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Inverclyde Business News Round-Up 04/03/19


Above: Inverclyde is to benefit from Scottish Government's Town Centre Fund


Scottish Councils to Share Town Centre Fund

The distribution of a £50m Scottish government fund to improve struggling town centres has been revealed. The largest beneficiary will be Fife Council, which is receiving £4.3m. Aberdeenshire has been allocated £3.3m, with £3m going to Glasgow and £2.6m to Edinburgh. The smallest allocation - £660,000 - has been awarded to Inverclyde.

Source: BBC - 2 March 2019


Planning Department Say Massive Housing Development At Greenock Hospital Site Should Go Ahead

Planning officials are recommending that permission being given for almost 200 houses at the site of the former Ravenscraig Hospital in Greenock. Councillors are due to have the final say on the major development at a meeting of Inverclyde Planning Board this week.

Source: Inverclyde Now - 26 February 2019


International Charity Set To Open Its First Free Scottish Book Shop In Greenock

Global Education Trust (GET) has already set up 17 shops in England but the new one in Nicolson Street will be the first north of the border. The chscottish-book-shop-in-greenock/arity opens the shops to promote education and literacy. 

Source: Greenock Telegraph - 2 March 2019


Above: A Travel plan has been approved for the new Greenock Health Centre (photo courtesy of Greenock Telegrapgh)


Travel Plan Approved For The New Greenock Health Centre

The plan for the former Wellington Academy site will create 222 parking spaces, while there is a push to encourage people to walk, cycle or get the train or bus to the new centre. 

Source: Greenock Telegraph - 3 March 2019


Superdrug Lined Up For Port Glasgow Retail Park

The company wants to occupy the unit beside The Food Warehouse and is also awaiting a building warrant to carry out a £110,000 fit-out of the premises. 

Source: Inverclyde Now - 2 March 2019


150 Year-Old Business Calls It A Day

One of the oldest family-run firms in Greenock has closed down after nearly 150 years in existence. Businessman Bill Knox has pulled the plug on plumbing business McPhersons by announcing his retirement. 

Source: Greenock Telegraph - 28 February 2019


Above: Brian Dick, owner of the New Chocolate Company who have recently secured a contract with Harvey Nichols


The New Chocolate Company Wins Harvey Nichols Contact

The Port Glasgow manufacturer is enjoying global success, with their tasty treats in demand in Europe, America, Australia, Japan and India barely two years since the business started. 

Source: Taste Inverclyde - 28 February 2019


Plans Revealed For A New Housing Development In Port Glasgow

Miller Homes Ltd wants to build properties on land it already owns in the town's Arran Avenue. They have lodged an application in principle for the site and have also arranged a public exhibition so that people can find out more. 

Source: Greenock Telegraph - 1 March 2019


Inverclyde Leisure Serves Up Successful Bid For Tennis Courts Cash

The Lawn Tennis Association has now confirmed that that Inverclyde Leisure's bid for a £1.3million, state-of-the-art, tennis facility at Rankin Park in Greenock has been approved and has invited Inverclyde Leisure to submit a Stage 2 bid.

Source: Inverclyde Council - 28 February 2019


Above: The New Ri Hot Desking Suite - Now Available For Temporary Hire 


Riverside Inverclyde Launches Flexible Use Hot Desk Facility at Ladyburn Business Centre

The Ri Hot Desk is an ideal space for start-up businesses, sales professionals and business visitors to Inverclyde that require a temporary and professional base during their stay. 

Source: Riverside Inverclyde - 1 March 2019


Raise Cash For Comic Relief With Funny Frames At Specsavers

Greenock's Specsavers store is getting in on the Comic Relief act by selling funny frames which are sure to raise a smile. The frames cost £2, with all of the proceeds going to the charity.

Source: Inverclyde Now - 27 February 2019


New 'Best Food And Drink Category' For Bee's Knees Awards

Inverclyde Chamber of Commerce has announced a new category for the 2019 Bee’s Knees Awards, with the hunt on to find the Best Food and Drink Business in Inverclyde as well as 9 further categories. 

Source: Taste Inverclyde - 28 February 2019


Above: Plans submitted to Inverclyde Council by Oak Mall included proposals to demolish a large portion of the Shopping Centre.


