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Inverclyde Business News Round-Up 08/10/18

Above: The site of the new McDonalds Resturant set to open this month in Port Glasgow (photo courtesy of Inverclyde Now)


New Port Glasgow McDonald's Due To Open at End of October

McDonald’s hope to open their new £2.6million drive-thru restaurant in Port Glasgow at the end of the month. The development is taking shape in part of the car park at the town's Tesco Extra store, beside the Argylls' Parade walkway near the town centre.The two-storey building will have seating for around 160 people.

Source: Inverclyde Now and Greenock Telegraph - 5 October 2018


Healthy Eating Cookery Classes Launched in Inverclyde

Participants at the newly launched Community Food Network classes at Rainbow Family Centre in Port Glasgow have been learning how to make dishes such as soup and fruit crumble.  The classes are an offshoot of Inverclyde Community Development Trust’s ‘Food to Fork’ healthy cooking and growing project, aim to show people not only how to eat healthily but also how to save money.

Source: Taste Inverclyde - 4 October 2018


Profits at Greenock-based Bus Company McGill's Down By £1.5m

McGills, owned by local businessmen James and Sandy Easdale, has published its latest set of annual accounts, which also reveal that turnover was static at £39.5m - up by just £5,000 during the financial period from January 2 to December 31 in 2017. 

Source: Greenock Telegraph - 6 October 2018



Above: Keynote Speakers at the End Child Poverty conference held in Beacon Arts Centre in Greenock  (photo courtesy of Greenock Telegraph)


More Than 100 Delegates Gather in Greenock in Bid to End Child Poverty

Experts descended on the Beacon Arts Centre to come up with a plan to tackle inequality blighting the lives of young people. In Inverclyde alone, more than a quarter of youngsters are living in poverty. The conference at the Beacon on Tuesday was the first of its kind to be held and coincided with Challenge Child Poverty Week 2018.

Source: Greenock Telegraph - 5 October 2018


Council Plans to Introduce Fleet of 4x4 Vehicles to Beat Bad Weather This Winter

Health and social care staff found themselves hampered in March when the 'Beast from the East' struck, with only one off the road vehicle available. Now bosses are looking at ways to get access to more off the road cars capable of ploughing through the snow.

Source: Greenock Telegraph - 6 October 2018


Water Refill Points Set to be Installed in Inverclyde

Bosses at Scottish Water have announced plans to install 'top up taps' in every local authority area around Scotland over the next two years. Under the initiative, councils are being consulted to identify the best locations with the aim of having the first 10 Top Up Taps installed by the end of March 2019.

Source: Greenock Telegraph - 5 October 2018


Above: The Greenock Heritage Hub which is set to close later this month in preparation for McLean Museum re-opening  (photo courtesy of Greenock Telegraph)


History Centre in Greenock Set to Close Ahead of Reopening of McLean Museum

The Inverclyde Heritage Hub on Cathcart Street is expected to shut next month leaving a gap in genealogy and research services for several weeks. The move is to allow staff to move back to the McLean Museum and Watt Library to prepare for the reopening of the 142-year-old building following a £2 million restoration project.

Source: Greenock Telegraph – 3 October 2018


Legendary Greenock Captain Who Inspired a Series of Children's Books Has Died

Robin Hutchison, affectionately known as Hurricane Hutch, spent his life at sea after catching the bug at only nine-years-old. He was one of the longest serving CalMac captains and aged 85 was one of the remaining links with the Clyde steamers who took holidaymakers 'doon the water'.

Source: Greenock Telegraph - 5 October 2018


Another Attempt is Being Made to Build Houses in Kingston Dock Estate

Developer Briar Homes wants to construct more properties on a 1.6-acre plot just off Lithgow Way in Port Glasgow. Several bids have been made in the past to build houses on the riverside site but they were booted out by Inverclyde councillors and Scottish Government officials.

Source: Greenock Telegraph - 4 October 2018


Above: Inverkip Community Hub install new Defibrillator (photo courtesy of Greenock Telegraph)


Life Saving Defibrillator Installed at New Inverkip Community Hub

The emergency device - used to give a high energy electric shock to the heart to someone in cardiac arrest - is accessible to the public 24/7 outside the main entrance at the community centre. Centre manager Kevin Rodgers said the whole community pulled together to help raise the funds required to buy and install the device.

