The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Friday, 7 June 2013

Turnberry to launch new outdoor activity centre

Turnberry, the Luxury Collection Resort located on the Ayrshire coast, has entered into a joint venture with Edinburgh-based Maximillion Events to launch a brand new outdoor activity centre at the internationally renowned golf resort.

[Pictured: Jordi Tarrida, General Manager of Turnberry Resort.]

The move adds to Turnberry’s growing family credentials with a range of children’s activities available for the upcoming summer holidays.  In addition to the resort’s comprehensive summer activity programme for families, Turnberry Adventures will allow corporate group and leisure guests to enjoy outdoor pursuits including quad biking, archery, horse riding, water zorbing and GPS treasure hunts.  Launching in June 2013, Turnberry Adventures is designed to maximise the wide variety of natural resources available on the 800 acre Turnberry estate.

Both parties are investing into the new initiative which will include the introduction of some new outdoor activities, enhanced trails for quad biking and an off-road driving track.

Maximillion will also facilitate a range of team building programmes for the corporate market staged both inside and around the hotel.

Jordi Tarrida, General Manager of Turnberry Resort, commented: “We’ve long-recognised that the outdoor adventures market for families, together with corporate and group business, are areas of growth.  We’re particularly fortunate here on the West coast with its impressive scenery and outdoor potential thanks to our dramatic views and enviable coastal location.

“Turnberry Adventures is a significant development at the resort. We’re very pleased to be partnering with Maximillion in this exciting project which will ultimately expand the choice and quality of the outdoor pursuits available at the resort.”

The partnership is a boost to Maximillion which was founded in 1989 by John Strachan and is an award-winning provider of corporate team building and event management services.  He commented: “Turnberry Adventures will present a high-quality, diverse range of activities which guarantees to offer something for everyone.  From a business perspective, our strategy over the last few years has been to grow by pursuing diversified revenue streams and the arrangement with Turnberry is an excellent example.  Turnberry is exciting as not only can we deliver a first-class service to resort guests but as a long-term partnership, it provides consistency and certainty in the years ahead.”

Turnberry Luxury Collection Resort is a Founder Member of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.

Three winners for Jim Goldie and Graham Lee at Ayr Racecourse

By: Iain Ferguson

TRAINER Jim Goldie and jockey Graham Lee teamed up on three winners when Ayr Racecourse held its first flat meeting of 2013.

Mister Pagan (8/1) landed the opening race, Employment  Enterprise 10 Years In Business Maiden Stakes, Jonny Delta (13/2) won The Employment Enterprise Scotland Nation of Enterprise Handicap by six lengths and Forrest Flyer (100/30 fav) landed a gamble in the John And Betty Dowse Memorial Handicap.

A delighted Jim Goldie (pictured above) said: “That’s my horses just coming into form after the long cold Spring. We had plenty of runners today, so it was great to get among the winners.”

Irvine born jockey Danny Tudhope (pictured above) produced a stunning ride on Awake My Soul (7/4 fav) to win the feature race of the afternoon, The Employment Enterprise 10 Years In Business Handicap. The saddle slipped on the horse leaving the stalls and Danny had to time his run to perfection to win by a nose.

Other winners included Spavento (2/1 fav) in the one mile one furlong handicap for trainer Eric Alston and jockey Jason Hart and Mac Tiernan (4/1) in the closing apprentice handicap ridden by Eva Moscrop for Philip Kirby.

Ayr’s next race meeting is The Scottish Sun Raceday on Saturday22 June. For more information go online at or call 01292 264179.

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.

Thursday, 6 June 2013

CKD Galbraith offer for sale Ayrshire farmhouse with wind turbine

The opportunity to buy a property that actually makes you money doesn’t come up often, however CKD Galbraith currently has a property on the market that can do just that, whilst at the same time offering energy efficient living. 

The installation of a wind turbine on a property is an attractive opportunity as it helps to supplement a property’s main electricity supply and in addition, can generate a significant and regular annual income, greatly reducing energy bills and the carbon footprint of the property.   

The cost for installing an average sized residential wind turbine with a 15kw generating capacity can be in the region of £58,000 plus ground-works. This combined with the challenges of gaining the adequate planning consent can often deter a lot of people from installing a wind turbine on their land..

