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Saturday, 29 March 2014

South Ayrshire Council’s 2016 plan for new Girvan and South Carrick leisure facility

A swimming pool, state-of-the-art gym, soft play area, multi-purpose studio, café and viewing gallery are on the cards for Girvan and South Carrick in 2016.

[Images of a scale model of the new external design, 
produced by architect Paul Weston.]

They all feature in the final proposals for the new leisure and community facility, which were approved at last week’s meeting of the board of South Carrick Community Leisure.

The board also approved an indicative business plan and design, which confirms the capital construction costs of the new facility as £5 million.

Andrew Sinclair, Chair of the Board of SCCL, said: “This design and business plan gives us something very realistic for the town and – crucially – something that is achievable, particularly in relation to the level of community fundraising likely to be required.

“Previous designs – although they looked good – just didn’t add up financially. We need to get it right at this stage and create a project that gives us the facilities we want, but that is also affordable and deliverable for the people of Girvan. 

“This design and business plan does exactly that and, vitally, provides for a clear timeline  – subject to everything working out as expected – that will see our kids swimming in a brand new pool in 2016. That’s what we need, that’s what we want and that’s what this plan will deliver.”

The revised designs and business plan will provide a brand-new two-storey building constructed at Girvan Harbour, providing much needed sport, leisure and community facilities – and a regeneration boost – for the South Ayrshire town. 

The facilities will include a 25 metre pool, a two-storey soft play area, a fantastic fitness gym with around 40 fitness stations, a flexible multi-purpose studio that can be used for arts, culture and community events, and a café area where people can keep an eye on the sport and leisure activities underway throughout the centre or simply sit back and enjoy the stunning views out to Ailsa Craig. The £5 million project will be funded by South Ayrshire Council and South Carrick Community Leisure.

Councillor Bill McIntosh, Leader of South Ayrshire Council, said: “I’m very pleased the board have approved the indicative business plan and design and we can now move on to the next steps. 

“It’s vital we get this project off the ground sooner rather than later for the people of Girvan and South Carrick – the revised costings and design allow us to do that, while delivering the amenities and services our communities deserve.

“During the recent consultation, the message that came across loud and clear was that local people are tired of waiting and want this facility now. What has been agreed offers an impressive facility that makes the entire project more affordable. This means we can turn it into a reality that much sooner – and that’s what matters to the people and communities of Girvan and South Carrick.”

Further work on funding applications to support the community fundraising will now progress alongside work to finalise the business plan and the designs.  

The intention is for the planning application for the new leisure and community facility to be submitted later in the year, with work getting underway by the middle of next year.

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

Friday, 28 March 2014

CKD Galbraith offers for sale a fine Georgian country house in Ayrshire

Leading independent Scottish property consultancy CKD Galbraith’s Ayr Office is offering for sale Hazelbank House, a fine Georgian country house occupying a slightly elevated position overlooking its own gardens, grazing of approximately 14 acres and the surrounding countryside by Dunlop in Ayrshire.  

Quintessentially Georgian in appearance, Hazelbank is built of blonde sandstone with tall graceful chimneys which adorn the roof and astragalled windows so typical of that period.  

Internally the layout is symmetrical and the rooms well proportioned. A vestibule opens to a wide hallway with a sweeping staircase to the upper floor flanked by a stone pillar. 

The living room is an elegant room with south facing windows and an open fire.

The dining kitchen is undoubtedly the hub of the house and has a wonderful vaulted ceiling with exposed beams and traditional country style units. There is also Jotul stove placed on a slate hearth, Belfast sink and integrated appliances. A glazed door leads from the kitchen to a sheltered patio and the tiled floor is a practical solution to muddy boots.  

The kitchen leads off to a more recent single storey extension to the house comprising two bedrooms and a shower room which although forming an integral part of the house is an excellent area for entertaining staying guests.  

A large utility room and an office completes the accommodation on the ground floor.  

Three spacious bedrooms and a bathroom are located on the first floor.  

Hazelbank House is a gentleman’s home and the stable yard with its clock tower reflects this. 

Accessed from the main driveway and slightly separate from the house the stable block comprises 7 loose boxes in total, a secure tack room and a hay shed. An all weather outdoor arena lies adjacent to the stable yard and there is plenty of parking for horse boxes and vehicles. The grazing land of approximately 12.6 acres is well drained and divided into three paddocks. The Glazert Burn runs through the land and there is also an area of mixed woodland.

