Growing your business

Ayrshire is easily accessible and well connected to the rest of Scotland and the UK. New and existing businesses across Ayrshire are continuing to realise their potential by working with Business Gateway.

For businesses demonstrating ambition and potential for growth, Business Gateway Ayrshire offers a blend of advisor time and specialist services and products to businesses realise their potential. This includes general business skills workshops through to specialist one to one surgeries in areas such as digital marketing, ICT and procurement and access to a dedicated adviser to support businesses achieve their growth ambition.

Business Strategy & Plans for Growth – Adviser Support

Business Gateway Ayrshire has a team of local business advisers with extensive knowledge and experience of supporting the growth of businesses from a range of business sectors. Whether your business is new or has been trading for a long time, if you have ambition to grow our team can help you achieve your goals. It's unrealistic to think you can be an expert in every area of business so let us help.

Our local team can support you with the development and implementation of a growth strategy plan which will help you address the key challenges in business areas such as increasing market share, entering new markets, improving productivity & workforce skills and developing new products and services.

Our extensive links to other support agencies will ensure your business benefits from both our direct advice and also specialist support provided by others.

Please call the local office to arrange an appointment with a Business Growth Adviser.

Funding & Access to Finance

Our business advisers can work with you to develop a funding package to support your business growth and development. With access to both local and national finance and funding programmes, our team can guide you through the eligibility criteria and application process.

Potential Funding Routes -West of Scotland Loan fund, Ayrshire Loan Fund, SULCO specific criteria apply. Your Business Gateway adviser will discuss any potential funding opportunities with you.

Specialist Surgeries

At Business Gateway Ayrshire we provide a range of specialist business surgeries, giving you an opportunity for a one to one meeting with an expert to discuss specific issues to your business.

Surgery appointments must be booked in advance and cover the following subjects:

  • Specialist consultancy for tendering & procurement advice
  • Specialist consultancy for your business marketing needs
  • E-business & website development
  • Specialist consultancy for ICT
  • Specialist consultancy for business HR
  • Specialist consultancy for business legal needs

Workshops & Events

Business Gateway Ayrshire has designed a programme of free workshops and events for growing businesses in the area. These workshops are aimed at business owner/managers and also their employees. Topics covered include: Sales & marketing, online trading, social media for business, customer care and financial management.

We also deliver a number of specialist growth workshops which cover topics such as: Growing sales internationally online, Recruiting People and Linkedin.

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