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Scottish Business Network

Fraser Allen from Fraser Allen Communications

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As a journalist and member of the Scottish Business Network, I was keen to start a fortnightly podcast interviewing the big personalities of the Scottish business world. Dip in - you'll hear from some amazing people! Available on Apple Music, Spotify and all the main podcast platforms. If you like what you hear, simply search for 'Scottish Business Network' on your preferred podcast provider and subscribe. Thank you.
 
This podcast series features inspirational talks by some of the most innovative educational consultants and developers in the world. They have been recorded at the Urban Learning Space in The Lighthouse in Glasgow, Scotland.Urban Learning Space is a learning lab equipping the people of Scotland with the capabilities to face the challenges of 21st century life.Urban Learning Space was established with core funding from Scottish Enterprise Glasgow. We are working with people around Scotland to ...
 
This podcast series features inspirational talks by some of the most innovative educational consultants and developers in the world. They have been recorded at the Urban Learning Space in The Lighthouse in Glasgow, Scotland.Urban Learning Space is a learning lab equipping the people of Scotland with the capabilities to face the challenges of 21st century life.Urban Learning Space was established with core funding from Scottish Enterprise Glasgow. We are working with people around Scotland to ...
 
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When Todd Walker was appointed Principal and Vice-Chancellor at the University of the Highlands and Islands in February 2021, he started the role in the strangest of circumstances. Based in Australia, lockdown prevented his relocation to Inverness, so he spent several months leading the university from a desk at his home on the other side of the wo…
 
On this week’s podcast, Sumit Bose spoke to Catherine McGuiness, Board member of TheCityUK and Chair of the Policy and Resources Committee, on the importance of finance in this year’s climate summit, as well as its impacts in the future. She labelled the conference “the finance COP” – but what does this mean?…
 
Building on a highly successful business career, Aberdeenshire-born Jackie Waring founded Investing Women, a Scottish community of women angel investors, women entrepreneurs seeking growth, and those who want to help both.Scott Dalgleish takes over the reins from Fraser Allen in interviewing Jackie for this fascinating episode, exploring the unexpe…
 
Today was youth and pubic empowerment day - so the young people took to the streets actually they didn't, some did to listen to Greta but there were a lot of oldies in the crowd. However we went off the beaten track to a fringe event where it was just young people, international scouts in fact and they told me what they want from the businesses of …
 
Today was energy day at COP26 and we had a lot about killing off coal but there was lots more too. Sumit Bose was walking through the ‘action zone’ when who decided to offer a talk to us all, none other than Al Gore the former US Vice President and his message around net zero was actually quite positive! Sumit then spoke to two energy sector advoca…
 
What an interesting day indeed. This day three of CO26 has Sumit Bose with a new pair of echo shoes! Dimitris our reporter got caught up in the XR protests to mark finance day and Sumit Bose met the head of the biggest mobile organisation who said 5G will speed up net zero! Oh and it did end with a meeting with representatives of two Amazonian rain…
 
So it's day two from COP26 and in this podcast we give you a feel of what it's like to (eventually) get inside COP26 blue zone. Sumit Bose speaks to delegates from various nations and grab an exclusive chat with Mayor of Seattle, Jenny Durkan who has some of the biggest tech giants like Amazon and Microsoft in her city. She's part of c40 cities - a…
 
Throughout COP26 we will be bringing you regular Net Hero podcast episodes. Today, day one it's our journey via train from London to Glasgow and the thoughts on what awaits at COP and the reactions to the opening day speeches particularly that of Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Prince Charles and the UN Secretary General too. Sumit Bose is joined …
 
To mark the opening of Scottish International Week on 2 November 2021, Fraser Allen considers the global Scottish diaspora and interviews a fine example of this inquisitive and adventurous breed. When Argyll-bred Caroline Finkel first visited Turkey as a student in 1971, she fell in love with the country and has spent much of her life since then li…
 
Aberdonian Iain Anderson began his career working as a journalist for the Courier and the Herald before becoming a founding shareholder of Incisive Media, a B2B publishing company that has evolved into digital media and events.It was a wise move as his shareholding grew considerably due to a subsequent sale and flotation. That enabled him to found …
 
Honorary Scot Liz Barclay has a long history of campaigning for consumer justice and financial inclusion through her days at Citizens Advice, a distinguished career as a journalist and BBC Radio 4 presenter, and her seat on the Financial Inclusion Commission.Then in July 2021, Liz was revealed as the new UK Small Business Commissioner. The commissi…
 
In 2012, a 21-year-old Aberdeen University student called Blair Bowman created a global celebration called World Whisky Day. Hundreds of thousands of people got involved, and the initiative continues to flourish. Meanwhile Blair has gone on to establish himself as one of the UK’s leading writers, experts and consultants on whisky. As we begin an oc…
 
It’s often been said that, here in Scotland, we underestimate just what a wonderful place this is to live and work in – particularly compared to many people looking on admiringly from overseas. Take the fintech entrepreneur Gopal Hariharan. He was so impressed by the Scottish business eco system that he moved his Black Arrow app start-up from Sydne…
 