Located just 16 miles from Glasgow city centre Hazelbank House is well placed for commuting and well equipped for operating an equestrian business.

Hazelbank House is available at Offers Over £480,000.

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For further information contact:

Fiona Fulton (pictured)
CKD Galbraith 
7 Killoch Place 
Ayr KA7 2EA 
Ayrshire, Scotland 

D/L Tel: 01292 292535
Switchboard:  01292 268181  
Fax: 01292 292300 

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

Thursday, 27 March 2014

Bumper entry for Scottish Grand National at Ayr Racecourse

By: Iain Ferguson 

CORAL Welsh Grand National winner Mountainous is one of 88 entries for this year’s Coral Scottish Grand National at Ayr Racecourse on 12 April.

And the Richard Lee trained horse is joined at the entry stage by some big names including Tidal Bay from the Paul Nicholls yard and Cheltenham cross country hero Balthazar King, but both are more likely to run in the Crabbie’s Grand National at Aintree.

Other entries include last year’s winner Godsmejudge, the  2012 Coral Welsh Grand National winner Monbeg Dude and four from the Lucinda Russell yard  – Green Flag, Kris Kross, Nuts N Bolts and Lie Forrit who won over hurdles at Kelso last Saturday. Another Scottish entry is Scotswell trained by Harriet Graham in the Borders.

Penrith based Nicky Richards holds entries with last year’s third Mister Marker, And The Man and Tutchec.

Race sponsors Coral have installed the Harry Fry trained Mendip Express (pictured above) as 8/1 favourite, with three horses on 14/1 - Many Clouds, trained by Oliver Sherwood,  Green Flag, and Phillip Hobbs Roalo de Farges.

The QTS Scottish  Champion Hurdle, the main supporting race on the card,   has attracted 55 entries including the second and third in the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham earlier this month – My Tent Or Yours (Nicky Henderson) and The New One (Nigel Twiston-Davies).

Early indications are that Nicky Henderson will send My Tent Or Yours (pictured above) to Ayr in preference to Punchestown where he would clash with his Champion Hurdle conqueror Jezki.

The classy Irving from the Paul Nicholls yard, last year’s Evan Williams trained winner Court Minstrel and the talented Cockney Sparrow from John Quinn’s North Yorkshire yard are other possible runners.

And there are five entries from the all-conquering  Willie Mullins stable  – Un de Sceaux, Arctic Fire, Wicklow Brave, Upsie and Midnight Game.

Tickets for the two day Coral Scottish Grand National Festival on April 11 and April 12 are selling fast and its recommended racegoers book early to avoid disappointment. Call 01292 264179 or go online at

• Coral Scottish Grand National betting - 8/1 Mendip Express, 14/1 Many Clouds, Green Flag, Roalco de Farges, 16/1 Sam Winner, Rocky Creek, Unioniste, Shutthefrontdoor, Nuts N Bolts, Tour des Champs, Lie Forrit.

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.

Turnberry Resort launches Spring events programme

Turnberry, the Luxury Collection Resort on the Ayrshire coast, has released details of its 2014 spring events programme as the world class destination prepares for lighter nights and warmer weather.

Nine events have been launched covering food, golf, children’s activities, dining and family celebrations. In addition, Turnberry has also unveiled its busy programme of Easter events held at the resort during the upcoming school holidays.

Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea Sunday 30 March

Spend quality time with family in the elegant Grand Tea Lounge at the heart of the hotel. With unrivalled views towards Ailsa Craig and Arran, guests can enjoy the Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea served with a glass of Moet & Chandon champagne for £32 per person, from Friday 28 March until Sunday 30 March 2014.  

The Sounds of Frank Sinatra – Friday 28 March 2014

Relax and enjoy the classic Sounds of Frank Sinatra in the exquisite surroundings of the Grand Tea Lounge. This popular event costs just £49 per person and includes a delicious three course dinner.

Sunset Golf – 1 April 2014

West is best for evening golf, so enjoy the lighter nights with a round on the Championship Ailsa course after 3pm for just £99 per person. 

