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President’s Welcome Chamber Members, Welcome to the Spring edition of Business Matters magazine, which I trust will be an enjoyable and informative read. Firstly, on behalf of your Chamber I am delighted to welcome four new directors who were elected at our recent AGM. They are: Alison Hazel (Finance Director at the Jaw Brewery ltd), Victoria Ross (Business Enabler, The Royal Bank Of Scotland), Derek McNab (Managing Director, Mabbett & Associates ltd) and finally Craig Leslie (Managing Director, Gordon Leslie Group). The skills and experience our new directors bring compliments our already strong board and I believe demonstrates the depth of business talent that we enjoy within the chamber membership. I very much look forward to working with our new Directors and indeed all our Directors as we endeavour to help Renfrewshire grow and prosper.  On the subject of welcomes I must congratulate Derek Provan, as the new Chief Executive Officer of AGS and Managing Director of Glasgow Airport. Derek joins us from Heathrow as Chief Operating Officer, having previously served 3 years as Managing Director of Aberdeen International Airport. Derek started his aviation career in 1998 at Glasgow Airport, where he held a number of senior positions. He is also a former Director of Renfrewshire Chamber and we are delighted to see him come home to take charge of one of the region’s most valuable economic assets.  As I have said previously, there are potentially exiting times for Renfrewshire’s economy. In all my years as your President, I have never known the level of opportunity and investment available to us adeptly demonstrated by external investors purchasing the industrial complexes of Hillington Park and WestWay for a purchase of £137 million and £40 million respectively.

The Medical device firm Vascutek have recently announced a £33 million investment to scale up its facilities at Inchinnan. These committed investments together with the National Manufacturing Institute of Scotland (NMIS) to be based close to Glasgow Airport, demonstrates the faith and confidence that local and international companies have in our region.  The foregoing initiatives together with the City Region Deal will it is hoped, create thousands of new jobs and it is vital therefore that the workforce can easily access these new and extended facilities. For some time, I and my co-directors have been concerned over the surface access to Renfrewshire. The M8 and surrounding roads continue to get more and more congested. We must collectively act to ensure we find suitable solutions to an ever-worsening problem. With this in mind, I arranged to meet with the Transport Minister and an official from Transport Scotland at the Scottish Parliament to discuss this issue first hand. I thereafter invited Humza Yousaf MSP to visit Renfrewshire to hear from several local companies directly about existing and anticipated problems they are experiencing accessing our region. The meeting was kindly hosted at the Donald Malcolm Heritage Centre by Andrew Malcolm. In addition to ten of our member companies, Transport Scotland and our local MSP George Adam were in attendance. The Minister found the meeting very useful especially with us highlighting the real challenges our companies face.  We also took the opportunity of shining a spotlight on the quality of the companies located in the region and the investment opportunities coming to Renfrewshire. Hopefully he left with the message forcefully made that it is vital that our transport and infrastructure strategy keeps pace with the anticipated increase in jobs and population growth and ensures that poor connectivity

does not inhibit our future ambitions. A few days ago, I attended the launch of the excellent new destination brand Paisley.Is and website that highlights everything good and interesting to do in Paisley and Renfrewshire. The brand which has been developed will I believe highlight the attributes of our area and assist in attracting investors to the Paisley and Renfrewshire region. At the launch I was also encouraged to learn of the continuing investment of around £100 million committed by Renfrewshire Council to improve the arts and leisure facilities around Paisley. The cash investment is designed to leave a lasting legacy derived from the PR success of the 2021 campaign. Finally let me draw your attention to the prestigious annual Business Matters in Renfrewshire (B2B) event which will take place at the Lagoon Leisure Centre in Paisley on Thursday 10th of May. This is a free event and is the largest of its type in the area. The event is open to all businesses, schools and students to attend. Comprising of six informative free seminars, offering invaluable advice, learning and networking opportunities for you and your business.  This event is always well attended, and I would urge you to register as soon as possible. I look forward to welcoming you on the day!  Support your Chamber and Your Chamber Will Support you.

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A Warm Welcome from our Chief Executive Dear Members & readers, welcome to the Spring issue of Business Matters, another bumper edition full of member news. Thank you to all those who completed our annual member survey, the results of which you will find on page 18. The feedback you give is essential to help the chamber team plan for the coming year and highlights our services are delivered to a high standard in how we support our members and partners. Our B2B event, “Business Matters in Renfrewshire” takes place on Thursday 10th May at the Lagoon and this year is sponsored by Paisley.is, the new destination brand for Paisley and Renfrewshire. There is a varied and interesting line-up of six informative seminars for you to attend throughout the day so please register your free place now. We are expecting 50 + exhibitors (40

booked so far with room for more) and where else do you get the opportunity to network with so many companies in one go? It’s a great use of time and I would encourage you and your colleagues to attend. I am delighted to welcome Paisley. is as a new Premier Partner. The team behind the brand and website have done a significant amount of work with 170,000 people engaged in the conversation to co-author its development. I believe this is a significant move for Renfrewshire, building on the momentum and goodwill generated by the 2021 campaign and recommend you have a look at www.paisley.is Our business mentoring program continues to go from strength to strength with the latest customer service mentoring group, delivered by Colin Neill, former Site Director of Diageo and Chamber board director

getting underway. The mentoring program is highly valued and there is a great case study featuring member Jawbrew and their experiences on page 22. If you or your team could benefit from an experienced business mentor on a 1-2-1 basis, please contact Stuart Murray at the Chamber to find out more. Have a great Spring and best regards.

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Tenants secured for Johnstone’s former shoe lace mill site 4th Developments, owners of the former Paton’s Mill site in Johnstone, has secured three new tenants, as the regeneration of the 10acre site attracts increasing interest. Phase 1 of Paton’s Mill Retail Park includes Aldi, Starbucks and Home Bargains, who have each signed up in recent months to create a supermarket, drive thru restaurant and retail offering respectively.  Bell Building Projects Limited, the main contractor has been on site since mid-December and is working towards completion of Phase 1 of the development masterplan in Summer 2018.  As well as retail units, the masterplan for the site includes the opening up of the riverside woodland with a historical trail.  Announcing the new tenants, Claire Donaldson of 4th Consulting, who also operate as Project and Asset Managers for the development, said: “The redevelopment of the Paton’s Mill site offers an exciting new gateway for

Johnstone’s high street and as such will offer a prime location for shoppers. “We’re delighted to announce Starbucks, Aldi and Home Bargains as the initial tenants. We are now focusing on securing an occupier for Phase 2 which could be suited to a family pub operator on our adjacent riverside site.”  There has been increasing demand in recent years for an Aldi store serving Johnston and the surrounding area, while OCO Westend, the Starbucks franchise moving into Paton’s Mill, will be a particularly strong addition to the local community. The company was the second appointed Starbucks franchise business in the world (the UK was the first market to franchise) and it has been working with

Starbucks since 2013. JJ O’Hara for OCO Westend, said. “We pride ourselves on being very community focussed and have already partnered with St.Vincent’s Hospice in Johnstone, where we raised £5,000 for a new chair lift in 2017. We are also very proud of our record as an employer. We have a fixation on developing great people and running great cafes and we are very excited to be opening in Johnstone in 2018!”

We are pleased to be working as the main contractors for 4th Developments on the new Patons Mill Development in Johnstone. As a local, experienced team, we offer an extremely high quality of service and a strong track record in retail park construction. Projects either design and build or traditionally procured are undertaken utilising our in-house labour and steel fabrication workshop to allow for closer control on quality, time and costing through extensive value engineering. Based in Glasgow, Bell Building Projects Limited support local job creation and apprenticeships and have been behind developments including the A&D logistics facility at Phoenix Retail Park, Linwood and most recently the Jaguar/Volvo car showrooms at Hillington/Braehead. Bell Building Projects is delighted to be involved in the revitalisation of this historic site. The company has been involved from an early stage with 4th Developments and the design team to deliver an impressive retail development which will be a fantastic addition to the local area. Phase 1 of the development masterplan to be completion in Summer 2018. We have a strong history in retail construction both in the high street and out of town developments and look forward to adding Paton’s Mill Retail Park to our successfully completed projects.


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Here are a few reasons people enjoy working at Abbey Mill: “The grandeur of the overall business centre estate, as well as the office proportions.” “Cost savings compared to Glasgow City Centre, and of course the car parking!” “On-site café, gym and 24-7 access means I can decide what days and times I work”

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MAJOR EXPANSION FLYING GLASGOW

COURTYARD by Marriott Glasgow Airport has been significantly boosted by bringing 56 new bedrooms to meet high demand. Following a strong first full year in business as the only 4* hotel within the busy airport estate, owner Cairn Group has invested in its continued growth. The conveniently located property now has a total of 170 bedrooms. As well as airline workers, since opening its doors towards the end of 2016 after a multi-million pound conversion and rebrand, the hotel has proven popular with business travellers, holidaymakers flying from or into the airport and those visiting Glasgow, with the city centre just a 15 minute drive away. These works saw a complete refurbishment of all bedrooms, reception space and conferencing, hospitality and leisure facilities, including a refit of the ground floor and restaurant and bar

venue The Bistro. A fitness centre and business centre have also been introduced following the opening – ideal for corporate guests – and the lobby has welcomed reception pedestals designed to open up engagement opportunities. Two unique Courtyard by Marriott concepts are represented within the hotel in the ‘GoBoard’ – offering touchscreen technology enabling visitors to view the latest airport arrival and departure information, tourist

attractions and more; and ‘The Market’ – providing confectionery and refrigerated convenience products as well as chilled drinks and travel accessories to be enjoyed. Courtyard by Marriott Glasgow Airport is one of only four Courtyard by Marriott hotels in Scotland, and the first in the UK – and second in Europe – to carry the latest 2.1 Courtyard design. Kuldeep Badesha, the hotel’s general manager said: “An incredibly strong year of business since launching resulted in


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N BENEFITS HIGH AIRPORT HOTEL the need for additional bedrooms as demand was so high. We’ve been very fortunate to receive further investment which sees us now operating an ultramodern 170-bedroom property, right by one of the country’s busiest airports. “With brand new facilities, ample capacity and unrivalled features boosting guest experience which only the Courtyard by Marriott brand is known for, we’re in a fantastic position and certainly on course for a positive 2018 and future growth.” To find out more about the hotel visit www.marriott.co.uk/hotels/travel/glacacourtyard-glasgow-airport/.

