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Friday, 2 November 2012

Whisky firm wins award for brand awareness at Ayr Racecourse

A leading Scotch whisky has won a coveted award at the prestigious Piper-Heidsieck National Racecourse Catering Awards.
Isle Of Skye Blended Scotch Whisky, owned by Ian Macleod Distillers, was judged the most effective brand at a racecourse in recognition of its product awareness at Ayr, Scotland’s premier racecourse.
The judges voted for the submission from Ayr which outlined Isle of Skye’s sponsorship of the top hurdle race in Scotland – Isle of Skye Blended Scotch Whisky Scottish Champion Hurdle.
Another key factor in winning the award was the advertising banner below the second last fence on the chase course at Ayr, which is one of the most photographed fences in racing.
Ayr Racecourse sales and marketing manager Lindsey Smith said: “We are delighted that our friends at Ian Macleod Distillers have landed this award due to their association and support of our course.
“Brand awareness is key to any sponsor or supplier to a racecourse, and at Ayr we are proud of our links with our chosen whisky provider. From adverts in our race cards, to point-of-sale product placement in bars and restaurants, to advertising boards on course, to race sponsorship, the Isle of Skye brand has high visibility here.
“Theirs is effective branding at its best, and as a result any whisky drinker attending Ayr Racecourse virtually always asks for an ‘Isle of Skye’ at the bar instead of any other whisky.”
Ian Macleod Distillers marketing director Iain Weir added: “We are honoured to have won an award for our branding at Ayr Racecourse. We have close links to the racing industry, and it’s great to have our association with Scotland’s premier racecourse recognised in this way.”
In winning the award Isle of Skye beat off challenges from a host of leading brand names including Costa Coffee (Sandown Park), Guinness (Cheltenham) and Piper-Heidsieck (Jockey Club Catering).
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.

Thursday, 1 November 2012

CKD Galbraith offer fine extended energy-efficient Ayrshire farmhouse with wind turbine and panoramic views

Leading Scottish property consultants CKD Galbraith are offering for sale Lissens Moss Farm, a fine extended energy-efficient Ayrshire farmhouse with wind turbine and panoramic views.
Lissens Moss is 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 annex.
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 per annum. 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.

It's the first jumps action of the 2012/13 season at Ayr Racecourse!

By: Iain Ferguson
AYR Racecourse launches its 2012-2013 jumps season this Saturday 3 November with the John Smith’s Raceday featuring seven races.
This is the first of 10 jumps fixtures at the track over the next six and a half months with meetings also scheduled for January, February, March and April.
Prize money for the season will be more than £750,000 – a rise of approximately 25% on the 2011-2012 campaign.
Ayr’s and indeed Scotland’s flagship jumps meeting, the Coral Scottish Grand National Festival, also received a boost with the news that the Scotty Brand Handicap Chase run on Saturday 20 April has been elevated to Class 1 and Listed Status.
The Coral Scottish Grand National will have a total prize fund of around £200,000 and once again the afternoon’s action will be the principal meeting on the day to be broadcast by Channel 4 Racing with four live races being beamed from the track. From January 2013 Channel 4 will be the sole terrestrial television station showing live horse racing in the UK.
Ayr Racecourse chairman Alan Macdonald (pictured above) commented: “We always look forward to the jumps season here at Ayr with great anticipation. We have some wonderful fixtures culminating of course in the Coral Scottish Grand National Festival on 19 and 20 April next year.
“National hunt racing in Scotland is in a healthy state with some of the finest trainers in the country including Lucinda Russell who is attempting to bear Lenny Lungo’s Scottish record of having trained 63 winners in a season. There are many other stalwarts including Jim Goldie, James Ewart, Andrew Parker, Nick Alexander and many, many more.
“We also have the exciting talents of young Lucy Alexander to look forward to. The young jockey rode 38 winners last season smashing Lorna Vincent’s previous record and hopefully will be in action on a regular basis at Ayr.”
Saturday’s action at Ayr begins at 1.00pm with The John Smith’s Maiden Hurdle and the feature race, due off at 3.20pm, is the £15,000 John Smith's No Nonsense Handicap Chase. Gates open at 11.00am.
For more information on racing at Ayr go online at or call 01292 264179.
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.

