The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Wednesday, 2 April 2008

Kilmarnock social housing company Atrium Homes
wins community excellence award

THE Kilmarnock-based housing association Atrium Homes has achieved the Silver Award for Community Excellence from Ayrshire Business in the Community.

Atrium Homes recognise that involving and consulting with tenants and residents in the management of the organisation and the services they provide leads to the provision of a more effective and efficient service.

[Hats off to Atrium! Pictured: Atrium Homes director Stephen Black (centre) with (left to right) Alison Shearer of Ayrshire Business in the Community, Atrium staff Faythe Milroy, Rae Wilson, Jackie McMail, Catherine Liddell, Claire Porteous, Joyce McCroskie, and Lesley Craig of Ayrshire Business in the Community. CLICK ON IMAGE TO VIEW / DOWNLOAD FULL-SIZE VERSION.]

Atrium Homes director Stephen Black commented: “2008 is a special year for Atrium Homes, marking as it does the first decade of our business operations. We have come along way in a relatively short period, and receiving the ABiC Silver Award for Community Excellence is a key milestone marking our progress. Over the course of the year we hope to add to this success, and we have a number of projects in mind to make 2008 a year to remember.”

The Community Excellence Awards are organised by Ayrshire Business in the Community, a business led-initiative established in 2001 to support and encourage private sector involvement within Ayrshire’s communities.

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Monday, 31 March 2008

Praise for Evelyn McCann on her departure from Scottish Enterprise

By: Murdoch MacDonald

AS a result of the reorganisation of Scottish Enterprise and the winding-up of the local enterprise companies into six regional operations, Evelyn McCann has resigned from Scottish Enterprise with effect from today 31 March 2008.

Evelyn McCann (pictured above) joined Scottish Enterprise Ayrshire as Chief Executive in January 2001 and as CEO was responsible for the effective delivery of the agency’s contribution to the Scottish Executive Economic Development Strategy “Smart Successful Scotland”.

In addition she had a key responsibility for the development of new economic opportunities for Ayrshire, in partnership with the private and public sector.

Prior to that, Evelyn operated in the UK training and education field for some 18 years. During that time she was involved in the policy development and operational implementation of Scottish Enterprise's education and training provision to individuals as well as industry and commerce.

Evelyn is currently a member of Scottish Enterprise Ayrshire Board, Irvine Bay Urban Regeneration Company, the Court of the University the West of Scotland and a member of Strathclyde European Partnership Board.

Evelyn, who was born and educated and lives in Ayrshire, gained an MBA from Glasgow University in 1995. She participated in the World Bank Executive Development Programme at Harvard University in 1999.

Clydesdale Bank Financial Solutions Centre managing partner and Elite Ayrshire Business Circle founder member Willie Mackie said today: "My colleagues in Clydesdale Bank and the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle and I wish to place on record our admiration and appreciation of Evelyn's unstinting efforts and substantial contribution over the years to the growth of the Ayrshire economy.

"Evelyn is an outstanding ambassador for Ayrshire, and our sincere hope is that her full-time talents will not be lost to the area for long."

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Ayr Racecourse receives surprise visit
by US presidential candidate’s wife

By: Our Own Correspondent

CINDY McCain, wife of the US Presidential candidate Senator John McCain, was a surprise visitor to Ayr Racecourse last Thursday.

Cindy, 50, attended the Property Raceday in the company of amateur jockey Guy Willoughby and his wife Fiona and another friend Marilyn Burke. All four are Trustees of the Halo Trust, the charity which clears land mines from former war zones.

[Pictured left to right: Trustees of the Halo Trust Cindy McCain (wife of US Republican presidential candidate John McCain), jockey Guy Willoughby, Marilyn Burke, Fiona Willoughby and trainer Lucinda Russell. CLICK ON IMAGE TO VIEW / DOWNLOAD FULL-SIZE VERSION.]

Mrs McCain watched as Guy Willoughby fell from his horse Oliverjohn in the Dawn Homes Handicap.

She had earlier had lunch at Western House Hotel and enjoyed some haggis, neeps and tatties before heading to the course where she watched all seven races.

She also chatted to jockeys and racecourse staff in the Weighing Room before leaving the course to return to the Willoughbys’ home at Thornhill, Dumfriesshire.

Cindy said: “I really enjoyed my day at the races. I have been horse racing back home before, but this was very special – it was just a pity that Guy’s horse fell. I thought he was going very well at the time.

“I also enjoyed meeting the trainer of Guy’s horse, Lucinda Russell, and who knows I might even get Lucinda to train a horse for me, and I could come over more often.”

Racecourse spokesman Iain Ferguson said : “I was made aware Mrs McCain was in the company of Guy Willoughby and his party. She was a charming lady, and enjoyed her meal at Western House, but she didn’t want any fuss made.”

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