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Monaco in the Heart of Hillington

The Experience, a 5-star VisitScotland leisure venue in Hillington, has opened the doors on its newly renovated suite of conference and meeting rooms. Home of Scotland’s only electric go-karting arena, the new Grand Prix Meeting Rooms challenge the status quo of traditional meeting space with a quirky Formula One theme designed to inspire creative thinking and motivate team performance. The stylish Grand Prix Meeting Rooms have brought a taste of Monaco to the heart of Hillington. The high-quality meeting and conference space is ideal for business meetings, staff training, presentations, team building days, and conferences. Set back from the karting track, the rooms offer a quiet space to get your ideas in gear. For team building days, booking the Grand Prix Meeting Rooms is the ideal way to mix fun with formal by adding on go-karting or laser

tag after your productive meeting has finished. Room sizes vary to host a wide range of meetings and events. From capacity for 90 delegates in the Monaco room ideal for turbo-charged events, to space for smaller teams of 12 in Monza, whatever you’re planning, you’re in the driving seat. Delegates will have full use of AV equipment including projector, plasma screens, and free WIFI. Teams can recharge their batteries in the awardwinning Refuel Café with its variety of catering options. Many of the dishes on offer feature fresh, local ingredients.

To book your meeting, event, or team building day call 0141 883 4005 or visit theexperience.org.uk


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RACE TO THE EXPERIENCE FOR YOUR NEXT EVENT • Free parking • Just off the M8, near to Glasgow Airport and Braehead • Flexible to meet your needs • Fun team building packages • Includes use of AV equipment and stationery • Variety of catering options available • Fully accessible

For a quote, or to make an enquiry, call US on 0141 883 4005 or visit theexperience.org.uk

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Golfers delight at all new Gleddoch facilities It’s all change at one of Glasgow’s favourite golf and spa hotels with huge improvements for golfers Gleddoch hotel, spa & golf has fast become one of Renfrewshire’s top venues after an extensive redevelopment programme and further improvements to the golf course. Work will soon begin on a new 300 yard, 17-bay, covered driving range and putting studio to give players the luxury of practicing their game all year round and then putting their skills to the test on the hotel’s 18 hole championship course. The new pro-shop offers a range of clothing and accessories from your favourite brands. The venue offers exceptionally good golf membership rates for all ages, with Over 65s prices at £450 valid until 1st May. Gleddoch have also recently welcomed their new Head of Golf Management and PGA Professional, Karl Salmoni to the team. In recent years he has dedicated his time to coaching beginners, Scottish national squad members and tour professionals alike. He has also been involved in the placement of over 700 students on golf scholarships throughout the United States with ProdreamUSA. On the business side of things, their corporate golf packages (From just £1250 + VAT) offer local companies great opportunities for business development with networking, sponsored tees, special guest rates and discounts on hotel room

See the huge improvements at Gleddoch, one of West Scotland’s best golfing resorts.

rates & event space hire. Gleddoch are also offering all Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce members a free round of golf. For more information about Gleddoch and all the developments on the golf facilities,

please contact Laura Osbourne, directly on 01475 540711 or emailing laura@ gleddoch.com. Gleddoch Hotel, Spa & Golf Call 01475 540711 to book or visit their website at www.gleddoch.com

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For only £1250 + VAT Gleddoch, Old Greenock Road, Langbank, Glasgow PA14 6YE Tel: +44(0)1475 540711 • golf@gleddoch.com • www.gleddoch.com

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Experience the facilities at Gleddoch for yourself. We are offering members of the Renfrewshire FREE ROUND GOLF Total cost:OF £1250 + VAT per Chamber annumof Commerce a free round of golf. Call for details. Max 4 players per round.


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Hoombury Ltd Hoombury Ltd provides elegant apartments, Two-double bedroom Flats located in Historical town Paisley. Provides spacious living room with sofa-bed, which can host up to 6 guests, fully equipped kitchen, bathroom, free parking and cable TV & Free WIFI. Our prices are very competitive and available on short or long stay. These apartments are situated less than 10 minutes walk to Glasgow Airport and less than 15 minutes ride away from Glasgow City Centre and also 10-minutes walk to the nearest train station, Paisley Gilmour Street. Various restaurants, bars, shopping centres and cafes can be found in the town of Paisley, which is a 4-5 minute drive away from the apartments location. It is located in a nice, peaceful area perfect for a relaxing holiday or a business trip. For more information please visit our website: www.hoombury.com Direct booking visit: https://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/22664675 https://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/21776990 Alternatively contact Frank Benson Tel: 07951476278 Email: frankieben79@gmail.com

Village Creative Ltd Village Creative specialises in award-winning design & production of magazines, apps, motion graphics, presentations, videos and showreels. For businesses, organisations and international brands. We’re a boutique creative agency with a passion for community engagement. We have developed ways of working which allow us to integrate our own sense of community and creative expertise to help you engage with your communities. We work closely with you to create the positive outcomes your business requires. From putting smiles on faces, to driving sales and growth. Because we’re all about community engagement, we discount our multi-award-winning services by 40% for charities and social enterprises. And now we’re part of this community, Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce members can also receive a 40% discount on creative services. From design for print, to video production and app development – email renny@villagecreative.co.uk and see if we can’t put a smile on your face.

Major Investment from Trump Developments HILLINGTON FLEXIBLE OFFICE SPACE NOW AVAILABLE

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Following a £100,000 restoration programme, Wing 3 is now ready for occupation with all inclusive rates and Fibre broadband available. Trump Developments is a family run business that was established in 1995, providing over 50 industrial units and 30 offices in Hillington. Throughout the years, the owners have made significant improvements to the Rolls Royce buildings and continue to do so- always listening to tenant’s suggestions and needs. In our office space we offer flexible terms, all-inclusive pricing, free parking and have availability from 180 sqft to 500 sqft. We are known for our industrial space, but hope this reinvestment will put us back on the map as an office location in Hillington.


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Normandy Hotel – 10% discount to Renfrewshire Chamber Members

Conveniently located close to Glasgow Airport, we welcome guests to use our facilities for any type of corporate meeting or event. Renowned in the area for our ability to cater to business meetings, conferences, exhibitions, training events, presentations, product launches and more, we’re the ideal venue for any kind of business event. Boasting the largest banqueting, exhibition & conference suites in the Renfrewshire area, and providing ample free parking for all our delegates, our 12 multi-functional suites offer a professional appearance & are flexible to suit almost all requirements from smaller, more

intimate business meetings to larger events holding up to 600 people. All of our 12 suites offer toilet facilities and we can provide a professional style boardroom, projection equipment, affordable delegates rates (on an 8 or 24hour basis) and our fantastic Cedar Suite, which has recently been refurbished,

offers both style and comfort for any type of corporate event. To take advantage of our 10% discount please quote chamber when you call to book. 0141 886 4100 jillian.morgan@thenormandyhotel. co.uk


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PMA Contracts Looking for an effective all trade company to carry out strip out, reinstatement and fit-out works? Then look no further than PMA Contracts… With over 45 years experience we have a sound reputation in delivering a comprehensive, professional and quality Principal Contract solution. We provide a very personalised, dynamic and high quality multi trades service, applying the same energy and rigour to each project, regardless of size or financial value. Our experience is a marriage of project management, planning, estimating, interior finishes and customer service. This gives us a unique understanding of the technical aspects, together with the aesthetic elements that create better and more productive environments. We will manage your project from concept to completion. Get in touch to find out more… Tel: 0141 891 5061

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This a family business specialising in environmentally friendly Garden Design, Hard Landscaping and Maintenance located in Renfrewshire. Our customer base is varied from private individuals through to large independent companies. Established in 2006, the business has grown from strength to strength over the last 12 years. We offer a professional, high quality personalised service to all our clients throughout the Renfrewshire, East Renfrewshire and the Glasgow area. Owner Darren Cryans, personally oversees every project, from initial consultation through to completion. Instant Impact Gardens have a combined staff experience of 75 years of garden design, landscaping and maintenance Our aim is to help our clients visualize their dream garden/ outdoor space by combining their ideas with our expertise in design. We cover all aspects of your garden from Concept, Installation through to Maintenance. For a consultation please contact Darren Cryans, Tel 0141 580 0763, email darren@instantimpactgardens.co.uk, Web www.instantimpactgardens.co.uk


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Accounting Changes and the Effects of Brexit likely to Prompt Fleet Operators to Switch to Rental Rental companies such as Arc Vehicle Rental are expecting a boost in long term rental deals as fleet operators look for ways to avoid new lease accounting rules that require vehicles to be reported on balance sheets, coupled with the effects of Brexit being so difficult to forecast. Ian Moffat, Managing Director of Arc Fleet Services believes “fleet decision – makers are deeply concerned about impending changes to the accounting treatment of leased company vehicles, which will see them appear on company balance sheets for the first time”. From January 1, 2019, the International

Accounting Standards Board will require companies to identify leased assets on their balance sheets and incur a liability for future rental payments. The off-balance sheet treatment of leased vehicles has long been promoted as one of the principle advantages of contract hire. Keeping assets and liabilities off a balance sheet can help companies to maintain a low debt-toequity ratio and enhance their ability to access finance. Contract hire is the UK’s number one fleet funding mechanism, but forthcoming changes to lease accounting rules mean that it will join all other

financial options in being on-balance sheet. This coupled with the effects of Brexit being so difficult to forecast, Fleet operators believe leaving the EU will increase vehicle operating costs. A recent Fleet News online poll showed almost 60% of respondents believe Brexit will hurt fleet budgets with higher costs. With many local companies now seeing the benefits of flexible rental as a way of acquiring a new van or company car, Ian believes demand for medium to long term rental is likely to receive a boost in demand as it did throughout the major recessions of 1999 and 2008.

