The importance of collaboration, role models and mentoring were consistent themes at the Business Women Scotland Awards in Glasgow, held for the first time in collaboration with Women’s Enterprise Scotland.

The Finalists

(c) George Monaghan, Monapix

Jackie Brierton was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award, whilst business and social entrepreneur, Marie Macklin collected the award for Business Woman of the Year. Evelyn Toma, Managing Director of Re-Tek, collected the Business of the Year Award. Currently Enterprise Manager at GrowBiz in Perthshire, Jackie Brierton is an active mentor for a wide range of businesses and has been influential in women’s enterprise development, policy and advocacy for 20 years in the UK and internationally. She was an adviser to the UK government’s Small Business Service policy unit for women’s enterprise from 2002-2005 and was appointed UK expert for the European Commission’s DG Justice initiative on ‘Encouraging Female Entrepreneurship’ in 2014. Jackie was awarded an MBE for services to enterprise in 2008. Marie Macklin CBE was recognised for showing leadership and vision within her business role as well as her work as a social entrepreneur. She is the founder of Macklin Enterprise Partnerships, an investment fund investing in start-up and scale-up businesses, as well as being a board member for the Women’s Business Mentoring Partnership, for the Scottish Property federation and for East Ayrshire Council Business Leaders Enterprise in Schools. She was awarded a CBE in 2014 for services to Economic Regeneration and Entrepreneurship in Scotland.

Marie Macklin CBE, Nicola Sturgeon First Minister, Jackie Brierton MBE

(c) George Monaghan, Monapix

The awards were attended by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, who took the opportunity to announce new measures to support women in enterprise. A range of projects will share in £230,000 of funding to tackle the gender gap and help break down some of the barriers which can prevent women achieving equality in business. The projects include including funding for ten Women’s Enterprise Scotland tech industry ambassadors to act as role models to encourage more women to start up and grow their own businesses and £60,000 for the #BWSLiveEvents programme, for events across Scotland to bring together female entrepreneurs for networking and support. First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon said; “These awards are a fantastic way of recognising and celebrating the great work being done by business women in Scotland. I want to congratulate every woman who has received an award. “These inspiring women are showing what can be done, but we are under no illusion that it is still much more difficult for women than men to achieve their full potential in business. The gender gap, although narrowing, is still an unfortunate reality. That is why I am pleased to announce Scottish Government funding for projects to support, encourage and develop female entrepreneurs. “Without gender equality in business, we will not be able to achieve our vision of Scotland becoming the most entrepreneurial and innovative society in the world.” Jackie Brierton MBE said; “It’s an absolute privilege to have received this award, especially whilst surrounded by the depth and breadth of talent of Scotland’s female business leaders. I hope these Awards will continue to fuel support for women in enterprise, as it is so vital to Scotland’s economy that we utilise the talents of the entire population.” Marie Macklin CBE said; “It is fantastic to be recognised as Business Woman of the Year by an organisation that I truly value and support. I am passionate about supporting entrepreneurs but even more so about encouraging women to take on leading roles within business as that will truly help to grow Scotland’s economy. I hope that my achievements encourage other female entrepreneurs to be ambitious and dream big.” Evelyn Toma, Managing Director of Re-Tek said, “While I am delighted to take the credit here – this award is a tribute to the whole team at Re-Tek. I hope this inspires other women to believe they can be the orchestra conductor and not just the lead violin!!!"

First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon taking selfies with businesswomen

(c) George Monaghan, Monapix


Lifetime Achievement Award

Jackie Brierton

Business Woman of The Year Marie Macklin CBE – Macklin Enterprise Partnerships Limited Jane Stewart – Highly Commended

Mentor of the Year

Clair Smith - Enterprising Eastern Perthshire Employer of the Year Stephanie Stubbs – Hickory Foods

Business of the year – over 3yr Evelyn Toma - Re-tek (UK)Ltd

Start up business of the year Sara Roberts - Healthy Nibbles

Growth Business of the year Joanne Chidley – Beauty Kitchen UK Ltd

Best Use of Social Media Kirsty Lunn – Molke Ltd

International Growth Business of the Year Dianne Teo – T30 Fitness Training

Mentor of the Year, Clair Smith (Enterprising Eastern Perthshire; Best Use of Social Media, Kirsty Lunn (Molke Ltd); First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon; Lifetime Achievement Award Winner, Jackie Brierton

(c) George Monaghan, Monapix

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