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…

Stephanie Terreni Brown

ECCI on the hunt for budding entrepreneurs

The Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI) is on the hunt for a new batch of budding Scottish entrepreneurs as it opens the first stage of its Climate-KIC Accelerator for applications. The recruitment drive is…

Stuart Brown

Report shows Edinburgh is one of the best cities to start a business

Edinburgh is one of the best cities in the UK in which to start a business, according to Barclays’ SME Growth Factors Index, with some of the best growth environments for small businesses to grow and flourish.…

John Harris

Grey Matters initiative rolls out after pilot spawns successful businesses

A transformative initiative which aims to bring together experienced oil and gas professionals who have been made redundant and help them create new businesses is to be launched in Aberdeen following a successful pilot. Applications…

Vicky Brock

Vicky Brock: 10 things about business life I wished I’d learned sooner

I've been called both wise and a pioneer in the space of 24 hours. I think that translates as old and been around the block a few times, and not necessarily in the right direction.…

Julie Wilson and Amy Livingstone

Cheeky Chompers duo wins at NatWest everywoman Awards

Julie Wilson & Amy Livingstone of Edinburgh based Cheeky Chompers, has been named winner of The Demeter Award,  awarded to the most inspirational woman running a business trading from 3 to 5 years at the 2017…

Julie Grieve, founder and CEO of Criton Apps

Criton Apps CEO wins ‘HOSPACE2017 Best Entrepreneur’ competition

Julie Grieve, Founder and Chief Executive of Criton Apps has won the annual ‘HOSPACE2017 Best Entrepreneur’ competition for suppliers to the hospitality industry. Julie’s presentation on her company’s self-build guest app service to hotels and serviced…

Karen Knowles

My story: Juiced up – Karen Knowles of Bon Accord

If you want something done, ask a working mum. We might moan a lot, but we’re darn efficient. I interviewed one such superwoman this week as one of her girls slept and the other watched…

David Millar

TechX accelerator to invest millions in start-ups and SMEs

A unique technology accelerator and incubator focused on helping smaller, ambitious technology developers take their solutions to the oil and gas market has been launched byThe Oil & Gas Technology Centre. With three tailored programmes…

Corien Staels and Jon Cooper

Wheelchair cushion entrepreneur wins Glasgow University prize

Corien Staels has been awarded the Entrepreneur of the Year Prize at the Glasgow University Knowledge Exchange and Engagement Conference. This recognises her continuing role as an entrepreneurial success story for the university as well…

Caryn Gibson, accelerator manager for Perth

Elevator launches new Perth accelerator programme

Elevator continues to grow by expanding into its third city with the launch of their newest business accelerator. The Famous Grouse Ideas Centre “Accelerator Programme”, powered by Elevator, will be based within the AK Bell…

Vicky Brock

Scottish entrepreneur launches new entrepreneur agony aunt podcast

Award-winning entrepreneur, Vicky Brock, has launched a new podcast to support startups, CEOs and founders through the personal and professional challenges of growing their business. Each week she’ll be joined by a high profile, expert…

Vicky Brock

Vicky Brock: How to come up with ideas for a startup

Ideas are over-rated. Ideas are ten a penny. Ideas are nothing without execution. Often said, and probably somewhat true, but without an idea, you won't even get to the startup start-line. An idea - even a stolen…

A previous Investing Women event

Investing Women’s ‘Day with the Angels’ event comes to Aberdeen

Investing Women will be running two events in Aberdeen on 12th December to encourage more Scottish women to get involved as angel investors in conjunction with Aberdein Considine. Attendees will hear from some of the current angel…

Bob Keiller

Bob Keiller pitching masterclass goes down a treat for Acorns

Acorn Enterprise hosted a 4-hour Masterclass with the former CEO of the Wood Group, who is also now Chairman of Scottish Enterprise and founder of AB15. The event was organised for members of the new…

Gareth Williams

Entrepreneurial Scotland’s Entrepreneur of the Year Awards winners announced

Entrepreneurial Scotland’s awards were announced at their celebration dinner last night - Thursday 30th November 2017. More than 400 of Scotland’s most successful and respected business and entrepreneurial leaders attended the event at SWG3 studio warehouse,…

Simon Howie

Simon Howie sells Mermaid Panels and Shore Laminates to Wilsonart for £30 million

Perthshire-based entrepreneur Simon Howie has sold Mermaid Panels and Shore Laminates, manufacturers of shower walls and wall panel systems, to Wilsonart Engineered Surfaces, a global manufacturer and distributor of engineered surfaces headquartered in Austin, Texas…

L to R: Sir Tom Hunter, founder of West Coast Capital; Sandy Kennedy, CEO of Entrepreneurial Scotland; Nicola Douglas, HIE; Bob Keiller, Chairman Scottish Enterprise ; Tarak Ramzan, founder of Quiz Plc; Chris van der Kuyl, Chairman of ES; Leah Pape, SE; Colette Grant, founder of Grant Property; and Chris Gauld, CEO of Spark Energy. (Photographer credit: Robert Perry)

Are scale-up enterprises the key to a successful Scottish economy?

Scale-ups, with the potential to grow to £50m - £100m turnover, are recognised as a critical engine for growth for Scotland’s economy with benefits for society as a whole. It's a challenge facing many Scottish…

The opening of GlenWyvis distillery

A lesson in crowdfunding: GlenWyvis Distillery – High Growth Scotland with Kim McAllister

The wind turbine made the snowflakes swirl and everyone hurried into the bonded warehouse. John McKenzie, founder and managing director of GlenWyvis distillery, stepped up onto a box and addressed the crowd of 100 or…

Centre: Sir Tom Hunter Left, Back Row: David Carruthers, Penelope Carruthers (Carruthers Renewables) Left, Front Row: Ross Woodburn (Bubl Bag), Sam Pettipher (EBar Initiatives) Right, Back Row: Dr Brian Miller (uFraction8), Scott Simpson (Industrial Nature), Rossie Stone (Dekko Comics) Right Front Row: Dr Monika Tomecka (UFraction8), Dianne Teo (T30 Fitness Training)

Scottish EDGE round 11 finalists announced

Twenty of Scotland’s most innovative startup businesses have been selected from over 240 applicants to pitch for up to £150,000 in funding and support at the Scottish EDGE Round 11 Final. During an intensive three-day…