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Our Ambassador’s Oil Makes It To Hong Kong!

Supernature Oils has secured a listing for several of its multi award-winning cold pressed rapeseed oil products with grocery retailer Park’n’Shop in Hong Kong, in their gourmet retail offerings. The first producer of Scotland’s homegrown alternative to olive oil to do so. The Midlothian-based company now has several of its popular Infused cold pressed rapeseed oils on the shelves in The Great Hall - Asia's finest high-end International Food Hall, widely recognized as the best food shop in Hong Kong. Lynn Mann, co-owner of Supernature Oils said “I am absolutely delighted to have secured a listing for our products with Park’n’Shop in Hong Kong, and particularly in the Great Hall. It’s a very

New report on occupational segregation in the Highlands

This report commissioned by Highlands and Islands Enterprise highlights the issue of occupational segregation across the Highlands and Islands area. Occupational segregation is explained as the distribution and concentration of people across and within jobs, based on demographic characteristics, most often – gender. Occupational segregation affects both men and women and is an issue that impacts upon equality and social cohesion as well as economic performance. It is widely recognised that occupational segregation is one of the barriers which prevents women and men from fulfilling their potential in the labour market, and which presents challenges for employers when sourcing the best people

New report out from Engender – Sex and Power in Scotland, 2017

This report sets out the position of women and men’s representation in positions of authority and influence in Scotland. It highlights that in 2017, women still have unequal access to power, decision-making and participation throughout all areas of public life. In the report, Engender state that this undermines gender equality in two key ways 1) women are not able to participate fully in society and to exercise equal citizenship when they do not have the same access to opportunities, and 2) women and men experience life differently as a result of cultural gender roles and inequality, and therefore there is a need for diverse perspectives to be heard in the public and private sector bodies th

WOMEN’S ENTERPRISE SCOTLAND LAUNCHES WORLD’S FIRST GENDER EQUALITY STANDARD FOR BUSINESS ADVISORS

Women's Enterprise Scotland (WES), the not-for-profit community interest company which works to improve the commercial culture for women-led business ownership, today announces the launch of its Business Advisor Gender Balance (BAGB) Training and Certification Programme. The launch coincides with International Women’s Day (March 8th) and follows WES research into female entrepreneurship. 78% of respondents in the research said business advice services should be more aware of the differences in support needs between men and women, with almost 80% stating that staff would benefit from training on the provision of gender-appropriate support. Those who had not accessed gender specific business

Women's Advisory Council - Chair

Young Scot leader to work on tackling gender inequality in Scotland. The Chief Executive of Scotland’s youth charity will chair the First Ministers’ new Advisory Council on Women and Girls. Louise Macdonald OBE, Chief Executive of Young Scot, has been appointed as independent Chair of the Advisory Council which will raise awareness of gender issues, champion the rights of women and girls, and advocate for changes that can be made across society to deliver equality. The Council complements a range of work being done to promote equality in Scotland, including the provision of £20.3 million funding this year to support various initiatives including organisations that prevent violence against wo

Non Executive Chair Opportunity with EDAS: Closing Dates for Applications 31 March 2017

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION SCOTLAND (EDAS) Closing Date for applications: 5pm on 31 March 2017 The Board of EDAS wishes to appoint a new Chair to lead the organisation into its next era - a period that will be exciting yet challenging for our economic development community, set in a time of change and uncertainty, both locally and globally. As the leading organisation for all individuals and organisations with an interest in Scotland's economic development, EDAS' mission is to ensure that key aspects of economic development are kept at the forefront of economic debate and comment in Scotland. Through shared experience, networks and skills; as well as referencing evidence and facts, ED

Our Ambassador, ValueAdd visits the Office Show and VA Conference, bringing home the Outstanding VA

We're so proud of our Ambassador, Michelle Smith of ValueAdd for winning the Outstanding VA 2017 Award! Read Michelle's blog on the experience below: What a brilliant two days it’s been at the Office Show 2017! The show incorporated a full day dedicated to Virtual Assistants – right up my street. It’s a fantastic opportunity to network and meet like-minded people in business. And what made it even more exciting was bringing the Outstanding Virtual Assistant award for 2017 back to Scotland for the second time! Be My VA Sponsors of the VA awards are BeMyVA – a fantastic organisation that champions Virtual Assistants, connecting them with businesses in need of support. Attending the VA Confere

Sharon McGregor, McGregor Achievement Coaching

Sharon is an accredited personal and professional coach who works with men and women to help them achieve more from their lives. Sharon specialises in the areas of career, life, and performance coaching. Her approachable style helps clients identify their goals with ease and achieve success through increased confidence, self-awareness, and motivation. When setting up her practice at McGregor Achievement Coaching, Sharon contacted her local Business Gateway in Ayr for advice. The staff at the Business Gateway were very supportive and the business workshops she attended were extremely helpful. Sharon’s advice to others who are thinking about setting up in business is to get out of your own w

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