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.

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…

The new stars of Storie Street

The latest mural in the Paisley First Wall Series has been completed with one local youngster taking centre stage in promoting the town’s proud heritage.

Seven-year-old Eva Rose Ross from Paisley won the competition to be commemorated on the gable wall next to Allan’s Snack Bar on Storie Street, a popular fish and chip shop in the town.

Local artist Caroline Gormley and co-artist Sandy Guy have been braving sunshine and snow for the last couple of weeks to complete the “Buddie” artwork.

Caroline said: “This mural encourages young people to be curious and to engage with their rich heritage. Hopefully, it will inspire them.”

Eva Rose, who attends St Fergus Primary School, said: “I love everything about Paisley and I still can’t believe that a mural of me is now part of the town.”

“I think it looks great and I am proud that I am playing my part in helping to promote Paisley as a great place to visit.”

Read the full story here 

Artwork will herald new arrivals at Gilmour Street

There is just a little over a week left to get your artwork submitted for the Gilmour Street Railway Station Artworks Project.

We would like to commission four artists to produce separate artworks for the interior walls on the corridors to Platforms 1 to 4 in Paisley Gilmour Street Railway Station.

We are looking for artists who can design and produce a high-quality artwork that reflects Paisley’s vibrant culture using rail travel as a point of departure.

The aim is to provide a welcoming environment for people using the station, brighten up a long corridor and to engage travellers.

See 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 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

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.

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.

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, or to begin the appeals process, please contact BID Manager Andrew Mitchell as soon as possible on 0141 237 8120 or by email at andrew@paisleyfirst.com.

Please click here for our Business Rates Information Sheet.