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Saturday, 19 July 2008


Scotland bucks the trend and weathers the economic storm

By: Murdoch MacDonald

TOUGHER economic conditions are taking their toll on business confidence as company profits continue to decline, according to the latest Business in Britain survey from Lloyds TSB Commercial.  
 
Firms’ optimism about prospects for the coming six months has hit its lowest level since the survey began. The Business Confidence Index for July shows that the balance of firms expecting better rather than worse order books, profits and sales over the next six months fell sharply to -8 per cent, from +18 per cent in January.

However, there are significant variations in the results for different regions, with Scotland showing a more positive slant with a figure of +2 per cent.
 
Taking order book levels alone, the balance of companies expecting higher rather than lower levels in the coming six months, dropped to zero from +22 per cent in January. In addition a balance of just +2 per cent of firms are predicting higher rather than lower sales, compared to +28 per cent six months ago, while the balance of companies expecting higher rather than lower profits has fallen from +4 per cent to -25 per cent; the lowest in the survey’s history and the largest half year drop ever recorded.
 
This lack of optimism about the next six months reflects firms’ experiences in the first half of the year. The report, based on the responses of more than 1,800 UK firms, shows that, during the first six months of 2008, a balance of just +6 per cent of companies reported rising, rather than falling sales (+37 per cent and +31 per cent respectively).

This trend of falling profits, sales and order books is shared across all sectors, especially in construction and retail, where the balance of firms expecting higher sales for the first half of the year hit -19 per cent and -22 per cent respectively. The least affected sectors were transport and communications, in which +21 per cent of companies reported a rise rather than a fall in sales, down marginally from +28 per cent six months ago.
 
Despite these falling national indices, the picture in some regions is brighter, with several parts of the country bucking the overall trends. Scotland is showing a more optimistic picture with business confidence showing at +2 per cent, one of only two regions to show a positive figure. Additionally, +8 per cent of Scottish firms reported an increase in sales as opposed to a UK figure of +6 percent.

Lloyds TSB Scotland corporate and commercial director Manus Fullerton said: “As we are all aware, the UK as a whole is currently experiencing a challenging business climate. However, it is encouraging that Scotland appears to be weathering these difficulties better and indeed is more optimistic for the future with +22 per cent of Scottish businesses reporting an increase in their order books for the last six months, compared to a UK figure of just +1 per cent.”

Another cause for optimism is that firms’ outlook for exports still seems to be holding up in contrast to falling domestic demand. Buoyed by the competitiveness of the pound against the euro and by rising demand in emerging markets, the balance of companies expecting higher rather than lower export orders over the coming six months remains strong, having dropped only marginally, from +24 per cent to +22 per cent. As a result +35 per cent of firms say they expect to sell more goods abroad in the second half of the year, down only slightly from +37 per cent in the first six months.
 
Lloyds TSB Commercial managing director John Maltby said: “The challenging economic climate is putting businesses to the test. And with sales and profits squeezed, it’s no surprise that so many firms are suffering a lack of confidence.

“But the reality is that many firms will be able to weather this storm. Our survey indicates slow growth rather than recession and business liquidity remains good. With the right support and financial help, there are lots of opportunities for strong businesses to continue growing.”

Lloyds TSB Corporate Markets chief economist Trevor Williams said: “Economic growth is undoubtedly slowing, exacerbated by the global credit crisis and by rising price inflation. But businesses have reasons to be optimistic.
 
“While it is true growth is likely to slow from 3 per cent last year to an average of 1.75 per cent this year, we’re likely to avoid recession this year and next, helped in part by the weakening pound.
 
“The fact is that companies are proving to be more competitive than in recent downturns, with stronger balance sheets and higher productivity. As wages remain under control and overseas markets continue to expand, it is clear many UK firms are in a good position to see off this challenging period of slower growth.”

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Scotland’s housing market shows more confidence than rest of UK

By: Murdoch MacDonald

RECENT research by property website propertyfinder.com has highlighted the strength of the Scottish property market compared to the rest of the UK.

A survey of 3,500 consumers showed that compared to house-hunters across the rest of the UK, Scottish buyers and sellers were more positive about house prices.

Almost one in three (29 percent) of Scottish house-hunters said they thought house prices would be higher in twelve months time, compared to only one in five (21 percent) across the rest of the UK.

Overall, people in Scotland expect prices to fall by 3 per cent over the next year, compared to people in the UK who expect prices to fall 5 per
cent in the same period.

