The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Friday, 6 December 2013

Chef Mafiz Ali to host Christmas Carols by Candlelight at Ayr Spice Minishant Restaurant

This coming Tuesday 10 December top chef Mafiz Ali will be hosting an evening of Christmas Carols by Candlelight at Ayr Spice Minishant Restaurant.

This event consists of a programme of carols followed by a buffet meal featuring both traditional Scottish and Indian / Bangladeshi cuisine. 

Girvan Primary School Choir conducted by Wendy-Ann Wilson will perform two groups of carols and there will be five traditional community carols for all to sing as well. 

The Choir will be accompanied by retired international concert pianist Jack McChesney.

All profits will go to West Sound Radio’s Cash for Kids Appeal. 

Cash for Kids responds to the needs of children in our communities so they can live life to the full and realise their individual potential.

Based across 21 areas in the UK, at the heart of your favourite radio stations, we support children aged 0-18 who are disabled, disadvantaged or suffering from abuse or neglect.

Tickets £13.95 each. 

Booking essential for this event. Telephone Jack McChesney on 01292 281061 or mobile 07926 939566 or e-mail 

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.

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 member of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle. 

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Leading Ayrshire solicitor backs campaign to increase public awareness about Power of Attorney

Leading Ayrshire solicitor Norman Geddes (pictured below), managing partner at Frazer Coogans Solicitors, is lending his support to a campaign urging the public to discuss the future with relatives who might be at risk of losing the capacity to make decisions about their care and welfare.

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and Glasgow City Council want to persuade families to “start the conversation” with relatives about putting a Power of Attorney in place. A Power of Attorney is a signed and witnessed legal document which allows a relative or trusted friend to step in if the person executing it is taken ill and becomes unable to make the necessary decisions for him or herself.

It is understood that the lack of a Power of Attorney in place is responsible for delaying the discharge of many patients from hospital.

The lack of a Power of Attorney in place can also lead to financial difficulties for a person who becomes incapacitated and unable to operate their bank account. This is especially true for people who run their own business.  

The awareness campaign includes three TV advertisements which started screening last Sunday featuring the actor Johnnie Beattie and his daughter Maureen, and broadcasting brothers Sanjeev and Hardeep Kohli.

A Power of Attorney is an authority given by an individual to another person or persons to deal with certain aspects of their affairs. The Power of Attorney can relate to financial and property matters, or personal welfare, or a combination of both.

Norman Geddes commented: “The vast majority of us realise the necessity of making financial provision for possible adverse future circumstances, most notably perhaps insuring the life of a family’s chief breadwinner.

“But other adverse circumstances which might occur in the future also include a person becoming physically or mentally incapable of making proper decisions about their financial affairs or how they can best be looked after.

“The best way to prepare for this possibility is to execute a Power of Attorney in favour of a trusted relative or friend.

“The process is straightforward and relatively inexpensive, but requires the advice and guidance of a qualified solicitor.

“The result is increased peace of mind about the future, and I am pleased to back this public awareness campaign by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and Glasgow City Council.”

For further information go to the Public Guardian (Scotland) website: CLICK HERE

Frazer Coogans Solicitors
Dalblair House
46 Dalblair Road

Contact: Austin Thomson 
Tel: 01292 280499 
Fax: 01292 611645 

Frazer Coogans Solicitors is a Founder Member of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle. 

CKD Galbraith offer Ayrshire country house with stables and grazing land

Leading independent Scottish property consultancy CKD Galbraith are offering for sale The Spott, Stewarton, Ayrshire, a lovely country house with generously proportioned accommodation, landscaped gardens, stabling and grazing land of approximately 10 acres.

The Spott is a superb extended farmhouse, available at Offers Over £550,000.  Situated off a quiet country road yet close to the ever popular town of Stewarton The Spott commands fine views over its own landscaped gardens and the surrounding countryside.  

The property has been thoroughly renovated and offers very flexible accommodation with an attached 3 bedroom cottage completed in 2000, which complements the accommodation of the main farmhouse.  The Spott is well equipped offering a traditional farmhouse kitchen with gas range and a cosy sitting room with log burning stove.  A split level lounge offers more formal accommodation and has an open fire and panoramic views.  In addition there is a dining room, utility/pantry and a bedroom on the ground floor.   Three further bedrooms and a shower room complete the accommodation on the first floor.

The Spott overlooks well tended gardens which have been carefully planted with a variety of trees and shrubs and a sheltered patio is a wonderful seating area to enjoy the views.  A summer house and hot tub are located adjacent to the house.  In addition The Spott offers excellent equestrian facilities which are practically designed with a separate entrance and a small turnout paddock.  There are 5 stables in total, a hay store, shed and the thoughtful addition of a conservatory which adjoins the stables and provides a lovely relaxation area or a little warmth on a Winter’s day.

