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Helping small businesses fight late payments

At Starling. we're passionate about supporting small businesses manage their finances. When our Head of Public Affairs Sarah Williams-Gardener met the Small Business Commissioner, we wanted to share what he’s doing to help small businesses. We asked journalist Josephine Moulds to interview him and find out more.... Paul Uppal has big ambitions as the UK’s first Small Business Commissioner. A former small business owner, he knows what it’s like for the companies he now works with. “It can be very lonely running your own business,” he says. Paul had “huge support” from his family when he ran his small construction company, and he is keen to replicate that for businesses up and down the c

Black Friday 2018 - updated for #fakediscounts

Black Friday is coming! It’s all over social media. – argh!!! So what is Kids Bee Happy doing for Black Friday? Well firstly let me tell what we’re not doing. MASSIVE HUGE BIG DISCOUNTS! It’s time to go all Donald Trump – #fakediscounts We’re not doing big headline massive grabbing discounts, and we’d like to advise you that you shouldn’t be doing this really either – and here’s why. When you see those offers that say 70% off its important to remember that it actually means 70% of the very expensive price that was charged for a few days in only a few of their stores – rather than 70% of the actual real price that most consumers would have bought it at over the l

Women owned businesses contribute £8.8bn to the Scottish economy

New research published by FSB and launched at Facebook Community Boost, reveals the contribution women-owned businesses make to the Scottish economy has increased by a staggering 76%, from £5bn GVA in 2012 to £8.8bn (2015 data) Women-owned businesses are now responsible for creating 231k Scottish jobs, up from 153k in 2012. Women are increasingly becoming the job creators and growth drivers both in Scotland throughout the UK, according to new research from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), which was authored by Women’s Enterprise Scotland and staff from the University of Portsmouth and the University of South Wales. The new report, ‘Supporting Women’s Enterprise in the UK: The Econom

Closing Scotland's pay gap - WEBINAR by Engender

November 15, 2018, 18.00 – 20.00 Your computer, tablet or phone Book for this event For the past year, Engender and Close the Gap have been working with the Scottish Government to help them produce a plan for tackling the pay gap in Scotland. This has been a really wide-ranging piece of work, covering root causes of women’s economic equality such as care, social security, and discrimination at work. We want to speak to women around Scotland about the recommendations for action that we are proposing – we want your views on what’s missing, and what should happen next. In this webinar we’ll talk about the causes of the pay gap, and run through what we think needs to change. There’ll be plenty o


BUSINESSES from all across the country have been recognised at the Business Women Scotland (BWS) and Women’s Enterprise Scotland (WES) 2018 Business Awards. Established and emerging female business owners and operators from Wishaw, Bothwell, Glasgow, Moray, Greenock, Fife, Crieff, Stirling, Aberdeen, Newtongrange, Dundee, Forfar and Dunbar were presented with their awards at a glittering ceremony which took place in Glasgow’s Grand Central Hotel on Friday 2 November 2018. Amongst the 14 Awards on the night, there was recognition for entrepreneur Poonam Gupta OBE, young Rising Star Olivia Conlan and social enterprise Hey Girls. Poonam Gupta OBE, founder of PG Paper in Greenock, was crowned Bu

Is Scotland Fairer?

‘Is Scotland Fairer? 2018’ is the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s Scottish standalone supplement to the statutory report on equality and human rights progress at UK level. The report provides an evidence-based assessment of where Scotland has made progress, where things have not changed or have got worse, and any emerging concerns. It also looks at legislative and policy developments, identifies recommendations for action, and highlights areas where the evidence base needs to be strengthened in Scotland. Download it here

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