Easter Activity Programme – 5 -21 April 2014

Guests at the resort can enjoy a range of tailored children’s activities including Easter egg making, an egg hunt and a selection of fun outdoor and indoor activities. Further information on Easter accommodation and activities can be found at 

Junior Golf Schools from April 10 2014

Budding Open Champions can take to the world famous Turnberry links to learn the skills of the great game of golf at a Junior Golf School. Taking place within the Turnberry Performance Academy, each school takes place over six days for two hours each day with a fun competition on the final day. The school is open to age 8 and above and costs £60 per child. 

Thai Time at Turnberry Thursday 10 April 2014

Experience the best local produce created with an oriental twist in the Ailsa Bar & Lounge. Enjoy these Thai-inspired dishes and embark on a culinary adventure. Priced at £35 per person.

Open Links Classic Tournament Sunday 4 - 6 May 2014

Play in the Open Links Classic and compete across all three of Ayrshire’s three Open Links courses, the Ailsa, Royal Troon and Prestwick. The tournament, coupled with fine dining experiences, commences on Sunday 4 May 2014 and includes two night’s accommodation at Turnberry and concludes with a ceremonial lunch.  Prices for the event start at £650 per person. 

Sounds of the Musicals 9 May 2014

Featuring three of Scotland’s top musical theatre singers performing some of the West End and Broadway hits, the Sounds of the Musicals will be a thrilling night of live entertainment in the welcoming Grand Tea Lounge. Tickets are priced at £49 per person and include a delicious three course evening meal served in the Grand Tea Lounge and Brown’s Room.

Tee for Two at Turnberry Sunday 12 May – 14 May 2014

In partnership with Women & Golf magazine, Turnberry is delighted to host Tee for Two, a golf challenge for couples, hosted by BBC news anchor Naga Munchetty and TV journalist Chris Hollins. The package includes a welcome cocktail reception, dinner and two nights’ accommodation and two rounds of golf on the Ailsa and Kintyre courses. Tee for Two is priced at £495 per person.  

To reserve your place at any of these event, please call  01655 334 175  or e-mail 

Turnberry, a Luxury Collection Resort, Scotland 

Turnberry is located on the stunning Ayrshire coast, offering elevated views over the Irish Sea, Ailsa Craig and mountains of Arran and Kintyre. First opened in 1906 as the world’s first golf resort, Turnberry quickly established itself as the premier destination for social and sporting events. The five red star resort underwent a multi-million pound renovation programme prior to hosting the 2009 Open on its legendary Ailsa golf course and becoming part of Starwood Hotels & Resorts much acclaimed Luxury Collection. The luxuriously appointed guest rooms include four lavish ocean-view suites and offer a perfect blend of Edwardian tradition and timeless design. The iconic Ailsa course is currently ranked as Britain’s number one golf course by leading golf publications and consistently rated within the world’s best. For golfers, there is also the Championship Kintyre course and the Arran course, as well as the Turnberry Performance Academy. Turnberry is the perfect setting for food lovers, with a choice of unique dining experiences, including the signature restaurant 1906, which offers classic dishes with a modern twist and a unique Chef’s Table experience. There is also the elegant Grand Tea Lounge, Ailsa Bar & Lounge, Duel in the Sun bar and Tappie Toorie restaurant overlooking the links golf courses and sea beyond. Turnberry has a well-established reputation for top class meeting and events facilities, specialising in bespoke boardroom experiences. There is also a luxurious spa offering a range of ESPA treatments. The onsite activity centre, Turnberry Adventures, offers guests a variety of distinguished outdoor activities including quad biking, archery and off-road driving. For more information, please visit  

The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts 

The Luxury Collection® is an ensemble of hotels and resorts offering unique, authentic experiences that evoke lasting, treasured memories. For the global explorer, The Luxury Collection offers a gateway to the world’s most exciting and desirable destinations. Each hotel and resort is a unique and cherished expression of its location; a portal to the destination’s indigenous charms and treasures. Magnificent décor, spectacular settings, impeccable service and the latest modern conveniences combine to provide a uniquely enriching experience.  Originated in 1906 as a collection of Europe’s most celebrated and iconic properties, today The Luxury Collection brand is a glittering ensemble of more than 85 of the world’s finest hotels and resorts in more than 30 countries in bustling cities and spectacular destinations around the world.  The Luxury Collection includes award-winning properties that continuously exceed guest expectations by offering unparalleled service, style and class while celebrating each hotel’s distinctive heritage and unique character.  All of these hotels, many of them centuries old, are internationally recognised as being among the world’s finest. For more information, please visit 

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

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

£7.5 million investment delivers jobs boost for Ayrshire

67 oil and gas jobs created

By: Murdoch MacDonald

Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond has announced the creation of 67 highly skilled new jobs at oil and gas service company Howco Group plc in its Ayrshire engineering division following a £7.5 million investment.

