The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Friday, 10 August 2012

Special offers this weekend at Ayr Spice Restaurant in Minishant, Ayrshire

This weekend celebrity TV chef Mafiz Ali has two special offers for diners at Ayr Spice Restaurant in Minishant, Ayrshire.

Saturday 11 August 2012

There’s a whopping 20% OFF your food bill for bookings of 6 or more people all day 12 noon - 10.30pm on Saturday.

Sunday 12 August 2012

And don’t miss the Sunday Special at Ayr Spice Restaurant - £11.95 and children under 12 eat free!
And don’t forget, we feature live coverage of the Olympics on television, so you don’t need to miss a moment of the sporting excitement while you eat!

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

Tel: 01292 441 413


Thursday, 9 August 2012

Rents in Scotland rise by almost six percent in the last year

The cost of renting a home in Scotland has risen by nearly six percent in the last year as many would-be buyers continue to find themselves locked out of the sales market, says the latest RICS Scotland residential lettings survey (May–July 2012).

[Pictured: Sarah Speirs, Director of RICS Scotland.]

The cost of renting a property has grown by 5.9 percent over the last twelve months, according to chartered surveyors across Scotland. Given the problems affecting the sales market, perhaps unsurprisingly, this trend looks set to continue as respondents also predict rents to continue to grow by almost five percent (4.8) over the next year.
The upward march in rents in Scotland continues to be underpinned by a shortage of good quality properties for tenants to move into. In the three months to July, the amount of new properties coming on to the market was little changed compared with the preceding period.

Meanwhile, demand continues to grow in Scotland, albeit at a much slower pace than in recent quarters, as eight percent more respondents reported rises rather than falls in interest from potential tenants (from +25 percent). Evidence of increased demand outpacing the change in supply for the second consecutive month this year can be seen across Scotland.

John Gell MRICS, Member of RICS Scotland Residential Professional Group Board and Director of SimplyLet in Inverness, said: “In spite of new instructions strong demand is exceeding supply, particularly for quality city-centre properties. The combined effect of tenants staying longer, and a vibrant local economy continuing to attract new people to the area, is putting pressure on housing stock.”

Across the UK as a whole, strong regional variations were apparent. The North West of England saw rents increase by the biggest margin with values growing by 6.9 percent, whereas surveyors in Wales reported that rents had in fact stayed at the same level over the last twelve months.
Unsurprisingly, with rental values steadily increasing in Scotland, gross yields have continued to edge upwards during the early part of the year, which has contributed to fewer landlords (one percent) opting to sell their properties at the end of the tenancy.
Sarah Speirs, Director of RICS Scotland, commented: “It is interesting to see that the huge growth we have seen in demand in recent years has started to gradually slow. While tenant interest is still riding high, what remains to be seen is whether many are willing to meet the increasing rents being demanded by landlords.
“However, it is clear that we have seen rents grow steadily right across Scotland for some time. This is partly down to the problem of the scarcity of mortgage finance and the large deposits required by lenders. These barriers to home ownership need to be addressed alongside the shortage of new stock coming to the market.”

The RICS Residential Lettings Survey began in 1998. This quarterly survey provides a comprehensive picture of the lettings market across England, Wales and Scotland as well as a regional breakdown.
The survey includes trends in tenant demand, gross yields, and rent expectations broken down by region and property type.
About RICS

RICS is the world’s leading qualification when it comes to professional standards in land, property and construction.

In a world where more and more people, governments, banks and commercial organisations demand greater certainty of professional standards and ethics, attaining RICS status is the recognised mark of property professionalism.

Over 100,000 property professionals working in the major established and emerging economies of the world have already recognised the importance of securing RICS status by becoming members.

RICS is an independent professional body originally established in the UK by Royal Charter. Since 1868, RICS has been committed to setting and upholding the highest standards of excellence and integrity – providing impartial, authoritative advice on key issues affecting businesses and society.

RICS is a regulator of both its individual members and firms enabling it to maintain the highest standards and providing the basis for unparalleled client confidence in the sector.

Wednesday, 8 August 2012

CKD Galbraith offer charming beautifully appointed traditional cottage in Ayrshire conservation village

Leading independent Scottish property consultants CKD Galbraith are offering for sale Cobble Cottage, a delightful extended terraced cottage sitting in an attractive position within the popular conservation village of Dunlop, East Ayrshire.

Dunlop has a well documented history and is renowned for its famous sweet milk cheese, which was first made by Barbara Gilmour who went to Ireland to escape the covenanting prosecutions. The cheese became world famous and created a cottage industry with cheese merchants buying it up and taking it to Glasgow for sale.

This four bedroomed property is deceptively spacious, and offers the benefits of rural village living whilst being within easy reach of the centre of Glasgow and all the amenities the city has to offer.

The cottage is within walking distance of Dunlop railway station and the half-hourly express service to Glasgow Central takes just 23 minutes. There are local shops (including a Post Office), pubs, a well-regarded restaurant (Struthers) and a primary school.

Cobble Cottage is constructed of harled stone under a slate roof on one and a half storeys, it is believed to be more than 150 years old and has considerable charm and character.

It has been refurbished and updated and is a very comfortable and spacious cottage with mature, secluded gardens to the rear offering fine views over farmland and hills to the west.

Offers Over £225,000 are being sought.

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.


Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Ayr Racecourse Ladies Night offers fashion, music, racing and fun

By: Iain Ferguson

AYR Racecourse will be transformed into a giant catwalk this Saturday 11 August when ladies don their glad rags and head to the legendary Champagne GH Mumm Ladies Night.

One of the biggest crowds of the year will descend on the course with around 7,500 expected for the evening that mixes and fashion, music and racing.

The highlight of the night for many will be the appearance after racing from chart topping Scouting For Girls (pictured below) who will perform a full concert on an outside stage beside the paddock.

In recent weeks the band have been heard on every radio station in the country with their new single “Summertime In The City” receiving massive air play ahead of its release on 26 August.

And the boys also have a new album “The Light Between Us” scheduled for September release.

Saturday will see them play a full 75 minute concert featuring some of the new material along with all their hits including “This Ain’t A Love Song”, “She’s So Lovely”, “Heartbeat” and “Elvis Ain’t Dead”

Coins will be awarded to the best dressed ladies on the night that guarantees them a place in the final of the ladies competition.

Star prize is a Vauxhall Astra GTC 1.4 16v 140 BHP Turbo Start Stop SRI courtesy of Kerr & Smith/Iveco Trucks. The second prize is a fabulous seven day P & O Cruise for 2 to Spain and Portugal from Stewart Travel while third place carries a prize of a classy piece of jewellery from Alex Cairncross of Perth.

Up to 27 ladies will win a coin and a place in the William Hill Ayr Gold Cup Ladies Grand Final when each will draw a horse running in a designated race on Saturday 22 September.

And the men haven’t been forgotten with a Best Dressed Man on Ladies Night prize of £300 of vouchers courtesy of Slaters with Ayr store manager Jack Blades in attendance to present the winning prize.

Ayr Racecourse Sales and Marketing Manager Lindsey Smith looking ahead to the big night commented: “Ticket sales have been very encouraging and we will have a record advance sale on the night.
“We are also forecast some good weather so all in all it looks like being one of our best ever nights. Scouting For Girls are obviously a very important added attraction and with tickets on sale on the gates also we are predicting a bumper crowd.”

For more information go online at or call 01292 264179, or 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.

Monday, 6 August 2012

South Ayrshire Council welcomes Richard Lochhead to celebrate Scotland’s first Biosphere

Richard Lochhead MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment was at Culzean Castle in South Ayrshire last week to celebrate the Biosphere status which has just been granted to Galloway and Southern Ayrshire by UNESCO.

[A piece of cake! Pictured with Richard Lochhead MSP Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment (centre) are: Councillor Graham Nicol, Dumfries and Galloway Council, Prof Roger Crofts, Chair of Biosphere Partnership Board, Councillor Robert McDill, East Ayrshire Council Councillor Peter Convery, South Ayrshire Council, Chris Savage, Chair of Ayrshire LEADER and Peter Mason, Chair Carrick Community Council Forum.]

The designation which includes large parts of East Ayrshire, South Ayrshire and Dumfries and Galloway, is the first of its kind in Scotland and has 3 distinct zones covering an area of over 5000sq km. The new Biosphere joins two other reserves in the UK, one in North Wales and the other in North Devon.

The Biosphere contains areas of outstanding natural beauty but aims to support sustainable economic growth instead of restricting development which can have a negative impact on local economies.

The Cabinet Secretary met with some of the key individuals who have worked hard since 2005 to secure Biosphere status for the area and commented: “The UNESCO Biosphere is an internationally recognised brand for outstanding natural environment – and I’d like to congratulate everyone who worked so hard to secure this marvellous achievement.

“Galloway and Southern Ayrshire have special landscapes, wildlife and most importantly communities that care passionately about environment and culture and want to do something to develop the area in a sustainable way.”

Councillor Graham Nicol, Biosphere Spokesperson for Dumfries and Galloway Council said: “The UNESCO Biosphere status can be used to promote the region and open doors for communities living in and beyond its boundaries.  As well as the anticipated increase in visitor numbers, the Biosphere will provide a catalyst for learning to ensure the area is protected.”

Councillor John McDowall, Depute Leader of South Ayrshire Council said: “The establishment of the UNESCO Biosphere dovetails very well into our plans and policies for the future, which will enable us to drive forward sustainable economic and tourism development.

“Young people are our future, so it is vital we continue to educate them about the importance of respecting and protecting our environment for future generations.  By working with them and other people in our communities we will ensure that South Ayrshire flourishes while conserving our environment.”

Councillor Robert McDill, Spokesperson for Delivering Community Regeneration, East Ayrshire Council said: “The UNESCO Biosphere region covers a very large area and it is significant that East Ayrshire is part of this as it features some of our most stunning natural landscapes. The natural environment offers many social and economic benefits for local people and local communities and this Biosphere designation will support our existing regeneration initiatives and provide new opportunities in the future.”

The Cabinet Secretary enjoyed a presentation of the work leading up to Biosphere designation and met a number of young people on a residential outdoor learning course.

[Good sports! Pictured with Richard Lochhead MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment at Culzean Castle, South Ayrshire are: Carolyn Baird, Emma Hair, Fraser Kingan, Karina Aitken, Emma Reid and Cameron Bryce.]

The Cabinet Secretary concluded: “The Biosphere designation offers a very exciting opportunity to demonstrate how to do things differently and I’m sure it will allow local businesses and communities to thrive whilst protecting and conserving our environment for future generations.”

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