The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Thursday, 25 December 2008


Elite Ayrshire Business Circle starts 2009 with brand new website

THE Elite Ayrshire Business Circle has launched its brand new website, which will feature regularly updated news stories about the business activities of its members.

The new website at www.eliteayrshire.com will run alongside Elite Ayrshire Business Circle’s existing online business news magazine Ayrshire Scotland Business News, which will continue to feature news of all companies in Ayrshire, providing an invaluable publicity platform to boost the Ayrshire economy as a whole.


[Pictured: Paligap managing director Stephen Cosh invites Elite Ayrshire Business Circle executive chairman Norman Geddes to switch on the Circle's new website. CLICK ON IMAGE TO VIEW / DOWNLOAD FULL-SIZE VERSION.]

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle’s new website was designed by leading Ayrshire-based creative marketing agency Paligap, one of the Founder Members of the Circle.

Paligap managing director Stephen Cosh said: “All of us at Paligap are enthusiastic supporters of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle. We are delighted to have been able to provide the Circle with this new website, which will significantly add to its publicity armoury.”

Norman Geddes is senior partner of Ayrshire-based law firm Frazer Coogans Solicitors, and executive chairman of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle. He said: “We are very grateful to Stephen and his team at Paligap for providing our Circle with this magnificent new website.

“For the past 18 months, Murdoch MacDonald of Fame Publicity Services has been attracting visitors from all corners of the world to Ayrshire Scotland Business News, and he has already started work posting news stories about member companies on the new website.

“The launch of the new website and the recent accession to Circle membership of South Ayrshire Council means that the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle starts the new year 2009 in fine fettle, and we look forward to significantly increasing our membership in the next twelve months.”

THE ELITE AYRSHIRE BUSINESS CIRCLE

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle is an association formed last year 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 here in south-west Scotland.

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.

For further information about The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle and to apply for membership, e-mail eliteayrshire@gmail.com

Website: www.eliteayrshire.com

Founder members of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle:

Clydesdale Bank
Ayr Racecourse
Western House Hotel
CKD Galbraith Property Consultants
Frazer Coogans Solicitors
Accident & Injury Claims Centre
MacKay Corporate Insurance Brokers
Donald Ross Estate Agents
William Skinner & Son Building Contractors
Sinclair Scott Chartered Accountants
Paligap Creative Marketing Agency
ARP Lorimer & Associates Architects
Brunston Castle Golf Club
Visimetrics
Fouters Restaurant
Christie Financial Planning Ltd
Allison Lightbody Waddell Chartered Surveyors
Kestrel Press
Fame Publicity Services Public Relations Consultancy
Easton Property
Easton Kitchens & Bathrooms


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Wednesday, 24 December 2008


New management structure at South Ayrshire Council

South Ayrshire Council has announced the appointment of six new Heads of Service and the vacancies of a further six posts, as the Council carries out changes in the way its services are delivered.


Councillor Hugh Hunter, the Leader of the Council (pictured above) said: “The efficient delivery of our services to South Ayrshire’s residents and visitors is at the core of what we do, and it is important that we have the right team in place to achieve this.

“The new Corporate Management Team have a great vision for the future, and the whole Council is fully committed to supporting necessary changes."


South Ayrshire Council chief executive David Anderson (pictured above) said: “I am delighted to make these appointments, and we will now be seeking to fill six additional posts. Our Heads of Service posts are very important senior positions in the Council, and we have been able to find extremely talented individuals to take on these challenging jobs.”

David Anderson is continually striving to improve the services delivered to residents in South Ayrshire. As part of this ongoing commitment the Heads of Service posts have been reconfigured and the remits for each one modernised.

The following Heads of Service have been appointed:

Roddy MacDonald : Head of Community Development
Brian McInroy : Head of Service and School Management
Dan Russell : Head of Legal and Administration
Margo Williamson : Head of Curriculum and Service Improvement
Angela Wilson : Head of HR and Organisational Development
Ian Woodburn : Head of Customer and Community Services

David Anderson, who was appointed as chief executive in May last year is leading a programme of efficiency and modernisation within all departments of the Council.

Commenting on the changes David Anderson said: “I would like to congratulate each of the successful Heads of Service on their appointment.

“These employees are all highly skilled, established enthusiastic, energetic and committed to following the vision that the Council has. They will be invaluable in helping the Corporate Management Team to drive forward changes within the Council that will see it develop as a more innovative and creative organisation.

“Each of the new Heads of Service will be crucial in leading other employees, and in driving forward, directing and supporting the strategic delivery of services to people in South Ayrshire.”

The new operational structure within the Council now has six vacant Heads of Service posts, which are as follows:

Head of Corporate Resources.
Head of Planning and Enterprise.
Head of Property and Neighbourhood Services.
Head of Community Care and Housing.
Head of Children’s Services.
Head of Policy, Performance and Communication.

Speaking about the vacancies David Anderson said: “A recruitment process will now be carried out, with these vacant posts being advertised internally and externally. This process will be carried out as quickly as possible, so that the Council has a full compliment of Heads of Service.

“I am confident that applicants for these posts will come forward who have the appropriate skills, enthusiasm and commitment to be valuable Heads of Service.

“As part of my commitment to modernising the Council, I told all existing employees that I would keep them fully updated about operational changes. I have done this, and will continue to do so.

“I would like to thank all the Council employees for their continued commitment and co-operation, and for the way in which they work on behalf of the people of South Ayrshire.

In due course the Heads of Service vacancies will be advertised internally and externally and will be able to be viewed by logging on to https://south-ayrshire.myjobscotland.gov.uk

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Tuesday, 23 December 2008


Townhouse offices available to lease in Ayr town centre

J&E Shepherd Chartered Surveyors has been appointed to lease an end-terraced B-listed townhouse office building recently refurbished throughout to a modern standard in Ayr.


