The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Saturday, 5 July 2014

Safe Ayr Shore making waves again in 2014

The annual SafeAyr Shore safety campaign is now underway and lasts until late August and builds on some very positive results from 2013.

Led by the South Ayrshire Community Safety Partnership, the campaign aims to improve community safety and reduce antisocial behaviour in and around Ayr Esplanade over the summer period.

It builds on 2013 initiative which saw seaside and shorefront complaints, antisocial behaviour and disturbances falling by 78% from 2012 – and the aim is to better this in 2014.

In addition to the regular high visibility patrols and increased vigilance on the Esplanade, Police Scotland and the British Transport Police will maintain their zero tolerance approach to drinking alcohol in public and fixed penalty notices will be issued to those caught drinking alcohol in public.

Councillor Rita Miller, chair of the South Ayrshire Community Safety Partnership said: "Ayr Esplanade is a brilliant place for local people and visitors to spend their leisure time, have fun, and enjoy the beach with family and friends marvelling at our outstanding scenery.

“Every summer, we welcome thousands of people who come down to the area to enjoy some early summer sun and spend time on the beach. The vast majority have a great time!

“By working together and taking a zero-tolerance
approach to antisocial behaviour, we’re sending out a clear message that we won’t let the actions of a few inconsiderate people spoil the fun for all the others.”

This year will also see a mobile police unit situated in front of the bandstand and additional portable CCTV cameras have also been installed in the area. The Esplanade has again been divided into clearly defined zones, allowing for an efficient and rapid response to each zone, if required.

Police Scotland’s Local Area Commander, Chief Inspector Willie Ramsay added: "SafeAyr Shore is a successful partnership approach to ensure local residents, and visitors to Ayr, enjoy their visit to the beach and Esplanade. 

“Keeping people safe is our priority and we will continue to robustly target the small minority of individuals who commit crime, carry out acts of antisocial behaviour and spoil the experiences of other law abiding families. 

“The partnership approach towards the initiative is critical as the benefits are clear for all to see and with the continued support from all involved we will build on the successes achieved over recent years"

The Council’s Community Safety team will be delivering street sport activities on the Low Green on Friday afternoons as well as live music at the pop up band stand on occasional Saturdays throughout the summer.

Councillor Miller concluded: “The message is clear. We want people to come to Ayr to enjoy a fantastic time on the beach, in the shops and businesses in our town and be confident that no matter what the weather, you can do so in safety and in comfort.”

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

Work starts at North Ayrshire’s new community hospital

Construction of the new Acute Mental Health and Community development will start at Ayrshire Central Hospital on Monday 14 July.

Balfour Beatty will begin building the new 206-ensuite bedroom mental health and community facility which is expected to open in spring 2016. Work will take place on the grounds of the former Pavilions 4-9, which were situated in the centre of the hospital site.

Both entrances to the hospital will remain open throughout the duration of the works, however occasional restrictions may be in place when deliveries are being received. A number of internal roads will be changed and this will affect access to Pavilions 1, 2 and 3. Signs will be in place to show the alternative routes that should be followed.

Temporary car parking spaces have been provided to make up for parking areas lost during the construction period. Patients, staff and visitors to the site are asked to comply with all permanent and temporary traffic restrictions for the duration of the works.

John Wright, Director for Corporate Services, said: “We are looking forward to getting started and providing the people of Ayrshire and Arran with the very best facility possible. During construction some short-term disruption is inevitable but we will work hard to keep this to a minimum and would appreciate everyone’s patience during this time.”

Thursday, 3 July 2014

South Ayrshire Council welcomes Trump Turnberry plans

Following Donald Trump’s announcement of his exciting vision and plans for Trump Turnberry this week, South Ayrshire Council Leader, Councillor Bill McIntosh, said: “We’re very lucky here in Ayrshire to be home to some of the most stunning golf courses in the world including Turnberry, which is a golfing institution that has a fantastic reputation and we want to see that maintained and maximised for the benefit of the local area.

[Pictured: South Ayrshire Council Chief Executive, 
Leader and Elected Members welcome Donald Trump.]