The company, which specialises in the provision of specialised steels and equipment for the buoyant oil and gas sector, has ambitious expansion plans which are being supported by Japanese parent company, Sumitomo Corporation and a £750,000 Regional Selective Assistance grant from Scottish Enterprise.

The investment will bring the total number of Scottish jobs across the company’s Aberdeen, Cumbernauld, Glasgow and Irvine sites to over 360 and will see an additional 2,000 square metres of factory space being created to accommodate the company’s ambitious international growth plans. 

As a major local employer, Howco is committed to opening up youth employment opportunities through the Modern Apprenticeship Programme to ensure a readily available supply of skills for Scotland’s future oil and gas industry. 

The company, which currently employs nine apprentices across its Scottish sites is in early discussions to potentially boost this figure by a further eight apprenticeship placements in the coming months.

Visiting the company’s manufacturing facility at Shewalton Road after the Scottish Government’s Cabinet meeting in Irvine, First Minister, Alex Salmond, said: “The creation of this number of highly skilled jobs is excellent news for North Ayrshire. 

“I am delighted that Howco are investing more than £7 million to allow them to improve their facilities here, as well as expand to their new site nearby.

“This is a tribute to the success of the team here at the Drybridge site, supported and enabled by Scottish Enterprise, and North Ayrshire Council. 

“The fact that the company is so supportive of training by offering apprenticeships is also to be welcomed.

“The record investment being made in the oil and gas sector, of which Howco is part, points to a bright and healthy future for the industry for decades to come.”

The expansion is expected to support significant further growth in the company’s market share building on its existing position as one of the UK’s largest independent processors and distributors of speciality steels with operations in nine countries including the USA, China, Canada, Norway, Singapore, Dubai and Malaysia.

Steve Hoggan, Manufacturing Director at Howco said: “Our primary market in the oil and gas sector is forecast to grow strongly over the next three to five years, both in the UK and overseas. Our worldwide reputation as market leaders places us in a strong position to capture a share of that growth and by investing in our facilities and our workforce we can maintain and grow our market share. With the additional capacity from the project, we anticipate turnover almost doubling within the next five years.”

Adrian Gillespie, managing director of operations at Scottish Enterprise, said: “Howco’s decision to invest in the Ayrshire facility is testament to the skilled workforce and ambitious leadership team which aims to double the company’s turnover within the next five years. 

“We are focused on supporting Scottish businesses to increase their international success and so are pleased to have been able to work with the company here in Scotland and with Sumitomo in Japan to support this investment which will undoubtedly drive greater global trade for the company.”

Patrick Wiggins, Chief Executive of Irvine Bay, said: “This is tremendous news for the area and demonstrates yet again the enormous value i3, Irvine’s Enterprise Area to the region in helping attract investment, jobs and opportunities. We are seeing very significant interest in the Enterprise Area from businesses within Scotland and from overseas, and already we have secured a number of projects which are creating jobs and helping develop a stronger and more sustainable local economy.”

Councillor Marie Burns, North Ayrshire Council, said: “This is fantastic news for the area and yet another tangible example of how our ‘Team North Ayrshire’ approach to business support is working on the ground and helping to create much needed employment.

“There is no priority more important for our Council than job creation – and we will continue to work hard with the public and private sectors to ensure that we build on this success and provide the right environment for business to prosper.” 

Oil and gas is one of Scotland’s biggest success stories, supporting over 200,000 jobs and generating £8.2billion worth of exports to 100 countries last year alone. Across Scotland there are over 2000 companies in the oil & gas supply chain, supporting the entire oil & gas upstream lifecycle through exploration, development, production and decommissioning. 

Howco Group plc is a key player in Scotland’s oil & gas supply chain. The Irvine facility provides wellhead and sub-surface equipment as well as ancillary manufacturing and assembly for down hole drilling.

