The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

William Hill Ayr Gold Cup Festival will draw the crowds to Ayr Racecourse

By: Iain Ferguson

AYR is bracing itself for another busy weekend when crowds of more than 20,000 head to the William Hill Ayr Gold Cup Festival at Ayr Racecourse.

The three day extravaganza gets under way on Thursday, and Ladies Day is on  Friday, with Ayr Gold Cup Saturday attracting the biggest crowd of the week with around 12,000 expected.


Businesses are in for a bonanza as hotel rooms within a 15 mile radius of Ayr are nearly all sold out and restaurants, bars, hairdressers and taxi firms all in for a boom time.

Ayr Racecourse Sales and Marketing Manager Lindsey Smith said: “We are really encouraged by our advance sales both for entrance tickets and for corporate hospitality. We have also been given a boost with a weather forecast that says it will be dry with sunny spells, so our lawns should be packed.”


In addition to the racing there is live entertainment for three hours after racing, with bands appearing in the Horseshoe Bar, and in addition on Friday and Saturday nights West FM’s Colin McArdle appears in the Ayrshire Suite.

A jazz band will be playing on the lawns during racing on Friday and Saturday and a Beatles tribute act Penny Lane will be in the Tented Village on Saturday again playing before and during racing.

On Ladies Day on Friday the final of Ayr Racecourse’s Ladies Competition is held. Up to 27 ladies will have won a place in the final and each will draw the name of a horse running in the Bronze Cup.

The lady who draws the winning horse wins a fabulous Vauxhall Adam Glam 1.4 courtesy of Kerr & Smith, runner-up prize is a fabulous holiday for two to Dubai courtesy of Stewart Travel with the winner and a friend flying from Glasgow to Dubai with Emirates Airlines and enjoying four nights at the four star Vida Downtown Dubai a great location close to Burj Khalifa, Dubai mall. And third prize is cosmetic treatments from Coast Clinic.

Channel 4 will screen four races live on Saturday and celebrities visiting the racing over the weekend include TV football pundit Robbie Savage and Miss Scotland Ellie McKeating.

For more information on the William Hill Ayr Gold Cup Festival call 01292 264179 or go online at www.ayr-racecourse.co.uk 

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.


Should buy-to-let investors stick or twist?

Scotland’s leading property consultancy, CKD Galbraith 
advises investors during the buy-to-let mortgage boom

Professional landlords have long existed, but alongside the ‘professionals’ there are those who own second homes, holiday homes or who have inherited property they are keen to hold on to. Additionally, demand for rented accommodation has increased steadily over recent years, and has encouraged more people to invest in property for rental purposes. 

A recent members report from the Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA) suggest that landlord optimism is now at a high, with 26% of existing landlords expecting to acquire further property to let during the next year. 

Shirley Kenyon, Head of Letting at CKD Galbraith, offers some salient advice to those considering investing further or those investing in property for the first time:

“For those considering a buy-to-let mortgage or looking for further property in which to invest should consider a number of points. Where are Scotland’s residential ‘hot-spots’? Cities such as Aberdeen and Inverness are offering attractive opportunities, and shouldn’t necessarily be written off in favour of the capital or properties closer to a landlord’s own area of residence. A good agency will manage the let from a localized office for you. 

“Secondly, although bricks and mortar do represent a safe investment you are still effectively borrowing to invest so do not over borrow. The mortgage still has to be affordable if your income took a hit, you suffered an illness or there were periods when tenants hadn’t been replaced.”

Bill Madigan is an experienced landlord with a large portfolio of properties let through CKD Galbraith. He began investing in property over 40 years ago and, having ridden out the many ups and downs of the UK mortgage market, had this to say: 

“For me buy-to-let mortgages offer a flexible and yet secure way of saving with property acting as a relatively stable form of investment. Generally my investments have provided a healthy return, and I believe that having the support and advice of a good agency like CKD Galbraith is invaluable.

“The company have always kept me abreast on legislation, market changes and importantly have ensured that my properties are occupied! Buy-to-let investments also offered me the means of funding a retirement income that wasn’t locked up inside a pension scheme.”

CKD Galbraith currently has a number of properties on the market in Scotland’s most sought-after locations and ideal for buy-to-let purposes, including:


Lauderdale (pictured above) is a detached two-bedroom bungalow within walking distance of the pretty highland town of Pitlochry, Perthshire. It has fantastic income potential and has been successfully let in recent years, achieving a rental income in the region of £550pcm.

