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.

Jurassic Bricks is coming to Paisley town centre!

Paisley is the place to be this summer!

Paisley First presents Jurassic Bricks – a free, interactive LEGO® Brick Dinosaur Trail!

From Saturday 30th June until Sunday 12th August, there will be 15 large dinosaurs made out of Lego bricks on the trail plus two interactive play zones, a selfie zone and a find the Hidden Dinosaur Competition!

Find the names of all the dinosaurs to win prizes plus take part in our Golden Ticket Competition to win £250 of Paisley town centre gift vouchers!

Download our Love Paisley town centre loyalty app to save money with great gift and shopping offers plus tasty deals for lunch and dinner too!

Come to Paisley for a great family day out this summer!

More details coming soon!

St Vincent’s Hospice CarFest returns to Paisley town centre

St Vincent’s Hospice is bringing its hugely popular CarFest into the town centre once again on Saturday 16th June and a fun day out for all the family is guaranteed!

There will be classic, vintage and specialist custom cars on show, as well as muscle cars, supercars and emergency vehicles, not to mention motorbikes and Remote Control Cars!

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

This is the fifth year of St. Vincent’s CarFest and its second visit to the town centre with all funds raised on the day supporting St. Vincent’s Hospice in Howwood

The event is organised by MaxSafe and sponsored by Paisley First.

Graeme McGowan of MSM Solicitors in Paisley has been elected the new Chairman of Paisley First. Graeme was elected following the decision of Ian Henderson, of Henderson Properties, to step down from the role after two years in charge.

Ian Henderson said:”It has been a pleasure to serve on the Board of Paisley First and I would like to take this opportunity to record my thanks to you all for your support.

“I wish you all the best in your future endeavours.”

Speaking after his election to Chairman of Paisley First, Graeme McGowan said: “I would like to thank my fellow Directors for electing me as Chairman of Paisley First. I would also like to pay tribute to the tremendous contribution of Ian Henderson during his period as Chairman.

“Ian took on the chair at a difficult time for Paisley First and has significantly strengthened the organisation while delivering projects like the Pride of Paisley and Winterfest. I hope that we can continue to build on these achievements and ensure that every business in Paisley town centre benefits from the work of Paisley First.”

Golden Ticket Competition to Launch new Paisley Loyalty App

Visitors to Paisley are being encouraged to Shop Local with the launch of a new loyalty app which will offer Love Paisley deals, discounts and special promotions in a wide range of town centre businesses all year round!

Paisley First has teamed up with LoyalFree – the digital loyalty app – to help promote local Paisley businesses.

And to celebrate the launch this Easter, a Golden Ticket prize draw will see six lucky winners each winning £250 worth of Paisley town centre gift vouchers. The Golden Ticket Competition will run from 29th March until 16th April with a large number of Paisley First BID businesses participating in the special Easter holiday competition. See HERE for more details of the Golden Ticket Competition.

Meanwhile, visitors to Paisley will benefit from the app 365 days a year with a wide range of special promotions offered by local retail businesses, as well as food and drink, and health, hair and beauty outlets. Click HERE for further information.

Say hello to summer with our free hanging baskets!

Our Hanging Baskets scheme is returning to add a splash of summer colour to the streets of Paisley this summer.

For more information on how to receive your free hanging baskets click HERE

Have a great idea for an event or project that will encourage visitors to Paisley?

Then Paisley First wants to hear from you…

We are now accepting applications for Paisley First Sponsorship.

Paisley First is committed to improving Paisley town centre with the main objective being to increase footfall to the town and maximise business opportunities for Paisley First BID Levy Payers.

We are aiming to promote Paisley as a visitor destination by

  • making customers think of Paisley as the go-to place for their shopping, dining and entertainment and leisure needs
  • provide great experiences for visitors to the town
  • re-creating a trading environment where business can flourish
  • encouraging other new businesses to locate and invest in the town

We will consider applications for sponsorship from organisations who feel that their project or event would help support the achievement of these objectives by attracting additional footfall to Paisley town centre.

For more details and an application form click HERE

Paisley Retains Purple Flag Status

Paisley town centre has successfully retained its Purple Flag status following an application for interim renewal.

Purple Flag is a town and city centre award – similar to the Blue Flag for beaches – which aims to raise the standard and broaden the appeal of town and city centres between the hours of 5.00pm and 5.00am.

The award is seen as the benchmark for good night time destinations – areas awarded the Purple Flag are recognised for providing a vibrant and diverse mix of dining, entertainment and culture while promoting the safety and well-being of visitors and local residents.

Recent projects have included the Paisley Purple Flag Student Discount card.

Read the full story HERE

Love Christmas? Love Paisley!

Paisley First WinterFest has now finished!

Thanks to everyone for their tremendous support…we hoped you enjoyed this inaugural event as much as we did!

Did you make it onto our WinterFest Wall of Fame? Check out our picture gallery HERE

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Spotlight on Paisley’s Vibrant Businesses…

Paisley town centre has a wealth of shops, eateries and service companies to cater to your every need.

From bars, restaurants and coffee shops to hair and beauty salons, independent boutiques, jewellers, gift shops and two shopping centres not to mention services and outlets for everything you may need for your home.

In addition, there is a range of professional service companies from dentists to plumbers and financial experts.

Paisley is also known for its rich cultural heritage and has a great theatre and live music scene.

With the stunning Paisley Abbey and the highest number of listed buildings in Scotland outside of Edinburgh, Paisley really does have it all!

See our videos below for a taster of what’s on offer…Rediscover Paisley today!

Business Improvement Grant

Paisley First’s Shop (or business) Front Improvement Grant is still open for applications, so if you are thinking about improving the front of your business now is the time to do it.

We have allocated £20,000 for this improvement project and our application process is quick and easy to complete.

To apply for your grant, all you have to do is let us know what improvements you plan to carry out, obtain two quotations for the proposed work and we will let you know within 14 days if we can support your improvements.

To find out more please click here or download the application form 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!