The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Saturday, 15 December 2007

Ayrshire children's playcentre wins
award for its healthy food menu

A CHILDREN’S play centre in Ayrshire is the first of its kind to be recognised by thehealthyliving award.

Juniper Jungle in Galston has picked up the major award for its efforts to make it easier for parents and children visiting the establishment’s coffee shop to choose healthier food.

[Picture shows: Juniper Jungle proprietor Colin Logan (right) receiving the award from George McIvor, chairman of Masterchefs of Great Britain.]

Proprietors Colin and Janice Logan from Mauchline decided to apply after reading about the award in their local newspaper. Juniper Jungle has been interested in providing fresh, healthy food in a clean environment since the business opened four years ago, and the healthyliving award provided a way to be formally recognised for offering healthier food choices.

The national award, recently launched by the Scottish Consumer Council, gives national recognition to caterers and the food service sector which take a range of steps to provide healthier options.

It is open to most food serving outlets in Scotland, but specifically places where people go to buy food regularly, such as workplace restaurants, cafes, sandwich shops, further education sites, hospital canteens, and restaurants.

More than 410 eating establishments across Scotland have already signed up to the award, which organisers hope will become a prestigious accreditation and the sign of healthier eating out.

Juniper Jungle is delighted to be the first establishment of its type to achieve the award for adopting a range of healthier practices, including reducing levels of fat, salt and sugar in food and by making fruit and vegetables more easily available.

Colin Logan said: “From the outset of the business we have always been interested in providing healthier food. When we first opened the business we were told that if we offered ‘healthier food’ we would only last 6 months. Three years on we are delighted to achieve the healthyliving award. For us it reinforces the importance of healthier eating and that it is achievable within a business setting.”

Colin added “At first it seemed daunting and like a lot of hard work, but once we read through the guidance we realised we were doing much of it already.

“We are a family-orientated business and it is important that as well as providing a soft play area for the kids, that the coffee shop is a relaxing and attractive area for adults to be. It is also important that the food on offer complements the activity that the children are taking part in.”

Customers visiting Juniper Jungle can select healthier options when they see an item on the menu or at a service area highlighted with the apple logo.

A recent national survey revealed that 81% believe food establishments in Scotland could to do more to provide healthier choices.

The survey, commissioned by the Scottish Consumer Council, also found 94% agreed it was important healthier options were available to people who eat out and 42% said they would buy food from an eating establishment more often if healthier choices were available.

Claire Brown, project manager of the healthyliving award, said: “We are delighted with the response we have received from eating establishments keen to get behind this award.

“Consumers are increasingly on the look out for healthier options when they eat out. It is encouraging that a family-orientated business has achieved the award. Often children’s options on a menu are overlooked, and the provision of healthier food choices on children’s menus is an
important aspect of the award.”

She added: “Juniper Jungle has gone to great efforts to achieve this award and I’m pleased we are able to give them the recognition that they deserve.”

The healthyliving award takes a wide ranging approach to encourage caterers to adopt healthier practices across the board, and will be actively promoted to consumers to help them access healthier options.

To qualify for the award, caterers need to meet a set of key criteria, which includes a commitment to providing and supporting healthier eating, as demonstrated on the menu selection, the way they prepare food, marketing and promotional activities and the way in which food is presented and sold. At least half of the food they serve will need to be a healthyliving choice, prepared using both healthier ingredients and healthier cooking methods, and healthy and nutritious food is required to be available for children in places where they are served.

For further information on the healthyliving award contact 0141 226 5261.

Contact: Juniper Jungle
Newmilns Road

Tel: 01563 829414
Fax: 01563 829415

Friday, 14 December 2007

Spirit Aerosystems Prestwick team presents
replica of historic glider to Glasgow museum

IN the 1890s a young British engineer, Percy Pilcher, was living and working in Glasgow. He was interested in the experiments that other pioneers had carried out in their attempts to fly.

He resolved to design and build his own flying machine, in the hope of being the first to fly a heavier-than-air aircraft in Britain.

In 1895 he succeeded in flying his Bat Mk2 (pictured above) in the hills above Cardross, north of the Clyde. He flew it many times, and demonstrated that he was able to control the machine in flight. He therefore deserves to be regarded as having carried out the first successful flights in Britain.

