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Inverclyde Business News Round-Up 25/03/19

Above L-R: Nick Jardine, Sally Thomas and David Wylie of Oak Tree Housing at their new Auchmead Road site


Oak Tree Housing Reveals Plans For 200 New Homes Across Greenock

Oak Tree Housing Association has announced plans for a £33 million development of more than 200 new homes across four locations in Greenock. Work on each site is anticipated to start this year, with the completion of the full programme by 2021.

Source: Riverside Inverclyde - 23 March 2019


Travelodge Bosses Announce £5 Million Hotel Intentions For Greenock

A major hotel chain will splash £5 million to build their first Inverclyde hotel and hope to create a string of new jobs. The budget operator Travelodge is still searching for the right site in Greenock - four years after first announcing plans to open up locally.

Source: Greenock Telegraph - 19 March 2019


Inverclyde Council Budget Agreed

Inverclyde councillors have agreed a budget for 2019/20 with the council’s revenue budget set at over £190m with savings of almost £7m agreed in the next two years including the loss of nearly 58 posts. The budget also includes £3.6m of investment proposals and a four year capital programme for the year of over £71m.

Source: Inverclyde Council - 21 March 2019



Above: The large vacant site on Regent Street in Greenock which is now approved for storage and distribution use for M&J Builders Merchants.


Builders Merchants Can Use Former BT Site For Distribution Hub

M&J Builders Merchants have been given permission to use a large vacant site in central Greenock for storage and distribution. Their application for the former BT telephone engineering centre land at Regent Street was approved by Inverclyde Council planning officials. 

Source: Inverclyde Now - 19 March 2019


Beacon Arts Centre Cash Crisis

An emergency meeting of Inverclyde Council, which is a key partner of the Beacon, will be held on Tuesday to thrash out a plan for the future of the troubled centre. The departures of six directors in the space of a week, including five in one day, means the Beacon and its parent company are currently without a chairman, vice-chair and a chief executive. 

Source: Greenock Telegraph - 22 March 2019


Cloch Frustration As It Cuts Ties With Inverclyde Care & Repair

Cloch Housing is to cease developing and delivering Care & Repair and the Small Repairs Service for Inverclyde Council, bringing an end to an 18-year partnership. A 42% budget cut from the local authority proved unsustainable for the Association, with services now to be delivered by Erskine-based Bridgewater Housing Assciation. 

Source: Scottish Housing News - 22 March 2019



Above: McLean Museum which has been renamed The Watt Institution in honour of Greenock icon James Watt to mark the 200th anniversary of his death.


Re-opening of McLean Museum and Watt Library Delayed

The McLean, which has been renamed The Watt Institution in honour of Greenock icon James Watt to mark the 200th anniversary of his death this year, has been out of bounds since December 2016 for a £2m restoration project. 

Source: Greenock Telegraph - 22 March 2019


Plans Unveiled For A Shop And Community Hub On A Greenock Gap Site

The Salvation Army wants to utilise the space next to the Roxburgh Street entrance of its citadel, to support its charitable work and services. The proposal, currently being considered by planners, is for a shop, community hub and meeting rooms on the site. 

Source: Greenock Telegraph - 21 March 2019


Vessel Being Turned Into Charity's Latest Medical Ship

The 150-tonne vessel, formerly SD Melton, previously belonged to Serco and is to become the latest medical vessel for Edinburgh-based charity, Vine Trust. It is expected to deliver more than two million medical consultations in its lifetime. 

Source: Inverclyde Now - 22 March 2019


Above: Local Greenock Firm Golden Casket celebrate their 60th Anniversary 


Golden Casket Celebrates 60th Anniversary

Golden Casket is celebrating its 60th birthday by sponsoring an ‘Oor Wullie’ sculpture to raise money for sick kids. Thoughtful staff at the Greenock confectionary company are marking the firm’s diamond anniversary by supporting the Oor Wullie's BIG Bucket Trail. 

Source: Taste Inverclyde - 22 March 2019


£200,000 Boost For A Greenock Community Centre

Inverclyde Council officials have proposed allocating money to refurbish the hall in Grieve Road, Bow Farm. This follows the controversial closure of the Paton Street and Fancy Farm facilities last year, a decision which caused a rift among ward councillors. 

Source: Greenock Telegraph - 20 March 2019


Greenock Morton FC Reaches Agreement With Falkirk FC Over Ray McKinnon

Whilst the agreement reached with Falkirk is confidential, club Chair Crawford Rae is satisfied with the outcome and that the two clubs can now move forward on suitably cordial terms, for the remainder of the season and beyond. 

