The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Friday, 16 August 2013

Ayrshire's two biggest commercial property agencies combine forces

AYRSHIRE’S largest commercial property agency has been created through Bell Ingram Commercial merging with J & E Shepherd.

[Pictured left to right:: Bell Ingram directors John Cowan and Pat Cairney, with Graeme Stewart and Kevin Bell of J & E Shepherd.]

Both long established names throughout Ayrshire, Bell Ingram Commercial’s presence in Ayrshire dates back to 1970 whilst Shepherd opened its Ayr Office in 1996, the merger will see Shepherd move along the street from its current office at 2 Miller Road into Bell Ingram’s larger townhouse building at 22 Miller Road.

Kevin Bell, associate in the commercial department of Shepherd, said: “Bell Ingram Commercial is a niche practice which has developed a strong local presence in Ayrshire over many years through the efforts of its directors John Cowan and Pat Cairney. We are delighted with this merger which will see both John and Pat assume the role of consultants to the firm.”

John Cowan said: “Shepherd provides a complementary range of property services to our own and this merger means that we now offer an unrivalled resource of expertise and in-depth market knowledge to clients throughout the whole of Ayrshire.”

The new enlarged commercial team will provide property valuations, sales and letting of shops, offices, industrial premises and land to a range of clients, including private individuals, local and national business and organisations, financial institutions and a selection of major private and public sector bodies.

Graeme Stewart, management partner at Shepherd, commented: “This move is part of an ongoing expansion of our commercial offering throughout the country and bolsters the platform from which we can serve Ayrshire’s active commercial property sector.”

Shepherd is a national surveying practice providing its clients with decades of experience and expertise together with national resource and comprehensive local market knowledge.

Originating in Scotland in 1880 with a network of offices and surveyors across the UK, it offers a multi-disciplinary property service encompassing a comprehensive range of commercial and residential services including: valuation, commercial estate agency, development advice, rating, corporate recovery, restructuring, property management, building surveying, Energy Performance Certificates, renewables and Home Reports.

Thursday, 15 August 2013

Ladies Night fun at Ayr Racecourse

By: Iain Ferguson

THE party night of the year at Ayr Racecourse – QTS Ladies Night was a huge success last Saturday with a crowd of 6200 enjoying racing and fabulous entertainment.

The weather stayed kind with threatened rain holding off until the last race and by that time the huge crowds were heading indoors to enjoy the music of Take That tribute act The Greatest and Edinburgh Sounds.

There was lots of glamour and 11 lucky ladies won a coin that guarantees them a place in the final of William Hill Ladies Day at the course on Friday 20 September when the prizes include - a Vauxhall Adam Jam 1.4 courtesy of  Kerr & Smith, a Fred Olsen 10 night Fjords, Mountains and Glaciers Cruise sponsored by Stewart Travel and Laser treatments by The Coast Clinic, Ayr.

There was a great party atmosphere as a large percentage of the crowd filled the Champagne Lawns before being entertained by the popular bands.

Ayr Racecourse Sales and Marketing Manager Lindsey Smith commented: “We were very happy with the night. There was a real sense of occasion and everyone had made a real effort to glam up with the ladies desperate to win a coin and the guys looking to be Best Dressed Man.

“The crowd were enthusiastic and we were very fortunate with the weather. Both bands were well received and all in all it was a successful night.”

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.

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Leading Ayrshire chef Mafiz Ali to cook at Largs Food Festival

Mafiz Ali, proprietor and head chef at Ayr Spice Restaurant in Minishant, will be helping to lead the celebrations at the Taste Ayrshire Largs Food Festival this coming Sunday 18 August at Largs Green.

And Mafiz (pictured above, centre) will be cooking some of his magnificent curries and serving them as takeaways from his stall at the Festival.

On the menu will be delicious onion bhajis and vegetable pakoras as starters, and a mouth-watering selection of main courses including chicken or lamb bhuna, vegetable curry and chicken korma, all at very attractive prices!

And at 4pm, Mafiz Ali will be joined by another award-winning chef from Bangladesh, and together they will be giving a demonstration of how you can cook the popular Indian dish Chicken Jalfrezi at home in your own kitchen.
From 10am to 5pm this coming Sunday 18 August Taste Ayrshire will be celebrating all that’s great about Ayrshire’s Food and Drink - and there’s a lot to celebrate!

With cookery demonstrations from some of our finest chefs, produce from our artisan producers, live music, children’s entertainment, and even a display from the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, this is a fun packed day for all the family.

So be sure to come along, join the fun and tantalise your taste buds!  Our friends at West FM will also be there to join in the fun, so look out for them on the day.

Mafiz Ali commented: “In all my years in the restaurant business, I have always enjoyed supporting the local community and participating in local events like the Largs Food Festival. I hope to see many of my regular customers on Sunday, and hope to attract others to come along to Ayr Spice Restaurant in Minishant and try out our menu for the first time.”

10AM – 5PM

For more information contact

Ayr Spice Minishant Restaurant

Ayr Spice Indian Cuisine can be found in the fine old red sandstone Memorial church at the entrance to the picturesque village of Minishant, 5 miles south of Ayr on the A77. The church was erected by the thread magnate Sir Peter Coats of nearby Auchendrane, in loving memory of his wife Glorianna, who died in 1877.

Indian food can be simple or elaborate, humble or opulent, within a culinary tradition that is centuries old. The unique gift of Indian cuisine is its inspired use of exotic spices and the finest fresh ingredients. Proprietor Mafiz Ali and his team at Ayr Spice are determined to bring you the best of that tradition, and look forward to welcoming you.

