The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Friday, 26 October 2007

Take-off for Ryanair route linking
Prestwick Airport and Kaunas

A SPECIAL lunch took place last week to promote and celebrate in advance the launch of Ryanair’s new service linking Glasgow Prestwick Airport in Ayrshire, Scotland to Kaunas in Lithuania.

[Picture shows lunch guests Indre Trakimaite, director of the Lithuanian National Tourism Office, Vygaudas Uðackas, Lithuanian Ambassador to the United Kingdom, Ryanair PRO Alan Clark and Bill Toner, Scotland’s Honorary Consul for Lithuania.]

The new service, which will operate on Sundays and Wednesdays, starts on Sunday 28 October.

Guests at the luncheon included Vygaudas Uðackas, Lithuanian Ambassador to the United Kingdom, Indre Trakimaite, director of the Lithuanian National Tourism Office, and Bill Toner, Scotland’s Honorary Consul for Lithuania.

The group, which also included representatives from Prestwick Airport and Ryanair were treated to a series of presentations and anecdotal speeches about Kaunas and Lithuania, before sitting down to an authentic Lithuanian meal.

The Prestwick to Kaunas service is Scotland’s first to Lithuania, and flights are available for as little as £10 inclusive of taxes and charges.

Glasgow Prestwick Airport chief executive Mark Rodwell commented: “The Eastern European and Baltic markets are becoming increasingly important for us, and the success of our current services to Poland and Riga demonstrate that demand exists for these destinations.

“For the Scots and British, they are popular city break destinations, particularly as that type of trip becomes more popular among people here, while an increasing number of Europeans are visiting Scotland as tourists or to work here.

“Next week also sees the introduction of a new Ryanair service to Budapest, which will also be a first for Scotland, and a daily service to Belfast. It’s an exciting time for us at Glasgow Prestwick Airport with the introduction of these fantastic new services. Ryanair now serves more than 25 destinations from the Ayrshire airport, which is an impressive total, and many of these destinations are not served by any other Scottish airport.”


Kaunas Airport
Glasgow Prestwick Airport staff
donate raft of cheques to charities

Around 75 Glasgow Prestwick Airport staff took part in a day's white water rafting at Aberfeldy recently, with the aim of combining a great day out with the chance to raise money for good causes.

The event raised a total of £1,200 and this was split between three charities chosen by the staff - Malcolm Sargent House, the Ayrshire Hospice and Ronald McDonald House at Yorkhill Hospital in Glasgow.

Our photographs show May Gilchrist of Malcolm Sargent House (above, centre right) and Ayrshire Hospice fundraising manager Louis Jardine (below, centre right) collecting their £400 cheques from airport staff who participated in the white water rafting event.


Ayrshire Hospice

CLIC Sargent Holidays

Ronald McDonald House, Yorkhill Hospital

Sunday, 21 October 2007

Successful Ayrshire companies invited
to join Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Successful Ayrshire companies who are top of their league are being invited to join the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.

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

[Picture shows members of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle who attended the inaugural meeting recently. For a larger image with caption CLICK HERE.]

The purpose of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle 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, a leading restaurant, CCTV surveillance provision, marketing services and brand creation, business coaching, 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.

Only one member is allowed in any particular business sector, which greatly increases the effectiveness of networking opportunities within the Circle.

But one of the main advantages of membership is the Circle’s news distribution service.

Every member company is encouraged to issue one press release every month, and such is the effectiveness of the Circle’s news distribution service that the contents of these press releases regularly appear in Google News and other leading search engines within a couple of hours of issue.

One of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle’s founder members is Willie Mackie. He says: “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.”

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