Saturday, 28 June 2008
Sinclair Scott Chartered Accountants
appoint Lyndsay Mowat to winning team
LEADING Ayrshire firm of Chartered Accountants Sinclair Scott has announced the appointment of Lyndsay Mowat as the latest addition to its expanding team based in Ayr.
Lyndsay, 34, pictured above, was educated at Wellington School in Ayr, and went on to gain an MA honours degree in Economics at St Andrew’s University. She then won a Robert T. Jones Memorial Trust Scholarship to Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
On returning to Scotland, Lyndsay trained as an accountant with the firm of William Duncan & Co, and in 2003 was appointed as Bursar at Wellington School, Ayr.
As well as her new appointment with Sinclair Scott Chartered Accountants, she is also studying part-time for a master’s degree in Financial Economics.
[Pictured: Lyndsay Mowat, second from right, with three of the senior Sinclair Scott Chartered Accountants team - left to right, Gordon Nelson, Fiona Campbell and Lindsay Beck.]
Commenting on Lyndsay’s appointment, Sinclair Scott Chartered Accountants partner Andrew Sinclair said: “We are delighted that Lyndsay has decided to join our team.
“As a people business we need to attract good quality staff to ensure that our clients receive the best advice.
“We already have a strong team, and Lyndsay’s addition will help us to maintain and enhance the services which we offer to our clients.”
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Creative marketing agency Paligap are new
shirt sponsors of Ayr United Football Club
By: Murdoch MacDonald
LEADING Ayrshire-based creative marketing agency Paligap is pleased to announce that it has signed a deal to become the official Ayr United home and away shirt sponsors for the season 2008-2009.
[Pictured: Paligap managing director Stephen Cosh and Ayr United Football Club commercial director Hugh Cameron seal the shirt sponsorship deal. CLICK ON IMAGE TO VIEW /DOWNLOAD FULL-SIZE VERSION.]
Paligap managing director Stephen Cosh said: “We are delighted to team up with Ayr United to become the 2008/2009 season shirt sponsor.
“Although Paligap has grown to become a national marketing agency, our roots remain firmly in Ayr, and we are proud to support our local club. I believe the agreement offers both organisations many exciting benefits, and we look forward to a fruitful partnership in the coming season.
“Over the past few years Paligap has actively engaged in sponsoring and promoting local initiatives and charities, and we were keen to be involved with Ayr United Football Club as we feel strongly that football plays an important role in the local community.
“The Board at Ayr United are keen to promote football as a family event, and they already work at grass roots level with South Ayrshire Council, actively encouraging youth to take up the sport.”
Ayr United Football Club commercial director Hugh Cameron: said: “Ayr United are pleased to announce that Paligap will be our shirt sponsors for 2008/09. The club is delighted to have attracted such an outstanding and successful company, who combine a strong local presence here in Ayr and South Ayrshire while developing their business nationally.
“The company with its expertise in marketing and creative communication will be a valuable partner as we best meet the challenge of celebrating the end of an era here at Somerset Park, and the preparation for the new beginning at the Ayr Stadium, Sports & Business Campus at Heathfield (artist's impression above).”
Dumfries House wildlife survey
AND creative marketing agency Paligap are also sponsoring an important habitat survey at Dumfries House (pictured below), which will help protect and support the local environment.
The Dumfries House Estate comprises a wide range of different natural habitats providing rich biodiversity and abundant wildlife.
With The Great Steward of Scotland’s Dumfries House Trust’s ethos and responsibility to these habitats in mind, a detailed and comprehensive survey is being undertaken to identify the key habitats and species on the Estate.
With natural habitat including productive farmland, meadows, woodland and watercourses, a number of rare and endangered species are thought to be prominent.
Mike Schafer is chief executive of The Great Steward of Scotland's Dumfries House Trust. He said: “This survey will enable the management of the Estate to address and improve the important habitats, preserving the species and benefiting the biodiversity to ensure maximum environmental benefit, not only to the estate but to the surrounding area.
“This survey has been made possible by the kind generosity of Paligap Brands, who are supporters of the work at Dumfries House in protecting the environment.”
Paligap technical director Allan Sloan said: “We are glad to do our bit for the environment, and when we can blend that with helping out such an important national treasure like Dumfries House, it makes it all the more special.”
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Thursday, 26 June 2008
Ayrshire’s new Burns Museum wins
£5.8 million heritage lottery funding
THE new Robert Burns Birthplace Museum that will be located in Alloway in South Ayrshire is one step closer, thanks to £5.8 million of Heritage Lottery Funding (HLF).
