The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Friday, 14 September 2012

Celebrity TV chef Mafiz Ali announces two special offers at Ayr Spice Indian Restaurant in Minishant, Ayrshire

Celebrity TV chef Mafiz Ali has announced two new special offers at Ayr Spice Indian Restaurant in Minishant, South Ayrshire.
 
In addition, details are released about Mafiz Ali’s second anniversary celebration event on Tuesday 9 October.
 
 
Weekday Lunchtime Offer
 
Two courses: £7.95
Three courses: £9.95
 
This offer is available from 12 noon until 2pm every weekday from Monday to Saturday inclusive.
 
Sunday Special Offer
 
Three courses: £11.95
Children under 12 eat free! Booking advisable.
 
Ayr Spice Second Anniversary Celebration Event
 
On Tuesday 9 October Mafiz Ali will be celebrating the second anniversary of his taking the reins as co-proprietor and head chef at Ayr Spice Indian Restaurant in Minishant, South Ayrshire.
 
The price will be £9.95 for two courses, which will include a welcoming drink. In addition there will be reduced prices on alcoholic beverages thereafter, and the evening will also feature an enjoyable and educational demonstration of Indian and Bangladeshi cooking.
 
 
AYR SPICE INDIAN RESTAURANT
 
Ayr Spice Indian Restaurant is located 5 miles south of Ayr on the A77 to Stranraer in a stylish redevelopment of the Old Memorial Church at the entrance to the picturesque Ayrshire village of Minishant.
 
Co-proprietor and head chef Mafiz Ali has many claims to fame over the past two decades.
 
 
Having prepared a well-received meal for the 50th birthday of the then British Prime Minister John Major, he decided to market this novel concept and put together a team of experts at his London restaurant to cater for the stars of the X-Factor, amongst others, in a venture that proved extremely successful.
 
Mafiz Ali subsequently catered for Cliff Richard, Damage, the Sugar Babes, Gabby Ross, Soul to Soul, Chaka Demus, Rustie Lee, Anthea Turner and many others. His food has also been sent to Australia, Japan and the US - Atlanta as well as New York.
 
Another of his original ideas saw him included in the Guinness Book of Records, when he teamed up with an engineer  to create the world’s largest curry pot. This pot contained 4.5 tons of chicken masala, and helped to raise awareness of his favourite charities.
 
In 1998 Mafiz Ali launched the British Curry Awards, and various other culinary competitions, designed to bring together chefs of all ages, both amateur and professional, to compete for recognition of their skills and to promote Bangladeshi cuisine in the UK. His charitable activities have seen him extend his generosity to the Save the Children Fund, Pat Kerr’s Orphanage Ordinance Fund and the War Child Charity Trust, holding charity parties at his restaurant.
 
Mafiz Ali’s outstanding cuisine has placed him in the media spotlight, and he has made 20 television appearances on channels such as GMTV, Big Breakfast TV, Channel 4, as well as his own TV programme on Bangladeshi TV and double that amount of broadcasting time on radio.
 
Mafiz Ali
Ayr Spice Indian Restaurant
The Old Minishant Memorial Church
 22 Ayr Road
 Minishant
 Ayrshire
 KA19 8EX
 
Tel: 01292 441413
 


Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Leading Ayrshire digital marketing agency Paligap designs responsive website for car dealership

Leading Ayrshire digital marketing agency Paligap has just designed and built a new responsive website for Bridgend Group, one of Ayrshire's most prominent used car dealers with branches in Ayr, Kilwinning and Irvine.
 
The new site has been designed to be extremely customer-friendly, focusing on excellent vehicle search facilities, with all vehicle information at the user’s fingertips.
 
 
[Pictured: The Paligap team responsible for the Bridgend website project - Craig Agnew, Senior Developer, Allan Sloan, Director, Lorna Gibson, Director, Iain Robinson, Senior Web Designer, Colin Millar, Senior Graphic Designer.] 
 
To allow the Bridgend Group website to be fully compatible with mobile platforms Paligap has designed and built a ‘responsive’ website. The site adapts to suit the screen size of the device on which it is being viewed, allowing the Bridgend Group to be available to all of their customers wherever, whenever and however they are viewing the site.
 
Bridgend Group director Alan McLaughlan commented: “Having decided to update our website, we sought proposals from a number of companies both locally and nationally. Very early in this process it became clear that Paligap were the outstanding choice for us due to a number of reasons.
 
“We found them professional, creative, enthusiastic, value for money and local, also having worked with them in 2008 on our last website I was confident that they would deliver as promised.”
 
Paligap director Lorna Gibson said: “Paligap were delighted to be commissioned for the redesign of the Bridgend Group website, especially as this project allowed us to launch our first responsive website. The team at Bridgend were great to work with, and it has been a pleasure to continue our relationship with them.
 
“In the technological world that we work in today, the number of devices, platforms and browsers that need to work with a website grows continuously, responsive web design represents a fundamental shift in how we now require to build websites. This is a challenge that Paligap have embraced, and hopefully the results speak for themselves with the new Bridgend Group website.”
 
