Keith Brown MSP visits Edinburgh chiclets

Keith Brown MSP visits Edinburgh chiclets

Chiclets at Entrepreneurial Spark’s Edinburgh business accelerator hatchery received a visit yesterday from Keith Brown, cabinet secretary for economy, jobs and fair work.

The firms on board the programme were also celebrating hitting a £24,719,720 turnover in the last 12 months.

Mr Brown’s visit to the Hatchery allows him to see first-hand how collaborative working is enabling fledgling entrepreneurs to grow their business at the Royal Bank of Scotland powered accelerator in Gogarburn.

In the last 12 months, as well as generating turnover of £24,719,720, Chiclets based in the Edinburgh, Glasgow and Ayrshire Hatcheries have secured investment of £3,216,044 and created 198 jobs.

Edinburgh Chiclets alone have generated a turnover of £14,565,763, while Glasgow Chiclets have created 55 jobs and Ayrshire Chiclets have secured investment totalling £380,000.

With businesses based in the Scottish Hatcheries making a big impact on the economy, Keith Brown met with a number of Chiclets, including:

  • Sara Hawkins from Run-It
  • Steve Regis from ARX Defence
  • Lawrence Brown from Phund
  • Julie Shaw Binns of Brand Oath
  • Calum L. Leslie of YoCo Club
  • Nick Findlay from City Room Rentals
  • Phil Mowat of Tie Club
  • Scott McFarlane from Trans World Experience
  • Andrew Bone from Airts

Mr Brown said: "We have made clear our ambition to be a world-leading entrepreneurial and innovative nation. 

"One in which growth and innovation go hand-in-hand with a commitment towards delivering wider benefit to all of society. It is excellent to see so many small businesses making such a large impact on the economy.

"Today’s visit highlights the Scottish Government’s commitment and support to innovation and entrepreneurship in Scotland."

Entrepreneurial Spark currently has 12 hatcheries across the UK and is due to open a further hub in London next year.

Lucy-Rose Walker, co-founder and Chief Entrepreneuring Officer (CEO) of Entrepreneurial Spark, said: "It’s been great to have Keith Brown MSP in the Edinburgh Hatchery at Gogarburn and to be able to showcase the range of businesses that are being developed here.

"It’s been an incredible year for the Scottish Hatcheries; with Edinburgh, Glasgow and Ayrshire Chiclets generating a combined turnover of nearly £25million, securing investment of £3,216,044 and creating 198 jobs."

Gordon Merrylees, head of enterprise at the Royal Bank of Scotland, said: "The Royal Bank of Scotland is proud of its relationship with Entrepreneurial Spark and the success it is helping so many entrepreneurs here achieve.

"Scotland has a long history of creativity and innovation across all sectors – and accelerators such as Entrepreneurial Spark are crucial for that story to continue.

"It is important that the public and private sectors, Government and everyone who plays a role in shaping Scotland’s future are aware of the services available to help budding entrepreneurs create successful and scalable businesses."