[Pictured at Burns Cottage in Alloway in South Ayrshire are (left to right) South Ayrshire Council Provost Winifred Sloan, Colin McLean, Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund in Scotland and Shonaig Macpherson, chairman of the National Trust for Scotland. CLICK ON IMAGE TO VIEW / DOWNLOAD FULL-SIZE VERSION.]
The funding has been secured by the National Trust for Scotland, which now needs to raise an additional £5 million itself towards the project. This will be added to the £5.8 million of HLF funding, a £5.5 million contribution from the Scottish Government, £500,000 anticipated from Scottish Enterprise Ayrshire, and land in Alloway worth £2.8 million from South Ayrshire Council.
South Ayrshire Council Provost Winifred Sloan met representatives from the organisations involved in this visionary project at Burns Cottage to celebrate the good news.
Provost Sloan said: “I am very excited about this project. It will see a new Robert Burns Birthplace Museum created, a fitting tribute to our national Bard. People come from all over the world to visit the birthplace of Burns, to learn more about the world famous Bard, and to see the place where he was born and wrote some of his most famous works. The new museum will provide modern tasteful surroundings, with the kind of facilities that people expect nowadays.”
The creation of a new museum will enable the entire Robert Burns collection of manuscripts, correspondence and artefacts to be housed in one building. Using modern methods such as interactive displays, the museum should encourage people of all ages to visit.
Councillor Margaret Toner, Depute Leader of South Ayrshire Council and Chair of the Joint Board said: “I am delighted that significant funding has been secured for such an important project. Tourism is the life blood of business in South Ayrshire, and I know that the new facilities will increase the number of visitors to this area.”
The National Trust for Scotland was first approached to take the lead in delivering the multi-million pound project in 2004. The initiative involves:
* Creating a world-class Robert Burns Birthplace Museum in Alloway.
* Carrying out a major re-interpretation of the cottage where Burns was born.
* Delivering exciting new education facilities.
* Enhancing the Burns Monument, Brig o’Doon and Auld Kirk.
Trustees of the Burns Monument Trust, who own most of the Burns landmarks and collections in Alloway, will hand over ownership to the National Trust for Scotland.
Their Chairman, the Lord Lieutenant of Ayrshire and Arran, Mr John L Duncan, QPM, said: “Today’s announcement is great news for all with an interest in Robert Burns. Since 1814, the Burns Monument Trust has shouldered the responsibility of preserving the built heritage and collections of Burns and the announcement today will facilitate the passing of that responsibility to the National Trust for Scotland.
“No safer hands could be found; we are confident that the future of all that we have preserved, built up and cared for over these many years, is secure.”
The Alloway land where the landmarks and collections are located is owned by South Ayrshire Council. The Council, which has been very supportive of the charity’s plans in Alloway, will give the land to the National Trust for Scotland, worth an estimated £2.8m.
Shonaig Macpherson, Chairman of the National Trust for Scotland said: “This is wonderful news for the Trust. We are extremely grateful to the Heritage Lottery Fund for granting such a substantial amount of money for what is unquestionably a prestigious and hugely significant Burns project.
“The HLF decision shows great faith in the National Trust for Scotland’s ability to deliver such an important museum for the people of Scotland and Burns enthusiasts around the world. We must now play our part and raise several million pounds before construction of the museum and other Burns initiatives can begin. This will include a major public appeal to be launched in September.
“The Trust is uniquely placed to take on a project of this size and nature. The HLF support, together with our other major funders, means we are an important step closer to delivering a world-class museum in Alloway and an exciting re-interpretation of the cottage where Burns was born. As a charity we feel honoured to be responsible for this project, and we appreciate that, for the large part, it is only possible thanks to our major funders.”
The National Trust for Scotland aim to achieve the re-interpretation of the cottage in 2009, the year of the Homecoming, and the 250th anniversary of the birth of Robert Burns. It is expected that the museum itself will be in operation in 2010.
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Ayrshire wind farm projects given Scottish Government approval
By: Murdoch MacDonald
SCOTLAND’S green energy strategy has taken another step forward with Scottish Government approval for two wind farms in South Ayrshire capable of generating electricity for 117,000 homes.
The 60 turbine, 180 Megawatt (MW) Arecleoch wind farm near Barrhill in South Ayrshire - set to be Scotland's fourth largest - will generate enough electricity for 76,000 homes.
