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Business Support

South Ayrshire Council offers a range of support designed to help local businesses start and grow:

  • AMBITION programme
  • Business Gateway
  • South Ayrshire Council Collaborate for Growth Fund
  • Business Loans Scotland
  • Supplier Development Programme
  • Support for Net Zero
  • Recovery Ambition Business Support (RABS) Grant


AMBITION Programme

Our AMBITION programme supports job creation in South Ayrshire. It's for anyone with the ambition to employ, be employed or become self-employed, and is for every type of business.

We can help you whatever stage you're at on your business journey, whether you've got an idea to start something new, are in the early stages of setting up or are already well established.

For more details visit the AMBITION programme website.


Business Gateway

Through Business Gateway, we have a team of Advisers on hand to offer practical information, help and advice to existing South Ayrshire businesses or people planning on starting a business in South Ayrshire, including details on business support funding.

To speak to an Adviser call 01292 616 349 or visit

Our Advisers are on hand: Monday - Thursday, 9am to 5pm; Friday 9am to 4pm.


South Ayrshire Collaborate for Growth Fund

This scheme helps businesses take advantage of the efficiencies created by working collaboratively. The aim of the scheme is to support the development of co-operative enterprises in South Ayrshire which can create enhanced economic impact through collective working.

All collaborative projects which can demonstrate increased sales revenues from outwith the South Ayrshire area, improve sector efficiency or increase local employment opportunities will be considered.

To find out more or to receive an application pack please contact:

There are no deadlines for applications.


Business Loans Scotland

Are you looking to introduce new processes or equipment to your business? Or maybe planning an expansion? Have you raised all the cash you can from your own resources and the banks, but there's still a funding gap? South Ayrshire Council might be able to help gap fund your project. Our primary focus is on businesses engaged in the Business to Business (B2B) and Business to Consumer (B2C) categories.

We operate loan funding from Business Loans Scotland to encourage the creation and growth of South Ayrshire businesses to ensure that good, commercially viable proposals do not fail from a lack of access to finance. Additionally, we want to support and encourage the creation, development and growth of Scottish businesses, helping them to trade regionally, nationally and internationally.

Through BLS, we can offer loans from £25,000 to £100,000, with loans of up to £50,000 typically unsecured. The interest rate is currently fixed at 6% with no additional fees or charges and a repayment period of up to 5 years. Repayment holidays are also available.

For more details, please see Business Loans Scotland.


Supplier Development Programme

Do you find tendering for contracts with the public sector confusing?

Would you like support and advice to assist your business in all aspects of procurement?

The Supplier Development Programme assists businesses to improve their performance in winning contracts with Public Sector Organisations. The programme offers information and support covering procurement issues and helps to unravel the tendering process.

Assistance is provided via:

  • Workshops and Events
  • B-link, quarterly newsletter
  • Website
  • In-depth training

To access the full range of support simply register your business details with the Supplier Development Programme.


Support for Net Zero

The EXTEND project is funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) through the Low Carbon Challenge Fund (LCCF) in partnership with South Ayrshire Council, East Ayrshire Council, South Lanarkshire Council and Smart, Sustainable East Kilbride which engages with SMEs through events and projects to support the transition to net zero. 

The programme is fully funded and can offer South Ayrshire businesses, with less than 250 employees, from all sectors free access to workshops that can offer advice on how to transition to net zero. These workshops will also explain the wide range of services that EXTEND can offer. 

The types of services that will be discussed in more detail at events, or 1-2-1 with companies, are;

  • Future SME diagnostic 
  • Baselining the carbon footprint of a businesses 
  • Signposting for funding 
  • Energy audit 
  • Net zero roadmap 
  • Value stream mapping 
  • Lifecycle analysis 
  • Continuous professional development 
  • Building supply chain 
  • Readiness for remanufacturing 

If you'd like to learn more about the EXTEND project, you can get in touch with the team through their website: Contact - EXTEND 


Recovery Ambition Business Support (RABS) Grant

For more details on this grant and to apply, please go to: 

Recovery Ambition Business Support (RABS) Grant - South Ayrshire Council (


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Find Business Support gives an overview of all funding and services offered by public sector organisations across Scotland.

Information is available for businesses of all sizes - from start-ups to established companies, from sole traders to large enterprises, from commercial businesses to social enterprises.

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