Further Speakers Announced for Ayrshire Business Conference

Government Minister and Director of Leading Scottish Brand to Join Panel Discussion

The stellar line up of a business conference taking place in Ayrshire next month has expanded, with a further two contributors to the day’s Panel Discussion now confirmed.

Scotland’s Minister for Youth and Women’s Employment, Annabelle Ewing MSP, and Andrew Russell, Brand Director of leading Scottish toiletries manufacturer Arran Aromatics, will now join a host of speakers at the one day Growing Your Business conference taking place on Tuesday 17th March at Irvine’s Gailes Hotel.

Organised by the Ayrshire Association of Business Women (AABW) and open to anyone interested in growing their business, the one day conference includes workshops, discussions and inspirational speakers. The keynote address will be delivered by Grammy award winning musician and charity pioneer Midge Ure OBE, who will discuss his unique inspirational, career and speak on making change.

The Conference line-up also includes:

  • Bill McFarlan of Pink Elephant Communications Ltd, one the UK’s most established confidence-building organisations;
  • Martin Stepek, CEO of the Scottish Family Business Association;
  • Marguerite Hunter Blair, Chief Executive of Play Scotland and former owner of Blairquhan Castle;
  • And a panel session with Craig Stevenson of Braehead Foods Ltd; Jill Woodburn of Woodys Ice Cream; Caryn Inglis of AD Rattray Ltd; Dundonald-based midwife Cass McNamara, who is now developing and marketing an innovative new product worldwide, plus Scotland’s Minister for Youth and Women’s Employment Annabelle Ewing MSP and Arran Aromatics Brand Director Andrew Russell.
  • Plus, Theresa Talbot of BBC Radio Scotland will be MC.

The event is sponsored by Media Scotland’s award winning Ayrshire titles the Ayrshire Post, Irvine Herald and Kilmarnock Standard; Sarah’s Creative Occasions; Prancing Jack Productions; Ayrshire Chamber of Commerce; North Ayrshire Council and South Ayrshire Council.

The Ayrshire Association of Business Women is Ayrshire’s leading business women’s group, offering informal networking and informative events across Ayrshire.  This will be the association’s first conference, in what will be the group’s 21st year, and is part of AABW’s celebration of International Women’s Day.

Speaking of the latest additions to the Conference line-up, AABW President Liz Cooper commented: “We are thrilled to have both Anabelle Ewing MSP and Andrew Russell joining our panel. They each bring yet more diverse experience and knowledge, and I am greatly looking forward to hearing about their experiences.

The Growing Your Business Conference is open to anyone interested in business (from Ayrshire or elsewhere, and is not just for women). Tickets are available from www.aabw.org.uk priced £75pp (£65pp AABW members). Half day tickets are also now available.

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Issued by Create Communications on behalf of the Ayrshire Association of Business Women. For further information and images please contact Carol MacInnes at Create Communications on tel 01563 595001 or 07739 774091.

Date of issue: 24 February 2015

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Business Women’s Conference Details Unveiled

