• Scottish Business Network Podcast Series in association with Fraser Allen, Whitelight Media

  • Listen to the latest episodes below:

    Episode 15

    ids and tenders are critical pipelines of new revenue for some businesses. However, putting a bid together can be stressful, time-consuming and, when it doesn’t get your way, very frustrating. As someone with a wealth of experience on the client side of bids, latterly with British Gas, Andrew Morrison spotted this and, in 2014, set up AM Bid, a business focused on getting his pitch clients over the winning line. In this episode, Andrew provides us with a mini-masterclass on the challenges of bidding, as well as revealing how he has meticulously built a business that is set to turnover £1m this year.

    Episode 14

    Plans for a new Scottish Stock Exchange are well advanced, and the driving force behind it is Edinburgh-based Tomás Carruthers. It's a project he's been thinking about since his early days as an investment tech entrepreneur in Cambridge – and he's determined that it will encourage positive social and environmental change.

    Episode 13

    Originally from Delhi, Poonam Gupta came to Scotland to begin married life with her husband. But she was ambitious and, after carrying out meticulous research, decided to create a business in Greenock trading paper globally. Building the company from scratch with no money to invest, its huge success is a testament to her shrewdness, hard work and talent for building trust with customers and suppliers. Poonam is also a shining example of the value of integrity in outstanding business leadership.

    Episode 12

    Rhona Baillie is the driving force behind the Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice in Glasgow, which is seen as setting new standards in hospice care across the world. As CEO, she draws on a career in nursing and her earlier experiences working in a chip shop to bring people along with her in creating better ways of doing things.

    Episode 11

    Ever had to pitch to a potential client or investor, or speak at a conference? And ever felt full of dread about how you're going to do it? If so, Mel Sherwood can help. Channelling her experience as an accomplished public speaker and actress (as well as the stage-fright she has experienced as a singer) she helps people make a big impression when they most need to. We hear about Mel's journey from Melbourne to Edinburgh, and get a big bunch of tips for handling those tricky pitches and presentations.

    Episode 10

    A young policewoman was standing in the the freezing rain in Glasgow eating pickled onions when she thought 'there must be more to life than this'. It turned out there was.

    Today Sheila Flavell is COO of FDM Group, the only company listed on the Stock Exchange that is run by a married couple (husband Rod Flavell is CEO).

    Sheila tells the unpredictable story of her career with many laughs, honesty about the ups and downs and plenty of business sights. You will also hear the extraordinary anecdote of 'spot the organ' – not for the faint-hearted.

    Sheila is a brilliant storyteller and a great champion for women in business.

    Episode 9

    From innocent escapades as a 15-year-old 'digital shoplifter' in Glasgow to developing the highly disruptive accountancy platform Xero, Gary Turner has a fascinating and uplifting tale to tell. Inspired both by his parents and by observing life in small businesses throughout central Scotland (the financial pressures, the hopes and fears; the chipped mugs and the daily sandwich van), Gary is firmly on the side of SMEs, and tells his story with passion, humour and warmth.

    Episode 8

    George Mackintosh is a modern-day business adventurer, always looking for the next big thing – and usually finding it. A natural storyteller, his often humorous tale of shrewd opportunism is a great example to budding entrepreneurs.

    Episode 7

    He played a key role in transforming Scottish sport, made a similar impact in Ireland, modernised the English FA and worked with brands such as NCR and Famous Grouse. Intriguingly, he also spent two hours in the company of Roy Keane after Ireland's football captain stormed out of the 2002 World Cup. He's Scotland's best-kept sporting secret and eminently qualified to write his new book, The Game Changer.

    Episode 6

    Clare Campbell's business, Prickly Thistle, creates bespoke tartan designs for clients across the world, woven at her mill in north-east Scotland. But beneath Clare's evident passion for the craftsmanship of her brand, lies the steady, beating heart of a chartered accountant. She is ambitious and this business is one to watch.

    Episode 5

    Russell Dalgleish was offered a career in banking but saw his future in technology. And far from wishing to be chained to a desk, he wanted to travel the world with his laptop. With his business consultancy Exolta, his role as founder of the Scottish Business Network and a plethora of investor and NED roles, he is now a very well-kent figure in the Scottish business scene, with fascinating stories to tell.

    Episode 4

    When Christie Doran saw an appeal in a newspaper for rookies to be trained up in motor racing, she seemed an unlikely candidate. Aged just 15, not only did she not have a driving licence, she knew nothing whatsoever about cars. Seven years on, she has established a reputation as a successful competitive driver – it turns out she was a natural. But as Fraser Allen discovers, her career is also a business.

    Episode 3

    Tucked away in a charming mews building in central Edinburgh is an antidote to the repeated hubris that causes banks to collapse, businesses to fail and empires to crumble. Professor Russell Napier established the Library of Mistakes to help us learn from all the cock-ups we have already made, and really shouldn't be making again...