Source: Greenock Telegraph – 3 October 2018


Inverclyde Charity Champion Nominated for Top Award

Amy Shearer says she's overwhelmed to be a finalist in the Young Scot Awards. The 20-year-old from Wemyss Bay, who was named as the a Tele community champions last year, said it was a shock to be named as a finalist in the national competition.

Source: Greenock Telegraph - 4 October 2018


Inverclyde Set to Join National Campaign to Remember the fallen from the First World War

Councillors have decided to back the ‘There but not there’ campaign by purchasing and installing seven specially designed sculptures. The sculptures, known as Tommies, depict the outline of soldiers. They will be placed in each of the district's towns and villages close to or at an existing war memorial.

Source: Greenock Telegraph – 3 October 2018


Above: Specsavers in Greenock welcome pre-registration optometrists Iram Sadiq and Mark McGowan to the team (photo courtesy of Inverclyde Now)


Improved Facilities Mean Extra Staff at Greenock Opticians

A local optician has invested in a new test room to better assist customers with mobility issues. The facility at Specsavers in the Oak Mall, Greenock is on the ground floor and is positioned close to the entrance of the store. Additional capacity has also meant the store has taken on two pre-registration optometrists to conduct eye examinations.

Source: Inverclyde Now – 8 October 2018


One of the Biggest and Best Known Figures in Shipbuilding, Sir Eric Yarrow Has Died

The Kilmacolm man, who was the last member of his family to head the Clyde shipyard Yarrow's, passed away aged 98. He is remembered fondly in his local community by his friends and by the local charities he supported generously. In his younger years Sir Eric fought in the Second World War, rose to the rank of Major and was awarded an MBE for his outstanding service in the Far East.

Source: Greenock Telegraph – 2 October 2018


New Chair for River Clyde Homes Board

Following River Clyde Homes’ Annual General Meeting last week, Jillian Moffat has been appointed Chair of the Board following the retirement of Albert Henderson MBE, who had held the position since 2015.

Source: River Clyde Homes –3 October 2018


Above: Lyle Fountain in Greenock which will be restored to it's former glory (photo courtesy of Inverclyde Now)


Historic Greenock Drinking Fountain to be Given New Lease of Life

Bosses at Inverclyde Council have unveiled a proposal to restore the Lyle Fountain in Cathcart Square as part of the new £1.9m regeneration plan for the town centre. It means that the fountain will once again have a practical purpose rather than simply being a local monument.

Source: Inverclyde Now – 7 October 2018


All Aboard With New McGill's App Which Gives Live Countdown To Bus Arrival

McGill’s Buses are launching a new mobile app with a range of extra features -- including real-time updates on when buses are going to arrive. The free app will be available from Monday 8th October and passengers will be able to buy tickets, plan a journey, find nearby stops and view timetables, all in a mobile-friendly format.

Source: Inverclyde Now – 5 October 2018


Welcome to Douglas Rae Road

The memory of former Morton chairman Douglas Rae is living on after signs went up today at the high profile road that has been named after him, just yards from the football club's stadium.

Source: Inverclyde Now – 2 October 2018


Above: The River Clyde Homes team accepting their award for Best Regeneration Project at the Herald Property Awards (photo courtesy of Inverclyde Now)


Broomhill Regeneration Commended at Awards

Inverclyde housing association River Clyde Homes has been recognised for its multi-million pound Broomhill regeneration project. It received a commendation in the Best Regeneration Project category at the Herald Property Awards. River Clyde Homes has been working for the last three years in the neighbourhood in Greenock, investing £26million to revitalise and rebuild the community.

Source: Inverclyde Now – 4 October 2018


Scenes for BBC crime drama Shetland being shot in Inverclyde locations

Local sites have featured in the series for a several years, and the production crew were today (Monday) using the vacant Carnock Bar premises in Carnock Street.

Source: Inverclyde Now – 1 October 2018


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Published: 8th October 2018