North Ayrshire - the place to be
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With several global businesses already choosing to locate in North Ayrshire, the area has long benefited from foreign direct investment (FDI), particularly in the pharmaceutical and electronics sectors.

Enterprise Area Status

Our Life Science Enterprise Area status within Irvine, and the resulting incentives available, gives us a unique offer for life sciences and FDI projects.  Irvine Bay is leading the partnership with Scottish Enterprise and North Ayrshire Council to deliver Irvine’s Enterprise Area. We can offer your business our expertise, support and incentives to join the world-class life sciences, manufacturing and engineering companies that are already thriving in North Ayrshire.

The Enterprise Area has a number of sites available for development, as well as a range of premises under refurbishment - many of these are ready now or will be ready shortly for occupation. i3 offers three campus facilities and opportunities which are ideal for bio-pharmaceutical companies looking for space to grow:

  • Industry and Logistics Campus
    Facilities for specialist distribution, industrial and manufacturing companies, suitable for small, medium or large companies seeking 2,000 to 4,000m2
  • Innovation Campus
    This high amenity campus will provide specialist accommodation for SMEs seeking 500m² to 2,000m² pavilions or similar Class 4/5 offices, R&D or specialist space
  • Irvine Inward Investment
    This is a specialist inward investment opportunity offering a 200 acre single user site with capacity for 500,000m². The site has dedicated access and would be suitable for large specialist users

Regional Selective Assistance

North Ayrshire businesses receive significant Regional Selective Assistance awards.  Last year local businesses were awarded nearly £6million, enabling them to create 72 new jobs in the area.

Did you know that North Ayrshire:

  • Is 30 minutes from Glasgow city centre with over 50 trains a day between Irvine and Glasgow and over 50 flights to London from Glasgow each day
  • Has the fastest broadband in Ayrshire
  • Processes nine out of every ten planning applications in under two months – the best in Scotland
  • Has the highest GVA per capita in Ayrshire