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19 firms sign on for Scale-Up challenge

Bob Keillor with Scale-up recruits

Bob Keiller with first cohort for new programme


Nineteen Scottish firms have been chosen to take part in an ambitious scheme designed to help their growth plans.

The first Scale-Up Scotland programme has been created by Entrepreneurial Scotland in partnership with The Hunter Foundation and Scotland Can Do. 

It will be delivered by entrepreneurs over 18 months, focusing on peer-to-peer learning opportunities, backed by academic study.

It has been designed so that participants can continue to run their businesses while on the programme committing to 1.5 days every eight weeks to attend a series of action orientated masterclasses throughout the country.

Chief executive of Entrepreneurial Scotland, Sandy Kennedy, said: “We know that in comparison to other countries not enough businesses in Scotland are scaling. We also know that entrepreneurs want to learn from those that have been there and done it and they are looking for practical tools that they can implement into their own businesses. 

“What makes Scale-up Scotland different is that it is entrepreneurially led and delivered in an exciting and dynamic way that is appealing to entrepreneurs.” 

Bob Keiller, who led the first entrepreneur led masterclass at the Gordon Highlanders Museum in Aberdeen, said: “Over the years I’ve discovered tools and processes that work in business and now I am able to pass that knowledge on and help other businesses find their own ‘eureka’ moment.




“If we can support entrepreneurs by sharing our own entrepreneurial experiences to stimulate their ambition and grow their organisations then we really will have an entrepreneurial Scotland.” 

The businesses accepted onto the programme range across several sectors including: communications, technology, security, beauty, the care sector, digital, mobile, medical, construction, design and manufacturing.

Scale-up Scotland is fully funded and participants need to demonstrate continual development of themselves and their organisation throughout the programme. The 2018 programme will guide the entrepreneurs through the key areas of scaling including: leadership, finance, building the right team, communications, sales and marketing, globalisation, crisis management and governance.

Scale-up Scotland is part of the Scotland CanDo Scale Movement, a collaboration of the key organisations across the private and public sector committed to support the leaders of innovative firms who have the ambition to grow significantly and with pace.

Evidence from the MIT Regional Entrepreneurship Acceleration Programme (“REAP”) Report and the Scale-Up Report on UK Economic Growth highlights that entrepreneurs need the right support in order to be able to take their businesses to the next level. The Scale-Up Report indicates that just 1% more scale-ups in the UK would create 150,000 jobs and generate an additional £225 billion of GDP by 2034.

MIT REAP Report: http://www.hie.co.uk/business-support/entrepreneurship/mit-reap/

The Scale Up Report: http://www.scaleupreport.org/

2018 Cohort

Business Summary line Entrepreneur (s) Website
Amiqus Amiqus ID is an encrypted online tool for client-onboarding and transaction checks. Callum Murray https://amiqus.co/
Beauty Kitchen Beauty Kitchen makes 100% effective, natural and affordable products. Recipes only contain 100% pure essential oils plus naturally derived ingredients that will never cost the earth. Joanne & Stuart Chidley http://www.beautykitchen.co.uk/
Care Sourcer Care Sourcer provides an entirely free care matching service, searching all 27,000 registered providers to present the best possible options within 24 hours. Andrew Parfery http://www.caresourcer.com/
Columba 1400 Columba 1400 is dedicated to enabling young people from tough realities to discover their true potential. Marie Clare Tully http://columba1400.com/http://columba1400.com/
Digitonic Digitonic is a mobile marketing and technology company. Founded in 2011 and headquartered in Glasgow. Grant Fraser http://www.digitonic.co.uk/
Dogfish Mobile Dogfish Mobile is a global digital company that solves complex problems by creating innovative mobile and digital solutions. Ross Tuffee https://dogfi.sh/
Enterobiotix Enterobiotix is a patient-centred biotechnology company developing novel medicinal products for use in infections or diseases associated with imbalances of bacteria in the human gut. James McIllroy http://enterobiotix.com/
Fleming Homes Fleming Homes has been designing, manufacturing and supplying one-off timber frame homes across the UK and overseas for over 30 years. Sarah Mathieson https://www.fleminghomes.co.uk/contact/
Highlander Outdoor Founded in Edinburgh in 1985, Highlander Outdoor is a proudly Scottish, family-owned outdoor and adventure equipment designers and manufacturers. Ramin Golzari http://www.highlander-outdoor.com/
LS productions The UK’s largest stills and motion service production company with a library of unique locations. Marie Owens https://www.lsproductions.com
MRM MRM are family owned business providing the world’s largest brands with marketing distribution technology which increases sales, creates efficiencies and improves customer engagement. Craig Letton http://www.mrmbrand.com/
Organised Health Technologies Managing your repeat medicines and delivering them at a time and place that suits you. Nadeem Sawar http://organisedhealth.co.uk/
RD Graphene RD Graphene’s truly design-for-manufacture (DFM) process creates 3D graphene at room temperature on any surface with cycle times in seconds and therefore enables high volume manufacture. Claus Marquordt http://www.rd-graphene.com/
Scotmas Scotmas is the first choice for businesses considering Chlorine Dioxide. We specialise in delivering Chlorine Dioxide (ClO2) dosing systems using the latest technology and expertise. Nicola Cameron http://www.scotmas.com/
Tag Digital Tag Digital are an award winning events & publishing PPC Specialists. Operating internationally with clients and campaigns in over 40 countries. Laura & Craig Davidson http://tagdigital.co.uk/
The Cashroom The Cashroom is an award winning company that was founded by Catherine O’Day in 2008 to provide outsourced legal cashiering and finance director services to solicitors. David Calder http://www.thecashroom.co.uk/
Trtl The reinventors of the travel pillow Michael Corrigan https://trtltravel.com/
Uuni We’re a product design company based in the UK. We’re best known for our revolutionary Uuni wood-fired oven. Darina Garland & Kristian Tapaninaho https://uk.uuni.net/
Vehnet Vehnet is the leading name for IT in global automotive logistics. We focus on software for yard, transportation and workshop management. Christopher Kenmore https://vehnet.com/


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