National Women's Business Centre
WES has a bold and ambitious vision, to establish a national Women's Business Centre with regional hubs across the country.
It will be a place dedicated to the delivery of expert, needs-based support for women creating and growing their own
Establishing a National Women’s Business Centre in Scotland will provide the expertise to unlock the economic opportunity
represented by women-led businesses and aid the creation of a gender-balanced business ecosystem, further boosting
innovation and productivity.
While work to date represents excellent progress in policy terms, in practice Scotland and the UK still lag behind other nations
in terms of business creation. The proportional population percentage of new female entrepreneurs and women setting up a
new business is 13.5% in Canada and 9.2% in the US, but notably lower at 4.7% in the UK. Scotland is not realising the £8.8bn
economic opportunity represented by women-owned businesses and the status quo is effectively acting as a drag on
economic output and productivity. With women-owned businesses just 20% of the business base, there is a significant
enterprise gender gap.
Investment and collaboration are required to create a National Women's Business Centre, which would be a vital
component in –
Helping women across Scotland to unlock their full business capability, access innovative technologies and build the
businesses of the future.
Bridge the gaps in mainstream gender-specific business support provision
Facilitate the “Can Do” strategy of sustainable economic growth with opportunities for everyone. The National Women’s
Business Centre would provide a flagship of expertise from which to co-ordinate research, identify best practice, deliver
business support, analyse data and build relationships across the business ecosystem at home and internationally.