Key Statistics:

80,000 women are registered business owners in Scotland

94,000 women are self-employed

21% of SMEs are led by women

82% of women want to grow their businesses, and 29% want to grow rapidly

Women-owned businesses contribute £8.8 billion Gross Value Add into the Scottish economy every year

That's more than many of the growth sectors including Food & Drink (£5.3bn); Creative Industries (£4.4bn); Sustainable Tourism (£3.9bn) and Life Sciences (£1.5bn).

Below, you'll find research that we've conducted, along with research from others which we think you'll find interesting.  

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WES joined a number of national women's and parenting organisations to endorse a report produced by Engender and Close the Gap calling for a radical rethink of how Scotland’s economy can recover from the downturn caused by Covid-19. The nine principles for economic recovery call for a shift in the way that Scotland’s pursues inclusive growth. Ranging from investment in social care as infrastructure to the use of gendered...

In order to create an environment where more women and girls can realise their business
aspirations, it is important to address some of the specific issues faced by women-owned
businesses such as under-capitalisation, gender blind policy making, and discrimination as a
result of stereotypical attitudes towards women in business.

This is why the work of the Women in Enterprise Cross Party Group (CPG) at Holyrood is important, as...

This International Think Tank on Access to Finance was convened in London in
November 2017 to mark Global Entrepreneurship Week.

International, UK and Scottish experts on women and enterprise were present, including women-owned businesses, and the aim of the Think Tank session was to:
􀁸 Hear the views of the expert participants, including women-owned businesses,
relative to their experiences and area of expertise
􀁸 Consider a...

  • 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 t...

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