Craig Lemmon and Brian Williamson

Finding key people for your scaleup – The Daily Scaleup with Kim McAllister

Few things inspire confidence in your company more than appointing a business heavyweight to the board. Miigen, the Stirling-based digital time capsule creator, has recently announced Brian Williamson as its new Chairman and it’s a…

Charlotte Square

Going Global: IoD Scotland launches International Week

The Institute of Directors Scotland has this week launched Scottish International Week; a 5-day program of events for businesses who are taking the first steps into the world-wide market, or for those already operating internationally…

Steven Morris

ESM Investments to invest £25 million in Scottish technology

ESM Investments is to launch a specialist £25 million fund in 2018 to fuel further growth in Scots based technology. The company aims to attract high net worth individuals throughout the UK to pool investments…

Scottish EDGE CEO Evelyn McDonald with Amiqus CEO Callum Murray Photo credit: Scottish EDGE

Scottish EDGE partner with EDGE winners Amiqus

Scottish EDGE, the UK’s largest business funding competition, has become a customer of one of its winners, Edinburgh-based tech startup Amiqus. Amiqus ID software provided the anti-money laundering and credit checks required of applicants in…

Speakers announced for second Glasgow Business Summit

A high profile range of speakers including Jim Duffy and Steven Grier of Microsoft has been arranged for the second Glasgow Business Summit. Following the success of last year’s summit, the second session explores the…

How important are scaling companies? – The Daily Scaleup with Kim McAllister

If ever you needed proof that scaleups are the driving force for economic success, look no further than the latest announcement from Scottish Enterprise. The Scottish government’s enterprise agency has announced an enhanced service for…

BlackBX founder Patrick Clover

BLACKBX targets China and Europe with LigoWave WiFi partnership

Wireless technology company, BLACKBX, has announced a deal with US wireless networking solutions company LigoWave to deliver their pioneering guest WiFi software to the Chinese market and beyond. The rapidly growing Edinburgh-based firm will also…

Back row (Standing) (L-R): Mary-Jane McNally (17), Nevin Pillai (16), Mhairi McCann (18), Gwyn Devoy (14), Mary Olaleye (15), Caitlin Ayres (15), Mhairi Fraser (17), Daniella Damptey (15) Front row (Sitting) (L-R): Susan (Xoiu Sang) Chen (17), Adnan Bakar (16), Jude Campbell (16), Niamh Fraser (14), Emmanuella Damptey (15)

Young Scots battle it out at Venturefest 2017

Three teams of young Scots aged 14 to 20 went head-to-head, when they pitched their innovative ideas to tackle future energy challenges in front of Scotland’s leading investors at Venturefest Scotland earlier this week. The…

From left: Andrew Holloway, Head of Entrepreneurial Tax at Johnston Carmichael and Bruce Walker, Founder of WeAreTheFuture

Johnston Carmichael sponsors Startup Summit

One of Scotland’s leading entrepreneurship event, Startup Summit has gained another sponsor this week as it secures Scotland’s largest independent firm of chartered accountants and business advisers, Johnston Carmichael as key sponsors. The gathering of…

Making the leap to a scaling business – The Daily Scaleup with Kim McAllister

You might think working as an operations director for three successful scaleups would set you up nicely for the leap to being your own boss. Not necessarily. “Until it’s yours you have no idea of…

Scottish Enterprise enhances its support for fast growing companies

An enhanced service to support more companies in Scotland with the potential to reach turnover upwards of £100 million has been launched today by Scottish Enterprise. The Start2Scale service will target fast growing innovative start-up…

Left to right - Adrian Innes and Stuart Lunn

LendingCrowd reaches 200 deals in August

LendingCrowd, Scotland’s only alternative finance provider to SMEs, topped 200 cumulative loan deals in August and posted a record month for the P2P lender with around £2.5 million of funds inflow and four Scottish deals…

6 programmes to help my business grow – The Daily Scaleup with Kim McAllister

Scotland is a unique ecosystem for new and growing businesses. The country is just big enough a market without being so large that influencers are unreachable. We also have quite a number of support programmes…

Loral and Eishel Quinn

Sustainably wins coveted Best of Show award at Finovate Fall

Sustainably, a social good technology company for conscious consumers and businesses who want to localise and personalise their corporate social responsibility programmes, has won Best of Show at Finovate Fall, held last week in New…

Angela Prentner-Smith

2017 Association of Scottish Business Women National Business Awards finalists announced

The Association of Scottish Business Women has announce the shortlisted finalists for the 2017 National Business Awards. The winners will be announced at a glittering ceremony to be held at Glasgow Grand Central Hotel on Friday…

Dr Neil Robson

Healthy science at the heart of new chocolate venture

A scientist who worked in cancer research has used his biochemistry skills to create a healthier chocolate bar. Dr Neil Robson, based in Glasgow, used modern nutritional knowledge and science to develop his Rebel Chocolate…

Sara Roberts

Investors select snack firm for healthy growth with £100k investment

A vending machine company that offers healthy snacks has secured £100k worth of investment to create jobs and launch its own branded product. Healthy Nibbles, which has accessed support from Business Gateway Midlothian, received the…

£14.6m programme launched to support SME innovation

Small to medium enterprises (SMEs) in some of the most fragile areas of western Scotland are among those set to benefit from a new £14.6 million programme to encourage research and innovation. The five year…

One lucky start-up will win free office space in Orega Aberdeen’s inspiring Silver Fin office environment.

Silver Fin office space up for grabs in new competition for start-ups

A new competition to win six months’ free office space at Aberdeen’s prestigious Silver Fin Building is giving entrants the chance to get their business off to a flying start. The #StartMeUp Pitch, organised by…

Adrian Gillespie

University of Strathclyde appoints new Chief Commercial Officer

The University of Strathclyde has appointed Adrian Gillespie to its senior management team. Adrian has been appointed to the post of Chief Commercial Officer, in which he will provide commercial and business development leadership, as…

Scale-Up Story: Scottish Bioenergy – The Daily Scaleup with Kim McAllister

Blue Smarties were always my favourite. I remember when they first came out – I was eight. Mum bought me a tube with a plastic pop-off lid with a letter on the back and I…

John Robertson

Investment set to help business uncork alcohol delivery market

An Edinburgh business that has seen sales increase by 30% month-on-month since launching last November has secured investment to help it continue to grow. Drinkly.co.uk will use the £30k from Seed Haus business accelerator to…

Joining a scaleup – The Daily Scaleup with Kim McAllister

I’m a firm believer in practising what you preach, so I’m hijacking my column today with my own scaleup tale. Last week I was chuffed to bits to win a three way pitch and join…

Karen McGregor

Almost 3000 social purpose businesses set up in Scotland in last 10 years

Almost 6000 businesses with a social purpose have been set up in Scotland – almost half of them in the last 10 years and 10% in the last two years. Many of the 5600 social…

Calum Forsyth and Robin Knox

Tech accelerator unveils high-profile investors and first cohort of startups

Scotland’s first dedicated pre-seed tech accelerator, Seed Haus, has launched in Edinburgh backed by a stellar line-up of investment partners. Seed Haus’ mission is to trigger Scotland’s next billion-dollar startup and the partners joining the team in realising this goal include:…

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