The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Friday, 15 March 2013

Clock is ticking to get Scotland building

Ahead of next week’s Budget statement, RICS has today prompted the government to act on its promises and deliver the funds needed to boost the housing market and provide the infrastructure that the UK badly needs.
The impact of December’s Autumn Statement and the additional finance made available for capital building and infrastructure projects in Scotland has yet to bear fruit and create much needed growth.
It seems that insufficient capital is getting through to developers and contractors, and RICS is concerned that unless funds are released more quickly, the construction sector will continue to stagnate. An increase in development projects would increase housing stock, create jobs and deliver growth across the country.
Furthermore, the UK government’s Funding for Lending scheme – designed to allow buyers to borrow at affordable levels – is already having an impact on the market, and RICS is confident that a further release of funds could assist more would-be homeowners and small businesses and prevent prolonged market stagnation.
In the forthcoming Budget RICS would also like to see:
• A greater level of investment needs to be redirected to the maintenance of existing infrastructure such as roads and rail. This can deliver growth more quickly and make a greater economic impact than large scale infrastructure projects such as HS2 and the Edinburgh-Glasgow HSR.
• Greater clarity from the UK government as to where and how businesses can apply for financial support. Access to finance is key for property and construction businesses to speculatively develop.
• A commitment to visibly promote public sector construction contracts, meaning that more smaller firms across the UK are aware of projects and able to directly bid for work.
Sarah Speirs, Director RICS Scotland, commented: “Looking forward, the UK Government must now deliver at all costs. We have seen promises of funding and cheaper borrowing, however, we now need to see evidence that it’s actually getting through to the firms and projects that need it. There is cross-sector consensus that for every pound invested in construction at least one pound sixty of benefits is returned to the wider Scottish economy. If Scotland is to build its way out of the economic slump, ongoing investment in construction will be crucial.
“Additionally, the UK government needs to release more capital to give the Scottish Government the potential to boost the market through allowing would-be homebuyers and small businesses to enter the market. Despite some cautious signs of positivity in the market the lack of finance availability is still a major barrier to growth.”
About RICS
RICS is the world’s leading qualification when it comes to professional standards in land, property and construction.
In a world where more and more people, governments, banks and commercial organisations demand greater certainty of professional standards and ethics, attaining RICS status is the recognised mark of property professionalism.
Over 100,000 property professionals working in the major established and emerging economies of the world have already recognised the importance of securing RICS status by becoming members.
RICS is an independent professional body originally established in the UK by Royal Charter. Since 1868, RICS has been committed to setting and upholding the highest standards of excellence and integrity – providing impartial, authoritative advice on key issues affecting businesses and society.

RICS is a regulator of both its individual members and firms enabling it to maintain the highest standards and providing the basis for unparalleled client confidence in the sector.

CKD Galbraith offer outstanding country property with magnificent sea views over the Firth of Clyde

Leading independent property consultants CKD Galbraith are offering for sale Hilton Farmhouse, a most impressive country house for which offers over £499,000 are being sought.
Hilton Farmhouse is set in a wonderful private elevated position on the Isle of Bute with sweeping views from Skelmorlie across the Toward peninsula to the east, Largs and Cumbrae, Craigmore and Ardbeg points on the Island, south over Kames Castle and Port Bannatyne Golf Course and west across Ettrick Bay to the north ends of the islands of Inchmarnock and Arran and further to the Mull of Kintyre.
Due to its proximity to the Gulf Stream, the island enjoys a particularly mild climate and has become known as the “Madeira of Scotland”.   Rothesay (about 3 miles) offers an extensive range of amenities including primary and secondary schooling, a campus of the Argyll College, a good range of shops, a first-class hospital and golf course. There is some excellent walking on the island including The West Island Way which runs the length of the island.
Owing to the island’s superb location, Bute is a popular sailing destination.  The house overlooks Port Bannatyne, and its new 100 berth marina.
Hilton Farm is a superb restoration of a farm steading.  The house has been carefully renovated to provide a striking country house with extensive accommodation including a wonderful lounge occupying the whole first floor which makes the most of the house’s position overlooking the Firth of Clyde and the island.  
All of the bedrooms and reception rooms on the ground floor have doors leading to the terraced gardens.  There is an attractive custom-built Brazilian Mahogany spiral staircase and a lovely hand-painted feature wall.
The attractive dining kitchen with marble topped island unit has a wide range of fitted floor and wall units.
The west side of the house, has 3 bedrooms (1 en suite shower room) and a master bedroom en suite with dressing room.  There is  a family bathroom and a sitting room/snug with a lovely fireplace with electric fire.
Beautiful maintained grounds surrounding the House with palm trees and fruit trees and a central sheltered courtyard is perfect for outdoor entertaining on a grand scale.
Hilton is a special property on account of its exceptional position and it will appeal to buyers seeking a unique second home and also those with a passion for sailing.
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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 160 people in offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow, 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’s rural arm specialises in farm sales and purchases, the management and sale of large estates and woodland, valuations and building surveying work.
The company enjoys a successful relationship with its associate firm in London, CKD Kennedy Macpherson, as well as providing a range of services to the farming community through an association with United Auctions, Scotland’s leading livestock auctioneers and procurement specialists.
Independent property consultancy CKD Galbraith is a founder member of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.
CKD Galbraith’s Ayr office:
CKD Galbraith
7 Killoch Place
Ayr KA7 2EA
Ayrshire, Scotland
Contact: R A Cherry BSc MRICS
Tel: 01292 268181
Fax: 01292 292300


