The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Saturday, 13 November 2010

Winter Golf Guarantee at Turnberry, a Luxury Collection Resort, Scotland

Turnberry, a Luxury Collection Resort, Scotland, has so much confidence in its unusually mild climate that it is offering a guarantee to golfers staying in the hotel this winter.

Situated just 50 miles from Glasgow on the breathtaking Ayrshire coast, Turnberry basks in warmer air from the northern extension of the Gulf Stream, so rarely sees the snow and prolonged ground frost during the winter months that can hold up play.

It is therefore guaranteeing rounds of golf on the Championship Ailsa and Kintyre courses, for individuals pre-booked prior to any course closure notification, against closure from 1 November 2010 to 31 March 2011. If, due to the weather the course is closed and residents of Turnberry Resort with pre-booked golf are unable to play during their stay, they will receive a complimentary night’s stay with a round on the course originally booked plus an additional round on the Kintyre course.

The legendary Ailsa course hosted the 2009 Open Championship which saw Tom Watson almost re-live Turnberry’s finest Open moment, the famous ‘Duel in the Sun’.

The Ailsa, consistently ranked as the UK and Ireland’s number one course by leading golf publications Golf World and Golf Monthly, underwent a number of enhancements in advance of hosting The 2009 Open.

The course has increased in length to 7,211 yards and the new layout features six new Championship tees and 21 new bunkers.

To book or to view full terms and conditions please telephone 01655 331 000 or visit

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

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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 (pictured above), 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 (pictured below) 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.

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Turnberry, a Luxury Collection Resort, Scotland is a founder member of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.


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.

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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.

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Friday, 12 November 2010

John Scott visits Begg Scotland stand at Scottish Textiles Exhibition

Ayr-based textile company Begg Scotland took part in the Scottish Textiles Exhibition held this week in the Scottish Parliament, and local MSP John Scott was on hand to meet up with retail sales manager Margarette Bryan and to give the company his support.

John Scott said: “As the manufacturers of luxury cashmere products, the Begg Scotland is an Ayr-based company with a reputation that reaches around the world.

“It was a pleasure to meet up with Margarette at the exhibition held in the Scottish Parliament and to hear of the company’s continued success.”

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Thursday, 11 November 2010

Elite Ayrshire Business Circle to hold a whisky tasting meeting

THE next meeting of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle will be a whisky tasting session, purely in the interests of furthering our education and appreciation of our national cultural heritage!

It will be held at 5pm (for 5.30pm) on Friday 10 December at:

Sinclair Scott Chartered Accountants
3 Wellington Square
Ayr KA7 1EN

By kind arrangement with Andrew Sinclair, director of Sinclair Scott.

Maybole-based company A D Rattray Ltd will present six exclusive and rare single malt Scotch whiskies that represent the different cask styles and whisky regions of Scotland.

A D Rattray Ltd managing director Nick White will lead the tasting, supported by Morag Brotherton.

Nick and Morag will explain the unique flavour experience and taste from single cask whiskies at cask strength.

Through the art of nosing and slowly savouring the aged Uisge Beatha, “Water of Life“, they will leave you with a new appreciation of Scotland’s greatest export in its purest form.

To find out more about Dewar Rattray in advance of the meeting, visit the company’s website at

Numbers for this event are limited, and demand is expected to be high, so it is imperative that you let me know if you will be able to come please.

Please note, this meeting is not at our usual time, but an early evening kick-off (5pm for 5.30pm.) It was felt that some members might not be accustomed to whisky first thing in the morning.


Murdoch MacDonald
Elite Ayrshire Business Circle
Registered Office
Dalblair House
46 Dalblair Road
Ayr KA7 1UQ
Ayrshire, Scotland

Telephone: 01292 281498
Mobile: 07833 667322

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Tuesday, 9 November 2010

South Ayrshire Council chief executive addresses Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

THE latest meeting of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle was hosted by leading training provider JB Management Ltd at the company’s offices at 12 Wellington Square in Ayr.

Among the members and guests attending were several representatives from Elite Ayrshire Business Circle founder members South Ayrshire Council, including Councillor Bill McIntosh – Leader of the Council, Councillors Brian Connolly and Bill Grant, David Anderson – Chief Executive and Eileen Howat – Executive Director for Corporate Services.

David Anderson (pictured above) delivered a presentation about the impact of the recent Government Comprehensive Spending Review on the Council and its services.

He pointed out that the full effects of the expenditure reductions in South Ayrshire are not yet known, as the Scottish Budget will not be announced until November. Allocations to individual local authority figures are expected early-mid December, with the Council considering its budget in February.

Mr Anderson also explained the Spending Review confirmed an expected real terms cut for Scotland of 11.3% over four years, a revenue cut of 8.1%, and a capital reduction of 36.4%.

