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Inverclyde Business News Round-Up 06/08/2018

Above: The retail operation of Greenock bakers Aulds has gone into liquidation (Pic: George Munro/Greenock Telegraph)

Greenock Bakery Aulds Puts Retail Shops Into Liquidation

The retail operation of Greenock bakers Aulds has gone into liquidation as part of a group turnaround plan. The company said its 26 stores across Scotland would continue to trade while liquidators assess the situation with a view to selling all or some of the shops in order to save as many jobs as possible. Around 180 employees are affected. Aulds has a number of branches in Greenock, Gourock and Port Glasgow.

Source: Taste Inverclyde - 2 August 2018


RBS Plan To Move Greenock Town Centre Bank Branch To Waterfront Mortgage Centre

The Royal Bank Of Scotland has applied to relocate its Greenock town centre branch to the waterfront mortgage centre at Cartsburn. The company has submitted a planning application seeking permission to change part of the mortgage centre premises from offices to a retail bank. The new facility would replace the branch in Cathcart Street.

Source: Inverclyde Now - 2 August 2018


Inverclyde Council To Decide On Supporting A Move To Drastically Emboldened The Legal Powers Of Council's

Inverclyde Council is to decide on supporting a move to drastically embolden the legal powers of councils. Legislation proposed by Andy Wightman MSP would see the European Charter of Self-Government enshrined in Scots Law. Thus, if government breeched any of the 18 articles protecting the independence of councils, it could be taken to court.

Source: Evening Times - 3 August 2018


Go-Ahead Given For Kilmacolm Residential Development

Councilors have approved a major housing development - including nearly 50 houses - at the Balrossie House site in Kilmacolm. A total of 64 houses and flats are proposed for the site with construction expected to take three-and-a-half years.

Source: Inverclyde Now - 2 August 2018


Iconic 132-Year-Old Mansion House Is To Be Turned Into Luxury Flats

The iconic 132-year-old mansion house with one of the most prestigious addresses in Inverclyde is to be turned into luxury flats, the Tele understands. The Grade B-listed building at 1 Ardgowan Square was recently sold by local estate agents McClure and is set to be returned to its original use as a residential property.

Source: Greenock Telegraph - 5 August 2018


Free GDPR Clinic With Anderson Strathern For Inverclyde Businesses

Riverside Inverclyde in collaboration with Anderson Strathern is delighted to announce it will be hosting a free General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) drop-in clinic for Inverclyde businesses. GDPR came into force on May 25, 2018, and Riverside Inverclyde is offering 20-minute appointments for any businesses looking to confirm that they have made the correct and necessary changes to their business and how they handle, store and process data.

Source: Riverside Inverclyde - 3 August 2018


Port Glasgow Town Centre Businesses Are To Hold Summit Talks To Discuss It's Future

Port Glasgow Traders' Association say business is booming and they want to capitalise on the boost.  Councillor Drew McKenzie says more shoppers are now coming into the area but shopkeepers are keen to make sure this trend continues.

Source: Greenock Telegraph - 5 August 2018


Housing Plan Submitted For Former Greenock School Site

Oak Tree Housing Association have applied to build 36 homes on the site of the former Ravenscraig Primary School in Greenock. The development would be made up of two-storey terraced and semi-detached houses and cottage flats on land bounded by Auchmead Road, Burns Road and Inverkip Road.

Source: Inverclyde Now - 31 July 2018



Starbucks Mulling Over Options After Failed £1m Outlet Bid

Developers behind a failed £1m Starbucks bid for Greenock say they are weighing up their options after the plans were knocked back by councillors. Crucible Alba, who own the Cartsdyke Avenue site which was earmarked for the drive-through coffee shop, say they are 'disappointed' by the recent decision of the Local Review Body to refuse planning permission.

Source: Greenock Telegraph - 30 July 2018


Inverclyde Has Lost A Quarter Of Its Retail Workforce

The figures, released by the Scottish Retail Consortium, show that between 2008 and 2015 the district lost a quarter of its shop staff - the second highest drop in Scotland, just behind Falkirk. During the same period of time, Inverclyde also recorded the second highest reduction in shop numbers at 14 per cent, again just behind Falkirk.

Source: Greenock Telegraph - 30 July 2018


Former Nurse Swaps One Form Of Stitches For Another By Launching Her Own Craft Business

Sandra McCorkell, 52, has been pursuing cross stitching for more than 30 years and now she has opened her own shop in the town centre. The premises in West Blackhall Street sits just yards where she got her first job as a receptionist with optician's Lizars when she left school.

