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Friday, 10 September 2010

Ayr Racecourse offers racing and glamour at Gold Cup Festival

By: Iain Ferguson

SCOTLAND’S richest and most glamorous flat racing meeting - the William Hill (Ayr) Gold Cup Festival takes place at Ayr Racecourse from Thursday 16 September until Saturday 18 September.

This extravaganza features 22 races worth more than £530,000 in prize money and some of the most famous names in racing.

And that’s not all – there is also superb entertainment featuring Jamie 'Afro' Archer and other quality acts and the glamorous William Hill (Ayr) Gold Cup Ladies Day when one lucky lady will drive off in a brand new car.

People flock to Ayr from all over the UK and Ireland for this fabulous race meeting, which on the Thursday features the Handicap for the Kilkerran Cup.

Friday afternoon sees the exciting double header of the William Hill (Ayr) Bronze Cup and the Zenith Ltd (Refurbishment Specialists) Harry Rosebery Stakes for the South Ayrshire Cup in addition to the glamour of William Hill (Ayr) Gold Cup Ladies Day.

Prizes that day are simply superb – for the third year running Kerr&Smith/Iveco Trucks have sponsored the star prize which this year is a stunning Vauxhall NEW Astra 5 door 1.4 Turbo. Runner up prize is a Norwegian cruise courtesy of Stewart Travel and third prize is a piece of jewellery from designer Alex Cairncross.

Bronze coins are awarded to best dressed ladies at a variety of race meetings throughout the year, including Ladies Day itself, and everyone who has won a coin will draw the name of a horse running in the William Hill (Ayr) Bronze Cup. The lady who has the winning horse wins the car and the second and third placed pick up the other top prizes.

The third and final day of the Festival on Saturday features the William Hill (Ayr) Gold Cup – the richest sprint handicap in Europe - and the William Hill (Silver) Cup along with several other top races including the Laundry Cottage Stud Firth of Clyde and the Doonside Cup.

And there is great entertainment after racing each of the three days including Jamie Archer in the Ayrshire Suite on Friday.

For more information go online at or call 01292-264179.

For further information please contact Iain Ferguson on 07795 565691.

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Thursday, 9 September 2010

CKD Galbraith strengthens residential property team in Ayrshire

LEADING Scottish property consultants CKD Galbraith today announced the expansion of its residential sales team within the well established Ayr office, following the recent amalgamation of Donalds Chartered Surveyors.

The firm has appointed Robert Taylor (pictured above), an experienced professional who for the last four years has been working in the hotel investment and property sales market with leading global real estate agency Colliers International.

Robert is from a farming background in Lanarkshire, where he started his career working as an auctioneer and chartered surveyor in the rural sector. Robert will be working alongside Tom Donald, formerly of Donalds Chartered Surveyors and now a consultant at CKD Galbraith, providing a wide variety of professional advice to farmers and landowners, as well as assisting businesses secure lending facilities through the agricultural mortgage corporation.

This appointment demonstrates CKD Galbraith’s commitment to the Ayrshire market, and marks a significant move to advance the firm’s existing residential offerings as the firm enjoys continued success in the local market under its recently expanded operation.

Bob Cherry (pictured above), partner and head of CKD Galbraith’s Ayr office, said: “It’s a very exciting time for us at present with our recent amalgamation with Donalds Chartered Surveyors. Having retained all staff from Donalds in the merge and further strengthening our team through the appointment of Robert, who brings with him a great breadth of experience, we are delighted to expand the range of rural and residential property services now offered by our firm in Ayrshire.”

Robert Taylor said: “I am delighted to join the team of professionals in Ayr. The local Ayrshire market, with which I’m very familiar, presents an exciting one to work in, and given my experience in the rural, commercial and residential sectors, I very much look forward to working on a range of projects across these diverse markets.”

The residential department at Ayr is currently handling property sales in excess of £45million, ranging from cottages and conversions to country houses, farms and estates.

Examples of properties currently being marketed through CKD Galbraith include:

Skeldon Estate – an exceptional residential, sporting and agricultural estate on the banks of the River Doon. For Sale as a whole at offers over £6m or in three lots. CLICK HERE

Drumbar, by Ayr (pictured above) – an impressive country house, with separate flat near Alloway set within mature private grounds for sale at a guide price of £1m. CLICK HERE

Mallard Cottage at Burton Farm – a traditional country farm steading which makes for a wonderful country house near Ayr for sale at a fixed price of £320,000. CLICK HERE

Cambusdoon Lodge (pictured above) – a delightful listed cottage in historic Alloway with terraced garden offering views over Belleisle Golf Course for sale at offers over £195,000. CLICK HERE

For information on properties for sale or to let through CKD Galbraith in Ayrshire please visit or contact the Ayr office on 01292 268181.

