The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

UK energy policy ‘fails objectives’

Scottish Energy Minister Fergus Ewing tells 
major conference that UK policy must change

UK energy policy has been described as ‘inconsistent, incoherent and ineffectual’ by Scotland’s Energy Minister Fergus Ewing at a major energy conference.

Mr Ewing (pictured above) made the comments as he accused UK Government of failing to meet its objectives and jeopardising energy security at the International Tidal Energy Summit in London.

Mr Ewing said: “Last week the UK Government made a ‘dash for gas’ to replace the UK’s ageing nuclear and coal plants, a belated recognition of the UK’s energy crunch. While UK energy policy continues to increase bills and weaken security of supply, the Secretary of State’s new approach is inconsistent, incoherent and will be ultimately ineffectual.

“Inconsistent, as the approach is to build new capacity at the lowest cost and let the market decide which technologies prevail, but skews incentives towards more gas and nuclear power.

“Incoherent, as it rules out support for proven, cheap technologies like onshore wind and solar.

“And it will be ineffectual - we urgently need to tackle the parlous state of affairs that has allowed the capacity margin to dwindle to one per cent, yet there are still delays to bringing on new capacity, including the development of renewables in Scotland.

“Capacity margins will worsen when Scotland’s largest power station, Longannet, closes prematurely next year due to unfair transmission charges.

“Scotland is an energy rich country and the ideal base for exploiting our natural resources such as wave and tidal. The largest planned tidal development project in the world, Meygen in the Pentland Firth, will power 175,000 homes when complete. Orkney developer Scotrenewables has almost finished building its two Megawatt floating tidal turbine, while Edinburgh-based Nova innovation is in the process of installing five turbines as part of the Shetland Tidal Array.

“Marine energy has made huge advances in the last two decades and its development needs continued support, not least the face of worrying evidence that the UK is going to miss its EU renewables targets.

“The UK Government must change its course to provide more certainty for investment in new technologies and ensuring the next capacity market auction does more to bring new, clean power generation forward.”

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

CKD Galbraith offers for sale individual architecturally designed house in Ayr overlooking old racecourse and towards the Firth of Clyde

Leading independent Scottish property consultancy CKD Galbraith is offering for sale Number 14 Racecourse View, Ayr, an individual architecturally designed house built in 1967 for the Lord Provost of Ayr at that time. 

Racecourse View is one of Ayr’s cherished addresses, and has many lovely homes which overlook the tended green of the old racecourse and towards the Firth of Clyde. 

The house has been carefully designed to take full advantage of the views with a first floor sitting room and a covered balcony.

The construction of the property is of particular relevance. Built around a steel frame the upper walls are copper clad and are maintenance free with a one hundred year life span. The roof was recently renewed, and in addition the double glazing has all been replaced. 

Internally the accommodation offers over 3000 square feet of excellent family accommodation. The entrance hall is bright and welcoming, emphasised by a full height ceiling and also has the unusual addition of a lift as well as stairs to the upper level. 

There is a bedroom with an ensuite shower room on the ground floor. 

The kitchen is fitted with a range of bespoke modern units designed for practical living and with the importance of light in mind. Patio doors open out to a decked terrace which is sheltered by mature trees and privately screened from neighbouring properties. 

The dining room flows through from the kitchen and onto a garden room beyond – all individual rooms but the continuous oak flooring and lack of doors give the rooms an open plan feel. There are also two useful utility rooms. 

Five bedrooms are located on the first floor, two of which have ensuite facilities, and there is a separate bathroom. 

The sitting room is a wonderful room with floor to ceiling windows offering far reaching views and a gas fire. An adjacent butler’s pantry is perfect for housing glasses and drinks and the covered balcony is the ideal spot to relax and soak up the views.

The gardens are easily maintained and equally as practical. Level lawns are fully enclosed and afford a surprising level of privacy. There is also a single garage with an electric door and a large carport.

Offers Over £549,950 are being sought.

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CKD Galbraith 
7 Killoch Place 
Ayr KA7 2EA 
Ayrshire, Scotland 

Tel: 01292 268181   
Fax: 01292 292300 

CKD Galbraith’s Ayr Office is a Founder Member of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Top Ayrshire textile design talent selected for Hong Kong Showcase

Five designers have been chosen to take part in Scotland’s first ever textile and fashion showcase in Hong Kong.

