The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Friday, 13 September 2013

Everything's all set for the best ever William Hill Ayr Gold Cup Festival!

By: Iain Ferguson

THE 2013 William Hill Ayr Gold Cup Festival which runs from Thursday 19 September until Saturday 21 September promises to be one of the busiest and best yet.

[Pictured: The runners pan across the full width of 
Ayr Racecourse in last year’s William Hill Ayr Gold Cup.]

More than 20,000 people are expected to flock to Ayr Racecourse over the three days for Scotland’s richest flat race meeting, which this year boasts £587,000 in prize money.

There are 22 races in all – seven each on the Thursday and Friday and eight on Saturday.

The opening day’s action features The William Hill – Download The App Handicap for the Kilkerran Cup run over one mile two furlongs with £25,000 on offer.

Friday’s main event is the William Hill Ayr Bronze Cup with a capacity 27 runner field thundering down the six furlong straight, and there’s also a top supporting race in The Shadwell Stud/E.B.F. Stallions Harry Rosebery Stakes, a Listed Race.

On Saturday Europe’s richest sprint handicap – the William Hill Ayr Gold Cup takes centre stage with £155,000 in prize money. Sponsors William Hill have installed the Richard Fahey trained Baccarat as favourite, while the Jim Goldie trained pair Jack Dexter and Hawkeyethenoo are also fancied.

Other big races over the three days include the William Hill – Bet On The Move Doonside Cup, a Listed Race, and the William Hill – In the App Store Firth Of Clyde Stakes which carry prize funds of £60,000 each. These are run on Saturday along with the £50,000 William Hill Ayr Silver Cup.

And after racing on all three days there is superb entertainment with live bands performing in the Horseshoe Bar on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and in addition a disco playing in the Ayrshire Suite on the Friday and Saturday.

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, 12 September 2013

Prestwick Airport Consultative Committee seeks new Chairman

Prestwick Airport’s Consultative Committee is seeking a new Chairman.

Current Chair Dr Martin Cheyne, who is also Chairman of NHS Ayrshire & Arran, is stepping down after two years in the post. Now the organisation, which has operated since 1969, has started the search for a new Chairman.

Secretary Nigel Wallace said: “Martin has made a major contribution to the Committee and has been a great ambassador for the airport. We’re hoping to attract a new Chair with a similar strong commitment to Prestwick.”

Nigel explained that the Consultative Committee is an independent advisory forum with which the airport’s management exchanges information and ideas. It has some twenty-six members including representatives from the three local authorities, Ayrshire Chamber of Commerce and businesses based in and around the airport.

“We’re best described as “a critical friend” of the airport,” said Nigel, “as we represent the interests of the many organisations and communities in its neighbourhood. This means we are first and foremost strong supporters of Prestwick but because we’re independent of its management, we can also raise any pertinent issues when developments related to the airport are being considered.”

Nigel added: “The incoming Chairman will join us at an exciting time, as new legislation sees an increased role for Airport Consultative Committees. Martin has helped devise a clear strategy that takes account of this expanded role and we look to his replacement to maintain this momentum.

“At the heart of it is a simple message: Prestwick is a major player at the heart of the Ayrshire economy. Our focus, and that of the new Chairman, is on assisting the airport in maintaining and developing its role as a key economic asset for the area.”

Anyone interested in being considered for the post of Chairman should in the first instance get in touch with Nigel at quoting “Ayrshire Scotland Business News”.

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Top Ayrshire chef Mafiz Ali plans Halloween party for local primary schoolchildren at Ayr Spice Minishant Restaurant

Leading Ayrshire chef Mafiz Ali is busy putting the final touches to plans for a special Halloween party for local primary schoolchildren and their parents at Ayr Spice Minishant Restaurant later this year.

The event will take place on Monday 4 November.

Children and adults will all have a delicious meal together in the restaurant, and afterwards there will be a party for the children in the function room upstairs featuring more food, fun, games and a magic show.

Mafiz Ali commented: “We’re all looking forward to what should be a really fun event, as we feel that it is important that a good restaurant should actively participate in the social life of the community, and not just be only a place to eat.”

A set of photographs taken at last year’s successful sell-out event can be viewed on Flickr – CLICK HERE

For further information contact Jack McChesney, General Manager, telephone 01292 281061, mobile 07926 939566.


A little over half way between the ferry terminal at Cairnryan and the city of Glasgow lies the attractive village of Minishant, which plays host to a very special Indian restaurant. It is situated in the former Minishant Memorial Church, which has been very tastefully and extensively renovated for the purpose, and has a unique ambience created by its architectural excellence: A beautiful, stained-glass window lights up the entire upper level, which is divided in two with a partial mezzanine-floor above for groups of up to about forty people. There is also a cosy downstairs room making a total of three separate indoor venues.

Blessed with very adequate parking, it also boasts a tree-house for the children on the edge of a pine forest at the back of the car-park and well away from the road to ensure safety. On the other side is a large, wooden deck on which there are barbecues in summer, combining the three indoor venues with an outdoor one which has a very pleasant view over the surrounding countryside.

The co-proprietor here is Mafiz Ali, who trained in some of the country’s best Indian restaurants and climbed the ladder to fame in London by winning several prestigious awards: (1996 “Indian Restaurant of the Year” won by the Essex restaurant in which was chef at the time – 1997 “Indian Chef of the Year” awarded at the House of Commons, and soon followed by a special award for cleanliness and hygiene, and then “Golden Child of Sylhet” awarded by his local community in Bangladesh in recognition of his international success).

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

Tel: 01292 441 413

Ayr Spice Minishant Restaurant is a Founder Member of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.