The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Thursday, 22 March 2012

GlaxoSmithKline to invest £100m in Scotland

First Minister Alex Salmond and Finance Secretary John Swinney today welcomed plans by pharmaceutical manufacturer GlaxoSmithKline to invest more than £100m and create 100 new jobs across its two Scottish operations in Irvine (pictured below) and Montrose.

This new investment will be used to make the Irvine site a centre of excellence for the production of antibiotics, as well as backing the development of respiratory medicines and vaccines in Montrose and increasing the firm’s move to sustainable green energy production.

The First Minister today met staff at the company’s Irvine facility and said the announcement demonstrated Scotland’s competitive business environment continues to secure new investment from leading global firms.

Mr Swinney visited and toured GlaxoSmithKline’s Montrose site today, welcoming the substantial inward investment.

First Minister Alex Salmond said: “The Scottish Government and our enterprise agencies are doing all we can to secure new jobs and investment to Scotland. GlaxoSmithKline’s announcement to create new jobs at their Montrose and Irvine operations demonstrates this international company’s commitment to working in Scotland.

“The key aspect for Montrose is the moving of vaccine production to Angus and for Irvine it will mean they become the centre of excellence for the production of the most widely used antibiotic in the world. Both plants will have considerable investment in renewable energy, which will help secure their future.

"The quality and skills of the local workforces in Montrose and Irvine have played an important part in the company’s decision to expand their operations. This new investment reinforces Scotland’s global reputation for research excellence and the competitiveness of our business environment. It also highlights Scotland’s international profile in life sciences.

“Scottish Enterprise and Scottish Development International have worked closely with the company on their growth plans and I am delighted that this leading international pharmaceutical manufacturer firm is investing further in its Scottish manufacturing sites.”

Finance, Employment and Sustainable Growth Secretary John Swinney added: “Today’s very welcome announcements build on Scotland’s success in attracting inward investment.

“Ernst & Young's UK attractiveness survey shows a 35 percent increase in FDI (Foreign Direct Investment) projects in Scotland compared to 2010, with 69 projects creating over 4000 new jobs.

“Scotland is now attracting FDI jobs at levels not seen since the start of the global recession and is outperforming both the rest of the UK and the rest of Europe.

“This record of success is testament both to the skills of our workforce and to this Government’s commitment to build in Scotland the most competitive business environment anywhere in the UK.”

Lena Wilson, chief executive of Scottish Enterprise, said: “GSK is a global leader in the pharmaceuticals industry and their expansion in Scotland is an endorsement of the world class skills and capabilities within our life sciences sector.

“In recent months, we have been working with our partners across the public sector to support the company’s ambitious plans and we’re delighted they have recognised the contribution that Scotland can make to its global competitiveness.

“Today’s announcement will be a significant boost to the local economies around Montrose and Irvine, providing much needed jobs for people locally.”

GSK currently employs over 330 people at its Irvine site and 250 at its Montrose facility.

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

South Ayrshire Council signs up to support entrepreneurial bright sparks

Budding entrepreneurs in Ayrshire are set to receive a fantastic boost in 2012 – and beyond – as South Ayrshire Council has agreed to part fund a fantastic new and fully expensed support unit for new businesses.

The Council has agreed to contribute £50,000 year, over three years, with the same commitment being made by East Ayrshire Council and a similar decision is expected soon from North Ayrshire Council.

The new support unit, dubbed ‘The Ayrshire Spark’ will offer budding entrepreneurs a head start in developing their businesses, by providing high quality accommodation on one site, business services, mentoring and guidance all free of charge.

[The Entrepreneurial Spark is very well supported by businessman Sir Tom Hunter, pictured above.]

Jim Duffy, from the same team headed by Willie Haughey’s ‘Entrepreneurial Spark’ in Glasgow, will lead the Ayrshire Spark, aiming to maximise the chances for businesses in Ayrshire to succeed, enhance their long-term prospects, and increase opportunities for local employment.

The Entrepreneurial Spark is very well supported by businessman Sir Tom Hunter, whose wide and well established network of contacts and collaborations will also be made available to the new businesses at the Ayrshire Spark.

Support mechanisms for businesses already exist, through the Business Gateway, to encourage start-up with advice and guidance provided.

The Ayrshire Spark will complement this service by offering a dedicated, free of charge, ‘on-site’ solution to local business pioneers, whose new ideas and drive can be stifled due to the prohibitive early costs of overheads, capital and resources.

