The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Thursday, 30 October 2014

New airport stakeholder group takes off for first time

A new Glasgow Prestwick Airport and Aerospace Stakeholder Group met for the first time this week and committed to having an active and ongoing role in ensuring the airport and its aerospace cluster prosper for the benefit of the local and national economy.


[Pictured: Representatives at the first meeting of the 
Glasgow Prestwick Airport and Aerospace Stakeholder Group.] 

The group – chaired by the Leader of South Ayrshire Council – has been created to support the commercial turnaround of Glasgow Prestwick Airport (GPA) and renewed development of the surrounding aerospace sector to help achieve the maximum economic benefits.

It brings together key representatives from both the public and private sectors who are invested in ensuring a successful and sustainable future for the airport. 

The group’s remit is to support the airport business to achieve its aims and objectives; support related economic development such as links to tourism or infrastructure improvements; and support the development of the surrounding aerospace sector.

One of the first decisions made at this week’s meeting was to agree that a supporting operational group would also be established to implement and drive forward the decisions and considerations of the strategic group.

South Ayrshire Council Leader, Councillor Bill McIntosh said: “This first meeting is a real milestone in bringing together all the parties interested in making Glasgow Prestwick Airport and its aerospace cluster work. 

“It’s great to have direct input from the aerospace industry and see the public and private sectors working together on a collective basis with a real sense of purpose.

“Every member of the stakeholder group believes in the airport as a vital economic asset for the whole of Scotland – with 1,400 people employed there and a further 3,200 jobs linked to the site – and are fully committed to achieving the ambitions we have for this vital transport hub.

“We all want to make a positive difference and the Glasgow Prestwick Airport and Aerospace Stakeholder Group is the ideal vehicle to drive our support for the airport and make sure we play a full and active role in the development of the airport and the wider aerospace and engineering economy in Ayrshire.”


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


Ayr races on Saturday

By: Iain Ferguson

THE final Saturday meeting of the season at Ayr Racecourse, John Smith's Raceday takes place this weekend.

This jumps meeting is traditionally well supported by trainers as more and more horses start their campaigns for the winter months.


[Green Flag was successful at John Smith’s Raceday last year.]

The feature race is the John Smith’s No Nonsense Handicap Chase over two miles and Scottish based trainers Lucinda Russell, James Ewart and Jim Goldie will all have runners in this.

Elsewhere on the card The John Smith’s Extra Smooth Handicap Hurdle will have a strong field with recent Kelso winner Mason Hindmarsh from the Karen McLintock yard, Lucinda Russell’s Vengeur de Guye and Voyage A New York and Jim Goldie’s Plus Jamais all in action.

The concluding race at 4.30pm is a national hunt flat race over one mile six furlongs.

After racing Dakota play in the Horseshoe Bar with a disco in the Ayrshire Suite ensuring the fun goes on till around 7.30pm.

Gates open on Saturday 1 November at 11.05am and for more information or to book tickets go online at www.ayr-racecourse.co.uk or call 01292 264179.

Treble for Scottish trainers last Monday 

THREE Scottish trainers were among the winners at Ayr Racecourse’s first jumps meeting of 2014-2015 on Monday with Keith Dalgleish, Sandy Thomson and James Ewart all scoring.

The Dalgleish winner came courtesy of Hurricane Hollow in the EBF/Download the BetVictor App National Hunt Novices Hurdle with Wilson Renwick in the saddle on the 11/4 joint favourite who coasted to a three and a half length win.

Dumfriesshire based James Ewart saddled Wilde Pastures (11/4) to win the two mile handicap chase in the hands of young Dale Irving while Grand National winning jockey Ryan Mania piloted Blue Kascade (5/2 fav) (pictured below, left) to win the two and a half mile handicap chase for Sandy Thomson.


Chidswell, ridden by Brian Harding, provided Cumbrian trainer Nicky Richards with a winner when cutting through the field to win the BetVictor.com Maiden Hurdle at odds of 11/10.

The bumper was won by Malcolm Jefferson's Double W's completing a double for jockey Brian Hughes who had ridden Always Eight to victory in the feature race, the Play Casino At BetVictor.com Handicap Chase.

