The Scottish Government has announced that Scotland will move beyond level 0 of its coronavirus protection levels from Monday 9 August, bringing a further easing of restrictions.

You can read more about these measures and the very latest Scottish Government guidance here.

Under this move to beyond level 0 the lifting of most of the remaining legally imposed restrictions will be lifted including physical distancing and limits on the numbers of people who can gather together to socialise.

Face coverings must still be worn in indoor public places and on public transport.

To restrict the spread of outbreaks and protect against the risk of new variants, travel restrictions may be imposed, so please check ahead before traveling around Scotland.

Leisure and entertainment businesses, including soft play, cinemas, theatres, concert halls, music venues, comedy clubs, amusement arcades, casinos, snooker halls and bingo halls are open.

Travel accommodation, indoor attractions and public buildings such as galleries, museums and libraries are also open.

Renfrewshire has a great range of outdoor attractions that you can enjoy, while following the existing guidance. Find out more about places you can visit in Renfrewshire here.

As hospitality, retail and tourism businesses welcome more customers, we encourage everyone to spend local where possible.

It’s vital that we all continue to follow the guidance and help stop the spread of coronavirus. Nothing is more important to us than your health and wellbeing.

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The Makers Market is back and online for Sma’ Shot Day 2021. This year’s market is delivered in partnership with business incubator programme and retail academy InCube.

You can browse some of the fabulous handmade items created by local makers and bag yourself some unique pieces.

Here’s a list of the local makers participating in this year’s Makers Market:

Camper Plants

Camper Plants showcases a range of crocheted and felted plants – the perfect option if you’re looking to add some greenery to your home but aren’t the best at looking after real plants! There is a variety of trailing plants and succulents to choose from.

www.camperplants.etsy.com

Knitting on Cloud Nine

Knitting on Cloud Nine believe in the therapeutic and creative powers of knitting and crochet.  They are passionate about teaching children and adults.  Their kits, courses and projects are modern, mindful, eco conscious and fun!

www.knittingoncloudnine.com

Pottle Jewellery

Playful, pastel, modular jewellery for people who like a little fun in their lives. Designed and made by Eileen Pottle, Pottle Jewellery’s minimalist designs are intended to be mixed, matched and combined. Simple geometric shapes hand-painted in pastel colours together with silver elements bring a tactile sense of play.

https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/PottleJewellery

Karen Hanvidge Ceramics

Renfrew-based Karen Hanvidge Ceramics makes functional and decorative ceramics. Karen’s ceramic art is inspired by colour, pattern, form and texture and often features the iconic Paisley design.

www.karenhanvidgeceramics.com

Yvonne Goldie Photography

In addition to photographing birthdays, christenings and weddings, Paisley-based photographer Yvonne Goldie also sells postcards of some of the town’s stunning vistas and buildings.

www.yvonnegoldiephotography.co.uk

The Canny Squirrel

Drawing on nature and the Scottish landscape, The Canny Squirrel (designer/maker Katherine Pentney) creates a range of characterful Harris Tweed homewares and accessories featuring intricate embroidered animal designs, all handmade in Paisley. Commissions are also welcome – meaning you can have your pet or favourite animal designed onto any of the products.

www.thecannysquirrel.co.uk

NM47

NM47 is a small business based in The Workshop Paisley, creating everyday wearable sterling silver and gold jewellery. NM47’s jewellery style comes from mark-making within the natural forging process and manmade textures from hammering the metal – catching the light and creating a shimmer to each piece.

www.instagram.com/nm47.nicole/

Josef McFadden

Josef McFadden is a textile designer, artist and screen printer based in Paisley. Since launching in 2016, Josef McFadden has been manufacturing, designing and supplying garments, gifts and prints to customers all around the world. All of the prints and fabrics created by Josef, begin their life as hand illustrated paintings using watercolour, pencils, inks and more. These paintings are then collated digitally to create designs that offer a spectacle of prints for garments, accessories and more.

www.josefmcfadden.com

Atelier Eva ART

Atelier Eva ART offers lovingly handmade children’s clothes, accessories and modern quilts, using their own exclusive prints and the best quality fabrics sourced from UK and US designers. Passionate to keep everything as unique as possible, lots of the products are one-of-a-kind. The ready-made items in limited collections make it easy to choose and to mix and match gifts for your loved ones.

www.atelierevaart.com

Art with heart

‘Art with Heart’ designer framed prints are created by local Paisley artist Lorna Williams. Lorna designs bespoke, personalised and creative artwork presented in beautiful, embellished frames. The ‘Paisley Burdies’ and ‘Tartan Clan’ Scottie dogs and cats are just two of the popular ranges in the Paisley InCube shop that are a favourite with locals and visitors.

www.artwithheart.co.uk

Sma' Shot Day 2021

Have a great family day out in Paisley this summer with the BRICKLIVE Animal Paradise trail, brought to you by Paisley First!