One in ten people in Scotland thought house prices would not change at all.

Director of propertyfinder.com Nick Leeming commented: “Scotland has proved resilient in the face of the global credit crunch so far, with house price growth slowing but not showing the same decline as the rest of the UK.

“This is reflected in the elevated confidence of house-hunters in Scotland. This is possibly due to the fact that house prices are much lower in Scotland – around 25% lower in the first quarter of this year 2008 – which means they have a smaller distance to fall anyway, and are more affordable in relative terms than the rest of the UK.”

The confidence displayed by Scottish house-hunters has also been reflected within the industry. Fifty-nine percent of Scottish agents polled said they were confident they wouldn’t see the same house price falls as in the UK.

Nick Leeming said: “Local agents are telling us they don’t expect the market to follow the UK in terms of falling house prices. In fact they are currently seeing a lot of buyers looking for an investment as the private rented sector booms on the back of high tenant demand.”

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Friday, 18 July 2008


Ayr filled with the sounds of the Pipers’ Trail

THE British Army’s Scotland-wide Pipers’ Trail filled Ayr town centre with the sound of bagpipes after South Ayrshire Council Provost Winifred Sloan (pictured below) officially gave permission for a procession of Army and local pipers to march through the town.


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The Pipers’ Trail is a unique musical journey that has been taking place across Scotland this summer covering a total distance of approximately 470 miles. The Army in Scotland organised the event in conjunction with the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association. As part of their visit, a special church service was held within the Auld Kirk of Ayr to acknowledge the contribution that Army personnel make to local communities and communities around the globe.


[Pictured: Provost Winifred Sloan watching the pipers leave the Low Green in Ayr to march around Ayr town centre.]

In the four days leading up to the march, piping and drumming workshops run by the Army School of Bagpipe Music and Highland Drumming and the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association where held in Ayr Town Hall. The workshops attended by people just starting to play the bagpipes and pipers who wanted to develop their piping or drumming skills.


After the march around Ayr participants made their way to a free event on the Low Green where a range of activities had been organised for everyone to join in and enjoy.


There was a selection of army vehicles to see, a performance of a specially commissioned Pipers’ Trail play, an army field kitchen, face painting for children, and as a spectacular finale the Gold Lions Parachute Display team brought the afternoon’s festivities to a close by dropping onto the Low Green (pictured below).


Provost Sloan hosted a Civic Reception within the County Buildings to mark the occasion and presented Colonel Angus Taverner with a statuette of a piper as a memento of the Army’s visit to Ayr.


[Pictured at the Civic Reception are Provost Winifred Sloan, senior Army Officers and guests.]

Provost Sloan said: “Ayr has strong military connections and I am very pleased that they selected Ayr to take part in the Pipers’ Trail. The Army plays an active role in communities across Scotland and I would like to thank them for the tremendous effort that they put into this event.


[Pictured: Provost Winifred Sloan presenting Colonel Angus Taverner with a statuette of a piper to mark the occasion of the Pipers’ Trail coming to Ayr.]

“Many of us have family, friends or colleagues who have either served or are serving in the regular Army or the Territorial Army, and I would like to thank them for their commitment and selfless loyalty they show to the Army and to their country.


[Pictured: Agnes Hunter (left) accepting a cheque for £547.28 on behalf of Save Our Soldiers from Provost Winifred Sloan.]

“Employees of the Council showed their support for the Army when as part of ‘Save Our Solders’ Awareness Week in June, they took part in a ‘dress down day’ to raise funds. A total of £547.28 was raised, and I presented the cheque to the organisation at the Civic Reception.”

At the Civic Reception Lord Lieutenant for Ayrshire & Arran John L Duncan presented a Lord Lieutenant’s Certificate to Staff Sergeant Stewart McKenzie Finlay for his service to the Territorial Army Staff. Speaking about the presentation John Duncan said: “Staff Sergeant Findlay exemplifies all that is good in the modern Territorial Army and it has given me the greatest pleasure to recognise his service with a Lord Lieutenant’s Certificate. It is a recognition richly deserved.


[Pictured: Lord Lieutenant for Ayrshire & Arran John L Duncan presenting a Lord Lieutenant’s Certificate to Staff Sergeant Stewart McKenzie Finlay for his service to the Territorial Army Staff.]
 
“In this its 100th year, great demands are being made on the Territorial Army with two major conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan to be resourced and it has responded magnificently. For his part Staff Sergeant Findlay has been deployed to Iraq and now stands ready for further deployment. To him and all who serve with him we owe a huge debt of gratitude, for it is for us that they do what they do.”
 
