The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Friday, 27 July 2007

Independent Ayrshire optician David Bonellie
appoints Fame Publicity Services to conduct PR

Independent Ayrshire optician David Bonellie with branches in Stewarton, Irvine and Largs has appointed Fame Publicity Services to conduct the company's public relations activities.

Always determined to offer his clients the best of care, David recently acquired new state-of-the art cameras for his three high street practices to help ensure patients’ eyes can be regularly monitored without any inconvenience or discomfort.

Digital imaging can capture and record photographs of the interior of the eye without the need to insert drops beforehand.

The procedure is quick, easy, comfortable and accurate. This in turn leads to optical and other health disorders being diagnosed sooner than might otherwise have been the case.

GPs and hospital ophthalmologists find the photographs sent by the optician to be extremely useful, as they provide a huge clinical advantage when consulting with patients.

David Bonellie Opticians also ensure that they are always in step with current fashions with the latest designer frames from the likes of Ray-Ban, Adidas, Moschino and Silhouette always in stock.


In 2003, public relations consultant and freelance journalist Murdoch MacDonald set up a new PR firm in Ayrshire, Scotland called Fame Publicity Services.

Fame Publicity Services is targeting companies of all sizes throughout Scotland, as Murdoch believes that there is a huge gap in the market for publicising the country’s industry and commerce in the national, international and trade media, and especially the Internet.

Clients include Frazer Coogans Solicitors, the Accident & Injury Claims Centre, building contractors William Skinner & Son, finance broker First Independent Finance Limited, Culzean Autoclassica, Culzean Horse Trials, and Fairfield House Hotel.

Murdoch says: "No other public relations consultancy, PR firm or publicity company can offer you a better or more cost-effective worldwide news distribution service, combined with search engine optimisation that will drive customers to your door. No matter where you are in the world, contact us now to see how we can use stories about your business to obtain unrivalled international media coverage, and at the same time dramatically increase your visibility on the Internet."

Murdoch MacDonald has been in the public relations industry and a freelance journalist and broadcaster for more than thirty years, working for clients including Royal Bank of Scotland, Standard Life, Scottish Amicable, Scottish Provident, John Menzies, Kwik-Fit, Highland Regional Council, Barratt Homes and Scottish & Universal Newspapers, part of the Trinity Mirror Group. He has been dubbed in the press as the grandfather of the PR profession in Scotland.

A graduate of Magdalene College, University of Cambridge, Murdoch is no newcomer either to the allied professions of freelance journalism and broadcasting.

At the start of his career, for 18 months he produced, edited and presented a family finance radio programme called £s, Pence and Sense for Radio Forth, the independent local radio station serving Edinburgh and East Central Scotland, and also made contributions of a similar nature to BBC Radio Scotland.

Subsequently he was the roving reporter in a six-part series of a television financial advice programme called Moneywise, produced and networked throughout the UK by Scottish Television.

For several years, he also wrote his own regular monthly by-lined full-page article for Business Scotland magazine, at that time the best-known and most prestigious business periodical in Scotland. He took over the feature page previously written by Magnus Magnusson, who went on to higher things with Mastermind on BBC Television.

Murdoch is currently Business Editor of a local weekly newspaper in Ayrshire.

Thursday, 26 July 2007

Members of The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle rise and shine

The first meeting of the newly formed Elite Ayrshire Business Circle will take place at the Clydesdale Bank Financial Solutions Centre in Alloway Street, Ayr on Wednesday 26 September at 8.30am. It is hoped that the early start will result in minimal disruption of members’ busy schedules.

Picture shows: Willie Mackie, senior partner at the Clydesdale Bank Financial Solutions Centre in Ayr.

The meeting will be hosted by Clydesdale Bank Financial Solutions Centre managing partner Willie Mackie, who said: “We at the Clydesdale Bank have been delighted with the profile we have achieved via our membership of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.

“At launch we believed this was an important step in promoting businesses in Ayrshire. Our experience has confirmed this is a great vehicle for sharing success.”

Picture shows: Elite Ayrshire Business Circle executive chairman Norman Geddes.

Elite Ayrshire Business Circle executive chairman Norman Geddes added: “We are indebted to Clydesdale Bank for their support in hosting this business networking opportunity for founder members and invited guests. Ayrshire has a dynamic business community, and we look forward to enhancing the business profile of our members.”

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle is a newly formed association of some of the top companies in Ayrshire.

Its purpose is to publicise its members, and to celebrate and promote the rich diversity of industry, commerce and business services available within the county boundaries of Ayrshire.

Members include the Clydesdale Bank, Ayr Racecourse and the Western House Hotel, and member company activities include building and construction, architectural practice, estate agency and land management, chartered accountancy, insurance broking, legal services, golf club management, marketing services and brand creation, web design and public relations consultancy.

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle runs its own online news magazine, which can be found at

As well as regularly updated illustrated articles about member companies, Ayrshire Business News also features rolling news, business and sports headlines, and its own online department store.

For further information about The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle and to apply for membership, e-mail