Oak Mall Appeal Inverclyde Council's Rejection Of Radical Plans

Bosses from the struggling shopping centre are challenging planners who blocked their bid to flatten the stretch from Clyde Square along to Hunter Place.

Source: Greenock Telegraph - 1 March 2019


Avari Identity Celebrates G-cloud 10 Framework Listing

Avari Identity, providers of the leading Identity as a service solution built to cover the life-cycle of the user, is delighted to announce that their application to the government’s G-Cloud Digital Marketplace has been successful. 

Source: Riverside Inverclyde - 27 February 2019


Inspirational Personal Trainer Is Helping Empower a Group Of Mums With Autistic Children

Jules Duncan, of Badass Rules, visited the Little Trailblazers at Branchton Community Centre to encourage them to put their own health and wellbeing back at the top of their 'to-do' lists. 

Source: Greenock Telegraph - 2 March 2019


Above: Craig McAllister (construction director, Stewart and Shields) and Andrew Bowman (head of business investment, Ri) 


Stewart and Shields Expands Into Inverclyde With Additional Premises at Kelburn Business Park

Riverside Inverclyde has welcomed Stewart and Shields, a long-established Helensburgh-based construction company, to 4,500 square feet premises at Kelburn Business Park at Kelburn Business Park in Port Glasgow.  

Source: Riverside Inverclyde - 26 February 2019


Public Decide Which Projects Get Cash From £35,000 South West Greenock Fund

Voluntary organisations, community groups and schools in Greenock are amongst the applicants to Oak Tree Housing Association’s £35,000 Our Community Our Future fund, which is now open for public vote.

Source: Inverclyde Now - 27 February 2019


Council Wins Bronze Award For Fight Against Discrimination

Inverclyde Council’s work to combat the day-to-day discrimination experienced by LGBT people has been recognised by LGBT Youth Scotland with a bronze level Charter Award.

Source: Inverclyde Council - 27 February 2019


Above: Greenock Boat Club members were joined by Guy Clark, Lord-Lieutenant of Renfrewshire, and Provost Martin Brennan for the official opening of their newly donated Boat House (photo courtesy of Greenock Telegraph)


House Builder Gives Special Gift To Boat Club

Thanks to a generous donation from bosses at housing developers Ogilvie Homes, the club now have a bigger and more accessible boat house that can be used to store other vessels in addition to the safety craft. 

Source: Greenock Telegraph - 1 March 2019


Radio Personality To Present Sports Awards

This year’s Inverclyde Sport Personality Awards will have a new presenter - Radio Clyde 1's Amber Zoe. 

Source: Inverclyde Now - 1 March 2019


Straight A Student Sets Up His Own Football-themed Clothing Line

 Port Glasgow entrepreneur David Curley is juggling his studies at the University of Glasgow with his new business, Terrace Attire, designing trendy t-shirts and jumpers inspired by 'the beautiful game'. 

Source: Greenock Telegraph - 2 March 2019



Taste Inverclyde Announces Brewery, Bottling and Distillery Tour

Taste Inverclyde and Scotland Food & Drink has teamed up with WEST Brewery, The Glasgow Distillery and The Start-Up Drinks Lab to deliver its first Brewery, Bottling and Distillery tour, which is aimed at increasing knowledge and networking opportunities between Inverclyde food and drink businesses.

Source: Taste Inverclyde - 27 February 2019


Scotch: The Golden Dram Comes To The Waterfront Cinema In Greenock

Scotch: The Golden Dram, a revealing feature documentary on how Scotch whisky became the premiere spirit of choice around the globe, will be released in the UK and Irish cinemas on 8 March 2019, with The Waterfront Cinema in Greenock showing two screenings.

Source: Taste Inverclyde - 28 February 2019


Community Kitchen Uses Fresh Ingredients to Bring Friendship and Good Food to the Boil

Belville Community Garden team’s popular cooking classes are helping people think more about healthy eating and food waste. They take ingredients growing in the garden to create mouth-watering dishes.

