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Inverclyde Business News Round-Up 02/07/18

Above: Ferguson Marine, Port Glasgow


Ferguson Marine, Port Glasgow, To Get £30 Million Government Loan

Port Glasgow shipyard Ferguson Marine Engineering (FMEL) is to get a £30 million loan from the Scottish Government to help it target new types of work. The loan will provide working capital, alongside investment from yard owners Clyde Blowers Capital, to help FMEL diversify its business.

Source: Inverclyde Now/The Scotsman - 27 June 2018


Above: Douglas Rae, Businessman and Chairman of Greenock Morton FC

Obituary: Douglas Rae, Chairman Of Greenock Morton FC

This quiet, diligent banker took the plunge, starting Golden Casket (Greenock) Ltd in 1959, initially operating out of the back of a van.

Today, this family confectionary firm is still run by the Rae family, and over the 49 years Douglas spent at the helm, Golden Casket grew into one of Scotland’s largest confectionary companies, until today, there are more than 200 employees and an annual turnover of £25 million.

Source: The Herald - 26 June 2018


Vango Gears Up For Future After Giant Warehouse Move

THE Inverclyde company behind the Vango outdoor equipment brand has ramped up investment in staff and warehouse systems following its move to a giant distribution centre near GlasgowAirport, while revealing plans to create a state of the art showroom in Port Glasgow.

Source: The Herald - 29 June 2018

Above: River Clyde Homes Untying The Knot on Historic Site

Untying The Knot - New Homes on Site Of Historic Ropeworks

River Clyde Homes (RCH) has recently completed its latest development of new homes. The keys to all but one of 41 new homes have now been handed over and the residents took some time out to celebrate by untying a knot in some nautical rope, in tribute to the historic significance of the site which was once home to a ropeworks.

Source: River Clyde Homes - 27 June 2018

Above: Youngsters from Glenpark Early Learning Centre, Picture Inverclyde Council

First Look At New Learning Centre

Youngsters from an Inverclyde Council nursery have had a sneak peek at their new £3.4million home. The new 100 pupil Glenpark Early Learning Centre has been built on part of the former Greenock Academy site to replace the current ‘west end’ facility at Kelly Street Nursery and St Mary’s Primary.

Source: Inverclyde Council - 26 June 2018


Major Plan Agreed For Doubling Inverclyde Nursery Hours

Inverclyde Council’s programme to deliver double the number of nursery hours by 2020 will mean 200 extra staff plus provision of three new council facilities and five refurbished facilities.

Source: Inverclyde Now - 29 June 2018


Officials Have Been Accused of Lacking Ambition On Inverclyde Regeneration Plans

Inverclyde'sMSP, Stuart McMillan, believes officers have put too much emphasis on housing and have missed opportunities to revitalise several key locations in their new local development plan (LDP).

Source: Greenock Telegraph - 29 June 2018


Above: Gavin McDonagh with, left, Anne Campbell and Linda Scott

New President For Inverclyde Chamber Of Commerce

Gavin McDonagh, managing director of Holt Leisure Parks Ltd, has taken over as president of Inverclyde Chamber of Commerce, a role he will hold for the next two years.  The business organisation’s annual general meeting and barbecue at Gourock Golf Club was the setting for the presidency handover from Linda Scott, who works with Toshiba Global Commerce Solutions Ltd.

Source: Riverside Inverclyde - 27 June 2018


Inverclyde Council's Education Director Appointed

A Former professional musician who toured the world with orchestras is taking over as Inverclyde Council's new corporate director of education, communities and organisational development.

Source: Inverclyde Council - 28 June 2018


Above: Andrew Bowman of Ri ,New Director of Inverclyde Chamber of Commerce

Ri Investment Head Appointed Director of Inverclyde Chamber of Commerce

Riverside Inverclyde’s head of business investment and operations, Andrew Bowman has been appointed as a Director with Inverclyde Chamber of Commerce (ICC). The appointment has been confirmed in an attempt to align Ri's and ICC’s promotional and event activities for businesses in Inverclyde and also aim to develop the growth of the ICC's membership.

Source: Riverside Inverclyde - 29 June 2018


Central Fulfilment Chooses Victoria House To Grow Business

Central Fulfilment, the fast growing distribution service has chosen Victoria House in Greenock as its new base to support further growth of the business. Following a period of sustained growth, the company is the latest tenant to sign up with regeneration company Riverside Inverclyde, taking 537 square feet at the Victoria House Workshops.

Source: Riverside Inverclyde - 28 June 2018


July Signals New Parking Charges

Off-street parking is divided into medium stay – up to 3 hours – and long stay for which a day ticket will cost £2 from July. These tickets can be used in any council car park on the day of issue. The maximum anyone will pay for parking in Inverclyde council operated parking spaces for the day will be £2.

Source: Inverclyde Council - 26 June 2018


Above: Gourock Swimming Pool, in Record Heatwave

Photo Special: Inverclyde Basks In Record Heatwave

Inverclyde sizzled as its soaring temperature topped Tenerife's on Friday. As the schools knocked off, everyone was out to enjoy the glorious sunshine and the mercury hit 29 degrees at one stage.

Source: Greenock Telegraph - 29 June 2018


The Food Life - A Food Journey Around Glasgow And Beyond - One Cove Road

Something that stood out for me, on my visit to ‘One Cove Road,’ was the fact that their produce was all relatively locally sourced from Scottish suppliers. By visiting, you are not just supporting one local/Scottish business you are supporting many.

Source: Taste Inverclyde - 27 June 2018


REACH For Autism Holding Fund-Raising Ball

Tickets for REACH For Autism's fund-raising ball have gone on sale. The event will take place on Saturday 27 October in Greenock Town Hall.

Source: Inverclyde Now - 28 June 2018

Above: Ardgowan Hospice hold Ladies Day Event at Inverkip Marina

Ladies Raise Record-Breaking £25k At Hospice Event

Ladies lavished lots of love on Ardgowan Hospice as they raised a record breaking £25,000 from a ladies' day event. The red carpet was rolled out at Inverkip Marina for one of the highlights of the hospice calendar. 

Source: Greenock Telegraph - 29 June 2018


Kilmacolm Running Festival - Sunday 9 September 2018

The running of Inverclyde Lesuire's Kilmacolm Half Marathon, 10k and 3k is one of the biggest participation events in Inverclyde's sporting calendar. The Kilmacolm Running Festival is now a Scottish Athletics Licensed Event and Under UK Athletics Rules. We also encourage families to get involved for a fun filled day!

Source: Inverclyde Lesuire - 25 June 2018


The Good Ship SS John Galt

A very special cruise ship arrived in the Greenock sunshine this week, allowing residents at one Inverclyde sheltered housing complex to experience the thrill of the high seas whilst keeping their feet firmly on dry ground.

Source: River Clyde Homes - 29 June 2018


Inverclyde Business News Round-Up - 25/06/2018

River Clyde Homes Secures Investment Plans With £127 Million Finance Deal and 28 other stories...

Source: Riverside Inverclyde - 25 June 2018


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Published: 02 July 2018