Located at 6 Miller Road, the offices occupy the ground floor of the building and include two car parking spaces. The property comprises four office rooms together with staff kitchen and WC.

Markus Kroner, surveyor at Shepherd’s, said: “This townhouse property is situated within an established office area to the immediate south of Ayr Town Centre, close to Ayr railway station and various bus routes. Providing over 1000 sq ft of floor space, the passing rental for the property is £15,000 per annum.”

Established 125 years ago in Scotland, J&E Shepherd delivers a valuation service throughout the UK, from a network of 32 offices throughout Scotland and over 75 locations in England, Wales and the Channel Islands. It offers a multi-disciplinary property service to include valuation, commercial agency, building surveying, rent reviews, development and investment consultancy, rating and property management. J&E Shepherd is now one of the largest independent firms of chartered surveyors in the UK.

For further information please contact Markus Kroner tel 01292 267987.

J&E Shepherd
Chartered Surveyors
2 Miller Road
AYR, Ayrshire
KA7 2AY

Telephone: 01292 267987
Fax: 01292 611521
E-mail: ayr@shepherd.co.uk
Website: www.shepherd.co.uk

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Monday, 22 December 2008


Ayr chooses Best Dressed Christmas Shop Window Award winners

THE ‘X-mas Factor’ came to Ayr this week as judges for the Best Dressed Christmas Window Awards 2008 made their way around town, where they deliberated, discussed and decided marks.


[Pictured above: The winner of the Best Dressed Window for 2008 award in the Multiple Retailer category was Accessorize in Ayr High Street. CLICK ON ANY IMAGE TO VIEW / DOWNLOAD FULL-SIZE VERSION.]

Entrants were assessed on a number of criteria, ranging from artistic merit to originality and, with awards available to the ‘Best Multiple Retailer ‘and ‘Best Independent Retailer’ the competition was fierce, but fun!


In the end, the Accessorize on Ayr’s High Street was chosen as the Best Dressed Window for 2008 in the Multiple Retailer category, with Henderson’s (pictured immediately above) as runner-up.


In the Independent Retailer category, the Best Dressed window was won by the Pillar Box in the Sandgate (pictured above) with William Bell Menswear (pictured below) the runner-up.


South Ayrshire Council Provost Winifred Sloan who led the judging party through the town said: “Once again choosing the winner was a difficult but enjoyable task. This year we were impressed by the effort, enthusiasm and commitment of the entrants. I would like to congratulate all those who took part this year and especially the Pillar Box and Accessorize for their award-winning displays.”

The competition was supported by Ayr and Prestwick Lions, Ayr Retailers Committee, Ayr Rotary Club, Ayr Chamber of Commerce, Ayr Guildry and Ayr Flower Show.

The winners and runners-up were each presented with a beautiful crystal award by Jim Young, President Ayr & Prestwick Lions Club; John Walker, Chairman Ayr Flower Show and Vice Dean Ayr Guildry; Provost Winifred Sloan; and Johnnie Kean of Ayr Rotary Club.

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Saturday, 20 December 2008


Town centre pub for lease in Kilmarnock

J&E Shepherd Chartered Surveyors has been appointed to let The Auld Hoose in Kilmarnock, Ayrshire at a competitive rental with barrelage discount available.


The Auld Hoose is a substantial detached public house formed over two levels with the bar currently operating on the ground floor only and the upper floor space used for storage accommodation.

Currently operating with the benefit of a full public house licence, The Auld Hoose is a fully fitted unit with a total area of over 4500 sq ft located at 130 Titchfield Street in an area of mixed commercial uses on a busy thoroughfare to the south of Kilmarnock town centre.

Markus Kroner, surveyor at Shepherd’s, said: “The lease for The Auld Hoose will incorporate a tie in respect of draught and bottled beers which will reflect favourable purchasing terms for the tenant with no premium sought. Rental is a competitive £20,000 per annum.”

Established 125 years ago in Scotland, J&E Shepherd delivers a valuation service throughout the UK, from a network of 32 offices throughout Scotland and over 75 locations in England, Wales and the Channel Islands. It offers a multi-disciplinary property service to include valuation, commercial agency, building surveying, rent reviews, development and investment consultancy, rating and property management. J&E Shepherd is now one of the largest independent firms of chartered surveyors in the UK.

For further information please contact Markus Kroner tel 01292 267987.

J&E Shepherd
Chartered Surveyors
2 Miller Road
AYR, Ayrshire
KA7 2AY

Telephone: 01292 267987
Fax: 01292 611521
E-mail: ayr@shepherd.co.uk
Website: www.shepherd.co.uk

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Friday, 19 December 2008


Christmas Message from John Scott MSP for Ayr


WITH Christmas upon us again it is the time for reflecting on the events of the past year and looking forward to what the next twelve months will hold.

There is little doubt that the past year has been a difficult one as the world’s economy slides from downturn into recession. For many local families this has already brought considerable hardship, and unhappily for many more the next year will be equally challenging.

During times of such adversity we must hold in our thoughts and have as the focus of our actions those who are less fortunate than we are and those for whom a harsh economic climate means real deprivation.

One of the highlights of my year was the recent homecoming parade held in Ayr for the men of the Royal Highland Fusiliers, returning from active service abroad. At this time of year in particular, it is important to reflect on the fact they are away from their families and friends in order to keep our country safe. They and their families, along with all of the nurses, doctors, police officers, fire officers and other public service workers who will be on duty over Christmas, deserve particular thanks and best wishes for the festive period.

I wish all readers of Ayrshire Scotland Business News and your friends and families a very Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year.

