The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Friday, 8 May 2015

Trump Turnberry reveals summer of golf

A programme of golfing events has been revealed at the iconic Trump Turnberry resort as the golf season gets underway.

With the Trump Turnberry Clubhouse scheduled to open in early June after a multi-million pound refurbishment and only 22 weeks of play remaining on the existing Ailsa course, visitors are encouraged to play in a range of up-coming events.

In June, a unique chance is offered to play the legendary Ailsa course for the last time as the ‘Turnberry from the Tips’ competition will be the last before the course begins its radical transformation in September.  This popular event among experienced golfers offers the Ailsa course at its toughest, with the pin positions the same as the final round of the 2009 Open Championship.

The popular Father’s Day Golf tournament returns on 21 June with families encouraged to play the challenging Kintyre course, with the event open to adults of all ages and juniors from age 10.

Junior golfers from across the UK are also invited to enter the Turnberry Junior Open on the Kintyre course on Thursday 16 July as aspiring future Open champions will gather for the opportunity to tee off on the on the world famous Turnberry links.

There are also junior golf camps available at the Turnberry Performance Academy during selected dates during the summer holidays, priced at just £60 for a four-day school.

Richard Hall, Director of Golf, Trump Turnberry commented: “It’s a very special summer at the resort this year, as we are looking forward to launching our new clubhouse and welcoming all our visitors and members to enjoy our busy events programme.  In some cases, like Turnberry from the Tips, it could be the last opportunity to play a competition on the Ailsa in its current form, so we expect to see good numbers out enjoying this experience.”

In addition to participating, visitors are encouraged to visit the resort as spectators to watch the world’s best women golfers in the RICOH Women’s British Open which takes place from Thursday 30 July to Sunday 2 August 2015.  The Ailsa course will host the event for the second time in the Championship’s history.


11 June - Turnberry from the Tips

On Thursday 11 June 2015, play the Ailsa Championship course from the tips for the very last time before this legendary course begins a major transformation in September.

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Sunday 21 June - Father's Day Golf Tournament

Show your dad how much he means to you and spend the day on world famous links of the rugged Ayrshire coast.  Cost £89 per team of two open to all adults and juniors from aged 10.

16 July - Junior Open

 The Turnberry Junior Open returns to the Kintyre course on Thursday 16 July 2015. Open to all aspiring young golfers aiming to be the next Rory McIlroy.

30 July – 2 August - RICOH WOMEN'S BRITISH OPEN 2015 at Trump Turnberry

Now in its 40th year, the tournament returns to this iconic destination for the second time, so why not enjoy it in style with a special hospitality package, priced at just £95 per person.

Trump Turnberry is a Founder Member of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.

Thursday, 7 May 2015

Fairlie firm crafts new sustainability model

North Ayrshire furniture producer, Fairlie Furniture, which designs and crafts handmade wooden pieces, has branched out by installing two biomass boilers at its wood shop and showroom.

[Pictured: Fairlie Furniture owner Kenny Donaldson.]

The firm will be making better use of its big by-product – wood – while becoming more sustainable, thanks to expert advice from Resource Efficient Scotland, a programme of Scottish Government-funded Zero Waste Scotland. 

The business decided to install the new boiler system in order to heat its premises more efficiently, keep the all-important furniture products at the correct temperature, and put its waste cuts of wood to good use. 

Resource Efficient Scotland provides the public, private and third sectors with free support and advice to help them to reduce costs by using their energy, water and raw materials more efficiently. Businesses and organisations can benefit from a suite of online tools as well as a dedicated advice phoneline designed to provide support in all areas of sustainability. 

Fairlie Furniture owner Kenny Donaldson says: “The Resource Efficient Scotland service was really easy and helpful. They came out to see us and provided lots of great recommendations on how we could become more environmentally friendly and save money doing so.

“They also helped us to secure a low interest loan to install two biomass boilers – one in our wood shop and one in the mains show room. These boilers were up and running by December 2014 and all of our unused pieces of wood are used as fuel. Post-installation we were approved for a Renewable Heat Incentive which effectively covers our five-year loan repayment. 

“In the long term, the boilers will benefit the business financially but ultimately, it was a good decision for us and we strive to be more sustainable. It also means none of our wood goes to waste and any cuts we need to discard just get thrown in the boilers to heat the buildings.” 

Iain Gulland, Chief Executive of Zero Waste Scotland, the programme which operates Resource Efficient Scotland, said: “It’s always great to see local businesses making a resource efficient change for the better and I am pleased to see that Fairlie Furniture is now able to put its waste wood product to good use.

“I would encourage any business, large or small, that is keen to explore opportunities to become more sustainable to contact the team at Resource Efficient Scotland and discuss what options might be available to them.” 

Through Resource Efficient Scotland there is also an option for businesses and organisations to sign up to the Resource Efficiency Pledge, which aims to help Scotland’s businesses to save money by using energy, water and raw materials more efficiently, demonstrating their commitment to the environment at the same time. 

Resource Efficient Scotland works with each individual business to identify the best pledge actions for them and to provide support to help achieve them.  Pledge actions can range from setting up a green team to improving their recycling rates. Businesses can also take advantage of the Savings Finder, an online resource efficiency tool which helps businesses to target their best savings opportunities.

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Tuesday, 5 May 2015

CKD Galbraith offers for sale former Ayrshire school converted into residential home with further development potential

Leading independent Scottish property consultancy CKD Galbraith is offering for sale Meadowbank School in Kirkmichael, Ayrshire, which dates back to the late 1800s and is typical of school buildings of that era.  

Built of red sandstone under a slate roof, the school was extended to the rear and converted to a residential home about 20 years ago.  

The main accommodation currently lies to the rear, with the original sandstone building still laid out as three sizable classrooms. 

In 1939, in anticipation of World War II air raids on Glasgow, many children were evacuated from the city and sent to rural areas thought to be safe from attack.  The children arrived in Kirkmichael in September 1939 and allocated to complete strangers. They attended Kirkmichael Primary school where the infant teacher at that time could speak a little German. Today, Kirkmichael Primary School is a modern state-of-the art building thanks to a £2.3million investment from South Ayrshire Council.

The accommodation of Meadowbank currently comprises a large living room, kitchen, utility room, two good sized bedrooms, two shower rooms and a bathroom. The three remaining classrooms extend to approximately 1000 square feet and are bright rooms with excellent development potential. 

The grounds of Meadowbank extend to approximately ½ acre. The former playground at the front is enclosed by a stone wall and there is a private area of lawn to the side. In addition there is a workshop and potting shed. 

Meadowbank is available at Offers Over £170,000. 

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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.