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Local News & Events in Ayrshire - Are You Ready for The Drunken Coo?

Buzzworks Secures Best Hospitality Employer Status!

Once again independent restaurant and bar operators Buzzworks has been recognised as a top employer as it secures a place on Leisure and Hospitality’s 20 Best Companies to Work For 2021 and Scotland’s 40 Best Companies to Work For 2021.

Scoring 16th place in hospitality and 23rd on the Scottish list, Buzzworks is the highest-ranked Scottish company within the Leisure and Hospitality list and in the top four or Scottish headquartered companies on Scotland’s 40 Best list.

To win a place on the Best Companies list, an index score is generated for businesses based on anonymous votes and feedback from employees – and only the highest-scoring companies with a commitment to workplace engagement come out on top.

Supportive Managers who care about job satisfaction, confidence in leadership and a positive work-life balance with holiday benefits were all highlighted as top-scoring factors for Buzzworks this year. In employee wellbeing alone, Buzzworks increased its score by 6% which makes it 4% above the Best Companies benchmark.

The Kilmarnock headquartered hospitality group also received a two-star Best Companies accreditation, which recognises them as an ‘Outstanding Company to Work For 2021’.

Buzzworks MD Kenny Blair, said: “While securing a place on both lists, we’ve also achieved our highest ever completion rate for our people responding to the survey which demonstrates our commitment to team engagement. Keeping everyone informed but also ensuring their health and wellbeing has been continually supported is so important to us, but never more so than over the past year.

“We pride ourselves on supporting our people mentally, physically and financially. We’re a people business and they are central to our ongoing success and growth. It’s fantastic to be recognised on this prestigious list alongside some of the best-known businesses in the UK.”

Buzzworks is also recruiting! – those keen to apply or find out more about current vacancies should visit

Buzzworks manages twelve prestigious venues including Scotts in Troon, Largs and South Queensferry, Vic’s & The Vine in Prestwick, Lido venues in Prestwick and Troon, The Tree House in Ayr, The Long House and Duke in Kilmarnock, The Mill House in Stewarton, The Corner House in Kilwinning and The Coach House in Bridge of Weir.

The latest addition to the company portfolio is Bridge Inn Linlithgow which is expected to open in summer 2021.

Exciting Milestones for New South Ayrshire School Campuses

Pupils and staff from schools in Maybole and Prestwick joined councillors and the Hub South West construction team to celebrate the start of building works on the town's new campuses this week.

Maybole Community Campus, set to open in 2023, will incorporate Carrick Academy; St Cuthbert's Primary School, and a new non-denominational primary school. This will bring together Cairn and Gardenrose Primary Schools and their associated Early Years Centres and will create an inspiring learning environment for up to 1,370 pupils.

The campus will also benefit the local community, with a brand-new swimming pool to replace the existing Maybole pool; a meeting space; enhanced sporting facilities and a changing pavilion.

Prestwick Educational Campus is set to provide a first-class learning environment for over 800 children from Glenburn and St Ninian's Primary Schools, and their associated nursery provision when it opens in 2022.

Work on the new shared campus, being built on the existing Glenburn Primary site, is progressing well with foundations already nearing completion. The schools will continue to operate individually on the site but will benefit from the improved shared facilities. The combined Early Years Centre will operate separately within the new shared campus 52 weeks of the year.

Both campuses were designed by BDP and will be highly sustainable, with no use of fossil fuels, demonstrating our commitment to reducing Council emissions to net-zero by 2045.

Councillor William Grant, South Ayrshire Council's Portfolio Holder for Children and Young People said: "I'm delighted that work has begun on both campuses. It's our priority to ensure our children and young people get the best possible start in life and thrive throughout their years at school.

"This investment in our school estate will bring fantastic learning facilities to Maybole and Prestwick, helping us to close the attainment gap in South Ayrshire.

"The new campuses will not only provide modern and engaging environments for our young people, but they will also become central hubs for the surrounding communities, and I look forward to seeing the buildings take shape."

New Steakhouse on The Way For Ayr!

A brand new steakhouse is on the way to Ayr called "The Drunken Coo" and will be located at the former Beresford Restaurant just across from Sports Direct.

The new restaurant which is part of the Arthur Street Kitchen family promises to provide the best steak anywhere in Ayr along with a great selection of cocktails, beer & wine.

The steakhouse is expected to open soon, and you can keep yourself updated by checking here:

Fly-tipping in East Ayrshire Can Now Be Reported Online!

An innovative online reporting system, which will help our communities pinpoint fly-tipping, has launched this week.

The new fly-tipping reporting system will enable members of the community to submit a photograph of any fly-tipping they find within East Ayrshire, pinpoint its position precisely on a map and provide any additional information, including the type of material that has been dumped, to help the Council investigate environmental crime.

The Council’s IT Service in partnership with the Corporate Enforcement Unit and Greener Communities developed the online reporting system.

Councillor Jim McMahon, Cabinet Member for Older People and Community Safety said:

“Tackling environmental crime is a key priority for East Ayrshire Council and online reporting will help to make the collection and investigation of fly-tipping more efficient. We ran a trial of the new system at the end of last year in New Farm Loch, Kilmarnock. It went well and with feedback from the local elected members, we made some tweaks to the system, which I am delighted to say is now live.

The online reporting system is on the front page of our website so it is easy to access from a smartphone, while you are out and about, and is straightforward to use.

“The online reporting system is one part of an extensive programme of targeted action by the Council, in partnership with Police Scotland. The introduction of quad bikes has had a significant impact, allowing the Police, the Council’s Corporate Enforcement Unit and Greener Communities team to carry out patrols and investigations quickly and effectively. We want East Ayrshire to be cleaner, greener and vibrant and are committed to doing everything we can to make this a reality.”

Councillor Sally Cogley, Chair of the Clean, Green and Vibrant Member Officer Working Group said: “I am delighted that the Council has developed an online system that will help our communities report incidences of fly-tipping. It will make reporting easier and more effective with reports being sent automatically to our Fly-tipping Hit Squads and the Corporate Enforcement Unit for investigation.

“We are determined to stamp out the scourge of fly-tipping within East Ayrshire and are committed to working in partnership to introduce new measures that will make a real difference to our communities. East Ayrshire is stunning, we want to welcome visitors and help grow local businesses through tourism and local people enjoying and spending time where they live. Let’s all work together to make sure that can happen.”

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