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Inverclyde Business News Round-Up 20/08/2018

Above: Glasgow City Region Tourism Strategy launch


One Million Tourist Boost for Glasgow City Region

The Glasgow City Region tourism strategy has been agreed by leaders of the eight Glasgow City Region councils. It forms part of the collaborative work being delivered through the joint Glasgow City Region economic strategy, launched last year, which set out a range of measures to grow the economy, jobs and business. Inverclyde Council Leader, Councillor Stephen McCabe, is the portfolio lead for tourism and destination marketing.

Source: Riverside Inverclyde - 14 August 2018


Greenock Dry Dock Is On The Shortlist For The Ministry of Defence Contract For The Maintenance Of The Queen Elizabeth Class Vessels

Efforts are being stepped up to land aircraft carrier repair work for Inverclyde after it was confirmed that Inchgreen is in the running for work. The UK Government has confirmed that the Greenock dry dock is on the shortlist for the Ministry of Defence contract for the maintenance of the Queen Elizabeth class vessels. 

Source: Greenock Telegraph - 14 August 2018


Start-Ups Rebooting The Food And Drink Scene In Inverclyde

Once the gateway for the finest ingredients, Inverclyde is once again set to be recognised for its food and drink industry thanks to the £1.8 million development of Scotland’s first incubator dedicated to the sector. 

Source: The Scotsman - 17 August 2018


 Above: UK's Government Minister of  Shipping Visting Ferguson's Shipyard on Monday 13 August 

Ferguson's Ferries Will Be delivered More Than A Year Late

A Ferry being built by Ferguson Marine Engineering in Port Glasgow at a cost of almost £50m will be delivered more than a year late. The construction of MV Glen Sannox - the first of two new 100-metre CalMac vessels - has been hampered and it emerged earlier this year that its bulbous bow would have to be replaced. 

Source: Greenock Telegraph - 17 August 2018


Six Hidden Gems In Inverclyde

Inverclyde and Renfrewshire sit side by side with the steady Firth of Clyde running along the length of these two unique districts. The Clyde is not the only thing these areas share, the current climate within Inverclyde and Renfrewshire is awash with new and exciting things to see and experience. Engage the senses with these six hidden gems… 

Source: Taste Inverclyde - 16 August 2018


New Term Begins For Inverclyde’s New Teachers

A former golf professional, a bassist in a rock band and a retail manager are among four men taking up a new career as Inverclyde Council primary school teachers. The new school year gets underway with 42 probationers taking their first steps into the classroom in one of the largest intakes in recent years. 

Source:  Inverclyde Council - 16 August 2018


New McDonald's Will Serve Up 80 Jobs

Work is under way on a new McDonald's in Port Glasgow which will serve up a minimum of 80 new jobs. Contractors have started building the drive-through restaurant on a section of car park belonging to the town's Tesco superstore, opposite the petrol station.

Source: Greenock Telegraph - 16 August 2018


Above: The Belgian Road Race team visiting the Cottage Coffee Shop in Greenock during the European Championships


European Championship Cyclists Pop In For Cake At Greenock Cafe

Customers and staff at a Greenock coffee shop got a surprise when the Belgian road cycling team called in to ‘refuel’. The cyclists called in at The Cottage Coffee Shop in Pottery Street during a training run on Saturday ahead of the men’s road race in Glasgow on Sunday as part of the European Championships. 

Source: Taste Inverclyde - 15 August 2018


Talks To Save At-risk Recycling Jobs

Crunch talks are set to take place in a bid to save 30 recycling jobs which are at risk in Greenock. Greenlight Environmental, a social enterprise which provides recycling services to Inverclyde Council as well as to West Dunbartonshire and Argyll and Bute councils, has issued staff with redundancy notices due to the threat of administration. 

Source: Greenock Telegraph - 15 August 2018


Gourock Woman Who Sailed Around The Globe Brings Super Yacht To River Clyde

Gourock yachtswoman Katy McGilvray has sailed to some of the world's most exotic and far-flung locations - but says there's nothing more awe-inspiring than helming her boat up the Clyde. 

Source: Greenock Telegraph - 15 August 2018


Volunteers Needed For Inverclyde Foodbank

A growing social action project in Inverclyde is recruiting new volunteers to join its busy foodbank team. The i58 Project was launched in 2012 and has expanded over the years to incorporate new initiatives and services. 

