Awards: Theo Paphitis, star of TV’s Dragons’ Den, will share the secrets of his success with an audience of up and coming entrepreneurs in Scotland next month.

The retail mogul, who owns Ryman, Robert Dyas and Boux Avenue, will appear at the final of the Scottish EDGE Awards on December 3, where around 20 businesses will pitch their ideas to a panel of entrepreneurs and advisers. The businessman will take part in a conversation with Sir Tom Hunter, whose Hunter Foundation is a key supporter of Scottish EDGE. The competition offers start-ups the chance to win £150,000 in cash.

Paphitis said: “I’m passionate about creating and supporting entrepreneurs, so I’m delighted to have the chance to talk to a range of exciting Scottish start-ups at the Scottish EDGE awards next month. Scotland is well-known for its innovation, so I’m looking forward to meeting the success stories of

the future.”

Whisky: Turning 50 need not be all doom and gloom.

Distiller Whyte & Mackay is inviting fans celebrating the big 5-0 the chance to win a rare bottle of 50-year-old blended Scotch, worth £5,000. Only 1,500 bottles of the dram will be made available by the distiller, which has launched the offer as part of celebrations marking its 175th anniversary. Of course, there is no such thing as a free lunch. To stand a chance of winning, soon to be 50-something fans must first buy a promotional bottle of Whyte & Mackay to enter the draw.

Tourism: What is thought to be the first online tourism data course has just been launched in Scotland. The free course, titled Understanding Data in the Tourism industry, is delivered by Edinburgh Napier University, funded by The Data Lab in Partnership with Scottish Enterprise. Skyscanner, Expedia, travel app Criton and The List helped its development.

David Smith of Scottish Enterprise, said: “Scotland has outstanding assets available for tourists and making sure that businesses are equipped with digital skills to manage their business, enter new markets and collaborate across the tourism supply chain is key to economic growth.”