If you are a business looking to connect with Scottish SMEs and high-growth, early-stage companies across all sectors, then why not exhibit at the 2017 show?  For more details contact Georgia Goodall at Speakeasy Productions on 0131 557 1288 or email georgia.goodall@speak.co.uk.

Our 2016 exhibitors are listed below:

We deliver Bright Idea Scotland, an inventor support service, which is aimed at helping Scotland-based inventors identify and confirm the commercial potential of their ideas and refine their commercial propositions by considering and analysing the ten areas of commercialisation, including the problem, competition, customers, the team and Intellectual Property.

Bright Idea Scotland is delivered by Targeting Innovation Ltd, one of the UK’s leading innovation consultancies based in Glasgow, on behalf of the Scottish Government. We are no strangers to taking an idea from inception to commercial success, having supported over 5,000 businesses succeed through our innovation and commercialisation support.

IAESTE (International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience) gives Employers access to a pool of potential trainees from 92 countries, 1000+ universities and 257 STEM disciplines including life sciences, finance and economics.

Exchanging students since 1948, IAESTE could help your business succeed in a global market.

Our high-calibre trainees bring you the latest in academic learning and technical knowledge. They are ideally placed to undertake project work and help develop new business opportunities overseas.

Our tailored service is free of charge; you only need to pay the student’s salary (minimum wage).

Offer a placement today https://www.britishcouncil.org/iaeste/uk-employers

Business Gateway provides assistance and impartial advice to people starting or growing their business.   We provide a range of professional resources, support and tools to help you learn new skills, create new opportunities and develop suitable strategies for growth by a combination of:-

  • advice to suit specific business needs through a network of experienced business advisers
  • online support – a comprehensive website with practical information and useful guides
  • a programme of free local workshops and events held throughout Scotland
  • business information – a dedicated team providing information and support on all aspects of starting and growing a business
  • offices throughout Scotland

The Digital Health & Care Institute is part of the Scottish Funding Council’s Innovation Centre Programme. We bring together people and organisations in the health and social care, charity, technology, design and academic sectors to develop new ideas for digital technology that will improve the delivery of health and care services for the people of Scotland.

At DHI we enable Scotland to seize the digital health and care opportunity, to scale its health and care services to meet the demographic challenge and to strategically position Scotland as world leading in the rapidly growing health and care markets worldwide.

Twitter – @dhiscotland

Elevator is one of Scotland’s leading social enterprises dedicated to supporting entrepreneurs, start-ups and high growth businesses. Elevator works across Grampian and Tayside to help facilitate the start-up and growth of new and existing businesses. Currently engages with over 3,500 start-up businesses and assists around 1,800 organisations to grow annually with advisory support. With the launch its Centre for entrepreneurship, Elevator aims to support an additional 200 start-ups per year through stimulating interests in launching and growing businesses, as well as welcoming global talent onto the Elevator Programme accelerating businesses. Elevator will launch a second Centre for Entrepreneurship with Accelerator Programme in Dundee in late 2016. Elevator supports the entrepreneurs, business leaders and employees of today and tomorrow by providing expert business advice, teaching entrepreneurship and enterprising behaviour.

The Energy Technology Partnership is a unique alliance of 12 Scottish universities providing world-class energy Research Development and Demonstration (RDD&D) and is the largest power and energy research partnership in Europe and promotes greater levels of collaboration between universities and industry to deliver unparalleled energy capability and core research strengths across a broad range of energy technologies.

ETP through its Knowledge Exchange Network (KEN), has a verified track record of increasing SME capability in low carbon technical innovation, and enhancing connectivity between SMEs and Universities, including providing almost 100 PhDs to industry.

ENGIE is a global energy player and an expert operator in the three businesses of electricity, natural gas and energy services. The Group develops its businesses around a model based on responsible growth to take on the major challenges of energy’s transition to a low-carbon economy: access to sustainable energy, climate-change mitigation and adaptation, security of supply and the rational use of resources.

Glasgow City Council is Scotland’s largest local authority and delivers services to over 60,000 customers – citizens, businesses and visitors.