25 designers applied for funding to be part of Scotland Re:Designed’s showcase in March 2016 at PMQ, one of Hong Kong’s most prestigious venues.

The five fully funded designers were chosen by a panel of expert judges including Director of Graduate Fashion Week, Martyn Roberts, David Watts, Fashion Business Advisor and former Business Support Manager at the British Fashion Council, SWG3 founder Andrew Fleming-Brown and Chris Hunt, founder of Scotland Re:Designed. The designers will promote Scottish fashion and design to Hong Kong consumers, media and industry at a series of pop up shops and exhibitions.

The successful designers include Ayrshire-based textile designers MYB Textiles of Newmilns, together with luxury knitwear brand Cats Brothers, Elizabeth Martin Tweed, menswear designer Kestin Hare, and printed silk specialist Silken Favours.

Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Europe and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop, said: “Scotland is home to a thriving textiles industry with an annual turnover of £756 million which supports 9,500 jobs. Scotland Re:Designed is a fantastic opportunity to promote Scottish fashion in Hong Kong and I congratulate each of the five designers who were successful in securing a place at this prestigious event.

“Scotland Re:Designed is supported by the Scottish Government and we are committed to ensuring the profile of Scottish design and innovation remains high. I’m confident this event will demonstrate to the world that Scottish fashion is bold and exciting with a vibrant future.”

Chris Hunt, founder of Scotland Re:Designed, said: “We are delighted to be able to support five Scottish businesses in developing their brands further in the Far East through sponsorship from the Scottish Government.

“This showcase in Hong Kong will provide an unparalleled experience for the designers and will give them the chance to connect with invaluable contacts in the Hong Kong fashion, design and manufacturing industries.

“It is also an excellent opportunity for us to showcase Scotland’s fashion and textile community internationally; showing people across the world what we are capable of.”

MYB Textiles design director Margo Graham concluded: “We are delighted to have been included in this amazing opportunity to visit Hong Kong as part of the SR:D showcase group, commissioned by the Scottish Government.

"It presents an opportunity to raise the profile of the MYB brand, alongside other very talented companies and Scottish designers, in such an exciting potentially growing market.”

The SRD Hong Kong Showcase was first announced by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon following her visit to Hong Kong in July.

For more information on SRD and the designers taking part in the Hong Kong showcase visit

Scotland Re:Designed

First launched at Scotland Week in New York in 2012, Scotland Re:Designed was created to facilitate fashion, accessories, interiors and textiles designers and manufacturers, giving them an opportunity to build their brand and businesses both in Scotland and on an international stage.

MYB Textiles

The company Morton Young and Borland Ltd was founded in 1900 in Ayrshire, Scotland, exclusively manufacturing Scottish Leno Gauze weave, later known as Scottish Madras. Morton Young and Borland has developed the name MYB Textiles over the past 20 years to add a contemporary edge to their proud heritage.

MYB Textiles houses the world’s only Nottingham Lace design team. This coupled with their specialist knowledge of Scottish Madras makes MYB an industry world leader. MYB Textiles are recognised worldwide for their commitment to ensuring the highest quality of production – driven by continual product and design innovation, new technology and a highly skilled workforce. This allows MYB to supply both volume and small runs of bespoke designs quickly, whilst maintaining the highest quality standards in the industry.

Saturday, 14 November 2015

Scottish business people and politicians look to the future

More than 200 leading business figures gathered at the Scottish Parliament for the 10th Business in Parliament Conference on the 29th and 30th October 2015.

They discussed a range of issues affecting Scottish enterprise with politicians, among them First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. The event was chaired by the Presiding Officer, Rt Hon Tricia Marwick MSP.

The Business in the Parliament Conference is hosted jointly by the Scottish Parliament and the Scottish Government. It aims to facilitate engagement between Scotland’s businesses and politicians and forms part of a regular and on-going Parliament and Government programme of engagement with business organisations and senior business leaders across Scotland. The aim of this unique partnership event between the Scottish Parliament and the Scottish Government is to engage Scottish business in discussion about how to encourage sustainable growth in Scotland’s economy. 