Source: Greenock Telegraph - 4 August 2018


Public Artworks Will Be Unveiled In Greenock Later This Year

An eye-catching sculpture, depicting a phoenix rising from flames, is proposed for the Broomhill Gardens and Community Hub. In addition, a stone sculpture inspired by the the Greenock Cut is also set to be installed in Ann Street.

Source: Greenock Telegraph - 2 August 2018


Above: The second annual Morton Ladies Day has been hailed as a great success (Pic: GBR Photos)

Football And Fizz Proves To Be A Winner At Morton's Ladies Day

Ladies donned their finest to go along to the second all-girls bash at Cappielow. More than fifty women enjoyed the hospitality in the chairman's lounge, with afternoon tea washed down by gin cocktails.

Source: Greenock Telegraph - 4 August 2018


Greenock Writer Launches New Company Dedicated To Making Comic Books

Gordon Mclean has set up Trongate Publishing with fellow writers Gordon Robertson and Luke Halsall. Their aim is to create comics mixing the the best local and international talents and get more people reading comic books.

Source: Greenock Telegraph - 4 August 2018


Food Review - The Café Continental Is An Institution

The Café Continental is an institution, attracting Glaswegians to this riverside venue since 1899. We were greeted warmly and propelled us towards a table with a view, a grand view looking over the Firth of Clyde and its flotilla of yachts, cruisers and ferries.

Source: Taste Inverclyde - 3 August 2018


Chance To Get Cycling With Clyde Activity Bikes In Gourock

Clyde Activity Bikes is hosting a Cycling UK Big Bike Revival event in Gourock this week. Group-led cycle rides, electric bikes and tuition will all be part of the initiative to get more people social cycling locally.

Source: Inverclyde Now - 2 August 2018


'Hoof It For The Hospice' At Ardgowan Estate

Registration has opened for Ardgowan Hospice’s new Hoof It For The Hospice event which takes place in the grounds of Ardgowan Estate on 9 September 2018. The walk is three kilometres on well-made paths and is not timed, with the emphasis on enjoying the surroundings which have been used for major TV and film productions including the BBC's recent Ordeal By Innocence.

Source: Ardgowan Hospice - 3 August 2018


Gourock Pub To Reopen

A Gourock pub which closed down suddenly almost four months ago is to reopen. The owners of the Darroch Bar have confirmed that a new tenant has been found to run the Shore Street premises. Work is under way to get the pub ready and Admiral Taverns expect it to be back up and running 'in the next few weeks'.

Source: Greenock Telegraph - 30 July 2018


Start Dates For New And Refurbished Schools

Pupils at two Inverclyde primary schools will move into their new and refurbished premises on Tuesday 21 August, Inverclyde Council have confirmed. The new St Ninian’s building in Gourock and the refurbished Lady Alice Primary in Greenock are due to be ready by then.

Source: Inverclyde Now - 30 July 2018


Restaurant/Takeaway Plan For Part Of Greenock Garage

Plans to turn part of a Greenock garage into a restaurant/hot food takeaway have been submitted to Inverclyde Council. The proposal is for premises at Drumfrochar Road at Mearns Street. The space, on the west side of the building, is currently used for storage.

Source: Inverclyde Now - 3 August 2018


Plan To Promote British Sign Language In Inverclyde

Inverclyde residents who use British Sign Language are being encouraged to give their views on a new Inverclyde council plan. The council has created a draft plan setting out how it will promote and raise awareness of the language.

Source: Inverclyde Council - 3 August 2018


Tourism Business Performance And Trends Survey

Visit Scotland is working in partnership with local councils and destination organisations across the country. They are inviting businesses to participate in the ‘tourism industry barometer’ to capture tourism business performance.

Source: Inverclyde Council - 31 July 2018


Digital Detectives Delve Into Inverclyde's Underworld

Digital detectives delved into Inverclyde's underworld as part of a fascinating history project.  Local pupils and a women's group got together to look at crime and criminals in years gone by. The National Lottery funded research and exhibition project was arranged by Access Technology Scotland (ATS), part of Software Training Scotland who are Riverside Inverclyde's tenant at Scarlow House Business Centre in Port Glasgow.

Source: Riverside Inverclyde - 2 August 2018


Greenock Rotary Club Joins Volunteers For 'Rise Against Hunger'

Members of Greenock Rotary Club were amongst 260 volunteers who joined together for a huge international aid effort. The event was to help Rise Against Hunger, an international hunger relief organisation that distributes food and life-changing aid to the world’s most vulnerable.

Source: Greenock Telegraph - 1 August 2018


Inverclyde Business News Round-Up 30/07/18

Major Residential Development Proposed For Port Glasgow School Site and 10 others...

Source: Riverside Inverclyde - 30 July 2018


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Published: 6 August 2018