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Friday, 27 March 2015

Be prepared for property law changes, advise Frazer Coogans Solicitors

Recent major changes in the Scottish Land Register System together with commencement of the new Land and Buildings Transfer Tax from 1st April make it more essential than ever for buyers and sellers of property to seek advice from an experienced property solicitor. 

With six solicitors and experienced support staff working daily in all aspects of the property sector, Frazer Coogans Solicitors are well placed to handle any transaction.

Norman Geddes, Peter McNamara and Craig Currie bring expertise to the Agricultural and Commercial Property sectors. 

[Pictured: The Frazer Coogans commercial team. Back row left to right: Peter McNamara, Craig Currie, Erin Leyden, Seated, front: Norman Geddes.]

Austin Thomson, Carly Brodie and Jacqueline Malcolm specialise in Residential Conveyancing.

[Pictured: The Frazer Coogans residential team. Back left to right: David Harvey, Gillian Bryan, Kelly Frame, Lorraine Kerr, Angela McFadzean, Anoop Christi. Front row: Jacqueline Malcolm, Austin Thomson, Carly Brodie.] 

Working together with drive and initiative they have helped place Frazer Coogans in the forefront of property conveyancing in Scotland. Recent figures issued by the Land Register of Scotland confirm Frazer Coogans to be the leading firm of solicitors in South West Scotland by number of properties registered last year. 

Frazer Coogans regularly deal with sale and purchase of farm and country properties of all types, commercial property including leases, and residential conveyancing. In the agricultural sector they regularly deal with tenancy issues, wind turbine and other agreements and are frequently asked to advise on issues arising in farm partnerships. They are happy to provide an initial discussion without commitment or charge and regularly make farm visits. 

Frazer Coogans chairman Norman Geddes said: “With a highly experienced and dedicated property team we enjoy providing advice to farmers, land owners and house purchasers. Tax advice is nearly always relevant to a property transaction and with Peter McNamara also being a Chartered Tax Adviser and a certified Trust and Estate Practitioner we are uniquely placed to combine property, succession and taxation advice.”

Frazer Coogans Solicitors are always happy to have a free initial meeting on any legal issue and welcome your call on 01292 280499. 

Frazer Coogans Solicitors 
Dalblair House, 
46 Dalblair Road 
Ayr KA7 1UQ

Frazer Coogans Solicitors is a Founder Member of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.

£590,000 for Ayr Gaiety

Theatre revamp takes centre stage

Long-term plans to restore Ayr Gaiety will take a step forward thanks to a significant funding boost, Social Justice Secretary Alex Neil has announced. 

[Pictured: Social Justice Secretary Alex Neil (right) meets Jeremy Wyatt from the Ayr Gaiety which has received a £500,000 loan from the Social Growth Fund and £90,000 from the People and Communities Fund to help boost its refurbishment plans.] 

A £500,000 loan from the Social Growth Fund will be used to repair the historic theatre’s stall seating and to invest in new lighting and sound technology. 

This comes on top of £90,000 from the Scottish Government through the People and Communities Fund for 2015/16, which aims to help communities tackle poverty and inequalities in their area. 

The £500,000 loan is one of the first allocations of funds through the £16 million Social Growth Fund. Since the fund opened in May 2014, £150,000 has been allocated to the Factory Skatepark in Dundee, £1 million to iPower to combat fuel poverty, and £250,000 to Kelvin Valley Honey.

[Pictured: Social Justice Secretary Alex Neil (right) meets Jeremy Wyatt from the Ayr Gaiety which has received a £500,000 loan from the Social Growth Fund and £90,000 from the People and Communities Fund to help boost its refurbishment plans.] 

Mr Neil welcomed the funding boost on a visit to the theatre. He said: “This loan will help the Ayr Gaiety Partnership regenerate its fantastic historic building. By renovating the theatre and improving the experience for audiences I’m confident that this will have a knock-on effect on the local economy, encouraging more people to visit and spend money in Ayr.

