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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.

Congratulations to all our Awards finalists!

A huge "well done" to the amazing women who have made it through as finalists in our Awards!

Here's the full list, in no particular order within each category:

Communicator Award - sponsored by The Herald

Jackie Lee of Artemis Scotland
Gloria Murray of Murray Associates Accountants

Denise Cowle of Denise Cowle Editorial Services

Connector Award - sponsored by the FSB

Fiona Colbron-Brown of East End Connections Glasgow
Cor Hutton of Finding Your Feet

Sheena Walker of Executive Training & HR

Collaborator Award - sponsored by Murphy Wealth

Cara Dzivane of Corporate Traveller
Elaine Sergeant of Glasgow Care Foundation

Rachel Clark of University of Strathclyde

Innovator Award - sponsored by Arrow Corporate Promotions

Nicola Crawford of Diligent Learning
Marian Bruce of Highland Boundary Ltd

Helen Swan of Helen Swan Jewellery

Young Star Award - sponsored by Turcan Connell

Robyn Friel of Epilepsy Scotland
Emma Canning of Wildfire Nails

Nikola Kelly of Be-IT

Why not come along... our seriously "unstuffy" Awards event?

If you're a finalist, bring your supporters to cheer you on! If you're not, come along to find out who wins!
Tables are available at a discount (10th place is free), and you don't have to supply the guest list at the time of booking. Just let us know once you've confirmed your guests.

You can book here (and bookings close next week, so don't delay!)

Trustee opportunity - Clackmannanshire Women's Aid

Clackmannanshire Women's Aid (CWA) is looking for trustees to join their board to help shape the charity's strategic direction and oversee good governance of the organisation.


Requirements are set out in detail in the Role profile on the CWA website.


The Board of Trustees will initially meet every 4-6 weeks, generally at the office of CWA in Alloa. Once the Board is established with new members, the intent is to reduce the frequency to quarterly meetings.

The Trustees may also meet on other occasions to discuss specific items of business or attend training. There will, from time to time, be opportunities for Trustees to join sub-groups such as Fundraising and Finance which may meet outwith the main Board meetings.

Trustees are asked for a commitment of at least one year from completion of their induction.


These are unpaid positions.

Find out more...

... on the CWA website here. This also provides the application form if you would like to apply.

Note that it is an occupational requirement that applications are open to women only, as permitted under schedule 9 of the Equalities Act 2010.

Updated privacy policy

keyboard saying privacy

When is data protection exciting?? Sounds unlikely...

... but when it's all part of our preparations for the amazing SWIB Awards 2019, that's when!

We've updated our privacy policy to make sure that the awards are covered. You'll find it here:

PS we made a few other minor tweaks as well, mostly to clarify policy around information held on suppliers and volunteers

Updated Terms & Conditions

swib has updated its Payment terms and conditions to clarify when an event place is booked when paying by cheque.

As has always been the case, an event booking is not confirmed until payment is made. That means that a place booked by cheque will NOT be held until the cheque is received. For popular events which are nearly full, places that have not been paid for may be allocated by the booking system to those paying immediately.

Accordingly, the Terms & Conditions now state:

Acceptance of your booking/application/offer will take place when we send you an email confirming this. For events, your place is NOT confirmed until payment is received. For payments by cheque, this means that your place is not guaranteed until the cheque is received. It must be received by the closing date and time. If it is not received by this time, your booking will be cancelled. Payments cannot be made at events.

If you choose to pay by cheque for an event, you'll receive an email reminding you that your place is not guaranteed. Once the cheque has been received, you will receive an email confirming your booking. But... if the event reaches capacity before your cheque is received, you'll be advised that your place is no longer held.