PRINCIPALLY WOMEN

A novel approach to achieving scale for women leaders where life stage, opportunity and ambition align.

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What is it?

The Principally Women programme looks to foster and encourage growth supported by practical and personal skills needed to scale:

  • developing leadership styles
  • raising investment
  • generating and closing sales
  • managing teams
  • emotional intelligence, life values, knowing yourself

The pilot programme is fully funded by Scottish Enterprise and there is no charge to participants.

Who Should Attend?

The pilot programme is aimed at female entrepreneurs, leaders, founders, or women in senior management teams who hold influence in businesses with potential to scale. The programme seeks to draw out women principals at a point where life stage, opportunity and ambition are aligned but specific skills, confidence, knowledge or support may be lacking.

12-15 places are available to innovation driven enterprises with with a current turnover of £1m (or are on track to reach a minimum of £1m turnover) and with ambition to grow the business by 20% year on year, over a 3 year period.

Participants in Principally Women Gain

CONFIDENCE IN TAKING RISKS, MAKING DIFFICULT DECISIONS AND DELIVERING TOUGH MESSAGES.

UNDERSTAND THEIR LEADERSHIP STYLE AND THOSE OF OTHERS.

A SELF CREATED ACTION PLAN TO LEVERAGE THEIR STRENGTHS AND ADDRESS EXISTING BARRIERS.

A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF THE SYSTEMIC BARRIERS TO WOMEN’S ACHIEVEMENT, AND POWERFUL STRATEGIES FOR CHANGE.

WAYS TO MANAGE GENDER BIAS CHALLENGES

A LASTING NETWORK OF WOMEN LEADERS

BE ELIGIBLE FOR A FUNDED PLACE ON THE INVESTING WOMEN ACCELERATEHER PROGRAMME.

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BE ELIGIBLE FOR THE SCOTLAND CAN DO SUMMER SCHOOL 2018

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What Does The Programme Involve?

The pilot will focus initially on a personal understanding of life stage and how that influences the potential for business growth.

This will be followed by a series of workshops will be delivered by experts in their field with real experience of supporting female leaders, and on topics designed to be indispensible to a scaling strategy. In order to gain maximum benefit over the six month period participants must be available to actively participate in a range of Programme activities.

A launch event will be held in Edinburgh in late November, where participants will get the chance to network, meet the practitioners and advisors. Participants should expect to:

  • Attend a number of ½ day master class skills workshops covering Leadership, confidence, finance, sales and pitching over a 6 month period.
  • A facilitated ‘decompression’ at the workplace/hub/core
  • Introduction to mentoring support and role models and attend networking events

The first workshop will take place at the beginning of December 2017 and conclude in June 2018

Next Steps

The Application Form should be completed and returned to Nathalie Agnew or Fiona Reyner at
PrincipallyWomen@mucklemedia.co.uk
no later than 5pm on 13th November 2017.

A final cohort of up to 12-15 companies will be selected to participate in the Programme - all applicants will find out whether or not they have been selected by 20th November 2017.


Background

Enabling women-led businesses is crucial to grow the Scottish economy and over the past few years, women have made considerable economic progress in Scotland. Despite this, women remain under-represented in self employment and business ownership.

An entrepreneurial enterprise culture and dynamic small business sector is central to raising Scotland’s competitiveness and productivity. New and small businesses drive economic growth by stimulating innovation, creating a competitive spur to existing businesses to increase their productivity and making a disproportionate contribution to job creation and economic growth.

The Scottish Framework and Action Plan for Women in Enterprise was refreshed in August 2017 to reflect the emerging post Enterprise and Skills Review support landscape.

The draft has been co-developed with and is fully supported by all public and private sector partners. The actions contained in this refreshed Action Framework are grouped in four themes of; Mentoring & Networking, Role-Model Project, Finance and Gender Specific Support.

This programme ‘Principally Women’ proposes a novel approach to achieving scale by addressing gender barriers faced by women principals in business.

The programme recognises that at different life stages individuals face different social, business and domestic issues which collectively can prevent or slow growth.

This pilot programme seeks to draw out those women principals at a point where life stage, opportunity and ambition are aligned but specific skills, confidence, knowledge or support may be lacking.

The premise is that most opportunities promoted for enterprise tend to focus on, or attract new entrepreneurs, or to build the business skills of existing leaders but do not recognise the wider factors which may be inhibiting exploitation of that e.g. family, care commitments, perceived lack of support from the business or investment community.