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Inverclyde Business News Round-Up 03/06/19

Above: Ri's Andrew Bowman welcomes the CMI Offshore Team to Inverclyde


CMI Offshore Group’s Arrival In Port Glasgow Gives A Further Boost To Inverclyde’s Growing Marine Sector

Riverside Inverclyde has welcomed CMI Offshore Group (CMI), the owner and global operator of a 25-strong offshore fleet, to Scarlow House Business Centre in Port Glasgow. CMI currently has six members of staff working at nearby Ferguson Marine on the development of its Air Cushioned Barge (ACB) for NCOC in Kazakhstan.

Source: Riverside Inverclyde - 31 May 2019


Ferguson Marine Receive Prestigious Green Innovation Award

The world’s largest sustainability awards, Greentech Festival's 2019 Green Awards were held in Berlin last week and Ferguson Marine Engineering (FME) won ‘Innovation of the Year’ for their work on the ground-breaking project, HySeas III.

Source: Ferguson Marine Engineering - 28 May 2019


Greenock’s Historic Custom House Moves To Full Occupancy As It Welcomes Bright, New Architectural Practice

Riverside Inverclyde’s marquee Custom House property in Greenock has welcomed its newest tenant, a growing young architecture practice, and is now fully let. Nicholson McShane Architects (NMA) has taken the last remaining 650 sq ft at the Grade A-listed bulging, increasing space by 50% on the practice’s previous office accommodation. 

Source: Riverside Inverclyde - 27 May 2019


Developers Say Bridge Upgrade Could Delay Works At Former Ravenscraig Hospital By Two Years

Link Housing Ltd, who were narrowly granted permission in March to go ahead with the social housing development on the contaminated land, had been told to upgrade a bridge over the railway line at the site before starting construction work. But the social housing landlords have returned to the board, arguing that this would mean a delay of up to two years.

Source: Greenock Telegraph - 31 May 2019


Above: Three Sisters Bake celebrate the opening of The Cake Bar


The Cake Bar In Glasgow Is Three Sisters Bake's New Instagram- worthy Spot

Calling all cake lovers. Scotland’s famous baking siblings, Three Sisters Bake, has arrived on Great Western Road in Glasgow with a brand new ‘little sister’ store. The Cake Bar opened on 1st May at 201 Great Western Road, offering ice-cream sundaes, hot brownies, tray bakes and celebration cakes.

Source: Taste Inverclyde - 27 May 2019


Beacon Bistro To Close

The Beacon Arts Centre has decided to close its bistro operation. Five employees have been advised that they will lose their jobs when the bistro operation ends on Friday 31 May 2019. Bar facilities will continue and will be staffed by casual workers.

Source: Taste Inverclyde - 30 May 2019


Traffic Disruption Expected

Inverclyde Council has called on the national transport agency responsible for the trunk road network across Scotland to get its act together. The move comes after it was revealed that work on the A78 trunk road at Inverkip Road is going to be set at one way traffic lights just weeks after the agency agreed not to do this. 

Source: Inverclyde Council - 31 May 2019


Above: Some of Inverclyde's Food and Drink businesses come together to launch the new 2019 guide (Pic: Greenock Telegraph)


New Magazine To Promote The Best Places To Eat And Drink In Inverclyde Has All The Right Ingredients

The new food and drink guide, launched by Taste Inverclyde and the Greenock Telegraph, showcases the outstanding cafes, bars and restaurants that the area has to offer. As well as interviews with local food and drinks experts and handy culinary hints and tips, it features a listings section and maps to help every reader find something that tantalises their tastebuds.

Source: Taste Inverclyde - 1 June 2019


CVS Inverclyde Chief Executive To Leave

CVS Inverclyde Chief Executive, Ian Bruce, is to leave his position after nearly ten years at the helm to take up a new role as Chief Executive with Glasgow CVS (GCVS). Ian will take over from current Chief Executive Helen Macneil, who retires at the end of June.

Source: CVS Inverclyde - 31 May 2019


Momentous Night As Ferguson Marine Picks Up Two Awards At Scottish Renewables Young Professionals Green Energy Awards

Nine up-and-coming green energy stars have been honoured at the 2019 Young Professionals Green Energy Awards last night (May 30) with Ferguson Marine Engineering scooping two awards.

Source: Riverside Inverclyde - 31 May 2019


Electric Bike-share Scheme Launch For Tenants

Inverclyde's first electric bike sharing scheme has been launched, for tenants of a local housing association. Active travel project Community Tracks Inverclyde and Cloch Housing Association, Greenock, are working together on the pilot initiative. Its hoped the service can be expanded to other groups.

Source: Inverclyde Now - 30 May 2019


Above: Nigel Ovens accepts the award for Best Scotch Product


Success For McCaskie's Butchers At Scotland Food And Drink Excellence Awards

Nigel Ovens, of Mearns T McCaskie, is celebrating success at the prestigious Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards 2019 in recognition of his unsmoked dry cure back bacon. The breakfast favourite was crowned best Scotch product at the event in Edinburgh on Thursday.

