The 16 semi-finalists who pitched last night (joined by Jackie Waring, CEO of Investing Women who is in the centre, standing)

Finalists announced for 2018 AccelerateHER Awards

Nine female-led companies representing Tayside, Falkirk, Glasgow and Edinburgh have been shortlisted as Growth category finalists for this year’s AccelerateHER Awards. They include Dundee-based on-line diabetes management support business, My Diabetes My Way; Cascade Water…

Cally Russell

Mallzee raises a further £1.9m and welcomes fashion retail expert to the board

Marketplace app and retail analytics firm, Mallzee, has raised a further £1.9 million taking total funding to £5 million. This latest round will support accelerated sales of its unique data insights offering, Product Future aimed…

Making music with Soundbops

Glasgow entrepreneur gets €50k backing from Belgian investor

A Glasgow-based tech entrepreneurs has received €50,000 to launch his music education invention. Michael Tougher, CEO and creator of Soundbops, won the Royal Academy of Engineering Launchpad Competition in 2016 with his educational toy that simplifies…

NE businessman says no thanks to Dragon’s Den offer

An Aberdeen businessman said ‘thanks but no thanks’ to an £80,000 investment from the most high-profile investors around and has instead turned to crowdfunding. Stuart Ingram was invited down to pitch his business, which encompasses the…

Lesley Eccles

FanDuel founders to feature at EIE18

Informatics Ventures, Scotland’s technology entrepreneur support programme, has confirmed that FanDuel cofounders Nigel and Lesley Eccles and Rob Jones have been lined up as keynote speakers for EIE18 on 19th April at McEwan Hall in Edinburgh. FanDuel…

Joan Johnston of Bespoke Fabrics

14 cutting-edge Scottish start-ups move into Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation

Scotland’s new low carbon dream team – 14 cutting-edge Scottish start-ups hoping to make their millions from climate innovations have moved into the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI). They are the brains behind low carbon…

Finding a nook for the book – High Growth Scotland with Kim McAllister

Reading used to be a huge part of my life – and then I had kids. Now, with a three and six year old, I feel like time to read is time stolen, squirreled away,…

Nicola Dames

Award-winning businesswoman joins Inspiring Women event line-up

A multiple award-winning businesswoman who created her company to help women like her affected by bowel disease has been announced as the second speaker for St Andrews Business Club’s Inspiring Women event on March 7. Nicola…

Vicky Brock

Vicky Brock: 10 important lessons I learned from other people in 2017

Well, 2017 really did turn out to be one hell of a year - and not entirely in a good way. But memorable it most certainly was, along with interesting and character-defining.  And the upside of…

Jenny Campbell

Dragons’ Den entrepreneur to speak at business women’s event

Jenny Campbell, a recent addition to the Dragons’ Den lineup, will be in Scotland next month to address this year’s Ambition & Growth Conference dinner. Jenny, the Founder of YourCash Europe, a pan-European company that provides…

Paddy Graham

Paddy Graham: Significant increase in deal volume in Scotland

Sometimes it’s easy to get caught up in the negativity that seems to surround the world of business, from plunges on the stock market to mounting regulation and the uncertainty being created by Brexit. But peel…

Steven Morris

ESM Investments and Stirling Council to showcase first Stirling fund

Stirling Council will join ESM Investments in showcasing the first investment fund of its kind at an event on Friday 23rd February at the Codebase offices in the city. The collaborative £25 million 'ESM Capital Growth Enterprise…

Gary Lynch, chief executive of GS1 UK

Scottish entrepreneurs boosting British business

There has been a 61% increase in the number of Scottish businesses joining barcode organisation GS1 UK to trade, according to the not-for-profit global standards organisation. Typically, companies join GS1 UK for access to standardised…

Neil Norman

Chiene + Tait ‘highly commended’ at UK entrepreneurial tax adviser awards

For the third year in a row Chiene + Tait’s Entrepreneurial Team has been recognised for its outstanding performance in advising clients on entrepreneurial tax schemes. The firm was once again ‘Highly Commended’ in the…

