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Encouraging Entrepreneurship in Scotland

The UK is the start-up capital of Europe yet only one in three UK entrepreneurs is female. Bethany Robertson, Entrepreneur Acceleration Manager at the Royal Bank of Scotland blogs about the steps the bank is taking to address the issue together with her experience of working with universities and the wider ecosystem to encourage entrepreneurship […]

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Scaling your Social Enterprise

Are you an ambitious social enterprise looking to scale? FirstPort’s LaunchMe accelerator programme could be just the ticket. Read on for more details. Social enterprises are businesses that trade to tackle social problems, improve communities, people’s life chances, or the environment. Just like any other business, social enterprises make their money from selling goods and […]

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How to Create an Effective IP Strategy

Every business will have Intellectual Property to protect so strategic decisions about IP need to be made early on. Creating an effective IP strategy is a good place to start and, Graham Murnane, Patents Director at Murgitroyd, talks us through the key areas to consider. WHERE TO START You should bear in mind firstly that […]

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Pool of Scotland’s Academic Entrepreneurs Continues to Rise

Entrepreneurship is alive and well and accelerating to new heights in Scotland’s Universities as evidenced by the growth and breadth of submissions to Converge, Scotland’s leading company creation programme for the Higher Education sector. This year’s pool of candidates come from a diverse range of industries including a med-tech coating device to prevent the spread […]

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What is Impact?

In our latest blog, Thomas Gillan, Deputy Chief Executive at Social Investment Scotland asks “What is impact and why is it important”? With applications for Impact Challenge having recently closed and Impact Summit 2019 taking place this month, we’ve been thinking about what ‘impact’ means to us here at Social Investment Scotland (SIS). It’s pretty […]

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Solving the Big Issues of our Time through Innovation

Monday 22 April marked World Earth Day, a global day of environmental action aimed at raising awareness for the protection of our planet. In recognition of this important event, which is now in its 49th year, Andrew Youngson, Senior Policy Officer at the Scottish Funding Council, highlights some of the exciting innovations coming out of […]

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Putting the Prize in Enterprise

When it comes to Converge, everyone’s a winner – even if you don’t win first prize. Read our latest blog from Joanne Hagerty, a Freelance Enterprise Specialist currently supporting the Converge team. Over the past few months I have been helping the Converge team spread the word about their 2019 programme. As someone who has both admired […]

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Making Tax Digital – It’s All about the Opportunity

New changes to the UK tax system mean that VAT returns will now have to be submitted digitally. Gareth Magee, Partner at Scott-Moncrieff, one of Scotland’s leading independent firms of chartered accountants, talks us through the changes and explains how to get ‘MTD ready’. The first stage of Making Tax Digital, the government’s drive to […]

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Why Universities are the New Start-up Hub in Scotland

Read our latest blog from Jane Kennedy, Product and Community Manager at start-up recruitment specialist, TalentSpark, on why universities are the ideal place to start a business. The level of entrepreneurial activity in a country influences its global ranking in terms of innovation, competitiveness, and job creation, and guides its social and economic growth.   As a […]

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