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An Afternoon with Business Leaders that are Leading the Way

Do you have a business idea or are you already starting-up and looking to connect with and learn from a panel of expert leaders? CONVERGE CHALLENGE INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY EVENT WITH WOMEN'S ENTERPRISE SCOTLAND - 8TH MARCH, 3PM - 6PM, EDINBURGH In celebration of International Women’s Day (IWD) 2017, Converge Challenge and Women’s Enterprise Scotland are joining forces for an event designed for female start-ups and those nurturing a business idea. The event venue is the Royal Bank of Scotland, Adam & Co, 25 St Andrew Square, Edinburgh EH2 1AF which will host some of Scotland’s most powerful and inspiring leaders as well as entrepreneurs who are starting-up and living their dream. This year’

WES Ambassador, Suzanne Doyle-Morris of Inclusiq Reveals Upcoming Workshop

‘Can’t You Take a Joke? Calling Out Bad Behaviour’ Workshop on February 7 ‘Can’t you take a joke?’ postured John. ‘Lighten up!’ If this sounds familiar, you’ll know calling out ‘jokes’ or inappropriate behaviour at work is one of the hardest things to do. All workplaces need to be fun – but not at the expense of someone else. No one likes to be told they can’t ‘take a joke’ but ignoring inappropriate comments rarely works, and sends the wrong message. Knowing when and how to draw the line between banter and potential bullying will earn you the benefit of the doubt as a leader, and create a more inclusive and innovative environment. On February 7, 2017 InclusIQ will be running an evening work

WES Ambassador Leah Hutcheon Reveals Latest News from Appointedd

The A-Team: AEVI and Appointedd Team Up to Bring Complete Business Management to SMEs Across the Globe 2016 was a year full of big, exciting things for us here at Appointedd, but 2017 is already gearing up to be even bigger and better with the announcement of our strategic partnership with AEVI. AEVI, a subsidiary of Diebold Nixdorf, works with merchant banks and acquirers to provide their SME clients with a suite of value-added apps and SaaS tools in their Global Marketplace. Their mission is to be “the number one ecosystem for secure transactions and high quality, value-added apps and services” and to build an open ecosystem that provides business owners with “choice, flexibility and strat

WES Ambassador, Anja Baak Wins Delicious Magazine Award

We were delighted to hear that our Ambassador, Anja Baak of Great Glen Charcuterie was a Delicious Produce Award Winner! Their Green Pepper Venison Salami won them this prestigious award. To read more about the award, click here. To hear Anja's story about how she came from Holland to the Highlands of Scotland and set up her award-winning business, click here.

Case studies needed for the Scottish Parliament's inquiry into the gender pay gap in Scotland

The Scottish Parliament's Economy, Jobs and Fair Work Committee has launched a call for evidence on the gender pay gap in Scotland. The official inquiry will launch in mid February and they're now working on case studies which will be used to generate media and public awareness of the issues involved. The key media aims will be to raise awareness of the importance of the issue, and encourage individuals and organisations to give evidence to the committee, which will in turn help shape recommendations made to the Scottish Government and other organisations in the Committee’s report. If you have experience of the gender pay gap and want to find out more about being a case study, you can speak

Marion Leadbetter

Marion Leadbetter is the founder of and the co founder of as well as various online marketing and website design training courses and programmes. After Graduating the University of the West of Scotland with a BA (distinction) degree, Marion started a post graduate degree in IT before going on to work in Marketing and Sales for,first the Scottish Tourist board and then within the Pharmaceutical industry. After her daughter was born in 2006 Marion started a website design and SEO business with her husband and then started her own online marketing and training business. Across all her business platforms Marion has been lucky enough to have c

Boogie Effect

BOOGIE EFFECT is a dance based fitness programme designed to be accessible to everyone! It fuses the heart pumping fun of BOOGIE with the powerful EFFECTS of dance technique to create strong, lean and healthy bodies that aren’t just the privilege of the Professionals. After the birth of my three children, mainstream employment no longer worked for me. BOOGIE EFFECT was born out of the need to find something that would make family life less busy and stressful. As the children have grown as has our business. Not only are we about to the launch our BOOGIE Pro Instructor Training Programme nationwide with BOOGIE EFFECT classes popping up across the country, we have also just launched our Aust

Kim Sibbald, Hula Honeys

Kim Sibbald retrained in Personal Training in 2010. She had recently separated from her children’s father and was a single parent to a 3 year old son and a 1 year old daughter. She was working part time as an office manager but the hours were difficult and childcare was challenging. Exercise was her saviour, helping her to feel strong inside and out through a really difficult time. Whilst this period of her life was tough and stressful, it also provided an opportunity to explore what would be right for her and her family. Not long after she qualified as a Personal Trainer, she went on a fitness weekender where she tried her first ever Hula Hoop class! Kim found it so much fun and so inclusiv

