Phil Foster

Showing love for the best of Scotland’s businesses

The deadline for entering submissions is fast approaching in the search to find Scotland’s best businesses. Submissions for ‘The Best of Britain Awards’ close on Friday – and there’s a dedicated award for the best…

Iain McClune

Whisky Auctioneer toasts success with funding package leading to more jobs

A Perth based whisky auctioneering website has secured funding from Barclays to drive business growth. The deal has enabled the company to acquire larger premises and increase its workforce in response to a surge in…

Doug More of Assure APM

Founder Interview: Doug More, CEO, Assure APM

Doug More, CEO, Assure APM gives us an insight into why he came out of retirement to launch his tech startup Assure APM. When did you launch the company? Assure APM was founded in 2014. What…

Happy Holidays? No – survey finds Scots start thinking about coming home only 4.6 days into their summer vacation

It’s something we save up for all year, and then can’t wait to complain about when we get back: yes, the great summer holiday season is upon us, and we’ll be flocking in our thousands to beach resorts…

L-R Sam Wason and Gordon Kaye

Founders Interview: Gordon Kaye and Sam Wason, Co-founders and Directors at Cathcart Associates

When did you launch the company? We launched Cathcart Associates in 2009 after we had accumulated a combined 18 years’ experience of working in the IT recruitment industry. What does your company do? Cathcart Associates…

Laura Sutherland of Aura PR. Image credits: Martin Shields Photograhy

Laura Sutherland: Business growth in a social age

Whether you’re a one person business or an SME, business growth is an objective. - Business planning Do you have a business plan? Have you set out short, medium and longer term objectives? I hear…

An idiot’s guide to claiming R&D tax credits

In the current economic climate, it’s still surprising that more businesses don’t explore all of the tax incentives available to help lighten the burden by either reducing tax payable and or if applicable, securing a…

6 key indicators of company insolvency you can’t ignore

Insolvency is one of the most hated words in the corporate world. Amateur entrepreneurs, who have not even fully understood the concept or repercussions of insolvency, have to experience it due to various reasons. It…

Rebecca Pick

Interview – Rebecca Pick of Pick Protection

When did you launch Pick Protection? In 2014, while I was an undergraduate at the University of Strathclyde. What does your company do? We have developed a range of security products for lone workers, including…

Andy Ferguson

Credit card processing provider expands into Scotland

Credit card processing provider Handepay has expanded into Scotland, establishing a dedicated team headed by Andy Ferguson with the aim of growing the company’s Scottish customer base by 33% by the end of 2017, through…

Four Seasons Hotel

Highly rated hotel will be first business venture for returning Scottish hotelier

A highly-rated lochside hotel in Perthshire is expected to gain further refinements after changing hands between seasoned hoteliers, with ambitious new owner Susan Stuart marking her return to Scotland. Hotel and licensed property specialist Colliers…

Julie Grieve

Interview: Julie Grieve, CEO and Founder of Information Apps

When did you launch the company? We launched in December 2016 with a 3-month free trial What does your company do? Information Apps has built and now sells software on subscription called Criton. Criton allows…

Michael Stephenson

New Manager Appointed at EQ Accountants

Michael Stephenson is to join the Glenrothes office of EQ Accountants from PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). Michael qualified as a CA in 2012 and joins EQ as an Audit Manager having worked with PwC since embarking on…

From left - Andy Ritchie, Charlie Carnegie and Chris Horne

Accountancy firm Campbell Dallas acquires Perth-based Bell & Company

Fast-growing accountancy firm Campbell Dallas has acquired Perth-based Bell & Company, a long-established independent firm specialising in owner managed businesses and private clients. The deal will see 20 staff and 1 Partner transfer to Campbell…

Fisher’s Hotel

£2m refurb for iconic Pitlochry hotel

One of Scotland’s most iconic tourist hotels has announced it is undergoing a £2million renovation, transforming Pitlochry’s best known hotel into a luxurious Highland haven. The historic Fisher’s Hotel - which dates back to 1830…

Chris Torres

Interview: Chris Torres of Senshi Digital “Know your numbers!”

Chris Torres established his Brand, Website and Marketing agency, Senshi Digital, 9 years ago, having developed his skills over the previous 15 years in various design houses in Scotland where he worked on accounts for…

Tom Mitchell and Mike Lowe

Fife farming family open new High Street butcher shop

After the overwhelming success of a pop up trial, one of Fife’s best known food producers, Puddledub, is set to launch a new butchery store on Kirkcaldy’s High Street. The traditional store will open on…

Julia Hart and her team

Dunfermline skincare clinic expansion after six months in business

A specialist skincare clinic has expanded after just six months in its new home in Dunfermline town centre. Julia Hart Skincare Clinic opened its doors in January after owner, Julia Hart, secured funding with the…

The judging panel

Finalists for first annual Scottish Gin Awards revealed

The finalists in the first annual Scottish Gin Awards have been announced with 28 producers and 56 gins progressing to finalist stage in the new national competition. The awards, sponsored by The Scottish Gin Society,…

Scottish Edge Final 2017 winners Pic © Sandy Young

Scottish EDGE awards £1.3 million to Scotland’s most promising start-up businesses

Finalists in Round 10 of the Scottish EDGE awards have been awarded a total of £1.3 million in grants and loans. Following an extensive, country-wide search to find Scotlands next great start-up businesses, twenty promising…

SBNN releases five new sector specific weekly newsletters

Scottish Business News Network (SBNN) has added five sector specific weekly newsletters to complement its six geographic newsletters that currently go out daily to a readership of over 7,500. The sectors being covered are Legal,…

May’s seed/venture-stage investments combine to £5m total

Welcome to our monthly feature focussing on the Scottish investment sector, brought to you in partnership with Beauhurst, the platform that shares rich information on UK based high-growth companies. Eight seed/venture-stage investments took place in…

Is being ‘too nice’ holding you back at work?

New research from leading e-learning and classroom-based training provider Activia Training has revealed that – despite a reputation oversea for being unfailingly polite yet somewhat surly and monosyllabic – British workers are a friendly, helpful…

Competition: Attend The Future of Cyber Security Scotland Conference for free

SBNN EXCLUSIVE OFFER - Attend The Future of Cyber Security Scotland Conference for free SBNN has teamed up with conference organisers, OSP Security Professionals to make an EXCLUSIVE offer to SBNN readers only. We have TEN Partner…

Michael Longstaffe

Food packaging company ‘bags’ new financial package

One of the UK’s largest food packaging companies, Smith Anderson Group, has agreed a new financial package with Barclays, including day-to-day banking, invoice discounting and a facility to help manage longer-term foreign exchange (FX) exposures.…

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