The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Friday, 20 June 2014

CKD Galbraith offer for sale charming Ayrshire country cottage ideal for commuters

Leading independent Scottish property consultancy CKD Galbraith is offering for sale Hareshaw Cottage, a delightful country cottage pleasantly situated amidst its own well tended gardens of approximately 0.34 acres.  

The property lies just a couple of miles from the M77 and is just three miles from the popular town of Stewarton – as such it is an ideal home for commuters.

The property has the appearance and charm of a traditional country cottage yet has a modern level of appointment and bright, well-proportioned rooms. 

The more recent addition of a sun room provides additional living space and is a lovely room overlooking the gardens.The lounge is a spacious room with a log burning stove and there is an adjacent dining room.  

The kitchen is fitted with a range of wall and floor units and a little porch which leads out to the gardens is ideal for storing muddy boots.  

Three double bedrooms and a bathroom complete the accommodation. The master bedroom has an en suite shower room.

The gardens of Hareshaw Cottage surround the house and are fully enclosed.  A level lawn is bordered by a variety of trees and shrubs and there is ample parking as well as a double garage.

Offers Over £270,000 are being sought.

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CKD Galbraith 
7 Killoch Place 
Ayr KA7 2EA 
Ayrshire, Scotland 

Tel:  01292 268181  
Fax: 01292 292300 

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

Thursday, 19 June 2014

South Ayrshire Council welcomes Scottish Government’s Prestwick Airport investment pledge

South Ayrshire Council Leader, Councillor Bill McIntosh, has welcomed the Deputy First Minister’s announcement that Prestwick Airport will now operate under public ownership on a commercial basis and will benefit from £10 million investment from the Scottish Government. 

Councillor McIntosh (pictured above) said the news that the airport can be returned to commercial viability supported the Council’s belief in the airport as a vital economic asset for south-west Scotland.

He added: “We now have a vision of a positive and successful future for Prestwick Airport and we are fully committed to supporting the work being undertaken by partners and stakeholders to achieve the ambitions we all have for this vital transport hub.

“The airport is essential to the local and national economy, with 1,400 people employed there and a further 3,200 jobs linked to the site. We completely agree that there is no overnight fix to get the airport to where it needs to be, but this is clearly a very positive – and very welcome – step forward. 

“This announcement marks the start of a renewed commercial focus for the airport, and getting the right people in post and having the right plans in place will be key elements for the business. 

“On that basis, we do support the decision to retain the name, Glasgow Prestwick Airport, for the commercial market and in recognition of the long and dynamic history of the airport. 

“We’ve always known that Prestwick is different from other airports, and we all want to see it performing as it should, which will help our people, businesses and economy achieve their full potential.

“In partnership with our colleagues in East and North Ayrshire Councils, we will continue to work closely with the Scottish Government and other stakeholders and ensure we play a full and active role in the development of the airport and the wider aerospace and engineering economy in Ayrshire.

“I’m confident that the vision of a bright future for Prestwick Airport is one that can – and will – be achieved, and I’ll be making sure this Council does everything in our power to make that happen.”

Earlier, Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon (pictured above) announced that Prestwick Airport is to receive nearly £10m of investment from the Scottish Government,.

The funding will go towards operating costs, a repairs backlog and to make improvements to the terminal building.

Ms Sturgeon rejected calls to rename it Robert Burns Airport, saying this could cause confusion.

The Scottish Government bought the airport for £1 last year amid fears it would be forced to close.

Ms Sturgeon told Holyrood’s Infrastructure Committee that the airport would be operated under public ownership “on a commercial basis”.

She said the Scottish Government investment would be made “in the form of loan funding”.

She added that there was “no quick fix solution for Prestwick” and the airport may not be profitable for several years.

The airport had a pre-tax loss of £9.77m in its final full year under previous owners Infratil.

Ms Sturgeon is also the Scottish Government’s Infrastructure, Investment and Cities Secretary.

She said the airport would operate as a public corporation on a commercial basis at arms’ length from government.

She added that £5.5m had been provided already since acquisition. and the Scottish Government would be required “to provide a further £3m in operating support”.

There will be nearly £7m in capital investment - £4.5m for repairs and £2.4m to make improvements to the terminal building, including refurbishment of the duty-free area.

Lack of investment

Ms Sturgeon argued that Prestwick had suffered from a lack of investment and there was a “backlog of essential maintenance”.

The committee evidence session came after finance executive Romain Py completed a three-month review of the airport, including options for ownership, on behalf of the Scottish Government.

Ms Sturgeon described Prestwick as a “non-typical airport”, with only about half of its revenue dependant on passenger traffic.

She suggested that future revenue could come from freight and retail development.

The airport's executive directors would be tasked with developing commercial opportunities.

A business plan would include an assessment of a reduced Ryanair schedule for summer 2014 and passenger numbers will be monitored.

Ms Sturgeon ruled out renaming the airport after Robert Burns. A petition lodged with the Scottish Parliament by The Robert Burns World Federation earlier this year had called for a name change, with supporters arguing it would boost tourism.

The Deputy First Minister told the committee: “On balance I have concluded there are strong commercial reasons for retaining the Glasgow Prestwick airport name.”

She acknowledged the decision would disappoint some local people but the airport had to be marketed internationally.

She did not rule out a “Burns-related theme” for the airport.

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Glamour, top racing and fine weather forecast at Ayr Racecourse on Saturday

By: Iain Ferguson

FINE weather, glamour, glitz and top music are all forecast to boost Scottish Sun Raceday at Ayr Racecourse on Saturday.

