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Invest in Renfrewshire Employability Awards 2015

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The 2nd Annual Invest in Renfrewshire Employability Awards

The 2nd Annual Invest in Renfrewshire Employability Awards brought local movers and shakers out in force on June 17th 2015 to celebrate the success and progress of those participating in the Invest in Renfrewshire programme.Guests at the special ceremony in Renfrew’s Normandy Hotel were entertained by TV and Radio presenter, Des McLean, who later tweeted that, he had a “great night” hosting the awards.
In the three years since its foundation, the Invest in Renfrewshire partnership has created 882 new work opportunities. ‘Invest’ has also helped 400 local businesses with their growth plans. The Awards recognise the work and cooperation that built this success.
Renfrewshire Council leader Mark Macmillan said: “All the finalists are an inspiration. It’s important that we appreciate how hard people are working and how ready they are to learn, innovate and share their success. The Awards process finds people and businesses who are building better futures for themselves, their organisations and for all of Renfrewshire’s communities.”

The finalists

The finalists were recognised as having made excellent contributions to their workplaces and the night’s winners were chosen as examples of Renfrewshire’s excellence.The Awards event took place one week ahead of the official opening of Invest in Renfrewshire’s new business incubator, the InCube. Thirteen young enterprises have each won a year’s place in the newly refurbished premises at 27 High Street, Paisley. There, they will benefit from business support, training and from being part of a community of entrepreneurs.
Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce was received a Special Recognition Award in appreciation of its unerring support for the principles and practical work of the Invest partnership.A&D Logistics, of Johnstone also received a special Recognition Award for its work with schools and in developing an innovative traineeship to build careers and develop the skills needed in the logistics industry.
A third Special Recognition Award went to Paisley Autocare. This company has taken on four apprentice mechanics, employed a further trainee in administration and welcomed three young people on work experience placements.
In summing up the evening, Cllr Macmillan said: “Occasions like this give us a flavour of the work a cooperation that’s happening throughout Renfrewshire. We can all be proud of the achievements we celebrated tonight. We can also be certain that as Renfrewshire’s economy continues to grow; our talent and drive will create even more success throughout our communities”.

The winners and finalists of the Invest in Renfrewshire Awards were:
Top Intern Winner: Caroline Guthrie-Tate of Kuka Studios.
Top Intern Finalists:
1. Lee Carlton of NHS.
2. Callum Justice of Renfrewshire Council.

Best Trainee Winner: Lesley Ann McKellar of Hugh Smiley Nursery.
Best Trainee Finalists:
1. Sean Folger of Paisley South Housing Association.
2. Zara Kerr of Renfrewshire Council.

CV Builder Winner: Ewan Thomson of Gleniffer High School.
CV Builder Finalists:
1. Heather Graham of Gleniffer High.
2. Ross Young of St. Andrews Academy.

Most Promising New Employee Winner: Rhiannon McMillan of Bray Controls UK Ltd.
Most Promising New Employee Finalists:
1. Shannon Clements of L1LDG Ltd.
2. Steven Fallon of It’s All Food.

Most Promising New Entrepreneur Winner: Ross McGaffney of Commando-X-Fit.
Most Promising New Entrepreneur Finalists:
1. Sarah Johnstone of Tatty Rose.
2. Kirsteen Connell of Bella Brilla Ltd.

Progression in Work Winner: Beth Leitch of Paisley Autocare Ltd.
Progression in Work Finalists:
1. Kevin Marshall of Bray Controls UK
2. Mark McNicholl of Muir Slicer Associates Ltd.
3. Craig Richardson of Scotland Excel.

Renfrewshire Apprentice of the Year: Steven McFadyen of Thermofisher Scientific.
Renfrewshire Apprentice of the Year Finalists:
1. Kelly Beggs of Muir Slicer Limited.
2. Sean McGoldrick of Renfrewshire Leisure.
3. Reece Phimster of Napier Hair and Beauty.

Special Achievement Award Winner: Sean Folger of Paisley South Housing Association.
Special Achievement Finalists:
1. Stephen Howie of BGL Contracts.
2. Sean Kelly of Bardem Demolition.
3. Philip Murray of A&D Logistics.

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