The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Thursday, 8 November 2012

Ayr Racecourse nominated for two major national awards

By: Iain Ferguson
 
The Racecourse Association (RCA) has today revealed the shortlist for the RCA Showcase Awards 2012, with Ayr Racecourse nominated in the Food and Beverage and Owners’ Experience categories for their ‘introducing an extensive choice of menu throughout hospitality facilities’ and ‘improving the complimentary lunches and Owners’ Liaison’ initiatives.
 
 
The Awards, run in conjunction with Racing for Change, celebrate excellence and innovation at racecourses across Britain, with entrants looking to wrest the overall crown from 2011 Showcase Champion, Doncaster Racecourse.
  
Ahead of the Showcase Seminar and Awards, which will be held at York Racecourse on Thursday 22 November, entries in each of the seven categories  have been whittled down by an independent panel of judges.
 
Ayr Racecourse sales and marketing manager Lindsey Smith commented: “The RCA Showcase Awards are the Oscars of the racing industry, and we are excited to have been shortlisted in two categories.
 
“We are proud of our commitment to owners and trainers in providing them with the best possible racecourse experience. We also take pride in our hospitality packages, and to have been recognised in both these fields is a major boost to the team at Ayr.”
 
RCA Chairman Ian Barlow commented: “Once again the independent judging panel has had the difficult task of whittling down a record number of entries to produce a shortlist from which I can see a number of fantastic initiatives. I very much look forward to the evening at York Racecourse and learning more about the innovation that racecourses have been exhibiting.”
 
The Awards follow on from a daytime programme of seminars and idea sharing where racecourses will be looking to share best practice and good ideas in improving the raceday experience. Guest speakers on the day include Jamie Aitchison of Channel 4 and Michael Caufield of Sporting Edge.
 
One winning initiative from each category will be announced on the night at the Showcase Awards, with the Showcase Champion 2012 (awarded for overall achievement across various categories) announced at the end of the evening.
 
In addition, the RCA has been running a competition in conjunction with the Racing Post on Facebook and Twitter asking their readers and followers to suggest initiatives to improve the raceday experience.  Entries can be viewed online at the www.twitter.com/RCAShowcase
 
For more information, please contact  Iain Ferguson at  Ayr Racecourse on 01292 294972 or Sam Cone at the RCA on 01344 626067.
 
Ayr Racecourse and the associated Western House Hotel are Founder Members of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.
 



Wednesday, 7 November 2012

CKD Galbraith offer spacious red sandstone house with paddock in Uddingston

Leading Scottish property consultants CKD Galbraith are offering for sale Lynclutha, comprising a beautiful red sandstone house situated off a private cul de sac in a commanding position to the north west side of the sought after suburb of Uddingston.
 
 
This handsome house constructed of red sandstone under an overhanging pitched slate roof offers spacious and well proportioned accommodation over three levels and benefits from a range of original features including decorative cornices, impressive open fireplaces and a broad staircase with wood carved balustrade.
  
Uddingston is a suburb of Glasgow, seven miles to the south-east of the city. The Clyde Walkway and National Cycle Route 75 both traverse the town.
 
 
Lynclutha has two impressive reception rooms with deep set bay windows and open fireplaces with decorative surrounds, a study and cloakroom.
 
 
The stylish kitchen has been finished to a high standard with a good range of fitted floor and wall cupboards and integral hot set into a central island.
 
The four bedrooms are situated off a spacious landing on the first floor with a bathroom with roll top bath on the half landing.
 
The lower ground floor comprises a boiler room with two Belfast sinks and two further rooms, which could suit a variety of uses.
 
 
Outside there is an L shaped stables building constructed of wood with a paddock of about 1.1 acres.
 
Offers Over £430,000 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
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, 6 November 2012

Scotland’s relationship with India going from strength to strength

Scotland’s relationship with India is going from ‘strength to strength’ and delivering tangible results for both countries, the Culture and External Affairs Secretary has said.

Fiona Hyslop has spent the past week in India – one of the world’s fastest-growing economies – to promote Scotland as a creative nation and internationally competitive and innovative location.

The Cabinet Secretary travelled to New Delhi and Jodhpur where she undertook a total of 33 engagements aimed at strengthening economic, cultural and diplomatic ties.
 
 
[Pictured: Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop, addresses an event to promote Scottish education in India. Mr Pawan Agarwal, Honorary Adviser (Higher Education), Planning Commission, Government of India was in attendance.]

During the visit, Ms Hyslop:
 
 * Inaugurated the new Indian offices of Scottish energy firm Wood Group.
 
 * Announced four groundbreaking collaboration projects between leading education institutions in Scotland and India.
 
 * Gifted to the Indian people 3D animations and models from a Scottish-led digital preservation project (Scottish Ten) of the centuries-old Rani ki Vav Step Well in Gujarat.
 
 * Announced a partnership between two globally-renowned music festivals, Celtic Connections and Jodhpur RIFF.
 
* Attended three performances by Scottish artists and a Scottish Opera workshop in an Indian school.
 
 * Visited a rural village in Rajasthan to learn about the importance of access to clean water.

The Cabinet Secretary said: “Scotland and India already share very strong ties, and our relationship has gone from strength to strength during my visit. I have met with business, education and cultural leaders to promote Scotland’s strengths as a nation rich in culture, creativity and heritage, and as an incredible place to visit, invest and do business.

“India is one of the world’s fastest expanding economies, and is an important investor in Scotland, providing approximately 5,000 Scottish jobs. Our nation’s strengths in technological innovation and cutting edge research and development mean that Scottish companies are ideally placed to take advantage of this growing market.

