The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Saturday, 19 June 2010

Clydesdale Bank and Elite Ayrshire
Business Circle golfers raise £10,000

THE third annual charity golf competition organised by Clydesdale Bank’s Ayrshire Financial Solutions Centre and the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle was held at Brunston Castle Golf Course last week, and for the third year running raised more than £10,000 for charity.

Seventeen teams from across the county entered the Golf Day, raising a total of £10,044 for the Ayrshire Hospice and Help the Hospices, including a donation by Clydesdale Bank.

The team from financial advisors Thomson McCallum were the winners on the day, with QTS Group providing the prize, and last year’s winners ARPL Architects taking second spot, sponsored by Giles Insurance. Other prizes included four nearest the pins, sponsored by L&M Survey Services and a longest drive sponsored by Sinclair Scott Chartered Accountants.

[Pictured left to right: Elite Ayrshire Business Circle executive chairman and Frazer Coogans Solicitors senior partner Norman Geddes, Donald Turner and Stuart McCallum from the winning team of Thomson McCallum Financial Consultancy, and Ayrshire Hospice events co-ordinator Anne Drennan.]

Following the day’s play Clydesdale Bank also organised a charity auction, with prizes including a four-ball round of golf at either Royal Troon, Prestwick, Turnberry or Western Gailes and hospitality packages from Kilmarnock FC, Clydesdale Bank, Logan Jewellers and West Sound Radio.

Brunston Castle Golf Course general manager Cheryl Steven (pictured above) commented: “Brunston Castle Golf Course was proud to host the Clydesdale Bank and Elite Ayrshire Business Circle Charity Golf Day 2010 to raise funds for the Ayrshire Hospice.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank all players and organisers for choosing Brunston Castle Golf Course as their venue for 2010.”

Elite Ayrshire Business Circle executive chairman and Frazer Coogans Solicitors senior partner Norman Geddes (pictured above) said: “All of us in the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle were delighted to join with our friends in the Clydesdale Bank once again to host this third annual Golf Day, which because of its initial success has now become a regular annual event to which we all look forward.

“Thanks to the marvellous support received from our members, their guests and the sponsors we have been able to raise this magnificent sum for the Ayrshire Hospice. This is an outstanding result in the present challenging economic climate, and is a tribute to the generosity of the Ayrshire business community. We look forward to building still further upon this success in future years in order to increase our support for such a worthy cause.

“Since fundraising for the Ayrshire Hospice first started nearly 25 years ago, it has become a cause very dear to the hearts of local people and businesses alike. We are therefore pleased that all funds raised by today’s events will go to benefit a local charity that is worthwhile by anybody’s standards.

“Our members are unanimous in their support for the work that the Ayrshire Hospice does in our community, and we look forward to holding another successful event on their behalf next year.”

Clydesdale Bank Ayrshire Financial Solutions Centre managing partner Willie Mackie (pictured above) said: “Thanks to the generosity of local businesses who took part on the day and those who supplied great prizes for the auction and prize draw, we raised more than £10,000 for the third year running, which is tremendous.

“Now in its third year, the golf tournament is a regular fixture in the Ayrshire business calendar. Over the years we have raised more than £30,000 for such a worthy cause, and we look forward to continuing to support the charity whenever possible.”

Ayrshire Hospice events co-ordinator Anne Drennan commented: “This is the third year that the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle and the Clydesdale Bank have organised their charity Golf Day in aid of the Ayrshire Hospice, and we are delighted to have their continued support and that of their members and customers.

“The Hospice, like many charities, is facing challenging times at the moment, but we are humbled and encouraged by the unstinting support of the Ayrshire community, which allows us to continue to provide specialist care and support for all those patients and their families who need us.”

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Thursday, 17 June 2010

New family experiences this summer at
Turnberry Luxury Collection Resort

TURNBERRY, a Luxury Collection Resort, Scotland, has launched a range of new summer packages to help families escape the hassle of airport delays, long flights and volcanic ash clouds.

Turnberry’s Summer Family package starts from £310 per room, per night in a classic bedroom with full Scottish breakfast. The package also includes a complimentary family movie, children under 12 eating free throughout the resort and 50% off an additional room for kids.

The scheduled daily activity programme for families includes everything from pitch and putt competitions, splashtime in the pool, food tasting and kite flying. Golf lessons for the whole family are available in the golf academy as well as a choice of three links golf courses to enjoy.

Turnberry picnics, from £16 per person, can be enjoyed on the beach at Turnberry or picnics-to-go are available when exploring local attractions such as Culzean Castle or the village of Alloway, the birthplace of Rabbie Burns.

