Four inspiring stories from Karen Knowles, Lynn Mann, Bill Lees and Fiona Ogg

Being inspired to grow – The Weekly Scaleup with Kim McAllister

I met six inspiring people yesterday morning. Actually there were more than six, but this half dozen – three women and three men - stood out and so these are the stories I will tell.…

Christian Arno

My Story: Christian Arno of Lingo24 – The Weekly Scaleup with Kim McAllister

I could have been a translator. In 2005 I earned an honours degree in French and Spanish - and yet had the deflating knowledge that still wasn’t enough. I researched post graduate diplomas and it…

Chris Marr

My Story: Content Marketing Academy – The Daily Scaleup with Kim McAllister

Entrepreneurs and CEOs are probably well aware of the power of internet marketing – what they don’t have time for is keeping on top of the updates. One company effectively solving that problem is Content…

Using Twitter to grow – The Daily Scaleup with Kim McAllister

I sometimes wish they hadn’t called it Twitter. I mean, it sounds ridiculous when you’re sitting around around the boardroom table discussing the value of a tweet. It should be called something like Target –…

Karen Knowles of Bon Accord

Events to help you scale – The Daily Scaleup with Kim McAllister

What are you doing on the 16th of November? I’m going to be in Edinburgh City Chambers hanging out with entrepreneurs. I don’t know about you, but finding time to network is tricky for me. I…

From left - Jamie Sunderland and Grant MacLennan

Pivoting as you scale – The Daily Scaleup with Kim McAllister

One of the best pieces of advice I got, when I started my own company, was: “Don’t be tempted down side streets.” This caution was given by a car trade entrepreneur, not surprisingly, and I’ve…

Craig Buchan

Scaling internationally – The Daily Scaleup with Kim McAllister

I’m like the queen – I never carry cash. I pay for my parking with an app, I buy nearly everything online with PayPal and in shops I put everything on a card. Even my…

My Story: Hydrogen – The Daily Scaleup with Kim McAllister

Don’t you just love a business story that starts at a dining room table? I particularly enjoy the dining-table-to-two-office-moves-inside-a-year versions. I got exactly this tale from Mike Scott at social media agency Hydrogen this week.…

Craig McGill

5 lessons on how to scale – The Daily Scaleup with Kim McAllister

I’m chuffed with today’s column cos I’ve been working on my pal Craig for a while now, trying to persuade him to share his story. Craig McGill, who now works at PwC in Scotland with…

Solving problems and scaling fast – The Daily Scaleup with Kim McAllister

I wish I could design an app. A friend of mine accidentally designed one once. He was messing around with some code and stumbled upon a way to send text messages anonymously. £400,000 later he’s…

Failing to scale – The Daily Scaleup with Kim McAllister

Why do we feel so ashamed about failure? Speaking to business people about this column, the one thing they’ve all said they’d like to read more about is failure. The times it didn’t work out,…

Russ Peterson

How to start your scaleup journey – The Daily Scaleup with Kim McAllister

The Daily ScaleUp is back after a week’s hiatus – and have I got a cool story for you… It starts in Codebase, one of the hottest hubs in Scotland for tech entrepreneurs. The guys…

Arnprior Farm: Using PR to scale – The Daily Scaleup with Kim McAllister

If you were an aspiring popstar, would you post Simon Cowell your demo, or give it to a mutual friend to pass to him? Most companies looking to get press coverage turn to PR managers.…

Managing your exit – The Daily Scaleup with Kim McAllister

I have just had an amazing conversation with a woman I know who’s in the process of leaving her business. I’m going to keep her anonymous, but her insights just have to be shared.  After…

Your attitude as you scale – The Daily Scaleup with Kim McAllister

Interviewing business people, as I do, gives you a very interesting insight into personality types.  Occasionally, the arrogance is quite incredible. Usually, the humility is quite inspiring. I attended the Association of Scottish Businesswomen Awards…

Ryan McCabe

How many directors should you have to scale? – The Daily Scaleup with Kim McAllister

Fallings out, disagreements, gangings up, freezings out… Being one of a number of company directors can prove challenging. It’s sad to think that businesses could fail due to petty shenanigans at board level – but…

Gabi Matic and colleagues

Scaling in Scotland – The Daily Scaleup with Kim McAllister

How does being a scaleup in Scotland compare to the rest of the UK? Well, one UK tech accelerator, Ignite, was in Edinburgh for the first time last week, so I asked programme director Gabi…

Simone Hart Sibbald

Winning a million pound contract – The Daily Scaleup with Kim McAllister

I’d like to win a million pound contract. I suspect most of us would. But much like winning the lottery, it comes with a lot of consequences – and not all of them good. Simone…

Carole Ferguson

Legal responsibilities for your scaleup – The Daily Scaleup with Kim McAllister

Legal responsibilities. Do they make you yawn, laugh or soil yourself? Like death and taxes, there’s no avoiding the law, and as your company scales, you’re going to have to respect your added responsibilities. Crossing…

Susan Preston

Listening to advice for your scaleup – The Daily Scaleup with Kim McAllister

  Have you ever attended a presentation or workshop that’s blown your mind? When I first started writing about entrepreneurs and scaleups I made a point of attending events. It was such a fast-moving space…

Ewan Jardine

My ScaleUp – Kleboe Jardine : The Daily Scaleup with Kim McAllister

What if your job was to find staff for scaleups – as you scaled up and looked for staff? Ewan Jardine finds himself in this position again as his recruitment company, Kleboe Jardine, grows. He…

Gordon Mackay

Selling as you scale – The Daily Scaleup with Kim McAllister

I used to think you were either born with a sales instinct or you weren’t. My husband, for example, is a natural. He’s got the chat and the charm – and he’s making a successful…

Patrick Clover

Scaling through new markets – The Daily Scaleup with Kim McAllister

Accessing new markets is the holy grail of scaling your company. I’m always astonished – and proud – when I find out some global brand has Scottish roots. (Incidentally, has anyone seen that tea towel…

Craig Lemmon and Brian Williamson

Finding key people for your scaleup – The Daily Scaleup with Kim McAllister

Few things inspire confidence in your company more than appointing a business heavyweight to the board. Miigen, the Stirling-based digital time capsule creator, has recently announced Brian Williamson as its new Chairman and it’s a…

Managing director Lesley Brydon

My Scale Story: Clark Communications – The Daily Scaleup with Kim McAllister

PR and design business, Clark Communications scaled up in August 2016, going from a two-man operation to an eight-strong team, via the acquisition of a competitor. The deal saw the business grow not only in numbers,…