Kim McAllister and Russell Dalgleish

Video interview with Russell Dalgleish of Scottish Business Network – High Growth Scotland with Kim McAllister

Kim McAllister talks to serial entrepreneur Russell Dalgleish about being tall, investing, Scottish Business Network and the Scottish entrepreneurial ecosystem. Russell is the founder and managing partner of Exolta Capital Partners. Scottish Business Network was…

Is Scotland getting smaller? – High Growth Scotland with Kim McAllister

My business operates in three cities – not because I planned it that way – but because we kept moving. I set up Impact Online in Glasgow in 2010. Three years later we moved to Aberdeen and…

LtoR - Richard Spanner and Scott Weatherby

Historic Borders castle branches out as independent hotel and leisure destination

A Borders holiday and wedding destination is to become an independent hotel after its owners decided to end a franchise agreement with a global brand. The partners in Barony Castle LLP made the decision to…

David Gray

High growth trend continues for fourth consecutive year at bid specialist

Bid and tender specialist, AM Bid, has reported revenue of over £285,000 for the first half of the company’s financial year, an increase of 22 percent on the same period last year. The company’s bid…

Interview with Jill Henry of Meander Apparel – High Growth Scotland with Kim McAllister

As someone who has only recently discovered the addictive rush of a spin class, this new company really appeals to me. I met Jill at a networking event and was very interested in her concept…

L-R: George Tait, Tony Roberts, John Fordyce and Tim Carton

Distilling returns to the Scottish Borders after an absence of nearly 200 years

The Borders Distillery in Hawick opens its doors to the public today (1st May 2018), marking the revival of an industry that had ceased to exist in the region for nearly 200 years - the last-known…

Dr Vivienne Ming

Entrepreneurial Scotland annual conference – High Growth Scotland with Kim McAllister

You know that new emoji with the head exploding? That was me yesterday. The Entrepreneurial Scotland annual conference is always a highlight in my calendar – but this year they outdid themselves. The calibre of…

Laura Sutherland

Laura M. Sutherland: Being part of a ‘community’ helps develop skills, relationships and our businesses

Three years ago, I started #PRFest. It’s two-day festival, specifically focussing on helping senior public relations and communication practitioners up-skill, share best practice and help the PR community grow. How does a community form? I hadn’t…

Doug Roth

Interview with US investor Doug Roth – High Growth Scotland with Kim McAllister

The half-naked skateboarders flipped dangerously close by as I quizzed Doug Roth on American investment and scribbled shorthand notes I prayed I’d later decipher. We were sitting in the sunshine in Bristo Square – “it’s…

Franchise owner Alan Barr (right) with son Alistair (left)

From corporate finance to senior care in South Lanarkshire

After two decades working in corporate finance, father-of-three Alan Barr walked away from a six figure salary to become his own boss as a franchisee with Home Instead Senior Care in South Lanarkshire. Having held…

Phiddy Robertson

Raft of promotions and appointments at Galbraith

Scottish property consultancy, Galbraith, has recruited six new chartered and trainee surveyors and a qualified town planner and has strengthened its business with promotions to senior associate and associate level. Due to continuous growth, Galbraith…

Melissa Singh pictured with Boroughmuir players

Boroughmuir Rugby Club appoints new Marketing and Communications Director

Boroughmuir Rugby Club has strengthened its leadership team with the appointment of its first female board member in nearly 100 years. Melissa Singh has joined the Meggetland club as Marketing and Communications Director.   The improvements…

The Roxburghe Hotel and Golf Course

The Roxburghe Hotel and Golf Course sold to German hotelier

The Roxburghe hotel and golf course, near Kelso in the Scottish Borders has been sold to to 12.18. Investment Management GmbH. The property had been marketed for offers in excess of £3.25 million. The Düsseldorf-based project developer…

Leadercast Live : Are you ready to lead?

How do you know that you are ready to lead?  Renowned leadership expert Michael Hyatt (former chairman and CEO of Thomas Nelson Publishers, USA), has written extensively on the subject. You will be able to…

Frances Rus of Duncan and Todd

Scottish optician hits acquisition trail following investment

The Duncan & Todd Group has acquired Peebles-based Dempster Opticians as part of its national rollout of optician and hearing care services. The deal, which follows a £15million investment from private equity firm LDC at the end…

Rod Lawson

Selkirk-based timber frame manufacturer constructs independent future

Selkirk-based Oregon Timber Frame Limited has completed a buy-out of its non-management shareholders, including the 15% stake in the business held by its largest external shareholder group, Archangel Investors. The move brings to a close…

Kim McAllister

Smile – you’re on camera: High Growth Scotland with Kim McAllister

My son turned seven yesterday and today it was pointed out to me I’ve been in the media industry 12 years. I’m feeling old. I don’t know how you feel about aging, but I’m actually…

DM Hall Partner Richard Clowes

DM Hall’s Galashiels office moves to prominent new position on busy Island Street

Property specialists DM Hall Chartered Surveyors has moved to bigger and more prominent premises in Galashiels. The office, headed by DM Hall Partner Richard Clowes, transferred  from 150 St Andrew Street  to 38 Island Street which is…

Nicky Johnston

Nicky Johnston: GDPR – Does it really matter to Start-Ups?

It certainly does, but having read Warwick Ashford’s article the other day it seems a significant number of start-ups remain in the dark. As far we’re concerned here at TalentSpark, GDPR exists to create a…

Stan Johnston and Euan Hogg with a model of the Water Engine System now installed on the Ale Water

New technology set to help Borders business generate growth

A revolutionary new hydroelectric system has been built on a section of the Ale Water which flows through Newhall Farm, near Melrose. The Water Engine System has been designed to generate electricity from water courses…

Cally Halpin of Lux Boutique Outlet

Click for fashion – a start up story : High Growth Scotland with Kim McAllister

Necessity is the mother of invention, right? So often when I speak to entrepreneurs, they tell me a wonderful story about how they happened upon their business idea. I bet we could all list inventions…

Alan Brown, branch director of Gallagher in Dumfries, and the team

Dumfries insurance broker celebrates 20 years and invests in new offices

Dumfries-based insurance broker and risk management specialist Gallagher is celebrating 20 years by investing in new offices on Nith Place. The company was originally set up by branch director Alan Brown in his living room,…

Olivia Conlon

Stay in the one lane & don’t watch what anyone else is doing – a start up story : High Growth Scotland with Kim McAllister

Once upon a time there was a girl. She was 16 years old and had just got straight As in her exams – but she didn’t want to go to university. The last time I…

Finalists for the 2nd Scottish SME Business Awards announced

The finalists for this year’s Scottish SME Business Awards have been announced after nominations surged in from across Scotland. The awards not only provide a platform and an opportunity to recognise and reward the talented…

Matthew Duncan, Senior Consultant, Accountancy and Finance, Eden Scott

Matthew Duncan: Bypass The Stress

One of the biggest infrastructure projects in Scotland, the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route (AWPR) is nearing completion. Despite delays due to the collapse of Carillion, this £754m project is expected to open in Spring 2018…