The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Friday, 11 December 2009

A Christmas message from South Ayrshire Provost Winifred Sloan

THE days are growing shorter, the dark winter nights are growing longer, and Christmas is now drawing upon us. Christmas remains a magical time, and each and everyone is entitled to feel the warm glow of humanity touching us all, as well as raising our hearts and spirits.

The past year has resulted in challenges unseen in decades. But the human spirit of resourcefulness and resilience has helped overcome many of the difficult days we’ve all encountered. The global financial crisis has caused deep concern for individuals and businesses alike, and we all hope 2010 will result in greater financial stability and security for our families.

Christmas remains a time for families to re-engage and share those cherished moments. It’s a special time for young children to enjoy the wonder of Christmas activities, and share the general excitement and the bestowing of family gifts. A childhood Christmas is an enduring part of our lives, something we all cherish and appreciate with the passing years.

However, there will be many families this year who will be unable to reunite with their loved ones. In particular, we think of our servicemen and women on active duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. Sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, grandparents, husbands, wives and sweethearts will be separated over the forthcoming festive season.

We acknowledge the pain of their separation, especially those on active duty with small children, and look forward to their safe return to family, friends and loved ones in the near future. Our support to these brave men and women will help maintain their families over the forthcoming coming weeks and months.

We also acknowledge the work of those closer to home. Our emergency services are on duty for 365 days of the year, and the work of the police, ambulance and fire service continues to safeguard our homes and families over the Christmas period.

We should also acknowledge the work of social services, care-workers, hospital staff, doctors and nurses, who help care for the sick, young, elderly, frail and vulnerable members of our community.

Christmas is about caring – and sharing. Please spare a thought for the vulnerable or an elderly person who may not have relatives close to home. Just check up on a neighbour and ensure all’s well. Caring is a gift in itself.

This year, close to home and further afield, we have suffered dreadful flooding and many homes have been destroyed. Flooding at any time is a disaster, but so close to Christmas makes it more poignant. Please share a thought for the many families who will not be celebrating Christmas in their own homes. In fact they might not celebrate Christmas at all. They will be devastated – please pray these families will be able to return to their communities by Christmas 2010. Anything anyone can do to help in however humble a way will be greatly appreciated.

The true message of Christmas has a special meaning. It touches all our hearts and makes us all appreciate the values of Christianity. The wonder of a small child opening presents on Christmas morning; the warmth and appreciation of parents, grandparents, uncles and aunts; and the thoughtful gifts of appreciation to family and loved ones. It’s a time of joyous fun, kindness, and consideration, as well as a coming together of family and friends.

Let’s ensure Christmas 2009 brings warmth and appreciation to everyone within our community. And remember: let’s think of others as well as ourselves.

Finally, I’d like to take this opportunity to wish everyone in South Ayrshire - a merry Christmas and a peaceful New Year!

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Wednesday, 9 December 2009

Cinderella pantomime a great success at the Citadel in Ayr

PANTOMIME audiences were dancing in the aisles in Ayr at the opening weekend of South Ayrshire Council’s festive production of Cinderella – a collaboration with Robert C Kelly.

[Pictured: Cinderella arrives at the Citadel in style as the 2009 pantomime season gets underway in South Ayrshire. CLICK ON ANY IMAGE TO VIEW / DOWNLOAD FULL-SIZE VERSION.]

With a star cast featuring favourites from BBC’s River City (Libby McArthur and Sally Howitt) and CBeebies Me Too (Matthew McVarish and Elaine MacKenzie Ellis), Cinderella wowed the crowds at the Citadel leisure centre with fantastic costumes, terrific songs and dance and that all-important audience participation.

Audiences happily joined in with shouts of “He’s behind you!” and “Oh no, it isn’t!” as well as a fun dance routine at the end of the show. They were also delighted to see special appearances by a number of acts who ensured that the panto not only had talent, but also the x-factor!

[Pictured: The cast of the Cinderella pantomime at the Citadel in Ayr.]

Running until Boxing Day, Cinderella is the ideal way to get in the mood for Christmas, and last weekend’s audiences were buzzing with excitement and couldn’t wait to tell their friends and families to book tickets.

