40 UNDER 40: Scotland 2016

Scottish Business News Network (SBNN) has published the list of the 40 successful entrants in this years 40UNDER40: Scotland awards. In publishing the list SBNN is turning the spotlight on successful individuals, business innovators and entrepreneurs who have already had an impact in their business sector whilst still under the age of 40. Read the story here

Laura Etko

Laura Etko, Owner, Laura’s Gym Ltd, 34

Laura Etko started the gym believing that she would work part time delivering a few children’s fitness classes a week. Seven years later, the Kid’s...
John Durrant

John Durrant, CEO & co-founder, Juggling Swords, 32

John is the CEO and co-founder of Juggling Swords - an East Lothian content marketing agency. Since the company launch in May 2014 (with no...

Pete Docherty, Head of People Solutions, MBN Solutions, 34

Pete has very quickly gravitated from a Consultant role with MBN Solutions to assuming authority for all recruitment operations in his role as Head...
Matthew O’Hare

Matthew O’Hare, International Executive, Scottish Enterprise, 25

Matthew is currently responsible for delivering Executive level support on strategic briefings, speeches, events and media/comms to the First Minister, Scottish Government Ministers and...
Ravinder Dahiya

Dr. Ravinder Dahiya, Reader in Electronics Engineering, University of Glasgow, 39

(Note: Co-I = Co-Investigator, PI = Primary Investigator) Dr. Ravinder Dahiya is Director of the Electronics Systems Design Centre at the University of Glasgow and...
Sam Trett

Sam Trett, Director, LoCa Beverages Ltd., 27

Having taken LoCa’s first product, Minus 33, from concept to launch in 2015, LoCa Beverages has grown from strength to strength under the direction...
Tom McDonald

Tom McDonald, Managing Director, Exsel Group, 32

Tom has built Exsel Group over the last two years from a sub £100k business with 3 people to a 50 plus man company...
Dominic Taddei

Dominic Taddei, Managing Director, Mortgage Advice Bureau Scotland, 39

Dominic started Clear Mortgage Solutions (CMS) in 2004 after working in direct sales. It was quickly apparent he was good at selling and had...
Leanne McDonald

Leanne McDonald, Recruitment Director, Cammach Recruitment, 36

Leanne joined Cammach Recruitment in June 2008 as its first employee in the role of Recruitment Consultant. She quickly progressed to Recruitment Manager where she...
Daniel Halliday

Daniel Halliday, Finance Director, TenTel Ltd., 30

Graduating with a degree in mathematics from the University of Edinburgh, Daniel joined KPMG on their graduate program in 2007. Qualifying as a Chartered...
Julie Clark-Spence

Julie Clark-Spence, Partner, Balfour+Manson, 38

Julie Clark-Spence joined Balfour + Manson, one of Scotland's leading law firms in 2007, and was promoted to partner in 2014. She heads up the...
Kenny Lowe

Kenny Lowe, Head of Emerging Technologies, brightsolid, 34

Kenny Lowe is Head of Emerging Technologies at brightsolid. Having worked at the company for six years, his role is to define and deliver...
Brian McEwan

Brian McEwan, Programme Manager – Bridge 2 Business, Young Enterprise Scotland, 37

Brian is the Bridge 2 Business Programme Manager and a member of the Senior Leadership Team at Young Enterprise Scotland. A recent teaching background in...
Scott Whyte

Scott Whyte, Managing Director, Watermans Accident Claims and Care, 34

As managing director and owner, Scott is responsible for the overall running of Watermans on a daily basis. He sets targets and budgets for...
Barry Park

Barry Park, Managing Director, OEM Group, 33

Barry founded OEM Diesel Products with a £40,000 director’s loan aged just 28, and has since dedicated his life to making the business a success. Over...
Rob Cowman

Robert Cowman, Engineering Director, EC-OG, 39

Rob has worked within a variety of different sized companies over the course of 18 years. This has allowed him to develop an excellent...
Andrew Dobbie

Andrew Dobbie, Director, MadeBrave, 35

Andrew Dobbie is a director of MadeBrave, an award-winning brand-led digital creative agency based in Glasgow. Andrew started MadeBrave back in 2012 when he left...
Peter Walker

Peter Walker, General Manager, Meldrum House, 36

Under Peter Walker's guidance, Meldrum House has collected various awards over recent years - Rising Star of the Year at the Scottish Hotel Awards in...
Donna Hutchison

Donna Hutchison, Operations Director, Quensh Specialists Limited, 36

Delivering profitable numbers safely is a primary objective for all businesses and Donna created Quensh in 2006 to do just that. Donna started Quensh...
Craig Buchan