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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. ACR Fleet Services Fleet & Vehicle Services Ian Moffat 01475 742255 ian.moffat@arcfleetservices.co.uk www.arcfleetservices.co.uk

Ceramco Ltd Manufacturer of Industrial Ceramics for the Aluminium Producers Margaret Holling 01389 729 501 info@ceramco-ltd.co.uk www.ceramco-ltd.co.uk

CGW Management Ltd Business Services Colin Webster 07402085989 kersegrove@aol.com

Home Instead Senior Care Renfrewshire & Barrhead Older People Companionship/Home Help Support Service Paul Armstrong 0141 280 8210 paul.armstrong@homeinstead.co.uk www.homeinstead.co.uk/ renfrewshirebarrhead

Kingsley Wood & Co Letting & Estate Agents Ltd Solicitors & Estate Agents Kingsley Wood 01505 613 799 kw@kingsleywood.co.uk www.kingsleywood.co.uk

Lockwell Electrical Electrical Wholesale Tom O’Hare 0141 810 4040 tom.ohare@lockwell.co.uk

Morrison Construction Scotland-Central Construction Colin McLennan 0141 557 6500 colin.maclennan@ morrisonconstruction.co.uk www.morrisonconstruction.co.uk

Murray Associates Accountants Ltd Accountants and Business Growth Specialists Gerry Murray 0141 889 4247 gerry@murrayassoc.co.uk www.murrayassociates.co.uk

Pinnacle Training Scotland Training Construction H & S Sara Furie / Jim Furie 07775428676 admin@pinnacletrainingscotland.co.uk www.pinnacletrainingscotland.co.uk

Premier CSC Specialist Cleaners Specialist Cleaners Jamie Hughes 0141 280 5655 info@premiercsc.co.uk www.premiercsc.co.uk

Primo Primus Plastic Reprocessing & Waste Management April Steele 0141 840 495 aprilsteele@primoprimus.com www.primoprimus.com

Richard Robb Architects Architects Nick Robb 0147563087 nrobb@scotlandarchitects.co.uk www.richardrobbarchitects.com

Scotland’s Bravest Manufacturing Company Commercial Signage Michelle Ferguson 0141 471 0830 michelle.ferguson@scotlandsbravest. org.uk www.scotlandsbravest.org.uk

Wevolution Charity (third sector) Kirsty Bruce 0141 550 3755 kirstyb@wevolution.org.uk www.wevolution.org.uk

Wilson Washroom Services Ltd Washroom Solutions for Business Ian Wilson 0141 941 3913 ian@wilsonwashrooms.com www.wilsonwashrooms.com

World Pay Merchant Services Monique Watson 07827 312 574 monique.watson@worldpay.com www.worldpay.com


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Annual Member Survey 2018 Thanks you to all Chamber members who completed our Annual survey. We received close to ninety responses and your feedback will help the Chamber team plan for the coming year. 2018

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Business Mentoring

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Chamber Charities of the Year 2018

Bob Grant RCC, Geraldine Bisland, Ken Mathie & Shona Crain from Accord Hospice, Tom Johnston RCC

The Chamber recently visited its two main charities of the year to present cheques from monies raised via member donations from Rocco 2017, Christmas Lunch and Annual Golf Day. Our Charities this year are Accord Hospice and Renfrewshire’s Well! Well! Partnership for the Mental Health Arts

Bob Grant RCC, Stephen McClellan CEO RAMH, Tom Johnston RCC

Festival ( Year of Young People 2018). This involves a group of local organisations who are committed to realise the potential of young people. Partners are: RAMH ( Stephen McClellan CEO pictured receiving donation), STAR project, Engage Renfrewshire, Create Paisley and the 2021 team.

Accord is an adult hospice, established in 1982 to provide palliative care for the population of Renfrewshire. Care is provided in their eight bedded inpatient unit and through a variety of community orientated services.


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Up & Coming

Events See our events section on our website: www.renfrewshirechamber.com 0141 847 5450 events@renfrewshirechamber.com Customer Service Mentoring Group “The Disney Way” with Colin Neill Session 1 Friday 13th April 8.30am -11am Fri 20/04 & Fri 27/04 Contact Stuart Murray Smurray@renfrewshirechamber.com HR Forum with MacRoberts​ Tues 24th April 12.30pm-2pm​ “how to bring employment to an end ​– an update on recent cases” ​ Free to attend, Members only, Chamber Business Centre

Renfrew HS Christmas Lunch

Linwood HS Burns Lunch

Burns Speaker Martin Cassidy

Burns Piper Russell Campbell

April Networking Lunch Thurs 26th April with Stuart Mcdonald, CEO of Seric Systems & founder of SmartSTEMS. David Lloyd, Renfrew. Members £25 + vat. Non-Members £35 + vat B2B 2017, The Lagoon Paisley Thurs 10th May Exhibitors £150 + vat Members £250 + vat Non-Members

Business Matters in Renfrewshire your local B2B event

ALL FREE TO ATTEND

Thurs 10th May 10am-4pm. The Lagoon, Paisley

50 + Exhibitors & 6 Seminars

Chamber Golf Challenge 2018​ Friday 8th June, Cochrane Castle GC​8am-3pm Shotgun Start £260 per 4 ball, 18 teams includes breakfast & lunch

Burns Singer Robyn Stapleton

Feb Pitch & Roll

June Networking Lunch Thurs 28th June 12pm-2pm with Phil Prentice CEO of Scotland’s Towns Partnership Glynhill Hotel Members £25+vat non-members £35+vat Rocco Awards 2018 Friday 16th Nov 2018 at the Normandy with host Fred MacAulay

BUSINESS AWARDS 2018

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New Chamber Directors Announced Four new directors of the Chamber have recently been confirmed following election at the Chamber Annual General Meeting. Alison Hazell, Finance Director, The Jaw Brewery Ltd. Victoria Ross, Business Enabler, Royal Bank of Scotland. Derek McNab, Managing Director, Mabbett & Associates Ltd and Craig Leslie, Managing Director, Gordon Leslie Group. Tom Johnston, President commented “The skills and experience of our new directors compliments the strong board and demonstrates the strength and depth of business talent we enjoy within the chamber membership. I look forward to working with them as we help Renfrewshire grow and prosper.”

Alison Hazell, Finance Director, The Jaw Brewery Ltd

Derek McNab, Managing Director, Mabbett & Associates Ltd

Victoria Ross, Business Enabler, Royal Bank of Scotland

Craig Leslie, Managing Director, Gordon Leslie Group

DEREK PROVAN APPOINTED CEO OF AGS AIRPORTS AND MANAGING DIRECTOR OF GLASGOW AIRPORT AGS Airports Ltd, which owns Aberdeen International, Glasgow and Southampton airports, has announced that Derek Provan will succeed Amanda McMillan as both Chief Executive Officer of AGS and Managing Director of Glasgow Airport. Born in Glasgow, Derek has over 20 years of experience in aviation and joins AGS from Heathrow, Europe’s largest airport, where he is currently Interim Chief Operating Officer. Derek joined Heathrow in 2013 having spent three years as Managing Director of Aberdeen International Airport. Derek started his aviation career in 1998 at Glasgow Airport where he went on to hold a series of senior roles including Airfield Operations Manager, Head of Security and Terminal Operations and Customer Services Director. Derek will take up his position at AGS and Glasgow Airport in April 2018. He will work closely with the Board, chaired by

Sir Peter Mason, to further build on the success of the group which carried over 15 million passengers in 2017. Commenting on the appointment, Sir Peter said: “Given Derek’s extensive experience and knowledge, not just of the AGS group of airports but the aviation industry as a whole, he was the natural choice of the Board. It is great to have someone of Derek’s pedigree joining the group and I am looking forward to working with him as we ensure our airports continue to deliver for the communities they serve.” On his new role, Derek said: “Very few people are afforded the opportunity to lead the airport at which they started their career. Glasgow has enjoyed remarkable success in recent years and starts 2018 having recorded its busiest year on record. I’m excited at the prospect of returning home to build on everything that has been achieved to date. As Chief Executive Officer, I will be

Derek Provan CEO AGS & MD Glasgow Airport

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The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has launched its flagship Chamber Business Awards at the London Stock Exchange. London Chamber of Commerce & Industry members AnyJunk, last year’s winner of the ‘Business of the Year’ award, had the honour of opening the day’s trading. The prestigious competition is one of the showpiece events in the business calendar, recognising and promoting the best of British business through a series of regional heats, culminating in a Gala Awards Dinner, which will take place at Tobacco Dock, London on 29 November. Entries are now open and will be accepted until midnight on Friday 29 June. This year’s winner of the Business of the Year award will have the same chance to

open the market at the London Stock Exchange as a prize, a rare opportunity for a private business. Companies can enter nine categories, covering exports, small business, exemplary employers, technology, high-growth, customer commitment, partnerships with the education sector, digital communications, and workplace wellbeing. Sponsors of this year’s awards include Bibby Financial Services, DHL, Legal and General, The London Stock Exchange, Qdos Consulting and RADA in Business. Francis Martin, President of the British Chambers of Commerce said: “Businesses are the driving force of the UK economy, generating jobs, prosperity and growth. Every year, the Chamber Network celebrates the best of British business, and

recognises their contribution to both local communities and the wider economy.” Every time I visit Chamber member businesses I’m struck by the time and resources they invest in developing the technology and talent of tomorrow. The Awards acknowledge the relentless efforts of these businesses and their talented employees. “Each year the calibre and diversity of applicants to the Chamber Business Awards surpasses our expectations, and we look forward to seeing the scope of great companies that apply this year.”