Thursday, 14 March 2013

Jim Goldie and Henry Brooke the stars at Ayr Racecourse

By: Iain Ferguson
Jim Goldie was the toast of Ayr Racecourse last Saturday when his horse Jonny Delta landed a massive gamble to win the Kilmarnock Standard Handicap Hurdle on Irish Race Day.
Available at odds of 5/1 earlier in the day, the Henry Brooke ridden horse was sent off 13/8 favourite and was an easy three length winner over Rhymers Ha’ (7/2).
Uplawmoor-based trainer Goldie also had a winner on Friday with A Southside Boy (6/1) (pictured above), also ridden by Henry Brooke landing the Highfield Wines Handicap Hurdle for the James Barclay Trophy.
The best riding performance of the two days came in the Ayrshire Post Mares Handicap Hurdle on Saturday when young Irish jockey Eddie O’Connell exuded confidence on 9/4 favourite Twin Plan for trainer James Lambe to lead just before the last and win by five lengths.
The Ayrshire Yeomanry were out in force for the Book For the Coral Scottish Grand National Handicap Hurdle, after which Colonel Richard Calendar presented the Yeomanry Cup to Chris Grant, trainer of shock 22/1 winner Rock Relief, another winner for Henry Brooke who also rode Swatow Typhoon (8/11 favourite) to win the opener on the second day. The jockey’s haul was four over the two days including a hat trick on Irish Race Day.
Langholm-based trainer James Ewart saddled Wilde Pastures (11/8 favourite) to win the feature race on Saturday - the  Fly Ryanair Handicap Chase - while there was a second Irish victory on the day with Ceasar Milan (2/1) winning the Irvine Herald National Hunt Flat Race for trainer Iain Ferguson and jockey William Thompson.
There was a really sad aftermath to the Abbott Risk Consulting Hunterston Handicap Chase for the Hugh Barclay Trophy) when the winner Do It For Dalkey (0/30 favourite) collapsed and died on the walk to the Winner’s Enclosure.
The horse was owned and bred by former St Johnstone chairman Geoff Brown who was present when the tragedy happened. Trainer Lucinda Russell and jockey Peter Buchanan were both upset at the untimely death of a horse that was being aimed at the Coral Scottish Grand National.
Another Friday winner worth mentioning was Flying Squad for trainer Rose Dobbin and jockey Shaun Dobbin in the La Barrique Fine Wines Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Chase.
The next meeting at Ayr Racecourse is the highlight of the jumps season at the track - the Coral Scottish Grand National Festival on Friday 19 April and Saturday 20 April.
Ayr Racecourse and the associated Western House Hotel are Founder Members of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Outdoor advertising company Posterplus launches first ever digital LED billboard in Ayrshire

Outdoor advertising company Posterplus Media Group has launched its new digital LED billboard in Ayr, the first of its kind in the county.

The project has taken a year from concept to completion.
The billboard is located on Whitletts Road, one of the key arterial roads into Ayr, operating each day from 7am until midnight.
The digital billboard offers full colour animation and the facility to play video clips.
It creates immediate impact and offers stunning awareness for local advertisers.
Posterplus Media Group managing director Gavin Hollywood said: “Digital screens are now visible in most cities across the UK, but the majority are operated by foreign multi-national companies and primarily only offer the advertising opportunity to large brands and Plc companies.
“Our approach with this screen is to work with local companies in delivering key marketing messages in order to promote and highlight Ayrshire businesses and the wide range of services and products available on our doorstep. 
“We were happy to appoint and support local contractors to build and construct the screen, and they included JJL Groundworks, McKissock Electrical, Lennox Project Management and Microtec.
“The initial launch advertisers include The Ingram Motor Group, O’Neil Gas Services, Ayrshire Farmers Market, Bannatyne’s, Ayr Dental Studio and Kerr & Smith to name but a few.
“We have also built in a facility to support Ayrshire based charities on the screen and we have one free advert per month available to applicable charities. The first charity to benefit from the free advertising is Ayrshire Cancer Support.”
Diane Finnie, business development manager at O'Neil Gas Services commented: "This was a new concept in the area, and one I had used successfully before with a previous company, and so it wasn’t difficult to say yes to Posterplus.  The advert idea was sent to Posterplus who did a marvellous job converting the idea in to a moving advert.
"Their communication was excellent, and nothing was too much trouble. Because the concept is so different, particularly in Ayrshire, it stands out from other advertising media, and the cost is much less than newspaper advertising, and significantly lower than radio.
"I would recommend Posterplus to other companies and this form of advertising."
Paul Kerr, managing director of motor dealers Kerr and Smith said: "Kerr and Smith are delighted to work in partnership with Posterplus Media Group, and look forward to continued support and success."
Ayrshire Cancer Support chief executive John Beck commented: “Ayrshire Cancer Support is pleased to work alongside Posterplus, and we are delighted with the opportunity to advertise on their new digital screen in Whitletts Road.
“We are currently running with an advertisement for our newest project (the Ayrshire Cancer Network website) which has been set up to help all cancer patients and their families in Ayrshire. We look forward to advertising some of our forthcoming events which are all based in Ayrshire.”
Posterplus Media Group was founded in 2002 and has grown to be the largest ambient media owner in the UK with a portfolio of unique advertising formats.
Posterplus is an Ayrshire business with national coverage, and is a previous winner of the National Business Awards and Scottish Enterprise Business Achievement.