Craig Buchan, Founder & Managing Director, Qpal, 24

Taking Qpal from a business idea to business opportunity by growing the business through the first 8 months of 2016. Developing an innovative and disruptive...
Yekemi Otaru

Yekemi Otaru, Managing Director, YO! Marketing Limited, 37

Yekemi is Managing Director at YO! Marketing, a marketing consultancy that provides strategic marketing services to engineering and advanced manufacturing companies. Prior to launching YO!...
Matthew Leonard

Matthew Leonard, Student at the University of St Andrews, 22

Matthew Leonard is a final year MA International Relations student at the University of St Andrews. Whilst at University, Matthew co-founded the St Andrews...
Neil McLennan

Neil McLennan, Senior Lecturer & Director of Leadership Programmes, University of Aberdeen, 36

Neil has worked at the forefront of business and education engagement and impact over the last ten years. Neil has led national policy, local...

Andrew Brown, Director, Brown & Brown Architects, 33

Andrew is responsible for the design output of Brown + Brown Architects, and has been responsible for the steady growth of the practice since...
Aqib Pervaiz

Aqib Pervaiz, Founder & Ceo, RapidTechSolutions, 19

Aqib started started his first company when he was 15 - RapidTechSolutions (A tech company that deals with Web Design, Software Development, Web Hosting...
Pete Swift

Pete Swift, Director, Scot-Tech Engagement, 31

Pete is responsible for harnessing tech news, views and opinions via comprehensive research and creating compelling conference agendas, these events attended by the IT...
Luke Johnson

Luke Johnson, CEO, Cognitive Geology, 36

Luke Johnson founded Cognitive Geology in 2014 to develop specialist geoscience software to the petroleum industry. An end user from a super-major oil company...
Colin Hewitt

Colin Hewitt, CEO and founder, Float, 39

Colin Hewitt has a passion for business, developing people, and leadership. He thrive on working on difficult problems within in a team context. After founding digital...
Stuart Lawson

Stuart Lawson, Managing Director, AISUS Offshore, 30

Stuart has been an integral part in the success of AISUS. When he set up the business in 2013, with his four fellow founders,...

Myles Edwards, Founder, Gathimba Edwards Foundation, 27

Myles first travelled to Kenya as an athlete in 2011 and during his third spell there in 2013 visited a children's home which was...
Ryan Crighton

Ryan Crighton, Director of Marketing, Aberdein Considine, 31

Ryan is a director at Scottish law firm Aberdein Considine with responsibility for marketing the firm’s three divisions – property, legal and financial services. In...
Leah Hutcheon

Leah Hutcheon, CEO & Founder, Appointedd, 36

Leah Hutcheon is the founder and CEO of Appointedd, an Edinburgh-based startup revolutionising the way businesses sell their timeslot appointments online. Appointedd’s cloud based online...
Heidi Barnes

Heidi Barnes, Entrepreneur Strategy Manager, Royal Bank of Scotland, 26

Heidi’s role as Entrepreneur Strategy Manager involves programme development, project management & stakeholder management across the banks entrepreneur strategy across the UK. A key component...
Lucy-Rose Walker

Lucy-Rose Walker, Co-founder and Chief Entrepreneuring Officer (CEO), Entrepreneurial Spark, 36

Lucy-Rose Walker is co-founder and Chief Entrepreneuring Officer (CEO) at Entrepreneurial Spark. Since it was established in 2011 Entrepreneurial Spark has become one of...
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Kallum Russell, Chief Enterprise Officer, Acorn Enterprise, 26

Acorn Enterprise works with individuals to develop: confidence, clarity and business skills. In doing so, they help overcome the many barriers they face when...
Kendra Byers

Kendra Byers, Managing Director, Startedinburgh, 23

Kendra Byers first experience of success came about with the completion of her University degree in Festival and Event Management with Entrepreneurship in which...
Bruce Walker

Bruce Walker, Founder/CEO, WeAreTheFuture, 22

Founder and CEO Bruce Walker has lead WeAreTheFuture to the successful achievement of the following awards: Highly Commended Best Small Business 2015 IPSE 15 for 2015 TEDx...
Bruce Hydes

Bruce Hydes, Founding Director, Edgar Stewart Selection Ltd, 39

Choosing to leave a job in recruitment, Bruce built a new start up professional services recruitment business. This was originally set up in South...
Gavin Henry

Gavin Henry, Managing Director, Suretec Systems Ltd, 38

In 2003 Gavin started Suretec Systems Ltd and through developments and further collaboration, this company has become the only telecoms provider in Aberdeen to...
Murray Kerr

Murray Kerr, Managing Director, SengS Subsea Engineering Solutions Ltd, 35

Murray Kerr developed and built a multi million pound company with no external support within a 4 year period. His business has gone from strength...

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