Opportunity knocks for Scottish SMEs

Opportunity knocks for Scottish SMEs

Businesses from across Scotland gathered at RBS HQ in Edinburgh for the first annual Opportunity Knocks event in a showcase of the country’s entrepreneurial talent.

Attendees of RBS's Opportunity Knocks event in Edinburgh.

The new venture brings together investors, SMEs, funders and advisers in one place for one day as entrepreneurs take to the stage to pitch their business ideas in front of a live audience.

Businesses exhibited their products, services and ideas during lively networking sessions while, in the afternoon, speed mentoring sessions formed part of a wider effort to support the education and development of early stage businesses.

Watch highlights from the day

Attendees at the event also heard from speakers including RBS CEO, Ross McEwan as well as Jim Duffy from Entrepreneurial Spark, Neil Simpson from BrewDog and Shaf Rasul from the online edition of BBC’s Dragon’s Den.

After taking part in a live Q&A, Ian Cowie, Chairman of SME banking for RBS said: “This has been a really worthwhile event and one that I have thoroughly enjoyed.

“People with that entrepreneurial flair and drive are vital to the Scottish economy and we’ve met some of the best here today. We want to do all we can to support small businesses, start-ups and those thinking about taking that first step.”

Opportunity Knocks was hosted by RBS along with Entrepreneurial Spark, Harper Macleod, Angels Den and Johnston Carmichael and, with an enthusiastic response from those who attended, planning is already underway for the second event in 2015. 



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