The 28 turbine, 84 MW Mark Hill wind farm also in South Ayrshire will generate electricity for 41,000 homes.
These projects will make a significant contribution to the Scottish Government’s target of 31 per cent of electricity from renewables by 2011.
Energy Minister Jim Mather (pictured above) said: “The Scottish Government's approval for two more wind farms is a significant step in our drive to turn Scotland into the green energy capital of Europe.
“Scotland has a vast array of potentially cheap, renewable energy sources, from our waters, our waves and our wind. And we are turning that potential into a reality with a progressive and distinct approach to make renewables a driver of sustainable economic growth.
“Our ambitious renewables targets set the right strategy for Scotland, but we can’t stop here. We are committed to meeting the EU target of 20 per cent of all energy demand coming from renewables by 2020. Coupled with the opportunities from the need to tackle climate change, we are investing in making Scotland the natural home for a thriving and diverse renewables industry.”
The Scottish Government has set a target to produce 31 per cent of electricity demand from renewable sources by 2011, and 50 per cent by 2020.
Any proposal to construct, extend or operate an onshore wind farm in Scotland with a generation capacity in excess of 50 MW requires the consent of Scottish Ministers under Section 36 of the Electricity Act 1989.
The Scottish Government’s Energy Consents Unit is currently processing 35 renewable project applications - 26 wind farms, eight hydro projects and one wave project.
Current installed renewables capacity is 2.8 Gigawatts (GW). One GW of renewable capacity is currently under construction. Current renewable applications to Ministers under section 36 of the Electricity Act amount to 3.3 GW, which, in line with processes for environmental assessment, public consultation and where appropriate public local inquiry, are all at various stages of the consents process and still to be determined.
The Energy Consents Unit has also provided pre-application scoping opinions for a further 1.7 GW of potential renewable development.
Sixteen energy projects have now been determined by this Scottish Government. This includes consent for Scotland’s second largest wind farm in Dumfries and Galloway, and Scotland's third largest wind farm in Perthshire.
In Scotland between 2005 and 2006:
* Electricity generated by renewable sources (apart from hydro natural flow) increased by 46 per cent.
* In 2006, Scotland could have supplied 92.5 per cent of its electricity needs from non-nuclear sources.
* As a result of unplanned outages, nuclear’s share of generation fell from 38 per cent to 26 per cent in Scotland.
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Wednesday, 25 June 2008
Thousands vote June meeting at Ayr Racecourse a success
By: Iain Ferguson
SAINTS, sinners, glamorous ladies, quality racing, fabulous entertainment and a mystery prize revealed… just some of the ingredients that wowed more than 14,500 racegoers at Ayr Racecourse last weekend.
The double header Saints and Sinners Race Night followed by the Scottish Sun Race Day established itself as Ayr’s third major meeting behind the Coral Scottish Grand National and John Smith’s Ayr Gold Cup.
[Pictured: Silver coin winners with Jim Smith, managing director of Kerr & Smith who along with Iveco Trucks are sponsors of Ladies Day at Ayr Racecourse in August.]
And nine lucky ladies won a silver coin and a passport to Ladies Day Final on September 19. And what a terrific prize awaits the winner of the final after Miss UK Nieve Jennings unveiled a silver Alfa Romeo Spider 2.2 JTS as the mystery car provided by Kerr & Smith / Iveco Trucks, suppliers of commercial vehicles in South West Scotland.
[Pictured: Miss UK Nieve Jennings and Scottish Sun promotional girls sit in the Alfa Romeo Spider - the first prize for Ayr Ladies Day in August.]
Saints and Sinners attracted a crowd just short of 8,000 who were greeted by stilt walkers as they arrived and then treated to samba music from The Beats of Brazil and jazz sounds from Criterion.
Celebrities including comedians Fred Macaulay and Johnny Beattie, SFA supremo Gordon Smith, Radio Clyde DJ Suzie Maguire, ex-Celtic star Murdo McLeod and current Scotland footballers Stephen McManus and Stephen Pearson mingled with the crowd and happily signed autographs.
Thousands stayed on after racing and Bjorn Again played the greatest hits of Abba in the Ayrshire Suite to a near capacity audience while Monster Mash performed their own brand of Rocky Horror style madness in the Horseshoe Bar.
Philip Martin, Saints and Sinners racing convener, felt the charity had been fully vindicated in their decision to move the race meeting from Hamilton to Ayr after 42 years.
