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Alastair Balfour
The Company Creators

Balfour (56) is an experienced entrepreneur, private investor and writer. He begans as a business journalist (the Scotsman, Daily Record, Sunday Standard) and went on to co-found Scottish Business Insider in 1984 after being made redundant with the Standard's closure. He was editor between 1986-1990, then Insider Group's editorial director, managing director (93-98) and finally deputy chairman.

With Insider Group's 3M sale to Trinity Mirror in September 1999, Balfour left the company to pursue other interests including private investment and start-ups. He is now chairman of The Company Creators, a business formed in partnership with Stuart Genet, Elie Chilton, Giles Hamilton and Bob McKinven, to get start-up teams to investor-ready status and help them raise funds. Balfour has made several investments on an arm's length basis in Scottish private companies. He also acts as adviser to the owner-managers of several other businesses.

Balfour's public appointments are:

  • Director and Founder of the Entrepreneurial Exchange
  • Member of Strathclyde Business School Council
  • Director, Scottish Community Foundation

He has co-written a book on Working From Home, published in June 2001 by Dorling Kindersley and sold in over 50 coutnries including the US and Australia. Balfour has written a weekly column on Scottish business matters for 15 years, firstly with the Herald, then The Scotsman and recently Business AM. Balfour lives in Blanefield, Stirlingshire, with his journalist wife (Anne Johnstone, children's books editor of the Herald) and their three children.  He also has two older children from a previous marriage.  Hobbies are sailing and walking.

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