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Funding opportunities

Business grants

Whether you need a grant to give your business a kick start or to develop and grow your business, find out what you could be eligible for and how to apply, at Business Gateway.

Our Business Growth Programme can also fund local growing businesses.

Business Loans Scotland

Business Loans Scotland (BLS) aims to ensure that good, commercially viable proposals do not fail through a lack of access to finance.

They can provide, up to a maximum of £100,000, loan finance to small to medium sized enterprises in North Ayrshire.

Loans are typically awarded for:

  • working capital
  • purchase of plant and equipment
  • purchase of business property

Loans are usually fixed at 6%, with terms of up to 5 years, and with no admin or set up cost.

BLS supports legally formed and trading businesses such as:

  • limited companies
  • partnerships (including Limited Liability Partnerships - LLPs)
  • sole traders
  • social enterprises
  • co-operatives

Any North Ayrshire businesses approaching Business Loans Scotland will receive support and guidance throughout the process from their Business Gateway, or Business Growth Adviser.

To find make an enquiry, or find out if you are eligible for a loan visit 

Community groups

Visit the Community funding page for information on how your community or voluntary group can access financial support.