Chamber Business Awards 2018 – Open for Ent til un ry 18 nt 20 re e fo Jun n pe th O 29

Transport Minister Meets Renfrewshire Members

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BCC launches Chamber Business Awards at London Stock Exchange

Recognising and rewarding excellence in British business, the Chamber Business Awa one of the UK’s most contested and prestigious business award programmes. Each ye Aberdeen to Cornwall, organisations of all sizes and from all sectors compete for the titles and the national recognition they bring. Only open to members of Accredited Chambers of Commerce. Visit www.chamberawards.co.uk now to view the 2018 Awards and to enter for free.

To view the categories and to enter, visit www.chamberawards.co.uk #chamberawards Sponsored by:

Tom Johnston, President, RCC, George Adam MSP, Humza Yousaf MSP, Minister for Transport & Islands, Andrew Malcolm, CEO, The Malcolm Group

Transport Minister Humza Yousaf MSP recently visited Renfrewshire Chamber to understand more around the connectivity issues we face as a region. The session was hosted by Andrew Malcolm at the Donald Malcolm Heritage Centre. Attendees: • Humza Yousaf MSP, Minister for Transport & Islands, Scottish Government • Andrew Malcolm, CEO, The Malcolm Group (Host) • Tom Johnston, President, Renfrewshire Chamber (Chair) • Bob Grant, CEO, Renfrewshire Chamber • Gavin Brogan, Site Director, Diageo Shieldhall • Craig Leslie, Managing Director, Gordon Leslie Group • Gregor Borthwick, HSE Manager, Rolls- Royce Plc, Inchinnan • Grant Edmondson, Commercial Director, Fraser Properties / Hillington Business Park • Ross Nimmo, Head of Planning & Development, Glasgow Airport • Peter Beagley, Regional Director, intu Braehead • Steve McFadden, City Deal Director, Renfrewshire Council • George Adam MSP • David McCartney, Office Manager, George Adam MSP • David Torrance, Senior Transport Planner, Transport Scotland • Lindsay Williamson, Assistant Private Secretary, Scottish Government

Chamber Business Awards 2018 – Open for Entry Recognising and rewarding excellence in British business, the Chamber Business Awards is one of the UK’s most contested and prestigious business award programmes. Each year, from Aberdeen to Cornwall, organisations of all sizes and from all sectors compete for the coveted titles and the national recognition they bring. Only open to members of Accredited Chambers of Commerce. Visit www.chamberawards.co.uk now to view the 2018 Awards and to enter for free.

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Paisley.Is announced as main sponsor of Business Matters in Renfrewshire 2018 The recently launched destination brand, Paisley.is has been confirmed as main sponsor for Business Matters in Renfrewshire, the largest free event of its type in the area taking place on Thursday 10th May at the Lagoon, Paisley. Paisley.is showcases everything that makes Paisley a great place to live, invest and visit. The new destination brand was co-created with local people and businesses across Renfrewshire and sparked a global conversation that reached 170,000 people. The new site reflects what the people of Renfrewshire told us Paisley is – bold, friendly, honest, good fun,

together and proud. Backed up by a new website (www.paisley. is) and social media presence the brand will signpost to everything we want the world to know about Paisley and Renfrewshire. Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021 raised our profile as a destination – and the new brand will build on that by pointing to all the great things happening now and in the years ahead. www.paisley.is is the digital go-to place for events, as well as info for visitors and potential investors – and reasons for people who live here to discover new things. You can help us tell Paisley and

Renfrewshire’s story to the world by doing any or all of the following: • Share this with your own networks • Follow our social media channels (Twitter @paisleyis – Facebook /paisleyis – Inst /paisley.is) – we’ll give you a follow back • Visit our website at www.paisley.is • If you have a website of your own, please link to us • Pop by and say hello on social media

Brewed for Success with Business Mentoring Joining the Business Mentoring Programme can open doors to a wealth of experience and guidance from highly talented entrepreneurs who are ready to share their vision and passion for business. If you are a business or social enterprise who wants to realise your personal or business growth ambitions then you could benefit from the programme. The Business Mentoring service matches you with experienced mentors from all business areas and sectors. In the last years more than 100 Renfrewshire businesses have tapped in to this resource and gained help and support with business strategy, innovation, leadership skills and export expertise JAW BREW Jaw Brew is an independent family run craft micro brewery based in Hillington Park. Owners Mark and Alison Hazell launched the business in 2014, producing and selling an award-winning range of craft beers and gin to a wide range of pubs, restaurants and retail outlets in Scotland. Their passion for business was recognised as winners of the ROCCO Family Business of the Year 2017. Jaw Brew’s vision is to grow the brand and increase the reach of outlets as well

as making inroads into the export market. MENTORING EXPERIENCE Mark joined the Business Mentoring Programme in June 2017 and has gained valuable support and Tom Johnston, Andrew Malcolm CEO Malcolm Group, Alison & Mark Hazell Jaw Brew, Fred MacAulay guidance in moving discussed both the opportunities and the business forward. The mentoring issues facing Jaw Brew and then we process has allowed Jaw Brew to turn jointly set a number of objectives to outside for advice on sales planning and increase turnover, raise awareness marketing strategy. The experience has of Jaw Brew in the marketplace and provided the opportunity to take a step increase manufacturing capacity. Jaw back and look at the bigger picture with Brew have a great product portfolio a trusted and experienced mentor, David and I am confident that all of their 2018 Scouller who has worked with a wide objectives will be achieved.” range of Renfrewshire businesses over recent years. CONTACT David has been able to support and If you are a Renfrewshire business encourage Jaw Brew through a series of already generating steady turnover structured monthly meetings providing but have the aspiration to increase it some valuable insights into planning by £200,000 or more over a three-year and reaching their goals as well as the period, you can access the service at no encouragement to bring on board two cost to you. new sales people. Contact Stuart Murray on 0141 847 5458 /07525 323500 or smurray@ MENTOR COMMENT renfrewshirechamber.com David commented: “At the outset we


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B2B2018 - BUSINESS MATTERS IN RENFREWSHIRE Business Matters in Renfrewshire returns on Thursday 10th May. Taking place at the Lagoon, Paisley 10am4pm the area’s largest free b2b event is this year sponsored by Paisley.Is. SEMINAR 1 10.15am-11am Paisley.is - The team behind Paisley’s new destination brand will speak about how you can get involved and maximise the benefits to your business, while Alasdair Morrison of Renfrewshire Council will outline plans to transform the town centre. SEMINAR 2

Exhibitors...

Mark and Alison Hazell Jaw Brew

11.15am-12pm Anti-Social Media:GET The legalities, cyber risks,INTO business threats YOUR BUSINESS GEAR and more. A fun look at idiots being idiots a reminder not to be Launching Jaw Brew (www.jawbrew.co.uk) in 2014, Entrepreneurs in Renfrewshire can access tailored and the couple produces seven beers from their base advice to help them realise their potential whether at Hillington Park and employ five members of staff. for a young NSDesign. business looking to expand or a wellone. With Gary Ennisit’s from established company that’s ready to grow. SEMINAR 3

The local team of advisers know exactly how it feels to launch and grow a successful venture, because they’ve done it themselves. By accessing the advice and practical support of the team, you will gain the knowledge and the skills required to achieve your long term goals.

Mark and Alison Hazell Jaw Brew

Mark said: “We felt there was a gap in the market and with the support of Business Gateway we put our plan in place. Business Gateway gave us varied support, from helping us with our business plan to Launching Jaw Brew (www.jawbrew.co.uk) in 2014, Renfrewshire can access tailored referring us to the Invest in Entrepreneurs Renfrewshireinprogramme the couple produces seven beers from their base advice to help themfunding. realise their potential whether where we were able to access some growth at Hillington Park and employ five members of staff. it’s for a young business looking to expand or a wellWe also attended free workshops and we are now established company that’s ready to grow. receiving assistance in creating a detailed marketing Mark said: “We felt there was a gap in the market West College offers a range of and with the support of Business Gateway we put The local team of advisers know exactly how itScotland feels and action plan in order to continue our growth.” professional training andour development plan in place. Business Gateway gave us varied to launch and grow a successful venture, because tothe help you update your from skills. To find out how Business Gateway Renfrewshire support, helping us with our business plan to they’ve done it themselves. Bycourses accessing advice referring us to the Invest in Renfrewshire programme and practical support of the team, you will gain the can help you, visit www.bgateway.com/renfrewshire where we were able to access some growth funding. knowledge and the skills required to achieve your or call 0141 530 2406.

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Business Gateway’s fully funded services including 12.15pm-1pm one-to-one business advice, a programme of workshops expert help surgeries, will give anyone interested in Start Up in Renfrewshire! A and workshop forthenew orandaspiring entrepreneurs. or already running a business, confidence ability to ultimately succeed. Covering the essentials to launching a business including assessing your idea, When Mark and Alison Hazell decided to turn their of home-brewing into a business they sought understanding market research,hobby legal support from Business Gateway. structure and what support is on offer from Renfrewshire’s Start-up team.

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Business Gateway’s fully funded services including one-to-one business advice, a programme of workshops and expert help surgeries, will give anyone First interested in Aid or already running a business, the confidence and ability to ultimately succeed.

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SEMINAR 5 2.15pm-3pm What you need to know about GDPR. How to protect your business, staff and customers and prepare for GDPR legislation coming into effect on 25th May 2018. With David Flint from MacRoberts. SEMINAR 6 3.15pm-4pm Leadership – hoping isn’t good enough: how to lead others and yourself to improve your bottom line. With John Hamilton from bfpeople

The day is free to attend and open to all businesses, schools pupils and students. There is a charge to exhibit - please contact the Chamber (£150+vat members, £250+vat non members) The event is now open for registration.

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Time to “Team Up to

Last year, the Council invested £250,000 to improve the cleanliness of Renfrewshire’s streets and have now reaffirmed the commitment with a further £2.5million across the next five years. We’re serious about making a real difference to the quality of Renfrewshire’s environment. We’ve increased gully cleaning and road sweeping crews, enlisted new dedicated litter pickers and expanded our Rapid Response Team. But this is a Renfrewshire wide initiative – and we need your help! Litter and local business Litter and flytipping are a clear issue across Renfrewshire and nationally. Litter can have a huge impact on local business, outlined in a report conducted by Keep Britain Tidy which concluded that litter can represent a 2% drop in a company’s turnover, and if you rely on tourism this figure could be even higher.

