Blogs

So you want to build a business out of your great idea……

So you want to build a business out of your great idea? Gary Campbell, Key Account Director at the University of the Highlands and Islands, outlines the steps you need to take to create a proper business plan. It can be a really exciting or eureka moment when you make that new technical or scientific discovery, or […]

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Lessons from a Seasoned Entrepreneur

Brian Combe, Managing Director and co-Founder of product design consultancy, i4 Product Design offers up some of the lessons he has learned during his 17 year journey as an entrepreneur. It was a real pleasure to represent i4 Product Design as a judge at the 2020 Converge Kickstart Awards as well as an honour to be a design partner for Converge, who truly provide […]

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What to do if someone is Copying your IP

Intellectual Property infringement can have serious consequences.  In our latest blog, Catherine Bonner, Patents Director at Murgitroyd explains the steps you can take to protect yourself.   Regularly monitoring the market place, either physically by attending trade shows and visiting your competitors’ exhibition stands, or online by checking the web for products or brands within your market or territory is always […]

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The Underestimated Value of Industrial Design

Great products not only function well, they look good too says Lynda-Marie Taurasi, Integrated Marketing Manager at i4 Product Design in our latest blog. When you think of a well-designed product, what comes to mind? Are you considering a product that looks good or functions well? Did you think of your phone or your car? For design agnostic […]

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Safeguarding your IP at Conferences, Exhibitions and Events

Events can be a great platform to raise awareness of your new product. However, make sure that your IP is protected says Jamie Allan, Patents Director at Murgitroyd in our latest blog. With the spring conference season about to start, we thought it would be useful to take time to think of some simple steps you can […]

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How to Incentivise Employees in a Small Business

In our latest blog Neil McLeese, Director at BeyondHR, explains what you need consider when thinking about how you can incentivise your employees. Good news! Money isn’t everything… Professor Adrian Furnham wrote in The New Psychology of Money: “Psychological research has consistently suggested that where money has motivational power it is nearly always negative”.  The […]

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Employment Status: A Hot Topic for Employers

Recent headlines surrounding Uber and Deliveroo have made employment status a hot topic for many businesses. In our latest blog Natalie O’Hare, HR & Employment Law Consultant at BeyondHR, explains what you need to know to ensure arrangements with your staff are accurate and legal. For those of you leading or aspiring to lead a […]

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Supporting Rural Innovators and Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurship can be a lonely business – even more so if you live in a remote, rural area. In our latest blog, Chris Moule, Head of Entrepreneurship & Innovation at Robert Gordon University, talks about a new initiative in Aberdeenshire helping rural entrepreneurial communities to flourish and thrive. Being an entrepreneur can be lonely. The […]

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Q&A with Saskia Goeres: KickStart 2019 Runner-up

In our latest blog, we catch up with Saskia Goeres of Sofa for Life, to find out what inspired her to go into business and how the company is progressing since winning the KickStart 2019 Runner-up prize. What inspired you to start Sofa for Life? This business idea grew while I was in my fifth […]

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Why You Shouldn’t Have your Cake and Eat it

Looking to hire talent to grow your start-up? Push back on your wish list and recruit for the need in your business says Jane Kennedy, Associate Director at TalentSpark, in her latest blog. Being a member of a start-up founding team is a lot like being in a rock band; you need people who are […]

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Founder or Flounder – What Makes a Great CEO?

Convinced that only you can lead your start-up to success? In our latest blog, Jane Kennedy, Associate Director at TalentSpark, suggests that your strengths and talents may lie elsewhere in the business. The role of a Chief Executive Officer (CEO) varies enormously depending on the company’s mission, product, goals, and operational needs. As the ultimate […]

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Supporting and Empowering Entrepreneurs

Nick Bansal, Business Growth Enabler (BGE) at The Royal Bank of Scotland gives us an insight into his role and how he supports entrepreneurship and business growth within Aberdeen and the Shire. With new businesses and innovative concepts increasingly emerging from within our local universities and colleges, it’s important for me to be an integral […]

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