“It’s exactly the type of community led project that the Scottish Government is supporting across Scotland. 

“We recognise that social enterprises strengthen our economy and support our aims of creating a fairer society, but we need to have the right environment for them to flourish. That is why it’s crucial for us to provide direct support and investment through schemes like the Social Growth Fund. 

“This Fund encourages our entrepreneurs and enterprising organisations to think of innovative ways to tackle inequalities and help us to deliver a better Scotland.”

Since re-opening the theatre just over two years ago, the Ayr Gaiety Partnership has sold over 120,000 tickets, started a major skills and employment initiative, established work with young people across Ayrshire and taken on programming of four more venues. 

This investment for Ayr Gaiety is part of the overall £2.4 million refurbishment of the theatre, with plans including improvements to the heating and ventilation and renovation of the entrance and foyer. 

This funding highlights the Scottish Government’s support for our culture and heritage and demonstrates our commitment to maintaining and improving our cultural infrastructure.

[Pictured: Social Justice Secretary Alex Neil visits the Ayr Gaiety which has received a £500,000 loan from the Social Growth Fund and £90,000 from the People and Communities Fund to help boost its refurbishment plans.]

Ian Welsh chair of Ayr Gaiety Partnership said: "This investment couldn't have come at a better time for us. We now need only around £300,000 before we can go ahead with our plans, so we are now on the 'home straight.’

“With a fully restored theatre we will be able to put on an even better programme of shows and put our business on a sustainable footing. 
“More than this, a modernised and fully equipped theatre will play a key role in our plans to provide training and employment opportunities to young people. It will boost the innovative BA in technical theatre we launched recently with the University of the West of Scotland. And form the core of an ambitious programme to provide practical training in stage technical skills which will eventually see hundreds of young people securing qualifications and jobs."

The £16 million Social Growth Fund is comprised of £8 million of loan repayments from recipients of the Scottish Investment Fund which have been reinvested by the Scottish Government, and £8 million from Big Society Capital.

The Fund is managed by Social Investment Scotland (SIS).

Alastair Davis, Chief Executive of SIS, said: “Ayr Gaiety Theatre delivers many social and economic benefits to the local community and we are delighted to assist with its renovation plans.

“This funding commitment from the Social Growth Fund has paved the way for significant commitments from other funders which have enabled this project to come to life. 

“Once the renovation is complete, the theatre will provide Ayrshire with a truly first class facility, which will deliver positive social impacts for many years to come.”

More information about the Ayr Gaiety Partnership is available HERE

The theatre’s revamp comes on top of the wider regeneration of Ayr town centre, which received £2.25 million through the Scottish Government’s Town Centre Regneration Fund in 2009/10. 

The full list of 197 projects being funded by the People and Communities Fund are listed HERE 

Since Social Investment Scotland (SIS) was established in 2001 it has invested over £43 million in almost 180 organisations across Scotland. Loan finance via Social Investment Scotland is available from £10,000 to £1 million and is aimed at community enterprises and social businesses that might find access to finance from mainstream providers difficult. 

SIS also manage the Scottish Investment Fund on behalf of the Scottish Government, which has seen £31.8 million invested in 67 third sector organisations since 2008, with the loan repayments being reinvested in the Social Growth Fund, to match an £8 million investment from Big Society Capital. BSC is an independent, UK wide organisation set up to grow the size of the social investment marketplace across the UK. 

For more information about SIS CLICK HERE

Trump Turnberry transformation on course

Details behind the multi-million pound plans to renovate Trump Turnberry have been revealed for the first time as the project to substantially upgrade the world’s first ever golf resort takes shape.

[Pictured: Mr Donald J. Trump, Chairman 
and President of The Trump Organization.]

An extensive 18 month refurbishment programme is now underway and the resort will re-launch on 1 June 2016 when the redesigned Open Championship golf course, The Ailsa, will be available for play for the first time.

