The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Friday, 28 September 2012

CKD Galbraith offer outstanding new country house in a fabulous rural location near Ayr

Leading Scottish property consultants CKD Galbraith are offering a wonderful opportunity to purchase an impressive conversion on the outskirts of Ayr.
Burton Cottage, an outstanding new country house in a fabulous rural location by Ayr, is the latest house to be launched by Dawn Developments extending to 213 sq m on one level for which offers over £550,000 are being sought.
Burton Cottage has been created using the walls of two existing stone cottages, to create this splendid five bedroom family home. Occupying a superb setting on the edge of the Carrick Hills and close to the popular residential district of Doonfoot, this is a wonderful area for families. Ayr Beach is within walking distance whilst a nearby cycling trail goes straight into the heart of Alloway.
The house is cleverly designed for modern family living, with the bedrooms and main family rooms laid out in two separate wings. There are bi-folding doors from the lounge leading out on to the pretty garden with large decked area offering plenty of natural light.
The kitchen is an impressive living space, with a stunning bay window overlooking the garden with fully fitted kitchen including a superb separate island unit with integrated electric hob and drawer units, separate entrance hall/dining, and an adjacent utility room with access to the garden.
Quietly situated within the newly constructed western wing of the house is the master bedroom suite with generously appointed en-suite bathroom.  There are three further bedrooms, (two en-suite) and family bathroom complete with inset TV and study/bedroom 5.
The house is set in enclosed gardens of about 1 acre, with sheltered grounds and a stream running along the northwest boundary. Entered by electric gates leading to a sweeping gravel driveway and courtyard. There is a wonderful secluded and private patio area offering good space for outside entertaining with ample parking and an adjoining double garage.   (This could easily be converted to create additional living space to the house and a garage could then be erected within the grounds).
Burton Cottage has been constructed to the highest specification, complemented by contemporary design and modern building techniques and is sure to appeal to a family looking for a substantial home within easy reach of Ayr.
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.

Thursday, 27 September 2012

Western House Hotel by Ayr Racecourse announces Wedding Open Day

A Wedding Open Day is being held this Saturday 29 September at Western House Hotel at Ayr Racecourse with the award-winning venue set to be seen in all its glory.
Three times voted Scottish Wedding Hotel of the Year since it opened in 2005, the four-star hotel is one of the must-have wedding locations for brides and grooms all over the country.
General Manager Malcolm Balish and his team will be on hand to discuss all the various wedding packages on offer, and tours of the hotel will be conducted by senior members of staff when the luxury Bridal Suite and other rooms will be shown.
Award-winning Executive Chef Donald McInnes and his team of chefs will prepare canap├ęs and discuss the various wedding menus, and there will also be light refreshments available.
In addition there will also be on the day booking incentives and there will be a draw on the day for people attending with the prize of dinner for two.
The Open Day runs from 12.00 noon until 4.00pm and for more information call Jean Kerr on 01292 294990.
For further information call Iain Ferguson on 01292 294972 or 07795 565691.
Western House Hotel
Craigie Road
Ayr KA8 0HA
Tel: 01292 294990
Fax: 01292 294980
Western House Hotel and the associated Ayr Racecourse are Founder Members of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.

Council is raising ambitions for South Ayrshire

The next stage of South Ayrshire Council’s transformation journey is underway. South Ayrshire Council has agreed a programme of work to Raise its Ambition and to ensure that it is fit for the challenges which lie ahead for all public sector organisations.
Councillor Bill McIntosh, Leader of South Ayrshire Council (pictured above) said: “South Ayrshire Council has improved considerably in recent years, but the challenges faced by all public sector organisations are immense. The financial outlook is anything but rosy. As an organisation we have to be able to respond to these financial challenges at the same time as responding to demand pressures caused by changing demographics and to rising customer expectations. We also have to adapt to other major changes in the public sector.
“Change is endemic in the public sector, and South Ayrshire Council needs to be able to respond to these changes in a flexible and adaptable way. It is time to embark on the next wave of our transformation journey.  It is time to Raise our Ambitions for South Ayrshire.”
Councillor McIntosh  concluded: “South Ayrshire Council will be undertaking a significant programme of engagement in the coming months on strategic priorities. I’d encourage everyone to take part. We want to hear your views and this is your chance to influence the future of services in South Ayrshire.”
South Ayrshire Council is a Founder Member of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.

