Cross Party Group on Women in Enterprise


The Cross Party Group (CPG) on Women in Enterprise was established in September 2016.


The operation of CPGs is regulated by Section 6 (Volume 2) of the Code of Conduct for MSPs which outlines the procedures for establishing a CPG and sets out the framework for their operation.

Cross-Party Groups (CPGs) provide an opportunity for Members of all parties, outside organisations and members of the public to meet and discuss a shared interest in a particular cause or subject.

CPGs can have both MSP and non-MSP members. However, the membership or involvement of non-MSPs is a matter for the MSP members of each CPG to determine. Rules require that the overall membership profile of the CPG must remain clearly Parliamentary in character.


The Cross Party Group aims to –

  • Establish a forum for the sharing of experiences and information on the position of women in enterprise in Scotland;

  • Enable discussion and debate on the gender gap in enterprise, and seek solutions on how this might be tackled;

  • Bring partners together with an interest in women and enterprise to develop a collaborative approach towards working together.


Convenor: Gillian Martin MSP

Vice Convenor: Jackie Baillie MSP

Secretary: Anne Meikle, Policy Manager, Women’s Enterprise Scotland

Other MSP membership: Clare Haughey MSP; Daniel Johnson MSP; Andy Wightman MSP; Alison Harris MSP; Christine Grahame MSP.

Other organisational members: Fraser of Allander Institute; Federation of Small Businesses; Highlands and Islands Enterprise; Business Gateway; Royal Bank of Scotland; Scottish Enterprise; Edinburgh Business School @ Heriot Watt University; Edinburgh Napier University, Young Enterprise Scotland, WES Ambassadors.


Attendance at meetings is by invite only. This is to ensure that the discussion remains strategic and focussed on the aims of the CPG and its themes. 

Each meeting has a particular theme relating to issues of women in enterprise and attendees and speakers are invited according to their areas of expertise and / or interest in each theme.


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