The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Thursday, 23 February 2012

Mafiz Ali announces Ayr Spice dinner event for Vanessa Appeal

Celebrity TV chef Mafiz Ali is delighted to announce a special event at Ayr Spice Indian Restaurant in Minishant, South Ayrshire to raise further funds for the Vanessa Riddle Appeal.

Mafiz and his team at Ayr Spice will prepare a delicious Bangladeshi meal in the beautiful function suite in the Old Church at Minishant with its attractive stained-glass window and unique atmosphere. The event will take place at 7.30pm on Wednesday 14 March, and tickets are on sale in advance at £17.50 each.

Patrons can combine their support for Vanessa’s medical attention in the USA with a very cosy, social evening in congenial surroundings while enjoying the kind of delicious meal for which Mafiz is so well-known and which has earned him public and press acclaim.

Tickets are bookable in advance at £17.50 each (telephone 01292 441413) and drinks can be purchased normally from the bar at the event.

Mafiz Ali commented: “I hope friends old and new will come along and enjoy a pleasant evening in very friendly surroundings while helping Vanessa to afford the treatment she so urgently requires!”


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

Tel: 01292 441413


Tuesday, 21 February 2012

CKD Galbraith offer charming detached Ayrshire cottage commanding lovely views‏

A unique opportunity has arisen to purchase Thistles Cottage, a lovely detached cottage built in 1996 for the current vendors. They have created an extremely well insulated home with spectacular views over the Stinchar Valley.

Thistles Cottage is located in a peaceful location off a quiet leafy lane in the pretty conservation village of Barr, about 8 miles from the seaside town of Girvan. The village of Barr is situated in the Stinchar Valley where the River Stinchar meets the Water of Gregg. The meeting point of these two water courses is known locally as The Pot. Barr is popular with many people who enjoy the peace and quiet of a rural village and there are several signed walks and cycle paths available locally.

Careful thought to the layout has resulted in a beautiful home, with a modern fitted kitchen, welcoming living room with wood burning stove and stunning views over the valley, conservatory, dining room, master bedroom en suite and utility all on the ground floor, and two bedrooms and a family bathroom on the first floor. There is also a garden room wonderful for indoor gardening.

Incorporating 0.27 acres in all, there is a lovely sheltered south facing colourful garden, with pond, chicken coup, garden sheds, wood store and garage.

A charming cottage, in a desirable South Ayrshire village, this property would appeal to many spring time buyers looking for a holiday home or the quiet life.

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About CKD Galbraith

CKD Galbraith is the leading independent property consultancy, with 12 offices throughout Scotland. The Firm provides a full range of property consulting services across the commercial, residential, rural and energy sectors. Drawing on a century of experience in land and property management, CKD Galbraith is progressive and dynamic, investing in its 200 people and technology. The Firm provides a personal service, listening to clients and delivering advice to suit their particular opportunities and circumstances. Its associate, CKD Kennedy Macpherson, is based in London.


CKD Galbraith
7 Killoch Place
Ayr KA7 2EA
Ayrshire, Scotland

Contact: R A Cherry BSc MRICS
Tel: 01292 268181
Fax: 01292 292300

CKD Galbraith’s Ayr Office is a Founder Member of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.

Monday, 20 February 2012

Ayrshire printing company Kestrel Press completes ISO 14001 environmental accreditation

Ayrshire printing company Kestrel Press has successfully completed the final stages of achieving ISO14001 environmental accreditation. Kestrel Press now boasts an integrated management system incorporating both ISO9001 and ISO14001.

[Pictured: Kestrel Press managing director Colin McCallum (left) and account manager Graeme Ferguson.]

Kestrel Press account manager Graeme Ferguson said: “This is a strategic move for our business to open new markets, as well as being aware of our responsibility to the environment. We have had an environmental policy for many years, but not an official one like this.

“The results were fairly immediate, as our amount of waste going to landfill was cut by 50% in just the first few weeks!

“The renewables market in Scotland is only starting to open up, with opportunities being announced on a daily basis. We want to position ourselves for any potential business that may result from this, and having this accreditation demonstrates our commitment to the sector.”

ISO 14001 is voluntary with its main aim to assist companies in continually improving their environmental performance, whilst complying with any applicable legislation.

Companies are responsible for setting their own targets and performance measures, with the standard serving to assist them in meeting objectives and the subsequent monitoring and measurement of these objectives.

The ISO 14000 environmental management standards exist to help organizations

(a) minimize how their processes negatively affect the environment (i.e. cause adverse changes to air, water, or land);

(b) comply with applicable laws, regulations, and other environmentally oriented requirements,

(c) continually improve in the above.

ISO 14000 is similar to ISO 9000 quality management in that both pertain to the process of how a product is produced, rather than to the product itself. As with ISO 9000, certification is performed by third-party organizations (BSI, Lloyds etc.) rather than being awarded by ISO directly. The ISO audit standard applies when auditing for both 9000 and 14000 compliance at once.

The standard is not an environmental management system as such and therefore does not dictate absolute environmental performance requirements, but serves instead as a framework to assist organisations in developing their own environmental management system. ISO 14001 can be integrated with other management functions and assists companies in meeting their environmental and economic goals.

Kestrel Press managing director Colin McCallum commented: “At Kestrel Press we recognise that concern for the environment is an integral and fundamental part of our business and, therefore, we are committed to continuous improvement and the prevention of pollution from our activities.

“All Kestrel Press employees will seek to; Prevent, Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.

“Our commitment to this was confirmed last year when we made the investment to gain formal recognition of our environmental policies. We have successfully achieved registration to ISO 14001:2004.

“As one individual company, our environmental impact is fairly small. But if every business were to adopt a pro-active environmentally friendly policy, then together we could make a substantial contribution to the future well-being of the planet.”


Kestrel Press has been established for 38 years, and account manager Graeme Ferguson is the third generation to enter the family owned and run business.

Graeme Ferguson concluded: “Due to difficult market conditions Kestrel Press has evolved into more than a printing company, and we now see ourselves as a business partner to our clients. Our service and quality are excellent, and we always ensure that we offer value for money.

“We have a long and successful track record of delivering high quality print to a wide range of companies throughout the UK.”

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

Kestrel Press is a Founder Member of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.