The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Friday, 7 October 2011

Elite Ayrshire Business Circle welcomes Chinese Consul-General Li Ruiyou

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle in conjunction with South Ayrshire Council has held a special meeting entitled “Encouraging Trade and Business between Ayrshire and China”.

The meeting was attended by Chinese Consul-General in Edinburgh Li Ruiyou, Consul Mr Wan Degang, and Deputy Consul Miss Zhu Hongying.


[Pictured: Frazer Coogans Commercial Solicitors senior partner and Elite Ayrshire Business Circle executive chairman Norman Geddes (left) welcomes Chinese Consul-General in Edinburgh Li Ruiyou to the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle meeting at the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum in Alloway, South Ayrshire.]

Main speakers included Wendy Liu, manager of the China-Britain Business Council’s Glasgow office, Bill Ure and Kellie Zdanowicz of JB Management, and Kirsteen Higgins, Smart Exporter Operations Manager, Scottish Enterprise.

The meeting in the Robertson Room in the main building at the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum was attended by MSPs John Scott, Adam Ingram and Chic Brodie, and South Ayrshire Council Deputy Provost Mary Kilpatrick, Deputy Leader Margaret Toner, and Executive Director of Development & Environment Lesley Bloomer.

Frazer Coogans Commercial Solicitors senior partner and Elite Ayrshire Business Circle executive chairman Norman Geddes chaired the meeting and commented: “We were delighted to welcome Chinese Consul-General in Edinburgh Li Ruiyou, Consul Mr Wan Degang, and Deputy Consul Miss Zhu Hongying, and are grateful to them for having taken the time out of their busy schedules to come to Ayrshire.

“As the economic skies continue to darken, it becomes ever more vital that, for the Ayrshire economy to continue to thrive and prosper, more local companies must find ways to do business in parts of the world like China that are still managing to achieve economic growth.

“Many Ayrshire companies have already established business relationships in China, and are to be congratulated for having done so. But more must follow their shining example, and we hope that this latest meeting of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle will inspire them and assist them to do so.”

A COMPLETE SET OF PHOTOGRAPHS TAKEN AT THE EVENT IS AVAILABLE ON FLICKR. CLICK HERE.

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

CKD Galbraith offer exclusive country properties in stunning rural location

Leading Scottish independent property consultancy CKD Galbraith is offering for sale West Brockloch, a group of exclusive country properties by H McMurray and Son, situated in a stunning rural location in popular South Ayrshire.


The original farm steading has been converted to create just four homes on a beautiful site, each individually designed to take advantage of the wonderful situation and panoramic views.


There are only two of these exceptional properties left. Carrick View, the larger of the two remaining, is now being offered at a discounted price of Fixed Price £315,000.


This is a unique and special location. Only a mile from the local facilities of Maybole, and around a 15 minute drive from popular Alloway, the houses enjoy a peaceful and tranquil setting with unrivalled and uninterrupted views of the surrounding countryside, north to the Carrick Hills and south across the Girvan Valley to The Merrick. Nearby, the Ayrshire Coast offers wonderful beaches and walks and the renowned Culzean Castle and Country Park is only a short drive away.


H McMurray & Son have drawn on their many years of experience to create these family homes, with attention to detail and careful consideration of modern lifestyle needs.


Each of these four bedroom houses is generously proportioned with floor areas ranging from 221-241 sq m. There is a great balance of formal and informal living space, kitchen/living rooms and separate utility areas, essential designs for rural family life. The clever incorporation of the original steading buildings, along with the use of full height windows and double doors through many of the reception rooms opens them up to take advantage of the available light and space.

Externally the houses are traditionally finished with a blend of render and natural timber features. Large private gardens wrap around the properties, benefiting from the wonderful countryside views.

Internally the specification and quality of finishes are second to none. There is a choice of kitchens by Crown and Kingswood with a full range of Whirlpool integrated appliances, and bathroom suites by Ideal Standard or similar. Heating is by high performance gas fired condensing boiler, and there is high performance insulation throughout.

Eric McMurray’s close and personal supervision of his projects are a key element to ensuring the highest quality product. Certainly the National House Building Council (NHBC) – under whose 10 year warranty scheme the houses at West Brockloch are certified – have previously commended the work of the H McMurray & Son in their strict standards of construction.

For further information: Contact Bob Cherry 01292 268181.

PDF available on www.ckdgalbraith.co.uk

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

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

CKD Galbraith offer outstanding architect-designed energy-efficient country house

A unique opportunity has arisen to purchase “Muncaidh House”, a stunning new country home of over 400 sq m, architect designed using state of the art building techniques and offering an impressive degree of energy efficiency.


Muncaidh House (meaning “monkey house”) is located in a peaceful rural location at the edge of the village of Gateside, about 30 minutes drive from Glasgow. It is set within its own newly landscaped grounds, and has equestrian facilities and grazing.

The house has been built using structural insulated panels, a modern method of construction, creating an extremely well insulated home which not only benefits the environment but means energy costs are greatly reduced.

