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Friday, 19 April 2013

Personal injury specialists win compensation for Ayrshire cyclist

Leading personal injury compensation claim specialists (part of Ayr-based law firm Frazer Coogans Solicitors) have succeeded in winning compensation for an Ayrshire man wrongly accused of being partly to blame for his own injuries sustained in a collision with a car whilst travelling on his bicycle.
[Pictured: the team at Frazer Coogans Solicitors. From left to right behind head of department Ross Slater are: Cheryl Phillips, Stacey Carey and Sandra Stewart.]

Dave Calderwood is a 63 year old (61 at the time of the accident) self-employed sales service manager from Kilmarnock, and a very keen cyclist.
On 30 September 2010, he was making his way south on Grassyards Road in Kilmarnock in the clearly marked cycle lane when a car coming from the opposite direction turned right into Lindsay Drive, cutting across his path. As it was slightly downhill, he was travelling at approximately 20 mph.
Despite braking as hard as he could, he was unable to avoid the road traffic collision, and hit the car. He was thrown from his bike, sustaining various soft tissue injuries, and having his bicycle damaged beyond repair.
Dave asked to help him with his accident injury compensation claim. Stacey Carey intimated a claim to the third party insurers.  Despite admitting primary liability for the road traffic accident, the insurers attempted to blame the cyclist for failing to wear reflective clothing in broad daylight in a cycle lane! Dave was forced to raise court action to clear his name.
With the threat of a full court hearing looming, the solicitors for the driver quickly admitted full liability, and valuation negotiations were able to start properly.  After a number of offers were rejected, the defender was persuaded to make an offer of £3,050, including the full replacement value of the bike.
“I am very pleased that I am no longer being blamed for this accident,” Dave said. “ remained firm in their advice about the fault for my bicycle accident.”
Ross Slater of commented: “At we were very surprised that court action was necessary here.  To take a view that a cyclist proceeding with right of way along a clearly marked cycle lane in broad daylight has in some way contributed to his accident is preposterous.  The safety of all road users should be paramount, especially the more vulnerable groups such as cyclists.”
Personal injury compensation claim specialists is a division of leading Ayrshire law firm Frazer Coogans Solicitors.
Frazer Coogans Solicitors is a Founder Member of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.

Turnberry honoured as top UK tea destination

Turnberry, a Luxury Collection Resort located on Scotland’s Ayrshire coast, has once again been named as one of the UK’s leading afternoon tea destinations.
The five-star resort’s Grand Tea Lounge (pictured above and below) has, for the fourth year in a row, been awarded the Tea Guild Award of Excellence for 2013. It joins the Palm Court in Edinburgh’s Balmoral Hotel, as one of only two Scottish venues to be given the accolade this year.