The Pipers’ Trail visit to Ayr and the Civic Reception further cemented relations between Ayr and the Army. Colonel Angus Taverner said: “The Army in Scotland is delighted to bring The Pipers Trail to Ayr. Not only is this an important opportunity to celebrate the Territorial Army’s centenary with the town, and to mark Ayr's remarkable contribution to volunteer service over the past 100 years, but it also gives us the opportunity to share directly in this very significant anniversary.
 
“We hope that the people of Ayr will enjoy all the facets of The Pipers’ Trail and will be encouraged that the values and standards that have always been the hallmark of the Army in Scotland continue and will endure in the years to come.”

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Glasgow Prestwick Airport announces
more higher passenger flight numbers


By: Neil Richardson

GLASGOW PRESTWICK AIRPORT in Ayrshire recorded month-on-month and year-on-year hikes in its passenger performance during the month of June.


The results were announced as the airport gears up to handle around 35,000 passengers over the Glasgow Fair weekend.

A total of 222,940 passengers used the airport in June – this is 3% up on June 2007 and 1% up on May, when the airport also recorded similar improvements.

Glasgow Prestwick Airport chief executive Mark Rodwell said: “This is a strong showing in the current aviation environment and demonstrates how individual airports and airlines can grow against a declining trend.

“The overall Glasgow market is declining, demonstrated by the fact that passengers at Glasgow Abbotsinch were down by 4.9% in June, consistent with its year-to-date drop of 4.8%.

“The strength of our key airline customers and our ability to maintain an efficient operating and capital cost base are crucial in this environment. The June result shows signs of these strengths against a shrinking Glasgow market.”

The major factor in June’s positive year-on-year variance is a 36% rise in the number of charter passengers against a 1% rise in scheduled passengers.

Glasgow Prestwick Airport’s main charter operator Seguro Holidays has increased capacity this year by using larger aircraft.

This result is also counter-cyclical given a drop of 4.7% in European charter passengers across BAA’s UK network.

The year-to-date (April 1 – June 30) total of 643,269 passengers is 1% higher than it was in the equivalent period last year and the airport also recorded its busiest ever day on Friday 27 June, handling more than 10,000 passengers.

Mark Rodwell added: “A number of new services introduced in the last 12 months have provided greater choice to passengers and helped to maintain overall passenger numbers as markets change and some of the longer established routes experience less patronage.”

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Ayrshire cattle enjoy their bevvy

By: Susan Christie

LIFE just got a whole lot better for the cows at Foreside Farm near Beith in Ayrshire.


That’s because the grain they tuck into each day is now supplied by the Glasgow-based WEST Brewery, Bar & Restaurant, the first UK brewery to produce all of its beers in accordance with the Reinheitsgebot, known as the German Purity Law.

Perhaps that helps explain why the cows at Foreside Farm always seem to be so hungry of late!

WEST brewery owner Petra Wetzel said: “We only use the four core ingredients of water, malt, hops and yeast in brewing all our beers, adding no artificial additives, colouring or preservatives. That means that the spent grain we are left with at the culmination of our brewing process is ideal for use as fodder for livestock.

“We’re extremely environmentally conscious at WEST and are constantly seeking to recycle and re-use whenever possible, so, when the opportunity arose, we jumped at the chance to supply all our spent grain to Foreside Farm for free.

“I suppose you could call it a win/win/win scenario. We benefit, by reducing our waste, Foreside Farm owner Michael Whiteford benefits, by receiving free food stock, while the biggest beneficiaries of all are obviously the cows themselves, who now tuck into their grain with renewed relish!”

WEST produces a full range of beers, from cool, crisp lagers, through to clean-tasting wheat beers and a full range of unique and seasonal styles.

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Commercial property let in Ayr Town Centre prime location

By: Susan Christie

J&E SHEPHERD Chartered Surveyors, acting on behalf of John Morton Properties, has let a modern retail unit in a prominent location at 61 Fort Street in Ayr to Art of Acupuncture.


Situated on a busy roundabout at the junction of Fort Street and Sandgate in the heart of Ayr town centre, the 530 sq ft property achieved its asking rental of £8,500per annum over 21 years on a full repairing and insuring lease.

Markus Kroner at J&E Shepherd said: “The letting of this prominent unit for its asking rental provides welcome evidence of continued tenant demand in the commercial property market in and around Ayr’s town centre.”

