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Inverclyde Business News Round-Up 10/09/18

Above: An artists impression of the proposed visitor centre development in Greenock from the Harbourside 


Landmark Visitor Centre To Be Built at Greenock Ocean Terminal

New plans have been revealed for an iconic building on the banks of the Clyde at Greenock to welcome cruise ship passengers.  The plans, submitted as part of a planning application, are for a new visitor centre, restaurant and gallery at Greenock Ocean Terminal. 

Source: Riverside Inverclyde and BBC - 7 September 2018


Eight Aulds Shops Saved From Closure

The company has announced that a total of 75 jobs will also be spared across a newly-restructured retail business and at the Greenock headquarters. Shops in Brisbane Street, the Oak Mall, West Stewart Street and in Gourock's Kempock Street will all remain open as well as the stores in Largs, Johnstone, Paisley's Piazza and St Enoch, Glasgow.

Source: Greenock Telegraph - 8 September 2018


Road Closures as Part of Regeneration Project

A major Greenock traffic route is closing for nearly 10 weeks as part of a larger regeneration project. Baker Street will be shut between Drumfrochar Road and Ingleston Street and Drumfrochar Road will be shut between Baker Street and Lynedoch Street while road realignment work takes place. 

Source: Riverside Inverclyde - 5 September 2018


Above: Ferguson Marine's Chief executive Gerry Marshall, left, and John Morgan, head of business development (photo courtesy of Greenock Telegraph)


Ferguson Marine Engineering To Deliver Jobs Boost

Ferguson Marine is set to deliver another big jobs boost - with up to 60 roles being created as the company closes in on three new contracts. Shipyard bosses expect to take on the additional staff by the end of this year as part of the ongoing rebirth of the Port Glasgow company. They are also hopeful of bolstering the order books with several deals almost over the line.

Source: Greenock Telegraph - 8 September 2018


Interest as High in a Listed Building in the Heart of Greenock Town Centre

There is at least two bidders keen on the former Inverclyde Council planning department offices next to the Municipal Buildings. Grade B-listed Cathcart House, on Cathcart Square, has been vacant for 5 years, with roumers of a new tenant for the prominent town centre building following a series of improvement works. 

Source: Greenock Telegraph - 7 September 2018


Campaign Launched To 'Save' Greenock's College Campuses As Student Numbers Plummet

Lecturer Mark Gillan, the EIS teaching union representative at West College Scotland in the town, says that since the merger of James Watt with Reid Kerr and Clydebank in 2013 there has been a huge reduction in the number of students enrolling to study at both Finnart Street and the Waterfront. 

Source: Greenock Telegraph - 7 September 2018


Above: The Regeneration of Broomhill in Greenock continues with the demolision of flats in Drumfrochar Road (photo courtesy of Inverclyde Now)


In Pictures - Greenock Flats Being Knocked Down

Demolition works are underway with a row of flats in Drumfrochar Road in Greenock.

Source: Inverclyde Now - 3 September 2018


Council Takes Steps After Recycling Company Collapse

Inverclyde Council says recycling services will continue despite news a key contractor has gone into administration. Greenlight Environmental Ltd collected recycled glass from recycling centres and sorted the contents of blue bins at the council’s material recovery facility (MRF) at Ingleston in Greenock.

Source: Inverclyde Council - 3 September 2018


Kilmacolm Villagers 'Determined' Not To Let Brexit Affect Their Relationship With French Sister Village

Gerry Boyle is part of a local delegation who will fly out to meet their French friends in Mérignies - a small village close to Lille in the north-east of France - which Kilmacolm is formally twinned with. 

Source: Greenock Telegraph - 7 September 2018



Above: The New Morton Manager Jonatan Johansson (photo courtesy of GMFC)


Morton Appoint Jonatan Johansson as Manager

Greenock Morton Football Club is delighted to announce the appointment of Jonatan Johansson as the new first-team manager on a two-year contract. A Finnish international who won over 100 caps for his country, Johansson began his coaching career at Cappielow as co-development squad manager with David Hopkin in 2012.

