Cally Russell

My Story: Cally Russell of Mallzee – The Weekly Scaleup with Kim McAllister

The trouble with interviewing the chief executive of shopping app Mallzee is that the research takes days. Swipe left, swipe right, present for my sister, present for me… When I finally tear myself away and…

Leah Hutcheon, Chief Executive of Appointedd

Scottish business figures react to budget

Chancellor Philip Hammond delivered his second Budget earlier this week and it was broadly welcomed by Scottish business figures, SBNN caught up with several of them after the budget proposals were announced. Jumpstart, the UK’s…

Stornoway Habour

Testing the water for Stornoway deep water port

Tests will start this week to help pave the way for the creation of a deep-water port at Stornoway, which will bring major economic benefits to the town. The test holes in the seabed will…

The Taste of Shetland website

Shetland Food and Drink Producers unite with joint website

Shetland is to promote its food and drink offering to the world through www.tasteofshetland.com - a new interactive website. It is the first time that the breadth of Shetland’s food and drink businesses have come…

Jennifer Young

Ledingham Chalmers turnover ahead of projections at £11.5million

Turnover at legal firm Ledingham Chalmers was just over £11.5million, compared with around £12.3million the year before; with profits down marginally from £3.8million to £3.4million. The firm, with offices in Aberdeen, Inverness, Stirling and Edinburgh,…

Asteria vessell

West Coast fishing business expansion with £1.1m funding package

Asteria Fishing Company has received a £1.1 million funding package from Royal Bank of Scotland to help construct a new fishing vessel. The Skye-based family-run firm will use the funding to build a new, modern…

Robbie Rapson & Freda Newton

Young entrepreneur hoping to make waves on Loch Ness

A young Highland entrepreneur is launching an exciting new business in 2018 – a way to experience the magic of Loch Ness while breathing the Highland air and facing our famously unpredictable elements – at…

Four inspiring stories from Karen Knowles, Lynn Mann, Bill Lees and Fiona Ogg

Being inspired to grow – The Weekly Scaleup with Kim McAllister

I met six inspiring people yesterday morning. Actually there were more than six, but this half dozen – three women and three men - stood out and so these are the stories I will tell.…

HighNet chosen as approved government gigabit broadband supplier

Telecoms service company HighNet has been confirmed as the only Scottish-based, Government-approved supplier for a scheme to help businesses install gigabit broadband. HighNet is one of 17 companies so far confirmed by the Department for…

Alban Denton (centre) and the Loch Duart team

Salmon farm boss wins CEO of the year award

Alban Denton, Managing Director of Loch Duart, the Hebrides and Sutherland based salmon farming business, has been named Chief Executive of the Year at the HR Network Scotland National Awards 2017. Recognised as the largest…

Leah Hutcheon

Royal Bank of Scotland Great British Entrepreneur Awards announces Scottish and Northern Irish winners

Entrepreneurs and business directors gathered at the Gogarburn Conference Centre in Edinburgh last night (November 9th) to discover who had won a coveted Royal Bank of Scotland Great British Entrepreneur Award at the Scotland and…

BBL director, Scott Hay (left), with Fiona and Burgess Hay at the firm's premises in Forres

Forres bagpipe maker go global

Trade missions to Ireland and America have been paying off for Forres firm, Burgess Bagpipes Limited (BBL). Earlier this year the family run firm secured a ‘Go Global’ grant from Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE)…

Christian Arno

My Story: Christian Arno of Lingo24 – The Weekly Scaleup with Kim McAllister

I could have been a translator. In 2005 I earned an honours degree in French and Spanish - and yet had the deflating knowledge that still wasn’t enough. I researched post graduate diplomas and it…

Alan S. Morrison

Alan S. Morrison: Why good manners are also good business

By Alan S. Morrison, owner of ASM Media & PR This blog post came about as a result of something SBNN founder Mike Watson said recently which surprised me. “Do you know Alan, you’re one of…

Travelodge Inverness Fairways

Travelodge creates 15 jobs with new Inverness hotel

Travelodge, the UK  budget hotel chain which operates 552 hotels is opening a new hotel in Inverness city centre which will create 15 jobs. Inverness City Centre Travelodge is located at 84 Academy Street and is the…

Essence of Harris

US recruits for internationally minded candle company

Candle and home fragrance company Essence of Harris has set its sights on international growth after registering with the Bank of Scotland’s International Trade Portal and hiring two US based sales reps – one in…

HITA 2017 winners

Highlands and Islands Tourism Awards

  One of Scotland’s most historic battlefields has fought off opposition to pick up two major tourism honours at an annual awards ceremony. The double success was celebrated by Culloden Battlefield, near Inverness, at the…

Joint Managing Director of Newton Property, Derek MacDonald and Newton Property director, Ross Watt, with Allied Souter & Jaffrey managing director, Richard Smith, and Derek Rudkin who joins the Newton team in Inverness

Newton Property Management completes Inverness acquisition

Scottish property management company, Newton Property Management, which has offices in Glasgow, Aberdeen and Inverness, has acquired Allied Souter & Jaffrey’s factoring division, further expanding the business in the Highlands. Allied Souter & Jaffrey is…

Salmon farming

Strong confidence in the Scottish salmon farming industry.

A new report published today (Monday 6th November) shows strong business confidence in the Scottish salmon farming industry. According to the Scottish Salmon Producers Organisation (SSPO) findings, employment is up by 13%, capital investment remains steady…

How to calculate how much your R&D tax credit claim is worth

In the UK, many businesses are working on researching and developing new technologies, but failing to claim relief. Ensuring you’re aware of the potential returns available in your sector is imperative at a time when…

Chris Marr

My Story: Content Marketing Academy – The Daily Scaleup with Kim McAllister

Entrepreneurs and CEOs are probably well aware of the power of internet marketing – what they don’t have time for is keeping on top of the updates. One company effectively solving that problem is Content…

Using Twitter to grow – The Daily Scaleup with Kim McAllister

I sometimes wish they hadn’t called it Twitter. I mean, it sounds ridiculous when you’re sitting around around the boardroom table discussing the value of a tweet. It should be called something like Target –…

Bridge House, Inverness

Patio Hotels purchases Inverness site for new hotel

Patio Hotels (Aberdeen) has bought a prominent location in in the heart of Inverness city centre for an undisclosed sum. The purchaser, which also operates the popular Kingmills Hotel in Inverness, intends to redevelop the 23,000…

Karen Knowles of Bon Accord

Events to help you scale – The Daily Scaleup with Kim McAllister

What are you doing on the 16th of November? I’m going to be in Edinburgh City Chambers hanging out with entrepreneurs. I don’t know about you, but finding time to network is tricky for me. I…

Harris Marina Hub

Harris set to become marine tourism hub

A new marina hub has been completed in Harris which provides the last vital link in a chain of marine facilities along the east coast of the Outer Hebrides. The Harris Marina Hub comprises two…