The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Friday, 27 April 2012

Turnberry to host top international classic car rally this weekend

Turnberry, the Luxury Collection Resort in Ayrshire, is to play host to an international car rally featuring more than 40 classic cars this weekend. The week-long Scottish Malts Rally, an event attracting drivers and their cars from all corners of the globe, will be staged at the resort, starting on Sunday 29 April.

Members of the public are invited to come along to the event to see the unique cars as they arrive throughout the day on Sunday from 11.30am. The next day will see the cars flagged away for the first of two driving tests within the grounds of the resort, followed by a series of daily challenges which will see the competitors and their vehicles travelling hundreds of miles across Scotland before returning to Ayrshire. The event will then conclude on 4 May when the public will get a further opportunity to come along to view the cars as they return to Turnberry from 3.30pm.
The Scottish Malts Rally is run by the Historic Endurance Rallying Organisation (HERO) and will feature a huge range of classic and vintage cars ranging from the very first right-hand drive production Jaguar E-Type Fixed Head Coupe, supplied by Jaguar Cars in August 1961, to a 1930 Riley Brooklands 9HP.

Turnberry General Manager, Jordi Tarrida (pictured above) said of the event: “We are thrilled to be hosting the prestigious Scottish Malts event here at Turnberry which attracts participants from all over the world. We look forward to giving all those involved a five-star Scottish welcome. I would encourage anyone with an interest in classic cars to come along and see these beautiful vehicles when they will be on display here at Turnberry on 29 April and 4 May.”

Tomas de Vargas Machuca, Managing Director of HERO, said: “We have attracted some amazing cars from all over the world to take part in the Scottish Malts Rally this year. We want to make sure that as many people as possible in Scotland have the opportunity to come along, see the cars, meet the drivers and enjoy the spectacle of this exciting event.”

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Turnberry, a Luxury Collection Resort, Scotland is a Founder Member of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.



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Thursday, 26 April 2012

CKD Galbraith offer fine extended Ayrshire farmhouse, energy efficient, with panoramic views

Leading independent Scottish property consultants CKD Galbraith are offering for sale Lissens Moss, a charming extended farmhouse with land outbuildings and development potential,  situated in an elevated position about 3 miles north of Kilwinning, within easy commuting distance of Glasgow. Adjacent to a minor country road, it has lovely westerly views over the Ayrshire countryside.

The surrounding countryside is ideal for outdoor pursuits. Nearby Eglinton Country Park offers riding on an extensive network of bridleways, as well as permit fishing  for Eglinton Loch and the River Lugton.

Lissens Moss is an excellent family house, built on two storeys of stone under a slate roof with  adjoining outbuildings. Its accommodation is extensive with the large kitchen/playroom at its heart. There is a comfortable lounge and sitting room with glazed door to the garden, and 5 good sized bedrooms, one of which has en suite facilities. Two of the bedrooms are on the ground floor.  One of these was originally designed as a granny annexe. There is a useful utility room, office and shower room adjacent to the kitchen. Bright and spacious, the house faces west overlooking farmland, with windows to the south over the large garden, and to the north across the large tarmacadam courtyard and to the woodland beyond. Two of the rooms have wood burning stoves to supplement the oil fired central heating and a Stanley stove in the kitchen also provides hot water.

A Proven 35 wind turbine with 15kw capacity was erected in November 2010.  By virtue of the Feed in Tariff this provides an index linked annual income until 2030 of around £5,000 p.a. In addition it generates electricity for use in the house.

Offers over £395,000 are being sought.

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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.

Sunday, 22 April 2012

Elite Ayrshire Business Circle promotes business with China at Scottish Grand National

To further promote business and trade between Ayrshire and China, the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle arranged a meeting between the Chinese Consul-General in Scotland Mr Li Ruiyou, Scotland First Minister Alex Salmond and John Scott MSP for Ayr at the Coral Scottish Grand National Festival at Ayr Racecourse yesterday (Saturday 21 April 2012).

[Pictured: Chinese Consul-General in Scotland Mr Li Ruiyou, Elite Ayrshire Business Circle executive chairman and Frazer Coogans Commercial Solicitors senior partner Norman Geddes, and Scotland First Minister Alex Salmond.]

Elite Ayrshire Business Circle executive chairman and Frazer Coogans Commercial Solicitors senior partner Norman Geddes commented: “China is already the world’s second largest economy, and at its current rate of growth, analysts see China replacing the US as the world’s top economy in about a decade.

“The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle therefore sees it as vital to encourage as many of our members as possible to do business with China, particularly in these challenging economic times, and to facilitate their efforts in every way possible.

“We have already welcomed Consul-General Li Ruiyou to a Circle meeting last year, and we hope to see him back in Ayr in the next month or so to meet a business delegation from leading Chinese companies who are currently planning a visit to Ayrshire.”

[Pictured: Meiqin McColm, Elite Ayrshire Business Circle executive chairman and Frazer Coogans Commercial Solicitors senior partner Norman Geddes, Chinese Consul-General in Scotland Mr Li Ruiyou, and John Scott, MSP for Ayr.]

For their invaluable work in helping to set up yesterday’s meetings, the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle is grateful to the directors of Ayr Racecourse for arranging the visit of First Minister Alex Salmond, and to Ayr-based business couple Meiqin and Jim McColm for securing the attendance of Chinese Consul-General in Scotland Mr Li Ruiyou.

[Pictured: John Scott, MSP for Ayr; Rob Woodward, chief executive of STV; Chinese Consul-General in Scotland Mr Li Ruiyou; Elite Ayrshire Business Circle executive chairman and Frazer Coogans Commercial Solicitors senior partner Norman Geddes; Scotland First Minister Alex Salmond; Meiqin McColm; Tim Wang, Bank of China (behind); Alan Macdonald director of Ayr Racecourse; Jim McColm (behind), Dong Wang, Bank of China.]



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