Anne Marie Harkins from Kilwinning said: “We normally go to Glasgow for the pantomime, but this was so handy and the show itself couldn’t have been any better. It was very current and interactive and thoroughly entertained the whole family – the big kids and the little ones! I would definitely recommend it for anyone planning a trip to the panto this year.”

Other comments included: “Fantastic night out, atmosphere was brilliant”; “Well written. Humour was great, and appealed to both the young and old”; “fantastic”; “really good show”; “brilliant”; “best panto in the last three years”; “excellent”; “loved it”.

Councillor Margaret Toner, South Ayrshire Council's Portfolio Holder for Leisure, said: “I am thrilled the panto has enjoyed a successful opening weekend, and I hope to see this continue throughout its run.

“This is a quality production that is typical of what audiences expect when they come to the pantomime in Ayr, and I am delighted our standards have stayed the same although we’ve moved venue this year.

“I hope as many people as possible take up the chance to see the show before it's too late – and with tickets starting from just £10, there’s no excuse for staying at home!”

Cinderella is on at the Citadel until Saturday 26 December. Visit for further information. Telephone bookings can be made on 01292 269793.

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Monday, 7 December 2009

Clydesdale Bank features Robert Burns on its new £10 note

Robert Burns, one of Scotland’s most famous sons, is featured on Clydesdale Bank’s new £10 note, which is now in circulation. This note is the fourth of Clydesdale Bank’s new world heritage banknotes which are now available at selected Clydesdale Bank cash machines and retail branches across the country.

[Pictured launching Clydesdale Bank’s new £10 note, Willie Mackie (front), managing partner at Clydesdale Bank’s Ayrshire Financial Solutions Centre with Nat Edwards (back), director of the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, at Burns Cottage, Alloway. CLICK ON ANY IMAGE TO VIEW / DOWNLOAD FULL-SIZE VERSION.]

As well as featuring ‘The Bard’ on the front, the £10 note will also depict an iconic image of Edinburgh’s Old and New Towns on the reverse.

Clydesdale Bank’s new note collection showcases the best of Scotland’s heritage, people and culture and is the first time in more than 20 years the Bank has launched a completely new set of notes.

Robert Burns was chosen to feature on the Bank’s most-used banknote to coincide with the year of the Homecoming – which celebrates the 250th anniversary of his death.

The front of each new note will honour a prominent and innovative Scot while the reverse will feature one of Scotland’s five World Heritage Sites.

Clydesdale Bank is the largest issuer of banknotes in Scotland, with more than £1.1billion in circulation in any given week.

Willie Mackie, managing partner of Clydesdale Bank’s Ayrshire Financial Solutions Centre said: “Clydesdale Bank’s new £10 note reflects Scotland’s excellent worldwide reputation. We are extremely proud to mark the remarkable achievements of Burns, especially on the 250th anniversary of his death.

“Clydesdale Bank is honoured to be associated with the people and locations depicted on the new world heritage banknotes, and we hope this prompts people to take further interest and to delve deeper into Scotland’s history.”

Nat Edwards, director of the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum in Alloway said: “Robert Burns is one of the most significant Scots of all time. His work is known and celebrated across the world. Burns is regarded as a pioneer of the Romantic Movement, and was a source of inspiration to the founders of both liberalism and socialism.

“Marking the achievements Burns made on the world with his depiction on the Clydesdale Bank note is fantastic, and I hope this continues the public’s interest in his work.”

The new notes are the first in the UK to use a new ‘depth image’ hologram security feature – which is a moving hologram behind the prominent front image.

The bank’s £5, £20 and £50 notes, featuring Sir Alexander Fleming, Hebridean Island St Kilda, Robert the Bruce, New Lanark, Elsie Inglis and the Antonine Wall respectively have already entered circulation and are widely available from cash machines and retail branches throughout the country.

Notes from the new collection were part of Clydesdale Bank’s recent charity auctions of rare and valuable bank notes, where a £1 note sold for £9,000 breaking the previous world record for the sale of a Scottish bank note. In total, across the two auctions, the Bank raised more than £200,000 for charities across the UK.

