The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Tuesday, 6 February 2007

Elite businesses form a circle

THE CREAM of Ayrshire businesses are all set to link together to present a united online shop window to the world.

Membership of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle will be limited to just one company in each business sector, although in the case of very localised businesses this may be increased to one in each of the three areas of North, East and South Ayrshire.

[Picture shows Elite Ayrshire Business Circle founder Norman Geddes.]

The founder of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle is Norman Geddes, who is also senior partner with Ayr-based Frazer Coogans Solicitors.

A new company, 1MarketPlace Ltd, has been set up to run the Circle.

Norman said: “This is an exciting opportunity for Ayrshire businesses. A top expansion-minded company in each business sector will be invited to join a circle of like-minded can-do people who are interested in promoting Ayrshire as a whole, as well, of course, as publicising their own individual enterprises.

“Every member will be entitled to display the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle banner on their website, and within this banner is embedded an active hyperlink to each and every other member company’s website. This alone should substantially boost the internet search engine ranking of all members of the Circle.

“We offer an online classified business directory which is different from most others in that it will have only one entry for each classification. Most people wanting (say) a surveyor don’t want a list of every surveyor in the neighbourhood. They just want one who will do a good job. That is what we will provide.”

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle will have its own internet-based house magazine, which will carry no advertising, but feature regularly updated business news stories about member companies accompanied by print-quality colour photographs.

The website at has been trialled for a year. Even before it has been publicly announced, it has attracted a great deal of traffic, especially from abroad, with recent visitors coming from the USA, Canada, Africa, Australia, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland, Romania and Russia, as well as throughout the UK.

Norman continued: “This pre-launch international traffic shows that our website will provide a valuable new shop window to the world.

“Other website features include up-to-the-minute rolling news, business and sport headlines with click-through links to the full stories, an audio feature allowing visitors to listen online to the latest BBC radio news summary, and an online department store for convenient internet shopping during the office lunch hour!”

Managing partner of the Clydesdale Bank in Ayr, Willie Mackie said: “The Clydesdale Bank is delighted to be associated with the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.

“The idea of linking like-minded dynamic businesses together in this way is a very innovative approach to business development in Ayrshire.

“We look forward to seeing the membership increase over the next 12 months and beyond.”

Membership of The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle is by invitation only, but companies can request an invitation, more information and subscription rates. E-mail:

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