The litter that surrounds your business not only leaves a negative impression for customers but can also be off putting for contractors and business partners.

By working with the Team Up to Clean Up team we can help you achieve your corporate social responsibility goals and eliminate litter in Renfrewshire.


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Clean Up” What is corporate social responsibility (CSR)? • Environment - how your business CSR is the initiatives carried out by a impacts on the environment locally and company to take responsibility for their globally effect on the environment and social • Community - how your business wellbeing. These actions usually go interacts with the communities in beyond the minimum legal requirements which it exists that a business is required to adhere to by • Workplace - how your business regulators or environmental protection enhances its workplace for its staff groups. • Economy - how your business interacts There are four key areas of corporate within its marketplace and the wider social responsibility: economy

What can you do? By arranging a clean up in the surrounding areas of your business, we can work together to make a positive change to the area and achieve your CSR goals. We will provide you with all the equipment you need for a successful event including: • waste bags and hoops • litter pickers • high-vis vests • protective gloves • graffiti removal kits And we will remove all of the litter after it has been collected. We can also support your clean up through both local and social media

as part of our Team Up to Clean Up campaign. Call us on our dedicated telephone number 0300 300 1375 which operates between 11am-10pm (Sun-Thurs) and 1pm-12am (Fri-Sat) or email wardens.es@ renfrewshire.gov.uk and we will be more than happy to help.


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Renfrewshire Council Updates:

A budget backing business and opportunity Renfrewshire Council’s budget for 2018-19 has been approved – with key investments to boost business in the area. A £391million for public services in the area was approved on Friday (2 March 2018). It includes a new £4.5million employability programme for Renfrewshire, supporting people into work and providing vital training opportunities. The programme is expected to lever European funding of £2.4million, bringing the total programme investment to £6.9million. Employers will benefit from skilled employees and the programme will maximise the potential of key projects in Renfrewshire, from the £65million National Manufacturing Institute for Scotland being built next to Glasgow Airport to the £100million capital investment in cultural and heritage regeneration and planned growth in early learning and childcare roles.

Council Leader Iain Nicolson said: “Major projects in Renfrewshire will bring significant new jobs to the area and that’s why our budget is investing in a new employability programme to ensure local people are best placed and well trained to make the most of these opportunities.” Renfrewshire’s budget also includes the largest single year investment in roads and footpaths at £7.2million, benefiting both businesses and customers. And building on the launch of free public wifi in Johnstone town centre, with Renfrew and Paisley to follow in spring, the budget confirmed a further £2million towards digital infrastructure. This will support the local economy and will be complemented by a multi-million bid to the UK Government’s Full Fibre Network Fund – with the potential to transform the region’s digital connectivity. The budget also included a £5million programme to tackle poverty across Renfrewshire and new funds to clean up the local environment and support

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Blend coffee lounge Managing Director Alan Baird (far right) with staff members James Maclennan and Chelsea Kenny who have benefited from the Council’s employability support programme.

community projects. “This is a budget for growth,” added Councillor Nicolson. “We have balanced supporting the everyday needs of our communities with longer term investment in jobs and training to make sure everyone can thrive.”

Manufacturing innovation in Renfrewshire Renfrewshire has a proud tradition of innovation in manufacturing – from the earliest weavers through to modern chip-and-pin technology. This tradition looks set to continue with some exciting new developments set to create thousands of highly skilled jobs. The National Manufacturing Institute for Scotland is to be established in Renfrewshire, a new industry-led institute. And it will be the anchor tenant of a new advanced manufacturing innovation district centred around Glasgow Airport. A collaborative project between the Scottish Government and national skills and enterprise agencies, together with the University of Strathclyde and Renfrewshire Council, the institute will bring together skills, expertise, research and innovation to attract investment and develop Scotland into a global leader in advanced manufacturing. Renfrewshire Council is investing £39.1million in the enabling infrastructure,

funded through the Glasgow City Region City Deal. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “It will help companies right across Scotland embrace new manufacturing techniques, support cutting edge research and help to further develop the skills of our workforce. The manufacturing jobs of the future offer exciting and rewarding careers for young people. We want to inspire them to work in this sector and revive Scotland’s proud tradition of manufacturing and engineering.” Renfrewshire Council Leader Iain Nicolson said: “Renfrewshire has long been renowned for its manufacturing expertise and innovation, not least in giving Paisley Pattern to the world, and I am excited about the prospect of helping to play our part in making Scotland a global leader in advanced manufacturing.” Audrey Cumberford, Chair, Renfrewshire Economic Leadership Panel, said:

Photo shows an artist’s impression of the boulevard at Abbotsinch Road into the new advanced manufacturing innovation district.

“Choosing Renfrewshire as the base for the National Manufacturing Institute for Scotland is a clear indication of the area’s potential to be a leading light in the global manufacturing sector.” The Institute will be established within a new 158-acre advanced manufacturing innovation district, which builds on Renfrewshire’s established manufacturing businesses such as Rolls Royce, Vascutek and Thermo Fisher.


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Renfrewshire Council Updates:

Paisley Town Centre benefits from latest round of heritage funding Improvements to Paisley’s built environment are continuing as buildings in Paisley Town Centre benefit from the latest raft of heritage funding. Repairs to 9 Gilmour Street are being carried out through the £4 million Paisley Townscape and Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (TH.CARS2) which is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Historic Environment Scotland and Renfrewshire Council and will be delivered over the next four years. The multi-million pound regeneration programme aims to make the area around the High Street a more attractive place to

visit and invest. Through the scheme, building owners can apply for grant funding for building repairs and shopfront improvements with a view to creating a high quality environment which will increase business interest and reduce the number of vacant properties in the area. Mr Allan Toti of A.D.T Properties who owns the ground floor shop units at 9 Gilmour Street, said: “The grant funding is a great thing and I would encourage other shop owners to take advantage of it as it offers business benefits to them as well as improving the look of the

buildings in the town. Leader of Renfrewshire Council, Cllr Iain Nicolson, said: “Through the scheme we want to help building owners repair and improve their premises to increase business interest. It’s great to see building and business owners in the community take advantage of the scheme and I would encourage more people to find out about the grant funding and what the potential business benefits could be.” To find out more about the Paisley Townscape Heritage and Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme please visit: www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/thcars2.

Calling all Renfrewshire businesses. We can help fund your growth. Invest in Renfrewshire is Renfrewshire Council’s programme to boost the local economy and tackle unemployment. We have a range of funding packages available which could help your company, including: • business growth grants of up to £10,000 to help develop new products, attend exhibitions, purchase equipment or carry out property improvements; • help of up to £5,000 to help you take on a graduate intern; • support towards the wage costs of taking on a young unemployed person; and • loans to help with working capital or the purchase of equipment.

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DATA PROCESSORS BEWARE: WHAT THE GDPR MEANS FOR YOU With 25 May 2018 no longer just a distant thought, implementing the GDPR is, or should be, on the minds of all Data Controllers: Who is the Data Controller and who is the Data Processor, according to the ICO? Data Controller: “… a person who (either alone or jointly or in common with other persons) determines the purposes for which and the manner in which any personal data are, or are to be, processed.” Data Processor: “…in relation to personal data, means any person (other than an employee of the data controller) who processes the data on behalf of the data controller.” Examples of Data Processors could include cloud storage providers; marketing software and database providers; payroll providers; the company that shred your confidential waste etc. The DPA placed the legal responsibility for the processing of personal data with the Data Controller, albeit the requirement to have a contract in place gave the Data Processor contractual obligations. Crucially, if anything went wrong it was the Controller who faced regulatory action from the ICO, and the Controller who was fined – see the case of Scottish Borders Council v the ICO where it was the Processor who put the papers in the recycling bin, but the Controller who remained responsible. The breach here was that Scottish Borders Council did not have an appropriate contract in place. However, under the GDPR, Processors now have their own obligations. If you are a Processor, you could now be fined up to €10 million, or 2% of global turnover, if you are not compliant with these obligations. Read on to find out which areas of the GDPR apply to Processors as well as Controllers. Contracts Although there was a requirement for Controllers to have an appropriate

contract in place under the DPA, the GDPR strengthens that obligation and provides a prescriptive list of what must be in that contract. As a Processor, you may have experienced Controllers asking you to sign up to new terms and conditions, or asking about your compliance with the GDPR. Remember that because these terms will reflect the GDPR terms below, with which you must comply, pushing back on these terms and conditions may result not only in lost contracts, but also in your organisation being in breach of the GDPR. GDPR Requirements for Processors Register of Data Processing: Data Processors must keep a Register of Processing Activities including: • the name of the Processor and of each Controller on whose behalf the Processor is acting; • the categories of processing that are being carried out • any transfers of data to third countries or international organisations and the suitable safeguards that have been put in place; • a general description of the security measures in place, where possible. This information must be made available to the supervisory authority upon request. Security Measures: Data Processors must implement appropriate technical and organisational measures to ensure data security. This is a risk based assessment and can include the consideration of pseudonymisation and encryption; regular reviews of system resilience; data availability; the ability to restore and recover lost data; and a process for regularly testing security. Notification of Breaches: Processors must notify the Data Controller without undue delay (interpreted as immediately by the EU) on discovering a personal data breach. The definition of a personal data breach refers only to an incident where personal data is affected, and is not limited to simply unauthorised access, but also includes the accidental or

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unlawful loss or disclosure of data, as well as destruction or alteration of the data. Data Protection Officer: Certain Processors will require to appoint a Data Protection Officer (an individual who does not make decisions about processing but who monitors and advises on compliance): • Public authorities; • those whose core activity consists of processing which requires regular and systematic monitoring of data subjects on a large scale; or • those whose core activities involve processing special category data on a large scale There are restrictions on who the Data Protection Officer can be. He or she cannot be the Chief Executive or Head of IT, for example, as they are likely to make decisions that would conflict with the DPO’s advisory and monitoring role.  This service can be outsourced. Cross Border Transfers: Data Processors cannot transfer personal data outside the EU or to an international organisation