About CKD Galbraith

CKD Galbraith is an independent property consultancy specialising in serving the needs of private clients. It employs over 180 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 enjoys a successful relationship with its associate firm in London, CKD Kennedy Macpherson.

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.

About Donalds Chartered Surveyors

The firm was established by Tom Donald in 1991, continuing a family tradition of five generations’ standing in serving and advising the farming and rural business community on a wide range of property matters, and with specialisations in planning and compensation, landlord and tenant relations and dispute resolution. Although concentrated in the west and central regions, the firm’s client base extended to most areas over Scotland. Donalds was fully merged with CKD Galbraith on 1 September 2010.

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

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

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Tuesday, 7 September 2010

Nearly 300 jobs created or safeguarded in Ayrshire

Almost £16.3 million has been invested in Ayrshire to create and safeguard 287 jobs in Irvine and Prestwick.

First Minister Alex Salmond announced the figures as Scottish Ministers met in Kilmarnock, the last of four summer Cabinets to be held outside Edinburgh over the summer.

[Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond in Ayrshire yesterday.]

Investment of £16 million, including almost £2 million Regional Selective Assistance (RSA) funding, at Ardagh Glass in Irvine will safeguard the jobs of 248 workers at the plant and ensure facilities are upgraded to secure the long term manufacture of glass in the town.

Ardagh Glass is one of Irvine’s largest employers, manufacturing glass containers primarily for the spirits industry.

Culzean Medical Devices in Prestwick, a subsidiary of Lombard Medical Technologies PLC, will create 39 new jobs supported by £297,000 of funding, of which £200,000 is RSA investment.

The expansion will allow the site to become Lombard Medical’s main manufacturing centre for stent grafts, a tubular device that is used in medicine to treat abdominal aortic aneurysms. The investment will also secure the jobs of the seven existing staff who work in Prestwick.

“The news that Scottish Development International has secured almost £16.3 million funding for Ayrshire that will create and support around 300 jobs in the area is to be warmly welcomed, and brings our total RSA support in Ayrshire to over £15 million since last April.

“This investment shows Scotland has a high quality manufacturing base and is testament to the talent, skills and experience of the Ayrshire workforce. I am delighted that companies such as Ardagh Glass and Lombard Medical are showing support for staff by continuing and expanding their presence in Ayrshire.

“Previous RSA grants have helped encourage 22 companies to invest in the area - safeguarding and creating 1,343 jobs related to projects with capital investment of £120 million.

“This Government will continue to focus on supporting business, investing in sustainable economic growth and ensuring our workforce has the skills to contribute to the future success of Scotland's economy and society.”

Anne MacColl, interim chief executive, Scottish Development International, said: “RSA funding is one of the key tools we can use to encourage both indigenous and foreign companies to invest in Scotland, and is part of the wider package of business support available from SDI and Scottish Enterprise.

“That Lombard Medical has chosen to expand its site in Scotland rather than establish operations in Ireland shows just how attractive a location for international investors Scotland continues to be, and this demonstrates the value of SDI’s work in promoting Scotland around the globe.

“We will continue to work with both Ardagh and Lombard Medical to support their growth in Scotland, and wish both companies every success in the future.”

Niall Wall, CEO of Ardagh Glass Group PLC said: “We appreciate the continued support of the Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprise and Scottish Development International in helping us improve the sustainability of our manufacturing operations. This funding will ensure significant CO2 reductions and also ongoing efficiency improvements at our Irvine plant, helping to secure local employment.”

Lombard Medical chief executive John Rush said: “We are grateful to Scottish Enterprise for recognising the importance of Lombard Medical’s Aorfix(tm) technology in the treatment of life-threatening abdominal aortic aneurysms.

“The grant will allow us to focus important elements of our worldwide production in Scotland, and to benefit from the existing talent pool, advantageous cost base and the ability to scale up production to meet growing international demand.

“As we increase our marketing investment in the largest European countries and work towards completing the regulatory approval process in the US, the strategic reorganisation of our operations in Prestwick and Didcot will ensure the most effective use of our facilities.”

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South Ayrshire Provost Winifred Sloan welcomes cruise ships to Ayr

THE German cruise ship Columbus made its inaugural visit to Ayr last week and was met by Provost Winifred Sloan, who presented welcome cruise packs to crew and passengers.

[Provost Winifred Sloan is pictured with Stuart Cresswell, Port Manager, Association of British Ports (ABP) MV Columbus crew members, representatives from ABP Association of British Ports and Jakki Ross, South Ayrshire Council.]

A few days later, the German cruise ship MV Europa made her second visit to Ayr.

Provost Sloan said: “I’m always delighted to welcome passengers and crew to South Ayrshire, and hope they will have a wonderful time discovering the joys the local area, enjoying the warm Ayrshire hospitality and fantastic scenery on shore.”

