The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Friday, 5 April 2013

CKD Galbraith offer attractive detached bungalow in a highly accessible location with land, stables and kennels

Leading independent property consultancy CKD Galbraith offer for sale Dustyridge by Beith, Ayrshire, an attractive detached bungalow set in a private position with enclosed gardens, stables, paddock, garage/workshop and kennels, which is being marketed for sale at offers over £275,000.
Dustyridge is a well maintained modern bungalow situated in around 1.31 acres of grounds.  There is a garage building with facility for a workshop/office with purpose-built kennels with indoor and outdoor runs.
There are two stable loose boxes and an outdoor arena which is currently used for dog agility, but could easily be converted for equestrian use.
The accommodation comprises lounge with multi-fuel stove set in a tiled hearth with a brick fireplace; a bright sitting room with French doors leading to the decking; 3 bedrooms with ample storage; dining kitchen with a range of fitted floor and wall units; the stylish bathroom is fully tiled with a large walk-in shower and separate curved Jacuzzi bath; utility room and shower room.
Outside, from the entrance wrought iron gates, the gravelled drive leading to the house has parking for several cars.  The front garden is mainly laid to lawn with an area of young trees.
The private south facing back garden is laid with monobloc and stone chips for easy maintenance. There is a lovely decked area accessed from the sitting room with space for outside entertaining.

Dustyridge, located outside the town of Beith is ideally situated with its close proximity to both Glasgow Airport and the City Centre. From the mid-1800s until the 1980s Beith had the honour of being the most important furniture manufacturing town in Scotland with a reputation for high quality furniture making. The town was also once served by two railway stations: Beith North, commonly referred to as the “Low station” and Beith Town.
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CKD Galbraith’s Ayr Office is a Founder Member of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.

CKD Galbraith appoint Martin Harvey as first dedicated social media officer

Leading independent Scottish property consultancy CKD Galbraith has appointed its first dedicated social media officer. Martin Harvey, an experienced social media professional, has joined the firm to oversee online networking activity for CKD Galbraith, its holiday lettings business Cottages & Castles, and its prestigious Sporting Lets business. Martin will be based in CKD Galbraith’s Ayr office.
With CKD Galbraith’s social media presence across a host of platforms you can like the firm on Facebook (, follow it on Twitter (@ckdgalbraith) and connect with it on LinkedIn (  With the firm already reaping the rewards of an enhanced digital presence, the decision was made to increase the resources that CKD Galbraith dedicates towards social media.
A graduate of the University of Strathclyde, Martin, 25, has completed an Honours degree in English and Journalism & Creative Writing, and a Masters degree, also in English. He has previously been Press Officer for Kilmarnock’s Centrestage Music Theatre - who he is still involved with – and recently completed an internship for Barnardo’s Works Edinburgh where he developed the social media strategy for the charity’s youth employability service. Martin is naturally delighted with his new appointment at CKD Galbraith. Coincidentally the firm’s Killoch Place office where he is based was the building where his mother had her first job when it was a branch of the Bank of Scotland.
Martin said: “I’m delighted to join CKD Galbraith at this exciting stage in the company’s media evolution to assist in driving the expansion of its social media presence as it becomes the fastest growing medium of client interaction.
“We have already established a significant following online for all areas of the firm – the aim now is to build upon the work already carried out and ensure the quality of the firm’s professional services is highlighted on these platforms.
“As always, our aim is to provide interesting content and directly engage with our online audience who may or may not be familiar with CKD Galbraith – I am really looking forward to enhancing this aspect of our marketing activity.”
Jane Ritchie, Marketing Manager at CKD Galbraith, said: “The property industry is changing. Consumer habits are changing and love it or hate it, social media can be a very valuable marketing tool in the right hands. Since adopting a social media presence just over a year ago, we have seen a rise in interest and enquiries across the firm which can be directly attributed to our online engagement and networking, particularly on Facebook and Twitter.
“We are thrilled to have Martin on board – he joins the firm at an exciting time in marketing communications.  Martin’s considerable social media knowledge and enthusiasm to explore online opportunities will ensure we continue to grow and interact with our online community where a simple click shrinks the gulf between interaction and offline brand perception”
CKD Galbraith’s Ayr office has launched a twitter feed with the latest news of their properties to buy and let across Ayrshire. You can follow them at (@ayr_ckdg).
For further information please contact Jane Ritchie or Martin Harvey on 01292 268181 or email or  
CKD Galbraith is an independent property consultancy employing 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 residential, commercial, rural and renewable energy sectors throughout Scotland. CKD Galbraith also enjoys a successful relationship with its associate firm in London, CKD Kennedy Macpherson.
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CKD Galbraith is a Founder Member of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.