It is Ayr’s first major summer meeting of the year, and 19 year-old Miss Scotland Ellie McKeating will be making an appearance to present the prizes to the winning owners and trainers in her own race, The Scottish Sun Miss Scotland Handicap which is run at 4.15pm.

A crowd of more than 6,000 is expected at the track on the day that sees the launch of Ayr’s famous ladies competition which culminates in William Hill Ladies Day Final on Friday 19 September.

This year’s star prizes are a fabulous Vauxhall Adam Glam 1.4, courtesy of Kerr & Smith, with the runner-up jetting off on a fabulous holiday for two to Dubai courtesy of Stewart Travel and third prize beauty treatments from Coast Clinic.

There will be a total of 27 ladies in the final and each will draw the name of a horse running in the William Hill Ayr Bronze Cup that day with the lucky lady who picks the winner driving off in the car.

Entertainment after racing is as always top class with a highly rated band The Gifted - one of the south of England's top party bands - appearing in the Horseshoe Bar while West FM DJ Colin McArdle will entertain in the Ayrshire Suite.

With fine weather likely to continue through until the weekend the champagne lawns at the track are set to be full of people enjoying a superb day out. First race is at 1.50pm with gates open at 11.50pm and the fun after racing running until approximately 8.30pm.

The seven race card features the £40,000 Scottish Sun/EBF Land O’ Burns Fillies Stakes.

This Listed Race over the straight five furlongs has produced some good winners over the years, with Newmarket raiders picking up the spoils in recent times.

Look for a strong field here with an Irish raider or two likely to be in the field alongside horses from top northern and southern yards.

There is a top supporting card with two £25,000 mile handicaps - the Scottish Sun On Sunday Handicap one for three year-olds and the Slaters Handicap for four year-olds and upwards.

The first race, The British Stallion Studs EBF/Sunsport maiden over six furlongs due off at 1.50pm.

For more information or to book tickets call 01292 264189 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.

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

CKD Galbraith offers for sale a lovely country house on the fringe of an Ayrshire village

Leading Scottish property consultancy CKD Galbraith is offering for sale The Beeches, a contemporary country house enjoying a slightly elevated position amidst its own gardens on the outskirts of the conservation village of Kilmaurs in Ayrshire.  

The village lies approximately 3 miles from the main town of Kilmarnock, and because of its accessible yet rural location has seen some recent developments by award-winning builders.  

The property was extended by previous owners and offers spacious, flexible accommodation over two levels. Large picture windows ensure the house is naturally light and takes full advantage of its south facing aspects and countryside views.  

The Beeches has four good sized reception rooms and as such is ideal for entertaining guests.  

The lounge has a wall of windows which overlook the gardens and a connecting door to the dining room.  

A bedroom suite lies of this area with a luxurious en suite bathroom and separate shower room.  

The kitchen is fitted with a range of stainless steel units and Neff appliances and there is also a utility room which leads out to the garage.  

There are two further bedrooms on the ground floor and on the first floor there are yet two more bedrooms and a shower room with separate sauna.

The property stands proud amidst its own mature gardens of approximately 1.15 acres. An expanse of lawn surrounds the house and is fully enclosed. A border of trees and colourful shrubs provide shelter and there is also a large secluded patio at the rear. The garage adjoins the house and in addition there is a games room, a timber framed workshop and a garden shed.

The Beeches is a traditional stone house yet has a modern specification throughout, and whilst it benefits from open rural outlooks it is within easy reach of the local amenities. 

Offers Over £425,000 are being sought.

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CKD Galbraith 
7 Killoch Place 
Ayr KA7 2EA 
Ayrshire, Scotland 

Tel:  01292 268181  
Fax: 01292 292300 

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

Sunday, 15 June 2014

University of the West of Scotland to host next meeting of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The next business breakfast networking meeting of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle will be hosted by the University of the West of Scotland. The meeting will take place at 8am on Friday 11 July at the University’s Ayr Campus (pictured below)..

This summer, the University of the West of Scotland is launching an ambitious new corporate strategy. This strategy includes a key focus on developing the University’s global reach by internationalising its student body, staff, culture, research and academic portfolio. The University will re-focus its business development, consultancy and knowledge exchange capacity to promote more international activity and become the ‘go to’ institution for its regional stakeholders and businesses.

The University invites members and guests of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle to a breakfast meeting on Friday 11 July 2014 at the UWS Ayr Campus, where Vice Principal (International) Professor Jeanne Keay (pictured above) will speak about the University’s developing international plans and invite the views of the Circle members. 

Frazer Coogans Commercial Solicitors managing partner and Elite Ayrshire Business Circle executive chairman Norman Geddes (pictured above, left, with fellow EABC director Murdoch MacDonald) commented: “Since our Circle’s inception, we have consistently supported and encouraged our members in their quest for new markets, especially overseas.

“The topic chosen by the University of the West of Scotland for our next meeting accords perfectly with this philosophy, and we are looking forward greatly to an interesting, enjoyable and productive event.”

With origins dating back to 1897, UWS is one of Scotland's most innovative modern universities. With campuses across the West of Scotland in Ayr, Dumfries, Hamilton and Paisley, the University occupies an integral position within Scotland's proud tradition of excellence in education.  Offering career-focused and vocationally relevant provision, UWS graduates are equipped with the relevant skills to make an immediate contribution to industry, business, public and third sector organisations.



A complimentary buffet breakfast will be served.

To facilitate catering arrangements, please book your place(s) by e-mail to Murdoch MacDonald at