Lynn Mann of Supernature

Interview: Lynn Mann of Supernature Oils – Scotland’s other oil

In 2011, Lynn Mann had just had a baby daughter and was on a career break from being a psychotherapist when Supernature Oils was born. The business started as part of an on-farm diversification from…

Heidi Barnes

Interview with Heidi Barnes of RBS – right in the middle of the entrepreneurial ecosystem

If anyone has their finger on the pulse of the Scottish entrepreneurial ecosystem then it’s Heidi Barnes, Entrepreneur Strategy Manager at Royal Bank of Scotland. Heidi graduated with a first class honors in Management Studies…

Louise MacLean

Interview: Louise MacLean of Signature Pubs – a day in the life

Louise MacLean, head of sales, marketing and PR at the Signature Pub Group, is an industry veteran having started as a graduate trainee with United Distillers and Vintners (now Diageo) nearly 20 years ago. After…

Bruce Hydes

Interview: Bruce Hydes of Edgar Stewart. The changing face of recruitment

Home to three leading specialist brands in the Scottish recruitment sector, namely Talented, Edgar Stewart and Cyrus Selection, ESS Holdings (Edinburgh) Ltd is a fast evolving stable of specialist HR services and recruitment consulting businesses…

Neil Logan

Interview: Neil Logan, CEO of Incremental Group

Hot on the heels of announcing that digital technology specialist Incremental Group had successfully secured £500,000 of Regional Selective Assistance (RSA) support from Scottish Enterprise, which will help to facilitate expansion of the business through…

Ian Stevenson

Interview – Digital forensics specialist leading the attack against cyber crime

Ian Stevenson, CEO of Cyan Forensics, is a computer scientist by training, and has spent the last 20 years in and around startups, first building new technology then later commercialising and selling it. In spring…

Joe Afif, founder & managing director of graduate recruitment jobsite Gradit

Interview : Recruitment professional matches tech graduates to jobs using algorithms

Joe Afif, founder & managing director of graduate recruitment jobsite Gradit, is a self confessed “millennial“ whose big idea was sparked while working in recruitment sector. He realised that there was a lot that could…

SureVoIP's Managing Director Gavin Henry

Interview: Gavin Henry – A man destined to succeed

SureVoIP's Managing Director Gavin Henry is over the moon about last year's ITSPA award win for Best Business ITSP (medium enterprise), an accolade that was achieved just three years after pressing the ISP button. In…

Ruairidh Wynne-McHardy

Interview: The Scottish Lawyer who became a Digital Entrepreneur

Ruairidh Wynne-McHardy admits that being a qualified lawyer who is also a self-taught programmer is a strange mix but the two skills combined perfectly for the launch of his tech startup, BrandFox. Ruairidh lived in…

Ray Riddoch

Gillian Thomson: An Interview with Ray Riddoch – Leadership in a Downturn

It feels that in the last two years we have been bombarded with doom and gloom stories here in Aberdeen, where much of the economy is built on the Oil & Gas Industry. With the…

Jack Cairney

Interview: Jack Cairney, Founder of BeFound – How to launch a software company

SBNN caught up with BeFound founder and search marketing expert Jack Cairney. We talked about launching a small business, motivation, technology and of course search marketing. The company recently launch their web app to help…

Craig Buchan

Craig Buchan: The continuing journey of Qpal

I sat with great expectations of becoming a frequent blogger back in April after I put the finishing touches to my first chronicle, Coming Up For Air: The Launch of Festiwall. The reality is though…

Peter Vardy

Scottish Entrepreneur: Peter Vardy on employing 800 people, giving money away and hanging out in the pit lanes

Peter Vardy has just become a dad. The sleepless nights are a challenge for the chief executive of Peter Vardy Ltd, owner of seven car franchises across Scotland, but in some ways nothing’s really changed.…

Sir Tom Hunter

“I’d like to be the catalyst for positive change in Scotland” – Sir Tom Hunter on making money and giving it away

You can listen to the podcast version of this interview at the end of this article. The best piece of management advice Sir Tom Hunter ever got was “leave others thinking of their actions and…

Simon Cowie

Interview – “This is a Year for Survival and a Year of Opportunity.” Simon Cowie, managing director at Infinity Partnership

Simon Cowie has been awarded Scottish Dealmaker of the Year twice (in 2009 and 2014) and the company has been shortlisted for three 2016 Scottish Accountancy and Finance Awards this year, namely, Small Accountancy Firm…

Jamie Coleman

Scottish Entrepreneur Interview – You need a lot more than the code to get into Codebase

To join the tech geniuses working on Scotland’s next billion dollar companies in the unassuming Edinburgh incubator, you must first impress Jamie Coleman. Fresh from being nominated for Entrepreneurial Scotland’s Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year…

Richard Dixon

The vet who has revolutionised the industry

Richard Dixon secretly wants to be an astronaut. He’s already managed to qualify as a veterinary surgeon, get a PhD in endochrinology and revolutionise the whole vet industry in the UK, so why not? “I…

Sandy Kennedy

“We want Scotland to be the most entrepreneurial society in the world” says Entrepreneurial Scotland boss

Sandy Kennedy is reluctant to call himself an entrepreneur. “I realize that’s ironic when you think about what I do,” he admits. The chief executive of Entrepreneurial Scotland is back in the office after weeks…

Michael Welch

Michael Welch of BlackCircles.com – getting to the £50m sale

How would you react if you sold your business for £50 million? Michael Welch said he was “neither up nor down” when he sold Black Circles, his online tyre ordering and fitting company, to market…

Scottish Entrepreneur interview: Cheeky Chompers partners win Entrepreneurial Scotland Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year 2015

Necessity is the mother of invention – and mothers are great at inventing. Amy Livingstone and Julie Wilson met at an antenatal class – three years later they are two of Scotland’s most successful businesswomen,…

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