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Midge Ure to Speak at Ayrshire Business Conference
Internationally acclaimed musician will join business leaders and entrepreneurs at Growing Your Business event
Grammy award winning musician and charity pioneer Midge Ure OBE will be Key Speaker at an Ayrshire business conference taking place this March.
Discussing his unique, inspirational career which has taken him from Cambuslang to international stardom with Ultravox and global recognition for his music, charity work and the phenomenon that is Band Aid, Midge will speak of making change and his diverse experiences.
The ‘Growing Your Business’ event will also welcome broadcaster and communications skills trainer Bill McFarlan of Pink Elephant Communications Ltd, one the UK’s most established confidence-building organisations. Martin Stepek, CEO of the Scottish Family Business Association, will also be speaking, and a panel session with leading Ayrshire entrepreneurs is set to include Craig Stevenson of Braehead Foods Ltd and Jill Woodburn of Woodys Ice Cream. Dundonald-based midwife Cass McNamara, who is now developing and marketing an innovative new product worldwide, will also be speaking, as will Caryn Inglis of the AD Rattray Ltd. Plus, Theresa Talbot of BBC Radio Scotland will be MC.
Taking place in Irvine’s Gailes Hotel on Tuesday 17th March, the event is being organised by the Ayrshire Association of Business Women (AABW) with sponsors including Media Scotland’s award winning Ayrshire titles the Ayrshire Post, Irvine Herald and Kilmarnock Standard; Sarah’s Creative Occasions; Prancing Jack Productions and South Ayrshire Council.
AABW President Liz Cooper commented: “Over the past twelve months, AABW has experienced exceptional growth with record membership and sell-out events, and as the Association commences its 21st year, we are marking this achievement with a one day business conference focussing on growth, inspiration and celebrating success. We have secured an outstanding line-up of speakers and contributors for a day which will include networking, workshops and presentations, and I am particularly looking forward to hearing from Midge Ure, a truly inspirational figure whose success and achievements straddle the music industry and the world of charity, both of which have evolved tremendously over recent decades.
“This Conference is for everyone interested in business, be they from Ayrshire or further afield and we are grateful to the support of our sponsors and our members in making it possible.”

Ivor Novello and Grammy award winning Midge Ure’s career spans five decades, enjoying success with bands Slik (Forever and Ever) and Ultravox (Dancing with Tears in My Eyes, Loves Great Adventure, Vienna) and as a solo artist (If I Was), as well as penning hits for others. Perhaps best known for the phenomenon that is Band Aid and Live Aid (co-writing Do They Know it’s Christmas), Midge has also received honorary doctorates from both Edinburgh and Dundee Universities, and continues to record and perform.
Bill McFarlan is Managing Director of Pink Elephant Communications Ltd. A former broadcaster with BBC, Scottish Television, Sky and Setanta, Bill has delivered media training for senior politicians, executives and sports people. Martin Stepek was co-owner and director of the Scotland Top 500 business J. Stepek Ltd, is the founder of the Scottish Family Business Association and serves as a Director of Centre for Confidence & Wellbeing, Scottish Fair Trade Forum, Scottish Urban Regeneration Forum and Polish Connections Scotland.
Tickets for Growing Your Business are available from http://www.aabw.org.uk priced £75pp (£65pp AABW members).
The Ayrshire Association of Business Women is Ayrshire’s leading business women’s group, offering informal networking and informative events across Ayrshire. AABW’s next event is at Prestwick’s Carlton Hotel on Tuesday 20th January 2015 when Joy Gill of A Joy of Health Clinic and Chris Arkley of The Works by Saxen will deliver an after dinner presentation focussing on the business value of fitness and ergonomic workspaces.
Then on 17th February, AABW will meet at Troon’s Piersland House Hotel for its AGM followed by a ‘Jean Armour’ dinner with author Catherine Czerkawska and Robert Burns World Federation Past President Jane Brown. Booking and further details can be found at http://www.aabw.org.uk
Issued by Create Communications on behalf of the Ayrshire Association of Business Women. For further information please contact Carol MacInnes at Create Communications on tel 01563 595001 or 07739 774091.
Date of issue: 12 January 2015

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Scale Model Anchors at Loch Katrine

