South Ayrshire businesses give their backing to the new look AMBITION

 26 April 2018  |  

AMBITION for your business

AMBITION for your business

Businesses are lending their support to a new programme designed to drive economic growth and help start-up companies to succeed. South Ayrshire Council officially re-launched its AMBITION programme at a workshop at the University of the West of Scotland in Ayr on Wednesday 25 April.

Since 2013, more than 500 local businesses have received support via the programme for the benefit of South Ayrshire residents.

Mags Grace from Ayr set up her company Flying Feet in 2017. Her podiatry business specialises in the treatment of cabin crew. The AMBITION programme provided Mags with invaluable advice and support.

She said: "The support I received from AMBITION and the Council's Business Gateway Service quite literally got my business off the ground.

"My Adviser offered a whole range of advice from banking and accounts, to suggesting relevant workshops to develop my own business skills. Although it's still early days, I now have the resources, connections and business knowledge I need to drive my business forward."

The new AMBITION programme has a specific focus on supporting growth for existing businesses and help for individuals to start-up new companies.

Councillor Brian McGinley, South Ayrshire Council's Portfolio Holder for Economic Development, Tourism and Leisure said, "We're committed to supporting local companies to maximise their performance, creating business growth, and securing new jobs for South Ayrshire.  

"We're actively working to make the most of the local economy and in the next three years we'll be encouraging businesses to plan for growth in measured and sustainable ways.

"The new AMBITION programme is part of a bigger picture and I'm sure the new support will be welcomed in the business community. The feedback we've already had has been positive and I'd urge anyone with plans to expand to contact our team to find out more."

The new Ambition to Achieve programme will provide new and existing businesses with access to a range of specialists in sales and marketing, finance, digital, procurement, people, innovation, and management development. 

Ambition to Grow discretionary grant funding will support businesses during periods of transition. The grant is open to applications from new and existing South Ayrshire businesses to help deliver projects that create employment opportunities. Grants from £500 to £5,000 will be provided on up to 50% of qualifying project costs (10% in the case of capital expenditure). The Ambition to Grow grant is for businesses looking to hire at least one additional full-time employee within the next 24 months.

Ambition to Start is aimed to help get businesses up and running, with grants available of up to £1,000 to cover start-up costs including capital expenditure and working capital. The Ambition to Start grant is for also businesses with the ambition to hire at last one full-time employee within a two-year period. 

For more information on AMBITION and to apply to the programme visit