A property with a wind turbine already established creates a lot of interest when it comes on the open market and CKD Galbraith is delighted to be marketing a very attractive money making property. 

Bob Cherry (pictured above), partner of CKD Galbraith in the Ayr office said: “Properties for sale with wind turbines enhance the value of the asset as not only does it save the purchaser the initial outlay required but offers an additional revenue by selling energy back to the national grid.

“Such properties are rare so when one comes on the market it does generate a lot of interest from potential purchasers keen to earn and bit of money from nothing and benefit from energy efficient living.”  

Lissens Moss Farm in Killwinning is a charming extended farmhouse with beautiful views over the Ayrshire countryside.  A Proven 35 Wind Turbine with 15kw capacity was erected in November 2010. By virtue of the feed in tariff, this provides an index linked annual income of approximately £5,000 per annum until 2030 and in addition it generates electricity for use in the house.

The property also benefits from 10.5 acres of land planted with mixed hardwood and conifers providing a good source of firewood for the property’s energy efficient wood burning stoves. There is also an additional barn building that offers a development opportunity with planning permission granted for a separate five bedroom house. 

Lissens Moss is being marketed at offers over £395,000. 

The firm recently sold Blackside Farm in Ayrshire which also benefited from the installation of a wind turbine. The property was only on the market for four weeks having generated a wealth of interest and receiving an offer over the £295,000 asking price. 

About CKD Galbraith 

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.

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.

South Ayrshire Council Modern Apprentices in harmony with Southcraig pupils

South Ayrshire Council Modern Apprentices showcased their skills at Southcraig Campus in Ayr during Skills Development Scotland’s (SDS) Apprentice Week recently.
[Pictured: Councillors, students, staff, modern apprentices and invited guests all celebrated Modern Apprentice Week at Southcraig Campus.]
The national campaign raised the profile of Modern Apprentices amongst employers and the public, making them more aware of the opportunities available to apprentices. 
Councillor Robin Reid, Resources and Performance Portfolio Holder for the Council said: “Modern Apprenticeships offer people over 16 years of age the chance of paid employment, combined with the opportunity to train for jobs at different levels. They are a way of young people gaining skills and nationally recognised qualifications to help kickstart a career without having to study full time. Modern Apprenticeships are available across a wide range of industries.
“The experiences that the Modern Apprentices gained during their time at the Southcraig  Campus, working with the pupils and staff there, is something that will stand them in good stead in their future careers.”
Funding comes to the Council through Skills Development Scotland to provide a range of modern and craft apprenticeships. These apprenticeships offer young people the opportunity to gain a recognised qualification through learning at work. The Council currently offers placements in administration, customer service, land based industries such as horticulture and greenkeeping, health and social care and construction trades.
The Council’s Modern Apprentices worked in partnership with Southcraig Campus to deliver a Modern Apprenticeship/Southcraig Challenge week. Pupils undertook a challenge by completing an activity they have never done before. The Modern Apprentices worked with the pupils to facilitate their chosen challenges.
Lorraine Stobie, Head Teacher at Southcraig Campus said: “The Modern Apprentices and our pupils had a great time working together on a range of projects. It was a win win situation, with everyone learning new skills and how to make a real difference to the lives of others.
“The fundraising and sponsorship events were a great success and all the monies are being donated by the pupils and Modern Apprentices to Yorkhill Children’s Foundation, the nominated charity for Southcraig.”
Speaking about her experience at Southcraig Lauren McCormick, Business and Administration Modern Apprentice said: “Taking part in Modern Apprentice Week has been a great experience. I’ve worked with some great people and it’s been a nice change from what I usually do in Burns House. The variety of opportunities was fantastic and I got involved with lots of different things. I’ve had a brilliant week and it’s been great to work with the pupils and staff at South Craig.”
The pupils enjoyed the week too Calvin Nilsen said: “It was a great experience.”
Darran Wallace said about his visit to the Citadel with a Modern Apprentice: “They had a secret room with a massage chair and I think we should have one at Southcraig.”
The Council currently has Modern Apprentices within administration, customer services, land based industries such as horticulture and greenkeeping, health and social care and construction trades. New opportunities are advertised in the local job centres and on our website as they arise.
Modern Apprentices are recruited throughout the year, with times varying depending on the type of apprenticeship.  For more information about how to become a modern apprentice in South Ayrshire log on to
The same week Amenity Horticulture and Highways Maintenance Modern Apprentices were tasked with working with pupils from Ayr Grammar Primary School.
The apprentices constructed cleared an area of ground in the secret garden and erected a greenhouse, which was bought by the school, and installed a rainwater collection butt.  Raised flower beds, which will enable the pupils to plant flowers and vegetables, are also being installed by the apprentices.
Duncan McCluskie Amenity Horticulture Modern Apprentice said: “I found the whole experience very challenging. We built a greenhouse for the pupils at Ayr Grammar Primary. None of the us had ever done anything like this before and it was a real challenge. We learned through the process the value of work as a team. The team of Modern Apprentices feel that they rose to the challenge and I hope that it provides the pupils with a resource that will grow imagination and inspiration as well as plants.”
South Ayrshire Council is a Founder Member of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.

