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Friday, 22 January 2016

David Nott – ‘Indiana Jones of surgery’ – wins Robert Burns Humanitarian Award 2016

A life-saving British doctor who has had to dodge bombs and stare down the barrel of a gun – and is known as the ‘Indiana Jones of surgery’ – has been named winner of the Robert Burns Humanitarian Award 2016.

David Nott was presented with the award at a special ceremony and the first-ever celebration concert at the Brig O’Doon Hotel in Alloway – the town of Burns’ birth – by Minister for Europe and International Development, Humza Yousaf MSP.


[Pictured: Humza Yousaf MSP, Minister for Europe and 
International Development presents David Nott with the 
Robert Burns Humanitarian Award 2016.]

The Robert Burns Humanitarian Award – or RBHA – is a globally-respected, humanitarian accolade supported by South Ayrshire Council and Scotland's Winter Festivals, with sponsorship from Burns Crystal and The Herald, Sunday Herald and heraldscotland.com. The event is part of the Alloway 1759 celebrations, which take place in and around Burns’ birthday this month and form part of the year-round Burns an’ a’ that! Festival.

Named in honour of the famous Scots Bard, the award applauds the efforts of people who bring hope and inspiration – often in desperate situations – and help change lives for the better.

It takes its inspiration from Robert Burns who viewed everyone as equal and genuinely lived as a true humanitarian, as recognised in his famous lines: 'That Man to Man, the world o'er, Shall brothers be for a' that'.

This year’s winner, David – a Consultant Surgeon at Royal Marsden, St Mary’s and Chelsea and Westminster Hospitals – has given up several months every year for more than two decades to volunteer with Médecins Sans Frontières and the International Committee of the Red Cross in war zones and amidst major humanitarian crises.

His efforts have seen him performing life-saving surgery in areas such as Afghanistan, Bosnia, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Haiti, Iraq, Libya, Pakistan and Syria – and in some of the most desperate conditions.

David’s first posting took him to the state hospital in Bosnia, which was known as ‘the Swiss cheese’ because it was pockmarked with bullet holes, and that was to shape his experience for many years to come.

David has now taken his skills and experience and established the David Nott Foundation – a UK registered charity that provides surgeons and medical professionals with the skills they need to provide relief and assistance in conflict and natural disaster zones around the world. 

As well as providing the best medical care, David Nott Foundation surgeons will train local healthcare professionals; leaving a legacy of education and improved health outcomes.

Humza Yousaf MSP, Minister for Europe and International Development, said: “The Robert Burns Humanitarian Award recognises the selfless vital work that is undertaken around the world every day of every year to help others. David Nott is a truly worthy winner and an inspiration to others. As a volunteer with Médecins Sans Frontières and the International Committee of the Red Cross, he has performed life-saving surgery in desperate circumstances in areas such as Darfur/Afghanistan, Bosnia, Iraq, Chad and Syria. He is developing a training programme to share his expertise with more than 1,000 doctors and local health professionals.

“Now in its fifteenth year, the Robert Burns Humanitarian Award continues to be one of the highlights of Scotland’s Winter Festivals programme which draws to a close on Burns Night.  Scots and the Scottish-at-heart will be celebrating Robert Burns the world over this weekend and I would encourage everyone to take the time to honour the life of our Bard and his enduring message of humanitarianism, egalitarianism and equality.”

David Nott said: “I am stunned and very proud to receive this amazing award, which I share with the many people I have worked with over the years. You know that you’re taking a risk when you do this type of humanitarian work, but once you’re out there and saving the lives of people – including children and teenagers the world has forgotten about – you just focus on getting the job done and try to forget about what’s going on around you.

“It is difficult – there’s no doubt – but when you can see that you can make a very real difference, you simply cannot turn your back and that’s why I’m particularly pleased to have established the Foundation to keep that work going.

“I’m very grateful for this award and it will remind me, every day, why we do what we do.”

