The Refinery at St Andrew Square in Edinburgh.

New co-working concept launches in Edinburgh

An innovative new concept which will see unused space in restaurants and bars used as co-working spaces has launched in Edinburgh. New Bloc, which was started to help freelancers and start-up companies find creative and…

How do I access people who can help me scale? – The Daily ScaleUp with Kim McAllister

For a long time the narrative has focused on start-ups, now more and more initiatives to help those companies scale are springing up. One such programme, announced this month, is the partnership between tech incubator…

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon

Scottish National Investment Bank to be created

A Scottish National Investment Bank will be established to take a ‘new approach’ on capital investment, the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced. The commitment, which is part of the Programme for Government 2017-18, has…

Stuart Broadley, the Chief Executive of the Energy Industries Council (EIC)

How do I scale? – The Daily ScaleUp with Kim McAllister

What if I told you there were six ways to scale up your business? · collaborate · diversify · export · innovate · optimize · use technology These aren’t, unfortunately, my own pearls of wisdom.…

Amiqus CEO Callum Murray (centre) with Amiqus team members Kirsty Black (left) and Laura Westring (right) Photo credit: Scottish Enterprise / McAteer Photograph

Amiqus named regional winning startup in Barclays Entrepreneurs Awards

A Leith-based tech startup has been named regional winner for Scotland & Northern Ireland in the startup category of Barclays annual Entrepreneurs Awards. The awards are a celebration of Barclays most innovative entrepreneurs and businesses…

Left to right are Paul Jarman-Williams, Mike Welch and Nick Freer of Full Circle Partners

New firm to help high growth companies ‘Fund, Scale and Exit’ launched

One of the UK’s most successful entrepreneurs has teamed up with one of Scotland’s top corporate lawyers and a technology startup PR specialist to launch an advisory firm positioned to help high growth companies fund,…

When do I scale? – The Daily ScaleUp with Kim McAllister

At what stage should a company consider scaling up? Well, right from inception, according to Fiona Godsman. [caption id="attachment_37806" align="alignleft" width="196"] Fiona Godsman[/caption] As the chief executive of Scottish Institute for Enterprise, which helps students…

Steve Bruce CEO of WaveLIFT

WaveLIFT secures over £1m funding for artificial lift technology

WaveLIFT Limited has secured funding of over £1 million to further develop its innovative Artificial Lift pump technology for the oil and gas sector. The funding is led by Scottish business angel investment syndicate, Archangels,…

Talking Medicines team (l to r): Dr Elizabeth Fairley; COO & Founder, Jo Halliday CEO & Founder Dr Scott Crae CMO & Founder

Talking Medicines raises seed funding for app launch

Health Tech start-up, Talking Medicines has completed a major seed funding round which will accelerate the development of its cutting-edge real world medicines data service and unique healthcare App, Medsmart. Raised through the award of…

Twin River brand ambassador Ricky Chan, distiller Andrew Tulloch and brand ambassador Ryan Rhodes filling the first cask of Twin River Whisky.

Aberdeenshire based Twin River Distillery launches craft whisky product after £200k investment

A new distillery has been launched in Royal Deeside, the first after almost 200 years. Banchory-based Twin River Distillery comes from the team behind Deeside Brewery and is expanding its craft drink offering with the…

Vicky Brock

Vicky Brock: My tips on raising money for your early stage startup

I didn't start this blog to be a startup agony aunt - simply to be frank about my mistakes, successes and learnings. But based on the many - and wonderful - LinkedIn & Twitter messages…

L – R: (back row) Olga Kozlova, David Harris-Birtill, Rogelio Arellano and Sandy Finlayson (front row) Erika Grant, Chris Hughes, Victoria Hamilton and Anne Rushing Photographer credit: Alan Richardson

Converge Challenge Entrepreneurs of the future shortlist announced

The 2017 shortlist of academic entrepreneurs for one of Scotland’s leading company creation competition has been announced. The judging process for Converge Challenge has shortlisted 25 nominees across the competition’s three award categories: Converge Challenge:…