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.


Tuesday, 28 October 2014

South Ayrshire gets more superfast broadband coverage

More than 5,600 homes and business in South Ayrshire will be next to benefit from fibre broadband in the latest phase of the £410 million Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband programme. 


Annbank, Joppa, Tarbolton and Maybole have all been announced as the next areas to be passed by the Digital Scotland deployment of high-speed fibre broadband, with the first premises expected to benefit during spring 2015. 

Local people will have access to fibre services at speeds of up to 80Mbps1, thanks to the engineering rollout being delivered on the ground by BT’s local network business, Openreach. The new infrastructure will mean that multiple users in a home or business will be able to access the internet and download and share large files at the same time and more quickly than ever before, if they sign up to the service.

All of the places announced in this phase will receive high speed technology for the first time.

The Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband programme aims to provide fibre broadband infrastructure to areas not covered by commercial deployment. Combined with commercial roll-out plans by the private sector, around 85% of premises in Scotland will have access to fibre broadband by the end of 2015/16 and 95% by the end of 2017/18. 

Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “The scale of the challenge of delivering fibre broadband across our communities in Scotland shouldn’t be underestimated but engineers are working hard and making good progress. It’s fantastic to see the project extending into places like Maybole, which will really benefit from the economic advantages fibre broadband brings. 

“It’s a fundamental part of the Scottish Government’s aim to deliver world class connectivity by 2020, enabling people across Scotland to connect any time, any place, anywhere using any device.”

The Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband initiative consists of two projects – one covering the Highlands and Islands area, led by Highlands and Islands Enterprise, and the other covering the Rest of Scotland. The first cabinets went live in March and April of this year in Buckie and Kirkton of Skene, Aberdeenshire. In total, more than three quarters of a million homes and business premises are expected to benefit.

BT is investing £126 million in the partnership programme, in addition to its £2.5bn UK commercial rollout of fibre broadband. The advance of the partnership roll-out, coupled with BT’s ongoing commercial upgrades, means that more than 1.3m Scottish homes and businesses now have access to Openreach’s fibre broadband network. 

BT Scotland director Brendan Dick said: “The arrival of fibre broadband in these latest South Ayrshire communities will be great news for local homes and businesses. In a few months’ time local people will be streaming, shopping, learning and sharing faster than ever before. Fibre broadband opens up lots of new online opportunities, whether you’re a busy mum juggling work with homework, a commuter wanting to work from home or a business contemplating moving functions to the cloud.  

“The civil engineering project underpinning this new network is not just one of the biggest in Scotland but is among the most complex anywhere in Europe. Openreach has been recruiting dozens of extra engineers to help shape Scotland’s future and many of our young apprentices are gaining valuable experience helping to connect up people to fibre in local communities across Scotland.” 

Councillor Bill Grant, South Ayrshire Council’s Portfolio Holder for Economic Development, Tourism and Leisure, said: “The introduction of superfast broadband in our towns and villages will make a massive difference, especially in our rural areas. This will transform how these homes and businesses work, learn and play and will be a real boost for our communities. I look forward to the continued roll-out of broadband across our area and know it will get a very warm welcome wherever it’s introduced in South Ayrshire.”

Digital Economy Minister Ed Vaizey said: “The UK Government is investing more than £120m in the transformation of Scotland’s digital landscape, and today’s announcement of the next 80,000 homes and businesses in Scotland due to  benefit from the rollout of superfast broadband is fantastic news.”

Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband funding partners include the Scottish Government, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, the UK Government through Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK), local authorities and the European Regional Development Fund, as well as BT. 

Locations will be announced quarterly over the life of the projects as the fibre network rolls out across Scotland.  Further local detail will be provided as plans advance and anyone interested in the roll-out can keep up to date and get more detail at www.digitalscotland.org


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


Friday, 24 October 2014

Learning Shop in Ayr re-opens

South Ayrshire Council’s Learning Shop – an adult learning resource centre at New Bridge Street in Ayr – has been officially re-opened by Councillor Margaret Toner, Portfolio Holder for Lifelong Learning, after a comprehensive refurbishment.


