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.

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.

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.

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.

Click HERE for more details

Are you a Paisley First BID member?
Come to our Open Evening at The Wynd Centre on Monday 26th March from 5 pm until 7 pm.
Talk to the team, hear more about our upcoming projects and tell us what you would like to see happening to improve our town centre.

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!



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…