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Starting a new business

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Starting a new business

Starting and developing a new business can be a daunting prospect.

How do you turn your idea or newly established enterprise into a sustainable business, and what are the practical skills you need to do this? North Ayrshire Council offers a Business Development Service, incorporating Business Gateway. There’s a range of support on offer:

Business Advice

A team of skilled advisers are on hand to provide practical one-to-one business advice and information, helping you source the right property, and connecting you with partner organisations that can help drive your business idea forward.

Workshops and Events

We have a range of workshops and events to help you start, develop and grow your business. We can also help you get connected with other local businesses.  View the list of upcoming workshops and events or speak to an advisor.

Online Resources

There’s a host of resources available on the Business Gateway website to support you, including handy guides, articles, videos and templates covering key aspects of starting up and running your business.

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.

Circuit Enterprise Hub

If you’re a new or early stage growth business, you could benefit from 12 months subsidised office premises at the Circuit Enterprise Hub in the centre of Irvine (subject to criteria). As well as providing flexible working space and office services, there are business advisors on site to help you realise your ambitions, and co-working opportunities with other like-minded businesses.

Contact Us

For advice on starting or developing your business, contact North Ayrshire Council Business Development / Business Gateway:

Telephone: 01294 449944

Email: business@north-ayrshire.gov.uk