The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Thursday, 12 January 2012

Derek Mair tells Elite Ayrshire Business Circle how to prosper in downturn

Please join us for the first meeting in 2012 of The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle hosted by Derek Mair of ActionCOACH Business Coaching.

The meeting will be held on Friday 27 January in the Kitchen Showroom Premises of J.S. Geddes, 10-12 West Netherton Street, Kilmarnock, KA1 4BU from 12noon till 2pm and will include:

· An introduction to Business and Leadership Coaching from Derek Mair, where he will share:

· How to succeed in a slow economy and turn the downturn into an opportunity.

· How to massively grow profits, plus improve productivity and commitment of employees.

· How to get more done in less time; strategies to work ON rather than IN your business.

· What is modern leadership and the 6 keys to a winning team

· Questions and Answers

· A brief kitchen showroom tour and talk from Jim Geddes

· A cooking demonstration by a Top Miele Chef with lunch time portion food tasting and refreshments.

· Business Networking

Please respond to: murdochmacdonald@hotmail.c​om confirming your attendance.

Parking is available in J.S. Geddes customer car park to the right of the Showroom or in Tesco car park behind the showroom.

A new member of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle, Derek Mair (pictured above) has lived and started multi-million pound business operations across three continents. He has over twenty years corporate experience in various senior global positions including operations, corporate trouble shooting and business development roles. Now a business owner, investor and multiple award winning business and leadership coach, Derek helps empower business leaders to maximise potentials, accelerate results, achieve business excellence and create sustainable wealth.

Tel: 01292 319799
Mob: 07760 754601

Monday, 9 January 2012

Ayr Racecourse book Human League for Scottish Grand National Festival

By: Iain Ferguson

ICONIC 80s band The Human League are to play at Ayr Racecourse after racing on Friday 20 April, the opening afternoon of the Coral Scottish Grand National Festival.

The band comprise Philip Oakey, Joanne Catherall and Susan Ann Sulley and they will play a full concert in the Ayrshire Suite at the track.

Human League are best known for the 2 million selling single ‘Don’t You Want Me’ which reached Number 1 at Christmas 1981 and contains the classic line ‘You were working as a waitress in a cocktail bar.’ In total the band have worldwide record sales in excess of 20 million.

Their most recent album Credo was released to critical acclaim last March and in addition to appearing at Retro Fests and 80s concerts the Human League continue to tour and the Ayr gig is sure to attract a large crowd.

Ayr Racecourse Sales and Marketing Manager Lindsey Smith commented: “We are looking forward to welcoming The Human League to the Coral Scottish Grand National Festival.

“Their hits are instantly recognisable and they are still touring all over the world which and are a very popular live act – I’m sure this will be a night to remember.”

For further information please contact Iain Ferguson on 01292-294972 or 07795-565691.

Ayr Racecourse and the associated Western House Hotel are Founder Members of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.

Sunday, 8 January 2012

Mafiz Ali announces Burns Supper at Ayr Spice Indian Restaurant

Celebrity TV chef Mafiz Ali is delighted to announce that he will be holding his very first Burns Supper at Ayr Spice Indian Restaurant in Minishant, Ayrshire, Scotland on Tuesday 24 January 2012.

Master of Ceremonies and reciter of Tam O’ Shanter will be Donald Kay, the leading interpreter of Rabbie Burns and his songs and poems.

Piper: Bryce McCulloch

Address to the Haggis: Captain Graham Reith

Immortal Memory: Charlie Weir, past-president Alloway Burns Club

Toast to the Lassies: Archie Thom, past president Mauchline Burns Club

Reply: Catriona Thom

Musical entertainment: Susan Docherty

All the traditions of Burns Suppers will be observed, including the entertainment and the menu of haggis, neeps and tatties, but Mafiz Ali may be adding a few twists and surprises of his own!

The whole evening is very reasonably priced at £24.95 per person, and you can book now by telephoning 01292 441413. .

Mafiz Ali
Ayr Spice Indian Restaurant
The Old Minishant Memorial Church
22 Ayr Road
KA19 8EX

Tel: 01292 441413

Ayr Spice Indian Cuisine can be found in the fine old red sandstone Memorial church at the entrance to the picturesque village of Minishant, 5 miles south of Ayr on the A77. The church was erected by the thread magnate Sir Peter Coats of nearby Auchendrane, in loving memory of his wife Glorianna, who died in 1877.

Mafiz Ali enjoyed a busy and successful 2011.

He made two guest appearances on STV’s popular early evening television programme “The Hour” with regular hosts Stephen Jardine and Michelle McManus.

The previous month, Mafiz Ali hosted a very successful luncheon meeting of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle, which further enhanced his already growing reputation amongst discerning diners in the local business community.

He put on successful special menus to celebrate Mother’s Day, the Bangladeshi New Year and the Royal Wedding.

In the Spring of the year Mafiz extended the opening hours of Ayr Spice Indian Restaurant, which is now open from 12 noon 10.30pm every day.

For the Summer he introduced a Tandoori Barbecue, at which customers can dine al fresco (weather permitting!) in a family-friendly atmosphere with a tree-house for the kids and ample parking.

In the Autumn the newly refurbished upstairs function room seating 100 people was officially opened by South Ayrshire Deputy Provost Mary Kilpatrick, and Mafiz hosted a Halloween Party for the pupils, parents and teachers of Minishant Primary School

There will be further exciting developments to be announced during the course of 2012 which will cement Ayr Spice’s place as one of the top fine dining experiences in South West Scotland.


Mafiz climbed the ladder to fame when he won a chef of the year award in 1998 and, almost immediately, added one for exceptional hygiene and cleanliness. Newly crowned at Westminster, he was commissioned by the then prime minister, John Major to supply a banquet for his 50th birthday at Number 10 Downing Street.

A replica banquet was then ordered by one of the distinguished guests and sent to New York city. Since then he has sent food elsewhere in the USA and to Japan and Australia in what must be an almost uniquely international takeaway service! He has also catered for numerous celebrities from the world of entertainment and some have vowed to come to his restaurant while they are in Scotland on tour.

It is not widely known that 92% of all “Indian” restaurants in the UK are in fact Bangladeshi, and it was to promote such eating houses and reward young chefs by recognising their talents, that Mafiz founded the “British Bangladeshi National Curry awards” at the Houses of Parliament at Westminster, also in 1998.

Mafiz Ali has been closely associated with charities, notably when he entered the Guinness Book of Records with 4.5 tons of chicken korma, which was then eaten at a charity event. Because of the enormous quantities involved he had to seek the advice of a professional engineer for the technical realisation of the project.

No stranger to TV, Mafiz has been invited to return to STV for further programmes in the future. Channel 4, Big Breakfast TV and several others including Bangladeshi TV on which he has his own programme, number among the other stations for whom he has appeared, and he has made double that number of radio broadcasts, as well as contributing to many publications including the Times and Daily Mirror.


Mafiz Ali
Ayr Spice Indian Restaurant
The Old Minishant Memorial Church
22 Ayr Road
KA19 8EX

Tel: 01292 441413

Issued by the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.