Vicky Hamilton with the Recoil Kneepads

Glasgow entrepreneur secures Homebase distribution deal

A young entrepreneur from Glasgow has just secured a deal to supply her innovative new knee pad product to Homebase. Founder of Recoil Knee Pads, Vicky Hamilton, 27, originally from Gourock developed the innovative Recoil…

Mark Diffley

Former Ipsos MORI Scotland director launches new research firm

Public opinion, research expert and political analyst, Mark Diffley, is launching a new business providing high quality research and consultancy services to organisations in the private, public and third sectors. The new firm, Mark Diffley…

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.…

David Pinto – Diary of an innovative startup

We are approaching launch in a month, after many turns in the road and a few false starts. I’ll give you a little info about what we’re building, where we are at, and what our…

L-R Alex Crossland and Simon Patterson

Aberdeen entrepreneurs win HIE backing

Two young professionals based in the North East have launched an entirely new approach to people and asset resourcing, which they believe has the potential to provide massive cost savings to the oil and gas…

Charlotte Garvie

Christmas comes early to Edinburgh with launch of new business

Two women have launched a new business in Edinburgh that specialises in the design and installation of Christmas decorations for businesses and homeowners. Business partners, Charlotte Garvie and Joanne Bayliss launched the Christmas Decorators Edinburgh,…

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…

Left to right are Bruce Farquhar and Alistair Dean of Alba Clams

Alba Claims launches to help Scottish businesses pursue commercial claims

A new company has been launches this week aimed at helping Scottish businesses pursue commercial claims.  Alba Claims was set up to advise and engage in relation to construction disputes, insolvency claims and other commercial…

Jules Lancastle

New Founder Fusion season from Elevator

Elevator is to launch a season of new events and activities for budding entrepreneurs and ambitious start-ups to find potential business partners and push their idea to the next level. The Elevator Founder Fusion season…

LtoR: Steve Jeans, Co-founder at Shoal; Barry McGonagle, Finance Director at Skyscanner; Rebecca Bonnington, Partner at Shirlaws and Michael Cockburn, Co-founder at Shoal

Shoal launches training programme for ambitious Scottish start-ups

A new Scottish tech platform for start-ups and small businesses to collaborate, share work space and support each other in their growth ambitions has been launched.  Shoal, which was founded by Michael Cockburn and Steve…

Sarah Stenhouse

Dundee entrepreneurial masterclass with Sarah Stenhouse – Pixey

The Centre of Entrepreneurship is bringing back the Entrepreneurial Masterclasses at the University of Dundee.   The masterclasses are weekly lectures (open to students, staff and the general public) led by entrepreneurs from across Scotland to…

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…

Polly Purvis of ScotlandIS

Polly Purvis: Why now is the time to launch a tech business in Scotland

There has never been a better time to start a technology business. Digital is enabling new products and services and improving productivity in industries as diverse as retail and aquaculture, tourism & leisure and health & social care. The potential…

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…

Dr Billy Grierson

Perth Innovation launches £25,000 crowdfunding campaign

Perth Innovation, a management consultancy focused on supporting innovation and creative problem solving, has launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise £25,000 for development of its business tool, The Concept Garden. The Concept Garden is a…

The ASB award winners

Association of Scottish Businesswomen announce National Business Awards winners

The Association of Scottish Businesswomen (ASB) has announced the winners of their 2017 National Business Awards recognising the talents and rewarding the achievements and contribution of women in business throughout Scotland. The ASB National Business…

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…

Dave Hughes

Converge Challenge winners announced

Academic innovation continues to soar with revolutionary sensors, a cooling back-rest cushion for wheelchair users, a blood test to detect brain tumours, algorithms for wind turbines, a birthing mirror for midwifes, an online platform for…

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…

The Ignite team - Tristan Watson (CEO), Alex Kissin, Gabi Matic, Martyn Davies, Wil Benton

UK tech accelerator visits Edinburgh for first time

Ignite, the UK tech accelerator is in Edinburgh this week to undertake an intensive programme at CodeBase. Since 2011 Ignite has become one of the most active and successful early stage investors in the UK…

The Open Book in Wigtown, Scotland Image by Airbnb

World’s only ‘holiday bookshop’ is fully booked till 2020

A Scottish ‘holiday bookshop’ – the only one of its kind in the world – is booked solid every day until the year 2020. The Open Book in Wigtown – which people pay to run…

Kindaba CEO Rob Gelb

Edinburgh-based private family social network launches

Kindaba, a Scottish-based family-focused private social network has launched a limited beta form of their product along with secured an investment which will help the company expand internationally. The firm received £30,000 from Edinburgh-based pre-seed…