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David Equi says the business aims to use Scottish ingredients where possible, and flavours include Isle of Skye sea salt and caramel, and raspberry cranachan. Picture: Johnn Devlin

The Big Interview: David Equi, MD of Equi’s Ice Cream

In an age when authenticity and provenance are given increasing priority by consumers, the story of Hamilton-based Equi’s Ice Cream is a blend of many compelling elements. Its history dates back more than a century, spanning continents, while it is still run by the same family, and harnesses locally sourced ingredients.

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Commsworld chief executive Ricky Nicol oversees a technology company which is going toe to toe with big players such as BT, Virgin and Vodafone. Picture: Phil Wilkinson

The Big Interview: Commsworld chief executive Ricky Nicol

A driving force behind the rollout of high-speed fibre broadband services, telecoms and network provider Commsworld was tasked with tackling Edinburgh’s ageing, mainly copper network that was “creaking” under the strain of increased usage as the city gained traction as a major tech hub.

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Forsyth Black, who took the reins at John Menzies in September after 18 years with the business, is 'chasing growth and success at every opportunity'

The Big Interview: John Menzies chief executive Forsyth Black

John Menzies was established in 1833, when its 25-year-old eponymous founder left his London publishing job and opened a bookshop at 61 Princes Street in Edinburgh. The entrepreneur spied an opportunity to become the only wholesale bookseller in Scotland – and also began selling The Scotsman newspaper over the counter.

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Finbarr Taylor is the chief executive and co-founder of Shogun, a drag-and-drop page builder for ecommerce websites.

Ecommerce entrepreneur targets Scotland

An entrepreneur based in California is looking to scale up his tech business, which helps retailers boost online sales, and strengthen its presence in his native Scotland after securing a seven-figure funding round from Silicon Valley investors.

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Fiona Deas spearheaded the MBO of Eagle Couriers in 2006. Picture: Scott Louden

The Big Interview: Fiona Deas of Eagle Couriers

It’s a source of some amusement to the co-director of Eagle Couriers that not so long ago the Business Woman of the Year had to do deliveries herself – including one urgent consignment of Christmas puddings on 24 December.

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