The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Thursday, 23 May 2013

Classic yachts return home to Largs

Prestigious classic yachts will grace the waters of the Clyde this summer between 28 June and 5 July. This will be the fourth gathering of the much admired William Fife designed yachts.

His work was acclaimed in his lifetime and continues to be so, celebrated this year by the The Fife Regatta 2013. During the golden age of the Victorian era through to 1938 when his yard at Fairlie, North Ayrshire built his last yacht Solway Maid, William Fife was a master of his craft.

Twenty of these classic yachts are set to return to the Clyde again.

The inaugural Fife Regatta was held in 1998, and thereafter in 2003 and 2008. A number of owners with a shared passion and enthusiasm for Fife yachts have made this pilgrimage back to their home waters. The Dragon and Wheatsheaf emblem engraved in the bow of Fife’s yachts is symbolic of the level of craftsmanship in each creation. Fife yachts continue to attract attention worldwide with exacting restoration projects and the sheer pleasure of sailing them.
Two fabulous boats, Kentra and Astor, celebrate their 90th birthdays this year. Kentra, a 100ft Gaff Ketch has been in storage for nearly seven years, is being re-launched for the regatta. Astor, an 86ft Schooner, will be coming all the way from California for the occasion. Hatasoo, the 19ft Gaff sloop build in 1894 will be the oldest yacht. She will be the local Clyde entrant from McGruers yard, Clynder on the Gareloch. The larger yachts will include Moonbeam III (105ft), Aventuress (100ft) along with Kentra. Seabird and Oblio are more recent builds from William Fife drawings and confirm how these yachts have a place in modern times.
For some of their owners and crew this will be their first visit on the Clyde. For Mignon, it will be her fourth Fife Regatta and she will be the only yacht to have competed in all of these special events.

The yachts will begin in Largs and will have passage races to Rothesay, Tighnabruaich and Portavadie before returning to Largs.
In conjunction with the Year of Natural Scotland this event embraces our natural environment through water, wind and scenic surroundings. It is a show case of Scotland’s heritage and the sport of Sailing. This will be a classic seven-day event and one to enjoyed from many of the beautiful vantage points on land or sea.
William Fife III (1857 – 1944) was from a family of boat builders and designers.  His yard was in the small village of Fairlie on the Firth of Clyde. After his death the yard was run for a short period by his nephew before being sold. The yard then became Fairlie Yacht Slip Ltd., where fishing vessels were built and yachts repaired. The yard was demolished in 1985 and little remains of the yard. A commemorative sculpture was erected in 2011 on Bay Street.

CKD Galbraith offer opportunity to purchase impressive Victorian Merchants House

Leading Scottish independent property consultancy CKD Galbraith is offering for sale Glenrosa, a superb Victorian Merchants House with a plethora of original features, standing in a pleasant situation in the Irvine Valley in the town of Newmilns, East Ayrshire.
This fine house was built for a local lace manufacturer in 1885. An immaculate and spacious Victorian villa, Glenrosa has a magnificent landscaped walled garden with an additional paddock (former tennis court).
Newmilns Town Centre is designated an Outstanding Conservation Area and there are a number of listed buildings including the Newmilns Keep, the town’s oldest building dating from the 1530s. There were 32 factories producing lace in Newmilns and Darvel in the early 1900s, today there is just one. The magnificent Lanfine Estate with tree lined avenues is nearby.

Glenrosa benefits from beautifully proportioned main reception rooms and bedrooms, including a stunning entrance hall with high decorated ceiling arches, lounge, billiard room with fabulous leaded glass domed cupola, a wonderful original Victorian conservatory, dining room, kitchen/breakfasting room, en suite bedroom, cloakroom/wc, laundry, study, pantry, utility, sitting room and shower room.

On the first floor, there is a formal drawing room, 3 further bedrooms and a family bathroom.  There are a range of fine fireplaces including Victorian cast iron and two superb arts and crafts fireplace situated in the billiard room and drawing room. The house benefits from an energy efficient ground source heat pump and a range of outbuildings to include 6 car garaging, greenhouse, tool shed, potting shed and a wood store.

Teak gates lead to a gravelled driveway, together with lawns specimen trees and shrubs featuring over 140 varieties of rhododendrons and azaleas.  The rear walled gardens are spectacular, professionally laid out to include a row of apple trees, hostas, viburnums, paeonias astilbe, various rhododendron including the fabulous orange variety, Fabia Tangerine.
Houses of this standard are rare to come on the market.  Glenrosa is sure to appeal to a family looking for a substantial Victorian home within easy reach of Glasgow.
Offers Over £495,000 are being sought.

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’s Ayr Office is a founder member of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Klin Group consult local organisations on future of former Johnnie Walker site in Kilmarnock

Local Kilmarnock organisations and businesses are being given the opportunity to help shape the future of the former Johnnie Walker site in the town in a special ‘conversation’ event to be staged next month.
[Pictured: Klin Group CEO Marie Macklin.]
Representatives from Ayrshire-based sports, educational, cultural and other community and business organisations have been invited by developers, The Klin Group, to participate in the event which is being held at Centrestage in Kilmarnock on Wednesday 5 June.
The Klin Group has an exclusivity agreement with Diageo, the current owners, in order to come forward with a plan to develop the site. The Klin Group’s vision is for 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 development would focus 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.The Klin Group are keen to hear views and engage with community groups and businesses from across Ayrshire to help shape the development.
Marie Macklin, CEO of The Klin Group, said: “We are thrilled to have this opportunity to create something special that will bring long-lasting benefits to the town and to Ayrshire as a whole. Everything we have in mind would link into the work of Kilmarnock College, in particular, and local schools in general and would inspire and support local sports and cultural groups.
“We are determined to produce a development that we can all be proud of, that is deliverable and that will serve the needs of the whole community. To do that, it is vital that we engage both public and private sector interests to ensure that the end result is not only special but sustainable.”
Any organisation wishing to participate in the consultation event can register by emailing or by calling 01563 530454.

Monday, 20 May 2013

Permanent placements rise at strongest pace for a year in April

* Growth of both permanent and temporary appointments strengthens in April
* Strongest rise in permanent salaries since May 2012
* Permanent placements increase at fastest rate in Glasgow; temp billings rise at strongest pace in Dundee and Glasgow
The latest Bank of Scotland Report on Jobs signalled the strongest increase in permanent appointments for a year during April.
Temp billings also grew at a faster rate, reaching a three-month high. Scottish recruiters largely linked the marked rise in permanent placements to greater client demand and a more buoyant labour market, and contributed to a further deterioration in candidate availability.
Concurrently, average pay continued to increase in April, with permanent staff seeing the strongest rise in salaries since May 2012.
The Bank of Scotland Labour Market Barometer – a composite indicator designed to provide a single figure snapshot of labour market conditions – posted 54.0 in April, suggesting a solid improvement in Scottish job market conditions. The Barometer, up from 53.0 in March, was the highest in 2013 to date and remained above the equivalent index for the UK.
Bank of Scotland chief economist Donald MacRae (pictured above) commented: "April's Barometer rose for the second month in a row to the highest level of 2013. Both the number of people placed into permanent and temporary jobs rose while vacancies increased in the month. Salaries for permanent jobs showed the strongest rise since May 2012. These results provide further evidence for the Scottish economy beginning to demonstrate a more robust recovery."