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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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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’tĀ 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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Truck Files

Truck Files

I was speaking at a Start Up Grind event earlier today (fabulous networking events by the way – please do go join a group!) 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…

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Address by President Barack Obama

Address by President Barack Obama

Well that was a pretty special evening last night…listening to PresidentĀ 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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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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Fearless Girl Stands Up For Gender Balance

Fearless Girl Stands Up For Gender Balance

Great article by my friend and Women’s Enterprise Scotland board member, broadcasterĀ Clare English… “We rarely see images of strong women standing up for themselves so the past few days have reminded us that there is a quiet strength that resides in us all ( men and women). Ā For women looking at Saffiyah Khanā€™s smiling countenance in the face of hostility or the slight bronze figure of the Fearless Girl, thereā€™s inspiration because both women are not intimidated by a threat.Ā  A simpleĀ  smileĀ  can have weapons grade power, disarming the most ferociousĀ  verbal attacks . A small girl, standing defiantly…

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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 Ā – 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 usĀ a picture that women are currently under-represented in the UK boardroom. This is despite the fact that…

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