Founder and Owner, Heather McDonald

Northern entrepreneurs makes finals of 2017 AccelerateHER Awards

Nairn’s Wooha Brewing Company, led by Heather McDonald and Black Isle-based Black Isle’s Prickly Thistle, led by Clare Campbell have been shortlisted as finalists...
From left - Barrie Aird, relationship manager at Bank of Scotland with Gilpin Bradley, managing director of Wester Ross Fisheries

Ross-shire salmon farming business buys Ullapool salmon farm

Scotland’s oldest independent salmon farming business, Wester Ross Fisheries Limited, has bought a salmon farm near Ullapool, with the backing of a significant funding...
James Withers

Scotland Food & Drink’s leadership forum heads to Shetland

The Scotland Food & Drink Leadership Forum is heading to Shetland today (22nd February), during which the ambitions of the sector and the new...
Yekemi Otaru

Yekemi Otaru: 50 tips from 50 days since starting a business

The first time I sold something for profit, I was eight years old. I knitted my first jumper and it was too small for...
From left - James MacTaggart and Euan Mitchell

£10m Isle of Arran Distillery break ground on new site

Work has started on the new £10m Isle of Arran Distillery on the south of the island at Lagg. The building will include a Visitor...
The Eejits Campaign

CalMac campaign nominated for The Travel Marketing Awards

Caledonian MacBrayne’s first campaign foray aimed specifically at millennials, has been shortlisted at The Travel Marketing Awards. Nominated in the digital marketing category, Edinburgh-based The...
(L-R) Scottish Government Minister for Transport and the Islands Humza Yousaf MSP with Mike Cantlay, Chairman of Highland and Islands Airports Limited at Sumburgh Airport.

£7.85million refurbishment for Sumburgh Airport

Regional Scottish airport operator, Highlands and Islands Airports Ltd (HIAL), welcomed Scotland’s Minister for Transport and the Islands Humza Yousaf to officially open the...

Scotland’s business leaders line up for the IoD Director of the Year Awards

Scotland’s top crop of directors have been shortlisted for the Director of the Year Awards, celebrating individuals’ business achievements in 2016. A record number of...
Fergus Ewing

New £8m funding for Scottish fisheries businesses

Sea fisheries, aquaculture and processing businesses will receive more than £8 million of EU and Scottish Government funding, including £1.6 million for projects in...
Kirkjuvagr Gin

New Kirkwall gin distillery and visitor centre work underway

Work is underway on Orkney Distilling Limited’s new distillery and visitor centre in Kirkwall, with the facility expected to be open by late summer...

Next Week - Shetland Business Week

The first Shetland Business Week will take place 25 February to 4 March in Lerwick. The free event brings together businesses, social enterprises, entrepreneurs and...
Mark Gillanders

Mark Gillanders: “Hustle” The most important word ever in sales?

"Your talent is not enough you’ve got to put in the work" The title of this post is taken from a Gary Vaynerchuk video –...
STRIVE biltong

Meatsnacks secures BP M&S Simply Food listing

The largest producer of jerky and biltong in Europe, Forres based Meatsnacks Group Ltd, will launch three new lines nationwide throughout BP M&S Simply...
Fiona Hyslop

Scottish firm wins Japanese tidal consultancy contract

A Scottish environmental services firm has been awarded a consultancy contract to support a major tidal energy project in Japan. Orkney based Aquatera will conduct...

Next week - Highlands and Islands #hellodigital conference

More than 250 businesses and community groups will get together with local and national digital professionals in Inverness on Monday (20 February) for #hellodigital...
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HIAL announces additional daily flight between Inverness and Amsterdam

Highlands and Islands Airports Ltd (HIAL), has announced Dutch national carrier KLM will, for the summer 2017 timetable, increase its flights from Inverness to...
Caledonian MacBrayne

CalMac carries more than five million for first time in 20 years

Caledonian MacBrayne’s official carrying statistics for 2016 reveal that the west coast of Scotland ferry company passed five million passengers for the first time...
Murray Marshall

Scottish Microfinance Fund launched to help start-up and growing businesses access finance