Now in its 28th year, The Tea Guild Awards are considered the Oscars of the tea industry. To seek out the finest tea experience in the UK, a team of expert tea inspectors undertake clandestine afternoon tea assignations in tea rooms and hotels across Britain.
The judges - who all dine anonymously and pay like regular clientele - follow strict guidelines and criteria that cover every aspect of the afternoon tea experience, before reporting back to The Tea Guild.
Jordi Tarrida, General Manager at Turnberry Resort (pictured above) commented: “It is a great pleasure to see the Grand Tea Lounge recognised by the Tea Guild as one of the UK’s best venues. It further underlines the quality and commitment to great service that we promote at Turnberry as we strive to offer our guests an unforgettable experience with every aspect of their visit.”
Turnberry, a Luxury Collection Resort, Scotland
Turnberry is located on the stunning Ayrshire coast, offering elevated views over the Irish Sea, Ailsa Craig and mountains of Arran and Kintyre. First opened in 1906 as the world’s first golf resort, Turnberry quickly established itself as the premier destination for social and sporting events. The five red star resort underwent a multi-million pound renovation programme prior to hosting the 2009 Open on its legendary Ailsa golf course and becoming part of Starwood Hotels & Resorts much acclaimed Luxury Collection. The luxuriously appointed guest rooms include four lavish ocean-view suites and offer a perfect blend of Edwardian tradition and timeless design. The iconic Ailsa Course is currently ranked as Britain’s number one golf course by leading golf publications and consistently rated within the world’s best. For golfers, there is also the Championship Kintyre Course and the Arran Course, as well as the Turnberry Performance Academy. Turnberry is the perfect setting for food lovers, with a choice of unique dining experiences, including the signature restaurant 1906, led by Executive Chef Justin Galea, which offers classic dishes with a modern twist and a unique Chef’s Table experience. There is also the elegant Grand Tea Lounge, Ailsa Bar & Lounge, Duel in the Sun bar and Tappie Toorie restaurant overlooking the links golf courses and sea beyond. Turnberry has a well-established reputation for top class meeting and events facilities, specialising in bespoke boardroom experiences. There is also a luxurious spa offering a range of ESPA treatments. The onsite Outdoor Activity Centre offers guests a variety of distinguished outdoor activities including quad biking, archery and off-road driving. For more information, please visit
About The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts
The Luxury Collection® is an ensemble of hotels and resorts offering unique, authentic experiences that evoke lasting, treasured memories. For the global explorer, The Luxury Collection offers a gateway to the world’s most exciting and desirable destinations. Each hotel and resort is a unique and cherished expression of its location; a portal to the destination’s indigenous charms and treasures. Magnificent décor, spectacular settings, impeccable service and the latest modern conveniences combine to provide a uniquely enriching experience. Originated in 1906 under the CIGA brand as a collection of Europe’s most celebrated and iconic properties, today The Luxury Collection brand is a glittering ensemble of more than 75 of the world’s finest hotels and resorts in more than 30 countries in bustling cities and spectacular destinations around the world. The Luxury Collection includes award-winning properties that continuously exceed guest expectations by offering unparalleled service, style and class while celebrating each hotel’s distinctive heritage and unique character. All of these hotels, many of them centuries old, are internationally recognised as being among the world’s finest. For more information, please visit
Turnberry Luxury Collection Resort is a Founder Member of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.

Thursday, 18 April 2013

Ayrshire cheese maker flies flag for Scotland at International Cheese Festival in Hong Kong

Ayrshire Barwheys Cheese competes in
The Great International Cheese Knockout Competition
Cheese makers and cheese lovers from across the globe are attending the Hong Kong International Cheese Festival this week, where a cheese maker from Ayrshire will fly the flag for Scotland.
Tricia Bey (pictured above) is the owner of Barwheys Dairy, where she makes her gold-medal winning Barwheys cheese from her small herd of Ayrshire cattle, and she will share her expertise with some of the finest cheese makers in the world at the Hong Kong event. The Festival runs from 18-21 April.
Tricia is the only female cheese maker to present at the event, and is one of four experts who will run master classes, imparting their cheese making skills to a global audience. Held at Hullett House in Hong Kong, the event will showcase 120 artisanal cheeses through gourmet dinners, tastings, master classes and a traditional cheese market.Barwheys cheese will also compete with cheese from Italy, France and Holland in the blind tasting competition – ‘The Great International Cheese Knockout’.
Barwheys cheese is made exclusively from the unpasteurised milk of Tricia’s cattle, which graze on the green pastures that surround the dairy in West Ayrshire. The cheese is made by hand and bandaged in traditional cheesecloth and carefully aged on wooden shelves for between ten and 24 months. The cheese is used by a number of Michelin starred chefs in Scotland.
Tricia said:  “I was thrilled to be asked to attend the International Cheese Festival in Hong Kong, giving us the opportunity to share our Ayrshire cheese with cheese lovers from across the world. I’m a life-long lover of fine local food and am delighted that, having built the dairy from scratch in 2008, we’re now taking Barwheys cheese to an international stage.
“I think that Scotland has a lot to be proud of in terms of our food and drink, and I hope we can be The Big Cheese in the ‘Great International Cheese Knockout’.    We’ll be up against some pretty stiff competition, but with our hard cheese I’m confident that Scotland can emerge victorious against the Dutch, French and Italian competition – all of whom make outstanding cheeses.”
About Tricia Bey, Barwheys Dairy

Tricia Bey had a successful career as a Partner in an international consultancy firm, prior to moving to the west of Scotland. As a lifelong lover of fine local food she was inspired to reinvigorate the local cheese making tradition of the family farm.

