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Saturday, 22 July 2017

National Trust for Scotland’s new Ayrshire and Arran team enjoying a busy summer

The National Trust for Scotland’s new Ayrshire and Arran team are enjoying a busy summer.

General Manager Stuart Maxwell, who took up the role with Scotland’s largest conservation charity earlier this year, has now completed recruiting his team of heritage and business specialists.

Together they will play a key role in caring for some of the treasures of Scotland, including Culzean Castle and Country Park, Brodick Castle, Garden and Country Park and the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, as well as Souter Johnnie’s Cottage and the Bachelors’ Club.

Based at Culzean Castle, they were soon geared up for a busy summer, as Culzean Castle and Brodick Castle both benefit from major investment.

General Manager Stuart Maxwell said: “We’ve got lots going on in Ayrshire and Arran this summer – our newly opened and expanded playpark, The Wild Woodland and Adventure Cove at Culzean is going down very well with younger visitors, we have Pirates of Culzean, a flagship event in July, and there’s lots of outdoor theatre and rangers’ events too. We’ve also enhanced our catering and retail offer typified with the opening of our new Aviary CafĂ©.

“In the stunning grounds of Brodick Castle, we’ve opened Isle Be Wild Adventure Playpark – a fantastic play experience, inspired by Arran’s wonderful natural heritage. This new addition to the island adds another great reason to make a visit to Arran for families for a short break or a day trip from the mainland.”


The team is (left to right in photograph):

Sarah Beattie, Curator - Sarah studied History of Art and History at the University of Glasgow before completing a master’s degree in nineteenth century art and design. She is currently working on a second masters on the history of the Country House with the University of Leicester. Sarah has worked with a broad selection of collections from social history to fine art in both documentation and curatorial roles.

Kevin MacGillivary, Catering and Hospitality Manager – Kevin has more than 30 years’ experience in the catering industry and has won many prestigious awards including Scottish Chef of the Year, Winner of Flavour of Scotland Award, and the Scottish Hotel Chef of the Year. He has been on the board of the Federation of Chefs Scotland since 1999 and took up the office of President in June 2009. Before joining the Trust, he was the Regional Executive Chef for MacDonald Hotels looking after 5 of the company’s flagship properties, The Holyrood Edinburgh, Inchyra Grange, Grangemouth, The Crutherland Hotel in East Kilbride and Houston House Hotel and the Grange Manor.

Ashley Connolly, Retail Development Manager – Ashley has worked in retail for 25 years – 20 of which have been in buying and product development with retail giants like Tesco and Next. Ashley's career growth has come from being able to match products to people, with the customer being at the heart of every decision she makes. Innovative, pioneering and a keen negotiator, Ashley can spot a trend coming from a mile away.

Gareth Clingan, Operations Manager, Culzean Castle – Gareth has worked with NTS since 2009 having held positions at Crathes Castle, Brodie Castle and Culloden amongst others. Previously, Dumfries born Gareth, was Visitor Experience Manager at The Royal Yacht Britannia after working at the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

Stuart Maxwell, General Manager – Stuart is no stranger to Ayrshire having managed Fairfield House Hotel and The Marine Hotel, Troon and lived in Alloway for 10 years. Having spent over 25 years in hospitality he is looking to transform the visitor experience at all of the Ayrshire and Arran properties whilst also opening up opportunities for commercial businesses.

Caroline Smith, Operations Manager, Robert Burns Birthplace Museum - Caroline has worked in the Ayrshire tourism sector since 2000, taking on the role of Commercial Manager and then Property Manager at Burns National Heritage Park (now the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum). Caroline was a key part of the project team for the HLF funded Robert Burns Birthplace Museum which opened in 2010. She then spent 3 years at Culzean Castle & Country Park, during which time she completed several large capital projects including the new play area – Adventure Cove as well as several property renovations and refurbishments, increasing visitor numbers and income, paving the way for further developments such as the extension to the play area and landscape and infrastructure improvements.

Andrea Brown, Business Manager – Andrea began her career in the banking sector during which time she qualified as an Associate member of the Chartered Institute of bankers in Scotland. She then worked in finance roles in the construction and road haulage industries. She has a particular interest in working for the charity sector, and worked with the Ayrshire Hospice for 13 years, latterly as Corporate & Management Accountant, where she headed up the finance department. During this role, she completed a BSC (Honours) in Applied Accountancy and is a qualified Chartered Certified Accountant.

