I3, Irvine's Enterprise Area

I3, Irvine's Enterprise Area gives North Ayrshire a major opportunity to market a location of national significance, with incentives, infrastructure and business space. This new opportunity, announced in 2012, is the major focus of our business infrastructure work as we seek to attract new investment and jobs to North Ayrshire.

Watch a short film introducing Irvine Enterprise Area.

Enterprise Area status means significant incentives for relocating businesses, especially those in the life sciences sector.

A major Scottish conference, Realising the potential of life sciences in Scotland  took place on 25 February 2014 in Edinburgh. The conference was organised by The Scotsman and sponsored by Irvine Bay.

The 2014 Annual Public Meeting also focused on the theme of realising the potential of life sciences and the progress at i3.

Valuable business incentives

Enterprise Area status brings a number of benefits including:

  • Accelerated capital allowances of up to 100% for plant and machinery – all businesses are eligible
  • Business rates relief of up to £55,000 per annum for 5 years for qualifying companies – life science businesses are eligible
  • Assisted area status
  • Simplified planning policies and procedures
  • Access to superfast broadband

Find details of property in the Enterprise area

Excellent infrastructure

The Enterprise Area is extremely well served with infrastructure and utilities. For example Annickbank Innovation Campus has been serviced with road access and BREEAM Excellent rated infrastructure including drainage and utilities. Throughout the various campuses we have diverse fibre optic connectivity with a choice of three suppliers, one of whom is actually located on site. The Investment Campus currently has 36MVA of electricity immediately available for connection and up to 100 MVA is potentially available if required.

Find out more in our Enterprise Area briefing note.

i3 Irvine Innovation and Industry

Just one of the opportunities at i3 Irvine Innovation and Industry is a 123 acre strategic investment campus, the largest currently available in the north of the UK. Also, we have recently purchased other commercial property at i3 which is being refurbished, ready to let, to attract new business.

i3 Irvine Innovation and Industry has been extensively masterplanned, based upon a rigorous analysis of site infrastructure, flood risk, environmental conditions and the market.

i3 comprises a series of inter-related campuses each focusing on their respective strengths and opportunities – investment, innovation and industry.

Annickbank Innovation Campus

Conceived as a multi-purpose business park, Annickbank now represents a key opportunity for life sciences businesses, as a part of the Enterprise Area, with the build on the first two units completed in June 2014.

Irvine town centre and housing

The refurbishment of Irvine’s town centre is a vital element in attracting inward investment. The current refurbishment work will play an important role in enticing new business to the area. Other developments such as the Irvine Harbourside development and a possible national housing expo will provide a boost for quality accommodation in the area, another key for relocating businesses.

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