The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Thursday, 4 August 2016

QTS Ladies Night on Saturday at Ayr Racecourse

By Iain Ferguson

AYR’S most glamourous night of the year takes place on Saturday when QTS  Ladies Night is staged at Ayr Racecourse. 

A crowd of 6,000 is expected with seven races, two fashion shows hosted by West FM’s Colin McArdle and fantastic after racing entertainment from world famous DJ Trevor Nelson and top live band Empire. 

Spotters will be out and about to pick the best dressed ladies who will then take part in a series of heats on the Catwalk during the evening where a guest panel of judges will select the girls who will win a coin and a place in William Hill Ladies Day final on September 16. 

There will be up to 25 ladies in the final and each will draw the name of a horse running in the William Hill Ayr Bronze Cup that afternoon and there will be money can’t buy prizes for the girls who draw first, second and third placed horses. 

And this year’s first prize is a fabulous four--night holiday for two courtesy of Stewart Travel and Jet 2 Holidays to New York flying from Glasgow on November 24 staying in a four star hotel plus £1000 of Ayr Central Shopping Vouchers with a personal style consultation and shopping experience plus £1000 worth of Coast Clinic Ayr treatments. 

There’s also fantastic runners up and third placed prizes.  

Tickets can be booked online at or by calling 01292 264179 and discounts are available up until seven days before the event. 

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.

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Local activity drives Ayrshire property sales

Local buyers are proving key to successful sales and a significant increase in activity across the property market in Ayrshire.

[Pictured: Bob Cherry, head of residential 
sales at CKD Galbraith’s Ayr office.]

CKD Galbraith, Scotland’s leading property consultancy is reporting an increase in sales activity and a surge in prospective buyers registering with their Ayr office.

During the second quarter of 2016 (April – June) CKD Galbraith in Ayr experienced a 9% increase in the volume of sales compared to the same quarter of 2015 and a 25% increase in prospective buyers noting interest this quarter in comparison to the first three months of this year. 

There was also a significant rise in the number of viewings conducted by the residential team in Ayr with viewing figures for the quarter more than double that reported over the first quarter of 2016. Furthermore, the number of properties brought to the Ayrshire market through CKD Galbraith increased by 29% compared to the first quarter.

Bob Cherry, head of residential sales at CKD Galbraith’s Ayr office, said: “Property sales and buyer activity has been steadily growing throughout the second quarter and this has predominantly been driven by local buyers. 92% of sales from April to the end of June were completed by local buyers either up-sizing or relocating to rural properties which offer good value for money.

“We have been greatly encouraged by the level of activity in the market, especially the surge in viewings and prospective buyers looking to purchase in Ayrshire and expect these levels to convert into sales and competitive offers throughout the rest of the summer months.”

The Ayrshire lettings market has also experienced a healthy second quarter according to Marjory Douglas of CKD Galbraith’s Ayr lettings team, who commented: “Demand for properties in good condition to let remains very high across the whole of Scotland, with the Ayrshire lettings market in particular continuing to experience strong competition between prospective tenants where demand still outstrips supply of rental homes.

“Our team in Ayr successfully let 33% more properties this quarter than the previous three months of 2016, whilst property viewings rose by 54% compared to the same quarter of 2015.”

CKD Galbraith operates a network of regional offices located throughout the country and figures for the firm as a whole during the second quarter of 2016 demonstrate the resilience of the Scottish market and appeal to buyers from across the UK, despite the uncertainty of Brexit.

The firm has reported a 17% increase in the volume of sales achieved compared to the same period last year, with national buyers accounting for 41% of total sales, reflecting Scotland’s lifestyle appeal and more affordable property prices.

CKD Galbraith 
7 Killoch Place 
Ayr KA7 2EA 
Ayrshire, Scotland 

Contact: R A Cherry BSc MRICS 
Tel: 01292 268181 
Fax: 01292 292300 

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.

To find out more about CKD Galbraith visit

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