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,…

HIE helps businesses get Cyber Strong

Highlands and Islands Enterprise is offering its clients across the region support to protect themselves from cyber attacks, by launching the Cyber Strong business project. Co-inciding with Digital Leaders Cyber Resilience Week (11-15 September), the…

Michael Dickson

How do I get the right staff so I can scale? – The Daily Scale-up with Kim McAllister

People. It’s what business is all about - yet hiring can be daunting and frustrating. It’s a huge commitment. It’s also the number one issue facing companies looking to scale, according to research by the…

Ceci Alderton of Woollyhatz

Former countryside ranger launches knitwear business

A former countryside ranger has rekindled her love of crocheting to launch a knitwear business – over ten years after finding initial success in the industry. Ceci Alderton from Strachur, has set up Woollyhatz, specialising…

Artists impression of the Cabrach distillery and heritage centre

New Cabrach distillery gets go-ahead

Work is expected to start next year on a new Speyside distillery after plans were approved by the Moray Council this week. The distillery will be located in the Cabrach area on the southern edge…

How do I access people who can help me scale? – The Daily ScaleUp with Kim McAllister

For a long time the narrative has focused on start-ups, now more and more initiatives to help those companies scale are springing up. One such programme, announced this month, is the partnership between tech incubator…

The Prince of Orkney gin launch - Left, Ian Gardner, Rosslyn Chapel Trust. Right, Stephen Kemp, Orkney Distilling Ltd.

Gin partnership celebrates Rosslyn Chapel’s Orkney connections

Rosslyn Chapel has developed a new partnership with Orkney Distilling to produce a gin to celebrate the Midlothian chapel’s Orkney links. Rosslyn Chapel’s connection with Orkney goes back to its very origins, when Sir William…

Carson Rigid Inflatable Boat

Moray boat manufacturer receives £50,000 government initiative loan

Business Loans Scotland has granted Buckie based ProBond Marine Ltd, manufacturer of Carson Rigid Inflatable Boats, a £50,000 loan. The first loan from Business Loans Scotland to be awarded in Moray, will propel ProBond Marine…

Patrick Evans

Loch Duart appoints new food ambassador

Loch Duart, the independent salmon farming business based in the Hebrides and Sutherland, has recruited Patrick Evans as their Scottish Food Ambassador. Patrick’s role bridges the gap between sales and the culinary community, with his…

Stuart Broadley, the Chief Executive of the Energy Industries Council (EIC)

How do I scale? – The Daily ScaleUp with Kim McAllister

What if I told you there were six ways to scale up your business? · collaborate · diversify · export · innovate · optimize · use technology These aren’t, unfortunately, my own pearls of wisdom.…

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