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Organisers of the 4th Business Women Scotland Awards - held in collaboration with Women’s Enterprise Scotland – have announced Royal Bank of Scotland and Dentons as Headline Sponsors. The Awards, which will be held at the Grand Central Hotel in Glasgow on Friday 2nd November, highlight the achievements of the growing numbers of women-led businesses in Scotland. Categories include Business Woman of the Year, Business of the Year, Innovator of the Year and Employer of the Year. The media partner for the Awards is leading business publication, Scottish Business Insider. Royal Bank of Scotland have supported Women’s Enterprise Scotland since its formation, partnering on numerous events to profil

The goal is to do myself out of a job

Women are half the world's population – we're not a minority! Yet we still face challenges when it comes to equality in the workplace. The recent #MeToo campaign and the new requirements for businesses to report on their gender pay gap, for example, have both shone a spotlight on some of the issues women still face. The legal sector is making inroads towards addressing these challenges. My firm, Dentons, aims to be a disruptor in the legal profession, and diversity and inclusion are at the core of how it operates its business. As such, it's one of the first law firms in the world to create leadership roles dedicated to helping its women succeed, including the position of Women's Advancem

Gender pay gap reporting: What your business needs to know

For the past 12 months, in the run-up to new legislation, the gender pay gap has been at the forefront of discussions in business and of how organisations must work to close the gap as they scramble to report their figures. Since April 2018, all employers with 250 employees or more are required to publish their gender pay gap data every year. But, what actually is the gender pay gap, what can we do to address any imbalance and what does it mean for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)? What is the gender pay gap? The gender pay gap refers to the average amount of money men and women earn in the workplace on an hourly basis. The difference in the gender pay gap reflects how many men hold

Exit myth busters: why that start-up big exit you're dreaming of probably won't happen

This has been an unsettling time for any founders and entrepreneurs working away for relatively nothing, fuelled by dreams of their big exit. A collective - and much hoped for - bubble was burst recently as news broke of how the founders (and early angel investors and employees) of Scotland's of big start-up success story, Fanduel, walked away from their $465million exit without a penny. The reaction on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn etc was one of general confusion, some sympathy and also a distinct note of anger (hopefully directed at the seeming unfairness of it all, rather than the founders who I believe deserve full support. You can’t judge when you don’t know the full facts and haven't li

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