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Opportunities To Start up Your Business

Opportunities To Start up Your Business

Starting up your business in North Ayrshire couldn’t be easier. Our local Business Gateway in Irvine has trained business advisors ready to help you with information, advice and one-to-one support to give your business the best possible start.

Business Gateway

Business Gateway is part of our team who can support you to start up your business by providing free assistance and support tailored to your business needs. They offer a programme of local workshops / events and advice from a highly-trained network of experienced business advisors. These are just some of the many ways that they can help you:

  • Business planning
  • Skills seminars and workshops
  • Access to local authority, Scottish Enterprise and Highland & Island Enterprise support programmes
  • Up to 50% discretionary funding
  • Marketing

Entrepreneurial Spark

Businesses looking to start-up in North Ayrshire now have an excellent stepping stone in Entrepreneurial Spark – a partnership between The Hunter Foundation and all three Ayrshire Councils. They provide free accommodation, services and mentoring support to potential growth businesses for up to a year. The West Coast Hatchery opened in 2013 and is already home to entrepreneurs with growing businesses. Entrepreneurial Spark is open to start-up and early stage businesses in any sector. They encourage collaborative and cooperative working and provide on-going support suited to you and your business.


We have spaces of every size available to suit every kind of business enabling you to get started and leaving you with room to grow. North Ayrshire Council’s Economic Development team can make the search easy by using their extensive knowledge of the local area and working with their network of key partners to find the perfect location for your new business at an affordable price