Thurdsay, 2 February 2012
Elite Ayrshire Business Circle chairman Norman Geddes talks with First Minister Alex Salmond
Elite Ayrshire Business Circle executive chairman and Frazer Coogans Commercial Solicitors senior director Norman Geddes attended a private lunch in the Scottish Parliament with the First Minister Alex Salmond on 2 February 2012.
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.