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Diversity brings benefits for business

Any company seeking to thrive in the current economy needs to consider the impact of their work and especially how relevant their business is in local communities and wider society in general. Customers are increasingly choosing to engage with companies which represent them and their values, forcing businesses to show how much they value and care about people -hence the need for businesses to show how they respond to diversity. This year I was delighted to be invited to speak at this month's Impact Summit, an annual event that brings together some of the brightest minds, giving a platform to the people shaking things up, changing the status quo, and using purpose-driven business models as a


Women's Enterprise Scotland has today (Wednesday 15 May) launched its annual survey of women-owned and women-led business in Scotland. The survey allows WES to gather data which can be used to drive policy change and improve services for women-led and women-owned businesses and is part of the commitment by WES to ensure that women’s voices and experiences of business support in Scotland are heard and used to enhance the business landscape. Analysis of the survey data will be used in a report published by WES later this year which will be available online and made freely available to the public. Anne Meikle, WES Policy Manager said; "The WES survey offers a unique platform for Scottish female

Finding our voices at the National Economic Forum

At the beginning of May, I had the privilege of attending the National Economic Forum in my capacity as an Ambassador for Women’s Enterprise Scotland, and as a business owner based here in Scotland. I was selected as a WES Ambassador earlier this year and am proud to be part of an organisation which is working hard to create an environment where women-owned businesses can start-up and thrive, unlocking the full potential of women in business in Scotland. Women owned businesses currently contribute £8.8bn GVA into the Scottish economy, an increase of 76% since 2012. This contribution is greater than Sustainable Tourism (£3.9bn) and Food & Drink (£4.1bn). While this phenomenal growth in the

Ladies in red.... 500 of them

One of the great privileges of working with WES is the opportunity to share our experience and learnings with female entrepreneurs internationally. I had the honour recently of speaking at the fabulous seventh 500 Podjetnic Business Women Conference in Ljubljana, Slovenia, organised by my good friend Marta Turk, a fierce champion of women in business for many years. What an amazing event it was. Well over 500 dynamic, ambitious and inspiring women from all walks of business - entrepreneurs, corporate, academics – buzzing with excitement and thrilled to be able to get together to learn, share and be inspired. And how terrific they looked as well - all dressed in power-red for the day – it cer

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