The Value of Values: Ian Elder, Economic Development Manager at The Lighthouse

Ian Elder, Economic Development Manager at The Lighthouse, Scotland’s Centre for Design and Architecture, considers the ‘value of values’ and how design thinking is driving innovation and creating new opportunities for purpose-driven businesses. The first Venturefest Scotland 2017 feeder events have started and they look at a variety of innovative and commercial topics while signposting the […]

Dr. Susie Mitchell, Glasgow City of Science & Innovation: Venturefest Scotland and The Art of Possible

On the 20th September 2017, Scotland’s top innovators, entrepreneurs and investors will come together for the national innovation and growth summit, Venturefest Scotland. Venturefest will once again be held in Glasgow Science Centre nested on the River Clyde; a science and innovation hub that’s iconic design resembles the canted hull of a ship. Indeed, a […]

Three Key Takeaways from Venturefest Scotland 2016

Andrew Bond, Marketing Trainee at Brightsolid, blogs about his three key takeaways from Venturefest Scotland 2016. “On the first of September, Glasgow Science Centre was lit up with a buzz of energy and excitement as innovators and entrepreneurs alike met to exchange ideas and business cards. The conference was full to the brim with workshops […]

How Small can help Big Work Wonders

Susie Logan, Head of Business Marketing, Standard Life, blogs about the changing relationship between large and small companies and the opportunities for collaboration and growth. Today’s business world is evolving faster than ever. Changing technology and customer behaviour are creating a new economy, and with it – new opportunities. This is changing the relationship between large and […]

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 […]