Innovation is crucial to the continuing success of any business – do something new, different or better.

North Ayrshire offers an environment that encourages innovation and entrepreneurship. We can connect you to experts and specialist programmes and identify the most suitable support.

Whether you are developing new processes, products or services, our Business Growth Team can provide:

  • Project development support and advice
  • Help to navigate the funding landscape
  • Links to appropriate departments in Higher and Further Education
  • Advice on intellectual property issues

Where to start? There are a number of Innovation support programmes available:

SFC Interface

£5000 of funding support to enable businesses to access the right academic expertise to work with them on R&D activity leading to the development of new products, services and processes.

Scottish Enterprise Innovation Service

Specialist advice available from the Innovation Team will help identify the best support available to take your ideas forward.


The Co-Innovate Programme supports SMEs and micro-businesses in Northern Ireland, the Border Region of Ireland, and Western Scotland. The programme helps businesses develop their innovation capability and help to implement enhanced R&D activity.

By Design

Up to £5000 to help with the design of a new product or service or improve existing ones.

Make It To Market

£5000 to help you develop products or services for the export market.

R&D Grant

Discretionary grants for R&D projects in excess of £100,000. Scottish Enterprise intervention rate for SME’s is 35% to 50% and for large companies is 25% to 40%.

Intellectual Property/Asset Guidance

IP specialists offer free and impartial advice to help your business identify, manage and exploit IP assets.

Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP)

The KTP scheme helps businesses to innovate and grow by linking them with an academic or research organisation and a graduate. The scheme can last between 12 and 36 months, depending on what the project is and the needs of the business.

Scottish Manufacturing Advisory Service (SMAS)

The role of SMAS is to support improvements in productivity, culture and behaviours in the manufacturing sector. Improvement projects can be tailored to solve an immediate business issue or focused on a more significant change programme.

Construction Scotland Innovation Centre

This is one of eight industry led and demand driven Innovation Centres supported by Scottish Funding Council, Scottish Enterprise, Highlands & Islands Enterprise and 14 Scottish university partners. They can provide your business with a ‘one-stop shop’ for accessing a team of experts.

R&D Tax Credits

Companies that spend money developing new products, processes or services; or enhancing existing ones, are eligible for R&D tax relief. If you’re spending money on your innovation, you can make an R&D tax credit claim to receive either a cash payment and/or Corporation Tax reduction.

For further information on what we can offer you and your business, please contact us.