Do you have an ambition to start your own business or become your own boss? It can be a huge step, but we’re here to help you set up and get on your way to becoming a sustainable and successful business in South Ayrshire.

Our Business Support service incorporates Business Gateway and together we can offer you a whole range of support:

Business advice

Through Business Gateway, we have a team of Business Advisors on hand to offer practical information and one-to-one advice, including details on business support funding which may be available to you. We can also help you make valuable connections with other local businesses and introduce you to our partner organisations to help you achieve your business ambition.

Workshops, events and webinars

Business Gateway offers a range of in-person events in Ayrshire, as well as a wide selection of webinars, to help you gain the skills and knowledge you need to start and grow your business. These are all available free of charge, and range from marketing and digital skills, to HR, book-keeping and Self Assessment, plus much more. Your Business Advisor will be able to recommend the right ones for you. You can also view the full programme here: Ayrshire – Workshop and Events | Business Gateway.

Online support

Business Gateway also offer a wide range of online resources which cover all the key aspects of starting up and running a business. You can view what’s on offer at Online Resources | Business Gateway.

Research and information service

Starting a business often involves a significant amount of research, from exploring market trends and analysis, to identifying new customers to expand your client base. Business Gateway offers a free research service which can provide you with up to date, reliable information. Your Business Advisor can help you access what you need to get started and grow your business. You can also view what’s on offer here: Research Services I Business Gateway.

Business grants

A start-up grant may be available if you’re starting a new business and have the ambition to employ staff.

For advice on starting or developing your business please contact us.

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The AMBITION programme is part-funded by the UK Government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.
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