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.

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!

Paisley’s Got Talent – will you be our winner this summer?

The search is on…

We all know that Buddies are a talented bunch but do you have what it takes to win the Paisley First crown this summer?

As part of our Saturday schedule of free entertainment in the town centre during the school holidays, we are launching a talent competition to discover the next One Direction, Little Mix, Diversity, Kevin Bridges or David Copperfield!

It’s the event of the summer in Paisley so whatever your talent, you need to be in it to win it!

For more details and an entry form click HERE 

Paisley First artwork heralds new arrival at Gilmour Street Railway Station

Paisley’s vibrant art scene will shortly welcome a new arrival to the town with a new art project about to get underway inside the town’s main train station.

Paisley First, with the support of the Scotrail Alliance, has commissioned local artist Caroline Gormley to produce the first artwork for the walls on the corridors to Platforms 1 to 4 in Paisley Gilmour Street Railway Station.

Paisley First was inundated with entries for the walls but Caroline’s winning design emerged as a clear favourite among Gilmour Street station staff.

Read the full story 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…

Lady Lane mural gets underway as Made in the Mill mural takes centre stage in the town’s Lawn Street

Local artist Kevin Cantwell has been chosen to take charge of the next mural in the Paisley First Walls Series at Lady Lane.

Kevin’s design was judged to have met the brief for the wall at the side of the Co-op Funeralcare premises and perfectly encapsulated the spirit and tone that the wall owners were looking for.

The concept incorporates a tree with roots, the Paisley pattern and butterflies – all signifying birth and roots and re-birth, as well as a small marker to the slug in the bottle.

Meanwhile, another mural has already been completed in the town’s Lawn Street with a message from one of the town’s community groups taking centre stage.

Made in the Mill worked with Paisley based artist Duncan Wilson to create a design concept which raises awareness of mental health.

The group, an artists’ collective based in Mile End Mill Paisley and supported by the NHS, works with artists who use art and creativity as part of their recovery.

Artist Duncan Wilson, who completed the mural in just 10 days, said: “I always enjoy working outside on murals, it’s a great opportunity to talk to passers-by and local businesses about the project and to hear their positive feedback about how the mural’s developing.”

“I hope it also gives a voice to all the participants at Made in the Mill who took part in creating the design and that it conveys the message they wanted to share with Paisley.”

READ THE FULL STORY OF BOTH MURALS HERE

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.

Summer of Fun in Paisley town centre!

The Paisley First team is currently working on a programme of free family events to help bring families into the town centre on weekends during the school summer holidays.

More details will be released soon but plans include providing free children’s entertainment to help Paisley become the place to be this summer, for families looking to make the most of the holidays!

We are hoping our talented Buddie artists and musicians will also have a part to play in our Summer of Fun!

Watch this space….