L-R Carolyn Currie (WES Chief Operating Officer); Genius Foods Founder Lucinda Bruce-Gardyne; entrepreneur Vicky Brock; Chamomile Spa founder Justine Mitchell; entrepreneur Jo Macsween)

Women’s Enterprise Scotland boosts Ambassador programme

A host of Scotland’s leading female business leaders have joined Women’s Enterprise Scotland’s Ambassador programme, following funding announced last month by the First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon MSP. The announcement of 25 new Ambassadors joining the…

Robbie Rapson & Freda Newton

Young entrepreneur hoping to make waves on Loch Ness

A young Highland entrepreneur is launching an exciting new business in 2018 – a way to experience the magic of Loch Ness while breathing the Highland air and facing our famously unpredictable elements – at…

Gavinburn - Photo Credit- Young Engineers & Science Clubs Scotland, SCDI

Digital Xtra Fund continues to inspire Scotland’s future digital makers

Formula 1, 3D printed drones, lighthouses, and coding for social good are just some of the latest activities to receive support from Digital Xtra Fund, a charity dedicated to inspiring Scotland’s future digital workforce through high-quality extracurricular digital activities. From Orkney…

Mr John Swinney MSP addresses the event audience. Image © Gary Doak Photography

Commercialisation award celebrates 20 years

The Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) hosted a gathering to celebrate 20 years of Scottish Enterprise supported RSE Enterprise Fellowships. RSE Enterprise Fellowships are granted to individuals seeking to commercialise innovative ideas resulting from academic…

Four inspiring stories from Karen Knowles, Lynn Mann, Bill Lees and Fiona Ogg

Being inspired to grow – The Weekly Scaleup with Kim McAllister

I met six inspiring people yesterday morning. Actually there were more than six, but this half dozen – three women and three men - stood out and so these are the stories I will tell.…

Over £170k seed funding for new generation of Scottish social entrepreneurs

A total of 16 individuals from across Scotland have been awarded funding from the Social Entrepreneurs Fund. The awards were delivered by Firstport, Scotland’s start up social enterprise development agency. The funding was announced to…

Ross Davidson and Michael Ballantyne, Co-Founders of UWA Tequila

Scotland’s first tequila company launches world’s first Speyside whisky cask aged tequilas

Scotland's first craft tequila company has officially launched, releasing the world’s first solely aged Speyside whisky cask tequila to the market. UWA Tequila, which is headquartered in Aberdeen, is the first tequila brand in the…

wheelAIR

Revolutionary wheelchair innovation closes seed round investment of £100k

Healthcare start up Staels Design has just closed a £100k seed round of investment for their innovative new cooling back-rest cushion for wheelchairs, the wheelAIR. The company was targeted for investment by six high net…

From left - Jackie Waring and Leah Hutcheon

Virgin StartUp launches search for Scotland’s leading startups

Virgin StartUp has launched 'Virgin Startup10: Scotland', its inaugural search for Scotland’s startup Business of the Year.  Virgin Startup10: Scotland is open to startup businesses and entrepreneurs, and will offer ‘startup can’t buy prizes’ including mentoring…

Fergus Moore

Scottish coffee waste entrepreneur runner-up in global Shell awards

Scottish entrepreneur, Fergus Moore, has been awarded $10,000 for winning a Shell global innovation prize. The Glasgow-based entrepreneur has won the award for his pioneering business – Revive Eco – which transforms coffee waste into…

Leah Hutcheon

Royal Bank of Scotland Great British Entrepreneur Awards announces Scottish and Northern Irish winners

Entrepreneurs and business directors gathered at the Gogarburn Conference Centre in Edinburgh last night (November 9th) to discover who had won a coveted Royal Bank of Scotland Great British Entrepreneur Award at the Scotland and…

Richard Drennan and Chris Harvey

Elevator’s Accelerator: Ones to watch – Viewport3 Ltd

A new company has been launched which will help deliver new underwater scanning techniques after the founders met on Elevator’s Accelerator Programme in 2016. Viewport3 Ltd is owned by Richard Drennan and Chris Harvey who…

Christian Arno

My Story: Christian Arno of Lingo24 – The Weekly Scaleup with Kim McAllister

I could have been a translator. In 2005 I earned an honours degree in French and Spanish - and yet had the deflating knowledge that still wasn’t enough. I researched post graduate diplomas and it…