A scale model depicting the one of the world’s oldest operational steamships has been gifted to its operators and will be on public display from next spring.
Lovingly hand-crafted by model enthusiast Mr Bill Peberdy, with the help of his great friend Mr Bill Sutton, the 4.5ft long model Steamship Sir Walter Scott has been entrusted to the Loch Katrine Visitor Experience at Trossachs Pier, the embarkation point from where tourists have sailed aboard the SS Sir Walter Scott for over 114 years.
Built on the Clyde by Denny Bros of Dumbarton in 1899, and sailing Loch Katrine since 1900, the 110ft Steamship Sir Walter Scott is one of the world’s oldest steamships still running a scheduled timetable. In 2009 the historically recognised vessel’s future was secured through an extensive renovation and restoration programme which saw the installation of new ‘clean’ bio-fuel boilers and the creation of a comfortable new lounge allowing panoramic views of the loch, a feature enjoyed by the thousands of visitors who sail aboard the steamship every year.
Now, a perfect scale model of the Sir Walter Scott – depicted as she was in 1992 – has been discovered and will be on display at the Trossachs Pier, Loch Katrine from next Spring.

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The model Steamship Sir Walter Scott


Crafted from scratch more than 20 years ago, the ½ inch to a foot model SS Sir Walter Scott was created by retired Cheshire dentist Mr Bill Peberdy. A lifelong ‘modeller’, Mr Peberdy was introduced to the Sir Walter Scott during a trip to the Trossachs in 1991. Inspired by the steamship’s elegant Victorian lines and “completely bowled over” by her history, Bill determined to create a perfect scale model of the SS Sir Walter Scott and together with fellow model-enthusiast Bill Sutton, he set about researching the vessel’s layout, plans and construction. Six years of painstaking research and construction later, and the 4.5ft long miniature Steamship Sir Walter Scott was complete.
For over a decade, the model remained in Mr Peberdy’s workshop (his former dental surgery), and earlier this year his family suggested it be offered to the team at Loch Katrine. After a few repairs, the artefact has now been delivered to Trossachs Pier, where she will be placed on display from next year.
Mr Peberdy (86) said: “Our efforts were far more than just wanting to make a model of a ship. We were motivated by considerable affection for the vessel and indeed her crew, and made us determined to make as detailed and accurate a model as we possibly could. The model Steamship Sir Walter Scott is entirely hand made. Its hull required planking of 275ft of ¼ x 1/8 inch obechi wood cut to length and secured by fine brass nails. All in all, the model is made up of 5,493 pieces.
detail from the model Steamship Sir Walter Scott

detail from the model Steamship Sir Walter Scott


Further detail from the model Steamship Sir Walter Scott

Further detail from the model Steamship Sir Walter Scott

Mr Pebedery and family aboard the Steamship Sir Walter Scott

Mr Pebedery and family aboard the Steamship Sir Walter Scott


“I am pleased to see her go to a good home, indeed her rightful home, and hope that very many visitors to Loch Katrine will enjoying seeing her.
Gordon Allan, Managing Director of the Steamship Sir Walter Scott Ltd, added: “We are thrilled to receive this unique and wonderful artefact for the Steamship Sir Walter Scott. It is an incredibly intricate model and the detail is fascinating, all the more so as it depicts the steamship as she was in the late twentieth century. Having personally collected her from Cheshire, it is now wonderful to see “little sister” united with her older, bigger sibling here in Loch Katrine. She is, however, very fragile, and over the winter months we will determine how best she may be displayed and preserved, hopefully to have her on public display by spring of next year.
“On behalf of everyone at the Steamship Sir Walter Scott, I’d like to thank Mr Peberdy and his family for this kind and generous donation. I am certain his creation will be of great interest to visitors to Loch Katrine and the steamship for years to come. As a token of our thanks we offered to donate £1000 to the charity of Mr Peberdy’s choice and we were please to present this to the RNLI in Helensburgh.”
Last weekend, the Steamship Sir Walter Scott concluded her 2014 sailings with a special Pudsey Bear cruise for BBC Children in Need. The ship is now berthed for winter servicing, with sailings set to resume in mid March 2015. All details of the steamship, and other sailings on Loch Katrine, are available at
The Steamship Sir Walter Scott at Loch Katrine

