The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Saturday, 21 May 2011

Premier online business and community directory Locallife Ayrshire goes monthly!

Recognising the difficult trading conditions and the need for all local businesses to attract new customers and keep in touch with their existing customers online business and community directory Locallife Ayrshire is now offering the use of the “Online Marketing Toolkit” for less than £1 a day.

For less than £1 per day Locallife Ayrshire gives any business access to 6 pages of tailored useable space including online voucher creation, special offers and promotions, plus the facility to send up to 1000 emails each month linked to the offers and discounts.

In addition your website is linked to a national and international network of Locallife sites.

Locallife Ayrshire managing director Robin Sinclair (pictured above) commented: “For those who doubt the benefit of using online local directory promotion, compared to press advertising, ask yourself why most regional newspapers have been busy setting up their own local directories!"

The new Locallife Ayrshire packages consist of:

Select package - £32 per month (£320 plus VAT)

Logolink and description plus access to online marketing toolkit and category listing. Promote your offers and make use of Locallife email facility!

Premium package - £45 per month (£450 plus VAT)

Logolink and description plus access to online marketing toolkit and category listing on top ten page. Be one of the top ten businesses on your category page! First come first served!

Platinum package - £50 per month (£500 plus VAT)

Logolink on home page plus access to online marketing toolkit. Have your position on our home page! Limited spaces available!

Payment terms

Monthly payments are by standing order with two payments up front and then 10 equal payments.


Robin Sinclair
Managing Director
Locallife Ayrshire
Avondale House
30 Longhill Avenue
Ayr KA7 4DY

Tel: 01292 435009
Mob: 07850 310045


Locallife Ayrshire is a member of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.

Thursday, 19 May 2011

CKD Galbraith offer traditional farmhouse and steading in outstanding location

Scotland’s leading independent property consultancy CKD Galbraith’s Ayr Office is marketing a lovely example of a traditional farmhouse with original courtyard steading, set quietly in the rolling Irvine Valley in East Ayrshire.

Less than 4 miles from Newmilns, with lovely views over the surrounding countryside, is Eastfield, a charming four bedroom farmhouse with adjoining outbuildings surrounding an enclosed courtyard.

The local area is steeped in history and industrial heritage. The nearby towns of Newmilns and Darvel, once known as “The Lace Town”, were historically the centre of the Ayrshire lace-making industry and well known for their exports throughout the world. There are also connections with the Earls of Loudon and with Robert the Bruce, who fought and won the battle of nearby Loudon Hill in 1307.

Eastfield dates from around 1863 and retains much of its original character and appeal. There are 4 bedrooms, including a stunning loft bedroom with lovely views, three reception rooms, farmhouse kitchen and ancillary utility areas. The present owners have done much to modernise the house whilst retaining it’s intrinsic charm and taking care to retain as much as possible of the original and sometimes eclectic features of the property.

From the courtyard at the rear can be gained a sense of the original working farm. Stone walls enclose the yard and outline the ruins of a former piggery and cattle byre. The present layout includes a range of barns, currently utilised as stables and storage sheds. The substantial byre to the eastern wing of the house could, subject to planning consent, be incorporated into the house to extend the existing accommodation. In addition, planning permission exists for the conversion of the western side of the yard to create a separate two bedroom house.

The courtyard overlooks grounds of around 1.8 acres, attractively laid out to include a mature copse and a substantial pond which provides an attractive focal point.

This is a rare opportunity to purchase a delightful traditional farm steading in this quiet and picturesque part of Ayrshire. Offers Over £310,000 are being sought.

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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.

CKD Galbraith
7 Killoch Place
Ayr KA7 2EA
Ayrshire, Scotland
Contact: R A Cherry BSc MRICS

Tel: 01292 268181
Fax: 01292 292300

Sunday, 15 May 2011

Printing company Kestrel Press hosts Elite Ayrshire Business Circle meeting

The latest meeting of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle was hosted by Ayrshire printing company Kestrel Press at their premises on South Newmoor Industrial Estate in Irvine.

Elite Ayrshire Business Circle executive chairman and Frazer Coogans Commercial Solicitors senior partner Norman Geddes (pictured below) presided over proceedings and introduced Kestrel Press directors Colin McCallum and Graeme Ferguson.

Graeme (pictured below) gave a presentation about Kestrel Press past, present and future, and there followed a conducted tour of the company’s printing plant.

Special guest at the meeting was Dr Charles Aryiku, Scotland’s first Honorary Consul-General for Ghana, who addressed the meeting about his plans for a Ghana/Scotland Trade Exhibition in Ayr Town Hall in September.

A buffet breakfast for members and guests was provided by Irvine-based Tasteee Catering Services, who recently joined the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.

But the star of the show was undoubtedly Ayr-based singer Kelly Mathieson (pictured above), who opened the meeting with a memorable rendition of “I Dreamed a Dream” from “Les Miserables”, and brought proceedings to a close with “Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again” from “Phantom of the Opera”.

Elite Ayrshire Business Circle managing director Murdoch MacDonald commented: “This was truly an outstanding meeting, and our first to be held in Irvine.

“We hope that many other companies in all parts of Ayrshire will follow the example of Kestrel Press and Tasteee Catering Services and join our ever-increasing membership.”

A full selection of downloadable photographs taken at this meeting can be found on the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle site on Flickr. CLICK HERE


Kestrel Press (Irvine) Ltd
25 Whittle Place
South Newmoor Industrial Estate
Irvine KA11 4HR
Ayrshire, Scotland

Contact: Graeme Ferguson
Telephone: 01294 222222
Fax: 01294-222219