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What Can Men Do for Business Equality

What Can Men Do for Business Equality

Looking forward to talking at the PWC/Women on Boards event in Edinburgh on Tuesday 21st March. Here’s an article I did for PWC on my thoughts! Lynne Cadenhead is one of Scotland’s ‘serial entrepreneurs’ dividing her time between multiple businesses while also trying to improve equality in the workplace. Ahead of speaking at an upcoming Women on Boards, Board Room Conversations event on March 21 in Edinburgh (tickets still available) she reveals her thoughts on how to juggle a multi-business career, what men are doing wrong and advice on being self-employed. Gender balance makes economic sense Despite all the talk,…

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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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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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Business Insider Special Report – Women in Business

Business Insider Special Report – Women in Business

Business Insider did a great report in their October edition all about Women in Business in Scotland. Here’s what I had to say in the report: “Lynne Cadenhead, a serial entrepreneur and chair of Women’s Enterprise Scotland (WES), says different people need different kinds of support at various stages in their career. The key to development is to provide what is “appropriate for a person at that point in their journey”. That said, there are widely recognised differences in how women and men handle management duties. Women tend to collaborate, which to men can come across as a sign of…

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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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Women’s Enterprise Scotland Business Creation Course

Women’s Enterprise Scotland Business Creation Course

Start Up With WES! Over the past 10 weeks, Women’s Enterprise Scotland (WES) has been running a Business Creation Course for servicemen and women’s wives and partners, funded by the Armed Forces Covenant Fund, at Scots Corner Community Centre near Glencorse Barracks in Penicuik. It has been a fantastic success, with over 15 new businesses created already – in only 10 weeks.The course was visited last month by Keith Brown MSP, Cabinet Secretary for the Economy, Jobs and Fair Work and has seen a number of new businesses already launching and It has been a fantastic success, with over 15…

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Sorry, but I just think…

Sorry, but I just think…

  I have been thinking a lot recently about confidence and how females portray themselves in business. It’s often said (usually by men!) we lack confidence. But that’s not true at all…women are generally very confident in their roles…we don’t shout about it as much as men though! We keep our heads down and get on with the task in hand, hoping that our good work will be recognised someday… But sometimes we can appear to be indecisive and lack confidence…and that’s quite a different thing altogether. Have a look at the emails you send – how often do you apologise,…

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Inspiration for Female Entrepreneurs

Inspiration for Female Entrepreneurs

Hello and welcome to my first musings! Although I’ve worked with and invested in start up technology companies for so many years now, I confess to being a total newbie to blogging. But, in the spirit of “Leaning In” and being encouraged to get online after a recent talk I did on “Brains, Beauty and Balls in Business” at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, so here goes… Let’s start with what I mean by these three Bs…because I firmly believe that for a female to succeed in business you have to have all three. Brains: it’s not about what you know, it’s about knowing what you don’t know…

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Top Tip – Learn To Sell

Top Tip – Learn To Sell

Learn To Sell! I am frequently asked by entrepreneurs what is the best way to fund their business. Is it through friends and family, debt, equity, crowdfunding…or something else? Well, whilst I understand that many businesses need an injection of cash to fund early development costs and fuel growth, I have to say that by far and away the best way to fund your business is through sales. Yes, the hard graft of turning the products or services that you have conceived through blood, sweat and tears, into pounds and pence. Sales is at the heart of any business – without it there…

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