A dedicated 4,000 square foot office area will be fitted out providing high quality business accommodation with state-of-the-art modern facilities, located at The Hunter Foundation building in Dundonald.

The fit out costs of £200,000 will be met in full by the Hunter Foundation and the annual operational costs of £365,000 will be met with £215,000 from the Foundation and the three Councils’ combined contribution of £150,000.

Lesley Bloomer, South Ayrshire Council’s Executive Director for Development and Environment said: “The Ayrshire Spark is a very exciting concept, offering extensive support to local entrepreneurs to turn a germ of an idea into a fully functioning, profitable business, creating wealth and jobs for the Ayrshire economy.

“Sir Tom Hunter’s reputation allows him to pull on a range of contacts from the world of marketing, accountancy, law, academia and the media, to ensure individuals have mentors and ambassadors, who will support and encourage them, passing on their invaluable expertise and allowing access to their business networks.

“It’s fantastic news for Ayrshire and I’m delighted we can make a commitment to this excellent initiative which has long-term benefits for all of us.”

Places at the Ayrshire Spark will be allocated through an informal application and interview process and applicants will need to demonstrate a high level of commitment, be prepared to work hard, and demonstrate a real passion for succeeding in a competitive environment.

Referrals will also be made by the Business Gateway and between 20 and 30 spaces will be made available in the first intake. Applications can also be made via:

David Anderson, Chief Executive of South Ayrshire Council (pictured above) added: “This is a really exciting development for the three Ayrshire areas and, in terms of new business support, it really does not get better than this.

“In a short space of time, the Entrepreneurial Spark has delivered excellent results for a host of new businesses in the Glasgow area and almost forty successful case studies can already be viewed on their website.

“Having this sort of facility on our doorstep gives our local entrepreneurs an unprecedented opportunity to access and benefit from a wealth of essential resources, mentoring and strategic planning and I’m pleased to welcome and support such an outstanding concept.”

Sir Tom Hunter concluded: “I’m pleased to offer the facilities at Dundonald to help support and drive business start-ups in Ayrshire, which is ten minutes in all directions from the three key Ayrshire towns of Ayr, Kilmarnock and Irvine.

“The Entrepreneurial Spark is already producing superb results in helping a range of Scottish businesses flourish at home and abroad.

“I want the new facility to take its lead from this success and the experienced team behind it, to rapidly become a hotbed of talent and enduring excellence for dynamic, hard working local entrepreneurs, who want to make their own mark in the business world.”

The Ayrshire Spark launches on Wednesday 16 May 2012 and applications are now being welcomed.

South Ayrshire Council is a Founder Member of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.

Monday, 19 March 2012

CKD Galbraith offer beautiful 5 bedroom house in a quiet village setting

LEADING Scottish property consultants CKD Galbraith are offering for sale The Stables, a superb extended cottage in the heart of the peaceful village of Craigie, South Ayrshire.

Craigie is easily accessible from the M/A77 corridor and has a pretty historic church and village inn.

Formerly the stables for the village Inn, the house is beautifully presented and in immaculate condition. Situated opposite the village pub (now a well regarded restaurant) and with open views across farmland to the rear, the current owners have cared for and upgraded the house to a very high standard, resulting in an immaculate family home with ample accommodation and lovely gardens.

The accommodation on two floors comprises entrance hall, with a welcoming lounge and a lovely open fireplace and patio doors to the garden, two bedrooms and shower room. The modern kitchen has fitted floor units with integrated appliances, and a shelved pantry. There is also a useful utility. The stunning south facing living room / dining room extension with solid oak flooring, overlooks the pretty gardens with French doors. This is a superb addition to the house.

Upstairs, there is a sumptuous spacious master bedroom suite with Paris balcony. There are two further bedrooms and a family bathroom.

The gardens have many colourful plants and shrubs and there is a delightful patio seating area for outside entertaining. There is also a garage and timber framed shed. From the garden, there are fabulous views over open farmland, and a public footpath to the east of the house is a very pleasant circular walk leading back to the village.

Set in a sought after position, The Stables is being marketed at Offers Over £325,000.

PDF available on

About CKD Galbraith

CKD Galbraith is an independent property consultancy specialising in serving the needs of private clients. It employs over 200 people in offices in Edinburgh, Stirling, 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

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