In May, Trump Turnberry hotel will re-open its doors following an extensive upgrade to world leading standards, which includes the lavish refurbishment of all hotel bedrooms.

The detailed and sensitive project requires a partial closure commencing 27 September 2015 until mid to late May 2016 when improvements to the hotel and Ailsa course are carried out.

During this time, the new club house, The Villas and golf academy will be open for business with tee times available to members and guests on the Kintyre, a challenging course which hosted the qualifying rounds for the Troon Open Championship in 2004.

Detailing the changes, Mr Donald J. Trump, Chairman and President of The Trump Organization, commented; “In close consultation, we will be refining the great Ailsa Championship course including lengthening, re-grassing and making certain changes, many of which have been sought by the R&A for over 25 years. This work will be carefully and studiously crafted and when completed, will bring this already amazing masterpiece to a level that even it has never attained.

“At the conclusion of our hotel rebuilding, we will have exquisite new suites, magnificent ballrooms, restaurants and meeting facilities plus a sprawling and luxurious spa. When completed, Trump Turnberry will be the finest resort of its kind anywhere in the world.” 

Included in the exciting plans being revealed for the first time are the following improvements:

• The upgrading of conference and banqueting facilities with the creation of The Caledonia Ballroom, The Old Tom Morris Suite and The Ailsa Craig Suite, as well as three new meeting rooms and a luxurious business centre. (March 2015)

• The creation of a new world class 18 hole pitch and putt in front of the hotel designed by the internationally renowned golf architect Martin Ebert.

• The creation of a new Lobby bar featuring over 250 whiskies within the Grand Tea Lounge.

• The launch of the refurbished clubhouse, pro shop with largely extended retail facility, The Duel in the Sun restaurant and a purpose built east facing viewing balcony in April 2015. 

• The creation of a luxurious two bedroomed suite and the Halfway House for the Ailsa course will be located within the iconic Turnberry Lighthouse.

• The repositioning of 1906 restaurant to its original location from when the hotel opened.

• The creation of a new Crystal Ballroom named in recognition of the six original crystal chandeliers which are a historic feature of the room.

• Development of the new destination spa, The Trump Spa by Ivanka Trump.

• The creation of a masterpiece, The Donald J Trump Ballroom, situated at the north elevation of the hotel facilitating 500 guests with panoramic sea views.

• Extensive renovation of the self-catering Villas at Trump Turnberry and the creation of a new family centre will take place with work commencing in the winter of 2016 completing spring 2017.

Meanwhile, works to complete the £5m refurbishment of the clubhouse continue as a priority in preparation for hosting the RICOH Women’s British Open which takes place at Trump Turnberry 30 July – 2 August 2015.  The new clubhouse will open its doors in late April 2015, also in time for the summer golf season.

Trump Turnberry is a Founder Member of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Ayrshire cheese gets European protection

Traditional Ayrshire Dunlop Cheese is due to be granted official recognition from the EU – affording it extra protection against unauthorised imitation.

Food Secretary Richard Lochhead announced today that the popular Scottish cheese, distinctive for its nutty flavour and unique production methods, will be awarded Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) status under the EU Protected Food Names (PFN) scheme.

The distinction means that consumers are guaranteed they are buying the genuine, premium product, which can now only be made in the area around Dunlop, with milk from Ayrshire cows, using the same traditional methods.

The announcement brings Traditional Ayrshire Dunlop Cheese into the same category of protection as Orkney Island Cheddar. Other popular Scottish products already awarded this status include Stornoway Black Pudding, Arbroath Smokies and Scotch Beef.

Mr Lochhead said: “In Scotland we have an abundance of delicious, high quality food and drink, enjoyed at home and around the globe. Traditional Ayrshire Dunlop Cheese is a fantastic example of this and I am delighted that, following Scottish Government support, it will now benefit from protected status.

