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How best to support women-owned businesses?

Women's Enterprise Scotland (WES) has been commissioned by the Scottish Government to carry out research into enterprise support for women-led businesses in Scotland, with a focus on best practice in tackling the gender gap which currently exists in enterprise. While women represent 51% of the Scottish population, just 20% of all businesses are majority owned by women.

The research is a joint initiative involving Scottish Enterprise, Highlands & Islands Enterprise, Business Gateway and the Scottish Government.

As part of the research WES would like to hold focus groups involving women-owned businesses. This will cover:

  • Personal experience of business support in Scotland.
  • Gender themes in business support.
  • Awareness of gender-specific research, programmes and best practice.

It is not a requirement for participating businesses to have had experience or knowledge of gender-specific business support delivery. This is a knowledge gathering exercise to map the current support available and gauge understanding of gender-specific business development issues.

WES is looking for people to join them at a focus group. If you would like to attend, please contact WES, telling them where you are based and they'll be in touch with details of any local sessions.

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