fantastic representation from BA Maintenance, DYW West, Renfrewshire Leisure Scottish Bakers, SAE Institute, Engage Renfrewshire, Pulsant and Glasgow Caledonian University. On Friday the pupils undertook Mock Interviews with local employers.

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STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics As part of our on going work on promoting engineering and the world of work one of our teachers, Mrs J Kaney organised a series of visits from parents who are engineers. They visited various classes and spoke to the children about their work. The children were all then set a design challenge for the Scottish Leaders Young Engineers Award. One of our pupils, Grace Clark, Primary 5, won top place in her Year Group across Scotland. There were over 12, 000 entries. Grace will be attending a presentation at The Barony Hall, Strathclyde University

in June. Some of our other pupils were commended for their work. The Scottish Engineering Leaders Award asks Scottish pupils -’’If you were an engineer what would you do?’’ It is part of the wider Primary Engineer Programmes and supported by Scottish Engineering, The University of Strathclyde and the RAF. As an annual, free STEM programme for schools, pupils interview engineers about their work, and then look to solve problems that affect them, their families, Scotland or the world in general. Their creativity is astounding and

inspires engineers at the University of Strathclyde who have annually made one of the winning entries. This year they will be unveiling the ‘Rollover Bench’ designed by a pupil from Craigrothie Primary.

Paisley pupils promote their town through special children’s book Pupils at St Andrew’s Academy in Paisley have been promoting their town’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021 through a special illustrated children’s book. S2 art and design pupils at the school have created a story called Anna’s Adventure, which follows a little girl’s epic journey to spread Christmas cheer across Scotland before completing her mission in her beloved Paisley. The class of 20 pupils took just three months on the school’s InterDisciplinary Lesson project to produce and manufacture their books to a high standard with printers Document Solutions. The tale sees an excited Anna wake up at 6am on Christmas Day - but her joy quickly turns to disappointment when she finds an empty tree in her living room. When she discovers a note from Santa telling her to be “kind and caring” to the people of Scotland, Anna goes on a journey to spread happiness. The adventure sees Anna go hunting for Mary, Queen of Scots’ crown before a trip to the Kelpies and a chance encounter with the Loch Ness Monster. The last stop on her journey takes her back to Paisley; the place where she feels most at home. Paisley is bidding to be UK City of Culture 2021 and the initial bid was lodged with competition organisers, the Department of Culture, Media and Sport,

at the end of April. The bid aims to use the town’s unique heritage and cultural story to transform its future and St Andrew’s Academy art and design teacher, Stephanie Bell, said the pupils were excited to promote Paisley in their story. Stephanie said: “The pupils came up with the ideas for everything and they wanted to do something that would represent them as individuals, their community of Paisley and Scotland in general. They wanted to document it and get their own artwork out there. “They were very excited about the thought that they could associate the book with the Paisley 2021 bid and show that it’s not just practitioners and working people, but it’s also the pupils of Paisley who are representing the art culture. After gaining a fantastic response from fellow pupils and teachers at St Andrew’s Academy, the class now aim to sell their book to the public.

A second class has also produced a story titled Forever Friends and the art and design department are developing other books to showcase the pupils’ talent in the future. Stephanie said: “The kids are hoping to sell the book to as many people as they know and then we are going to see if any primary schools would be interested in it as well, so we can publicise the book as much as possible. “There were 20 pupils involved in the first book, but we have got other classes that are doing other illustrated children’s books which will hopefully be sold at later dates. “It may become an annual thing but we are definitely going to keep promoting Paisley through them!” If you would be interested in buying a copy of the book, contact teacher Stephanie Bell on gw16bellstephanie@ or call St Andrew’s Academy on 0141 887 5201.