“Protected status lets consumers know they’re buying the genuine article. It is great news that we now have 14 Scottish products benefiting from that and I hope more will follow.

“This is an important boost for the Scottish dairy sector ahead of a Parliamentary debate that will be held about the industry on Tuesday. We are currently planning to launch a new Scottish dairy brand that will make it easier to identify dairy products that are made here in Scotland. This is particularly welcome timing, as the Year of Food and Drink is a great opportunity to promote Scotland’s fantastic natural larder.”

Ann Dorward, who produces Traditional Ayrshire Dunlop Cheese at West Clerkland Farm in Stewarton, said: “I am delighted that Traditional Ayrshire Dunlop is going to receive PGI status. We have been working towards this for almost two years and it’s wonderful to hear that we will be officially recognised.

“Traditional Ayrshire Dunlop differs from others Dunlop cheeses due to the traditional production method, the rich creamy milk from Ayrshire cows, the weather in this part of the country, and the techniques and craftsmanship that can be traced back to the 17th century.”

Other Scottish products with PGI status are: Orkney Scottish Island Cheddar, Stornoway Black Pudding, Shetland Lamb, Orkney Beef, Orkney Lamb, Scottish Farmed Salmon, Scottish Wild Salmon, Scotch Lamb, Scotch Beef, Arbroath Smokie, Native Shetland Wool, Teviotdale Cheese (not in production) and Bonchester Cheese (not in production).

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Huge prize money on offer at Coral Scottish Grand National Festival at Ayr Racecourse

By Iain Ferguson

THREE of the principal races at next month’s Coral Scottish Grand National Festival at Ayr Racecourse have received significant prize-money increases, as the build-up to Scotland’s biggest richest race meeting continues. 

[Pictured: Scotland’s leading hope in the Coral Scottish Grand National is the Lucinda Russell trained Lie Forrit.]

The Coral Scottish Grand National on Saturday 18 April itself has a prize fund of £210,000, £10,000 up on 2014,  while the highlight of the opening day, Friday 17 April, the Hillhouse Quarry Handicap Chase not only has Listed status for the first time but also a £15,000 boost with £40,000 now on offer. 

And the biggest increase comes in the main supporting race on Saturday, the QTS Scottish Champion Hurdle, which has £100,000 in the pot compared to £70,000 last year. 

In all there is more than £580,000 to be run for over the 15 races, which is sure to attract some top horses from leading yards throughout the UK and Ireland. 

Entries for both the Coral Scottish Grand National and the QTS Scottish Champion Hurdle are due by noon on Tuesday 31 March, and from then on in the intrigue will build. 

Scotland’s leading hope in the big race is the Lucinda Russell trained Lie Forrit, while the Ayr Racecourse management are hoping that Irish training legend Willie Mullins will have a few entries for the meeting. 

Advance ticket sales are going well, and discounts are available on tickets booked and paid for seven or more days in advance. 

For more information or to book tickets call 01292 264179 or go online at  

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.

Monday, 23 March 2015

Success for JB Management staff

Ayr-based training provider JB Management Ltd is certainly a company which practices what it preaches! 

This is clearly showcased by staff members Eve Moncur and Shannon Alexander achieving their Modern Apprenticeships in Business and Administration at level 3.

[Pictured: JB Management staff members Eve Moncur and Shannon Alexander receiving their certificates from Chairman of the Board Bill Ure.]  

Shannon works within the Quality Department in the role of Quality/Compliance Assistant and Eve works within the vibrant Administration Department as an Administration Assistant. 
As a Modern Apprenticeship provider, working in partnership with Skills Development Scotland, JB Management is passionate about vocational training which is relevant to the learner, organisation and industry.

Chairman of the Board, Bill Ure presented Eve and Shannon with their certificates and explained “At JB Management we believe young people are a huge benefit to any organisation’.  We have a long history of working with young people and are delighted that another two of our Modern Apprentices have achieved this prestigious qualification.”

