Startup Stories: Laura Etko of ETKO Sports Academy

Startup Stories: Laura Etko of ETKO Sports Academy

Laura Etko tells us how she turned her talent and passion into a successful and thriving business. “In 2008 I created Laura’s Gym due to my belief that children should be participating in sport as early in life as possible. As a former professional gymnast I...

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Startup Stories: Phionna McInnes of Me Too! Magazine

Startup Stories: Phionna McInnes of Me Too! Magazine

Phionna McInnes answers some questions about her wonderful publication ‘Me Too! Magazine’. Celebrating its first year in early 2016, the magazine has grown to 28,500 readers in the North East.   Q. Tell us a little bit about your business? A. Me Too!...

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Startup Stories: Craig Buchan of Qpal

Startup Stories: Craig Buchan of Qpal

QPal is an app that allows users to make cashless payments at events via contactless technology in order to help reduce queue times and increase event revenues, while also giving event organisers access to data about their customers and sales. Craig Buchan, Founder...

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Startup Stories: Dr Caroline Barelle of Elasmogen Ltd

Startup Stories: Dr Caroline Barelle of Elasmogen Ltd

Dr Caroline Barelle, CEO/CSO of Elasmogen Ltd. didn’t consider herself an entrepreneur. However, when faced with a collection of circumstances, she launched down that road with the help of the Converge Challenge, a pan-Scotland company creation competition and...

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Startup Stories: John Durrant of Juggling Swords

Startup Stories: John Durrant of Juggling Swords

This start up story highlights John Durrant, CEO & founder of Juggling Swords, Content marketing and social media gurus based in Edinburgh. You can see from the Juggling swords website that this team is all about creativity and flare but what does it take for you...

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Startup Stories: Gillian Thomson of GT Limited

Startup Stories: Gillian Thomson of GT Limited

Gillian Thomson runs GT Limited, an HR consultancy supporting businesses with all their HR needs. Prior to setting up GT Limited (originally known as GT Conflict Resolution) in 2014, Gillian originally trained as an engineer, before spending 15 years in Human...

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Startup Stories: Gillian Fowler of Backstrong Adventures

Startup Stories: Gillian Fowler of Backstrong Adventures

Gillian Fowler tells the incredible story of how a traumatic incident that could have changed her life forever was the seed that resulted in the growth and success of ‘Backstrong Adventures’. “Starting up a new business is always daunting, especially when you’ve...

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Startup Stories: Iain Hamilton of People Traction

Startup Stories: Iain Hamilton of People Traction

The last few months has been exciting and if I am honest, a bit daunting too! At the end of January, I finished up with Wood Group and in February, I launched People Traction. I first had dreams of being an entrepreneur as a restaurant manager at the age of 20. I had...

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Startup Stories: Yva Yorston of Boost Business Support

Startup Stories: Yva Yorston of Boost Business Support

Yva Yorston explains how her company, ‘Boost Business Support’ came to be. “The best way to predict the future is to create it.” Yva firstly explains the initial motive and educational journey behind starting her own business. “I loved music, art and languages,...

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Startup Stories: Julie Mitchell-Mehta of Début Marketing

Startup Stories: Julie Mitchell-Mehta of Début Marketing

We hear from Julie Mitchell-Mehta who tells us about the journey towards creating and running Début Marketing – an Aberdeen marketing consultancy that provides strategic inbound marketing advice and help with implementation. (Editor’s note: As of June 2016...

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