Heather McDonald

Moray brewery expands with £692,000 expansion project as global market grows

A Moray brewery has set up a new base at a site in Kinloss as it expands to meet growing demand for its beer from new international markets. Four new jobs have already been created…

From left - Anna Orr, Marketing Manager and Kieran Middleton, Brewer and Business Development Manager Picture credit: Neil Hanna

Edinburgh’s gluten-free microbrewery raises £430k to fund expansion

Edinburgh-based Bellfield Brewery, the UK’s only dedicated gluten-free microbrewery has achieved its fund raising target of £430k cash via equity, to support its rapid expansion. The investment was led by the angel syndicate Equity Gap…

Sumdog CEO Andrew Hall

Scottish EdTech firm sets sights on international growth with £1.4m impact investment

Edinburgh-based, education technology and high-impact company Sumdog has secured £1.4 million of funding from Nesta Impact Investments and the Scottish Investment Bank, the investment arm of Scottish Enterprise. Last year, Sumdog’s innovative games-based learning system…

Craig J Lemmon

Miigen raises £250,000 investment in seven days

Miigen, a Scottish-based online social platform for older adults has raised £250,000 investment easily smashing the target of £150,000 set by owner, Craig J Lemmon. The first-round investment exercise was funded by 11 Scottish business…

Sandy Kennedy, Eilidh Dillon, James Muldoon, Ian McCubbin Photographer credit: Anthony Charlton

The Saltire Scholar programme finds success with pharma giant GSK

In the 10th anniversary year of the Saltire Scholar programme, one of Scotland’s leading global internship programme, it has been revealed that GSK, one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies has hosted a record 76…

Andrew Carnegie

5 Scottish entrepreneurs that became a success against all the odds

Some famous names are etched on our memory, and become part of the fabric of society. Andrew Carnegie is one such name – an entrepreneur and philanthropist who originated from Scotland, but who made a…

Vicky Brock

Vicky Brock: 10 start-up fundamentals for founders who want scale

When I was thinking about founding the business that eventually became Clear Returns, I knew I wanted to achieve 3 things: Scale - I wanted a big, high growth business. My theory (correct, it turns…

Dr Jamie Graves Founder and CEO of ZoneFox

ZoneFox moves into new Edinburgh HQ after rapid growth

Edinburgh-based ZoneFox has moved to new offices in order to accommodate its rapid expansion. After three years in Codebase, the UK’s largest tech incubator, the security tech startup is now located at 40 Torphichen Street.…

Jordan Paisley and Ross McMillan

Scottish fitness startup gets ‘significant’ investment

Voomfit, a fitness platform based in Glasgow, has received a significant investment from a software entrepreneur. Brian Welsh has backed the internet startup to transform the city’s fitness industry and help Glaswegians in their journey…

The Storii team

Interview: Cameron Graham, Founder and CEO of StoriiCare

We caught up with Cameron Graham, the founder CEO of StoriiCare as the company undertakes a £300k crowdfunding exercise and asked him to tell us a bit about himself and his background As a teenager…

Douglas Martin

Young Scottish scientist wins low-carbon entrepreneurship award from Shell for algae start-up

A young Scottish scientist has won a prestigious entrepreneurship award from Shell for his business which produces algae to sustainably feed fish. The Shell LiveWIRE programme recognises and awards equity-free grants to the most inspirational…

Left to right are Johanna Boyd (Stirling Council), Stephen Coleman (CodeBase) and Neil Benny (Stirling Council)

Official Launch for Stirling’s New Digital Hub Announced

Codebase Stirling, the city’s brand new technology incubator hub officially opened its doors last week. Housed in the former Municipal Buildings, the flagship technology hub will host it's formal launch reception on September 5. Kickstarting…

Vicky Brock

Vicky Brock: Five fabulous things I’ve learned by failing

In the world of startups and entrepreneurship, failure is pretty inevitable a lot of the time. Learning to get comfortable with that - or at least to manage your discomfort - is essential to your…

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