The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Saturday, 29 June 2013

"All right, Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up."

"All right, Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up. Then phone 01292 441423 for me, and book me a table at Ayr Spice Minishant Restaurant. I'm for one of Mafiz Ali's magnificent curries."

Friday, 28 June 2013

CKD Galbraith offer attractive country house with generous accommodation occupying fine setting with commanding views

Leading independent property consultancy CKD Galbraith is offering for sale Burnhousehill, a delightful extended country house which stands in a very private situation in the Irvine Valley by Galston, East Ayrshire with stunning views over the surrounding countryside. The property is very well located for easy access to Glasgow. 

Formerly two cottages, Burnhousehill has been converted to create an attractive extended family home built on two storeys of stone with a rendered finish and tiled roof.  

With beautiful rural views, the house is in excellent condition and has private enclosed gardens.    

There is a large garage and a potting shed which could also be used as a workshop.  

The house has 5 bedrooms, 2 reception rooms and a spacious dining kitchen.  

The magnificent Lanfine Estate with tree lined avenues alongside the River Irvine has a variety of long and short walking trails – the Cessnock walk is a beautiful stroll through attractive ancient woodland, and the National Cycle Network has local circuits available in the neighbouring quiet country lanes.

Offers Over £310,000 are being sought.

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CKD Galbraith’s Ayr Office is a Founder Member of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.

"Go ahead, make my day...."

"Go ahead, make my day. Telephone 01292 441413 and book me a table at Ayr Spice Minishant Restaurant. I'm for one of Mafiz Ali's magnificent curries."

Thursday, 27 June 2013

Ayrshire cheese maker Barwheys Dairy wins two awards at Royal Highland Show

Ayrshire cheese maker Barwheys Dairy has been awarded Gold at the Royal Highland Show 2013 for the second year running, and has also won the coveted title of Best Speciality Cheese Made in Scotland. 

[Pictured: Tricia Bey of Barwheys Dairy....]

Barwheys’ 12 month old cloth-bound cheddar truckle picked up the two awards, to the delight of owner and cheese maker Tricia Bey, who said: “I’m thrilled that Barwheys cheddar has been recognised by the experts at the Royal Highland Show.  

"We understand that very few golds were awarded this year so we are particularly chuffed.  We started the dairy from scratch in 2010 so for our cheese to be recognised in this way while we are still such a young business is just fantastic.”

[....and the awards won by Barwheys Dairy.]

Barwheys cheese is made exclusively from the unpasteurised milk of Tricia’s cattle, pedigree Ayrshire cows, which graze on the pastures that surround the dairy in south 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.

In April this year, Tricia was invited to present at the Hong Kong International Cheese Festival, where she imparted her cheese making skills to a global audience of cheese lovers.

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. Tricia’s Barwheys cheddar cheese featured on Celebrity Great British Bake Off on BBC Television. 

Depute Provost Mary Kilpatrick congratulates young golfers

This is the third year of the South Ayrshire Schools Open Golf competition which is organised by Rev David Gemmell and Richard Gordon, Golf Pro at Belleisle.   

South Ayrshire Council Depute Provost Mary Kilpatrick welcomed the competition winners to the County Buildings and presented them with their prizes.

Pictured at the presentation are (left to right) Rev David Gemmell, Stephen McMillan, Jack Broun, Depute Provost Mary Kilpatrick, Robert Meddings and Richard Gordon – other prize winners were unable to attend the presentation. 

After presenting the winners with their Claret Jugs, Depute Provost Mary Kilpatrick said: “Since this competition stated in 2011 entries have increased to a record number this year and I am delighted that so many youngsters are becoming involved in this great sport.   

“I am encouraged that organisers, Reverend David Gemmell and Richard Gordon’s vision has reached this level and continues to grow to the benefit of youngsters in South Ayrshire and I thank them both for their input and hard work.” 

South Ayrshire Schools Open Golf competition result

Scratch Winners 

Stewart Russell           Marr College               71        1st Scratch 

Emma Hale                 Marr College               72        2nd Scratch  

Hazel McGarva          Marr College               72        3rd Scratch 

Nett Winners

Jack Broun                 Carrick Academy       811962            1st Nett

Stephen McMillan       Belmont Academy      842163            2nd Nett

Robert Meddings        Belmont  Academy     72963              3rd Nett

South Ayrshire Council is a Founder Member of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.

Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Scottish expertise powers Chinese wind farm

A contract signed today will see Scottish renewable energy consultancy, SgurrEnergy provide expert support for the development of the first offshore wind farm in the Guangdong province, China.

The contract, which will be delivered over two years, will see SgurrEnergy, part of Wood Group, advise the  Guangdong Electric Power Design Institute (GEDI), one of China’s leading design institutions, on its landmark Zhuhai offshore wind farm project.  The company, along with offshore experts, Wood Group Kenny, will advise on areas such as wind farm layout, site selection and design, ocean hydrometeorology and will conduct an Environmental Impact Assessment. 

[Pictured at the SGURR Energy Contract Signing, left to right: CEO of Scottish Development International, Ms. Anne MacColl; Implementation Director of SgurrEnergy, Mr. Steve McDonald; Vice President of GEDI, Mr. Qiao Xubin; and Scottish Minister for External Affairs and International Development, Mr. Humza Yousaf.]

Witnessing the signing in Beijing today as part of his visit to strengthen trade and investment links with China, Humza Yousaf, Scottish Minister for External Affairs, has congratulated SgurrEnergy and highlighted its success as an example of how Scottish companies are providing both know-how and technology to support the growing Chinese renewables industry. 

Speaking from the Chinese capital, Mr Yousaf said: “SgurrEnergy already has a very strong track record of providing renewables expertise, knowledge and technology to China as it works towards meeting its green energy targets, and this announcement is great news for both countries.

“It is another positive step forward in strengthening Sino-Scottish links and confirming Scotland’s reputation as a global leader in the development of renewable energy.”

This latest project builds on SgurrEnergy’s strong track record for the provision of consultancy on offshore wind development in China.  The company was involved in the Jiangsu offshore wind farm project and has worked alongside the main Chinese utility providers via the World Bank’s China Renewable Energy Scale-up Programme and EU Aid China.

Cathryn Chu from SgurrEnergy’s Beijing office, said: “SgurrEnergy has been involved in the Chinese offshore wind industry since 2007.  Our knowledge and experience gained in China, together with our advanced technical capability in offshore wind from Europe, has been key in the success of this partnership with GEDI. 

“We are focused on delivering advice on best practice in offshore wind development, ensuring quality throughout the local capability scale-up and design phase.  We are excited to be involved in the Chinese offshore wind sector in Guangdong, after having previously worked in Shandong, Shanghai, Jiangsu, Zhejiang and Fujian provinces.”

Dr. Wang Hailong from GEDI, said:“GEDI is proud to be involved in this landmark project to develop the first offshore wind farm in Guangdong province.  The support of SgurrEnergy and Wood Group Kenny, with their extensive experience in offshore wind, combined with our local experience in typhoon and soft seabed issues, is helping GEDI to address the engineering and technical challenges involved in offshore wind development in the region.”

Anne MacColl, Chief Executive of Scottish Development International, is also in Beijing promoting Scotland’s trade and investment agenda.  She said: “Scotland has some of the best renewable energy resources in the world, which coupled with our strengths in innovation and the engineering excellence, developed over the past 40 years since North Sea oil and gas discoveries, have helped make us an internationally competitive global energy player. 

“Scottish Development International has been working closely with the Scottish renewables industry to take a closer look at how to apply its innovation and experience to the Chinese market.  

“This latest success by SgurrEnergy demonstrates the reputation of the Scottish renewables sector as a collaborative knowledge partner for technology and engineering in China.  SgurrEnergy’s success is building the reputation of the Scottish renewables capability and trail blazes the way for future Scottish companies with vision, ambition and expertise.”

Jockey Robert Winston in treble winning form at Ayr Racecourse

By: Iain Ferguson

Robert Winston stole the honours at Scottish Sun Raceday at Ayr on Saturday when he bagged three winners.

The Yorkshire based jockey started the ball rolling when he piloted My Propeller (7/2) to win the feature race, the Scottish Sun/EBF Stallions Land O’Burns Fillies Stakes for owner Joey Barton and trainer Peter Chapple-Hyam.

The second leg of the treble came on 7/4 favourite Queen Catrine in the Sunsport/EBF Maiden Stakes, and Sand Boy (5/1) completed the treble in the Lidl Surprises Handicap. Both these horses are trained by Charles Hills.