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Thursday, 18 December 2008


Scottish children jet off for dream day in Lapland

By: Neil Richardson

COURAGEOUS children from all over Scotland left Glasgow Prestwick Airport in Ayrshire on board the ‘Lapland Express’ at the crack of dawn yesterday morning.


[Pictured: Glasgow Prestwick Airport’s Carrie Paterson with the Broadley family from Falkirk - dad Gordon (a service engineer), mum Norma (a receptionist) with children Lewis, eleven and Megan, five. CLICK ON ANY IMAGE TO VIEW / DOWNLOAD FULL-SIZE VERSION.]

Every year the charity When You Wish Upon A Star take hundreds of brave youngsters who suffer from life-threatening illnesses to meet the real Santa Claus.

This is the third year they have operated a flight out of Prestwick, following successful trips in 2006 and 2007.

An aircraft billed as the ‘Lapland Express’, carrying 57 children and their family members, took off at around 7.30am.


[Pictured: Jeanne Forrest from Bearsden, four-year-old son Thomas and the airport’s Julie McGann.]

The passengers included Jeanne Forest and her four-year-old son Thomas from Bearsden in Glasgow and the Petrie family from the city’s south side – dad Andrew, mum Helen, six-year-old Hannah and nine-year-old Daniel.


[Pictured: Heather Lairs from Mossend in Lanarkshire with five-year-old son James and Carrie Paterson.]

James Lairs, five, and mum Heather travelled from Mossend in Lanarkshire while others came from further afield such as Dave Johnstone and daughter Leah from St Andrew’s and the Broadley family from Falkirk – dad Gordon, mum Norma, eleven-year-old Lewis and five-year-old Megan.

Lapland has no shortage of magical pursuits to keep the visitors occupied – skidoos, snowmobiles, quad bikes, sledges, husky rides, Rudolph and of course the main attraction – Santa Claus.

For the youngsters and their families the trip is an opportunity to forget about the misery of hospital rooms and treatment for a short time. Anticipation was building from the moment they began arriving at 4am to check in.

Airport staff dressed up as elves to welcome them and the terminal was buzzing with excitement as it filled up with children sporting lots of layers and warm hats to protect them from the freezing Lapland temperatures.

The group gathered in the airport’s Aviator Suite, where the youngsters who had already checked in ate sweets, drank juice and watched cartoons.

As the group prepared to make their way to the aircraft, airport employees presented the charity’s Scottish fundraising manager Margaret Rowarth with a cheque for £1,463 – the proceeds of a staff raffle.

In a show of support for the charity, the airport waived the landing, handling and parking charges normally payable by airline customers, while the families who travelled on the flight were given free car parking facilities.

Glasgow Prestwick Chief Executive Airport Mark Rodwell commented: “The annual trip to Lapland is a fantastic day out for these children and their families after all that they have been through.

“It is very humbling to see the sheer joy on their faces that this day brings, and the airport is very proud that we are able to contribute towards making it happen.”

He added: “The charity behind this venture is a very worthwhile cause which relies almost exclusively on donations to carry out their work. They need as much financial support as possible to raise the £70,000 annual cost of making the trip happen.”

Glasgow Prestwick’s newsagent WH Smith contributed to the goodie bags which were handed out when the group returned in the evening.

They contained a group photograph of everyone on the flight which was taken before they left in the morning.

In order for When You Wish Upon A Star to continue granting the wishes of sick children, they rely solely on fundraising and donations from generous individuals. For the parents of a very poorly child, the need to make their wish come true is of the utmost importance. To make a donation visit www.whenyouwishuponastar.org.uk

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Wednesday, 17 December 2008


First Minister opens extension at
Goodrich Aerostructures in Prestwick


SCOTLAND’S First Minister Rt Hon Alex Salmond MSP visited Goodrich Aerostructures’ Service Center in Prestwick, Ayrshire today Wednesday 17 December to formally open the new multi-million pound extension to their facility, which became operational earlier this year.


[Pictured: First Minister Alex Salmond (right); Goodrich Prestwick Service Center managing director Steve Callan (centre) and marketing & sales director John Agar (left). CLICK ON ANY IMAGE TO VIEW / DOWNLOAD FULL-SIZE VERSION]

The extension was constructed to support the company’s commitment to its products as a responsible OEM (original equipment manufacturer) and to facilitate the rapid growth in business which the Prestwick site has experienced in recent years.


Mr Salmond said: “Goodrich is a major global company which continues to invest in Scotland and has greatly benefited from the high value it has placed on our skilled workforce. The extension to this vast facility reflects the rapid growth and success of the company’s operations in Prestwick.

“The new extension, alongside the company’s commitment to expand, will be able to take the 280 strong workforce up to around 500. The strength and presence of Goodrich has played a significant role in establishing Prestwick as one of Europe’s aerospace hubs.

“However, the economic benefit of the company’s growth will be felt far beyond Ayrshire. Scotland leads the UK in training apprentices to meet the needs of the aerospace and defence industry. Goodrich is one of approximately 180 companies based in Scotland working in the aerospace industry, which allows them to take full advantage of our highly skilled workforce.

“The Scottish Government and Scottish Development International will continue to fully support Goodrich’s investment in Scotland, and wish them the best of luck in their expanded operations.”


Commenting on the opening, Steve Callan, Managing Director of the Prestwick Service Center, said: “We are delighted the First Minister is here to open the extension to our facility. This is an exciting time for our business, which continues to thrive despite the economic challenges facing the industry globally. Over the years we have worked hard to build a world class skills base here at Prestwick which enables us to provide a first class service in the maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) of nacelle systems in an extremely competitive market, and this expansion is illustrative of how successful we have been in achieving this."

Mr Callan continued: “Our expertise and commitment to the customer are second to none and have recently been rewarded with the decision by Boeing to make Goodrich Aerostructures a ‘preferred supplier’ for MRO support under its Network Service Center program on their 737 Next Generation and 777 airplanes.”