Source: GMFC - 18 March 2019


Above: The Site of the new Greenock Helath Centre where a two week road closure will be in place from 25th March


Road Closure Because Of Health Centre Building Work

Construction of Greenock's new health centre will mean a two-week road closure beside the site. Wellington Street, is due to shut between Ann Street to Trafalgar Street from Monday (25 March) to Monday 8 April. 

Source: Inverclyde Now - 22 March 2019


Hospice Lunch In Memory of Stalwart Volunteer Raises Four-figure Sum

Linda McEnhill, CEO of Ardgowan Hospice was one of the guest speakers at the annual ladies lunch. She spoke about the outstanding contributions made by the tireless fundraising group, praising the 100 women who attended the charity fundraiser, held this year in memory of much-loved volunteer Nan Skinner, who passed away last March. 

Source: Greenock Telegraph - 24 March 2019


Veteran's Helped By Erskine Partnership With Complementary Therapy Students

George Buchanan, who served in the Army Catering Corps and Royal Logistical Corps from 1986 to 1999, is putting his new skills to good use at Erskine Reid MacEwen Activity Centre along with others from West College Scotland. 

Source: Inverclyde Now - 19 March 2019


Port Television Producer Lands Job On TOWIE

Christopher Osborne is the junior production manager for The Only Way Is Essex, which is back on screens this Sunday. The 29-year-old has just returned from Thailand where he was shoot scenes for the first two episodes, with filming set to continue until the end of May. 

Source: Greenock Telegraph - 22 March 2019


Above (L-R): Leigh McCallum (Inverkip Primary), Molly Gault (St John's), Ella Nicolson (St Michael's), Jacob Brolly and Rory Hurrell (St Ninian's) and Poppy Galbraith (Gourock Primary)


Challenge To Create A New Flag For James Watt Dock Marina

School pupils have set sail on a challenge to design a new flag for Greenock's historic James Watt Dock Marina. Harbour bosses have invited children from all local primaries to come up with an ensign that will be flown at the site entrance, next to the A8.

Source: Riverside Inverclyde - 22 March 2019


Dance Studio Plan For Greenock Pub Building

Plans to turn an empty Greenock pub into a dance studio have been submitted to Inverclyde Council. The proposal involves the The New Roxburgh Bar premises at 37 Roxburgh Street. 

Source: Inverclyde Now - 19 March 2019


James Watt Commemorative Joins The Spirit Of Titanic In A Busy Week For Tartans

Inverclyde Council has created the brand new tartan as part of its plans to mark the 200th anniversary of James Watt’s death (1819). Born in Greenock in 1736, Watt is most famous for his work on the steam engine. He turned the inefficient, coal-hungry steam engines of the time into the machine that powered the Industrial Revolution. 

Source: Riverside Inverclyde - 22 March 2019


Above: The Pirate and Bluebelle are celebrating the launch of its newest George Wyllie inspired product The 'Little Glass Boat’ 


Launch of George Wyllie Inspired Collaboration By Inverclyde Creatives

The Pirate and Bluebell the much-loved Gourock shop is celebrating the launch of its newest George Wyllie inspired product.  The 'Little Glass Boat’ is carefully handcrafted by Elizabeth from ELK Glass and Golden Oak Restoration, who create the plinths from solid oak repurposed from Loch Lomond whisky barrels.

 Source: Riverside Inverclyde - 12 March 2019


Colonel Peter McCarthy Appointed As New Lord-Lieutenant

The Queen has appointed Colonel Peter Thomas McCarthy as the new Lord-Lieutenant of Renfrewshire, a position which covers Inverclyde, East Renfrewshire and Renfrewshire.The 65-year-old takes on the role following the retirement of his predecessor, Guy Clark. 

Source: Inverclyde Council - 20 March 2019


Modern Apprentices – Getting Paid, Getting Qualified And Getting Jobs

Modern Apprenticeship Week saw some 25 young people gather at the Municipal Buildings in Greenock to highlight how the scheme is helping them get paid, get qualified and get a job. 

Source: Inverclyde Council - 19 March 2019


Inverclyde Business News Round-Up 18/03/19

Key Road Realignment Project Complete In Greenock and 22 others... 

Source: Riverside Inverclyde - 18 March 2019





Port Glasgow Retail Forum - Tuesday 26 March 2019 - Port Glasgow Town Hall

The breakfast forum, hosted at Port Glasgow Town Hall, aims to bring together retailers from across the town to share updates on Port Glasgow's ongoing regeneration, support networking opportunities for businesses, enable issues or concerns to be raised and to share successes.


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

This 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.


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

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 6 Month Course - April 2019 - Ladyburn Business Centre

This 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: 25th March 2019