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BUSINESS Women Scotland (BWS) and Women’s Enterprise Scotland (WES) have announced the shortlist for their 2018 Business Awards. Established and emerging business leaders from as far north as Orkney down to Campbeltown and the Scottish Borders have been chosen as finalists for the awards, which this year received over 170 entries across 14 categories, giving the Judging Panel* the difficult task of determining just 50 finalists. The BWS/WES Awards are hosted jointly by Scotland’s two leading female business organisations, each dedicated to helping women find support and networking opportunities to allow them to strengthen their business. With the awards, BWS and WES collaborate to celebrate


Radiant & Brighter, the Community Interest Company which creates greater opportunities for BME (black and minority ethnic) communities to more fully contribute to the Scottish economy, is organising Scotland’s first Bright Futures Women’s Leadership and Enterprise Conference tomorrow (Thursday 27 September). Supported by Royal Bank of Scotland and Women’s Enterprise Scotland, the conference will bring together women from BME communities throughout Scotland to celebrate diversity as a key driver of innovation and economic growth. Designed to stimulate thought leadership, new business ideas and collaborations, the event will also include a play performed by the Bright Futures Scotland women

An Evening With…John Watson OBE - Passion, Printing & Perfection: The Ideal Blend for Entreprene

Wed 10 October 2018, 17:30 – 20:30 BST The Watson Auditorium, 25 Colebrooke Street, Glasgow, G12 8HE 'Glasgow's status as the Second City of the Empire was built on its expertise in shipbuilding and heavy engineering, but a third key element - printing - has frequently been overlooked.' Printing Entrepreneur and Philanthropist, John Watson OBE, is keen to rectify this by putting Scotland's printing accolades, both past and present, firmly back on the map. Help make this happen by joining Entrepreneurial Scotland on Wed 10 October at the Watson Auditorium in Glasgow for an 'An Evening With...John Watson OBE'. You'll learn more about the history of printing in Scotland and how when the industr

Difference, ethnicity, diversity and enterprise

I wanted to share one of the most inspiring podcast conversations I've had to date, so I have had it transcribed in full below. You can also listen on iTunes, Spotify, YouTube and the Entrepreneur Agony Aunt Podcast website. Entrepreneur Pheona Matovu had her family's life turned upside down when a paperwork error meant she was no longer eligible to work in the UK. When, after 5 long years, she and husband were finally able to work again, the couple founded Radiant and Brighter to provide employment pathways and enterprise support for the Black & Ethnic Minority Communities living in Scotland. The company also provides training and education that challenge and inspire groups and individuals

The power of the pompom..

With our sister brand creating knitwear made in Orkney and Shetland, Mixter Maxter, we have been working on a project with a primary school to build a pompom wall of positivity. Our aim was to hold a series of workshops which focused on positivity and creativity. We took workshops with Glaitness School, during which we asked the children to draw two pictures, one of them doing what made them happy and then a second post showing their faces when they felt happy. We created collages using those images, mixing everyone's work together to make a bigger abstract piece of art. We then taught the kids how to make pompoms - which they loved. Pompom making is a great activity for all age groups and

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