AMBITION for Rural Communities in South Ayrshire
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Ambition for Rural Communities

Our Ambition for Rural Communities Programme supports new and existing businesses within the rural areas of South Ayrshire.

We’ve joined forces with a number of partner organisations to offer advice, support, training and funding to help you start or grow your rural business.

Rural Outreach Programme
We’ve partnered with Business Gateway to offer a selection of services within our rural communities. Our programme of Drop-in Sessions and Surgeries give individuals and businesses an opportunity to ‘Meet an Adviser’ and discuss a business start-up idea or receive general business advice.

Rural Business Academy
Our programme of Business Workshops covering topics such as Finance, Social Media, Marketing and Business Planning are being held in various rural communities across South Ayrshire. These workshops are open to all individuals and businesses, and are FREE of charge. For more details contact your local Business Gateway Team on 01292 616349.

Ayrshire LEADER Programme
The LEADER programme aims to inspire, build confidence and strengthen local rural communities and businesses, generating new opportunities to support resilience and wellbeing across Ayrshire. It offers funding for rural businesses looking to expand, pilot new ideas or launch new products and services. Grants are available from £1,000 – £45,000. For more information, contact the Ayrshire LEADER Team on or call 01292 616655.

Rural Leadership Programme
Scottish Enterprise runs a unique and challenging events programme for business managers and employees of rural businesses who want to develop their skills and grow their business. For further information contact Aileen Carr, Programme Delivery Partner and Facilitator SAC Consulting, email or call 01307 464033.

For any further advice or guidance on support available within the Rural Communities, please contact the AMBITION Team on 01292 616349 or email