Innovation: From Good to Great

‘WHAT makes a good innovator – and what makes a good innovator great’? asks conference organiser and event host, David Lee. Is it passion and belief in what you are doing? Or perhaps that hunger and desire to do everything possible to keep your customers happy? Maybe it’s the understanding that everyone in your business has […]

Growing your Business and Remaining Competitive in Turbulent Times

The Strathclyde Institute for Operations Management (SIOM) provides a forum for industry, academics and policy makers to collaborate with a view to addressing key operations management challenges to deliver real impact. In this blog, SIOM highlights three key themes to help businesses compete and grow.  How can businesses grow in competitiveness and value rather than being […]

The Power of Networks: Sandy Kennedy, CEO, Entrepreneurial Scotland

Do not underestimate the power of networks argues Sandy Kennedy, Chief Executive of Entrepreneurial Scotland and the Saltire Foundation in his latest blog. An important lesson to learn early on in your career as a business leader is that you simply cannot know everything. It’s vital that you remain curious about how others work and […]

Is social investment in Scotland thriving or just surviving? Alastair Davis, CEO, Social Investment Scotland

Alastair Davis, CEO of Social Investment Scotland, debates in his blog post if social investment in Scotland is thriving or just about surviving. Just like many other industries and sectors, the worlds of social enterprise and social investment are often criticised for being London-centric and too focused on the south east of England. This feeling is as […]

Aiming High: Why Scotland’s Entrepreneurs should Think Big

Dr Olga Kozlova, Director of Converge Challenge, argues that Scottish entrepreneurs should be encouraged to talk about ‘world domination’ as without outright ambition and belief, they will never build truly global businesses.  Over the last five years I have been privileged to watch over 500 individuals and teams trying to turn their ideas into reality by start a business.  It […]

Brexit, Entrepreneurs and Intellectual Property

Paul Chapman, Partner at Marks & Clerk, Chartered Patent Attorney (UK), European Patent Attorney talks in his blog post about Brexit, Entrepreneurs and Intellectual Property. While the result of the UK’s referendum on its EU membership has brought about high levels of uncertainty for many industries across the country, entrepreneurs are uniquely positioned to adapt to […]

Innovation through Collaboration

Suzanne Orchard, specialist advisor at Co-operative Development Scotland (CDS), talks about the link between innovation and collaboration. We know that innovation plays a critical part in business growth, but often we hear that businesses are putting off investing in innovation as they are concerned about the risks involved, particularly the resource and the finance required. […]

Who’s Asking you the Unaskable?

Vicki Hazley, Innovation Manager at Highlands and Islands Enterprise, argues that all companies need a method for testing their strategy and their assumptions. Businesses that are driven by innovation are growing rapidly at certain times.  Everyone is busy when a new product or service is being developed for the market. Technical development, marketing, manufacturing scale […]

How to Build Innovation into your Growing Business: Jim Duffy, CEO, ESpark

Jim Duffy is founder and Chief Executive Optimist at Entrepreneurial Spark, the world’s leading free people accelerator for startups and scaleups. Innovation is key to the survival of any business, but particularly startups and small businesses. There is no doubt that it takes place in science labs, universities and the research and development departments of […]