Growing up on a Californian farm, Eric McAfee’s horizons were broadened by global travel, including extensive tours playing trumpet in a band. Yet running parallel to this, he and his brothers started a business at an early age called McAfee Farms managing agricultural properties. And at the tender age of 23, while he was still at college, Eric was…
 
We now hear the phrase ‘mental health’ in the media just about every day, but it wasn’t always that way. People – and businesses – have become far more comfortable discussing issues such as stress, anxiety and depression – even more so in the wake of the pandemic crisis.And while a lot of people are understandably keen to throw themselves back into…
 
David Brown may well be Scotland's most successful fintech entrepreneur. However, in a Glasgow accent undimmed by many years of living in London and the Middle East, he self-deprecatingly describes himself as a 'lunatic'.Well, if that's the case, he’s the lunatic behind the hugely successful Oxygen Finance and now Hi55 Ventures, which is revolution…
 
Dr Marie Macklin is on a mission. As the driving force behind the ambitious regeneration of the old Johnnie Walker bottling plant in her home town of Kilmarnock, Marie has developed a new model for creating vibrant communities for the benefit of everyone – and it’s a model she’s set on taking well beyond Scotland.The founder of HALO Urban Regenerat…
 
How can SMEs make the difference to our net zero journey? By measuring and getting validated says Pete Starr of training company Chili Pepper Development, who is working with James Stainforth founder of Sustainable Business Services. Using the future Net Zero Standard with CBN Expert they’ve managed to make a real difference to their businesses.…
 
In this special episode, entrepreneur and Scottish Business Network co-founder Russell Dalgleish quizzes podcast host Fraser Allen about seven key leadership insights that he's gathered from interviewing 60+ Scottish business leaders in the series to date.Recorded in front of a live audience as part of the Scottish Business Network's celebration of…
 
For rugby fans of a certain age, the abiding memory of David Sole is of the Scottish captain leading the team out for the 1990 Grand Slam triumph against England. Yet as well as an outstanding rugby career, that also encompassed a World Cup semi-final and a victorious Lions tour of Australia, David has built a highly successful business career. He …
 
Are electric vehicles (EVs) actually more expensive? Do they really take all day to charge? If you use a car wash are you in for a shocking surprise? Chris Jackson, Head of Fleet Partnerships at Centrica Business Solutions, says the answer to all of those questions is a resounding no - Chris has driven pretty much every EV there is over the past 15…
 
At the age of just 23, Louise Worrall was a navigator in the Royal Navy, guiding a minehunter around the globe. It was her dream job. But just a year so later, her naval career was cut short by Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. Previously undiagnosed in Louise, the effects of this disability rapidly escalated before she knew what was happening to her. Louise…
 
Solar now makes real business sense - it's the perfect technology to reduce energy costs and drive a green recovery. That was the suggestion from Francisco Cabadas, Head of Solar Development at AMP Clean Energy, who highlighted the vital role solar energy is already playing in the UK's efforts to deliver net zero.…
 
That was the suggestion from Andreas Atkins, Electric Vehicles (EVs) Product Business Development Manager at Centrica Business Solutions, who spoke to future Net Zero Editor Jonny Bairstow about why businesses should start looking at installing charge points, switching to electric fleets and how they can go about starting this process.…
 
When Clare Wareing was growing up in Yorkshire, one of her friends lost her father to cancer at a very early age. The experience had a big impact on Clare and, when her grandfather was later diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia, she promised him that she would devote her life to cancer research.And that is exactly what she has done – while also p…
 
Decarbonising heat is a real challenge - but smart software and computer-controlled infrared technology can play a vital role in cutting emissions from buildings, says Oliver Baker, CEO of Ambion Heating. Oliver recently spoke to future Net Zero's Jonny Bairstow to explain how the company's computer-controlled infrared (CCIR) heating system works a…
 
With one-in-ten new vehicle sales in the UK in 2020 being plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) or full electric vehicles (EVs), the challenge is clear – we have nine years to get to ten-in-ten vehicle sales being electric. That's the suggestion from Natasha Mahmoudian, Head of Public Affairs for Electric Vehicles at Centrica Business Solutions, who spoke to fut…
 
Decarbonising heat is difficult... but a Sussex village could hold the key. The village in question is Barcombe, which is where UK Power Networks and Community Energy South are hosting the innovative Communiheat project, alongside local community group Ovesco and Buro Happold. Together, these organisations aim to accelerate the shift from fossil fu…
 
When British long-distance runner Mo Farah won his four Olympic gold medals, a key part of the team driving him forward was a Scotsman. Barry Fudge grew up in Fort William, obsessed with sport and with an increasing interest in the science behind it. This would ultimately lead him to the role of Head of Endurance at British Athletics, and those cel…
 
Networks must evolve to allow electricity to be used and distributed in more flexible ways. That's the suggestion from Ben Wallace, Head of Development for Urban Reserve at AMP Clean Energy, who spoke to future Net Zero Editor Jonny Bairstow about the critical role he expects flexible energy will play in supporting intermittent renewables and enabl…
 
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