Source: Taste Inverclyde - 30 May 2019


Employability Advisor Receives Top Award

Leeann Jenkinson, who works at West College Scotland, celebrated her 40th birthday in style after scooping the top award in the Support at Work category at the Scottish learning Disability Awards. Leeann last year helped local man Sean Devlin land his first job, working at the new Inverkip Community Hub.

Source: Greenock Telegraph - 29 May 2019


Inverclyde Gardening Events Have Funding Cut

In a double blow, both the flagship annual Gardenfest and ever-popular Port Glasgow Bulb Show have both been scrapped because of budget cuts with Inverclyde Council offering support for new operators.

Source: Greenock Telegraph - 31 May 2019


'Par-tee' Time At Gourock Golf Club

A host of famous faces such as TV presenter Gail Porter and football stars Rab Douglas, Andy Goram, Jim McAlister, Gary Harkins and Sean Crighton teed off at the annual Creditfix Charity Golf Day at Gourock Golf Club on Monday. 

Source: Greenock Telegraph - 30 May 2019


Pupils Visit The New Chocolate Company

Pupils from Port Glasgow High School enjoyed a behind the scenes tour of The New Chocolate Company headquarters at Riverside Inverclyde’s Kelburn Business Park. The visit was part of the school’s Skills Academy, which aims to inspire pupils who have just finished their exams.

Source: Taste Inverclyde - 31 May 2019


Above: Sophie Baker shares her winning flag for James Watt Dock Marina (Pic: Greenock Telegraph)


New Flag For James Watt Dock Marina As Schoolgirl Wins Competition

A schoolgirl is raising the standard at a historic Greenock Harbour - after winning an Inverclyde-wide flag design competition. Sophie Baker, a pupil at St John's Primary in Port Glasgow, had her nautical-themed ensign chosen from almost 300 entries to fly at the entrance to James Watt Dock Marina.

Source: Riverside Inverclyde - 29 May 2019


Great Get-together In June 2019

Community groups are being urged to ‘get together’ as part of a celebration of the life of Jo Cox MP. For, Inverclyde Council is supporting the ‘Great Get Together’ on 21 – 23 June 2019 and is offering to fund to local groups and residents hosting events that weekend.

Source: Inverclyde Council - 29 May 2019


Inverclyde Launches Scotland’s First Autism Friendly Library Service

Local autism awareness campaigner, Laura Graham, has given Inverclyde Council’s her seal of approval after it set up Scotland’s first autism-friendly library service as part of its Au-some libraries project. The project is intended to provide children and adults, who are on the Autistic spectrum, with a calm, quiet place to relax and enjoy books, reading and other activities. 

Source: Inverclyde Council - 29 May 2019


Amazon Gourock Gift To Inverkip School

Inverkip Primary School has received a donation of £500, water bottles, lanyards and pens from the Amazon fulfilment centre in Gourock. The donation was delivered to the pupils by members of the Amazon team during a recent assembly which also celebrated the recent achievements of the athletics team. 

Source: Inverclyde Now - 1 June 2019


Inverclyde Business News Round-Up 27/05/2019 

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Source: Riverside Inverclyde - 27 May 2019



THE CÒIG | The Shiel Workshop and Tourism Business Seminar -  6 June 2019 - Free

The Còig project is an exciting new tourism route initiative for Ayrshire, Firth of Clyde and the Clyde Islands created with the aim of promoting business growth and raising awareness of these areas to a global audience.

The Heritage Workshop is for historical, heritage and cultural groups and individuals. This workshop is designed to help identify points of historical interest and to share local knowledge and information about these locations with visitors to The Còig. This workshop runs from 10.00am to 12.00 noon with all interested parties are welcome to join.

The Còig Business Seminar is for tourism-related businesses and tourism group members. This seminar explains in detail the membership benefits of The Còig and how to make the most out of the website and the Mobile App. The Seminar runs from 2.00pm to 4.00pm. Booking is essential as places are limited.


Clyde Comedy Festival - Across Inverclyde 7-9 June 2019 - £5-£25

Taking place over three nights in Gourock, Greenock and Inverkip, you'll have your pick of laughs at the Clyde Comedy Festival. Catch the messy haired master of the one-liner Milton Jones alongside his friends Chris Forbes and Stuart Mitchell, as well as other Scottish stars including Gary Faulds, Gary Meikle, John Gavin and Jay Lafferty.


Bee's Knees Awards and Gala Dinner - 7th June 2019 - Chartroom Inverkip Marina

Following on from an exceptional awards dinner in 2018 this year’s Bee’s Knees Awards will be the ultimate showcase event for businesses in Inverclyde providing a unique platform to recognise and reward business excellence across existing and emerging sectors. Don’t miss this major highlight in the Inverclyde business calendar taking place this summer in the Marquee at the Chartroom nestling in the breath-taking setting of Kip Marina, Inverkip.


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Published: 3 June 2019