The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Friday, 27 November 2015

Celebrating Prestwick’s 40 years of friendship with Lichtenfels in Germany

Andreas Hügerich, Bürgermeister of Lichtenfels in Germany, was in Prestwick recently to mark over 40 years of friendship between the two towns.

[Pictured left to right: Back Row: Monica Faber, Lichtenfels overall Town Twinning President; Roland Dier, Lichtenfels Town Twinning Association President; John Park, Prestwick Town Twinning President. Front Row: South Ayrshire Provost Helen Moonie; Andreas Hügerich, Bürgermeister of Lichtenfels.]

Pen was put to paper at an official ceremony to commemorate the occasion and recognise the hard work of the twinning associations.

Since 1974, the two towns have enjoyed a special relationship and benefitted from exchange visits which develop language skills, broaden horizons and help forge friendships that last a lifetime. 

Business links have also been explored to mutually benefit the towns and help enrich local economies.

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

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Winifred Sloan dies

Former South Ayrshire Provost Winifred Sloan has reportedly died.

As a long standing member of the Conservative Party, Winifred  Sloan  held different political offices at local and national level, before being elected to the Kyle and Carrick District Council in 1992.

South Ayrshire Council was established in 1996 with Councillor Sloan representing the Ayr East Ward.

In 2006, Councillor Sloan was elected Provost by fellow councillors, which was a role she carried out until May 2012.

During her term of office, Winifred was the Council’s Veterans Champion and was heavily involved with the Armed Forces, being one of the founders of Veterans First Point Ayrshire. Even after she retired from Council, Winifred continued to be very active in the community, was Vice Dean of Ayr Guildry and was actively involved with Headway Ayrshire.

Councillor Bill McIntosh, Leader of South Ayrshire Council has said: “We are all saddened to hear of Winifred’s passing, and our thoughts are with her family at this time. Winifred was a tireless advocate for the people of her ward and also an outstanding ambassador for South Ayrshire. She will be sadly missed, but fondly remembered.”

December meeting at Ayr Racecourse

By: Iain Ferguson

Ayr Racecourse stages its first December meeting since 2009 on Monday 21 December with the seven race Christmas Party Raceday.

[Pictured: Final Assault wins at a recent Ayr Racecourse meeting. The Lucinda Russell trained horse could be in action again at Ayr on Monday 21 December.]

The action gets under way at 12.25pm with the Racing UK Winter Season Ticket Maiden Hurdle over two miles and continues until the finale, the Racing UK Standard National Hunt Flat Race at 3.30pm.

Highlight of the afternoon is the Watch Racing UK Today Just £10 Handicap Hurdle over two miles five furlongs due off at 3.00pm. This Class 3 contest should attract a big field with leading trainers including Lucinda Russell, Nicky Richards and Jim Goldie all likely to be represented.

Top jockeys in action should include Brian Hughes, Brian Harding, Craig Nichol and Peter Buchanan. Simply call 01292 264179 or go to for more details.

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, 24 November 2015

UK energy policy ‘fails objectives’

Scottish Energy Minister Fergus Ewing tells 
major conference that UK policy must change

UK energy policy has been described as ‘inconsistent, incoherent and ineffectual’ by Scotland’s Energy Minister Fergus Ewing at a major energy conference.

Mr Ewing (pictured above) made the comments as he accused UK Government of failing to meet its objectives and jeopardising energy security at the International Tidal Energy Summit in London.

Mr Ewing said: “Last week the UK Government made a ‘dash for gas’ to replace the UK’s ageing nuclear and coal plants, a belated recognition of the UK’s energy crunch. While UK energy policy continues to increase bills and weaken security of supply, the Secretary of State’s new approach is inconsistent, incoherent and will be ultimately ineffectual.

“Inconsistent, as the approach is to build new capacity at the lowest cost and let the market decide which technologies prevail, but skews incentives towards more gas and nuclear power.

“Incoherent, as it rules out support for proven, cheap technologies like onshore wind and solar.

“And it will be ineffectual - we urgently need to tackle the parlous state of affairs that has allowed the capacity margin to dwindle to one per cent, yet there are still delays to bringing on new capacity, including the development of renewables in Scotland.

“Capacity margins will worsen when Scotland’s largest power station, Longannet, closes prematurely next year due to unfair transmission charges.

“Scotland is an energy rich country and the ideal base for exploiting our natural resources such as wave and tidal. The largest planned tidal development project in the world, Meygen in the Pentland Firth, will power 175,000 homes when complete. Orkney developer Scotrenewables has almost finished building its two Megawatt floating tidal turbine, while Edinburgh-based Nova innovation is in the process of installing five turbines as part of the Shetland Tidal Array.

“Marine energy has made huge advances in the last two decades and its development needs continued support, not least the face of worrying evidence that the UK is going to miss its EU renewables targets.

“The UK Government must change its course to provide more certainty for investment in new technologies and ensuring the next capacity market auction does more to bring new, clean power generation forward.”