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 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 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


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
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

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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

Telephone: 01292 267987
Fax: 01292 611521

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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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