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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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How to Attract Investment to your Mission-Driven Organisation

Are you a young mission-driven organisation looking for finance to grow? Rob Halliday, Lead Fund Manager at Social Investment Scotland, introduces their impact investment arm, SIS Ventures, and shares his five key tips for attracting investment. Last year at Social Investment Scotland, we launched our impact investment arm, SIS Ventures, which aims to support and grow high impact organisations […]

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How to Build a Great Start-up Culture

Put simply, the better your company culture, the better people will perform. Jane Kennedy, Associate Director at TalentSpark, explains how to develop and maintain a great company culture that will attract, nurture and retain the brilliant people you need to build your business. Maintaining Company Culture as you Grow Maintaining your company culture as you […]

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QMU: Where Education and Enterprise Go Hand in Hand

In our latest blog, Miriam Smith, Business Development Manager at Queen Margaret University (QMU) explains how QMU’s strategic focus on entrepreneurship is helping to create a new wave of innovative student and graduate businesses with solutions that will benefit us all. What is your role at QMU? QMU has a proud history dating back to […]

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Are you up to the Mark ?

You’ve created ways of differentiating your products and services from the competition with attractive and enviable trade marks. So how do you make them work for you? It’s simple! Mark your products or services with the symbol ® or ™. Why? Firstly, marking highlights that a trade mark belongs to you. It sends the message […]

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From the Lab Bench to the Boardroom

Thinking about making the commercialisation leap? Our newest team member and former Converge alumna, Dr Lissa Herron, talks about her own experiences of transitioning from academia to business. Q: What made you decide to move from academia to business? I had known for a while that I didn’t want to be an academic, but I […]

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