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…

Angus Gray

Pryme Group strengthens team with key appointments

Pryme Group, which provides integrated manufacturing solutions, has announced the appointment of two experienced industry figures who will play key roles in the diversification of the firm into new sectors. Business development managers Steve Batsford…

Chris Barrowman

Pitlochry dental firm eyeing third expansion

A Pitlochry dental firm which started life in a former fruit and vegetable store is eyeing a third expansion into northern Perthshire. Infinityblu Dental Care, established by a Scottish Young Dentist of the Year winner,…

Sonia Cottom

Scottish MD triumphs at IoD Director of the Year Awards

Sonia Cottom, Director at Pain Association Scotland, has won the Early Stage Business Director of the Year title at the annual IoD Director of the Year Awards, which took place at London’s Lancaster Hotel last…

Scottish Design Relay - Dundee at Michelin Training Centre, Dundee.

Dundee design team creates polar bear alarm system for explorers

The first leg of the Scottish Design Relay, a national V&A Dundee project to inspire the next generation of designers, has been completed. The relay, which began in Dundee in August, will now travel to…

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,…

L to R: John Mitchell and Charles Davidson

£250,000 aerospace contracts lift Fife company to new heights

Sterling Precision Engineering Services Limited, a machine shop in Kirkcaldy, has secured new contracts of up to £250,000 per annum in the aerospace sector. The business works with a range of metals and plastics to…

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…

Scot Kelly, MD; Alan Johnstone; Ally West; Gurmit Bhachu; Jamie Andrew, Director.

Trio of Fife food company workers rack up 125 years service

A trio of Fife food company workers have been congratulated for notching up 125 years service. Three employees of Foodmek, which designs, manufactures and installs machinery for the global food and drinks industry, have worked…

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…

From left - William Marlin, Samuel Marlin, Robin Marlin (centre), Jayne Marlin, Zachary Marlin

Clackmannanshire business celebrates 20th anniversary with £250k investment

A Scottish manufacturing firm is set to move into its new 5000sqft headquarters in Tillicoultry on Friday (September 22nd), exactly 20 years after the business first launched. 123v, a manufacturer of car ports, glass verandas,…

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.…

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