Thursday, 4 April 2013

Rival D’Estruval favourite for Coral Scottish Grand National at Ayr Racecourse

By: Iain Ferguson
SOME top chasers and outstanding novices are among the 73 entries for the Coral Scottish Grand National at Ayr Racecourse on Saturday 20 April.
[Pictured: Coral Scottish Grand National ante post favourite Rival D’Estruval in action at Kelso earlier in the season.]
Champion trainer Paul Nicholls has several entries including Rocky Creek, winner of the Reynoldstown Chase at Ascot in February, while Nigel Twiston Davies who has trained three previous winners of the race looks likely to send Same Difference, winner of the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup at Cheltenham.
Big Occasion, winner of the Midlands Grand National at Uttoxeter, will represent the powerful David Pipe yard, and Donald McCain has five entries including Our Mick, runner-up in the JLT Speciality Chase at Cheltenham.
Ray Anderson Green, owner of Merigo, winner in 2010 and 2012, has entered Rival D’Estruval, a faller two out in the John Oaksey Chase at Cheltenham after announcing the retirement of his grand old chaser.
Rival D’Estruval heads the betting for the race at 8-1, in the sponsor’s opening show on the Ayr showpiece. Big Occasion, is one of three 12-1 co-second favourites, with the RSA Chase third, Hadrian’s Approach and Same Difference, among the runners quoted at 14-1.
Coral’s David Stevens commented: “At this stage there are several potential Coral Scottish Grand National contenders who are likely to be in action at Aintree this weekend, but Rival D’Estruval, who was still right in contention when falling in the National Hunt Chase at last month’s Cheltenham Festival, looks to have Ayr as his target and heads the betting to give his owner Ray Green further success in the race his Merigo won twice, while Big Occasion is another who has proved his liking for a marathon trip when scoring at Uttoxeter,”
Coral Scottish Grand National prices:
8 Rival D’Estruval, 12 Big Occasion, Our Mick, Rocky Creek, 14 Always Right, Chicago Grey, Godsmejudge, Hadrian’s Approach, Houblon Des Obeaux, Quentin Collonges, Same Difference, Teaforthree, Wyck Hill, 16 Bradley, Cappa Bleu, Join Together, Monsieur Cadou, Neptune Equester, Nuts N Bolts, Soll, Well Refreshed, 20 Auroras Encore, Becauseicouldntsee, Cannington Brook, Hold On Julio, King Fontaine, Lost Glory, Mister Marker, Mr Moss, Poungach, Rare Bob, Rebeccas Choice, Rigadin De Beauchene, Roberto Goldback, Russian War, Storm Survivor, Tarquinius, White Star Line, 25 Bar.
Advance ticket sales for the meeting are going well, and for more details on racing at Ayr call 01292 264179 or go online at
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.

Monday, 1 April 2013

Sailing towards the future in Girvan

Work is underway at Girvan harbour with new pontoons, updated security and services being created to modernise the harbour area, which will benefit sailors from around the globe and the local community in South Carrick.
The 35 new pontoon berths being created will be suitable for a range of vessel sizes, with each pontoon having an electricity and water supply, security quayside access and CCTV security cameras to provide a modern safe yacht haven.
[South Ayrshire Councillors John McDowall, Alec Clark and Alec Oattes are pictured with officers at Girvan Harbour which is being transformed with the new pontoons.]
This £0.5 million investment in Girvan has been funded by South Ayrshire Council, Scottish Enterprise and the European Union's European Regional Development Fund – INTERREG IVA Cross-Border Programme through the Sail West Project.
The Sail West Project is a collaborative initiative led by Donegal County Council on behalf of 20 funding partners, and comprises a programme of investment in an agreed series of infrastructure improvements and product development. It also includes a joint marketing campaign under the MalinWaters brand umbrella to promote marine tourism between the West of Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
South Ayrshire Councillor John McDowall, Sustainability and Environment Portfolio Holder said: “This project is a major development for Girvan and South Carrick. It is part of our long term vision to improve the harbour for local people and tourists.
“We are committed to investing in South Carrick, and this project will support fishing, local business, tourism and leisure. It is a pivotal part of our vision for Girvan. With new pontoon berths, better facilities and security we are confident that more sailors will berth in Girvan, bringing a much needed boost to the local economy.”
Moira Birtwistle, Chair Ayrshire and Arran Tourism Leadership Group said: “We are delighted that work is well under way to create the new fully serviced pontoons. Once completed, the changes at the harbour will complement the excellent leisure boating facilities along Ayrshire’s stunning coastline and make Girvan a not-to-be missed place for sailors to berth when exploring the lower Clyde and beyond. Sailing is a key asset to Ayrshire and Arran's tourism offering and the facilities will be a boost to the economy.”
Michael Wright from Scottish Enterprise said: “The new facilities at Girvan Harbour are great news. Sailing tourism is an expanding market for Scotland, and it is important that sailors can stop at Girvan and visit the area. The new facilities at Girvan will complement the recent investment in sailing infrastructure made up and down the coast in places such as Stranraer, Largs and Greenock.”
Frank McGrogan, the Sail West Project Manager employed by Donegal County Council, said: “The development of Girvan Harbour is a crucial part of the Sail West strategy due to Girvan’s strategic location. The new pontoon berths will both improve connectivity between Ireland and Scotland and allow Girvan to act as an important stopover destination in the North Channel/Malin sea region.”
South Ayrshire Council is a Founder Member of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.