Fife-based post-graduate researcher Oliver Scott runs a technical translation and editing business in St Andrews. He tells The Courier about his entrepreneurial journey.
Q. Why did you start in business?
I was couch surfing in Brazil when I met a scientist from the Brazilian Maternal Health Research Institute.
She was looking for someone to help her edit articles for publication into different languages so I began working with her. I did it during the final years of my degree, until I realised I could take the idea and set up a business.
So earlier this year Cambridge Imperial Editing was launched.
We prepare scientific articles from Latin America for publication in English academic journals.
Q. How did you get to where you are?
I studied French and Spanish at the University of St Andrews and after getting my degree, I began working as a post-graduate researcher with my areas of expertise including modern Mexican history and 21st century Latin American politics.
Along the way I’ve won academic awards which reinforced my desire to have a career in this area.
I met Ezra Kitson whilst we were both studying and Ezra’s studies in bioinformatics and microbiology meant he was the perfect person to go into business with.
We combine scientific research, writing, extensive foreign language skills and editing experience, to provide a quality service to our clients.
Q. Who has helped you along the way?
Business Gateway and the Prince’s Trust were a big help.
My adviser Marissa Yassen did a cracking job in supporting our business plan and advising us in areas including marketing and finance. We were also told about potential grants and getting funding was huge in allowing us to transition from an idea into a business.
Q. Your greatest achievement?
Probably being admitted to the University of Cambridge on a scholarship to pursue my graduate studies in Latin American Studies. This will complement my business.
Q. Hopes for the future?
I’m hoping we can expand and start providing services in different languages with clients across the world.
Personally, I would love to be able to retire early and set up a free language school in Mexico.
Q. Do you want to recruit?
Yes, our plan is to recruit editors across Scotland.
Q. What is the hardest thing about running your own business?
I’ve enjoyed most aspects but the worst bit is the bookkeeping.
That’s one area I don’t enjoy.
Q. Any advice to other wannabe entrepreneurs?
Take advantage of the free support on offer from Business Gateway and if you fit the age criteria, the Prince’s Trust. Also, be passionate about what you do.