Vicki Nicolson, Branding Therapy

Vicki is a fully loaded graphic designer and branding stylist for female entrepreneurs, with masses of experience in logo design, branding, graphics and marketing. Vicki fully supports you to make your passion glow from the inside out. You will feel like a new woman once you've worked together – like you’ve literally been through therapy – Branding Therapy. Vicki is dedicated to helping you attract more dream customers with magnetic branding that makes you look and feel unstoppable! Since 2015 Vicki has worked from her home based office in Fife, working with women all over the world. Vicki started her business after finding that commuting, juggling her corporate job and picking up her l

Participate in research into gender business development support

WES has been commissioned by the Scottish Government to carry out research into enterprise support for women led businesses in Scotland, with a focus on best practice in tackling the gender gap which currently exists in enterprise. While women represent 51% of the Scottish population just 20% of all businesses are majority owned by women. The research is a joint initiative involving Scottish Enterprise, Highlands & Islands Enterprise, Business Gateway and the Scottish Government. As part of the research WES would like to hold focus groups involving women owned businesses. This will cover: Personal experience of business support in Scotland. Gender themes in business support. Awareness of gen

Our Ambassador Charts Stellar Success with a LUCA

ValueAdd Business Solutions Ltd (VABS) are delighted to announce that they are this year’s proud winners of Large Practice of the Year, awarded by the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers. Taking the trip to London from Glasgow, VABS attended the ‘Oscars’ of the bookkeeping world, having been shortlisted in no less than two categories - Employed Bookkeeper of the Year and Large Practice of the Year. Founder and Owner of VABS, Michelle Smith, was honoured to receive the LUCA statuette from HRH Prince Michael of Kent during a glittering gala evening. The LUCA Awards are so named in honour of Luca Pacioli, the Cistercian monk and one-time collaborator with Leonardo Da Vinci, who is credited wit

Final call to female entrepreneurs for 2017 AccelerateHER Awards

With just over two weeks to go before the entry deadline, the organisers behind this year’s AccelerateHER Awards are making their final call to women-led businesses based in Scotland to put themselves forward. The Awards programme provides a fantastic opportunity for growth aspiring businesswomen to showcase their companies before an audience, which includes angel investors, commercial advisers and fellow entrepreneurs. For those who make it through to the final stages, the competition also serves as an ideal platform for to help them attract business angel investment into their companies with two finalists securing an all-expense paid trip to meet US investors in California in April. Entran

The Social Enterprise Exchange Marketplace

Tuesday 21 March 2017, Edinburgh Corn Exchange It's time to book your place at the social enterprise event of the year... With an inspirational and unique programme of speakers and an exhibition packed with social enterprises from the length and breadth of Scotland, if you're going to attend one event in 2017, then make it this one! Buy and sell goods and services, network, learn and take your social enterprise to the next level. With a unique blend of social enterprise, charity, public and private sector guests - this is the number one place to do business in 2017. The full programme is now available here. To book your delegate places and exhibition stands click here. Check out all

Equality Statement from the Scottish Government

Finance Secretary Derek Mackay unveiled a budget for growth and public services as he announced new investment in healthcare, education and local services, combined with support for jobs through lower business rates. WES get a special mention on p37, "The 2017-18 Draft Budget helps tackle the gender gap in enterprise by providing increased support for the Women In Enterprise Action Framework which is recognised as delivering world-leading best-practice. We acknowledge that there is much to do to boost women’s participation in enterprise-related activity, and that the economy stands to gain significantly from making progress in this area. As such, we are committed
to supporting projects that

Launch of Boost from RBS

To celebrate the launch of Boost, one of the most exciting developments in business support, RBS would be delighted if you joined us at their launch event on Thursday 19th January. It will take place from 9.30am to 2.00pm at Gogarburn Conference Centre, Edinburgh. Boost your skills, knowledge and connections Boost goes beyond traditional banking by providing the support and connections to help local businesses. These events are a great way to gain valuable insights and meet like-minded people. What’s happening on the day? There will be the chance to network and hear from inspirational speakers, including: - Royal Bank of Scotland Economists on the impact of Brexit. - LinkedIn and W

Former WES Chief Exec Awarded OBE for Services to Enterprise in New Year’s Honours List 2017

Margaret Gibson, the former Chief Executive of Women’s Enterprise Scotland (WES), has been awarded an OBE for services to Business and entrepreneurship in the New Year’s Honour’s list announced on 30 December. Margaret Gibson joined WES in May 2013, after 21 years with The Prince’s Scottish Youth Business Trust. She was WES Chief Executive until her departure in October 2016, when she joined the EY Foundation as Scotland Hub Leader, Jackie Brierton MBE, Vice Chair of Women’s Enterprise Scotland said; “I have been privileged to know Margaret professionally for twenty years, and this award is a well-deserved accolade for her dedicated service to enterprise development in Scotland. Margaret h

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