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Saturday, 15 May 2010

Ayrshire chartered accountants Sinclair Scott
achieve training authorisation

Ayr-based Sinclair Scott has become only the second firm of Chartered Accountants in the whole of Ayrshire to be officially authorised by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS) as an Authorised Training Office (ATO).

ATO authorisation will allow Sinclair Scott to train students to gain the CA qualification.

[Pictured: Sinclair Scott partner Stephen Wilkie and CA student Lucy Hunter.]

Sinclair Scott partner Stephen Wilkie commented: “We have already taken on a CA student, Lucy Hunter, 24, from a Glasgow firm, and if she passes her exams she will be a qualified CA this time next year.

“We were very keen to gain ATO authorisation and to be able to take on CA students like Lucy, as we feel they will provide excellent support for our other qualified staff.

“We already have 5 qualified CAs and 3 other qualified managers.”

The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland

The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS) is the world’s first professional body of accountants, receiving its Royal Charter in 1854. It was the first to adopt the designation “Chartered Accountant” and the designatory letters “CA“, a qualification which is recognised worldwide.

Sinclair Scott Chartered Accountants

The Sinclair Scott accountancy practice was formed by a merger between the two firms of chartered accountants Alfred T. Scott and Sinclair Maclean.

Sinclair Scott is built on the reputation and strengths of the founder firms whose history dates back over 100 years. It is committed to providing excellent advice and first class service to its business and personal clients alike. It has many clients in the local community and service businesses, small and large, across many sectors including agriculture, the professions, the service sector, the construction industry, manufacturers and retailers.

As well as general accountancy, audit and tax skills, its partners also have individual specialist skills which enables Sinclair Scott to provide clients with a first class service as and when required. With a wealth of experience the firm prides itself on delivering an unparalleled service to all clients, what ever their size or sector.

In addition to traditional auditing, accounting and tax services Sinclair Scott also provides advice on how to improve and develop your business. Whether clients need an integrated business strategy, access to corporate finance or specialist tax advice Sinclair Scott are there to help them to achieve their goals.

Sinclair Scott Chartered Accountants are founder members of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.

Sinclair Scott
3 Wellington Square
Ayr KA7 1EN
Ayrshire, Scotland

Contact: Andrew Sinclair
Tel: 01292 288999
Fax: 01292 272150

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Friday, 14 May 2010

South Ayrshire Council consult public
about future local development plans

If you are interested in how South Ayrshire will look in the future, then South Ayrshire Council wants to hear from you during a major consultation exercise, which is now underway.

The Council is consulting on its Main Issues Report, which sets out options for changes to key planning policies and on where developments should and should not take place across South Ayrshire.

The report and the feedback received during the consultation will be used to draw up South Ayrshire’s Local Development Plan, which will set out how our towns and countryside will be managed over the next 10 to 20 years.

[Pictured: South Ayrshire Councillors and officers from the Local Development Plan Project Board launch the Main Issues Report consultation. Left to right are: Councillor John Allan; James Hall, Supervisory Planner; Councillor John McDowall; Christina Cox, Planning Manager; Graham Peterkin Deputy Chief Executive and Executive Director for Development and Environment; Councillor Peter Convery; Neale McIlvanney, Supervisory Planner; Councillor Margaret Toner; Councillor Ian Fitzsimmons; Mike Newall, Head of Planning and Enterprise; Councillor Douglas Campbell ;and Councillor Alec Oattes. CLICK ON IMAGE TO VIEW / DOWNLOAD FULL-SIZE VERSION.]

The Local Development Plan will be the main consideration when determining planning applications. It could potentially impact on everyone living and working in South Ayrshire, so it’s important you have your say.

The aim of the Main Issues Report is to bring forward a vision to grow our local economy by:

* enhancing the natural and built environment;
* achieving housing growth in a volatile market;
* improving transport infrastructure;
* supporting green sector jobs;
* regenerating town centres;
* allowing rural areas to thrive;
* enhancing the role of Glasgow Prestwick Airport and Ayr and Troon Ports; and
* responding to climate change.

The issues it considers include how to maximise the potential of the major gateways like the airport, minimise transport congestion and where future housing developments should be located.

Local people are now being asked for their views on these very matters.

