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Inverclyde Business News Round-Up 03/09/18

Above: Task force chair councillor Stephen McCabe said there is reason for cautious optimism in relation to the future of the Texas Instruments plant in Greenock


'Cautious Optimism' Over Greenock Factory's Fate

It's hoped a crucial decision on the future of the closure-threatened Texas Instruments plant in Greenock could be made soon. The latest meeting of the task force set up following the company’s decision to close has been told discussions with interested parties are progressing.

Source: Inverclyde Now - 30 August 2018


Ferguson's Owner Jim McColl Pursuing A Scottish Government-Owned Company For Additional Costs Attached To New Ferry

Mr McColl says fellow Port Glasgow- based firm, Caledonian Marine Asset Ltd (CMAL), should foot the bill for 'genuine changes' which have had to be made to MV Glen Sannox. 

Source: Greenock Telegraph - 31 August 2018


Riverside Inverclyde To Deliver Priority Port Glasgow Project

A £335,000 project to replace and improve the road and pavements at the heart of Port Glasgow is due to get underway next month.  The work in Princes Street next month is part of Inverclyde Council’s £2.5million towns and villages investment.

Source: Riverside Inverclyde - 31 August 2018


Above L-R: David Martin (Ri), Saadya Sabir, Victor Mackay Snr and Victor Mackay Jnr (all of Balmore Group) and Fiona Maguire (CEO – Ri) 


Riverside Inverclyde Welcomes Difficult Access Specialists, Balmore Group, To New Premises At Kelburn Business Park

Riverside Inverclyde has welcomed another new tenant, The Balmore Group Scotland, to its Kelburn Business Park development in Port Glasgow. Expansion and development of the business has prompted its relocation from Glasgow to larger, 3,000 sq. ft. modern premises, underpinning 10 jobs. 

Source: Riverside Inverclyde - 28 August 2018


West College Appoints New Principal

West College Scotland has named Liz Connolly as its new Principal and Chief Executive.  She succeeds Audrey Cumberford and will take up her new position from today.  Ms Connolly has been the College’s Vice-Principal Corporate Development since its formation in 2013. 

Source: West College Scotland - 30 August 2018


Road At Iconic Greenock Dock Near Cappielow To Be Named After Douglas Rae

The entrance road at a high-profile Greenock maritime site is to be named after former Morton chairman Douglas Rae. Inverclyde councillors decided to call the James Watt Dock vehicle access lanes - which are just across from Morton's Cappielow stadium - Douglas Rae Road. 

Source: Inverclyde Now - 31 August 2018


Above: Councillor David Wilson supports moves to pull down buildings like the old Playtex factory in Port Glasgow Industrial Estate (photo courtesy of Greenock Telegraph)


Building Owners Offered Cash Incentives To Demolish Port Glasgow Units

Owners of buildings in Port Glasgow Industrial Estate are to be offered cash incentives of up to £30,000 to demolish units left lying empty for years. Now council bosses want regenerate the area and support remaining employers. 

Source: Greenock Telegraph - 31 August 2018


Taxi Fares Under Review

Inverclyde Council is carrying out a consultation on proposed changes to taxi fares as part of its annual review of tariffs. 

Source: Inverclyde Council - 28 August 2018


Riverside Inverclyde Extends Sponsorship With Scotland’s Boat Show At Kip Marina

Ri has extended its sponsorship of Scotland’s Boat Show at Kip Marina, Inverkip to a third year. As a result of the sponsorship, a new 40m Riverside Inverclyde pavilion and courtyard will be available as well as the Taste Inverclyde ‘Taste Tent’ pavilion, offering Inverclyde food manufacturers and businesses the opportunity to promote their offerings to crowds of over 12,000. 

Source: Riverside Inverclyde - 29 August 2018



Above: Gourock's Cafe Continental boss Gregg McLeod (right) has put in a fresh  outdoor seating application


One Of Inverclyde's Most Popular Bar-Restaurants Tries Again For Outside Dining

 Cafe Continental boss Gregg McLeod has put in a fresh application, this time for the side of the building. Last year the Kempock Street venue was refused permission for an al fresco dining area on the Kempock Street pavement. 

Source: Greenock Telegraph - 31 August 2018


Riverside Inverclyde To Host International Event As Part Of Scottish International Week 2018

Riverside Inverclyde is to host an event as part of Scottish International Week 2018 (SIW18).Greenock will join the likes of Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dubai, Hong Kong, London, Manila, New York, San Diego, San Francisco and Singapore.

