The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Sunday, 14 January 2018

West Coast Foods opens newly refurbished butcher shop in Prestwick Main Street

Innovative Scottish food manufacturer and exporter West Coast Foods has re-opened its principal outlet at 27 Main Street, Prestwick following a five-figure refurbishment.


With a fresh cool grey look, new signage, the incorporation of four new 43” LCD advertising screens, back-lit signage and new glass and air-conditioning units, the shop’s owner, Gareth Downie, is determined to maintain the West Coast Foods’ outlet as a jewel on the local high street.

He said: “Our last rebrand was in 2012 and I wanted to do our bit in helping Prestwick punch above its weight as an attractive retail destination which continues to attract visitors from other parts of Scotland.

“The retail sector is always evolving and it’s vital, in my opinion, to give customers a bright and welcoming environment as well, of course, as great service and fresh, Ayrshire, quality produce if you want to hold onto their business.

“Prestwick has had two banks closures in 2017 and another bank is due to close which has had a negative impact on a very busy high street. We understand that there is to be Costa Coffee opening one door along and we hope that will help boost our customer numbers.”

Local sign company Owen Kerr installed the new signage, while all design and refurbishment work was undertaken by Downie Developments.

West Coast Foods has a turnover of £1 million and employs 15 people at its shop and at its manufacturing base in Ayr.


Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Elite Ayrshire Business Circle holds successful Annual Luncheon at Culzean Castle

The last Elite Ayrshire Business Circle meeting of 2017 was the organisation’s Annual Luncheon, which took place at Culzean Castle, at the kind invitation of Stuart Maxwell, General Manager of National Trust for Scotland (Ayrshire & Arran).


Members and their guests gathered for pre-lunch drinks in the Round Drawing Room, which afforded an opportunity to inspect the adjacent Castle Armoury, then proceeded up the Robert Adam staircase for luncheon at the original table in the State Dining Room.

Lunch consisted of chef’s soup of the day which was cauliflower and truffle with fresh bread followed by roast breast of free range chicken, fondant potato, roast carrot and chicken jus and finished off with tea, coffee and tablet.

All in attendance commented on how much they enjoyed their meals including South Ayrshire Provost Helen Moonie who had a vegetarian tomato and mozzarella gnocchi. 

Following lunch, Stuart Maxwell addressed the meeting and gave a short speech about the progress and changes at Culzean since he took up his present post of General Manager.  Stuart commented: “It was great to meet local businessmen and women and discuss how we could work together to enhance Ayrshire. Richard (our Executive Chef) did a fantastic job with the lunch, and I received several positive comments on the food and the staff.” 

Bill Rogers then conducted a speech on the history of Culzean before offering a private tour of the castle, this was well received with around ¾ of those in attendance joining the tour. Bill commented: “I thought it was an excellent opportunity to discuss different business approaches,  received many pertinent questions on my tour, and lastly the tablet was delicious!”

Kevin Hand of KA Homesales commented: “I enjoyed the meal, the surroundings and the company. It was a very pleasant and informative day.

South Ayrshire Councillor Margaret Toner added: “We had a great time and thoroughly enjoyed meeting so many old and new friends and getting up to date with all the chat.”

Norman Geddes is executive chairman of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle and managing partner of Frazer Coogans Commercial Solicitors. He concluded: “Members and guests enjoyed a delicious lunch in the magnificent surroundings of the State Dining Room of Culzean Castle.

“The management and staff very ably demonstrated the opportunity which exists for businesses to make use of the Castle’s marvellous facilities for corporate and other events.”


Wednesday, 13 December 2017

A Christmas message from Douglas Campbell, Leader of South Ayrshire Council


This is my first Christmas message as Leader of South Ayrshire Council, and it gives me the opportunity to not only celebrate our achievements but look forward to the New Year as we continue to work to deliver quality services to the residents of South Ayrshire.

There is no doubt that next year is going to bring a number of challenges in continuing to deliver services to a wide range of individuals and communities. We will be working with you to target resources where they’re needed most, and there will be full consultation on how we shape our services in the New Year, so get involved.

Going forward, we would like to see more projects that are community focused. A good example of this is The Quay Zone in Girvan. The £5.4 million leisure and community centre was completed in March, and although the new build was funded by the Council, it's operated by South Carrick Community Leisure.

