The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Thursday, 21 October 2010

South Ayrshire Council get six into work through Ayr Renaissance

SIX men from Ayrshire all have brighter futures to look forward to thanks to South Ayrshire Council and Ayr Renaissance – the company set up by the Council to deliver the regeneration of Ayr town centre.


[Pictured: Making a local difference, the team working with Ayr Renaissance as regeneration operatives have been involved in a variety of tasks including litter-picking and environmental improvements.]

The six are close to completing a six month work experience placement with Ayr Renaissance, funded by the Future Jobs Fund (FJF).

FJF is a Department for Work and Pensions initiative aimed at providing employment opportunities for 18 to 24 year olds who have been unemployed for almost a year.

Through the FJF, the Council has created almost 90 job opportunities for young people in South Ayrshire spanning the voluntary sector and a variety of Council services including youth work, community safety and neighbourhood services.

Ryan Ramage, Shaun MacArthur, Garry Goodwillie, Adam Graham, Robert McKie and Jamie Ross are working with Ayr Renaissance as regeneration operatives where they have been involved in a variety of tasks including street cleaning and environmental improvements.

They have also undertaken a significant amount of learning and development, picking up skills in brickwork, first aid, health and safety and construction.

Two of the six have already gained full time positions at the end of their placements and the remaining four are close to securing offers of employment.

One of the operatives, Gary Goodwillie (24) said: “I really enjoy working full-time as part of a team helping to improve Ayr town centre – the difference we are making is clear to see and it gives me a sense of satisfaction to know I am helping the community. I’ve also learned lots of new skills and now feel more confident about my future, which is great.”

Alan Macdonald, Chair of the Ayr Renaissance Board, said: “Thanks to the Future Jobs Fund and the efforts of this terrific team, we have made significant progress with a number of projects that are making a real difference in the town.

“Whether it’s picking up litter or painting, these young men have approached each task in an enthusiastic and professional way and I have no doubt they will be successful in finding permanent work at the end of this placement.”

Councillor Bill McIntosh, Leader of South Ayrshire Council and member of the Ayr Renaissance Board, added: “We’ve made a real success of the Future Jobs Fund in South Ayrshire and the regeneration operatives are a great example of that. I applaud the work of the team and look forward to following their progress as they take their learning and experience from Ayr Renaissance and use it to help them move on in their careers.”

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Elite Ayrshire Business Circle chairman comments on Government Spending Review


Reacting to the Government Spending Review, Frazer Coogans Commercial Solicitors senior partner and Elite Ayrshire Business Circle executive chairman Norman Geddes (pictured above) said today:

“In these challenging economic times, local companies can best continue to prosper if they band together and mutually promote the excellence of the Ayrshire brand.

“The groundbreaking and cutting edge publicity services that the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle provides to its members ensures that their products and services attain the highest possible visibility across the globe, as our websites attract visitors from practically every country in the world.

“We would urge as many companies as possible who are not yet members of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle to join us at the earliest opportunity, so that together we can work through this time of austerity, and take maximum advantage of the economic upturn as soon as it arrives.”

THE ELITE AYRSHIRE BUSINESS CIRCLE

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle is an association founded in 2007 by some of the top companies in Ayrshire.

Its purpose is to publicise its members, and to celebrate and promote the wealth and rich diversity of entrepreneurial talent and business excellence that abounds here within the county boundaries of Ayrshire.

Members include the Clydesdale Bank, Ayr Racecourse, Western House Hotel and South Ayrshire Council, and member company activities include broadcasting, building and construction, architectural practice, estate agency and land management, chartered accountancy, insurance broking, legal services, golf club management, marketing services and brand creation, web design and public relations consultancy.

For further information about The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle and to apply for membership, e-mail eliteayrshire@gmail.com

Website: www.eliteayrshire.com

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Tuesday, 19 October 2010

Western House Hotel receives Four Gold Star Award from VisitScotland

PURE GOLD! That’s Western House Hotel at Ayr Racecourse after VisitScotland bestowed the prestigious Four Gold Star Award on the celebrated venue.

Already an AA four star rated hotel, this second accolade was confirmed after VisitScotland representatives secretly visited Western House.


VisitScotland Regional Director Annique Armstrong said: “Establishments such as the Western House Hotel really are the leading lights in the region when it comes to exceptional quality and service in accommodation provision. Hotels play a vital part in bringing millions of visitors and billions of pounds to the Scottish economy, so it is right that they are recognised in this way.

“The rewards of these Gold Stars will be reaped not only by the Western House Hotel, but also by their customers and by extension Scottish tourism as a whole, as we work together to encourage visitors to Scotland to stay longer and spend more.”


Western House Hotel General Manager Malcolm Balish (pictured above with members of his team) said: “It’s a great honour to have been awarded four Gold Stars by VisitScotland, and further testimony to the great staff we have here.

“Since opening just over five years ago, Western House has set incredibly high standards that have seen award upon award bestowed on the hotel, including Scottish Wedding Hotel of the Year three years in a row and earlier this year we scooped five ‘Oscars’ at the Scottish Hotel Awards.

“We work hard as a team to maintain and improve our already high standards, and the gold stars are the icing on the cake for us.”

The gold star award was introduced by VisitScotland last year to highlight establishments within the Quality Assurance Scheme that strive to exceed customer expectations and take an innovative and proactive approach to customer care.

Gold stars are accessible to properties of any star grade, the awards recognise those establishments that show commitment to quality and service across the board, from the warmth of welcome to the final farewell.

For further information please contact Iain Ferguson on 07795 565691 or Malcolm Balish, General Manager, Western House Hotel on 01292 294990.

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Western House Hotel

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Poppyscotland Supporting Our Heroes Raceday at Ayr Racecourse this Friday

By: Iain Ferguson

THE penultimate flat meeting of the 2010 season at Ayr Racecourse takes place on Friday 22 October - the Poppyscotland Supporting Our Heroes Raceday.


There are seven races scheduled, with the first, the European Breeders’ Fund/Scottish Poppy Appeal Maiden Stakes over a mile, and this could prove to be one of the best races on the day with leading southern and northern stables alike sending promising juveniles to compete for the £7000 prize fund.

More two year olds will be in action for the second race on the card, the Gmc Corsehill Nursery Handicap over six furlongs for horses who have already run three times or more and already have a handicap rating.

Experienced horses will compete for the feature race of the day - the Daily Record Handicap at 4.40pm. Run over one mile two furlongs this should be a competitive affair with leading Scottish trainers including Jim Goldie, Linda Perratt and Peter Monteith all likely to have runners.


The battle for the jockeys, trainers and owners championships at Ayr for the season are hotting up with Paul Hanagan (pictured above) and Jim Goldie leading the way in their respective tables while the owners race is wide open.

The first race on Friday is due off at 2.25pm and gates will open at 12.25pm.

Ayr also races on Saturday 30 October - the John Smith’s Raceday.

www.ayr-racecourse.co.uk

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