Start Up Business

Helping your business take its first steps

If you are thinking of starting a business, make Business Gateway your first port of call.

  • Start-up business advisors provide one-to-one advice and guidance
  • Grant mechanisms may be available, subject to eligibility
  • Choose from a range of workshops aimed at start-up businesses

With Business Gateway you have a dedicated support team that works with you every step of the way.

In addition, as a start-up business you also have access to workshops and one-to-one consultancy through East Ayrshire Council’s beReady business support programme.

Business Gateway is a Scottish Government programme, delivered by staff from East Ayrshire Council. They provide a broad view of all the advice and assistance that could be available to you.

The Princes Trust offers training, mentoring, funding and resources to help 18 to 30 year olds start their own business.

Entrepreneurial Spark is a free, business start-up accelerator programme for new companies, with a hatchery based in Ayrshire.

To find out more, speak to one of our specialist business advisors


Keep up-to-date with the latest events and upcoming workshops with our event calendar.

Property search


There is also a property search facility that can help you find the premises that are right for your business.

Case studies

Hear for yourself some success stories from East Ayrshire businesses, and discover why they thrive here.

Business directory

Use our directory to find out more about the many different businesses that are established in East Ayrshire.