Alasdair Dunn

Is it time to spring clean your business?

There have been a great number of changes in company and partnership law over the last few years.  A lot of these changes have been with the aim of making it simpler and more straightforward…

Annie Graham

EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2017 Scotland finalists announced

The leaders of 21 of Scotland’s most dynamic businesses, from East Kilbride to Aberdeen, have been listed as finalists for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Scotland 2017 programme. Between them, they have a combined…

L to R Alban Denton, Loch Duart and Ken Symon, Scottish Business Insider Editor Made in Scotland Awards

Loch Duart is Food & Drink Company of the Year at Made in Scotland Awards

Loch Duart, the salmon farming business based in North West Scotland, has won the Food and Drink Company of the Year at Scottish Business Insider’s Made in Scotland Awards. Announced at a ceremony last week at…

South Uist aerial shot

Ambitious growth plans for Scotland’s largest “buy out” islands

Residents on the Hebridean islands of South Uist, Eriskay and Benbecula, celebrating a decade of running their own estate, have unveiled ambitious plans for creating jobs and increasing the local population.    Purchased at a…

Scotland Electronics (International) Limited, Forres

Interim liquidator appointed to Forres based Scotland Electronics (International) Limited

Gordon MacLure, restructuring partner at Johnston Carmichael has been appointed interim liquidator of Scotland Electronics (International) Limited. A petition seeking the winding-up of the business was raised by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) in…

SnapDragon Monitoring to defend Harris Tweed Name and Orb registered marks online

The Harris Tweed Authority has appointed SnapDragon Monitoring to help defend the Harris Tweed Marks, which include the iconic Orb Mark, on the world’s busiest ecommerce marketplaces. SnapDragon Monitoring will monitor ecommerce, social media and…

Finalists announced for Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards 2017

64 businesses from across Scotland are celebrating after being announced as finalists for the Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards 2017, which are to be hosted by chef, restaurateur, author and television presenter, Simon Rimmer.…

CairnGorm Mountain

£4 million masterplan agreed for CairnGorm Mountain

A new masterplan has been agreed that will see major improvements to visitor facilities on CairnGorm Mountain. Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) has agreed that a previously approved loan of £4 million to mountain operator…

Sarah Lee

SBNN appointed as PingGo’s first media partner

PingGo, the do-it-yourself ‘PR machine’, has named SBNN its first media partner. This a significant milestone for PingGo as it marks a change in how media outlets source their news and lowers the barrier to…

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…

Suhail Rehman left and Tasnim Rehman right

Caring entrepreneur to inspire new generation of Scottish franchisees

A Caring entrepreneur from Glasgow is set to share insights from his business success story to help inspire a new generation of Scottish franchisees. Suhail Rehman opened a franchise business providing homecare for older people…

Laura Sutherland : The difference between paid and earned media

Aura PR’s Laura Sutherland looks to explain the difference between paid and earned media and why the distinction is important when working with the media and on social media. Particularly if you work in a…

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…

Inglis Lyon

Record breaking figures for Scottish regional airports

New figures for the financial year to March, 2017, highlight that regional airport operator Highlands and Islands Airports Ltd (HIAL) has recorded a 15.4% increase in passenger numbers at its 11 airports across Scotland. The…

Cairngorm Brewery

Scottish craft brewer sets its sights on international markets

Award-winning craft brewer, Cairngorm Brewery, has announced plans to export its ales to new markets after working with Bank of Scotland to identify opportunities. Following the acquisition of Loch Ness brewery, the business saw an…

Caorunn gin achieves nationwide Tesco listing

Scottish gin, Caorunn (pronounced “ka-roon”), has gained a  listings in Tesco stores nationwide. Double digit volume growth has been achieved every year since the brand was listed with Tesco in October of 2012. The brand…

Andy Nolan

Time to Spring Clean Your Contracts

A guest post from Brodies Associate, Andy Nolan. A client once joked with me that a good contract is one that, once signed, can be locked in a drawer and never looked at again. Unfortunately…

BNI executive directors Angela and Bryan Kinghorn are looking to launch a business networking group in the Buchan area

BNI expands with North of Scotland acquisition

A husband and wife team have expanded their business referral and networking firm – just months after embarking on the venture. Bryan and Angela Kinghorn acquired BNI Scotland North (Aberdeen and The Highlands) from businessmen…

Sandy Kennedy

Sir Tom Hunter and Entrepreneurial Scotland push scale-up opportunities

The Hunter Foundation and Entrepreneurial Scotland have joined forces to deliver a new scale-up leadership programme. This new initiative aims to respond to the growing body of evidence that Scotland needs to increase the number…

Stroupster Windfarm

£185m windfarm deal for BT

BT has signed a new Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) worth £185m, over 15 years, with a Scottish wind farm to further support the provision of new renewable energy in the UK. Thirteen wind turbines at…

Stromness Harbour

Orkney takes first spot as best in UK for rural quality of life

As well as having the best quality of life of any rural area in Scotland for the fourth year running, the Orkney Islands now takes that accolade for the whole of Great Britain too, according…

Catriona Mallows

Pilot programme to strengthen social enterprises

A new initiative is being piloted in the Highlands and Islands to strengthen the capacity, capability and governance of social enterprises. Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) has teamed up with the Bank of Scotland to…

The 2016 VIBES Winners

Scottish businesses invited to get green at free events

Scottish companies are invited to learn from Scotland’s leading green business champions at a series of special events to celebrate the upcoming launch of the 2017 VIBES Awards. This year marks the 18th anniversary of…

The Wester Ross Fisheries team

Wester Ross aquaculture business recognised at Scottish Export Awards 2017

Scotland’s oldest independent owner-operated salmon farm which operates from Dingwall and Ullapool has been recognised at the HSBC Scottish Export Awards 2017. Wester Ross Fisheries Ltd has been selected as highly commended in the small…

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 launched with Government praise

The Highlands and Islands Tourism Awards (HITA) for 2017 have been launched at the Great Loch Ness Tea Party, an event to celebrate the future of the local tourism industry in collaboration with students of…

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