Tim Keyworth, Gardens and Designed Landscapes Manager – Tim started his career with National Trust for Scotland at Threave Garden where he completed his craftsman gardener award, before moving to Leith Hall to take up a permanent gardening role. At 22, he became the youngest head gardener in the Trust and led a number of important renovations. He then moved to Brodick Castle in 2014, attracted before taking up his current role.

Jenny Dall, Finance Manager (Edinburgh-based).

The National Trust for Scotland is the charity that celebrates and protects Scotland’s heritage. It relies on the support of its members and donors to carry out its important work of caring for the natural and built heritage of Scotland for everyone to enjoy.

You can join the National Trust for Scotland for as little as £7.50 per month for a family. To become a member, CLICK HERE.

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National Trust for Scotland is a Member of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.


Thursday, 13 July 2017

Scottish International Airshow excitement soars

Extensive partnership working is underway to ensure that this year’s Scottish International Airshow which takes place at the Low Green, Ayr on Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 September is even bigger and better than ever before. 


In only its fourth year, the free to attend airshow has grown to become a major event with around 180,000 spectators expected over the weekend.

Organisers of the Scottish International Airshow have been working closely with main sponsor South Ayrshire Council and other key partners, including EventScotland, part of VisitScotland’s Events Directorate, to build the event into a family-friendly weekend. Not only will spectators be able to witness aerobatic displays of the highest quality, there will be some amazing ground entertainment too.

The fun fair will be back with exhilarating thrills for both young and old. There will be an array of stalls crammed with goodies and stands with all sorts of interesting information. Adding to the mix will be military vehicles and classic cars, and you could even have a go on a state-of-the-art flight simulator. All this and live entertainment will set the scene for a bumper weekend.

The Royal Marines have confirmed they will be back this year. Their exciting demonstration will feature a beach assault with a Type 23 Frigate, speeding inshore patrol craft, offshore raiding boat and a Merlin helicopter!

Breath-taking flying displays are the backbone of the Scottish International Airshow and 2017 will be no different with the return of the world famous Red Arrows, awe-inspiring Typhoon Fighter and the hotly anticipated Fighting Falcon flown by the Belgian Airforce. 

The airshow has also secured the appearance of one of the most spectacular close formation flying teams in Europe — Team Raven. They will be performing their unique brand of daredevil flying on both the Saturday and the Sunday.

Adding to the already amazing line-up will be the WWII Classic Catalina Flying Boat which wowed the crowds last year — check out http://www.tsia.scot/whats-on/  for the latest announcements or to buy tickets for family, enthusiast or VIP areas.

Councillor Douglas Campbell, Leader of South Ayrshire Council said: “A tremendous amount of work takes place behind the scenes to ensure the Scottish International Airshow is a success. Close partnership working is crucial, and I am sure these bonds will only get stronger in future years. 

“The advantage of an event of this magnitude for the local economy is clear and we are set to encourage even more people into Ayr town centre this year with a pipe band launching proceedings in the High Street and further town centre activities to be announced. Hopefully accommodation providers, retailers, restaurants and other businesses across South Ayrshire will feel the benefit. 

“The Scottish International Airshow has something for everyone, so even if flying displays are not your thing, come along and enjoy the other entertainment; there really is something for everyone.”

Doug Maclean, Director of Airshow Scotland Ltd who run the Scottish International Airshow said: “As we rapidly approach our 4th airshow based in Ayr we really feel that the support from South Ayrshire Council has been a major factor in us continuing to locate this incredible event in Ayr. We have been working since early last year on the 2017 airshow and we are well into planning for 2018 and beyond. We are keen the airshow continues to be supported by the Council,  and we look forward to sitting down very shortly to secure Ayr as the site for the Scottish International Airshow through to at least 2020.” 

Doug continued: “We raised our international ambitions last year, and are delighted to have secured the Belgian Air Force for the 2017 show. We are close to securing other international teams and believe we are approaching the point where the Scottish International Airshow will become a highly desired date on the international display calendar. The support of all of our private and public sector sponsors is vital to enable us to plan ahead and develop the airshow. We have brought tens of millions of pounds into the Scottish economy and we estimate we can raise that very considerably in a few short years.” 

Stuart Turner, Head of EventScotland, said: “We are delighted to be continuing our support of the Scottish International Airshow. Initially supported through our National Programme Fund, and now our Beacon Fund, the airshow has gone from strength to strength since its inception in 2014. 

