The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Saturday, 24 May 2014

Scotland tees up for golfing bonanza

‘Huge year’ for golf and the wider economy 
as Ryder Cup and Scottish Open approach

By: Murdoch MacDonald

Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond delivered a speech to the European Tour Players Awards Ceremony this week in which he highlighted the huge sporting and economic benefits of Scotland’s position as the undisputed Home of Golf.

The European Tour invited the First Minister to attend as guest of honour at the Awards Ceremony in London in recognition of the Scottish Government’s support for developing golf in Scotland. 

The First Minister used his speech to highlight the sporting and economic successes that golf will deliver for Scotland in 2014, which include:

This year’s Scottish Open at Royal Aberdeen in July will benefit the local economy by at least £5 million and play host to some of the world’s best players. After the Scottish Open was placed in considerable doubt, the future of the event was secured after a sponsorship deal was brokered between Aberdeen Asset Management and the Scottish Government in 2012.

American TV channel NBC will provide live coverage of the Scottish Open for the second consecutive year. This makes it the first regular European Tour event to be shown live on a major US broadcast network, opening up the tournament to tens of millions of viewers.

The Ryder Cup, widely regarded as the third biggest sporting event in the world, will be hosted at Gleneagles in September and will generate at least £100 million for the Scottish economy.

Catriona Matthew, the first Scot to win a women’s major golf championship, will defend her Ladies Scottish Open title at the Royal Archerfield Course in East Lothian in August.

According to the latest figures by KPMG, golf tourism is worth more than £1 billion to Scotland.

The acclaimed ClubGolf Initiative, supported by the Scottish Government and partners, has introduced over 300,000 children to the game since 2003.

The First Minister said: “Scotland is the Home of Golf, and in 2014 we are teeing up for a true golfing bonanza. 

“The Scottish Open is one of the flagship events on the European Tour, as well as a jewel in the crown of the Scottish sporting calendar, attracting keen interest from golf fans across the globe. We expect a top class field at Royal Aberdeen in July as players take to one of the world’s finest links course in preparation for The Open Championship the following week.

“The Scottish Open is the first regular European Tour event to be given prime-time coverage on US network television. It is a fantastic boost for Scottish golf and an incredible opportunity for us to showcase the fantastic golf on offer at Royal Aberdeen and the magnificent scenery across the country to tens of millions of US viewers.

“In September, we welcome Europe and America’s best players to Gleneagles to contest The Ryder Cup, a truly massive global event, reaching more than 180 countries and half a billion homes on each day of the competition.

“These two fantastic events can only encourage more and more people around the world to play golf in Scotland, and I’m hopeful we will build on the latest figures that show golf tourism to be worth more than a staggering £1.1 billion to our economy.

“ClubGolf does a tremendous job in introducing the game to hundreds of thousands of youngsters. The Scottish Government will continue to support this wonderful programme to get a club into the hands of girls and boys across the country, laying the foundations for a love of the sport and Scotland’s incredible courses. 

“2014 will clearly be a special year for sport in Scotland and we will build on this with some exciting announcements in the weeks to come. What is certain is that everyone in this country can look forward to a bright and exciting future for Scottish golf.”

Friday, 23 May 2014

CKD Galbraith offer for sale a traditional stone property, full of character, overlooking manicured gardens

Leading Scottish property consultancy CKD Galbraith is offering for sale Volga Bank, an elegant property in Moscow, Ayrshire, which dates back to the early nineteenth century.  

The property was originally built for a cheese and grain merchant and takes its name from the Volga Burn which flows through the village. The tiny hamlet of Moscow has a population of just 141 and is popular with commuters seeking quiet rural living yet easy access to the M77 and Glasgow city centre. 

The property is built of natural stone and on first glance has a charming cottage appearance with its astragalled windows and climbing roses which adorn the front door. On closer inspection however the property is deceptively spacious and offers excellent family accommodation over two levels.  

The breakfasting kitchen is fitted with a range of wall and floor units and is open to a sociable seating area.  

A door leads off the kitchen to a wonderful living room with double aspect windows and an open fire within an ornate Arts and Crafts surround. The dining room lies adjacent to the kitchen and opens to a delightful conservatory with access to a sheltered patio and views over the manicured gardens. In addition there is also a cosy sitting room and a study.  

Two bedrooms and a bathroom complete the accommodation on the ground floor.  There are two further bedrooms and a shower room on the first floor and a large play room with the potential to create further accommodation if required. 

The gardens of Volga Bank have undoubtedly been a labour of love by the present owners. A level lawn is sheltered by rhododendrons, azaleas and a variety of mature trees including Eucalyptus, Atlas Cedar and red leafed maple. The borders are a blaze of seasonal colour and the sheltered patio is a wonderful area for alfresco dining. There is also a garage, greenhouse and garden shed. 

Offers Over £325,000 are being sought. 

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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, 22 May 2014

Scottish Airshow returns to Ayrshire in September

After an absence of 22 years, the Scottish Airshow returns on Saturday 6 September and Sunday 7 September 2014.

Danny Anderson of Ayrshire-based Zisys Events has brought together local business and aviation professionals to return the air show to the Ayrshire skies and host a weekend which is forecast to grow into one of Ayrshire’s leading events.

Mr Anderson said: “The objective is to stage a significant aviation event based in Ayrshire which explores the theme of flight, initially through an airshow and static aircraft display. It is designed to bring tourism, business, economic and educational benefits to Ayrshire in particular and Scotland in general through our programme:

Friday 5 September - 1 day business conference with an aviation theme.