A new £6 million microfinance fund is now available to make small loans more accessible to businesses throughout Scotland. The Scottish Microfinance Fund (SMF) is...
Cotswold Outdoor in Inverness

Cotswold Outdoor secures retails space in Inverness

Cotswold Outdoor has taken space at 1 Longman Road, Inverness. The outdoor recreation retailer agreed to a new 10-year lease on Unit 2, extending to...
Horizon Scotland – located in Enterprise Park, Forres

Moray business park seeking aspiring new starts

One of Moray’s leading business centres is inviting new start creative and technology businesses to take advantage of its incubator facilities and dedicated business...
Laura Sutherland of Aura PR. Image credits: Martin Shields Photograhy

Laura Sutherland: Expert PR advice for a successful exhibition

Exhibitions can be big drivers for sales and leads and it’s essential if you’re participating, you make the most of the investment. Often businesses tell...
The Scott-Moncrieff board (L-R): Stewart MacDonald, Chris Brown, Bernadette Higgins, Nick Bennett, Gareth Magee

Strategic shortlist success for Scott-Moncrieff

Accountancy and business advisory firm Scott-Moncrieff has been shortlisted for two prestigious awards at the UK MPF (Managing Partners’ Forum) Awards for Management Excellence...
Kennacraig Harbour (courtesy of Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd)

Gareloch Support Services wins contract to maintain Aid to Navigation system

Gareloch Support Services (GSS) Ltd has won the contract to maintain Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd Aid to Navigation systems. The contract includes the inspection, servicing,...

British Heart Foundation Scotland seek Development Board members

The British Heart Foundation is currently funding over £60 million of world class research in Scotland; with 2 centres of excellence in Edinburgh (£30...
Diane Holden

Diane Holden: Starting a business on a budget

Guest column by Diane Holden, senior account manager at Xero. Creating a new business is an incredibly daunting thing. Both the investment of time and...
L-R Roger Hall (FD at Inver House) and Simon Woodcock (Bank of Scotland)

Distillers set for growth with £45million funding package

One of Scotland’s leading single malt whisky producers, Inver House Distillers, has positioned itself for growth by securing a £45million asset-based lending (ABL) facility...
Bob Keiller

Bob Keiller: Seeing the whole story

I spend a lot of time talking about storytelling in business. Good stories often depend on someone or some group overcoming a challenge or a...
The Braes of Conon neighbourhood retail development

New Conon Bridge shopping development prepares to open

Developers of a new £1.5m neighbourhood retail complex in Conon Bridge have confirmed building work is now complete. West Coast Estates, the Aberdeen-based property and...
Ian Stevenson

Interview - Digital forensics specialist leading the attack against cyber crime

Ian Stevenson, CEO of Cyan Forensics, is a computer scientist by training, and has spent the last 20 years in and around startups, first...
Charlotte Wright

Success for region’s companies at prestigious awards

Two of the seven categories in this year’s Scottish Enterprise Life Science Awards were won by companies from the Highlands and Islands. The awards, which...
L-R: Andy Menzies (Technician), Colin MacAndrew (Director), and Jürgen Graf (Operations Manager) inside the hull of the Carson Interceptor 950

World first for Moray boat builder could triple turnover

A Moray based boat builder is to become the first in the world to build and supply a new type of rigid inflatable boat...
Jamie Oliver

Eight Scottish restaurants in The Sunday Times Top 100 Restaurants

Eight Scottish restaurants have been included in The Sunday Times Top 100 Restaurants supplement, which is published on Sunday February 5. The list, which features...
Black Isle founder David Gladwin

Black Isle Brewing Co. to be stocked in Majestic Wine

Black Isle Brewing Co. has secured a national off-trade listing with Majestic Wine, the UK’s largest independent wine retailer. The deal will see the organic...
Nick Lomas

The Caravan Club reveals increased boost to Scottish economy and tourism

The Scottish economy has seen an increase in growth courtesy of champions of the great outdoors, The Caravan Club. Members of The Club spent £37...
Clare Scott

