Alan Anderson

Independent Growth Finance delivers £16.6m to Scottish SMEs over past year

Independent Growth Finance (IGF), the SME commercial finance provider, has delivered a total of £16.6m to SMEs across Scotland over the past year. Since the opening of its Glasgow office in June 2016, IGF has…

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…

Founders Amy (left) and Julie. Photo credit: George Wright

Millionth sale and Chinese expansion for Cheeky Chompers

Cheeky Chompers, the Scotland-based manufacturer of 'The World’s first chewable dribble bib for teething tots' has just sold its millionth product, expanded into China and unveiled a new collection. Within just four years the founding…

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…

Diane Holden

How to keep your small business out of debt

Debts and late payments seem to go hand in hand and together are the plague of many small businesses’ existence. While in an ideal world every business transaction would be invoiced and paid on time,…

Neil Brownlee

Scottish Thistle Award reveals new national category

Some of the country’s leading business events are to be recognised as part of a prestigious tourism award scheme. The Scottish Thistle Awards has launched a new national Best Business Event category to celebrate the…

Keith Aitken

Keith Aitken: Evolving Edinburgh – how has the capital changed since 2007?

A decade is a long time in any game. When I joined GVA ten years ago, all areas of property except for industrial were on the up in Scotland. Things were going great guns but…

Scottish welding consumable manufacturer plans to hit £20m by 2021

Glasgow-based WB Alloy Welding Products plans to double its turnover to £20 million by 2021, in spite of challenging market conditions. The firm which manufactures and supplies welding consumables, equipment and specialised site services has…

Ian Watson

ALTIA-ABM nominated for national business award

ALTIA-ABM has been shortlisted for the Vonage Nexmo Business Enabler Award for the 2017 Lloyds Bank National Business Awards. The Glasgow-based firm provides expert software and systems for the police, government departments, local authorities and…

Christopher Leigh

Estonian fish processor buys Aberdeen-based John Ross Jr

Aberdeen-based fish processor John Ross Jr has been bought by an Estonia based fish processing giant leading to a cash windfall for founder Andrew Leigh. Smoked salmon specialist John Ross Jr and Coln Valley Smokery…

James Millar

Top Japanese award for North-east whisky expert

A North-east entrepreneur and Robert Gordon University (RGU) visiting lecturer has been named as one of the recipients of a prestigious award from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan. James Millar, Co-Founder and Executive…

Stuart McCallum

Over a third of manufacturers fail to utilise R&D opportunities

New statistics, taken from a manufacturing industry survey by audit, tax and consulting firm RSM, reveal a large percentage of UK manufacturers are not taking advantage of research and development (R&D) tax credits to help…

6 Simple Tips for Creating the Perfect Project Plan

Project planning is one of the most important yet misunderstood elements of project management. Poor planning can ruin your project even before the work begins. Distracting focus, shrinking budgets and infuriating miscommunications can complicate even…

Tax Loans for Partners

Many businesses, especially professional firms such as solicitors, accountants and doctors, are structured as partnerships. Thomson Reuters Practical Law explains that a partnership is not a separate legal entity, but is established under the Partnership…

Stephen Kemp

Scottish builders’ confidence declines as fears over future work pipeline grow

The confidence of employers in the Scottish construction industry has taken a hit as fears over future work prospects grow. This is a key conclusion of the latest Scottish Construction Monitor, a quarterly survey of…

Greg Clark

£246m investment to establish UK as battery technology world leader

Business and Energy Secretary Greg Clark will today announce in a keynote speech on the Industrial Strategy (Monday 24 July) the launch of the first phase of a £246 million Government investment into battery technology…

The 267m MSC POHORJE

Greenock welcomes its largest ever container vessel

Scotland’s deepest container terminal last week welcomed the largest container vessel ever to berth at the port. Greenock Ocean Terminal hosted the 267m MSC POHORJE, which has a capacity of 4,045 TEUs (twenty foot equivalent…

Andrew Mayfield

UK’s ‘commercialisation gap’ tackled by new tech readiness tool from Heriot-Watt University and MTC

The gap between the UK’s innovation performance, and its ability to commercialise those inventions, could be narrowed by a new toolkit developed by the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) and researchers at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh.…

From left- Kenneth Shand and Jeremy Cohen

Maclay Murray & Spens combines with world’s largest law firm

Scottish law firm Maclay Murray & Spens has combined with Dentons, the world's largest law firm. The combination, which is expected to complete later in 2017 following approval by the partnerships of both firms, will…

Loch Duart Salmon

Loch Duart Salmon shortlisted for Food and Drink awards

The Hebrides and Sutherland based salmon farming business, Loch Duart, has been shortlisted as Exporter of the Year for the Food and Drink Federation Awards 2017. The UK wide food award, promoted as the industry…

Iain Bell pic credit Rob McDougall

Fitness Guru to launch corporate investor health index

Iain Bell, founder of the Executive Fitness Foundation, is developing a measure to enable shareholders to have a fuller picture of the well-being of businesses they are investing in. Edinburgh-based entrepreneur Bell cites corporate America…

Chris Harte

Morton Fraser turnover hits nearly £20 million

Law firm, Morton Fraser, has consolidated its recent growth with a year of increased annual billings, major investment in I.T. and some key hires. The firm has increased revenues by 2.5% year-on-year, and by 46…

Jim Duffy

Jim Duffy involved in new business accelerator launch

Three successful entrepreneurial figures have joined forces to launch the next generation business accelerator – Moonshot Academy. Offering world class mentorship, a no nonsense approach and promising real cut through for pre-scale businesses to secure…

Andrew Sutherland

Commercial LBTT revenue tumbles by a third

Revenue Scotland has released data showing that commercial revenue from the Scottish Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (LBTT) fell 31% in June compared to the same month in 2016. Revenues from the commercial element of…

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