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.

Summer of Fun in Paisley town centre!

Paisley is the place to be this summer with free entertainment for all the family every Saturday!

Pirate Pete kicks off the fun at 11 am at County Square on Saturday, 15th July, for two hours of non-stop, a madcap mix of music, magic and jokes.

Then at 1.30pm – 3.30pm the main event – the first heat of Paisley First’s Paisley’s Got Talent competition!

Who will make it through to the Grand Final on 26th August?

From 3.30pm to 5 pm there will be tales of adventure from Village Storytelling and from 1.30pm – 4.30pm there will also be face painting and balloon modelling too!

And don’t forget, Buddie the Paisley Lion will also be popping in to say hello!

Fun for all the family!

We’ll be taking a break on Saturday 22nd July for the Paisley Pipe Band Championships and Paisley Arts Centre’s 30th Anniversary Celebrations but we’ll be back at County Square on Saturday 29th July for more fun and the second heat of Paisley’s Got Talent!

For full details click HERE. 

Paisley’s Got Talent – will you be our winner this summer?

The search is on…

We all know that Buddies are a talented bunch but do you have what it takes to win the Paisley First crown this summer?

As part of our Saturday schedule of free entertainment in the town centre during the school holidays, we are launching a talent competition to discover the next One Direction, Little Mix, Diversity, Kevin Bridges or David Copperfield!

It’s the event of the summer in Paisley so whatever your talent, you need to be in it to win it!

For more details and an entry form click HERE 

Paisley First artwork heralds new arrival at Gilmour Street Railway Station

Have you seen the amazing transformation taking place inside Paisley’s main railway station yet?

Paisley First, with the support of the Scotrail Alliance, has commissioned local artist Caroline Gormley to produce the first artwork for the walls on the corridors to Platforms 1 to 4 in Paisley Gilmour Street Railway Station.

Paisley First was inundated with entries for the walls but Caroline’s winning design emerged as a clear favourite among Gilmour Street station staff.

Along with co-artist Sandy Guy, Caroline has now become the main attraction at the station as commuters watch the mural develop every day.

Read the full story HERE

Makers Space comes to Paisley

Paisley First is putting the finishing touches to a plan to boost creativity in the town’s artisan sector with the creation of a dedicated Makers Space.

This exciting new project will unleash Paisley potential by providing local artisans, artists or traders with a physical space for open collaboration, idea creation, prototyping and even selling.

Paisley First has secured the use of the former church at 5 Wellmeadow Street.

Renovation works are due to begin during July and the first makers are scheduled to move in at the end of September.

For the full story please click HERE

CarFest 2017!

St. Vincent’s CarFest came to Paisley town centre last Saturday for the motoring extravaganza of the year!

There was classic, vintage and specialist custom cars on show, as well as muscle cars, supercars and emergency vehicles, not to mention motorbikes and free rickshaw rides!

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

The sun even came out to shine!

Read the full story,  see all the pictures and watch the CarFest movie  HERE!

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…

Lady Lane and Lawn Street murals completed!

Local artist Kevin Cantwell has completed the next mural in the Paisley First Walls Series at Lady Lane.

This stunning work incorporates a tree with roots, the Paisley pattern and butterflies – all signifying birth and roots and re-birth, as well as a small marker to the slug in the bottle.

David Eagle, Regional Operations Manager for Co-op Funeralcare who own the wall which now proudly displays the mural, said: “We were delighted when our funeral home was identified as the next location for a mural and it’s been great to be involved with such an inspiring community project.”

Artist Kevin Cantwell said: “It’s been fantastic to see the murals appear, they really do add to the vibrancy of the town.”

“It’s always great to see art bringing happiness to people and making them smile.”

The Paisley First Walls Series is part-funded with a grant through Renfrewshire’s Culture, Heritage and Events Fund.

Meanwhile, another mural has already been completed in the town’s Lawn Street with a message from one of the town’s community groups taking centre stage.

Made in the Mill worked with Paisley based artist Duncan Wilson to create a design concept which raises awareness of mental health.

The group, an artists’ collective based in Mile End Mill Paisley and supported by the NHS, works with artists who use art and creativity as part of their recovery.

Artist Duncan Wilson, who completed the mural in just 10 days, said: “I always enjoy working outside on murals, it’s a great opportunity to talk to passers-by and local businesses about the project and to hear their positive feedback about how the mural’s developing.”

“I hope it also gives a voice to all the participants at Made in the Mill who took part in creating the design and that it conveys the message they wanted to share with Paisley.”

READ THE FULL STORY OF BOTH MURALS HERE

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.