The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Thursday, 10 September 2009

Elite Ayrshire Business Circle to meet on 29 September 2009

The next breakfast networking meeting of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle will take place at 8am on Tuesday 29 September 2009 in the boardroom of the Clydesdale Bank Financial Solutions Centre in Ayr, courtesy of CBFSC managing partner Willie Mackie.

[Pictured: Elite Ayrshire Business Circle executive chairman Norman Geddes, senior partner at Frazer Coogans Solicitors, and managing director Murdoch MacDonald, proprietor of Fame Publicity Services.]

The meeting will feature a presentation by the Irvine Bay Regeneration Company.

[Pictured: Aerial view of Irvine Harbour.]

Irvine Bay Regeneration Company seeks to develop and revitalise the five towns of Ardrossan, Saltcoats, Stevenston, Kilwinning and Irvine in North Ayrshire through a £100 million, ten year programme to boost the local economy and make the area an attractive and prosperous place to live, work and to visit. Partners are North Ayrshire Council, Scottish Enterprise and the Scottish Government.

Elite Ayrshire Business Circle members and guests all welcome.

Buffet breakfast will be served.

To notify and confirm attendance e-mail

Or telephone 01292 281498.


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Monday, 7 September 2009

Ayrshire students sail for Duke of Edinburgh’s award

Senior pupils from the four South Ayrshire Schools, who participated in their practice sailing expedition in June, completed their qualifying expedition at the end of August.

[Pictured: Claudia Cameron of Marr College at the helm. A further selection of images is available on Flickr CLICK HERE]

The sailing expedition was a pilot programme to test whether yacht sailing can be a viable option as a Gold Award expedition. Once evaluated by the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award headquarters it could become an option open to all Award participants in the rest of the UK and internationally.

Councillor Hywel Davies, Lifelong Learning Portfolio Holder for South Ayrshire Council said: “I would like to congratulate all the pupils involved in the sailing expedition on their outstanding achievements. Sailing is very challenging and I know that the pupils did not always experience favourable weather, but handled the stormy conditions very well.

“The pupils have gained a wide range of sailing skills, learned more about their environment and the information that they gathered about the location of a number of mammals who live in our water will be very valuable.

“This experience has given the pupils many exciting memories, enhanced their personal skills and I am sure that the lessons that they learned on the voyage will be of great value to them in the future.”

The pilot sailing expedition was a great success with the pupils returning with many exciting memories and experiences that helped to boost their confidence and self-esteem in preparation for life out of school.

After learning to sail a 42 foot yacht in June the pupils took command of a yacht in August. Through their own endeavours and courage, while under supervision, they sailed the yacht around the firth of Clyde and the North Channel exploring remote islands and coastlines.

The pupils anchored at Sanda Island off the coast of the Mull of Kintyre, Little Cumbrae and remote bays on the west coast, where they observed many marine mammals in their natural habitat at sea. Pupils saw minki whales, porpoises, dolphins and seals during the week, and reported their location to the Hebridean Whale & Dolphin Trust as part of the organisation’s Community Sighting Programme.

Speaking about her experience Claudia Cameron, aged 17, an S5 pupil at Marr College said: “It was an excellent experience that I would highly recommend to others. Seeing the whales and porpoises was amazing.”

While at sea the pupils also completed the John Muir Explorer Award which is an environmental award to discover wild places explore its wilderness, help to conserve it and share the experience with other people.

In addition the pupils completed their Royal Yachting Association (RYA) Competent Crew Qualification. In two groups they sailed about 140 miles each over eight days.

During their time at sea pupils took many photographs, and video footage of the experience and these will be on display in Rozelle Galleries in October and November this year.

The pupils’ practice expedition can be viewed on ‘youtube’ at

The expedition was sponsored by South Ayrshire Council, Hillhouse Quarry, Association of Sail Training Organisation and Central Scotland Sea School.

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Sunday, 6 September 2009

Visimetrics CCTV footage used in poker game cheat conviction

Footage from Visimetrics FASTAR Digital Evidence Recorders has been used by the Metropolitan Police’s Clubs and Vice Unit to assist in the recent conviction of two poker game cheats, who were arrested in May 2009 at the London Clubs Casino at the Empire, Leicester Square.

During two visits to the Casino, a total of 7 cheat moves were noted by surveillance staff and also recorded by the FASTAR DER. Real Time footage from both fixed and PTZ cameras was handed to the police on movie format DVD, extracted directly from the recorders. The footage was shown to the suspects during interview and both subsequently pleaded guilty to cheating at gambling when they appeared at Westminster Magistrates Court in June.

Doug Reeman, London Clubs Head of Security commented: “The clarity of the images we obtained from FASTAR undoubtedly contributed to the guilty pleas entered, and underlines the efficacy of both the surveillance team and the technology that backs them up.”

The Visimetrics FASTAR Digital Evidence Recorder is in use by various Casino operators and this is the first ever conviction for this offence under the Gambling Act 2005, to be obtained in the UK.

Visimetrics specialise in the design, development and manufacture of high-performance digital video recording, storage and management systems for dedicated CCTV applications. Visimetrics solutions are deployed within critical CCTV applications such as casinos, prisons, ports, banks, education, transportation, city centre, government and military sites. Visimetrics work in partnership with consultants, integrators and technical partners to deliver CCTV solutions without compromise.


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

Contact: Barry Rooney
Tel: 01292 673770
Fax: 01292 677990

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