Women's Enterprise Scotland



Women’s Enterprise Scotland works to create an entrepreneurial environment where women-led businesses can flourish and grow.

Why? Because more women-owned businesses in Scotland means more money for the economy. The stats speak for themselves. If the numbers of women-led businesses increased to equal those of men, our national bank balance would be at least 5% better off. That’s equivalent to a £7.6 billion boost to the economy, minimum.

To make the most of this opportunity for economic growth, and to improve the gender gap in Scottish entrepreneurial activity, Women’s Enterprise Scotland aims for nothing less than the creation of a new norm for women in business.

To do that, we at WES inspire and support women to start their own businesses, and grow them too. We advise and educate external partners, and advocate for gender-specific enterprise support. We seek to influence policy-makers and movers and shakers to recognise the economic contribution women-led business could make. And we champion women’s enterprise in the media, in Scottish society, and across the wider world.

Alongside our partners, Women’s Enterprise Scotland aims to create a commercial culture where women-led business ownership is not simply an aspiration, but becomes a truly attainable, attractive and achievable option for women everywhere.

Key Facts

  • Women’s Enterprise Scotland (WES) is a Community Interest Company, which was launched in March 2012
  • With the Scottish Government and partners, WES launched the Scottish Framework and Action Plan for Women’s Enterprise in March 2014 – the only policy framework of its kind in Europe
  • The WES Ambassadors project now features ten Ambassadors, with plans for a further five to be introduced in March 2015, and a further fifteen by March 2016.  Full project details, along with Ambassador stories and press coverage, can be viewed at www.wesambassadors.co.uk
  • WES won a Global Entrepreneurship Week ‘High Impact Award’ for its campaign and website launch in November 2014
  • WES has developed and delivered a mentoring scheme for women in renewable energy (WiRES) and the project was a finalist in the Green Awards in November 2014.  This scheme is entirely transferable and its facets will be utilised in future mentoring schemes for women in other sectors
  • WES plans to develop a capacity building toolkit and training package for business advisors, relevant individuals and organisations across the ‘enterprise ecosystem’, following successful delivery of CPD training in this area to RBS teams
  • The increase in applications and awards for female-owned businesses in the Edge Fund process is a positive outcome from WES involvement in the promotion, assessment and judging of the process.
  • WES published its Survey of Women-Owned Businesses in November 2014, aligned with themes of the Framework, which will now inform a study to discover best routes for grant and loan microfinance support for women-owned businesses



Main website: www.wescotland.co.uk

Ambassadors website: www.wesambassadors.co.uk

Facebook: www.facebook.com/WEScotland

Twitter: www.twitter.com/WEscotland






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