Business Gateway Ayrshire works with individuals and businesses across Ayrshire to support them to achieve their ambitions and goals.

In Ayrshire, Business Gateway can provide detailed business advice and support to help you grow your business. Whether your business is new or has been trading for years, we can provide support to help achieve your goals. To find out how we can help you, get in touch for a meeting with an adviser.

Thinking of Starting a Business?

There are many ways we can support your start-up journey.

Our Planning To Start tool is a great place to begin. It takes just 10 minutes to complete and provides you with an instant toolkit with key resources & information. We'll then connect you with a member of the team at our local office for further support.

Our website offers a business plan guide and template to download when you’re ready, market reports and research, as well as handy online guides and articles, video tutorials and podcasts. Plus, we have a great range of webinars to hone your start-up skills – from writing a business plan to marketing on a budget.

With our help, you could be in business sooner than you imagined.

Running a Business?

Our resources and one-to-one support can help you strengthen your business.

Whether you’re looking to take on premises or learn more about digital marketing, we can help you take the next step. Get started by taking 10 minutes to complete our Strengthen Your Business Tool and get a personalised dashboard of online resources and webinars.

We know that your time is in short supply, so we also offer one-to-one advice at a time and day to suit you. Together, you and your business adviser can create a strategic action plan to suit your ambitions.

Our online resources and webinars can help you learn new skills, create opportunities and gain confidence. From HR to restructuring, innovation and digital marketing - we can help. And if specialist input is required, we can connect you to other sources of support.

Improve your Digital Skills

Access webinars, online guides and a Digital Health Check.

From digital marketing strategy to social media, e-Commerce, cyber security and more, we can help boost your digital performance.

Our Digital Health Check is a great place to start. It will help pinpoint your digital strengths, areas you could improve, and how we can help, and it only takes 5 minutes to complete.

Speak with a Business Adviser

Every business in Ayrshire, whether new or existing, can speak to a business adviser over phone/video call and via email to discuss specific business issues, challenges and opportunities.

Qualifying businesses may also be eligible to work with an adviser over a longer period of time.

Growing your business

For businesses demonstrating ambition and potential for growth, Business Gateway Ayrshire offers a blend of adviser time, specialist services and products to help businesses realise their potential.

This includes general business skills workshops through to specialist 1:1 surgeries in areas such as digital marketing, ICT and procurement. Access to a dedicated adviser to help businesses achieve their growth ambition may also be available.

Are you a Young Entrepreneur?

New and growing businesses are important to the local economy and population throughout Ayrshire.

We understand that starting a new business can be both challenging and rewarding, and that many of those challenges are more difficult to overcome if you are a young entrepreneur.


At Business Gateway we know that having good connections is important for your business.

Business Gateway Ayrshire has developed excellent partnerships with a number of organisations providing support to new and existing SMEs across the region. We work directly with organisations such as Ayrshire Chamber, FSB, Bright Idea, Banks, accountants, lawyers and business consultants.

Finance & Funding

Business Gateway Ayrshire has access to a wide range of funding and finance programmes to support the growth and development of your business.

Our advisers can help to identify appropriate funding and guide you through the eligibility criteria and application process.

Specialist Surgeries

Local businesses can benefit from time with an expert consultant to discuss specific areas of their business such as marketing, tendering & procurement, ICT, HR & legal issues.

Employing Staff

Whether you are employing staff for the first time or need to grow your existing team, we can help.

We can help you access wage subsidy and employment support programmes and further training and development for your team to introduce new skills and improve productivity.

The Women's Business Centre

The Women's Business Centre is a website designed to support women at the pre-start and start-up through to growth stages of their business journey.

Operated by Women’s Enterprise Scotland, the Women's Business Centre website is free to access and offers dedicated, needs-based content on starting and growing a business, including stories, encouragement and top tips from leading business owners across Scotland.

Supplier Development Programme (SDP)

The Supplier Development Programme provides support through a range of free tender training, e-learning modules and Meet the Buyer events to help Scottish SMEs, social enterprises and third sector organisations in bidding for public sector opportunities.

Redundancy Support

Your local Business Gateway office can offer free support to any business considering making redundancies.

Our advisers can help you look at your business challenges and then help you make the next practical steps. Along with that we can introduce you to PACE – Partnership Action for Continuing Employment.

Other Business Support across Scotland

Information on the free advice and support available from Scotland’s public sector business support organisations is available to find, all in one place, at Find Business Support.

Find your nearest office

Business Gateway Kilmarnock

Ingram Enterprise Centre
30 John Finnie Street
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Opening hours:

Monday – Thursday

09:00 - 17:00


09:00 - 16:00

Business Gateway Irvine

22 Quarry Road
KA12 0TH
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Opening hours:

Monday - Thursday

09:00 - 16.45


09:00 - 16:00

Business Gateway Ayr

County Buildings
Wellington Square
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Opening hours:

Monday to Thursday

08.45 - 16.45


08.45 - 15.45