The Steamship Sir Walter Scott at Loch Katrine


http://www.lochkatrine.com.
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1. The Steamship Sir Walter Scott Trust was established in 2005 with the support of the Scottish Government, Scottish Water, Scottish Enterprise Forth Valley, Stirling Council and The Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. Its establishment was the fulfilment of the Scottish Water Catchment Management Plan for Loch Katrine.
2. Loch Katrine is the key water supply for Glasgow, with the project opened in 1859 by Queen Victoria. The loch and area surrounding Loch Katrine was a favoured haunt of celebrated author Sir Walter Scott inspiring, amongst others, his epic The Lady of the Lake (1810). Loch Katrine is also the birthplace of Rob Roy MacGregor.
3. In 2009, a major renovation and refit of the Steamship Sir Walter Scott was completed combining 21st century passenger comfort with meticulous historic restoration, including the upgrade of the Steamship’s boilers enabling the original 1899 engine to operate on biodiesel.
4. Further details of the model Steamship Sir Walter Scott include:
• 63 stanchions and 66 portholes
• Anchor made of 21 individual pieces and winch of 48 pieces;
• 430 pieces make up the Bridge and a further 286 pieces make up the 13 seats;
• Two transparent deck panels under the bridge;
• Coiled hosepipe complete with brass fittings between the large ventilators;
• Black hook on the left ventilator to open the coal chutes;
• Boat hook at the prow on the port side;
• Two loudspeakers and wiring;
• Windscreen wiper on the bridge;
• Typewritten frame and glazed notice under the bridge facing forward;
• Steering cabin from the drum beneath the bridge to the pulleys at the stern;
• Two waste baskets – one up forward, and one to the rear of the Toilet block; 4
• Emergency Exit notices;
• Dinghy and contents;
• Brass plaque at the rear of the engine house;
• Door knobs on the inside of the bridge doors
• Yale lock to the shop door.

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Cumnock Highland Games: You’d be Barking to Miss It!

Canine wizardry, caber tossing athletes, kilted sword-dancers and marching Pipe Bands are just some of the attractions at this month’s Cumnock Highland Games and Tattoo.
The Ayrshire town’s annual festival of all things Scottish has grown to become one of the biggest events of its kind in the area, and this year’s 9th Cumnock Highland Games promises to be one of the best yet.
It all kicks off on the evening of Saturday 23rd August with live music, a dog display team and explosive demonstrations at Cumnock Tattoo. It’s been three years since this open air event was last held, and with a line-up including pipe bands, tribal band Clann an Drumma, the Queens Own Yeomanry and the amazing Cheshire Dog Display Team, the 2014 Tattoo is sure to be a memorable evening.
The following day – Sunday 24th August – the action really gets going with the Highland Games kicking off at around 1pm. Seven pipe bands – including 2013 Champions Coalburn IOR – will parade through the town to Broomfield Park, where 2014 Games Chieftain Rev John Paterson will declare the Games officially open.
This will signal the commencement of the Highland Heavies competitions, a series of traditional events in which both men and women test their strength and skill. An international line-up of athletes has been confirmed, with reigning Men’s champion Jason Young set to defend his title against challengers from across Scotland, Germany and New Zealand.
Whilst the strongmen and women battle it out, a competition just as fierce will take place on the main stage. Highland Dancers from all over the country and overseas will descend on Cumnock, demonstrating the outstanding athleticism, precision and aesthetics of their discipline as they compete for a number of titles.

Cheshire Dog Display Team will be performing at both Cumnock Tattoo and Cumnock Highland Games

Cheshire Dog Display Team will be performing at both Cumnock Tattoo and Cumnock Highland Games