The largest share of these cuts (6.4%) will come in 2011/12 although they will be mitigated somewhat by a year-end flexibility and a deferral of cuts in 2010/11.

Mr Anderson went on to explain the assumed reductions within South Ayrshire are £35 million in revenue and £22 million in capital over three years. He added that a lot of work is already underway on reducing both property and employee costs, which would mean a continued drop in employee numbers.

He concluded his presentation by highlighting South Ayrshire Council’s Big Budget Challenge – a major consultation exercise to find out where residents and businesses believe the Council should save money and where it should focus its spending.

The Big Budget Challenge provides a variety of ways for people to get involved – taking part using leaflets and questionnaires distributed across South Ayrshire, completing the online survey, or participating in Big Budget Challenge Discussions, which are running during November and December.

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Norman Geddes (pictured above) is senior partner at Frazer Coogans Commercial Solicitors and executive chairman of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle. He said: “Our members are all grateful to David Anderson, assisted by Eileen Howat, for taking the time out of their schedules at what must be an exceptionally busy and stressful time to come to our latest Circle meeting and talk to us about the Government Spending Review and its likely effects upon Council services.

“In a wider context, we also appreciate the progress that the Council has made towards more open local government, as evidenced by the Business Conversations and Public Consultations that they are holding.

“Finally may I say how much we value South Ayrshire Council’s membership of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle and the active part in our activities played by both councillors and officials. The Circle for its part will continue to do everything that we can to further publicise and promote the Council’s achievements and successes in all that it does for the people and businesses here in South Ayrshire.”

David Anderson added: “It’s vital the Council maintains strong and positive links with the business community across South Ayrshire and I was very pleased to attend the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle meeting to discuss the Spending Review and the Council’s budget.

“We’re facing a major financial challenge with an anticipated reduction in our revenue budget of some £30 million over the next two years as well as reductions in our capital monies. That will have a huge impact. To put it into perspective, our entire spend on waste management, libraries and early years comes to £20 million, so it’s easy to see the scale of the task at hand.

“I very much welcomed the opportunity to meet with the members of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle to discuss these issues, and I hope they all take the opportunity to take part in our Big Budget Challenge.”



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Sunday, 7 November 2010

US gives leading light to Scottish companies

Scottish Enterprise and Scottish Development International (SDI) will this week lead a delegation of ambitious Scottish companies on a learning journey to the United States to meet some of the US’s most inspiring and successful leaders from a variety of backgrounds and industries.

[Pictured: Scottish Enterprise chief executive Lena Wilson.]

The mission has been developed to help Scottish companies to strengthen and improve their leadership skills, and will provide a unique opportunity for the companies to meet some of the US’s most successful business leaders and hear first-hand how successful leadership can make or break a business.

The companies will meet representatives from Ralph Lauren, Bloomberg and IBM as well as hearing how good leadership is essential in crisis management from James Trainor, special agent in charge of the Intelligence Division at the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

On Wednesday of this week, the companies will also attend a GlobalScot regional conference in New York, where they will make valuable connections and access additional advice, mentoring and support from some of the network’s US members.

Scottish Enterprise chief executive Lena Wilson will address the learning journey participants at a welcome reception, before attending the GlobalScot conference mid week and then travelling on to Washington DC to undertake engagements with the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.

She said: “Scotland needs business leaders who have high aspirations, who are unafraid to take risks and who can inspire and motivate their people to succeed.

“It is leaders like this who will seek a better way of doing something, a better product or service and proactively go after opportunities in new markets, so developing leadership skills is a key element of how we help Scottish companies to grow and internationalise.

“As such, we are working with our colleagues at Scottish Development International to establish a culture of leadership in our businesses, and this learning journey aims to connect some of Scotland’s most promising companies with some of the world’s most successful business leaders.

“This is an unrivalled opportunity for Scottish companies seeking to develop a more international perspective to make those invaluable, face-to-face connections with US business leaders and GlobalScots.

“The connections that will be made during this learning journey have the potential not only to generate new international business for Scottish companies, but to really accelerate Scotland’s economic growth.”

Scottish Enterprise is Scotland’s main economic development agency and aims to deliver a significant, lasting effect on the Scottish economy. Its role is to help identify and exploit the best opportunities for economic growth. It supports ambitious Scottish companies to compete within the global marketplace and helps build Scotland’s globally competitive sectors. It also works with a range of partners in the public and private sectors to attract new investment to Scotland and to help create a world-class business environment.

Scottish Development International (SDI) works to attract inward investment and knowledge to Scotland to help the economy grow. It also helps Scottish companies to do more business overseas and promote Scotland as a good place to live, work and do business. It is jointly operated by Scottish Enterprise and the Scottish Government, and its work is guided by the Scottish Government’s strategy for economic development in Scotland.

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