These innovative ways of working are set to continue as we look to provide a more flexible service to our customers. We have introduced the South Ayrshire Way initiative to drive this forward, and our first major project has been the introduction of an online school payments system.

Continuing to improve our schools is the main feature of our capital programme, which includes £63 million for new and refurbished schools. This year we have opened the new Ayr Academy and primary schools in Dailly, Tarbolton and the new Invergarven School. There were also extensions and refurbishments at Marr College, Annbank and Troon primary schools and Southcraig School. This investment is set to continue in the New Year with the new Queen Margaret Academy.

We want these improved learning environments to help reduce the attainment gap and build on our exam success. Since 2013 the number of young people achieving 5 Highers has increased by 54%, which is a fantastic achievement.

We are also looking to build employability skills in our young people as they prepare for life beyond the classroom. All our secondary schools have engaged with the Prince’s Trust and Developing Young Workforce to introduce innovative ‘business’ projects such as nail bars, and bike repair hubs.

As part of the Year of Young People 2018, we will be celebrating even more projects as we highlight the achievements of the younger generation.

It’s not only young people who will benefit as we look to secure the UK’s first Spaceport at Glasgow Prestwick Airport. With more than 50% of Scotland's aerospace employees based at Prestwick we are in a strong position to secure this significant growth opportunity.

Glasgow Prestwick Airport could be set for even more success if the expansion of Heathrow Airport goes ahead. The airport could be used as a potential site for a logistics hub to support the building of the third runway at Heathrow.

Increasing the number of people attracted to South Ayrshire helps sustain and create new jobs in leisure and tourism.  There have been a number of high profile events over the last year including the Scottish International Airshow and we want to bring even more landmark events to South Ayrshire in 2018, as well as growing other favourites such as Tamfest, Alloway 1759 and Burns an’ a’ that!

Our golf courses attract large numbers of visitors and we have underlined our commitment to golf with the official opening of refurbished clubhouses in Troon and Girvan.

Looking to the future, locals and visitors to South Ayrshire are set to benefit from the final announcement of the contract award for the A77 bypass at Maybole.

2017 has been a busy year and I hope we can all enjoy the festive break. I would like to take this opportunity to wish you a merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

- Douglas Campbell.


A Christmas message from the South Ayrshire Provost Helen Moonie


As the year draws to the close it’s worth taking stock of the events of the past 12 months. As Provost I have the great honour or working with communities across South Ayrshire, and it’s fair to say that 2017 has been a year to remember.

Not all the memories have been good, and sadly the impact of terror attacks were felt throughout the UK, and we stood shoulder to shoulder with people in London and Manchester after the awful events in March, May and June. I think that it’s important that we never take our civil liberties for granted, and remember that our society is built on shared values and common decency, a positive factor that should unite rather than divide the people of this country.

Looking back over the year, one of my personal highlights was the World War 1 commemoration of Ayr’s own Victoria Cross hero, Robert Shankland. 100 years after his deeds at Passchendaele we were lucky enough to track down his family in Canada who joined us at Rozelle Remembrance Woodland to lay a stone in his honour as part of a national campaign. The site is well worth a visit if you have the chance, and is a fixture which is set to grow in the years ahead.

As many of you will know, environmental issues are close to my heart, and this year saw the Provost's School Footprint Challenge go from strength-to-strength. Pupils from all of our secondary schools took part, with Girvan Academy crowned this year’s winners. The ideas being dreamt up are helping to drive down costs in our schools through energy efficiency measures, and the programme gained national recognition as a finalist at this year’s COSLA Excellence awards.

My diverse role takes me to see first-hand the great work of groups across South Ayrshire. In February we held a civic reception for the inspirational Troon BB Pipe Band following their success at the World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow. Physical activity has been high on the agendas too, with the launch of the Ayr Active Travel Hub meaning you can now hire bikes to get around town.

Of course all through the year I’ve been visiting couples marking significant days. This year we celebrated 16 Diamond Weddings, one Sapphire and one Gold Wedding, alongside two 100th birthdays!  I’m honoured to be able to share in these milestone anniversaries, and would like to thank every couple for welcoming me into their lives.

I think Christmas is an important festival which brings out the best in all of us, and with the traditions and goodwill that we mark at this time of year it’s important to truly make this an inclusive time for all. If you know someone that will be spending time alone let them know you’re there. Company at this time of year can be a life-saver for some, and I know there are a great many people and organisations out there that already make a point of going the extra mile at this time of year; and the more of us that do, the stronger our communities become.