[Pictured: Councillor Margaret Toner, Portfolio Holder for Lifelong Learning (centre) cuts the celebration cake to formally re-open the Learning Shop in Ayr. Also pictured are current and former learners, volunteer tutors, staff and local Councillors.]

The Learning Shop opened in 2003, creating a dedicated centre to co-ordinate literacy provision throughout South Ayrshire and basing it in a town centre shop helped make it more convenient and visible to learners.

Cutting the ribbon to officially re-open the Shop, Councillor Toner said: “I’m absolutely delighted to re-open this excellent service and it’s a perfect opportunity to raise awareness of the Adult Literacy team and the superb work they do.

“In the eleven years since the Learning Shop first opened, our team has helped thousands of people with reading, writing, spelling and number skills, all delivered at a time and pace to suit their needs.

“Our team is brilliantly supported by another team of over 100 volunteer tutors – people who give up their time to be trained to support other adults in their learning – and the success of the Learning Shop is a direct reflection of their dedication and commitment to others.”

This year looks set to be one of the busiest ever for the Learning Shop, with more than 150 students receiving literacy support and over 100 foreign students getting help to improve their English language skills. 

Nearly two hundred people will learn how to use a computer and more than fifty new volunteers will complete the tutor training course.

The team also works with partner organisations to support literacy projects in the community, with outreach work in Troon, Prestwick, Maybole and Girvan and still maintains strong links with the local college and other learning providers.

Councillor Toner added: “The team has also worked with those partners to deliver 15 literacy projects to over 400 learners, so it really has become the focal point in supporting the people of South Ayrshire along their lifelong learning journey.”

“I’d encourage anyone interested in improving their reading, writing, number or computer skills to drop in for a quick chat, or to lift the phone for some friendly advice, which could turn out to be life changing.”

The Learning Shop is on the corner of New Bridge Street, Ayr and can be contacted on 01292 263304 – or why not drop in for a friendly chat?


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


Ayrshire property market maintains momentum

Despite the uncertainty caused by the Scottish referendum during the summer months, leading property consultants CKD Galbraith have released new statistics showing that the property market maintained momentum and interest. 


[Pictured: Bob Cherry, partner and head of 
residential in CKD Galbraith’s Ayr office.]

The third quarter of 2014 (July-September) saw property sales i n Ayr remain consistently high compared to the previous quarter and the same quarter in 2013, as well as a significant increase in the number of property viewings since quarter two of 2014 - according to research conducted by the firm’s office at Killoch Place in Ayr town centre.

CKD Galbraith Ayr statistics from quarter three of 2014 show:-

• Viewings have risen by 48 per cent since the last quarter
• There has been a 14 per cent rise in the number of registered buyers since the previous quarter
• Property in the area has sold, on average, nearly a month quicker than the previous quarter

Bob Cherry, partner and head of residential in CKD Galbraith’s Ayr office, said: “Despite supply and demand being mixed across the UK as a whole, momentum in terms of sales and prices has remained steady in Ayr. Buyer interest remains firm in the Ayrshire region as well, bucking the trend elsewhere in the UK. We expected a slowdown in the market in the run up to the referendum but the region has shown a good degree of resilience”

There were also positive signs in the Ayrshire lettings sector. 


Joyce Smart (pictured above) of CKD Galbraith’s lettings department in Ayr, said: “We are greatly encouraged by our findings for the third quarter of this year, indicating continued strength in the Ayrshire rental sector. There has been an encouraging increase of 18 per cent in the number of properties let this quarter whilst the supply of high quality lets and viewing figures have remained steady. Demand is still outstripping supply and the average time taken to secure tenants has decreased once again in the third quarter.”

CKD Galbraith operates a network of regional offices located throughout the country and has enjoyed good growth over the last year, which it expects to continue into the final quarter of 2014. 

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

Contact: R A Cherry BSc MRICS 
Tel: 01292 268181 
Fax: 01292 292300 

About CKD Galbraith 

CKD Galbraith is an independent property consultancy employing 225 staff in offices across Scotland including Edinburgh, Stirling, Perth, Cupar, Inverness, Castle Douglas, Ayr, Elgin, Galashiels, Kelso, Alyth and Aberdeen, offering local knowledge, national expertise and enjoying an international presence. 

