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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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Let’s say goodbye to mumpreneurs…

Let’s say goodbye to mumpreneurs…

Great Women’s Enterprise Scotland article from Gaynor Simpson – no more “mumpreneurs” please…nor “lipstickpreneurs”…nor any other demeaning titles. We are women in business. End of!

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Royal Bank of Scotland Skills and Opportunities Fund 2017

Royal Bank of Scotland Skills and Opportunities Fund 2017

This is a great initiative from Royal Bank of Scotland! I am delighted that Women’s Enterprise Scotland has been shortlised for funding from the RBS Skills and Opportunities Fund 2017. We are proposing to deliver two business creation courses for women in and around the Blairgowrie and Rattray area. Women as a group face notable economic challenges, and rural-based women, including older women, young women and migrants, face additional employability barriers. To gain funding we need to be successful in the public vote which is now open and runs until midday on 5th May. Please support us by clicking on…

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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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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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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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Dream Big and Dare to Fail

Dream Big and Dare to Fail

It’s January – a new year and a new start – full of hope and promise and resolutions to do more and be better. The vast majority of people have already broken the resolutions they made to themselves on January¬†1st. Not me though…and before you think that sounds more than a little pompous, that’s ¬†because I don’t¬†start with resolutions until the day I come back to work. Too much partying¬†still left to do (I am Scottish after all, and my birthday is on Hogmanay!).¬†So, an hour in on the first day of ¬†keeping my resolutions and I am doing pretty…

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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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Six Figure Boost To Help Close Gender Enterprise Gap in Scotland

Six Figure Boost To Help Close Gender Enterprise Gap in Scotland

A proud day for me this week in my role as Chair of Women’s¬†Enterprise Scotland (WES). Two days training with our wonderful WES Ambassadors, a visit from Jamie Hepburn MSP to announce a major funding boost to help female entrepreneurs in Scotland, and a trip to Scottish Parliament to kick off our newly-founded Cross Party Group on Women in Enterprise. Only 21% of Scotland’s SMEs are majority led by women and men are twice as likely as women to start a business. But if women started up businesses at the same rate as men, we would contribute an additional ¬£7.6…

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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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