6 Exceptional Tools for Launching Your Online Business

Building an online business from scratch can be challenging to say the least.  In fact, while plenty of people go on to create hugely successful online businesses, the startup process is never as easy as…

John Muir, Chairman of Muir Group

Muir Group turnover up 39% to over £74.7m

Turnover at Fife-based contractor, housebuilder and property developer, Muir Group PLC, is up 39% to over £74.7m from £53.7m last year. Muir Construction revenues increased to just under £40 Million, up £15 Million on last…

Old Smiddy -proposed Stirling Gin Distillery near Stirling Castle

Distillery and Visitor Centre to be created in Stirling

The couple who created award-winning Stirling Gin are set to open a distillery in the shadow of Stirling Castle. June and Cameron McCann have bought a 19th century building, formerly a blacksmiths, which they plan…

Joyce and Bryce Gibson

Dundee online sports retailer passes £2m in turnover

A sports retailer that began trading in 1997 and moved online in 2002 is celebrating 20 years in business after undergoing significant growth. Direct Soccer sells a wide range of football kits, equipment and trophies,…

Blair Waller of SociaLoop

Founder Interview - Blair Waller of Soda and SociaLoop

When did you launch the company? We did our first beta launch in February 2017 after about 9 months of development whilst I was working elsewhere. We launched our first official app in July 2017.…

Alex Fyfe, managing director at OilMac

OilMac launches new Port of Dundee facility

Aberdeenshire-based Oilfield Machinery Ltd (OilMac) has launched a new facility at the Port of Dundee, which is currently being developed by Forth Ports at a cost of £10million. OilMac, which buys and sells redundant and…

From left - Kirsty Lunn and Ros Marshall

Perthshire breastfeeding clothing business expands and takes on staff

A Perthshire mum who creates comfortable breastfeeding clothing and underwear is now taking on staff and moving into larger premises to cope with demand from around the world. Kirsty Lunn from Scone, started selling the…

Brian McNicoll, manager of enterprise and entrepreneurship at the University of Dundee with Professor Gary McEwan, chief executive of Elevator

New Centre of Entrepreneurship opens in Dundee

In a unique collaboration with the University of Dundee, Elevator is set to open the doors of its latest Centre of Entrepreneurship. Designed to promote and support creative, innovation-driven companies from across Dundee, Tayside and…

Edinburgh

So where is the most expensive place to live in Scotland?

New research from Bank of Scotland shows that Edinburgh is the most expensive property location on a per square metre basis at £2,492 compared to the Scottish average of £1,529. Edinburgh is the only town…

Charles MacLean (back row). From left to right at the front are owners Tom Young and Karen Somerville with glassmaker Bee Hardy.

Glassmaking Studio opens in Stirling Following £11k Crowdfund campaign

An award-winning family firm has opened a state-of-the-art glassmaking studio in Stirling following a Crowdfunding appeal which raised £11,000. Whisky expert and author Charles MacLean cut the ribbon on the new facility at Bridge of…

L-R, Jenn Nimmo-Smith, Ruth Allen, Fiona Stewart and Laura Sutherland

Laura Sutherland: Collaborative working and why working with independent consultants makes sense

In June, I announced the launch of the Scottish PR Collective at #PRFest. A collaborative group of independent PR practitioners across Scotland. The idea came about because of two reasons. Firstly, being an independent practitioner…

Patrick Clover, founder of BLACKBX

Founder Interview: Patrick Clover of BLACKBX

Name - Patrick Clover Age - 25 Business - BLACKBX Based - Leith What does your company do? BLACKBX is a cloud-based Wi-Fi management software that makes setting up and maintaining guest Wi-Fi easy and…

Eden Mill, St Andrews courtesy VisitScotland

Eden Mill in £1.1m ALDI deal

Eden Mill, the St Andrews-based distillery and brewery, has agreed a £1.1m deal to supply ALDI stores in Scotland with a range of bespoke botanical gins and pre-mixed cocktails. Three varieties of Eden Mill’s Botanical…

Phil Foster

Showing love for the best of Scotland’s businesses

The deadline for entering submissions is fast approaching in the search to find Scotland’s best businesses. Submissions for ‘The Best of Britain Awards’ close on Friday – and there’s a dedicated award for the best…

Iain McClune

Whisky Auctioneer toasts success with funding package leading to more jobs

A Perth based whisky auctioneering website has secured funding from Barclays to drive business growth. The deal has enabled the company to acquire larger premises and increase its workforce in response to a surge in…

Doug More of Assure APM

Founder Interview: Doug More, CEO, Assure APM

Doug More, CEO, Assure APM gives us an insight into why he came out of retirement to launch his tech startup Assure APM. When did you launch the company? Assure APM was founded in 2014. What…

KLM at Inverness Airport

Highlands and Islands Airports reports record breaking passenger traffic

Regional airport operator Highlands and Islands Airports Ltd (HIAL) has reported another period of increased passenger numbers at its 11 airports across Scotland, welcoming a total of 477,612 customers between April and June 2017. The…

Happy Holidays? No – survey finds Scots start thinking about coming home only 4.6 days into their summer vacation

It’s something we save up for all year, and then can’t wait to complain about when we get back: yes, the great summer holiday season is upon us, and we’ll be flocking in our thousands to beach resorts…

Gavin Henry

Six-figure investment puts Aberdeen tech firm on track for growth

A leading Software as a Service (SaaS) provider has made a six-figure investment in new technology that will see the business compete on a level playing field with some of the industry’s major players and…

Steve Cartwright

Henderson Loggie ramps up support of Scotland’s gaming industry

Accountancy firm Henderson Loggie has reached an agreement to support Scotland’s newest gaming festival which will take place in Dundee in September 2017. The four-day event will kick off with the inaugural Games Design Awards…

L-R Sam Wason and Gordon Kaye

Founders Interview: Gordon Kaye and Sam Wason, Co-founders and Directors at Cathcart Associates

When did you launch the company? We launched Cathcart Associates in 2009 after we had accumulated a combined 18 years’ experience of working in the IT recruitment industry. What does your company do? Cathcart Associates…

Laura Sutherland of Aura PR. Image credits: Martin Shields Photograhy

Laura Sutherland: Business growth in a social age

Whether you’re a one person business or an SME, business growth is an objective. - Business planning Do you have a business plan? Have you set out short, medium and longer term objectives? I hear…

An idiot’s guide to claiming R&D tax credits

In the current economic climate, it’s still surprising that more businesses don’t explore all of the tax incentives available to help lighten the burden by either reducing tax payable and or if applicable, securing a…

Record Highs In Central Belt Power Scottish Private Rental Sector

The latest Citylets quarterly report saw the Scottish Private Rental Sector (PRS) reach a new record high in Q2 2017 with average rents up 1.5% year on year (YOY) to £789 on average. Scotland Growth…

The Pocket Sized Hands team

Scottish based game studio to represent UK at Microsoft Imagine Cup World Finals

Pocket Sized Hands, A VR/AR/MR startup based in Dundee, will be traveling out to Seattle to represent the UK in Microsoft Imagine cup world finals with a chance to win a prize worth over $200,000…