The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Monday, 30 March 2009

Ayrshire Business Summit event hailed as a great success

THE Ayrshire Business Summit, held in the Park Hotel in Kilmarnock on Tuesday 24 March 2009 has been hailed as a very successful event, attracting an attendance of more than 120 businesses across Ayrshire.

Organised by the Ayrshire Employment Task Force, the aim of the Business Summit was to provide a wide range of information for local businesses about the various forms of assistance and advice which is available to them to sustain and grow their businesses during the current economic and trading difficulties.

Commenting on the Business Summit, Councillor Hugh Hunter, Leader of South Ayrshire Council said: “This joint initiative by the three Councils in Ayrshire clearly demonstrates that our number one focus is on the economic recovery of the area.  We will continue to give every support we can to our local business community in these difficult times.”

Councillor Iain Linton, Depute Leader of East Ayrshire Council said: “The Ayrshire Employment Task Force was established recently following several announcements of significant job losses in companies across Ayrshire and the Task Force aims to ensure that co-ordinated and effective support is provided both to help sustain the businesses and support the employees. We are delighted that so many businesses took the opportunity to attend the Business Summit and have the opportunity to talk directly with a wide range of organisations and agencies that are able to provide financial and advisory support.”

Ayrshire Chamber of Commerce and Industry chief executive Martin Cheyne said: “The importance of events such as the Business Summit in providing a forum for local businesses to meet, exchange information and experience and also learn of assistance which may be appropriate for their own circumstances, cannot be underestimated. I know from discussions with many of the attendees at the event that it was found to be extremely helpful and new contacts have been made which will be developed through the provision of direct assistance and support to many local businesses.”

Recognising the success of this Business Summit, the Ayrshire Employment Task Force is now developing proposals to hold a series of other events throughout Ayrshire. In the meantime, businesses which were unable to attend the Business Summit or those who wish further information are invited to make initial contact with their local Business Gateway Office.

The Ayrshire Employment Task Force also wishes to express gratitude to the Park Hotel in Kilmarnock for their generous sponsorship of this event.

The Ayrshire Employment Task Force has recently been formed with the remit to gather and share information about companies which are experiencing particular trading difficulties and to ensure that effective, co-ordinated support is made available to sustain the businesses and support the employees affected.

Established initially within East Ayrshire, the Employment Task Force has now been extended to cover both North Ayrshire and South Ayrshire. In addition to the three Councils, members of the Task Force include JobcentrePlus, Scottish Enterprise, Business Gateway, Ayrshire Chamber, the Federation of Small Businesses and Kilmarnock College.


Scottish Enterprise

Business Gateway

South Ayrshire Council

East Ayrshire Council

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