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Inverclyde Business News Round-Up 15/04/19

Above: A new £1million Leisure Facility has been opened at Cloch Caravan Park (Photo Credits: Inverclyde Now)


Cloch Caravan Park Opens New £1m Leisure and Spa Facility

The Gourock Caravan Park has invested nearly £1million on the facility, which includes a pool and gym with panoramic Clyde views plus a spa. There are also treatment rooms, run by Infinity, offering massage and beauty therapies.

Source: Inverclyde Now - 12 April 2019


Plain Sailing As Inverclyde Marina Event Is Chosen To Help Shine Spotlight On Scotland's Coasts and Waters

Kip Marina in Inverkip has won high-profile backing to feature a spectacular River of Light event at Scotland's Boat Show next year. River of Light is one of six initial events announced as part of Scotland's Year of Coasts and Waters 2020. 

Source: Inverclyde Now - 10 April 2019


Glen Sannox Delivery Date 'Cannot Be Met' Says Minister

Further delays to two new £100 million CalMac ferries being built at Ferguson's have been officially confirmed in the Scottish Parliament. Minister Paul Wheelhouse believes the current revised delivery date of June this year for the first of the vessels - Glen Sannox - now 'cannot be met'. 

Source: Greenock Telegraph - 9 April 2019


Above: Volunteers from Inverclyde Tourist Group are preparing for Greenock Ocean Terminal 2019 cruise season (Photo Credits: Greenock Telegraph)


Another Record Greenock Cruise Call Season is Under Way

Ocean Terminal boss Hugh Hardie and his team welcomed the first major visitor yesterday, the 16,000-tonne Astoria. The Greenock cruise call season is set for another record year with 75 stop-offs and some 140,000 passengers expected in total. 

Source: Greenock Telegraph - 12 April 2019


Entrepreneur Backs Port Glasgow Mum's Bid To Change The law In Memory Of Her Son

Brian Dick's New Chocolate Company has become the first business in the town's Kelburn Industrial Estate to invest in a lifesaving defibrillator. 

Source: Greenock Telegraph - 10 April 2019


Webhelp Help To Make Easter Special For Children In Inverclyde

For the second year in a row staff at Webhelp in Greenock have backed Children in Poverty Inverclyde’s appeal for chocolate eggs. Staff donated money to dress down and the proceeds were used to purchase 60 eggs. 

Source: Greenock Telegraph - 12 April 2019




Above: Gourock Pool will open to the public on 3rd May for the Summer season (Photo Credits: Inverclyde Now)


Date Confirmed For Gourock Pool Opening

Inverclyde Leisure have announced that Gourock Outdoor Pool will open on Friday (3 May) for its 2019 season. The 'big jump-in' will be at 4pm that day with opening hours to be confirmed. 

Source: Inverclyde Now - 9 April 2019


Kilmacolm Named in Top 10 Best Places To Live

A Sunday Times study says the Inverclyde village is in the top 10 locations to stay in the country and was praised as an attractive commuter village 

Source: Greenock Telegraph - 14 April 2019


New Owners For Kilmacolm's Former Pullman Tavern

The former Pullman Tavern has been bought over by local resident Graeme Finnie and his wife Karen, along with local operator Jason Andrews, who runs The River Inn in Crosslee and The Fox and Hounds in Houston. 

Source: Taste Inverclyde - 12 April 2019


Above: Roslyn Paterson of Whey'd & Measured whose protein brownie business is going from strength to strength 


Gourock Actress Launches High Protein Brownies Business

Roslyn Paterson, 31, who is also a personal trainer, has spent years perfecting her recipe and has now set up her home bakery, Whey'd & Measured. The caramelised sweet-potato high protein brownies – which weigh in at only 151 calories each – have proved an unexpected smash hit.

Source: Taste Inverclyde - 8 April 2019


Fight To Save A Sheltered Housing Complex

Bosses at Blackwood Housing say that traditional models of adult residential care are 'widely accepted as being no longer desirable and sustainable'.

Source: Greenock Telegraph - 12 April 2019


Developers Say New Housing Plan For Inverkip Investigation Site "Will Help To Lift Melancholy"

Revised plans for houses at the site of the riverside Inverkip property at the centre of the Margaret Fleming police investigation have been submitted to Inverclyde Council. 

Source: Inverclyde Now - 8 April 2019


Above: The Riverside Inverclyde Stall at Scotland's Build Expo


Riverside Inverclyde at Scotland Build Expo

Riverside Inverclyde was at the Scottish Events Campus in Glasgow on 20-21 March to showcase Inverclyde as an area for inwards investment at this years Scotland Build conference.  

Source: Riverside Inverclyde - 12 April 2019


This is an Archaic Meal - 8/10 Kai Smokehouse Sunday Herald Review

 This is an anarchic meal; we’re eating things in an odd, unbalanced combination, but it’s quite fun. Cornbread, made with mature cheese, green Jalapenos, honey, and thyme is such a scene-stealer, although it’s technically a side order. It’s just so easy to like that gritty, crusty, cornmeal texture with its sweetly fragrant chilli hit. 