I’d like to wish you all the best for the festive season; I hope that the New Year brings you everything that you hope for.

- Provost Helen Moonie.


Wednesday, 6 December 2017

UK Government Minister for Scotland attends The HALO Kilmarnock ground-breaking ceremony

Lord Duncan, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Scotland Office, visited the site of The HALO Kilmarnock this week to witness work getting under way on the £65 million urban regeneration project.


[Pictured: Marie Macklin, Founder and Director of 
The HALO Kilmarnock, and Lord Duncan.]

The UK Government has provided £3.5 million of funding to support the development, and the creation of a new Enterprise & Innovation Centre, to be located within The HALO Kilmarnock, as part of its UK Industrial Strategy, the detail of which was unveiled last week. The Enterprise & Innovation Centre will foster the next generation of entrepreneurs, with strong focus on innovation, digital skills, and cyber security. Funding has also been provided by the Scottish Government, Diageo plc and East Ayrshire Council, with the remainder being sourced from private sector investors.

The HALO Kilmarnock, located on the site of the former Johnnie Walker bottling plant, is being shaped as a multi-faceted brown-field regeneration that will create an innovative, inspirational and imaginative urban park with a dynamic commercial, educational, cultural, leisure and lifestyle quarter. Its low carbon, renewable deep geothermal district heating network will address fuel costs on the site and have the capability of being extended to service other areas of the community – a first for the UK. The development will also include a light manufacturing facility and key worker private rental accommodation.

The development is one of four HALO projects planned for the UK and being seen as catalysts for urban regeneration. The next HALO project is proposed for Belfast, with Wales and the North West of England to follow. It is envisaged that The HALOKilmarnock will connect through road and rail infrastructure directly to the Northern Powerhouse, creating economic benefits across the wider area.

The HALO Kilmarnock will:

· Generate £53.6m of GDP for the Kilmarnock economy every year
· Contribute £65.8m to the Scottish economy annually
· Create 1,400+ direct jobs
· Support 630 construction jobs

Preparatory ground works, being carried out by Advance Construction Group, have now commenced on-site and the first phase of The HALO Kilmarnock is scheduled for completion in 2019.

Lord Duncan said: "Supported by a £3.5 million UK Government investment, The HALO Kilmarnock is an ambitious, important development that will create jobs, grow the economy and drive innovation. The project will attract international companies to locate in the town, benefiting from the excellent transport links and a local, well-trained workforce. The HALO Kilmarnock represents marks a fresh start for Kilmarnock and Ayrshire and I hope that the project is a catalyst for further regeneration in Scotland and beyond."

Marie Macklin, Founder and Director of The HALO Kilmarnock, said: “The HALO will play an important role in the UK Government’s UK Industrial Strategy, to which we contributed at its consultation stage. The economic benefits of this community led development will be felt not just in Kilmarnock and East Ayrshire, but across the whole of Scotland and driving down into the Northern Powerhouse, harnessing the power of the 4th Industrial Revolution – the digital revolution.

“We welcome the UK Government’s support for The HALO Kilmarnock which is a major infrastructure project in its own right and we hope that it will prove to be a catalyst for other infrastructure projects, such as the improved road and rail links that will connect it with the rest of the UK.”


[Pictured left to right: Marie Macklin; 
Lord Duncan (seated in digger); Brian Whittle MSP.]

Brian Whittle MSP for South Scotland Region said: “The HALO represents a fantastic opportunity for Kilmarnock and Ayrshire more widely to lead the way in the industries that are coming to define the 21st Century. I’m delighted that the UK Government are leading the way in supporting the HALO. I’m honoured to have been able to help bring the HALO out of the starting blocks. It’s taken a huge amount of work by everyone involved to get to this point and I’m excited to see the project moving forward to the next stage.”


[Pictured: Marie Macklin; Lord Duncan (seated in digger), 
Brian Whittle MSP, along with construction students 
from Ayrshire College’s Kilmarnock campus.]

About The HALO Kilmarnock

The HALO is an imaginative, innovative and inspirational regeneration initiative to revitalise the centre of Kilmarnock and support the growth and resilience of the Ayrshire economy.

It will create a dynamic commercial, educational, cultural, leisure and lifestyle quarter of the town, including an unique Enterprise and Innovation Centre - all fuelled by renewable energy.

