Inspiration Stories

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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…

Rachel Neaman

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.

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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: 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.

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Five lessons learned: Dougal Sharp

Scottish Craft Brewing Company Innis & Gunn has been steered from humble beginnings as an accident in a whisky distillery to multi-national success by founder and master brewer, Dougal Sharp. Here's what he learned while blazing trails.