Laura Sutherland

Laura M. Sutherland: Being part of a ‘community’ helps develop skills, relationships and our businesses

Three years ago, I started #PRFest. It’s two-day festival, specifically focussing on helping senior public relations and communication practitioners up-skill, share best practice and help the PR community grow. How does a community form? I hadn’t…

Doug Roth

Interview with US investor Doug Roth – High Growth Scotland with Kim McAllister

The half-naked skateboarders flipped dangerously close by as I quizzed Doug Roth on American investment and scribbled shorthand notes I prayed I’d later decipher. We were sitting in the sunshine in Bristo Square – “it’s…

Franchise owner Alan Barr (right) with son Alistair (left)

From corporate finance to senior care in South Lanarkshire

After two decades working in corporate finance, father-of-three Alan Barr walked away from a six figure salary to become his own boss as a franchisee with Home Instead Senior Care in South Lanarkshire. Having held…

Iain Scott

Event: How communities can add almost a quarter of a billion pounds to Scotland’s wealth

Everyone from local activists to councils, businesses and politicians are coming together in Crieff on Tuesday 22nd May to learn the skills needed in the new age of commerce. An event, run by Can Do…

Leadercast Live : Are you ready to lead?

How do you know that you are ready to lead?  Renowned leadership expert Michael Hyatt (former chairman and CEO of Thomas Nelson Publishers, USA), has written extensively on the subject. You will be able to…

Jackie Cameron and Nick Cotton

Stirling B&B checks-in for growth with bank support

A historic Stirling property has been transformed into a new B&B after being acquired by a new owner. Castle Walk B&B was opened by Jackie Hadland, with support of a six-figure funding package from the…

Kim McAllister

Smile – you’re on camera: High Growth Scotland with Kim McAllister

My son turned seven yesterday and today it was pointed out to me I’ve been in the media industry 12 years. I’m feeling old. I don’t know how you feel about aging, but I’m actually…

EQ Chartered Accountants partners

EQ Celebrates £300M Corporate Finance Success

Scottish accountancy firm EQ Chartered Accountants has completed Corporate Finance assignments worth £300M in just two years. EQ, which has offices in Dundee, Forfar and Glenrothes and Cupar employs over 100 staff and 15 Partners.…

Janine Matheson, Head of Stirling Codebase (left) with Alan Moore, CEO of thinkWhere, outside Codebase in central Stirling

thinkWhere Moves to tech scaleup incubator CodeBase Stirling

Geographic information and mapping specialist, thinkWhere, has moved to new hi-tech headquarters in Stirling. The move sees the firm join tech community, Codebase, at the newly opened Stirling facility in the city’s Digital District. Stirling has…

Nicky Johnston

Nicky Johnston: GDPR – Does it really matter to Start-Ups?

It certainly does, but having read Warwick Ashford’s article the other day it seems a significant number of start-ups remain in the dark. As far we’re concerned here at TalentSpark, GDPR exists to create a…

Cally Halpin of Lux Boutique Outlet

Click for fashion – a start up story : High Growth Scotland with Kim McAllister

Necessity is the mother of invention, right? So often when I speak to entrepreneurs, they tell me a wonderful story about how they happened upon their business idea. I bet we could all list inventions…

Puddingstone Place

Callander café reopens its doors following £180k refurbishment

A popular café and restaurant in Callander has undergone extensive refurbishment, thanks to a £180,000 funding package from Royal Bank of Scotland. Puddingstone Place, formerly known as Munchy’s Café and Restaurant, is a popular eatery…

Olivia Conlon

Stay in the one lane & don’t watch what anyone else is doing – a start up story : High Growth Scotland with Kim McAllister

Once upon a time there was a girl. She was 16 years old and had just got straight As in her exams – but she didn’t want to go to university. The last time I…

Ian Collins

New Chairs for Institute of Directors branches in Fife and Tayside

Sonia Cottom, Director at Pain Association Scotland, has taken on the chairmanship for IoD Tayside while Ian Collins, Bank of Scotland area director for local banking in the Tayside and central Scotland area, has been appointed chair of…

Finalists for the 2nd Scottish SME Business Awards announced

The finalists for this year’s Scottish SME Business Awards have been announced after nominations surged in from across Scotland. The awards not only provide a platform and an opportunity to recognise and reward the talented…

Matthew Duncan, Senior Consultant, Accountancy and Finance, Eden Scott

Matthew Duncan: Bypass The Stress

One of the biggest infrastructure projects in Scotland, the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route (AWPR) is nearing completion. Despite delays due to the collapse of Carillion, this £754m project is expected to open in Spring 2018…

Nick Arthur

Nick Arthur: Is your PR strategy missing this essential component?

One of the hottest concepts in marketing today is the integrated marketing strategy. Everyone is talking about it, but few actually know what it is. In the days when the search engine was starting to…

Monika Tomecka of uFraction8

Feeling inspired by Ambition and Growth – High Growth Scotland with Kim McAllister

"You're on a desert island with your fellow dragons - which one do you eat first?"  Jenny Campbell, Dragon's Den's newest member and headline speaker at last night's Investing Women awards dinner, laughed.  "We'd probably…

Dougie Cameron

Dougie Cameron: Extreme Weather – Right Now is the Time to Prepare for Next Time

The snow came, it saw, and it conquered. And it is not quite done with us yet as rural roads remain hip deep in snow and councils prepare for flooding from the thaw. As we…

David Knight, managing director, Avant Homes Scotland

Avant Homes Scotland to creates up to 180 jobs on three sites

Stirling-based housebuilder Avant Homes Scotland has secured three new development opportunities in the past 15 months, which will create up to 180 sales, construction and sub-contractor jobs in the region. With a combined value of £80m, the…

Laura Brownhill, Principal Consultant, Eden Scott

Laura Brownhill: Engaging Employees To Build A Sustainable Aberdeen

Laura Brownhill is Principal Consultant at recruitment firm Eden Scott. We attended the Subsea Expo 2018 last month and it was exciting to see how, in typical fashion, our great city of Aberdeen is fighting…

The Circular Economy Lectures continues

A last two in a series of industry lectures from Zero Waste Scotland, delivered by leading speakers from the world of manufacturing and aimed at industry leaders who want to take advantage of the opportunities…

Paman Singh

Do I have to pay my employees if they can’t get into work? – And other top “Beast From the East” tips

As Britain battles with the worst weather in decades, employment law solicitor, Paman Singh, from Law At Work, advises employers on how to prepare for a cold snap. The so-called “Beast From the East” has…

Peter LeBlanc cutting the ribbon

Inglis Vets opens new practice in Kirkcaldy following bank funding

Inglis Vets, an independent veterinary group headquartered in Dunfermline, has opened a new practice in Kirkcaldy with funding from Santander Business Banking. The official opening of the practice was carried out by local Fife Flyers…

The 16 semi-finalists (joined by Jackie Waring, CEO of Investing Women who is in the centre, standing)

Ambition category winners announced for 2018 AccelerateHER Awards

Six up and coming businesses led by Scottish-based female entrepreneurs have been honoured in the Ambition category of this year’s AccelerateHER Awards. The women receive a £500 cash prize for their business and a complimentary…