The firm is Scotland’s largest and leading rural consultancy managing in excess of 1 million acres of land across the country.

CKD Galbraith provides the full range of property consulting services across the residential, commercial, rural and renewable energy sectors throughout Scotland and northern England. The partnership also enjoys a successful relationship with its associate firm in London, CKD Kennedy Macpherson.

To find out more about CKD Galbraith visit www.ckdgalbraith.co.uk

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


Thursday, 23 October 2014

Construction workloads reach seven year high in Scotland

Private and public housing and private commercial construction activity drove a record workload in Q3, according to the RICS UK Construction Market Survey – the highest recorded since 2007. 


Despite skills shortage concerns for quantity surveyors rising for the second consecutive quarter (now standing at a net balance of 42%) commercial workloads continue to make a strong recovery throughout Scotland, with 39% more surveyors reporting a rise in activity (up from a net balance of 26% in Q2). This compares to a workload decline over the same quarter in 2012 (net balance of -9%). 

In Scotland, there were positive signs for workloads in the public housing sector, with a net balance of 22% of surveyors reporting a growth in construction activity during Q3, the sharpest increase in since 2005. Workloads in the private housing sector also grew robustly across all parts of the UK with the London/South East region seeing the strongest growth.

However, while still positive, workloads in infrastructure saw much more balanced growth with 27% more surveyors seeing activity levels rise across Scotland. Significantly for Northern Ireland, for the fourth consecutive quarter, infrastructure and private industrial sector growth in Northern Ireland remained flat (0% net balance).   

Across the whole of the UK, the main factors which were found to be limiting building activity were a shortage of labour, followed by concerns over finance and shortage of materials (both a net balance of 58%) followed by planning and regulation factors (a net balance of 51%). In particular, demand for brick layers grew significantly on the previous quarter, with a net balance of 71% of respondents now saying that they are in great demand (compared to 59% in Q2 2014). 

However, despite the concerns, the strength and breadth of the growth that is being reported across Scotland is promising and feeding expectations for further growth over the coming year. As a result, 43% more surveyors expect to see profits increase, rather than decrease, and 38% of respondents expect to take on more people in response to the rising workloads during the next 12 months. 

Commentating on the data, Sarah Speirs, Director RICS Scotland said: “Unprecedented housing demand and the bounce back from a very deep recession are translating into prominent growth in workloads throughout Scotland. With a lack of housing supply identified in the recent Scottish Housing Commission reports, it is encouraging to see a growth in construction activity across housing sectors. 

“Of course factors impacting construction activity, such as skill shortages and material shortages, must be addressed if we are to avoid capacity constraints, but it is equally important that the underlying framework for effective planning and delivery of projects is in place to ensure long-term construction growth that is evenly spread across the country.”

Despite the positive figures, caution remains within the industry as the recovery begins to take hold.

David Taylor FRICS, CBA QS Ltd, Glasgow commented: “There is an ever increasing air of confidence but market participants still seem reluctant to commit to some of the larger projects. We are sensing caution on funding even though the uncertainty which was present before the referendum has dissipated.”


Tuesday, 21 October 2014

CKD Galbraith offer a contemporary country property in Ayrshire with practical equestrian facilities

Leading Scottish property consultancy CKD Galbraith is offering for sale Number 6 Barlosh Court, Sinclairston, Ayrshire, a charming property enjoying an elevated south facing position overlooking the surrounding countryside.  


Forming part of a small courtyard development created from a former farm steading, Barlosh Court lies in the heart of rural Ayrshire, yet is just over 10 miles from Ayr town centre.


The property offers deceptively spacious accommodation over two levels and a good level of specification.  


The living room and dining room take full advantage of the surrounding views with double aspect windows and the breakfasting kitchen offers a range of modern units with excellent storage and a range of integrated appliances.  


Three bedrooms are located on the first floor – all have en suite facilities and in addition the master bedroom has a walk-in wardrobe.

The gardens and land of Barlosh Court are perhaps of equal importance as the house itself. The gardens are practically laid out with an enclosed lawn, sheltered patio and raised beds used for growing fruit bushes and vegetables. In addition there is a greenhouse. Private parking and additional visitor parking spaces are also provided.


