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Don’t just take our word for it. Hear from the businesses we’ve supported across Scotland.

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Start-up brings home the bacon

Piggery Smokery more than quadrupled its bacon production within its first 16 months in response to customer demand.

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Drawing on expert advice

When talented illustrator Louise Clifford had designs on setting up in business for herself, she drew on our expert advice.

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New office provides room to grow

Having cemented its reputation for service, Raeburn Construction continues to thrive and had to move into a bigger space in 2018.

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Family firm gets a digital boost

Falkirk-based FBS Plumbing Solutions drew on our connections to access the digital skills needed to boost its online presence.

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Supermarket deal is a prize catch

Shetland salted cod producer Thule Ventus is set to grow thanks to a Whole Foods Market deal and investment in new machinery.

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Distilling the right expertise

Our local knowledge and connections to employability support helped the OroGin Distilling Company to get up and running in Dalton.

Inspiration stories

Learn from the experience of some great business leaders. Discover how they made it in business and the lessons they would pass on.

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Chomping on export

A lesson in selling in different countries, by exporting success story Cheeky Chompers.

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Five Lessons Learned: Mike Welch

From tyre fitter to founder and CEO of, a major player in the UK tyre market, Mike Welch shares what he's learned on the road to success.

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Five Lessons Learned: Maitland 'Mac' Mackie

Family business Mackie's of Scotland has stayed committed to innovation throughout its journey. Maitland ‘Mac’ Mackie, tells us his five business lessons.

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The Harris Tweed Renaissance

From traditional sports jackets to Converse All Stars, Harris Tweed is an industry transformed. Creative Director of Harris Tweed Hebrides, Mark Hogarth, explains how.

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Q&A: Cally Russell

Cally Russell, CEO and founder of Edinburgh-based online clothing retailer Mallzee, talks digital inspiration, talent and potential in Scotland.

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Five Lessons Learned: Sir Tom Hunter

For Scottish serial entrepreneur and philanthropist Sir Tom Hunter, to commit to a life of business is to commit to a life of learning. Here are five lessons he's learned along the way.