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Start up your Business

Start up your Business

If you’re planning to start up a new business then you’re in good company. Last year over 300 new businesses started up in North Ayrshire and over 200 businesses received support to start up and grow from our local Business Gateway.

Starting any new business can be a daunting prospect. Our well-networked and skilled team are here to support you with your new venture by providing practical advice and information, connecting you with the right advisors as well as providing assistance with finding the ideal location for your new business.

Situated on the beautiful west coast with easy access to Glasgow and the south, North Ayrshire is the perfect location to live and work. The area’s rich history and culture draws visitors from around the world, supporting a healthy and growing local economy.    

If you need advice and support to start up your business, your local Business Gateway office should be your first port of call. They can support you through the crucial stages of setting up and growing your business by providing free, one-to-one advice and support with:

  • Business planning
  • Access to local authority, Scottish Enterprise and Highland & Island Enterprise
  • Support programmes
  • Up to 50% discretionary funding
  • Networking events
  • Business information and market research
  • Growth action plans

Our team also work closely with Entrepreneurial Spark – a partnership between The Hunter Foundation and all three Ayrshire Councils. This social enterprise initiative was established in 2012 to encourage entrepreneurship and increase the number of business start-up companies in the West of Scotland by providing:

  • Free business start-up space and facilities
  • Tailored entrepreneurial advice and mentoring
  • Encouragement for collaborative and co-operative working
  • Ongoing support tailored to you

North Ayrshire offers plenty of opportunities to start your business, so get in touch and find out more about beginning your business journey in our area.