Central heating and hot water is provided by a borehole ground source heat pump, an efficient and environmentally friendly solution, widely used in Scandinavia. There is under floor heating on the ground floor, and a heat recovery unit also improves the efficiency and ventilation of the house.


Integral to the design of Muncaidh House is the emphasis on light and internal space. The careful use of man-made materials, softened by the use of natural products such as timber and slate, provide a backdrop to the stunning interior. The design incorporates floor to ceiling windows in the main reception rooms, and careful thought to the layout has resulted in a wonderful semi-open plan family living space.


The central feature of the house is the grand entrance hall (above), with its spectacular timber and glass staircase, and a wall of folding doors opening into the 24ft living room. This stunning space has a full double height wall of windows, and a multi-fuel burning stove giving a central focal point.


From here a wide arch leads to the kitchen/dining room (above and below), where the design of the house comes into its own. It has a vaulted ceiling, with velux roof lights and full height patio windows taking up most of two sides of the room. To one end is a modern fitted kitchen with fully integrated appliances, whilst the remainder of the room forms a welcoming sitting/dining area.


The reception rooms also include a private study, large studio and a private family room.

Upstairs the landing is lit by windows in the roof and along one side of the house. The master bedroom is a sunny south facing room, with vaulted ceiling and twin windows with Paris balconies. It has an en-suite bathroom and walk in dressing room. There are three further bedrooms, one of which has an en-suite shower room, and a generous family bathroom.

Outside are landscaped gardens and a substantial garage block. For equestrian enthusiasts, there is an enclosed stable yard, outdoor arena and around 5 acres of grazing. An additional 16 acres may be available separately.

Muncaidh House is a wonderful opportunity for anyone looking for a unique and substantial country home, with all the benefits of a state of the art, eco-friendly design.

Offers over £695,000 are being sought for Muncaidh House.

PDF available on www.ckdgalbraith.co.uk

About CKD Galbraith

CKD Galbraith is an independent property consultancy specialising in serving the needs of private clients. It employs over 160 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’s rural arm specialises in farm sales and purchases, the management and sale of large estates and woodland, valuations and building surveying work.

The company enjoys a successful relationship with its associate firm in London, CKD Kennedy Macpherson, as well as providing a range of services to the farming community through an association with United Auctions, Scotland’s leading livestock auctioneers and procurement specialists.

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
E-mail: bob.cherry@ckdgalbraith.co.uk
Web: www.ckdgalbraith.co.uk

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

Monday, 3 October 2011

Ayrshire Chamber president Willie Mackie aims to promote local business

Ayrshire Chamber of Commerce held its AGM on Thursday 22 September at which it reported a highly successful year in which the Chamber continues to support its members and the broader interests of the economy of Ayrshire & Arran.


[Pictured: Ayrshire Chamber’s new president Willie Mackie (left) and retiring president Steve Brannagan.]

The Chamber has been nominated as a finalist in the WestSound awards for the Best Place to Work category and has also been nominated as a finalist in the British Chambers “Chamber of the Year” Award 2011.

Chief executive Martin Cheyne presented the Report of the Directors before introducing guest speaker Nora Senior - MD Scotland, Weber Shandwick and Vice President of Scottish Chamber of Commerce and British Chamber of Commerce.

Commenting in her address, Ms Senior said: “It is well recognised that Ayrshire Chamber punches above its weight, and is one of the more innovative chambers in the network.”

Martin Cheyne added: “I am proud of what the team in the Chamber has achieved and thank them all for their support during the year.”

During the proceedings, the Chamber appointed Mr Willie Mackie as President, succeeding Mr Steve Brannagan. Mr Mackie has been Vice President for two years and is looking forward to his term of office. Mrs Wai-yin Hatton has been appointed Vice President. Mrs Hatton has been a Director for a number of years and is looking forward to supporting the President.

The Chamber has a very strong Board which actively participates in the development of Ayrshire Chamber of Commerce & Industry.

Willie Mackie, Managing Partner of Clydesdale Bank’s Ayr Financial Solutions Centre (FSC), said: “I have been involved with the Ayrshire Chamber of Commerce for many years now, and I am very proud to be taking over the important role of President of the Board of Directors. Through my role with Clydesdale Bank I have had the opportunity to work with many of the region’s best business people, so I know the region has plenty to offer as a business destination.

“Ayrshire’s offering in terms of food and drink for example makes the region a centre of excellence, so I am looking forward to strengthening our credentials in this sector. There is much we can be proud of in Ayrshire, and it is a privilege to be in a position to promote our achievements.”

Formalities over, the delegates enjoyed the opportunity to network and enjoy a buffet and refreshments sponsored by Gailes Hotel.

Ayrshire Chamber is a completely independent and not for profit organisation with one straightforward objective. It exists solely to promote and facilitate business between its members and others, therefore representing the best interests of the community by encouraging commercial growth and local prosperity.