Now in its 10th year, Business in the Parliament brings together over 200 of Scotland’s leading business people with politicians from all political parties.
Two leading Scottish entrepreneurs Rosemary EribĂ©, MD and founder of ERIBÉ Knitwear and Lesley Eccles, Founder and Senior Vice President of FanDuel provided the key note address at the conference which focussed on the theme of “Opportunities for Growth – Scottish business priorities for 2020”.

Representing the diversity of the Scottish economy, ERIBE Knitwear is one of Europe’s largest hand-knitting companies based in the Borders. FanDuel is a global leader in transatlantic sports entertainment founded in Edinburgh.
The Convener of the Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee, Murdo Fraser MSP, First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon MSP and Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Employment and Sustainable Growth, John Swinney MSP also addressed the conference, which was chaired by the Presiding Officer, Tricia Marwick MSP and held in the Debating Chamber of the Scottish Parliament.
Tricia Marwick said: “This event has become firmly established as a forum where business people can come together with politicians to debate the issues that really matter to them.  I was pleased to open the doors of the Parliament to our business community and to host a frank and lively discussion on the future of the Scottish economy.” 

Convener of the Economy Committee Murdo Fraser MSP said: “To be a successful and dynamic economy, our businesses must always be on the lookout for new markets, new technology and new opportunities to grow their business. So this year’s conference considered how Scottish businesses can capitalise on some of these exciting opportunities ensure we build a prosperous and productive economy for our future.”

Chic Brodie MSP (pictured below left) commented: “The future of Scotland depends on Scotland and how robust its economy becomes.  A meeting and conference with Scottish businesses is as important as business in Parliament and can take us towards that objective. The sharing of business plans and political strategy is very important.”

Elite Ayrshire Business Circle executive chairman and Frazer Coogans Commercial Solicitors senior director Norman Geddes (pictured above right) said “Once again this was a well-attended and informative Conference with excellent speeches by well-known business leaders plus the First Minister and other leading Scottish politicians. Each year all political parties participate and it provides a vital opportunity for the voice of Scottish business to be heard.”

Thursday, 12 November 2015

Nick Alexander lands double at Ayr Racecourse

By: Iain Ferguson

FIFE trainer Nick Alexander was the man in form at Ayr Racecourse this week saddling a double courtesy of Another Mattie and Calivigny.

The former, sent off at 9/1 in the two mile five furlong handicap hurdle and ridden by Brian Harding, was winning for the first time under rules on his 22nd start and crossed the line 10 lengths in front of nearest challenger Tantamount.

It was a win that delighted the trainer and he was back in the winners enclosure later in the afternoon with Calivigny (15/8 fav) in the three mile handicap hurdle. The horse had won at Ayr 16 days ago for the same jockey Stephen Mulqueen who rode a very confident race.

Nick would have landed his first ever treble but for a fall at the last by Frankie’s Promise, ridden by Brian Harding in the two mile four furlongs handicap chase. The seven year old gelding was clear when hitting the top of the obstacle sending his rider crashing to the ground. That left What A Dream (3/1) to land his second course win in 11 days for trainer Alison Hamilton and her nephew Jamie.

But Harding had better luck in the last race when he piloted My Little Cracker (10/1) to win the national hunt flat race for trainer Iain Jardine and Borders based owners Paul and Clare Rooney.

Lucinda Russell kept up her fine run of form by saddling Final Assault  (pictured above) (15/8 fav) to win the feature race, the three mile handicap chase, in the hands of Derek Fox.

Lucinda said afterwards: “It was a step up in trip for the horse and he did it well. He’s one of the best jumpers in the yard and we’ll look at the Rehearsal Chase at Newcastle for him later in the month.”

Ayr’s next meeting is Christmas Party Raceday on Monday 21 December. For more information on racing at Ayr call 01292 264179 or go online at 

Vernon Kay to DJ at Racecourse

TELEVISION and radio personality Vernon Kay is to perform a DJ set at an exciting new race night at Ayr Racecourse next year.

The Family Fortunes star (pictured above) who is also the host of the morning show on new station Radio X will take to the stage following racing at the June evening meeting on Friday 17 June.

Vernon will play a 90 minute set in the Ayrshire Suite and is sure to attract a huge crowd eager to see him on what should a brilliant night.

