The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Friday, 29 April 2016

Treble at Ayr Racecourse for Irish trainer Adrian Keatley

By Iain Ferguson

IRISH trainer Adrian Keatley took the honours on the opening day of the 2016 flat season at Ayr Racecourse. saddling a treble with former six-time champion jockey Keiren Fallon riding two of the winners.

The Curragh-based handler sent out Mo Henry to win the Watch on The Racing UK App Handicap, and followed up half an hour later with Anonymous Lady in the Racing UK Handicap Stakes. Both were ridden by Fallon.

Robbie Dolan, a youngster who had never ridden a winner in Britain before, completed the treble for Keatley in the Spring Promotion At Western House Hotel Handicap on Nice Vintage.

The delighted trainer said: “I knew my horses were in good form, and I have a good record at Ayr. We fancied the one we ran in the first as well – Patience A Plenty – but he disappointed slightly. But to have three winners is great.”

Keiren Fallon added: “I love coming to Ayr, and have ridden a lot of winners here over the years. I'm based back in Ireland now, but will be coming over as often as possible. I ride out a lot for Adrian - he's a good trainer."

Another in-form trainer was Uplawmoor-based Jim Goldie who saddled a double. The top trainer at Ayr for many years, Goldie got off the mark for 2016 when Funding Deficit, ridden by Danny Tudhope, fought off the challenge of the Michael Dods-trained, Paul Mulrennan-ridden Sea Wolf to win the feature race, The Weddings At Western House Hotel Handicap over seven furlongs.

[Pictured: Jim Goldie’s Funding Deficit (nearest camera) 
wins the feature race at Ayr Racecourse last Monday.]

His second winner of the afternoon came courtesy of Haidee's Reflection in Division One of the Conference and Events at Ayr Racecourse Handicap run over a mile. Again ridden by Danny Tudhope, the six year-old broke into the lead about two furlongs out and kept on for pressure to beat Tellovoi who was finishing best of all after a tardy start.

A very promising horse Irish Optimism followed up his racecourse debut by winning the opening Racing UK 1 Price 3 Devices Maiden Stakes over six furlongs from Geno who ran a solid race in second.

Jockey Phillip Makin riding for John Quinn reported that the horse would probably benefit for running over an extra furlong and added: " He wouldn't want the ground any quicker than that." Jim Goldie's racecourse debutante Insurplus caught the eye running into third at 40-1.

Another Scottish trainer in form is Iain Jardine who saddled a big winner at Perth last week with Double Whammy and was on target yesterday with Pick Your Battle(5-2 favourite) ridden by Royston Ffrench in Division Two of the Conference And Events At Ayr Racecourse Handicap over a mile.

There was a fourth Scottish trained winner in the finale, the Racing UK’s Profits Returned To Racing Handicap over one mile two furlongs when Keith Dagleish’s Sattelac got up under a fine Phillip Makin ride to beat the favourite New Abbey Angel.

Ayr Racecourse and the associated Western House Hotel are Founder Members of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.

New era at Belleisle as golf clubhouse opens for business

Golfers from across Scotland are expected to descend on South Ayrshire following the opening of the new Belleisle Clubhouse in Ayr. Staff welcomed the first golfers to the new £1.5m facility today, Friday 29th April, with the clubhouse (pictured below) set to become an important fixture for the local sporting economy.

The Belleisle championship course, designed by James Braid in 1927, is one of the most popular golf courses in Scotland, viewed by many as one of the best public inland courses in the country.

Facilities include: modern changing accommodation (pictured above), a new professional golf shop (pictured below), new starter facilities, club rooms, lounge area, and a golf simulator room. The clubhouse will operate as a family-orientated licensed premises with capacity for 180 people. A full-range of services including bar meals, receptions, televised sports, as well as outdoor events, will all be catered for.

3B Construction Ltd completed the project on behalf of South Ayrshire Council.

Jill Cronin, Head of Enterprise, Development and Leisure said: “We’re committed to providing the public with first-class facilities, and it’s great to see this fantastic new facility open for business.

“The clubhouse has been custom built to cater for the varied needs of golfers, but it also has a dual role and will be available for host a wide-range of public bookings and functions.

“I’m confident that everyone who uses the new building will be impressed by the facilities available as we move into a new era which better meets local needs, and raises the bar to compete with the best in the country.”

The new clubhouse brings off-course facilities in line with the quality of the course itself. It is available to golfers playing both Belleisle, its sister course ‘Seafield’, as well as visitors to the wider Belleisle Park Estate.

Richard Gordon, Head Golf Professional at Belleisle, said the new facilities sent the right message. “I’ve been coming to Belleisle since I was two years old and the new clubhouse perfectly complements the standard of courses we have here.

“From a coaching point of view the new simulator means we’ll be able to offer classes all year round as part of our drive to attract more families to the sport.

“It’s a friendly environment that offers dramatically improved facilities and I’m looking forward to welcoming the next generation of golfers in the years ahead.”

