Video interview with Neil McDonald of Media Zoo – High Growth Scotland with Kim McAllister

Following the recent opening of their new £1m creative hub in Merchant City, in the heart of Glasgow, Neil McDonald of communications company, Media Zoo, sat down with Kim McAlister to discuss why they chose Glasgow…

Phil White

Colouring traditional with digital: High Growth Scotland with Kim McAllister

I spend a lot of time writing about new tech and cutting edge solutions – so I thought it would be cool to go back to a traditional brand. But I’ve been surprised. [adbutler zone_id='297765']…

Simon Erlanger, managing director of Harris Distillers

Community – don’t fake it to make it: High Growth Scotland with Kim McAllister

Have you been trying to build a community around your brand? I feel like it’s the key marketing goal right now. I certainly promote the practice to my clients. It’s much more than building a…

What’s your company image – literally? High Growth Scotland with Kim McAllister

I think it was around the time the sixth skewer of meat appeared on the pasador’s arm that the conversation turned to Instagram. My husband and I had been invited to Fazenda on George Street…

From left - Chris Lynch and Filip Boyen

Small hotel in a big world: Nira Caledonia – High Growth Scotland with Kim McAllister

Mauritius, St Moritz, Edinburgh…. Nira Caledonia has literally just opened (they still had the Brasso out) on Edinburgh’s Gloucester Place, the third in the portfolio of this independent hotel group. It is also only the…

Kim McAllister and Russell Dalgleish

Video interview with Russell Dalgleish of Scottish Business Network – High Growth Scotland with Kim McAllister

Kim McAllister talks to serial entrepreneur Russell Dalgleish about being tall, investing, Scottish Business Network and the Scottish entrepreneurial ecosystem. Russell is the founder and managing partner of Exolta Capital Partners. Scottish Business Network was…

Is Scotland getting smaller? – High Growth Scotland with Kim McAllister

My business operates in three cities – not because I planned it that way – but because we kept moving. I set up Impact Online in Glasgow in 2010. Three years later we moved to Aberdeen and…

Interview with Jill Henry of Meander Apparel – High Growth Scotland with Kim McAllister

As someone who has only recently discovered the addictive rush of a spin class, this new company really appeals to me. I met Jill at a networking event and was very interested in her concept…

Dr Vivienne Ming

Entrepreneurial Scotland annual conference – High Growth Scotland with Kim McAllister

You know that new emoji with the head exploding? That was me yesterday. The Entrepreneurial Scotland annual conference is always a highlight in my calendar – but this year they outdid themselves. The calibre of…

Doug Roth

Interview with US investor Doug Roth – High Growth Scotland with Kim McAllister

The half-naked skateboarders flipped dangerously close by as I quizzed Doug Roth on American investment and scribbled shorthand notes I prayed I’d later decipher. We were sitting in the sunshine in Bristo Square – “it’s…

Kim McAllister

Smile – you’re on camera: High Growth Scotland with Kim McAllister

My son turned seven yesterday and today it was pointed out to me I’ve been in the media industry 12 years. I’m feeling old. I don’t know how you feel about aging, but I’m actually…

Cally Halpin of Lux Boutique Outlet

Click for fashion – a start up story : High Growth Scotland with Kim McAllister

Necessity is the mother of invention, right? So often when I speak to entrepreneurs, they tell me a wonderful story about how they happened upon their business idea. I bet we could all list inventions…

Olivia Conlon

Stay in the one lane & don’t watch what anyone else is doing – a start up story : High Growth Scotland with Kim McAllister

Once upon a time there was a girl. She was 16 years old and had just got straight As in her exams – but she didn’t want to go to university. The last time I…

Monika Tomecka of uFraction8

Feeling inspired by Ambition and Growth – High Growth Scotland with Kim McAllister

"You're on a desert island with your fellow dragons - which one do you eat first?"  Jenny Campbell, Dragon's Den's newest member and headline speaker at last night's Investing Women awards dinner, laughed.  "We'd probably…

Simon Hunter, owner of Simon Says Dance

When Simon Says Dance… – High Growth Scotland with Kim McAllister (Video exclusive)

I have another exclusive this week! Simon Hunter, owner of Simon Says Dance, lets me in to his brand new six-studio dance academy in South Edinburgh. It’s opening in a few weeks and will be…

Finding a nook for the book – High Growth Scotland with Kim McAllister

Reading used to be a huge part of my life – and then I had kids. Now, with a three and six year old, I feel like time to read is time stolen, squirreled away,…

Roddy McAllister and Kim McAllister

Treat your customers like your mum – High Growth Scotland with Kim McAllister (Video)

This week I have tried something a little bit different: the first High Growth Scotland video interview. Following on from the news that Aston Martin Edinburgh was recently named number one in the world for Aston…

Jo Chidley

Beautiful business opens up natural growth opportunities – High Growth Scotland with Kim McAllister

I am very attracted to positive people. The energy they exude is like the warmth from the sun, I can’t help but bask in it. Sometimes I don’t even need to see them to feel…

“Scotland is the envy of many countries” – High Growth Scotland with Kim McAllister

If there was one thing missing from the Scottish scale up ecosystem – what would you say it was? I spoke to Jock Millican, founder of business angel investors Equity Gap, and he had some…

Kim McAllister

What’s in a name? – High Growth Scotland with Kim McAllister

Well, if you want to come up smelling like roses, rather a lot. It generally comes down to which URL is available – though you should probably consider connotations and the way it trips off…

EXCLUSIVE – Advocate turned coder set to disrupt the courtroom – The Weekly Scaleup with Kim McAllister

I was a Meghan Markle fan way before Prince Harry - Suits is one of my favourite ever shows. Everyone loves the suave Harvey Spectre, but I prefer the ridiculous intelligence of Mike Ross; the…

The opening of GlenWyvis distillery

A lesson in crowdfunding: GlenWyvis Distillery – High Growth Scotland with Kim McAllister

The wind turbine made the snowflakes swirl and everyone hurried into the bonded warehouse. John McKenzie, founder and managing director of GlenWyvis distillery, stepped up onto a box and addressed the crowd of 100 or…

Cally Russell

My Story: Cally Russell of Mallzee – The Weekly Scaleup with Kim McAllister

The trouble with interviewing the chief executive of shopping app Mallzee is that the research takes days. Swipe left, swipe right, present for my sister, present for me… When I finally tear myself away and…

Four inspiring stories from Karen Knowles, Lynn Mann, Bill Lees and Fiona Ogg

Being inspired to grow – The Weekly Scaleup with Kim McAllister

I met six inspiring people yesterday morning. Actually there were more than six, but this half dozen – three women and three men - stood out and so these are the stories I will tell.…

Christian Arno

My Story: Christian Arno of Lingo24 – The Weekly Scaleup with Kim McAllister

I could have been a translator. In 2005 I earned an honours degree in French and Spanish - and yet had the deflating knowledge that still wasn’t enough. I researched post graduate diplomas and it…