Eight construction-related businesses sign-up for latest Build Ayrshire programme

Mark Houston

THE second online Build Ayrshire programme, which helps local construction businesses win new work from Tier 1 contractors, is underway.

Eight companies will take part in the programme, which is designed to support firms with ambitions to grow in a sustainable manner by developing skills and the capacity to take on increased workloads.

The course is delivered in eight half-day online sessions of practical instruction and follows a ‘highly successful’ initial programme in 2021.

The eight Ayrshire businesses taking part are Billy McGuire Joinery & Building and Clearview Intelligence, both based in Ayr, Kilmarnock-based businesses, TCS Response, Thomson Hunter Architects, Stag Aluminium and Gas Boiler Technicians Limited, Dundonald-headquartered Lairds of Troon Limited and Highlander Security Systems of Troon.

Build Ayrshire is run in partnership with East Ayrshire Council, North Ayrshire Council, and South Ayrshire Council, and is managed by hub South West.

The programme covers issues such as strategy, goal setting, leadership, team building and development, employment law, digital marketing and social media, procurement, and cloud accounting.

Build Ayrshire also includes Meet the Buyer supply chain meetings with several of hub South West’s active Tier 1 Contractors. The programme concludes with an opportunity to pitch to all of them and a closing awards event.

Mark Houston, supply chain development manager at hub South West, said, “We are delighted to host the participation of eight such driven businesses in this our second Build Ayrshire programme. It provides a brilliant platform for each of them to develop their businesses, establish key Tier 1 contacts and network with like-minded business owners.

“Build Ayrshire follows on from twelve of our Building for Growth and four Build Lanarkshire programmes which we have run over the last seven years. We have consistently honed our programmes to ensure the content and contacts provide an inspirational and valuable experience for everyone who takes part.

“Over 150 companies have now ‘graduated’ from these programmes, many of which have improved their business and experienced high growth by both broadening and deepening their grasp of the factors needed to win more new, bigger contracts from the Tier 1 contractors.”