Glasgow City Council’s mission is to make Glasgow flourish as a modern, multi-cultural, metropolitan city of opportunity, achievement, culture and sporting excellence where citizens and businesses thrive and visitors are always welcome.

Glasgow City Council got voted UK Council of the Year 2015.

Glasgow City of Science is a pioneering partnership that aims to ensure everybody in the city region benefits from science and technology. It recognises the importance of communicating science as part of Glasgow and the West of Scotland’s heritage and culture. The emergence of the Glasgow City of Science initiative signalled a commitment from multi-sector partners to work smarter together to leverage the region’s scientific potential as a major driver of sustainable economic development. It is based in Scotland’s largest city, which is a focus for innovation and great place to invest. A city with great people and a high level of education and skills. A city committed to the growth sectors of the economy, all of which have a science element.

The Digital Design Studio (DDS) is a learning and research environment that exploits the interface between science, technology and the arts to explore imaginative and novel uses of advanced 3D digital visualisation and interaction technologies with a large portfolio of projects with business and industry in Scotland, the UK and Europe, centred on expertise in real-time 3D visualisation, 3D sound, modelling, motion capture and animation, user experience design In particular, the DDS has built a reputation for world leading work in 3D visualisation for heritage, as well as for our work in flagship projects such as the visitor experience for the Battle of Bannockburn visitor centre. Beyond heritage, the DDS works on a wide range of motion and 3D data capture and visualisation projects for commercial and industrial clients.

Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) is the Scottish Government’s economic and community development agency for a diverse region which covers more than half of Scotland and is home to around 450,000 people. HIE’s role is to develop sustainable economic growth across the region. To achieve this it creates infrastructure for future investment, assists large and small businesses with growth aspirations and has a unique role strengthening communities, particularly in fragile areas. As part of this HIE supports communities to acquire and develop land and other assets. HIE supports the growth ambitions of business and social enterprise clients working through an account management model in order to accelerate growth in turnover, profitability, wage levels, exports and therefore gross value added (GVA) in the HIE area. HIE also invests in transformational projects across the region aiming to make the Highlands and Islands a more competitive and attractive place to live, work, study and grow.

Founded in 1994, HighNet offers a wide range of innovative and transformational telecoms solutions. Our customers range from small start-up businesses to large multinationals, across all sectors of industry and commerce. We have a proud history of early adoption of new technology within our own business and in the products and services, we supply. We have partnered with CityFibre on their Gigabit City initiative, offering high-speed, uncontended fibre connectivity to all businesses within reach of CityFibre networks in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen. Over time we plan to extend this coverage to other cities across Scotland and the whole of the UK.

Innovate UK is the UK’s innovative agency. We are a transformative agent for change in the UK economy, driving disruptive innovation and inspiring, supporting and helping to grow innovative businesses.

The Intellectual Property Office is responsible for implementing the national framework governing intellectual property rights and for promoting the UK’s interests in the development of the international Intellectual Property Rights systems.

The Interface team can help your business with the creation and development of new products, services and processes by connecting you to the right academic expertise within Scotland.

We can also help you to access a range of funding options to offset the cost of your project and with team members located throughout Scotland, we can help your business wherever you are, whatever your need.

The Leyton Group has provided companies with management consultancy and tax advisory services in seven countries over seventeen years, enabling businesses to become more efficient and to grow quickly.

In the UK, Leyton’s team of experienced tax and financial consultants, scientists and engineers advise companies on their businesses and in particular, any innovative practices, in order to help them claim research & Development tax relief and to apply for specialist grants.

Young Company Finance has been publishing a monthly newsletter for over 15 years, reporting on all aspects of the financing of early stage high growth companies in Scotland, from start-up to maturity, flotation, or sale. As the only publication devoted exclusively to this sector, YCF gives reports of all significant investment deals, and news and comment on the young company market generally. Our target market comprises investors, advisers, universities, public sector agencies, business consultants etc – in short, anyone who is interested in helping young companies achieve their potential.

