Improved town centres, increased opportunities

East Ayrshire - retail

With five town centres, East Ayrshire offers several promising locations for retail businesses. Good public transport and road networks make it easy for our growing population to access town centres.

Kilmarnock was named as Scotland’s Most Improved Large Town in 2015, recognising investment by both the public and private sectors. The restoration and refurbishment of vacant buildings has brought 900 employees into the heart of the town centre and the construction of 61 new homes has assisted in promoting town centre living. These developments, along with a full calendar of events, have significantly increased footfall in the town centre.

Kilmarnock and Cumnock have a dedicated Town Centre Manager. This role aims to boost town centre footfall to develop the towns’ economic potential. Each initiative is designed to attract new visitors and make sure regular shoppers come back time and time again.

With Kilmarnock Business Association and Cumnock Business Association both very active, there is a supportive business community for retailers in East Ayrshire.

Knit One Kids Too

Knit One Kids Too was opened 32 years ago by Isabel Robertson who is still at the helm driving the business forward today.

Cove Boutique

Award-winning women’s boutique, Cove, is based in Kilmarnock’s Bank Street and over the last 12 years Tracy Murray and her business partner, Shirley McClarty, have built an incredibly loyal customer base.


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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.