AyrshireConnect was launched at the end of March. A new website to connect the three local authorities of Ayrshire and all the towns within them in one place.

Whatever you are looking for, wherever you are looking for it, you should be able to find it on www.ayrshireconnect.co.uk

Each town has its own landing/community page which will be updated with local events such as Summer Fetes, Christmas lights, community events etc. Businesses are listed by categories such as food & drink, hospitality, retail and so on, allowing them to be found in several ways. A listing on the site is free to any Ayrshire business, not just Chamber members. To get involved or for more information contact Joan via email at jmcmurdo@ayrshire-chamber.org


Ayrshire Chamber of Commerce are delighted to launch a new and enhanced business mentoring programme to support local business owners and leaders. This programme will match ambitious local businesses and their leaders with expert volunteer business mentors to support their personal growth and development aspirations.

Over the years Ayrshire chamber has matched many local businesses with an experienced mentor and the journey has proved to be a very positive one.

Using a new online software platform, we will identify your development aims, objectives and ambitions. With a large and diverse pool of mentors across all sectors, your business is matched with a mentor that has the right skills and experience to add value to the business. Contact Lisa via email for more information at mentoring@ayrshire-chamber.org

Customs Service

The effects of Brexit are continuing to be felt by many businesses, especially getting to grips with the customs paperwork which may now be required. That is why the Ayrshire Chamber international trade team have completed their training for the ChamberCustoms service.

Under the Government staged approach to postponing VAT on imports between 1st January and 30th June, VAT registered traders may be receiving standard (non-controlled) goods from the EU post Brexit without completing any paperwork. From July, HMRC will be checking retrospectively to ensure imports have the correct paperwork, particularly in relation to deferred VAT payments and you may need to complete an import declaration. If you think this may apply to your business, why not see if we can help by contacting us at chambercustoms@ayrshire-chamber.org

To help with the complexities of Brexit customs requirements, Ayrshire Chamber of Commerce have also teamed up with Exporter Services to deliver training in international trading practices. These courses will be delivered remotely and include areas such as A Beginners Practical Guide to Exporting, Understanding Export and Export Documentation, Import Procedures and Incoterms 2020 amongst others. Full details can be found on the Ayrshire Chamber website