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Inverclyde Business News Round-Up 21/01/19

Above: An extra £1 million has been offered to a Greenock town centre regeneration project - but only if there is a further reduction of parking spaces.


Extra £1 Million Potential For West Blackhall Street Regeneration Project

Charity Sustrans, which promotes walking and cycling, has offered to stump up cash towards revitalizing West Blackhall Street, in return for greater public areas to encourage healthier lifestyles. 

Source: Riverside Inverclyde - 16 January 2019


New Appointments And Opportunities Within Inverclyde Chamber of Commerce

Inverclyde’s largest business network has made two new appointments following a re-shuffle of the Board of Directors, while advertising for new Board members.

Source: Riverside Inverclyde - 18 January 2019


Inchgreen Owners Remain Upbeat Regarding Future Opportunities

Inchgreen chiefs insist the loss of a £5 million contract is not the end of the world and that the site is in the running for more lucrative work. 

Source: Greenock Telegraph - 16 January 2019


Above: New Chocolate Company owners Joanne and Brian Dick with VisitScotland regional Director Gordon Smith


The New Chocolate Company Awarded Five Stars By VisitScotland

The New Chocolate Company has achieved the national tourism organisation’s top quality award for its factory experience in Port Glasgow, Inverclyde, less than three years after opening.

Source: Taste Inverclyde - 18 January 2019


First Women’s Leadership Programme Launch Aimed At Business Owners

The six-month programme – led by Womens Enterprise Scotland – launches on 27 February 2019 and consists of four workshops spread between February and August 2019, interspersed with online content and support.

Source: Riverside Inverclyde - 15 January 2019


Hub Gutted By Fire Set To Re-open

Helping Hands — the Community hub in Kilblain Street — is set to re-open this week offering furniture and white goods at affordable prices. 

Source: Greenock Telegraph - 16 January 2019


Above: Craig Black and the mural which aims to capture the lasting influence of Robert Burns 



New Robert Burns Mural Unveiled By Creative Inverclyde Co-Founder, Craig Black

A new mural - Tae The Bard - which celebrates the work and legacy of Roberts Burns, has been installed at SWG3 by Inverclyde lettering artist Craig Black ahead of Burns Night. 

Source: Riverside Inverclyde - 15 January 2019


Boost For Glen Project With A £20,000 Grant For A New Bridge

A project to open up an historic Greenock glen has been given a big boost with a £20,000 grant for a new bridge. 

Source: Greenock Telegraph - 19 January 2019


Council Officials Looking At Expansion Of Cemetery Capacity

Changes to Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) guidelines means plans to increase capacity at Knocknairshill - the only site in Inverclyde with space for new lairs - can be reviewed again.

Source: Greenock Telegraph - 19 January 2019


Above: Minister Clare Haughey (centre in purple) with members of the Mind Mosaic staff


Scotland's Mental Health Minister Gives Backing To Greenock Charity Mind Mosaic

Clare Haughey spoke out as she visited Mind Mosaic - a local counselling and therapy organisation - which supports both children and adults by providing crucial support to vulnerable people with problems. 

Source: Riverside Inverclyde - 14 January 2019


New Vegan Range Launched By The New Chocolate Company

To celebrate Veganuary, The New Chocolate Company in Port Glasgow has launched its latest product – a collection of luxury vegan friendly chocolates. 

Source: Taste Inverclyde - 14 January


Business Survey Re-population Focus

Businesses across Inverclyde are being asked to get involved in attracting people to the area by creating job opportunities and reasons to stay. 

Source: Inverclyde Council - 17 January 2019


Above: Staff at Inverkip Hub which is celebrating its second anniversary 


Inverkip Community Hub Celebrates Second Anniversary

The hub, which hosts a variety of activities throughout the week, has just marked its second birthday with a footfall of around 2,500 a month in 2018. 

Source: Greenock Telegraph - 17 January 2019


Investment Opportunity For Greenock Pub

The owners of the Thistle Bar have put the Lynedoch Street premises on the market for offers in the region of £69,000. It shut on December 16 after the previous tenants decided to give up the lease.

Source: Taste Inverclyde - 14 January 2019


Gymnastics Centre Plan For Industrial Building

Twisters Gymnastics Academy has applied for permission to use an industrial building at Muirshiel Lane, Port Glasgow as a gymnastics centre. 

Source: Inverclyde Now - 17 January 2019


Above: Cheryl Gray who found the ARTventurers franchise and brought it to Scotland


ARTventurers Encourages Local Kids To Get Creative

After the birth of her second son, Cheryl Gray quit her managerial post and set up an art class for babies and toddlers which four years on is an award-winning ARTventurers franchise.

Source: Riverside Inverclyde - 18 January 2019


One Of Greenock's Oldest Pubs Is Back In Business

The Carnock Bar has reopened after being closed for six months. Its owner has recruited a manager to run the business which is located behind Greenock Fire Station.

Source: Greenock Telegraph - 16 January 2019


Pay Dispute Leads To Disruption For Students As Lecturers Strike

Greenock's West College Scotland campuses at Finnart Street and the Waterfront buildings had picket lines last week in the first of a series of planned walkouts planned by EIS members in a row over pay. 

Source: Greenock Telegraph - 18 January 2019



Inverclyde Council Steams Ahead With Plans To Mark James Watt’s 200th Anniversary

Inverclyde Council will be marking the achievements of its famous son throughout 2019, with a number of events including the relaunch of the Watt Institution, comprising the McLean Museum & Art Gallery and Watt Library. 

Source: Riverside Inverclyde - 18 January 2019


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Source: Riverside Inverclyde - 14 January 2019


Pedal The Park 100-Kilometre Challenge

Entries have opened for Pedal in the Park, the annual 100-kilometre road cycling challenge through the countryside of Renfrewshire, Inverclyde and North Ayrshire. 

Source: British Cycling


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Published: 21st January 2019