The runners-up for the Robert Burns Humanitarian Award 2016 were:

Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow – whose humanitarian efforts started more than 20 years ago with an appeal for food, clothing and medicines for those affected by the Balkan conflict. He went on to establish Scottish International Relief, which delivered more than £10 million worth of aid in its first 10 years. In Malawi in 2002, Magnus was inspired to launch Mary’s Meals after meeting teenager Edward who said all he hoped for in life was: ‘I want to have enough food to eat and go to school one day’. Mary’s Meals now feeds more than one million school children in 12 countries every day.

Zannah Bukar Mustapha – a lawyer who works to make lives better for children and young people affected by the conflict between Boko Haram – an Islamic extremist group – and government forces in Nigeria. Having spent many years working to counter the growing radicalisation of children and young people, and concerned at the closure of state schools, he founded the Future Prowess Islamic Foundation – a primary school for orphans and less privileged children from both sides of the conflict. Zannah’s school provides free meals, free education, uniforms and health care, with the aim of achieving a lasting peace in the future.


[Pictured: South Ayrshire Councillor Bill Grant and Provost 
Helen Moonie with RBHA winner 2016 David Nott (centre).]

Councillor Bill McIntosh, Leader of South Ayrshire Council and Chair of the Robert Burns Humanitarian Award Judging Panel, said: “David, Zannah and Magnus all recognise that not everyone has the same choices, freedoms and opportunities – and they have stepped in to right that wrong and are actively making a difference for many.

“David’s work has, quite literally, saved lives and there are hundreds of people alive today who would not be here if it wasn’t for his bravery, tenacity and commitment to others. He has put himself in danger and put his own life at risk to protect other people and he is a perfect example of Robert Burns’ humanitarian values.

“My warmest congratulations to him on being awarded the Robert Burns Humanitarian Award 2016.”

VisitScotland Regional Director Annique Armstrong said: “A key date in Scotland’s cultural calendar, The Robert Burns Humanitarian Award is a marvellous recognition of an individual’s incredible personal dedication to, and amazing achievements in, making a major beneficial impact on the lives of others – so it ties in very closely with the themes underpinning this 2016 Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design. 

“We are delighted that David Nott – a truly deserving and inspirational nominee – has won this year’s award and our congratulations go to him, and indeed to all of those shortlisted, for embodying the values of this very prestigious accolade.”

Further information about the Robert Burns Humanitarian Award is available at www.robertburnsaward.com. Details of the year-round Burns an’a’that! Festival are at www.burnsfestival.com.

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


Thursday, 21 January 2016

Glasgow and Ayrshire start-ups scoop thousands at Entrepreneuring Awards

Start-up businesses based at Entrepreneurial Spark’s Glasgow and Ayrshire Hatcheries shared over £70,000 in cash prizes after pitching their plans in the prestigious Entrepreneuring Awards on Wednesday 20 January.


[Pictured: The award winners.]

Among the winners from the Glasgow Hatchery were FairSquaredUK and Find A Player, which claimed the #GoDo prize of £4,000 each, and Fatburn Extreme and Beauty Kitchen, which both took the Acceler8 Award for £6,000. Presented with the Entrepreneur of the Moment Award and £10,000 prize was Blind Spot Gear, and winning the Chiclet Choice Award and £2,000 was Welltime Ltd.

From the Ayrshire Hatchery: Tartan-Ice and Rock N Role Models both won the £4,000 #GoDo Award, Oor Wee Den and WHRL won the £6,000 Acceler8 Award, The Little Art School won the £10,000 Entrepreneur of the Moment Award and SEM Events won the £2,000 Chiclet Choice Award.

Run by Entrepreneurial Spark and supported by partners Royal Bank of Scotland and KPMG, the awards offer cash prizes aimed at helping early-stage businesses to get off the ground and grow.

Carl Haagensen, Entrepreneurial Development Manager, Royal Bank of Scotland, said: “The Royal Bank of Scotland is delighted to celebrate the efforts of the Chiclets at the Entrepreneuring Awards.

“All have shown a tremendous amount of passion, creativity and commitment to their businesses and this event held an opportunity for everyone involved to take a moment to see how far they have progressed and the difference their hard work has made.

“We wish everyone the greatest success in the future and hope the winners’ stories inspire others to ‘go do’ and make their business dream a reality.”