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without there being arrangements in place to ensure an adequate level of protection in relation to that data. Some countries have been approved by the EU Commission, but if such an adequacy finding has not been made, then you must put other measures in place. Representative in the EU: Data Processors established outside the EU, but who process the data of any person in the EU, are subject the GDPR and must appoint a representative within one of the Member States where the data subjects are located. Data Protection Impact Assessments: Although Processors themselves are not obliged to conduct impact assessments, Data Controllers are if they embark on a new project and it is likely to be a high risk to the rights and freedoms of individuals involved. However, Processors are required to assist the Data Controller in carrying out such risk assessments. Remedies against Processors Judicial Remedies: The GDPR provides that all data subjects will have the right to an effective judicial remedy where they consider that their rights have been infringed as a result of any

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processing of their personal data which does not comply with the GDPR. This means that the Processor can be directly accountable to the data subject. Compensation Claims: The data subject will also be able to seek compensation for material and nonmaterial damage suffered as result of an infringement of the GDPR. Fines: Processors can now also be fined by the ICO, as stated above. Data Controllers and Contracts There must be a written contract with a Data Processor and all contracts must include the following provisions: • The Processor must only process the data on the instructions of the controller • Anyone processing data on the authority of the Data Processor must be subject to a commitment to confidentiality • Appropriate security measures are in place • Permission is sought from the Data Controller to appoint a sub-processor • The Controller is advised of any new sub-processor if permission has been granted in general terms in advance • The Processor must assist the

Controller to comply with data subjects’ rights and reporting obligations in relation to data breaches • To either return or delete the data once the processing has ended • An obligation to provide the Data Controller with information for audit/ inspection purposes The contract must also set out information about the processing that is to take place, including what data is to be processed and why. Controllers are also obliged to carry out due diligence in relation to Processors and to monitor compliance. The above is a basic outline of the new obligations placed on Data Processors by the GDPR, and what you can expect from Data Controllers updating contracts. GDPR contracts are coming your way and it is essential that you take steps to commence implementation of the new GDPR requirements as soon as possible. BTO’s experienced Data Protection team has clients who are Controllers and others who are Processors and we can assist you will all aspects of GDPR compliance. Laura Irvine, Partner & Solicitor Advocate E: lji@bto.co.uk T: 0131 222 2939

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£33million Investment for Inchinnan based Vascutek A £33million investment has been approved for the major expansion of Vascutek’s headquarters and manufacturing facility at Inchinnan, Renfrewshire to help drive further growth for the global medical device company by parent company Tokyobased Terumo Corporation. Vascutek produces a wide portfolio of implants with a particular focus on treating patients with aortic disease. These implants have helped to save or improve the lives of over 2 million patients in over 100 countries worldwide. Over 90% of the products made at Inchinnan are exported. Established in 1982, Vascutek employs around 800 staff at its Inchinnan base. It applies advanced and innovative technologies to develop its products which include an extensive range of sealed woven and knitted polyester grafts for peripheral, abdominal and cardiothoracic surgery, ePTFE grafts and a

custom AAA stent graft system. The investment will be used to significantly scale up existing facilities at the site, including two new ‘cleanrooms’ – a carefully controlled manufacturing environment required for the production of the highest quality medical implants. Other aspects of the investment include equipment for the cleanrooms and a new sterilisation suite. The first phase of the site development is due to start in April 2018 and is scheduled for completion in 2021. Paul Holbrook, President and CEO of Vascutek, said: “This is an extremely exciting time for the company as we look to secure further growth in the surgical grafts market. The investment from Terumo is testament to the quality, efficiency and excellent customer service delivered consistently by our team at Inchinnan and will allow us to further expand our business globally. The decision to invest in our

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A MARVELOUS MARCH FOR GLASGOW AIRPORT

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Glasgow Airport celebrated a number of key route launches and announcements in March, including the introduction of Lufthansa’s new service to Frankfurt. The daily service connects Renfrewshire and the wider region with one of Europe’s biggest hub airports and provides easy onward connections to 209 destinations in 74 countries via Lufthansa’s network. The German giant already flies from Glasgow to Munich five times per week on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and the new Frankfurt route further underlines the airline’s commitment to West of Scotland. Francois Bourienne, Glasgow Airport’s Commercial Director, said: “We are thrilled to welcome Lufthansa’s new daily Frankfurt service. The route will not only continue to link two detinations that share much in common, but provide vital access to one of airline’s key international hubs where our passengers can connect onwards to hundreds of destinations worldwide. “Frankfurt is one of the world’s leading financial hubs and home to the European Central Bank. This service both enhances our growing European network and builds on the airport’s current links with Germany, which include Lufthansa’s Munich route launched last October and our hugely

popular flights to Dusseldorf and Berlin.” Announcing the new flight, Andreas Koester, Senior Director Sales UK, Ireland & Iceland, Lufthansa Group said: “This new daily service opens up a huge number of business and leisure opportunities to Scottish passengers. Not only does it provide access to one of Europe’s financial capitals, but it also introduces new options for onward travel to hundreds of worldwide destinations. “Passengers are now able to travel to both Frankfurt and Munich, giving them more flexibility and increased connections to numerous destinations in our large, multi-hub network. This level of growth is almost unprecedented and underlines the importance of Glasgow Airport within the Lufthansa worldwide network.” Also this month, long-standing airline partner Loganair launched a regular service between Glasgow and Donegal, a popular short-break destination for Scots for a number of years. The service will operate up to five times per week. The airline also announced plans to introduce a new Derry service from Sunday, October 28, which will operate five times per week. TUI UK also launched ambitious growth plans for summer 2019, which include the group basing another aircraft at Glasgow Airport next year, a 30,000 seat increase

and additional capacity on its Reus, Tenerife, Las Palmas and Rhodes routes. The tour operator will also introduce a new service to Antalya and additional flights to Naples and Alicante. Paul White, business development manager at Glasgow Airport, said: “The decision to base an additional aircraft is great news from TUI UK and demonstrates the group’s strong and continued commitment to Glasgow Airport. “Adding an additional 30,000 seats and extra flights will deliver even greater choice and flexibility on what are hugely-popular holiday destinations, so this will be welcome news for our passengers. “Antalya has always been a popular destination with Scottish holidaymakers and it is great to see TUI UK respond to growing passenger demand by adding the Turkish holiday resort to its evergrowing list of destinations.”


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Helping to bridge the skills gap University of the West of Scotland (UWS) has been approved by Skills Development Scotland (SDS) to design and deliver four Graduate Apprenticeship (GA) programmes which get underway in September 2018. The programmes in IT Software Development, Engineering Design & Manufacture, Civil Engineering and Business Management, will be delivered by the University’s School of Engineering and Computing and School of Business and Enterprise respectively. UWS is working in partnership with SDS to deliver these four GA programmes, which have been developed in response to demand from industry. The Graduate Apprenticeships offer a chance for apprentices to work with leading employers whilst studying for an Honours Degree at UWS. This is the second consecutive year that UWS has received approval from SDS for the delivery of GAs. With three out of four employers in Scotland reporting critical skill shortages that are affecting their productivity and growth, added to the fact that more than 70% of Scottish employers think that job applicants lack technical, practical or job specific skills, GAs have never been more important. By combining academic learning with real-time practical experience in

the workplace, the GA programmes will deliver industry-relevant skills and qualifications. GAs are developed in partnership with employers to ensure that the learning is relevant to industry and that apprentices can apply their learning in the workplace immediately. Professor Craig Mahoney, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of UWS, said: “At UWS we understand the challenges that businesses face in attracting and retaining talent and continually strive to re-focus our provision for the benefit of industry and graduates. “We are delighted to be delivering these four Graduate Apprenticeship programmes that will meet the needs of industry as well as providing a wider range of opportunities for even more young people.” Apprentices are employed throughout the duration of their studies, allowing them to combine academic learning at one of Scotland’s largest modern universities with practical learning in the workplace. By investing in their workforce through GAs, employers are able to support new and existing staff to develop their skills to industry and professional standards For employees, GAs provide an opportunity to access the same learning opportunities as those who follow the traditional route of direct entry into

University, whilst gaining practical work experience. Advanced entry to the GA programmes is also possible for employees who can evidence previous industry relevant skills and qualifications. For employers, their employee’s learning can be customised to ensure the best fit with business needs and because the apprentices spend the majority of their time in the workplace, they are contributing to the productivity of the business at a much earlier stage. The end result is ‘industry ready’ graduates who understand their business. Graduate Apprenticeships have the potential to transform the way that young people access further and higher education, and its clear from the demand that many companies and Universities feel the same way. Skills Development Scotland, Director of Service Design and Innovation, Jonathan Clark, said: “Graduate Apprentices will be employed during their studies and because much of the learning takes place in the workplace they will have the opportunity to immediately apply what they learn at college or university in their jobs – and vice versa. “This provides opportunities for employers to help shape the skills of their employees and to address skills shortages affecting their industry and the local economy.”

