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Council invests in South Ayrshire

 24 March 2015  |  


Invest South Ayrshire is the latest strand of the ambition programme

Invest South Ayrshire is the latest strand of the ambition programme

South Ayrshire Council is encouraging business investment in South Ayrshire thanks to a new strand of its successful Ambition enterprise and employment programme.

'Invest South Ayrshire' will introduce a co-ordinated investment promotion and support service that provides a one-stop-shop for prospective businesses and investors and actively pursues investment opportunities for the benefit of the local economy and local jobs.

£510,000 will initially be invested over the next three years to provide the service, which it's hoped will deliver up to 300 jobs and attract investment of more than £34 million over the same period.

This will complement the current package of economic support through the £1.5 million Ambition programme, which is centered on three elements: employability, business growth and social enterprise.

This support is available to local businesses and individuals looking to either start-up or grow their business.

Councillor Bill Grant, Portfolio Holder for Enterprise, Tourism and Leisure, said: "Invest South Ayrshire is the ideal next step in our Ambition programme, which has already created 285 new jobs, safeguarded 665 jobs, established three business incubator units in Ayr, Maybole and Girvan, and helped around 500 young people find work.

"It's a bold and ambitious way of ensuring that we grasp every possible investment opportunity with both hands and provide comprehensive and cross-cutting support that will make a huge difference to investors. It will also ensure that we actively pursue these investment opportunities in a planned and managed way.

"We know what great resources, infrastructure and skills we have in this part of the world, and we'll be making sure the business community – far and wide– know that too and understand how South Ayrshire can work for them."

Invest South Ayrshire is the latest strand of the Ambition programme, which includes Ambition for Start-Ups, Growth, Employment, Social Enterprise and Town Centres. Full details are available at www.ambitionprogramme.co.uk

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