Tackling the gender gap in business
26 October 2017
Funding to support women in enterprise.
New measures to support women in
enterprise have been announced by First Minister Nicola
A range of projects will share in
£230,000 of funding to tackle the gender gap and help break down
some of the barriers which can prevent women achieving equality in
Speaking at the Business Women
Scotland and Women's Enterprise Scotland Collaborative Business
Awards, the First Minister said:
"These awards are a fantastic way of
recognising and celebrating the great work being done by business
women in Scotland. I want to congratulate every woman who has
received an award.
"These inspiring women are showing
what can be done, but we are under no illusion that it is still
much more difficult for women than men to achieve their full
potential in business. The gender gap, although narrowing, is still
an unfortunate reality. That is why I am pleased to announce
Scottish Government funding for projects to support,
encourage and develop female entrepreneurs.
"Without gender equality in business,
we will not be able to achieve our vision of Scotland becoming the
most entrepreneurial and innovative society in the world."
The awards honour the achievements of
business women across Scotland, whether as an employer, employee,
sole trader or in the third sector.
The projects to be funded are:
- Women's Enterprise Scotland will receive £60,000 to recruit and
train a further ten ambassadors to act as role models to encourage
more women to start up and grow their own
- Business Women Scotland's #BWSLiveEvents programme will receive
£60,000 for events across Scotland to bring together female
entrepreneurs for networking and support.
- The Principally Women Programme, delivered by Scottish
Enterprise, will receive £60,000 to encourage inclusive growth
through the skills development of female company leaders.
- The Ingenious and Enterprising Women in Scotland programme will
receive £50,000. Led by the Universities of Glasgow and
Edinburgh, the programme will support female early career
researchers in industry and academia from across Scotland to
develop entrepreneurial skills to realise the full potential of
Source: Scottish Government