The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Friday, 8 March 2013

South Ayrshire businesses get ‘hands-on’ to support Earth Hour 2013

With the countdown to Earth Hour well under way, several businesses in South Ayrshire have come forward to lend their support to the Council’s campaign for 2013.
 
 
[Pictured: Taking a hands-on approach! Jeff Whittle, Treasurer of Ayr’s Independent Local Shops and Businesses Forum with Eileen Gray of Azure in Ayr and Sandra Ferguson of Taste Ayrshire add their support to Earth Hour 2013.]
 
Earth Hour will be on Saturday 23 March between 8.30pm and 9.30pm when lights at known local landmarks and public buildings will be switched off, in support of action for climate change.
 
This year, the Council was awarded the national ‘Earth Hour Champions’ accolade for 2012 as the most outstanding local authority in Scotland whose commitment to the campaign went over and beyond encouraging residents to switch their lights off.
 
Councillor John McDowall, Portfolio Holder for Sustainability and the Environment said: “I’m proud that we’ve been crowned national champions, but we’re determined to get support from all over South Ayrshire to try and win this prestigious award two years in a row.
 
“To help us do this we’ve been asking local residents and businesses to sign up and pledge their support for this important cause and I’m delighted with the response so far.”
 
Councillor McDowall’s call for support has been echoed by Jeff Whittle, Secretary of Ayr’s Independent Shops and Businesses Co-operative and owner of Minuteman Press in Ayr who said: “Climate change affects us all and we fully support the Council’s drive to get people switching off their lights for an hour on 23 March.
 
“Earth Hour demonstrates, very visually, that climate change is one of the most serious threats facing our planet and I’d encourage all our local shops and businesses to get hands-on and sign up to take part in 2013.”
 
Mr Whittle’s comments were endorsed by Eileen Gray of Azure in Ayr and Sandra Ferguson of Taste Ayrshire who said: "We’re really pleased to offer our support to the Council for Earth Hour 2013, uniting millions of people across the planet, in a single voice for action on global climate change.
 
“We’d urge local shops, pubs, clubs and businesses to sign up at the Council’s website and show their support by switching off their lights for just 60 minutes on 23 March 2013.
 
Ideas for celebrating Earth Hour 2013 already include a ghost walk in Ayr, candle-lit suppers and even a game of golf in the dark – with prizes!
 
To register for this year's event please visit http://earthhour.wwf.org.uk/ and also let us know what you'll be doing at: www.south-ayrshire.gov.uk/earthhour  
 
Councillor McDowall concluded: “The support from our local business community is especially pleasing and you’ll be able to see how many have signed up on our website.”
 
“We’re also keen to hear from our local residents or visitors to the area, so why not tell us what you’ll be doing for Earth Hour 2013 by signing up as well?
 
“By working together maybe we can reach our goal of becoming ‘Earth Hour Champions of the Year’ again in 2013!”
 
South Ayrshire Council is a Founder Member of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.
 

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Merigo is set to return on Saturday to a hero’s welcome at Ayr Racecourse

By: Iain Ferguson

Ayr Racecourse will welcome an equine hero back to the track this Saturday 9 March when Merigo, winner of the 2010 and 2012 Coral Scottish Grand National and runner-up in 2011, contests a race named in his honour.
 
 
[Pictured: Jockey Timmy Murphy celebrates Merigo’s
second Coral Scottish Grand National win in 2012.]
 
The Andrew Parker trained horse will run in the Merigo’s Looking Forward To Another Scottish National Novices’ Hurdle in his final prep for April’s big race. His owner Raymond Anderson Green has sponsored the race and, whatever happens on Saturday, Merigo should be spot on for April.
 
The 12 year-old has raced eight times at Ayr, winning five times and finishing second twice and third on one occasion.
 
Saturday is Irish Day at the course and the second afternoon of a two-day meeting which kicks off with La Barrique Fine Wines Race Day on Friday 8 March when the feature race is the Tennents Lager Handicap Chase over two miles four furlongs due off at 4.55pm.
 
