WES partners with broadcaster to help firms grow



Women’s Enterprise Scotland (WES) has partnered with STV to help develop and grow women-led business in Scotland.

A recent report from The Entrepreneurs Network and Barclays showed that, amid economic fallout of Covid-19, more male-founded businesses have found ways to grow, while the number of women-led start-ups reporting growth has seen a sharp decrease.

With women-owned businesses already in the minority, STV and WES are aiming to support women with resources, training and insights. The partnership will include:

  • A free support platform helping hundreds of women across Scotland to start up and grow a business.
  • WES expert presentations to catalyse business innovation and growth.
  • Women’s Business Centre presentations to build business community resilience and strategies for managing through the pandemic.
  • Training and support for the Women’s Enterprise Scotland Ambassador programme, which brings together more than 50 female entrepreneurs to provide visible, relatable role models for women who are considering starting a business or are growing an existing one.

Women’s Enterprise Scotland was created in 2011 to develop the potential of female business owners. Its research says that women-owned companies contribute £8.8bn to the Scottish economy every year and have created over 230,000 jobs in local communities across the country. However, women-owned employer firms still make up just 15% of the business base in Scotland.

Carolyn Currie, chief executive at WES, said: “One of the ways this support can be delivered is by collaborating with commercially astute, expert partners, which is why we are delighted to be working with STV to give women business owners access to their wealth of media skills and to the STV Growth Academy and its experience in supporting SMEs.”

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The recently launched Women’s Business Centre is the first freely accessible digital platform providing gender-aware business support in Scotland, created by experts in women’s enterprise and women entrepreneurs themselves. “The platform is designed to help women start and grow their own businesses and realise their full business potential,” noted Currie. 

STV commercial director Peter Reilly, said Women’s Enterprise Scotland was “an ‘agent of change’, helping to provide a strong network of support for women business owners to develop, scale up and thrive during this challenging time.”

“This collaboration will unleash the potential of women business owners across the country and, in turn, help tackle the unacceptable gender gap in Scottish enterprise participation.”



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