This multi-faceted regeneration of a 23-acre site, formerly the home of Johnnie Walker, the world’s leading Scotch whisky, will generate over £53million in GDP for Kilmarnock and £65million for Scotland. The development will stimulate over 1800 jobs.

The HALO has evolved through significant community and key partner consultation and engagement. A multi-disciplinary project team has developed proposals that address a range of design, technical, commercial and economic factors aligned to the overall objectives of delivering sustainable, long-term economic and social benefits for the town of Kilmarnock and the wider Ayrshire community.

The Halo Kilmarnock Limited (THKL) is a development company formed by Macklin Enterprise Partnerships, The Klin Group and Ross Developments & Renewables to bring together a highly experienced property development team with the skills, resources and capacity to deliver a unique project that will add real value to the Scottish economy.


Thursday, 30 November 2017

Landmark Marr College fit for the future after extensive modernisation

Education for generations of people in Troon has been transformed following the completion of a comprehensive modernisation programme. The Council’s ambitious project to breathe new life into Marr College was marked at an official opening on Wednesday 29 November, with young people and parents among the 240 guests.


[Pictured left to right: Cllr Douglas Campbell (Leader of South Ayrshire Council); Douglas Hutchison (Director of Educational Services); Graeme Hobson (Acting Headteacher); Reece Jamieson (School captain); Gigha Anderson (School captain); John Swinney MSP (Deputy First Minister, Cabinet Secretary for Education & Skills); Eileen Howat (Chief Executive of South Ayrshire Council).] 

The £37m award-winning building, which received Scottish Government funding of £18.5m, was officially opened by John Swinney, Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills.

The project to transform the 1935 building began in spring 2015 when new all-weather facilities opened for use in June of that year. By December 2016 the new technical wing and the refurbished side of the Marr building became available. Finally, 2017 saw the opening of the south wing of the Marr building and the new PE block, helping to adapt the 20th century building to meet modern needs.

The work was completed as part of a £94million pipeline of works being delivered across South Ayrshire, with the aim of enhancing standards through targeted investment. The main contractor was Kier Construction in partnership with SWHub.

John Swinney, Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills, said; “This is a truly fantastic school which showcases exactly what we hope to achieve through our £1.8bn Schools for the Future programme – modern, state of the art schools that allow our pupils and teachers to thrive and engage with learning in different ways.

“At the outset of the programme in 2009, we originally aimed to build or refurbish 55 schools across Scotland – we have now more than doubled that commitment and it is fantastic to see so many of these wonderful buildings, like this one here in Troon, now being completed.”

Councillor Douglas Campbell, Leader of South Ayrshire Council said the project would leave a lasting legacy. “Marr College has been a fixture in Troon for more than 80 years and our ambitious programme has enhanced the best of the building’s period features, while completely transforming parts of the estate.

“While young people and staff have been living in close quarters with our contractor in the last couple of years, the end result speaks for itself and the new look school’s already proving to be a big hit with young people.

“I’d like to thank all involved for delivering this fantastic project on time and on budget and l look forward to seeing the impact the new Marr College will have to enhance opportunities for young people for generations to come.”

Douglas Hutchison, South Ayrshire Council’s Director of Educational Services said the new look building had already made a positive impact. “Through consultation with the people of Troon we have returned Marr College to its former glory. 

“The creative blend of the old school, sitting alongside state of the art facilities, has combined to make this an award-winning building. 

“I’m confident this combination will help to inspire staff and young people to achieve excellence and be well prepared for future learning, life and work.”

School Captain, Gigha Anderson (16), said it been great to be part of the official opening. “It was an honour to showcase the fantastic facilities we now have at Marr College to the invited guests in what was a memorable evening.”

The Marr College modernisation recently won ‘Project of the year’ at the Education Buildings Scotland Awards, which celebrate excellence and achievement in the design and innovation of educational buildings across Scotland.

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


Sunday, 26 November 2017

£100,000 Novice Chase added to Coral Grand National Festival Card

A brand new £100,000 race will be staged at the Coral Scottish Grand National Festival at Ayr Racecourse next April, bringing prize-money on the day to more than £550,000.


Sitting alongside the £215,000 Scottish National and the £105,000 QTS Scottish Champion Hurdle, the three-mile open novices’ handicap chase will further enhance the meeting which is already by far and away Scotland’s richest and most prestigious day’s racing.

