Craig Lemmon and Brian Williamson

Finding key people for your scaleup – The Daily Scaleup with Kim McAllister

Few things inspire confidence in your company more than appointing a business heavyweight to the board. Miigen, the Stirling-based digital time capsule creator, has recently announced Brian Williamson as its new Chairman and it’s a…

Andy Bing, Sales Director (centre); along with Michelle Devine, Associate Director of sponsors, Grant Thornton; and Hardeep Singh Kohli (right)

Regional Growth win for Loch Duart Salmon at top UK Food Awards

Loch Duart, the Hebrides and Sutherland based salmon farming business, has been named Regional Growth Business for Scotland & Northern Ireland at the Food and Drink Federation Awards 2017. On an amazing night for the…

Managing director Lesley Brydon

My Scale Story: Clark Communications – The Daily Scaleup with Kim McAllister

PR and design business, Clark Communications scaled up in August 2016, going from a two-man operation to an eight-strong team, via the acquisition of a competitor. The deal saw the business grow not only in numbers,…

Moxon Architects’ new Scottish studio

Planning granted for Moxon Architects’ new Scottish studio on disused quarry site

Moxon Architects is developing new build premises for their studio in the Highlands to accommodate an increasing workforce and new high profile infrastructure projects. The 400 sqm facility has received planning permission with construction due…

How important are scaling companies? – The Daily Scaleup with Kim McAllister

If ever you needed proof that scaleups are the driving force for economic success, look no further than the latest announcement from Scottish Enterprise. The Scottish government’s enterprise agency has announced an enhanced service for…

Highlands and Islands aerospace and defence sector opportunities highlighted at event

Businesses in the Highlands and Islands are being invited to a free workshop to find out how the region can benefit from opportunities in the aerospace, defence, security and space industries. It will be held…

Brian McQuade

Kier Construction Scotland turns over £150m for year end

Kier Construction Scotland, part of Kier Group plc, a UK property, residential, construction company, turned over in excess of £150m for the year to 30 June 2017. Kier Construction Scotland employs over 200 people from…

Making the leap to a scaling business – The Daily Scaleup with Kim McAllister

You might think working as an operations director for three successful scaleups would set you up nicely for the leap to being your own boss. Not necessarily. “Until it’s yours you have no idea of…

Jamie Smith, owner Ice Factor Group

Ice Factor Group completes MBO with £523,000 finance deal

Scottish adventure tourism business, Ice Factor Group, is aiming to drive growth and expand the business following a management buy-out. The £523,000 funding package with HSBC will enable the business to embrace predicted market growth…

6 programmes to help my business grow – The Daily Scaleup with Kim McAllister

Scotland is a unique ecosystem for new and growing businesses. The country is just big enough a market without being so large that influencers are unreachable. We also have quite a number of support programmes…

Angela Prentner-Smith

2017 Association of Scottish Business Women National Business Awards finalists announced

The Association of Scottish Business Women has announce the shortlisted finalists for the 2017 National Business Awards. The winners will be announced at a glittering ceremony to be held at Glasgow Grand Central Hotel on Friday…

£14.6m programme launched to support SME innovation

Small to medium enterprises (SMEs) in some of the most fragile areas of western Scotland are among those set to benefit from a new £14.6 million programme to encourage research and innovation. The five year…

Allison McGuire

New Cruise Manager for Port of Cromarty Firth

The Port of Cromarty Firth has appointed their new Cruise Manager, Allison McGuire, as they work towards another record-breaking year of cruising in the Highlands in 2018. Allison, who has recently moved to Inverness, brings…

The unusual way to scale – The Daily Scaleup with Kim McAllister

It’s a holiday Monday in Edinburgh and the Highlands today – so I’m giving you a holiday bonus. This scaleup story is a little bit different, so I like that it’s not sitting in the…

From left - Elizabeth Wilson and Angela Gray

Four recruits take one of Inverness’ biggest law firms to the next level

Scottish law firm, Harper Macleod, has hit a landmark figure of having 20 lawyers based in its Inverness office and has ambitions to grow further. The firm, which since 2004 has been the largest Scottish…

Scale-Up Story: Scottish Bioenergy – The Daily Scaleup with Kim McAllister

Blue Smarties were always my favourite. I remember when they first came out – I was eight. Mum bought me a tube with a plastic pop-off lid with a letter on the back and I…

John Blyth

Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival appoints new festival manager

One of the world’s biggest whisky festivals has appointed a new manager to steer it through the next phase of its development. John Blyth will take over the helm of the Spirit of Speyside Whisky…

Joining a scaleup – The Daily Scaleup with Kim McAllister

I’m a firm believer in practising what you preach, so I’m hijacking my column today with my own scaleup tale. Last week I was chuffed to bits to win a three way pitch and join…

Lisa Palompo Dixon and Emma Gordon

Promoting your scaleup – The Daily Scaleup with Kim McAllister

Now this is a column I could write for days – promoting businesses is something I know quite a lot about. However, I’m not going to hijack it, instead I crowd sourced the answers from…

The Benefits of Taking R&D Tax Advice

R&D tax credits is an invaluable financial aid can provide a lifeline for those in the manufacturing and engineering sectors, but is often overlooked by those operating in fields where their eligibility is not quite…

Funding your scale up – The Daily ScaleUp with Kim McAllister

“The right people and the right idea” – you may be surprised to learn that these are key elements that angel investors look for in a scale up. I chatted to Jackie Waring this week.…

Isle of Harris - Hearach Whisky Barrels

Isle of Harris Distillers increases single malt stocks with £1.7m finance package

Isle of Harris Distillers has secured a £1.7m financial package from HSBC to support its growth and further investment in its maturing single malt whisky stock. Currently lying in cask in the Outer Hebrides, the…

Sandy Adam

Springfield Properties aims to raise £25m with floatation

Scottish housebuilder Springfield Properties is to list on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM) with a view to raising £25m for future developments. The Directors believe the Group is well positioned for future growth having secured…

Skills for scaling – The Daily ScaleUp with Kim McAllister

Building leadership talent must be a focus for all scale-ups, yet often it gets pushed down the list of priorities. The pace of growth can threaten to overwhelm leaders. Even Lesley Eccles, co-founder of fantasy…

Bellfield Brewery, our scale up story – The Daily ScaleUp with Kim McAllister

Raising nearly half a million pounds in equity investment is no small feat - and it’s exactly what Bellfield Brewery did last month. The UK’s only dedicated gluten-free microbrewery had raised investment before through crowdfunding,…

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