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Inverclyde Business News Round-Up 20/05/19

Above: Hindus and Sikhs traditonally scatter ashes over running water such as the Ganges. 

Clyde Stands In For Ganges So Sikhs And Hindus Can Hold Funerals

Inverclyde Council has become the first local authority to formally acknowledge the religious ritual, and has installed barriers as a safety measure at the Newark slipway in Port Glasgow which was identified as the only suitable location for the scattering of ashes along the west coast.

Source: The Scotsman - 16 May 2019


The Start-Up Drinks Lab Celebrates Success At Made In Scotland Awards

The Start-Up Drinks Lab is celebrating further success after being named Food and Drink Company of the Year at the Made in Scotland Awards. The Port Glasgow-based manufacturers took home the award after wowing judges.

Source: Taste Inverclyde - 14 May 2019


Troubled CalMac Ferries 'May' Be Ready Next Year

Scotland's transport secretary has said two new CalMac ferries may not be ready until 2020, and warned it could be even later. Michael Matheson was giving evidence to MSPs about two vessels being built at Ferguson Marine in Port Glasgow.

Source: BBC News - 15 May 2019


Businessman Who Ran His Family Firm In The Town For More Than 60 Years Has Passed Away At The Age Of 92

Rudi Stetz died peacefully at home last Friday after a short battle with pancreatic cancer. He ran Gourock Waste Metal and Car Breakers in Cardwell Road and was still working six days a week right up until January.

Source: Greenock Telegraph - 19 May 2019


Above: Kingston Dock Houses in Inverclyde.

Persimmon Homes Reassures Inverclyde Customers

Persimmon Homes - who built the Kingston Dock houses - has reassured local homeowners following claims made in a recent BBC Watchdog documentary.The programme found that some new-builds constructed by the company were sold with missing or incorrectly installed fire barriers.

Source: Greenock Telegraph - 17 May 2019


Meet The Newest Member Of Ardgowan Hospice's Workforce - An Aardvark

Meet the newest member of Ardgowan Hospice's workforce - an aardvark who will be going out into the community to help raise vital funds for the facility

Source: Greenock Telegraph - 18 May 2019


Super Yacht Arrives At Greenock Marina

James Watt Dock Marina is playing host to super yacht Vive La Vie. The luxury 60-metre private vessel sailed up the Clyde on Tuesday morning.

Source: Inverclyde Now - 15 May 2019


Above: Gourock Highland Games 2019.

Tartan Titans Gathered At A Sun Soaked Battery Park For The 63rd Annual Gourock Highland Games 

Blue skies and stunning river views provided the perfect backdrop for annual event which attracted a 10,000 strong crowd.

Source: Greenock Telegraph - 16 May 2019


The Iconic Paddle Steamer Waverley May Never Sail Again

Her 'deeply disappointed' operators say the ailing 72-year-old vessel needs a major — and expensive — boiler transplant if she is to be given a new lease of life.

Source: Greenock Telegraph - 14 May 2019


Jayden's Rainbow Charity Handed 30 Defibrillators By First Aid Charity

Leading first aid champions St Andrews have stepped in to show support to Kathleen Orr - who set up a campaign following the tragic death of her son Jayden in 2017 - by donating defibs which can increase chances of survival by 70 per cent in cases of cardiac arrests. 

Source: Greenock Telegraph - 17 May 2019


Greenock Bar And Nightclub Up For Sale

The former Rotunda in West Stewart Street is up for grabs with a guide price of £135,000. It is being marketed by Soldfast Property Auctions and is due to go under the hammer on May 28, although offers can be made inadvance of the sale.

Source: Taste Inverclyde - 16 May 2019


Above: Greenock Welcomes Celebrity Reflection.

Greenock Welcomes Massive Cruise Celebrity Reflection

The 126,000-tonne cruise ship Celebrity Reflection made her Clyde debut on Friday. The ship, which can carry more than 3,600 passengers, arrived in from Dublin and headed to Reykjavik, Iceland after spending the day at Greenock Ocean Terminal.

Source: Inverclyde Now - 17 May 2019


In Pictures - Cruise Ship Mein Schiff 5

Large cruise ship Mein Schiff 5 visited the Clyde for the first time in the first of six scheduled visits. The 99,500-tonne ship can carry around 2,000 passengers.

Source: Inverclyde Now - 15 May 2019


Figures Show Inverclyde Population Decline Worsening

Inverclyde had the largest rate of population decline out of Scotland's 32 local authorities, according to latest figures and one of 14 council areas in Scotland to have had an estimated decrease.

