With coronavirus changing the way we all do things, the Round 16 Finals and Awards Ceremony of Scottish EDGE was held online for the first time. However, as always, the team at Scottish EDGE did not disappoint and with over £1 million pounds being awarded, the ceremony was aptly named 'The One Million Show'.
Hosts Evelyn McDonald and Steven Hamill (move over Alex Jones and Matt Baker!) set the perfect tone for the night - which was one of hope, inspiration and pride and I am sure we would all agree that this was a well-needed breath of fresh air at this time.
Despite all the obstacles that businesses have face, Round 16 attracted the most applicants that Scottish EDGE has ever received. There was a diverse group of pitches in the final and some fantastic, well-deserved winners ranging from skincare companies to rum distilleries - the night had it all!
As a female working closely with businesses, and working in a team of inspiring female solicitors, it was really encouraging to see that 76% of finalists had females in leadership roles.
There were a number of great presentations on the night from: Alison Rose (CEO of NatWest Group); Fiona Hyslop (Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Fair Work and Culture); Poonam Gupta OBE (CEO of PG Paper Company); and, of course, the eagerly anticipated part 2 of Sir Tom Hunter's interview with Professor Sir Christopher Evans.
There was a lot covered in this interview but I think the best takeaway was what Professor Sir Christopher Evans said about never giving up on your business: "Pain is temporary but failure is forever". Like the speakers, we at Harper Macleod would encourage the entrepreneurs of Scotland to be as brave and as bold as ever and I am sure all of the 33 winners would encourage you to do the same.
It was also fantastic to see the first ever STV Growth Award being presented, and as long-time partners with Scottish EDGE Harper Macleod was proud to award BioLiberty the top prize in the Young EDGE competition.
Congratulations to all the winners last night and good luck to those applying at Round 17.
You can find out more about the finals, and the competition in general, on the Scottish EDGE website https://www.scottishedge.com/
Harper Macleod and Scottish EDGE
In addition to partnering with Scottish EDGE, Harper Macleod are also EDGE's legal advisers and offer support to all finalists and winners of Scottish EDGE. You can read more about our support packages..
To get a flavour of working with us, here's what Evelyn McDonald, CEO at Scottish EDGE said: "The team at Harper Macleod were there for me every step of the process, they were very supportive and helpful in ensuring we got to the right conclusion. Harper Macleod helped us to establish the company, assisted in putting the funding agreements in place with the various funders and have supported the organisation through every funding round we have taken on board.
"They have helped pull together contracts for our winners and in addition of that, of course, they give a tremendous amount of support to our Alumni - supporting nearly 50% of our winners and assisting our Alumni with dozens of transactions as their businesses have progressed post-EDGE."
"I was recently asked a question about who are my trusted advisers, and Jo Nisbet and Paula Skinner fit that bill. If I was to describe Harper Macleod in three words it would be knowledgeable, supportive and forward-thinking."
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Having had a partnership with EDGE since its launch in 2012, sponsoring our own Harper Macleod Young EDGE award and also having advised Scottish EDGE since day one, we are well placed to advise growing businesses.
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