Phil Charles, Head of Enterprise for KPMG in Scotland, said: “We’d like to congratulate all the Chiclets who took part in this year’s pitching process. There was an extremely high calibre of businesses competing and we have no doubt that many of these will go on to become successful companies, providing employment and creating wealth for their respective regional economies.”

Entrepreneurial Spark founder and chief executive Jim Duffy said: “The Entrepreneuring Awards have grown alongside our network of Hatcheries, and the latest round will be the biggest yet. The cash prizes are an excellent way of boosting some of our most promising businesses and accelerating their growth, and the events also provide valuable networking opportunities and pitching practice.

“Entrepreneurs need to be able to explain their business briefly and concisely, and they never know when they might meet a potential investor, client or partner. That’s why we drill our Chiclets to ensure that they are clear on their goals and able to pitch their ideas.”

Entrepreneurs put the skills learned over the last six months into practice as they pitched their business at the gala event. Winners of the pitching competition, as well as the #GoDo Awards, Acceler8 Awards and others, shared thousands of pounds to help develop their business ideas and put their plans into action.

The evening featured Stephen Cole, Managing Director of Cole Advertising & Design based in Glasgow, as guest speaker, as well as speakers from among Entrepreneurial Spark’s team of Enablers and representatives of partner RBS.

Cole Advertising and Design is a full-service creative, digital & media buying agency created by Stephen’s dad, Chris Cole, in 1986. Stephen has been involved in growing the business since 1988 and has led the agency since 2010. As the company approaches its 30th year, Stephen shared his learnings from building a company, winning awards and increasing turnover and profit even throughout a recession.

The awards ceremony in Glasgow coincided with eight others at Entrepreneurial Spark’s Hatcheries across the UK, with over £250,000 awarded to Chiclets.

Entrepreneurial Spark is the world’s largest free accelerator for start-up and scale-up businesses, and competition for the latest intake to its accelerator programmes was intense. To find your nearest Hatchery and register interest for the August 2016 intake, visit http://adf.ly/1VaIyQ 


Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Increase in housing sales and prices expected across Scotland in early 2016

Scottish house prices and sales look set to continue to rise in the first quarter of 2016, according to the latest survey by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).


The RICS UK Residential Market Survey, December 2015, has shown rising demand and a slight increase in properties coming onto the market led to an uplift in newly agreed sales in December (a net balance of 24%), and surveyors expect this trend to continue in the near-term at least.

A net balance of 35% of Scottish respondents forecast a rise in transactions in the January-to-March period, with 24% of surveyors also expecting average prices to increase in this quarter.

Sarah Speirs, Director RICS in Scotland, said: “The Scottish housing market has experienced an unusually buoyant December, with growth in transactions, demand and a small increase in properties coming onto the market. Despite this growth in new instructions, the chronic shortage of housing supply in Scotland continues to result in rising house prices and rents across the country. To remedy the shortage, Scottish Government policy is, and for a considerable amount of time has been, aimed at supporting demand and, more crucially, the new build market and home ownership.

“Earlier this week we launched Shaping Scotland’s Housing Future, which aims to inform political parties of the role property – across housing, planning & development, construction and infrastructure – plays in driving Scotland’s economic growth ahead of the Scottish parliamentary elections in May.

“The recommendations within this report focus primarily on vital methods of increasing supply and maintaining existing housing stock to provide a robust, sustainable approach to address Scotland current housing market needs.”

Throughout 2015 chartered surveyors reported almost continual growth in prices and this continued in December, with a net balance of 29% more respondents reported a rise in house prices across Scotland.

Graeme J Lusk MRICS, Graham and Sibbald, commented: “A very good December for new instructions as vendors got their houses on the market ahead of the New year. I am anticipating the market to continue to improve throughout 2016.”


Tuesday, 19 January 2016

CKD Galbraith offers for sale two charming Ayrshire country cottages

Leading independent Scottish property consultancy CKD Galbraith is offering for sale Adamhill Farm Cottages by Craigie, two semi-detached Ayrshire cottages occupying a slightly elevated position with uninterrupted country views stretching, on a clear day, as far as the hills of Arran.
 

