Help at hand for start-ups and business growth in Carrick and rural areas

 28 March 2018  |  


Businesses in Carrick are being promised additional support to secure financial growth in the next three years. A specialist seminar was held at the Quay Zone in Girvan recently (March 27) where 40 people were given a preview of the new-look AMBITION programme.

The AMBITION programme is due to officially re-launch later this year, with a specific focus on supporting growth for existing businesses and help individuals to start-up. South Ayrshire Council is committed to supporting local companies to maximise their performance, creating business growth, and securing new jobs for the local economy.

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.

Councillor Peter Henderson, South Ayrshire Council's Portfolio Holder for Resources and Performance said, "We're committed to supporting rural areas and help to promote businesses, both old and new, is central to our wider work.

"The Quay Zone session provided an invaluable opportunity to hear directly from local business people about their major priorities, as part of our shared aims of achieving growth and creating jobs for the local economy.

"We're gearing up to provide a broad range of support to companies across South Ayrshire through the new look Ambition programme, with the official re-launch taking place this spring."

For more information contact Rachel McCallum on 01292 616 265 or: rachel.mccallum@south-ayrshire.gov.uk