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Gavin Brogan, site director at Diageo Shieldhall, is our latest guest blogger.  Here, he discusses the world-famous drinks brand’s strong cultural and heritage links with Paisley and Renfrewshire.

On behalf of Diageo, I am writing to pledge our support for Paisley’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021.

Diageo has been operating as a business in Renfrewshire for 38 years and has grown to become the largest Scotch whisky bottling facility globally and, in 2016, Diageo Shieldhall achieved the accolade of Diageo Global Supply site of the year.

We firmly believe that a successful bid for UK City of Culture 2021 would be a fantastic opportunity for Paisley and the wider area.

This bid will stimulate greater pride in the local area to take our talent to higher levels of excellence, personal and business performance.

It will also showcase Paisley on an international stage, which is crucial to the international export of our most Scottish of consumer products.

It will also use culture and creativity as the stimulus for change. This is clearly linked to the purpose of the Johnnie Walker brand, which represents personal progress – “Keep Walking.”

As well as the vast amount of heritage assets, such as the Paisley Pattern and number of listed buildings, Paisley has much to shout about in the present. For example, 30 per cent of the world’s Scotch whisky comes from Diageo Shieldhall.

It is an exciting time for Scotland’s largest town and we wish Paisley well with the bid to be UK City of Culture 2021.

Gavin Brogan