Iain Stirling

Iain Stirling

From farm to glass

Iain Stirling and his brothers are taking ingredients grown on their family’s farm and turning them into a range of award-winning gins and vodkas, with whisky also on the horizon, as BQ Scotland editor Peter Ranscombe discovers.

Mackie’s of Scotland

Milking it

Mac Mackie, Karin Hayhow and Kirstin McNutt have taken diversification to a whole new level, expanding their Mackie’s of Scotland ice cream brand to include crisps and chocolate, with this autumn marking their move into retail. Peter Ranscombe heads down to the farm to find out more.

Willie Cameron

Willie Cameron

Mr Loch Ness

Willie Cameron has done more than most to build the international reputation of the Highlands. The man that locals call ‘Mr Loch Ness’ is now helping other businesses to export through the Made in Scotland collaboration while still fulfilling his ‘day job’ as business development director at café, bakery and hotel operator Cobbs Group, as Peter Ranscombe finds out.

David Holton

David Holton

Welcome to the lab

David Holton takes Peter Ranscombe behind the scenes at Scottish Widows’ innovation laboratory. And there’s not a test tube or Bunsen burner in sight.

Elly Douglas-Hamilton

Elly Douglas-Hamilton

Not-so secret garden

Elly Douglas-Hamilton’s family has run Archerfield since the 1960s. Now, the estate’s walled garden is helping the business to diversify into areas including brewing, events and retail, as Peter Ranscombe reports.

Anne Clyde

Anne Clyde

Rising from the ashes

UK Steel Enterprise helps entrepreneurs in areas affected by the decline of the steel industry to start their own businesses. Anne Clyde tells Peter Ranscombe how the company can provide investment, loans and facilities.

Stewart Bromley

Stewart Bromley

Atom: a bank that dares to be different

New digital bank Atom is challenging the old order of finance. And to bring about revolution it is creating a whole new culture, as Peter Jackson discovers.

A whole world of wealth

A whole world of wealth

The global reach of UBS - from the UK regions to offices around the world - is giving its clients the confidence and security to look further afield for diversification. Mike Hughes discusses its strategies and success with two key decision-makers.

Young Enterprise Scotland

Hampden roar echoes for young entrepreneurs

Young Enterprise Scotland held a two-day festival of youth enterprise at Hampden Park stadium in Glasgow, including the national finals of its company programme for secondary school pupils.