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Calling Potential New Ambassadors

We're looking for women who run their own business to join our prestigious WES role model Ambassador team. Our Ambassadors help inspire and encourage other women to do the same. Ambassadors are passionate about helping other women in business and can commit to Ambassador duties (attending training, representing the women's business community at four events per year either locally or nationally). Training will be given on topics such as: The current position of women’s enterprise in Scotland and globally Critical challenges for women-led business Business support valued by women-led business Presentation skills Engaging with the media Giving Evidence to Parliamentary Committees View our curr

Pensions gap is a gender issue...

Last week, I spent time with a friend and professional – now retired. When asking her about her travel plans, she admitted that while she would like to go abroad, she no longer had the money – her pension simply wasn’t enough for the life she’d envisioned for herself. She is not alone. Recent research by the insurer Aegon found that British women typically have pension savings of just £24,900 - far less than the the average of £73,600 which men accumulate. This is one of the largest gaps in Europe. Certainly the requirement since 2012 for employers to provide a pensions scheme has been a boon. Currently, some 69% of women in full-time employment have a pension, nearing the 70% rate of men.


Wednesday, 4 October 2017 from 08:30 to 14:00 (BST) at SECC, Glasgow RBS understand that the success and growth of small businesses are the heartbeat of our economy. You provide investment, employment and benefits to our local communities and RBS want to be central in helping you achieve this. From this need, they’ve created ‘Boost Your Business’ to help support you and your business in a way that goes beyond just financial services. Their series of events bring together a carefully selected and unique set of speakers to offer inspiration, experience and masterclasses in new skills – all with the aim of helping you to grow, progress and succeed. You’ll have the opportunity to ask questions,

Invitation to the WEConnect International Europe Conference – 11th & 12th October 2017, London

Are you interested in doing business with multi-national corporations like Intel, IBM, Accenture and Bristol-Myers Squibb? Then this conference is for you! WEConnect International is a corporate-led non-profit and their goal is to connect more majority women owned businesses into the corporate supply chain. Their corporate members represent $1 trillion in annual purchasing power and WEConnect International is working hard to put some of that $1 trillion spend into the hands of women-owned businesses around the world! Their annual Europe conference is taking place at the Barbican in London on the 11th and 12th October - both days will be jam-packed with talks, presentations and breakout ses

There's new hope to beat one of the problems faced by diabetes sufferers

It always surprises me that science subjects in schools and universities have waned in popularity, particularly among young girls and women. Yet, science and technology can – and is – changing the world and I believe wholeheartedly that the aspiration to do something amazing exists no less now than it did 20, or even 50, years ago. We need to harness this ambition and channel it. I was recently introduced to the type 1 diabetes research charity JDRF. I learned that not only was a Scot instrumental in the discovery of insulin nearly 100 years ago, but that Scotland today has vast expertise and resources for the development of new treatments for the condition. Type1 diabetes can affect anyo


Jessica Butcher, co-founder of technology firm Blippar, will make a call for widespread collaboration across the enterprise ecosystem at this year’s Business Women Scotland Awards on 26th October. During her keynote speech, the tech entrepreneur, who co-founded Blippar in 2011, will make a call for more deliberate collaboration across enterprise agencies and the private sector to encourage more women to start their own businesses. Blippar has 100s of staff across a network of international offices and uses augmented reality, machine learning and artificial intelligence to bring the physical world to life through smartphones and wearables. Butcher is being joined by by Virgin Money CEO Jayne-

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