“Scotland is the perfect stage for events and the thrills of the air displays alongside the entertainment and exhibitions on the ground, will ensure a great weekend out for all the family.” 

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


Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Trainers Roger Fell and Keith Dalgleish at the double at Ayr Racecourse

By: Iain Ferguson

TRAINERS Roger Fell and Keith Dalgleish were the men in form at Ayr Racecourse’s two-day opening July meeting - each saddling a double.


[Pictured: Pouvoir Magique wins at Ayr Racecourse on Sunday.]

Fell teamed up with jockey Tony Hamilton at totepool Family Day on Sunday with Two For Two, just beaten a nose in the same race last year, winning the feature race, the Class 3 one mile handicap carrying top weight at odds of 7-1.

The Fell-Hamilton double had been initiated half an hour earlier in the Bet totetrifecta at betfred.com handicap, also over a mile, when Zodiakos, a 13-2 chance, won comfortably by a length and three quarters from the Ruth Carr trained Abushamah

And it was Dalgleish’s turn to score a double on Monday with Dark Defender and Showdaisy.

The latter landed the £15,000 Racing UK Profits Returned to Racing Handicap. Sent off at 12-1 Jason Hart gave her a positive ride making all to win the five furlong sprint by a head from Foxtrot Knight.

Keith said afterwards : “The key was her breaking well from the stalls as she was not well handicapped for her wins last season but she did it well there.”

The yard’s earlier winner came with Dark Defender, a 15-2 chance, who had won on this card last year. Given a positive ride from stable apprentice Rowan Scott the gelding had a length and a quarter to spare at the line over Kenny The Captain.

Newmarket based trainer George Scott scored with his first ever runner at the track on Monday when Another Batt (5-6 fav) won the opening six furlong novice stakes in the hands of Danny Tudhope. But an eyecatcher here was the first time out colt Stormbringer who finished third for trainer Kevin Ryan and jockey Martin Harley and should win in the near future.

There two Newmarket trained winners on Sunday when John Gosden sent the highly thought of Pouvoir Magique on the 700 mile round trip to win the opening maiden comfortably at the prohibitive odds of 1-12 in the hands of James Doyle and this colt could now go for the Group 2 Great Voltigeur Stakes at York next month.

And David Lanigan and jockey Paul Mulrennan teamed up with Take A Turn, sent off at 11-2, to win Division Two of the Bet totequadpot At betfred.com Handicap over one mile two furlongs by a neck from Never Say.

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, 4 July 2017

South Ayrshire Council appoints contractor for anchor development at Ayr’s new Riverside Block

Ambitious plans to kick-start the regeneration of an historic part of Ayr town centre have now taken a major step forward. South Ayrshire Council has appointed a contractor and design team to develop new office accommodation at the Riverside Block, which will act as the first part of the site’s wider development.


[Pictured: Demolition work on High Street is progressing well.]

Morgan Sindall have been appointed as the project’s Tier 1 contractor, while architects Keppie Design, who were employed to provide the original designs for the new offices, have been appointed as design consultants.


[Pictured: The new offices will mark the start of the development of the Riverside Block.]

Ayr Renaissance submitted a masterplan for a mixed development between High Street and the River Ayr last year. This includes provision for quality office accommodation and housing, as well as for niche retail units, cafes, restaurants and public spaces. The masterplan sets out a commitment to top quality design to an overall scale that respects the surrounding conservation area.

With demolition of the existing site now well advanced, the Council is now moving ahead with its plans for a new modern office development that will eventually house around 350 workers. The final design will respond to the requirements of the masterplan and incorporate active space which can be used outside of normal office hours.


[Pictured: The High Street site before demolition work got underway.]

Councillor Peter Henderson, South Ayrshire Council’s Portfolio Holder for Resources and Performance said it was encouraging to see the development gather momentum, “With the contractor and design team now in place we can start to bring together concrete plans to breathe new life into this landmark project.

“Work on site is already making a real difference to the local landscape with the old buildings on High Street now largely demolished, revealing the true scale of the project that will, in time, transform an historic area of Ayr’s town centre.

“The Council block is the anchor development for the wider plan, and I look forward to seeing further progress in the coming months as construction work gets underway.”

Work is expected to begin in spring 2018, following the conclusion of demolition and archaeological works.