Enjoy a family adventure with this free, interactive trail featuring hand-built brick endangered animal statues, running from Saturday 26 June until Sunday 15 August.

Your mini explorers will have a great expedition hunting down these stunning animals across ice caps, jungles, rivers and forests, all in the heart of Paisley town centre!

What will our intrepid voyagers find first – the Bengal Tiger, the Macaws, the Dolphin or the Snow Leopard? Find all 15 models for your chance to enter Paisley First’s free prize draw!

Colette Cardosi, Chair of Paisley First, said: “BRICKLIVE Animal Paradise is made up of hand-built brick endangered animal models and has been devised to entertain whilst educating children and families about environmental issues and the importance of conservation and biodiversity.

“So, if you are looking for a free day out and something fun to do with all the family this summer, head to Paisley!”

Trail leaflets will be available from the leaflet racks in both the Piazza Shopping Centre and also the Paisley Centre, as well as town centre businesses and the Paisley First office at 1 County Place – just opposite Paisley Gilmour Street train station.

Once you’ve had fun on the trail, you can enjoy a wide range of great shops and an abundance of fantastic food and drink venues, catering to every taste and budget. Plus, Paisley is Paw Friendly so no need to leave your four-legged friend at home!

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Love Paisley? Check out this great new magazine from Paisley First

Paisley First has launched a brand new lifestyle magazine – Love Paisley – showcasing the town centre’s amazing businesses.

The Business Improvement District has joined forces with the team behind Mill Magazine to help produce the first issue, with three editions each year set to be distributed to households throughout Renfrewshire.

With hopefully warmer weather, lighter evenings and better days ahead, the Love Paisley magazine offers a fantastic guide to Paisley’s food and drink scene.

Whether you’re planning a date night, a much longed-for catch up with friends or a postponed family celebration, there’s something to suit every taste and budget.

The magazine will have the latest from local independent fashion and childrenswear retailers, as well as a number of features to make sure you look good and feel good this summer.

Plus, there’s plenty for those planning their big day from town centre wedding retailers.

There will also be news on Paw Friendly Paisley businesses and a look at fantastic activities on offer in the town centre – from the stunning Mural Trail and visiting the town’s architectural gems to creative offers for talented kids, there’s something for the whole family.

Plus, the exciting BRICKLIVE Animal Paradise trail will be heading to Paisley for the school holidays!

If you can’t wait for your copy of Love Paisley magazine, a digital version can be found on the Paisley First website at www.paisleyfirst.com.

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“We have so many amazing businesses spread throughout the town centre, many of them independently and family run. This new magazine is the perfect way to help shine a spotlight on them all. We have a great mix of retail, food and drink venues, and health, hair and beauty salons as well as a variety of sports and fitness businesses and professional services too. Every edition will focus on what’s on offer in the town, we hope you enjoy reading it as much as we enjoyed putting it together.”

Colette Cardosi
Chair of Paisley First

Paisley town centre’s Advent Calendar has arrived!

As part of Paisley First’s countdown to Christmas, local businesses will be celebrated each and every day of the festive season via a digital Advent Calendar displayed on Facebook.

Plus, shoppers will also be able to join in by tagging their favourite businesses too, with one lucky person set to win a £50 town centre gift voucher every day between the 1st and 24th of December.

To take part, head over to Paisley First’s Facebook page, tag your favourite business and let everyone know why you love them!

It’s never been more important to love local and spend local wherever you can. Of every £1 spent locally, 65p stays local – we can all do our bit to support our local community and its businesses.

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Every day from 1st to 24th December, we'll be highlighting all our amazing town centre businesses who have worked so hard this year to keep staff and customers safe.

Local businesses need your support more than ever so we would urge locals to put Paisley first when it comes to retail, food and drink or health, hair and beauty purchases or services.

These businesses are the heartbeat of our local community and we hope his competition will help highlight all Paisley town centre has to offer.

Colette Cardosi
Chair of Paisley First

Head to Paisley for your Christmas shopping this year and you could win big, thanks to Paisley First’s Golden Ticket competition.

Launching on Saturday 31 October, there will be not one, not two, but fourteen prizes worth £250 up for grabs, which you can get your hands on simply by spending local.

