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Inverclyde Business News Round-Up 04/02/19

Above: Permission has been sought for more than 200 flats and houses to be built at the former St Stephen's High School site in upper Port Glasgow


Approval Recommended For Major Residential Development At Port Glasgow School Site

Planning officials say permission should be given for more than 200 flats and houses to be built by River Clyde Homes at the former St Stephen's High School site in upper Port Glasgow.

Source: Inverclyde Now - 31 January 2019


Housing Proposal For Inverkip Gets Backing From Planning Officers

Merchant Homes have applied to build properties on grassland bounded by Langhouse Road, Langhouse Place, Millhouse Road and Inverkip Cemetery with thirty-two objections to date. 

Source: Inverclyde Now - 29 January 2019


Local Man To Lead Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games Organisation

Ian Reid from Kilmacolm will lead a team of up to 50,000 people as the Chief Executive of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games Organising Committee.

Source: Greenock Telegraph - 2 February 2019


Above: New Restauant KAI Smokehouse has opened on Kempock Street in Gourock 


New Restaurant KAI Smokehouse Opens In Gourock

KAI Smokehouse is now open to the public after spending the past few months renovating the former Bank of Scotland premises. The freshly-prepared dishes will be traditional slow cooked, resulting in incredibly tender and delicious meat dishes.

Source: Taste Inverclyde - 30 January 2019


Children's Centre Refurbishment Plan

Inverclyde Council has applied for planning permission to refurbish Hillend Children's Centre, Border Street, Greenock. The £1,266,000 project would include removing the existing extension and building a new one. 

Source: Inverclyde Now - 28 January 2019


Super Gym Plans Revealed For Greenock

A mega gym featuring over 400 pieces of equipment and a running track is planned for Greenock. Leeds-based company, Xercise4Less is preparing to open its first Inverclyde fitness centre, which will also feature bike and class studios and a ladies-only area.

Source: Greenock Telegraph - 29 January 2019



Above: The New Ardgowan Hospice Shop which opens in Greenock this week (photo courtesy of Greenock Telegraph)


Hospice Opening Superstore at Retail Park

Ardgowan Hospice is moving its furniture and electrical store to the Waterfront Retail Park in Greenock. The Ardgowan Hospice Superstore will be located within the old Carpetright unit and opens today. 

Source: Greenock Telegraph - 2 February 2019


Inverclyde Council Consider Creating James Watt Tartan

Council officials are "exploring the potential to launch a new James Watt Tartan at Tartan Day linking with Visit Scotland and Scottish Development International to promote Scottish manufacturing." 

Source: Inverclyde Now - 2 February 2019


 Launch Of The Bee's Knees Awards

Now entering its sixteenth year, this launch event will give the local business community, regardless of membership, an opportunity to learn more about the annual business awards, including the new line up of categories and sponsors for 2019, as well as details on how to enter. 

Source: Riverside Inverclyde - 28 January 2019


Above: Gourock Golf Club Removing Barriers project with Caledonian McBrayne (photo courtesy of Greenock Telegraph)


 CalMac and Gourock Golf Club Partnership To Help 1,000 Youngsters Take Up Golf

Club development coach Andy Newman, with support from Inverclyde Active Schools and Gourock professional Derek Watters, plan to take golf to 1,000 boys and girls across the district this year promoting the benefits of the sport to a new generation of players. 

Source: Greenock Telegraph - 1 February 2019


Anti-social Tenants Evicted

Two areas of Inverclyde can now enjoy a more peaceful year after River Clyde Homes obtained orders from Greenock Sheriff Court to evict two tenants for antisocial behaviour. The housing association has now enforced the orders and recovered the tenancies. 

Source: River Clyde Homes - 1 February 2019


Historic Falls Of Clyde Is Sinking According To Reports In Hawaii

State officials say the 140-year-old vessel, berthed in Honolulu Harbour, is taking on water with emergency repairs being carried out to stabilise it - providing another setback for campaigners trying to bring the ship back to Scotland. 

Source: Greenock Telegraph - 2 February 2019


Above: Ardgowan Estate owner Sir Ludovic Shaw Stewart has donated a private tour of the Estate for the annual Ardgowan Hospice Ball at Greenock Town Hall (photo courtesy of Greenock Telegraph)


Chance To Bid For A Rare Peek Around Ardgowan House

Estate owner Sir Ludovic Shaw Stewart has donated a private tour as an auction lot at the annual fundraiser at Greenock Town Hall on March 9, where it is hoped that the £30,000 raised last year will be smashed. 