One of the most recognisable stars on television Vernon landed a regular gig on Channel 4’s T4 in 2000 and also was a presenter for BBC2’s Top Of The Pops Plus.

He joined Radio 1 in 2006 and presented a weekly slot until he left the station in 2012.

Vernon has hosted a variety of shows for both BBC1 and ITV1 including All Star Family Fortunes and he is now in his 10th series and is also the host of a brand new game show for ITV1 Daytime called 1000 Heartbeats.

In September this year Vernon joined Chris Moyles and Johnny Vaughan on Radio X.

Now on 17 June at Ayr Racecourse Vernon will play his DJ set at this exciting new Race Night.

For further information please contact Iain Ferguson on 01292 294972 or 07795 565691.

Ayr Racecourse and the associated Western House Hotel are Founder Members of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.

Supply shortfall pushes house prices up further across Scotland

The October RICS UK Residential Market Survey shows house prices continuing to rise in Scotland as a shortage of new stock supports growth, despite a slight easing in recent buyer demand.

For the third consecutive month, prices are reported to have risen in all parts of the UK in October. In Scotland, 38% more chartered surveyors saw house prices rise rather than fall and the outlook for the coming year is positive with a net balance of 54% expecting to see further price growth. East Anglia has consistently outperformed over this period with a net balance of 91% of surveyors in the area reporting growth this month

Buyer demand levelled off in October following twelve months of steady growth while supply also remained broadly unchanged. Despite the moderation in demand, sales activity continues to rise in Scotland, with a net balance of 26% more respondents seeing an increase in transactions in October.

RICS Scotland director Sarah Speirs commented: “It is hard to get away from the issue of supply when it comes to the current state of the housing market. The legacy of the drop in new build following the onset of the global financial crisis is now really hitting home with both the sales and letting markets continuing to show demand outstripping supply on a month by month basis.

“RICS would like to see a commitment from the next Scottish Government administration that delivers a definite plan for delivering attainable targets across all housing tenures to ensure that supply needs are met.”

In the Scottish lettings market, demand is also continuing to outpace supply in the three months to October*. This has been the trend nationally for some time, with the growth in demand continuing to outstrip that of supply. Unsurprisingly, rental expectations remain strong, with a net balance of 12% of respondents expecting a rise in rents over the next three months.

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

CKD Galbraith offers for sale a traditional country house on the banks of the River Ayr

Leading independent Scottish property consultancy CKD Galbraith is offering for sale Privick Mill, a traditional country house built around 1820 and situated on the banks of the River Ayr. 

The River Ayr is the longest in the county at 41 miles long and flows from its source at Glenbuck Reservoir to its estuary at Ayr and the Firth of Clyde. In a good season in excess of 500 salmon might be caught on the river, with good runs of brown trout and grayling. The Annbank Fishery is located nearby, offering Grade “A” trout for fly fishing, and there is also a local Angling Club.

The accommodation of Privick Mill is well proportioned and has retained much of its original charm. 

However it does require a degree of modernisation and upgrading to modern day standards. 

There are three good-sized bedrooms and a bathroom on the first floor, whilst on the ground floor there is a sitting room, dining room, WC and kitchen. A further bedroom, garden room and shower room can be accessed from a rear porch, which also leads into the kitchen.

The land of Privick Mill extends to about 16 acres. of which approximately 12 acres provide good grazing in fenced paddocks. There are a number of useful outbuildings which adjoin the house, forming a sheltered courtyard, including three good-sized stables and a large workshop. 

The original stone mill lies adjacent to the house and offers excellent scope for development subject to planning permission. The gardens are sheltered by mature woodland and slope gently down to the river bank.

Offers Over £325,000 are being sought.

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CKD Galbraith 
7 Killoch Place 
Ayr KA7 2EA 
Ayrshire, Scotland 

Tel: 01292 268181   
Fax: 01292 292300 

CKD Galbraith’s Ayr Office is a Founder Member of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Leading regeneration specialist to head up transformation of Loudoun Castle site

• £525 million project will create 2,500 jobs and boost local economy 

• Appointment of entrepreneur significantly strengthens project team 

• Legacy and community at the heart of this historic East Ayrshire development 

Loudoun Castle Project has strengthened its management team following the appointment of entrepreneur and regeneration specialist Paul Dixon.  

