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Inverclyde Business News Round-Up 07/01/19

Above: Fergusons Boss Jim McColl at the Shipyard  (Photo courtesy of The Herald)


Port Glasgow Shipyard To Build Two Vessels For Salmon Farm Sector

Ferguson Marine Engineering Ltd (FMEL) of Port Glasgow has won contracts to build two vessels for the Scottish salmon farming industry. 

Source: The Herald - 21 December 2018


Over 200 Objections Against Plan To Build 100 New Homes On Greenbelt Land In Kilmacolm

Taylor Wimpey has applied for planning permission in principle from Inverclyde Council. According to the local authority website, there have been 218 public objections to date and just two submissions in support. 

Source: Greenock Telegraph - 6 January 2019


Women Recognised In New Year Honours

Three Inverclyde women have received MBEs in the New Year Honours. Vicki McCarthy, founder of Reach for Autism, Jackie McKelvie of Gourock, vice-chairperson of Oak Tree Housing Association, and Sheila MacLeod have all been recognised.

Source: Inverclyde Now - 29 December 2018


PG Paper Enjoys Bumper Year

Global export company PG Paper has reported a bumper year with turnover up to over £35 million. Profits at the firm, owned by Kilmacolm couple Poonam and Puneet Gupta, also increased by £37,000 to £1.17m.

Source: Riverside Inverclyde - 2 January 2019


Above: Wilson's Storage and Removals in Jamaica Street, Greenock which has now been demolished  (Photo courtesy of  Greenock Telegraph)


Greenock Blaze Building Torn Down After Becoming 'Unsafe'

Following a fierce fire at Wilson's Storage and Removals in Jamaica Street, Inverclyde Council's building standards experts declared the building dangerous following an assessment of its structural stability.

Source: Greenock Telegraph - 1 January 2019 and Inverclyde Now - 28 December 2018


Bumper Year For Ferry Operator Western Ferries

Business is buoyant for ferry operator Western Ferries with a pre-tax profit of over £2 million - on top of a £3m investment in its Gourock berth. 

Source: Greenock Telegraph - 6 January 2019


Greenock Woman Wins National Award For Volunteering Work

Kathleen McMillan, a volunteer conservationist at the Greenock Cut Visitor Centre, was named RSPB 'Young Nature Champion' at the Nature of Scotland awards. 

Source: Greenock Telegraph - 4 January 2019


Buchanan's of Scotland Celebrates New Year With STV

Greenock confectionery brand, Buchanan's of Scotland, joined STV’s Hogmanay celebrations as programme sponsors with a multi-platform campaign across broadcast and digital. 

Source: Taste Inverclyde - 27 December 2018


Above: Ross Garman (centre) with members of the Avari team and the Scottish Enterprise Award


Avari Identity Wins Identity Provider Of The Year 2018

Avari Identity, which formed in June 2016 and relocated to Greenock in 2017, has been named 'Identity Provider of the Year 2018' at the Scottish Enterprise Awards (SEA). 

Source: Riverside Inverclyde - 4 January 2019


New Oak Mall Boss Lifts Lid On 'Plans For Recovery'

The new boss of the Oak Mall in Greenock has revealed the shopping centre is on the road to recovery and outlined his vision for the future.

Source: Greenock Telegraph - 4 January 2019


Busy Greenock Route Closing For Nearly Two Months For Next Stage Of Road Project

The lower end of Baker Street - between Regent Street and Ingleston Street - will be closed for nearly two months as part of a £3million project to realign the route.

Source: Inverclyde Now - 22 December 2018


Drumfrochar Road Re-opens After £3m Redevelopment

Motorists had their first chance to drive up and down one of Greenock's busiest routes for the first time since it closed in September to allow the £3m redevelopment to take place. 

Source: Greenock Telegraph - 21 December 2018


Above: Broomhill Garden Project (L-R) Jason and Karen Orr, Katrine Hoey, Jenny Speck, Angela Hair, Rhia Laing and Laurie Duffy (Photo from Greenock Telegraph)


Residents Buzzing Thanks To New £30,000 Bee Garden

The attractive outdoor space on Ann Street has been created by RIG Arts in partnership with local residents and housing association River Clyde Homes.

Source: Greenock Telegraph - 4 January 2019


Swimmers Brave Cold To Celebrate New Year With Traditional Plunge Into The River Clyde

Royal Gourock Yacht Club and Royal West of Scotland Amateur Boat Club (RWSABC) hosted their annual events which saw members take to the water alongside swimmers of all ages.

Source: Greenock Telegraph/Inverclyde Now - 5 January 2019


Rave Review For Inverclyde's Beourgening Food And Drink Industry

The Rural Affairs and Environment Minister has given a rave review for Inverclyde’s burgeoning food and drink industry. 

Source: Taste Inverclyde - 21 December 2018


Festive Dinner To Bring Lonely People Together Hailed As A Success

21 year-old Taylor Barnes has thanked the Inverclyde community for rallying round to help her organise a special dinner after her team of hard-working volunteers – including head chef Hardeep Singh Kohli - delivered a meal for 70 people.