For parents in need of some pampering, The Spa at Turnberry provides the ideal place to relax and revitalise, with views over the Irish Sea and Ailsa Craig. Heat experiences and relaxation rooms provide the ultimate prelude to advanced, bespoke ESPA treatments. In the heart of The Spa lies a 20 metre swimming pool with whirlpool and outdoor terrace, and state-of-the-art Technogym Fitness Studio.

There are four dedicated fully renovated family rooms at Turnberry, with adjoining children’s bedroom to accommodate 2 children under 12 years old. Family rooms are available from only £430 per room, per night, including full Scottish Breakfast and children eating for free.

For family groups, lodges sleeping up to 12 or 16 people with interconnecting bedrooms and large living areas are also available. Eight bedroom lodges start from £2,000 per lodge per night and six bedroom lodges from £1,500 per lodge per night, inclusive of full Scottish breakfast in the main hotel.

Situated just 50 miles from Glasgow on the breathtaking Ayrshire coast, Turnberry Resort is an inviting five-star retreat for the whole family to enjoy. Turnberry offers a daily outdoor activity programme in 800 acres of playground, with access to miles of sandy beaches, coastal cruises and delicious picnics.

Families can experience the west coast of Scotland by sea from the deck of a luxurious cruiser. On all cruises, guests are driven from the resort up the coast past the Electric Brae and Dunure village to Troon Yacht Haven where they will board the Seabiscuit. Cruises are available from Troon to Lady Isle, Holy Isle, Heads of Ayr, Culzean Bay and Ailsa Craig.

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Turnberry, A Luxury Collection Resort, Scotland

Turnberry is located on the stunning Ayrshire coast, offering elevated views over the Irish Sea, Ailsa Craig and mountains of Arran and Kintyre. First opened in 1906 as the world’s first golf resort, Turnberry quickly established itself as the premier destination for social and sporting events. The five red star resort underwent a multi-million pound renovation programme prior to hosting the 2009 Open on its legendary Ailsa golf course and becoming part of Starwood Hotels & Resorts much acclaimed Luxury Collection. The 198 luxuriously appointed guest rooms include four lavish ocean-view suites and offer a perfect blend of Edwardian tradition and timeless design. The iconic Ailsa Course is currently ranked as Britain’s number one golf course by leading golf publications and consistently rated within the world’s best. For golfers, there is also the Championship Kintyre Course and the Arran Course, as well as The Colin Montgomerie Links Golf Academy. Turnberry is the perfect setting for food lovers, with a choice of unique dining experiences, including the signature restaurant 1906, led by Executive Head Chef Ralph Porciani, which offers classic dishes with a modern twist and a unique Chef’s Table experience. There is also the elegant Grand Tea Lounge, Ailsa Bar & Lounge, Duel in the Sun bar and Tappie Toorie restaurant overlooking the links golf courses and sea beyond. Turnberry has a well-established reputation for top class meeting and events facilities, specialising in bespoke boardroom experiences. There is also a luxurious spa offering a range of ESPA treatments. The onsite Outdoor Activity Centre offers guests a variety of distinguished outdoor activities including quad biking, horse-riding, fishing and off-road driving. For more information, please visit

About The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts

The Luxury Collection® is a selection of hotels and resorts offering unique, authentic experiences that evoke lasting, treasured memories. For the global explorer, The Luxury Collection offers a gateway to the world’s most exciting and desirable destinations. Each hotel and resort is a unique and cherished expression of its location; a portal to the destination’s indigenous charms and treasures. Magnificent décor, spectacular settings, impeccable service and the latest modern conveniences combine to provide a uniquely enriching experience. Today, The Luxury Collection is a glittering ensemble of more than 70 of the world’s finest hotels and resorts in more than 30 countries in bustling cities and spectacular destinations around the world. The Luxury Collection includes award-winning hotels that continuously exceed guest expectations by offering unparalleled service, style and class in some of the most desired destinations in the world. Most recently, Mystique, a Luxury Collection Resort, was honoured with the 2008 Travel + Leisure Design Award for Best Small Resort in the world. All of these hotels, many of them centuries old, are internationally recognized as being among the world’s finest. For more information, please visit

About Starwood Hotels & Resorts

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. is one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with 1000 properties in nearly 100 countries and territories with 145,000 employees at its owned and managed properties. Starwood Hotels is a fully integrated owner, operator and franchisor of hotels, resorts and residences with the following internationally renowned brands: St. Regis®, The Luxury Collection®, W®, Westin®, Le Méridien®, Sheraton®, Four Points® by Sheraton, and the recently launched Aloft®, and Element SM. Starwood Hotels also owns Starwood Vacation Ownership, Inc., one of the premier developers and operators of high quality vacation interval ownership resorts. For more information, please visit

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