Paligap are now working on responsive websites for a number of other clients, operating across many industry sectors. With their team of graphic designers, web designers, software developers and marketing professionals they are able to provide a joined-up approach for all their clients marketing communications whether on or off line.
 
Paligap Brands Ltd
 
Paligap Brands Ltd is a leading digital marketing agency with clients throughout Ayrshire, south-west Scotland and beyond. Its principal services include Website Design, Graphic Design and Print, Branding, Photography, E-Commerce, Search Engine Optimisation, Social Media Management, Marketing and Copywriting.
 
The company’s directors are Lorna Gibson and Allan Sloan.
 
Paligap Brands Ltd
1 Wellington Square
Ayr, Ayrshire
Scotland KA7 1EN
 
Contact Lorna Gibson
Telephone: +44 (0)1292 263777
E-mail: lorna@paligap.com
Web: http://www.paligap.com
 
Paligap Brands Ltd is a Founder Member of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.

PR-Inside  The Open Press
 

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Growing demand for Scottish farmland pushes prices higher

Demand for commercial farmland in Scotland continued to surge ahead as prices reached record levels for the fourth consecutive period, says the latest RICS Rural Land Market Survey.
 
The average price per acre in Scotland – which has now almost doubled since early 2006 - increased to £3,906 during the first half of the year, as demand outstripped fresh supply.
 
This growth in demand across Scotland was met with a sizeable downturn in land availability. Chartered surveyors continue to report that the ongoing shortage of available land is a key factor in driving up prices. It was also noted that land price differences between east and west Scotland continue to deviate.
 
 
Bob Cherry FRICS, of CDK Galbraith in Ayr (pictured above) commented: “There is an increasing divergence between farmland prices in the east and west of Scotland, with land price in the east rising more rapidly.”
 
Across Great Britain, with supply so low, transaction levels dipped to their lowest level since the start of 2006. During the first six months of the year chartered surveyors reported that only 115 transactions took place (down from 298 in 2011).
 
Looking ahead, with commodity prices continuing to climb, Scottish respondents expect the current trend in commercial farmland values to continue. A net balance of 50 percent more chartered surveyors predict prices to rise over the next year, the highest reading since the second half of 2007.
 
RICS Scotland director Sarah Speirs commented: “Farmland prices in Scotland hit a record high yet again at the start of this year and very few transactions went through across the country as a whole. The critical driver behind this was that the amount of farmland coming onto the market simply couldn’t keep up with demand from commercial farmers looking to expand.
 
“With commodity prices now having risen for some time, and the situation is looking unlikely to change for the foreseeable future, understandably, chartered surveyors expect price rises to continue their upward trend over the coming twelve months.”
 
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.
 
 
 
The Ayr Office of CKD Galbraith is a Founder Member of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.
 
 
 


Monday, 10 September 2012

Duke and Duchess of Rothesay to visit Ayr Racecourse on Ladies Day

By: Iain Ferguson
 
THEIR Royal Highnesses, the Duke and Duchess of Rothesay will be guests of honour at the William Hill Supporting Dumfries House Race Day (Ladies Day)  at Ayr Racecourse on Friday 21 September.
 
 
The fixture, the middle day of the William Hill Ayr Gold Cup Festival, Scotland’s biggest flat racing meeting, will raise funds for Dumfries House, the stately home and estate on the outskirts of Cumnock saved for the nation by the Duke.
 
Each of the seven races that afternoon will be individually sponsored by major companies with all monies from this sponsorship going to the charity set up to run the various heritage-led regeneration projects attached to Dumfries House.
 
During the day’s racing the Duke and Duchess will be invited to present the trophy for William Hill Supporting Dumfries House Ayrshire Handicap Stakes, the feature race of the afternoon.
 
Each of the race sponsor’s contribution to the day will go towards work in education and community facilities at Dumfries House. Each donor will also become a Friend of Dumfries House, and receive regular updates to show how the money is benefiting the project and making a lasting difference to the local community. 
 
In addition to William Hill, the other companies supporting the event are Huntswood, City Facilities Management, The Shadwell Stud, Stena Line and the Dunne Group.
 
 
Alan Macdonald (pictured above), Chairman of Ayr Racecourse commented: “It is a great honour to have the Duke and Duchess of Rothesay attending a meeting at Ayr Racecourse.
 
“We are delighted to play a part in helping raise funds to support the various projects at Dumfries House.”
 
In 2007 HRH Prince Charles under his title as the Great Steward of Scotland, headed a consortium of charities and heritage bodies to purchase Dumfries House, its contents and adjoining land, in order to keep it intact and accessible to the public.
 
 
Initiatives such as craft skills workshops, a Youth United bunkhouse and associated activity courses, a walled garden and education gardens, a cook school and Prince’s Trust ‘Get into’ programmes have been introduced and will grow over the coming years.
 
For further information please 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.