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

South Ayrshire Council hosts fifth Community Planning Conference

The fifth South Ayrshire Community Planning Partnership conference, attended by a wide range of local community organisations, agencies and services has been hosted by South Ayrshire Council on behalf of the Partnership.
Councillor Bill McIntosh (pictured above), Chair of the Community Planning Board and Leader of South Ayrshire Council enthusiastically opened the conference. Speaking afterwards he said: “I was delighted to be able to give delegates the good news that positive progress is being made across South Ayrshire by the Community Planning Partnership.
“The Partnership has a wide range of partner agencies and voluntary and community organisations who together deliver a wide range of services which support people across  South Ayrshire.
“The conference was more streamlined this year, giving delegates the opportunity to network more and exchange ideas. We all work together so it is important that we pull together as a team sharing resources where we can.  In this current economic climate we have to dare to be different and think of new ways to deliver high quality services to the people across South Ayrshire.
“The conference was a great success and reflected how we are all working hard to ensure that the people of South Ayrshire have a bright future.”
[Pictured: South Ayrshire Council chief executive David Anderso addresses the Fifth Community Planning Conference.]
More than 160 people from communities throughout South Ayrshire attended the event.  They participated in a varied programme of activities which included networking with members of the partnership and taking part in a number of sessions that were facilitated by young people from local secondary schools around the themes of:
* Maximising our local economy.
* Supporting our children and families.
* Caring for our older people
* Strengthening our communities – strong and sustainable
* Strengthening our communities – safe
A number of the partner organisations had stalls at the conference where delegates were able to access information about services provided by them.
For more information about the South Ayrshire Community Planning Partnership log on to

[A set of photos taken at the conference is on Flickr. To view CLICK HERE. Click on any thumbnail to view larger images.]
South Ayrshire Council is a Founder Member of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.

Monday, 29 October 2012

Turnberry showcases taste of Christmas

The award-winning culinary team at Turnberry Resort will stage a Christmas food festival to showcase some of the best local produce available in the run-up to the festive season.
Taste Turnberry will be a true culinary celebration with the resort opening the doors to all its restaurants and bars, allowing visitors to sample the best food available at each venue. This includes The James Miller Room which was recently awarded with three AA Rosettes.
In addition to the tempting food on offer, the resort will also present the best of local retail from across Ayrshire in its festive showcase, providing Christmas gifts ideas from crafts and handiwork to children’s toys and local produce. Turnberry will also be selling Christmas cards in aid of local charity The Ayrshire Hospice.
Justin Galea (pictured above), Executive Chef at Turnberry Resort commented: “Christmas is the one time of year you can truly indulge in exquisite food and fine wines. This year, the Taste Turnberry menu will really raise the bar and we look forward to visitors sampling the very best produce from across the hotel while enjoying the beauty and elegance of the resort. The sample menus available will be tantalising tasters of some of our favourite festive dishes and will also give guests some great ideas for five-star entertaining at home.”
To mark the occasion Galea has also opened up his much-celebrated Chef’s Table, normally the private dining room of choice for VIPs and professional golfers. Visitors will be able to see the kitchen team in action whilst enjoying samples of the best food available anywhere in the resort.

The sports bar, Duel in the Sun, will also be welcoming guests, alongside Turnberry’s signature restaurant, 1906, where the best views of the sweeping coastline can be enjoyed. Meanwhile, the Grand Tea Lounge will be serving up their own festive treats in front of a roaring fire, offering a relaxing finish to the day’s festive shopping.

Justin continued:  “There’s no better place in the world to feel the spirit of Christmas than walking through the doors at Turnberry to a roaring fire and the twinkling lights of the Christmas tree, all enjoyed while you watch the weather sweep across the Irish Sea.”
Taste Turnberry takes place on Sunday 18 November 2012.  Tickets cost £29.50 per person which includes six tasting sessions and entrance to the festive showcase. To book, e-mail or telephone 01655 334 175.
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South Ayrshire Council celebrates outstanding employees

A school janitor, a support team for children with Dyslexia, a senior clerical assistant, a housing policy officer and an ICT team are all winners of South Ayrshire Council Outstanding People Awards.
The winners were announced at an awards ceremony at Ayr Town Hall, seventeen finalists attended representing five categories – Inspirational Young Employee, Sustainability, Equalities in Action, Innovation and Service Excellence – from these the winners were selected.
[Pictured: Inspirational Young Employee winner Caroline Hainey (second from left) receives her award from South Ayrshire Council chief executive David Anderson, Provost Helen Moonie and Bill McIntosh, Leader of the Council. A complete set of photographs taken at the awards ceremony is available on Flickr. CLICK HERE]
The finalists were nominated throughout the year from nominations received from members of the public and colleagues.
Selecting the Outstanding People Awards winners was a difficult task for the judging panel – made up of representatives from across the Council – as each finalist has shown their outstanding commitment to the Council and the people of South Ayrshire.
Councillor Bill McIntosh, Leader of the Council said: “These employees clearly demonstrate the scope within the Council for people to deliver services across South Ayrshire with energy, enthusiasm, dedication and drive. The winners should be very proud of what they have achieved, as all the finalists were of a very high standard.”
South Ayrshire Provost Helen Moonie said: “Carrying out my duties as Provost I meet lots of employees from all parts of the Council. I know how hard our employees work and the commitment that they have to the people of South Ayrshire.
“I am particularly pleased that these awards highlight to other employees and members of the public the innovative, exciting and worthwhile positions there are in the Council. With employees such as these we will continue to be an ambitious forward thinking Council with ambitions to be the best we can be.”
David Anderson, Chief Executive said: “The Outstanding People Awards are our way of recognising the outstanding work our employees do. Everyone who was nominated, the finalists and the winners should be very proud of what they have achieved.
“By working together we are raising our ambitions and providing the best services we can, with the resources we have available, to the people of South Ayrshire.”