You’ll receive a Golden Ticket with every purchase made in Paisley Town Centre. From there simply post your Golden Ticket into the golden post boxes stationed in the Piazza and the Paisley Centre for your chance to win!

Paisley has a fabulous mix of shops, food venues, beauty salons and hairdressers to choose from right across the town centre.

And around 65p from every pound spent locally, stays local – so by picking up that coffee, going for lunch or buying that gift, you can do your bit to support the local community and its businesses.

Golden Ticket draws will take place early December, so start spending local now for your chance to win, just in time for Christmas.

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Local businesses need your support more than ever so we would urge locals to put Paisley first when it comes to shopping.

We have everything you need for all your Christmas shopping to please even the fussiest recipient and the majority of our businesses across retail, health, hair & beauty and food and drink all sell gift vouchers if you'd rather give the gift of choice.

So please shop like your High Street depends on it, because it does!

Colette Cardosi
Chair of Paisley First

Find out how you can save money and grab a bargain in Paisley town centre as part of October FiverFest.

Independent shops and businesses in Paisley are joining with thousands of retailers across the UK to put on special £5 offers across two weeks in October, as part of the Totally Locally FiverFest Fortnight.

October FiverFest runs from Saturday 10th – Saturday 24th October 2020 – and you can see who is taking part with local Business Improvement District, Paisley First.

The Totally Locally Fiver Fest is a celebration of small businesses and independent traders, all contributing to the economy and wellbeing of UK towns.

Paisley has a great mix of retail shops, food and drink venues, and health, hair and beauty salons.

Around 65p from every pound spent locally, stays local – so by picking up a coffee, going for lunch or buying a gift, you can do your bit to support the local community and its businesses.

Show your local High Street some love and take advantage of the great FiverFest offers!

Pick up a FiverFest leaflet from the Paisley First leaflet racks in the Paisley Centre or the Piazza Shopping Centre.

Keep checking the Paisley First website (listed below) as new deals are being added every day.

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“Local businesses need your support more than ever this year, our independent shops and businesses are what helps to make Paisley town centre special. We appreciate it when our community support us, so these offers are to say thank you for that support, and to show just what great value our local businesses are. Spending just £5 a week in Paisley town centre can make a big difference to our local businesses and helps keep our town centre alive!”

Colette Cardosi
Chair of Paisley First

Paisley First is the business improvement district (BID) for Paisley town centre and they’ve launched a new ‘shop local’ campaign as businesses start to reopen from the COVID-19 lockdown.

Love Local Love Paisley aims to build on the renewed community spirit as people pulled together to fight against the pandemic which saw much of the country closed down for three months.

  • Most retail businesses will begin reopening in Paisley town centre from Monday 29 June.
  • Hospitality businesses with outdoor seating areas will be reopening from Monday 6 July.
  • Hospitality businesses, including cafes, pubs and restaurants, will then be able to reopen their indoor seating areas from Wednesday 15 July.
  • And who doesn’t already know that hairdressers and barbers will also be reopening from 15 July!

Paisley First is hoping that those people who relied on local businesses during lockdown will return the favour and continue to ‘shop local’ as restrictions are eased.

Colette Cardosi, Chair of Paisley First, with some great reasons to shop local:

  1. Local people relied on local businesses during lockdown, businesses have been there when people needed them most. Now we’re asking the public to be here for them!
  2. Our town centre businesses have been working hard to get their premises safe and secure to welcome customers back, with social distancing measures all in place.
  3. Some of our amazing local businesses have remained open throughout lockdown, in order to serve the local community and we are so grateful to all their hard-working staff.
  4. We have a great range of independent retail businesses – food, florists, jewellers, giftware, fashion, homeware and more and they can’t wait to welcome back customers, both regular and new.
  5. You can still support your favourite hospitality or hair and beauty business before they reopen by leaving them a good review online -or why not contact them via Facebook and see if you can buy a gift voucher, help support a local business now and give yourself a treat to look forward to!”

With summer well and truly here, and with plenty of fresh air and wide-open spaces, everyone at Paisley First looks forward to welcoming you back safely to Paisley town centre soon.

Love Local Love Paisley!

Independent shops and businesses in Paisley are joining hundreds of retailers across the UK by taking part in February FiverFest.

Over the next two weeks, participating retailers in Paisley town centre are putting on special £5 offers for shoppers as part of the national Totally Locally Fiver Fest – and you can see who is taking part with local Business Improvement District, Paisley First.

Paisley First February FiverFest deals

The Totally Locally Fiver Fest is a celebration of small businesses and independent traders, all contributing to the economy and wellbeing of UK towns.

