Saturday, 3 May 2008
AYRSHIRE public relations consultant Murdoch MacDonald recently returned to his alma mater - Magdalene College, Cambridge University - forty years after he graduated there.
[Pictured: Magdalene College, Cambridge University, view from the Pepys Library building. CLICK ON ANY IMAGE TO VIEW / DOWNLOAD FULL-SIZE VERSION]
Murdoch was accompanied by John Quinton, chairman, and Sandy Cunningham, managing director respectively of one of his PR client companies, building contractors William Skinner & Son, based at St Quivox on the perimeter of Glasgow Prestwick Airport in Ayrshire.
[Pictured: First Court, Magdalene College, Cambridge University.]
The purpose of the visit was to present to Magdalene College a dining table to mark and celebrate the official opening of William Skinner & Son’s new Southern Office in Meldreth near Cambridge.
[Pictured: Magdalene College from the River Cam.]
Managing director of PR firm Fame Publicity Services Murdoch MacDonald said: “Forty years ago this week I was just starting my last term at Magdalene College. In spite of the passage of time, my memories of that period remain forever fresh, as it was a very special time, and one for which I am grateful to the College and to the people in it.
“So I was glad of the opportunity to mark my appreciation in a small way.
“Working in the field of public relations, one of my favourite clients in recent years has been William Skinner & Son, a company (like Magdalene) firmly rooted in traditional virtues and values, but also one that is (like Magdalene) enterprising, innovative and forward-looking.
“When Skinners asked me to come up with an idea of a way in which to mark the opening of their new Southern Office premises, I suggested that they should craft a piece of traditional furniture for Magdalene, and I hope that the result is acceptable to the Master and the Fellows.”
[Pictured at the table presentation, left to right: Reverend James Rigney, Chaplain of Magdalene College and Director of Studies in Theology and Religious Studies: William Skinner & Son chairman John Quinton and managing director Sandy Cunningham; Magdalene College Domus Bursar Peter Daybell; Master of Magdalene College Duncan Robinson; Dr Carl Watkins, Joint Director of Studies and University Lecturer in History; and Fame Publicity Services and Elite Ayrshire Business Circle managing director Murdoch MacDonald.]
William Skinner & Son’s chairman John Quinton said: “The design is a double drop leaf gate leg with tapered legs and a narrow centre section, to minimise the space needed for storage. The colour of the table is Jacobean oak and it is finished with beeswax.”
The table was crafted out of oak by traditional methods in William Skinner & Son’s joinery workshops in Ayrshire and Cambridge. It will be housed in a private dining room adjacent to the Fellows’ Combination Room at Magdalene College.
Master of Magdalene College Duncan Robinson said: “We are extremely grateful to William Skinner & Son for making a table which will, I am sure, stand the test of time, and to Murdoch for his initiative in arranging this presentation.”
Willian Skinner & Son managing director Sandy Cunningham concluded: “We are delighted to present this hand-crafted oak dining table to the Master and Fellows of Magdalene College in order to mark the opening of our new Southern Office premises near Cambridge.
“William Skinner & Son is now expanding satisfactorily on all fronts from our headquarters in Ayrshire and our new base in south-east England. We are traditional building contractors who have developed a diverse range of untraditional new skills, and we want potential clients in England and in Scotland to be aware of the comprehensive building skills and experience that we offer.”
Thursday, 1 May 2008
Glasgow Prestwick Airport re-opens
Ayrshire’s gateway to South of France
By: Neil Richardson
GLASGOW PRESTWICK AIRPORT is delighted to announce that its gateway to the south of France reopened today (Thursday 1 May).
Ryanair’s direct low cost service to Marseille will carry thousands of Scots to the warmth of the Mediterranean over the summer, and Glasgow Prestwick Airport is expected to handle an additional 40,000 passengers as a result.
Among the passengers on the first Marseille flight of 2008 were Ian and Eleanor Macdonald from Irvine (pictured above), who booked up in January for a 10-day barge tour in the Marseille area.
Ian and Eleanor were chosen at random from the passengers to receive a bottle of champagne and a pair of return flights to Marseille to mark the occasion.
