Edinburgh set to launch first Women in Business Growth Programme

Business Gateway Edinburgh has unveiled plans to launch its first Women in Business, (WIB), Growth Programme at an event on International Women’s Day this Friday (8 March) at the Council's City Chambers.

Hosted by award-winning television presenter and producer, Zara Janjua, the flagship event will celebrate women in business and highlight their significant contribution to the economy, featuring presentations and panel discussions with some of the city’s most entrepreneurial and inspiring women, sharing their business success stories and expertise.

Speakers include Alice Thompson [pictured] the co-founder of Social Bite, talking about her role in setting up the national-scale social enterprise, which has grown from five employees to 100 in the last five years.Alice Thompson from Social Bite

Alice said: “I am absolutely delighted to be asked to speak at this fantastic event to celebrate female entrepreneurs in the city on International Women’s Day and really looking forward to being in the same room as so many incredibly ambitious and inspiring women and sharing stories of our business journeys.”

Councillor Kate Campbell, Housing and Economy Convener, said: “Women are a driving force in Scotland’s economy and culture and nowhere is that clearer than in Edinburgh.

“Throughout history, female academics, writers, medics, artists, business owners and experts have shaped and influenced their fields and there are an incredible number of women in business doing just that today. We should celebrate these achievements and support even more women to take the next step up in their careers. 

“Edinburgh is the most thriving city in the UK outside of London, but the true measure of our economy lies in our ability to make business and industry fair. Everyone should be able to access and benefit from its success and improved gender equality should be key to this.

“The new growth programme from the Business Gateway is a great way to make this happen. I’m really looking forward to hearing from inspiring individuals who are shaping our city through their entrepreneurial ideas and businesses. These are the women to watch.”

Lynne Cadenhead, Chair of Women Enterprise Scotland, which helps female entrepreneur’s start-up and grow their companies, is also a speaker. Lynne has founded a number of businesses, served on over 30 boards and has worked with a wide portfolio of technology companies. She is also the first Chairwoman of Touch Bionics, the world’s leading upper limb prosthetics company sold in 2016 for £27.5 million.

The aim of the WIB Growth Programme being launched at the event is to support and help women to grow their business and develop the necessary skills in areas including pitching for investment and leadership strategy and to ensure they are connected to the right sources of help and advice throughout their journey.

Susan Harkins, Head of Business Gateway Edinburgh, who will launch the WIB Growth Program, said: “Our event on International Women’s Day is designed to bring women together to celebrate their outstanding achievements in business, their input into the economy and creation of jobs in the city.

“We are inviting women to come along and hear great stories from inspiring female entrepreneurs who will also be sharing best practices, tips and advice about starting up and growing a business.

“The event is the perfect time to launch our new WIB Growth Programme, which will enable more female entrepreneurs to maximise the potential of their existing business and formulate strategies for development and growth and receive invaluable support in the process.”

To find out how Business Gateway Edinburgh can help your business visit www.bgateway.com/Edinburgh or call 0131 516 5035.

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