He said: “We are delighted with Friday night. We hope this is year one of a long and fruitful partnership with Ayr. We have worked very closely with the course’s management to make this happen.”
On Saturday more than 6,600 people enjoyed the quality racing including a Listed Race, the News of The World EBF Land O’ Burns Fillies Stakes.
Midway through the afternoon there was great excitement when Nieve Jennings took the wraps off the star prize for Ladies Day and the Alfa Romeo Spider was revealed.
Jim Smith managing director of Kerr & Smith was delighted that the launch went so well and that their top of the range Iveco Strallis tractor unit was the perfect backdrop to launch the Spider.
He added: “I’m pleased none of the beautiful ladies had a phobia about insects.”
Iveco‘s corporate director Nigel Emms recently visited Ayr Racecourse giving his approval for the joint Kerr & Smith/Iveco sponsorship, and was so impressed with the facilities that Iveco have committed to launch their brand new Iveco Eurocargo at an event within the Racecourse later this year.
Nigel commented: “Iveco’s Daily Vans, Euorocargo Trucks and Strallis Tractor Units are of the highest quality, and we would look to be associated with similar partners in the launch of any products. Ayr Racecourse certainly demonstrates these qualities.”
Silver coins were presented to Gwen Wilson, Roslyn Simpson and Angela Langan all from Ayr; Heather Weir, Barassie; Isabelle Rodger, Monkton; Leanne Lynch, Maybole; Janet Frew, Annbank; Julia Crawford, Minishant and Victoria Lillies, West Kilbride.
More coins will be awarded at Ladies Night on August 9 and on September 18 and 19.
Reflecting on a successful weekend, Ayr Racecourse general manager William Gorol (pictured above) said: “The crowds were superb on both days and we are delighted that almost 8,000 attended our first ever Saints and Sinners. Scottish Sun Raceday was again a success and we had a terrific response when our Ladies Day prize was revealed.
“We have built up a reputation for having fabulous prizes and the Alfa Romeo Spider is just a sensational car.”
Ayr’s next race meeting is the totesport Family Day on Sunday 6 July. To book tickets call 0870-8505666 or go online at www.ayr-racecourse.co.uk
Discounts are available on bookings up to seven days in advance.
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Glasgow Prestwick Airport staff swap planes for white water rafts
FIFTY Glasgow Prestwick Airport staff raised more than £1,000 for a local charity by taking part in the Ayrshire Airport’s second white water rafting event.
[Pictured: Glasgow Prestwick Airport staff, left to right and working from the front of the raft to the back of the raft: Nicholas Rodwell, Andrew Little, Kevin Wright, Jenny Harding, Laura Findlayson, Andy McLauchlan, Stuart McLeod and Kimberley Fisher. CLICK ON IMAGE TO VIEW / DOWNLOAD FULL-SIZE VERSION.]
This year it was the Ayrshire Hospice that benefited, when a cheque for £1,300 was handed over by Airport chief executive Mark Rodwell at the Ayrshire Hospice Summer Ball.
The event, at Aberfeldy on the River Tay, was first held in September last year and was a resounding success, providing the staff with a great day out while also raising money for charities that were chosen by those staff.
Congratulations this year go to winning team The Artful Dodgers, while The Honolulu Honeyz were the last team to cross the finishing line.
Glasgow Prestwick Airport chief executive Mark Rodwell said: “This is a great energetic day out, and because we have so many staff and departments spread over a large area, it also provides them with an ideal opportunity to meet each other and mingle outside the pressures of work.
“The 50 staff who took part can be proud of the fact they managed to raise £1,300 and it was a pleasure to hand this over to the Ayrshire Hospice, a fantastic cause which was chosen by the staff themselves.”
The Airport hosted two tables at the Hospice event, and among the attendees were members of management and employees who had been nominated to recognise their performance and contribution.
Glasgow Prestwick Airport also donated its cardboard Elvis, signed by tribute act Gordon Hendricks and a prominent feature at last year’s staff party, to the silent auction. This raised £120 for the Hospice and has been earmarked as a Christmas present for an Elvis fanatic.
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Tuesday, 24 June 2008
Mancini’s Royal Café in Ayr scoops top ice cream awards
By: Murdoch MacDonald
MANCINI’S ROYAL CAFÉ in Ayr has won several awards at a prestigious national ice cream competition, and to mark their achievement South Ayrshire Council Provost Winifred Sloan presented the company with a Quaich.
