Latest Inverness Business News

(LtoR) Ian White, Director at Run4It and Tim Laundon, Relationship Manager at HSBC

New stores and better online presence planned for Run4It

Scotland’s largest independent running retailer, Run4It, is investing in an HSBC-backed programme of improvements as part of a wider growth plan that includes expanding...
Charlotte Wright

New acting chief executive for HIE

Charlotte Wright takes over as acting chief executive of Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) as of today - Monday 29 August 2016. Ms Wright has...
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New Inverness education and research centre role model for collaboration

A new centre in Inverness, opened this week by Deputy First Minister John Swinney, is to be a role model for collaboration between enterprise,...
Stuart Mason

Stuart Mason: How to Wreck Your Business

Stuart Mason, entrepreneur and coach has had a roller coaster ride through his business career. In part 1, Stuart tells it all in gory...
Sarah Johnstone

What Can Recruitment Learn from the Olympics, Post Rio?

The Olympics - one of the greatest display of physical ability and athletic talent in the world. Athletes from around the globe spend the...
Craig Buchan

Start: Craig Buchan, Founder and Managing Director of Qpal

QPal is an app that allows users to make cashless payments at events via contactless technology in order to help reduce queue times and...
Lesley Wisely

New associate for Harper Macleod Inverness office

Law firm, Harper Macleod, has strengthened its Inverness corporate team with the arrival of a new Associate. Lesley Wisely has joined from Ledingham Chalmers and...

Thurso startup creates five new jobs

Five new jobs have been created thanks to the establishment of a new business in Caithness and Sutherland’s energy sector. Envision Engineering & Design Ltd...
The pureLiFi Team with Harald Burchardt on the right

PureLiFi – The journey to launching a new technology

After recently raising £7.5m in funding, Edinburgh base PureLiFi is firmly on the road to developing their innovative LiFi technology which uses the visible...
Ice Factor Kinlochleven credit Jeff Holmes Photography

Ice Factor achieves VisitScotland five star rating

An adventure centre in the Highlands housing the world’s largest indoor ice climbing walls, has achieved VisitScotland’s highest Quality Assurance grading. Ice Factor Kinlochleven, seven...
LifeScan Scotland

LifeScan Scotland plans £8.7m investment in Inverness

Inverness-based LifeScan Scotland is to embark on an £8.7 million investment to innovate the research, development and manufacturing capabilities of its newest technologies. LifeScan Scotland...
Duncan Smallman of Slate Island Seaweed

Marine Biologist set up new company to harvest the sea

A marine biologist with a love of both the sea and food has set up a new business offering seaweed foraging and harvesting services. Duncan...
John Durrant

John Durrant: Why you should throw your smartphone in a bucket of water

I’m back from a week’s holiday and it feels good because I’ve just had the longest sustained period without a smartphone in my hand...
Etape Royale & Royal Deeside Cycling Festival

£20,000 funding boost for Aberdeen & Moray Speyside events

A cycling sportive and a festival of music and song are among 21 events across the country to receive backing from the latest round...
Simon Farr

Key North Appointment for Macdonald Hotels & Resorts

Hotel operator Macdonald Hotels & Resorts has announced the addition of a key member of staff to oversee its portfolio in the North of...
Virtual Reality. credit John Paul/HIE

‘Augmented Business Week’ coming to Inverness

Whether it’s immersing your next customer in a digital tour, testing your design concepts before investing in production, or developing ways for patients to...
Leonardo DiCaprio

Leonardo DiCaprio announced as Keynote for Scottish Business Awards

Oscar winning actor and environmental activist Leonardo DiCaprio is to feature as the keynote speaker for the 2016 Scottish Business Awards on 17 November. Mr....
Aly & Stephen Kemp

Official launch of Kirkjuvagr, Orkney gin

Orkney’s new premium quality gin, Kirkjuvagr, will be officially revealed in the islands’ capital this weekend. The gin has been created by Orkney Distilling Limited,...
Midton Acrylics - Credit Bill Bailey HIE

First Enterprise Week to boost business success in Argyll

A brand new event to support Argyll and Bute’s business community and encourage enterprise has been announced. Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) has teamed up...
Storehouse cafe

Natural Retreats launches ground floor at Lews Castle on Isle of Lewis

Natural Retreats has launched the ground floor of Lews Castle on the Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides as a visitor attraction and luxury wedding...
John Durrant

