The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Monday, 18 January 2010

Irvine Bay Regeneration Company tells
local firms about business opportunities

A SERIES of events aimed at ensuring local businesses get every chance to benefit from the work of Irvine Bay Regeneration Company has been hailed as a success.

Three events were held in Ardrossan, Irvine and Kilwinning to provide local firms with information on procurement and on the regeneration projects and activities being undertaken.

The timing and locations were designed to give local firms maximum choice in attending, but for those unable to get along a podcast is available online at providing some information.

Irvine Bay Regeneration Company chief executive Patrick Wiggins said: “The work we are doing is all about creating a prosperous and sustainable Irvine Bay, and we need strong local businesses to do that.

“It is vital that our local firms understand what we are doing, how our work can benefit them, and how can they work with us. These meetings are the first of their kind we have organised and provided companies in Irvine Bay with an opportunity to engage directly with us. There will be other such events in future.”

Attendees certainly found the sessions useful. Eddie Telford, business development manager of local building contractors William Skinner & Son, said he was “very pleased with what I have heard” at the Ardrossan meeting, while an Irvine coffee shop owner Anne Ritchie expressed her belief that her already thriving business could benefit further from the activities of Irvine Bay.

Karen Herbert, of Real Work Skills attended the Kilwinning event, and congratulated Irvine Bay for their hard work in keeping people informed of their activity: “What they are doing with a small team of people is really quite incredible.”

Irvine Bay Regeneration Company

Irvine Bay Regeneration Company seeks to develop and revitalise the five towns of Ardrossan, Saltcoats, Stevenston, Kilwinning and Irvine in North Ayrshire through a £100 million, ten-year programme to boost the local economy and make the area an attractive and prosperous place to live, work and to visit. The company’s partners are North Ayrshire Council, Scottish Enterprise and the Scottish Government.

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