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


Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Major Scottish artist set to open first solo exhibition in South Ayrshire

One of Scotland's most successful and best loved contemporary artists is preparing to open a major new exhibition in South Ayrshire. John Lowrie Morrison (better known as JOLOMO) will bring his distinctive style to Ayr's Maclaurin Galleries in his ‘The Magical Light of the West’ exhibition, which runs from Saturday 1 July to Sunday 30 July.


[Pictured: John Lowrie Morrison in his studio.]

This exhibition will sit alongside a dynamic exhibition of new work by MESH - a collective of Scottish artists. Set up in 2011 this diverse group of ten artists came together to form a collective, providing skill and knowledge exchange, peer support and critical discussion.

In Rozelle House, tutors and students work from Ayrshire College Visual Arts courses, complete the offering at Rozelle. This is a fantastic exhibition of work by both staff and students of the HNC and HND Visual Arts courses at Ayrshire College, incorporating photography, jewellery, visual communications, art and design.

John Walker, Chair of the Maclaurin Trust looks forward to the exhibition. “We’re proud to welcome John Lowrie Morrison to the Maclaurin for this important exhibition  This is just a small taster of the wonderful work this internationally renowned artist does and we will follow it in 2018 when the Maclaurin Gallery hosts a Jolomo Retrospective, looking back at  his life and the enormous body of work he has produced.”


[Pictured: “An Oban Sunset” by artist John Lowrie Morrison.]

Councillor Brian McGinley, Portfolio Holder for Economic Development, Tourism & Leisure said the event was bound to pull in the crowds, “Following on from the fantastic success of our Goudie exhibition, we’re thrilled to welcome another high profile artist to Ayr, where I’m sure there will be an enthusiastic response to the work on show.

“As an artist, JOLOMO, has personal connections to Ayrshire which he’s keen to connect to, and I’m sure people from across the west of Scotland will travel to see his exhibition first hand, along with the high impact MESH exhibition, and the work from Ayrshire College.

“We’re committed to making arts accessible to as wide an audience as possible, and the latest exhibitions at the Maclaurin Galleries and Rozelle are great examples of exciting partnerships which bring major artists to South Ayrshire.”

Commenting ahead of the exhibition, John Lowrie Morrison said, “I’ve always known about the Maclaurin and Rozelle, and I have been meaning to come and visit for years. I do know the area quite well though, and I would say that Ayrshire is part of my psyche as I came down to paint at Culzean when I was a student at Glasgow School of Art during the late 60s and early 70s. I love painting on that part of the Scottish coast, the light is quite different from that of the West Coast of Argyll.”

John Lowrie Morrison

The artist, who is better known as JOLOMO, is instantly recognisable with his work proving to be hugely popular. Born in Maryhill, Glasgow, JOLOMO‘s family roots are in the Outer Hebrides, and his childhood visits to family on both Harris and Skye gave him a love of the croft. He attended Glasgow School of Art 1967-72, studying drawing and painting, textiles and printing under the star tutors of the time, including Alexander Goudie, whose work is on permanent display at Rozelle House.

MESH

For this exhibition, MESH has explored methods of collaboration to develop new forms of research and making. Working in sub-groups for the past seven months, the members have experimented with a variety of familiar and new practice methods. The results of their collaborations include drawings, paintings, weaving, photographs, artists’ books, postcards and sculptures. Solo works by individual members of MESH are also shown in the exhibition, complementing the collaborative work. MESH are also offering a series of inspiring workshops and talks too, sharing their skills and practice with people of South Ayrshire. – Please contact Rozelle House for more details.

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


Thursday, 22 June 2017

Leading trainers head to Scottish Sun Raceday at Ayr Racecourse

By: Iain Ferguson

ENTRIES for the feature race at Scottish Sun Raceday on Saturday (24 June) include horses from a host of leading stables.


Trainers likely to be represented on the big day include Roger Varian, Richard Fahey, Charlie Hills, Mark Johnston, David O’Meara, Hugo Palmer and Willie Haggas.

The feature race on Saturday’s card, the Scottish Sun/British Stallion Studs EBF Land O’Burns Fillies’ Stakes, a class 1 Listed Race, has attracted 18 entries including Gorane from the Henry de Bromhead stable in Ireland – a yard normally associated with jumps racing.

