Paisley First Business Training

Paisley First Business Training

Following the success of last year’s Social Media and First Aid Training evenings, we have organised a number of popular training sessions in 2019.

January – Licence Refresher Training

A significant number of town centre licensed premises have licence holders who are due to renew their ten-year licence. As a result, Paisley First organised the necessary refresher licence training in January 2019. The half-day refresher training course was the appropriate course to take for both the requirement to undertake updated refresher training after five years and the requirement to apply to renew licences. All 20 of the licence holders successfully passed the training and have received their official certification to be included in their applications which will be submitted well ahead of the May 2019 deadline.

February – Action Counters Terrorism Training 

ACT  Awareness training was carried out to give local businesses an overview of current security issues and steps that business owners could take to help make Paisley safer. The course included an introduction to Counter Terrorism, a discussion around the current threat level, how to identify and respond to suspicious behaviour, how to deal with suspicious items, bomb threats and how to respond to a firearms or weapons attack. The ACT Awareness session was delivered by Police Scotland’s Renfrewshire and Inverclyde Counter Terrorism Liaison Officer, ensuring relevant local information was included.

March – Food Allergens Training

Paisley First arranged Food Allergens Training for those businesses in the town centre who work in the hospitality industry and serve food. The course was delivered by West College Scotland and included Allergy Awareness & The Law, Staff Training: Allergy Awareness Certificate, The 14 Recognised Allergens, Hidden Allergens: Where To Find Them, Group Discussion – Case Study, How To Inform The Customer, Allergen Advice Sheets, Labelling Advice and Good Housekeeping & Safe Storage.

April – First Aid Training 

Back by popular demand, Willie Chrystal of MaxSafe Solutions returned with another First Aid Training Session. This course involves Basic Life Support including the use of an AED (Automatic External Defib) as well as how to deal with someone who is suffering from a cut or a burn, or who is choking or bleeding, as well as CPR. The response to the course was so great that two further sessions have been arranged for May and June

May – First Aid Training Session 2

May – Wellbeing in the Workplace – Mindfulness for Businesses

Paisley First  arranged for Mindfulness Training for local businesses and staff in the Wynd Centre on Monday 20th May 2019 from 5.30pm until 7.30pm. Delivered by Dr Alan Curley, by the end of this course, participants had an overview and knowledge of the benefits of mindfulness including – Workplace Settings where mindfulness has been used, Understanding the effect of thoughts and emotions on our physiology, wellbeing and our behaviours, Identifying external and internal stress triggers,  Demonstrate mindfulness techniques and how to use these techniques in workplace settings, Improve the ability to focus the mind for prolonged periods of time, How To alter thoughts and emotions using anchoring techniques and How to identify key mindfulness skills used to reduce daily stress and enhance mental wellbeing in the workplace.

June – First Aid Training Session 3

June – Social Media Training 

Another popular training course is our Social Media Training – Gary Ennis was back at the Wynd Centre on Monday 17th June, highlighting the do’s and don’ts of Facebook, Twitter and the rise of Instagram, and showing you how to maximise interest in your business by targeting the right audience. If you don’t know your tweets from your posts, this one is for you!

October  – Fire Safety Training

Fire Warden and Marshal training took place on Tuesday 8th October at the Wynd from 5.30pm until 9.30pm.

This courses covered

  • Health & Safety and Fire legislation
  • The basic chemistry of combustion, fire travel, and its differing classes
  • Causes of fires and their prevention
  • Emergency lighting
  • Fixed firefighting equipment
  • Evacuation procedures, assembly points, and fire drills
  • Fire alarm systems
  • Fire hazards and identification
  • Routine fire safety inspections and maintaining a fire log
  • Risk assessment awareness
  • Extinguisher recognition and use (theory and practical)

October – Food Hygiene Training

We also facilitated two courses of REHIS Elementary Food Hygiene Course – Level 2 which needed to be split across two evenings on Monday 21st and Monday 28th October  at the Wynd from 6pm – 8.30pm or Tuesday 22nd and Tuesday 29th October, again at the Wynd from 6pm – 8.30pm.

This Level 2 course has been designed to help anyone who handles, prepares or serves food in the catering or hospitality industry understand their legal responsibilities and know what constitutes best practice in regards to controlling food safety hazards, controlling temperatures, food storage, food preparation, personal hygiene and premises cleaning.

By law, all food handlers must have an understanding of the basic principles of food hygiene and know how to work safely so as to protect the food they serve from contamination.

We are now planning our Business Training Courses for 2020, please get in touch with the team if you have a suggestion for a training course for town centre businesses, please call the Paisley First Team on 0141 237 8120 or email us now at