L-R: (back row) Ian McConnell of The Herald, Richard Slater of Deloitte in Scotland, Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year 2016, Chris Gauld of Spark Energy, Stuart Brown of Barclays, (front row) Entrepreneur of the Year 2016, Jimmy Milne CBE of Balmoral Group, Colette Grant of Grant Property and Sandy Kennedy of Entrepreneurial Scotland. Photographer credit: Robert Perry

Scotland’s Top Entrepreneurial Talent Revealed

Entrepreneurial Scotland announces the finalists of the prestigious Entrepreneur of the Year 2017 Awards. The awards honour those individuals who have excelled in entrepreneurial leadership over the past 12 months and celebrate Scotland’s most exciting…

Hugh Campbell, Managing Partner, GP Bullhound

GP Bullhound identifies Edinburgh as European tech hub hotspot

GP Bullhound, one of Europe and the UK’s top investment and advisory firms, has identified Edinburgh and Scotland as a European tech hub hotspot in advance of an event next week that will bring some…

Alan S. Morrison

Alan S. Morrison: Why good manners are also good business

By Alan S. Morrison, owner of ASM Media & PR This blog post came about as a result of something SBNN founder Mike Watson said recently which surprised me. “Do you know Alan, you’re one of…

From left - Maria Perez, of Scotland’s Social Way with Angela Constance MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Communities, Social Security and Equalities

Scotland’s next generation of creative social innovators revealed

A project to restore an iconic community building, a business boosting ethical tourism in Scotland and an organic food producer have scooped awards in a national competition for their innovative ideas. The Social Innovation Competition delivered by…

Paul Wheelhouse

Number of Scottish businesses at all time high

The number of businesses in Scotland is at the highest level since records began. Official statistics show there were 365,600 private sector businesses (registered & unregistered) operating in Scotland as at March 2017 – up…

Claudia Cavalluzzo

New Deputy Director and Enterprise Outreach Manager for Converge Challenge

Dr. Claudia Cavalluzzo has been appointed as the Deputy Director of Converge Challenge and Enterprise Outreach Manager at Heriot-Watt University. Claudia will be responsible for supporting and developing collaborative partnerships with all Scottish Universities and…

Barry Mochan

Four Scottish business leaders named as ‘Faces of a Vibrant Economy’

Four leading Scottish business figures  are amongst the Faces of a Vibrant Economy. The four are Glasgow Together’s Barry Mochan; PG Paper’s Poonam Gupta OBE; Chris Martin, CEO of software firm Waracle; and Morna Simpson of…

Essence of Harris

US recruits for internationally minded candle company

Candle and home fragrance company Essence of Harris has set its sights on international growth after registering with the Bank of Scotland’s International Trade Portal and hiring two US based sales reps – one in…

Nathan MacQueen

Award winning wheelAIR hits the market

The cooling wheelchair backrest innovation, the wheelAIR, has just launched into the mainstream mobility market. The award-winning wheelAIR® has been designed in Glasgow by healthcare product start up, Staels Design, with the input of Paralympic…

From left -  Gus Sekhon, Al Walker,  Sharon Mars and Jim Duffy

Moonshot Academy boost with two senior hires

Moonshot Academy, the growth accelerator for post-seed startups, has appointed two new directors following its July launch. Sharon Mars, a former director at Scotland’s largest marketing and communications agency Big Partnership, and Gus Sekhon, previously…

Left to right are Matthew Gammell and Marcus Pickering of the Summerhall Distillery, producers of Pickering's Gin, and Stuart Lunn of LendingCrowd

Scottish Enterprise partnership sees LendingCrowd loan £3m to 33 Scottish companies

LendingCrowd, Scotland’s only alternative finance provider to SMEs, has completed 33 loan deals to Scottish companies to the tune of £3 million. Last October, it was announced that Scottish Enterprise would provide LendingCrowd with £2.75…

Craig and Laura Davidson

Scottish PPC agency expanding into US

The husband-and-wife team behind a thriving Scottish digital advertising firm have revealed plans to make Los Angeles their latest site for expansion. Tag Digital, a pay-per-click agency specialising in the global events and publishing sector,…