Source: Trust Inverclyde - 28 February 2019


Above: British Davis Cup Captain Leon Smith who will be speaking at the Inverclyde Sports Personality awards event


Victorious Davis Cup Captain To Speak At Inverclyde Sports Personality Awards

The Captain of victorious Great Britain’s Davis Cup tennis team, Leon Smith, will be the guest speaker at this year’s Inverclyde Sports Personality Awards event in the Greenock Town Hall on Friday 8th March at 6.30pm. 

Source: Riverside Inverclyde - 25 February 2019


Taste Inverclyde To Sponsor Spring Boats Sales Weekend

Adding to visitor interest during the weekend and always popular with Kip berth holders, the Taste Inverclyde Food Marketwill run in the marquee over both Saturday and Sunday, offering an array of tasty treats from Alba Seafoods, the Damn Fine Cheese Company and many more, including new local food suppliers, supported byRiverside Inverclyde

Source: Taste Inverclyde - 26 February 2019


Above: Members and speakers of the 217th annual Greenock Burns Club supper (Image with thanks to Greenock Telegraph/George Munro)


Night Of Celebration For Greenock Burns Club

Greenock Burns Club recently held its 217th annual celebration in the Tontine Hotel, with members and guest entertained by prestigious guest speakers 

Source: Riverside Inverclyde - 28 February 2019


Scottish Growth Scheme (SGS) Launches To Support “Investing in Ambition”

The £500 million Scottish Growth Scheme, a Scottish Government initiative, provides a range of commercially focussed finance to help viable small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Scotland to start-up, grow and scale up. A number of new funding options (microfinance, debt and equity) are now available under the Scheme for Scottish SMEs.

 Source: Riverside Inverclyde - 28 February 2019


Inverclyde Business News Round-Up 25/02/19

Global Maritime Business Blu Marine Arrives As Shipbuilding Industry Grows Again In Inverclyde and 19 others... 

Source: Riverside Inverclyde - 25 February 2019






Sail Scotland National Marine Conference - Beacon Arts Centre - Wednesday 6 March 2019 

Part of the national Scottish Tourism Month Programme, this annual full day industry event is specifically for the marine tourism sector and is a unique opportunity for the whole industry, not just Sail Scotland members, to come together, learn, and network with others


Careers Fair - Greenock Town Hall - Wednesday 6 March 2019 (10:00-14:30)

Inverclyde Scottish Apprenticeship Week careers fair takes place on Wednesday (6 March) from 10am to 2.30pm at Greenock Town Hall, Cathcart Square, when a number of employers will have information about opportunities available.


Assembly #01 with Creative Inverclyde - Thursday 7 March 2019  **Now sold out - Reserve list being held**

Assembly #01 is blending together art, television, broadcast, event architects, production and film in one program with three very talented creatives based or from Inverclyde. The event will take place at The Albany in Greenock on 7th March 2019.


Inverclyde Sports Personality Awards - Friday 8 March 2019 - Greenock Town Hall

Tickets to the event, which includes a drink on arrival and a three-course meal with drinks, cost £35 and are available from Smith Sports in West Blackhall Street, Greenock, Telephone: 01475 888555



Find Your Voice, Helping With Public Speaking - Thursday 28 March 2019 - Beacon Arts Centre

This free event will provide people of all ages and abilities with an insight into how membership of a local speakers' club can help them acquire the skills needed in situations such as delivering a wedding speech, attending a job interview or making a workplace/community presentation.


Ardgowan Hospice Annual Ball - 9 March 2019

The Ardgowan Hospice Ball -supported by Arnold Clark - is now on sale, don’t miss out on a magical evening at one of the most important events in the Hospice calendar! Last year saw over £30,000 raised for Inverclyde’s hospice, which could fund 50 days of care within our In-Patient Unit. This year we would love to smash that goal so join us March 9th for an incredible night.


Greenock Morton Community Trust Sportsman's Dinner - Saturday 13 April 2019

Dean Saunders will be the star attraction at this year's Greenock Morton Community Trust Sportsman's Dinner - Sponsored by PG Paper - with presenter Peter Martin compering the even. A table of ten is priced at £450, with all cash raised going towards youth development at the club.


Lead With WES - Women's Leadership - Wednesday 27 February 2019

The six-month programme – led by WES in partnership with Ri – launches on 27 February 2019 and consists of four workshops spread out between February and August 2019, interspersed with online content and support.



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Published: 4th March 2019