Gavin Nicholson’s first entrepreneurial venture was a franchise for a Cyberia internet cafe in Edinburgh. He set up Realise in 1997 and has since designed websites for Bank of Scotland, Allen & Overy and Standard Life. The company, which has raised more than £4.5m in venture capital from 3i, has grown sales 101% each year from £715,000 in 1999 to £2.9m in 2001.
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