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If you’re ready to start your business or have been trading for under a year in East Ayrshire, our team can help you with your initial business ambitions.

Your business advisor will work closely with you to meet your specific needs and recognise your business objectives, providing a variety of support.


This is designed for businesses within the first 12 months of trading in East Ayrshire.

We can contribute up to 50% of project costs from £500 up to a maximum of £1000. We provide a start-up facility, incorporating Business Gateway.

Business advice

A team of knowledgeable advisers are available to offer:

  • practical, individual business advice and information
  • support in locating a suitable property
  • linking you with partner organisations that will benefit to push your business idea forward

Workshops and events

We offer a variety of webinars and networking events that are beneficial to help develop and grow your business. We can also assist you get connected with other local businesses.

Research and information service

We can help you access free research and market reports from our business information team to develop and grow your business or idea.

East Ayrshire start-up grant

To discuss the East Ayrshire start-up grant, please email to arrange meeting with a business adviser.

Contact Information


Business Support
Opera House
8 John Finnie Street
Telephone(Ayrshire Business Support Helpline): 0330 678 1611