The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Wednesday, 28 January 2009


Nick Parsons returns to address the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

By: Murdoch MacDonald

EMINENT market analyst Nick Parsons (pictured below) returns to Ayr in March to update members of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle about the Scottish, UK and world economies.


Members who were privileged to have been at the Circle meeting last July heard at first hand about the (then) oncoming recession, and will be relishing the opportunity of hearing Nick’s no-nonsense, no-holds-barred approach to economic realities once again.

Nick will be speaking at the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle meeting on Tuesday 17 March at 12.30pm. Kindly arranged and hosted by Willie Mackie, the meeting will be held in the board room of the Clydesdale Bank Financial Solutions Centre in Alloway Street, Ayr. A buffet lunch will be provided.

Nick Parsons joined nabCapital (like Clydesdale Bank, part of the National Australia Bank Group) in 2007 as Head of Markets Strategy, based in London.

He has 24 years experience in Foreign Exchange and Money Markets, having previously held posts as Global Head FX Research, Head of Macro Research and Group Economist.

He is a regular contributor to CNBC, BBC, Sky, and Bloomberg News, and is frequently quoted by major newspapers and news agencies.

LINKS:

www.cbonline.co.uk

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Tuesday, 27 January 2009


Scottish Cabinet Education Secretary Fiona Hyslop
opens new Alloway Primary School


THE new Alloway Primary School, which cost £9.2million and was built as part of South Ayrshire Council’s ambitious £76 million Public Private Partnership (PPP) project, has been officially opened by Fiona Hyslop MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning.


[Fiona Hyslop MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning, unveils a plaque to mark the opening of the new Alloway Primary School. CLICK ON ANY IMAGE TO VIEW / DOWNLOAD FULL-SIZE VERSION.]

The old Alloway Primary School buildings have now been replaced by a modern purpose built school that pupils and school employees have now settled in to.

Fiona Hyslop MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning officially opened the new school in front of invited guests that included pupils, members of the local community school employees, councillors and representatives from Education for All and Carillion.


After unveiling a plaque to mark the occasion Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning, said: “As a former pupil of Alloway Primary School, it’s a great honour to have been asked to return to open the new school building.

“There have certainly been changes since I attended lessons at the school. Schooling in the area has definitely moved on since the days when Robert Burns, Alloway’s most famous son, received his education thanks to the forethought of his father who encouraged other farmers to pool together to finance a schoolmaster, John Murdoch, to teach their children.

“There can be no better environment for the pupils here than this wonderful new building. This Government is committed to lifting 100,000 school pupils out of tired and crumbling school buildings and classrooms, by 2011. They will be provided with cutting-edge accommodation and facilities in which to continue their 21st century education.”


[Pictured at the official opening of Alloway Primary School are (back row, left to right) Councillor Hywel Davies, Portfolio Carrier for Lifelong Learning; Fiona Hyslop MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning; Provost Winifred Sloan; head teacher Michael Hunter; South Ayrshire Council chief executive David Anderson. (Front row left to right) Ewan Ramsay, P7D Burns President, Morvern Murdoch 2L, Rachel Millar 2L, Sam Rae 3M, and Emma Russell 7M Burns Vice President.]

The official opening of the school gave children from the school an opportunity to display their many and varied talents with an interesting and diverse range of entertainment that included choir performances, Burns poem recitals, traditional and modern dancing, Burns orchestral music and extracts from the school show ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’.

Speaking after the opening, head teacher Michael Hunter said: “The new school is magnificent. The architects have responded with great imagination to their design brief, and the builders have risen to the challenge of creating a dynamic building to serve the changing needs of the community for many years to come. The new school has increased learning and leisure facilities inside the school, and created additional multi-purpose outdoor space.

“The building will allow us to rise to the educational challenges that lie ahead, facilitating active learning, constructive participation, independent learning and the development of the skills, knowledge and understanding that will prepare our young people for life as they grow up and move on to other schools.”

The ongoing PPP project by the Council involves the construction of new primary schools at Barassie, Alloway and Monkton, new secondary schools at Belmont and Prestwick and an annexe to Kyle Academy.

Speaking about the new school, the Council’s Portfolio Carrier for Lifelong Learning, Councillor Hywel Davies said: “The PPP project has embraced the Council’s vision of new schools that are well designed, built to a high specification, and managed by high quality staff. The new Alloway Primary School, and others in the PPP project, will support the educational demands of the present and those of the future.”

LINK:

South Ayrshire Council

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Monday, 26 January 2009


Open letter from South Ayrshire Council Provost Winifred Sloan


LAST weekend South Ayrshire celebrated the 250th Anniversary of the birth of Robert Burns and the launch of the Year of Homecoming in style. The weekend was a wonderful mix of activity and events and I only wish that it had been possible to attend each and every one of these many events at some stage of the weekend.

This could certainly not have been achieved without the patience and support of the local community and I would particularly like to thank the residents and traders of Alloway who helped make the Iconic Burns parade such a success and for the warm welcome extended to the thousands of people who visited over the weekend. I would also like to thank Ayr’s retailers who created such a wonderful party atmosphere in the town centre when it was busy with Saturday shoppers.

I am sure that everyone will have their own special memories of this unique weekend when, for a brief moment, South Ayrshire was centre stage in the world-wide launch of the Year of Homecoming.

This is, of course, just the start. Ayrshire has a busy Homecoming year planned and new events are being regularly added to the diary – see www.comebacktoayrshire.com for details.

Thanks again to all who took part in the weekend celebrations and I look forward to continuing to work with you to make this Homecoming year a fun and memorable occasion for our residents and visitors alike.

Kind regards,

Provost Winifred Sloan

South Ayrshire Council


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