John Durrant: Without buyer personas your content marketing is screwed

Content marketing is the new rock ‘n’ roll of digital marketing and everyone wants a piece of the action, which is great, but you’re...
Richard Knox of EC OG

Scottish Enterprise supports 200+ early stage companies

Scottish Enterprise has provided targeted support to 231 entrepreneurs leading early stage companies to increase their ambition, competitiveness and capacity for internationalisation. The figure exceeds...
Julie Mitchell-Mehta

Julie Mitchell-Mehta: How to Generate Leads from Your Website

Last month I introduced the idea of Inbound Marketing and using content to generate leads for your business. What is a Lead? We consider a lead...
left to right: Stuart Mundy, Technical Director, Andy Kings, Managing Director and Helen Kings Marketing Director

Inverness IT company ready to protect business against cyber crime

Pisys.net Highland has become one of only a handful of companies in the Highlands accredited to take businesses through the Cyber Essentials and Cyber...
Scottish Edge

Highlands and Islands business urged to apply to EDGE fund

Businesses in the Highlands and Islands are being encouraged to apply to the next round of Scottish EDGE funding and the chance to win...

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Sally-Anne Anderson

Free breakfast briefing: Managing sickness absence

Business owners and HR directors are being urged to join a free employment law breakfast briefing in Aberdeen later this month. Leading Scottish legal firm...
Mollie Hughes

Next Month: A Mountaineer, a Brewer and a Broadcaster!

The Royal Scots Club is delighted to announce the launch of its Liaison Lunches, starting in September this year. Featuring a mountaineer, a brewer and...
Angus Lee, Jason Moir and Andrew Smith

North-East golf networking group swings into action

A new north-east networking group has swung into action offering a unique combination of sport, socialising and business networking. The 19th Hole, founded by experienced...

Nicholson Solutions Appointed as Education Partner by Digital Marketing Institute

The Digital Marketing Institute has appointed Aberdeen company Nicholson Solutions to deliver its Professional Diploma in Digital Marketing in Scotland. The SQA accredited professional...

40UNDER40: Scotland 2016 – open for entries!

Scottish Business News Network (SBNN) is turning the spotlight on successful individuals, business innovators and entrepreneurs who have already had an impact in their...

Interviews

Craig Buchan

Craig Buchan: The continuing journey of Qpal

I sat with great expectations of becoming a frequent blogger back in April after I put the finishing touches to my first chronicle, Coming...
George Frier

Scottish Sea Farms invests £35m in salmon hatchery

Scottish Sea Farms (SSF) is investing £35m in a development site for a new freshwater fish facility near Oban. The deal is financed by SSF's...
Peter Vardy

Scottish Entrepreneur: Peter Vardy on employing 800 people, giving money away and hanging out...

Peter Vardy has just become a dad. The sleepless nights are a challenge for the chief executive of Peter Vardy Ltd, owner of seven...
Sir Tom Hunter

“I’d like to be the catalyst for positive change in Scotland” – Sir Tom...

You can listen to the podcast version of this interview at the end of this article. The best piece of management advice Sir Tom Hunter...
Simon Cowie

Interview – “This is a Year for Survival and a Year of Opportunity.” Simon...

Simon Cowie has been awarded Scottish Dealmaker of the Year twice (in 2009 and 2014) and the company has been shortlisted for three 2016...

Columnists

John Durrant

John Durrant: Why you should throw your smartphone in a bucket of water

I’m back from a week’s holiday and it feels good because I’ve just had the longest sustained period without a smartphone in my hand...
Clare Scott

Clare Scott: Self-employment myths exploded

“You work for yourself? Wow – that must be lonely/daunting/challenging.” Over the past 12 years, I’ve heard lots of variations on this theme. And...
John Durrant

John Durrant: Without buyer personas your content marketing is screwed

Content marketing is the new rock ‘n’ roll of digital marketing and everyone wants a piece of the action, which is great, but you’re...
Julie Mitchell-Mehta

Julie Mitchell-Mehta: How to Generate Leads from Your Website

Last month I introduced the idea of Inbound Marketing and using content to generate leads for your business. What is a Lead? We consider a lead...
Craig Buchan

Craig Buchan: The continuing journey of Qpal

I sat with great expectations of becoming a frequent blogger back in April after I put the finishing touches to my first chronicle, Coming...