Provost Sloan continued: “South Ayrshire Council has worked closely with Association of British Ports, Ayr to ensure that passengers from cruise liners visit Ayr town centre as well as take bus trips to nearby attractions such as Culzean Castle and Turnberry golf course.

“Our aim is to showcase the very best of the local area and to encourage cruise visitors to come back to Ayrshire and explore this wonderful corner of Scotland for longer and in more depth.”

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Monday, 6 September 2010

New Robert Burns Birthplace Museum in Alloway gets extra funding

AN additional funding commitment of up to £1.084 million from the Scottish Government has ensured that the new museum telling the story of Scotland’s national bard will be completed later this year.

The Robert Burns Birthplace Museum in Alloway (pictured above) will be a world-class visitor attraction featuring an innovative new interpretation centre. It will be completed in November and open on 1 December 2010.

Today’s funding announcement by the Culture Minister will also enable the National Trust for Scotland to develop an integrated Burns experience in the town. Plans include a footbridge that will improve visitor access and link new heritage trails to five other sites in Alloway that have connections to Robert Burns.

The funding announced by Culture Minister Fiona Hyslop on a visit to the museum site today brings the Government’s support for the £21 million project to £8.6 million.

Ms Hyslop said: “Burns is a Scottish cultural icon, recognised all around the world. His legacy brings thousands of tourists to Scotland every year.

“The Robert Burns Birthplace Museum development will provide a single experience telling the story of the man in a way that has not been possible until now.

“We are making this funding available to the Trust in recognition of the national and international significance of this project and the contribution it will make to Scotland's tourism offering. Our commitment ensures the project will reach completion on schedule.

“Fundraising will of course continue apace. It should be recognised that the Trust and Burns enthusiasts have done a great fundraising job, especially given the current economic climate.”

National Trust for Scotland chief executive Kate Mavor said: “We are very pleased to have this additional and generous support from the Scottish Government. The Robert Burns Birthplace Museum is shaping up to be a world class venue.

“The way in which the collections and artefacts have been brought together will encourage people to think of Burns and his legacy in novel ways. It represents an approach to interpretation which the Trust sees as vital in ensuring that local and international communities are able to engage with Scotland's heritage. This funding will help us to welcome visitors from all over the world.”

The news of the additional funding for the new Robert Burns Birthplace Museum at Alloway has been welcomed by Ayr constituency MSP John Scott (pictured above).

John Scott said: “The preservation of the Burns legacy and its promotion as one of our principal local tourist attractions is vital, so the building of the new Robert Burns Birthplace Museum is an exciting development and the commitment of this substantial additional funding is very positive step forward.

“When it is complete, the museum will form the centrepiece of a comprehensive Burns campus including Burns Cottage itself, Alloway’s Auld Kirk, the Brig o’ Doon and the Burns Monument, which will offer a fabulous attraction to tourists and an extremely welcome new facility for local people.

“A study several years ago found that Burns-related activity contributed some £3 million a week to the economy of Scotland, and it is vital that here in South Ayrshire we make every effort to ensure that we get as big a share as possible of that income to boost our tourist sector and to protect and create local jobs.”

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Ayr Racecourse to welcome Alex Salmond at Gold Cup meeting

By: Iain Ferguson

SCOTLAND'S First Minister Alex Salmond will be a special guest at the William Hill (Ayr) Gold Cup at Ayr Racecourse on Saturday 18 September.

Mr Salmond is a lifelong fan of horse racing, and this will be the second time he has attended Scotland’s biggest flat meeting of the season in his capacity of First Minister, having previously presented the Gold Cup in 2007 when Advanced won the race for trainer Kevin Ryan and jockey Jamie Spencer.

[Pictured: Scotland First Minister Alex Salmond with top jockey Frankie Dettori at the 2007 Gold Cup meeting at Ayr Racecourse.]

It is 35 years since a Scottish trained horse won the Ayr Gold Cup – Roman Warrior in 1975 from the Nigel Angus stable. Among the favourites this year are the Jim Goldie trained runners Hawkeyethenoo and Hogmaneigh.

Kate Miller of sponsors William Hill who invited the First Minister commented: “It is tremendous news that Alex Salmond will be attending the William Hill Ayr Gold Cup – a meeting that celebrates all that is good about Scottish racing.

“The First Minister has always been a huge supporter of horse racing, so it is only fitting that he will be attending in person to watch the richest sprint handicap in Europe.”

Ayr Racecourse chairman Alan Macdonald (pictured above) added: “Alex Salmond has fantastic knowledge of horse racing, and I am thrilled he has agreed to attend year's William Hill (Ayr) Gold Cup.”

Mr Salmond will also be appearing on Channel 4’s Morning Line programme on the day of the race, when he will be a guest of presenter Derek Thompson.

For further information please contact Iain Ferguson on 07795-565691.

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