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Women’s Enterprise Scotland Appointed to G20 T20 Think Tank

Women’s Enterprise Scotland Appointed to G20 T20 Think Tank

Women’s Enterprise Scotland (WES) has been appointed to the G20’s ‘ideas bank’, Think20 (T20) to advise on the organisation’s Gender Economic Equity workstream. We are the only Scottish organisation to be working with the T20 and representatives from WES will attend the T20 summit in Buenos Aires in September. The T20 provides research-based policy advice  to help the G20 deliver concrete and sustainable policy measures. WES is contributing to the T20 Gender Economic Equity workstream and sharing best practice insights from the ground breaking work we have delivered here in Scotland. The work delivered by WES continues to attract international…

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Women’s Enterprise Scotland Appoints New CEO

Women’s Enterprise Scotland Appoints New CEO

Thrilled to announce  the appointment of Carolyn Currie as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Women’s Enterprise Scotland.  Having joined us in 2015 as Chief Operating Officer, Currie has led the development of a range of successful WES consultancy and training services, from early stage business creation to leadership for business growth. A Chartered Banker, Carolyn Currie has managed billions of pounds in business lending and founded the Women in Business service at the Royal Bank of Scotland. She has contributed papers to the World Economic Forum and spoken at conferences such as the Global Banking Alliance. WES delivers a range…

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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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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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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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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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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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Prolific Beats Perfect

Prolific Beats Perfect

Why is one entrepreneur more successful in business than another? I’ve pondered this often…Are their products better? Do they have better connections? Is their strategy better? Are they super-smart? Do they believe in themselves more? Are they just lucky? (And yes, luck does have a bit to do with it…) Whilst there is an element of truth in some of the above, I’ve come to the conclusion that what makes the difference is successful entrepreneurs just do a wee bit more than others do. They will do one more meeting, make another call, send another email. They will come up with more ideas, more solutions, dream…

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Business Plan – A Necessary Evil

Business Plan – A Necessary Evil

Over the past few months I have been doing a lot of business planning work for technology companies looking to raise finance. Lots of research, lots of analysis (and paralysis), lots of decisions…and lots of stress. Here’s the only thing that you really need to know about business plans. And that is, that as soon as you have done them, THEY ARE WRONG!!! A business plan is just that – a plan. It’s not a promise, it’s not definitive, it’s not set in tablets of stone, it’s not something that you will achieve no matter what. It’s a well-researched plan of action, based on the best…

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Only 15% of Board Seats in Scotland are Held by Females – Shameful!

Only 15% of Board Seats in Scotland are Held by Females – Shameful!

We are 50% of the population, yet women account for only 15% of the boardroom seats in Scottish listed trading companies. I stand by what I said on this recently – these statistics are simply shameful! We can change this by working together better across all sectors – public, private and third. This is a call to action – it’s time for change – RBS and Standard life have joined the call to action. Will you? http://www.heraldscotland.com/business/14929034.Big_firms_back_calls_for_more_women_on_boards/

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