“Cultural collaborations are helping to forge new alliances between our two countries, and I am excited about some of the new partnerships and agreements that result from this visit.”

Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs Fiona Hyslop visited India between 26 October and 2 November 2012.
 



Monday, 5 November 2012

CKD Galbraith offer attractive traditional farmhouse with range of useful buildings in peaceful rural location

Leading Scottish property consultants CKD Galbraith are offering for sale Shaw-Wood Farm, an attractive traditional farmhouse with an extensive range of useful buildings in a peaceful Ayrshire rural location.
 
 
Set in a peaceful rural countryside location, Shaw-Wood Farm is an attractive Ayrshire farmhouse situated just outside Catrine, a few miles outside the popular village of Mauchline in East Ayrshire. Catrine was constructed around one of the first cotton mills in Scotland in 1787 by Claud  Alexander of  Catrine, at that time the hamlet consisted of eleven buildings, including a smithy and corn mill.
 
 
The River Ayr Way is a project which  provides an uninterrupted walk along the length of the river, starting near Glenbuck, through the parish of Muirkirk, Sorn and Catrine and on passed Failford and Auchincruive towards the sea at Ayr.
 
Originally a tileworks, Shaw-Wood Farm is a fine Victorian farmhouse, of stone and slate on two storeys. The accommodation comprises 2 reception rooms, kitchen/dining room, bathroom, box room, utility, office and garage. There are a range of substantial buildings at Shaw-Wood Farm, ideal for a range of uses, including haulage/engineering use or another commercial purpose (subject to planning permission being obtained for change of use). An agricultural business has operated out of these premises for over 35 years.
 
Shaw-Wood Farm is marketing at Offers Over £250,000
 
 
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 Council leader Bill McIntosh hosts first town centres summit

The first town centre summit was hosted at Ayr Town Hall last week by Councillor Bill McIntosh, Leader of South Ayrshire Council. The summit brought together representatives from town centres across South Ayrshire to discuss how they could be developed in the future.
 
 
Councillor McIntosh (pictured above) said: “My thanks to everyone who took the time to come along and participate in this important event. All town centres − in South Ayrshire and nationally − are facing challenging times, be it from the economic conditions we find ourselves in or the increasing popularity of on-line retailing.
 
“A vibrant town centre is at the heart of a healthy successful community, and our towns need to adapt and change so that they remain places where people want to spend time. They will remain retail centres, but they must provide a much richer mix of activities to thrive and compete against our larger neighbours at the other end of the M77.
 
“Each of our towns will progress in a different way, but they all have one thing in common, to flourish in the future businesses, the local community and the public sector must work in partnership. Together, if we can identify what requires to be done and agree how to do it, we will be moving in the right direction.
 
“The town centres summit was the first step in this process, and moving forward all of our towns have different strengths which we need to play to, to ensure they continue to evolve and are places where people want to be.”
 
Malcolm Fraser, the leading architect, who has recently been appointed as Chair of the Scottish Government’s National Review of Town Centres was at the meeting. He said: “I was delighted to give my views on the way in which town centres in South Ayrshire could develop in the future. I was very impressed that so many people across South Ayrshire are keen to work with its Council to attract more people, improve the environment and the range of local shops and generally help ensure your towns are vibrant places.”
 
During the meeting the participants looked at many aspects of our towns including:
 
What are the strengths of each town and how should they be built on to attract more people?
What sort of quality is each environment, the range of local shops and the convenience of each town centre?
What is holding towns back and making them less attractive to customers?
Do the transport links need improving?
Is there a lack of choice for residents and visitors?

Councillor Bill McIntosh added: “The meeting, the first of many, was very constructive and the enthusiasm from communities across South Ayrshire was outstanding.
 
“Together we will identify what needs to be done, how we can change things and who are the best placed people to carry this forward.”
 
South Ayrshire Council is a Founder Member of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.
 



Lucinda Russell jumps to a treble at Ayr Racecourse John Smith's Raceday

By: Iain Ferguson
 
John Smith’s Raceday at Ayr Racecourse on Saturday become ‘Ladies Day’ with Scotland’s leading trainer Lucinda Russell saddling three winners and jockey Lucy Alexander riding a double.
 
 
[Pictured: Tap Night (left) jumps the last fence en route to winning at Ayr Racecourse on Saturday.]
 
Lucinda’s treble came in the final three races courtesy of Prosecco (11/4), ridden by Peter Buchanan, in the feature race, the John Smith’s No Nonsense Handicap Chase, Tap Night (6/4 fav), also with Peter Buchanan riding, in the John Smith’s Extra Smooth Handicap Hurdle and finally Rhymers Stone (7/2) in the Bob and Jeanette Crane 25th Anniversary National Hunt flat race under young Craig Nichol.
 
The rising star of the jockeys scene, 22 year old Lucy Alexander rode Secret Desert (11/1) to land the Topstaff Employment Handicap Chase for Ferdy Murphy and followed that with a win on Daasij (7/1) in the Plumbstore Handicap Hurdle for her father Nick Alexander.
 
A crowd of more than 3,500 enjoyed the first jumps action of the year at Ayr and the biggest gamble of the day saw Overquest land the John Smith’s Handicap Chase for trainer Chris Grant and jockey Timmy Murphy at odds of 11/4 after trading at 30/1 earlier in the day.
 
Ayr’s next meeting is the New Year Festival on 2 January and 3 January – for more information call 01292 264179 or go online at www.ayr-racecourse.co.uk
 
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.