[Pictured: Midnight Dynamo, trained by Jim Goldie and ridden by Andrew Elliot winning the first race at Ayr on Scottish Sun Raceday.]

Uplawmoor based trainer Jim Goldie was at Royal Ascot watching Hawkeyethenoo, but his wife Davina saddled Midnight Dynamo (16/1) to win the Scottish Sun Miss Scotland Handicap under jockey Andrew Elliott.

Other winners on an afternoon that saw a good crowd of 6,250 take in the action included Off Art (5/2 fav) in the Scottish Sun On Sunday Handicap and Maven (7/4 fav) in the Arnold Clark Fillies Handicap. Both were ridden by Graham Gibbons and trained by Tim Easterby.

The next meeting is the Totepool Armed Forces Family Raceday on Sunday 7 July. For more information on racing at Ayr 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.

Monday, 24 June 2013

CKD Galbraith reflects on the first anniversary of groundbreaking Tenancy Deposit Scheme

Leading property consultancy CKD Galbraith has welcomed the effect of legislation to safeguard tenants’ deposits almost one year on from the scheme’s implementation in Scotland.

[Pictured: Bob Cherry, partner in charge of 
CKD Galbraith’s lettings department.]

The Tenancy Deposit scheme, which came into effect on 2 July 2012, ensures protection of deposits for tenants renting properties from private landlords or letting agents.

Under the scheme, agents in receipt of a tenancy deposit are obligated to transfer the deposit to one of the licensed scheme providers who will hold the deposit until the end of the tenancy. In the event of the deposit repayment being disputed by either party, evidence will be requested from both parties and an independent adjudicator will be assigned to resolve the dispute.

For CKD Galbraith, who use SafeDeposits Scotland to look after tenants’ deposits, the tenancy deposit scheme has been a positive experience with deposits being simple and fast to upload and also return at the end of tenancy. Disagreements under the new scheme have also been very low, with more than 98% of deposits returned to the tenant without dispute.

Bob Cherry, partner in charge of CKD Galbraith’s lettings department, said: “Over the past five years there has been a boom in the lettings market, but at times that has created issues of unscrupulous agents who move into the sector believing they can make a quick profit.

“The growing importance of the lettings market had to be followed by increased safeguards for tenants and landlords, and we believe the Tenancy Deposit scheme has helped to provide that.

“Prior to the scheme, there had been examples of agents holding onto deposits because the sum of money had been used elsewhere – most likely to help run the lettings business itself.

“Now, tenants have greater peace of mind and it is harder for dishonest agents to function within the industry.

“We believe that most agents and tenants have benefited from the scheme, with landlords less likely to become embroiled in disputes and tenants reassured that their deposit is safe.

“There probably has been an effect on some letting firms in Scotland, with those who relied on tenants’ deposits for cash flow purposes struggling to adhere to the legislation. However, this is a necessary consequence to ensure the rights and finance of tenants are guaranteed at all times.

“With potential for adjudication under the scheme, the tenant’s position is improved – and landlords, through their agents, can no longer consider a deposit as their money.

“Coupled with the Scottish Government’s recent publication of their Private Rented Sector strategy, we are now seeing positive steps to root out bad practice in the lettings sector. Increasing accountability to tenants, industry bodies and government can only be seen as a good thing for the private rental sector.”

CKD Galbraith currently operates six regional lettings teams from its 14 offices throughout Scotland and is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), the Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA) and the National Approved Letting Scheme (NALS). 

In addition, CKD Galbraith holds a SafeAgent accreditation which guarantees that tenants' and landlords' money is protected by a client money protection scheme.

About CKD Galbraith 

CKD Galbraith is an independent property consultancy employing 250 staff in offices in Edinburgh, Stirling, Perth, Cupar, Inverness, Aberfeldy, Castle Douglas, Ayr, Elgin, Galashiels, Kelso, Peebles, Alyth and Aberdeen. 

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 is a Founder Member of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.

Sunday, 23 June 2013

Academy pupils launch Girvan Harbour pontoons

Pupils from Girvan Academy took to the water last week in their newly-constructed skiff, the Creag Easlasaid, to celebrate the official opening of the £500,000 Girvan Harbour Pontoons in the South Ayrshire town.

The Creag Easlasaid – Ailsa Craig in Gaelic – was one of the first vessels to berth as the pontoons – 35 modern berths for a range of vessels with electricity and water supplies, secure quayside access and CCTV – were officially opened by Councillor John McDowall, who unveiled a cairn that will now be a permanent feature at the harbour.