Paisley has a great mix of retail shops, food and drink venues, health, hair and beauty salons, professional service companies and much more.

Around 65p from every pound spent locally, stays local – so by picking up a coffee, going for lunch or buying a gift, you can do your bit to support the local community and its businesses.

February FiverFest will run from 15 – 29 February 2020.

You can pick up a February FiverFest leaflet from the Paisley Centre and the Piazza Shopping Centre – and keep an eye on the latest deals on the Paisley First website below.

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The independent shops and businesses are what helps to make Paisley town centre special. We appreciate it when our community support us, so these offers are to say thank you for that support, and to show just what great value our local businesses are. Spending just £5 a week in Paisley town centre can make a big difference to our High Street!

Colette Cardosi
Chair of Paisley First

Fortune 500 company DXC Technology provide IT solutions to 6000 customers across 70 countries, counting Amazon, Dell, Hewlett Packard and Microsoft among its strategic partners.

Amongst the 800-strong staff at their Renfrewshire hub is Sian Parfitt, who leads a team which turns raw data into meaningful performance analysis.

The former Business Studies and IT teacher from Derbyshire is now sharing her expertise with Renfrewshire’s Economic Leadership Panel and here, she explains the importance of ‘not standing still’ and her hopes for the region she proudly calls home.

“I was teaching in a secondary school in Somerset when I happened to meet a Scotsman, who was working in the Navy.

When he was redeployed to Scotland, I decided to move north with him and I managed to get a job as a project manager for an aerospace company before moving to Hewlett Packard.

I started as a scheduler, which is quite a niche skill, managing and maintaining the governance of and the schedules for about 60 projects at a time. I have held quite a few positions here, originally with Hewlett Packard then subsequently with DXC Technology [the company formed in 2017 from a merger with Hewlett Packard Enterprise Services and CSC]. For two years I ran the project management graduate and apprentice programme and I’ve recently started in a new role leading our Project Management Office measuring and reporting team.

I don’t tend to stay in the same role too long as the world is changing and I want to be a part of that change, I don’t want to sit still. I think everybody should do that and I always advise our graduates and apprentices to look beyond their current role as it’s a big world with such a lot going on.

At DXC Technology we have 6000 customers worldwide and in the UK and Ireland, our main customers are people like the Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Justice, Rolls-Royce, businesses from the insurance and banking sectors. All our projects are IT projects, like rolling out Windows 10 or securing and storing data.

DXC business premises in Renfrewshire

We have a project with a racing car company, looking at performance analytics to help them knock vital seconds off their drive times. We do a lot of work with the NHS and health services in other countries, helping them to understand and track patient information.

I’m responsible for the team producing all the reports and taking data, data and more data, turning it into meaningful information which helps the project delivery teams to assess their project’s performance and ensure we’re delivering on budget, on time and on quality.

My job suits me as I like facts. I like it when I can make a decision based on the information in front of me. I don’t like ambiguity and, if there is ambiguity, I want to be able to understand why and ultimately remove the ambiguity.

It’s the same in my personal life, I am definitely an organiser…and I run a tight ship. We have a calendar with three columns: mine, my husband’s and one for birthdays and joint events. We’ve two dogs (Buddy, a golden retriever puppy and Toby, a rescue retriever) to look after so it’s important to have a schedule of who is doing the morning and lunchtime walks.

I love living in Renfrewshire and I think it’s already a great place to live and to work – the people are so friendly that I can’t walk the dogs for more than 100 metres without someone stopping for a chat. From great walks to shops and my gym membership, I have everything I need on my doorstep.

When I first joined the Economic Leadership Panel, to begin with because of my background with graduates and apprentices, I wanted to promote a focus on skills. Now, it’s become much more than that.

Because of how much I love working and living here, I want to champion everything we have to offer and for Renfrewshire to be recognised as a place with major employers, a place that’s vibrant and that people want to live and work here.

I see that everyone on the panel is 100% committed to making our local economy work. I’m still very passionate about getting things right for our young people. We need to make it easy for them to be able to access the right career path as that way, down the line we will have skilled people invested in their communities.

I want DXC Technology and all other businesses in Renfrewshire to benefit from home grown talent and for that to happen it’ll take a partnership with our schools, colleges and universities to ensure young people have the right skills that local employers need.

The world is evolving and if we stand still, we’ll be left behind, as businesses, as a country. It’s so important to move with the times, innovate and create the leaders of tomorrow. We can’t expect that to happen, we need to make that happen.”

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Sian Parfitt
DXC Technology