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Inverclyde Business News Round-Up 28/01/19

Above: Managing director of McGill's Buses Ralph Roberts at the company's Greenock headquarters (photo courtesy of Greenock Telegraph)


McGill's Extending Greenock Head Office Amid Changes To Two Renfrewshire Depots

The bus company is shutting its Inchinnan head office operations, with 11 staff being transferred to its Larkfield Industrial Estate building. It's remaining 165 employees at the Renfrewshire depot will continue as normal with no job losses.

 Source: Greenock Telegraph - 23 January 2019


Fresh Calls For Action At Clune Park Estate

Inverclyde Council Leader, Stephen McCabe, has made a fresh call for action on the rundown Clune Park estate after years of deadlock with landlords. 

Source: Greenock Telegraph - 25 January 2019


Community Garden In Greenock Opened In Memory Of Much-loved Dad

The loving family of a green-fingered Greenock man have paid a moving tribute to him - by helping create a new community garden in his memory 

Source: Greenock Telegraph - 27 January 2019


Above: Former Caledonian MacBrayne ferry Saturn in Garvel dry dock in February 2015


Permission Given For Ship Dismantling Work At Greenock Dock

Dales Marine has been given the go-ahead to use its dry dock at Garvel, Greenock for breaking up ships and dismantling vessels at the site.

Source: Inverclyde Now - 21 January 2019


Clipper Stopover and Extreme Sailing Series Events Floated For Inverclyde

Talks are underway to bring high-profile sailing events to Inverclyde for Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters in 2020. 

Source: Inverclyde Now - 26 January 2019


McCaskie's Butchers Calls For Haggis Emoji To Be Introduced Ahead Of Burns Night

The award-winning haggis maker says that the Burns favorite should be included in the list of emojis available, following in the footsteps of other national food favourites such as pizza, sushi, pretzels, burritos and croissants. 

Source: Taste Inverclyde - 22 January 2019


Above: Indicative design drawings, above and below, feature in the public exhibitions (picture courtesy of Inverclyde Now)


New Coastal 'Urban Village' At Inverkip Could Have Up To 650 Houses

Land owners Scottish Power want to build a new coastal urban village on the land between Inverkip and Wemyss Bay with possible sites for a hotel, a pub/restaurant and leisure and retail developments. 

Source: Inverclyde Now - 21 January 2019


Employers Encouraged To Tap Into Local Talent

The Wage Subsidy Programme is available to local small to medium sized employers and will pay 50% of the actual hourly rate, to a maximum of £5,000 or 52 weeks. 

Source: Inverclyde Council - 22 January 2019


Demolition Of St Stephen's School Moving At Pace

Demolition work began at the end of last year and is due to be completed by the end of February. Housing association, River Clyde Homes has bought the land from Inverclyde Council and wants to build a total of 224 properties. 

Source: Greenock Telegraph - 26 January 2019


Above: Campaigner Robert Buirds at the Inchgreen Dry Dock (photo courtesy of Greenock Telegraph)


Peel Ports To Be Quizzed About Plans For Greenock Dry Dock

Transport secretary, Michael Matheson, is set for showdown talks with Peel chief executive, Mark Whitworth, next month to find out the company's plans for the area, including for the historic Greenock dry dock. 

Source: Greenock Telegraph - 27 January 2019


Plans For New Community Welfare Centre Have Been Approved

Inverclyde Council's planning department has given the green light for Prime Hardware, also known as Discount World, on Laird Street to be converted into a 'non-residential institution' for use as a 'social meeting and teaching place with English classes being offered'. 

Source: Greenock Telegraph - 27 January 2019


First Phase Of Gourock Church Refurbishment Is Complete

Scott Gage Construction Services Limited carried out the work and now those using the church can benefit from the lift at the entrance, a wheelchair-friendly kitchen and toilet and a refurbished foyer and redecorated hall. 

Source: Greenock Telegraph - 22 January 2019


Above: Vicki McCarthy who is to receive an MBE in recognition of her work with Reach for Autism (photo courtesy of Greenock Telegraph)


MBE Recipient Dedicates Award To Late Mum And Colleagues

Vicki McCarthy, who will pick up her honour at Buckingham Palace on May 16, set up Reach for Autism five years ago inspired by her own experience with her daughter Kira.

Source: Greenock Telegraph - 24 January 2019


Deal Falls Through To Send Ship From Hawaii To Scotland

Scotland-based Save Falls of Clyde International canceled the ship scheduled to pick up the historic vessel on Feb. 3, citing logistical problems. 

Source: Star Tribune - 25 January 2019


Council Grants Available For Voluntary Groups

Voluntary groups across Inverclyde can now apply for council grants as the latest round of ‘small grants’ to voluntary organisations is open to applications. 

Source: Inverclyde Council - 23 January 2019


Above: Artists Impressions of the new Greenock Health Centre (picture courtesy of Greenock Telegraph)


Travel Plan Reveals Parking Places For Over 200 Cars At New Greenock Health Centre

Health bosses say the plan aims to provide a range of transport and travel solutions to make sure that patients and staff can easily access the £21m centre. 

Source: Greenock Telegraph - 25 January 2019


Golf Club Sponsored Walk Raises £2,700 For Charities

Whinhill Golf Club has handed over £2,700, raised from its annual sponsored walk, to two charities after twenty-five members and friends walked almost 12 miles.

Source: Inverclyde Now - 23 January 2019


Tourism Business Performance Survey

Visit Scotland is inviting Inverclyde tourism businesses to participate in their survey to capture tourism business performance across the area and Scotland as a whole. 

Source: Taste Inverclyde - 24 January 2019


Inverclyde Business News Round-Up 21/01/19

Extra £1 Million Potential For West Blackhall Street Regeneration Projectand 22 other stories... 

Source: Riverside Inverclyde21 January 2019




Making Tax Digital Event With HMRC at West College ScotlandThursday 21 February 2019

In conjunction with Riverside Inverclyde and Inverclyde Chamber of Commerce, Royal Bank of Scotland and FreeAgent is delighted to invite you to a keynote seminar on Making Tax Digital, with guest speakers from HMRC.


Above: Women's Enterprise Scotland launches their 6 month leadership programme in February 2019


Lead With WES - Women's Leadership - Wednesday 27 February 2019

The six-month programme – led by WES in partnership with Ri – launches on 27 February 2019 and consists of four workshops spread out between February and August 2019, interspersed with online content and support.


Assembly #01 with Creative Inverclyde - Thursday 7 March 2019

Assembly #01 is blending together art, television, broadcast, event architects, production and film in one program with three very talented creatives based or from Inverclyde. The event will take place at The Albany in Greenock on 7th March 2019.



Ardgowan Hospice Annual Ball - 9 March 2019

The Ardgowan Hospice Ball -supported by Arnold Clark - is now on sale, don’t miss out on a magical evening at one of the most important events in the Hospice calendar! Last year saw over £30,000 raised for Inverclyde’s hospice, which could fund 50 days of care within our In-Patient Unit. This year we would love to smash that goal so join us March 9th for an incredible night.


Greenock Morton Community Trust Sportsman's Dinner - Saturday 13 April 2019

Dean Saunders will be the star attraction at this year's Greenock Morton Community Trust Sportsman's Dinner - Sponsored by PG Paper - with presenter Peter Martin compering the even. A table of ten is priced at £450, with all cash raised going towards youth development at the club.


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Published: 28th January 2019