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The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Thursday, 2 December 2010

Glasgow Prestwick handles flights diverted from other Scottish airports

Glasgow Prestwick Airport has handled a number of diverted flights this week after other Scottish airports were forced to close because of snow and ice.

On Sunday, an Emirates Airlines’ flight from Dubai landed at Prestwick after Glasgow Airport closed. Also that day, Prestwick accepted a number of Easyjet and Ryanair flights bound for Edinburgh.

Monday, it hosted four Eastern Airways flights - from Norwich, Nottingham, Liverpool and Scatsta in the Shetland Islands - which were unable to land at Aberdeen Airport.

Glasgow Prestwick has been unaffected by the severe weather conditions across Scotland and its own schedule of Ryanair and Wizz flights is operating normally.

Chief Executive Iain Cochrane (pictured above) said: “Once again when severe weather strikes, Glasgow Prestwick demonstrates its value to Scottish aviation by having the space, resources and expertise to handle a wide range of aircraft at short notice. Our staff, both airside and in the terminal, did a fantastic job in assisting passengers and aircrew during their unplanned visits here.

He added: “We have an excellent weather record and plenty of space for aircraft to park. We’re prepared to receive more diversions, should the severe weather continue.”

In recent years, Prestwick has handled diverted flights from New York, San Francisco, Peking, Tokyo, Cairo, Las Vegas, Cyprus and Cape Town.

Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Clydesdale Bank boosts business development team in Ayrshire

Clydesdale Bank has underlined its commitment to the local business community in Ayr with the appointment of a new business development partner to its Ayrshire Financial Solutions Centre.

Stewart Rogerson will further strengthen Clydesdale Bank’s Ayrshire business development team, and his appointment will enable the Bank to enhance the service it offers to local businesses.

[Pictured: Willie Mackie, managing partner at Clydesdale Bank’s Ayrshire Financial Solutions Centre (top centre) with (left to right) Mark Wilson, Stewart Rogerson and Alison McGregor.]

Stewart brings over 25 years of commercial banking experience to the role and moves from the Bank of Scotland where he held the role of Relationship Director.

Ayrshire-born Stewart has extensive knowledge of the local area, and has worked predominantly in the West of Scotland throughout his banking career in a variety of roles.

Earlier this year Clydesdale Bank announced the appointment of Alison McGregor, Regional Director, Corporate Development, and Mark Wilson, senior partner for business development, to assist local businesses with a turnover of up to £50M.

Alison McGregor joined Clydesdale Bank in March 2010, and has over 20 years worth of experience in Corporate Banking, having spent the bulk of her career to date with Barclays Bank PLC, where she undertook roles as Corporate Director and latterly as Deputy Managing Director, Scotland.

In August, Mark Wilson moved to the business development team from Clydesdale Bank’s corporate and structured finance team in Glasgow, where he held the position of director of acquisition finance for five years.

Willie Mackie, managing partner at Clydesdale Bank’s Ayrshire Financial Solutions Centre, said: “We are delighted to announce the further expansion of our business development team across Ayrshire. This will enable us to enhance the support and assistance we provide to local companies which they need to develop and grow.

“Stewart’s appointment will reinforce our excellent relationship with the business community in Ayrshire, and is further evidence of our commitment made in October last year to lend up to £2bn to Scottish business over the next two years.”

Clydesdale Bank launched its new business support initiative – Investing for Growth – to help successful businesses grow and develop by easing their cashflow pressures. The support package offers both new and existing business customers a dedicated planning service and a more flexible approach to lending.

Loan repayment holidays, interest-only repayments and extended loan and credit facilities are just some of the flexible support options available under the Investing for Growth initiative which also includes a dedicated financial planning service.

Clydesdale Bank

Clydesdale Bank is part of the National Australia Bank Group. Clydesdale Bank was established in 1838 in Glasgow and, as one of Scotland’s largest banks, has a proud history of innovation and support for Scottish industry and communities as well as a significant presence in London and the South of England. With its sister bank, Yorkshire Bank, Clydesdale has 339 retail branches across Scotland, the North of England and the Midlands, and 72 Financial Solutions Centres throughout the UK, which offer customers a highly integrated business and private banking service.

Financial Solutions Centres

Financial Solutions Centres (FSC) focus on the communities in which they operate. Each of the UK- wide network of 72 FSCs offers a tailored range of business and private banking services under one roof. A team of specialist partners provide customers with end-to-end solutions for all of their banking needs. Each customer benefits from the in-depth expertise of a dedicated relationship partner who takes the time to get to know them and their business and is able to make fast, local decisions. In addition to banking services, the FSCs also operate as a hub for local business, with a range of networking opportunities and meeting facilities available as a benefit of membership.

Clydesdale Bank
Financial Solutions Centre
43 Alloway Street
Ayr KA7 1SP
Ayrshire, Scotland

Contact: Willie Mackie, Managing Partner
Tel: 01292 272072
Fax: 01292 280202

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