UWS-based Paisley FM awarded Ofcom radio licence Paisley FM, which will be based at University of the West of Scotland’s Paisley Campus, has been awarded a community radio licence for the Paisley and Renfrewshire area by broadcasting regulator Ofcom. There were two applicants for the FM licence with Paisley FM being successful. This will bring a service back to the town after an absence of over a decade. Paisley FM plans to take to the FM airwaves from the summer of 2018, as a legacy of the Paisley 2021 City of Culture bid and - thanks to the support of University of the West of Scotland – will be based within the University’s campus in the town, with plans for state-of-theart studio facilities accessible to the local community. The licence bid, which was also supported by local politicians, Renfrewshire Council, the church and

Paisley artists was submitted in July 2017, with a final decision by Ofcom made today Paisley FM director Bob McWilliam said: “This is a really exciting day for Paisley and Renfrewshire and for radio listeners. Our proposal to Ofcom – which will now become a reality – was always about creating a distinctive station for the people of Paisley and Renfrewshire, made by the people of Paisley and Renfrewshire. We can’t wait to get started.” Annie McGuire UWS lecturer in the School of Media, Culture & Society and a director of Paisley FM, said: “It has been 15 years since Paisley had its own radio station, broadcasting from the town. Over the last few years the area has definitely found its voice again, particularly around the 2021 process. We’re excited at the prospect of hearing the people of Renfrewshire on the radio again, as well as providing opportunities

for UWS creative industries students to gain hands-on experience as part of their studies.” Those interested in getting involved with Paisley FM, either as programme makers or in other areas such as engineering, marketing or events, should keep an eye on the station website. The aim is to recruit 30 volunteers from a range of backgrounds in the first year with training offered for those keen to take to the airwaves.


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Speaker of the House of Commons delivers seminar at UWS The Rt Hon John Bercow, the Speaker of the House of Commons, delivered a seminar to Honours year social science students at University of the West of Scotland (UWS) on Friday 2 February 2018. The students are currently benefiting from undertaking a Parliamentary Studies module, which is co-taught with officials from the Houses of Parliament. As part of the Parliamentary Studies module fourth year undergraduate students participated in the seminar at the University’s Paisley Campus on Friday led by The Rt Hon John Bercow. He delivered the seminar on the role and modernisation of the UK Parliament The Rt Hon John Bercow, the Speaker of the House of Commons, said: “It was a real pleasure to deliver the seminar at the University of the West Scotland. I was delighted to meet with and take questions from the students on the Parliamentary Studies Module. I was hugely impressed by their interest in and understanding of Parliament, and I hope they found the session as worthwhile and enjoyable as I

did. The Parliamentary Studies module provides a great opportunity for students to learn more about the practical side of Parliamentary processes, combined with robust academic content created by the University.” The Parliamentary Studies module, which is the only higher education module formally approved and co-taught by the Houses of Parliament, provides students with a detailed knowledge of how the Parliament works in both theory and practice.  It is delivered through a partnership between the Houses of Parliament and a university; the university provides academic and theoretical content,

and Parliament provides practical teaching about the work, processes and business of Parliament. Professor Craig Mahoney, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of UWS, said: “We were delighted to welcome John Bercow to our Paisley Campus to deliver this seminar to our social science students. At UWS we are committed to equipping our students with skills and training required for success in the workplace and it is great that they benefit from gaining insight from leading experts in their field such as the Speaker of the House of Commons.” Professor Margaret Arnott, Professor of Public Policy at UWS, said: “This module is hugely popular with our students, who benefit greatly from seminars such as the one delivered by The Rt Hon John Bercow. This event saw him deliver a fascinating insight into the role of the UK Parliament and also parliamentary reform from. “We are delighted to be delivering the Parliamentary Studies module as part of our Social Science undergraduate degree, which is part of a developing collaborative network of UK HEIs and Westminster.”

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DirectDevitt Comedy and Confidence Award winning company, DirectDevitt Comedy and Confidence™ starts search for new staff as it’s expanding! In only 18 months DirectDevitt Comedy and Confidence™ has won not only a plethora of awards but now has the attention from Global Businesses and is looking to recruit new members of the team. DDCMPCIC recently secured a £50,000 investment from Scottish Edge Competition, winning the first ever creative award in November 2017. Which was sponsored by Cultural Enterprise & Creative Scotland. Founder, Miss Anna Devitt was awarded Investing In Woman Ambition AccelerateHer winning the title: “Most Ambitious Woman In Business for Education & Training” And will be attending the awards dinner with the Dragon’s Den investors in March. AccelerateHer is one of the worlds largest competitions who specialise in their search

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Paisley YMCA Paisley YMCA is a nationally nominated, registered charity that has been supporting young people across Renfrewshire for over 185 years. We are an accredited Investors in Young People organisation and our aim is to support and develop young people to reach their full potential through digitally based cultural and educational projects and programmes that develop an entrepreneurial spirit. As part of a wider digital strategy for Renfrewshire, Paisley YMCA set up Renfrewshire’s first Code Club for young people in the YMCA building on the high street. Through our partnership with CoderDojo the club teaches computer programming, app development and web site building. Young people who attend the club developed further their chances of employability in an everincreasing digital and STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math’s) job market. We also develop the first mobile digital youth incubator called iEnterprise, the

premise of the programme is for young people aged 11-18 to identify a need within their community and use digital technology as a tool to develop and implement their ideas. The iEnterprise programme has supported young people to develop entrepreneurial activity and develop monetized sustainable community projects that make them more attractive to future employers. Paisley YMCA are excited to announce that we have just launched another first

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for Renfrewshire, the first Digital Maker Space, a DIY environment where young people can gather to create, invent and learn using digital technology as a tool to manufacture prototypes with 3D printers and laser cutters, build robotics and PC kits, develop virtual and mixed reality environments, tinker with micro controllers and receive training, certification and workshops direct from Microsoft, Google, Apple, Samsung, Raspberry Pi Academy and CoderDojo Scotland to develop young peoples ideas further. To find out more about opportunities to participate in our programmes or volunteer supporting young people in a digital environment then please contact Paisley YMCA below or check out our activity on the following social media channels. Darran Gillan, Youth & Programme Development Manager 39 High Street Paisley PA12AF darran@paisleyymca.org 0141 889 2876


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Johnstone Community Sports Complex Looking for an activity or event space? Then Johnstone Community Sports Complex could be the ideal venue for you or your company! Our registered charity runs a medium sized recreational facility in Johnstone offering a fantastic range of indoor and outdoor activities for the community, companies and organisations. In the past five years we have hosted everything from Zumba classes to our popular children’s parties since first opening our doors in 2012. As well as being a regular base for groups including Thorn Athletic Football Club, Club Lee Tae-Kwon-Do, Johnstone

Teeny Tots, Johnstone Kettleblast, Zumba with Hannah and Bounce Back To Netball, we have also hosted a wide variety of special events including gala days and cross country athletics championships – and even blood donation sessions! Our action-packed kid’s parties are a huge success where you can book two hours of fun and games with our bouncy castle, inflatable football shootout, soft play and ball pool. We will work with you to create the best experience for your treasured little ones. With our fit-for-purpose sprung wooden floor you can play indoor football, basketball, badminton, netball

and table tennis. The facility was formerly run by the local leisure authority before being closed around 2008. After lying derelict for a few years, members of local sports clubs got together to renovate the facility and give it a new lease of life with funding from Big Lottery Scotland. Other clients include the Kibble Education and Care Centre, Spark of Genius, Ardfern School, Street Stuff and Families First.

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RAMH have been accorded the privilege of being selected as “Employer of the Year” in Renfrewshire in this, the 21st iteration of the Provost’s Community Awards. This year, Employer of the Year was sponsored by UNISON and encouraged nominations for employers who had provided a positive working environment and have gone above and beyond the call of duty for their staff. We are honoured to have been selected as the recipient of this prestigious accolade. As a local organisation, we have made a commitment to do our utmost to provide environments where people who need mental health support can come and be encouraged to realise their full potential. We recognise that, in order to fulfil this aspiration,

we must support staff to be confident, responsive and professional in their respective roles.

Along with the Investors in People (Gold) award, ISO9001 / 14001 and ‘Excellent’ Care Inspectorate grades, we see operate in a potentially challenging environment, on several levels and whilst delighted at being recognised for the work our staff do, we do not plan on being complacent. We appreciate that we would not have been able to achieve our goals without the support and positive relationships we have with colleagues across Health, Local authorities, 3rd sector and wider funding partners. We wish to express our thanks for your commitment and partnership. To the people who use our services, or care for those who do, please keep telling us what you want to see develop to enable your recovery to continue as you would wish it.

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OPERA UNDER CANVAS WITH CAST OF UP TO 200 HEADS TO PAISLEY PARK Paisley has been chosen as the site for Scottish Opera’s production of Ruggero Leoncavallo’s opera Pagliacci in July 2018. The performances will take place at the city’s Seedhill Playing Fields in a huge tented structure, and Scottish Opera is inviting local people from across Renfrewshire and beyond to be part of the performing company of up to two hundred. Pagliacci tells the story of Canio, the leader of a troupe of travelling players, who discovers his wife Nedda is having an affair. His jealousy erupts before an unsuspecting audience, as the play-withina-play takes a tragic turn. Scottish Opera’s Music Director Stuart Stratford will conduct and Bill BankesJones, founder of Tête à Tête Opera, will direct the promenade production, which is being specially created to be staged outwith the walls of Scottish Opera’s usual theatre venues.

Open to everyone aged 16 and over who enjoys singing, dance or drama or Leoncavallo who would like to learn a new skill, those interested are invited to attend one of four taster events at Scottish Opera’s Silver Cloud Studio in Hillington in November. No previous performance experience is needed and those who take part will be right in the middle of the action, performing alongside The Orchestra of Scottish Opera, international soloists and a professional chorus. The Company also wants to hear from existing theatrical, musical, gymnastic, cheer-leading or sporting groups to be part of the carnival-like

setting which will be created for the show. The November taster sessions will be followed by an introductory weekend in January and weekly rehearsals for the landmark immersive production will begin in early March. The performances of Pagliacci will be on 26, 28 and 29 July in Paisley, which has been shortlisted for UK City of Culture in 2021.


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Money stress contributes to lost productivity Employers in Renfrewshire are being encouraged to help staff save and borrow sensibly in order to reduce time off for stress. Employees with money worries are more likely to take time off sick according to the Money and Mental Health Policy Institute Last year, data analysis from 40,000 households found that 67% of employees who are struggling financially report at least one sign of poor mental health that could affect their ability to function at work. Managers are being asked to help staff by offering payroll deduction schemes from their local credit unions in order to either build up savings, or to repay lowcost loans. Heather Kay, Credit Union Development Officer at Engage Renfrewshire, said “Almost half of all working days lost to ill health were caused by stress, and we know that money worries have a huge impact on wellbeing.”