Clydesdale Bank
Financial Solutions Centre
43 Alloway Street
Ayr KA7 1SP
Ayrshire, Scotland

Contact: Willie Mackie, Managing Partner
Tel: 01292 272072
Fax: 01292 280202

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CKD Galbraith property consultancy to recruit three new land agents

LEADING property consultancy CKD Galbraith, specialists in rural property surveying, has announced that it is looking to recruit three qualified land agents, including one for their office in Ayr.

The firm acquired the Buccleuch John Sale estate agency and chartered surveying business in July this year, with the addition of three new offices and 30 staff.

[Pictured: Chris Addison-Scott of CKD Galbraith said: “It has been a very exciting and significant time for us since our major expansion earlier this year.”]

The major expansion has resulted in the need for three new land agents across the firm’s Castle Douglas and Ayr offices as well as on the Isle of Bute, details as follows:

* Castle Douglas - Estate Agent/Land Agent

An opening has arisen for an experienced MRICS qualified Chartered Surveyor to take responsibility for property sales, land management, valuations and additional professional work.

* Isle of Bute - Resident Sub-Agent

A recently qualified Chartered Surveyor is being sought for the permanent post as Factor on Bute Estate. The successful candidate will be based in the estate office at Mount Stuart and a two bedroom cottage is available as well as an estate vehicle.

* Ayr Office - Senior Land Agent

A qualified and ambitious Land Agent is being sought to take on a key role in the further development of the busy and well established Ayr office. Responsibilities will include rural land management, valuations and professional advice, utilities and compensation work.

Chris Addison-Scott of CKD Galbraith said: “It has been a very exciting and significant time for us since our major expansion earlier this year. Having strengthened our presence to cover the whole of Scotland from the North East to the Borders, we are delighted to offer an unparalleled service and look forward to building our business with the appointment of three new land agents.”

For the opportunity to join one of Scotland’s leading rural property surveying firms, please contact Chris Addison-Scott of CKD Galbraith on 0141 953 3070 or email

About CKD Galbraith

CKD Galbraith is an independent property consultancy specialising in serving the needs of private clients. It employs over 160 people in offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Perth, Cupar, Inverness, Aberfeldy, Castle Douglas, Ayr, Elgin, Galashiels, Kelso and Peebles.

The partnership provides the full range of property consulting services across the commercial, residential and rural sectors throughout Scotland. The company’s rural arm specialises in farm sales and purchases, the management and sale of large estates and woodland, valuations and building surveying work.

The company enjoys a successful relationship with its associate firm in London, CKD Kennedy Macpherson, as well as providing a range of services to the farming community through an association with United Auctions, Scotland’s leading livestock auctioneers and procurement specialists.

Ayr office:

CKD Galbraith
7 Killoch Place
Ayr KA7 2EA
Ayrshire, Scotland

Contact: R A Cherry BSc MRICS
Tel: 01292 268181
Fax: 01292 292300

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Sunday, 6 December 2009

Paligap wins Costley and Costley branding account

ELITE Ayrshire Business Circle founder member Paligap has been appointed to rebrand and reposition the prestigious hospitality group Costley and Costley Hoteliers Ltd.

The full service creative agency has been tasked with creating a new family of ten brands that will reflect the individual entity of each of the Costley and Costley establishments, whilst maintaining the heritage that each existing brand already enjoys.

[Pictured: Paligap managing director Stephen Cosh and Costley & Costley Hoteliers Ltd managing director Bill Costley.]

Paligap will also create new websites for each establishment and an e-commerce store for a new Costley and Costley retail venture centering around the groups own manufactured produce.

Costley and Costley is an extremely successful business focused on top of the tree dining and hospitality. With hotels and restaurants such as Lochgreen, Brig o’Doon and the new Beresford, the company caters for a range of markets and has become recognised throughout the nation as one of the leaders in their industry.

Stephen Cosh commented: “We are delighted to be working with one of Scotland’s leading hoteliers. I have always admired what Bill Costley has achieved in such a crowded industry, and I’m looking forward to getting involved in the next exciting steps the business is taking.”

For further information:

Apex House
1 Carrick Road
Ayr KA7 2RA
Ayrshire, Scotland

Contact: Stephen Cosh, Managing Director
Tel: 01292 263777
Fax: 01292 285334

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