Lauderdale has a guide price of £155,000. 


6 Pitstruan Place (pictured above) is situated in the hot-spot of Aberdeen, on a quiet west end street. It’s a spacious first floor flat with two good sized double bedrooms and many of its traditional features retained. The flat would make the ideal student let for those studying at either Robert Gordon’s or Aberdeen University.

6 Pitstruan Place is available for offers over £185,000.


10 Greenan Park (pictured above) is an excellent semi-detached house well located in the heart of Doonfoot on a quiet residential street, about two miles from the centre of Ayr town. Alloway Village, most famously known as the birthplace of Robert Burns (one mile) has local amenities including a shop, post office, doctors and primary school. 

10 Greenan Park is available for offers over £115,000.


5B Union Street (pictured above) is an attractive top floor flat in an excellent location in the centre of Kelso, one of the most popular towns in the Borders. This flat enjoys excellent outlooks across Union Street and the neighbouring roof tops. The property has an achievable rent of around £400 pcm.

5B Union Street has a guide price of £82,000.

Many more buy-to-let and property opportunities are available through CKD Galbraith so please visit www.ckdgalbraith.co.uk
  
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, Peebles, 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.

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


Saturday, 13 September 2014

Big prize money on offer at Ayr Racecourse

By: Iain Ferguson

THE biggest and richest Flat race meeting of the year in Scotland - the William Hill Ayr Gold Cup Festival runs from next Thursday 18 September until Saturday 20 September at Ayr Racecourse.


With more than £600,000 in prize-money on offer, the sport’s top horses, trainers and jockeys will head to the coast for a terrific feast of racing.

Highlight is the William Hill Ayr Gold Cup on Saturday, with a field of 27 runners set to go to post for the £160,000 race which last year saw Highland Colori win in the hands of young riding sensation Oisin Murphy.

The horse is entered again this year, but the quick going is likely to be against this mud lover, and his Scottish born owner Evan Sutherland has two more entries in Highland Acclaim and Out Do.

No Scottish trained horse has won the race since Roman Warrior back in 1975, and Jim Goldie could have two runners in Jack Dexter, third in the race last year, and Hawkeythenoo.

The Saturday card also features The William Hill 80th Anniversary Book Launch Doonside Cup, a Listed Race with £60,000 in prize-money, The William Hill Firth of Clyde Stakes and the William Hill Ayr Silver Cup.

Thursday’s feature is the William Hill Handicap for the Kilkerran Cup, while Friday, which is also Ladies Day, sees the running of the William Hill Ayr Bronze Cup and the Ebf Stallions Harry Rosebery Stakes.

More than 20,000 people are expected to attend over the three days, and for more information on the William Hill Ayr Gold Cup Festival call 01292 264179 or go online at www.ayr-racecourse.co.uk 

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.


Friday, 12 September 2014

Frazer Coogans Solicitors report record year for farm, land and residential transactions

With more than three months still to go, leading Ayrshire law firm Frazer Coogans Solicitors reports that it has already achieved a record year for farm, land and residential transactions.


Norman Geddes, Senior Director 
at Frazer Coogans Solicitors.

So far in 2014, Frazer Coogans has been involved in Farm and Land transactions with a value of over £30 million, as well as advising on numerous Partnership issues, Wills, Estates and Tax Planning.

The firm has marked the passing of this milestone with a new advertisement in The Scottish Farmer (click on image to view larger version}.).


Frazer Coogans Commercial supports a large number of farming clients throughout Scotland. They provide a prompt and cost-effective service in relation to all aspects of agricultural and country property including sale, purchase and leasing of farm and farmland, wind turbine development and agreements, access and water issues, partnerships and family business re-arrangement including Wills, Trusts, Tax Advice and Partnership Agreements.

Senior Director Norman Geddes has been in practice since 1976. His principal areas of expertise are in property conveyancing work with a particular interest in commercial and agricultural property and property development and property investment. He has extensive knowledge of the property market and a keen interest in farms and country property.


Peter McNamara (pictured above) is a director in the Commercial Property Department. He has extensive experience in all aspects of Commercial Property including Development Land, Investment Property, Farms and Country Properties and Caravan and Leisure Parks.

He is also a Chartered Tax Adviser, advising on Tax Planning and is an associate of the Association of Taxation Technicians and a qualified member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners.

