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Thursday, 19 April 2012

Ayr Spice Restaurant offers special Scottish Grand National Festival menus

This weekend thousands of visitors will be heading to Ayr for the Scottish Grand National Festival at Ayr Racecourse.

And to mark the occasion, celebrity TV chef Mafiz Ali at Ayr Spice Indian Restaurant in Minishant, Ayrshire, Scotland has prepared two of his special menus.

Reasonably priced at £24.95 and £16.95 respectively, the two menus offer something to suit every taste and pocket.

And if that wasn’t choice enough, the well-loved regular menu at Ayr Spice will of course also be available at all times.

Ayr Spice Indian Restaurant in Minishant is open every day from 12 noon until 10.30pm at night - ideal both for a pre-races lunch and for an evening meal after the day’s sporting entertainment is over.

You can view Ayr Spice Indian Restaurant’s Scottish Grand National Festival Menus.


Mafiz Ali commented: “My team and I are looking forward to this weekend, as our regular local diners are joined by visitors from near and far.

“We will be offering a tantalising choice of familiar dishes and some perhaps not so familiar.

“But as usual we can promise a feast of gastronomic delights.”

Ayr Spice Indian Cuisine can be found in the fine old red sandstone Memorial church just on the north side of the picturesque village of Minishant, 5 miles south of Ayr on the A77 - conveniently located for visitors to Ayr travelling from the south or by ferry from Ireland to Cairnryan.

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.

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

Tel: 01292 441413


Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Scotland First Minister Alex Salmond launches energy MBA university degree

Energy experts from around the world are to come to Glasgow to study as part of an international MBA programme launched last week by Scotland’s First Minister Salmond.

The bespoke MBA (Master in Business Administration) will also give ScottishPower workers based in Scotland the opportunity to gain an international qualification.


Alex Salmond announced details of the course during a meeting with ScottishPower and Iberdrola chairman Ignacio Galan at the group’s training centre in the Spanish capital. The MBA will be run jointly by ScottishPower, its parent company Iberdrola, the University of Strathclyde and Madrid’s Comillas Pontifical University ICAI.

The degree course will see Iberdrola employees from more than 40 countries come to Scotland and Spain to study technical and commercial aspects of worldwide energy markets.

[Pictures show: First Minister Alex Salmond and Iberdrola Chairman Ignacio Galan at the Iberdrola Training Centre in Madrid, launching a bespoke energy MBA run jointly by ScottishPower, the University of Strathclyde, Iberdrola and Madrid's Comillas Pontifical University.]

Mr Salmond said: “The energy industry – particularly renewables – offers the opportunity to reindustrialise Scotland and leading an international education partnership like this gives us an enormous competitive advantage.

“Not only will students from countries such as the United States, Brazil and Mexico come to Scotland, ScottishPower staff will be able to learn alongside colleagues from around the world and equip themselves with the skills to work in any number of countries.

“Strathclyde University and Iberdrola already have a close and productive relationship, and this new MBA course puts both Scottish education and energy at the heart of a growing global industry.

“The value of Scotland’s energy specialists to the industry worldwide is clear. Only a few weeks ago Scottish Power announced 300 new jobs – as well as £6.5 million investment in grassroots training – and Iberdrola’s worldwide offshore wind business is based in Glasgow.

“It is therefore vital that our energy sector retains its position at the cutting edge of what is a very competitive global market and being at the heart of international developments like this is exactly where we should be.

“I look forward to welcoming Iberdrola’s first MBA students to Glasgow next year.”

Ignacio Galan, Chairman of Iberdrola and ScottishPower, said: “It is important that we offer our employees access to development opportunities that will help them succeed in any of the countries that we operate in. Energy is a global business, and as engineers we must be ready to meet the global challenges that our industry faces.

“We have long standing relationships with both the University of Strathclyde and Comillas University. Both institutions excel in engineering merit and we look forward to developing this new innovative international partnership.”

Professor Susan Hart, Dean of Strathclyde Business School, said: “The University of Strathclyde has a clear focus on building partnerships with business and industry, to create educational experiences for executives that are challenging, rigorous and useful. At the Business School, our partnership executive education programmes are tailored to the needs of specific sectors and the contemporary challenges that businesses face, which distinguishes the way we develop and deliver value.

“This bespoke MBA will further strengthen the University’s long-standing relationship with Iberdrola. This is a truly international partnership that will involve staff from Spain, Mexico, Brazil and USA, providing them with a global perspective of successful strategies for the energy industry.

“Strathclyde Business School is known for innovation in leadership and management education, and our aim is to add value to our partners’ achievements by working with them on the development of their talent, building reflective and agile teams.”

While in Spain, the First Minister also met with Gamesa chairman Jorge Calvet to discuss the renewables giant’s recent decision to create 800 jobs in Leith at a new offshore wind turbine plant.