Bio-pharma company Sigma-Aldrich to expand Irvine facility

First Minister Alex Salmond announced today that global company Sigma Aldrich is expanding its operations in Scotland by investing in the development of a new powder manufacturing facility on its Irvine site.
At the beginning of a visit to Chicago that will include a number of meetings with key business leaders, the First Minister confirmed the new facility will be used to service customers across Europe and will create 24 new jobs. The project is being supported by a £1.5 million Regional Selective Assistance grant from Scottish Enterprise.
While in Chicago Mr Salmond will also play a major role in the handover ceremony of the Ryder Cup, which is expected to inject £100 million into the Scottish economy when it comes to Gleneagles in 2014.
The First Minister said: “This is fantastic news for Scotland, for Ayrshire and for Irvine. This expansion to create a new manufacturing facility by SAFC puts Scotland firmly at the centre of this US company’s European operations and is a clear signal to world-leading companies that we are open for business.”
The First Minister and Scottish Enterprise Chief Executive Lena Wilson will meet representatives of the company in Chicago to discuss the company’s plans and look at further options to grow its Scottish operations.
The First Minister added: “It is clear that Scotland is a land of major opportunity and we have a long and impressive track record in the chemicals and life sciences sector, developing an environment where ingenuity and innovation can create jobs and wealth. This is the clear message I will be sending out to a number of companies with whom I will be meeting during this trade mission in Chicago.”
SAFC is a top 10 global fine chemical supplier and manufacturer of specialty chemicals and biologics to the life science and high technology industries, will add to its existing liquid manufacturing capability in Irvine by investing in the development of a new powder manufacturing facility. SAFC’s new facility in Irvine is their second powder manufacturing facility, which will support and strengthen SAFC’s risk management program, providing an internal back-up supplier for its customers.
Gilles Cottier, President at SAFC, said: “The liquid facility investment at Irvine was a significant move for SAFC as part of our strategy to support our key European biopharmaceutical accounts. We are delighted to expand on that initial investment and look forward to continued success in Scotland and throughout Europe.”
Scottish Enterprise chief executive Lena Wilson said: “SAFC is a major employer and this latest investment will anchor their operations here in Scotland. The Irvine site is already a strategic part of the company’s wider European operations and this latest investment will help to ensure it can continue to meet the needs of its international customer base.
“By working with inward investors like SAFC and its parent company, Sigma-Aldrich Corporation – at the corporate level through Scottish Development International in the US, as well as locally through our teams on the ground in Scotland – we can ensure they grow their presence in Scotland once they’re operational with this expansion.”
SAFC made a significant multi-million dollar investment to upgrade its liquid handling capabilities at Irvine in 2009, supported by a £200,000 RSA grant from Scottish Enterprise. Scottish Enterprise has also worked with the company through its account management approach since 2009, offering tailored support, including specialist advice from Scottish Enterprise’s Scottish Manufacturing Advisory Service to improve efficiency on-site.

Monday, 24 September 2012

Charles and Camilla make Ladies Day at Ayr Racecourse a royal occasion

By: Iain Ferguson
AYR Racecourse was given the Royal seal of approval last Friday, when Prince Charles and Camilla in their role as Duke and Duchess of Rothesay visited the track.
[Pictured: The Duke and Duchess of Rothesay unveil the plaque to name the Rothesay Stand.]

