The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Friday, 1 March 2013

CKD Galbraith believes now is a good time to invest in farm infrastructure

The need for continued investment in farm infrastructure is imperative in realising the long term opportunities the growing demand for food will offer farmers in Scotland, according to leading land agency, CKD Galbraith.
[Pictured: Robert Taylor, AMC agent at CKD Galbraith.] 
Recent years of variable weather have highlighted the importance of having good grain storage capacity, often linked with grain drying systems, so as to mitigate against some weather related impacts.
Many producers, whether livestock or arable, are realising the positive impact that modern buildings can have on enterprise profitability.
Beef and sheep producers also realise the ‘management time’ benefits a well designed housing system can have. A good shed that incorporates proper handling systems can be a real time saver. In an increasingly competitive sector and where supply contracts are a feature then attention to detail are key elements.
The Agricultural Mortgage Corporation (AMC) has secured access to European Investment Bank (EIB) funds meaning it can currently offer a 0.65% discount off its normal pricing for eligible farm and rural business investment projects.
Robert Taylor, AMC agent at CKD Galbraith, said: “Farmers are realising that the current historic low borrowing rates and discounted lending schemes, combined with the temporary increase in capital allowances, can offer a real opportunity for value for money investment in a range of projects.
“The EIB discounted loans available from AMC could be especially useful for those farmers looking to improve buildings which may have become dilapidated and do not meet the needs of today’s modern farming systems and enterprises.”
Whether trying to deliver against a supply contract, meeting regulatory or cross compliance requirements or just needing to replace a worse-for-wear shed, now could be a great time to improve your farm’s prospects.
To discuss your loan proposal in confidence please contact Robert Taylor on 0800 38 99 448 or e-mail for more information.

About CKD Galbraith
CKD Galbraith is an independent property consultancy with 12 offices throughout Scotland. The firm’s rural arm specialises in farm sales and purchases, the management and sale of large estates and woodland, renewables, valuations and building surveying work.

CKD Galbraith’s in-house AMC (Agricultural Mortgage Corporation) agents assist in securing loans for a range of farming purposes with the specialist team offering a competitive service to assist clients with applications for IACS, SRDP, Rural Stewardship Schemes, SNH Natural Care Scheme and SSSI Agreements.
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CKD Galbraith is a Founder Member of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.

Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Elite Ayrshire Business Circle holds successful meeting at West Sound Radio

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle held its latest business breakfast networking meeting last week in the boardroom of independent local radio station West Sound Radio in Holmston Road, Ayr.
[Pictured: West Sound Radio station director Brenda Ritchie and
Elite Ayrshire Business Circle executive chairman Norman Geddes.]
The meeting was hosted by station director Brenda Ritchie and her team, and attended by John Scott, MSP for Ayr, Provost Helen Moonie, Councillor Brian Connolly, and Tricia Irving, Senior Enterprise & Tourism Officer, South Ayrshire Council.
Elite Ayrshire Business Circle executive chairman and Frazer Coogans Commercial Solicitors managing partner Norman Geddes opened the meeting with an illuminating account of his recent week-long trip to Shenzhen in China, which included a visit to the Mission Hills golf and leisure resort, the largest golf complex in the world according to the Guinness Book of Records.

The China trip was at the invitation of Michael and Amanda Zhou and mineral water bottling and distribution company Ganten, who recently purchased Blairquhan Castle in South Ayrshire.
[Pictured left to right: Jim McColm,
Meiqin McColm and Amanda Zhou.]
Amanda Zhou was able to attend the West Sound Radio meeting, as were Jim and Meiqin McColm, the Ayrshire business couple who work so hard to further develop business and cultural relations between Ayrshire and China.
West Sound Radio presentation
After the opening address by Norman Geddes, West Sound Radio put on an informative, stimulating and enjoyable presentation.
Adele Salveta, Bauer Media Research, (pictured above) gave a talk entitled “How Radio Works”, or more specifically how West Sound works to deliver most effectively the right advertising message to the right audience at the right time.
James Pllu, Programme Controller, (pictured above) gave a fascinating account of the meticulous attention which the three radio stations in the West Sound group give to ensuring that their local audience hear exactly the right music that is perfectly attuned to their particular tastes.
And finally, creative writer Steve Gibbs (pictured above) gave a talk illustrated with audio clips showing how the particular characteristics of radio listening can be harnessed in a creative way in order to maximise the impact of an advertiser’s message upon its intended audience.
After the meeting, West Sound Radio station director Brenda Ritchie commented: “West Sound Radio was delighted to welcome so many people from a diverse range of businesses to Radio House. We always enjoy hosting these events on behalf of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle, and look forward to working with them again in the very near future.”
[Girl power at West Sound Radio! Left to right - Anna Sutherland, Sales Executive; Carolyn McAllister, PA to Station Director; Chris Currie, Sales Executive; Brenda Ritchie, Station Director; Louise Moules, Sponsorship & Promotions Manager; Jen McGinlay, Presenter; Lynne Bennett, Cash for Kids Charity Manager; Rosamond Edwards, Receptionist.]

 Elite Ayrshire Business Circle executive chairman Norman Geddes concluded: “Brenda Ritchie is to be congratulated on putting together such a dynamic team of individuals who so obviously enjoy working together and pooling their talents in order to keep West Sound at the forefront of the radio industry.
“The welcome our members received was first class, and we thank all involved for their kind hospitality.”
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Pictures by Martin McLachlan Photography.

A complete set of photographs taken at the event is available on Flickr. CLICK HERE then click on any thumbnail to access larger versions.
West Sound Radio
54a Holmston Road