Business Gateway Ayrshire works with individuals and businesses across Ayrshire to support them to achieve their ambitions and goals. We also support businesses to access other Local Authority business programmes including, support to take on employees, funding, planning, trading standards etc.

Thinking of Starting a Business?

There are many ways we can help you, even if starting up still seems a way off.

Our website is a great place to begin: we offer a business plan guide to download when you’re ready, market reports as well as handy online guides/articles, video tutorials and podcasts. Take part in our webinars to hone your start-up skills – from how to handle the legal requirements to getting your market research right.

Plus use our Planning to Start tool to guide you through the essential steps of starting up. It takes just 10 minutes to complete and then we can then use the details you give us to create your action plan, complete with links to relevant information and support.

We’ll also recommend free webinars to help you hone your skills and may refer you to relevant support from our partners.

A business adviser from your local office will also get in touch to see how else we can help at this stage and signpost you to a wide range of other support across Scotland.

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

Running a Business?

Maintaining a business or moving up a gear can be more daunting than starting up, so our support continues and grows with your business.

We know that your time is in short supply, so we offer 1:1 advice at a time and day to suit you. Together, you and your business adviser can tailor a strategic action plan to your ambitions. Need targeted advice on HR, Restructuring, Innovation, Exporting or Digital Marketing? Your adviser can help with that too. And if you need more specialist input, we can connect you with other sources of support.

Use our resources, support and tools to learn new skills, create opportunities and gain confidence.

We run around 3,500 events each year across Scotland, with webinars on topics from bookkeeping to social media.

  • For free, comprehensive business intelligence and market research, you can turn to our Information Service.
  • Browse our online A-Z of over 100 market reports or request a free report if your market sector isn’t covered.
  • Our handy guides explain how to create a business plan, digital marketing strategy, HR, intellectual property and other essentials that can help your business through these challenging times.

Get in touch with your local Business Gateway office today.

Digital Business Skills with DigitalBoost

Setting up a website is a great start, but DigitalBoost can help you to make the most of your online presence.

Tap into our free local webinars, 1:1 expert adviser support and online tools and tutorials to help you improve your digital performance. Our DigitalBoost guides have been downloaded 20,000 times and some 1,200 workshops have together attracted more than 14,000 business people.

A DigitalBoost HealthCheck can pinpoint your digital strengths, where you could do more and how we can help. Take five minutes now to fill in our form and discover how to give your business a real boost.

Redundancy support for people and businesses in Scotland

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.

Local Support

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.

Planning To Start

Find out what support and tools are available to you by answering a few simple questions with our Planning To Start tool. Then get contact from your local office to take your business idea forward.

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 support 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 you to 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 digital platform designed to support women at the pre start-up and start up stages of their business journey. Operated by Women’s Enterprise Scotland, the 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)

SDP is a public sector partnership which delivers a variety of FREE tender training, via classroom style workshops working in conjunction with Local Authorities across Scotland, digitally via webinar and also provides a range of online resources connecting businesses with the Scottish public sector. Registration for SDP events is free for Scottish SMEs, and will connect your business with your local authority’s SDP Rep who can offer your business additional support.

Find your nearest office

Business Gateway Kilmarnock

Ingram Enterprise Centre
30 John Finnie Street
Get directions

Opening hours:

Monday – Thursday

09:00 - 17:00


09:00 - 16:00

Business Gateway Irvine

22 Quarry Road
KA12 0TH
Get directions

Opening hours:

Monday - Thursday

09:00 - 16.45


09:00 - 16:00

Business Gateway Ayr

County Buildings
Wellington Square
Get directions

Opening hours:

Monday to Friday

08.45 - 16.45