Norman Geddes commented: “The West Coast market in 2014 has proven so far to be buoyant and prosperous for Scotland. Our busy Commercial team has been involved with farming and land transactions exceeding the value of £30 million since the start of the year. This shows great strength and positivity in the current market. 

"Similarly, our residential conveyancing team has also experienced record conveyancing transactions in 2014. The market is vibrant and strong in Ayrshire and appears to be back on track.”

Frazer Coogans Solicitors is a Founder Member of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle, of which Norman Geddes is the Executive Chairman.

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Thursday, 11 September 2014

Miss Scotland to help Robbie Savage with William Hill Ayr Gold Cup draw

By: Iain Ferguson

Miss Scotland Ellie McKeating has a special date with footballer turned television pundit Robbie Savage next week.


Ellie and Robbie will make the draw for Scotland’s richest flat race - the £160,000 William Hill Ayr Gold Cup at Ayr Racecourse.


The draw takes place on Referendum Day 18 September, which is also the opening day of the William Hill Ayr Gold Cup Festival, and the race itself is run on Saturday 20 September in front of packed stands.

There are 27 horses in the race, and, once Ellie or Robbie draws their name out of a drum, their trainer or representative will then decide which stall they will run from.

David Brown, Managing Director of Ayr Racecourse said: “It is a huge boost that we have Ellie joining Robbie at this year’s draw. We were delighted to welcome Ellie to the Scottish Sun Raceday in June, and I’m glad she is returning for the Gold Cup draw.

“Robbie was here for two days at last year’s Festival, and proved popular with the crowds.”

The Gold Cup draw is screened lived on dedicated horse racing channel Racing UK, and is an integral part of the Festival which also includes Ladies Day on the Friday, which will see one lucky lady win a fabulous Vauxhall Adam Glam 1.4 courtesy of Kerr & Smith.

More than 20,000 people from all over the UK and Ireland will descend on the course for the Festival, where total prize money tops £600,000. Channel 4 screens four races live from the track on the Saturday. 

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, 9 September 2014

University of the West of Scotland to host next meeting of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The next business breakfast networking meeting of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle will be hosted by the University of the West of Scotland. The meeting will take place at 8am on Friday 3 October at the University’s Ayr Campus.


This summer, the University of the West of Scotland is launching an ambitious new corporate strategy. This strategy includes a key focus on developing the University’s global reach by internationalising its student body, staff, culture, research and academic portfolio. The University will re-focus its business development, consultancy and knowledge exchange capacity to promote more international activity and become the ‘go to’ institution for its regional stakeholders and businesses.


The University invites members and guests of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle to a breakfast meeting on Friday 3 October 2014 at the UWS Ayr Campus, where Vice Principal (International) Professor Jeanne Keay (pictured above) will speak about the University’s developing international plans and invite the views of the Circle members. 


Frazer Coogans Commercial Solicitors managing partner and Elite Ayrshire Business Circle executive chairman Norman Geddes (pictured above) commented: “Since our Circle’s inception, we have consistently supported and encouraged our members in their quest for new markets, especially overseas.

“The topic chosen by the University of the West of Scotland for our next meeting accords perfectly with this philosophy, and we are looking forward greatly to an interesting, enjoyable and productive event.”

With origins dating back to 1897, UWS is one of Scotland's most innovative modern universities. With campuses across the West of Scotland in Ayr, Dumfries, Hamilton and Paisley, the University occupies an integral position within Scotland's proud tradition of excellence in education. Offering career-focused and vocationally relevant provision, UWS graduates are equipped with the relevant skills to make an immediate contribution to industry, business, public and third sector organisations.

THIS MEETING IS OPEN TO ALL AYRSHIRE BUSINESS PEOPLE.

FREE OF CHARGE.

A complimentary buffet breakfast will be served.

To facilitate catering arrangements, please book your place(s) by e-mail to Murdoch MacDonald at murdoch@eliteayrshire.com



Thursday, 4 September 2014

Jack Dexter top weighted for William Hill Ayr Gold Cup at Ayr Racecourse

By: Iain Ferguson

MOST of the top rated horses stood their ground at the forfeit stage of the William Hill Ayr Gold Cup this week, with the most notable scratching being Heeraat.


The William Haggas trained, Hamdan Al Maktoum owned horse had been allocated joint top weight with Jack Dexter (pictured above) from the Jim Goldie yard.

But now if the former Ayr Bronze Cup winner goes for the big one he will have to concede weight all round with a 9st 10lb burden to carry. Alben Star, trained by Richard Fahey in North Yorkshire, is on 9st 9lbs.