“This is a truly exciting day for Trump Turnberry, for South Ayrshire and for golfers around the world who know and love this fantastic golfing resort and will be thrilled with these ambitious plans to make it even greater.

“The plans will provide a much-needed jobs and economic boost for the local area, which is very welcome, and we would also hope to see a wider positive impact for the likes of Prestwick Airport.

“This will help ensure Ayrshire continues to be a major golfing and tourist destination and we look forward to working with Trump Turnberry and our other golfing partners to boost golf, tourism and the economy across Ayrshire.” 

Earlier, Donald Trump defended his decision to add his name to one of Scotland’s most famous golf courses.

The Trump Organisation bought the Turnberry course and hotel in Ayrshire for an undisclosed sum in April, and the resort was subsequently renamed Trump Turnberry.

Mr Trump said the renaming was not for his “ego” but to make the course “more successful”.

He has pledged to spend more than £100m on renovating the hotel that overlooks the famous course and said there will be some potential changes to it over the next few years, particularly holes nine to 11.

He added: “We are going to be spending at least £100m on redoing the hotel, on building it up to the highest standards, and I’m talking world standards. 

“We have a facility really that can be the finest hotel anywhere in the world, and certainly the finest hotel of its kind anywhere in the world.”

Turnberry is on the rota of courses that can stage the Open Championship and Mr Trump said that was a factor is his decision to purchase the resort.

“It’s a magnificent tournament, I’ve watched it for so many years and never missed it,” he said.

“It’s just an honour to be associated with the Royal and Ancient (golf’s governing body) and the tournament potentially.

“It’s already had four Opens and the women are coming next year, which I consider very important, and I think the greatness of this course will lead to others, it has to.

“We have now the greatest canvas in all of golf so ultimately people can’t avoid it.”

Trump Turnberry and South Ayrshire Council are Founder Members of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Scottish Government announces 1,000 legacy apprentices

Training opportunities all over Scotland 
- thanks to Commonwealth Games

A thousand young men and women from across Scotland have been supported into an apprenticeship opportunity by the Legacy 2014 Young Persons’ Fund.

[Pictured: First Minister Alex Salmond today met Modern Apprentice Hannah Ross from Historic Scotland. Hannah helped build the table that is a feature of the First Minister's Parliament office in Holyrood. Hannah gained her apprenticeship through UCATT, a trade union specialising in construction.]

The Legacy 2014 Employer Recruitment Incentive funded by Skills Development Scotland (SDS) aims to have at least 1,500 apprentices in place by 31 March 2015. Today’s news confirms that the target is well on track.

Cabinet Secretary for Training, Youth and Women’s Employment Angela Constance today met a number of apprentices working for Tennis Scotland. She said: “With the Queen’s Baton making its way round Scotland, excitement is building for the start of the Commonwealth Games later this month, and sport in Scotland is under the spotlight like never before.

“We have always been clear that the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games legacy goes beyond sport and beyond Glasgow and Scotland should grasp the economic opportunities stemming from the Games with both hands. Figures published last month showed that Scottish companies were set to benefit from hundreds of millions of pounds from Games’ contracts and as the figures today show, many young people are also achieving apprenticeships across a range of frameworks.

“The opportunities the Games have afforded these young people will help them develop their skills and set them up for successful future careers. Alongside the Youth Employment Scotland Fund, Opportunities for All and the actions stemming from the report on Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce, the Scottish Government is committed to supporting more young people towards employment.”

Katie Hutton, Depute Director of National Training Programmes at Skills Development Scotland, added: “The Legacy incentive is also a great way of ensuring employers across Scotland benefit from the Commonwealth Games. 

“It is great to see some of our trainees flourishing in their roles as tennis coaches and knowing that many other Modern Apprentices are also being supported by this funding. The skills they learn will stay with them long after the Games have finished and that is a legacy that we are incredibly proud of.”

2014 Commonwealth Games Employer Recruitment Incentive: In support of the 2014 Commonwealth Games, Skills Development Scotland (SDS) will deliver a £1,500 incentive for 16-19 year-olds undertaking a Modern Apprenticeship in selected frameworks, where possible this can be linked to a sporting or cultural event. This Employer Recruitment Incentive will provide employment opportunities for young people across Scotland to ensure a lasting legacy from the 2014 Games.