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The afternoon will also see a Tug of War contest, plus the seven Pipe Bands will be performing throughout the day. There will be more live music in the beer tent, and with an array of stalls plus with a kids fun fair there will be something for everyone.
Animal lovers will be in for a special treat, with the line-up also including the Cheshire Dog Display Team, who last performed at Cumnock Highland Games in 2009. This entertaining and informative display team comprises of a wide variety of dogs of all shapes and sizes and from a range of backgrounds including rescue dogs, pet dogs and doggie stars from the world of TV and photographic modelling. Starring the cream of canine talent, the display is performed to music with an amusing and informative commentary, with the team specialising in canine wizardry at its very best.
Jim McMillan, Secretary of Cumnock Highland Games, said: “We are thrilled to be bringing the Cheshire Dog Display Team back to Ayrshire for 2014. Together with a World Champion Pipe Band, a fantastic line-up of athletes from home and abroad, and a great mix of spectacle, music, entertainment and fun, Cumnock Highland Games & Tattoo 2014 is not to be missed.”
Cumnock Tattoo is on Saturday 23rd August from 7pm. Cumnock Highland Games is on Sunday 24th August from 1pm (Parade departs The Square 12.30pm). Both take place at Broomfield Park (off Auchinleck Road, Cumnock) and admission to each is £5pp (concessions apply).
http://www.cumnockhighlandgames.org

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International Line-Up Confirmed, as Cumnock Tartan Makes Appearance at German Athlete’s Wedding

Spectators at this year’s Cumnock Highland Games can expect an international line-up with participants from New Zealand, Canada, Australia, England and Germany all taking part.
In the Highland Heavies competition, New Zealand’s Pet Hart will be one of nine men challenging reigning Cumnock Champion Jason Young of Tain. The series of strongman events, which culminate in the iconic Tossing the Caber, will also include Neil Elliott of Glasgow, Garry Hagan of Clydebank, Bruce Robb from Oakley in Fife and Arran’s Scott Clark. The Scots, however, will also face stiff competition from German athletes Christian Roggisch, Jens Schwan, Daniel Dorow and Hans Dorow.
For Hans Dorow, it will be his first return to Cumnock after wearing the town’s own tartan to his wedding celebrations earlier this year. Games Secretary Jim McMillan explains: “Hans has been one of our most loyal supporters, and in 2012, as a token of our appreciation, we presented him with a kilt in the Cumnock Tartan. Little did we know that he was planning to renew is wedding vows earlier this year, and we were thrilled to hear that he decided to wear his Cumnock kilt to the celebration!”
This year’s Cumnock Highland Games will also see the return of the Ladies Heavies Competition, with Ser Mcgarrel of Stevenston taking on Dunfermline’s Laura Gillespie and Liz Elliot of Glasgow. South West Scotland will be strongly represented in the Pipe Bands competition, whilst a strong international element is expected on the Highland Dance stage, with competitors and judges traveling from as far afield as Canada and Australia respectively. Meanwhile, crowds can expect more fancy footwork from the Cheshire Dog Display team, who return to Cumnock Highland Games for the first time in five years.
Cumnock Highland Games take place on Sunday August 24th at Broomfield Park, Cumnock. The previous evening, Cumnock Highland Tattoo, also takes place at Broomfield, with a line-up of live music, displays and fireworks. Entry to each event is £5 per person.
http://www.cumnockhighlandgames.org

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Cumnock to Welcome World Pipe Band Champs

A World Champion pipe band is coming to Cumnock this month for the town’s ninth annual Highland Games.

Coalburn IOR will be one of seven pipe bands participating in this year’s Games, which take place just over 12months after the Lanarkshire-based band were crowned Grade 3A World Champions in a year which saw them also named World Band Champions, World Drumming Champions, Scottish Band Champions and British Band Champions.

It will be the first time Coalburn has played at Cumnock Highland Games, with their Grade 4 band also taking part. They will be joined by Muirkirk & District, Isle of Cumbrae, Troon Blackrock, Irvine & District and Sanquhar’s Junior Pipe Bands.

The bands will be performing throughout the Highland Games, which take place on Sunday August 24th at Broomfield Park. They will also be taking part in the Parade, with potentially over 100 pipers and drummers marching through the streets of Cumnock to the Games where they will join a host of attractions including Highland Heavies athletes, Highland dancers, tug of war, the Cheshire Dog Display Team, folk music, fun fair and stalls.

