Tagged: scotland

ThinCats Supports £1 Million Employee Buy-Out at Scottish IT Business Network ROI

Network ROI, a Midlothian-based IT firm, announced on Thursday it completed an employee buy-out after receiving £1 million in funding from alternative finance specialist ThinCats. Founded in 2003 by Sean Elliot, Network ROI’s initial focus was to provide IT support to companies in Scotland. The company… Read More

FinTech Scotland Names Stephen Ingledew New CEO

On Friday, FinTech Scotland announced it has appointed Stephen Ingledew as its new CEO. According to the organization, Ingledew brings years of experience in the financial sector where he focussed amongst other things on implementing customer focused and technology-enabled initiatives. Founded in 2017, FinTech Scotland… Read More

Downing Crowd: Crowd Bonds + Care Homes= £2.5 Million Raise

Crowd Bonds, a type of debt-based crowdfunding, are gaining traction in the healthcare investment sector with a particular focus on high quality care homes, according to UK crowdfunding platform Downing Crowd. Downing Crowd itself has launched a new £2.5 million Crowd Bond for two established care… Read More

LendInvest Launches Buy-to-Let Loans for Professional Landlords & Investors in England, Wales, & Scotland

LendInvest, a specialist property finance lender, announced on Thursday it has launched a buy-to-let (BTL) loan product targeted at experienced, professional property investors and landlords operating in England, Wales and Scotland. According to the platform, BTL loans are available for amounts between £50,000 and £5… Read More

ThinCats Appoints Geoff O’Brien As Origination Manager For Scotland Services

ThinCats announced on Wednesday it has appointed Geoff O’Brien as its new Origination Manager for Scotland services. The lender stated it has identified the need for a dedicated presence in the area and O’Brien will be the key contact for Scotland and will lead all… Read More

Scotland’s Converge Challenge Shortlists 25 Nominees

The 2017 shortlist of academic entrepreneurs for Scotland’s company creation competition has been announced today. The nominees represent 12 Scottish universities from across the country and 44% of this year’s finalists are female showing increased female participation versus year prior. Converge Challenge is Scotland’s leading… Read More

Assetz Capital Continues UK P2P Expansion with Scotland Appointment

Assetz Capital is continuing its strategy of establishing a local presence across the UK with the appointment of Ian Craig as Regional Relationship Director to help manage operations in Scotland. The appointment comes as Assetz Capital says growth in Scotland continues with a target of… Read More

Marine Training: ThinCats Syncs with SMT to Finance Growth

ThinCats, an alternative lending industry leader, has joined forces with Edinburgh based Alderburn Finance and specialist marine training and consultants Stream Marine Training (SMT), to provide funds to bring a unique offering to Scotland. “It was a delight to be able to help SMT finance their… Read More

Entrepreneurial Scotland Plans Summit to Scale Up Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurial Scotland is preparing for its forthcoming Entrepreneurial Scotland Summit scheduled to take place this coming May. Scotland’s leading entrepreneurial membership network says it has assembled a world-class roster of speakers who will share their insights with Scotland’s entrepreneurial leaders. During times of Brexit and… Read More

Royal Bank of Scotland Plans Edinburgh Fintech Accelerator

Royal Bank of Scotland has announced plans to open a fintech accelerator and relationship hub for startups at its Gogarburn headquarters in Edinburgh. For the past year, the bank’s newly-refitted Gogarburn building has been home to an Entrepreneurial Spark Business Accelerator Hub, including a ‘Hatchery’ for… Read More

Entrepreneurial Scotland’s Saltire Fellowship Program is Now Accepting Applications

Entrepreneurial Scotland’s Saltire Fellowship program has opened for applications for its 2017/2018 program. The Fellowship is an intensive leadership development opportunity for Scotland’s most ambitious and entrepreneurially-minded individuals. Entrepreneurial Scotland’s Chief Executive, Sandy Kennedy, commented on the program; “The current landscape is changing both nationally… Read More

LendingCrowd Preps IFISA for Q1 2017, Highlights 2016 Accomplishments

LendingCrowd, a UK alternative finance lender to the SME market, is readying to launch an Innovative Finance ISA (IFISA) during Q1 of 2017, said to be one of the first launched in the UK alternative finance sector. The launch follows a record year for LendingCrowd during which it… Read More

University of Strathclyde Announces Masters in Fintech Program

The University of Strathclyde, a Scottish public research university located in Glasgow, announced on Wednesday it is set to launch its Masters in Financial Technology (Fintech) as a way to support the digital transformation of Scotland’s financial sector. The University stated that the MSc in Financial Technology would… Read More

What the Hell Happens Now? Crowdfunding Results in 650 Guides to Brexit for MPs

Justen Hyde, a software engineer with Emergent Design Ltd, began crowdfunding eight days ago on JustGiving to address the Brexit fallout.  His initial goal?  Raise £3,959 (approximately $5,000) within a month to send every Member of Parliament — all 650 of them — a copy of “Brexit:… Read More

Scotland: Entrepreneur of the Year Awarded to James Milne, MD of Balmoral Group

Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year awarded to Chris Gauld, Chief Executive, Spark Energy   Entrepreneurial Scotland, hosted its 20th annual dinner and awards last night (November 30th). The event was a celebration of entrepreneurial success, recognising the role of entrepreneurs at all stages, and their… Read More

Downing Crowd Successfully Raises £1.25 Million for “Hydro Bond”

Downing Crowd has successfully raised £1.25 million to fund its first ever “Hydro Bond” for a newly opened ‘run-of-river’ power station developed by Nightjar Sustainable Power Limited in Argyll, Scotland. Downing Crowd is an offshoot of Downing LLP, an investment manager founded in 1986. Downing… Read More

Scotland’s Converge Challenge Announces Startup Shortlist

Scotland’s “leading company creation competition” has accepted 212 applicants this year, and now the judging process has shortlisted the top 10 nominees.  The 2016 Converge Challenge category is said to be the most competitive year ever.  The record number of applicants represents 14% growth year… Read More

BrewDog Announces Top 5 States To Pitch in Funds Towards Equity For Punks USA Campaign

Earlier this month, BrewDog launched its highly anticipated Equity for Punks US campaign on BankRoll. In a matter of days, the initiative topped $1 million in indications of interest. Now, the Scottish brewery has released new info about the campaign’s success, including what states have pitched… Read More

Scotland Or Bust: Kickstarter Is Heading to Edinburgh Fringe

On Friday, Kickstarter announced it will be making its way across the Atlantic to attend this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland, which will take place on August 5th to the 29th. The crowdfunding portal shared: “Over in the UK, the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe is almost… Read More

Downing Crowd, Powered by ShareIn, Closes 2nd Bond Deal in Two Days

Recently launched crowdfunding platform, Downing Crowd, an offshoot of London-based VC firm Downing, is finding success with its new platform. Powered by Edinburgh-based ShareIn, Downing Crowd has closed its second deal in two days raising a total of £3.2 million.  According to information provided by… Read More