[Picture shows the replica of Percy Pilcher's Bat Mk2 glider, constructed by a team from Spirit AeroSystems and BAE Systems at Prestwick.]

The idea of building and flying a replica to mark the anniversary of this achievement was first mooted in 1985, one hundred years later.

However, this did not happen, and gradually the project developed until, on the announcement of the building of the new Riverside Museum in Glasgow, it was decided to try to build a reproduction of the glider to be displayed in the new museum.

A small team from both Spirit AeroSystems and BAE Systems at Prestwick, Ayrshire in Scotland, have been working on this project for nearly 10 years in their spare time. The reproduction of the Bat Mk2 has now been finished, and was handed over to the museum on Thursday 13 December 2007.

The glider will go into storage until the museum opens in 2011.

[Picture shows the team, left to right: Steven Cassells, David Wilson, Quentin Wilson, Ian Adams, Professor Dugald Cameron and Eric Littledike standing in front of the replica glider in the small hangar that has been loaned to them by Spirit AeroSystems. Steven and David are employees of Spirit AeroSystems. Quentin and Ian have both retired from BAE Systems and been instrumental in ensuring that this project succeeded. Professor Dugald Cameron initiated the project in the early 1990s when he was then Head of Glasgow School of Art.]

Spirit AeroSystems (Europe) Ltd

Spirit AeroSystems (Europe) Ltd is based at sites in Prestwick, Ayrshire and Samlesbury, Lancashire. The Prestwick site is home to around 750 employees, and is one of the largest employers in the local area. An additional 80 staff are based at Samlesbury.

The business provides customers in the commercial aerospace market with airframe structures. At manufacturing and engineering levels, this involves producing leading and trailing edges for Airbus wing assemblies, leading edge production for Boeing wings and the manufacture of tail-planes, and ventral tanks and other items for Hawker Beechcraft.

Spirit Aerosystems works closely with its customers, and is involved in the development of innovative production methods and procedures which are achieved through its global supply operations. Relationships with suppliers based across Europe, the USA, the Far East and South Africa have been developed to help deliver cost and efficiency savings back to customers.

One of the company’s key strengths lies in the development of engineering and manufacturing procedures in its UK sites, and then exporting that expertise through its global supply chain. This minimises production costs, while still maintaining Spirit’s in-house levels of quality and precision.

Formerly a division of BAE Systems, the business unit was purchased by Spirit AeroSystems Inc. in April 2006. Spirit Inc. with it’s headquarters in Wichita, Kansas, is the leading supplier of airframe structures and systems in the commercial aviation market.

Spirit AeroSystems (Europe) Limited
Building 90
Prestwick International Airport
Prestwick, KA9 2RW
Scotland, UK
+44 (0)1292 479888

Thursday, 13 December 2007

Leading recruitment specialist Adecco’s
Ayr branch achieves another record year

WORLDWIDE recruitment organisation Adecco have achieved another record year at their branch in Ayr.

[Adecco Ayr branch manager Elana Chilton (left) with recruitment consultants Chris Arkley and Karen Butcher.]

Adecco Ayr has built upon its success since it opened in September 2004.

Now based at 3 Wellington Square Adecco has continued to grow, and now has three experienced recruitment consultants working within the Ayrshire market.

Karen Butcher and Chris Arkley now complete the team.

Adecco Ayr branch manager Elana Chilton says: “Having been awarded Adecco Scottish Branch of the Year in 2006, we are keen to capitalise on our success.

“We have grown our market share substantially in 2007, with a real focus on permanent recruitment.

“We have placed a variety of candidates this year in both local and multinational clients throughout Ayrshire, ranging from administrators to engineers.

“Adecco Ayr is fully committed to providing both the candidate and the client with a fantastic experience which results in a happy customer and repeat business.

“We also specialise in temporary recruitment, and provide staff within all disciplines, including catering, production, sales and finance. We are continuing to grow our network and services by adopting an innovative approach to the ever changing requirements of our clients.”

Adecco is the world leader in human resource solutions, with a comprehensive service offering that includes temporary and interim staffing, outsourcing, permanent recruitment, outplacement and career services, training and consulting.

With 6,600 offices in 70 countries and territories, they claim to be perfectly placed to support their vast client base – from local business partners to large global clients.