The present owners of number 6 have added excellent equestrian facilities including three timber framed stables, a tack room and a hay store.  All are supplied with power and water. There is also a floodlit outdoor arena which overlooks the paddock of approximately 7 acres.

Number 6 Barlosh Court is a contemporary house surrounded by rural farmland with excellent bespoke equestrian facilities.

Offers Over £330,000 are being sought.

PDF available on www.ckdgalbraith.co.uk


For further information contact: Fiona Fulton (pictured above) at:

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

D/L Tel: 01292 292535
Switchboard:  01292 268181  
Fax: 01292 292300 

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


Friday, 17 October 2014

Jason’s treble tops at final Ayr Racecourse 2014 Flat fixture

By: Iain Ferguson

BORDERS born jockey Jason Hart rode a superb treble at Ayr’s final Flat fixture of 2014 last Thursday, bringing his total number of winners at the track this season to 10.


First up for Jason was Lord Buffhead (14/1) for trainer Richard Guest in Division 1 of the Coca Cola Handicap, then came the Garry Moss trained Fredricka (100/30)  in the Guinness Dublin Porter Handicap, and win number three was on Shaun Harris’s Rockweiller (11/2) in the Ginger Grouse Handicap (pictured above).

Megan Carberry was another young rider in top form with a 687/1 double in the first and last race. Royal Regent was sent off at 80/1 in the opening maiden, but Megan brought the Lucy Normile trained horse to hit the front over a furlong out and stay on well to win by three lengths from the evens favourite Sir Chauvelin.

In the final flat race at Ayr of 2014, the Caledonia Best Handicap, the Carberry class came into play as she held Royal Duchess (15/2) up before coming to lead before the furlong pole and comfortably winning by three quarters of a length from Uncle Brit.

Jim Goldie saddled his 43rd winner of 2014 and his 13th at Ayr when New Lease Of Life (8/1) landed the second division of the Coca Cola Handicap under Gary Bartley ride. 

Double header marks start of Jumps season

THE new jumps season at Ayr Racecourse kicks off with a double header with October Fun Raceday on Monday 27 October followed by John Smith’s Raceday on Saturday 1 November.

The opening fixture sees a seven race card with the feature, the Betvictor.com Handicap Chase over three miles one furlong at 3.50pm.

The first race, a maiden hurdle is off at 1.20pm with the final race, a national hunt flat race scheduled for 4.20pm. Gates open at 11.20pm.

John Smith’s Raceday is always a popular Saturday fixture with £50,000 in prize-money. The highlights of the afternoon is the John Smith’s No Nonsense Handicap Chase over the minimum trip of two miles and the John Smith’s Extra Smooth Handicap Hurdle also over two miles.


[Pictured: Green Flag, trained by Lucinda Russell, wins at last year’s John Smith’s Raceday.]

Gates open on Saturday 1 November at 11.05am and for more information or to book tickets go online at www.ayr-racecourse.co.uk or call 01292 264179.

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.


Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Glaisnock House set to become a hub for business and cultural links between Scotland and China

A Victorian mansion in Ayrshire is poised to assume an exciting new role in the 21st century.

Glaisnock House near Cumnock has been sold to new Chinese owners who plan to convert the impressive building into a centre to encourage further development of business and cultural relations between Scotland and China.


[Pictured: celebrating the new Chinese investment In Ayrshire - Elite Ayrshire Business Circle executive chairman and Frazer Coogans Commercial Solicitors managing partner Norman Geddes; Sino-Scottish expert and Ayrshire entrepreneur Meiqin McColm; East Ayrshire Council Leader Douglas Reid; East Ayrshire Council Chief Executive Fiona Lees; Chic Brodie MSP for South of Scotland.]

The Cumnock landmark will see visitors from China learning English and being tutored in European culture. British students and business people will also learn Chinese language and culture. The scheme will see the building become a one-stop shop for businesses looking to enter the ever-expanding Chinese market. It is an exciting new chapter for Glaisnock House, which has lain empty for several years.