JB Management has also recently been awarded the Investors In Young People Award (IIYP) which recognises and promotes employers working with young people.  IIYP focuses on the recruitment and further development of young people within an organisation.

JB Management Ltd is a Founder Member of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

2015 Scottish Airshow flies to a new level

Red Arrows top event programme

The organisers of the Scottish Airshow have revealed a spectacular increase in the 2015 line-up, including an incredible display by the world-famous Red Arrows.

[Pictured at today's launch at South Ayrshire Councils headquarters in Ayr are left to right Eileen Howat (chief executive of South Ayrshire Council), Danny Anderson (event organiser for the Scottish Airshow), Councillor Bill Grant, Doug Maclean (Scottish Airshow Organising committee), Councillor Bill McIntosh (Leader of South Ayrshire Council) and Bob Alexander (chairman of the Scottish Airshow).]

Last year’s airshow was an outstanding success, with more than 60,000 people attending two days at Ayr seafront and Glasgow Prestwick airport. 

The 2015 event will be even bigger and better thanks to the line-up announced today (17 March).

Danny Anderson, event organiser, said: “We have secured excellent backing from key sponsor, South Ayrshire Council as well as Glasgow Prestwick Airport and aerospace companies located around Prestwick. BAE Systems, Spirit AeroSystems and UTC have all showed faith in us again, which has allowed us to continue building the airshow. As we are expecting significant increases in attendance, we would like more Scottish Airshow sponsors and partners to join us in bringing huge benefits to the economy of Scotland.” 

In 2015 we will be celebrating significant milestones –

Spirit AeroSystems are 10 years old, with nine successful years established at Prestwick

The RAF will be commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain

BAE Systems will be celebrating the 80th year of Scottish Aviation Ltd – one of the companies which merged to form BAE.

819 Squadron will step down from their record-breaking role as the Northern Search and Rescue unit.

Danny continued: “On the morning of Saturday 5th September, we shall be starting off the day with a real bang when we are expecting all the armed forces to put on highly realistic events. There will be a mine hunter offshore which will then head into Ayr harbour, as a guest of Associated British Ports. Members of the public will be welcomed on board at no charge. The ship is a state of the art mine hunter with remotely piloted vehicle equipment used in her role of keeping the waters safe.

“The ground and air shows are all much bigger this year and still free to watch on the Saturday. The highlight of the flying programme has to be the full display of the world-famous Red Arrows aerobatic team. The Royal Air Force has given the Scottish Airshow ‘platinum’ status which means it’s committing all its 2015 air display aircraft to Ayrshire.

“As well as the Red Arrows, we will see the RAF’s dynamic Typhoon fighter jet and the agility of the 3 Tutor aerobatic training aircraft. The commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain will be in the afternoon when the Spitfire, Lancaster and Hurricane will all take to the skies above the Low Green in Ayr.”

[Pictured at today's launch at South Ayrshire Councils headquarters in Ayr are Doug Maclean from the Scottish Airshow Organising Committee and the Leader of South Ayrshire Council Councillor Bill McIntosh with a model of a Spitfire which will be at the show.]

This year will also see the addition of the RAF Falcons parachute team who will be demonstrating their skills with a landing at the Ayr seafront site.

And two RAF Hawk training jet pilots will demonstrate their superb flying skills along the Ayr beach front before landing at Prestwick airport.

On Sunday 6th September, the entertainment moves on to the Aircraft Exhibition at Glasgow Prestwick airport where adults can pay to enter for a full day’s family entertainment. Child tickets are free with adults buying in advance. 

Glasgow Prestwick Airport chief executive Iain Cochrane said: "We are delighted to play a central role in the 2015 Airshow. Last year's show was magnificent and this year’s promises to be even bigger and better. The exciting programme announced today by the organisers will ensure bumper crowds and fabulous entertainment for all the family.”

