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,…

How important are scaling companies? – The Daily Scaleup with Kim McAllister

If ever you needed proof that scaleups are the driving force for economic success, look no further than the latest announcement from Scottish Enterprise. The Scottish government’s enterprise agency has announced an enhanced service for…

Making the leap to a scaling business – The Daily Scaleup with Kim McAllister

You might think working as an operations director for three successful scaleups would set you up nicely for the leap to being your own boss. Not necessarily. “Until it’s yours you have no idea of…

6 programmes to help my business grow – The Daily Scaleup with Kim McAllister

Scotland is a unique ecosystem for new and growing businesses. The country is just big enough a market without being so large that influencers are unreachable. We also have quite a number of support programmes…

The unusual way to scale – The Daily Scaleup with Kim McAllister

It’s a holiday Monday in Edinburgh and the Highlands today – so I’m giving you a holiday bonus. This scaleup story is a little bit different, so I like that it’s not sitting in the…

Scale-Up Story: Scottish Bioenergy – The Daily Scaleup with Kim McAllister

Blue Smarties were always my favourite. I remember when they first came out – I was eight. Mum bought me a tube with a plastic pop-off lid with a letter on the back and I…

Joining a scaleup – The Daily Scaleup with Kim McAllister

I’m a firm believer in practising what you preach, so I’m hijacking my column today with my own scaleup tale. Last week I was chuffed to bits to win a three way pitch and join…

Lisa Palompo Dixon and Emma Gordon

Promoting your scaleup – The Daily Scaleup with Kim McAllister

Now this is a column I could write for days – promoting businesses is something I know quite a lot about. However, I’m not going to hijack it, instead I crowd sourced the answers from…

Funding your scale up – The Daily ScaleUp with Kim McAllister

“The right people and the right idea” – you may be surprised to learn that these are key elements that angel investors look for in a scale up. I chatted to Jackie Waring this week.…

Skills for scaling – The Daily ScaleUp with Kim McAllister

Building leadership talent must be a focus for all scale-ups, yet often it gets pushed down the list of priorities. The pace of growth can threaten to overwhelm leaders. Even Lesley Eccles, co-founder of fantasy…

Bellfield Brewery, our scale up story – The Daily ScaleUp with Kim McAllister

Raising nearly half a million pounds in equity investment is no small feat - and it’s exactly what Bellfield Brewery did last month. The UK’s only dedicated gluten-free microbrewery had raised investment before through crowdfunding,…

Michael Dickson

How do I get the right staff so I can scale? – The Daily Scale-up with Kim McAllister

People. It’s what business is all about - yet hiring can be daunting and frustrating. It’s a huge commitment. It’s also the number one issue facing companies looking to scale, according to research by the…

How do I access people who can help me scale? – The Daily ScaleUp with Kim McAllister

For a long time the narrative has focused on start-ups, now more and more initiatives to help those companies scale are springing up. One such programme, announced this month, is the partnership between tech incubator…

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