    Episode 2

    Julie Ashworth interrupted a successful career at Tesco to take part in the first ever Round The World Yacht Race – despite the fact that she knew nothing about sailing and couldn't swim. In Episode Two of the Scottish Business Network, she reveals the lessons she learned from that experience and the platform it created for a diverse and successful career as an entrepreneur and networker. Thoughtful and funny, Julie's interview at her home in Edinburgh is recommended listening.

    Episode 1

    Tweedie Brown was the senior British commanding officer in Berlin when the wall came tumbling down. It's one of many colourful events in the career of a high-achieving soldier, businessman, impresario and bon vivant. Fraser Allen is your host in this first episode of a new podcast series about Scottish business personalities.

  • Industry Trends Series

    In this series, we will have some of the industry experts from the Scottish Business Network membership share their thoughts on the important trends that are growing in their field.

  • Read the latest edition below:

    GovTech, A Global Market that is Just Emerging.

    Ian Dowson of William Garrity
    Associates Ltd.


    Ian Dowson, SBN member in London, presented at a GovTech meetup held in Cocoon Networks, London a 70,000sqft Chinese VC backed workspace near Finsbury Square London, the theme was...


     “Could GovTech become bigger than FinTech?”

    Joy Lewis of Adopt an Intern


    When it comes to interns, Joy Lewis knows best. You get what you pay for...


    Joy Lewis, SBN Member and CEO of Adopt an Intern shares her expertise...


    Andrew Morrison of AM Bid Services


    What are the eight bid trends to look out for in 2018?


    Andrew Morrison, Scottish Business Network Member and Managing Director of AM Bid Services shares his expertise...


    Norman Jackson of JFP Strategic Planning


    Norman shares 7 tips on how to get the most out of your networking...



    Norman Jackson, SBN Advisory Board member and Partner at JFP Strategic Planning shares his experience...


    Alex McPherson of Ignition Law

    Five Legal Aspects Of Entrepreneurialism…


    Alex McPherson, Scottish Business Network Member and Co-Founder of Ignition Law let's us know...


    Jenny Scrivener of Hunter Adams

    What are the five Key Challenges in Human Resources?


    Jenny Scrivener, Scottish Business Network member and Director at Hunter Adams shares her expertise...


    Fiona McKinnon of Turn Left​​

    What are the five Key Challenges in Programmatic Advertising


    Fiona McKinnon, Scottish Business Network Board Member and Founder of Turn Left Digital let's us know...


    Rob Hamilton of Dynamic Edge Group


    What are the five things you need to know about the General Data Protection Regulation?


    Rob Hamilton, Scottish Business Network member and CEO of the Dynamic Edge Group weighs in...


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Personal Data you give us 
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Information we get from Third Parties in relation to the Services
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Who - Sharing Your Personal Data
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How - Using your Personal Data
We comply with the EU General Data Protection Regulation and UK Data Protection Legislation. We only collect, utilise and share personal data in strict adherence with Data Protection laws and principles. Your personal data has only been collected, utilised or shared by Scottish Business Network if:
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•	the processing is necessary for the performance of (or entering into) a contract
•	the processing is a result of an existing legal obligation to which we are subject
•	the processing is in your vital interests
•	the processing is in the public interest
•	the processing is in our legitimate interests

Your Consent 
In certain situations, we may obtain, collect and process your Personal Data to send you marketing communications about our offers, services and products. We will only send you these materials if you have consented and in accordance with your preferences for receiving marketing communications.
You have the right to withdraw your consent at anytime for any processing activities that you have consented to. 
Contractual Necessity
In order for us provide you with the Product(s) you have requested, it will be necessary for us to capture Personal Data to process your request. 
To fulfil the contractual obligations between you and us, it is also necessary to process Personal Data in order to perform the contact.
In this regard, we may use Personal Data to process your application and to liaise with you about this. We also need to administer contracts and agreements between you and us in relation to the Product(s).
Legal Obligations
We obtain, collect and process your Personal Data in order to comply with all our legal obligations.
Your Vital Interests
We may process Personal Data where it is deemed to be in your vital interests. This is an extremely rare circumstance for processing Personal Data and usually only occurs when essential for the life of the data subject or that of another. 
Our Legitimate Interests
We may process Personal Data where it is within our legitimate interests to do so. We process Personal Data on this basis for financial and statistical analysis
Where we process your Personal Data on this basis for direct marketing (including profiling related to direct marketing), you have a right to object to us processing your information. Your right to object is detailed below in this policy and can be exercise at anytime, free of charge, where applicable.
Your Data Protection Rights
You have rights which allow you to address any concerns or queries regarding the processing of your Personal Data
Right of Access
You have the right to access and obtain a copy of the Personal Data that we hold about you. We will only charge you for making such an access request where we feel your request is unjustified or excessive.  
Right to Rectification
You have the right to request that we correct any inaccuracies in the Personal Data stored about you.  
Right to Erasure
In certain circumstances, you have the right to request that we erase your Personal Data.  For example, you may exercise this right in the following circumstances: 
•	your Personal Data are no longer necessary in relation to the purposes for which they were collected or otherwise processed by us; 

•	where you withdraw consent and no other legal ground permits the processing; 

•	where you object to the processing and there are no overriding legitimate grounds for the processing; 

•	your Personal Data have been unlawfully processed; or

•	your Personal Data must be erased for compliance with a legal obligation. 

