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Inverclyde Business News Round-Up 01/04/19

Above: An Artists impression of the former St Stephen's High School Site (Picture Courtesy of Inverclyde Now)


Massive £35m Port Glasgow Housing Plan Moving Forward

A major residential development at a former school site in Port Glasgow represents an investment of £35million and is a landmark in housing plans for the district, the chair of River Clyde Homes has said.

Source: Inverclyde Now - 29 March 2019


Greenock Bus Firm McGill's In Major £5m Investment 

Greenock bus firm McGill’s has splashed out almost £5m to buy 26 new vehicles for its fleet. Manufactured by Falkirk-based Alexander Dennis Ltd, they take McGill’s capital investment over the past five years to more than £30m.

Source: Greenock Telegraph - 28 March 2019


Inverclyde Council Backs New Rescue Plan For Beacon Arts Centre

Following private talks in the Municipal Buildings, councillors agreed to release the first instalment of their agreed annual £200,000 support grant for the arts centre - on the condition that certain actions were taken.

Source: Greenock Telegraph- 29 March 2019



Above: New Beacon Arts Centre Chair, Alexander Reedjik (Picture Courtesy of Newsquest)


Troubleshooter Appointed To Beacon Board 

New Zealander Alexander Reedijk has been appointed chairman on the recommendation of the senior council officials who tabled a rescue plan. In Mr Reedijk's 13 years with Scottish Opera, it has been hailed for taking the classical art form into schools and communities.

Source: Greenock Telegraph- 30 March 2019


Ferguson's Told To 'Finish' Two New Boats 

The Scottish Government and its vessels and harbour offshoot, Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd (CMAL), have pleaded with the Port shipyard to hurry up with the completion of MV Glen Sannox and Hull 802, which are currently 13 and 19 months behind schedule, respectively.

Source: Greenock Telegraph - 27 March 2019


Decision Due This Week On Greenock Cruise Terminal, Art Gallery And Restaurant Plan

Councillors are expected to consider whether to grant planning permission this week for a multi-million-pound cruise passenger terminal building, art gallery and restaurant on Greenock's riverfront.

Source: Inverclyde Now - 27 March 2019



Above: Ross Rodgers and Jordan Gallacher are just two of five new modern apprentices for Serco (Picture Courtesy of Newsquest)


New Generation Of Sailors Are On Course For A Career Thanks To A Top Maritime Firm

Serco Maritime Services at the Great Harbour in Greenock has taken on five modern apprentices to become deckhands. They were delighted to recruit some of their apprentices through Inverclyde Community Development Trust via Skills Development Scotland.

Source: Greenock Telegraph - 30 March 2019


Free Early Learning And Childcare Hours For Local Kids To Double

Parents, carers and local toddlers are set to benefit from a £6m expansion plan designed to double the free early learning (nursery) and childcare hours available from Inverclyde Council. From 2020, this will go up from 600 to 1,140 hours a year.

Source: Inverclyde Council - 25 March 2019


Campaigners Fighting To Save Inchgreen Dry Dock Say They've Been Snubbed By The Scottish Government

The committee — which has thousands of supporters — want owner Peel Ports to be taken to task over the running of the iconic facility. But campaign secretary Robert Buirds says infrastructure minister Michael Matheson is 'refusing' to visit the dry dock and tackle the company head-on.

Source: Greenock Telegraph - 28 March 2019


Above: Port Glasgow High School celebrates being ranked 6th place in Scotland overall (Picture Courtesy of Newsquest)


Half Of Inverclyde's Schools Amongst The Best Performing In Scotland

An alternative Scottish exams league table published by The Herald on Sunday puts Port Glasgow High top of the class locally in sixth place, with neighbours St Stephen's and Inverclyde Academy in Greenock in fifteenth and twenty-fourth, respectively.

Source: Greenock Telegraph - 27 March 2019


Work To Resume On Port Glasgow Bridge Project

Chapelton Bridge in Port Glasgow will be closed again from Monday 1 April until 31 May as widening work continues. The £650,000 scheme aims to improve road safety and cut congestion on Glen Avenue/Lilybank Road.

