The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Thursday, 16 April 2009


Coral Scottish Grand National promises
to be a weekend to remember


A WEEKEND to remember! The Coral Scottish Grand National Festival at Ayr Racecourse on Friday and Saturday promises to be an unforgettable feast of racing and entertainment.


Advance ticket sales for the two days are at an all time high and it’s expected that more than 25,000 racegoers will descend on the course.

It will be a very important week for the ‘new boys’ at Ayr Racecourse - general manager Geoff Green and executive chef Duncan McKay, who will be working at their first Coral Scottish Grand National.

Geoff will oversee the 800 staff who will be working at the course and took up his post at Ayr after three years in charge of nine restaurants in Dubai and Oman and a stint with The Leadership Trust in Herefordshire.

Geoff said : “Preparation is the key, and we have left no stone unturned in a bid to ensure everything runs smoothly. I am looking forward greatly to the weekend, and am surrounded by a great management team who have a great deal of experience between them.

“We are expecting record crowds over the two days, and hopefully the weather will hold up.

Executive chef Duncan McKay has been at the course for almost two years, but this will be his first National as the man in charge of the kitchens.

He will head a team of 30 chefs and supervise the preparation of 4000 meals.

Duncan's shopping list for the two days includes

2,500 chickens
4,500 Scotch pies
100 kilos of sausages
400 sides of Scottish salmon
2000 apples

Duncan’s CV includes stints as head chef at the Oran Mor and Puppet Theatre in Glasgow and a spell in France, but he is greatly anticipating this weekend’s big meeting.

“I am passionate about my food, and whether I’m preparing a meal for four or catering for 4,000 I put in the same painstaking preparation,” said Duncan.

More than 70 bars and restaurants will be open on course dispensing 52,000 pints of beer and lager, 5000 bottles of beer, 2100 bottles of champagne 2000 bottles of wine and 840 bottles of vodka.

In addition to 15 great races over the weekend there is some fantastic entertainment featuring a concert from The Saw Doctors after racing in the Ayrshire Suite on Friday and appearances from Reload in the Horseshoe Bar on Friday and Saturday and Waterfront in the Ayrshire Suite on Saturday.

And the message for men attending this weekend’s Coral Scottish Grand National meeting is to dress up and look their best.

For Slater Menswear are putting up a fabulous £300 prize for the Best Dressed Man on Saturday and judges will be out in force to pick the winner.

Slater Menswear Ayr branch manager Jack Blades is delighted to be sponsoring the prize which is £300 of Slater’s vouchers and he said: “We have been involved with various events at Ayr Racecourse for the past few years, and we are excited to be having a Best Dressed Man contest at the Coral Scottish Grand National.”

The winner will be announced during the afternoon.

For more information go online at www.ayr-racecourse.co.uk or call 0870-850566.

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Sunday, 12 April 2009


Elite Ayrshire Business Circle / Clydesdale Bank Charity Golf Day

THE second annual Elite Ayrshire Business Circle / Clydesdale Bank Charity Golf Day will take place on Friday 12 June at Belleisle Golf Club in aid of the Ayrshire Hospice.

A maximum of 18 teams will tee-off in a shotgun start at 9am in a four-ball tournament, to be followed by lunch at Ayr Racecourse.

Last year the event raised over £10,000 for the Ayrshire Hospice.


[Pictured: At the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle / Clydesdale Bank Charity Golf Day last year, David Jellema (right) presents Ayrshire Hospice fundraising manager Louis Jardine (left) with a cheque for £10,500.]

The cost for a team of four, including the golf and lunch is £250, all proceeds going to the Ayrshire Hospice.

Sponsors are also sought for the nearest the pin and longest shot prizes.

Charity Golf Day organiser David Jellema said: “This is an excellent opportunity for companies to entertain customers, to network and promote their businesses, and of course to raise much needed funds for Ayrshire Hospice.

“Eight teams have signed up already, so I would urge Ayrshire businesses to get their entries, which will be treated on a first come first served basis, in to me as soon as possible.”

Telephone David Jellema on 07802 186270.

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Quality office accommodation available to let in Ayr town centre

J&E Shepherd Chartered Surveyors has been instructed by Trillium Property Partnerships to let high quality office accommodation in Ayr town centre.


Both first and second floor are available, each offering over 4100 sq ft of flexible open plan accommodation.

Markus Kroner, surveyor at Shepherd’s, said: “Located in the heart of Ayr town centre, the property offers high spec flexible accommodation with features including LG3 Lighting, Comfort Cooling and Raised Access Floors.

“In addition to six secure private parking spaces, the immediate area has a number of public car parks.”

Rental offers are invited for each floor and attractive incentives may be available tailored to individual occupier’s requirements.

For further information please contact Markus Kroner tel 01292 267987

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.

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