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Friday, 31 October 2014

CKD Galbraith offers for sale a charming country cottage close to Lynn Glenn, Dalry, North Ayrshire

Leading independent Scottish property consultancy CKD Galbraith’s Ayr Office is offering for sale Laighlynn Cottage, a charming country cottage situated within its own mature gardens close to the Lynn Glen and the Caaf Water near Dalry in North Ayrshire.

The Lynn Glen Walk is a lovely two mile stroll along the Caaf Water, passing the pretty waterfall and a ruined mill and is often visited by wagtails, dippers and the occasional kingfisher.

The cottage dates from the early 1900s and is built of stone under a tiled roof.

The reception hall opens to a good sized living room with exposed ceiling beams and there is a connecting door to the kitchen.  

The kitchen is well proportioned and fitted with a range of modern wall and floor units with integrated appliances.  

The more recent addition of a conservatory brings the outdoors in, opening to the well tended gardens.  

There is also a ground floor bedroom and bathroom. Two further bedrooms on the first floor complete the accommodation.

The gardens of Laighlynn are naturally sheltered and fully enclosed. A large decked barbeque area is ideal for alfresco dining and in addition there is a patio which catches the summer sun. There is also a garage.

Laighlynn Cottage enjoys a peaceful location on the edge of Dalry, yet is within easy reach of Glasgow Airport and the city centre.

Offers Over £195,000 are being sought.

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

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

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

Training provider JB Management wins two major awards and celebrates 20 years in business

Ayrshire training provider JB Management has been awarded the prestigious Investors in People gold award.

[Pictured: Chic Brodie MSP (second from left) presents the two awards to JB Management operations director Kellie Zdanowicz, managing director Angela Evans, chairman Bill Ure and HR director Suzanne Ure.] 

Investors in People (IIP) is a nationally recognised framework that helps organisations to improve their performance and realise their objectives through the effective management and development of their people. 

Gold is the highest level of IIP recognition which organisations can achieve and is only awarded to those which operate at the pinnacle of people management best practice.  

Of the over 24,000 organisations that have been awarded IIP in the UK, just 1.2% have achieved Gold.

JB Management is also delighted to announce that it has been awarded the Investors in Young People award, which recognises and promotes employers working with young people.  

JB Management is the 11th organisation in the country to achieve this prestigious award and the 1st training provider.  

IIYP is focused on the recruitment and the further development of young people within an organisation.  

JB Management chairman Bill Ure explained: “These awards are particularly welcome at this time as we are celebrating our 20th anniversary as a company.” 

Chic Brodie MSP presented the award to JB Management at a recent celebratory lunch at their head office in Wellington Square, Ayr.

JB Management (Scotland) Ltd
12 Wellington Square
Ayr, South Ayrshire
Scotland, KA7 1EN 

Telephone: 01292 886664
Fax: 01292 270182

JB Management is a Founder Member of 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 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 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 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

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

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.

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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 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 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.