In 2008 she started the task of designing and constructing a dairy and building up a herd of pedigree Ayrshire cattle. She made her first commercial cheese in 2010 and in 2012, Barwheys won a Gold medal at the Royal Highland Show, Scotland’s most prestigious agricultural show, and a Gold medal at the British Cheese Awards.
Barwheys Cheese is made exclusively from the unpasteurised milk of Tricia’s small herd of Ayrshire cattle, which graze on the green pastures that surround the dairy. The cheese is made by hand and are bandaged in traditional cheesecloth and carefully aged on wooden shelves for between ten and twenty-four months. The award-winning cheese is used by a number of Michelin starred chefs in Scotland, and Tricia’s Barwheys cheddar cheese has appeared on Celebrity Great British Bake Off on the BBC.

Klin Group plans redevelopment of former Diageo bottling plant in Kilmarnock

Kilmarnock-based Klin Group is to progress the redevelopment of the site of the former Diageo bottling plant in Kilmarnock.
Diageo and Klin have signed an exclusivity agreement over the ownership and intended development of the 23-acre town centre site at Hill Street, adjoining land gifted by Diageo to Kilmarnock College.
[Pictured: Klin Group chief executive Marie Macklin in front of a locomotive that was built in the 1940s for the Second World War.  It was bought by Klin, refurbished and sits in Klin’s reception as testament to Kilarnock’s industrial past.]
Klin Group chief executive Marie Macklin said:  “As a local company, we are thrilled to have this opportunity to create something special for Kilmarnock.  The exclusivity agreement with Diageo enables us to press ahead with local consultations, to explore the feasibility and the detail of what we envisage for the site.
“We are confident that what we are proposing is deliverable, though we still have a lot of challenges, and a lot of hard work to do in engaging both public and private sector interests in creating a sustainable development that the community can be proud of.
“Our aim is a dynamic new quarter for Kilmarnock town centre, based around education, health, community sports and culture, including an arena that would provide a year-round, all weather venue for sporting, conferencing and entertainment events. The hub would be focused on facilities and premises for enterprise, entrepreneurs and start-up businesses, driving a new economy for Kilmarnock and East Ayrshire, but serving a much wider area with facilities that would be unique in Scotland.
“Everything we have in mind would link into the work of Kilmarnock College, in particular, and local schools in general and, hopefully, would inspire and support local sports and cultural groups.”
Klin Group, established in 1988, is a privately owned Property Investment and Development Company based in Kilmarnock. The company’s focuses on regeneration developments in Scotland and in property investments overseas.
Klin brought the first Morrison supermarket to Scotland in 2003. In January, 2008, First Minister, Alex Salmond officially opened the first phase of a Kilmarnock redevelopment comprising 62-serviced apartments, retail, and commercial premises and a dedicated railway heritage centre within the grade B listed building of the former Barclay railway engineering works.
The second phase of this initiative, completed this year, was the restoration of a former Victorian Opera House in John Finnie Street, derelict since 1990.  Following ten years of resolving complex ownership and development issues, the new building, with its original façade restored, provides offices for over 300 East Ayrshire Council employees.
Klin was one of the first private sector investors in the regeneration of the Tollcross area of Glasgow. The company completed several brownfield housing developments that led the way for further third party investment. Their work included ‘Kings Way’ (opposite Tollcross International Aquatics Centre swimming pool where the 2014 Commonwealth Games are being held) and sites at Culrain Street, Wellshot Road and Tollcross Road.

