The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Saturday, 8 February 2014

Farming succession takes centre stage in CKD Galbraith’s Agricultural Update 2014

Leading Scottish property consultancy CKD Galbraith will host their 2014 Agricultural Update in Western House Hotel, Ayr on Wednesday 19 February. 

The update is entitled “Planning for your future” and takes the form of a play set around a traditional farmhouse kitchen table and performed by a cast of rural specialists from CKD Galbraith, accountants Johnston Carmichael and law firm Ledingham Chalmers. 

The play covers issues of relevance to family farms including succession planning, contract farming, inheritance tax, partnership structures and planning for retirement and afterwards there will be a chance to put your questions to the expert cast.


Robert Taylor (pictured above) – partner from CKD Galbraith’s Ayr office - is among those putting his acting talents on show and said: “It’s never too early to take advice on issues like succession planning. 

“We hope that by setting the play in the familiar surroundings of the farmhouse kitchen that we’ll be able to help explain these complex issues in a way which is relevant and recognisable to farmers and will make for an entertaining as well as an informative evening.”

The seminar is free to attend with doors opening at 6.00pm and the presentation beginning at 6.30pm. Tea and coffee will be served after the presentation. If you will be attending the seminar please RSVP to Joanna Graham at CKD Galbraith on 01292 292534 or joanna.graham@ckdgalbraith.co.uk or join the event on Facebook at www.facebook.com/events/644917078901643/

For updates from the CKD Galbraith Rural team follow @ckdgrural on Twitter.

CKD Galbraith is an independent property consultancy employing 250 staff in 14 offices across Scotland including Edinburgh, Stirling, Perth, Cupar, Inverness, Aberfeldy, Castle Douglas, Ayr, Elgin, Galashiels, Kelso, Peebles, Alyth and Aberdeen, offering local knowledge, national expertise and enjoying an international presence. 

The firm is Scotland’s largest and leading rural consultancy managing in excess of 1 million acres of land across the country.

CKD Galbraith provides the full range of property consulting services across the residential, commercial, rural and renewable energy sectors throughout Scotland. The partnership also enjoys a successful relationship with its associate firm in London, CKD Kennedy Macpherson.

To find out more about CKD Galbraith visit www.ckdgalbraith.co.uk

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


Thursday, 6 February 2014

Klin Group chief confirms new sponsorship of Ayrshire businesswomen

The Ayrshire Association of Business Women (AABW) has announced an extension of the ‘Women in Enterprise’ initiative, launched in August 2013, by providing sponsorship for eight new female entrepreneurs. 


Led by entrepreneur Marie Macklin (pictured above), CEO of the Klin Group, the scheme commits to helping businesswomen develop their business networks and provides access to expert, practical advice and guidance. 

In 2013, Marie funded membership of the AABW for six women and has acted as a sponsor, providing mentoring sessions and advice throughout the year.  She will fund a further eight women this month, and aims to welcome 25 women in total in the first year of this successful initiative.

A diverse range of women has been selected for the scheme, with businesses ranging from a mortgage and financial services business to a designer home furnishings boutique.  The women receiving sponsorship are:

•              Angela Fisk - Mortgage Services 

•              Isabel McNicoll - The Business Timesaver Ltd 

•              Louise McCarron - Get2Grips with Grants 

•              Debbie Hay - The Dust Fairy 

•              Fiona Ritchie - HouseShape 

•              Carol Spier - Many Thanks Gift Shop 

•              Amy O’Farrell - Amy’s O’florals 

•              Sandra Patterson - KidsBeeHappy

The ‘Women in Enterprise’ scheme is currently being piloted in Ayrshire.   However, Marie hopes that the concept will be adopted by other established entrepreneurs and replicated across Scotland.  

She said: “I am delighted to continue sponsorship of the Women in Enterprise initiative with the AABW and look forward to welcoming eight new entrepreneurs this month.  The six women who joined the scheme last year are going from strength to strength and I know they appreciate the benefits of being involved.   I am pleased to confirm that by August this year, I will have welcomed 25 women in total to the Women in Enterprise initiative. I strongly believe in nurturing talent and providing opportunities to help individuals, their businesses and ideas to flourish, and the ‘Women in Enterprise’ scheme provides the support network and advice to effectively encourage this.”

Liz Cooper, President of the Ayrshire Association of Business Women, said: “The Ayrshire Association of Business Women is proud and delighted to be part of this pioneering initiative, and we warmly welcome the eight new Women in Enterprise participants to our group. Marie’s vision and dedication to supporting fellow women entrepreneurs is reflected in AABW’s own determination to support and encourage Ayrshire businesswomen and we are thrilled to see the initiative enter its second phase. Each and every member of AABW, be they long standing or new, greatly enriches our association and in this, our 20th year, we look forward to welcoming new and familiar faces to our varied programme of events.”

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. 

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.  Since 1988, 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 has also recently been appointed Board Member of Ayrshire College and works with 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.


South Ayrshire woman is first female Rotary president

Councillor Robin Reid hosted a civic reception on behalf of South Ayrshire Council to welcome Nan McCreadie, the first female President of Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland, back to South Ayrshire, and to congratulate her on becoming the first female president.


[Pictured: Councillor Robin Reid welcomes Nan McCreadie and fellow Rotarians to the County Buildings.] 

Councillor Robin Reid said: “Nan has strong links with South Ayrshire and it is great that a South Ayrshire woman has become the first female president of Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland.

“A global humanitarian organisation, with five clubs in South Ayrshire, the members give up their free time to enhance the lives of others in our communities.

“I know that Nan will make a great contribution to the organisation and guide it well.”