Source: GMFC.net - 6 September 2018


Councilors Overturn Refusal of Creative Community Hub In Old Greenock Church

David Watson, a cabinetmaker, and his wife Jane McAllister, a filmmaker, who live in Gourock, were refused permission to convert the former Martyrs Free Church in West Shaw Street by planning officials earlier this year.The facility, which is to have a cafe, offices, workshops, hall and display space, was rejected by planners because of 64 solar panels to be put on the entire south-east roof slope. 

Source: Inverclyde Now - 5 September 2018


Gourock's Darroch Bar Reopens Following Significant Investment By Local Fisherman

New boss Andy Quay has already seen £35,000 spent on the place and intends to continue the overhaul by refurbishing its function suite and creating a 'small hotel' on the upper floors, which has led to regulars flocking back. 

Source: Greenock Telegraph - 6 September 2018




Above: Sections of the roof of popular Gourock bar The Cardwell Inn fell onto the pavement on Wednesday


Section of Popular Gourock Pub Roof Falls Into Street

 Emergency services were called after part of a Gourock pub collapsed. A large section of the roof canopy at the Cardwell Bar fell into the street around 4pm (Tuesday). Rescue crews attended at the Cardwell Road premises but no one was injured or trapped. 

Source: Inverclyde Now - 5 September 2018


CVS Aspiring Communities Conference Hears Council’s Plans For Participatory Budgeting

Delegates at CVS Inverclyde’s third sector conference, Aspiring Communities, heard about Inverclyde Council’s plans to distribute at least £350,000 across the district through a participatory budgeting process. 

Source: Riverside Inverclyde - 7 September 2018


Inverclyde Community Development Trust Eco Hub Plan

Inverclyde Community Development Trust (ICDT) is planning 'The Port Glasgow Eco Hub’ aimed at reducing the carbon emissions of people living in around Port Glasgow through delivery of a series of repair and reuse workshops and providing direct training and support to local people to extend the longevity of products and the reuse of materials.

Source: Inverclyde Trust - 5 September 2018



Above: Works to the historic McLean Museum and Watt Library complex have been delayed


Museum and Library Building Works Hit By Delays

Work at Greenock's historic McLean Museum and Watt Library complex is running about three months behind schedule. The facilities have been closed to the public since December 2016. Work was supposed to finish last month with the musuem and library expected to re-open in this autumn. 

Source: Inverclyde Now - 8 September 2018


Final Phase Released at Upper Gourock Housing Development

Merchant Homes has unveiled the final phase of luxury properties within its development at Kirn Gardens, Gourock early following popular demand. Kirn Gardens features a mix of 35 three and four-bedroom detached and semi-detached homes on the site of the former Kempock House care home at Kirn Drive. 

Source: Merchant Homes - 5 September 2018


Free Sanitary Products Available In Inverclyde

Inverclyde Council is to roll out access to free sanitary products for pupils across all of its primary and secondary schools. The Education & Communities Committee has also approved proposals for them to be available at libraries, youth clubs and community centres at weekends and school holidays.

Source: Inverclyde Council - 7 September 2018



Above: The Gourock Heritage Hub will take part in the Coming Home initiative to commemorate WW1 (photo courtesy of Greenock Telegraph)


£5k Gourock Project To Remember Brave Soldiers Who Never Came Home

The ambitious scheme will bring together all sections of the community to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the war - and tell the story of the soldiers from the town who never returned. The Coming Home initiative, which is costing £5,400, has been funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and will use a wide range of archive material as part of the tribute. 

Source: Greenock Telegraph - 3 September 2018


Product Safety Warning

Inverclyde Council’s environmental health service is calling on residents to avoid consuming MMS or miracle mineral solutions or similar products. The call comes after the national Food Standards Agency issued a warning that the product – or similar products traded under different names – typically consists of a solution containing the chemical sodium chlorite

Source: Taste Inverclyde - 4 September 2018


Wednesday Lunch Club Introduced at Broomhill Court

The transformation of Broomhill Court, a tower block in Greenock continues; following its designation as retirement living accommodation. A social area, known as Suite 16, has become the focal point for the new community that is developing and the latest addition to the busy events calendar is a Wednesday lunch club. 

Source: River Clyde Homes - 6 September 2018


Inverclyde Business News Round-Up 03/09/18

'Cautious Optimism' Over Greenock Factory's Fate and 21 others... 

Source: Riverside Inverclyde - 3 September 2018


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Published: 10th September 2018