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:…

Funding your scale up – The Daily ScaleUp with Kim McAllister

“The right people and the right idea” – you may be surprised to learn that these are key elements that angel investors look for in a scale up. I chatted to Jackie Waring this week.…

M squared CEO and co-founder Dr Graeme Malcolm OBE

Royal Bank of Scotland Great British Entrepreneur Awards announces shortlist

The Royal Bank of Scotland Great British Entrepreneur Awards has announced its 2017 shortlist, and this year a host of  Scottish entrepreneurs have joined the list. Now in its fifth year, the Great British Entrepreneur…

Skills for scaling – The Daily ScaleUp with Kim McAllister

Building leadership talent must be a focus for all scale-ups, yet often it gets pushed down the list of priorities. The pace of growth can threaten to overwhelm leaders. Even Lesley Eccles, co-founder of fantasy…

Douglas Shand

Two new heavyweights signed up as mentor executives SCALE: Edinburgh

PwC’s SCALE: Edinburgh initiative has announced the latest two mentor executives who will help guide the country’s next generation of scale-up firms. Ian Ritchie, chairman of cloud services provider iomart, and digital strategist Sorcha Lorimer,…

The kickoff of the new Dundee accelerator

New Dundee Business Accelerator launches

A new programme that will accelerate startup businesses in Tayside launched last week. Acorn Enterprise started their Business Accelerator Programme with a group of new business owners, who they call “Acorns”. The Programme, based in…

Derek Mackay

Nine projects announced for CivTech accelerator programme

Nine projects will drive forward new approaches to public sector innovation Finance Secretary Derek Mackay has announced. The Scottish Government-run CivTech accelerator programme harnesses entrepreneurial tech innovation – typically from start-ups and SMEs – to…

Edinburgh Tourism Innovation Challenge

The Data Lab, Scottish Enterprise and Edinburgh Tourism Action Group are organising the Edinburgh Tourism Innovation Challenge at CodeBase from Thursday 5th to Sunday 8th October 2017. Entrepreneurially minded data scientists and analysts, sector experts,…

Four Scottish companies on Britain’s fastest-growing tech firms league table

Four companies headquartered in Scotland are features in the 17th annual Sunday Times Hiscox Tech Track 100 league table (compared to seven last year). New entrants include Clyde Space, which builds up to 12 flight-ready…

Michael Dickson

How do I get the right staff so I can scale? – The Daily Scale-up with Kim McAllister

People. It’s what business is all about - yet hiring can be daunting and frustrating. It’s a huge commitment. It’s also the number one issue facing companies looking to scale, according to research by the…

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon

£60 million innovation fund to meet environmental ambitions

£60 million will be made available to accelerate innovation in new technologies, including low carbon and digital projects by 2020. The Innovation Fund, announced in Programme for Government, will support the development of low carbon…

Matt Lanham, CEO and founder of Gecko Labs

Gecko Labs secures £1million investment

Education software specialist Gecko Labs has secured an investment package worth £1million, as it rolls out an innovative new live chat system connecting universities and potential students and expands in North America. As a result…

Vicky Brock

Vicky Brock: 10 people challenges startups have to overcome to succeed

From "we back the team above the idea" to "either he goes or I go!", there are endless unsubtle signals telling you it's always all about the people. But in the founder/CEO world of spinning…

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