Grazing land of approximately 10 acres extends to the Cuts Burn on the northern boundary and is well fenced.  The nearby Lainshaw Estate and Woodlands offer a network of quiet hacking routes.

The Spott offers all the benefits of rural living yet is within easy reach of Glasgow city centre and Glasgow International Airport.

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.

For further information:

CKD Galbraith 
7 Killoch Place 
Ayr KA7 2EA 
Ayrshire, Scotland 

Contact: R A Cherry BSc MRICS 
Tel: 01292 268181 
Fax: 01292 292300 

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

Finance Secretary warns Chancellor against further cuts

The UK Government must take action to support a sustained economic recovery through additional capital investment, improved access to finance and no additional cuts to spending, Finance Secretary John Swinney has stated in a letter to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne.

Mr Swinney (pictured above) has written to the Chancellor ahead of the Autumn Statement on December 5. The letter highlights the Scottish Government’s rejection of Westminster’s approach to the economy and public finances and sets out a number of priorities that the Scottish Government believe should be addressed in the Autumn Statement.

The letter also warns the Chancellor that in-year budget cuts – as the UK Government has imposed in previous years – are not acceptable and that the Scottish budget agreed by Parliament should be respected.

Earlier this week the Scottish Government launched Scotland’s Future – Your Guide to an Independent Scotland, showing that with the full set of economic levers at its disposal Scotland would be able to build greater long-term economic security, growth and job opportunities.

Mr Swinney said: “The current Westminster system is fundamentally flawed and has created one of the largest gaps between rich and poor in the developed world.

“While we are now seeing promising signs of economic growth, the fact that Westminster is now forecast to borrow over £240 billion more between 2011-12 and 2015-16 than it initially planned in June 2010, underlines the failure of the UK Government’s approach to the economy.

“The Scottish Government is doing all it can, within its limited powers, to support Scottish finances. The latest Scottish GDP figures show the economy is growing 1.8 per cent, which is faster than the UK, while our employment, unemployment and inactivity rates are the strongest of the four nations of the UK.

“However, successive UK budgets and Autumn Statements have undermined the Scottish Government’s ability to support economic revival, particularly through the significant cuts the Chancellor has made to capital investment over the spending review period and, in some cases, the in-year reductions he has made to the Scottish Government’s published spending plans.

“The UK Government retains the right to take money out of our budget mid-year and has done so in the past. It is not only deeply damaging to our plans for investment and to our public services such cuts completely fail to respect devolution and I have urged the Chancellor to assure me that there will be no such cuts in the future.

“There remains a need for additional direct capital investment to support recovery, and it is vital to ensure small businesses have access to finance. There is also a need for serious investment in energy infrastructure over the coming years to help deliver renewable generation across Scotland and the UK. We believe beyond doubt that the current Electric Market Reform proposals risk failing Scotland and the UK in a number of vital areas, and present a huge risk to UK security of supply as well as to investor confidence and our low carbon ambitions.

“As Scotland’s Future shows, an independent Scotland could build a more sustainable economy by delivering an effective industrial strategy, boosting productivity and exports and increasing innovation and participation in the workforce.

“However, until Scotland decides on its future, it is essential that the Chancellor and the UK Government adopts a new approach to ensure that we see a sustained economic recovery, and that the benefits of this are widely shared.

The Finance Secretary has called on the Chancellor to:

Provide assurance that there will be no more in-year cuts to the Scottish Budget. The March 2013 UK Budget applied reductions to the Scottish Government’s published spending plans for 2013-14 and 2014-15.

Provide additional capital investment to support sustainable and broad-based economic recovery and make the country as a whole more internationally competitive.

Invest in energy infrastructure to help deliver renewable generation across Scotland and the UK, arguing that the UK Government’s current proposals are putting the creation of a strong, domestic renewables sector and supply chain at risk, and could undermine Scotland’s security of supply.

Make access to finance easier for SMEs across Scotland. In particular it is important that UK wide schemes – such as the Enterprise Finance Guarantee and Funding for Lending Scheme are readily accessible to Scottish businesses.

Reconsider the UK Government’s decision not to pass on the full external convergence uplift to the Common Agricultural Policy budget to Scotland’s agricultural sector, despite the fact that this allocation is a result of Scotland having one of the lowest per hectare payment rates in the EU.

Make sure the negative impacts of welfare reform are not exacerbated by further announcements made in the Autumn Statement. The Scottish Government has consistently highlighted its view that many of the changes being introduced as a result of the UK Government’s programme of welfare reform are set to impact on some of the most vulnerable in society, and will have a wide range of implications for the organisations helping those affected.