New initiative to unlock untapped potential

Women in Business offers support in starting a business

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We are leading a new initiative designed to help the local economy to grow and prosper through one of its biggest untapped assets - it's female population.

Lanarkshire Women in Business will launch next month, offering targeted support to help women to start or grow a business.

The free launch event takes place on Wednesday 11 September from 10.00am to 2.00pm at the Bothwell Bridge Hotel and is open to women of all ages, experience and abilities. Refreshments and lunch are included.

Women attending will hear from leading female speakers from the business community, meet other like-minded women and access key business support organisations. One such organisation is Royal Bank of Scotland which has recently launched Back Her Business, a female-only business start-up crowdfunding opportunity offering match funding up to £5,000.

Following the launch, there will be a programme of activities with quarterly sessions taking place across the Lanarkshire area.

The Women in Business initiative has been set up to address low levels of self-employment amongst women in North and South Lanarkshire - a situation that is also reflected nationally. The latest figures from the Office for National Statistics show that only 25% of people in self-employment in Lanarkshire are female, compared to 34% across Scotland.

"The events will be steered ultimately by input from our female participants so we would like attendees to share their insights and ideas as to how this initiative can best service the needs of women," Yvonne Weir, Enterprise Manager at North Lanarkshire Council explains.

"We are also keen to understand specific barriers to self-employment being faced by women so that tailored support can be put in place. We look forward to working with prospective and existing women in business from across the area to make a lasting impact for Lanarkshire's economy."

Partners in Women in Business include North and South Lanarkshire Councils, Business Gateway Lanarkshire, New College Lanarkshire, Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) and Lanarkshire Chamber of Commerce.

The launch event and subsequent support programme is aimed at women at different life, education, employment and career stages where self-employment could be (or already is) a feasible option. This includes those:

  • Unemployed / under-employed

  • In employment and seeking a change

  • In education / studying

  • With a hobby or skill that has income generating potential

  • With a business idea

  • With an early stage business

  • With a business buy-out or buy-over opportunity

  • Working in a family-owned business

  • Seeking to lease or purchase business premises

  • On maternity leave or with caring commitments

  • Self-employed and seeking to grow

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