Councillor Margaret Toner, Portfolio Holder for Economic Development, Tourism & Leisure, and Chair of the Local Development Plan Project Board said: “I cannot stress enough how important it is for the residents of South Ayrshire to get involved in this consultation exercise. The Main Issues Report and the Local Development Plan will set out the framework for the changes that will happen across South Ayrshire in the years to come, so make sure you have your say now.

“I know it can be hard to imagine what something like a Local Development Plan might mean for you but this will be the major document considered when determining planning applications regarding – for example – new supermarkets, houses or transport interchanges.

“I’m sure we all have views on subjects like this so now is the time to put them forward.”

South Ayrshire Council has organised four community discussions to provide the opportunity for local residents to find out further information and to ask questions on the Main Issues Report.

These will take place between 6pm and 8pm on the following dates:

Wednesday 19 May – Ayr Town Hall
Thursday 20 May – Girvan Academy
Thursday 27 May – Maybole Town Hall
Wednesday 2 June – Troon Walker Hall

A further session is also being arranged in Prestwick for the end of June/ early July.
Attendance at any of these events must be confirmed by booking, which can be done by calling 01292 616693 or via e-mail at

You can also view and comment on the Main Issues Report through South Ayrshire Council’s website,

The consultation closes on 12 July 2010.

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Turnberry launches new corporate event suite and World Cup zone

Turnberry, Scotland, has unveiled a new corporate event suite that boasts one of the most inspiring backdrops in the UK.

The Turnberry Suite combines a five-star venue for up to 200 people with direct access to a large private outdoor terrace offering space for groups to enjoy summer barbecues and evening drinks as well as elevated views over the legendary Ailsa golf course, Irish Sea and island of Ailsa Craig.

The Turnberry suite is spacious and ideally suited for corporate dinners and social events. A series of floor-to-ceiling windows flood the venue with natural light and offer direct access to the terrace. Up to 200 guests can be catered for banqueting style, with staging and a dance floor easily accommodated if required.

Turnberry has a well-established reputation for top class meeting facilities. For larger events, there is both the Turnberry Suite and The Caledonia, each boasting natural daylight, ample break-out space and catering up to 200 guests for a dinner.

Specialising in bespoke boardroom experiences, delegates can choose from a variety of smaller meeting rooms and private dining spaces throughout the resort.

Turnberry recently underwent a multi-million pound renovation programme, prior to hosting the 2009 Open and becoming part of Starwood’s Luxury Collection. It has 198 guest rooms including four lavish ocean-view suites in the main hotel; as well as 12 lodges with eight bedrooms and 12 lodges with six bedrooms on the estate.

To book, please telephone 01655 331 000, e-mail or visit

For more information on Turnberry, a Luxury Collection Resort Scotland, please visit

World Cup Zone

And Turnberry is kicking off the World Cup by offering sports fans the chance to combine their passion for golf and football in one of the most breathtaking settings in the UK.

What: Five-Star World Cup Zone
Where: Turnberry, A Luxury Collection Resort, Scotland
When: Stays from 11 June – 11 July 2010
Price: From only £279 per person per night
Bookings: Tel: 01655 333 991

From 11 June to 11 July, guests can enjoy the five-star luxury and outstanding facilities that Turnberry has to offer, whilst watching live World Cup matches on a choice of four plasma screens in the Duel in the Sun sports bar (pictured above), named after the epic Open Championship match played between Watson and Nicklaus at Turnberry in 1977.

Overnight accommodation from only £279 per person, per night with full Scottish breakfast.

Sunset rates on the Championship Ailsa Course from £90 per person.

For more information on Turnberry, a Luxury Collection Resort Scotland, please visit or call 01655 333 996.

Maidens Road
KA26 9LT

Contact: Tracey Smith
Tel: 01655 334 031
Mob: 07919 570 862
Fax: 01655 331 706

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Thursday, 13 May 2010

CKD Galbraith market delightful stone farmhouse on historic estate

SCOTLAND'S leading independent property consultancy CKD Galbraith’s Ayr Office is marketing a delightful stone farmhouse within the grounds of Sundrum Estate, a beautiful private estate with one of the oldest inhabited castles in Scotland.

