Rothesay businessman named in Scotland’s top 40 entrepreneurs

John Durrant, founder of Juggling Swords.
John Durrant, founder of Juggling Swords.

Businessman John Durrant, originally from Rothesay, has been named in a prestigious list of Scotland’s top 40 entrepreneurs under 40.

The Scottish Business News 40 Under 40 list was announced on September 12 after a full weekend of deliberations by a panel of judges.

A former Buteman reporter, John is CEO of East Lothian-based digital marketing and PR agency, Juggling Swords. He and wife Desiree founded the company in 2014 after returning to Scotland from New Zealand.

John said: “I’m absolutely over the moon to be named on the Scottish Business News 40 Under 40 list, especially when I read some of the other names. I look up to many of the people named on the list so to be mentioned in the same breath as them is a real honour.”

John continued: “I’m really proud of what we’ve achieved at Juggling Swords in the last two and a bit years. We’re really still in the start-up phase of the business and we have big plans for where we want to take it in the next 18 to 24 months.

“Getting a little bit of acknowledgement like this is a great feeling, especially when you have to put in crazy hours and manage a lot challenges within a start-up agency. It can feel like a very lonely place sometimes so to be named as one of Scotland’s best young entrepreneurs is a pretty incredible feeling!”

The 40 business people on the list demonstrated business success, innovation and potential for high growth in the future.

Other notable names on the list included co-founder and CEO of Entrepreneurial Lucy-Rose Walker, Appointed founder Leah Hutcheon, and Bruce Walker, founder of WeAreTheFuture.