Welcome to Paisley First

Paisley First is the non-profit organisation set up to deliver a BID (Business Improvement District) in Paisley Town Centre in an effort to revitalise the town centre and strengthen the town’s business environment.

Paisley First works for and on behalf of Paisley businesses to help create a better business environment, a more attractive town centre for residents and visitors and a safe place to work and live.

Paisley First comprises of more than 600 businesses from within Paisley town centre made up of commercial tenants and property owners, investing their hard earned cash in promoting business development and improving the area’s quality of life.

Love Christmas? Love Paisley!

Paisley First is bringing a Winter Wonderland to the streets of Paisley town centre this Christmas!

The town centre Business Improvement District is working with M&D Events to stage a four week Christmas spectacular in the town.

Plans include an ice rink, the panoramic Star Flyer ride, continental style market and other family attractions as the town looks to attract visitors and shoppers from further afield.

Paisley First is also holding a free festive Nutcracker Trail with 10 nutcracker kings spread throughout the town from Saturday 2nd December until Saturday 16th December.

Get the full story HERE

Paisley First backs 2021 Bid!

l-r; Paisley First Director Ken MacDonald, Paisley 2021 Bid Director Jean Cameron, Paisley First Director Thomas Sinclair, Paisley First Vice-Chair Graeme McGowan, Provost Lorraine Cameron, Paisley First Director Colette Cardosi and Paisley First Chairman Ian Henderson

Paisley First is backing the town’s bid to be named UK City of Culture 2021 as an official sponsor!

Paisley First has joined a wide range of companies who have agreed to provide funding should the town take the title.

Paisley First Chairman, Ian Henderson, said: “There is a real feeling of positivity on the streets of the town centre and this is in no small part due to the success of Paisley being shortlisted for the UK City of Culture 2021.

“Everyone at Paisley First is working hard to help confirm Paisley’s reputation as a business location and further enhance the town centre as a visitor destination.

“It’s vital that all businesses work together now to support the Paisley 2021 team as they enter the final stages in their bid to be appointed UK City of Culture, what a boost that would be for the town.

“Paisley First is backing the bid as an official sponsor as securing this title would bring great economic benefits to the area in the run-up to 2021 and the impact of its legacy will be felt for many years beyond.”

Paisley 2021 Bid Director Jean Cameron said: “The response we have had from businesses both locally and with international links has been phenomenal and we are delighted to welcome Paisley First as one of our valued sponsors.

“It works for and on behalf of literally hundreds of local businesses and so to have a commitment from them just shows the scale of the support for the bid as we head towards a decision.

“Local businesses recognise both the economic and cultural benefits of a winning bid to the town. Since Hull took the title in 2017, it has seen £1bn of investment with the city attracting 1.4m visitors in just the first three months of the year.”

The UK Government’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport is due to announce the UK City of Culture 2021 winner next month. The other shortlisted contenders are Coventry, Stoke, Sunderland and Swansea.

Renfrewshire Provost Lorraine Cameron also welcomed the latest sponsor and added: “It’s great to see an organisation with the reach of Paisley First locally come on board as we head towards a decision on UK City of Culture 2021.”

To date, the Paisley 2021 bid has attracted 13 bid sponsors, including internationally-important names such as Glasgow Airport, intu Braehead, drinks giants Diageo and Chivas Brothers as well as the world’s largest thread manufacturers, Coats PLC.

Leading science company Thermo Fisher Scientific, Paisley based Mac Asphalt and Clark Contracts and the Scottish Leather Group have all also thrown their weight behind the bid.

Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce, Morrison Construction and the Gordon Leslie Group have all also pledged their support to back the town’s ambitions.

Makers Space taking shape!

The new Paisley First Makers Space at Wellmeadow Street is taking shape, as part of a plan to boost creativity in the town’s artisan sector.

Renovation works at the old church began in July and the first makers are scheduled to move in next month.

The Makers Space will provide spaces where members share available tools and resources and a dedicated space whereby parties can sell their arts, crafts and wares to the general public.

Spaces will be available on easy terms and we aim to have the site bustling with a wide variety of artisans by the end of this year.

See the full story HERE

Paisley First Mural Series moves to Incle Street!

Paisley First has received some fantastic entries for the latest project in our Paisley First Walls Series.

Following on from the success of our recent murals in the town’s Johnston Street, Storie Street, Lawn Street and Lady Lane, we are now moving to Incle Street.

The wall at the side of Elma Whyte School of Dancing is one of the most prominent locations in the town as a main thoroughfare for traffic in and out of the town.

As a means of reflecting something of the town’s artistic heritage, of which the dance school is a part, the concept had to include a dominant yet uncluttered and contemporary paisley Pattern motif which forms the major part of design background.