“Saving even a few pounds a week helps many families to save and can relieve pressure around Christmas bills or unexpected events such as car repairs or a broken washing machine.” She also added “In Renfrewshire we have 5 credit unions which offer payroll deductions as a way for employees to save. It’s so easy and can make such a big difference.” The credit unions also offer low cost loans and borrowers do not require good credit scores to be accepted. Diane Dunn of Renfrewshire Council’s Partnerships and Inequalities Team said “We would encourage employers to support their employees’ financial security by providing both savings schemes and short-term loans through payroll, allowing a lower rate of interest to be offered and helping employees to avoid fees and charges.” “Through partnership with credit unions, and by offering payroll deduction, employers can demonstrate

their commitment to their employees’ financial and mental wellbeing, and ultimately reduce sickness absence due to financial stress.” As well as financial benefits, payroll deduction can assist with employee recruitment and retention. In terms of liability, it is similar to engaging in a pension scheme, whereby the employer signposts the availability of the benefit but does not recommend or advise a particular course of action. Employee confidentiality is maintained because employers do not have any information on whether an employee is borrowing or saving. For any further information about credit unions or payroll deduction schemes please contact Heather Kay at Engage Renfrewshire on 0141 847 7707 or hkay@ engagerenfrewshire.com

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SCHOOL UPDATES: WOW - An Experience that has become a reality for S3 Renfrew High Pupils Fourteen S3 pupils were given the chance to experience 2 days of intensive work experience with a difference at centre management of intu Braehead. In an ‘Apprentice’ style event the group were spilt into two teams and told to answer an event brief. The winning team leader, Jack Arbuckle said, “Whilst participating in the event at intu Braehead we managed to learn about business, teamworking, and also how much work goes into a business.” At the end of the two days the teams had to answer the brief in the form of a ‘pitch’ and convince a panel of management judges to choose their event. Both teams delivered beyond all expectations, both creatively and professionally. The other team leader Cara Jordan said, “I felt excited to be part of this, I loved working in a proper business team. It let me show my leadership skills.” The management

team were so impressed that they asked the team to combine and deliver the winning event for real at Soar @intu Braehead. Cara continued, “I can’t wait to be part of a real events team at intu Braehead!!!!” Jack concluded,” I and everyone else there is excited to be doing the event for real at intu Braehead.” Billy Burke, Head Teacher, said, “This pilot project with our partners at Intu Braehead exceeded our hopes and expectations. The young people embraced and relished the opportunity to work in the business world and the staff team were superb with them. I am really grateful to all involved – they have helped create the model for the future expansion of the project, and have set the bar very high indeed!” Caroline McColl, Employability Coordinator said, “An exceptional experience all round. What started as a discussion became a reality

St Benedict’s Dragons Den All of our S2 pupils were given the challenge to design a product which would benefit the life of someone, whether that is by making life simpler, more manageable or easier. After close consideration, two groups from each class were entered into our St Benedict’s Dragons Den. On our judging panel we had two very special visitors from industry, Susanne from Aggreko and Stephen from Ethos Energy, as well as our Head Teacher, Mr O’Neil and Technologies Faculty Head, Mr Wilson. The day was a fantastic success for St Benedict’s and inspired all involved to develop career pathways into the STEM sector. Our winners were Christopher and Glen who designed a bus tracker app for the school to track the movement of our school buses in the morning. Well done to all involved!

beyond expectations. Thank you to intu Braehead for their time, effort, hospitality and wealth of experience. Not only did our S3 pupils experience the world of work in real life; they are now going to be part of it in full technicolour, when they organise and manage the winning event alongside the Management team at Braehead! I cannot wait! Our young people have been given a glimpse into their possible future success, I am so excited to see how their employment future unfolds. I am just so proud of Renfrew High’s young people!” Be part of the WOW (Wipe Out Warriors / World Of Work) event and catch up with the full team at Soar @ intu Braehead, Saturday 24th March 2018.

Barsail Primary School The Barsail World of Work pupil group are very excited to be holding their first Careers Fayre on 28th March. This group of driven young pupils have worked with staff to contact local businesses for our careers Fayre. We’re delighted that we have over 35 businesses attending including: NHS, Love St Vets, Strathclyde Fire, Paisley Physiotherapy, St Mirren FC and more. We’re very lucky to have a range of careers represented such as banking, air hostess, author, artist, fashion designer. It is with the help of local businesses that we can inspire and provide an insight into the world of work for pupils.


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Linwood High School

Linwood High School was thrilled to welcome so many guests for our Senior Careers Speed Network on Thursday 8th March 2018, International Women’s Day and in Modern Apprenticeship Week. Thanks to SDS, DYW West, SAE Institute, WCS, ATOS, Systra, Mott McDonald, Carousel, the British Army, Renfrewshire Council, SWECO and Mabbets. Your support of our pupils is hugely appreciated. Huge thanks to Craig McHugh from Clark Contracts and Bob Davidson from DYW West for coming in to do Mock Interviews with our S5 Employability class. Well done to all our pupils who did great interviews for our guests. Success all round! S2 enjoyed the Fun Maths workshop on Wednesday 22nd February 2018. Thanks to STEM Connects at Glasgow University for lending us the material and to the whole LHS Maths department for running the event.

PARK MAINS HIGH SCHOOL

On Tuesday 13th March Park Mains High School hosted their third S2 parents and pupils careers event. The night consisted of parents and pupils engaging with twenty local businesses in a speed networking event. Attendees were able to make informed choices about who they spoke to for five minute intervals. They gained an interesting insight into the world of work and what careers may await pupils when they leave school. The careers event ran alongside the S2 subject choice talk from senior management and so parents and pupils had an informative and interesting evening. The parent council provided refreshments throughout the evening and parents had the chance to win a host of prizes in the raffle. The evaluations suggest that both parents and business partners found the evening successful, well organised and a worthwhile event for all involved.

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S4/5 pupils attended two Modern Apprenticeship application workshops run by Mr. Marshallsay PT Employability and our Skills Development Scotland Careers Advisors. As part of International Women’s Day, a group of S3 female pupils enjoyed a visit to the site of the new St. Paul’s School with Morrison’s Construction. They got to see how the site was designed and is being built and have been invited back in June to see the finishing touches being made. Those pupils not fortunate enough to be out of school were finding out about ‘Women Who Invent’ with a series of informative posters displayed across departments in the school.


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Renfrewshire Marks Scottish Apprenticeship Week

Renfrewshire marked Scottish Apprenticeship Week with a series of events designed to encourage young women to consider careers in traditionally male dominated sectors. The week celebrated the benefits apprenticeships bring to businesses, individuals and the economy, and coincided with International Women’s Day on Thursday 8th March. There were a series of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) events for young women at various venues across Renfrewshire. The Young Women into Stem initiative is delivered in partnership by Renfrewshire Council, DYW West, Invest in Renfrewshire, West College Scotland and a number of local businesses. It was set up to address how women are underrepresented in the sector and encourages them to apply for apprenticeships by forging links between

employers, colleges and schools. At West College Scotland’s Paisley campus students completed specific pieces of work which will enhance their skillset, covering bricklaying and painting and decorating. NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde hosted an event at Paisley’s Royal Alexandria Hospital where school pupils visited the engineering departments, clinics and laboratories and gained an insight into the various job roles. Morrison Construction took students on a tour of the St Paul’s School site in Paisley and gave an understanding of what is required to keep the project on track and to deliver a high-quality build. One of Morrison’s female quantity surveyors was on-hand to share her experience of working within this sector. Paisley firm Clark Contacts gave students a tour of its head office where they learned about the company’s in-

house academy and the roles available, from estimating and quantity surveying to marketing. They also met many of the firm’s female employees and had the opportunity to discuss their experience of the sector. Rolls Royce Inchinnan hosted a site visit of its engineering plant on International Women’s Day, with all attendees asked to wear purple to mark the day which celebrated women across the globe. Renfrewshire Council Leader Iain Nicolson said: “In line with the rest of Scotland, Renfrewshire has a significant gender gap in terms of so few young women going into the traditionally male dominated careers of construction, science, technology and engineering. “It’s vital to open up their horizons and provide access to STEM opportunities and I’m delighted that so many had the chance to find out about a wide range of jobs during Scottish Apprenticeship Week.”


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DYW West Update Team Goldslam are made up of pupils from across the Renfrewshire schools, it a partnership project between, Renfrewshire Council, West college Scotland and Developing the Young Workforce west region and is in its pilot year. Team Goldslam  are building a formula 24 race car, which will be raced against other teams from across Scotland at the Greenpower final at East fortune in April.  The programme aims to inspire the engineers of the future, and this group of fantastic young people have definitely inspired us.  They are an amazing group of young people,  a lot of the team  come from disadvantaged backgrounds, some are in care, some are non-attenders at school, but are all very passionate about pursuing a career in engineering and the hope is that this course will give them all the skills they need to progress onto a full time college course or an apprenticeship.   The team come to West College on a Thursday, and work with their lecturer Colin to build the car and learn a whole host of other skills, this isn’t just a

mechanics course, they need to run it like a business so they need raise money to buy materials such as carbon fibre, race suits, helmets, pop up tent, as they race will be based on a proper formula 1 race, there will be pit stops, driver changes...  So the team have been involved in various presentations to business along the way even delivering a two minute pitch to business at Renfrewshire chamber of commerce at an event in Hillington park.   As a result of this we took an advert in Renfrewshire chamber of commerce magazine, which Thomas Bradley read and invited us into their office to discuss how they could help.  Emma Gormley who is picture with Scott is the driving force

behind the team, JacQui and Scott were blown away by her enthusiasm and passion for the project hence the reason why they wanted to help.  Thomas Bradley have been fantastic and great supporters of the project and want to help by encouraging local business to get involved.   Here is a link to the team’s just giving page, any little helps to support this amazing group of young people https://www.justgiving.com/ crowdfunding/gold-slam

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