Clare Scott: Three great habits to cultivate in 2017

Apparently most of us who bothered to make New Year’s resolutions will have broken them by now. This raises a question: instead of throwing ourselves...
Joe Afif, founder & managing director of graduate recruitment jobsite Gradit

Interview : Recruitment professional matches tech graduates to jobs using algorithms

Joe Afif, founder & managing director of graduate recruitment jobsite Gradit, is a self confessed “millennial“ whose big idea was sparked while working in...
Left to right are Christine Esson and Russell Dalgleish of Scottish Business Network (by Stewart Attwood)

Scottish Business Network to go global in 2017

The Scottish Business Network (SBN), founded at the beginning of 2016 to build networks for Scottish business leaders in London and accelerate growth opportunities,...
l-r Stewart Laing, Jim McEwan, Andrew Laing, Scott Laing, Photo credit - Ralph Dunning

Whisky legend tempted out of retirement for new role

World-renowned whisky distiller Jim McEwan has been appointed Production Director of Ardnahoe Distillery on Islay - 18 months after he retired. The Islay-born whisky industry...
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Scrabster Harbour Looks Forward With Confidence In 2017

Scotland’s most northerly mainland commercial port, Scrabster Harbour Trust enjoyed continued strong success in 2016 bringing in more than £2.95 million in revenues from...
John Henderson, MD of Ocean Kinetics Limited (left) and Katrina Wiseman HIE (right) seen here with staff at Ocean Kinetics, Lerwick Picture Credit Ben Mullay /HIE

Shetland engineering company plans £1.1m expansion

Shetland engineering company Ocean Kinetics Limited is set to create 21 quality full time jobs. The downturn in the oil and gas market has offered...

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Hampton Associates - 5 lessons for 2017

Every day is a school day at Hampton Associates. After an amazing (and extremely diverse) 2016, we wanted to share some of the key...
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...

Interviews

Neil Logan

Interview: Neil Logan, CEO of Incremental Group

Hot on the heels of announcing that digital technology specialist Incremental Group had successfully secured £500,000 of Regional Selective Assistance (RSA) support from Scottish...
Ian Stevenson

Interview - Digital forensics specialist leading the attack against cyber crime

Ian Stevenson, CEO of Cyan Forensics, is a computer scientist by training, and has spent the last 20 years in and around startups, first...
Joe Afif, founder & managing director of graduate recruitment jobsite Gradit

Interview : Recruitment professional matches tech graduates to jobs using algorithms

Joe Afif, founder & managing director of graduate recruitment jobsite Gradit, is a self confessed “millennial“ whose big idea was sparked while working in...
SureVoIP's Managing Director Gavin Henry

Interview: Gavin Henry - A man destined to succeed

SureVoIP's Managing Director Gavin Henry is over the moon about last year's ITSPA award win for Best Business ITSP (medium enterprise), an accolade that...
Ruairidh Wynne-McHardy

Interview: The Scottish Lawyer who became a Digital Entrepreneur

Ruairidh Wynne-McHardy admits that being a qualified lawyer who is also a self-taught programmer is a strange mix but the two skills combined perfectly...

Columnists

Julie Mitchell-Mehta

Julie Mitchell-Mehta: Websites Built on Common Sense

The biggest benefit of websites over printed material is they are not fixed at the point of publication. They can be adjusted in line...
Mark Gillanders

Mark Gillanders: “Hustle” The most important word ever in sales?

"Your talent is not enough you’ve got to put in the work" The title of this post is taken from a Gary Vaynerchuk video –...
Clare Scott

Clare Scott: Three great habits to cultivate in 2017

Apparently most of us who bothered to make New Year’s resolutions will have broken them by now. This raises a question: instead of throwing ourselves...
Julie Mitchell-Mehta

Your Inbound Marketing New Year’s Resolution

How are your resolutions going? Are you still in the gym three times a week or is the pub beginning to look more appealing?...
Mike McGrail

Mike McGrail: My Return to Marketing Consultancy – Week three

It’s fair to say I’m struggling to know how best to name these posts. I think I’ll stick with this iteration. Sorry, I digress....