The race will be a championship final for novice chasers who to qualify must have finished in the first eight in at least one weight for age novices or beginners chase during the 2017-2018 season, and will be supported by the BHA’s Development Fund as part of the Fund’s 2018 expenditure.

Ayr Racecourse managing director David Brown said: “This is terrific news and boosts further what already is an outstanding Festival.

“To have three races all carrying six figure prize-money underlines the quality of racing, and to have such a valuable novice chase alongside the Scottish Grand National and QTS Scottish Champion Hurdle is sure to put us on the radar of even more trainers than before. We look forward to next April with real anticipation.”

And leading northern jumps trainer Nicky Richard said: “Its excellent news for racing in general and particularly in the north that a race of this calibre is being added to an already quality card. Hopefully I’ll have a horse good enough to run in it.

“It’s another feather in Ayr’s cap to stage a third race worth £100,000 or more on the same day.”

Paul Johnson, Head of Racing at the BHA said : “The BHA Development Fund is there to support longer-term strategic initiatives to enhance the breed and we are delighted to announce the funding for the Ayr race and also a £100,000 novice handicap hurdle series final at Sandown on 28 April.

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, 20 November 2017

Green light given as new Queen Margaret Academy moves a step closer

Plans to build a new Queen Margaret Academy in Ayr are a step closer with the official contracts now signed after reaching financial close. South Ayrshire Council is now preparing to move on site to get work underway to deliver the new facility.


The £25m project will provide places for 800 young people, with modern classrooms, interactive ICT, a large games hall, two gyms, two all-weather pitches, and hard games courts. The building will also house Psychological Services and a Supported Learning Centre, which are already based at QMA.

The new Queen Margaret Academy will be built in the grounds of the existing school and is expected to open in October 2019. The current building will be demolished after the new school opens with the site to be fully landscaped.

The main contractor for the project will be Kier Construction.

Councillor Peter Henderson, Portfolio Holder for Resources and Performance, at South Ayrshire Council, said the latest announcement was an important milestone. “We’re committed to providing young people with the best possible start in life, and delivering a first-class education goes a long way to helping achieve that.

“By investing in this significant new building we’re creating a base to transform the way young people are taught, with the replacement school a more flexible space in which to deliver lessons.

“The building and facilities will also be available for community use, which will help make the project an important local hub. With initial work due to start in the next few weeks I look forward to seeing this ambitious new project take shape in the months ahead.”

Michael McBrearty, Chief Executive of delivery partner, hub South West, said: “The new Queen Margaret Academy is hub South West's fifth educational collaboration with South Ayrshire Council, having recently completed the new Ayr Academy, innovative modernisation at Marr College in Troon, and new primary schools for Dailly and Tarbolton.

“The new academy will provide a wonderfully modern and inclusive community facility that will provide excellent resources and opportunities for the area.

“We look forward to proceeding to site with contractor Kier Construction in the coming weeks.”

Managing director of Kier Construction's Scotland & north-east England business, Brian McQuade, said: “We’re proud to continue our relationship with South Ayrshire Council and looking forward to delivering an exciting new project which reinforces our position as a UK leader across education.

“We’ll be on site soon to start to deliver this state-of-the-art teaching, sporting and community facility at Queen Margaret Academy, which will help to support future generations. 

“As with all of our activity across Scotland, we will encourage the use of locally based suppliers and subcontractors, bringing economic growth in the area and providing employment and training opportunities for the people of Ayrshire.”

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


Saturday, 11 November 2017

Ayr Racecourse wins gold award for third year in a row

By: Iain Ferguson

AYR Racecourse has for the third year in a row been voted as a jewel in the crown of British Racing by one of the sport’s leading authorities – the Racehorse Owners’ Association.

Scotland’s premier track has been voted in the top six large racecourses in the country for owners and awarded the Racehorse Owners Association Gold Standard status for 2017.


The six large courses awarded Gold Standard were Ayr, Ascot, Chester, Haydock Park, Cheltenham and York – all six also received the award last year and Ayr has now been awarded the accolade every year since its inception in 2015.

ROA representatives visited every track in Britain at least once to assess all aspects of the raceday experience for owners. In addition, feedback was provided by hundreds of ROA members following their racecourse visits.


