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.    




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