The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Friday, 24 August 2012

CKD Galbraith offer wonderful Ayrshire detached family home in luxury gated development

Leading Scottish property consultants CKD Galbraith are offering for sale a wonderful detached family home in a luxury gated development in Mauchline, East Ayrshire.
 
 
7 Pollocks Way is an attractive 5-bedroom luxury home which stands in a pleasant position on the outskirts of the popular village of Mauchline in East Ayrshire.
  
Mauchline has a well documented history, and besides the links to Scottish poet Robert Burns who lived just outside Mauchline and wrote many of his famous poems on the river banks, the village is also renowned for clock-making and producing curling stones.
 
With a journey time of just 35 minutes to Glasgow City Centre, this property is in a highly accessible location for those wishing to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
  
The accommodation on two floors comprises entrance hall, with a welcoming lounge with patio doors to the conservatory.
 
 
The modern kitchen has fitted floor and wall units with integrated appliances and a large family area with French doors leading onto the garden decking.  There is also a useful utility.
 
 
Upstairs, there is spacious master bedroom with en suite bathroom , two bedrooms sharing a Jack and Jill shower room and two further bedrooms.  The family bathroom is fully tiled.
 
The gardens are well maintained and mainly laid to lawn with some small shrubs and flowers around the border.
 
 
7 Pollocks Way is being marketed at offers over £265,000.
 
 
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
E-mail: bob.cherry@ckdgalbraith.co.uk 
Web: http://www.ckdgalbraith.co.uk
 
CKD Galbraith’s Ayr Office is a Founder Member of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.
 
 

South Ayrshire Paralympic athletes preparing for London 2012

Two former Marr College pupils, Scott (21) and Jamie McCowan (17), who have represented their country on many occasions at Boccia, are heading off to London for the Paralympics. The athletes have been training at the Citadel in Ayr.
 
Both young men started playing Boccia when they were pupils at South Ayrshire Council’s Dundonald Primary School. Boccia is a target ball sport belonging to the same family as petanque and bowls. Athletes throw, kick or use a ramp to propel a ball onto the court with the aim of getting closest to a ‘jack’ ball. It is designed specifically for athletes with a disability affecting motor skills.
 
 
Scott is a member of the GB Boccia Paralympic squad. Jamie just missed out on making the Paralympic first team but is one of the first reserves.  Jamie also had the honour of being an Olympic Torch Bearer (pictured above) when the torch toured Scotland.
 
Councillor Bill Grant, Economic Development, Tourism and Leisure Portfolio Holder for the Council said: “It was great to meet Scott and Jamie after their training session at the Citadel.
 
“Anyone who has ever played bowls or petanque will understand what highly skilled sports they are, so for both Scott and Jamie to have reached international level is an outstanding achievement.
 
“I will certainly be looking out for the Boccia team when I am watching the Paralympics. I would like to wish Scott, Jamie and all of the GB Paralympic Team well.”
 
 
[Pictured at the Citadel in Ayr are (back row left to right) Councillor Allan Dorans, Councillor Kirsty Darwent, Colin Duthie, South Ayrshire Council, (front row left to right) Scott McCowan, Councillor Bill Grant and Jamie McCowan.]
 
Jamie was pivotal in setting up the inclusion squads in South Ayrshire's schools to make sure all children in schools are included in all aspects of the curriculum especially physical education. Jamie championed ensuring that all children got the opportunity to experience a wide range of sports.
 
Speaking about the Paralympics Scott McCowan said: “I have been training hard and am really looking forward to experiencing the Paralympic Games and demonstrating to the world how good team the GB Paralympic team is!”
 
Jamie McCowan said: “Carrying the Olympic Torch shows to me how far I have come in my sport, I never dreamed I would one day be British Boccia champion.”
 
South Ayrshire Council is a Founder Member of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.
 



Thursday, 23 August 2012

CKD Galbraith offer outstanding equestrian property in a beautiful private setting

Leading Scottish property consultants CKD Galbraith are offering for sale Bonshaw Farm, by Stewarton, in Ayrshire, an outstanding equestrian property in a beautiful private setting.
 
 
Almost a country estate in miniature and available at offers over £650,000, Bonshaw combines a well-appointed country house with first-class equestrian facilities, fishing and woodland, with splendid views across open countryside, situated close to the popular town of Stewarton, and is easily accessible from Glasgow city centre.
 
 
The house is in immaculate condition and has been equipped to a high level of appointment by the current owners.
 
 
The house itself centres around a beautiful lounge, large sitting room with a superb fitted kitchen, dining room and 4 bedrooms (one en suite). The charming lounge has a lovely oak fireplace with open fire and oak flooring. The stunning luxurious bathroom has a luxury freestanding designer bath and fitted solid oak storage units.
 
 
There is a modern fitted kitchen and a bright sitting room, with stone wall feature giving the room real character.  The dining room is a wonderful entertaining room with a stylish Belling double oven, beamed ceiling, stone walls and slate flooring.
 
