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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, broadcaster 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).  For women looking at Saffiyah Khan’s smiling countenance in the face of hostility or the slight bronze figure of the Fearless Girl, there’s inspiration because both women are not intimidated by a threat.  A simple  smile  can have weapons grade power, disarming the most ferocious  verbal attacks . A small girl, standing defiantly…

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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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The Business Case for Women’s Empowerment

The Business Case for Women’s Empowerment

“The moral case for greater gender equity is clear, and so is the economic case” Christine Lagarde, IMF On International Women’s Day 2017, I just had to share this fantastic article from Christine Lagarde, MD at the International Monetary Fund. Read on… “Over the past few decades, women around the world have been pushing boundaries on areas like educational achievement, political representation, and economic participation—yet, gender gaps remain. Globally, just 55 percent of women participate in the labor force, compared with 80 percent of men—and women are only now earning what men did a decade ago. As countries around the…

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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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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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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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