• Christopher Price
• Caroline Hainey
• Lisa McKeown
Winner: Caroline Hainey
As a pupil at Belmont Academy in 2009, Caroline took part in the first cohort of South Ayrshire Council’s “Work Out” work experience programme, which involved spending one day a week in a work placement within a Council office. Caroline really made the most of her placement and on successful completion of the Work Out! programme, she carried on with unpaid work experience before successfully achieving a place as a Business Administration Modern Apprentice. She completed Level 2 and Level 3 Vocational Qualifications, and has recently been appointed to a new post as a Customer Service Advisor. Caroline is the most successful ‘Work Out’ graduate yet, and paves the way for others to follow in her footsteps.
• Zhan McIntyre
• Mill Street Problem Solving Project
• Thornyflat Council Housing New Build Project Team
Winner: Zhan McIntyre
Zhan is one of the Council’s Green Champions and her commitment to sustainability and saving energy is evident in all the work that she does. She has introduced her team to lots of ‘green’ ways of working including moving to paperless meetings by the introduction of electronic agendas and minutes, and using media during meetings to share information, where this would previously have been photocopied and distributed extensively. The changes that Zhan has implemented have made more and more colleagues think about the importance of energy efficiency in their day to day working lives.
• The Cultural Rucksack Programme Project Team
• Kathleen Hendrie
• Dyslexia Friendly Schools Project
Winner: Dyslexia Friendly Schools Project
During session 2011-2012, all Primary Schools in South Ayrshire participated in South Ayrshire's Dyslexia Friendly School (DFS) self evaluation model. The DFS approach is inclusive and holistic, engaging all members of the school community to support children at risk of literacy failure in imaginative, effective and pupil centred ways. Inclusive good practice is embedded in everyday classroom awareness, attitudes, resources and the organisation of learning. Children and parents are closely involved in the process through focus groups, workshops, assemblies and training. Planned outcomes include earlier identification and implementation of strategies for children at risk, reduced emotional impact of perceived failure, effective partnership with parents, and improved literacy attainment.
• Sarah Pye
• ICT Team
• Positive Steps Project
Winner: ICT Team
Over the past two years, South Ayrshire Council has made significant transformational change to its delivery of Information Communication Technology, with each aspect of change supporting and delivering improving public services that are more efficient and responsive to local needs. The imaginative and innovative digital technology and communication deployments are enabling South Ayrshire Council to redesign services and better meet people's needs whilst considerably reducing the cost of services to the Council and the council tax payer.
• Troon Home Care Team
• Allen Hawkes
• Margaret Grieve
• Richard Welstead
• Lewis Uriarte
Winner: Lewis Uriarte
Lewis is described as ‘one in a million’ by the grateful staff, parents and pupils of Doonfoot Primary School, where he has been the Janitor for over 20 years. He makes a tremendous contribution to the safe and efficient running of the school estate, and cheerfully carries out his duties come rain or shine. He carries out all his tasks in a professional and helpful manner and is described by his colleagues as dependable, capable and conscientious. He is a much loved and respected member of the school community at Doonfoot Primary.
All the finalists received a silver certificate and every employee who was nominated, but did not reach the finals, received a bronze certificate in recognition of their achievement.
Also invited to the awards ceremony were fourteen Modern Apprentices who while working and gaining valuable practical experience have also been studying. These young people are at the start of their careers and have built strong foundations:
Fiona Anderson, Business Administration
Mark Barr, Business Administration
Zoe Conn, Business Administration
Amy Duthie,  Business Administration
Heather Jess,  Business Administration
Cheryl McLure, Business Administration
Lindsay McEwan, Business Administration
Caroline Hainey, Business Administration
Daniel Nicol, Business Administration
Derrick McCracken,  Business Administration
Elspeth McKay,  Business Administration
Stewart Calderwood,  Craft
Michael Dinning, Craft
Ben Graham,  Craft
Nominations for the 2013 Outstanding People Awards will open in the new year.
South Ayrshire Council is a Founder Member of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.