A government scheme has helped thousands of business owners across Scotland get started.
The Start-Up Loans initiative has supported more than 3,500 businesses, with more than £26.5 million issued.
Among the firms to benefit was Aberdeen-based Melt, which received a £20,000 loan in 2016.
Small Business Minister Kelly Tolhurst MP said: “The UK’s 5.7 million small businesses are the backbone of our economy and we’re dedicated to helping them thrive through our modern Industrial Strategy, ensuring we retain our status as one of the best places in the world to start and grow a small business.
“Reaching this important milestone reflects the success of UK Government-backed start-up loans in supporting entrepreneurs across Scotland, including those in Aberdeen, helping them form new businesses that grow local economies and which are at the heart of our communities.”