 
There are three bedrooms including a spacious master bedroom with delightful views overlooking the private garden and courtyard, and a fourth bedroom situated in The Bothy, with en suite bathroom. The farmhouse benefits from zoned underfloor heating throughout.

Bonshaw Farm has an exceptional equestrian complex including all-weather sand arena, stable yard with 5 stables, stallion stable, tack room, workshop/garage and a wonderful new indoor riding arena (158’ x 76’).   
 
 
The property stands in grounds extending to about 35 acres and there is some great hacking in some of the quiet country lanes around the farm.
 
From the automatic gated entrance, the gravelled driveway with lighting leads to the house and attractive courtyard. The charming mature gardens command superb views over surrounding countryside towards Arran. There is an orchard with apples and pear trees, and an old ice house and pond.  Brown trout fishing is available on the Glazert Burn.
 
Near to the farm, is the Hutt Knowe, also known as the Bonshaw Mound, which has been described as a corn-drying kiln, possibly dating to the Bronze Age.
 
PDF available on www.ckdgalbraith.co.uk
 
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
E-mail: bob.cherry@ckdgalbraith.co.uk 
Web: http://www.ckdgalbraith.co.uk
 
CKD Galbraith’s Ayr Office is a Founder Member of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.
 



Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Elite Ayrshire Business Circle celebrates successful first five years

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle, founded in 2007, celebrates its fifth anniversary this month.


Frazer Coogans Solicitors senior director Norman Geddes (pictured left above) set up the organisation along with Murdoch MacDonald (pictured right), a PR consultant and proprietor of Fame Publicity Services.

The mission statement of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle reads: “Our purpose is to celebrate the wealth and rich diversity of entrepreneurial and business excellence that abounds here within the county boundaries of Ayrshire.”

Elite Ayrshire Business Circle executive chairman Norman Geddes commented: “I feel that we have made a sound start, upon which we aim to consolidate and move into a future of even greater success.

“The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle has already become well-known for the quality and interest of the subject matter presented at our meetings.

“In particular, we are very enthusiastic about encouraging our members to look at exporting their goods and services to countries in the world that are still achieving economic growth, and our recent meetings about trading with China and Oman and the Middle East are evidence of this.

“But what gratifies me as much as anything is the number of top business leaders of Ayrshire’s most successful companies that regularly attend our meetings, and the friendly and mutually supportive atmosphere that makes these meetings so enjoyable in which to take part.”

Another important part of the activities of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle is the assistance it provides its members with marketing, PR and publicity.

Elite Ayrshire Business Circle managing director Murdoch MacDonald explains: “Over the last five years, we have gradually built up a comprehensive range of business news and social media websites which are thoroughly integrated and inter-connected to provide the maximum possible visibility throughout the world for our members and for Ayrshire business in general.

“As well as the Circle’s own website www.eliteayrshire.com we also operate the rolling news blog Ayrshire Scotland Business News, which regularly attracts 400 unique targeted visitors each day. Already more than 1,000 Ayrshire business stories are archived in perpetuity, both on their own individual page and together with the other stories that appeared in the same week.

“Last year we added another title to our portfolio - Elite Ayrshire Business Circle News, which is an online weekly magazine incorporating Ayrshire business news stories together with articles of interest about business, politics and sport from Scotland, the UK and around the world.”

Other examples of the presence of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle on the internet include Linkedin, Facebook and Twitter, and a superb and ever-growing archive on Flickr of (to date) 1,500 photographs recording the successes of the Circle and of Ayrshire business in general over the past five years.

Elite Ayrshire Business Circle executive chairman Norman Geddes concluded: “In celebrating our fifth anniversary, I would like to thank each and every one of our members, without whom the successful attainment of this important milestone would not have been possible.

“It would be invidious and unfair to name individuals, except perhaps to say that we are all grateful for the continuing support of iconic national brands like Ayr Racecourse, Turnberry and Clydesdale Bank.

“And particular thanks to councillors and officials at South Ayrshire Council and local politician John Scott MSP.

“Everyone’s continuing encouragement and support of our cause to help the Ayrshire economy to continue to thrive and prosper is greatly appreciated.”


South Ayrshire Council Leader Bill McIntosh (pictured above) said: "The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle has caught the imagination of the local business community who see it as an excellent forum for sharing ideas, promoting their businesses, and working together to grow the local business economy.  South Ayrshire Council shares these sentiments, and we are strong supporters of the Business Circle.  The local economy is the lifeblood of Ayrshire, so I am delighted to offer my congratulations on this fifth anniversary celebration, and I look forward to continuing our support for the future."

John Scott MSP for Ayr (pictured above) said:  “I congratulate the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle on achieving this five year milestone of successful networking and business promotion here in Ayrshire.