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

CKD Galbraith offers for sale a charming country cottage nestled in the Galloway Forest Park

Leading independent Scottish property consultancy CKD Galbraith is offering for sale Tallaminnoch, a charming country cottage nestled within the Galloway Forest Park and approximately 3 miles from the village of Straiton

The Galloway Forest Park is Britain’s largest forest park extending to some 300 square miles of dramatic untamed beauty and is affectionately known as “The Highlands of the Lowlands”.  

The Stinchar Valley and waterfalls circuit walk as well as the Stinchar Bridge are just a mile or two away with excellent walking, fishing and cycling all on hand.

The area is home to a variety of birds and wildlife including red deer, otters and golden eagles, and for star gazers the area is just one of four Dark Sky Parks in the western world. 

The cottage is mainly built of stone under a slate roof and has been extended by previous owners to form a deceptively spacious home.  

The dining kitchen was recently refitted with a range of modern wall and floor units and the living room has an open fire. There is a bedroom and bathroom on the ground floor and three further bedrooms and a shower room on the first floor. 

The gardens of Tallaminnoch extend to 0.7 acres and are naturally sheltered by the surrounding forestry. There is also a garage, kennels a coal store and shed. 

Whilst the property requires a degree of upgrading, Tallaminnoch is a delightful hidden retreat equally suited as a permanent or holiday home. 

Offers Over £150,000 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, 29 June 2014

South Ayrshire shone for Queen’s Baton relay

The sun was shining and a fabulous day was had by all as South Ayrshire came out in force to support the Queen’s Baton Relay and cheer on 107 inspirational batonbearers on Friday 20 June. 

[Pictured: The Queen's Baton in Maybole.]

Starting in Ballantrae, the baton was welcomed to the sound of the bagpipes, played by piper Ian Fisher from the South Ayrshire Schools Pipe Band. It then got its first glimpse of the Ailsa Craig – from where the granite for the baton’s ‘gemstone’ was sourced – as seven batonbearers carried the baton through the village. To cheers and applause, the baton received a very warm welcome and ensured a successful start to the day.

It then moved on to Girvan where people lined the streets as the baton visited the first of the South Ayrshire towns on the relay route. Girvan provided a great opportunity for some iconic images of the baton with Ailsa Craig in the background and 13 batonbearers were carried along by the hugely supportive crowd.

Before leaving the town, the baton visited Girvan Community Hospital where it was welcomed to the sounds of the South Ayrshire Percussion Ensemble. The baton passed through the Rehabilitation Suite, where staff from the Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy teams led activities with primary 5 school children interacting with patients. It also saw pupils from Girvan Academy taking part in touch rugby, while Commonwealth Games mascot Clyde paid a surprise visit to the hospital to see the baton.

In Maybole, the baton started out with a private visit to Carrick Academy before being carried out of the school by pupil, batonbearer and world record racerunner, Kayleigh Haggo. Kayleigh was cheered on by hundreds of pupils as she got the baton relay underway in the town, where it was carried by a total of 11 batonbearers.

The baton then headed to Alloway where it was given a rapturous welcome by pupils and staff as it passed by Alloway Primary. Carried by a total of 11 batonbearers, the relay paused at Burns Cottage to pay its respects to the Bard before making its way in to Rozelle Park where around 300 pupils from South Ayrshire primaries participated in an Active Schools event, funded by EventScotland’s Legacy programme.

The final batonbearer at Rozelle was Scottish actress Katrina Bryan who is well known for playing Nina in the hit CBeebies series Nina and the Neurons. Other TV appearances include a recurring role in Taggart, Sea of Souls and Ancient Greece. Her theatre credits include My Romantic History and Death of a Salesman. Katrina took the baton on to the stage where it was welcomed by South Ayrshire Provost, Helen Moonie and Chief Executive of South Ayrshire Council, Eileen Howat. Clyde made another appearance at Rozelle where he proved to be a huge hit with the kids.

