Industry and Academia: A Powerful Partnership

Dr Fiona Heatlie, Head of Knowledge Exchange at the University of Glasgow, details some of the pioneering partnerships taking place between the University and industry and the importance of collaboration. A couple of weeks ago, I was lucky enough to snag an invitation to Commemoration Day, the glittering jewel in the annual University of Glasgow […]

Start-Up Basics: What Every Entrepreneur Needs to Consider

Zara Diloo, part of the MMS Advance Team at Maclay Murray & Spens, identifies some of the start-up basics that every entrepreneur needs to consider including choosing the right business structure through to protecting your IP.  Starting your own business can be an exciting yet daunting experience.  There are so many things to consider.  Having met many young […]

Circular Economy Innovation and Investment: Iain Gulland, Zero Waste Scotland

Iain Gulland, CEO of Zero Waste Scotland, blogs about how the shift to a circular economy represents a massive opportunity for Scottish SMEs. We’re fond of saying that Scotland is a nation of inventors and innovators. And through its circular economy ambitions, new ideas and processes are gaining a momentum worthy of the country’s pioneering […]

The Myth of the Entrepreneurial Gene: Craig Early, Scottish Enterprise

Craig Early, Project Manager, Entrepreneurial Support at Scottish Enterprise, discusses how anyone can be an entrepreneur if they’re willing to learn. Is there such a thing as an entrepreneurial gene?” I think Steve Jobs may have something to do with this myth. While he may have worn entrepreneurial jeans alongside those black polo necks, there is […]

Creating an Entrepreneurial and Innovative Culture through Employee Ownership

Sarah Deas, Head of Inclusive Models at Scottish Enterprise, discusses the potential of employee ownership in driving an entrepreneurial and innovative culture within businesses.  Latest figures show that there are 86 employee owned (EO) companies operating in Scotland, with approximately 6,800 employee-owners generating a combined turnover of around £925million. What are the reasons behind the […]

Lessons from Wonder Woman: Stephanie Anderson, Scottish Enterprise

Stephanie Anderson, Project Manager for Entrepreneurial and Ecosystem Development at Scottish Enterprise on why having female superheroes on your team brings more than just a tick in the gender diversity box. If you haven’t seen the new Wonder Woman film yet, you should really go see it! Not because a superhero film with a female […]

Creating a Positive Workplace Culture: Clare Alexander, Hd of Workplace Innovation, Scottish Enterprise

Clare Alexander, Head of Workplace Innovation at Scottish Enterprise discusses some of her key take-aways from Venturefest 2016 and how to get the most from your people, processes and relationships.  In September 2016 Scottish Enterprise launched its Workplace Innovation Service and last year’s Venturefest Scotland presented us with an opportunity to run a session for attendees (in partnership […]

From Start-up to Established Brand: Jane Shandley & Kate Hamilton, iQ Chocolate

Creators of iQ Chocolate, Jane Shandley and Kate Hamilton, recount their entrepreneurial journey from fledgling start-up to established brand and explain how taking part in Venturefest Scotland has opened the door to valuable new investment as well as some very special customers. Woody Allen said  “You can live to be a hundred if you give up all the […]

Vicki Hazley, Innovation Specialist, HIE: Are you Really Innovating?

Vicki Hazley is an Innovation Specialist at Highlands and Islands Enterprise, a partner in Venturefest Scotland. Vicki has worked with some of Scotland’s most ambitious technology-based SMEs, through previous roles in SMART: SCOTLAND and the Scottish Investment Bank. Do you consider your business innovative? And if so, why? It’s an adjective that is so widely […]