Business Gateway Ayrshire
Business Gateway Ayrshire operates from headquarters in Heathfield, Ayr. Our advisory team supports existing businesses helping them to grow and also works with individuals interested in starting a business. In addition to one-to-one support we deliver a range of business workshops at a number of locations including Ayr, Ardrossan and Kilmarnock.
Local businesses meeting specific growth criteria are assigned an adviser who will support the business through their business improvement. This may include advising the company on strategy and core activities, such as digital and traditional marketing, investment raising, planning or operational systems and process
For individuals thinking about starting a business, advisers can also help with practical advice and guidance on a range of topics, including market research, business planning, financial forecasting, company formation and employing staff. Advisers who work with new start businesses operate at various locations across Ayrshire. Make an appointment if you would like to discuss your business idea.
Local businesses can also access a range of business surgeries where they will benefit from a one-to-one meeting to discuss a particular area of their business with an expert adviser. The surgeries are: Specialist Consultancy for your ICT needs, Marketing and Digital Marketing and Legal Advice for businesses.
We also produce a quarterly training directory designed to keep local businesses updated with the most recent business information and skills, these workshops and seminars are delivered by a team of specialists. In fact, many trainers are practitioners in their subject area and therefore deliver training with practical actions for business owners. Training is delivered across a spectrum of subjects, including marketing, social media for business, financial management, sales and online tools for business.
Where appropriate, and where specific eligibility criteria are met, the Business Gateway team can help access funding and business support programmes delivered by the local authorities and Scottish Enterprise.