After a lunch visit to Queen Margaret Academy, the baton relay continued through four small villages, which were all packed with people eager to take part in such an exciting day – Mossblown, Tarbolton, Symington and Dundonald. Clyde made an impromptu stop in Mossblown, much to the delight of the gathered crowds.

The baton relay then moved into its longest stretch in South Ayrshire with 18 batonbearers carrying the baton through Troon, where crowds packed the streets and created a real buzz as the baton relay came to town.

The relay then stopped in briefly at Prestwick Airport where it was welcomed by airport staff and representatives from the aerospace and engineering industries before heading into Prestwick town centre.

Another long stretch for the relay, 17 batonbearers proudly carried the baton through Prestwick to the cheers and applause of local people and visitors, who made sure the Commonwealth spirit was going strong.

The final stretch of the relay took place in Ayr, where the baton was carried by the recently unveiled and newly-refurbished ‘pink buildings’ to the sound of bagpipes. It then made its way to Low Green where it was greeted by thousands of people for the Queen’s Baton Relay Celebration Event.

Featuring live music and entertainment, sports and activities, arts and circus workshops, the celebration event offered something for everyone – including the chance to see the final leg of the baton relay. The nine batonbearers in Ayr included former Scotland football manager, Craig Brown CBE as well as Olympian, Commonwealth athlete and European gold medallist, Brian Whittle.

The evening was rounded off with a very special performance on the live music stage from Braehead Primary’s primary 6 class who came runners-up in Creative Scotland’s Big Big Sing project. The primary six pupils wrote and recorded their song, ‘The Cheer Starts Here’, with the help of University of the West of Scotland colleagues and Songwriting and Performance students as part of the University’s Digital Commonwealth project, funded by the Big Lottery Fund.

South Ayrshire Provost Helen Moonie said: “What an amazing day the Queen’s Baton Relay had in South Ayrshire and a great big thank you to everyone who came out to show their support. From our smallest villages to our largest towns, South Ayrshire did itself proud and there was a festive atmosphere throughout the entire baton relay route, which was completely down to our people and communities who embraced the event wholeheartedly.

“It’s certainly one of the biggest events I’ve ever been involved in as Provost and it was a privilege to be part of the reception for the baton and our batonbearers. I wish the relay the very best of luck as it continues throughout Scotland and look forward to hearing Her Majesty The Queen's message to the Commonwealth – which is being carried within the baton – when it is read out at the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony on 23 July.”

Councillor Bill Grant, Portfolio Holder for Economic Development, Tourism and Leisure, added: “The Queen’s Baton Relay was a fabulous day for South Ayrshire. From Ballantrae in the south to Barassie in the north – and through our towns and villages in between – the support from our residents and visitors was just incredible.

“My thanks to every single person who came out to cheer on the baton and help make this such a wonderful day for everyone involved. It was a very special day for a very special baton, and it certainly got a very special welcome here in South Ayrshire.”

A selection of photographs taken at this event can be viewed on the South Ayrshire Council website. CLICK HERE 

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

Peppa Pig heads to Ayr Racecourse

By: Iain Ferguson

LOVABLE children’s character Peppa Pig is coming to Ayr Racecourse - back by popular demand! 

The cheeky little piggy will be at Ayr Racecourse’s Family Fun Day on Sunday 6 July, and will be making five appearances at intervals throughout the day, so come along to see her and don’t forget to bring your camera!

Plus there will be many more attractions for the family - and all children under the age of 18 go free if accompanied by an adult and all the Family Entertainment is also free.

Peppa Pig is sure to be a big hit with all the children, and additional attractions include the fantastic Bungee Trampolines, fun fair rides, mini quads, pony rides, face painting and glitter tattoos, sand art, Artmania, a bouncy castle, a superhero enclosure, a circus and magic show - and lots more including an equisizer for children to hone their jockey skills.

There will be free entry for current members of the Armed Forces and their families and also members of all Veterans Associations and Veterans Charities. Book online at, direct with Ayr Racecourse or via your Veterans Association.

There are seven races scheduled with the first race due off at 2pm. Gates open at 12 noon.

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.