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

Thursday, 28 April 2016

CKD Galbraith offer property for sale on Isle of Cumbrae

Leading independent Scottish property consultancy CKD Galbraith is offering for sale the Osprey Centre, a superb prospect located on the north side of the Isle of Cumbrae, North Ayrshire. 

The property enjoys spectacular sea views across the Firth of Clyde to Mount Stewart on the Isle of Bute, the beautiful Cowal Peninsula and the hills of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park and on the mainland, Largs and Skelmorlie to the north.

The Isle of Cumbrae (also known as Great Cumbrae) is approximately 4 miles long and 2 miles wide and a circumference of about 10 miles. It is a short ferry trip (10 minutes) from Largs with a regular 15-minute ferry service in the summer months.

The Osprey Centre comprises two detached single storey buildings situated on a single track road. The current owners operate the accommodation as a holiday letting business for small groups and families, whilst the second building is used as a sports hall (pictured below). However there is potential for a change of use to permanent accommodation or a variety of commercial uses, subject to planning permission.

Historically, the Osprey Centre was of significant importance and was operated during World War II as an anti-submarine detection base. Known then as Eerie Port, its proximity to the shoreline was a major advantage for listening to underwater sounds in the approaches to the Firth. 

The equipment used was housed in the current living quarters and could detect the sound of any vessel attempting to penetrate the Cloch Boom which stretched from Dunoon to Cloch Point thus protecting the Firth of Clyde. 

The second building was thought to provide accommodation and was said to have a small machine gun emplacement nearby. The buildings were known on the island as “hush hush” - partly because of the clandestine nature of their purpose, but more because of the quiet needed to detect enemy presence.

After the War ended the station lay empty and disused for many years before being converted into a residential holiday centre for children in 1992 by the popular television series at that time Challenge Anneka. The refurbishment was entirely funded by local public appeals and completed over a three-day period.

Today the Isle of Cumbrae remains untouched and unspoilt. The sandy coves and bays are often visited by grey seals, and with a circumference of just 10.5 miles it is a haven for cyclists of all ages and abilities. The main town of Millport offers a range of shops, cafes and restaurants and, whilst it feels like a world of its own, it is less than 10 minutes on the ferry back to the mainland.

Offers Over £160,000 are being sought.

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About CKD Galbraith

CKD Galbraith is an independent property consultancy employing 225 staff in offices across Scotland including Edinburgh, Stirling, Perthshire, Cupar, Inverness, Castle Douglas, Ayr, Elgin, Galashiels, Kelso, and Aberdeen, offering local knowledge, national expertise and enjoying international reach.

The firm is Scotland’s largest and leading rural consultancy managing and providing advice on farm, forestry, land and estate interests on over three million acres.  CKD Galbraith provides the full range of property consulting services across the residential, commercial, rural and renewable energy sectors throughout Scotland and northern England. The partnership also enjoys a successful relationship with its associate firm in London, CKD Kennedy Macpherson.

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

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Young entrepreneurs given expert advice on starting their first businesses

Young people looking to branch out into the world of business are being given the chance to learn how to take the first steps in their fledgling careers. 

South Ayrshire Council’s Business Gateway service and AMBITION programme, is launching a new course in partnership with Ayrshire College, for would be entrepreneurs.

The six-week ‘Pitches for Riches’ programme will give students the opportunity to participate in a number of workshops which will provide an insight into self-employment and entrepreneurship.

[Pictured: Business studies student, Oliva Khan, is one 
of the first to take part in the Pitches for Riches course.]

The workshops will focus on: ‘Planning your business’; ‘Control your finances’; ‘Understand your market’; and ‘Pitch your plan’.

Jill Cronin, Head of Enterprise, Development and Leisure, said, “We want to support young people with big ideas in any way we can and this new initiative is a great way of helping develop the next generation of business talent.

“We hope that young people choose to set up and run their companies in South Ayrshire, helping to create a sustainable economy which delivers job satisfaction and creates new jobs.

“I’d like to wish this new course every success and look forward to hearing about future success stories from people that benefit from this dedicated course.”

[Pictured left to right: John Strachan (Business Gateway Advisor); Stuart Thomson (Prince’s Trust); Jill Cronin (South Ayrshire Council’s Head of Enterprise Development & Leisure); Stuart Miller (Director of Education & Business Contracts at Ayrshire College).]

As part of the course participants will be given the opportunity to present their business plan and ideas to a panel of experts.  South Ayrshire Council, alongside some of its partners, will be providing financial support to the best pitches, helping budding entrepreneurs kick-start their own business.

Stuart Millar, Director of Education and Business Contracts at Ayrshire College, said, “With more and more people considering running their own business as a career choice we have responded with this dedicated course.

“We’re offering students practical advice on setting up their all-important business plans and also giving them first-hand experience pitching their ideas to potential funders.

“By targeting this support early we hope to inspire young entrepreneurs to take their lives into their own hands by equipping them with the information they need get ahead in business.”

The new programme, got underway on Monday 25 April, 2016, will complement the Start-up element of the Business Gateway Service and AMBITION programme in South Ayrshire. 

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