Paul (pictured above0 will act as principal lead on the £525 million development, which will bring much needed investment to East Ayrshire and the wider Ayrshire economy.  

With over 40 years’ experience in economy boosting projects, Paul boasts an impressive CV. 

The trained accountant founded Dixon Motors in 1973 – building it up to become the third largest motor retail group in the UK. 

Since then the married father-of-three has held several senior positions on dozens of development projects – which have all brought lasting value to their local areas.  

Paul said: “I am absolutely delighted to be coming on board with the Loudoun Castle Project. For me this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to create something unique that captures the spirit of Loudoun and the culture of Scotland. I have been truly impressed by the plans for the site. 

“This development has incredible potential and could bring real economic, cultural and social benefit to East Ayrshire and the wider Scottish economy. 

“Added value is always at the heart of every project I have undertaken and I believe my experience will bring much to the development and subsequent legacy of Loudoun Castle. 

“In the past 40 years I have been fortunate to have been involved in a number of major regeneration projects bringing back to life everything from redundant factory sites to brownfield sites.  

“A number of the projects I have worked on have secured National Government or European Union Grants and this is a skill set I can bring to the table for the Loudoun Project. 

“I would like to thank the East Ayrshire Council and the Scottish Government for guiding and supporting the Loudoun Castle Project through the planning process.” 

Should planning permission be granted for phase one, the Loudoun Castle Project will create a world class holiday and leisure destination, a brand new Loudoun distillery, up to 1,025 new homes, a renovated and stabilised Castle building and will deliver a plan for the conversion of  Loudoun Castle itself into a 4/5 star hotel.  

Phase two at Loudoun is also being prepared for planning and will include a tourism led luxury brands outlet village of some 340,000 square feet, a whisky visitor centre selling Loudoun whisky and several new quality hotels to provide for the many visitors expected to the area. 

Phase one will employ 800 people from the local area in the hospitality and leisure sectors while another 1,700 new jobs will be created in the retail side of the completed development. Local universities and colleges have indicated that they will liaise with the senior management team to offer courses which can dovetail with the needs of this new and exciting development for Ayrshire.  

The masterplan will see the 610-acre former family theme park transformed into an all-weather resort featuring 450 luxury lodges, 12 glamping pitches, and a lake and leisure development featuring indoor sports facilities and a subtropical water park.  

Loudoun Castle itself will be stabilised with leading conservation specialists assessing what can be achieved for the future of the site. There will also be the creation of new communities comprising up to 1,025 new homes to enable the restoration of the Castle buildings.  

Timescales are subject to planning but if successful, work would begin onsite in 2017 with an anticipated opening during 2019 and phased development beyond. 

It is anticipated that around 1,000 jobs will be created in the construction process alone for a period of at least five years with an additional 2,500 long term jobs created through the leisure and retail offering.   

Plans for the residential development will feature a mix of starter homes, bungalows and three, four and five-bedroom family homes.  

David Mace, Chairman of The Loudoun Castle Project, said: “The Loudoun Castle development will bring significant long term benefit to East Ayrshire and indeed Scotland through jobs, investment and infrastructure.  

“We understand that there are several overseas investors looking to invest in Ayrshire and we believe that as a Scottish Government supported project, the Loudoun Castle Project can indeed be a cornerstone, foundation and great example of what can be done in, and for Ayrshire, with a realistic vision, a great design and project team, good solid investors and a desire to build a worthwhile legacy. 

“Adding the expertise of Paul to the team of leading business professionals already working on the project only reinforces that legacy. 

“From speaking to local individuals and community groups, we believe that it has long been an aspiration of the people of East Ayrshire to secure the future of Loudoun Castle. We are absolutely committed to turning this vision into reality and very much look forward to working with other local stakeholders to make this hugely important development a reality of delivering a world class resort with a stunning castle and a tourism focused luxury brands outlet village.” 

The Loudoun Castle Project has a management team with many years of experience in the property, leisure and tourism industries. Key partners include global programme management and construction consultancy Turner & Townsend, strategic planning consultants RPS and specialist castle and heritage consultant Francis Shaw of Shaw & Jagger.