Art of Acupuncture specialises in muscular and skeletal problems, digestive system disorders and dermatological problems.

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.

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Thursday, 17 July 2008


North Ayrshire secures £2.5 million
European funding to boost employment


NORTH AYRSHIRE has received a European funding of almost £2.5 million to help people find work.

On a visit to Irvine, the Finance Secretary John Swinney said North Ayrshire’s Community Planning Partnership would use the money to support employment and economic growth projects - including EQUIP, which provides advice and training courses to help clients receiving benefits re-enter the labour market.


[Pictured: Also during his visit to Irvine, a new approach to how national and local government will work together for the benefit of local people was ‘signed off’ by Cabinet Secretary for Finance & Sustainable Growth John Swinney MSP and Leader of North Ayrshire Council, David O’Neill. Called the Single Outcome Agreement, it sets out 34 targets for North Ayrshire to achieve over the next three years.]

Mr Swinney said: “Scotland’s people are key to unlocking our potential and delivering the more successful country we all want to see.

“This Government’s purpose is to focus our resources on creating a more successful country with opportunities for all of Scotland to flourish through increasing sustainable economic growth.

“To turn around decades of economic under-performance, we need successful people and successful places.

“This funding will help people in North Ayrshire succeed by gaining the skills they require to find employment and contribute to the wider economy. It will help remove the barriers that stand in their way and enable them to realise their potential in the workforce.”

North Ayrshire Council leader David O’Neill said: “The council’s number one priority is regeneration of the local economy and job creation. This money will help us do that. We have a number of programmes in place, all of them geared to getting people back into work.

“Complementing this, a recent European Social Fund award means we can continue to further develop and support business growth in North Ayrshire.”

North Ayrshire is one of 11 Community Planning Partnership (CPP) areas so far awarded cash from the 2008-13 European Structural Funds programme.

European Structural Funds are a source of European funding which aid economic development in Scotland. Applications are appraised by expert advisory groups, which make recommendations for funding to the Programme Monitoring Committee (PMC), which comprises senior representatives of partners from the Programme area and is chaired by the head of the Government’s European Structural Funds Division. The PMC in turn advise Ministers who are responsible for the allocation and management of Structural Funds in Scotland.

The Community Planning Partnership areas to have received funds from the current programme are Dundee, East Ayrshire, Edinburgh, Fife, Glasgow, North Ayrshire, North Lanarkshire, Renfrewshire, and South Lanarkshire, West Dunbartonshire and West Lothian.

Community Planning Partnerships bring public agencies together to work with the community to plan and deliver better services to make a real difference to people's lives. They aim to ensure people and communities are genuinely engaged in the decisions made on public services which affect them allied to a commitment from organisations to work together, not apart, in providing better public services.

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Wednesday, 16 July 2008


Ayrshire schoolchildren enjoy sailing
holiday off West Coast of Scotland


CHILDREN from four South Ayrshire Council Primary Schools, Girvan, Dailly, Maidens and Sacred Heart, were in involved in the annual sailing adventure on the remote and rugged west coast of Scotland this summer.


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The students took on the crewing of the 60-foot ocean clipper “Clyde Challenger” sailing around the remote sea lochs and Islands off the west coast for five days. Every student had the opportunity to be involved in sailing and navigating on the passage from Oban down the coast of Mull, Jura, Islay and round the Mull of Kintyre and to watch dolphins, porpoises and seals in their natural habitat.


Councillor Hywel Davies, the Council’s Portfolio Carrier for Learning and Prosperity said: “The adventure is designed to develop teamwork, confidence and self-esteem in children in preparation for them moving from primary to secondary school. The lessons that they learned during the voyage will be of great use to them in future years.


[Dailly and Maidens pupils sailing the yacht round Mull of Kintyre.]

“During their sailing adventure the children completed the Discovery Award, part of the John Muir Award, which is an environmental Award programme to educate and promote environmental awareness and the importance of preserving wild places and conservation. I think that it is very important that children learn the importance of protecting our coastal environment.”


[Pictured: Girvan and Sacred Heart pupils on deck.]

During the 10-day adventure the children had days of stormy weather and sunshine as well, making the experience all the better to appreciate the remote west coast. As well as learning how to hoist sails, tack and helm the boat children learned about navigation, recording the yachts position every hour and how to use a GPS system.


[Pictured: Practicing bowline knots can be confusing.]

