Companies with fantastic reputations make Ayrshire a must visit destination and a great place to live. Here are five of the region’s most decorated businesses.

Brownings the Bakers

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Brownings the Bakers is one of the largest traditional craft bakeries in Scotland. The company have been baking their specialities since 1945, including morning rolls, potato scones and their most famous product, The Kilmarnock Pie. The family business was named Scottish Baker of the Year 2018 at the annual award ceremony hosted by the Scottish Bakers.


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Buzzworks opened their first restaurant in 2002 and has since become one of Ayrshire’s fastest growing companies. They now have eight restaurants across Ayrshire and have developed a reputation for opening outlets with stylish interiors and contemporary menus. Buzzworks was ranked 40th by the Sunday Times in their list of the Best Companies to Work for in 2017.

Auchrannie Resort

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The Auchrannie Resort is a family owned business in the beautiful Isle of Arran, often dubbed “Scotland in miniature”. The resort now consists of two four star hotels, three restaurants, two leisure complexes and an activities centre. Auchrannie is one of the biggest employers on the island, and in 2018 it won the Training and Employee Retention Award at the CIS Awards 2018.

Thorne Travel

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Launched in 2009 and based in Kilwinning, Thorne Travel has become one of the most well-known and respected travel agents in Scotland. Employing a team of ten, all consultants have been on at least two overseas trips in the last 12 months, and some have been on as many as seven! Thorne Travel was awarded the number one spot in the TTG Top 50 Travel Agencies 2018.

Trump Turnberry, a Luxury Collection Resort

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Trump Turnberry is an iconic Edwardian luxury hotel that dates back to 1906. Famous for its spectacular coastal setting and world-renowned golf courses, Turnberry is one of Ayrshire’s most treasured assets. Turnberry recently won six accolades at the 2018 Scottish Hotel Awards, including Luxury Hotel of the Year and the coveted Scottish Hotel of the Year title.