Smashing way to start Lochside’s masterplan!

South Ayrshire Council’s masterplan for the Lochside in Ayr, designed to provide 58 new, socially affordable homes and new landscaping, literally got off to a smashing start this week as the demolition of the old maisonettes on Ferguson Street got underway.

[Pictured: Portfolio Holder for Housing, Councillor Philip Saxton (right) is pictured with Councillors Douglas Campbell and Rita Miller, with housing officers from South Ayrshire Council at the Lochside demolition works on Ferguson Street, Ayr.]

The multi-million pound masterplan to build the new homes and landscape the area was heavily influenced by local opinion, with consultation and open days in 2013 encouraging residents in the area to make their views known.

Work to strip the interior of the maisonettes is already underway and the exterior shells of the buildings will be flattened in the weeks ahead and it is anticipated the first of the 58 new homes will be completed and available to new tenants by spring 2015.

[Pictured: Councillor Philip Saxton, Portfolio Holder for Housing (front, left) is pictured with Councillors Douglas Campbell and Rita Miller, with community representatives and council officers at the Lochside demolition works on Ferguson Street, Ayr.]

To formally mark the new dawn for Lochside – and the demolition of the maisonettes – Councillor Philip Saxton, Portfolio Holder for Housing and Customer Services rolled up his sleeves and knocked down the first bricks.

Councillor Saxton said: “We are investing in Lochside as part of our commitment to enhancing and improving the local area.

“When the maisonettes were built, they were much needed, but no longer meet the quality or standards we expect for our tenants today. 

“I’m delighted to see the dream we have for this area fast becoming a reality and this demolition will open out the space around Ferguson Street, which will be landscaped, as we work to build 58 new socially affordable houses nearby.

“These superb new homes will be a mix of flats, bungalows and cottages, and will offer high-quality, modern homes for tenants in a spacious and vibrant new area which will completely transform this corner of Lochside.”

Councillor Saxton continued: "This has been a much anticipated moment for this very exciting project, which is a positive result for the whole Lochside community and I’m delighted the development has been informed by strong local feedback.

He concluded: “Today is a great day for Lochside and I'd like to thank local people for their continued commitment to the regeneration of this area.

“Their patience will soon be rewarded as this ambitious vision to redevelop the area takes a big leap forwards and we see a stunning new future for Lochside emerge.”

A 3-D flyover giving a bird’s eye impression of how the new development could look can be viewed online CLICK HERE 

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

Scottish Cabinet announces over £9 million funding for Irvine

Regeneration, community and business investment

By: Murdoch MacDonald

A £1.7 million funding package to support jobs and regeneration in Irvine and the surrounding area was announced by First Minister Alex Salmond as the Scottish Government Cabinet met in Irvine yesterday.


The funds are in addition to £7.5 million investment announced by oil and gas service company Howco Group plc to expand its Irvine premises and create 67 new jobs.

Local projects which will receive a share of the £1.7 million regeneration funding include: 

• £1.6 million to Irvine Bay Regeneration Company to support investment and infrastructure improvements to encourage more business to the Enterprise Area

• This funding will also support Irvine Bay’s plans to install a big screen in the Bridgegate area to celebrate events such as the Commonwealth Games and contribute to the continued regeneration of the town centre. It will be owned by the people of Irvine with the content, such as local advertising, films, children and family programming, music, interactive games and major events, driven by the community with support from local schools and colleges. Running costs will be paid for through advertising revenue

• £25,000 investment in the Vineburgh Community Centre which provides support applying for jobs, accessing learning opportunities and benefits for those affected by welfare reform. It’s also at the heart of a food bank network and helps promote healthy eating and fitness for all ages. The funding will allow the centre to be a model for other community organisations across North Ayrshire

• More than £50,000 for Irvine Bay Gymnastics Club to expand to Kilwinning, set up early years classes and encourage more people to take up the sport. The club, founded by local parents, started out with just 12 members and now has more than 600. It has trained national champions and also offers diversionary activities for young people

• £84,000 for equipment to allow Irvine Beat FM out and about in the community. The local station is run by volunteers and provides training for work, health and cultural activities. The company will also help train 40 young volunteers. 

The First Minister made the announcements during the third in a series of public discussion events designed to allow communities across Scotland to quiz ministers on Scotland’s Future – your guide to an independent Scotland.