Where we store your Personal Data for statistical purposes, we may not be able to comply with such a request where it would likely impair such statistical purposes or where we require your Personal Data for compliance with a legal obligation or in connection with legal proceedings.    
Right to Restriction
You have the right to restrict our processing of your Personal Data where any of the following circumstances apply: 
•	where you feel that the Personal Data which we hold about you are not accurate. This restriction will be in place for a period to enable us to verify the accuracy of your Personal Data; 

•	where the processing is unlawful and you do not want your Personal Data be erased and request the restriction of its use instead; 

•	where we no longer need to process your Personal Data (e.g. any of the Purposes outlined above have been completed or expire), but we require it in connection with legal proceedings; 

•	where you have objected to our processing of your Personal Data pending the verification of whether or not our legitimate business interests override your interests, rights and freedoms.

Where you exercise your right to restrict our processing of your Personal Data, we will only continue to process it with your consent or in connection with legal proceedings or for the protection of the rights of other people or for reasons of important public interest. 
Right to Communication
Any rectification or erasure of personal data or restriction of processing shall be communicated by us to any Recipient of your Personal Data. You will be informed about these Recipients should your request.
If a breach or loss of your data occurs you will be notified immediately by us.
Right to Data Portability
To further strengthen your control over your Personal Data, you have a right to receive and transfer the Personal Data that you provide to us in a structured, commonly used and machine readable format where we process your Personal Data on the legal bases of: a) your consent; or b) where it is necessary to perform our contract with you and such processing is carried out by automated means. Where you make such a request, we will directly transfer your Personal Data on your behalf to another controller of your choice (where it is feasible for us to do so).
Right to Object to Processing
In certain circumstances, you have a right to object to our processing of your Personal Data where we process it on the legal bases of: a) our legitimate business interest (e.g. the statistical purposes outlined above), including profiling based on our legitimate business interests; or b) your consent to marketing. We may not be able to comply with such a request where we can demonstrate that there are compelling legitimate grounds for us to process your Personal Data which override your interests, rights and freedoms or where the processing of your Personal Data is required for compliance with a legal obligation or in connection with legal proceedings.  
Right to Object to Automated Decision-Making, including Profiling  
You have a right not to be subjected to decisions based solely on automated decision-making, including profiling, which produce legal effects concerning you or similarly significantly affects you. 
We may not be able to comply with such a request where we rely on the legal bases of: a) your explicit consent; or b) where it is necessary to enter and perform our contract with you (as detailed in section 2 above). You will however be entitled to have a person from our team review the decision so that you can query it and set out your point of view and circumstances to us.
Enforcing Your Data Protection Rights
If you feel that the processing of your Personal Data is not in line with our data protection obligations, you can complain to a data protection supervisory authority. 
Our Data Protection Supervisory Authority
You can contact the UK Data Protection Commissioner offices at:
Telephone:				Lo Call Number:		
+44 303 123 1113			0303 123 1113			
Postal Address:			E-mail:					
Wycliffe House, 			casework@ico.org.uk.
Water Ln, 
SK9 5AF, 

Data Retention – How long do we keep your Personal Data
We will not retain your Personal Data longer than is necessary to fulfil the purposes for which it was collected. However, we may be required by applicable laws and/or regulations to hold your personal data longer than this period. If no contradicting legal obligation exists, Scottish Business Network will delete your Personal Data in line with our Retention Policy or when you request that your Personal Data be erased and no longer processed by us. Additionally, where there is a contradicting statutory obligation for us to retain your Personal Data, we will restrict/block further processing and then erase the relevant Personal Data when we no longer have a requirement to retain it.

Notification of a Data Breach
If a security breach causes an unauthorized intrusion into our system that materially affects you, we will notify you as soon as possible and later report the action we took in response to any breach. 
Where We Send and Store Your Personal Data
We will make reasonable efforts to ensure that your data is not transferred outside the European Economic Area (EEA). Where we use data servers that may transfer data out of the EEA we will take steps to ensure adequate protections are in place to ensure the security of your information and give you remedies in the unlikely event of a security breach. 
However, certain Recipients (our third party service providers) who process your Personal Data on our behalf may transfer your Personal Data outside the EEA to a country that does not have an Adequacy Decision of protection to your Personal Data. Where such transfers occur, we ensure that: a) they do not occur without our prior written authority; and b) that an appropriate transfer agreement is put in place to protect your Personal Data. If you would like to find out more about any such transfers, please contact our Data Protection Officer. 
Changes to this Policy
We may change this Policy from time to time, in whole or part, at our sole discretion or to fulfil a legal obligation. We encourage you to check our website to view the most recent version of this Policy. You may also request a copy of the most recent version of this Policy by contacting us.

If, at any time, we decide to use your Personal Data for a purpose that is different from the original purpose of collecting your Personal Data, we will contact you regarding this changes