Ayr Racecourse managing director David Brown said: “I am proud on behalf of the entire team at Ayr Racecourse to learn we have retained the ROA Gold Standard and remain one of only six large racecourses to be awarded given the accolade.

“This reflects all the hard work and dedication and attention to detail we pride ourselves on, reflecting the importance in which we hold racehorse owners.

“Our aim is to deliver the best experience possible for owners, and to receive recognition like this is very rewarding.”

Racecourses are divided into two categories – large and small – with their classification decided by a range of factors, including the quality of racing and attendance figures. The six tracks in each category that were considered to provide owners with the best raceday experience will hold the Award for the next 12 months.

One racecourse from each section will be named as their respective category’s ‘Racecourse of the Year’ at the annual ROA Horseracing Awards to be held in London on Thursday 7 December.

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, 3 November 2017

Kilmarnock regeneration company HALO sets up new working partnership with Ayrshire College

Kilmarnock-based regeneration company HALO and its neighbour Ayrshire College have set up a new partnership to encourage leading-edge, practical learning in enterprise and innovation, cyber resilience and digital security to support the creation of a future workforce of digitally skilled young people from Ayrshire.


[Pictured: Marie Macklin CBE, who is leading The HALO initiative, and Heather Dunk, Principal and Chief Executive of Ayrshire College, sign up to the new partnership.]

The HALO and Ayrshire College have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in which they have agreed to combine knowledge, resources, networks and efforts to support the creation of the HALO Enterprise and Innovation Centre (HEIC) and the cyber security/digital hub that are planned as part of the impressive regeneration project. This is the second of two key educational partnerships for The HALO which is also working with the University of the West of Scotland.

Part of the HEIC will be an experiential learning space designed and equipped for the digital age. The Centre will house spin-out and start-up businesses within the new well-connected town centre offices which are due for completion in summer 2019. The HEIC will be part of a national and international network of Government and industry-inspired cyber centres making Scotland a leader in digital knowledge and understanding.

The partnership also aims to explore and promote new approaches to stimulating self-discovery, self-motivation and self-confidence, particularly among young people, in the communities served by the college.

Marie Macklin CBE, who is leading The HALO initiative, said: “This is the second of two critical educational relationships for The HALO to be recognised as one of Scotland's key cyber centres. Our proposals to make The HALO a leading location for learning and developing digital skills represent an ideal opportunity to combine the knowledge and teaching expertise of Ayrshire College and the University of the West of Scotland.

“Together we are aiming to create a unique environment and a range of learning experiences for people of all ages and abilities making Ayrshire one of the most digitally-aware, digitally-skilled areas in Scotland. This will increase employment opportunities and will help to make Ayrshire and Scotland an informed, prepared and safe place for business, and promote inclusive growth."

Heather Dunk, Principal and Chief Executive of Ayrshire College, said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with the HALO initiative. This will provide opportunities for our students and staff from a range of industry sectors to support economic development in Ayrshire. We look forward to developing ideas for the digital hub and using HALO to stimulate enterprise and innovation opportunities for our students.

“By developing the talents of our students, we will be supporting the digital skills workforce pipeline and preparing students for jobs in the digital skills and cyber security industries as well as a range of other key sectors.

“Our partnership with HALO will build on our existing strengths and support our ambitions for social inclusion, economic growth and innovation.”

About The HALO Kilmarnock

The HALO is an imaginative, innovative and inspirational regeneration initiative to revitalise the centre of Kilmarnock and support the growth and resilience of the Ayrshire economy.

It will create a dynamic commercial, educational, cultural, leisure and lifestyle quarter of the town, including a unique Enterprise and Innovation Centre - all fuelled by renewable energy.

This multi-faceted regeneration of a 23-acre site, formerly the home of Johnnie Walker, the world’s leading Scotch whisky, will generate over £53million in GDP for Kilmarnock and £65million for Scotland. The development will stimulate over 1800 jobs.

The HALO has evolved through significant community and key partner consultation and engagement. A multi-disciplinary project team has developed proposals that address a range of design, technical, commercial and economic factors aligned to the overall objectives of delivering sustainable, long-term economic and social benefits for the town of Kilmarnock and the wider Ayrshire community.

The Halo Kilmarnock Limited (THKL) is a development company formed by Macklin Enterprise Partnerships, The Klin Group and Ross Developments & Renewables to bring together a highly experienced property development team with the skills, resources and capacity to deliver a unique project that will add real value to the Scottish economy.