The children from Dailly and Maidens who sailed the yacht around the Mull of Kintyre anchored in Lamlash Bay on Arran and had a special visit from Tom Boyle a representative from COAST the Community of Arran Seabed Trust. Tom explained to the children and crew that COAST aims to make Lamlash Bay a Marine Protected Area (MPA). This would mean the marine environment would be protected from mobile fishing gear, scallop and shellfish fishing to regenerate and enhance local fish and shell fish populations. COAST has won the support of the Scottish Government for the creation of Scotland’s first Community Marine Conservation Area.

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Pipers’ Trail leads to Ayrshire

THE British Army’s Scotland-wide Pipers’ Trail will be in Ayr on Thursday 17 July 2008 when they will be delighting the town with the sound of their bagpipes.

The Pipers’ Trail is a unique musical journey in the course of which Army Pipers are visiting many towns and cities across Scotland and demonstrating the important part that they play in local communities.

Between 14 July 2008 and 17 July 2008 the focus is on Ayr with a number of exciting events taking place in and around the town centre. There are special workshops in Ayr run by the Army School of Bagpipe Music and Highland Drumming and the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association. The workshops will be attended by beginners or pipers who want to develop their piping or drumming skills. Expert tuition is available for people of all ages.

On Thursday 17 July 2008 South Ayrshire Council Provost Winifred Sloan will welcome the Pipers and Drummers of the Pipers’ Trail Band to Ayr. The Provost will then send them off to pipe a trail around the town centre to announce an afternoon of fun on the Low Green. The Army pipers and other musicians will make their way through the centre of the town with veterans, cadets, military and youth bands joining them on route as they make their way to the Low Green in Ayr. Further information on how to take part can be found by logging on to www.thepiperstrail.com

Speaking about the event Provost Sloan said: “I feel very honoured that the Army has picked Ayr as one of the towns to take part in the Pipers’ Trail. Ayr and South Ayrshire have very strong military connections, so the Army can be assured of a warm welcome when they visit.

“The Pipers’ Trail will clearly demonstrate the important part that the Army plays in Scottish communities and the way in which it is always willing to give something back. Many local people will learn a lot when they take part in the piping workshops, and I am sure that the instructors will be very inspiring.

“Once the Pipers have paraded around Ayr town centre they will return to the Low Green and join in a celebration event to which everyone is invited. With so much taking place on the Low Green I am sure that there will be something to interest everyone.”

The special event on the Low Green in Ayr will include:

* A selection of the Army’s vehicles including a Challenger 2MBT.
* A performance of a specially commissioned Pipers’ Trail play.
* Golden Lions Parachute display team.
* Army field kitchen cooking.
* A range of stalls.
* Face painting for children.

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Tuesday, 15 July 2008


John Swinney signs Single Outcome Agreement
with South Ayrshire Council


By: Our Local Government Correspondent

COUNCILLOR Hugh Hunter, the Leader of South Ayrshire Council, welcomed John Swinney MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth to Ayr when he came to sign South Ayrshire Council’s Single Outcome Agreement.


[Pictured: John Swinney MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth (left) and Councillor Hugh Hunter the Leader of South Ayrshire Council (right) signing South Ayrshire Council’s Single Outcome Agreement at Ayr Town Hall.]

Following the Concordat that was agreed with COSLA in November 2007, each of the 32 local authorities across Scotland has created a Single Outcome Agreement. Every Agreement is tailored to meet the needs of each Council, and details the way in which it plans to deliver services in the most effective way to meet local needs and national priorities.

John Swinney and Councillor Hunter both signed South Ayrshire Council’s Single Outcome Agreement at Ayr Town Hall.

Councillor Hunter said: “South Ayrshire Council is committed to improving services and the quality of life for the residents of South Ayrshire. We will achieve this by working closely with our Community Planning Partners and focusing on what our residents want and need. The Council has come a long way in the past year, but we know that more improvement is needed. The Single Outcome Agreement is the beginning of a very exciting journey that commits to paper our determination to improve and enhance specific services, ultimately improving the quality of life for people in South Ayrshire. Close co-operation with the Scottish Government as equal partners will ensure that the citizens of South Ayrshire get the best possible opportunities at both local and national levels.”


[Pictured: After the signing ceremony John Swinney, MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth (right) walked around Ayr town centre with Councillor Hugh Hunter, Leader of South Ayrshire Council (centre) and Provost Winifred Sloan (left) who explained to him about the exciting Ayr Town Centre Renaissance project.]