Source: Taste Inverclyde - 8 April 2019


Powerful Poetry Collection Published By A Local Charity

Mind Mosaic has launched its Inspirational Poetry book at an event attended by almost 100 people, with the powerful poetry collection written by people overcoming mental health problems. 

Source: Greenock Telegraph - 11 April 2019


Above: World Famous Paddle Steamer The Waverley which has been moved to a dry-dock in Greenock  (Photo Credits: Inverclyde Now)


Waverley Heading To Greenock Drydock Ahead Of Sailing Season

 Paddle steamer Waverley has made her first move of the year, heading down river from her winter berth at Glasgow’s Science Museum to a dry-dock in Greenock. 

Source: Inverclyde Now - 11 April 2019


No Progress For New Burger Bar In Gourock

Plans for a new burger bar in Gourock look to be off the menu. Nearly two years ago, BRGR - a chain with restaurants in Glasgow, Giffnock and Edinburgh - were looking at opening a branch in an empty listed building in between John Street and Shore Street.

Source: Greenock Telegraph - 13 April 2019


UK Award Is On The Menu For Hospital Catering Staff

The team behind the meals served at Inverclyde Royal Hospital have been declared the best in Britain at a catering awards ceremony. NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) was declared Catering Service of the Year at the Hospital Caterers Association awards in Newport. 

Source: Inverclyde Now - 12 April 2019


Above: New Craft Shop The Wee Crafty Owl has opened in Greenock Town Centre (Photo Credits: Inverclyde Now)


New Wool And Craft Supply Shop 'The Wee Crafty Owl' Opens In Greenock

The wool and craft supply shop opened by Mairi Coventry has opened in Greenock town centre - and is already attracting a loyal following among local knitters and crafters. The business based in spacious, welcoming premises at 2B Jamaica Street, near West Blackhall Street. 

Source: Inverclyde Now - 9 April 2019


Sweet Little Mystery - A Spotlight On Golden Casket

Golden Casket is one of the largest and most innovative confectionery specialists in the UK and has been growing successfully for nearly 60 years with brands dating back to the 18th century. The business is now run by the second and third generation of the Rae family.  Paul Andrews went to meet them to find out more.

Source: Taste Inverclyde - 11 April 2019


Tennis Camp In Greenock Proves To Be A Smash Hit With Youngsters

There was expert coaching on hand at Ardgowan Tennis Club as aspiring Andy Murrays perfected their passes. The fun sessions were also a chance to make new friends during the holidays. 

Source: Greenock Telegraph - 11 April 2019


Above: The former Clyde Coastguard base site which was due to have been complete by Ogilvie Homes last year (Photo Credits: Greenock Telegraph)


Flagship Greenock Housing Development Delayed By Seven Months

The second phase of the Ogilvie Homes development on the former Clyde Coastguard base site was due to have been completed over six months agoand won't be completed by the end of the year.

Source: Greenock Telegraph - 9 April 2019


Pensioners and Tots Team Up For A 'Goal-Den' Football Project

The little ones at Wellpark Children's Centre kicked off a four week football programme with elderly people from the Hillend Day Centre after lottery funding was found. It was led by Paddy McAlees from Greenock Morton Community Trust. 

Source: Greenock Telegraph - 12 April 2019


Thistle Theatre Co Staging Classic Arthur Miller Play

Thistle Theatre company is performing All My Sons by Arthur Miller at the Beacon, Greenock later this month. The classic play is being staged each night at 7.30 from Thursday 25 April to Saturday 27 April with tickets £12.

Source: Inverclyde Now - 11 April 2019


Above: McCaskie's Butchers, Wemyss Bay have been shortlisted for a prize at the Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards 2019 (Photo: Greenock Telegraph)


Mearns T McCaskie's Named As Finalists For Scotland Food and Drink Excellence Awards

The Wemyss Bay based Butchers is celebrating after being named as finalists for the Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards 2019. Its Umsmoked Back Bacon and Native Breed Sirloin Steak will take on Aldi and Campbell Brothers in their category. 

Source: Greenock Telegraph - 10 April 2019


Trading Standards Issues Warning About Fake ‘Local Business’ Phone Numbers

Trading Standards officers in Inverclyde are warning local people about a new, high-tech take on an old scam which has seen one couple end up £1,500 out of pocket.

Source: Inverclyde Council - 12 April 2019


Inverclyde Business News Round-Up 08/04/19

‘Iconic’ Cruise Visitor Plans Approved By Inverclyde Council Planning Boardand 20 others... 

Source: Riverside Inverclyde - 8 April 2019



Bee's Knees Awards and Gala Dinner - 7th June 2019 - Chartroom Inverkip Marina

Following on from an exceptional awards dinner in 2018 this year’s Bee’s Knees Awards will be the ultimate showcase event for businesses in Inverclyde providing a unique platform to recognise and reward business excellence across existing and emerging sectors. Don’t miss this major highlight in the Inverclyde business calendar taking place this summer in the Marquee at the Chartroom nestling in the breath-taking setting of Kip Marina, Inverkip.


Lead With WES - Women's Leadership 6 Month Course - 24 April 2019 - Ladyburn Business Centre

This six-month programme – led by WES in partnership with Ri – launches on 24 April 2019 and consists of four workshops spread out between April and September 2019, interspersed with online content and support.


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Published: 15 April 2019