Renfrewshire Council

Food and Drink Festival 2018

Major events programme brings £1.25m into Renfrewshire economy in 2018

Renfrewshire's major events programme has created a £1.25m boost for the local economy so far in 2018 as the ongoing work to use the area's cultural and heritage story to transform its future continues to deliver results.

Renfrewshire's major events programme has created a £1.25m boost for the local economy so far in 2018 as the ongoing work to use the area's cultural and heritage story to transform its future continues to deliver results.

More than 70,000 people have come to the area from across Scotland and beyond to attend big days with April's Paisley Food and Drink Festival, May's British Pipe Band Championships and Sma' Shot/Weave festival in July, each attracting five-figure crowds.

Those three events alone created more than £850,000 of local spend plus almost £400,000 of spend by visitors to the area - boosting the coffers of local businesses.

This year also saw Scottish Opera bring a unique outdoor production of Pagliacci to a specially-erected tent in Seedhill Playing Fields for five sold-out nights in July, which also attracted a five-figure crowd and Scotland-wide profile.

The council and its partners have agreed to use the resources set aside during the town's UK City of Culture bid to host the title had Paisley won on projects which will deliver on its vision and aims, and create long-term economic, social and cultural benefits for the whole area.

Other key achievements so far this year include:

- the push to promote the area as a visitor destination continues through the area's new destination brand and website www.paisley.is, which has already smashed its first-year target for views;

- work to build the area's creative business sector, which has already - thanks to the work of the council's business incubator InCube - seen a sharp rise in the numbers of creative businesses seeking funding and support in the past few years;

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