Marks & Clerk has Scottish offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen and is the UK’s largest firm of patent and trade mark attorneys. We work with innovative enterprises – from start-ups and SMEs to universities and multinationals – helping them to protect their intellectual property and maximise its value. Our patent professionals all have technical backgrounds and advise on maximising the value of new technologies across the spectrum of innovation. Our trade mark attorneys work across a wide range of sectors to protect and exploit the value of brands.

With over 40 legal professionals in Glasgow and Edinburgh, Morisons offer you a wide range of services to help your business and personal needs – services you will find are responsive, supportive and tailored to you.

Our High Growth Company & Investment team are experienced specialists in equity investment for young businesses, supporting companies and investors with practical advice guiding them through initial investments to later stage funding.

Murgitroyd is a UK and European firm of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys headquartered in Scotland Street, Glasgow. We support and work with start-ups, SMEs, Universities and large corporates. We have over 60 Patent and Trade mark attorneys available to accompany companies through the life cycle of Innovation.

ORE Catapult work closely with partners from across industry and academia, and use our world-leading test and demonstration facilities, to develop new ways of working and prove, de-risk and develop promising new technologies.

This helps to reduce the cost of offshore renewable energy, supporting business growth and delivering UK economic benefit.

PIB are a dynamic insurance broker employing outstanding individuals with a wealth of knowledge and experience in the insurance market.

We pride ourselves on being independent, client centric and service focused.

Founded in 2014, we are growing rapidly and offer a range of specialist placement expertise and client service excellence through building strong sustainable relationships.

Among other things, specialisms include Fleet Risk Management, Professional Risk Management, Hotel Placements, Due Diligence Reviews and Warranty & Indemnity Coverage.

At the same time, we can assist SME companies to manage the existing as well as emerging risks such as cyber which are becoming more prevalent. Given our independent approach we are well placed to assist all companies both large and small.

At RBS our purpose is to serve customers as a UK regional Bank. We serve around 24 million customers across the globe, and our aim is to consistently meet their needs wherever they find us. Through our brands, we provide financial products and services to personal and business customers throughout the UK and beyond. We’re changing our culture and priorities. We will be centred in the UK and Ireland and totally focussed on giving our customers the best possible service – we want to be number one for customer service, trust and advocacy.

Scottish Enterprise (SE) is Scotland’s economic development agency, funded by the Scottish Government. Our aim is to position Scotland as an innovative high wage, high productivity economy that competes in international markets and focuses on high value goods and services.

Hosted at the University of Strathclyde, the Scottish Institute for Remanufacture (SIR) is funded by the Scottish Funding Council and Zero Waste Scotland to accelerate the move to a circular economy in Scotland by increasing innovation in remanufacturing. Through stimulating and co-funding collaborative projects that address industry challenges, SIR will enable businesses to increase reuse, repair and remanufacture in manufacturing operations reducing costs, energy use and environmental impact. SIR can connect businesses with academic partners offering state-of-the-art equipment, facilities and expertise that otherwise may have been inaccessible. SIR also offers workshops and events to share knowledge across the remanufacturing community.

As a non-departmental public body of the Scottish Government, our role is to make sure that the environment and human health are protected, to ensure that Scotland’s natural resources and services are used as sustainably as possible and contribute to sustainable economic growth.
With around 1300 people based across Scotland, from the Highlands and Islands to the Borders, we regulate and advise on a wide range of environmental activities.
As an organisation with a strong science base, we constantly assess the quality of our environment by monitoring our air, land and water and use our findings to advise government, industry and the public on environmental best practice.
We help business and industry to understand and comply with their environmental responsibilities and legislation and have a range of enforcement powers which we can apply to ensure that regulations are complied with.

Social Investment Scotland is a charity and social enterprise that provides loans to other charities, social enterprises and community groups across scotland. We provide funding for social enterprises by borrowing money from a variety of sources, and lending it out at affordable interest rates.

Our mission is simple. We aim to make a lasting, sustainable impact on communities, by helping organisations continue doing the great work they do or expand on that work. Since 2001 we’ve invested over £50 million in over 210 organisations across scotland, and we continue to manage the largest social enterprise fund in the country.