Goodrich Aerostructures now offer a comprehensive support package on these nacelles.

Mr Callan added: “Our continued success is testament to the hard work and dedication of our staff who are committed to providing the best possible service through a process of continuous improvement. It is this level of service and commitment which will position us favourably in terms of providing the right support to our customers who are facing a rapidly changing environment.”

Mr Callan also took the opportunity to thank Scottish Enterprise and all Goodrich’s business partners for their continued support, adding that the expansion enables the company to make a valuable contribution to both the local area and to the Scottish economy.

Goodrich Prestwick Service Center has been provided with grant assistance by Scottish Enterprise to assist with the expansion of the company’s facility and commercial activities with a view to creating circa 250 additional permanent, full-time jobs.


Ayr MSP John Scott has welcomed the news that 220 new jobs are to be created at the Goodrich Corporation’s service centre at Prestwick, following the official opening of the facility’s new extension.

Mr Scott said: “At a time when the economic news is very downbeat it is certainly great that 220 new jobs are to be created at the Prestwick centre, nearly doubling the workforce to 500 members of staff.

“Goodrich is at the cutting edge of the international aerospace industry and it is a tribute to the skills of the local workforce and to the strength of the aerospace campus at Prestwick that such a major company has the confidence to make such a significant long-term investment.”

Goodrich Corporation, a Fortune 500 company, is a global supplier of systems and services to aerospace, defence and homeland security markets. With one of the most strategically diversified portfolios of products in the industry, Goodrich serves a global customer base with significant worldwide manufacturing and service facilities. For more information visit www.goodrich.com

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Tuesday, 16 December 2008


Frazer Coogans Solicitors offer mis-sold
PPI policy compensation claim service


AYR-based Frazer Coogans Solicitors have announced that they can offer a service to clients who may have been wrongly sold Payment Protection Insurance (PPI) policies, and where appropriate to institute compensation claims procedures.


Frazer Coogans associate solicitor Stuart Paterson (pictured above) explains: “It has come to light in recent months that a large number of Payment Protection Insurance (PPI) policies have been mis-sold to unsuspecting consumers over a long period of time.

“These policies are usually associated with personal loans and credit cards, and are often sold to borrowers without their knowledge, or at the very least without them being made fully aware of the details of the policy and whether it is suitable for them.

“We are looking into this area, as in these times of financial stress many people could be entitled to recover money which is rightfully theirs from some of the biggest financial institutions in the United Kingdom.”

Mis-selling occurs on the most part either by the selling agent not making specific enquires about the borrowers personal background (e.g. employment or medical conditions) or by the selling agent not advising the borrower that the policy was optional.

Those with the best chances of success are those who took out their policy within the last six years or those who are either still using their policy or whose policy ended within the last six years. Outwith that timescale unless they have the original paperwork it will be difficult to succeed.

Stuart Paterson concludes: “Many of the main providers are paying out without too much fuss, both from an economic perspective and because they are aware of the mis-selling and have already been fined for it. It is hoped therefore that the whole process can be completed within two months. We offer potential claimants and initial discussion free of charge to enable us to assess whether they have a valid claim.”

“In relation to loans an average refund could be in the region of £1,000 - £2,000 and with credit cards around £500.”

The Government’s Competition Commission recently announced plans to end the hard-sell of expensive Payment Protection Insurance (PPI) alongside loans, credit cards and mortgages.

PPI is supposed to be a safety net in case borrowers suddenly lose their income through unemployment or ill-health.

The Competition Commission wants the way Payment Protection Insurance is sold to be revised, as it has become notorious for high costs, widespread mis-selling and the failure of banks and insurance companies to pay out when claims are made. The Commission have already issued substantial fines against several major companies (see below)

Sales of PPI are a money-spinner for banks and insurance companies. There are more than 13million policies currently in existence - generating an annual premium income of around £5.5billion.

However, the Commission believes that these premiums are too high and the industry is earning excess profits of £1.4billion a year.

In future, banks will be banned from selling PPI policies alongside new loans and credit cards - cutting off a hugely lucrative flow of cash.

Instead, they will have to wait at least 14 days after a loan has been sold to offer PPI - allowing customers to shop around.

Companies Already Fined by the Competition Commission
for mis-selling PPI policies:


Alliance & Leicester
Parks of Hamilton
Egg
Land of Leather
GE Capital Bank Ltd
Capital One
Loans.co.uk
HFC Bank
Regency Mortgage Corporation
Redcats

Enquiries:

Frazer Coogans Solicitors
Dalblair House
46 Dalblair Road
Ayr KA7 1UQ
Ayrshire, Scotland

Contact: Norman Geddes, Senior Partner
Tel: 01292 280499
Fax: 01292 611645
E-mail: Norman.Geddes@frazercoogans.co.uk
Or: Stuart.Paterson@frazercoogans.co.uk
Web: http://www.frazercoogans.co.uk

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Ayrshire is focal point for launch of Homecoming Scotland 2009

ALLOWAY in South Ayrshire will play a leading role in Scotland’s Homecoming Year, which is created and timed to mark the 250th anniversary of our national poet Robert Burns and will officially open with a weekend of celebrations in his honour.

Over the weekend of 23 and 25 January 2009, Alloway in Ayrshire will be involved in part of the opening weekend celebrations that will kick off the Homecoming Scotland events programme featuring more than 300 inspirational events that connects with the year’s themes of Burns, golf, whisky, great Scottish minds and innovations and ancestry. Spanning the length and breadth of the country the programme of events has been created to encourage Scots, people with Scots ancestry and those who simply love Scotland to ‘come home’ and celebrate in 2009.