Set into this pattern, there should be a clear symbol of the rich history of dance training which is synonymous with the building and throughout the town.

The winning entry will be revealed soon!

READ THE FULL STORY OF THE PAISLEY FIRST MURALS HERE

         

Our Paisley’s Got Talent winner has been crowned!

Congratulations to our 13-year old Hollie Robinson who received a cheque for £1,000.00 and the coveted Paisley’s Got Talent trophy for 2017!

Hollie made it through to the final at Paisley’s County Square on Saturday 26th August and was voted the outright winner of our summer long talent competition!

Hollie sang an original song, entitled The Radio,  for her first performance in the final whilst also playing the guitar and Aerosmith’s I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing was her choice for her second and final performance.

Read the full story of our Grand Final HERE

Paisley First artwork heralds new arrival at Gilmour Street Railway Station

Paisley’s vibrant art scene has welcomed a new arrival to the town with the completion of a Paisley First mural inside the town’s main train station.

Paisley First, with the support of the ScotRail Alliance, commissioned local artist Caroline Gormley to produce an artwork for a wall on the corridor to Platforms 1 to 4 in Paisley Gilmour Street Railway Station.

Commuters and visitors to the town have been amazed as they watched the transformation during the summer as Caroline and co-artist Sandy Guy worked tirelessly on the wall.

The talented duo have painted iconic people, places and historic moments from the town’s past – everything from a mill girl, a burning witch and Gerry Rafferty to Fulton Mackay, the Russell Institute and the Hillman Imp car.

Read the full story HERE

CarFest 2017!

St. Vincent’s CarFest came to Paisley town centre last Saturday for the motoring extravaganza of the year!

There was classic, vintage and specialist custom cars on show, as well as muscle cars, supercars and emergency vehicles, not to mention motorbikes and free rickshaw rides!

As well as treats for motor enthusiasts, there was plenty of family-friendly fun with fairground rides, children’s entertainment, stalls, tombola and a prize raffle.

The sun even came out to shine!

Read the full story,  see all the pictures and watch the CarFest movie  HERE!

The Pride of Paisley…our new lion landmark!

Have you seen Superbia yet?

Our Lion legacy has taken Pride of place in Paisley town centre!

With the theme “Inspired by the town of Paisley and its people”, local artist Maureen Rocksmoore was commissioned to bring her colourful design “Superbia – our pride is our strength” to life as a permanent lion landmark.

Superbia has now taken its place among the rest of the town’s landmarks near the Cenotaph on High Street.

Maureen, a renowned visual arts specialist born and living in Paisley, created a design inspired by Paisley’s history of design and manufacturing which is renowned throughout the world.

For the full story and to see more images of Superbia click HERE

Buddie the Paisley Lion is here!

The new Paisley First Mascot has been revealed to the Paisley school boy who helped bring him to life.

Eleven-year-old Christopher McCall, a primary six pupil from Williamsburgh Primary School, won the mascot competition earlier this year with his design…Paisley Lion!

Paisley First received hundreds of entries for the competition from school children all across Renfrewshire but Christopher impressed judges with his colourful creation which was picked from the final shortlist of ten entries.

Paisley Lion, already earning the nickname Buddie, will make his first public appearance at St Vincent’s Hospice CarFest in the town centre this Saturday.

But before then, he popped into Williamsburgh Primary School to say hello to Christopher and his classmates.

So what did Christopher think of his creation? Click HERE to find out…

Paisley First is calling on BID members to help them step up the fight against increases in business rates by lodging appeals before it’s too late.

BID members should have now received their 2017 Business Rates Valuation Notice from the Scottish Assessor.

Businesses only have six months to appeal these new rateable values otherwise, they will be locked into them for the next five years. The published deadline for submitting appeals is 30th September 2017.

Paisley First has appointed Colliers International, who are experts in the field of business ratings, to work with all BID members who are facing an increase in their business rates to ensure that they are not squeezed out of business. Please click here for our updated May 2017 Business Rates Information Sheet.

Paisley First Chairman Ian Henderson said:” If your business rates have increased and you wish to lodge an appeal, it is imperative that you contact Paisley First as soon as possible so we can get Colliers International working on each case straight away.”

“This service is being provided at no extra cost to BID Members. Colliers will complete all the necessary paperwork and meet with the assessors on behalf of each business – all the BID member has to do is give Paisley First written permission that Colliers can act on their behalf.”

In order to see how these new business rates affect you, or to begin the appeals process, please contact BID Manager Andrew Mitchell as soon as possible on 0141 237 8120.

Alternatively click here to complete our information request form and return to either andrew@paisleyfirst.com or send directly to Colliers by emailing louise.downs@colliers.com.