After signing the Single Outcome Agreement Councillor Hunter took the opportunity to walk around Ayr town centre with John Swinney and explain to him the Ayr Town Centre Renaissance plans. This is a long term project that will see huge investment in the town centre and changes that will bring long term benefits for residents. It will encourage more visitors to Ayr and South Ayrshire, and this will bring huge economic benefits.

Speaking about signing the document and his visit to Ayr, Cabinet Secretary for Finance & Sustainable Growth John Swinney said: “The Single Outcome Agreement we are signing today puts local authorities at the heart of local democracy, reducing unnecessary reporting and monitoring, and allows council and their community planning partners to deliver the services people want and need.

“The Concordat we signed with COSLA last year sets out a new relationship with local government, one that recognises the role of councils and councillors as leaders of their local communities, and I’m delighted to be in South Ayrshire today to sign this agreement in person.”  

Outcome Agreements that have been agreed with all 32 councils and will be formally signed by members of the Cabinet and each Council Leader over the next few weeks.

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Monday, 14 July 2008


Provost looks forward to Senior British Open at Royal Troon

By: Murdoch MacDonald

TROON is bustling with activity and the excitement is building as preparations continue for the 2008 Senior British Open Championship that will be played at Royal Troon Golf Club from 24 to 27 July.


South Ayrshire Council Provost Winifred Sloan (pictured) said: “South Ayrshire has an international reputation amongst golfers. It is seen by many as ‘the’ place in the world to come and play golf. Royal Troon is a magnificent venue that has hosted many championships, the latest being the Open in 2004. It again puts the global golfing spotlight firmly on Troon, South Ayrshire and Scotland.

“We are extremely fortunate in South Ayrshire with 18 golf courses all open to the public, golf courses to suit all levels of players and accommodation to suit all budgets. The number of golfing visitors to this area is growing year on year, partly due to our outstanding transport links, an increase in the air routes to and from Glasgow Prestwick International Airport, fast ferry links with Northern Ireland, improved roads and good rail links all providing a considerable boost to the local economy with tens of thousands of people travelling to Troon for the event.


“Families should watch out for the Fun Day at the Seniors on Saturday 26 July when many activities are being provided that children will enjoy along with the golf.”

Provost Sloan added: “2009 is going to be a very busy year in South Ayrshire as it will be the year of the Homecoming, when Scotland and the world will be celebrating the 250th anniversary of the birth of our national Bard, Robert Burns who was born in Alloway in South Ayrshire. During this time South Ayrshire will be at the epicentre of Homecoming 2009, when many people who were born or grew up in this area will be coming home.

“I am very pleased that The Open is at Turnberry in 2009 and will be a Signature Event in the Homecoming celebrations. It is a not to be missed event and a chance to spend some time on Scotland’s Golf Coast.”

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Digital CCTV systems supplier Visimetrics
enters partnership with Samsung Techwin


SPECIALIST recording and storage systems manufacturer Visimetrics (UK) Ltd has entered into a commercial alliance with surveillance camera manufacturer Samsung Techwin.

The alliance will exploit the joint commercial activity from both partners to co-promote an integrated solution of Samsung Techwin’s SSNR enabled camera range and Visimetrics Digital Evidence Recorder® product range.

Visimetrics commercial director Craig Howie explains: “We are delighted to be joining Samsung Techwin in this agreement and are convinced our customers will see the obvious benefits superior image quality and SSNR noise reduction in particular will bring to the evidence they are recording on our systems.

“In partnering with one of the world’s leading camera manufacturers we are ensuring our customers are getting maximum image quality from point of capture right through to output of evidence.”

The Samsung Techwin SSNR enabled range of surveillance cameras includes analogue and IP-based cameras. All cameras within the range will be interfaced with and supported by Visimetrics Digital Evidence Recorder® product range.

About Visimetrics (UK) Ltd

Visimetrics (UK) Ltd specialises in the development, manufacture, distribution and marketing of high performance digital systems for CCTV and video surveillance.

Visimetrics has gained a significant reputation for providing leading edge security solutions backed by a world class quality and service culture.

For more information:

Visimetrics (UK) Ltd
Skye House
Skye Road
Prestwick KA9 2TA
Ayrshire, Scotland

Contact: Barry Rooney
Tel: +44 (0)1292 673770
Fax: +44 (0)1292 677990
E-mail: rooney@visimetrics.com
Web: www.visimetrics.com

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