[Pictured at the presentation is Provost Sloan and Philip Mancini along with guests that included family members, employees of the company and other Councillors. CLICK ON IMAGE TO VIEW / DOWNLOAD FULL-SIZE VERSION.]
The national competition, which was held in the NEC in Birmingham last October, attracted expert ice cream producers from all over Great Britain, who gathered to showcase their products.
Mancini’s won the Gold Medal and Silver Challenge Cup for their dairy vanilla ice cream; the Silver Rose Bowl in the artistic ice cream class and the Scottish challenge cup for their vanilla ice cream.
After meeting Filippo Mancini, members of his family and others connected with the company, Provost Sloan said: “I am very proud that Mancini’s, a thriving and forward thinking company, that is held in such high esteem, has attracted so many awards. It has raised the profile of the company, Ayr and South Ayrshire.
“Many local people enjoy Mancini’s ice cream. However, it is important that in an area such as South Ayrshire, where we attract many tourists, that they can be sure of being able to sample the best ice cream that is on offer in Scotland and beyond.
“Mancini’s is a fine example of what can be achieved by a company with hard work and determination.”
After receiving a Quaich from Provost Sloan on behalf of Mancini’s, Filippo Mancini said: “Taking part in the competition and winning the awards was very exciting, a lot of hard work goes into creating our ice creams. Winning the awards was a real team effort, everyone in the company played a part in our success. I feel humbled that Provost Sloan, on behalf of the Council, presented the company with a Quaich. It is something that we will treasure for many years to come”
Mancini's Ice Cream - Ayr
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Glasgow Prestwick Airport reports
increased passenger and freight numbers
GLASGOW PRESTWICK AIRPORT’S performance in May saw year-on-year and month-on-month increases in the number of passengers handled.
[Pictured: Glasgow Prestwick Airport chief executive Mark Rodwell.]
A total of 221,840 passengers used the airport during May – this represents rises of 2.5% on May 2007 and 12% on April’s performance.
The main driver for the positive year-on-year variance is increased capacity on a number of existing routes and new Ryanair and Wizz Air destinations, introduced since May last year.
These new destinations include Belfast, Budapest, Cork, Katowice and Poznan, while Ryanair have recently announced three new routes for the coming winter – Malaga, Tenerife and Faro.
Glasgow Prestwick Airport also handled 2,704 tonnes of freight during May, representing an increase of 5% on May 2007.
Glasgow Prestwick Airport chief executive Mark Rodwell said: “This is a pleasing result in what is a challenging economic environment, and paves the way for what we anticipate will be a successful summer.”
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South Ayrshire Council honours Friends of the Gaiety Theatre, Ayr
SOUTH AYRSHIRE COUNCIL’S County Hall was the venue for a very special audience when Provost Winifred Sloan hosted a civic reception for the Friends of the Gaiety Theatre, Johnny Beattie, The Alexander Brothers and Anne Fields.
[Pictured: South Ayrshire Council Provost Winifred Sloan with some of the celebrities and guests at the civic reception. CLICK ON IMAGE TO VIEW / DOWNLOAD FULL-SIZE VERSION.]
Provost Sloan said: “The Gaiety Theatre is over a hundred years old, it is one of Scotland’s oldest and most loved theatres. Since the theatre first opened its doors, many talented people have entertained audiences. In particular The Alexander Brothers, Johnny Beattie and Anne Fields, who have all regularly taken to the Gaiety stage, have raised the profile of the theatre. It is astonishing that between them they have been performing for 217 years.
“The theatre receives great support from The Friends of the Gaiety. The group constantly work to raise funds by organising fashion shows, coffee mornings, Scottish gala evenings and many other events, and then donate the proceeds to the Gaiety.
“By working in partnership with members of local communities, voluntary organisations, the Friends of the Gaiety and artists the Council will continue to support the Gaiety Theatre.”
Johnny Beattie, The Alexander Brothers and Anne Fields attended the civic reception, and added their particular sparkle to the occasion.
The Gaiety Theatre has a total of 584 seats on three separate levels that have been used by local people and visitors to the area for over 100 years. There have been a number of changes made to the theatre since it was built including an extension, refurbishment, wheelchair access, infra-red sound system for the hearing impaired, a café bar and studio.
The Gaiety has a varied programme of events planned for this year, and has already made arrangements for a pantomime production later this year.
For more information about the Gaiety Theatre and forthcoming entertainment log on to www.south-ayrshire.gov.uk
Gaiety Theatre, Ayr
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