Friday, 6 November 2015

All systems go for Marr’s multi-million pound school for the future

Work on a £37 million modernisation and redevelopment programme at Marr College in Troon was given the official go-ahead this week by Dr Alasdair Allan MSP, Minister for Learning, Science and Scotland’s Languages, and Councillor Bill McIntosh, Leader of South Ayrshire Council.

[Pictured on the steps of Marr College are (2nd row behind boards) Dr Alasdair Allan MSP, Minister for Learning, Science and Scotland’s Languages; Elaine McGregor-Sloman, Headteacher of Marr College; and Councillor Bill McIntosh, Leader of South Ayrshire Council. They are joined by pupils from Marr College, councillors from South Ayrshire Council, representatives of Kier Construction and representatives of Hub South West.]

The project to transform the school – funded by the Scottish Futures Trust, through the Scottish Government’s Schools for the Future programme, and South Ayrshire Council – will see the iconic listed school building redeveloped and modernised internally to provide a modern learning and teaching environment.

A new technical wing and sports block will also be built to significantly enhance facilities at the school, complementing the new all-weather sports pitches opened earlier this year. The new and original buildings will be connected via a stunning glass atrium, providing another attractive architectural feature at the school. A roof will also be installed over the existing courtyards to provide exciting new learning spaces in the heart of the building.

The ambitious project is being delivered by hub South West, which was set up by the Scottish Futures Trust to deliver major public sector building projects, with construction works being undertaken by Tier 1 Contractor Kier Construction.

Speaking at the launch of the construction works, Minister for Learning Alasdair Allan said: “I was delighted to be part of the ceremony which marks an exciting milestone for the new Marr College. I’m pleased to see the designs for the school combine the historic elements of the building with modern architecture to create a fantastic, state-of-the-art environment for pupils to learn in. The new school will also provide modern leisure facilities the whole community will enjoy for generations to come.

“The Scottish Government has worked closely with South Ayrshire Council to help improve its school estate and I’m pleased we could provide more than £18 million in funding towards this project. I look forward to seeing the school when it’s finished.”

South Ayrshire Council Leader Bill McIntosh, added: “Marr has always been a magnificent school, but the fabric of the building no longer allows us to deliver learning and teaching in an environment that matches the high quality of the education provided. This project will change all of that and we are indebted to our partners for making this happen.

“What we’re seeing here today is the beginning of a legacy of high quality learning in a modern teaching environment that will reap the benefits for generations of students to come – and the fantastic facilities will also be available to the local community, so it really is a win-win for everyone involved.

“My thanks to pupils, staff, parents and families, and everyone in the school community for their patience and co-operation while these works get underway. I have no doubt they will agree that it will be worth it in the end and I’m sure, like me, they can’t wait to see the fantastic new-look school. It will be very much Marr College – but a Marr that’s fit for the future!”

Hub South West Chief Executive, Michael McBrearty, added: “We are thrilled that this exciting project is now under way, having successfully delivered the Marr all-weather sports facilities back in June. We are looking forward to ongoing collaboration with Kier Construction Scotland, South Ayrshire Council and the wider community including pupils, staff, parents and public to develop this fantastic facility. This innovative project will bring a new lease of life to Marr College as well as a wide range of modern provisions for the community.

“We are very proud to be associated with these projects in South Ayrshire and the benefits they will provide for students in the area.”

Managing director of Kier Construction's Scotland and north-east England business, Brian McQuade, said: “We are delighted to be undertaking additional work with hub South West Scotland on behalf of South Ayrshire Council, with this project further illustrating our position as a UK leader across education. Once complete, our work at will see state-of-the-art teaching and sporting facilities provided for the local community, helping to support future generations for years to come, and we look forward to getting on site.

“As with all of our activity across Scotland, we will use locally-based suppliers and subcontractors, which will support economic growth in the area and provide employment and training opportunities for the people of South Ayrshire.”

Two fantastic all-weather sports pitches were unveiled at Marr College in June 2015, giving locals access to much needed facilities. The £1.3 million project was funded by South Ayrshire Council and included a grant award of £300,000 from sportscotland.

The Council worked closely with Marr College and Troon Community Sports Hub to ensure the new pitches were designed to meet their needs and the needs of the wider community.

South Ayrshire Council is a Founder Member of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.