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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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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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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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More Females On Boards – I’m Up For That!

More Females On Boards – I’m Up For That!

Balanced boards are better for business – we need lots more women to get on board. Here’s a recent article from me in the Herald http://www.heraldscotland.com/business/14919210.Demands_made_for_more_female_execs/#comments-anchor

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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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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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