Ardbeg Pier

Ardbeg looks to the future with multi-million pound investment

Islay single malt whisky, Ardbeg, is planning a new still house, funded by a multi-million-pound investment from The Glenmorangie Company. Subject to planning approval, the Distillery aims to start work this year, for completion in 2019.…

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,…

Picture courtesy of Ashley Ann Kitchens

Wick’s biggest employer set to expand with £1.5m investment

The biggest private sector employer in Wick in Caithness is to strengthen its presence in the area and create more jobs. Family run Ashley Ann Limited (AAL), which designs and manufactures kitchens, bedrooms and bathrooms,…

Left to right: Nigel Mackenzie, Operations Director, Travelodge; The Provost of Inverness Councillor Helen Carmichael and Hotel Manager Mark Carrington with staff and councillors officially opening the new Inverness City Centre Travelodge hotel​

Travelodge opens third hotel in Inverness

Travelodge has opened its third hotel in Inverness which is the company’s 43rd Scottish hotel in total. The city centre hotel represents an investment of £5 million for the landlord and has created 22 new jobs within the community.…

Vicky Brock

Vicky Brock: 10 important lessons I learned from other people in 2017

Well, 2017 really did turn out to be one hell of a year - and not entirely in a good way. But memorable it most certainly was, along with interesting and character-defining.  And the upside of…

Solasta House

Contract awarded for new life sciences building

Robertsons Construction Northern Limited is to construct a new £4.5m building on Inverness Campus to support growth in life sciences and technology sectors. Inverness Campus developer, Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) has commissioned the construction firm…

Inverness building sold for £1.7 million

Joint agents Shepherd Chartered Surveyors and Graham + Sibbald have sold a multi-let retail and office investment opportunity in Inverness for £1.7 million to a local investor. Whilst the building is income producing, it also…

From left - Louis Wright and Stephen Kemp. Image by Colin Keldie

Orkney Distilling appoints new head of production

Orkney Distilling, the firm behind Kirkjuvagr Orkney Gin, has appointed a head of production for its new Kirkwall distillery, set to open later this year. Louis Wright, originally from Kirkwall, is currently undergoing full training…

Members of BNI Moray

New BNI business networking group for Moray

A new business networking group has been formally launched in Elgin. BNI Moray, which has 20 members and is looking for more, meets every Friday at the Elgin Youth Cafe from 6.30am to 9.30am. BNI Scotland North has 17…

Innovation campaign set to ignite businesses in the Highlands and Islands

Businesses across the Highlands and Islands will have access to a 24-hour innovation helpline this Friday, as Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) kick starts an innovation movement to help businesses flourish in the region. The announcement…

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…

Global leadership conference returns to Aberdeen for the 4th Year!

Leadercast Live, the world’s largest one-day leadership event, is being held at the Hilton Tree Tops in Aberdeen on Friday the 4th of May, 2018. Hosted by Total Perspectives, it is set out to inspire,…

left to right David Keir, Colette Savage and Ally Stevenson

GlenAllachie unveils sales team and confirms first overseas orders

The GlenAllachie Distillers Company, the Speyside venture launched by a consortium led by whisky industry veteran Billy Walker, has made a raft of senior appointments to its sales team, taking the business’s headcount to 14…

The new Nielanell collection from Nielanell Inventive Knit. Photo credit Anna Caitlin Harris

Shetland knitwear business to expand into new international markets with grant support

A Shetland based business specialising in contemporary knitwear, homeware and accessories is set to expand into new international markets. Hoswick based Nielanell Inventive Knit, owned by knitwear designer and producer, Niela Kalra, is being supported…

Andrew Morrison

Andrew Morrison, CEO of AM Bid Services – My First Scottish Business Network Event

The Scottish Business Network has been making waves in the Scottish and London business communities recently, we asked one of their new members to tell us all about the fast growing network. Here is a…

Laura M. Sutherland: Public relations and artificial intelligence can work together

PR practitioners are scared of the term ‘artificial intelligence’ and it could cost them, being slow to modernise, up-skill and learn how to work WITH AI. If you don’t know your artificial intelligence from your STEM, don’t worry.…

Media Awards winners

Top journalist announced at Highlands & Islands Media Awards

Craig Taylor, a senior reporter with the Orcadian, has been named Diageo Journalist of the Year at the annual Highlands and Islands Media Awards. Craig was the unanimous choice of the judges for his strength…

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…

The EIE18 cohort of startup companies (by Stewart Attwood)

Informatics Ventures picks top 60 early stage tech companies for EIE18

Informatics Ventures, one of Scotland's leading technology entrepreneur support programme, has picked 60 early stage companies for EIE18 at McEwan Hall, Edinburgh on Thursday 19th April. Over the course of the day, the 60 high growth…

Transfer A Large Sum Of Money Abroad (Easily!)

As a result of borderless economy, the demand for simple cross-border transactions has never been higher. Especially after Brexit, when the British pound dropped to its lowest since 1985. If you’re looking make regular monthly…

Glasgow

Glasgow remains Scotland’s top place for start-ups despite a drop

Glasgow remained Scotland’s number one start-up hotspot, beating Edinburgh two years in a row, according to new research. Statistics published by Companies House, analysed by Centre for Entrepreneurs, show that 6,189 new companies were registered…

Glenmorangie Distillery

Glenmorangie celebrates its 175th anniversary with plans for a new still house

Glenmorangie has marked its 175 years of whisky creation by announcing plans for a new still house as part of a proposed multi-million-pound investment from its owner The Glenmorangie Company. Plans have been submitted, and…

“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…

l-r: Linsey Munro (HIE), Steven Harris (Hydrasun), Peter Elbourne (Hydrasun), Karen Peasnall (HIE), Morven Gibson (South West Mull and Iona Development) and Louise Macdonald (HIE).

Highlands and Islands entrepreneurs in Scottish delegation to Boston

Four entrepreneurs from the Highlands and Islands are set to give their businesses a global boost after attending one of the world’s most renowned executive education courses. The group, from businesses in Inverness, Aviemore, Alness…

Sue Duris

Sue Duris: Focus First On Meeting Customers’ Needs, Not on Delighting Customers

I heard someone say recently that delighting the customer is the same as meeting a customer’s needs. That is incorrect. By definition, delighting customers means exceeding their expectations. That’s different than meeting customers’ needs. I…