Other interesting entries include Irish raider Sun On The Run from the Jim Bolger yard with 9st 6lbs and last year’s winner Highland Colori (9st 3lbs).

A total of 29 horses with a BHA rating of 100 or higher remain in the race.

For more information on the William Hill Ayr Gold Cup Festival call 01292 264179 or go online at www.ayr-racecourse.co.uk

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, 2 September 2014

CKD Galbraith market delightful conversion in Largs offering Victorian splendour and uninterrupted sea views

Leading Scottish property consultancy CKD Galbraith is offering for sale Craignish, a substantial portion of a Merchant’s house situated within a quiet corner of Buchanan Street in Largs and overlooking the Firth of Clyde to Arran.


Largs has long since been a fashionable place to live, and in the late 1800s, when the railway linked the town to Glasgow, several impressive mansion houses were built, of which Craignish is one.  


Around this time the Brisbane family were important land owners in Largs, and the niece of Sir Thomas Brisbane (governor of Australia after whom the city of Brisbane is named) sold some land to the Buchanan brothers, metal merchants from Glasgow.  


Their legacy endures not only in the street name, but also the steel and brass fireplace within the lounge of Craignish which was commissioned by the brothers and remains in situ to this day.


The accommodation of Craignish is laid over the first and second floor and is spacious and bright. Much of the original wood panelling has been retained along with ornate cornice work and deep skirtings.  


The lounge is a sumptuous room with elaborate cornicing and a ceiling rose. The room looks directly onto the foreshore and over the Firth of Clyde to the Isle of Cumbrae and Arran.  


The master bedroom is located on the first floor and enjoys the same sea views. The dining kitchen is also well proportioned and has fitted units with a range of appliances. Three further bedrooms are located on the second floor.

The gardens of Craignish are easily maintained and are mainly shared. There is also a good sized garage and a former stable.

Craignish is located within a quiet enclave, yet is just a few minutes walk from the thriving town centre, its shops, restaurants and businesses. Largs Yacht Haven is also within easy reach, and there is a regular rail service from Largs to Glasgow.

Offers Over £310,000 are being sought.

PDF available on www.ckdgalbraith.co.uk

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.


Saturday, 30 August 2014

CKD Galbraith’s West Coast Wonder

Scotland’s leading property consultancy CKD Galbraith has brought a truly exquisite former gate lodge with generous grounds and loch frontage to the west coast property market.


West Lodge presents a rare opportunity to acquire a charming one bedroom property and about 5.14 hectares (12.7 acres) of unspoilt land for sale as a whole or in four lots with outline planning consent for 3 individual house plots. 


West lodge is a former gate lodge to Roshven House, situated on the spectacular Moidart Peninsula between the Road to the Isles of Eigg, Rum and Muck, and Ardnamurchan. The property is nestled between the mountains and sea in a magical hamlet that is sure to enchant any potential buyers. 


The cottage, dating from around 1860, is thought to be designed by the original owner of Roshven House, Jemima Blackburn, a respected Victorian water colourist who is certain to have drawn inspiration from the cottage’s surroundings. The three rounded gables of the lodge cottage have created a unique and endearing property while its immaculately presented interior, featuring an open plan sitting room/dining room, double bedroom and bathroom, provides extremely comfortable accommodation. 


Moidart Peninsula forms part of the Lochaber Geopark, created to protect and improve awareness of the beautiful landscape, diverse habitats and protected wildlife. Its coastline is famous for its white sandy beaches and clear blue waters, offering brilliant sailing and kayaking opportunities.


The small village of Glenuig is about 3 miles away and has a small shop, village hall, modern inn and public jetty, while Lochailort, about 5 miles away has a welcoming inn, post office, and a railway station with services to Glasgow and connections to Edinburgh and London. 

Phiddy Robertson, handling the sale for CKD Galbraith, said: “West Lodge is a quaint property with a magical atmosphere and offers true “wow-factor”. The sale not only offers the chance to purchase the lovely gate lodge itself but give buyers a development opportunity to build houses on the separately available lots, each with loch frontage and stony beach.

“This is a completely unspoilt and spectacular part of the UK with beautiful landscapes and a strong community feel that draws buyers in; I expect there to be strong interest in West Lodge for this reason so would recommend early viewings.”

West Lodge is available for sale as a whole at offers over £790,000. For further information please contact CKD Galbraith’s Inverness office on 01463 224343.

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, Peebles, 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.

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