The Royal couple made the short journey by road from Dumfries House outside Cumnock to the course in time to rename the Paddock Stand as the Rothesay Stand and they watched the first four races there in the company of sponsors.
The Duke and Duchess visited the Hospitality Boxes and chatted to guests on the balcony overlooking the course. Charles took great interest and watched the races through binoculars.
After the fourth race, the William Hill Supporting Dumfries House Ayrshire Handicap, the Duke and Duchess made their way to the Winners Enclosure where they presented the prizes to the winning owner, trainer and jockey. The Royals then departed by helicopter.
[Pictured: The Duke and Duchess of Rothesay enter the Winners Enclosure.]
Alan Macdonald, Chairman of Ayr Racecourse, was delighted with the success of the day and said: “It was a long time in the planning and everything went smoothly on the day.
“It was a real honour for everyone connected with the Racecourse that the Duke and Duchess of Rothesay took the time to visit the course and rename the stand. Its fitting that the day raised money to help fund projects at Dumfries House – a very worthwhile cause.
“After the rain on Thursday it was a huge relief to see the sun on Friday, and indeed Saturday. It made for a great atmosphere.”
[Pictured: Alan Macdonald, Chairman of Ayr Racecourse.]
Friday’s crowd was 5,100 – 400 up on last year – while more than 11,000 watched the Saturday action an increase of 1,000 year on year.
[Pictured; Two glamorous racegoers on Ladies Day at Ayr Racecourse.]

In addition to the racing there was another close contest – the final of the Ladies competition which saw each finalist who’s won a coin at a previous meeting pick the name of a horse from a tombola drum.
Prestwick woman Helen Cresswell drew Jack Dexter and won the star prize – a fabulous Vauxhall Astra GTC from sponsors Kerr & Smith/Iveco Trucks. Jim Smith of Kerr & Smith handed over the keys to a delighted Helen.
She said: “I was aware Jack Dexter was in the lead and I was just so excited I was screaming my head off. It’s not every day you go the races and come back with a top of the range brand new car.”
[Pictured: Helen Cresswell winner of the Vauxhall Astra GTC with Jim Smith of Kerr & Smith.]
Ayr and surrounding towns benefited from the big crowds with hotel room within a 15 mile radius sold out and restaurants and bars full to overflowing.
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.

Captain Ramius wins William Hill Ayr Gold Cup at Ayr Racecourse

By: Iain Ferguson
THE Captain struck gold at Ayr Racecourse on Saturday when the Kevin Ryan trained Captain Ramius lifted the William Hill Ayr Gold Cup.
[Pictured: Captain Ramius (centre) storms clear to win the William Hill Ayr Gold Cup.]
With a crowd of more than 11,000 watching, the six year old stormed clear inside the final furlong under Irish jockey Pat Smullen and won cosily by two and half lengths from the 2008 winner Regal Parade.
Captain Ramius had been gambled from 33/1 in the morning down to 16/1 and landed the near £75,000 first prize with ease, giving his trainer his third winner in the race over the past six years.
The William Ayr Silver Cup went the way of Mass Rally (16/1), trained by Michael Dods and ridden by Paul Mulrennan, while the Bronze Cup stayed in Scotland courtesy of the Jim Goldie trained, Graham Lee ridden Jack Dexter, the 5/1 favourite.
Other notable winners on Saturday included the 8/13 chance Opera Gal, ridden by Jim Crowley for Andrew Balding in the Doonside Cup, Melody of Love (7/2) for Paul Mulrennan and Ann Duffield in the Laundry Cottage Stud Firth of Clyde Stakes.
Friday’s highlight was the Shadwell Stud Harry Rosebery Stakes which went the way of Garswood (5/1), ridden by Tony Hamilton and trained by Richard Fahey. This was a particularly impressive winner and should go on to better things.
The main supporting race was the William Hill Supporting Dumfries House Ayrshire Handicap won by Osteopathic Remedy (9/1), a first ever winner for jockey Connor Nicholl who was presented with his prize by the Duke and Duchess of Rothesay.
Ayr’s next meeting is the Autumn Raceday on Tuesday, the first race due off at 2.10 pm. For more information on racing at Ayr call 01292 264179 or go online at
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.