Bob Alexander, chairman of the Scottish Airshow organising committee, said: “The RAF is backing us with some great teams and displays, but we have not forgotten the popularity of the other aircraft and pilots which the public so enjoyed last year. By enormous public demand, we will see the return of the last flying Vulcan bomber. This truly iconic aircraft left many awestruck last year and we are delighted to bring the aircraft and crew back to the 2015 Scottish Airshow.

“European aerobatic champion Tom Cassells will be returning to display two more aircraft this year. The beach front at Ayr is such a great place to view this type of adventurous flying.”

The Saturday flying will finish in the late afternoon with a tribute to 819 Squadron at HMS Gannet and their outstanding achievements as the UK’s busiest Search and Rescue flight. 

The majestic 2nd World War bomber, ‘Sally B’, will be appearing for the first time. This beautiful four-engined Flying Fortress bomber will not only display on the Saturday, but will be on the ground at Glasgow Prestwick airport on the Sunday for the public to see up close. Sally B has a bigger wingspan than the Lancaster bomber but flies her displays like a fighter. 

Event organiser Danny Anderson said the exhibition format had proved highly entertaining all day last year: “We will again have a number of aircraft which will be available for people to go on board. The beautiful aircraft which fly at Saturday’s event will be on the ground at Prestwick. People will be able to take the Vulcan tour which not only gets you right under the wings of the world’s only flying Vulcan but you will be in the company of a very knowledgeable member of the Vulcan team who will explain lots of details about this unique aircraft. It will be amazing to see the Flying Fortress, Sally B and the Lancaster, Spitfire and Hurricane all on the ground at the same time.” 

“We will also have a Helicopter Heaven area where we will be displaying both civil and military helicopters. The Merlin helicopter was very popular last year and there will be two of them in the Aircraft Exhibition.”

[Pictured at today's launch at South Ayrshire Councils headquarters in Ayr is the Leader of South Ayrshire Council Councillor Bill McIntosh with a model of a Typhoon jet which will be at the show.]

Councillor Bill McIntosh, Leader of South Ayrshire Council added: “We’re delighted to be the key sponsor behind the Scottish Airshow 2015 and the impressive line-up announced today. The Airshow is an investment in our people and places and reflects our passion for delivering large-scale quality, family-friendly events that showcase all Ayrshire has to offer.

“We’ve got big and bold ambitions for this year’s event, which will bring tens of thousands of people into Ayrshire and millions into our economy. That’s a hugely positive outcome and why we’re 100 per cent behind the Scottish Airshow. I want this year’s event to surpass all expectations and I’m confident it will do just that.”

Bob Alexander said: “We are actively negotiating with other companies to bring more aircraft of great interest. In the last few days, we have confirmed that the historic Royal Navy Swordfish bi-plane will make her way to Ayr and Prestwick. She was a key member of the armed forces in the early days of the 2nd World War and it will be great to see her grace the skies as well as the faster aircraft commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. I hope in the coming months we will delight a lot of people with the more aircraft which will come to the Scottish Airshow.”

Doug Maclean, media co-ordinator for the Scottish Airshow, concluded: “In 1935 Scottish Aviation Limited started at Prestwick airport. This year we intend to celebrate that 80th birthday with BAE Systems who absorbed the old SAL company in 1977. We have not finalised the plans yet but the Sunday Aircraft Exhibition seems a great place to remember this pioneer of world aviation”

“We have concentrated on securing aircraft for the flying display first but we know from last year that people loved the Sunday event when they could go on board aircraft and later see some of them fly as they departed for their next airport. That will happen again this year. For instance the Vulcan bomber is scheduled to leave us in the middle of the afternoon so you will be able to walk under the wing of this classic aircraft and later watch her soar into the skies above Prestwick. We will be making lots of announcements in the coming months as we confirm some wonderful aircraft that will join us. Prestwick will continue as an operational airport and you will see a mix of Ryanair and cargo aircraft going about their business on this busy day. I believe this Aircraft Exhibition is almost unique on the airshow circuit.”

