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This month’s guest blogger, Executive Director of DSL Business Finance Stuart Yuill, pledges to continue supporting enterprise by providing more innovative female entrepreneurs with the right tools to start or grow their business. DSL Business Finance was established in 1993, and is fully regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and Consumer Credit Association. We provide start-up and growth loans for SMEs and social enterprises across Scotland, which are unable to access funding from banks and other traditional sources due to poor credit scores, or simply having too much ambition. Together, we’ve been able to distribute over £14 million of loans to 1,220 businesses creating and maintai

From Ambassador training to local councillor

When I attended the WES Ambassador training last November little did I know that I would be motivated to run in my local council by-election a month later. Meeting so many strong powerful women sharing their entrepreneurial journeys and stating why they wanted to encourage more women to step up and take charge of their destinies, was an amazing experience. I left that day walking a little taller and with a lot less self-doubt weighing me down. Married to my husband Ian, mother of two teenage children, and owner of two retail businesses, I have lived all my life in the beautiful Scottish Borders. On the day the by-election was announced last December I finally decided to stop being afrai

Karen Finlayson Colour Elements

Colour affects how we feel, how we look and how others see us. Using colour to help customers feel confident and optimise their appearance for different occasions is at the very core of Colour Elements, a company founded by Karen Finlayson in 2014. However, Karen believes that clothes should not be enjoyed at the expense of the environment or the people who produce clothing. Her vision has two main components: 1 To see individuals empowered through their knowledge of colours, shapes and styles of clothes that complement their physical features, personal values and lifestyle. 2 To end waste and pollution, caused by the production and transportation of clothes which quickly end up in landfi

Converge Challenge 2018 hits record numbers!

Converge Challenge 2018 closed to the record-breaking news of receiving 223 applications from Scottish University staff and students demonstrating the appetite for entrepreneurship across Scotland. This continued growth brought them to over 1,100 applications since the programme inception and an over 5 times increase in the number of budding entrepreneurs stepping forward compared to their inaugural year in 2011. Securing these application milestone numbers marks a sustained progression in enterprise activities within Scotland’s higher education system. Modern universities have grown their share by 10% reaching 35% of applications overall and for the first time Converge Challenge received ap

New event to unlock the potential of franchising in Scotland

The franchise industry is booming in Scotland, with the British Franchise Association (bfa) predicting that the sector will be worth £1bn by 2020. On 25 April, Franchise Opportunities Scotland will open its doors for the first time at Grand Central Hotel, Glasgow, to help ambitious entrepreneurs unlock the potential of the industry. Existing business owners looking at routes of expansion and potential investors alike will benefit from attending this free event. Those looking to run their own business with the support of an established brand will be able to meet franchisors from a broad range of business sectors. Franchises taking part include easyGym, Tutor Doctor, Bluebird Care, Icestone Ge

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