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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.

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.

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...

...to 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!)

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