Source: Riverside Inverclyde - 30 August 2018


Compassion Brings Its Own Reward

An Inverclyde project changing attitudes and behaviour around death, dying and loneliness has been shortlisted for a national award. Compassionate Inverclyde is the first recognised compassionate community in Scotland and has now reached the finals of the COSLA Excellence Awards 2018.

Source: Inverclyde Council - 29 August 2018



Above: Greenock's Broomhill Gardens and Community Hub has won a national award for its design


Broomhill Gardens Wins National Award

Broomhill Gardens and Community Hub has won a national award for its design. The facility in Mearns Street in Greenock was designed by Inch Architecture and was named the winner of the Scottish Design Award in the ‘Health Building or Project’ category at an event held in Glasgow.

Source: Taste Inverclyde - 31 August 2018


My Kitchen Wins At Food Awards Scotland

The fifth annual Food Awards Scotland welcomed over 300 guests at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Glasgow on 20th August, with local favourite My Kitchen in Gourock winning in the Best World Cuisine category. 

Source: Taste Inverclyde - 30 August 2018


Cyclists Clock Up Over 6,000 Miles This Summer

Cyclists have clocked up over 6,000 miles this summer - the equivalent of pedalling from Lunderston Bay in Gourock to Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro. More people are getting back in the saddle thanks to local group Clyde Activity Bikes (CAB). 

Source: Greenock Telegraph - 31 August 2018



Above: Alan Aitken MBE, left, and session clerk Cameron Melville of St Johns Church in Gourock who are celebratng a £10k grant award


Gourock Church Celebrates £10,000 Cash Injection

St John’s Church in Gourock has received the grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund for its ‘Church History Through Stained Glass’ project. The scheme aims to reach out to young people and the wider community by researching and compiling the church’s heritage.

Source: Greenock Telegraph - 31 August 2018


Let's Grow It, Cook It, Eat It Visits Greenock

The latest edition of BBC Radio Scotland’s ‘Let’s Grow It, Cook It, Eat It’ cast its spotlight on the Belville Community Garden Trust in Greenock. Gardening expert Nicola Singleton visited the Garden Trust, where a community growing space has flourished on the site of recently demolished high-rise flats. 

Source: Taste Inverclyde - 28 August 2018


New Plan To Increase Food and Drink Tourism Launched

The industry-led Food Tourism Scotland Action Plan, launched by the industry and First Minister Nicola Sturgeon on the Isle of Arran, sets out a range of actions to maximise the potential of two of Scotland’s most successful sectors – tourism and food and drink. The action plan aims to unlock the growth potential and secure an extra £1 billion spend on local produce. 

Source: Taste Inverclyde - 27 August 2018


Above: Scotland Food & Drink is using its annual Food & Drink Fortnight as a platform to highlight careers for young people.


Scottish Food And Drink Fortnight Aims To Attract More Young People To Choose Food and Drink Careers

Scotland Food & Drink is using its annual Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight as a platform to highlight the huge diversity within the industry and position it as a fantastic and rewarding career for young people. The organisation has set out a long-term vision to fill around 27,000 jobs by 2022 to ensure the industry continues to grow. This follows the Ambition 2030 cross-sector growth strategy unveiled in 2017 in which the organisation announced its goal of doubling the value of the industry to £30 billion by 2030.

Source: Taste Inverclyde - 28 August 2018


An Afternoon With Cookery Writer and Novelist Sue Lawrence

Inverclyde Libraries are hosting an afternoon with novelist, former BBC Masterchef winner and food writer Sue Lawrence. She will be chatting with author and critic Lesley McDowell about her recent novels, Fields of Blue Flax and The Night He Left, and her career as one of Scotland’s leading cookery writers.

Source: Taste Inverclyde - 28 August 2018



Above: Super Yacht Lady M at JWD Marina in Greenock


Super Yacht Lady M II At James Watt Dock Marina - IN PICTURES

 Super Yacht Lady M II arrived at James Watt Dock Marina in Greenock on Saturday

Source: Inverclyde Now - 1 September 2018


Inverclyde Business News Round-Up 27/08/18

Riverside Inverclyde Welcomes The Start-Up Drinks Lab To Inverclyde and 24 others... 

Source: Riverside Inverclyde - 27 August 2018


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Published: 3rd September 2018