Making music with Soundbops

Glasgow entrepreneur gets €50k backing from Belgian investor

A Glasgow-based tech entrepreneurs has received €50,000 to launch his music education invention. Michael Tougher, CEO and creator of Soundbops, won the Royal Academy of Engineering Launchpad Competition in 2016 with his educational toy that simplifies…

NE businessman says no thanks to Dragon’s Den offer

An Aberdeen businessman said ‘thanks but no thanks’ to an £80,000 investment from the most high-profile investors around and has instead turned to crowdfunding. Stuart Ingram was invited down to pitch his business, which encompasses the…

Ardbeg Pier

Ardbeg looks to the future with multi-million pound investment

Islay single malt whisky, Ardbeg, is planning a new still house, funded by a multi-million-pound investment from The Glenmorangie Company. Subject to planning approval, the Distillery aims to start work this year, for completion in 2019.…

Lesley Eccles

FanDuel founders to feature at EIE18

Informatics Ventures, Scotland’s technology entrepreneur support programme, has confirmed that FanDuel cofounders Nigel and Lesley Eccles and Rob Jones have been lined up as keynote speakers for EIE18 on 19th April at McEwan Hall in Edinburgh. FanDuel…

Joan Johnston of Bespoke Fabrics

14 cutting-edge Scottish start-ups move into Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation

Scotland’s new low carbon dream team – 14 cutting-edge Scottish start-ups hoping to make their millions from climate innovations have moved into the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI). They are the brains behind low carbon…

Picture courtesy of Ashley Ann Kitchens

Wick’s biggest employer set to expand with £1.5m investment

The biggest private sector employer in Wick in Caithness is to strengthen its presence in the area and create more jobs. Family run Ashley Ann Limited (AAL), which designs and manufactures kitchens, bedrooms and bathrooms,…

Jenny Campbell

Dragons’ Den entrepreneur to speak at business women’s event

Jenny Campbell, a recent addition to the Dragons’ Den lineup, will be in Scotland next month to address this year’s Ambition & Growth Conference dinner. Jenny, the Founder of YourCash Europe, a pan-European company that provides…

Paddy Graham

Paddy Graham: Significant increase in deal volume in Scotland

Sometimes it’s easy to get caught up in the negativity that seems to surround the world of business, from plunges on the stock market to mounting regulation and the uncertainty being created by Brexit. But peel…

TCB senior management team

Immunotherapy company to open first overseas office in Japan

Motherwell-based immunotherapy company TC BioPharm Ltd (TCB) is to open a new office in Japan to continue expansion of its Asian operations. Developing innovative CAR-T-based approaches to treat cancer, TC BioPharm has an established history…

Richard Kent (r) and Jacob Whitaker (l) of Greenman Woodworking with Councillor Peter Argyle (centre)

Aberdeenshire’s small businesses urged to consider support from First Employee Grant Scheme

Small businesses in their first stages of growth in Aberdeenshire are being urged to consider whether a recently relaunched grant could help them expand. The First Employee Grant Scheme offers £1,000 to businesses taking on…

Colette Cohen

Technology Centre celebrates first year with £37 million co-invested

In just 12 months, the Oil & Gas Technology Centre has co-invested £37 million in more than 70 projects to develop and deploy new technology that could transform the future of the UK North Sea.…

From left - Shaf Rasul and Alanna Kibiloski, Special Gifts Fundraiser at Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home

Rescue Dogs and Cats to receive boost from Pet Supplement Partnership

A big-hearted pet supplement maker is set to provide a lead-ing example by raising tens of thousands of pounds of much-needed funds for Scotland’s many stray and abandoned animals. Pawbits has launched a partnership with…

Steven Morris

ESM Investments and Stirling Council to showcase first Stirling fund

Stirling Council will join ESM Investments in showcasing the first investment fund of its kind at an event on Friday 23rd February at the Codebase offices in the city. The collaborative £25 million 'ESM Capital Growth Enterprise…

Looking for funding to grow or start your business?

Aberdeen City Council is a member of Business Loans Scotland, a consortium of Scotland’s 32 local authorities, offering loan finance to new and growing small and medium sized businesses (SMEs). Business Loans Scotland offers gap…

Ocean Terminal

Ocean Terminal set for comprehensive upgrade

Resolution Property has secured a multi-million pound funding package to upgrade its waterfront shopping centre and leisure destination Ocean Terminal in Leith, Edinburgh. Resolution Property will significantly improve the centre’s offering and consumer experience, with…

Paul Holbrook

£33m investment in Scottish medical device factory

Tokyo-based Terumo Corporation is to invest £33 million in one of its subsidiary companies, Vascutek Limited, located near Glasgow. The investment has been approved for the major expansion of Vascutek’s headquarters and manufacturing facility at…

Innovation campaign set to ignite businesses in the Highlands and Islands

Businesses across the Highlands and Islands will have access to a 24-hour innovation helpline this Friday, as Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) kick starts an innovation movement to help businesses flourish in the region. The announcement…

Baker Street Food & Drink Enterprises

Inverclyde’s pioneering food and drink incubator receives planning consent

Riverside Inverclyde (ri) Property Holdings, the organisation charged with delivering the economic redevelopment of  Inverclyde in the west of Scotland, has been given planning permission by Inverclyde Council for a new food and drink incubator…

Eden Mill new distillery CGI

Eden Mill submits plans for new £4m distillery and brewery in Fife

Eden Mill has unveiled ambitious plans to create a new distillery and brewery just metres from its current headquarters in Fife. The £4million expansion project in Guardbridge will see historic former paper mill buildings refurbished…

John Wilson

Simmons Private Equity invests in Step Change Engineering

Energy focused private equity fund, Simmons Private Equity (“SPE”) has invested in Aberdeen based Step Change Engineering. This investment by SPE marks the addition of a second company into the Integrated Consulting Group (“ICG”). Established…

Atlantic Square

Major Government hub for 284,000 sq. ft. Atlantic Square development

BAMTCP Atlantic Square, a joint venture between BAM Properties and TCP Developments, and LGIM Real Assets (Legal & General) have confirmed that work will begin in March 2018 on the development of circa 284,000 sq.…

Aberdeen City Council

ACC leads the way with inaugural Bond Conference

Aberdeen City Council is to host  a new conference called 'Bond Investments – Transforming Delivery of City Growth' supported by The Improvement Service, giving attendees the opportunity to hear from leading investment firms and issuers on…

The new Nielanell collection from Nielanell Inventive Knit. Photo credit Anna Caitlin Harris

Shetland knitwear business to expand into new international markets with grant support

A Shetland based business specialising in contemporary knitwear, homeware and accessories is set to expand into new international markets. Hoswick based Nielanell Inventive Knit, owned by knitwear designer and producer, Niela Kalra, is being supported…

Left to right are Blackcircles.com founder Michael Welch OBE and Sanjeev Agrawal, CEO of Tyremarket.com

Scottish entrepreneur invests in Indian online tyre retailer

Michael Welch OBE, the Blackcircles.com founder who sold the UK online tyre retailer to Michelin in 2015 for £50 million, has invested in India online tyre retailer, Tyremarket.com. One of the leading players in the fast-growing online tyre…

Jim McColl

Billionaire Scotsman proposes new Scottish Bank

One of the richest men in Scotland has proposed launching a new Scottish bank to fund growing businesses the Herald has reported. Jim McColl, the billionaire boss of investment vehicle Clyde Blowers Capital brought up…