Monday, 3 June 2013

Enterkine Hotel and Restaurant to host next meeting of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Elite Ayrshire Business Circle NEXT MEETING
Enterkine Hotel and Restaurant
8.30am – 10.00am Tuesday 25 June 2013

All Ayrshire business people are cordially invited to attend the next business breakfast networking meeting of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle, which will be held between 8.30am and 10.30am on Tuesday 25 June 2013 at Enterkine Hotel and Restaurant.

Enterkine Hotel and Restaurant, which recently completed accession to full membership of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle, is a privately owned, luxury four-star country house hotel in the heart of Ayrshire, only ten to fifteen minutes from Prestwick Airport and around thirty to forty minutes from Glasgow, offering the very best in accommodation, fine dining and the most relaxing of views.
Approached by a long, winding avenue flanked by mature trees, you will feel you are leaving the real world behind. The trees part to reveal an elegant house, built originally as a private residence in the late 1930s, and now enjoying a new role as a beautifully appointed country house hotel.
While Enterkine Hotel and Restaurant is a perfect setting for a personal retreat, it is also perfect for corporate gatherings, exclusive private dinners and splendid Scottish Country House Weddings.

The restaurant menu has been created by Executive Chef Paul Moffat and his team.
Our meeting will feature a presentation about Enterkine Hotel and Restaurant, and a guided tour of the premises.
The meeting will be filmed on video by the team from new member Clyde Media, and managing director Robert Jacobs will be giving a talk about the advantages of including some interesting video content on company websites.
We also hope to introduce some of our other recent new members, including University of the West of Scotland, Santander Bank, Graham & Sibbald and Halo Communications.
As usual, the meeting will also afford another excellent opportunity to network with other top Ayrshire business people in a friendly and informal environment.
A complimentary buffet breakfast will be provided.
In order to assist with catering planning, please notify the names of people from your company who will be attending this meeting to:
Murdoch MacDonald

Opportunity to sponsor Fife Regatta 2013

A late opportunity has arisen for Ayrshire companies to sponsor a major event in the sporting calendar and a prestige gathering of some of the finest yachts in the world built at Fairlie here in Ayrshire.
The Fife Regatta runs from 28th June to 5th July, and invites the famous Fife Yachts to return to their birthplace on the Clyde and to participate in a unique regatta. As with the previous Fife Regattas, participants will enjoy the spectacular scenery and hospitality, but with a new itinerary that combines past favourites with new destinations.
The event will attract national press and hopefully TV coverage, and provides an opportunity for certain companies to get their name out in the marketplace as event sponsors. It is an event which will attract attention from corporates and individuals with money, and is unlikely to attract the unsociable element associated with football sponsorship, nor does it have any negatives with regard to cigarette and alcohol advertising.
Elite Ayrshire Business Circle members Clyde Media will be filming the event, wearing clothing with each sponsor's name and logo. There will also be advertising banners in place at the marina, as well as the possibility of sponsors having advertising stands or catering units present in the public viewing sites.
You can find out more about the Fife Regatta on and discuss this sponsorship opportunity further with:
Robert Jacobs, MD, Clyde Media UK Ltd
E-mail: Tel: 07515 445797