Predominantly the scenery around Adamhill is prime farmland with many of Ayrshire’s finest dairy herds in the locality.

The village of Craigie is just over a mile away and is popular with commuters seeking an accessible but rural location. The surrounding rural villages offer everyday facilities however the main towns of Kilmarnock and Ayr are both within easy reach by car.


The cottages are located off the A719 and were built around the mid-1950s as accommodation for farmhands. 


Both are single storey and of traditional construction with a slate roof.  Each cottage comprises two double bedrooms, kitchen, living room and bathroom. 

The gardens are simply laid out with a central driveway leading to both and an enclosed lawn.  The garden boundary will be extended slightly to include what is presently the adjacent field.


The properties are for sale in two individual lots or as a whole offering a wonderful opportunity (subject to planning) for a purchaser to create a substantial family home in a beautiful rural location.

Offers over £240,000 are being sought as a whole.

Offers over £120,000 individually.

PDF available on www.ckdgalbraith.co.uk

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.

Monday, 18 January 2016

Glasgow and Ayrshire start-ups set to scoop thousands at Entrepreneuring Awards

Entrepreneurial Spark’s gongs will help dozens of businesses to grow

Start-up businesses based at Entrepreneurial Spark’s Glasgow and Ayrshire Hatcheries will be pitching their ideas for a chance to win over £70,000 at the prestigious Entrepreneuring Awards on Wednesday 20 January.


[Pictured: Last year's award winners.]

Run by Entrepreneurial Spark and supported by partners Royal Bank of Scotland and KPMG, the awards offer cash prizes to help entrepreneurs develop and scale their business.

Entrepreneurs will put the skills learned at Bootcamp and over the past six months into practice as they pitch their business at the event in Glasgow. Winners of the pitching competition, as well as the #GoDo Awards, Acceler8 Awards and others, will be given thousands of pounds to help develop their business ideas and put their plans into action.

The evening will also feature speakers from among Entrepreneurial Spark’s team of Enablers, representatives of partner RBS, and guest speaker Stephen Cole, Managing Director of Cole Advertising & Design based in Glasgow, who will be sharing his 30-year experience of building a successful business.

The awards ceremony for Glasgow and Ayrshire will coincide with others at Entrepreneurial Spark’s Hatcheries across the UK, with over £250,000 being awarded to Chiclets across the country.

Carl Haagensen, Entrepreneur Development Manager, Royal Bank of Scotland, said: “The Royal Bank of Scotland is delighted to celebrate the efforts of the Chiclets at the Entrepreneuring Awards.

“All have shown a tremendous amount of passion, creativity and commitment to their businesses and this event is an opportunity for everyone involved to take a moment to see how far they have progressed and the difference their hard work has made.

“We wish everyone the greatest success and hope the winners’ stories inspire others to ‘go do’ and make their business dream a reality.”

Phil Charles, Head of Enterprise at KPMG in Scotland, said: “Business incubators such as Entrepreneurial Spark play a pivotal role in supporting start-ups in their first, crucial, stages of growth. The Entrepreneuring Awards give those businesses a taste of competing in a real pitching environment, helping equip them with the skills necessary to secure investment in the future. We wish all the Chiclets taking part at this year’s awards the best of luck.”

Entrepreneurial Spark founder and chief executive Jim Duffy said: “The Entrepreneuring Awards have grown alongside our network of Hatcheries, and the latest round will be the biggest yet. The cash prizes are an excellent way of boosting some of our most promising businesses and accelerating their growth, and the events also provide valuable networking opportunities and pitching practice.

“Entrepreneurs need to be able to explain their business briefly and concisely, and they never know when they might meet a potential investor, client or partner. That’s why we drill our Chiclets to ensure that they are clear on their goals and able to pitch their ideas.”

Entrepreneurial Spark is the world’s largest free accelerator for start-up and scale-up businesses, and competition for the latest intake to its accelerator programmes was intense. To find your nearest Hatchery and register interest for the August 2016 intake, visit www.entrepreneurial-spark.com