The regeneration cash builds on investment and employment announcements in the area over the last two years:

• Regional Selective Assistance awards from Scottish Enterprise has created and safeguarded around 550 Irvine jobs

• i3, Irvine’s Enterprise area, has attracted seven new life sciences business to the area, supporting at least 141 jobs with an overall target of 1,500

• GlaxoSmithKline has invested almost £60 million in Irvine.

Mr Salmond said: “Today’s funding announcements of more than £9 million will build on the work already achieved to attract businesses, jobs and investment to Irvine and North Ayrshire. 

“Regeneration isn’t just about businesses, it’s about people and places, creating communities we can be proud of, where people want to live, work and invest in.

“All of these projects will make fantastic contributions towards boosting facilities in Irvine, which like many towns and cities across Scotland has suffered due to economic hardships in recent years, and I am delighted to be able to announce this financial support today. 

“These groups and individuals are ideally placed to build capacity into their own communities to help them to tackle inequality and disadvantage for all of North Ayrshire. There is a wonderful commitment from many locals to help regenerate the town centre and further afield, with a lot of great work underway and planned for the future. These small steps will build momentum and this funding will help the community continue to work together to regenerate the area, create jobs and opportunities.

“With the full powers that independence would bring, we could do so much more to put local people at the centre of decisions around their own communities and to use our own resources to shape fiscal and economic policies for Scotland’s best interests.”

North Ayrshire Council Leader Willie Gibson said: “This is fantastic news for North Ayrshire and it’s a much needed boost for businesses and the community. The announcement reinforces our own local efforts to support companies to create more jobs; care for the vulnerable and develop our young people to achieve their ambitions. 

“I am delighted the Scottish Cabinet has taken time out of its busy diary to come and meet the people of North Ayrshire. It allows Ministers to see for themselves all the good work that is going on in our area, to revitalise our communities and make North Ayrshire the place to be”.

Patrick Wiggins, Chief Executive of Irvine Bay said: “We are delighted with this additional support from the Scottish Government for the ongoing regeneration of Irvine town centre, and for the development of i3, Irvine’s Enterprise Area. The benefits from investment to date have seen businesses grow and relocate to Irvine. These extra funds will allow Irvine Bay and its partners, North Ayrshire Council and Scottish Enterprise, to continue the work of attracting new jobs and investment to the area, particularly in the life sciences and engineering sectors.”

The big screen will be put up in the new public realm at Bridgegate and programming will be shaped by the community, with local advertising, music, film and events. It will bring the local community together to celebrate major sporting events such as the Commonwealth Games, as well as support the Council’s and communities plans to revitalise the town centre. Schools and colleges will participate in creating content, with the screen creating training opportunities for young people. It could also be used by local businesses to advertise local produce and special events.

The ICT funding for Vineburgh Community Centre will also allow training courses to be run to help boost skills and job prospects for people in a wider area of North Ayrshire. 

The gymnastics funding will enable a new facility to open in Kilwinning and allow the club’s facility at The Flipside to be expanded and very specialised equipment installed.

Irvine Beat FM was set up in 2007 and is run by volunteers, with the aim of promoting health and wellbeing to the local community. The funding announced today will help train an extra 40 volunteers a year. 

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

CKD Galbraith offers for sale charming rural Ayrshire stone cottage in historic location

Leading independent Scottish property consultancy CKD Galbraith’s Ayr Office is offering for sale Lainshaw Stables Cottage, a charming B-listed attached cottage forming part of the former stable block of the historic Lainshaw House near Stewarton, Ayrshire.

Lainshaw House (or as it was formerly known, Langshaw) was at one time a portion of the Lordship of Stewartoun and the original family seat of the Royal Stewarts. It was passed down though generations until it came into the hands of the Eglintoun family. The first Earl of Eglintoun passed it to his second son who became the first of the Montgomeries of Lainshaw. The house remained with the family until it was bought by the Local Authority in 1947 and converted into a care home. More recently the house was carefully restored into apartments along with the former stable block and coach house.

Stables Cottage is built of stone and overlooks a cobbled courtyard towards the stable arch.  

Despite its traditional appearance the accommodation is modern and well planned. The kitchen is fitted with a contemporary range of wall and floor units, integrated Miele appliances and gas range and has a stable door which opens to the courtyard.  