Source: Inverclyde Now - 26 March 2019


Greggs Getting Ingredients Together For Larkfield Cafe And Shop

Bakery chain Greggs is moving forward with a plan to open a cafe and shop at a new retail development at the foot of Auchmead Road, near Inverkip Road, on the site of the former Larkfield Masonic Association hall which will include a 16-seat sit-in area.

Source: Inverclyde Now - 29 March 2019


Above: Lynne Kennedy MBE (Picture: Courtesy of Newsquest)


Greenock Businesswoman Picks Up An MBE At Buckingham Palace

Lynne Kennedy, who runs Business Women Scotland, was presented with the honour by HRH Prince William. Lynne, 50, has enjoyed a varied career, including working as a television set designer.

Source: Inverclyde Now - 22 March 2019


Greenock Philharmonic Choir's Youngest Star Secures A Place At The Royal Conservatoire Of Scotland

Caitlin McKenzie, 18, moved to the area to live with her gran and continue her studies at the Junior Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. She joined the local choir and hasn't looked back, crediting the help she has received there with helping her win the coveted place.

Source: Greenock Telegraph - 27 March 2019


Discount For Morton Season Ticket-Holders At New Dentist

Envisage Dentistry, Inverclyde’s newest dental practice has teamed up with Greenock Morton to offer its club’s season ticket-holders an exclusive offer at its state-of-the-art practice in Kilmacolm.

Source: Inverclyde Now - 28 March 2019


Pitch Parking Plan To Deal With Gourock School Traffic Problems

A car parking area is being proposed on a gravel sports pitch because of traffic congestion around a Gourock school. Inverclyde Council has agreed to set aside £80,000 for the project at the red blaes area beside Drumshantie Road on Kirn Drive.

Source: Inverclyde Now - 26 March 2019


Above: Gourock Bowling Club was successful in attaining funds for a new crazy golf scheme (Picture courtesy of Newsquest)


Locals Decide How £350,000 In Council Cash Is Spent

Some 800 local residents cast their votes in the area’s first ever Participatory Budget ballot to decide which community groups should benefit from a £350,000 pot of Inverclyde Council cash.

Source: Inverclyde Council - 28 March 2019


New Deposit Guarantee Scheme To Help Homeless

Homeless people, people at risk of becoming homeless and people on low incomes can now get access to decent, privately rented homes thanks to a new, £30,000 scheme launched by Inverclyde Council.

Source: Inverclyde Now - 27 March 2019


Councillors Urged To Give Go-Ahead For Port Glasgow Restaurant

A new Indian takeaway and restaurant opposed by hundreds of people is being recommended for approval. Planning officials are backing the proposal which involves the former Aulds the Bakers shop at Princes Street in Port Glasgow town centre.

Source: Inverclyde Now - 27 March 2019


Above (L-R): Michelle Wilson and Kirsty Gill have started a dyslexia group at Your Voice (Picture courtesy of Newsquest)


Local Mums Set Up Dyslexic Support Group 

Mums who are striving 'to get it right' for their kids have set up a dyslexic support group. The task force wants to break down the stigma surrounding the learning difficulty and make sure that there is the same level of help available at all schools

Source: Greenock Telegraph - 30 March 2019


New Initiative To Tackle Period Poverty 

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 - 29 March 2019


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Source: Riverside Inverclyde - 18 March 2019





Kip Marina Gin Festival - Saturday 6 April 2019 - The Chartroom, Inverkip

The Kip Marina Gin Festival is back bigger & better for 2019 Come on a journey through the world of Scottish gin and enjoy a huge variety of craft gins from some of the most exciting distilleries from across Scotland.


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 - 24 April 2019 - Ladyburn Business Centre

This six-month programme – led by WES in partnership with Ri – launches on 24 April 2019 and consists of four workshops spread out between April and September 2019, interspersed with online content and support.


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Published: 1 April 2019