Harper Macleod extends role as Legal Ambassador to Entrepreneurial-Spark

Harper Macleod LLP is delighted to announce that it has extended its role as Legal Ambassadors for Entrepreneurial Spark – Scotland's leading business incubator and accelerator – for two more years.

The firm, Legal Advisers to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, is the sole legal provider for the E-Spark Hatcheries and Nests in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Ayrshire.

Paula Skinner, a Partner in Harper Macleod's Corporate team and a leading adviser to start-up, early-stage and high growth companies, said: "We have enjoyed working with E-Spark, helping businesses come through the Hatcheries and seeing them progress. Our firm is all about innovation and an entrepreneurial spirit, and E-Spark is a perfect match for us.

"Already there have been some real success stories and as E-Spark expands and grows, particularly with the new Nests, we look forward to playing our part in one of the most positive business initiatives ever to emerge in Scotland."

Harper Macleod provides mentoring, support and a range of services including masterclasses, bootcamp sessions and legal clinics for E-Spark 'Chiclets'.

The firm's lawyers work closely with the young companies, assisting their business growth and providing access to specialist advice in areas including Intellectual Property, Employment, Franchising and much more.

The firm will also be heavily involved with businesses within the new E-Spark 'Nests', which will provide assistance to businesses beyond the start-up stage.

Jim Duffy, co-founder of E-Spark, said: "We are delighted to continue our association with Harper Macleod, who have fully bought in to what we are trying to achieve. Like us, they recognise that a new generation of entrepreneurial businesses is vital to the wellbeing of Scotland's economy and will pay dividends for the entire business community.

"We look forward to their ongoing support and the advice they provide to our young businesses, some of whom will undoubtedly grow into the industry leading companies of tomorrow."

"I would like to thank Harper Macleod and all of the other organisations and individuals who are committed to assisting ESpark to support entrepreneurs."

Harper Macleod's continued support follows hot on the heels of fellow E-Spark backers RBS and Glasgow City Council extending their backing as E-Spark develops its centres into entrepreneurial hubs.

The new hubs will include 'Nests' which will deliver mentoring and infrastructure support for more established start-up companies.

The Nest extend E-Spark's work with SMEs by offering a one-year growth programme for businesses trading between six months and five years old. Nest spaces provide 12 months free business support, office space, IT and networking for ventures in the growth stage of their entrepreneurial journey.

In the 18 months since it was established, E-Spark has provided free mentoring advice and office facilities to more than 250 start-ups, which it says have created more than 230 jobs and paid internships, generated turnover in excess of £4 million and attracted more than £3 million of investment.

E-Spark held Hatchery Hits The Street, its annual 'Entrepreneurial Oscars', in Glasgow on Friday, 10 January. The event celebrated the best talent across the three Hatcheries, with more than £70,000 in prizes given away to the most deserving companies in the E-Spark network.