Source: Inverclyde Now - 18 May 2019


Tenancy Milestone For Oak Tree Housing Association

Oak Tree Housing Association is celebrated after reaching its 5,000th tenancy. It was signed by John McDonagh who joined Oak Tree chief exeutive Nick Jardine and housing manager Hazel Aitken, to mark the occasion.

Source: Inverclyde Now - 14 May 2019


Above: Ardgowan Distillery Recruit Local Whisky Maker.

Inverkip Distillery Recruits Award-winning Local Whisky Maker

For more than 25 years Max McFarlane was whisky maker for Edrington where he ensured the quality and consistency of some of the industry’s most iconic brands. Now Max has joined the Ardgowan Distillery team where he will help the fledgling operation develop its whisky-making skills and deliver a series of new whiskies this autumn.

Source: Taste Inverclyde - 15 May 2019


All Aboard As Garden Centre Celebrates New Bus Stops

A free cuppa is just the ticket for visitors travelling by bus to Cardwell Garden Centre, near Gourock. Bosses are marking the completion of a £200,000 public transport boost that provides passengers with new bus bays and shelters.  

Source: Taste Inverclyde - 16 May 2019


Roadworks To Resume Today On Busy Gourock Route

Inverclyde Council was forced to suspend operations at the site after just one day because trunk road authnext-week-on-busy-gourock-routeorities were also carrying out work on the A78 Barr's Cottage, Greenock which led to widespread traffic congestion.

Source: Inverclyde Now - 15 May 2019


Port Glasgow Bridge Work To Last An Extra Month

Bridge-widening work at Chapelton, Port Glasgow is to last an extra four weeks because of changes required as a result of unforeseen ground conditions. It is now expected to finish towards the end of June.

Source: Inverclyde Now - 16 May 2019



Above: Morton Legends throw their weight behind an ambitious fan ownership.

Morton Legends Throw Their Weight Behind An Ambitious Fan Ownership Bid

Morton legends Allan McGraw and Andy Ritchie have both endorsed the Morton Club Together (MCT) initiative, which aims to raise fresh investment for the playing squad. In return, the supporters' group will receive a 15 per cent stake in the club. 

Source: Greenock Telegraph - 17 May 2019


Energy Efficiency Service Holding Greenock Information Sessions

Home owners and local businesses can find out about reducing their fuel bills and improving energy efficiency at two drop-in sessions in Greenock.

Source: Inverclyde Now - 18 May 2019


Clothing Drive Being Held By Housing Association

River Clyde Homes is holding a clothing drive on 21 May at Craigend Resource Centre in Greenock.

The sale of adult clothing is open to all and is on from 10.30am until 3pm at the venue in McLeod Street.

Source: River Clyde Homes - 13 May 2019


Custom House Supports 'Shine A Light' Campaign

The iconic Custom House in Greenock has been lit in blue as part of its participation in the 'Shine a Light' campaign to celebrate Nerve Tumours UK to support those affected by Neurofibromatosis - a neuro-genetic condition which can cause tumours to grow on your nervous system.

Source: Riverside Inverclyde - 14 May 2019


Inverclyde Business News Round-Up 13/05/19

Uncertain Future For Beacon Bistro and 12 others...

Source: Riverside Inverclyde - 13 May 2019




Launch of 2019 Taste Inverclyde Food and Drink Guide - Tuesday 21 May 2019 - Fenwick 47 - 09:30 - 10:30 - Free

This relaxed networking event is open to all and is an open invitation to join Taste Inverclyde and The Greenock Telegraph in celebrating the launch of the new guide.


Creative Inverclyde - Pecha Kucha Night Greenock - Wednesday 29 May 2019 - The Albany - 18:30 - 21:00 - £2.50

It’s a simple quick-fire format – speakers show 20 images, each for 20 seconds. Each person chooses their topic focusing on their creative work! The night is an excellent way for people to meet and hear about exciting activities happening locally across Inverclyde and beyond.


Clyde Comedy Festival - Across Inverclyde 7-9 June 2019 - £5-£25

Taking place over three nights in Gourock, Greenock and Inverkip, you'll have your pick of laughs at the Clyde Comedy Festival. Catch the messy haired master of the one liner Milton Jones alongside his friends Chris Forbes and Stuart Mitchell, as well as other Scottish stars including Gary Faulds, Gary Meikle, John Gavin and Jay Lafferty.


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.


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Published: 20th May 2019