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Posterplus Media Group
53 Beresford Terrace

Gavin Hollywood
Managing Director

Monday, 11 March 2013

Scotland’s private sector economy continues to grow

* Solid growth in output and new business
* Further modest rise in employment
* Input cost inflation up from January’s seven-month low
The health of the Scottish private sector economy continued to improve in February, according to the latest Bank of Scotland PMI report. Data pointed to solid growth in both business activity and inflows of new work, which in turn contributed to further job creation north of the border. Costs pressures facing businesses rose, however, leading to a slight increase in average output prices over the month.
February saw the Bank of Scotland PMI climb to an eight-month high of 52.5, from 52.3 in January. This signalled a further solid (and slightly accelerated) expansion in private sector business activity, extending the current sequence of growth to five months. As was the case in January, Scotland registered a sharper increase in output than the UK as a whole.
The volume of new work placed with businesses operating north of the border increased for the third month running in February. Furthermore, the rate of growth was unchanged from the solid pace registered in the preceding survey period. Meanwhile, there was a slight rise in new export orders received by manufacturers over the month, offsetting January’s marginal downturn.
Scottish private sector businesses continued to recruit additional staff during February, meaning that employment has now risen for three consecutive months. The rate of job creation was equal to that registered in the month before, and in line with the UK-wide average. In contrast to the trend seen in recent months, it was manufacturers rather than services firms who led the increase in employment in Scotland.
February data pointed to a renewed decline in the amount of outstanding business at Scottish firms, after levels stabilised in the opening month of the year. The rate of depletion was only modest, however, and slower than in each of the ten months leading up to January.
Input price inflation accelerated from January’s seven-month low during the latest survey period, and was the fastest since last November. Where a rise in operating costs was recorded, this was in part linked by respondents to higher fuel and labour costs. Service providers again saw a more marked rise in cost burdens than manufacturers.
Output prices in Scotland’s private sector economy rose on average for the sixth time in the past seven months, albeit only modestly.
Bank of Scotland chief economist Donald MacRae (pictured above) said: "February’s PMI rose to an eight-month high signalling continuing improvement in output and business activity during the month. The manufacturing sector recorded a modest rise in employment while services maintained job numbers. The increase in new orders both in the domestic economy and for exports is particularly welcome. These results provide further evidence that the Scottish economy is avoiding a “triple dip” and has started 2013 in growth mode.”

House sales on the rise in Scotland

The number of houses sold in Scotland saw an increase last month, says the latest RICS housing market survey.

During February, the increasing market stability witnessed in recent months translated into an uplift in sales, and surveyors are cautiously optimistic that this trend will remain stable. 24 percent more respondents claimed newly agreed sales had risen rather than fallen.
Additionally, demand for property saw a boost as more Scottish buyers considered purchasing a new home. In tandem with this, the amount of homes coming onto the market also rose last month. A net balance of 24 percent more surveyors reported rises in new instructions. Even so, the number of properties available remains at historically low levels.
Sarah Speirs (pictured above), Director RICS Scotland, commented: “It’s encouraging to see that the housing market now appears to be picking-up across most parts of Scotland despite on-going concerns about the health of the economy. Activity is still well down on its pre-crisis norm, however, it is running at its best level since the middle of 2010 and we are seeing some positive signs.”
Moving on to prices, Scottish chartered surveyors continued to report drops as a net balance of 12 percent more respondents claimed that prices had dipped. However, looking ahead, surveyors expect prices will continue to stabilise over the coming three months as confidence gradually returns to the nation’s market.
Thomas Baird MRICS, RICS Registered Valuer, Select Surveyors, Glasgow, stated: “The number of Home Report instructions has remained steady and we are now preparing to enter into a busier turn of the year and expect the number of survey instructions to follow suit. Overall we are finding the market steady and expect valuations to increase slightly overall this year.”