The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Tuesday, 31 March 2009


Elite Ayrshire Business Circle’s
latest new member is West Sound Radio


THE Elite Ayrshire Business Circle is delighted to announce that its latest new member is West Sound Radio.


[Pictured: Elite Ayrshire Business Circle executive chairman Norman Geddes and West Sound Radio station director Brenda Ritchie.]

West Sound AM and West FM are the independent local radio stations serving Ayrshire and Dumfries and Galloway.

West Sound Radio station director Brenda Ritchie said: “West Sound is delighted to be joining the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle, which allows us to meet regularly with various businesses and business people, all working together to ensure success across Ayrshire and the south west of Scotland.”

Norman Geddes is senior partner at Frazer Coogans Solicitors and executive chairman of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle. He said: “West Sound Radio is the voice of Ayrshire and Dumfries and Galloway, and the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle is the voice of Ayrshire business.

“It is excellent news that from today West Sound Radio will be part of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle team working together to promote the local economy.”

West Sound Radio is part of the Bauer Publishing Group.

Under the management of four generations of the Bauer family, the Bauer Publishing Group has grown from its humble beginnings as a printing house into a worldwide publishing empire comprising 238 magazines worldwide in 15 countries, as well as its TV and radio stations.

LINKS:

West Sound

West FM

Bauer Publishing Group

Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

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Elite Ayrshire Business Circle launches new Circle down south

THE Elite Ayrshire Business Circle is launching a sister organisation in England.

A business networking meeting of prospective members of the newly formed Elite Cambridge Business Circle is being held in the Clydesdale Bank Financial Solutions Centre in Cambridge at 8am next Tuesday 7 April.


Norman Geddes, pictured above, senior partner at Frazer Coogans Solicitors, is executive chairman of 1MarketPlace Ltd, the company behind both the Ayrshire and the Cambridge Business Circles. He said: “We always intended to start to spread the Elite Business Circle concept once we were fully established here in Ayrshire, and Cambridge seemed the ideal next place to go.

“Elite Ayrshire Business Circle founder members William Skinner & Son building contractors have their Southern Division based in Meldreth, near Cambridge, and Clydesdale Bank Financial Solutions Centres, who have been enthusiastic supporters of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle right from the start, also have a branch in Cambridge.

“Cambridge has been named the UK’s most recession-proof city, and the East of England Development Agency has published a paper indicating that Cambridge will grow to the size of Manchester by 2031, with the population increasing from its present figure of 150,000 to 3/400,000.

“Cambridgeshire is brimming over with modern high-tech and bioscience companies, as well as more traditional businesses, and we hope that there will be considerable synergy between our members in Ayrshire and our new colleagues in Cambridge, which can only be to the benefit of the economies of both regions.”

THE ELITE AYRSHIRE BUSINESS CIRCLE

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle is an association founded in 2007 by 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.

Members include the Clydesdale Bank, Ayr Racecourse, Western House Hotel and South Ayrshire Council. 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 eliteayrshire@gmail.com

Website: www.eliteayrshire.com

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Monday, 30 March 2009


Ayrshire Business Summit event hailed as a great success

THE Ayrshire Business Summit, held in the Park Hotel in Kilmarnock on Tuesday 24 March 2009 has been hailed as a very successful event, attracting an attendance of more than 120 businesses across Ayrshire.


Organised by the Ayrshire Employment Task Force, the aim of the Business Summit was to provide a wide range of information for local businesses about the various forms of assistance and advice which is available to them to sustain and grow their businesses during the current economic and trading difficulties.

Commenting on the Business Summit, Councillor Hugh Hunter, Leader of South Ayrshire Council said: “This joint initiative by the three Councils in Ayrshire clearly demonstrates that our number one focus is on the economic recovery of the area.  We will continue to give every support we can to our local business community in these difficult times.”

Councillor Iain Linton, Depute Leader of East Ayrshire Council said: “The Ayrshire Employment Task Force was established recently following several announcements of significant job losses in companies across Ayrshire and the Task Force aims to ensure that co-ordinated and effective support is provided both to help sustain the businesses and support the employees. We are delighted that so many businesses took the opportunity to attend the Business Summit and have the opportunity to talk directly with a wide range of organisations and agencies that are able to provide financial and advisory support.”

Ayrshire Chamber of Commerce and Industry chief executive Martin Cheyne said: “The importance of events such as the Business Summit in providing a forum for local businesses to meet, exchange information and experience and also learn of assistance which may be appropriate for their own circumstances, cannot be underestimated. I know from discussions with many of the attendees at the event that it was found to be extremely helpful and new contacts have been made which will be developed through the provision of direct assistance and support to many local businesses.”

Recognising the success of this Business Summit, the Ayrshire Employment Task Force is now developing proposals to hold a series of other events throughout Ayrshire. In the meantime, businesses which were unable to attend the Business Summit or those who wish further information are invited to make initial contact with their local Business Gateway Office.

The Ayrshire Employment Task Force also wishes to express gratitude to the Park Hotel in Kilmarnock for their generous sponsorship of this event.

The Ayrshire Employment Task Force has recently been formed with the remit to gather and share information about companies which are experiencing particular trading difficulties and to ensure that effective, co-ordinated support is made available to sustain the businesses and support the employees affected.

Established initially within East Ayrshire, the Employment Task Force has now been extended to cover both North Ayrshire and South Ayrshire. In addition to the three Councils, members of the Task Force include JobcentrePlus, Scottish Enterprise, Business Gateway, Ayrshire Chamber, the Federation of Small Businesses and Kilmarnock College.

LINKS:

Scottish Enterprise

Business Gateway

South Ayrshire Council

East Ayrshire Council

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