The Colessio Hotel

Colessio Hotel bought by private investment group for around £6m

The Colessio Hotel in the centre of Stirling’s old town has been sold to a private investment group with plans for expansion for around £6m. This magnificent Georgian building on the road to Stirling Castle dates…

Kim McAllister and Russell Dalgleish

Video interview with Russell Dalgleish of Scottish Business Network – High Growth Scotland with Kim McAllister

Kim McAllister talks to serial entrepreneur Russell Dalgleish about being tall, investing, Scottish Business Network and the Scottish entrepreneurial ecosystem. Russell is the founder and managing partner of Exolta Capital Partners. Scottish Business Network was…

Is Scotland getting smaller? – High Growth Scotland with Kim McAllister

My business operates in three cities – not because I planned it that way – but because we kept moving. I set up Impact Online in Glasgow in 2010. Three years later we moved to Aberdeen and…

Crieff BID manager Neil Combe and Ruth Williams, Crieff BID marketing and communications executive, pictured with Karen Christie (left) from Fun Junction

Crieff Card launched so the money stays in the town

A new gift card has launched by Crieff Succeeds BID in an initiative designed to boost local businesses and ensure money stays within the town's economy. The Crieff Card allows recipients to spend in a…

Interview with Jill Henry of Meander Apparel – High Growth Scotland with Kim McAllister

As someone who has only recently discovered the addictive rush of a spin class, this new company really appeals to me. I met Jill at a networking event and was very interested in her concept…

Developments at Bowhouse put Fife food and drink on the map

Bowhouse, Fife’s new food innovation hub is unveiling its expanded portfolio of makers based at the St Monans site alongside new funding to support start up food and drink businesses. In the ten months since…

Infinityblu owner Chris Barrowman outside the newly acquired Crieff practice

Scottish dentist of the year in six figure practice takeover

An award winning independent dental firm is celebrating further expansion in Perthshire after completing the buyout of the firm Smiles Dental in a six figure take over. Infinityblu Dental Care and Implant Clinic, established by…

Kevin and Pam Wilson, co-founders of family building firm Kevin Wilson Joiners & Building Contractors

Stirling Builders firm wins top business award

Staff at a Stirling building firm are celebrating after winning a top business award. Bridge of Allan-based Kevin Wilson Joiners & Building Contractors was named Small Business of The Year at the Scottish SME Business Awards…

Dr Vivienne Ming

Entrepreneurial Scotland annual conference – High Growth Scotland with Kim McAllister

You know that new emoji with the head exploding? That was me yesterday. The Entrepreneurial Scotland annual conference is always a highlight in my calendar – but this year they outdid themselves. The calibre of…

Greg Mesch

Vodafone and CityFibre’s gigabit revolution gathers pace

Edinburgh and Stirling will be among the next wave of towns and cities to benefit from a roll-out of ultra-fast, Gigabit-capable full fibre broadband from Vodafone and CityFibre along with Coventry and Huddersfield. Alongside those cities already…

Robert Graham

New figures reveal dairy proposal would be worth £65.3m and support 1,425 full time jobs

The national economic benefit of an investment plan by Graham’s the Family Dairy and Mactaggart & Mickel was launched last week. The proposal will generate an additional 825 new, full time jobs, equivalent to an annual…

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…