The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Friday, 20 September 2013

Frazer Coogans Commercial Solicitors help kick off William Hill Ayr Gold Cup Festival 2013

Leading Ayrshire law firm Frazer Coogans Commercial Solicitors yesterday (Thursday) helped kick off the opening day of the William Hill Ayr Gold Cup Festival at Ayr Racecourse by sponsoring the first race, the EBF / Frazer Coogans Commercial Solicitors Novice Stakes.

The race was won by the promising colt Bremner, trained by Kevin Ryan and ridden by jockey Graham Lee.


[Pictured: Frazer Coogans Commercial Solicitors managing partner Norman Geddes (right) and Mrs Katrina Geddes (left) congratulate the winning trainer’s wife Jill Ryan.]

Frazer Coogans Commercial Solicitors managing partner Norman Geddes commented: “I would like to congratulate the jockey, trainer and owners of Bremner, the winner of the EBF / Frazer Coogans Commercial Solicitors Novice Stakes. Bremner is a magnificent colt with what I am sure will be a rewarding racing career in front of him.  

“Frazer Coogans Commercial Solicitors were delighted to help Ayr Racecourse kick off what will undoubtedly prove to be the most successful yet William Hill Ayr Gold Cup Festival. 

“My wife Katrina and I enjoyed a splendid day with our guests at the races, and we would both like to thank the whole Racecourse team for their magnificent hospitality.

“As a successful local organisation, Frazer Coogans Commercial Solicitors like to support other Ayrshire companies, and particularly fellow members of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle. We look forward to further opportunities in the future to work together with Ayr Racecourse and the associated Western House Hotel.”

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Frazer Coogans Commercial Solicitors, Ayr Racecourse and the associated Western House Hotel are all Founder Members of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.


Tuesday, 17 September 2013

An audience with Paul McGinley at Turnberry

Join us for a special reception at Turnberry, host of the BMW Golf Cup International this Friday 20 September 2013, where there will be a fascinating Q&A session with Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley (pictured below) and the BBC’s Andrew Cotter.


The hour long Q&A will take place in the Caledonia Suite from 3.30pm. You will then have the opportunity to ‘walk the fairways’ with Paul during a 3-hole exhibition on the Ailsa Course. The evening concludes with refreshments in the clubhouse courtesy of BMW and Turnberry.

As well as the exciting golf action, the highly-anticipated new BMW X5 will be on display throughout the event and you will also get the chance to see the new BMW 4 Series Coupé and the innovative electric BMW i3 at the reception.

To book your place for this unique event, please register NOW at www.bmw.co.uk/turnberry or call 0118 932 4245. Please book NOW to avoid disappointment. We look forward to welcoming you to Turnberry for this memorable occasion.

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


Klin Group sponsors Young Kilmarnock

The Klin Group has announced an exciting three-year agreement to become the sponsor of the newly named Young Kilmarnock Club until the 2016/2017 season.


[Pictured left to right: Scott Geddes (Young Kilmarnock committee member); Marie Macklin, CEO of The Klin Group; and Bobby Russell (Young Kilmarnock Chairman).]

Young Kilmarnock (YK), previously called ‘Young Killie’, has over 500 members and aims to promote, increase and develop football participation and encourage children to participate in physical activity.  

Marie Macklin, CEO of Kilmarnock-based Klin Group which specialises in property development and regeneration projects, met with members of the club during ‘Saturday morning football club’ as the new shirts were unveiled. Over 200 young club members attend per week.

Marie had originally committed to sponsorship for the 2013/2014 season, but after visiting Young Kilmarnock on Saturday to present the cheque, was so impressed that she has committed the Klin Group to a further two years sponsorship, up to and including the 2016/2017 season.

Marie Macklin, CEO of The Klin Group, said:  “We’re extremely proud to be the new sponsor of Young Kilmarnock. We believe in supporting home-grown talent and helping them realise their full potential, so this is a natural association for us.  The team does fantastic work in promoting football, exercise and teamwork and the kids thoroughly enjoy it. The youth of today is the future of Scottish Football, and we’re proud to have our name on the Young Kilmarnock shirts.”

