Inspiration Stories

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Mademoiselle Macaron chews over plans for EU exit

Now that we have reached the end of the transition period, small businesses may wish to re-focus their attention on ensuring their operations and supply chains are in the strongest possible position for the EU exit.

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Prepare for the expected: how Sephra Europe has adapted to leaving the EU

After overcoming the major challenges brought by the COVID-19 pandemic, Sephra Europe, along with thousands of businesses across Scotland, are now preparing for the financial strain and uncertainty of leaving the EU.

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Eteaket moves things oolong despite uncertainty over Brexit

Erica Moore, Founder of Scottish tea wholesaler eteaket discusses what she has been doing to prepare her business for the UK leaving the EU.

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Business trends and challenges for 2020

Learn about what Brexit, employee wellbeing, automation and the environment might mean for you and your organisation from Michelle Shepherd, Business Adviser at Business Gateway Tayside.


What Brexit means for Scottish businesses

Join us for a discussion with the Founder of Edinburgh-based tea wholesaler Eteaket, Erica Moore, and Joint Managing Director of Walkers Shortbread, Jim Walker, to learn how they’ve been preparing their businesses for Brexit and what advice they’d give to fellow business leaders in Scotland. It’s Brexit over a cup of tea and a biscuit, you might say…

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Digital for all

Rachel Neaman, Director of Skills and Partnerships at Doteveryone and voted as one of Computer Weekly’s Most Influential Women in IT 2016, discusses the digital deficit, and the opportunity for SMEs

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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: 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.