Scottish investment Oct 16 - March 17

March funding deals down slightly on February peak

Welcome to our new monthly feature focussing on the Scottish investment sector, brought to you in partnership with Beauhurst, the platform that shares rich information on UK based high-growth companies. 31% of Scottish investments during…

Phil Holt: Online tools to improve client communication

  If you are involved in project management, there are a number of collaborative tools you can use to improve communication between your project teams and clients. Trello for project management and client support Trello…

Mark Cavanagh (right) who has acquired Oil Plus beside the company’s managing director Kevin Murray.

Aberdeen entrepreneur acquires Oil Plus

An Aberdeen-based energy industry entrepreneur has snapped up Oil Plus Ltd, a specialist oil and gas consultancy based in Berkshire, south England. Mark Cavanagh, managing director of Crandale Consultants, acquired the business from John Crane…

Scotland House

Business innovation and investment hub Scotland House opens in London

Scotland’s latest Innovation and Investment Hub, Scotland House, has officially opened in London with more than 450 businesses registering their interest in becoming members in the first few weeks. Aimed at helping ambitious Scottish companies…

Left to right are David Grahame (LINC Scotland), Steve Ewing (Informatics Ventures) and Bob Hair (Cazenove Capital)

Informatics Ventures signs up Cazenove Capital

Technology entrepreneur support programme, Informatics Ventures, has signed deals with Cazenove Capital and LINC Scotland which will see the wealth manager and angel association back the annual ‘Engage Invest Exploit’ (EIE) programme and investor showcase…

Ross and Kristen Hunter of Whisky Frames

Entrepreneurial spirit secures barrels of success for Rosewell couple

An artisan business that was started as a hobby has secured 80 new stockists in the past two months, including a leading Australian department store. Kristen and Ross Hunter, of Rosewell-based Whisky Frames, began crafting…

Diane Holden

Diane Holden: Can apps help grow your business?

Guest column by Diane Holden, senior account manager at Xero. Running a successful business? There’s an app for that. The age of the app is well and truly upon us - entrepreneurs can now automate…

Amazon Academy comes to Scotland to help Scottish SMEs succeed in the global digital economy

The first ever Amazon Academy in Scotland takes place on Tuesday 23rd May at the EICC in Edinburgh. The free one-day event features keynote presentations and workshops from experts and entrepreneurs alike to give practical…

Angela Constance

£3m funding for social entrepreneurs

A scheme to encourage the launch of new companies that benefit and involve communities has seen annual funding double to £1 million for each of the next three years. The Social Entrepreneurs Fund offers grants…

Sarah Lee

SBNN appointed as PingGo’s first media partner

PingGo, the do-it-yourself ‘PR machine’, has named SBNN its first media partner. This a significant milestone for PingGo as it marks a change in how media outlets source their news and lowers the barrier to…

Lynn Mann of Supernature

Interview: Lynn Mann of Supernature Oils – Scotland’s other oil

In 2011, Lynn Mann had just had a baby daughter and was on a career break from being a psychotherapist when Supernature Oils was born. The business started as part of an on-farm diversification from…

Jonathan Meddes

Scotland’s top tech start-ups plant seeds of growth at Deloitte Greenhouse

Four of Scotland’s most disruptive start-up companies will showcase their vision of how to change the world of business to investors, venture capitalists, incubators, and academics at Deloitte’s Edinburgh Greenhouse on April 25. The competitors…

Heidi Barnes

Interview with Heidi Barnes of RBS – right in the middle of the entrepreneurial ecosystem

If anyone has their finger on the pulse of the Scottish entrepreneurial ecosystem then it’s Heidi Barnes, Entrepreneur Strategy Manager at Royal Bank of Scotland. Heidi graduated with a first class honors in Management Studies…

Jamie Hutcheon of Cocoa Ooze

Cocoa Ooze founder to share ingredients for success with north-east entrepreneurs

More tickets have been released for a special evening charting the career journey of Jamie Hutcheon, founder and managing director of north-east chocolatier Cocoa Ooze. Event organiser The TechForce, which provides managed IT services and…

Phil Holt: Tips for planning your start-up website

Every start-up company needs a functional, usable website to showcase their product to stakeholders and potential new customers. Here are some steps to getting your business idea online. SEO keyword planning Research keywords on SEMrush…

Phil Holt: Start-up website tips

Every ambitious start-up needs a website and all efforts, no matter how small, should be well-planned and flawlessy executed. We've outlined some basic steps to creating a functional, usable website that will help get your…

Graham Morgan

Grey Matters in Oil and Gas Entrepreneurship

A new entrepreneurship initiative which aims to harness the experience, knowledge and innovation of senior oil and gas professionals who are either facing redundancy, or have been made redundant, is set to be launched in…

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon

Funding for women in business doubled

Funding to support women-led businesses has been doubled to £120,000 First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced in California. The funding for Investing Women, a Scottish social enterprise which supports women-led businesses, was confirmed during a…

Dr Lena Wilson

Scottish investment fund opens in the US

Edinburgh-based venture capital firm Par Equity is to open its first US office in San Francisco. Par Equity facilitates investment into smaller companies with high growth potential and has launched a $125 million fund, focussed…

Sandy Kennedy

Sir Tom Hunter and Entrepreneurial Scotland push scale-up opportunities

The Hunter Foundation and Entrepreneurial Scotland have joined forces to deliver a new scale-up leadership programme. This new initiative aims to respond to the growing body of evidence that Scotland needs to increase the number…

Deloitte Digital Studio

Edinburgh Greenhouse and Studio point way forward for Deloitte’s digital future

Business advisory firm Deloitte has unveiled the next stage of its evolution in Scotland, with the opening of its new Greenhouse and the continued expansion of Deloitte Digital’s Edinburgh Studio. The Edinburgh Greenhouse is part…

Don Baker

Funded startup to help companies find right data

A new service from start-up, Brainnwave, is offering quick, easy access to datasets from around the world, including Skyscanner, Ordnance Survey and Airbus Defence and Space, all in one place for the first time. The…

Robert Gordon University

RGU hosts an inspirational evening of local entrepreneurs

Robert Gordon University’s (RGU) ‘What’s Next?’ campaign is hosting an evening of inspirational presentations from local entrepreneurs to help students with their careers. The evening, which will entail a line-up of presentations followed by a…

(from left to right) Sponsor RBS’ Janice Cunningham and Sydney Chasin

Napier graduate secures funding for healthy popcorn alternative

An Edinburgh Napier graduate and current Bright Red Triangle incubatee has had her work recognised at a showcase of Scotland’s top entrepreneurial talent. Sydney Chasin scooped £1,000 of funding at the recent Scottish Institute for…

Philanthropic accelerator breaks the mould for pre-seed founders

Scotland’s first dedicated pre-seed tech accelerator is to open in Edinburgh with a mission to trigger Scotland’s next billion dollar startup. Seed Haus is raising an innovative new angel-backed fund to create the hot-house environment…

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