Source: Inverclyde Now - 16 August 2018


Above: Greenock Homebase store to close

Greenock's Homebase Store To Close

Greenock's Homebase store is among dozens being closed by the company across the UK. The outlet at West Shaw Street is one of 42 that will be shut by the struggling DIY retailer. The stores will be closed over the next 16 months. 

Source: Inverclyde Now - 14 August 2018


Greenock's New Dawn Coffee Shop Enjoys Continued Success

The New Dawn Coffee Shop in Greenock has been providing a great service for over 25 years. This well-established public favourite, is the perfect place to meet for a coffee as well as a bite to eat. With Visit Scotland’s ‘Taste Our Best’ accreditation, the shop provides a wide-range of Scottish produce with virtually everything being home-made.

Source: Taste Inverclyde - 13 August 2018


Traffic Light Delays At Greenock Roundabout To Last Another Two Months

Road users are to face delays at a busy Greenock town centre roundabout for eight weeks longer than expected. Scottish Water has confirmed that a four-way traffic light system will be in operation at the High Street/Inverkip Street roundabout until 12 October. 

Source: Inverclyde Now - 13 August 2018


Above: Port Glasgow's long-awaited shipbuilding sculpture to be completed in 2020


Port Glasgow Shipbuilding Sculpture Looks Set To Be Seven Years In The Making

It could be another two years before Port Glasgow's long-awaited shipbuilding sculpture takes pride of place in the town. The latest update from Inverclyde officials regarding the controversial public art project states: "Delivery and installation of the finished piece will take place by the summer of 2020." 

Source: Inverclyde Now 17 August 2018


Residents Launch Petition Against Plans For A New Housing Development In Greenock

Disgruntled residents have launched a petition against plans for a £13m housing development in Greenock. A group of local campaigners are angry about a proposal from The Link Group to build 198 homes at the former Ravenscraig Hospital site. They claim the land is not suitable as it is 'infested' with Japanese Knotweed. 

Source: Greenock Telegraph - 18 August 2018


Scaling Up in Food and Drink Event

iMultiply is inviting Inverclyde’s Food and Drink Manufacturers to join its community of food and drink leaders and family businesses to debate the complexities and opportunities of scaling-up a food and drink or family business in Scotland. 

Source: Taste Inverclyde - 16 August 2018


Exam Results Success For Pupils At St Columba's, Kilmacolm

Pupils at St Columba’s School, Kilmacolm are celebrating after another year of excellent examination results. There was a pass rate of 97.3 per cent at National 5 (78.6 per cent at grade A). This year, pupils gained the highest proportion ever of A Band 1 at 40 per cent. 

Source: Inverclyde Now - 13 August 2018


Above: Andrew Bowman from Riverside Inverclyde presents Jennifer Rooney with the fastest women's Quaich at Port Glasgow's 10k race 


Inaugural Port Glasgow 10k Success

The inaugural Port Glasgow 10k Community Fun Run has been hailed a fantastic success by participants and organisers. Faced with torrential rain and difficult conditions, the Riverside Inverclyde sponsored race was started by Provost Martin Brennan with the finish line at Coronation Park.  

Source: Riverside Inverclyde - 13 August 2018


Opera Bohemia Performing Falstaff At Beacon, Greenock

Touring company Opera Bohemia is returning to Greenock with Verdi's comic masterpiece, Falstaff, on Tuesday 21 August at the Beacon Arts Centre. 

Source: Inverclyde Now - 13 August 2018


Charity Effort By Specsavers' Staff In Memory Of Colleague

Staff at Specsavers in Greenock raised more than £320 in aid of lung cancer charity, Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation. The donation follows a Scotland-wide fund-raising initiative in memory of a much-loved colleague, Specsavers director, Tom Simpson, who sadly died in March 2018 after battling lung cancer. 

Source: Inverclyde Now - 13 August 2018


Inverclyde Business News Round-Up 13/08/2018

Inverclyde Council Insists Inchgreen Dry Dock Redevelopment Is Still On Track and 18 others... 

Source: Riverside Inverclyde - 13 August 2018


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Published: 20 August 2018