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…

Inglis Lyon

1,780,521 passengers used HIAL airports during last 12 month

The latest airport passenger figures from Highlands and Islands Airports Ltd (HIAL) reveal a 7.4% increase in passenger numbers in the financial year 2017/2018. More travellers than ever before have used the company’s 11 airports…

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…

Northern electrical firm wins ‘Business of the Year’ award

An electrical firm with bases in Inverness and Elgin has scored a double success at a national business awards ceremony. NES (North Electrical Services) Ltd, was shortlisted after a public vote for Business of the Year…

Brand refresh and pack redesign for Bunnahabhain

Islay single malt Scotch whisky, Bunnahabhain, has undergone a brand refresh and pack redesign created by Edinburgh-based agency threebrand. Hitting shelves earlier this year, the new design captures the new brand positioning of a ‘captivating journey'…

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…

Board members wanted for Highlands and Islands Enterprise

People with a wide range of skills and experience in business and community development are being invited to apply to join the Board of Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE). The region’s development agency is looking…

Springfield employees in Forres

Springfield Properties looks to future with over 500 employees

Springfield Properties has crossed a landmark threshold with over 500 employees now on its books. The housebuilder has grown from 206 employees in 2011 to over 500 staff employed today. [adbutler zone_id='297765'] Chief Executive of Springfield…

Loch Duart named as a top Sunday Times ‘Profit Track 100’ company

Loch Duart, the independent salmon farming company based in Sutherland and the Hebrides, has been placed at number 21 in the annual Sunday Times BDO Profit Track 100 and second amongst the eight Scottish headquartered companies who…

Paul Wheelhouse

New Group to explore options for retaining Young’s Seafood jobs

A new multi-partner group is to be set up to explore all options to safeguard the future of the Annan Pinney's factory, owned by Young’s Seafood. The group will visit the Pinney’s site this week to…

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…

Back from the left John Divers, John Cowe, George Alexander, Graham Leadbitter, Douglas Ross, James Allen, front David Mundell and Michael Urquhart

Secretary of State for Scotland gets an insight into Moray’s vision for the future

The potential for Moray to invigorate its economy and create scores of jobs and opportunities came closer today with a visit by the Secretary of State for Scotland. David Mundell, Secretary of State for Scotland,…

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…

The Mansion House

Elgin’s iconic Mansion House Hotel on market

The Mansion House Hotel in Elgin has been put on the market following the financial failure of its former owners. Chartered surveyors, DM Hall, has been appointed by Wylie & Bisset as Agents for the…

Dr Isaac Wang and Mark Abbs of OrganLike with samples of printed organ material - credit Paul Campbell/HIE

Body organ printer to create new jobs at Inverness Campus

The continued advancement of life sciences at Inverness Campus took another step forward this week, with the arrival of OrganLike. The company emerged from pioneering work carried out by Dr Isaac Wang, Herriot Watt University…

(L-R) Amal Gomersall of Citi, Allan McDougall and Karen Baxter of The Argyll Smokery, Jennifer Tankard, CEO of Responsible Finance, and broadcaster Kaye Adams at the Citi Microentrepreneurship Awards

Argyll Smokery recognised for sustainability taking top UK accolade

An independent traditional artisan fish smoke house in Argyll which carries out all of its processes by hand has triumphed in a UK wide search to highlight the most sustainable micro-enterprise. The Argyll Smokery, owned and operated by…

James Cameron of HIE (left) with Lesley Patience, Nurse Manager with CHI and Reece Moyes, outside Auriora House, Inverness Campus - Credit Paul Campbell/HIE

Business hub launched for life sciences firms

A new facility that provides workspace and collaboration opportunities for life sciences businesses across the Highland Council area has been launched in Inverness. The NEXUS project is part of the Northern Innovation Hub, led by…

Left to right are Ian Stevens, Anne Roberts and Alasdair Mort of MIME Technologies (by Stewart Attwood)

MedTech spin-out targets global aviation sector and future fundraising

MIME Technologies, a University of Aberdeen medical technology spin-out developing software to monitor the vital signs of patients when emergency care situations arise in remote locations, is targeting the short-haul aviation sector with its first product.…

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…

Todd Warnock

£10m Highland golf links takes one step closer

The developers of a £10 million world class golf course have welcomed significant progress on their plans with the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) removing its objections to the project. SEPA confirmed in a recent…

Finance Secretary Derek Mackay with the Highland Discovery app

Young people at forefront of new A9 tourism app

In the Year of Young People, primary and secondary school kids and students have been at the forefront of developing content for an new tourism phone app to help visitors explore the hidden treasures of the A9.…

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…

(left) George Baxter, of sponsors SSE; HITA director Ken Macaulay; Karen Yates, from Culloden Battlefield; Charlotte Davies; HITA director Elizabeth Mackintosh; and HITA chairman Craig Ewan; with battlefield volunteers Charles Reed and Liz Brooker

Highlands and Islands Tourism Awards 2018 launched

The fiercely-fought contest to find the best in the Highlands and Islands tourism industry has been launched at the area’s most famous battleground. Over the next few months entries and nominations will be sought for…

Gael Force to acquire fish farm pen manufacturer

Gael Force Group is to acquire the 75% of outstanding share capital of the fish farm pen manufacturer, Fusion Marine.   The deal, which is of an undisclosed value, is on course to conclude early April, following…