[Pictured: South Ayrshire Council Provost Winifred Sloan, Councillor Margaret Toner, and actors Angie Dight and Kevin Kelly at the Brig O’ Doon in Alloway, launching Iconic Burns part of the opening weekend programme of Homecoming Scotland 2009 that features more than 300 inspirational events throughout the year and has been inspired by the 250th anniversary of Robert Burns. CLICK ON ANY IMAGE TO VIEW / DOWNLOAD FULL-SIZE VERSION.]

South Ayrshire Council Provost Winifred Sloan attended the launch of Iconic Burns, which will be one of the highlights of the programme. Staged in Alloway, the birthplace of Robert Burns on Saturday 24 January 2009, it will see the village become a focal point for the Burns celebrations. Village locations such as Burns Cottage, The Brig O’ Doon and The Auld Kirk will be brought to life in a one-off extravaganza for this special year. Some of the UK’s top lighting and design artists brought together by UZ Events, are involved in what will be a unique Burns tribute. Free tickets are available by public ballot by registering on www.homecomingscotland2009.com/ballot before 11 January 2009.


[Pictured: Actors rehearse at the Brig O’ Doon in preparation for the opening weekend of Homecoming Scotland 2009. The year long celebrations are inspired by the 250th anniversary of the birth of Robert Burns.]

Speaking about the forthcoming events, Provost Winifred Sloan said: “As the birth place of Robert Burns and the Open Golf Championship, South Ayrshire attracts visitors from all over the world, and I can think of no better year to visit than in 2009, the 250th anniversary of the birth of our national Bard, when South Ayrshire will be at the epicentre of Homecoming 2009. I would encourage people who were born or grew up in this area to come home during this very special time. Likewise for Scottish people who live abroad, have Scottish ancestors, business connections or simply those who love all things Scottish make a commitment to yourself to come to South Ayrshire in 2009. Many international sports stars, inventors, artists, academics and business people are Scottish and know the importance of their heritage and culture. Come and visit South Ayrshire and we can promise you a very warm welcome.”


[Pictured: The Brig O' Doon is brought to life by top UK lighting designer and performers as they rehearse for the opening weekend of Homecoming Scotland 2009.]

Alloway will also host the ‘Homecoming Burns Supper’ which will pay tribute to some of those who keep the legacy of Burns alive today. The event, overlooking the Brig O’ Doon, will be a centrepiece for The World Famous Burns Supper Celebration, created in partnership with The Famous Grouse. Burns Suppers around the world will link up for the first time ever on www.burnssupper2009.com. The dedicated site already shows hundreds of Burns Suppers taking place around the world from the Ukraine to the USA and from the top of Canada’s CN Tower to the top of Ben Nevis.

A host of other activity will be taking place across South Ayrshire including Burns Wha Hae, a weekend of performance, theatre, live music and family fun. Highlights include concerts from Martin Taylor, The Dubliners and Counselled Out, The Gaiety Theatre will host ‘I’ Robert Burns and there will be a jam packed town centre party with a fairground and family entertainment on the streets and in some of the stores. Burns Wha Hae will take place Friday 23 January 2009 to Sunday 25 January 2009.

On Burns Day on 25 January 2009, don’t miss a very special event ‘Alloway 1759’ where the streets of Alloway will be transported back 250 years to the day the bard was born. Burns Cottage will be reminiscing with ‘A bard is born’, street characters will welcome you to Alloway and you can take a horse and cart ride to ‘a Star is born’ at Rozelle’ or enjoy The Tam O’ Shanter rant.

All Ayrshire homecoming events will be detailed on comebacktoayrshire.com

Paul Bush, Chief Operating Officer, EventScotland said: “For Homecoming Scotland 2009 the Burns Night celebrations extend across the weekend and indeed throughout the year. The programme offers more than 300 events taking place across the country with hundreds of individuals and organisations working hard to make the year a success.”

Neil Butler, Artistic Director of UZ Events said: “Robert Burns is Scotland’s most important literary figure, whose appeal spreads throughout the world. UZ Events are delighted to be producing Iconic Burns - a fitting launch to the Homecoming Scotland 2009 celebrations. The strong team involved with the event represents some of the best creative artists working in the UK today, who have been behind some of the country’s most memorable events.”

Shirley Bell of The Robert Burns World Federation said: “We are delighted that people from all walks of life and all corners of the globe are able to participate in the many splendid Homecoming events taking place during 2009 in Alloway and beyond. We are especially pleased that the 250th anniversary of the Poet’s birth will set the scene for an exciting year in Scotland.”

A full list of events is available on www.homecomingscotland2009.com

ABOUT SOUTH AYRSHIRE

Situated in the south west of Scotland South Ayrshire covers an area of 422 square miles or 1,222 square kilometres. There are rural and urban communities, which offer wonderful locations to work, rest or play.

South Ayrshire has so much to offer, it is not just a place to live and work, but provides an opportunity for residents and visitors of all ages and from all walks of life to enjoy a great lifestyle.

There are excellent transport connections to this area, including Glasgow Prestwick Airport with its own railway terminal, the Seacat ferry terminal in Troon, modern rail, bus and road connections which make travelling so easy.

World famous golf courses, a racecourse, leisure facilities both public and private, parks, beaches and the sea offer a wide variety of ways to spend leisure time. Ayr town centre has a wide variety of shops many of which are independently owned but there are also a number of large chain stores situated in the town, eating establishments offering various styles of cuisine, a cinema, theatre and even nightclubs.

Just walking around Ayr and other towns and villages in South Ayrshire is a thrill with traditional sandstone, cottage style, Georgian or Victorian houses and buildings we have very diverse architecture.

Miles of unspoilt coastline provide wonderful views from many towns and villages in this area. Particularly beautiful is the magnificent beach in Ayr, with stretches of golden sand.