[Pictured: Eleanor and Ian MacDonald with GPA marketing executive Louise Muir (left) and GPA marketing manager Gillian McPherson (right). CLICK ON EITHER IMAGE TO VIEW / DOWNLOAD FULL-SIZE VERSION.]
The flights operate three times a week on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, and an early departure time from Scotland means visitors to the region can make the most of their first full day there.
An ideal climate and location make Marseille a versatile destination – take in the splendour of France’s second city and largest port, or use it as a gateway to Provence, and the Provencal way of life, by visiting spots such as Aix-en-Provence or Saint Tropez which, while quieter, are no less impressive.
Glasgow Prestwick Airport chief executive Mark Rodwell said: “It is great to see the Marseille flights are back for the summer, as it is a fantastic destination for a holiday or even a short break.
“Marseille and Provence are areas that have something for everyone, with amazing coastal scenery and there is enough to satisfy those with a passion for art, history, culture, nightlife, sport and great food and drink.”
Ryanair’s UK sales and marketing executive Ashley Casey added: “We are delighted to welcome back today this service from Glasgow Prestwick Airport to Marseille, a popular destination for holidaymakers and second home owners. Marseille adds to the fantastic range of European destinations we now offer from Glasgow Prestwick Airport at guaranteed lowest fares.
“To celebrate Ryanair is offering flights from Glasgow Prestwick Airport to Marseille from £10.00* as well as some exciting European destinations from as little as £5.00* one-way including airport taxes and charges.
“Jet off to Belfast, Stockholm (Skavsta) or Barcelona (Reus) for just £5.00 from Glasgow Prestwick Airport! This unbelievable offer must end at midnight on Thursday 8 May, so we urge passengers to log onto www.ryanair.com and book immediately!”
Ryanair swapped the Marseille service for flights to Grenoble over the winter months, offering ski enthusiasts the chance their first ever ski route out of Glasgow Prestwick Airport during the winter months, when they offered winter sports enthusiasts the cheapest fares to Grenoble.
* Flights subject to availability.
Tuesday, 29 April 2008
Ayrshire Scotland Business News gives
Ayrshire businesses online shop window
AYRSHIRE in Scotland boasts its own online illustrated business news service - Ayrshire Scotland Business News - which has been in full operation for a year now, and continues to go from strength to strength.
Provided by the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle and edited by Scottish PR company Fame Publicity Services proprietor Murdoch MacDonald (pictured above), Ayrshire Scotland Business News offers Ayrshire businesses both large and small a magnificent and informative shop window to the world.
Ten per cent of visitors to Ayrshire Scotland Business News come from the USA, a similar proportion from countries in the European Union, and 17% from other countries overseas. Domestic visitors come from all corners of the UK from the Highlands of Scotland to the south coast of England.
News stories and accompanying images are published online within minutes of receipt, and are rapidly picked up by Google and other search engines.
Moreover, a significant proportion of visitors come to Ayrshire Scotland Business News via the major search engines, using very specific search terms which indicate that they have a strong interest in doing business with Ayrshire companies.
The front page of Ayrshire Scotland Business News contains the six latest business news stories from Ayrshire in a rolling news format. After they drop off the front page, all articles are archived indefinitely on their own unique web page, where they are easily accessible by using the site search facility in the top left hand corner of every page.
All Ayrshire business sectors are featured in the archived material, from aerospace through biotechnology to renewable energy and zero-carbon housing.
Ayrshire Scotland Business News editor Murdoch MacDonald said: “Rooted in Ayrshire and rooting for Ayrshire, Ayrshire Scotland Business News is where Ayrshire business news breaks first.
“Companies that use our pages to report their news know that it is the most effective means of advertising their products and services to their target marketplaces, whether those are in Ayrshire, Scotland as a whole, elsewhere in the UK, or anywhere in the world.
“A mention of a company in Ayrshire Scotland Business News is enough for the world to beat a path to that company’s door.
“And visiting Ayrshire Scotland Business News is also a good way for Ayrshire ex-pats to keep in touch with all that is going on in Ayrshire today.”
Murdoch MacDonald has been in the public relations industry and a freelance journalist and broadcaster in Scotland for 35 years. He now runs Ayrshire’s top PR consultancy Fame Publicity Services.
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