L-R Pragma’s chairman, Stuart Ferguson, with CEO Gary Smart

FrontRow launches new oil and gas production technology business

FrontRow Energy Technology Group has launched a new start-up business, Pragma Well Technology Ltd. The new company will deliver advanced production technologies and expertise to the global oil and gas industry, offering products and systems…

The new Nielanell collection from Nielanell Inventive Knit. Photo credit Anna Caitlin Harris

Shetland knitwear business to expand into new international markets with grant support

A Shetland based business specialising in contemporary knitwear, homeware and accessories is set to expand into new international markets. Hoswick based Nielanell Inventive Knit, owned by knitwear designer and producer, Niela Kalra, is being supported…

Left to right are Blackcircles.com founder Michael Welch OBE and Sanjeev Agrawal, CEO of Tyremarket.com

Scottish entrepreneur invests in Indian online tyre retailer

Michael Welch OBE, the Blackcircles.com founder who sold the UK online tyre retailer to Michelin in 2015 for £50 million, has invested in India online tyre retailer, Tyremarket.com. One of the leading players in the fast-growing online tyre…

Will Craig

Startup plans to revolutionise car leasing comparison

Glasgow based start-up LeaseFetcher, founded by University of Strathclyde graduate Will Craig in 2017, officially launches to the public today (Wednesday 7th February 2018). The automotive startup aims to revolutionise the way individuals and businesses…

Dave Hughes – novosound – University of the West of Scotland Converge Challenge 2017 Winner · Debbie Wake – My Way Digital Health – University of Dundee Converge Challenge 2017 Top 10 Shortlist · Rotimi Alabi – RAB Microfluidics – University of Aberdeen, Converge Challenge 2017 Finalist

Social Investment Scotland and Weber Shandwick support Converge Challenge

Social Investment Scotland (SIS) Scotland’s leading provider of affordable, flexible, repayable investment for social enterprises in partnership with communications and engagement firm, Weber Shandwick, are joining the prestigious listing of companies working with Converge Challenge 2018.…

Kecia McDougall

Craft distiller set to bring Scotland’s first eau de vie to market

A new micro distillery has opened its doors in Tayport, Fife, using locally sourced fruit and grain to produce Scotland’s first field to glass version of France’s famous eau de vie. Tay Spirit’s Never.25 infuses…

Jo Chidley

Beautiful business opens up natural growth opportunities – High Growth Scotland with Kim McAllister

I am very attracted to positive people. The energy they exude is like the warmth from the sun, I can’t help but bask in it. Sometimes I don’t even need to see them to feel…

The EIE18 cohort of startup companies (by Stewart Attwood)

Informatics Ventures picks top 60 early stage tech companies for EIE18

Informatics Ventures, one of Scotland's leading technology entrepreneur support programme, has picked 60 early stage companies for EIE18 at McEwan Hall, Edinburgh on Thursday 19th April. Over the course of the day, the 60 high growth…

Leah Hutcheon, Chief Executive of Appointedd

Leah Hutcheon wins UK Small Business Entrepreneur of the Year

Leah Hutcheon, CEO and founder of Appointedd, has won UK Small Business Entrepreneur of the Year at the NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards National Awards, which took place at the headquarters of Coutts & Co…

Social innovators lined up for Startup Festival return

Leading social innovators Mel Young of Homeless World Cup and Social Bite’s Alice Thompson will come together for the first time, to talk about new solutions for our changing world. On 7th March Thompson, part of…

Scottish EDGE Round 11 Winners

Scottish EDGE Round 12 opens, offering funding of up to £150,000

On the hunt for Scotland’s most innovative entrepreneurs, Scottish EDGE, the UK’s largest business funding competition, launches its next round today (Wednesday 31st January 2018). Applications to Scottish EDGE Round 12 will be accepted through the…