About Paisley First

Paisley First is here to encourage all businesses, residents and visitors to “Think Paisley First”.

As a business-led collaboration initiative, Paisley First is here to work, for and on behalf of, Paisley businesses to help create a better business environment, a more attractive town centre for residents and visitors and safe place to work and live.

Business Improvement District

The Paisley First Business Improvement District is a non-profit organisation comprised of more than 600 businesses from within Paisley town centre. A business led collaboration made up of commercial tenants and property owners, investing their hard earned cash in promoting business development and improving an area’s quality of life. Businesses within a defined area work together and invest collectively in priority issues they themselves have identified and agreed upon. There is a range of issues that BIDs across the world seek to address, from reducing business costs, making town centres safer and cleaner to implementing proactive marketing and promotional campaigns allied to events, which create new platforms for economic growth.

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 town centre. Paisley First offers a range of business projects for local businesses as well as public events for visitors such as Pride of Paisley, WinterFest, The Nutcracker Trail and Jurassic Bricks.

The Paisley First Annual General Meeting will be held on Monday 2nd September 2019 at 5.30pm in The Wynd Centre at  School Wynd.

The AGM is open to all BID Members and is your opportunity to offer feedback on previous and existing projects, find out what we have planned for the remainder of the year and for you to put forward your suggestions on how we can improve Paisley Town Centre for both our BID Members and visitors.

Ahead of the Paisley First renewal ballot later this year, National Programme Director of Scotland’s Improvement Districts, Phil Prentice, will be our guest speaker.

You can see a copy of the Paisley First Financial Statement for the Year ended 31st March 2019 by clicking HERE.

We are also able to appoint new Directors to the Paisley First Board on the evening. This includes three existing Directors who are seeking re-election.

The process for appointing a director is:

Prospective Board Member should complete and return their nomination form by 17th August 2019. Nomination forms are available HERE.

All nominees’ details will be collated and circulated to all BID Members by 24th August 2019.

The Paisley First office is situated at 1 County Place, just across from the main entrance to Paisley Gilmour Street Train Station. We are open 9 am to 5 pm Mondays to Fridays and members are welcome to pop in any time to discuss any queries they may have. Alternatively please contact the team at ask@paisleyfirst.com or call 0141 237 8120.

Paisley First

Our Staff

Natalie McShane

BID Manager

Avril McKechnie

Projects Officer

Stacey Smith

Projects Officer

The Board

Our Directors

Paisley First Business Improvement District is managed by a Board of Directors comprising owners of businesses located within the BID area. The Board also includes local council officials and non-voting members.

Colette Cardosi

Chair

Cardosi’s & Pendulum

Mary Crearie

Renfrewshire Council

Fiona McLean

Iconic Fitness

Elaine Templeton

Tastebuds Paisley

Scott Darroch

Piazza Shopping Centre

Joe Bisland

Vice-Chair

Whitecart Co.

Ken MacDonald

Houston Kiltmakers

Jason Smith

The Gantry

Elaine Fairfull

Fairfull Cafe

Advisors to the Board

Matt Hillin

Tom Johnston

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