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Ryan Mania to make comeback at Coral Scottish Grand National Festival at Ayr Racecourse

By: Iain Ferguson
Grand National winning jockey Ryan Mania makes his comeback at Ayr on Friday on the opening day of the Coral Scottish Grand National Festival.
Ryan, who hopes to ride national hero Aurora’s Encore (pictured above) in the Scottish version on Saturday, was passed fit by his GP and then told by the British Horse Racing Authority he could resume on Friday.
Aurora’s Encore will attempt to become the first horse since Red Rum in 1974 to complete the Aintree – Ayr double.
There are eight races each day and a total of £537,000 in prize money on offer with all the leading jockeys and trainers in attendance.
AP McCoy, Ruby Walsh, Barry Geraghty, Richard Johnson and Jason Maguire are among the jockeys with mounts both days and trainers Paul Nicholls, Nicky Henderson, Alan King and David Pipe will be in attendance.
But the question on everyone’s lips is will Aurora’s Encore and Ryan Mania do the double. Race sponsors Coral have the Sue Smith trained horse at odds of 10/1 to do so.
Other leading contenders include Rival D’Estruval, carrying Raymond Anderson Green’s colours successful in 2010 and 2012 with Merigo, the Alan King trained Godsmejudge and the JP McManus owned Wyck Hill.
Lucinda Russell could be represented by course specialist Nuts N Bolts and the Irish could be represented by the Gordon Elliot trained Chicago Grey.
Main supporting race on Saturday is the QTS Scottish Champion Hurdle which has £60,000 in prize money and last year’s winner Raya Star, trained by Alan King, is likely to defend his crown.
Other races include the Arcadia Consulting William Dickie & Mary Robertson Future Champion Chase, the Scotty Brand Handicap Chase, the Weatherbys Hamilton Insurance Novices Handicap Chase and the DBS Spring Sales Bumper.
Friday’s eight race card is headed by the Hillhouse Quarry Handicap Chase with £25,000 on offer and won last year by the Paul Nicholls trained, Ruby Walsh ridden The Knoxs.
Friday’s card ends with a competitive National Hunt Flat Race which again will attract some big name trainers and jockeys.
Advance ticket sales for the meeting are selling well and a crowd of more than 17,000 is expected on Saturday. 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, 15 April 2013

CKD Galbraith offer attractive barn conversion in peaceful rural Ayrshire hamlet

Leading independent Scottish property consultancy CKD Galbraith are offering for sale No. 1 The Hayloft, an attractive barn conversion in a peaceful rural Ayrshire hamlet.
Restored and converted from a traditional barn to an exceptional standard, No 1 The Hayloft is a wonderful country property in unspoilt rolling countryside in the lee of the Carrick Hills within the delightful hamlet of Knockdon, some 5 miles south of Ayr, for which offers over £285,000 are being sought..  In recent years the original steading has been sympathetically converted to form an idyllic rural hamlet of country properties.
No. 1 The Hayloft is an impressive attached house beautifully appointed with spacious and excellent accommodation. On two storeys, there is a lounge with French door to the garden, a south facing sitting/dining room, dining kitchen, 4 bedrooms (2 en suite shower rooms and master en suite with dressing room), family bathroom and cloakroom.
The fabulous fitted kitchen with contemporary floor and wall units and integrated appliances with superb granite tiled floor gives an indulgent feel to the room and French doors opening out on to the garden, luxurious bathrooms and white oak hardwood doors throughout the property.
Each of the bedrooms have a Parisian-style balcony with French doors to bring in maximum light into the rooms.
To the front of the house, there is natural paving stones and the rear landscaped gardens are mainly to lawn, with an area of small colourful young shrubs and a patio seating area for outside entertaining. There is private parking for up to three cars.
From the top of Brown Carrick Hill is the highest hill close to Ayr, which gives great views all around, such as over Ailsa Craig to Ireland, west over the Isle of Arran and the Mull of Kintyre and north of Ayr.
In a wonderful peaceful setting, No. 1 The Hayloft is a lovely family home with spacious and flexible accommodation.
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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
Independent property consultancy CKD Galbraith is a founder member of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.