Scott Geddes of Young Kilmarnock (YK) said: “We’re thrilled to have Klin on board as our major sponsor. We know they are passionate football fans who are committed to Young Kilmarnock. Young Kilmarnock is an independent organisation run by volunteers, with over 500 members aged between 4 and 16 years. We will continue to strive to increase our membership and membership benefits, promote Kilmarnock FC in our local community and maintain our position as one of the best junior supporters clubs in the country.  

“Membership of the club is going from strength to strength, and, with this additional support, we’re confident of growing our numbers and creating even better activities for our young people. This is a real boost to the club. We’re also delighted that the club has reached the finals of West Sound’s ‘Cream of Ayrshire Awards’ in the Contribution in the Community category.”



Monday, 16 September 2013

Builders tickled pink as Ayr town centre refurbishment works continue

Work on Ayr’s iconic pink buildings is continuing at a pace, with the refurbishment programme well under way and the ‘big reveal’ getting closer and closer!


[Pictured: In the pink. South Ayrshire Council Leader, Councillor Bill McIntosh (right) and Councillor Bill Grant, Portfolio Holder for Economic Development, Tourism and Leisure (centre) were joined by Gordon Fleming of architects ARPL (left) to see the new pink render, which will be applied to the rear of the buildings.]

Visiting the site to see progress were South Ayrshire Council Leader, Councillor Bill McIntosh and Councillor Bill Grant, Portfolio Holder for Economic Development, Tourism and Leisure, who were joined by Gordon Fleming of architects ARPL.

They saw the original stonework of the buildings some of which are being revealed for the first time in hundreds of years and more a sandy colour, with a hint of pink, than the vibrant pink paint that had been applied in later years.

They were also shown sample panels of weather resistant render, to be applied to the rear of the buildings, carefully matched to complement the current pink shade.

The buildings at 1-3, 2-6 and 6a-10 New Bridge Street, comprising a total of 12 flats and five shop premises are being transformed as part of the £2.5 million Ayr Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) – funded by South Ayrshire Council, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), Historic Scotland and owner contributions.

The refurbishment and conservation work will see the buildings restored to their former glory, with all repairs and works undertaken using traditional methods and materials to preserve the special historic and architectural character of the buildings.

And, recognising the iconic importance of the pink colour, the refurbishment at the rear of the buildings will also benefit from the same sustainable and weather resistant processes – and finished as close to the existing pink colour as possible. 

Behind the scenes, builders have been hard at work, dealing with crusty paint, broken tiles and crumbling stone – but they were tickled pink to discover a nest of young chicks huddling in a hole in the wall as they were removing plasterwork.

The kind-hearted workmen protected the nest and worked as quietly as possible around it to avoid disturbing the birds until they had flown the coop.

All work is expected to finish by the end of 2014 and Councillor Bill McIntosh, Leader of South Ayrshire Council, commented: “It’s exciting to see the amount of work completed so far, and the buildings will look absolutely superb when fully restored to their former glory.

“They're an eye-catching and important part of Ayr’s architectural history, and I’m thrilled to think they will again be gracing the Gateway to Ayr, giving our town centre a boost as we work to regenerate and adapt to challenging times.”

Evelyn McCann, Acting Chair of Ayr Renaissance, said: “The refurbishment works are well under way, and it was tantalising to see the original stonework, some of which are being exposed for the first time in three centuries.

“The work will mark a new chapter in the story of the buildings, and I hope it will also act as a driver to help promote a wider regeneration of Ayr town centre, helping deliver a wider and richer mix of retail, residential and entertainment opportunities.”

Councillor McIntosh concluded: “The Ayr THI refurbishment works will give a new lease of life to these fantastic buildings, and set the tone for anyone entering the town. 

“When the wraps come off, this project will deliver a major visible boost for Ayr town centre, residents, visitors and businesses alike, and makes sure the building’s historic importance and iconic status is preserved for many more years to come.”

The works will be completed as part of the £2.5 million Ayr Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) – funded by South Ayrshire Council, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), Historic Scotland and owner contributions. The level of owner contributions vary according to the specification of the works required.

Ayr THI will be delivered through a sympathetic conservation and refurbishment programme that ensures the special historical and architectural character of the buildings is properly maintained.

ARPL Architects and contractors CBC will carry out all works using traditional methods and materials and in line with best conservation practice to help preserve the history of the buildings and town, while ensuring they can enjoy a sustainable future.