Source: Taste Inverclyde - 3 January 2019



Above: New Modern apprentices (L-R) Ryan Harper, Sophie McKee, Kevin McCole and Councillor Michael McCormick (Photo from Greenock Telegraph)


Seventeen Apprentices Have Been Told 'You're Hired' By Inverclyde Council

Another batch of young people have joined the local authority's successful modern apprenticeship (MA) programme, working across a range of departments. 

Source: Greenock Telegraph - 28 December 2018


Tam Cowan Reviews Eighteen 08 In Greenock

 In-fact, take a bow, chef. I think this ham hough croquette — fluffy potato and sweet, smoky, shredded meat in a deliciously crunchy crumb — might be the best one I’ve EVER tasted.

Source: Taste Inverclyde - 2 January 2019


Special Project Helps Young Lady Back Into Work

Gemma Kelly found herself out of work for two years as she battled anxiety and depression. Her life changed when she got involved with the government's Fair Start Scotland initiative - delivered by The Wise Group - which helps people get into work.

Source: Greenock Telegraph - 30 December 2018


Christmas Inverclyde Collaboration For PG Paper's Customers

A collaboration between three Inverclyde businesses has seen over 200 Christmas boxes sent around the globe packed with Inverclyde produced chocolate.

Source: Taste Inverclyde - 21 December 2018


Above: (L-R) Tommy Rodger, Artist Jim Strachan and Anne Ross, chairperson of Port Glasgow West Community Council.


Mural To Honour Port Glasgow's Past

Artist Jim Strachan is recreating a vision of Lamont's Dry Dock, which dated back to 1762, which will later be printed onto aluminium boards before being erected at the gable end in the town's Bay Street. 

Source: Riverside Inverclyde - 2 January 2019


By George, Things Are Looking Shipshape

Inverclyde is a region founded on the River Clyde, and the river is once again helping the area to prosper, allowing it to connect with the rest of the world. It is the focus of the successful regeneration currently taking place in the area. 

Source: Riverside Inverclyde - 4 January 2018


Newlyweds Hail Greenock Florist For Saving Big Day

Bride Kirsty Robb, 28, says she will be forever grateful to the team at Joseph Harley in Nicolson Street, Greenock after they stepped in late on to supply her bouquets and floral decorations. 

Source: Greenock Telegraph - 28 December 2018


Businessman Celebrates Inverclyde's Heritage With New Mural

Fergus Monk, who owns a garage in West Quay in Port Glasgow, was inspired by his surroundings to commission local artist Jim Strachan to provide artwork for the arches of the building. 

Source: Greenock Telegraph - 5 January 2019



Above: Inverclyde Leisure wins national WOW Award presented to staff at the Waterfont Leisure Complex in Greenock (Photo courtesy of  Greenock Telegraph)


Staff Are Fighting Fit After Winning Two Major UK Honours

Inverclyde Leisure is celebrating after winning two major UK honours. It was crowned 'quality service provider of the year' while Birkmyre Gym in Kilmacolm won 'best gym'. 

Source: Greenock Telegraph - 6 January 2019


Rothesay-Based Charity Calum’s Cabin Gets An Amazon-ing Christmas Surprise

A charity that supports families with children who have cancer has received a surprise Christmas donation from the team at Amazon’s fulfilment centre in Gourock. 

Source: The Buteman - 21 December 2018


Tesco In Greenock Branched Out By Delivering 16 Trolleys Of Toys To Families

It was a record-breaking year for the store's toy appeal, as shoppers picked tags from the festive fir and bought a gift for a child in need. Hundreds went to Inverclyde Foodbank as well as Barnardo's Thrive and Home Start Inverclyde. 

Source: Greenock Telegraph - 1 January 2019


Hot Food Takeaway Approved For Larkfield

Planners have agreed that a new hot food takeaway can open in upper Larkfield. A change-of-use application has been approved for one of the units at a recently-constructed development at Burns Square, Greenock.

Source: Inverclyde Now - 27 December 2018



Above: Danny and Liz McArdle who have compiled a book of special recipes for Traction Cancer Support.


Caring Greenock Chef and Wife Create Recipes For Cancer Patients

A caring chef and his wife have cooked up some very special recipes for a cancer charity. Danny and Liz McArdle have compiled a book called ‘No Chew Stew’ for charity Traction Cancer Support.

Source: Taste Inverclyde - 21 December 2018


Singing, Dancing, The Whole Shebang

Customers of River Clyde Homes were given a festive treat this year with the third annual winter parties taking place in both Greenock and Port Glasgow. 

Source: River Clyde Homes - 21 December 2018


Success For East End Community Project

Belville Community Garden’s free ‘soup and a blether’ drop-in once a week attracts dozens of families and even stayed open during the festive holidays. 

Source: Taste Inverclyde - 3 January 2019


Inverclyde Business News - Final 2018 Round-Up - 21/12/18

Year-Long Greenock Town Centre Flood Project Completed and 10 others...

Source: Riverside Inverclyde - 21 December 2018


Showcasing Scotland Regional Events - Connecting Local Buyers And Suppliers - 19th March 2019

 Developed by Scotland Food & Drink in response to growing demand for local products in local markets,the programme will help grow local and regional sales by bringing together regional buyers, producers and suppliers for a series of one-day meet the buyer events.

 Source: Taste Inverclyde - 4 January 2019


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Published: 7th January 2019