SP Energy Network is a vital part of the Scottish Power Group – one of the top power companies in the UK. We own a massive network of cables and power lines and are trusted by millions to distribute and transmit electricity to their homes and businesses.

For our 1.5 million customers in England and Wales and the two million in Scotland, we consistently provide value for money, operational efficiency and excellent service. We’re also particularly excited to help them benefit from renewable energy technologies.

At the heart of our company is a focus on developing and delivering innovative technologies to improve the way we operate – bringing benefits to all. For instance, we’ve recently seen a fivefold increase in the transfer capacity of our transmission links across the UK thanks to new technology. We strive to be at the forefront of innovation and excellence for the benefit of people, communities and businesses who rely on SP Energy Networks.

At Standard Life our vision is to be the customers’ first choice for their life savings. We want to realise this by helping people achieve more, live better and have confidence in their futures.

We are on a journey from a traditional financial services business to one that is genuinely customer driven. That means radically changing the way we engage with customers through constant customer co-creation and innovation.

A key part of innovation and disruption is working with businesses and communities to build a sustainable future for all.

The University of Strathclyde is a leading international technological University with a world-leading reputation for working successfully with businesses and organisations. The University is keen to help Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) realise their full business potential, and working in partnership can lead to the development of new products, processes and services, resulting in immediate and long-term business benefits.

The University of Strathclyde’s new Technology & Innovation Centre is designed to increase partnership working, and our Innovation Strategy 2015 confirms Strathclyde’s position as the UK’s leading university in the field of innovation.

Transmit Start-Ups provides finance, business support and mentoring for new businesses throughout the UK.

We help hundreds of businesses every year, with the sole purpose of ensuring their long term success.

Transmit Start-Ups is made up of a team of experienced entrepreneurs who understand what is involved in starting and growing businesses.

Over the last five centuries, we at the University of Glasgow have constantly worked to push the boundaries of what’s possible. We’re constantly expanding and evolving and our plans for the future include a Learning an Teaching Hub. This is designed to be an inspirational and diverse learning space to give our students support to succeed. Our plans also include a Research and Innovation Hub which will provide the University with a space devoted to nurturing interdisciplinary thematic research, crossing traditional boundaries and established ways of working.

Scotland’s world-class universities drive innovation and are experienced in the commercialisation of research and technology. University Technology is a unique collaboration of all of Scotland’s universities showcasing new technology opportunities which are available from each university. Our easy to use website provides a single location to enable companies and investors from business and industry to find these new and innovative technology opportunities. The universities have a broad range of expertise across all industry sectors which is reflected in the wide range of technology opportunities which are available for the commercial market.

VentureJam is a free and unique opportunity for 40 young people in Scotland. Young Scot and Glasgow City of Science are running a weekend ‘Jam’ that will see teams of young people developing fresh ideas that embrace the digital world to solve real world challenges.

VentureJam is the official youth strand for Venturefest Scotland 2016. All young people taking part in the weekend will get the chance to pitch their best ideas from the Jam weekend to top innovators and investors at Venturefest, ‘Dragon’s Den’ style. Will your team create the next big thing?.

In 2010, xDesign set out with the goal to reinvent how business should approach the use of mobile.
Our aim was to help companies realise the power that they had to completely transform their business from top to bottom, by simply harnessing the power of the mobile devices that everyone now carries in their pocket.
To achieve this, we put together a crack team of experts: In UI/UX, data analytics, augmented reality, virtual reality, iOS, Android, Windows, Web and a ‘mobile first’ approach.
We use these combined in-house strengths to help solve problems and exploit opportunities for our clients. We have grown to a team of 25 (and continue to grow) all from our base in the heart of Edinburgh.
So far we have delivered hundreds of apps to clients big and small, in the UK and beyond. Helping to fuel their growth, reduce their cost and overheads and increase their profits along the way.
By specialising in mobile technologies (it’s not just an add on to our business, it is our business!) we are able to empower transformation and innovations through mobile applications.