Deadline looms with Paisley 2021 bid

CGC this week renewed its pledge of support for Paisley’s bid to become UK City of Culture 2021 as the deadline looms later this month.

Paisley will submit its 2021 bid to become UK City of Culture to the Department of Culture, Media and Sport later this month.

The winner will be announced towards the end of the year.

Paisley-based CGC has been at the forefront of the campaign notably by promoting the bid on company vans which travel across Scotland and beyond.

CGC Managing Director Leo Reilly today (Monday) signed a new letter of support and sent it to the team based at Renfrewshire Council’s HQ.

Praising what he described as an “outstanding campaign” he added: “No one could have done more to secure a successful outcome than the Bid team. It has been an exemplary effort which has already raised the profile of Paisley significantly.”

CGC – named just last month as Renfrewshire’s Employer of the Year – has also been doing its bit by placing a giant unmissable Paisley 2021 sign on its steel fabrication and blacksmith building at Fulbar Road in the town.

Leo added: “This is one of the most important things which has happened to Paisley in some time. It has required us all to make a supreme effort to ensure this bid is successful.

“There are important benefits, too, at community level if we win. Success means creating hundreds of new jobs across Renfrewshire in many businesses and generating an estimated economic impact of £50 million.

“It will help tackle poverty and make it easy for every child and family in Renfrewshire to access cultural activity for free.

“But above all it will bring a new sense of pride if Scotland’s biggest town can be transformed into our newest city.

“We are delighted to sign a letter to the team renewing our 100 per cent backing for the campaign.”