Welcome to Paisley First

Paisley First is the non-profit organisation company 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.

Winner of our Mascot Design Competition Revealed!

The winner of the new Paisley First Mascot Design Competition has been revealed as ten-year-old Christopher McCall with his design…Paisley Lion!

Christopher, a primary six pupil from Williamsburgh Primary School, impressed judges with his colourful creation which was picked from the final shortlist of ten entries.

Paisley First received hundreds of entries for the competition from school children all across Renfrewshire.

The new mascot will be used by Paisley First at events, performances and activities, all promoting Paisley town centre as a great place to live, work and visit.

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 this week to announce he had won the competition…click here

The Pride of Paisley – A Lion roars again!

A Lion is on its way back to Paisley this summer…and the hunt is on for a local artist to help bring back the magic back to life.

Following the success of the Pride of Paisley Public Art Trail during the summer of 2016, Paisley First has been donated a lion by local company MacAsphalt.

Now Paisley First is looking to commission a local artist to name and paint this Lion which will take pride of place in Paisley town centre.

See more here

Paisley Restaurant Week is back for 2017!

Paisley Restaurant Week is back…bigger and better in 2017!

From a quick bite at lunch to great value pub grub, from sizzling steaks to the very best of Spanish and Italian cuisine…you can find it all, right in the heart of Paisley.

Organised by Paisley First in association with local businesses, Paisley Restaurant Week will be taking place in the town centre from Saturday 15th April to Sunday 23rd April 2017.

With more than 20 businesses taking part we have something to suit every occasion and budget…See the full story here 

The face of our next giant mural!

Seven-year-old Eva Rose Ross has been announced as the face of the next Paisley First giant mural!

The Paisley youngster was picked following the town’s Buddie competition, asking young people under 18 in Paisley to send in photographs in their best Buddie pose, as previously sketched by local artist Caroline Gormley.

The youngster will be commemorated on the next giant mural on the gable wall next to Allan’s Snack Bar on Storie Street, a popular fish and chip shop in the town.

Read the full story here 

Paisley First is stepping up the fight against increases in business rates by lodging appeals on behalf of its members within Paisley’s Business Improvement District.

In the next few weeks, BID members should start to receive 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.

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.”

“It’s important that our members are given every opportunity to reduce the amount they have to pay.”

“Keeping rates down will also help us in attracting new businesses to Paisley”.

Reducing a business’s rateable value will mean that they do not need to pay as much in rates, and also it may bring their rateable value within the Scottish Governments Small Business Bonus Scheme whereby properties with a rateable value of up to £15,000 will not be required to pay rates, and those properties with a rateable value of £15,001 to £18,000 will receive a 25% discount.

In order to see how these new business rates affect you, please contact BID Manager Andrew Mitchell as soon as you receive notification of your 2017 Valuation Notice. Andrew can be contacted at 0141 237 8120 or by email at andrew@paisleyfirst.com.

Please click here for our Business Rates Information Sheet.