The project is fronted by Li Peng, an entrepreneur from Dandong in north-east China and Operations Director of UPIC, an investment consortium which involves retail, tourism and education. The company provides students to three Scottish universities and three in England but plans to increase this to 30 overall with the Cumnock site as an administration centre.

Mr Li Peng said: “I am delighted to be involved with Scotland on this ambitious development which I am sure will further strengthen Chinese and Scottish cultural and business ties.”

It is believed the first phase of the project will see Chinese music students arrive in Ayrshire next summer.

In future there are plans for teacher and student exchanges, including schools, as well as increased business development opportunities.

East Ayrshire Council’s Economic Development and Planning teams played an important role in helping bring this development to Cumnock.

East Ayrshire Council Chief Executive Fiona Lees said: “This is great news for East Ayrshire, and I welcomed the opportunity to meet with Mr Peng on his recent visit, and hear of his plans for Glaisnock House.

“The Council stands ready to support the development in whatever way we can. The regeneration of Glaisnock House as an educational and cultural centre will be a great asset both locally and nationally, and we look forward to welcoming students and entrepreneurs from China to East Ayrshire.”

Chic Brodie MSP for South of Scotland based in Ayr said: “I am delighted to have been associated with this very exciting new development in the furtherance of Scotland’s relationship with China.

“It is a great honour to have been associated with those who have been instrumental in processing this development so quickly.

“Pivotal were local Sino-Scottish expert and Ayrshire entrepreneur Meiqin McColm with her strong communication links with China, and the legal expertise of Norman Geddes of Frazer Coogans Commercial Solicitors, who enabled all of the statutory hurdles to be cleared so quickly.

“I also commend Fiona Lees, Chief Executive of East Ayrshire Council and her Economic Development and Planning teams who stand ready to bring such opportunities to fruition. They are a clear example of a ‘Council in Action’ ready to seek meaningful business and employment opportunities.”

As well as being Managing Partner of Frazer Coogans Commercial Solicitors, Norman Geddes is Executive Chairman of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle, an association founded in 2007 by many of the top companies in Ayrshire.

He commented: “Ever since the inception of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle, we have been pleased to have been associated with the further development of business and cultural relations between Ayrshire and China. We greatly welcome the Glaisnock House project as evidence of the steady progress that we are all making along this exciting journey.”

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Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Official opening of Barrhill Primary School

There was plenty to sing about in Barrhill last week as children welcomed the official opening of their primary school – just twelve months after work began to transform it into a great place to learn.

Originally built in 1851 and extended at various times up to 1970, the school has been fully modernised thanks to a £1.3 million investment by South Ayrshire Council.


[Pictured:South Ayrshire Councillor Margaret Toner, Portfolio Holder for Lifelong Learning, officially opens Barrhill Primary School.]

Officially opening the school during a fun programme of celebration and song from the children, Councillor Margaret Toner, Portfolio Holder for Lifelong Learning said: “Last year, we agreed funding of £1.3 million for the upgrading and extension here at Barrhill primary school and what a transformation we’ve seen!”

“Pupils and staff now enjoy teaching spaces that are open, bright and flexible, the nursery class has been relocated and fitted out to a very high standard; and the superb new sport and dining hall is amazing!

“The reception and management areas have been greatly improved and outside areas have been creatively landscaped, creating pleasant places where our pupils can play, socialise and learn. It really is stunning!”


Head Teacher Fraser Baird added: “What we have has exceeded all our expectations and the children were in awe when they finally saw the building on their return to school. 

“The transformation has been incredible and has made learning and working at Barrhill primary school a pleasure for everyone, providing us with an outstanding building that will help us deliver every aspect of the curriculum in the 21st century.”


Councillor Toner concluded: “We are fully committed to giving our young people the best possible education and a solid platform on which to succeed in learning and in life.

“We’re proud of our commitment to investing in rural schools, with new primaries opened in Colmonell and Kirkmichael – and future plans progressing for an exciting new school at Dailly and a new community school and campus at Tarbolton.

“This will ensure our young children – no matter where they are from – can get the best possible start in life. 

“Barrhill Primary is an important part of the village and is a place of which the whole community can be proud, now and for many more years to come.

“It was a great pleasure for me to officially declare the school open.”

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