This three year-old was second in a Listed race at Navan in April and followed that with a fourth in the Group 3 Lackey Stakes at Naas, a race won by the brilliant Aidan O’Brien trained colt Caravaggio a horse that is unbeaten in all five starts. Gorane was beaten under seven lengths that day and that form would give him a real chance in the Land O’Burns.

Other eye-catching entries include Willie Hag gas’s Gravity Flow, second in a  Listed contest at Newmarket last October, Clive Cox’s Lady Macapa and the Richard Fahey trained pair Mayfair Lady and Queen Kindly.

Scotland’s hopes could rest with Mayleaf Shine, having his second run for Iain Jardine and formerly trained in Ireland by Joseph Murphy. This is a lightly raced filly and expect ‘Scobie’ to have her primed for a huge effort.

The main supporting race on Saturday is the £30,000 Scottish Sun On Sunday Champion Handicap for the Johnstone Rosebowl and I like the look of Roger Varian’s Morando in this.

This four year-old gelding won in a similar grade at last September’s William Hill Ayr Gold Cup Festival and although he will have to give weight to most of his rivals as he runs off 104 he could be very hard to beat.

 To book tickets or for more information on racing at Ayr please 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.


Thursday, 1 June 2017

Sun shines on South Ayrshire's beach standards

Environmental charity, Keep Scotland Beautiful, has announced that three beaches from across South Ayrshire have been recognised for the high standards provided to users - from keeping sand litter free to providing excellent information and accessible amenities.


[Pictured: Troon beach was one of three recognized.]

Signalling the start of the traditional Scottish bathing season on 1st June, with families set to flock to Scottish shorelines to make the most of the warm weather, the Scottish Beach Awards celebrate some of the best managed beaches in the country and has acted as the national benchmark for local environmental quality around Scotland's coastline for a quarter of a century.

Flags from the 2017 awards will, from next week, be flying at 60 beaches the length and breadth of Scotland, including Ayr, Maidens, and Troon.

A full regional list and breakdown of award winners can be found HERE.

Keep Scotland Beautiful chief executive Derek Robertson commented: "The Scottish Beach Awards set the standard for our stunning coastlines and inland shores - making sure that they are litter free, provide excellent facilities for families and encourage more visitors to our beautiful beaches.

"Going to the beach is a tradition that we want to continue, whilst protecting this valuable environment. It is vital that we maintain our support for organisations efforts to ensure that South Ayrshire's coastlines offer a great day out whilst recognising the wider benefits of a good quality environment for people's health and wellbeing and local economies."

Having started out as the Scottish Seaside Awards in 1993 with only two entrants, the Scottish Beach Awards have gone from strength to strength - increasing 30 fold in the past 25 years.

Mike Newall, South Ayrshire Council's Head of Neighbourhood Services said: "South Ayrshire is famous for its coast and it's great to see Ayr, Maidens, and Troon recognised with these national awards for clean, well-managed and sustainable beaches.

"The help of the public is something that makes a real difference. By taking away litter, cleaning up dog waste, and not feeding seagulls, we can all reduce waste and make it easy for people to enjoy their day by the seaside.

"We also work closely with organisations including the Scottish Environment Protection Agency to monitor the quality of bathing water and provide the public with relevant information in the summer months."

With domestic visits to seaside locations in Scotland worth over £3m per annum to the Scottish economy, the awards serve as a quality benchmark for the provision of facilities to visitors - from assessing toilet provision to the maintenance of beautiful promenades and the cleanliness of secluded bays.

Focussing on local environmental quality, the award is designed to complement the work currently undertaken by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency on bathing water quality.

A map showing all the award-winning beaches with directions, facilities and images can be found at www.keepscotlandbeautiful.org/beach 

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


Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Jockey Andrea Atzeni to make debut at Ayr Racecourse

By: Iain Ferguson

JOCKEY Andrea Atzeni flies north tomorrow (Wednesday 24 May) for his debut mount at Ayr Racecourse and his only ride of the day on Nezwaah in the £50,000 Class 1 Listed Tennent’s British Stallion Studs EBF Rothesay Stakes.


[Pictured: Maleficent Queen won the race last year.]

The Roger Varian trained four year-old filly holds entries in the Group 1 Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot in June and the Pretty Polly Stakes at the Curragh in July and is making his seasonal reappearance tomorrow in the one mile two furlong contest.