The previous evening, Muirkirk & District and Sanquhar Pipe Bands will also be taking part in Cumnock Highland Tattoo, and evening which will bring together Scottish tribal music, Scottish country dancing, dog displays and army demonstrations plus fireworks finale.

Jim McMillan, Secretary of Cumnock Highland Games, said: “We are delighted to have so many Pipe Bands taking part this year. Muirkirk, Troon Blackrock and Isle of Cumbrae make a very welcome return, and we are looking forward to seeing new band Irvine & District, and to seeing the youngsters from Sanquhar. We are also thrilled to have both bands from Coalburn join us for the first time. Unlike many other Highland Games, our Pipe Bands competition is informal with the focus on entertaining the crowd whilst demonstrating the superb skill and talents of Scotland’s Pipe Bands. It’s shaping up to be fantastic, unmissable weekend.”

Cumnock Highland Games takes place on Sunday August 24th, with the parade leaving The Square at 12.30pm. Cumnock Highland Tattoo, an evening of music, spectacle and fireworks also at Broomfield Park, is on the evening of Saturday August 23rd. Entry to each event is £5 per person (£3 OAPs, kids free if accompanied by a paying adult)

http://www.cumnockhighlandgames.org

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Cumnock Highland Games name their 10th Chieftain

A Kelloholm born minister has been named as the 10th Chieftain of Cumnock Highland Games.

This August, Reverend John Paterson will lead the Games’ Parade and officially open the annual event, now established as one of the biggest days out in the East Ayrshire calendar.

The honour comes in the Reverend’s 20th year as Minister of Old Cumnock Church, now linked with Lugar, and will see Mr Paterson lead a parade of pipe bands from The Square to Broomfield Park before ceremonially ‘Calling the Clans’ and declaring the Games open.

Cumnock’s 9th annual highland games take place on Sunday August 24th, bringing together highland heavies events, pipe bands, highland dancing and entertainment. Each year a new Chieftain is selected by the organising committee, with the honour bestowed on individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the communities of Cumnock and surrounding areas. Last year, in a break with tradition, two Chieftains were selected – local businessman Christopher Ross and Cumnock football legend Billy ‘Bongo’ Smith MBE – thus making Rev Paterson the Games’ 10th Chieftain.

Games Secretary Jim McMillan explains: “Unlike many other Highland Games who have a hereditary Chieftain, here in Cumnock we award the honour each year to individual who have made an outstanding contribution to our town and community. Reverend Paterson has been an active member of the Cumnock and Lugar communities for twenty years now, not only as parish Minister but also as a volunteer, and we are delighted he has agreed to be our Chieftain for 2014.”

Born in Kelloholm were he attended school before Sanquhar and Dumfries Academies, John Paterson studied at Stirling University, The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst where he was distinguished as Cadet of the Year, and St Mary’s Divinity College at St Andrews University where he was awarded the Samuel Rutherford prize for theology. Through missionary work, military service and educational work, Rev Paterson spent many years working overseas. He is a former Chieftain of the Caledonian Society and has been involved in the international Scout movement and Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.  He has also served as Hospital Chaplain at Holmhead and East Ayrshire Community Hospitals, and as Moderator of the Presbytery of Ayr.

Cumnock Highland Games takes place on Sunday August 24th, with the parade leaving The Square at 12.30pm. This year also sees the return of Cumnock Highland Tattoo, an evening of music, spectacle and fireworks also at Broomfield Park on the evening of Saturday August 23rd. Entry to each event is £5 per person.

Chair of Cumnock Highland Games William Salmond (right) welcomes 2014 Games Chieftain Rev John Paterson.

Chair of Cumnock Highland Games William Salmond (right) welcomes 2014 Games Chieftain Rev John Paterson.

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