One of the greatest assets that South Ayrshire has is the local people, known the world over for the warm welcome they give to people from all over the globe. This is one of the reasons why South Ayrshire has such a thriving tourist industry, because whatever visitors desire every attempt is made to meet their needs.

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Sunday, 14 December 2008


Christmas message from South Ayrshire Provost Winifred Sloan


CHRISTMAS is an important time of the year that for different people means different things.

For some it is a major event in their religious calendar, a time to celebrate the birth of a child who came into this world in a stable in Bethlehem and made a real difference to the world. In Churches across Scotland and the globe special services will be held to celebrate and give thanks for the birth of baby Jesus.

For others, Christmas is a time of year when family and friends make a point of getting together to spend time with each other, exchange presents and remember how important they are to each other.

However, the two things are not exclusive. Nowadays in our multi-cultural society, people follow many different faiths, and although Christmas may not be a significant religious time for them, they still celebrate it. Likewise those of us who celebrate Christmas as a religious festival can join in the celebrations of other religions at other times of the year.

What ever way you choose to celebrate Christmas, I think that we all need to remember those in our local communities who are less fortunate than others. For those who are alone at Christmas it can be a difficult time, watching others joining together to celebration. I am positive that they would appreciate a visit, an invitation to join in some of the festivities, a card or a simple gift to remind them that someone cares.

In my thoughts this Christmas will by our brave service men and women who are on active duty in other countries, and their families who will be without them. I will also be thinking of the families whose loved ones have not returned, having paid the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

I always feel that Christmas is a time for reflection and for being thankful for what we have. Tinsel, presents and cards are lovely, but there is much more to Christmas.

I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone in South Ayrshire a very Merry Christmas and a healthy, contended and peaceful 2009.

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Christmas message from Hugh Hunter,
Leader of South Ayrshire Council



AFTER every Christmas, I promise myself that next Christmas I will be very well organised, I will have written all my cards and presents bought well ahead of the day. Does that sound familiar?

In reality we all make great plans, then work, family commitments, social events and other things take up our time. We often then find ourselves in the weeks and days up to Christmas rushing around trying to do all those things that we said we would have done long before the big day.

Sometimes at Christmas I think that we can all be so busy planning and looking forward to the event that we forget to stop, take a breath and enjoy the moment. After all, the essence of Christmas is celebrating a significant time in many peoples religious calendar.

This year, with the current global economic climate, I think that people are watching very carefully the amount that they spend on Christmas. However, this is not necessarily a bad thing, it is not the amount of money that we spend on a card or a gift that matters but the thought that goes into it. This is something that can sometimes get forgotten during the festive season.

For many people Christmas Day will be another working day. Police officers, fire and rescue Officers and hospital staff will be carrying out their duties as normal, looking after us in their special way. I would like to thank them and their families for their dedication to serving their communities.

On Christmas Day I will be saying a special prayer for servicemen and women who are on active duty abroad, serving their country.

I know that for anyone who has lost a loved one during the last year, through whatever circumstances, the festivities will be a particularly difficult time for their families and friends. I will be doing everything I can to support anyone I know in this position, and I would urge you to do the same.

Wherever you will be spending this Christmas, and whoever you will be spending it with, enjoy your celebrations.

2009 is just around the corner, and my wish is that the New Year will bring harmony, peace and prosperity to you all.

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Saturday, 13 December 2008


Time stands still at Wallace Tower as repairs go forward

THE clock in the Wallace Tower in Ayr will temporarily stop working, due to the staircase leading to it being in need of urgent building work.


South Ayrshire Council’s Wallace Tower in Ayr High Street is a well known landmark. One of the great features of the building is the clock situated in the tower, which local people and visitors to the area regularly view to keep an eye on the time.

Following a survey report that has been carried out on the tower, the Council have been informed that the stairs leading up to the clock can no longer be used. The staircase requires building work to be carried out to bring it up to modern Health and Safety standards, and using it poses an unacceptable risk to Council staff..

On being informed of the results of the report Councillor Hugh Hunter, the Leader of the Council said: “A lot of people may not be aware, but the clock in the tower requires to be wound up manually every week. As the staircase leading to the clock mechanism cannot be used, the clock will wind down and stop working.

“Likewise access to put up or change a flag at the Wallace Tower is by using the staircase, so we will not be able to replace the flag in the meantime.

“Whilst it is disappointing that the clock will soon stop working, and that the flag cannot be changed, as the dangers of the staircase have now been brought to our attention it cannot be used.

“The safety of Council employees and others who carry out work at the tower is of paramount importance. One person injured would be one person too many.

“I am informing the public of this situation straight away so that they are aware of what is happening. As soon as there is any further news about the Wallace Tower clock, I will let the people of South Ayrshire know.”

Officers are currently looking into the situation with the tower staircase. In due course a report will be compiled and submitted to the relevant Council Panel for their consideration.

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Thursday, 11 December 2008


Former Ayrshire art deco town centre cinema building for sale

J&E Shepherd Chartered Surveyors is inviting offers in excess of £850k for a former art deco cinema in Prestwick representing a prime town centre development opportunity.


Located on a third of an acre site at 80 Main Street, Prestwick, a prominent location in the main retailing area of the town, the 7700 sq ft property is suited to a variety of uses subject to planning.

Markus Kroner, surveyor at Shepherd’s, said: “This unique development opportunity comprises a former cinema building designed in the art deco style dating back around 70 years with the front section formed over three storeys and with a large auditorium to the rear.

“Our clients own additional retail units adjacent to the premises and may consider including these within the subjects of sale at a price to be agreed.”

Car parking and delivery space is available to the rear of the premises.

