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 is coming to Paisley town centre!

St. Vincent’s CarFest is coming into Paisley town centre this summer for a motoring extravaganza not to be missed!

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 even a land train!

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

This year’s CarFest was officially launched in Paisley town centre on Saturday 22nd April when the public got a taste of what’s to come with several cars and motorcycles on display at Gilmour Street.

Organised by MaxSafe Solutions and sponsored by Paisley First, the main event itself will take place in Paisley town centre on Saturday 17th June and offers free entertainment for all the family.

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

The cars will be on show at locations including County Square, The Cenotaph, High Street and Johnston Street from 10 am until 4 pm on 17th June.

Click here for the full story and to get a taster of some of the fantastic vehicles which will be on display…

Paisley First mascot winner gives school parent council cash boost!

The parent council at Williamsburgh Primary School has received a two hundred pounds cash boost after one of the school’s pupils won the Paisley First Mascot Competition.

Christopher McCall won the competition, chosen from hundreds of entries, with his colourful design…Paisley Lion!

As well as being able to see his mascot design brought to life, Christopher received a £25.00 prize and now as the winning school, Williamsburgh Primary School Parent Council has received a cheque for £200.00.

Paisley First Chairman Ian Henderson said:” It’s important to involve the children in all the positive projects we are working on to bring more people to the town centre.”

“It’s great that the parent council at Williamsburgh Primary School is able to benefit from the success of the school’s talented pupils.”

“We are all excited for next month when we will be welcoming Christopher’s winning design, Paisley Lion, to Paisley town centre.”

Head teacher Nova Scott said: “The children really enjoyed taking part in the mascot competition and we are so proud of Christopher and his winning design.”

“I am sure our fantastic parent council will have no shortage of ideas on how to spend the prize of £200, it is most welcome.”

See what happened when Paisley First Chairman Ian Henderson and Paisley First BID Manager Andrew Mitchell made a surprise visit to Christopher and his school friends in March to announce he had won the competition and award him with his prize…

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.

Next mural location revealed

We are looking for artists to submit design work for the latest project in our Paisley First Walls Series.

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

The wall at the side of the Co-op Funeral Care premises is smaller than our previous projects but offers a good size canvas for future artwork.

The concept should incorporate a tree with roots, the Paisley pattern and butterflies – all signifying birth and roots and re-birth.

Read more here

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….

The Lion Roars Again!

Artist Maureen Rocksmoore Photography by Andy Bell

A Lion is on its way back to Paisley this summer…and a local artist has been chosen to bring the lion magic back to life.

With the theme “Inspired by the town of Paisley and its people”, our judges have chosen Maureen Rocksmoore and her colourful design “Superbia – our pride is our strength” as the perfect lion legacy for Paisley town centre.

Maureen’s design is inspired by Paisley’s history of design and manufacturing which is renowned throughout the world.

To see Maureen’s winning design, read the full story here