Source: Greenock Telegraph - 31 January 2019


Port Glasgow Route To Close For Almost 16 Weeks During Bridge Work

The second phase of the £650,000 project to improve road safety and cut congestion at Glen Avenue starts in February. Widening the bridge deck itself is due to start on Monday 11 February and continue until June. 

Source: Inverclyde Now - 28 January 2019


Inverclyde Council Issues Scam Warning About Fake Community Alarm Service Emails

Older people in Inverclyde are being warned to watch out for scam emails and phishing phone calls trying to con them out of their cash. 

Source: Inverclyde Council - 30 January 2019


Above: Greenock celtic folk band Reely Jiggered visited Pakistan to play at a Charity Ball at the British High Commission, held every year to honour Robert Burns


Greenock Band Reely Jiggered Brings Burns Night To Islamabad

Celtic folk band, Reely Jiggered, visited Pakistan for Burns Night. The band travelled from Greenock to play at the Charity Ball at the British High Commission, held every year to honour Robert Burns. 

Source: Riverside Inverclyde - 28 January 2019


Amazon's Gourock Team Celebrate In Style

Staff from Amazon’s fulfilment centre in Gourock were treated to a glamorous celebration event at Greenock Town Hall. The team held a party to celebrate their successes in 2018. 

Source: Inverclyde Now - 1 February 2019


Pioneering Inverclyde Project Dramatically Reduces Mental Health Problems

Lottery-funded Home Start Inverclyde offers distressed parents with young children the chance to work with a voluntary mentor and opens up opportunities to join support groups. 

Source: Greenock Telegraph - 31 January 2019


Above: Interest is high in the former Homebase Store site in Greenock Town Centre(photo courtesy of Greenock Telegraph)


Interest High In Former Homebase Store

Consultants working on behalf of the building's owners say there are discussions ongoing with at least two possible tenants. They expect to have the West Shaw Street unit let out in the next 3-6 months. 

Source: Greenock Telegraph - 1 February 2019


 Charity Champion Set To Conquer The Boardroom

Inverclyde Academy's Leah Canning, 17, impressed business leaders running a UK-wide competition. She is the only school pupil from Scotland to make the final three of the enterprise contest. 

Source: Greenock Telegraph - 29 January 2019


Inverclyde Business News Round-Up 28/01/19

McGill's Extending Greenock Head Office Amid Changes To Two Renfrewshire Depotsand 21 others... 

Source: Riverside Inverclyde - 28 January 2019




Bee's Knees Awards 2019 Launch - Wednesday 13 February 2019 - Beacon Arts Centre

Representatives from last year’s winners and finalists, Inverclyde Chamber Board members and award sponsors will be present to share their knowledge and experience of taking part in the awards. The glittering awards ceremony will take place on Friday 7th June 2019 in the Marquee at The Chartroom at Kip Marina, Inverkip.


Making Tax Digital Event With HMRC - Thursday 21 February 2019 - West College Scotland - Waterfront Campus, Greenock

 In conjunction with Riverside Inverclyde and Inverclyde Chamber of Commerce, Royal Bank of Scotland and FreeAgent is delighted to invite you to a free keynote seminar on Making Tax Digital, with guest speakers from HMRC.



Assembly #01 with Creative Inverclyde - Thursday 7 March 2019

Assembly #01 is blending together art, television, broadcast, event architects, production and film in one program with three very talented creatives based or from Inverclyde. The event will take place at The Albany in Greenock on 7th March 2019.


Lead With WES - Women's Leadership - Wednesday 27 February 2019

The 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.


Ardgowan Hospice Annual Ball - 9 March 2019

The Ardgowan Hospice Ball -supported by Arnold Clark - is now on sale, don’t miss out on a magical evening at one of the most important events in the Hospice calendar! Last year saw over £30,000 raised for Inverclyde’s hospice, which could fund 50 days of care within our In-Patient Unit. This year we would love to smash that goal so join us March 9th for an incredible night.



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

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.


Scottish Workplace Journey Challenge with Inverclyde Bothy and Sustrans

Sustrans Scotland, the Inverclyde Bothy and Community Tracks are delighted to bring the award-winning Scottish Workplace Journey Challenge to Inverclyde this March. This is the first time that Inverclyde has taken part and the group is appealing for workplaces to sign up to the free to participate challenge! People can compete as individual's, a team or as part of an overall workplace by logging the active or sustainable journeys that are made to, from and for work. Simply register online to log the journeys made by foot, bike, public transport and car-share.


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Published: 4th February 2019