In addition to the race named in Merigo’s honour, Saturday features  two £12,000 races. The Abbott Risk Consulting Hunterston Handicap Chase for the Hugh Barclay Challenge Trophy over three miles one furlong and the Fly Ryanair Handicap chase are run at 3.25pm and 4.35pm respectively.
 
The Ayrshire Post Mares Handicap Hurdle at 2.50pm features the highly promising Little Glenshee trained by Nick Alexander and due to be ridden by his daughter Lucy.
 
Jockeys in action over the two days include Brian Harding, Brian Hughes, Denis O’Regan, Richie McGrath and James Reveley.
 
For more details on racing at Ayr 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.
 


South Ayrshire Council chief executive David Anderson to retire

At a South Ayrshire Council meeting today (Tuesday 5 March 2013), it has been agreed that David Anderson, chief executive, will retire from the Council on 22 May 2013.
 

David (pictured above) said of his time with South Ayrshire Council: “It has been a tremendous privilege to hold the post of chief executive. I have enjoyed every moment of my time in the Council. The Council has a fantastic workforce and is supported by a wide range of individuals and partner organisations in the community, public and private sectors. I regard myself as having been very lucky to be able to work with them all.

“I greatly appreciate the support that I have had from many colleagues throughout my time in the Council. I remain strongly committed to public service, and I move on to the next phase of my public service career with much to remember from my time in South Ayrshire.”
 

Councillor Bill McIntosh, (pictured above), Leader of South Ayrshire Council said: “We would like to thank David for all his work during his time with South Ayrshire, and we wish him every success for the future.”

The Council will start the process of recruiting a new chief executive in early course.
 
South Ayrshire Council is a Founder Member of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.
 


Monday, 4 March 2013

Jim Goldie lands double at Ayr Racecourse

By: Iain Ferguson
 
Jim Goldie bounced back to form at Ayr Racecourse’s recent meeting when saddling a double.
 
The Uplawmoor-based trainer struck first with Seven Is Lucky (6/1), ridden by Henry Brooke who got to beat stable companion Spirit Of A Nation (0/30) by a length in the Follow Us On Twitter@BetVictorRacing Handicap Hurdle.
 
The second leg of the double came with Bene Lad (10/1), the mount of Richie McGrath, in the David Goldie Retirement Handicap.
 
Jockey of the day was the aforementioned Henry Brooke who bookended his win on Seven Is Lucky with successes for his guv’nor Donald McCain on board Dreams Of Milan (2/9 fav) in the Novices Hurdle and Grouse Lodge (8/13 fav) in the Novices Chase.
 
 
Nicky Richards was another trainer in form with a double courtesy of And The Man (6/4 fav and pictured on the right above), under Brian Harding in the BetVictor Non Runner Free Bet At Aintree Novices’ Handicap Chase and Simply Ned (9/2), ridden by Fearghal Davis in the two mile handicap hurdle.
 
Leading female jumps jockey Lucy Alexander rode out her claim aboard Frankie’s Promise (5/1), trained by her father Nick in the national hunt flat race.
 
Ayr’s next meeting is the two-day March fixture featuring La Barrique Fine Wines Race Day on Friday 8 March and Irish Race Day on Saturday 9 March.
 
There will be seven races each day and live music for three hours after the last race.
 
 
One of the races on the Saturday is sponsored by the owners of Merigo (pictured above), winner of the 2010 and 2012 Coral Scottish Grand National and runner up in 2011. The famous horse will run in its own race – Merigo's Looking Forward to Another Scottish National Novices Hurdle over three miles.
 
The feature races of the day are a handicap chase for the Hugh Barclay Challenge Trophy and a handicap chase over two miles.
 
Coming only a few days before the legendary Cheltenham Festival Ayr’s Irish Raceday traditionally attracts a big crowd.
 
For more details on racing at Ayr 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.