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Updated Terms & Conditions

swib has updated its terms and conditions to clarify how refunds are handled when a paid-for event is booked through Eventbrite.

Eventbrite refunds are requested through that site, and Eventbrite's policies mean that the booking fee is deducted from the amount paid.

Accordingly, the Terms & Conditions now state:

Requesting your refund Except for events booked through Eventbrite, refunds should be requested using this form. Upon checking eligibility for a refund against our policy, Scottish Women in Business will arrange for the refund to be made based on the method of payment (e.g. card payments will be refunded onto the relevant card).

For events booked through Eventbrite, refunds should be requested using Eventbrite. If the refund is approved by SWIB, the amount refunded will be the cost of the ticket minus Eventbrite’s fees (this is Eventbrite policy).

Timescales Refunds will be made within 14 days or when an item is returned.

SWC International Women's Day 2020 - registration invited

The Scottish Women's Convention (SWC) International Women’s Day event will be held on Saturday 7th March 2020 in the Scottish Parliament.

The event will begin around 12.30pm to allow for registration and lunch.

Participants will take their seats within the Debating Chamber where there will be a number of invited speakers and a panel discussion.

An evening reception in the Garden Lobby will conclude the day with attendees leaving by 6.00pm.

If you wish to register your interest in attending this free event, please do so either by emailing: iwd@scottishwomensconvention.org or telephoning 0141 339 4797. When registering, please provide your name, postal address, telephone number and email address if available - all these details must be provided for you to be registered. Please also provide these details for any other women you may be registering.

As this is a hugely popular event, places are not guaranteed until you receive written confirmation from the SWC. This will be sent to those who are successful early in the New Year.

Closing date for registration is 31st December 2019.

Meet the Buyer 2019 - 13th November, Glasgow

The annual Meet the Buyer event, which is partnered with the Scottish Government and Scotland Excel, will take place on 13 November 2019.

Meet the Buyer 2019 is being held at Hampden Park, and will see more than 70 exhibitors from the public sector, private contractors and business support providers.

As the largest free procurement event in Scotland, the event affords suppliers unprecedented access to buyers and decision makers from across the Public and Private sector, with the opportunity to raise your profile as a business and prepare for upcoming contract opportunities.

There will also be a programme of workshops, where you can hear from a range of expert speakers.

You can find out more and book your place on the Supplier Development Programme website. You will need to be an SDP member, but membership is free to small and medium-sized businesses.

SWIB's new Charity of the Year is...

... Glasgow Care Foundation.

For over 140 years, Glasgow Care Foundation has been alleviating poverty in the city, assisting families and individuals in Glasgow who cannot get help from any other agency. They're a small charity doing big things for Glasgow, with just one full time employee and two part timers.

GCF helps people in two ways: individually and by providing grants to community organisations, schools and projects. It helps some of Glasgow’s most vulnerable and needy families who cannot obtain help from any other source. This usually takes the form of provision of essential items such as washing machines, fridges, bedding, cookers and floor covering. They also support with supermarket vouchers to buy Christmas dinner and toys for their children for Christmas morning. GCF has a continuing commitment to support 100 pensioners in poor health, and also supports local community projects and, through collaboration with the Rotary Club, holidays for disadvantaged families. Each year, on average, GCF helps more than 500 families or individuals, and up to 15 organisations within the community.

GCF’s income comes from bequests, legacies and donations, and from capital investments made in earlier years. They do not receive any funding from local or national government, so swib's support can make a big difference to this small charity.

You can find out more about Glasgow Care Foundation on their website, and stay in touch with them by liking their Facebook page.

SWIB Awards 2019 - the winners!

Nearly 200 women attended our Scottish Women in Business Awards 2019, held on May 19th at The Principal Grand Central Hotel, Glasgow.

Hosted with insight and humour by Jane McCarry of Still Game, with fizz to accompany a delicious afternoon tea, it was a wonderful way to spend a Sunday afternoon. There was great support for all the finalists as their names were read out, and then we celebrated with the winners!

Three awards were presented which recognise those women who are outstanding exampes of swib's core values: communicate, connect, collaborate:

Communicator: Jackie Lee of Artemis Scotland

Connector: Cor Hutton of Finding Your Feet

Collaborator: Elaine Sergeant of Glasgow Care Foundation

Two awards were made for special categories:

Innovator: Marian Bruce of Highland Boundary Ltd

Young Star: Nikola Kelly of Be-IT

A public vote was held to identify the winner of the Spotlight Award, a woman in the spotlight, born in Scotland or living and working in Scotland - someone whose contribution is noteworthy and inspirational.

Spotlight Award: Remzije Sherifi of Maryhill Integration

Finally, the Spirit of SWIB award was made to the swib member who has demonstrated the attributes of communicating, connecting and collaboration:

Spirit of SWIB: Heather Alexander

Thank you to our headline sponsor, Turcan Connell, and our award category sponsors: The Herald (Communicator), Federation of Small Businesses (Connector), Murphy Wealth (Collaborator), Arrow Corporate Promotions (Innovator) and Turcan Connell (Young Star).

Finally, a massive "Thank You" to all who entered, all who attended and especially to all those who worked so hard behind the scenes to make the event possible.

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