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DEADLINE AHEAD FOR TECH START-UP SUPPORT: Scottish Enterprise is launching its Start Global Programme for new or early stage technology-based companies with ambitions to go global. It's an intensive 16 week programme, from 15 January to 12 May 2015, designed to test your business idea. It includes workshops, entrepreneurial training, one to one support and a market visit to explore global opportunities

The workshops cover subjects ranging from finance and disciplined entrepreneurship to how to engage with customers and investors. Qualifying companies need to have the potential to achieve turnover of £5 million, or secure external investment of £10 million within a five year period. Your company will also need to be headquartered in Scotland, with plans to operate globally. Deadline for completed application forms is 5.00pm, 21 November. More details at [email protected]


STARTUP SUMMIT TODAY: Only a few tickets are left – and some sessions already sold out - for the all-day StartUp Summit 2014 today. It is being held this year at the RBS Global HQ, Gogarburn, Edinburgh, from 9am to 4pm. The Start-Up Summit allows entrepreneurial experts the opportunity to share their secrets of success with young entrepreneurs. Decades of internationally-renowned business experience, hundreds of millions.

The summit allows entrepreneurial experts the opportunity to share their secrets of success with young entrepreneurs.  SUS14 offers unique opportunities to fast-track and revolutionise business learning during Global Entrepreneurship Week. Hosted by Gavin Oattes, Managing Director, Tree of Knowledge. Russell Dalgleish, investor, board advisor and entrepreneur is top contributor.


JOIN THE WAR ON WASTE: TaxpayerScotland is holding a road tour this week as part of the War on Waste initiative. Having hit Glasgow yesterday, the campaign now moves to Edinburgh and east Scotland. Come along and meet the team.

Here’s the itinerary for today, Tuesday 18th November

  • 10.00 - 10:40am:  High Street, South Queensferry, EH30 9PP
  • 11.00 - 11:30am:  Outside Burgh Arms pub, High Street, Inverkeithing, KY11 1A
  • 12noon - 12:30pm:  The Clansman Hotel, High Street, Cowdenbeath, KY4 9NF
  • 1.00 - 2.00pm:  87 High Street Kirkcaldy, KY1 1LN
  • 2:30 - 3.00pm:  Kingdom Shopping Centre, Central Avenue, Glenrothes New Town, KY7 5NW
  • 4.00 - 5.00pm:  Corner of George Street and St Andrew Square, Edinburgh, EH2 2AF

Taxpayer Scotland will be handing out leaflets explaining how high taxes make life very expensive for ordinary householders. If you have any questions or would like to pop along, please get in touch with the TaxpayerScotland Campaign Team at [email protected].




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STEP OUT FOR HIGHLANDS FASHION WEEK: Highlands Fashion Week takes place from December 1 to December 6 There is a range of different events showcasing the best designers from all over the UK but with a focus on local design, young producers and cool services.

The weeks are a ‘must’ for all budding models and fashionistas, and for everyone who desires a vibrant Highland and Scotland. HFW sets a whole welcome ethos of young Scots picking up on things with a ‘can do’, ‘must do’, ‘will do’ attitude. Highlights include a secret project – BBTC - the model training workshops and the fashion show finale at the Glenmoriston Hotel in Inverness on Saturday 6th December.  For more details, check out


VANDALS HIT ARRAN BREWERY: Arran Brewery’s Dreghorn site in North Ayrshire has suffered three break-ins in three weeks since taking over the site from the Council. Managing Director Gerald Michaluk says the vandals and thieves caused more than £60,000 worth of damage to the site. Lead has been stolen from the roof resulting in major water damage. Internally, the copper boilers have been stolen from all three buildings, leaving one boiler house flooded. The site is monitored by CCTV, which clearly was no deterrent, but as the police examine the images, Gerald is appealing to anyone with information to report it to the police.


STEP INTO HIGH TECH: Scotland’s only CREATE: Lab opens this Thursday (November 20) at Stirling’s Business Support Agency (STEP) at the John Player Building in the Stirling Enterprise Park. Present at the launch will be Richard Lochhead MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Food and the Environment, and Scottish Enterprise.

CREATE: Lab has been developed to help rural SMEs by providing access to state-of-the-art production technology including 3D printers, scanners, laser cutters and engravers. Businesses will have the opportunity to see the technology in action and how it may benefit their individual business. Expert support will be on hand to help entrepreneurs select the right technology for their business. Further details available at or contact STEP Marketing Manager Donna Kudarenko ([email protected].


PROPERTY FINANCE FINDER: Looking for property finance? This new website could be tailor-made for you. Edinburgh-based claims to be the first in the market with a web based portal that focuses exclusively on property finance. Managing director Jamie Davidson says it searches more than 322 live bridging products from over 75 lenders in seconds. And for every quote requested it generates on average 15 options.