The First Minister demonstrated his knowledge of current business issues and was keen to hear about matters of interest to Ayrshire business. Topics raised included planning delays on renewable energy projects, the agricultural economy and the dairy industry, the new ferry terminal at Cairnryan and the Maybole bypass.
The First Minister affirmed his general support for the Maybole bypass, although he stressed at present there were no firm plans or allocation of funds.
The First Minister also talked about initiatives of the Scottish Government to generate business with other countries and in particular spoke of his recent visit to China.
Norman Geddes gave to the First Minister a letter congratulating him on his initiative with China, and told him that Elite Ayrshire Business Circle members JB Management had been represented on the China visit.
He told the First Minister about the recent meeting jointly promoted by South Ayrshire Council and the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle which had been addressed by the Chinese Consul General, Mr Li and which had attracted over 60 delegates.
The letter invited the First Minister to accept an invitation from Ayr Racecourse to attend the Scottish Grand National, and indicated that a similar invitation had been extended to Mr Li.
The First Minister thanked the Chairman and indicated that, subject to any diary commitments, he hoped to attend the Scottish Grand National. It is hoped to extend the connections between Ayrshire and China. Wuhan Racecourse in China have indicated that they are seeking a link with a UK racecourse, and this initiative is being considered by Ayr Racecourse.
THE ELITE AYRSHIRE BUSINESS CIRCLE
The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle is an association founded in 2007 by some of the top companies in Ayrshire.
Its purpose is to publicise its members, and to celebrate and promote the wealth and rich diversity of entrepreneurial talent and business excellence that abounds here within the county boundaries of Ayrshire.
Members include the Clydesdale Bank, Ayr Racecourse, Western House Hotel, Turnberry Golf Resort and South Ayrshire Council. Member company activities include broadcasting, building and construction, architectural practice, estate agency and land management, chartered accountancy, insurance broking, legal services, golf club management, marketing services and brand creation, web design and public relations consultancy.
Frazer Coogans Commercial Solicitors senior partner Norman Geddes is executive chairman of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle, and managing director is public relations consultancy Fame Publicity Services proprietor Murdoch MacDonald.
For further information about The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle and to apply for membership, e-mail eliteayrshire@
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