Mr Salmond said: “This short visit to Spain offers a valuable opportunity to meet with some of Scotland’s most important economic and commercial partners.

“Gamesa and Iberdrola have both recently committed to the creation of hundreds of new, highly-skilled jobs here in Scotland and today’s MBA launch only highlights how central Scotland is to the energy industry.

“This kind of inward investment is critical to creating more jobs for Scotland and building on these relationships can help achieve that.

“I am determined to create many more partnerships with other organisations that can help us grow Scotland’s economy in the months and years to come.”

The Iberdrola Group operates in more than 40 countries and the bespoke MBA is being designed to give employees the opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding of the challenges and opportunities in global energy markets.

Existing partnerships between ScottishPower and the University of Strathclyde include the Technology Innovation Centre, FundaciĆ³n IBERDROLA Scholarships Programme, ScottishPower Chair in Smart Grid Technology, the Power Network Demonstration Centre (University of Strathclyde) and the ScottishPower Advanced Research Centre.

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

ARPL Architects announce start on Peak Scientific production facility extension

Leading Ayrshire-based architectural practice ARPL Architects Ltd are pleased to report that there was excitement recently at Peak Scientific headquarters on the Inchinnan Business Park, as Peak Scientific managing director Robin McGeachy (pictured below) cut the first sod for the start on a large extension to their production facility.

Peak Scientific is a specialist environmental engineering business manufacturing gas generators for medical and laboratory equipment and scientific instruments, and has a strong worldwide order book with significant growth projected over the next few years.

The extension (artist’s impression above) provides new administration and management offices and additional warehousing which will free up existing accommodation for greater production capacity and research and development engineering. Planning consent was gained last summer for the £2million development designed by ARPL director Rebecca Cadie.

The project will be constructed with Ashleigh Construction as main contractor on a programme to complete by the end of 2012. A good working relationship will be needed for construction work as the existing building is packed with Peak staff working under pressure of space.

ARPL Architects Ltd director Rebecca Cadie commented: “This is our largest commercial project to date, and we are proud to be associated with a growing business such as Peak Scientific, who are thriving despite the current economic climate. Managing contractors on site alongside a busy client workforce is going to be a demanding challenge requiring good communication and co-operation. Through our past experience of working with Ashleigh Construction we are confident that this can be effectively achieved.”

Rebecca Cadie BArch DipArch ARIAS RIBA

Rebecca Cadie (pictured above) trained at the MacIntosh School of Architecture, Glasgow University and prior to joining ARPL Architects Ltd in 1999, worked in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Sussex and London, on a variety of project types, including bespoke commercial developments. She has developed a particular interest and expertise developed in conservation and ecclesiastical buildings. She serves on church property committees at National and Diocesan level for several denominations. Through her lead several members of staff at ARPL have developed expertise in church repair and new project work.

Rebecca is responsible for managing the practice continued professional development (CPD) programme and mentors ARPL students and trainees.

ARPL Architects Ltd

The directors of ARPL Architects Ltd are Patrick Lorimer, Rebecca Cadie, Gordon Fleming and Robert Gilliland, (pictured above). John Ramsay, Stewart Glendinning and Kenneth Handley are associates.

The ARPL philosophy is to produce buildings to the highest design standards in close consultation with its clients. Designs are innovative and sympathetic to both the immediate and the broader environment in which they are constructed, with an emphasis on sustainability. Each project embraces the unique nature of the client’s needs and the site.

Over the 36 years since Patrick Lorimer established the original practice, ARPL’s status in the profession has grown steadily in line with its position as a medium-sized practice with a reputation for well executed projects. From its base in Ayr the practice carries out projects over a wide geographical area from the Orkneys and the Western Isles to Ireland.

The firm’s project experience covers the fields of housing, churches, schools, commercial projects, private houses, community and arts buildings. Particular expertise has been developed in contemporary sustainable design, specialist conservation works and design for historically sensitive environments.

ARPL’s work has received wide recognition through numerous design and environmental awards presented over the years for its new build and conservation works. Regular success in design competitions adds to the practice portfolio.

ARPL are currently working on new and refurbishment housing for Lochside, Ayr, several church and castle conservation and restoration projects and new community facilities in the South West of Scotland. Appointments for church commissions involve a range of denominations and projects from conservation and repair to extensions and new build. The firm is also involved in country houses and estates and the design of new houses for private owners.

The practice typically handles projects with construction values ranging from £100k through to £15m.

ARPL directors have managed to keep their business stable during the current difficult times, and have a busy current workload.


ARPL Architects Ltd
Architects and Quantity Surveyors
11 Wellington Square
Ayr KA7 1EN
Ayrshire, Scotland

Contact: Patrick Lorimer
Tel: 01292 289777
Fax: 01292 288896



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