The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Friday, 31 October 2014

CKD Galbraith offers for sale a charming country cottage close to Lynn Glenn, Dalry, North Ayrshire

Leading independent Scottish property consultancy CKD Galbraith’s Ayr Office is offering for sale Laighlynn Cottage, a charming country cottage situated within its own mature gardens close to the Lynn Glen and the Caaf Water near Dalry in North Ayrshire.

The Lynn Glen Walk is a lovely two mile stroll along the Caaf Water, passing the pretty waterfall and a ruined mill and is often visited by wagtails, dippers and the occasional kingfisher.

The cottage dates from the early 1900s and is built of stone under a tiled roof.

The reception hall opens to a good sized living room with exposed ceiling beams and there is a connecting door to the kitchen.  

The kitchen is well proportioned and fitted with a range of modern wall and floor units with integrated appliances.  

The more recent addition of a conservatory brings the outdoors in, opening to the well tended gardens.  

There is also a ground floor bedroom and bathroom. Two further bedrooms on the first floor complete the accommodation.

The gardens of Laighlynn are naturally sheltered and fully enclosed. A large decked barbeque area is ideal for alfresco dining and in addition there is a patio which catches the summer sun. There is also a garage.

Laighlynn Cottage enjoys a peaceful location on the edge of Dalry, yet is within easy reach of Glasgow Airport and the city centre.

Offers Over £195,000 are being sought.

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

Contact: R A Cherry BSc MRICS 
Tel: 01292 268181 
Fax: 01292 292300 

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

Thursday, 30 October 2014

New airport stakeholder group takes off for first time

A new Glasgow Prestwick Airport and Aerospace Stakeholder Group met for the first time this week and committed to having an active and ongoing role in ensuring the airport and its aerospace cluster prosper for the benefit of the local and national economy.

[Pictured: Representatives at the first meeting of the 
Glasgow Prestwick Airport and Aerospace Stakeholder Group.] 

The group – chaired by the Leader of South Ayrshire Council – has been created to support the commercial turnaround of Glasgow Prestwick Airport (GPA) and renewed development of the surrounding aerospace sector to help achieve the maximum economic benefits.

It brings together key representatives from both the public and private sectors who are invested in ensuring a successful and sustainable future for the airport. 

The group’s remit is to support the airport business to achieve its aims and objectives; support related economic development such as links to tourism or infrastructure improvements; and support the development of the surrounding aerospace sector.

One of the first decisions made at this week’s meeting was to agree that a supporting operational group would also be established to implement and drive forward the decisions and considerations of the strategic group.

South Ayrshire Council Leader, Councillor Bill McIntosh said: “This first meeting is a real milestone in bringing together all the parties interested in making Glasgow Prestwick Airport and its aerospace cluster work. 

“It’s great to have direct input from the aerospace industry and see the public and private sectors working together on a collective basis with a real sense of purpose.

“Every member of the stakeholder group believes in the airport as a vital economic asset for the whole of Scotland – with 1,400 people employed there and a further 3,200 jobs linked to the site – and are fully committed to achieving the ambitions we have for this vital transport hub.

“We all want to make a positive difference and the Glasgow Prestwick Airport and Aerospace Stakeholder Group is the ideal vehicle to drive our support for the airport and make sure we play a full and active role in the development of the airport and the wider aerospace and engineering economy in Ayrshire.”

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

Ayr races on Saturday

By: Iain Ferguson

THE final Saturday meeting of the season at Ayr Racecourse, John Smith's Raceday takes place this weekend.

This jumps meeting is traditionally well supported by trainers as more and more horses start their campaigns for the winter months.

[Green Flag was successful at John Smith’s Raceday last year.]

The feature race is the John Smith’s No Nonsense Handicap Chase over two miles and Scottish based trainers Lucinda Russell, James Ewart and Jim Goldie will all have runners in this.

Elsewhere on the card The John Smith’s Extra Smooth Handicap Hurdle will have a strong field with recent Kelso winner Mason Hindmarsh from the Karen McLintock yard, Lucinda Russell’s Vengeur de Guye and Voyage A New York and Jim Goldie’s Plus Jamais all in action.

The concluding race at 4.30pm is a national hunt flat race over one mile six furlongs.

After racing Dakota play in the Horseshoe Bar with a disco in the Ayrshire Suite ensuring the fun goes on till around 7.30pm.

Gates open on Saturday 1 November at 11.05am and for more information or to book tickets go online at or call 01292 264179.

Treble for Scottish trainers last Monday 

THREE Scottish trainers were among the winners at Ayr Racecourse’s first jumps meeting of 2014-2015 on Monday with Keith Dalgleish, Sandy Thomson and James Ewart all scoring.

