The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

An AMBITION realised for businesses in Girvan!

South Ayrshire Council’s brand-new AMBITION enterprise and employment programme which offers new or start-up businesses fantastic modern office accommodation, hands-on business support and mentoring – and even grant funding – is expanding, with a new facility now open in Girvan.

[Pictured (left to right) Councillor Bill Grant, Economic Development, Tourism and Leisure Portfolio Holder, Councillor Alec Clark, Ken Johnstone, Chair of Girvan and District Community Council, Councillor Bill McIntosh, Leader of South Ayrshire Council, Councillor John McDowall and Councillor Alec Oattes.]

The incubator unit provides the ideal location to develop and grow a new business, with The three permanent desks and one hot desk, which will accommodate up to five companies – three full-time and two part-time.

The library meeting room has been upgraded and the facility will be shared with the community. 

Complementing the practical support the unit provides is a package of mentoring, access to expertise and advice and hands-on support to ensure businesses get the best possible start and really get the chance to grow.

The Girvan incubator has been opened less than a month after the first unit at Heathfield in Ayr opened its doors for business – and a third facility, planned for Maybole, will be opening soon.

The AMBITION programme will see the Council invest £1.5 million over three years to support job creation and economic growth in South Ayrshire through four key strands:

*         AMBITION for Start-Ups

*         AMBITION for Business Growth

*         AMBITION for Employment

*         AMBITION for Social Enterprise.

AMBITION aims are to help create jobs, keep jobs, help businesses start-up, help businesses grow, increase the number of social enterprises and, ultimately, help improve the local economy in South Ayrshire in a lasting and meaningful way.

South Ayrshire Council Leader, Councillor Bill McIntosh, explained: “AMBITION is all about taking a bold – but lasting and sustainable – approach to help achieve economic stability and security for our communities and I’m delighted we can now do this in Girvan.

“AMBITION is an integrated package of support that is designed to create jobs, keep jobs, help businesses start-up, help businesses grow, increase the number of social enterprises and ultimately help improve the local economy in a lasting and meaningful way.

“It’s about doing something different, through enterprise, to achieve the best possible outcomes for our communities, which can not only change lives – it can make lives.

“Starting a new business can be a daunting prospect, but that’s where we step in, offering the advice, guidance and support to help you succeed and I would urge anyone starting up – or interested in starting up – a business to get in touch with us to see if Girvan fits the bill.

“Our support will also help businesses increase the number of people they employ and – crucially – helping people gain the skills, knowledge and experience they require to take full advantage of these job opportunities. 

“The incubators are a fantastic new way for the private and public sectors to work together, giving new businesses a dedicated business adviser, free business space, hot desk facilities, conference and meeting rooms, as well as access to finance and grant funding

“We have all that’s needed to support a business in getting started – all we ask in return is your AMBITION.”

For further information about the Girvan or the Heathfield incubator units or any other aspect of the AMBITION programme, call 01292 616265 or visit

The key activities under the other three strands of the AMBITION programme are:

• AMBITION for Business Growth.

Offers access to a variety of financial grants – from £500 to £10,000 – for growing businesses as well as access to a number of loan funding streams. 

• AMBITION for Employment

A wide range of programmes that offer both recruitment incentives and employment opportunities, with a particular focus on young people – including wage incentives where the Council contributions an element of wage costs; or the chance to gain some useful work experience, or the necessary skills and qualifications that will make residents more attractive to potential employers. 

• AMBITION for Social Enterprise

Offers a package of training and support to develop entrepreneurship and leadership capabilities, provide start-up and governance advice, and provide a mentoring programme for social enterprises with potential for growth.

South Ayrshire Council is a Founder Member of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.

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