J&E Shepherd, one of Scotland’s leading firms of chartered surveyors, valuers, property agents and managers, has been established for over 125 years and operates from a network of 28 offices throughout Scotland and over 75 locations throughout England and Wales. The firm offers a multi disciplinary property service to include valuation, sales and lettings, building surveying, rent reviews, development and investment consultancy, rating and property management.

For further information please contact Markus Kroner tel 01292 267987.

J&E Shepherd
Chartered Surveyors
2 Miller Road
AYR, Ayrshire
KA7 2AY

Telephone: 01292 267987
Fax: 01292 611521
E-mail: ayr@shepherd.co.uk
Website: www.shepherd.co.uk

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Wednesday, 10 December 2008


Top Ayrshire printing company Kestrel Press
celebrates 35 successful years


A LEADING North Ayrshire company is bucking the current economic gloom by celebrating 35 years of successful trading.

Irvine-based printing company Kestrel Press was originally set up as a partnership in 1973, and was then incorporated in 1980.


[Pictured from left to right, the Kestrel Press sales team: Lauren Primrose. Graeme Ferguson, Colin McCallum (managing director), Richard Ramsden, Emily Gordon.]

Kestrel Press now operates from a prestigious modern 11,000 sq/ft office and factory on the South Newmoor Industrial Estate in Irvine.

From an initial base of commercial customers in the local and Glasgow area, Kestrel Press diversified into label and other production line printing.

Kestrel Press is now well established and enjoys a widespread reputation as bespoke quality colour and commercial printers and graphic designers.

Major clients over the years have included clothing manufacturers Levi Strauss & Co, Wrangler, Coats and pharmaceutical giant Glaxo SmithKline plc. Kestrel’s current customer base spreads across three sectors – local authorities, design agencies and direct with local businesses. The company supplies several of its customers with a stock holding facility to ensure continuous supply to multi-site operations.

Company policy is to meet or exceed its customers’ requirements all the time. This is summarised in the Kestrel Press motto “Putting our Promises in Print”. This policy has proved effective in securing an increasing level of new business whilst retaining a loyal customer base.

Kestrel Press is committed to continuous improvement in every area of its business and works closely with both customers and suppliers to ensure smooth operation of the supply chain. The company guarantees the quality of its products and services within a Total Quality Management system certified by BSi.

The company is conscious of and active in its responsibilities towards environmental management and health and safety regulations. Before it was fashionable, Kestrel Press was a “green” company, offering and using a range of recycled and FSC certified products.

Kestrel Press managing director Colin McCallum said: “Our strategy is one of controlled growth through niche marketing within target market sectors, combined with product and service development.

“We have major customers in sectors as diverse as clothing and textiles, electronics, engineering, transport, food and drink, pharmaceuticals and local government.

“The traditional printing market has gone, and a company like ours now needs to be able to react quickly to a variety of customers who want printed products quicker and cheaper. However, they need to realise that we are a manufacturing industry, and everything is made to order. Service is key in managing this process and is an area where we are continually trying to improve.

“In response to our customers’ needs, we have enhanced the range of design and production capabilities. We operate an effective Just-in-Time system linking customer schedules through to paper suppliers. We achieve rapid on-time delivery through a combination of express carriers and our own vehicles.”

Not only set fair to weather the current economic downturn, Kestrel Press looks likely to be embarking on another 35 years of successful trading and dynamic expansion.

Kestrel Press (Irvine) Ltd
25 Whittle Place
South Newmoor Industrial Estate
Irvine KA11 4HR
Ayrshire, Scotland

Contact: Graeme Ferguson
Telephone: 01294 222222
Fax: 01294 222219
E-mail: gferguson@kestrelpress.com
Web: www.kestrelpress.com

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Tuesday, 9 December 2008


South Ayrshire Council joins Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

SOUTH AYRSHIRE COUNCIL is the newest member of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle, an association formed last year whose membership is made up of some of the premier companies in Ayrshire.

The latest breakfast meeting of the Circle was held within the County Buildings in Ayr today Tuesday 9 December 2008.


[Pictured (left to right): Lesley Cannon, Enterprise Manager, South Ayrshire Council; Norman Geddes, senior partner at Frazer Coogans Solicitors and Executive Chairman of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle; Provost Winifred Sloan, Nick Larkin, Head of Enterprise and Property, South Ayrshire Council; Murdoch MacDonald, CEO of Fame Publicity Services and managing director of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle; and Councillor Bill McIntosh, Resources and Performance Portfolio Carrier, South Ayrshire Council. CLICK ON IMAGE TO VIEW / DOWNLOAD FULL-SIZE VERSION.]

Members of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle were welcomed by South Ayrshire Provost Winifred Sloan who said: “The membership of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle reflects the outstanding talents of business people in the south west of Scotland and the innovative way in which they approach business matters.

“The Council supports businesses in South Ayrshire, offering a range of advice and guidance. Becoming a member of the Circle will bring the Council and local businesses even closer and mean that together we can work for the benefit of the people of South Ayrshire and Scotland.

“I am pleased to be forging closer ties with the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle and would like to thank Councillor Margaret Toner for all the support she has given the association.”

Several Officers of the Council gave presentations at the meeting on a range of topics specially selected that would be of interest to the delegates including:

1. Enterprise Strategy and Structure.
2. Enterprise Service.
3. Supplier Development Programme.
4. Sustainability Support.
5. New Planning Legislation and National Planning Framework II.

There then followed a question and discussion session.

Elite Ayrshire Business Circle Executive Chairman Norman Geddes said: “I am delighted to welcome South Ayrshire Council as members of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.

“We have already enjoyed great support from Provost Winifred Sloan and other prominent Council members, and the interest in local business being shown by the Council is most welcome.

“The support of our local authority means a great deal to our members, and we all look forward to working together for the benefit of the South Ayrshire business community.”

