The Start Up Drinks Lab Co-Founders, Hannah Fisher and Craig Strachan

Start-Up Drinks Lab takes Scotmid investment

The Start-Up Drinks Lab, which was founded last year by Hannah Fisher and Craig Strachan has taken an undisclosed investment from Scotmid Co-operative. The firm will specialise in contract manufacturing specifically for craft sodas with the…

Sir Brian Souter

Souter Investments Completes Sale of Baywater Healthcare UK

Souter Investments, the family investment office of Sir Brian Souter, has sold its majority stake in Baywater Healthcare UK to Bastide Group, a specialist in the sale and rental of home medical equipment in France.…

2017-18 Saltire Fellows, faculty staff from Strathclyde Business School and Ken Whipp, Saltire Fellowship Programme Director. Photo credit: Robert Perry

Scotland’s entrepreneurs to benefit from world leading learning partnership

Scotland’s next generation of business leaders will benefit from entrepreneurial learning as Entrepreneurial Scotland’s Saltire Fellowship programme is delivered in Scotland for the first time by Strathclyde Business School. The six month leadership development programme…

wheelAIR

wheelAIR cooling wheelchair backrest gets Dragons’ backing

The wheelAIR cooling backrest cushion was offered a £75K investment deal by four Dragons on the latest episode of Dragons’ Den after hearing a pitch by Staels Design’s Managing Director Corien Staels. The Dragons decided…

One Lochrin Square

New co-working hub to open for Edinburgh’s booming entrepreneur economy

Edinburgh’s reputation for building one of the UK’s most vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystems has received a further boost with the opening of a major new co-working hub in the city centre later this year. Spaces, the…

Douglas Martin

Anderson Anderson & Brown closed a deal per week during 2017

Anderson Anderson & Brown LLP (AAB), one of the leading independent firms of Chartered Accountants & Business Advisors in Scotland successfully completed 52 deals during 2017, covering a range of sectors including Oil & Gas,…

From left to right): Keith Brown MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Jobs and Fair Work, Stuart Brown, Head of SME Scotland, Barclays, and Stephen Coleman, CEO at CodeBase

First Barclays Eagle Lab lands in Scotland to boost scale-up support

Barclays has today (16 January) opened the doors to Scotland’s first Eagle Lab, in Edinburgh, in partnership with CodeBase. The investment will provide a new space for businesses and communities to learn about innovative technologies…

Lucy Graham

Cairngorm Capital opens Edinburgh office and enlarges investment team

Cairngorm Capital has appointed Lucy Graham as Investment Director to be based in the firm's newly opened Edinburgh office, working with Neil McGill to develop opportunities arising from their strong relationships with the business community in Scotland and beyond.…

Kim McAllister

Well hello there 2018 – what do you have in store for us? – High Growth Scotland with Kim McAllister

I’m not into predictions and I don’t like the idea of fate, because then the control isn’t in our hands. Instead, I asked some of the businesspeople who’ve featured in this column what their priorities…

From left - Karina Ogunyemi, Susan Russell, Julie Grieve, Sadiah Mir

Criton Apps appoints new head of marketing

Criton Apps has stepped up its expansion plans with the appointment of the former Marketing Manager of Festivals Edinburgh to spearhead its international sales drive. Having secured a £5m investment boost, the traveltech company launched…

David Millar

TechX accelerator takes off with global interest

TechX, the unique technology accelerator and incubator, is generating global interest for its Pioneer and Market Entry accelerator programmes with more than 75 applications received from 17 countries, across five continents, so far. TechX launched…

Gail Ross MSP

£2 million lent to Scottish SMEs creating over 200 jobs

A Scottish Government backed fund which supports enterprise in Scotland by providing micro finance loans to SMEs has lent £2 million to over 130 new and existing businesses across the country, creating more than 200…

Left to right are Hayden Ball, Roy Hotrabhvanon, international athlete wearing PlayerData EDGE wearable technology and Mike Welch OBE

Sports wearable startup secures high profile backers

PlayerData, a sports wearable startup, has secured an early stage investment round from a number of high profile backers including Sir Terry Leahy, Blackcircles.com founder Mike Welch OBE, who has been appointed as PlayerData’s Chairman,…

Steven Morris

ESM Investments makes £25m technology fund switch

Following the recent Budget, ESM Investments is to launch a £25 million Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) qualifying technology fund in 2018 instead of the Venture Capital Trust (VCT) previously announced in September 2017.   EIS…

David Ovens of Archangels

Archangels marks quarter century with record investment tally

Archangels, the Edinburgh-based business angel investment syndicate believed to be the oldest in the world, has celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2017 by leading a record level of investment in Scottish early stage and scaling businesses.…

Jo Harris

Increasing number of Scots planning on starting a new business

An increasing number of Scottish adults can see themselves starting their own business, according to the latest How Scotland Lives research from Bank of Scotland. Starting a business can mean more autonomy, job satisfaction and…

Kim McAllister

What’s in a name? – High Growth Scotland with Kim McAllister

Well, if you want to come up smelling like roses, rather a lot. It generally comes down to which URL is available – though you should probably consider connotations and the way it trips off…

David Hunter

Shot Scope raises £1.6 million in latest funding round

Shot Scope Technologies, maker of a performance-tracking watch for golfers, has raised £1.6 million in its latest funding round. The investment brings to £4.5 million the total raised by the company since its launch in…

Aberdeen company awarded £75,000 at Scottish EDGE final

The solution to long bar queues at major sports and music events is one step closer to reality, thanks to an Aberdeen start-up’s ambition to provide self-service drink dispensers capable of pouring perfect pints in…

Julian Kynaston centre with Hayley Harvey Smith (left)

50 new jobs in pipeline as Glamcandy takes six-figure investment

A Scottish makeup college is set to create 50 new jobs as they eye a UK-wide expansion thanks to a six-figure investment. Edinburgh-based Glamcandy  has partnered with serial entrepreneur Julian Kynaston - the man behind…

Vicky Brock

Vicky Brock: 10 ways you must sweat your startup numbers

When it comes to success or failure as a startup, it's ultimately about the people and the numbers. Or people and numbers. I've written about people challenges before and I will again - a lot of it…

Douglas Martin

Startup Interview: Douglas Martin of MiAlgae

Edinburgh-based scientist and entrepreneur, Douglas Martin recently won an award from Shell for his business MiAlgae which produces algae to sustainably feed fish. According to Martin, his business can grow microalgae rich in omega 3 and other nutrients…

All the winners of Scottish EDGE 11

Scottish EDGE Round 11 awards £1.1m to Scotland’s most promising start-up businesses

Thirteen of the country’s most promising entrepreneurs have pitched their way to a share in a £1.1 million prize pot in the Scottish EDGE Round 11 Final. Twenty two finalists, chosen from over 242 applicants…

EXCLUSIVE – Advocate turned coder set to disrupt the courtroom – The Weekly Scaleup with Kim McAllister

I was a Meghan Markle fan way before Prince Harry - Suits is one of my favourite ever shows. Everyone loves the suave Harvey Spectre, but I prefer the ridiculous intelligence of Mike Ross; the…

David Oxley

£16m Highland innovation boost

A new £16 million initiative is to be launched in the Highlands to boost innovation. The Northern Innovation Hub (NIH) will focus on four key industry sectors, encourage the adoption of new technologies and create…