The legacy

For a decade Irvine Bay worked to attract more jobs to North Ayrshire by promoting the area as a vibrant, attractive, competitive and sustainable business location.

From 2006 to 2017 Irvine Bay Regeneration Company took the lead role in making the local area a more attractive and successful place to live, work and do business.  

In March 2017, Irvine Bay's work was completed and responsibility for the continued regeneration of the Irvine Bay area was transferred to North Ayrshire Council’s Economic Growth Service.

  • Transformed places

    Bringing change to the town centres was a vital aspectof regeneration. The award-winning redevelopments of Kilwinning town centre and the Bridgegate area of Irvine are both contributing to the local economy, increasing footfall and attracting new businesses.

  • Attracting jobs

    An important sign of success is the number of new jobs and we are pleased to announce that, by 2017, 1,283 new jobs were created across a wide range of different business sectors. In addition 536 temporary jobs were created in the construction industry and 204 training places allowed people to gain new skills over a total of 1,699 training weeks.

  • Promoting the Enterprise Area

    The development of i3, Irvine’s Enterprise Area, has been the largest single reason for growth. Once i3 was launched jobs growth was much faster. Over 525 jobs were created at i3 from 2012 - 2017.

  • Realising ambitions

    Our education programme involved young people in the process of regeneration through activities directly linked with Curriculum for Excellence. Wide ranging activities helped to raise awareness of career opportunities for young people, particularly in the sciences sector.