Mixing it up

Mixing it up

Launching their own soft drinks businesses helped Hannah Fisher and Craig Strachan to spot gaps in the market not only for contract bottling but also for product development. Now, they’re joining forces to open The Start-Up Drinks Lab, which will help other entrepreneurs to follow in their footsteps.

Scott Allen

Scott Allen

A design for the water of life

Scott Allen’s engineering design firm has worked with some of the biggest – and smallest – whisky distilleries in Scotland. Now, it’s following in the footsteps of our national drink by finding fans as far away as Australia and the United States, writes
Peter Ranscombe.

Professor John Quigley

Professor John Quigley

It pays to look before you leap

The appliance of management science takes the uncertainty out of decision making as Professor John Quigley explains.

Scotch on the rocks?

Scotch on the rocks?

More and more English distilleries are producing their own whiskies, so should Scotland be worried? Drinks writer Peter Ranscombe eyes up the competition.

Steak Brasserie

Steak Brasserie, Edinburgh

Time is at steak

Edinburgh’s Steak Brasserie has launched an express menu that promises to serve a two-course lunch within 30 minutes. Peter Ranscombe got his stopwatch out to put the claim to the test.

Stepping into the light

Stepping into the light

Peter Ranscombe was impressed by the dishes and décor in the recently revamped restaurant at Glasgow’s Malmaison hotel.

Wine House Hotel 1821 in Edinburgh

Wine House Hotel 1821 in Edinburgh

Bottles join the books in a very special library

Few words excite Peter Ranscombe more than “wine” and “library”, so bringing the two together at the heart of the new Wine House Hotel 1821 in Edinburgh was more than enough to pique his interest.

Cask strength

Cask strength

Leo Scott-Francis and Craig Chidgey created The Whisky Market, an innovative way for investors to buy and trade casks, while also providing the raw material for their Higginbottom brand, as Peter Ranscombe reports.

Susan Morrison

Susan Morrison

The experience of a lifetime

Susan Morrison began her career as a tour guide at The Scotch Whisky Experience in Edinburgh and has worked her way up through the ranks to become director of this £8m-a-year tourist attraction, as Suzy Powell reports.

Why two heads are better than one

Why two heads are better than one

Businesses in the Highlands and Islands are being encouraged to collaborate with one another to grow their sales and explore overseas markets.