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Round up of our International Women's Day Campaign

As part of International Women’s Day on the 8th of March, WES called for an end to the status quo where women-owned businesses are just 20% of the business base and less than 5% of account managed growth companies. Women-owned businesses currently contribute £5bn GVA to the Scottish economy, yet if women in started up in business at the same rate as men, the economy would be boosted by an additional £7.6bn. Tackling the enterprise gender gap would see women-owned businesses contribute a total of £12.6bn to the economy. WES is calling for all business support providers to recognise that women face specific challenges when seeking to grow their businesses. It’s time to collaborate to move past

Invitation Scottish Enterprise Focus Group

Scottish Enterprise would like to invite you to take part in their exciting digital programme with the aim of developing new on-line services for their customers. The overall programme will: make it simpler and easier for customers like you to do business with Scottish Enterprise make it easier for Scottish Enterprise customers to connect with their services and find the support offered The initial discovery stage of this development is to ensure that their website meets customers’ needs and they are looking for your help to review the early designs of the new Scottish Enterprise website. They want to explore: what customers want from online channels the role, formation and mobilisation of

Call for Interface Strategic Board Members

Interface is seeking up to four new members to volunteer to join its Strategic Board from May 2018. As a member of the Board you will be expected to play a central role in guiding the strategic direction and activities of the organisation. Board Membership is continuously reviewed to take cognisance of the needs of industry, Higher Education Institutions/Further Education partners and stakeholders. The term of office is for three years, at which point the Board member may be considered for reappointment for a further term. Over the last six months, the Board has been developing an ambitious five-year plan to further support Interface creating impact for society and the Scottish economy. Th

Scottish Accountancy & Finance Awards

The deadline for entries to the 11th Scottish Accountancy & Finance Awards is just one week away. The awards annually recognise the commercial and industrial accountants that play a vital role in ensuring the effectiveness of both private and public sector organisations. Entry is open for the following categories: Accountant of the year Large accountancy firm of the year Small accountancy firm of the year Finance director of the year Emerging finance director of the year - sponsored by CIMA Public sector finance team of the year Young accountant of the year Restructuring team of the year - sponsored by Shawbrook Bank Tax team of the year Corporate finance team of the year Wi

Entrepreneurial Scotland Conference

ES Conference 2018 Thursday 26th April 2018 Entrepreneurial Scotland’s 22nd annual conference will take place on Thursday 26th April at Gleneagles Hotel and is the highlight of the annual programme. In 2018, our conference will bring together the most inspirational entrepreneurs of today and the rising stars of tomorrow to engage in open debate and share their valuable insights on scaling globally. To find out more information and book your place click here.

NEW YEAR, NEW HOME FOR HEALTHY WORKING LIVES

Healthy Working Lives has launched its new website, allowing businesses across Scotland to access personalised advice to improve the health, safety and wellbeing of their workforce. The new home of health, safety and wellbeing, www.healthyworkinglives.scot is packed with interactive features and its fresh and concise new content structure will make it easier for businesses to find what they need, when they need it. Steve Bell, Director of Health and Work at NHS Health Scotland said: “We’re delighted to launch the new Healthy Working Lives website. One of the highlights is the ability for people to create a personalised health and safety action plan for their business. By answering 12 shor

How to cope with an involuntary pause

On Saturday 17th March, I delivered a very personal TEDx talk about coping with an involuntary pause in your career and life. I'm not embarrassed or ashamed by this narrative, nor do I intend to be defined by it. In fact, I am both ready and excited to move on. At the same time, I know how useful a number of you have found this story (thank you for your positive feedback!), so here is the transcript of that talk. Not all pauses are voluntary. The shock and sheer physicality of an involuntary pause can render the maps you’ve used to navigate your life to this point completely useless. In your desperation to begin again, you may come to realise that not only do you not know the way, you can

The five most common challenges SMEs are faced with..

1. Cash Flow Money problems are usually at the top of most lists of business woes. For small businesses, the major worries are making sure enough money is coming into the business to meet outgoings. Things like clients delaying payments, unexpected outgoings, and outstanding bills can quickly cause big problems. There are several money management tools to help you to manage cashflow. Apps that can create budgets, calculate VAT, automate bill payments and even provide a free credit score. Tools like Float and Pulse can be a huge help in preventing cash flow issues. 2. Tiredness It’s very easy to fall into the trap of trying to do everything yourself if you’re a small business owner. However,

Call for views - Bank closures: impact on local businesses, consumers and the Scottish economy

The Committee has issued a general call for views on Thursday 8 March on its inquiry on the impact on local businesses and consumers of bank closures. The Committee would like to invite you to submit views as set out below. The deadline for written submissions isFriday 13 April 2018. Also, you could complete the Committee's survey which can be found at the link below. The deadline for completing the survey is Friday 23 March 2018. http://bit.ly/bankclosures Background According to official figures, the number of bank branches across Scotland reduced by a third between 2010 and 2017. The Economy, Jobs and Fair Work Committee is launching a short inquiry with the following remit: To examine

Applications Open for the P&G Female Business Leaders Growth Programme

WEConnect International is a corporate-led non-profit and their goal is to connect more majority women owned businesses (those that are at least 51% owned, managed and controlled by one or more women) into the corporate supply chain. Their corporate members represent $1 trillion in annual purchasing power and are true pioneers in inclusive sourcing and global supplier development. More information can be found on their website: https://weconnectinternational.org/en/ WEConnect International in partnership with P&G are delighted to announce a brand new growth programme for majority women-owned businesses in the UK who are interested in developing and growing their businesses. The programme is

#ChangeisComing

As we get ready to mark International Women’s Day on the 8th of March, WES is calling for an end to the status quo where women-owned businesses are just 20% of the business base and less than 5% of account managed growth companies. Women-owned businesses currently contribute £5bn GVA to the Scottish economy, yet if women in started up in business at the same rate as men, the economy would be boosted by an additional £7.6bn. Tackling the enterprise gender gap would see women-owned businesses contribute a total of £12.6bn to the economy. WES is calling for all business support providers to recognise that women face specific challenges when seeking to grow their businesses. It’s time to collabo

Scottish National Investment Bank - Implementation Plan

The Implementation Plan for the Scottish National Investment Bank was launched on 28th February by Benny Higgins, CEO of Tesco Bank and Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland. It was confirmed that the bank would adopt a mission-led approach to market and be both ethical and inclusive. Recommendations include a £10bn capitalisation over ten years with the aim of transitioning to a self-sustaining model in the longer term. The proposed product range includes micro-loans for SME’s, funding of up to £10m for scale-ups and targeted debt support. The bank will target support at “big ideas” such as the transition to a high-tech, low carbon economy and organisations which wish to invest in inn

Entrepreneurial Scotland launches 2018 Conference with drive for global thinking

A stellar line-up of international speakers will share their expertise and knowledge at the Entrepreneurial Scotland Conference on Thursday 26 April. The theme of this year’s event at Gleneagles Hotel is ‘Global Mindset’ and focuses on the need for organisations across all sectors to look outwards and consider what Scotland can offer, and learn from, the rest of the world. Chair of Entrepreneurial Scotland, Chris van der Kuyl making tracks to the 2018 ES annual conference, themed 'Global Mindset', on round the world record holder Mark Beaumont's bike. Pictured at Water’s Edge, part of the regeneration development at Dundee’s waterfront, with Amanda Robertson, MD Stoneridge Electronics and Jo

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