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Leah Hutcheon wins UK Small Business Entrepreneur of the Year

Our Ambassador, Leah Hutcheon, CEO and founder of Appointedd, has won UK Small Business Entrepreneur of the Year at the NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards National Awards, which took place at the headquarters of Coutts & Co in London last night (25th January). The award follows on from her regional success during the Scotland and Northern Ireland round, where Leah first won Small Business Entrepreneur of the Year, a category for businesses with less than 50 employees and was also runner up in the Innovation Entrepreneur of the Year award category. On receiving the UK national award, Leah said: “It is a fantastic honour to be recognised as the UK Small Business Entrepreneur of the Year

New Lead with WES Course Starts 13th February

Women’s Enterprise Scotland is working with Fife Council Economic Development and Business Gateway Services in Fife to run another women’s leadership programme at the new Enterprise Hub in Glenrothes. The first course was oversubscribed within just a couple of days! The Lead With WES programme is designed for women business owners wishing to lead their business through growth to become a sustainable, high performing organisation. We will help businesswomen increase their confidence in leadership by enabling them to strategically analyse their business against their vision for the future, develop, implement and evaluate strategies to grow their business using models and tools. We will also h

Converge Challenge alumni launch leading university programme to attract next generation of entrepre

Ambitious entrepreneurs gathered at the inspiring contemporary sculpture park Jupiter Artland to launch the 2018 company creation programme, now in its eighth year. Converge Challenge is aimed at staff, students and recent graduates from all Scottish universities, inspiring them to develop their ideas into viable and successful ventures. The competition attracted over 200 entries in 2017. Between 2011 and 2016, the programme provided training to 180 Converge businesses that have an overall survival rate of 78% post three years with an opportunity for applicants in Converge Challenge to go from idea inception to being a feasible and scalable business both nationally and globally. The Converge

Interface Knowledge Awards

The finalists for the Scottish Knowledge Exchange Awards 2018 have been revealed, reflecting an impressive diversity of business-academic collaborations involving 13 universities in Scotland. The awards, run by Interface, recognise, reward and celebrate impacts achieved through collaborative business and academic partnerships. One of the judges, Dr Stuart Fancey, Director of Research and Innovation at The Scottish Funding Council, said: “The calibre of entries to this year’s awards was very impressive – as was the diversity. From collaborations involving small businesses to our national health service, today’s shortlist reveals an exciting range of business-academic partnerships. The Scott

Marketing, it’s strategic innit?

Strategy is one of those buzzwords that’s currently in vogue, with virtually every marketing agency claiming to be strategic thinkers. I think it’s time to clarify exactly what marketing strategy is and it definitely isn’t tactical implementation. So, what is marketing strategy? Marketing strategy sets out a vision for your company e.g. Starbuck’s vision statement is “to inspire and nurture the human spirit – one person, one cup and one neighborhood at a time”. Amazon’s vision “is to be earth’s most customer-centric company; to build a place where people can come to find and discover anything they might want to buy online.” The key is to think about what you do, your impact on society and

CAN DO FORUM TechX – Accelerate your business into the energy industry

Information Date: Tuesday January 30, 2018 Time: 12 noon-2pm Venue: Scottish Enterprise, Edinburgh Date: Thursday February 1, 2018 Times: 7.30-9.30am; 10.30am-12.30pm; 2-4pm Venue: Scotland House, London The OGTC, Scottish Enterprise and Scottish Development International invite you to hear how TechX can accelerate your business into the energy industry. TechX, the new technology accelerator from the Oil & Gas Technology Centre in Aberdeen, was launched in December 2017 to help smaller, ambitious technology developers take their solutions to the oil and gas market – faster. The TechX Pioneer programme is for start-

Launch of Scale-up Scotland - the programme by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs

Scale-up Scotland, a programme designed to address Scotland’s business scale-up challenge and deliver economic growth, officially launched this week in Aberdeen spearheaded by one of Scotland’s leading entrepreneurs, Bob Keiller. The programme – for Scotland’s high-growth businesses – has been created by Entrepreneurial Scotland in partnership with The Hunter Foundation and Scotland Can Do. Scale-up Scotland is being delivered by Entrepreneurial Scotland to address Scotland’s business growth challenge. The programme aims to do this by empowering entrepreneurs to share their experiences and develop the skills needed to successfully tackle the challenges associated with scaling. The ambitious

The power of listening...

Listening is an activity that requires inactivity. To listen effectively we have to turn off the crazy chatter inside our heads – our preconceptions, the preparation of our interjections – and be quiet. What?! We have so much to think about within our leadership roles, how on earth do we quieten those thoughts? It’s not easy but I’m really trying to practice. Most of us realise that getting onto the hamster wheel of routine is necessary to get things done. Processes are vital to seamless and successful execution. But that hamster can be a crazy gal. When she eventually collapses off the wheel, she realises that she’s only done more of what she did last week, last month, last year. Giv

Seven Principles for a Gender-Competent Scottish National Investment Bank

“Equality is good for growth. The converse isn’t necessarily true.” As investment affects men and women differently, the principle of equality and non-discrimination should be core to the Scottish National Investment Bank. Inclusive growth means including men and women and meeting the different needs of disabled, LGB & T, Black and minority ethnic, and older and younger women, and non-binary people. Investing in infrastructure should not only mean investment in bricks, steel, and fibre optic cable. Investment in childcare has the same type of impact, and should be considered as infrastructure. Growth can come from sectors we don’t immediately associate with productivity such as childcare and

Scotland’s Entrepreneurs to Benefit from World Leading Learning Partnership

Scotland’s next generation of business leaders will benefit from entrepreneurial learning as Entrepreneurial Scotland’s Saltire Fellowship programme is delivered in Scotland for the first time by Strathclyde Business School. The six month leadership development programme is led by Entrepreneurial Scotland in partnership with Babson College in Boston, USA. Babson College has ranked No. 1 in entrepreneurship education consecutively for 24 years. The programme is designed to immerse participants (known as Saltire Fellows) in entrepreneurial thinking and strategic leadership and provide them with the skills they will need to take their business or career to the next level. Strathclyde University

Self-Employed on Universal Credit to get Business Support

Recipients of Universal Credit full service who are self-employed can now receive business mentoring if their earnings are low. This is part of the government’s commitment to small businesses. Initial mentoring can last for up to 12 weeks and includes workshops on topics including financial planning and marketing support, as well as help in creating a business development and growth plan. If the plan is viable, people can receive a further year of support and mentoring. This programme of support for people who are already self-employed builds on the success of the New Enterprise Allowance (NEA) programme. The NEAoffers mentoring, a weekly allowance for 6 months and access to a start-up loan

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