3 Wellington Square
Tel:01292 292943
Fax:01292 292944

Tuesday, 11 December 2007

Clydesdale announces further expansion
of business banking team in Ayrshire

WILLIE MACKIE, managing partner of Clydesdale Bank’s Financial Solutions Centre in Ayr, has announced two senior appointments to further augment his Commercial and Agricultural Banking teams.

[Picture shows, left to right, new managerial appointees Jennifer Craig and David Kennedy with Clydesdale Bank Financial Solutions Centre managing partner Willie Mackie.]

David Kennedy (43) from Troon joins has been appointed as senior partner, Corporate and Commercial Banking.

Reporting directly to Willie Mackie, David will be responsible for managing the team of Commercial Business partners who are all based in Ayrshire.

David has over 20 years experience with Clydesdale Bank, having held various senior management roles within Business Banking, most recently as a credit executive within the Bank’s central credit team.

David is already well known in Ayrshire, being a member of Royal Troon Golf Club.

Jennifer Craig (27) from Blackwood, South Lanarkshire joins the team as Asset Finance partner supporting the Agricultural, Commercial and Private Banking teams.

Jennifer brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to this role, where she will be looking to expand the Clydesdale Bank’s hire purchase, leasing and contract hire business across Ayrshire.

Willie Mackie said: “These latest appointments represent a further significant step in the expansion of our regional team here in Ayrshire. The addition of such experienced managers will add further momentum to the delivery of our Integrated Financial Services proposition.”

Clydesdale Bank plc is a subsidiary of the National Australia Bank Group of companies, an international financial services organisation that provides a comprehensive and integrated range of financial products and services through its group of banks. NAB is one of the world's top 30 financial services companies, and as at 30 September 2005 had total assets of £180 billion. NAB serves 7.7 million banking customers and over 2.3 million wealth management customers. Globally, the National is organised around regional businesses in Australia, Asia, the United Kingdom and New Zealand. These regions include the retail bank brands, National Australia Bank in Australia, the Bank of New Zealand, and the Yorkshire Bank and Clydesdale Bank in the UK.

Clydesdale Bank PLC in Glasgow became a member of National Australia Bank Group in 1987, with Yorkshire Bank in Leeds joining the Group in 1990.

Clydesdale Bank was established in 1838 in Glasgow and has a proud history of innovation and support for Scottish industry and communities. With over 150 retail branches and a network of Financial Solutions Centres, Clydesdale is one of Scotland's largest banks. Clydesdale is currently expanding its operations into the South of England with its innovative Financial Solutions Centres, offering customers a highly integrated business and private banking service.

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Kilmarnock travel agent visits new
Cunard cruise ship Queen Victoria

TRAVEL AGENT Julie Muldoon from Kilmarnock in Ayrshire is one of the first people to have had a look over the latest cruise ship from luxury cruise company Cunard, the prestigious Queen Victoria.

Enjoying an exclusive VIP gala overnight event, Julie Muldoon (pictured above) was one of over 30 consultants from award-winning company Travel Counsellors to be invited onboard the impressive ship for a sneak preview.

The ship has been designed to re-capture the elegance and style of a bygone era, whilst combining the very latest state of the art technologies and facilities.

Weighing 90,000 tonnes she can carry 2,014 guests and offers something for everyone, from her world class health club and spa, eight bars and lounges to choose from, Cunardia Museum, lectures, classes and an array evening entertainment.

Julie Muldoon commented: “The Queen Victoria is an absolutely fantastic ship, and I feel very privileged to have been one of the first people to see it and try its facilities for myself.

“The whole experience was wonderful, and I can’t wait to tell my customers all about this amazing ship which really has something for everyone including families, couples, people looking for peace and quiet or those who want to be entertained and inspired.”

Travel Counsellors was recently named UK’s Best Travel Agent at the 2007 Guardian, Observer and Guardian Unlimited travel awards for a second consecutive year.

Travel Counsellors PLC is one of the UK’s largest independent travel companies with turnover at the end of its last financial year (Oct 31 2007) of £212 million, a 21% increase year on year.

Julie Muldoon works from her home in Ayrshire, using Travel Counsellors’ award-winning technology.

Queen Victoria made her maiden voyage departing from Southampton on 11 December 2007 visiting Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Oslo, Hamburg and Bruges.

