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Harper MacLeod offers advice to start-ups

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Paula Skinner: leads advice team (photo by Terry Murden)

Three-year deal with Entrepreneurial Spark

Business accelerator Entrepreneurial Spark has signed a three-year partnership deal with Scottish law firm Harper Macleod to provide legal advice to start-up companies joining the scheme.

Harper Macleod joins Royal Bank of Scotland, KPMG and EMC as partners of Entrepreneurial Spark in Scotland.

In England, Wales and Northern Ireland the start-ups will receive legal advice from Pinsent Masons.

Lucy-Rose Walker, co-founder and chief entrepreneuring officer at Entrepreneurial Spark, said: “It’s so important to have access to expert information on the myriad of legal issues our chiclets may face, whether that’s intellectual property, contract law, investment or regulatory issues.”

Martin Darroch, chief executive of Harper Macleod, said: “We’re delighted to be joining the other partners as we move forward together in what will be an exciting time for everyone involved.

“Harper Macleod and Entrepreneurial Spark share the same values and we’ve both contributed to building Scotland’s impressive entrepreneurial ecosystem over the past few years. It’s great that our relationship continues to develop.

“So much has been achieved to date and I believe that, over the next three years, Entrepreneurial Spark is going to make an even more transformational contribution to the Scottish business community than it has already. “

Entrepreneurial Spark’s start-ups have raised more than £45million and created more than 1,800 jobs across the UK since the programme began in 2011.

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