From left - Stuart Nicholson, Loan Investments Director, Scottish Widows, Lar Chairman Andrew Robertson, Housing Minister Kevin Stewart, and Alan Brennan, Relationship Director at Bank of Scotland Commercial Real Estate,

LAR Housing Trust secured £65 million funding to boost property portfolio

LAR Housing Trust has secured £65 million of funding to boost its portfolio of mid-market rental properties across Scotland. The deal, which was arranged by Bank of Scotland Commercial Real Estate through its partnership with…

Leanne and Graeme Carling

Carling Property Group makes history with affordable housing support from Scottish Government

Property and investment firm Carling Property Group has made history as the first private property developer to receive affordable housing support from the Scottish Government. Carling Property Group (CPG), whose mission is to fill the…

Andrew Carnegie

5 Scottish entrepreneurs that became a success against all the odds

Some famous names are etched on our memory, and become part of the fabric of society. Andrew Carnegie is one such name – an entrepreneur and philanthropist who originated from Scotland, but who made a…

Vicky Brock

Vicky Brock: 10 start-up fundamentals for founders who want scale

When I was thinking about founding the business that eventually became Clear Returns, I knew I wanted to achieve 3 things: Scale - I wanted a big, high growth business. My theory (correct, it turns…

Paul Jackson, CEO of Dovetail Game

Stirling gaming firm to recruit 20 using £200k Regional Selective Assistance

Simulation games developer and publishing company Dovetail Games is increasing its Scottish workforce by 40% with 20 new jobs, taking the number of staff to 50. The firm, which creates digital simulation games that recreate…

Crowdfunding: Live projects looking for support right now

These are some of the Scottish business related crowdfunding projects live and looking for your support right now. The GlenWyvis Open Share Offer This Open Share Offer is an opportunity for you to support the…

The Storii team

Interview: Cameron Graham, Founder and CEO of StoriiCare

We caught up with Cameron Graham, the founder CEO of StoriiCare as the company undertakes a £300k crowdfunding exercise and asked him to tell us a bit about himself and his background As a teenager…

Left to right are Johanna Boyd (Stirling Council), Stephen Coleman (CodeBase) and Neil Benny (Stirling Council)

Official Launch for Stirling’s New Digital Hub Announced

Codebase Stirling, the city’s brand new technology incubator hub officially opened its doors last week. Housed in the former Municipal Buildings, the flagship technology hub will host it's formal launch reception on September 5. Kickstarting…

Vicky Brock

Vicky Brock: Five fabulous things I’ve learned by failing

In the world of startups and entrepreneurship, failure is pretty inevitable a lot of the time. Learning to get comfortable with that - or at least to manage your discomfort - is essential to your…

Professor Sally Mapstone, Principal of the University of St Andrews

St Andrews Principal heads speakers for 2017-18 season of changes at St Andrews Business Club

Professor Sally Mapstone, Principal of the University of St Andrews, heads the list of speakers for a 2017-18 season full of changes being announced by St Andrews Business Club. People doing business in North-East Fife…

Iain Burnett

Highland Chocolatier scoops more awards for his Velvet Truffles

Iain Burnett Highland Chocolatier added yet another award to over 40 prestigious awards received for his renowned Velvet Truffles. The Great Taste Awards judges have just announced that Master Chocolatier and truffle specialist Iain Burnett,…

6 Exceptional Tools for Launching Your Online Business

Building an online business from scratch can be challenging to say the least.  In fact, while plenty of people go on to create hugely successful online businesses, the startup process is never as easy as…

John Muir, Chairman of Muir Group

Muir Group turnover up 39% to over £74.7m

Turnover at Fife-based contractor, housebuilder and property developer, Muir Group PLC, is up 39% to over £74.7m from £53.7m last year. Muir Construction revenues increased to just under £40 Million, up £15 Million on last…

Old Smiddy -proposed Stirling Gin Distillery near Stirling Castle

Distillery and Visitor Centre to be created in Stirling

The couple who created award-winning Stirling Gin are set to open a distillery in the shadow of Stirling Castle. June and Cameron McCann have bought a 19th century building, formerly a blacksmiths, which they plan…

Blair Waller of SociaLoop

Founder Interview – Blair Waller of Soda and SociaLoop

When did you launch the company? We did our first beta launch in February 2017 after about 9 months of development whilst I was working elsewhere. We launched our first official app in July 2017.…

From left - Kirsty Lunn and Ros Marshall

Perthshire breastfeeding clothing business expands and takes on staff

A Perthshire mum who creates comfortable breastfeeding clothing and underwear is now taking on staff and moving into larger premises to cope with demand from around the world. Kirsty Lunn from Scone, started selling the…

Edinburgh

So where is the most expensive place to live in Scotland?

New research from Bank of Scotland shows that Edinburgh is the most expensive property location on a per square metre basis at £2,492 compared to the Scottish average of £1,529. Edinburgh is the only town…

Charles MacLean (back row). From left to right at the front are owners Tom Young and Karen Somerville with glassmaker Bee Hardy.

Glassmaking Studio opens in Stirling Following £11k Crowdfund campaign

An award-winning family firm has opened a state-of-the-art glassmaking studio in Stirling following a Crowdfunding appeal which raised £11,000. Whisky expert and author Charles MacLean cut the ribbon on the new facility at Bridge of…

L-R, Jenn Nimmo-Smith, Ruth Allen, Fiona Stewart and Laura Sutherland

Laura Sutherland: Collaborative working and why working with independent consultants makes sense

In June, I announced the launch of the Scottish PR Collective at #PRFest. A collaborative group of independent PR practitioners across Scotland. The idea came about because of two reasons. Firstly, being an independent practitioner…

Patrick Clover, founder of BLACKBX

Founder Interview: Patrick Clover of BLACKBX

Name - Patrick Clover Age - 25 Business - BLACKBX Based - Leith What does your company do? BLACKBX is a cloud-based Wi-Fi management software that makes setting up and maintaining guest Wi-Fi easy and…

Eden Mill, St Andrews courtesy VisitScotland

Eden Mill in £1.1m ALDI deal

Eden Mill, the St Andrews-based distillery and brewery, has agreed a £1.1m deal to supply ALDI stores in Scotland with a range of bespoke botanical gins and pre-mixed cocktails. Three varieties of Eden Mill’s Botanical…

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…

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