The living room is well proportioned and has an open fire and solid wood flooring and there are three good sized bedrooms.  

Stables Cottage comes complete with a small enclosed garden and two private parking spaces.

The local amenities of Stewarton are a short stroll away and with its variety of shops, cafes and restaurants as well as a main rail link to Glasgow it richly deserves its popular, sought after title.  

The surrounding countryside is also a haven for dog walkers.

Lainshaw Stables Cottage is available at offers over £210,000.

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For further information contact:

Fiona Fulton (pictured)
CKD Galbraith 
7 Killoch Place 
Ayr KA7 2EA 
Ayrshire, Scotland 

D/L Tel: 01292 292535
Switchboard:  01292 268181  
Fax: 01292 292300 

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

Monday, 24 March 2014

Jobs boost for Ayrshire

Over 200 jobs have been created or supported in Ayrshire as a result of Enterprise Areas established by the Scottish Government, Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon (pictured below) has announced.

It comes ahead of Scottish Government Cabinet’s meeting and public discussion in Irvine tomorrow (Tuesday 25 March), the third in a series of Cabinet meetings outside Edinburgh this year.

Initial monitoring information shows that Enterprise Area status has boosted job creation and secured additional investment in Irvine and Prestwick.

Since April 2012, seven new businesses have been established in i3 lrvine’s Enterprise Area, supporting at least 141 jobs. Prestwick has also attracted three new companies to the local Enterprise Area, with the current 77 people employed expected to increase as the businesses take forward their expansion plans.

In the past two years GlaxoSmithKline have also approved investment of almost £60 million at Irvine. This includes the development of a biogas project and construction of wind turbines, ensuring the longer term creation of sustainable, high value employment opportunities. 

Enterprise Areas provide additional support to businesses by providing business rates relief, capital allowances, streamlined planning and specialised skills support. 

Ms Sturgeon said: “The aim of Enterprise Areas is to exploit opportunities in growth sectors and help create jobs in areas of Scotland that are facing challenging economic conditions. 

“Irvine is a great example of the benefits that Enterprise Areas can bring to the local communities and the Ayrshire area has made tremendous progress in terms of attracting businesses and creating jobs. The local area has skilled workers and natural resources that are helping to build Scotland’s international reputation across a range of sectors and the community can expect further positive announcements on regeneration and community benefits following next week’s Scottish Government Cabinet meeting in Irvine.

“As a Government we are doing all we can to support jobs and create the best possible business conditions. Establishing Enterprise Areas is part of our overall approach to make Scotland the best place to do business.

“However, with the full fiscal and economic powers of independence we could do even more to strengthen our economy and create jobs.”

Patrick Wiggins (pictured above) Chief Executive of Irvine Bay said: “We are delighted with the progress being made in i3 Irvine’s Enterprise Area. The incentives, and support, available with Enterprise Area status are proving attractive to a range of businesses, particularly those in the Life Sciences and Engineering sectors. Irvine Bay together with our partners at North Ayrshire Council and Scottish Enterprise are working hard to continue delivering new jobs and investment to the area.”

North Ayrshire Council Cabinet Member for Economy and Employment, Councillor Marie Burns said: “This is fantastic news for North Ayrshire and testament to all our hard work in promoting Irvine as a premier destination for businesses. The figures show that we are beginning to turn the corner in terms of employment and regenerating the North Ayrshire economy. Our bold new approach to business support and investment - which was launched in November 2013 and involves both the private and public sector - is already beginning to pay dividends. We will continue to work with all our partners to fully exploit the advantages that Enterprise Area status brings.”

Councillor Bill McIntosh (pictured above), Leader of South Ayrshire Council, said: “With a strong engineering sector and a globally renowned aerospace industry based around the airport, the Prestwick Enterprise Area is a crucial part of the Ayrshire economy and, in partnership with Scottish Enterprise, we are committed to ensuring its continued success. Jobs and business growth are a key priority for the Council and Enterprise Area status has given this a positive boost, making a real difference for our people and communities. Encouraging investment and economic growth in our local area is why we created our very own Ambition enterprise and employment programme, which has been instrumental in attracting new business to this area and we will continue to do everything we can to help our people, businesses and economy achieve their full potential.”