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Friday, 7 December 2012

South Ayrshire Council delegation visits British Airways facility at Prestwick Airport

A top level delegation from South Ayrshire Council has visited British Airways’ engineering operation at Prestwick Airport to see at first hand the important work being carried out at the facility.
[Pictured: Brian Queally, Manager of the British Airways Maintenance Glasgow (BAMG) Prestwick operation, David Anderson, Chief Executive South Ayrshire Council, Councillor Bill McIntosh, Leader of South Ayrshire Council, Bill Armstrong, General Manager British Airways Maintenance Glasgow (BAMG).]
Councillor Bill McIntosh, the Leader of South Ayrshire Council, David Anderson, Chief Executive and Mark Hastings, Enterprise Manager toured the hangar, part of a unique engineering project to carry out specialist work on British Airways’ fleet of Airbus aircraft.
The Prestwick operation, which celebrated its first anniversary earlier this year, is the first project of its kind within British Airways and is the first time in its 45 year history that British Airways Maintenance Glasgow has established a satellite operation outwith its principal operating base at Glasgow Airport.
The facility now has a workforce of 40 and has completed work on 52 aircraft in the 15 months since it opened.
Councillor Bill McIntosh said: “This is a very inspiring project which has great potential. Having only been established within the last year it just shows what can be achieved through sheer hard work and determination. Securing existing jobs, expanding and giving a boost to our local economy is a great thing.”
Brian Queally, the Manager of the Prestwick facility said: “We’re delighted that this important delegation gave so much of their time to see for themselves what we do here.
“We look forward to working with the Council and other local agencies in the future.
“When I was appointed to run the project, one of my senior managers in London said he wanted this facility to be ‘the epitome of lean-ness and continuous improvement’.
“That is exactly what we’re trying to achieve.”
Already the facility is looking to extend its remit with work to carry out safety checks on the rudders of Airbus aircraft that come into the Prestwick hangar.
He continued: “The aircraft are on the ground anyway, so it makes perfect operational sense to use that down time to carry out rudder checks, which have to be done in any case.
“Every one of the guys, many of whom are local, who came at the start of the project volunteered to be here.
“So they’re determined to prove that the decision was the right one, not only by excelling in the work we do, but in contributing to how we do it by suggesting ways in which we can work more efficiently and operate seamlessly between shifts.”
“We may be the most recent and perhaps unique engineering project BAMG has undertaken, but we are committed to making it a success and maintaining the reputation for excellence that BAMG has built up both within the aviation sector and amongst the wider engineering community in Scotland and beyond.”
South Ayrshire Council is a Founder Member of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.

Thursday, 6 December 2012

Strengthening Scotland’s relationship with China reaps economic benefits

Strengthening Scotland’s relationship with China has generated an additional estimated £220 million for the economy.

Since the publication of the Scottish Government’s first China Plan in 2006, Scottish exports to the world’s second largest economy have risen sharply and are now worth an estimated total of £1.295 billion in 2007-2010, compared to £1.075 billion between 2003-2006.

It comes as a new five year strategy for Scotland’s engagement with China is launched by External Affairs Secretary Fiona Hyslop, on the first anniversary of the arrival of the Giant Pandas (pictured above) at Edinburgh Zoo.

Notable successes of Scotland’s engagement with China so far include:
* A dramatic increase in exports of Scottish food and drink, up by 44 per cent from £64 million in 2010 to £92 million in 2011.

* The award of an export health certificate allowing direct exports of Scottish salmon, worth £38m between January 2011 to August 2012.
* Scotch whisky received Geographical Indication of Origin Status in China in 2010, which protects against counterfeit products in that market.
* Whisky exports to China rose 21 per cent to £66 million in 2011 compared to 2010.
* The loan of two Giant Pandas to Edinburgh Zoo, which have attracted more than 500,000 visitors in their first year.
* An increase in the number of Chinese students coming to Scotland - growing from 5,215 in 2009-10 to 6,665 in 2010-11.
* Collaboration on science, renewable energy, education and culture including digital scanning of the Eastern Qing Tombs as part the Scottish Ten project, and tours by Scottish Opera, the RSNO and the Scottish Ensemble in 2012.

Ms Hyslop said: “Scotland’s relationship with China - the world’s second largest economy – is tremendously important. Since the first China Plan was published we have been working hard to deepen existing ties and establish news areas of cooperation, an approach that is clearly paying dividends.

“Our new China Strategy will build on these successes and ensure that Scotland’s engagement with China continues to deliver tangible results – such as the boost to sales of food and drink and the loan of two Giant Pandas to Edinburgh Zoo, a symbol of the great and growing friendship between our two countries.

“This Strategy – published on the first anniversary of the arrival of the pandas – sets out our ambition to broaden and deepen Scotland’s links and common interests with China. Priorities include strengthening trade, education and cultural links as well as engaging with China on the issue of human rights.

“It is vital that the Scottish Government, our agencies and Scotland's business and education organisations do all they can to continue advancing Sino-Scottish relations, particularly as we pursue opportunities to generate economic growth and build a stronger Scotland.”

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Ayr Spice Indian Restaurant and Sainsbury’s to hold festive wine-tasting event on Wednesday 12 December

Mafiz Ali, proprietor and head chef at Ayr Spice Indian Restaurant in Minishant, South Ayrshire, Scotland, is proud to announce that he is teaming up with supermarket giant Sainsbury’s store in Prestwick, Ayrshire, to hold a festive wine-tasting event at the restaurant between 7-10pm on Wednesday 12 December.
[Pictured: Mafiz Ali, proprietor and head chef at Ayr Spice Indian Restaurant in Minishant, South Ayrshire, gets his herbs and spices from Ian Taylor, manager of Sainsbury’s in Prestwick.]
The event will also feature cooking demonstrations by Mafiz Ali of Indian and Bangladeshi cuisine using wines and ingredients from Sainsbury’s.
Mafiz Ali commented: “My staff and I are very proud to be partnering Sainsbury’s for this event, which will provide an excellent opportunity for local people and visitors to sample Sainsbury’s wines and Ayr Spice cuisine at the same time.”
Marc Watson is manager of Sainsbury’s in Prestwick. He commented: “Sainsbury’s in Prestwick are delighted to be partnering Ayr Spice Indian Restaurant once again, following our first successful joint event to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee earlier this year.
“We will be offering some fantastic wines to complement the wonderful delicacies available to taste.”
The cost of the event, which includes tasting a range of wines available from Sainsbury’s supermarkets and a delicious starter platter from the Ayr Spice Indian Restaurant kitchens, is just £5.
Tickets can be purchased in advance from Ayr Spice Indian Restaurant in Minishant, or from Sainsbury’s supermarket in Prestwick, or at the door on the night.
Ayr Spice Indian Restaurant
The Old Minishant Memorial Church
22 Ayr Road
KA19 8EX
Tel: 01292 441413
Ayr Spice Indian Restaurant is a member of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.