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…

Chris Marr

My Story: Chris Marr of Content Marketing Academy – The Daily Scaleup with Kim McAllister

Entrepreneurs and CEOs are probably well aware of the power of internet marketing – what they don’t have time for is keeping on top of the updates. One company effectively solving that problem is Content…

Using Twitter to grow – The Daily Scaleup with Kim McAllister

I sometimes wish they hadn’t called it Twitter. I mean, it sounds ridiculous when you’re sitting around around the boardroom table discussing the value of a tweet. It should be called something like Target –…

Karen Knowles of Bon Accord

Events to help you scale – The Daily Scaleup with Kim McAllister

What are you doing on the 16th of November? I’m going to be in Edinburgh City Chambers hanging out with entrepreneurs. I don’t know about you, but finding time to network is tricky for me. I…

From left - Jamie Sunderland and Grant MacLennan

Pivoting as you scale – The Daily Scaleup with Kim McAllister

One of the best pieces of advice I got, when I started my own company, was: “Don’t be tempted down side streets.” This caution was given by a car trade entrepreneur, not surprisingly, and I’ve…

Craig Buchan

Scaling internationally – The Daily Scaleup with Kim McAllister

I’m like the queen – I never carry cash. I pay for my parking with an app, I buy nearly everything online with PayPal and in shops I put everything on a card. Even my…

My Story: Hydrogen – The Daily Scaleup with Kim McAllister

Don’t you just love a business story that starts at a dining room table? I particularly enjoy the dining-table-to-two-office-moves-inside-a-year versions. I got exactly this tale from Mike Scott at social media agency Hydrogen this week.…

Craig McGill

5 lessons on how to scale – The Daily Scaleup with Kim McAllister

I’m chuffed with today’s column cos I’ve been working on my pal Craig for a while now, trying to persuade him to share his story. Craig McGill, who now works at PwC in Scotland with…

Solving problems and scaling fast – The Daily Scaleup with Kim McAllister

I wish I could design an app. A friend of mine accidentally designed one once. He was messing around with some code and stumbled upon a way to send text messages anonymously. £400,000 later he’s…

Failing to scale – The Daily Scaleup with Kim McAllister

Why do we feel so ashamed about failure? Speaking to business people about this column, the one thing they’ve all said they’d like to read more about is failure. The times it didn’t work out,…