Regeneration big business at Kilwinning event

Businesses in Kilwinning have been urged to work with the community to build on the successful regeneration of the Main Street to help provide a bright new future for the town.

Around 40 local businesses got together to learn more about how they can continue to benefit from, and contribute to,  refurbishment of the Main St and regeneration underway in Kilwinning and the wider Irvine Bay area.

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The event – at Taylors Hotel on Wednesday 10th November – was the second in a series of three 'Irvine Bay talks business' events. The guest speaker was Pauline Cassidy of Goody 2 Shoes.

Pauline Cassidy said: “It is good to see the local business community turn out and show its commitment to Kilwinning and the area. The regeneration work being carried out has a positive impact on Irvine Bay as a place to work and do business, and provides genuine opportunities for businesses to flourish and grow.”

Patrick Wiggins, Chief Executive of Irvine Bay Regeneration Company, said: “It was gratifying to see so many businesses turn up to learn more about the work that is going on in Kilwinning and throughout Irvine Bay.

“It has been a very exciting time for Kilwinning, with the £2.75 million refurbishment of the Main Street now complete. The street was officially opened by Alex Neil MSP only a couple of weeks ago, and we also saw the first Ayrshire Farmers’ Market – which Irvine Bay also instigated. The new look street has attracted 8 new shops, as well as the Co-op.

“The farmer’s market was reported as being the most successful in 2 ½ years with cash machines running out of money and one trader reporting to have sold out in 45 minutes!

“Now I hope that businesses will pick up the ball and run with it, and look to see how they can work together and with the community to maintain the momentum.”

A highlight of the evening was new short film about the transformation that's taken place in Kilwinning Main Street, including footage of Alex Neil MSP at the recent opening ceremony and the highly successful Ayrshire Farmers' Market. The positive impact for this Irvine Bay community really shines through in the film, as local people share their views about the future of their town.

The three events are each held at different times of the day and in three different towns to give busy business people the best possible choice. The first of the three events took place at the Harbour Arts Centre in Irvine when almost 50 local businesses turned out.

At all three of the events, attendees get the chance to hear from Brian Keating, Director of ‘The Ayrshire’ golf complex proposal and how it will benefit the area. The events include a question and answer session, and networking opportunities.

The third and final event details are as follows:

Thursday 2 December
Michael Lynch Centre, Ardrossan
12.30pm to 1.30pm (open from 12noon)
Guest speaker: Joe McLauchlin, Pheonix Art

For further information and to book your place call 0845 60 66 826 or register online at