For more information telephone 0845 058 7221 or e-mail

Monday, 10 December 2007

Ayrshire wind turbine pioneer Gordon Proven
wins outstanding achievement award

AN AYRSHIRE businessman at the forefront of alternative energy for the past three decades has picked up the Outstanding Achievement Award in the prestigious Scottish Renewables Green Energy Awards.

Gordon Proven (pictured above) set up Stewarton-based Proven Energy in the 1980s, manufacturing small scale wind turbines. The company is now recognised as a world leader in small wind systems.

Gordon was one of eight award winners at the sixth annual awards which took place at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh. Gordon said: “It has always been my vision to help create a greener Scotland, and I was determined to make this achievable through small scale wind turbines. I am delighted and honoured to receive this award.”

[Picture shows Gordon Proven (centre) receiving his award from BBC Scotland news presenter Sally Magnusson (left) and sponsor Jackie Wright (right), the director of Business Growth and Research at Highlands & Islands Enterprise.]

The Outstanding Achievement Award is sponsored by Highland & Islands Enterprise, and director of business growth and research Jackie Wright said: “Gordon has made an outstanding contribution to the renewable energy industry – not only in Scotland but globally.

“Due to his determination, commitment and hard work over the last three decades, Proven Energy has manufactured and installed more than 1500 turbines. Gordon is truly deserving of this award, and is an inspiration to us all.”

Scottish Renewables chief executive Jason Ormiston said: “Gordon has been an enthusiast for renewable energy long before it became fashionable. He set up a company in the 1980s manufacturing a device that could serve the needs of communities all over the world.

“Gordon has made the case for wind energy large and small and his Ayrshire company has gone from strength to strength and is now a world leader in small wind systems.”

Proven Energy is the world’s leading supplier of small scale wind turbines. The high performance turbine is the result of almost thirty years of inspiration, innovation and development.

For more details visit

Scottish Renewables is Scotland’s renewable energy trade body. Established in 1996 it represents nearly 220 companies working in wind, wave, tidal, microgeneration, hydro and biomass.

The trade body’s members currently employ more than 2,500 people in Scotland and have a combined annual turnover of in excess of £500 million. These figures are projected to increase significantly over the next five years.

By 2020, Scotland has the potential to meet more than half of its energy needs from renewable sources.

Scottish renewable website:

Sunday, 9 December 2007

Allison Lightbody Waddell Chartered Surveyors
open branch office in Ayr

AS part of their continuing expansion programme, Glasgow-based chartered surveyors Allison Lightbody Waddell have opened new offices in Ayr.

The office is situated at Falcon House in Barns Street, and will be managed by associate director Anthony Zdanowicz BSc MRICS (pictured above).

Born in Irvine, Anthony was educated at Kilwinning Academy and the University of Paisley, where he gained a BSc degree in Real Estate Management. He has worked as a chartered surveyor for seven years, specialising in commercial property.

Anthony said: “I am looking forward to the challenge of making a significant contribution to the expansion in Ayrshire of a dynamic firm like Allison Lightbody Waddell.”

[Picture shows: Anthony Zdanowicz, second from right, with ALW Surveyors directors, left to right, Graham Waddell, David Allison and Sandy Lightbody. Click on image to view full-size version.]

Director Graham Waddell said: “At Allison Lightbody Waddell we pride ourselves on a close director-led service, valued by an established clientele and an increasing number of new clients. The underlying philosophy, shared by everyone at the firm, is to add value to the client at every opportunity, with a strong desire to extend this successful business concept geographically.

“With an increasing amount of work being undertaken in Ayrshire, partly helped by the M77 upgrade and relative ease of access to their head office at Glasgow, it was a logical move, and it was felt very strongly that for an Ayrshire operation to be a complete success it had to be firmly based in the centre of the principle county town of Ayr.

“Anthony will be able to significantly increase the existing business that Allison Lightbody Waddell conducts in Ayrshire, and help to make the firm a significant player in the area. He has a strong track record, having practised with a major firm in the area and has developed an excellent network of existing clients, being very much Ayrshire born and bred. As well as excellent business contacts and an in-depth knowledge of the Ayrshire property market, he has an intuitive understanding and empathy about what makes Ayrshire tick.”

Allison Lightbody Waddell advise and act for clients throughout the whole commercial property ownership experience, from initial acquisition to asset management, tenant matters, lettings, rent reviews, lease renewals and ultimate asset disposal.

For further information telephone 01292 430313 or visit