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BID Members’ Meeting

Paisley First directors are inviting levy members to come and have their say at a BID (Business Improvement District) meeting on Thursday, February 23 at the town’s University of West Scotland.

The board have fixed up the meeting to let BID members know what has been planned for the year ahead and also to give a review on the events which were staged last year.

Paisley First manager Andrew Mitchell said: “At our last AGM we agreed to hold three, or four meetings a year for BID members to give them a report on what is coming up and also a review of past events.

“It is also an opportunity for BID members to put forward suggestions and give us feedback.”

The meeting takes place at the UWS’s Brough Hall between 5.30 pm and 7 pm and members are asked to let the directors know of their attendance by emailing their confirmation to ask@paisleyfirst.com

Mr Mitchell added: “Obviously we are looking for as good a turnout as possible and would appreciate receiving as much feedback from members as we can.  We are here to help and make Paisley a better place to visit and shop”.

BID Members Meeting:  University of West Scotland, Thursday 23 February, 5.30pm to 7pm.

Paisley First is leading the fight against increases in business rates by lodging appeals on behalf of its members within Paisley’s Business Improvement District.

The Scottish Assessor has published proposed rateable values for businesses on their website www.saa.gov.uk  which will come into effect on the 1st April 2017 and be valid until 2022.  Businesses have six months to appeal these new values otherwise they will be locked into them for the next five years.  Paisley First will work with its members to ensure that their annual rates bill is as low as possible.

Paisley First has appointed Colliers International, who are experts in the field of business ratings to work with all its members who are facing an increase in their business rates to ensure that they are not squeezed out of business.  

Reducing a business’s rateable value will mean that they do not need to pay as much in rates, and also it may bring their rateable value within the Scottish Governments Small Business Bonus Scheme whereby properties with a rateable value of up to £15,000 will not be required to pay rates, and those properties with a rateable value of £15,001 to £18,000 will receive a 25% discount.

Chairman of Paisley First, Ian Henderson stated “We will appeal on behalf of all our members who face an increase in rateable value to ensure they are not being financially penalised for operating in Paisley.  We have been speaking to a number of businesses who are interested in locating to Paisley town centre, who will create new jobs and who will improve the quality of offering within our town.  Keeping rates down will further assist us in attracting businesses to Paisley”.      

Colliers will present to Paisley First BID members at our meeting on the 23rd of February at (UWS Bough Hall, 5.30pm), and will provide a back ground to business rates and the process that they will follow to appeal businesses who have had their rates increased.

Twitching in Johnstone Street

Paisley is set to become the first Business Improvement District (BID) in Scotland to have a gable end transformed into a giant mural.

 The work will highlight one of the town’s most famous and relatively unknown sons, Alexander Wilson, as well as one of the town’s iconic buildings and some local wildlife.

Paisley First have launched the project to enhance the town’s image and tap into the creative potential in Renfrewshire.

 A number of walls have been identified for the murals and the first is situated at Johnston Street. This mural depicts a beautiful kingfisher perched next to a ball of yarn, while the distinctive Coats Memorial Church appears in the background.

The kingfisher, a bird that can sometimes be spotted on the Cart, represents the life and work of Paisley’s Alexander Wilson, who is credited with establishing ornithology as a science. Originally a weaver poet, Alexander Wilson moved to America where he studied wildlife and travelled widely, documenting and drawing hundreds of illustrations of birds on his way.

The Coats Memorial Church was built in memory of Thomas Coats, founder of the town’s biggest thread firm.

 This mural is designed to amalgamate just some of Paisley’s rich historical and cultural past.

Paisley artists Mark Worst, 26, and Ross Dinnett, 25, are currently painting the three-storey mural and have undergone special safety training specifically for the job.

 Mark said: “At 16m, this is one of the highest murals I’ve ever painted and it’s certainly the most unusual. Ross and I have had to do training to operate the scissors lift to get up and down the gable end. “

 Paisley First project leader Melanie Hughes has developed the concept with the artists from the start and said: “Hopefully, this is the first of other murals in the town and we are excited to see the reaction of town centre businesses and the local community.”

Paisley First Chairman, Ian Henderson stated,

“This should help make the town centre more appealing to potential businesses and visitors, as well as to Buddies themselves.  It’s a project that will help breathe new life into the town and hopefully, raise its profile. Ultimately, we want this project to increase footfall and encourage people to spend money in local businesses.”

Ian said: “We asked local artists to submit their proposals for various locations around the town and we have had some terrific entries.”

“Some of Mark’s work can already be seen around the town in places such as Brown’s Lane where he has painted a spectacular mural on the outside wall of The Bungalow featuring Jimi Hendrix and John Lennon.”

“He has also painted another mural on one of the walls of the beer garden at the popular Paisley pub DeBeers and Mark produced the art work on the shutters of the music shop in Causeyside Street.”

Mascot Design Competition

Paisley First are looking for a budding young designer to design a new mascot for Paisley which will be used by Paisley First at lots of events, performances and activities to promote Paisley Town Centre.

If you think that you could come up with a brilliant costume design for our new mascot, then please send us your design and we shall choose the one we think is the best for what we are looking for.

This competition is open to all school children in Renfrewshire.

Download your application by clicking the following PF Mascot Design

Paisley Town Centre Parking

A number of our members have asked us to start the discussion on town centre parking and what we can do to make it easier for people to bring their car into Paisley town centre.  We have created a short online survey asking you to rate six statements and provide comments.

Please can you spare a few minutes and let us hear your views, top complete the survey please click here.