Ayr Spice Restaurant is open 7 days a week from 12 noon until 10pm including Bank Holidays, Christmas and New Year. Takeaway and home delivery are also available.

Mafiz Ali
Ayr Spice Indian Restaurant
The Old Minishant Memorial Church
22 Ayr Road
KA19 8EX

Tel: 01292 441 413

Ayr Spice Indian Restaurant is a member of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Klin Group CEO Marie Macklin sponsors Ayrshire businesswomen

The Association of Ayrshire Business Women (AABW), has launched a ‘Women in Enterprise’ initiative aimed at helping start-up entrepreneurs to access business networks.

The scheme is being sponsored and led by entrepreneur Marie Macklin (pictured above), CEO of The Klin Group, who has committed to helping businesswomen to develop their business networks and to providing access to expert, practical advice and guidance.

Marie will fund membership of the AABW initially for 12 women – six in the autumn and six in spring – for one year.  On appointment to the Association, the new members will attend a welcome lunch where they will be introduced to a wide network of colleagues.  Throughout their membership, Marie will act as their sponsor and will provide mentoring sessions at regular points throughout the year.

[Pictured left to right: Liz Cooper (President of AABW); Jackie Dalziel (Darcy’s Melts); Lynn Burns (Suddenly Single Money); Marie Macklin, CEO of the Klin Group; Alison McCluskey (Early Bird Social Media); Maggie Ramage (As & When HR); and Vanessa Good (The Good Currency Company).]

The initiative, launched at a special lunch at the Fenwick Hotel, is being piloted in the Ayrshire area with the AABW.  

Marie is keen that women from Ayrshire and the wider west of Scotland business community apply for the initiative with the AABW and she hopes that the concept will be adopted by other established entrepreneurs and replicated across Scotland.

She said: “I’m so pleased to be launching the Women in Enterprise sponsorship initiative with the Association of Ayrshire Business Women. In the first instance, it will provide twelve women with a fantastic opportunity to develop professionally, with strong support in place and access to expert advice.   I strongly believe that women should support other women – the bigger and better the support networks are, the more women can thrive to the benefit of the whole business community and indeed to our country.”

Liz Cooper, President of the Ayrshire Association of Business Women, said: “We are thrilled and proud to be working with Marie on this fantastic initiative which will help support more women achieve their goals and drive their businesses forward. Making new connections and sharing experiences can be incredibly inspirational and encouraging, and fundamentally AABW is about broadening business women’s networks and knowledge.  AABW is therefore delighted to welcome each of these talented business women to our group and we look forward to getting to know them and their businesses over the coming months.”

About AABW

The Ayrshire Association of Business Women is Ayrshire’s leading business, entrepreneurial and professional women’s group, with members from a wide range of industries, sectors and backgrounds. The Association meets monthly with a diverse programme of inspirational speakers, workshops and networking opportunities throughout the year. 

About Marie Macklin

Marie Macklin is an entrepreneur and CEO of The Klin Group, which engages in economic and social transformation in Scotland and manages a portfolio of international property investments.  Marie has progressed the company from property construction into land investment and property regeneration.  Engaging local communities in planning transformation is fundamental to Marie’s business philosophy.  Marie also works with Kilmarnock College, local schools and aspiring young business people to encourage new generations of entrepreneurs, sharing business knowledge and providing advice and financial support for initiatives which motivate young people.

Monday, 12 August 2013

South Ayrshire Provost marks retirement of David Kiltie

South Ayrshire Provost Helen Moonie hosted a special celebration in Maybole to mark the occasion of David Kiltie retiring from the Community Council.

Helen Moonie said: “David Kiltie has made an immense contribution to the town of Maybole and to its community. Born and educated in Maybole, he has used all his talents and lifeskills to improve the lives of others by serving on a wide range of committees and working groups. 

“Many people will remember David for the work he did with MayTag through the 1980s and the 1990s where he worked  tirelessly to help deliver training and work initiatives to help people find employment, and moving with the times went on to help set up their very successful website. David has been nvolved in so many projects - Maybole and District Business Association, Carrick Community Transport, Maybole’s annual town gala and Maybole Town Twinning Association. 

“David is now retiring, and I wish him and his wife Margaret a long and happy retirement.”

The Community Council paid tribute to David Kiltie and presented him with a plaque and a gift, Mark Fletcher Chairman of the Maybole Community Council said: “David will be a big loss to the Community Council, but it is reassuring to know that his help and expertise is only a telephone call away. His are big shoes to fill as he has done so much for the town as highlighted by the Provost and is affectionately known as Mr Maybole.

“No doubt David will immerse himself in other work and get to spend more time with Margaret, his six daughters and his grandchildren and it was lovely to see them at the celebration. The whole of the Community Council wish David and Margaret a long, fruitful and rewarding retirement that will surely offer many new opportunities which I know he will embrace whole heartedly, just as he did with the Community Council.”

Following the presentations David Kiltie said: “Thanks to Provost Moonie and South Ayrshire Council for the lovely gift and for arranging the evening. 

“I would like to thank everyone who has been a member of the community council, Provosts, Councillors, Council Officers, MPs, MSPS and members of the community who I have worked with over many years. And a big thank you to my wife Margaret and our family for their support.

“Mark Fletcher, Chair of the Maybole Community Council presented me with a plaque marking my service and a set of ‘keys to the auld toon of Minniebole’. I thought it an unbelievable and thoughtful gift which I will treasure.”