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Business and Financial Journalist of the Year in the Scottish Press Awards 2010

A Journalist, Author and Communicator who has run a boutique media consultancy since 2003

Who is Kenny Kemp?

Kenny Kemp, Journalist

Kenny Kemp is an author, journalist, media communicator and one of the UK’s most experienced non-fiction writers. He has been engaged as a report writer and media consultant to a number of individuals, businesses and organisations. He has been the preferred ghost-writer to several international business figures. The combined sales of his ghost-written books are c.500,000 copies worldwide.

Kenny is a former daily and Sunday newspaper journalist. He was founding Business Editor of the Sunday Herald and Editor of BQ (Business Quarter) Scotland for five years from 2010 until 2015, and has was a contributor and later Editor of Scottish Business Insider in 2021-2022. He is also a founder of the Edinburgh Inquirer, a newsletter set up in 2023.

He is a former staffer of the Evening Standard in London. He has written comprehensively for a range of titles such as the Herald, Sunday Herald, The Scotsman, and the Sunday Times. He is an Associate of the University of Edinburgh Business School, and former Editor of Panmure House Perspectives, the business journal of Edinburgh Business School, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh. He is also co-author of a history of Scottish Television.

Kenny lives in Edinburgh, Scotland.


•  Author of a comprehensive business history of Scotland’s leading engineering private equity investor. (2018)

•  Writer of two volumes of Navigating the Digital Age, a handbook for C-suite leaders on the implication of cyber-security developments. For Palo Alto Networks. (2017)

•  A scribe for a Scottish Government commission on future infrastructure and zero next carbon. (2019)

•  Freelance contributor and then Editor of Scottish Business Insider, online daily at  (2018 to 2022)

•  Writer of a story of Scotland’s angel syndicate investment pioneers, The Archangels’ Share. (2017)

•  Official report writer on banking charity's dispute with UK parent organisation. (2016)

•  One of the founding editorial executive team of Sunday Herald in 1999. Scottish Business Writer of the Year, three times in 2001, 2003, and after a break in 2010 (runner-up in 2011). Interviews with more than 800 senior business people in UK and overseas.

•  Worked as collaborator with Sir Richard Branson on his best-selling business book, Business Stripped Bare, published in September 2008.

•  Co-author with Barbara Cassani of Go: An Airline Adventure,  WH Smith Business Book of the Year in 2004.

•  Served five years as Editor of BQ Scotland, a glossy quarterly publication serving Scottish business and entrepreneurship.

•  Speechwriter and media adviser for a number of high-profile public figures.

•  Author of book on battle between Boeing and Airbus, entitled Flight of the Titans (2005) and author of Destination Space (2006), about rise of space tourism.

•  Author of yet-to-be-published biography for Irish airline entrepreneur who became a Senator.


The Scottish Daily Newspaper Society Scottish Press Awards

Business Writer of the Year 2010, 2003, 2001

Business Writer of the Year Runner-up 2010, 2002

BT Technology Writer of the Year Runner-up 2003

WH Smith Business Book of the Year Award 2004

NB: Kenny Kemp has a doppelganger, called Kenny Kemp. The other Kenny Kemp is also a writer and film-maker based in the United States who writes popular religious books. This Kenny Kemp wishes him well, but hopes there is no confusion.

Track Record


Kemp Communications has undertaken work for:

• BP In 2011, Kenny Kemp has been working on a book looking at the engineering endeavours on the PSVM project, offshore Angola.

• The Entrepreneurial Exchange Kenny Kemp wrote the words for a coffee-table book on Scotland’s leading entrepreneurs, Entrepreneurial Scotland: Portraits of Inspiration, spending time with 22 of the country’s wealthiest and most successful business figures. The foreword was written by Sir Richard Branson. An exhibition of words and photography was held in Scotland’s National Portrait Gallery in March-April 2007.

• London Olympics 2012 Kemp Communications was the first Scottish business to undertake work for the Olympic bid, working with Barbara Cassani and then Lord Coe.

• The Winning Scotland Foundation Kenny Kemp has been an editorial adviser and writer. His original idea of a book has been turned into a website called: In the Winning Zone, and then became a popular sports title called Be A Winner, co-authored with Richard Orr.

• Royal London Celebrating 150 years of Royal London 1861-2011. A publication to celebrate its anniversary.

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