Keep up-to-date as further elements of the programme are announced at 

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

Monday, 16 March 2015

Scottish housing market remains firm despite shortage in supply

Scotland and Northern Ireland continue to outperform the housing market of the rest of the UK, according to the latest RICS UK Residential Market Survey. 

Price expectations for Scotland remained positive, with a net balance of 49 percent of surveyors predicting a rise in property prices over the next three months. The upward shift in prices is in part being driven by a decline in the number of houses coming onto the market, with supply continuing to fall behind demand in most parts of the UK.

Sarah Speirs, Director RICS Scotland, comments: “With supply restrictions continuing to impact the market in Scotland, it is imperative that the Scottish Government and industry look at viable solutions to the lack of housing and increase new start targets in order to meet needs.

“Respondents have also reported increased activity at the higher end of the market in the lead up to the introduction of Land and Buildings Transaction Tax in April and we will continue to monitor any impact of the new tax on all levels of the market.

“Across the UK, is encouraging that the negative trend in buyer enquiries appears to be dissipating, perhaps in part because of growing confidence that the cost of borrowing will stay lower for longer, but more worrying that instructions to sell property continue to drop. This very modest reversal in the demand picture is already being felt in the key measures of price expectations highlighting the extent of the challenge policy makers will face in addressing the housing crisis in the aftermath of the coming general election.”

Sales expectations over the next quarter remain positive, with 37 percent of respondents expecting an increase in transactions across Scotland. Across the UK the member forecast for house price growth over the next 12 months stand at 2.4% (up from 1.8% in January).

Iain Swayne BSc FRICS, Dunfermline and Environs, D M Hall, commented: “There is still a reasonable market with continuing demand but limited supply. Properties, if correctly priced, selling within a reasonable period.”

In the lettings market, demand continues to rise, while instructions remained steady. This is being reflected in the medium term view for rents with respondents, on average, envisaging an increase of 2.6% over the coming year. 

Thursday, 12 March 2015

Frazer Coogans Commercial Solicitors announce new staff appointment

Frazer Coogans Commercial Solicitors are delighted to announce the appointment of Craig Currie to join their busy team based in Ayr.

Prior to commencing his legal training, Craig (pictured above) was educated at Wellington School, Ayr, where he developed a passion for public speaking and debating, in which activities he represented the school on numerous occasions. 

After leaving school, Craig gained a sound appreciation of the commercial sector through several business development management positions with national companies in addition to completing his legal studies. 

Craig graduated with Honours from the University of Glasgow in 2011, where he subsequently obtained a Diploma in Legal Practice in 2012.

Craig joins the Frazer Coogans Commercial team after qualifying as a solicitor having completed his traineeship with a highly reputable regional/city commercial firm, where he developed and gained experience in Agricultural, Commercial and Residential Property in addition to Private Client matters.

Craig’s remit at Frazer Coogans will include Agricultural and Commercial Property, as well as advising clients on Wills and Estate Planning with particular regard to Inheritance Tax matters.

Delighted to have been offered the opportunity to return to Ayr, where he now lives, Craig said: “I am thrilled to have been offered the opportunity to join an already highly reputable team, and am eager to contribute to the ongoing growth of Frazer Coogans.”

In his spare time, Craig enjoys playing football, as well as following international rugby and tennis.

[Pictured: The Frazer Coogans commercial team. Back row left to right: Peter McNamara, Craig Currie, Erin Leyden, Seated, front: Norman Geddes.] 

Frazer Coogans chairman Norman Geddes commented “We are delighted to have been able to appoint a local solicitor of Craig’s calibre to our busy commercial law team. His experience and background are an ideal complement to the work we carry out daily.”

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Frazer Coogans Solicitors is a Founder Member of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.