Forming part of the original home farm courtyard, the original buildings forming Sundrum Mains are believed to have dated from around the 19th Century although part of it is reputedly as old as the Castle itself. Over the years the house has had a variety of uses from former stables and workrooms to housing for the factor of the estate.

The well proportioned accommodation includes two reception rooms, four bedrooms, conservatory and study. To the rear of the house is the original cobbled farm courtyard whilst to the front is a woodland garden full of choice shrubs and trees.

To live on Sundrum Estate is to have all the benefits of owning an estate in miniature with its rich variety of wildlife in the woods, and trout pools in the River Coyle, a tributary of the River Ayr. Two of its attractions are its quiet, secluded woodland walks and the panoramic views of the Firth of Clyde and the Arran Hills seen from the “Sunset Walk”. This track was once one of the original avenues leading to Sundrum Castle, and close by, the remains of Mrs Coats’s duck pond.

This much loved home has been in the ownership of the same family for the past 75 years. This is one of those rare opportunities to acquire a delightful property situated within an ancient country estate. Sundrum Mains House is being marketed at a guide price of £295,000.

Sundrum Mains farmland about 102.1 acres of woodland and grazing is also available for sale separately through CKD Galbraith, at offers over £275,000 for the whole.

A delightful block of land, easily accessible from Ayr, there are 64.8 acres of productive farmland, enclosed and sheltered by about 37 acres of delightful woodlands, mostly mature deciduous trees with some Scots Pine and Douglas Fir. To the north the woodland slopes down to the Water of Coyle. Lot 1 comprises about 86.2 acres at Offers over £215,000. Lot 2 comprises about 15.9 acres, including a 14 acre paddock and woodland lying adjacent to Sundrum Mains House. Offers over £60,000 are being sought for Lot 2.

For further information: Contact Bob Cherry 01292 268181

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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.

Independent property consultancy CKD Galbraith is a founder member of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.

CKD Galbraith’s 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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Tuesday, 11 May 2010

Spring optimism helps lift the housing
market despite election uncertainty

Sentiment in the Scottish housing market rebounded in April, helped by the better weather, with surveyors expecting a post-election bounce, says RICS UK Housing Market Survey published today (11 May 2010).

[Pictured: RICS Scotland deputy director Sarah Speirs.]

Prices in Scotland continue to rise at around the same firm pace as last month, with 15 percent more chartered surveyors reporting rise in house prices, down slightly on the 18 percent figure reported last month. Buying activity also continues to increase, but at a slower pace than last month.

Activity is expected to rise over the coming months, with many surveyors anticipating a post-election bounce. Sales activity continues to increase, albeit not at the same pace as last month, whilst confidence in the price outlook (price expectations) swings back into positive territory, rising from a negative four percent to a positive seventeen percent.

Confidence in the sales outlook remains positive, but is slightly less optimistic than last month, with twenty five percent more chartered surveyors expecting an increase compared with thirty four percent last month.

Selling activity continues to increase heavily, but again, not as heavily as last month, with sixty six percent more surveyors reporting an increase compared to eight four percent last month.

Commenting, RICS Scotland deputy director Sarah Speirs said: “For much of 2010, the housing market has been under the shadow of the general election, with the gap between supply and demand growing wider as potential buyers opted to stand on the sidelines and await the outcome of the poll.

“The start of spring, however, has seen renewed optimism with the good weather improving sentiment and surveyors expecting an increase in both sales and house prices. The housing market often sees an increase in new instructions in the early part of the year with sales boosted in the spring, and this year has been no exception”.

RICS housing market survey is the longest running monthly survey of house prices in the UK, collecting data since January 1978. The survey is cited by the Bank of England’s monetary policy committee at its monthly interest rate setting meetings.

About RICS

RICS is the world’s leading qualification when it comes to professional standards in land, property and construction. RICS Scotland is a national association of RICS with 10,000 members (chartered surveyors) in Scotland.

RICS is an independent professional body originally established in the UK by Royal Charter. Since 1868, RICS has been committed to setting and upholding the highest standards of excellence and integrity – providing impartial, authoritative advice on key issues affecting businesses and society. RICS is a regulator of both its individual members and firms enabling it to maintain the highest standards and providing the basis for unparalleled client confidence in the sector.

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