Frank Watson

Independent Growth Finance supplies Pryme Group with £2.75m funding line

IGF, the commercial finance provider for SMEs, has delivered a £2.75m asset based lending facility to Dundee-headquartered engineering firm, Pryme Group. Pryme Group sought a flexible financier to support its growing order book and expansion…

Dundee

Dundee takes silver medal in list of best places to start a new business 2017

Dundee has been named the second best location to start a small business in the UK, according to new research compiled by Informi, the website offering free practical advice and support for small businesses. Following…

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…

Angela Prentner-Smith

2017 Association of Scottish Business Women National Business Awards finalists announced

The Association of Scottish Business Women has announce the shortlisted finalists for the 2017 National Business Awards. The winners will be announced at a glittering ceremony to be held at Glasgow Grand Central Hotel on Friday…

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…

Carl Morenikeji

Royal film role 6th & biggest big movie in 5 years for Fife vintage firm

Fife vintage furniture specialist Scaramanga has seen 15 of its products in the new Queen Victoria film Victoria & Abdul – their sixth major movie in just five years and the largest and most diverse…

Studio Dundee

New generation entrepreneurs to be served by Studio Dundee development

Studio Dundee, the latest proposed development for Dundee Waterfront has secured planning approval from Dundee City Council. Studio Dundee is a mixed-use development focused on the creation and growth of creative industries and entrepreneurial talent.…

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…

From back left to right: Victoria Guild, Vicki Alexander, Stephen O’Hare, Scott Milne (Joint Managing Partner), Colin Graham (Chairman), Emily Flett From front left to right: Katy Williams, Kirsty Waughman, Katie Fulton, George McLaughlin and guide dog Millie.

Eight new trainees start their career with Thorntons

Scottish law firm Thorntons has appointed eight recruits for its traineeship programme this month. The new recruits will undertake a two-year traineeship and will shadow senior staff across Thorntons’ 10 offices. They will learn from…

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…

L-R - Rikki Jenkins, Lauren Carroll, Sean Grubb, Rosaline Watson, Fraser Johnston, Jodie Ovens & Jayne Thoms

EQ welcomes seven trainee accountants

A group of seven new Chartered Accountancy trainees have taken up posts with accountancy firm EQ Accountants LLP. This year’s intake, who recently gathered at EQ’s Dundee office for training, will be spread across all…

The Benefits of Taking R&D Tax Advice

R&D tax credits is an invaluable financial aid can provide a lifeline for those in the manufacturing and engineering sectors, but is often overlooked by those operating in fields where their eligibility is not quite…

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…

The kickoff of the new Dundee accelerator

New Dundee Business Accelerator launches

A new programme that will accelerate startup businesses in Tayside launched last week. Acorn Enterprise started their Business Accelerator Programme with a group of new business owners, who they call “Acorns”. The Programme, based in…

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,…

Malcolm Mcardle & Roger Green

Business as usual as Ace Recycling merges with Spotless

Edinburgh based businessman and cleaning entrepreneur Roger Green has purchased the commercial and industrial division of Alloa-based ACE Recycling Group CIC in a deal that has secured the future of the company. ACE Recycling will…

Mark Cameron, CoorsTek Plant Manager

Glenrothes-based business signs multi-year contract to help fight cancer

A Glenrothes-based business has signed a multi-year contract that will see its products help fight the global battle against cancer. CoorsTek will supply Teledyne e2v with a range of engineered ceramics used in Teledyne e2v…

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…

Wendy Maltman

Dundee Design Studio Completes New Business Hub

A Dundee design studio is celebrating its upcoming 15th anniversary by moving into a newly converted business hub. The Malting House Design Studio is taking up residence in the third and final self-contained unit within…

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…

Stuart Broadley, the Chief Executive of the Energy Industries Council (EIC)

How do I scale? – The Daily ScaleUp with Kim McAllister

What if I told you there were six ways to scale up your business? · collaborate · diversify · export · innovate · optimize · use technology These aren’t, unfortunately, my own pearls of wisdom.…

Steve Bruce

Dundee’s GA Sliding Head on track for growth after £300,000 investment

A Dundee-based manufacturing firm has targeted further growth after announcing a £300,000 investment to enhance its existing machining capability. GA Sliding Head, part of Pryme Group, is a specialist provider of integrated manufacturing solutions for…

Caroline McKenna

Dundee to host event for Charities and Social Enterprises across Scotland

Social Good HQ, which supports charities and social enterprises to develop, grow and prosper, is to host its first live event in Dundee later this month. Social Good HQ will invite industry leaders from Social…

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