Phil Foster

Showing love for the best of Scotland’s businesses

The deadline for entering submissions is fast approaching in the search to find Scotland’s best businesses. Submissions for ‘The Best of Britain Awards’ close on Friday – and there’s a dedicated award for the best…

Doug More of Assure APM

Founder Interview: Doug More, CEO, Assure APM

Doug More, CEO, Assure APM gives us an insight into why he came out of retirement to launch his tech startup Assure APM. When did you launch the company? Assure APM was founded in 2014. What…

Loch Duart Salmon

Loch Duart Salmon shortlisted for Food and Drink awards

The Hebrides and Sutherland based salmon farming business, Loch Duart, has been shortlisted as Exporter of the Year for the Food and Drink Federation Awards 2017. The UK wide food award, promoted as the industry…

KLM at Inverness Airport

Highlands and Islands Airports reports record breaking passenger traffic

Regional airport operator Highlands and Islands Airports Ltd (HIAL) has reported another period of increased passenger numbers at its 11 airports across Scotland, welcoming a total of 477,612 customers between April and June 2017. The…

Happy Holidays? No – survey finds Scots start thinking about coming home only 4.6 days into their summer vacation

It’s something we save up for all year, and then can’t wait to complain about when we get back: yes, the great summer holiday season is upon us, and we’ll be flocking in our thousands to beach resorts…

WoodBlocX installation at Westfield London

Highlands business sows seeds for growth with UK-wide franchise

Highlands based WoodBlocX has announced a partnership with independent landscape provider, Urban Planters. After making an entrance into the market in 2012 with a successful appearance showcasing their innovative Lego-like wooden raised planter kits on…

Granite Occupational Health co-founders Jen McHugh and Monica Walker

Granite Occupational Health hit the ground running

Recent start-up company, Granite Occupational Health, is gearing up for expansion after their first month of operations. Jen McHugh and Monica Walker launched the occupational health company last week after a combined total of 15…

Gavin Henry

Six-figure investment puts Aberdeen tech firm on track for growth

A leading Software as a Service (SaaS) provider has made a six-figure investment in new technology that will see the business compete on a level playing field with some of the industry’s major players and…

L-R Sam Wason and Gordon Kaye

Founders Interview: Gordon Kaye and Sam Wason, Co-founders and Directors at Cathcart Associates

When did you launch the company? We launched Cathcart Associates in 2009 after we had accumulated a combined 18 years’ experience of working in the IT recruitment industry. What does your company do? Cathcart Associates…

Philippa Holdsworth of Nicholson Solutions

New Opportunity for Digital Marketing Qualification comes to Inverness

Aberdeen-based Nicholson Solutions, the Digital Marketing Institute’s only Authorised Partner in Scotland, is gearing up for their first delivery of the Professional Diploma in Digital Marketing course in the Highland capital, in conjunction with partners…

HITA chair Craig Ewan (seated centre) with HITA board members Marina Huggett (left) and Lorna Maclennan and Inverness College UHI students (left to right) Edward Holmes, Adam Nicolson and Lewis Mapplebeck

Highlands and Islands tourism awards fields record number of entries

The biggest ever battle to find the best tourism businesses in the Highlands and Islands has started, with the number vying for honours reaching an unprecedented level. For the third year in succession, the competition…

Mair's Pier, Lerwick

New £16.5m pier naming at Lerwick Harbour

The biggest expansion yet to service port users at Lerwick Harbour is officially opened today (Wednesday 12 July), following a project which is leading to further development. The £16.5 million quay will be named Mair's…

System2 directors Ian Forsyth (left) and Peter Kane

Two Highland communication agencies to merge

Two Highland communication agencies are set to merge and expand their expertise to create the next generation of news and PR services. System2, experts in PR, corporate intelligence, social media and communication strategies, will now…

Moray Growth Deal gathers pace with launch of My Moray campaign

People living in Moray are being asked to participate in a survey to help the development of the Moray Growth Deal bid. Over the next few months residents will hear more about this bid. A…

Laura Sutherland of Aura PR. Image credits: Martin Shields Photograhy

Laura Sutherland: Business growth in a social age

Whether you’re a one person business or an SME, business growth is an objective. - Business planning Do you have a business plan? Have you set out short, medium and longer term objectives? I hear…

Chiene + Tait’s Inverness team with Dean Clark in middle

Chiene + Tait Expands its Inverness Office

Accountancy firm Chiene + Tait has announced another expansion of their Inverness operation to support local businesses with the recruitment of Dean Clark who joins from ‘Big 4’ firm EY. He becomes the latest recruit…

An idiot’s guide to claiming R&D tax credits

In the current economic climate, it’s still surprising that more businesses don’t explore all of the tax incentives available to help lighten the burden by either reducing tax payable and or if applicable, securing a…

Kirsten Nicolson (HIE), Garry Jamieson, Peter Jamieson

Shetland family business targets new global markets

A Shetland wool company which started five generations ago is set to increase international sales and create new jobs. Jamieson’s Spinning operates the islands’ only commercial woollen mill and employs 15 people in the small…

Mike Wallace

Orion Group secures multimillion pound ENI deal

Orion Group, one of the world’s largest independently owned personnel specialists has signed a multimillion pound contract to provide expert engineering staff to the Italian energy giant Eni. The company is one of three appointed…

6 key indicators of company insolvency you can’t ignore

Insolvency is one of the most hated words in the corporate world. Amateur entrepreneurs, who have not even fully understood the concept or repercussions of insolvency, have to experience it due to various reasons. It…

L-R Sandy Adam and Alan Esso, both Springfield Properties; David Oxley, Acting Director of Business and Sector Development, HIE, and Councillor John Cowe, Moray Council.

HIE approves £1.9m for Elgin Business Park

Elgin Business Park Limited (EBPL), controlled by the owners of Springfield Properties Plc, has secured a £1.9 million investment from Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE). The HIE funding will go towards the £6.8 million cost…

The Startup in Edinburgh last year

1 in 10 Scots plan to start a ‘safety net’ business this year

A new study by AXA suggests that the massive shift towards self-employment seen in Scotland is set to accelerate in the next twelve months. One explanation offered is that many seek a safety net as…

Rebecca Pick

Interview – Rebecca Pick of Pick Protection

When did you launch Pick Protection? In 2014, while I was an undergraduate at the University of Strathclyde. What does your company do? We have developed a range of security products for lone workers, including…

The MIME Technologies team

Interview: Dr. Alasdair Mort of MIME Technologies

After recently winning £80,000 and a trip to Silicon Valley from the Scottish EDGE round 10 awards,  Dr Alasdair Mort, the founder and CEO of Inverness-based medical-tech company MIME Technologies talks about the inception of the…

GlenWyvis Distillery

GlenWyvis Distillery hits new milestone in £750k raise

A new community-owned Highland distillery has marked its latest construction milestone with the announcement that a new share offer will launch in August. Building on the huge success of the biggest community share offer to…

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