Saturday 6 September - Free airshow and family fun day - all based on the Low Green Ayr.

Sunday 7th - A paid entry static display of aircraft and exhibition stands at Prestwick airport.

• Education opportunities mixed through the weekend.

Media co-ordinator Doug Maclean said: “A small team of aviation professionals has worked tirelessly to bring this event back to the Ayrshire skies in a new and exciting format. The plan is to grow this event to make it an annual calendar highlight over the next 5 years. We want to encourage people to come to Ayrshire for the weekend and sample some of our great entertainment and hospitality.”

Plans released today show the quality free Saturday airshow where the highlights are:

The Lancaster, Hurricane and Spitfire of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight. They will be joined in a unique formation by a 2nd Lancaster which will be flown in from Canada to join this historic memorial flight.

The exciting Blades aerobatic teams piloted by 4 ex-Red Arrows.

Parachutists landing on the Low Green.

Helicopter display.

The awe-inspiring Vulcan bomber

The airshow and family fun day will be based on the Low Green Ayr.

On the Sunday the public will be able to pay a small amount to see many aircraft in a static display at Glasgow Prestwick airport. Members of the public will be able to walk around and see up close some great aeroplanes.

Doug said: “We are delighted to have secured a number of very interesting aircraft for the Prestwick Airport show day. There will be entertainment and interesting stands in the terminal. Full details will be released in the coming weeks on the airshow website and also on our Facebook pages.

“Both Lancasters, the Spitfire and Hurricane will be at the airport overnight and depart on the Sunday afternoon. The roar of 10 Merlin engines starting will bring back memories to thousands of people. They will do an air display at the airport before departing for their next show elsewhere,” said Mr Maclean.

“Ayr and Prestwick airport are well connected by the rail and road network from Glasgow and Edinburgh will shortly be connected to Prestwick by train. We hope that families will use the frequent and convenient services to come to this Ayrshire-based event.”

Bob Alexander, the Scottish Airshow sponsorship manager, said: “Economic conditions have been tough but we are offering a free Saturday airshow and family day through sponsorship. Significant donations have come from South Ayrshire Council, Event Scotland and Prestwick-based Woodward International. Ayr-based DKM Aviation is sponsoring the 2-day appearance of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight. Texas-based Landmark Aviation has delighted us by not only promising cash sponsorship but has also offered us facilities for hosting the media launch and pleasure flights during the airshow weekend. Many other companies are considering donating to this great family Ayrshire event. The more sponsorship received by the Scottish Airshow the better the show that we can put on.”

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Amey puts Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2014 on the road to success

Road maintenance firm Amey has marked the start of Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2014 by committing to take on at least 120 new apprentices over the next two years.

[Pictured: Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond marks 
the start of Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2014.]

Cabinet Secretary for Training, Youth and Women’s Employment Angela Constance has welcomed the move, having met some existing young members of staff at Amey’s Eurocentral headquarters.

She said: “I am very pleased indeed to see that Amey are committed to helping Scotland’s enthusiastic young workforce maximise their potential by taking on such a large number of new Modern Apprentices (MAs) over the next few years.

“Companies like Amey are vital to Scotland’s infrastructure and economy and these new MAs will find themselves right at the heart of a number of projects that are key to Scotland’s future growth.

“Today marks the start of Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2014. The First Minister announced yesterday that our annual target of at least 25,000 new MAs each year has been met and we are now looking towards having 30,000 new opportunities by 2020.

“I am confident that this week will see a number of employers exploring the value that MAs could bring to their company and that we will raise awareness among young people that an MA is a well-recognised qualification that will equip them with the skills they need to succeed in the workplace.”

Valerie Hughes-D'Aeth, Amey Group HR and Communications Director added: “In order to grow our highly skilled workforce it is important that we continue to identify and bring new talent into the industry. Offering apprenticeships is a great way to do this, as it helps to build transferable skills which are essential for career progression. As a business we are committed to developing our employees and their skills, which helps in delivering a high quality service for our clients.”

Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2014, organised by Skills Development Scotland, sees more than 120 events celebrating apprenticeships taking place from Shetland to the Borders.

Skills Development Scotland chief executive Damien Yeates also said: “Scottish Apprenticeship Week highlights the commitment of businesses, such as Amey, that invest in the skills of their workforce.

“The week also shows the successes of apprentices who have chosen to develop their careers by learning while working, to gain nationally recognised qualifications.

“Modern Apprenticeships are good for business, good for individuals and good for the Scottish economy. It’s never been more important to invest in skills for the future through work-based learning.”

For further details about Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2014 visit:

For more information about what Modern Apprenticeships can do for business visit:

For more information on how to become a Modern Apprenticeship visit:

• Skills Development Scotland is highlighting the advantages of hiring a Modern Apprentice to employers by leading Scottish Apprenticeship Week during 19-23 May, bringing together thought-leaders, skills specialists, business leaders, learners and trade unions. 

• More than 11,000 employers in Scotland are already taking advantage of the Modern Apprenticeship programme.

• Employers have their training costs partly met by SDS and are able to have a training provider on hand to assist if required.

• There are more than 80 different occupational frameworks available – from wind turbine technician to business administration.

• All Modern Apprentices in Scotland must be employed to be eligible for a publicly-funded contribution to their training costs.

• This year’s Modern Apprenticeship Awards will be launched during Scottish Apprenticeship Week. The Awards aim to showcase those who have demonstrated initiative, enterprise and outstanding commitment to the improvement of skills development for the Scottish economy.