William H Campbell, District Secretary of Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland said: “The president of Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland, Nan McCreadie, visited Rotary District 1230 (West of Scotland) during which visit she was presented with a quaich by South Ayrshire Council to mark the centenary of Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland and in recognition of the fact that she is the first female president of the organisation. Nan was born and brought up in Ayrshire, attending Ayr Academy as a pupil.”

South Ayrshire Council is a Founder Member of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.


Wednesday, 5 February 2014

CKD Galbraith points to encouraging signs in the Ayrshire property market

Scotland’s leading property consultancy, CKD Galbraith has experienced some encouraging signs in the Ayrshire property market over the last quarter and predicts a positive outlook for the year ahead.


Bob Cherry (pictured above), of CKD Galbraith’s Ayr office, believes now is a good time to be putting properties on the market prior to the traditional spring selling season and outlines some top tips and expert advice for home owners who may be considering selling their property. 

During 2013, the firm saw an increase of 34 per cent of properties sold, with an average property value of £422,127, which was an increase of £25,250 on the previous year. Prices achieved were on average within 0.5 per cent of the asking price highlighting the firm’s expertise in setting accurate property valuations. 

The firm has experienced an improvement in the Ayrshire property market over the last quarter (Oct – Dec 213) completing 25 per cent more sales compared to the previous quarter of 2013 with the average property value achieved being £318,000 up from £295,000.   

Bob Cherry said: “Over the last quarter we have seen an increase in business across all our offices in Scotland and we believe that this is set to continue throughout the spring months. Compared to the last quarter of 2012, we have witnessed a surge in the number of viewings and prospective buyers registering with us in Ayr. 

“Although the Ayrshire market has been somewhat slow in comparison to other regions, we believe it will pick up throughout 2014 and are looking forward to a more confident and active property market on the back of our improved figures experienced last quarter. 

“We would encourage early action this year as the Scottish independence referendum is likely to cause a slight slowdown in the property market in the months leading up to the poll itself, a traditional trend which is experienced in any General Election year.  

“However, there is no doubt that the Government Help to Buy scheme is assisting first time buyers trying to get onto the property ladder and consequently this is helping to revitalise the market. Furthermore, as a firm we don’t expect the new mortgage lending rules, set to be introduced in April through the Mortgage Market Review (MMR), to be something to worry about and in fact the Council of Mortgage Lenders predicts that mortgage lending will grow to £195 billion in 2014, up 15 per cent on last year’s figures. 

“The forecast is bright for those looking to sell in the coming months but selecting an agent with accurate knowledge of the market in order to set a prudent price and give honest advice is of paramount importance.” 

Preparing your property for the market needs some considerable thought. Bob outlines some expert advice to bear in mind and help your property attract the interest it merits: 

Price is one of the most decisive factors so keep your eye on the competition. It’s imperative to conduct some thorough research of your own to ensure you’re well placed in 2014’s competitive market.

Look at your house objectively and ask yourself what the deciding factors that drew you to the property were. Once the unique selling points of the property have been identified make sure they stand out.

It’s true that first impressions do count for everything! Buyers have often made up their mind on a house within five minutes, so dressing your house well and making it clear that each room has a function will go a long way to establishing a good impression. 

It’s also important that outside spaces and gardens are well presented and appear as spacious as possible. This counts inside the house as well – spend time de-cluttering rather than costly alterations such as a new bathroom.

Choose the right agent for you and your property. A good agent will be able to give you realistic advice on the local and national market. Investing in your agent will allow you to reap the rewards with dramatic increases in viewers and getting the best price possible for your property. With this in mind, trust your agent’s expertise and try to leave the negotiations to them. 

Finally, try to keep calm throughout the whole process; a viewer will enjoy visiting a house with a happy atmosphere and an owner who does not seem desperate to sell.

About CKD Galbraith 

CKD Galbraith is an independent property consultancy employing 250 staff in 14 offices across Scotland including Edinburgh, Stirling, Perth, Cupar, Inverness, Aberfeldy, Castle Douglas, Ayr, Elgin, Galashiels, Kelso, Peebles, Alyth and Aberdeen, offering local knowledge, national expertise and enjoying an international presence. 

The firm is Scotland’s largest and leading rural consultancy managing in excess of 1 million acres of land across the country.

CKD Galbraith provides the full range of property consulting services across the residential, commercial, rural and renewable energy sectors throughout Scotland. The partnership also enjoys a successful relationship with its associate firm in London, CKD Kennedy Macpherson.

To find out more about CKD Galbraith visit www.ckdgalbraith.co.uk

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

Valentine’s Day Raceday at Ayr Racecourse

By: Iain Ferguson 

SOME exciting racing is in prospect at Ayr Racecourse on Tuesday 11 February with the seven-race Valentine’s Raceday.


A total of £37,000 in prize money is on offer with some top northern jockeys including Jason Maguire, Brian Harding and Peter Buchanan likely to be in action.

The feature race is the £12,000 BetVictor’s Live Casino Handicap Chase, a class 3 contest over two miles four furlongs at 4.30pm which should attract some decent handicappers for what is a good midweek prize.

Main supporting race is The Back Of The Net At BetVictor.com Novices’ Chase over two miles five furlongs and due off at 3.25pm. The opening race is at 1.50pm with gates open at 11.50am and the final race of the afternoon is at 5.00pm.

This is the first of two February meetings at the Craigie track as the build-up continues to the Coral Scottish Grand National Festival at the course on Friday 11 April and Saturday 12 April.

Ayr Racecourse and the associated Western House Hotel are Founder Members of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.