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Sunday, 7 December 2008


Gaiety Theatre Ayr pantomime “Snow White” a great success

By: Murdoch MacDonald

SOME things never seem to change, even in these turbulent times.

And one of these is pantomime, apparently destined to last forever in its traditional well-loved format.


[Pictured: the cast of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” at the Gaiety Theatre in Ayr. CLICK ON IMAGE TO VIEW / DOWNLOAD FULL-SIZE VERSION.]

This year’s pantomime at the Gaiety Theatre in Ayr “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” is as popular as ever, judging by the enthusiastic response of its audience of children of all ages, not to mention a sizeable representation of senior citizens.

Mari Gordon-Price is a suitably terrifying Wicked Queen, Stephanie McDowall the charming heroine Snow White, and Bryan Reid the heroic Prince Charming.

The music, song and dance numbers are outstanding, with a spirited rendering of “Dancing Queen” being particularly memorable.

Gary Morrison plays Big Bad Ben and Andreii Matviienko the Man in the Mirror.

But it is Ian Gouck who runs the whole show magnificently as the Dame, Doris Dumpling. To him falls the vital pivotal role of orchestrating the audience involvement, a task which he carries off with aplomb and to great acclaim.

A successful and most enjoyable production, well worth a visit.

A South Ayrshire Council and Squires & Johns Presentation, “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" runs at the Gaiety Theatre in Ayr until 31 December 2008.

Box Office Telephone: 01292 611222

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Thursday, 4 December 2008


John Scott increases pressure for more frequent local rail service

Ayr MSP John Scott has stepped up his campaign to have a 20-minute rail service introduced between Ayr and Glasgow by raising the issue at Question Time in the Scottish Parliament this week.


[John Scott MSP (right) with South Ayrshire Councillor Peter Convery at Troon railway station.]

Mr Scott, who for several years has pressed successive Transport Ministers about the need for an increased service, believes that the improvement is needed to give a better standard of service to local commuters and to help businesses in the area, including Glasgow Prestwick Airport.

John Scott said: “The line between Ayr and Glasgow is one of the busiest commuter routes in Scotland, and I am convinced that the introduction of an additional service each hour, increasing the frequency of service to one every 20 minutes, would be a huge boost to our area.

“Many local people commute between Ayr, Prestwick, Troon and Glasgow on a daily basis, so it seems only sensible to look to further expand the use of rail as a convenient and environmentally-friendly means of transport locally.

“Another crucial consideration is the forecast of hugely increased passenger numbers using Glasgow Prestwick Airport over the next decade and the need, which was stressed in the airport’s new Masterplan, to improve local rail and road links. Prestwick Airport, many other local businesses, and Ayrshire as a whole would benefit greatly from a 20-minute rail service between Ayr and Glasgow.

“Although in his response to me the Transport Minister declined to give a firm commitment to supporting a 20-minute service, he did emphasise that he recognised the importance of surface access to airports. I therefore hope that during future discussions with representatives of the rail industry, he will bear in mind my own view, and that of Prestwick Airport, that a more frequent rail service on the Ayr to Glasgow line is needed.”

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Tuesday, 2 December 2008


Home Reports - new way of selling your house becomes law

FROM 1 December 2008, houses for sale in Scotland have to be marketed with a Home Report. The Home Report contains three documents, a Single Survey, an Energy Report and a Property Questionnaire. This is a new way for buying and selling properties in Scotland. The aim of the new law is to make buyers better informed about the property they are about to buy and assist them to make a more informed choice.

The Energy Report gives buyers an energy rating of the property on sale, showing how energy efficient the house is and gives them an opportunity to consider if they purchase the home would they wish to improve the energy efficiency of the home at a later date. The Energy report also gives potential buyers an idea on how much it may cost them to heat the property. Energy efficiency is a very important element considering the cost of fuel and the long-term environmental cost. The Property Questionnaire provides a whole range of answers to questions any potential buyer may wish to address before deciding whether to buy the property or not.

The law applies to anyone marketing a house from 1 December 2008. If the property has been on the market prior to that date, it is not subject to a Home Report. However, if the house is still on the market on 4 January 2009, then an Energy Performance certificate will be required.

The person responsible for making sure the house on sale has a Home Report is the person marketing the property who is also responsible for ensuring that a copy of the report is supplied to any prospective buyer that requests it. A seller can only refuse to provide a Home Report in limited circumstances. These include instances where the seller reasonably believes that the person making a request could not afford the house, has no real intention in buying the house, or that the person making the request is not a person the seller would wish to the sell the house to but this should not be on the grounds of unlawful discrimination.

The seller has to provide the home report free to a buyer but may decide to make a reasonable charge for photocopying or postage. The buyer’s request for a copy of the home report has to be met within a period of nine days. Failure to do so may be reported to Trading Standards who have been tasked with enforcing the law of Home Reports.

The Home Report should be no more than twelve weeks old when the house is placed on the market and if a house with a Home Report is withdrawn from the market for no more than 28 days, it won’t need a new Home report. The cost of a Single Survey or Energy report is set by the different surveying Companies and sellers are advised like in any other transaction to shop around and to consider different quotes before agreeing to a set price.


Councillor Peter Convery (pictured above) who is responsible for Trading Standards issues stated: “Buying a house is probably the single most expensive and most important purchase a person can make in a lifetime, and therefore getting it right is very important. The new law makes house buyers more informed and confident in what they are buying. Our Trading Standards service will provide all the advice and information that is necessary for sellers to meet their obligations under the new law and for potential buyers on what they are entitled to as information.”

Anyone needing information on the new law or any other Trading Standards matter should contact the South Ayrshire Trading Standards Advice Centre in confidence at 5-7 River Terrace, Ayr or call Ayr 61 60 60. Information and advice on Trading Standards issues can also be obtained on www.south-ayrshire.gov.uk/tradingstandards

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