“The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle, to whose meetings I have been privileged to be invited, serves a hugely worthwhile purpose in bringing together business experience, contact and expertise, and has become an important part of growing and developing the huge potential of the Ayrshire economy by sharing and exchanging knowledge and experiences, particularly in the growing far eastern international markets.

“With five successful years of hard work under their belt, the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle is well placed to build on their acquired expertise and I wish them all success for the future.”

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Monday, 20 August 2012

South Ayrshire Council announces 23rd Doors Open Day weekend 1 and 2 September 2012

An inspiring and artistic theme will again form part of Ayrshire’s 23rd Doors Open Day weekend in 2012, which is organised and managed by the Kyle and Carrick Civic Society, with support from other organisations including South Ayrshire Council and voluntary groups.


[Pictured left to right: South Ayrshire Council Deputy Provost Councillor Mary Kilpatrick; David Bell, managing director, Ayr Renaissance; artist Angela Steele; Councillor Ian Douglas; Councillor Corri Wilson and artist Isobel Short promote the 23rd annual Doors Open Day in Ayrshire on 1 and 2 September 2012.]

Running on 1 and 2 September, Doors Open Day offers a chance to take a sneak peek behind the doors of 78 buildings in Ayrshire – including castles, churches, townhouses, museums, towers, libraries and Council offices – and it’s all FREE!

Building on the success of the event last year, Ayr Townscape Heritage Initiaive (THI) has lined up a host of exciting and innovative art and culture events taking place in and around some of the buildings taking part in Doors Open Day.

The 10 Rooms exhibition at Holmston House returns again, offering an opportunity to try your hand at a new form of art – from willow weaving to cyanotypes, stained glass making to charcoal drawing – and even an art workshop for babies, all free of charge.

For the more adventurous, there’s a chance to see an exhibition on smuggling, forgery, robbery and criminal capers in the cells at the Old Court in Ayr Town Hall.

However, an irresistible attraction for art lovers and architectural enthusiasts alike will certainly be the art department at Ayr Academy – opening its doors to the public for the first time since 1995 during Doors Open Day.

The stunning art room in the school was built 100 years ago and was designed by James A Morris, an important, internationally renowned architect and a contemporary of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, whose influences can be seen throughout.

What better place to enjoy a series of life drawing and landscape classes with artist Michelle Letowska during the Doors Open Day weekend and, again, all free of charge?

In addition, there’s a wide-ranging series of fascinating and informative events, ranging from architectural tours, building techniques, inspirational streetscapes, sculpture, aerial views of Ayr and contrasting the old with the new as modern developments are compared to older buildings.

You can even take a trip to the top of Burns House and enjoy a truly stunning panoramic view of Ayr through the all-glass surrounds.

Ayr’s High street is also being rebuilt – in miniature – and you can even come along to make your own mini building and add it to the 3D Tiny Town model at the Citadel Leisure Centre, created by local school pupils.

The Doors Open Day programme is available from all Ayrshire libraries and online at www.doorsopendays.org.uk

The comprehensive THI event programme can be viewed and downloaded at: www.ayrthi.org.uk  or you can pick up leaflets from Council offices, libraries and the THI office at 11 High Street, Ayr.

Councillor Bill Grant, Portfolio Holder for Economic Development, Tourism and Leisure said: "Once again, Doors Open Day offers a superb chance for us to explore many of the interesting, historic and iconic buildings across Ayrshire.

“It’s a great event and I’d encourage everyone to visit as many buildings as possible but also take the plunge and have a go at some of the activities on offer.

“There really is something for everyone this year, from drawing in an iconic room, to stained glass window making, willow weaving, filmmaking and more.

“But remember that many of the events and workshops require advance booking, so please check the brochure and leaflets to make sure you don’t miss out.

“Whatever your artistic passion, or whichever buildings pique your curiosity, the best bit is that it’s all completely free of charge!"

A list of all the Ayrshire buildings taking part can be found at www.doorsopendays.org.uk and www.ayrthi.org.uk

Doors Open Days is Scotland’s largest free annual architectural event and is coordinated by the Scottish Civic Trust and supported by Historic Scotland.

Across Ayrshire it is organised by volunteers from the Kyle and Carrick Civic Society, with help from other voluntary groups and support from the three Ayrshire local authorities. In South Ayrshire it is supported by South Ayrshire Council, Ayr Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI), Ayr Building Preservation Trust and Ayr Renaissance. Part-funding for the event comes from the Lottery Awards for All grants scheme.

Since being established in 1967 members of the Kyle and Carrick Civic Society have campaigned to protect and improve the environment.  Members have a particular interest in the conservation of historic buildings, protecting open spaces, improving public transport and encouraging people to reside in town centres.
 
Ayr Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) is managed by Ayr Renaissance, the company responsible for the South Ayrshire Council’s regeneration strategy for Ayr Town Centre. THI aims to ensure the survival of the most important buildings within the historic heart of the town. To do this, THI make grant funding available to owners of buildings within the THI area for conservation and refurbishment works.

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