A winner of a Listed race on the all-weather course at Newcastle last June, Nezwaah finished last year running in a Grade 1 at Woodbine in Canada where finished down the field. She is the highest rated of the six runners today with her chief danger Maleficent Queen form the Keith Dalgleish yard who won the inaugural running of the race last year.

Another notable runner is Pure Art, trained by Ralph Beckett in Andover and the mount of Fran Berry.

The main supporting race on the card is the Guinness Handicap over five furlongs and Jim Goldie will run Tommy G a winner at the track earlier in the month while Keith Dalgleish saddles Dark Defender.

The opening race is the EBF Stallion Appletiser Novice Stakes at 2.20pm which has attracted a field of 11 runners including Mark Johnston’s Noble Manners, second at Beverley earlier in the month.

There are eight races on the card and gates are open at 12.20pm.

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, 5 May 2017

South Ayrshire Council Election 2017 results

28 councillors have now been elected to serve the people of South Ayrshire following the 2017 Scottish Council Election.


[Pictured: South Ayrshire Councillors line up for 
the frst time after the 2017 results were announced.]

* The Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party returned 12 Elected Members
* Scottish National Party returned 9 Elected Members
* Scottish Labour Party returned 5 Elected Members
* 2 Independent Elected Members were also returned
* b The Elected Members returned for each ward are detailed below:

WARD 1 – Troon

Peter Convery (Scottish Conservative and Unionist)
Bob Pollock (Scottish Conservative and Unionist)
Craig MacKay (Scottish National Party)
Philip Saxton (Scottish Labour Party)
Turnout: 57.2%

WARD 2 - Prestwick

Ian Cochrane (Scottish National Party)
Hugh Hunter (Scottish Conservative and Unionist)
Margaret Toner (Scottish Conservative and Unionist)
Helen Moonie (Scottish Labour Party)
Turnout: 55.1%

WARD 3 – Ayr North

Laura Brennan-Whitefield (Scottish National Party)
Ian Davis (Scottish Conservative and Unionist)
Ian Cavana (Scottish Labour Party)
Douglas Campbell (Scottish National Party)
Turnout: 39.6%

WARD 4 - Ayr East

Mary Kilpatrick (Scottish Conservative and Unionist)
Brian McGinley (Scottish Labour Party)
Chris Cullen (Scottish National Party)
Turnout: 51.5%

WARD 5 - Ayr West

Martin Dowey (Scottish Conservative and Unionist)
Siobhian Brown (Scottish National Party)
Lee Lyons (Scottish Conservative and Unionist)
Derek McCabe (Scottish Conservative and Unionist)
Turnout: 59.4%

WARD 6 - Kyle

Arthur Spurling (Scottish Conservative and Unionist)
Andy Campbell (Scottish Labour Party)
Julie Dettbarn (Scottish National Party)
Turnout: 48.7%

WARD 7 – Maybole, North Carrick & Coylton

Iain Campbell (Scottish Conservative and Unionist)
William Grant (Scottish National Party)
Brian Connolly (Independent)
Turnout: 48.1%

WARD 8 - Girvan and South Carrick

Alec Clark (Independent)
Ian Fitzsimmons (Scottish Conservative and Unionist)
Peter Henderson (Scottish National Party)
Turnout: 52.3%

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


Thursday, 4 May 2017

Elite Ayrshire Business Circle NEXT MEETING

We are delighted to cordially invite you to attend the next (re-arranged) Elite Ayrshire Business Circle business breakfast networking event, which will take place at 8am on Thursday 18 May in the clubhouse of Dundonald Links golf course. Dundonald Links will play proud host to the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open & Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open in July.


At our meeting, European Tour commercial manager Bob Gordon will preview these events, which are an exciting coup for Ayrshire, and which will undoubtedly provide a substantial boost for the local economy.

In addition, members will be given the opportunity to give a mini- presentation of 5-10 minutes to the meeting, outlining recent successes and achievements. If you would like to showcase your company at the meeting, please e-mail murdochmacdonald@hotmail.com

Finally, our meeting will afford the usual excellent opportunity ty informally network with other top Ayrshire business people, and a complimentary buffet breakfast will be served.

Everybody attending this meeting will be given priority booking rights to the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle Annual Summer Luncheon at Turnberry in July.

In order to facilitate catering arrangements, please RSVP your reply to this invitation to: murdochmacdonald@hotmail.com

Elite Ayrshire Business Circle
Directors:
Norman Geddes (Executive Chairman)
Murdoch MacDonald (CEO)