The Dalgleish winner came courtesy of Hurricane Hollow in the EBF/Download the BetVictor App National Hunt Novices Hurdle with Wilson Renwick in the saddle on the 11/4 joint favourite who coasted to a three and a half length win.

Dumfriesshire based James Ewart saddled Wilde Pastures (11/4) to win the two mile handicap chase in the hands of young Dale Irving while Grand National winning jockey Ryan Mania piloted Blue Kascade (5/2 fav) (pictured below, left) to win the two and a half mile handicap chase for Sandy Thomson.

Chidswell, ridden by Brian Harding, provided Cumbrian trainer Nicky Richards with a winner when cutting through the field to win the Maiden Hurdle at odds of 11/10.

The bumper was won by Malcolm Jefferson's Double W's completing a double for jockey Brian Hughes who had ridden Always Eight to victory in the feature race, the Play Casino At Handicap Chase.

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, 28 October 2014

South Ayrshire gets more superfast broadband coverage

More than 5,600 homes and business in South Ayrshire will be next to benefit from fibre broadband in the latest phase of the £410 million Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband programme. 

Annbank, Joppa, Tarbolton and Maybole have all been announced as the next areas to be passed by the Digital Scotland deployment of high-speed fibre broadband, with the first premises expected to benefit during spring 2015. 

Local people will have access to fibre services at speeds of up to 80Mbps1, thanks to the engineering rollout being delivered on the ground by BT’s local network business, Openreach. The new infrastructure will mean that multiple users in a home or business will be able to access the internet and download and share large files at the same time and more quickly than ever before, if they sign up to the service.

All of the places announced in this phase will receive high speed technology for the first time.

The Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband programme aims to provide fibre broadband infrastructure to areas not covered by commercial deployment. Combined with commercial roll-out plans by the private sector, around 85% of premises in Scotland will have access to fibre broadband by the end of 2015/16 and 95% by the end of 2017/18. 

Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “The scale of the challenge of delivering fibre broadband across our communities in Scotland shouldn’t be underestimated but engineers are working hard and making good progress. It’s fantastic to see the project extending into places like Maybole, which will really benefit from the economic advantages fibre broadband brings. 

“It’s a fundamental part of the Scottish Government’s aim to deliver world class connectivity by 2020, enabling people across Scotland to connect any time, any place, anywhere using any device.”

The Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband initiative consists of two projects – one covering the Highlands and Islands area, led by Highlands and Islands Enterprise, and the other covering the Rest of Scotland. The first cabinets went live in March and April of this year in Buckie and Kirkton of Skene, Aberdeenshire. In total, more than three quarters of a million homes and business premises are expected to benefit.

BT is investing £126 million in the partnership programme, in addition to its £2.5bn UK commercial rollout of fibre broadband. The advance of the partnership roll-out, coupled with BT’s ongoing commercial upgrades, means that more than 1.3m Scottish homes and businesses now have access to Openreach’s fibre broadband network. 

BT Scotland director Brendan Dick said: “The arrival of fibre broadband in these latest South Ayrshire communities will be great news for local homes and businesses. In a few months’ time local people will be streaming, shopping, learning and sharing faster than ever before. Fibre broadband opens up lots of new online opportunities, whether you’re a busy mum juggling work with homework, a commuter wanting to work from home or a business contemplating moving functions to the cloud.  

“The civil engineering project underpinning this new network is not just one of the biggest in Scotland but is among the most complex anywhere in Europe. Openreach has been recruiting dozens of extra engineers to help shape Scotland’s future and many of our young apprentices are gaining valuable experience helping to connect up people to fibre in local communities across Scotland.” 

Councillor Bill Grant, South Ayrshire Council’s Portfolio Holder for Economic Development, Tourism and Leisure, said: “The introduction of superfast broadband in our towns and villages will make a massive difference, especially in our rural areas. This will transform how these homes and businesses work, learn and play and will be a real boost for our communities. I look forward to the continued roll-out of broadband across our area and know it will get a very warm welcome wherever it’s introduced in South Ayrshire.”

Digital Economy Minister Ed Vaizey said: “The UK Government is investing more than £120m in the transformation of Scotland’s digital landscape, and today’s announcement of the next 80,000 homes and businesses in Scotland due to  benefit from the rollout of superfast broadband is fantastic news.”

Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband funding partners include the Scottish Government, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, the UK Government through Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK), local authorities and the European Regional Development Fund, as well as BT. 

Locations will be announced quarterly over the life of the projects as the fibre network rolls out across Scotland.  Further local detail will be provided as plans advance and anyone interested in the roll-out can keep up to date and get more detail at

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