Women’s Enterprise Scotland (WES) is a not for profit organisation, constituted as a Community Interest Company. WES works to create an environment where women-owned business can start up and thrive - with a particular focus on growing the economic contribution from this crucial sector of the economy.


This privacy notice tells you what to expect when WES collects personal information. It applies to information we collect about:

  • People who use our services e.g. subscribe to our e-newsletter or request a publication from us

  • People who complete one of our research surveys

  • Visitors to our website

  • Social Media



We use a third-party provider, Mail Chimp, to deliver our monthly e-newsletters. We gather statistics around email opening and clicks using industry standard technologies including clear gifs to help us monitor and improve our e-newsletter. For more information, please see Mail Chimp’s Privacy Policy


Publication Requests

We hold the details of the people who have requested the service in order to provide it. However, we only use these details to provide the service the person has requested.


Research surveys

We use a third-party provider, Survey Monkey, to complete our surveys. Your participation is voluntary. All of the information that you provide will be treated as confidential and will only be used for research purposes. Your comments will not be identified as belonging to you. They will be combined with those gathered from other survey participants and will be analysed as part of a group. Any individual comments or quotes will not be identified as belonging to you. We do not use any of the information you provide for direct marketing or other non-research activities. For more information, please see Survey Monkey’s Privacy Policy



When someone visits we use a third-party service, Google Analytics, to collect standard internet log information and details of visitor behaviour patterns. We do this to find out things such as the number of visitors to the various parts of the site. This information is only processed in a way which does not identify anyone. We do not make, and do not allow Google to make, any attempt to find out the identities of those visiting our website. If we do want to collect personally identifiable information through our website, we will be up front about this. We will make it clear when we collect personal information and will explain what we intend to do with it.


Social Media

We use a third-party provider, Hootsuite to manage our social media interactions.

If you send us a private or direct message via social media the message will be stored by Hootsuite for three months. It will not be shared with any other organisations.


Your rights

Under the Data Protection Act 1998, you have rights as an individual which you can exercise in relation to the information we hold about you.

You can read more about these rights here –


Complaints or queries

WES tries to meet the highest standards when collecting and using personal information. For this reason, we take any complaints we receive about this very seriously. We encourage people to bring it to our attention if they think that our collection or use of information is unfair, misleading or inappropriate. We would also welcome any suggestions for improving our procedures.


If you want to make a complaint about the way we have processed your personal information, you can contact us at or you can contact the Information Commissioner –

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