Juggling Swords on 40 under 40

John Durrant CEO and co-founder of  Juggling Swords. Picture: contributed

John Durrant CEO and co-founder of Juggling Swords. Picture: contributed

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East Lothian businessman John Durrant has been named in a prestigious list of Scotland’s top 40 entrepreneurs under 40.

The list was announced this week after a full weekend of deliberations by a panel of judges.

Mr Durrant is CEO of East Lothian digital marketing and PR agency Juggling Swords, whose clients include NB Gin, NB Vodka, VMH Edinburgh and Boomer. He founded the company with his wife Desiree in 2014 after returning home from New Zealand.

He 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.

“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, Appointedd founder Leah Hutcheon and Bruce Walker, founder of WeAreTheFuture.

Juggling Swords specialises in digital and content marketing, social media and PR and was launched in May 2014 by former journalist Mr Durrant.

The company was one of the first to be accepted on to the Entrepreneurial Spark programme in Edinburgh.