The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Thursday, 12 June 2014

Frazer Coogans Commercial Solicitors and Sinclair Scott Chartered Accountants sponsor Ayr Art Exhibition for Save the Children

Two prominent Ayrshire professional firms are teaming up to sponsor one of Scotland’s biggest charity art exhibitions.

Frazer Coogans Commercial Solicitors and Sinclair Scott Chartered Accountants have agreed to be joint sponsors of the annual Ayr Art Exhibition.

The Exhibition, organised by Save the Children’s fundraising volunteers, is held at The Maclaurin Galleries in Ayr (pictured above), and has raised almost £500,000 in the two decades it’s been running – enough to train more than 5,250 midwives or build 800 classrooms in poorer countries.

The exhibition, where original works of art are available to buy from as little as £60 has continued to grow every year, and what started as a four-day exhibition showcasing local artists’ work in 1993, now runs for four weeks and is one of the highlights of the gallery’s programme. Work from well-known Scottish artists including Peter Howson, Helen Turner, Marie Aitken, Peter Foyle and Lin Pattullo, to name but a few, has been exhibited and sold in previous years.

A spokesperson for Save the Children said: “The exhibition has continued to grow every year and we’re excited to be celebrating our 21st anniversary.

“It’s become a really popular event and people travel from all over the country to attend and buy original art at an affordable price.

“We’re extremely grateful to the artists who have been so generous by donating pieces from their collections over the years.

“We would also like to thank The Maclaurin Galleries for their continued support and assistance, without which, the exhibition would not be the successful event it is today.”

The money raised from the exhibition goes towards helping vulnerable children around the world as well as in Scotland and across the UK.

In addition to the main exhibition, a raffle is held each year with the first prize being a painting donated by a celebrated artist. This year James Harrigan has donated a beautiful painting for the raffle, titled “Over to Ailsa Craig.”

Frazer Coogans Commercial Solicitors' Managing Partner, Norman Geddes (pictured above) commented: “We are delighted to take this opportunity to support such a worthy cause as Save the Children, and to be involved in such a memorable and enjoyable event.”

Sinclair Scott Chartered Accountants partner Andrew Sinclair (pictured above) commented: “I cannot think of a more worthwhile charity to support. Save the Children Ayr and District Branch have an outstanding record of raising funds and everyone at Sinclair Scott is thrilled to assist them with their fundraising efforts. I am confident that the 2014 exhibition will be an outstanding success.”

The Save the Children Ayr Art Exhibition
The Maclaurin Galleries, Rozelle Park, Monument Road, Ayr.
Monday 6 October – Sunday 2 November 2014
Monday - Saturday 10am – 5pm
Sunday - 12 noon - 5pm

Free admission


Frazer Coogans Commercial Solicitors and Sinclair Scott Chartered Accountants are both Founder Members of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

CKD Galbraith offer for sale upper portion of fine Edwardian house beautifully positioned with panoramic sea views

Leading independent Scottish property consultancy CKD Galbraith is offering for sale Mulloch Mhor, a beautifully presented conversion of part of this magnificent Edwardian house, overlooking West Kilbride Golf Course with exceptional sea views.  

It is located in an unspoilt rural position near the quiet hamlet of Portencross, a short distance from the Craft Town of West Kilbride which offers a good range of local amenities.

The well renowned seaside resort of Largs is about 8 miles distant and retains its local character and charm whilst having a great cross-section of amenities. The town has many attractions, including the award winning Vikingar centre, which celebrates the town’s historic Viking connections. Other local attractions include Largs Yacht Haven, and a regular ferry connection from Largs Pier to Great Cumbrae.

Mulloch Mhor benefits from beautifully proportioned main reception rooms with panoramic sea views over the golf course and beyond to the Isle of Arran.  

The impressive lounge with bay window has oak flooring, triple form cornicing and a coal fire set in a tiled fireplace with wooden surround.  

The living room has a multi fuel stove set in a tiled cast iron fireplace with mahogany surround.  

The spacious dining room has oak flooring surrounding an inlaid carpet, picture rail and coving.  

The breakfasting kitchen with Rangemaster cooker is fitted with wall and floor units.  Upstairs there are four double bedrooms, a single bedroom, a bathroom and a separate wc. 

The garden is entered via a sweeping chipped drive which leads to a large mature well maintained garden with an abundance of various plants, shrubs and trees in addition there are two greenhouses, a shed and garden arbor seat.

Offers Over £275,000 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.

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Jockey Graham Lee wins three races at Ayr Racecourse

By: Iain Ferguson

IT was treble tops for jockey Graham Lee at the Racing UK Raceday at Ayr Racecourse on Monday when he rode a three timer.

Lee’s first win came on the Newmarket raider Thecornishcowboy (11/8 fav) in the Jacqui Maloney 60th Birthday Celebration Handicap.

Legs two and three of the treble were for trainer Jim Goldie. Monel, a 5/1 chance in the colours of Johnnie Delta Racing, won Division 1 of the Racing UK Free 1 Month Trial Handicap followed by Goninodaethat (8/1) in Division 11. Both horses had been successful at Ayr’s May meeting.

Carluke-based trainer Keith Dalgleish looks to have a great prospect in Doc Charm. The even money favourite in the hands of stable jockey Tom Eaves sprinted six lengths clear to win the EBF/ Scottish Sun Raceday 21st June Maiden Stakes. The prestigious Windsor Castle Stakes at Royal Ascot is next on the agenda for this two year-old.

Dalgleish and Eaves doubled up with Lysino, an 11/4 chance, in the longest race of the afternoon, the one mile five furlong handicap an emphatic eight length winner.

North Yorkshire based trainer Ruth Carr took the feature race, the Racing UK Anywhere Available Now Handicap with San Cassiano (5/1) ridden by James Sullivan (pictured above).

The next meeting at Ayr Racecourse is The Scottish Run Raceday on Saturday 21 June. For more information call 01292 264179 or go online at

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.

Monday, 9 June 2014

Oaks winning jockey Paul Hanagan in action at Ayr Racecourse

By: Iain Ferguson 

OAKS winning jockey Paul Hanagan (pictured below) travels to Ayr Racecourse today (Monday) for four mounts on Racing UK Raceday at the track.

The two-time champion jockey, who won Friday's Epsom classic on Taghrooda for his retainer Hamdan Al Maktoum, will don the famous blue colours again when he rides Insaany for trainer Mark Johnston in the feature race of the afternoon, the Racing UK Anywhere Available Now Handicap over one mile two furlongs at 5.30pm.

His other mounts include recent course winner Ellies Image in the 4.30pm for Richard Ford.

The eight race card, which gets under way at 2.30pm with gates open at 12.30pm, also sees another former champion jockey Jamie Spencer head north for several rides.

Clerk of the Course Emma Marley describes the going as good to soft, soft in places.

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.