The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Marie Macklin awarded CBE

By: Murdoch MacDonald

Kilmarnock-based entrepreneur and business woman Marie Macklin has been appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the Queen’s New Year Honours list 2015.

The award citation reads “for services to economic regeneration and entrepreneurship in Scotland.”


Commenting on the honour, Marie Macklin (pictured above) told Ayrshire Scotland Business News: “Words can’t express how I felt when I learned I was to be recognised in this way. I’m overwhelmed. I feel both privileged and proud to receive this honour. 

“I’m the first to recognise that this is also a reflection of the endeavour and commitment of those around me, who have persevered with me in taking on difficult challenges. It has been all the more satisfying to see people living and working in buildings we’ve created in regeneration schemes that others have considered ‘too difficult’.

“I’ve been privileged to work alongside bright and talented young people, encouraging them to consider business as a career, and to help creative and energetic entrepreneurs to make the most of their talents.” 

Marie Macklin is Chief Executive of The Klin Group, an entrepreneurial company engaged in economic and social transformation in Scotland. This second-generation family business is distinguished by an inspired and creative approach to investment and economic regeneration. The company’s foundations are in revitalising land and property and investing in challenging and demanding initiatives which help to transform communities. 

Marie Macklin has a background in construction, financial services and banking. She is a member of the Board of Ayrshire College and Business Patron to Centrestage Music Theatre, an Ayrshire social enterprise arts organisation. In 2013 she received the Association of Scottish Businesswomen’s Award for Outstanding Contribution to business. 

Under her leadership, The Klin Group was one of the first private investors in the regeneration of Tollcross in Glasgow, completing several brownfield housing developments which helped to stimulate further third party investment in the area. 

The Klin Group has continued to redevelop brownfield sites throughout Scotland.

During 2003, the company introduced the first WM Morrison supermarket to Scotland, at Kilmarnock, as part of a £60million redevelopment package. This included the transformation of two historic category B listed derelict town centre properties, one the former headquarters of Andrew Barclay & Son, a world-leading steam locomotive manufacturer, the other a derelict Victorian opera house.  

Marie Macklin has a long-established commitment to the development, excellence and philanthropy of young people. She actively encourages entrepreneurs by advising, investing in, sponsoring and supporting local schools, colleges, arts and community organisations to engage young people in business. She is a mentor for Entrepreneurial Spark Enterprise and assists female entrepreneurs to build business networks through her initiative, ‘Women in Enterprise’ at Ayrshire Association of Businesswomen. This initiative is to be extended in 2015 through The Association of Scottish Businesswomen.


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