John Harris

Grey Matters initiative returns to harness oil & gas expertise

An initiative which brought together redundant but highly experienced oil and gas professional, to create and launch new businesses is aiming to build on its success, as applications open for the third programme. The latest…

7 Must Have Tools for Solopreneurs

There is no better feeling in this world than being your own boss. When you have a business of your own, then it’s you who calls the shots and controls how everything works. However, if…

Product discovery tool creator shortlisted for ‘Start-up of the Year’

The Scottish creator of a powerful new product discovery platform has been nominated for the prestigious title of ‘Start-up of the Year’ – and is hoping to take the prize at a glittering London awards…

Jamie Hepburn

£650,000 funding to support the next generation of entrepreneurs

Scotland is known for its vision as a world-leading entrepreneurial and innovative nation, one in which growth and innovation go hand-in-hand with fair work and delivering in a way which benefits everyone. The £650,000 funding…

Enterprise manager Pamela Neri (left) and co-ordinator Jennifer Stephen (right).

Business experts join Elevator team to help Fraserburgh residents start up new businesses

Social enterprise Elevator has employed two specialist advisors to help people in the Fraserburgh area to start new businesses, ahead of an enterprise centre opening later this year. The Enterprise Hub, powered by Elevator in…

Dave Hughes

Founders Series – Dave Hughes, Founder and Chief Technical Officer of Novosound

If you are interested in sponsoring the Founder Series please email founders@sbnn.co.uk Dave Hughes founded Novosound as the first spin-out from the University of the West of Scotland in April 2018. With successful funding competitions under its…

Josiah Lockhart

Double celebration for Scottish social enterprise accelerator

LaunchMe, Scotland’s social enterprise accelerator is celebrating reaching a £1 million investment milestone, as well as announcing the fourth round of applications. Delivered by Firstport, LaunchMe supports ambitious social enterprises to achieve scale, by getting…

Stop the clocks – Strathclyde alumnus is one to watch

You can often tell a lot about someone from looking around where they work. Walking into Michael Youmans’ Glasgow studio told its own story. Two flasks of coffee and an energy drink sat at his…

Jordan McPhail

Paisley entrepreneur becomes youngest recipient of social enterprise fund

Paisley-based Jordan McPhail has become the youngest individual to receive a Build It award from social enterprise agency, Firstport. The grant was awarded from the Scottish Government’s Social Entrepreneurs Fund. Build It awards support social…

New £1.5m digital & entrepreneurship hub announced for city centre Aberdeen

A dedicated regional hub for digital and entrepreneurship activity is being developed in Aberdeen by private sector economic development body Opportunity North East (ONE) in partnership with CodeBase and Robert Gordon University (RGU). A £1.5…

Energie Fitness targets Scottish expansion

Energie Fitness has over 140,000 members and enjoys more than 1,800,000 visits per year, meaning it is well established as the market-leader in the exploding low-cost gym franchise market. Energie Fitness is different from your…

Scott Leonard, founder and recruitment director at Aberdeen-based Engage Talent Partners

New recruitment firm launches in Aberdeen

A new business offering a more joined-up approach to recruitment has launched in Aberdeen. Scott Leonard, founder and recruitment director at Engage Talent Partners, believes his firm’s partnership model is the way forward in finding…

Aston University in Birmingham

Minorities and immigrants ‘twice as entrepreneurial as white Britons’

People from ethnic minority and immigrant backgrounds are twice as likely as their white British counterparts to be early-stage entrepreneurs, new research shows. The findings from Aston University in Birmingham, using data from the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor…

From left - Debbie Byers and Carol Graham

New speaker agency set up in Edinburgh

A new business has been launched in Edinburgh with the aim of inspiring audiences and driving tangible changes in communities and society. Speaker Buzz, which exists to promote speakers who have genuine human-interest stories that…

Enterprising students share £16,000 at John Mather Awards

Several students from City of Glasgow College have been recognised for their entrepreneurship at the John Mather Trust Enterprise Awards with a total of 14 prizes being given out at the ceremony. The students, all…

Hugh Lightbody - Chief Officer at the Business Gateway National Unit

Business Gateway reports helping create over 100,000 jobs in last 10 years

As Scotland's national business advice service celebrates ten years since its delivery passed to Local Authority control, figures show businesses supported by Business Gateway created over 100,000 jobs over the last decade. With 99,004 businesses…

Left to right: Nick Sorrie (Chief Director of Operations), Natasha Bruce (Nurse), Craig McHugh (Lead Physiotherapist) and Christian Vangsted-Rees (Operations Lead)

Healthsure Group launch new physiotherapy and occupational health clinic in Aberdeen

Healthsure Group has launched a new physiotherapy and occupational health clinic this month in a prime city centre spot of Aberdeen, Scotland. Healthsure Group, who run clinics in the central belt of Scotland and were…

Douglas McBain

Astute Launches New Bookkeeping Franchise

A new Scottish-based bookkeeping franchise has been launched called Astute Books, with the new business looking for franchisees across the UK. The new franchise is very affordable, and can be run from home on a full-time or part-time…

From left, Stuart Cooper and Brian McMurray of AAB's Corporate Finance team with Daniel Crozier of Aphrodite x Venus

Video: How a young designer raised a six-figure investment

Daniel Crozier, Creative Director of Aphrodite x Venus and Brian McMurray, Corporate Finance Partner at Anderson Anderson & Brown LLP discuss how they secured a six-figure investment to fund the growth of Daniel's business. [embed]https://youtu.be/0LLA_8uNEUA[/embed]…

Bright Red Sparks unveiled at awards dinner

Compostable tableware made from eggshells and a state-of-the-art filtration unit that cuts water use in manufacturing are just two of the innovative products that earned fledgling companies and entrepreneurs top honours at Edinburgh Napier University’s…

From left - Jackie Waring, Eishel Quinn, Sir Richard Branson, Loral Quinn, Celia Hodgson and Pooja Jain

Sir Richard Branson surprises Scottish startups at first mentor session

Representatives from three of Scotland’s leading startup businesses attended their first mentor session following Virgin StartUp’s inaugural search for Scotland’s startup Business of the Year - but it didn’t quite go as planned. Celia Hodson from…

Managing director Karen Arthur and medical director Dr Sanjay Rajpara of Grand Aura

New skin clinic opens its doors in Granite City

A luxury skin and wellbeing clinic, which offers the latest in specialist treatments using advanced, state-of-the-art technology, has opened its doors in Aberdeen city centre.  Based at 9 Carden Place, Grand Aura is led by…

John Morrison

Shortlist for Edinburgh Napier University Bright Red Sparks unveiled

Edinburgh Napier University has unveiled the shortlist for its inaugural innovation and enterprise competition, Bright Red Sparks. The winners of the annual awards, led by Bright Red Triangle, the university’s innovation and entrepreneurship practice, will…

Andy Murray

Andy Murray invests in new tennis app to get the nation playing

Ever wanted to play tennis but haven’t been able to find a court? Keen to have a game but can’t find a playing partner of a similar level? Or, have you caught the tennis bug,…

Ian MacIntosh

CFN Solutions targets growth following office move

A respected north-east businessman has launched a new venture which aims to bring better communications to the region. CFN Solutions, which provides mobile, cloud based fixed-line telephony services and internet connectivity, has moved into office…