And the Girvan Academy pupils took advantage of their prime position on the new pontoons to carry-out an official naming ceremony for their skiff, which they constructed– with the assistance of community volunteers – as part of the Scottish Coastal Rowing Project.

Funded by the Sail West project through European Union’s INTERREG IVA Programme for Ireland, Northern Ireland and Scotland and by Scottish Enterprise and South Ayrshire Council, Girvan Harbour Pontoons provide a great boost to the facilities on offer to sailors in Ayrshire.

Councillor John McDowall, Depute Leader of South Ayrshire Council – and a local Councillor for Girvan and South Carrick – said: “We have a terrific marine resource here in Girvan and these new pontoons will ensure it is used to its full potential whether for fishing, local business, tourism or leisure. We only have to look around today to see the excitement created by this development to see the difference it has made already and with aspirations to do even more, this is only the start of the journey – or should that be voyage!

“I’m delighted we now have a modern harbour area that can be enjoyed by many more sailors and I hope this encourages them to stop off and spend some time with us both here in Girvan and across Ayrshire.”

Michael Wright from Scottish Enterprise added: “Our focus is to help grow the Scottish economy by investing in projects that will create employment and enhance Scotland's reputation as an attractive place to live, work and visit. I have no doubt these new facilities in Girvan – which complement similar projects along the coast – will make Girvan an even more attractive destination for sailors.”

The Sail West project is a collaborative initiative led by Donegal County Council on behalf of 20 funding partners, and comprises a programme of some €8 million investment in an agreed series of infrastructure improvements and product development, including Girvan Harbour Pontoons. 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.

Garry Martin, Sail West Project Chairman, said: “Girvan Harbour Pontoons are a vital and strategic element of the overall Sail West project, enhancing the links between Scotland and Ireland and ensuring this part of the country is firmly on the nautical map. I’m very proud of what has been achieved and it’s great to see the pontoons are already very popular with sailors both from home and away. This site is sure to have a positive future.”

Commenting on the contribution of over 50% funding for the scheme from the European Union’s INTERREG IVA, Lorraine McCourt from the Special EU Programmes Body (SEPUB) said: “This initiative is a perfect example of how a wider EU-funded project such as Sailwest/ MalinWaters can have a very significant impact on the local community. Investing in tourism and the promotion of the area’s tourism potential is economically central to the sustainability of small communities and is crucial to ensure the sustainable use of local resources. This new facility will contribute to making Girvan a preferred stopping point for sailing tourists and a base from which they can then discover this area of Scotland.”

Moira Birtwistle, Chair of the Ayrshire and Arran Tourism Leadership Group, concluded: “Sailing and our coastal environment are key components of the tourist offer we have here in Ayrshire and we’re doing a huge amount of work to ensure the use of these assets is maximised both on land and off. Quality berthing locations are therefore vital as we want people to stop, get off and enjoy our fantastic area – rather than just sailing by. These new pontoons will help that become a reality – and that benefits us all.”

Mark McCrindle, a member of the Girvan Harbour Users Group said: “The change in Girvan Harbour is unbelievable. The investment in the new facilities is already making a difference to the harbour users and will continue to do so for many years. I am positive that many sailors will be attracted to visit the marina on a regular basis.”

Girvan Harbour Pontoons are available for hire at any time and booking is recommended call 01465 713648 or mobile 07768993239.

The Girvan Academy boat is a St Ayles skiff. More than 40 pupils and volunteers from the community (Bill Swiatek, Walter Willis and Les Austin) as well as teaching staff from the technical department, including a technical technician who is a boat builder to trade were involved in its construction. The skiff was constructed as part of the Scottish Coastal Rowing Project, which began in 2010 to encourage coastal rowing and racing around the Scottish coastline and lochs with the boats being built by the people who will be rowing them. The Creag Easlasaid  – Ailsa Craig in Gaelic – took a year to build and is finished in the Girvan Academy colours of black and red. She was named by Colin McKechnie, former Cox of the Girvan lifeboat. 

Crew on the day of the naming ceremony were Corrie Smith S3, Lauren McKinnon  S3, Dillon Peacock  S3, Liam Rennie  S3 and Fergus Forsyth, Adult Cox.

South Ayrshire Council is a Founder Member of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.