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‘Sky is no limit’ say pupils as experiment headed for outer space A team of secondary school pupils are over the moon after hearing their science experiment will be launched into outer space and carried out by astronauts on the International Space Station. The sky-high feat is their reward for taking part in Mission Discovery Renfrewshire – a week-long space school, hosted by Renfrewshire Council in partnership with University of the West of Scotland (UWS) and run by the International Space School Education Trust (ISSET). The teams were made up for 200 school pupils from Renfrewshire, Inverclyde and East Renfrewshire, mentored by a UWS student alongside a panel of space experts, including former NASA astronaut Steve Swanson, to devise a science experiment that could be conducted in outer space. The winning team’s successful experiment – hailed as the first of its kind - will test if aloe vera can slow down or prevent the spread of candida fungus on the skin of astronauts in space. The pupils who came up with the winning idea are Ashleigh Zimunya, Jamie Stevenson, Daniel MacKinnon, Eve Sutherland, Molly O’Brien, Sophe Adams and Martin McNeil from Renfrewshire, Katie Holland from Inverclyde and Molly Ward from East Renfrewshire. Molly O’Brien, pupil at Gryffe High School and one of the winning team, said: “It was an amazing experience. We are so happy to have won.” Steve Swanson said: “It was fantastic. I was really impressed with the young people and the quality of their presentations. They did a brilliant job.” Mission Discovery gives young people the chance to learn from NASA’s approach to developing leadership, team building and personal development as well as fostering interest in science and research. Renfrewshire Council’s Education Convener, Councillor Jim Paterson, said: “To be chosen as the winning team in this fantastic space school is a magnificent achievement and my congratulations go to all the pupils behind this superb idea. “Mission Discovery Renfrewshire is an amazing programme for all 200 pupils from Renfrewshire, Inverclyde and East Renfrewshire who take part. Meeting an astronaut and a whole panel of space experts is a brilliant opportunity and is sure to inspire young people to pursue their goals and reach their full potential. “This programme is a testament to how working with partners can benefit young people and I would like to thank everyone involved.” Professor Ehsan Mesbahi, UWS Vice Principal & Pro Vice-Chancellor, said: “I would like to congratulate not just the winning team, but all of the pupils who participated in this excellent, inspiring week-long space school at our Paisley Campus. “At UWS we are committed to developing and encouraging the best talent in science, engineering, technology and mathematics and we are delighted to be a key partner of Mission Discovery Renfrewshire.”

Back row left to right –Molly O’Brien (Gryffe High), Daniel MacKinnon (Gleniffer High), Martin McNeil (Paisley Grammar) and Sophie Adams (St Benedict’s) Front row left to right – Eve Sutherland (Park Mains High), Katie Holland (St Columbus High), Peter MacLeod, Director of Children’s Services at Renfrewshire Council, Ehsan Mesbahi, UWS Vice Principal & Pro ViceChancellor, former NASA astronaut Steve Swanson, Renfrewshire Council’s Education Convener, Councillor Jim Paterson, Molly Ward (Woodfarm High) and Ashleigh Zimunya (St Andrew’s Academy)

Back row left to right - Katie Holland (St Columbus High), Eve Sutherland (Park Mains High), Daniel MacKinnon (Gleniffer High), Martin McNeil (Paisley Grammar), Sophie Adams (St Benedict’s), Ashleigh Zimunya (St Andrew’s Academy), Molly O’Brien (Gryffe High) and Molly Ward (Woodfarm High) Front row left to right – former NASA astronaut Steve Swanson

Clockwise left to right - Eve Sutherland (Park Mains High), Sophie Adams (St Benedict’s), Ashleigh Zimunya (St Andrew’s Academy), former NASA astronaut Steve Swanson and Molly O’Brien (Gryffe High)

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DYW Update DYW West, the Scottish Government funded initiative to help establish sustainable links between schools, colleges and employers has recently completed its first full year in operation. Commenting on a busy first year, Programme Director Bob Davidson said “Thanks to everyone that has worked with us since Spring 2016; we recently celebrated our 1st year with an event at West College Scotland where we showcased our work to date and thanked a number of partners and organisations that have engaged with us. In the year ahead we plan to engage with more employers and support more schools and college departments. Getting involved not only helps young people, but can be a great development opportunity for staff and of course supports the local community. We are also rolling out the online tool Marketplace where employers can post opportunities for young people and we are also keen to attract employers to enter teams into the Scottish Apprenticeship Challenge (entry

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