The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Thursday, 5 May 2016

Ayrshire property market sets the pace

Property sales across Ayrshire have been driven forward by cash buyers making successful offers and quick sales according to CKD Galbraith, Scotland’s leading independent property consultancy.

The firm is reporting that a high number of successful sales completed during the first quarter of the year has allowed buyers to progress quickly with their next purchase and is resulting in an increasingly stable property chain in the region.

CKD Galbraith’s Ayr office reported that it had sold more than double the number of properties in the first three months of 2016 compared to the same quarter of last year. There has also been a 19% rise in the supply of houses in comparison to the last three months of 2015.


Bob Cherry (pictured above), head of residential sale at the CKD Galbraith’s Ayr office, said: “The general uplift in the region’s property market can be equated to the increased volume of successful sales at the start of the year, which lead in turn to an increase in buyers ready to purchase their next property.

“The boost of active buyers to Ayrshire is also helping to ensure smooth buying and selling processes. The quickest sale during the first quarter of this year took only 12 days to receive a successful offer and is a reflection of the steady movement the market is experiencing.”

The Ayrshire lettings market has also experienced a very positive first quarter according to head of lettings for the region, Marjory Douglas, who added: “The lettings market across Scotland remains very healthy with high level of demand and competition for good quality lets. Demand in Ayrshire during the first quarter of the year increased by 20% compared to the same period last year, in part due to the number of successful sellers renting local property temporarily before finding their next house to buy.” 

CKD Galbraith operates a network of regional offices located throughout the country and figures for the firm as a whole during the first quarter of 2016 demonstrate healthy growth and significant movement of home owners throughout Scotland. The firm has reported a 29% increase in the volume of sales achieved compared to the same period last year, with 36% of buyers coming from across the UK reflecting the wide appeal of the Scottish market.

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 CKD Kennedy Macpherson.


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


Elite Ayrshire Business Circle NEXT MEETING

Elite Ayrshire Business Circle MEETING
Friday 3 June, 12pm – 2pm
Dansarena Studios, 9 Fort Street, Ayr KA7 1HU


The next networking meeting of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle will be held between 12 noon and 2pm on Friday 3 June.

The venue will be Dansarena Studios, 9 Fort St Ayr KA7 1HU.

Topic of the day will be the regeneration of Ayr Town Centre.

The principal speakers will be David Bell, managing director of Ayr Renaissance, and Rebecca Cadie and Gordon Fleming, directors of ARPL Architects Ltd.

Complimentary buffet luncheon refreshments will be provided.



Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Scottish first as night-time spectacular lights up skies and launches Scottish International Airshow 2016

A night-time flying and fireworks spectacular – the first of its kind in Scotland – is set to kick-off this year’s new-look Scottish International Airshow on Friday 2 September.

The new-look Airshow – for which South Ayrshire Council is the main sponsor and funding partner – will include aerobatic fun and excitement at the Low Green at Ayr seafront on Friday 2 AND Saturday 3 September, giving more people than ever before the chance to see some incredible flying close up.


The fun kicks off on Friday 2 September with a funfair and live music before the world-renowned Aerosparx – who recently took part in celebrations for HRH The Queen’s 90th birthday – take to the skies with an incredible sky-high pyrotechnics show that’s sure to wow crowds.


With some fabulous flying courtesy of the amazing Blades Aerobatic Team, and a live music premium tent, the Friday night programme for the Scottish International Airshow 2016 will make sure festivities get going with a bang.

Saturday sees the return of the Royal Marines and the world-famous Red Arrows, who proved a massive hit with the crowds last year.


Meanwhile it will be the first appearance for the RAF Falcons Parachute team, who will be showing off their skills with a stunning aerobatic display. Lauren Richardson – t he British female aerobatic champion – will also be making an appearance on both days.

Other Saturday highlights include the World War Two Battle of Britain Lancaster, Spitfire and Hurricane, as well as the loudest aircraft on the airshow circuit – the RAF Typhoon. 


Doug Maclean, Event Manager for the Scottish International Airshow, said: “We’re very enthusiastic about what we’ve planned for 2016 knowing we will continue to excite and wow the crowds with some of the most amazing aircraft, pilots and displays they will ever see. The acts we have coming along are truly world-class and the fact they all want to come and take part in our event shows that the Airshow has continued to grow from strength to strength.  

“We’re very lucky to have some incredible sponsors, without whom the event simply couldn’t happen – South Ayrshire Council, Event Scotland, Glasgow Prestwick Airport and Virgin Media – and we are grateful for their support.

“We’re also indebted to the thousands of people who come along and we would encourage anyone planning a trip to the Scottish International Airshow to check out the great value packages we have on offer this year. But don’t wait too long as numbers are limited!”

While access to the Scottish International Airshow will continue to be free for both days, spaces in a number of exclusive premium ticketed areas will be available, offering the best seats in the house with access to toilets, refreshments and live entertainment. This includes, for the first time, a family enclosure with access to picnic tables, toilets, parking and baby changing.  Welcoming disabled facilities will also be provided.

For plane-spotters and aircraft lovers, there are exclusive packages available that give access to some of the best photo spots as well as an exclusive, up close photo session with some of the aircraft at Glasgow Prestwick Airport.

Details of the different packages – what you get and how much they cost – are all available from the Scottish International Airshow website: www.tsia.scot. 

South Ayrshire Council – the main sponsor for the event – has contributed £120,000 towards the Scottish International Airshow 2016. Alongside Glasgow Prestwick Airport, it’s also supporting a Scottish International Airshow trade event on Friday 2 September.

The Council’s Chief Executive, Eileen Howat, said: “The Scottish International Airshow has grown in magnitude and 2016’s line-up is undoubtedly set to be the best yet. 

“Last year around 120,000 people enjoyed the air display and demand has led to the addition of another day of flying and entertainment on the Friday. Not only is this a great family event, but it gives the local economy a real boost, generating over £5 million last year, which is something we all benefit from.

“We’re happy to continue our support for the Scottish International Airshow and, given our position as the aerospace hub of Scotland, we’re particularly pleased to support the trade and industry event as well as the family fun days. Let’s just hope the sun shines once again this year!”

Richard Jenner, Glasgow Prestwick Airport Chief Executive Officer, said: “We are delighted to be working for a third year with the Scottish Airshow team and South Ayrshire Council to support the delivery of this fantastic event. The Airshow offers a great opportunity to tell the story of Ayrshire’s long history of aviation and it helps to put us on the map as a hub for aviation and aerospace.  

“As well as delivering the infrastructure, handling and air traffic control services required to put on an event like this, we will be working with the Airshow organisers to offer exclusive access to our airfield for special ticket holders.

“In addition to the support for the public event, we will be working with the Council and a number of other partners to deliver a week-long science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) event for young people interested in a career in aerospace and a number of other STEM industries. There will also be a one day industry conference. All of this will fall under the Scottish International Airshow banner – extending the event to almost a week long programme that covers off education, economic benefits and entertainment.” 

For full details of the Scottish International Airshow 2016 line-up and ticket information, go to www.tsia.scot. Alternatively, you can keep up to date with the latest news on twitter, using #ScotAir2016.

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