The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Saturday, 12 July 2014

Visit of note as South Ayrshire Provost Helen Moonie welcomes American school choir

Provost Helen Moonie recently welcomed to South Ayrshire a community children’s choir for talented and gifted singers aged 10-14 from Newnan, Georgia USA.

[Pictured: Provost Moonie welcomes delegates from the Centre Masterworks Chorale, with Leader of the Council Councillor Bill McIntosh and South Ayrshire Council’s Chief Executive, Eileen Howat.]

The Centre Masterworks Youth Chorale was in Ayrshire as guests of the Ayrshire Fiddle Orchestra, to play a number of concerts and develop cultural and musical links between Georgia and the local area.

The chorale party was headed by Mayor Keith Brady and his wife Katie, who exchanged gifts with Provost Moonie. Also in the American delegation were Newnan council members Rhodes Schell, mayor Pro-Tem Cynthia Jenkins and members of the Newnan Cultural Arts Commission, led by Bette Hickman.

Provost Moonie said: “I had heard so much about the brilliant vocal talent of The Centre Masterworks Youth Chorale and had waited with much anticipation to meet and hear them sing.

[Pictured: Provost Moonie receives a painting, showing a scene from Newnan, Georgia, USA, from Mayor Keith Brady.]

“An undertaking such as this is no mean feat and I want to thank Mayor Brady and Wallace Galbraith of the Ayrshire Fiddle Orchestra – and the teams behind them – for working so hard to make this visit happen and for bringing these talented young people to South Ayrshire.

“It took real determination, organising and planning to put the tour together and I’d like to congratulate everyone in playing their part in setting the itinerary for this visit and I hope it marks the start of a regular musical and cultural exchange between us all.”


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

Friday, 11 July 2014

Fashion Show boost for QTS Ladies Night at Ayr Racecourse

By: Iain Ferguson

THE most glamorous night of the year at Ayr Racecourse - QTS Ladies Night on Saturday 9 August 2014 - is raising the stakes this year with a first for the evening - a glitzy Fashion Show.

Models will take to the Cat Walk in the Paddock Lawn Marquee at 5.00pm, and former Miss Scotland Jennifer Reoch, now co-host of the Riverside Show on STV, will be the star compere, joined for the night by a Gary Lamont, who plays the role of hairdresser Robbie Fraser in River City. 

Clothes are by Wish and this ground-breaking event is being co-ordinated by Janis Sue Smith, Fashion Editor of the Scottish Sun. The Fashion Show will add to what already is a terrific night.

Ayr Racecourse Sales and Marketing Manager Lindsey Smith explained: “Our QTS Ladies Night is already a real social occasion full of glamour, and is one of the most anticipated nights of the year in the west of Scotland.

“This year we are adding even more by staging a Fashion Show that will take place before racing, and I am delighted we have secured Jennifer as a host.”

QTS Ladies Night also features the fabulous Boyband Legends playing all the hits from legendary boy bands including Take That, the Wanted  and Westlife after racing in the Ayrshire Suite, and another live band – to be confirmed – in the Horseshoe Bar.

Best dressed ladies will have the opportunity to win a coin and a place in William Hill Ladies Day Final on 19 September.

The star prize this year is a Vauxhall Adam Glam 1.4, courtesy of Kerr & Smith, runner-up prize is a fabulous holiday for two to Dubai from Stewart Travel, and third prize is cosmetic treatments from Coast Clinic. 

Tickets can be booked online at or by calling 01292 264179 and discounts are available up until seven days before the event.

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.

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Scottish Government gives green light to Corton development

The Scottish Government has given the green light for the next stages of the Corton development planning process. This will focus on progressing the detailed planning proposals approved by South Ayrshire Council in June 2014.

[Pictured: South Ayrshire Councillor Bill Grant, Portfolio Holder for Economic Development, Tourism and Leisure.] 

The development, from applicant LXB RP (Ayr 1) Ltd, will provide an attractive and distinctive place for people to live, work and enjoy their leisure time as part of a sustainable new community.

It  will see the building of  750 new homes – 188 of which will be affordable housing – a business park with offices, business space and workshops; a Sainsbury's supermarket; a neighbourhood shopping centre; a new hotel; a petrol station; a primary school; community facilities and parkland; walking, cycling and safe vehicle routes; and a park and ride facility.

In addition to boosting the local economy by around £40 million, 2,700 construction jobs during the 10-year development of the site will be created, with around 1,000 new jobs for the local area once completed.

Welcoming the Scottish Government’s approval, Councillor Bill Grant, Portfolio Holder for Economic Development, Tourism and Leisure said: “This is great news and we can now look ahead to delivering the Corton development in the right way within the south-east Ayr area and create a dynamic, inclusive and accessible community, maximising the potential it offers for the local economy and beyond.

“This corner of the town will be significantly enhanced by the development, with hundreds of new jobs and new homes welcoming new residents and families, a superb new school, landscaped green spaces and community facilities.

“These are exciting times for Ayr and South Ayrshire and I warmly welcome the progress being made.”

The planning application is available. CLICK HERE

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

Sizzling racing action at Ayr Racecourse

By: Iain Ferguson

AYR Racecourse stages the third of five July fixtures on Monday 14 July, with the seven-race Summer Sizzler Raceday due off at 2.30pm.

[Pictured: Silver Rime wins at Ayr Racecourse last Monday.]

The feature race, the Instabet App Only At BetVictor Handicap over seven furlongs is scheduled for 5.00pm, and should attract a big number of runners competing for the £8500 prize fund.

The opening race at 2.30pm is the Ebf Stallions Maiden, again over seven furlongs for two year-olds, and there will be some interesting types in this.

Meanwhile there was some top racing action at the track last Sunday and Monday, and Linda Perratt and Ruth Carr were the trainers in form with three winners each.

Linda's successes came with Jinky (9/1), ridden by Joe Fanning, winning Sunday’s  six furlong handicap and Silver Rime (6/1)  landing Monday’s seven furlong handicap for jockey Connor Beasley before Dark Crystal produced a 20/1 shock in the apprentice handicap with Megan Carberry doing the steering.

Ruth Carr’s successes came with were Chosen One (7/2) winner of the amateur riders handicap under Serena Brotherton on Sunday, and Mutafaakir (9/2) and Cono Zur (4/1 jt fav) both winning for jockey James Sullivan on Monday.

Sunday’s meeting was dominated by Scottish trained winners. Keith Dalgleish sent out Hanalei Bay (5/1), with Phil Makin riding, to win The FSB Card Payment Processing Handicap and landed the feature race, the mile handicap, with Sound Advice  (13/8 fav) with Jason Hart in the plate.

Jim Goldie saddled Testa Rossa (5/1) to win the one mile two furlong handicap with Graham Lee riding, and Borders-based Alistair Whillans was successful with Opt Out at 18/1 with PJ McDonald on board.

For more information on racing at Ayr go online at or call 01292 264179.

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.