Alistair’s new invention impresses ScotEdge panel

Alistair Taylor receives his ScotEdge award from James Watt of BrewDog'PIC � Sandy Young
Alistair Taylor receives his ScotEdge award from James Watt of BrewDog'PIC � Sandy Young

New Luce farmer, designer and entrepreneur Alistair Taylor has followed up the global success of his ‘Ladderlimb’ creation with another innovative decorators’ must have - the ‘Stripper Plus’.

Seeing that stripping wallpaper with a steam machine was time-consuming and laborious, Alistair tweaked the design by adding a roller with spikes to speed up the chore.

He then took his latest invention and sold it to a panel of experts, including ‘Changing Rooms’ star carol Smillie, at ScotEdge, winning £10,000 at an awards ceremony at the RBS headquarters at Gogarburn in Edinburgh last month, to develop his idea as the winner of the ‘wild card’ category.

Steven Hamill from ScotEdge said: “Alistair Taylor was awarded £10,000 from the Scottish EDGE as recognition of him being a winner in the Wild Card EDGE category. Wild Card EDGE was a new category added in to the Scottish EDGE experience for the recent round and was aimed at identifying and then supporting pre-trading, innovative businesses who showcased the potential to become an entrepreneurial success story of the future and ultimately trade outwith Scotland. We received 114 applications for the Wild Card EDGE category and Alistair was selected as part of the assessment process to be one of the 20 businesses to go forward to pitch his business live at the Wild Card EDGE final.

“The Wild Card EDGE final saw the 20 finalists pitched for three minutes followed by seven minutes of questions and answers to our panel which consisted of Jim Watson, Scottish Enterprise; Carol Smillie, Diary Doll; Steve Ewing, Informatics Ventures; Paula Skinner, Harper Macleod and Glenn Exton, G2G3 Digital. Following the pitching the panel selected Alistair as one of the winners and he was invited along to last Friday’s Scottish EDGE awards ceremony where he was presented his award.”

Scottish EDGE is a funding competition aimed at identifying Scotland’s top young, early stage and high growth potential entrepreneurs. The Scottish EDGE is led by a Board of seasoned entrepreneurs, bankers and public sector supporters. The majority of their funding is from the private sector.