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Lynne Cadenhead

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Women’s Enterprise Scotland Appoints First Male Ambassador

Women’s Enterprise Scotland Appoints First Male Ambassador

Delighted to announce the appointment of Mark Logan, former COO of Skyscanner and technology entrepreneur and investor, as the first male ambassador for Women’s Enterprise Scotland. We are thrilled that Mark has joined our campaign and together we will work to encourage more male entrepreneurs to join the ranks and end what Mark describes as “an outright aberration.” Mark says, “The gender imbalance in enterprise and especially in the tech sector where I specialise, should be treated as an outright aberration in our society. It severely limits both individual opportunity and the country’s economic progress. In addressing that imbalance, I believe…

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Confidence Female Entrepreneur Gender Equality Women in Business

Desperately Seeking Funding Susan? Read this and weep…

Desperately Seeking Funding Susan? Read this and weep…

Ouch. I came across this Harvard Business Review article the other day by a group of Swedish researchers (Malmstrom, Johansson and Wincent) – they recorded Venture Capitalists’ (VC) conversations and analysed how differently the VCs spoke about male and female entrepreneurs. It’s uncomfortable reading…the language these VC guys used (and yes, no question, it will usually be guys) to describe male and females was radically different. (When writing this I accidentally wrote “tragically” instead of “radically” at first. Freudian slip? Maybe…but then maybe tragic is the right word.) The research showed that the VCs produced typical stereotypes of women as…

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Business Plan Governance Inspiration

Truck Files

Truck Files

I was speaking at a start up event this week and was asked what are my three key takeaways for entrepreneurs to think about as they start up and grow their businesses. In short: learn to sell, ask for help, and self care. A business with no sales is not a business (or at least it is a very precarious business)…ask for help because you simply can’t embark on this journey and be successful without some help along the way…and self-care because you need to look after you in this entire process – put your own oxygen mask on first…

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Business Female Entrepreneur Females on Boards Governance Women in Business

Leadership in Board Governance

Leadership in Board Governance

Boards, being the mind and will of a company, really do perform better when they include the best people coming from a range of backgrounds and perspectives. The boardroom is where all strategic decisions are made, risk overseen and governance applied and it is vital that an effective, well governed and balanced board consists of a diverse blend of high quality individuals bringing a mix of experience, skills and backgrounds to the table. Government and media coverage over the past few years give us a picture that women are currently under-represented in the UK boardroom. This is despite the fact that…

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Business Confidence Female Entrepreneur Inspiration

Got a complaint? Go to the top…right to the very, very top!

Got a complaint? Go to the top…right to the very, very top!

I quite like being feisty. I’m a master  – or mistress! – complainer and not ashamed to say so. A skill learned fairly early on in my entrepreneurial career and honed over many years, but I confess it took me time to learn how to complain properly. For so long I just used to whine and moan, talking to everyone else about a problem – everyone apart from the people that could actually do something about the issue – getting angrier and more aggrieved by the minute. More moaning, more whining, and no resolution. Then one day something happened in…

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Business Confidence Female Entrepreneur Inspiration Women in Business

Expect Problems and Eat Them For Breakfast

Expect Problems and Eat Them For Breakfast

Problems, problems, problems. I don’t know about you, but sometimes it seems like there is a nearby Problem Volcano, spewing forth molten problems every single minute of every single day. Deal with one, and another one pops up right away, probably even worse than the one before… It can be really demoralising for a new entrepreneur. Why isn’t this working? What am I doing wrong? What’s wrong with me? And it gets even worse when you start comparing yourself to others, for whom everything just seems to be going right all the time (BTW, it’s not, they will be having…

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Business Confidence Female Entrepreneur Governance Inspiration Women in Business

If you don’t ask, you don’t get

If you don’t ask, you don’t get

I was running a course recently on governance for female entrepreneurs. Yes, I know governance sounds deadly dull, and it’s the last thing on your mind when you are starting up your business – there are so many other exciting and interesting things to do – but trust me, it’s not boring…and it is sooooooo important…more of that another day however. On the course we talked a lot about the benefits of building a board for your company – experience, skills, contacts, credibility, and governance, to name but a few – and how to build a board. By critically assessing your…

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Business Inspiration Mentor

New Mentoring Programme for Scottish Women in Business

New Mentoring Programme for Scottish Women in Business

Great new mentoring programme for women in business from Women’s Enterprise Scotland and Scottish Chambers of Commerce. Mentoring is so important for women in business. If you haven’t got one yet, or just simply want to find out more, or want to mentor other ambitious women, please sign up now here.  

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Confidence Gender Equality Inspiration

Address by President Barack Obama

Address by President Barack Obama

Well that was a pretty special evening last night…listening to President Barack Obama (once a President, always a President, I now know…) at the EIC in Edinburgh, Scotland, What an inspiration. Such gravitas, dignity and charisma. Key takeaway…politics is imperfect but we are all just doing the best that we can. As in politics, so in life in general. Nothing is ever perfect, but if we all just keep trying to do a little better than the day before, and focusing on bettering ourselves, rather then comparing ourselves to others, you know what…that will be a pretty darned good definition of…

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