Shaping North Ayrshire process
Companies looking to set up in North Ayrshire are incentivised to locate to Irvine and nowhere else. On mainland North Ayrshire, Irvine is the furthest point from the main national road, rail and air networks. Companies locating to Irvine have greater cost to market as a result and are less likely to choose Irvine, and therefore North Ayrshire. The Garnock Valley is closest to the main transport networks. The Garnock Valley was traditionally the industrial heart of North Ayrshire before it was allowed to decline.
Give companies more freedom of choice in where they want to set up, and provide incentives for locationg aywhere in North Ayrshire, not just Irvine.
Before I.T companies would even consider moving into North Ayrshire (and more specifically Three Towns) the Broadband infrastructure needs a massive upgrade. Both B.T. and Virgin were asked to comment on this and neither responded.
With regards to encouraging people to buy local, shop local etc we need to consider what is here already, and what we need here. Town Centre rents are often too expensive for the location and then not maintained to a high enough standard.
It would be nice to see more locally sourced foods in cafes' and restaurants. But that would need producers to sell more locally
improving the Transport & Roads to rural areas and provide weather shelters and cycle racks in Town Centres to allow people access to Shops & Business places . Secure locking Racks for cycles and all weather protection .
Business Gateway (Ayrshire) is a fab service, helping many people who have, or want to start a business of any type, however large or small. They provide tons of free training courses from website building, to accounting. It would be great to see more entrepreneurs. My friend was a single parent of three, on a basic income, she had a flair for papercrafting, so started making wedding stationery in her bedroom. She went on to become the Scottish Wedding Awards - Stationer of the Year, two years running. Works for herself and has never looked back. No big money outlay, just honed in on her skills and interests.
It might be helpful if land and small premises were made available for small businesses to start up. There appears to be nowhere available on Arran.