Business Women Scotland magazine (BWS) and Women’s Enterprise Scotland (WES) have joined forces to hold the rst collaborative business awards for women in Scotland. The awards dinner will be held in Grand Central Hotel, Glasgow on Thursday 26th October. Together, we will highlight the achievements of the growing numbers of women-led businesses in Scotland and create a range of accessible role models to inspire more women to achieve their business aspirations.
The awards event o ers the opportunity for business organisations and leaders in Scotland to come together and support the vision of a more gender balanced ecosystem. Building a foundation to encourage greater diversity of thought and innovation.
We are delighted to announce that our speakers include the female co-founder of a ‘unicorn’ tech company in the UK, Jessica Butcher. Jess is Co-Founder and CMO at Blippar, the global market- leading augmented reality platform adopted by many of the world’s most famous brands and media publications including Coca-Cola, Unilever, L’Oreal, Conde Nast and Forbes. Blippar has the unique power to turn any physical, printed image or product into an instantaneous, interactive digital experience and Jess will share with us the experience of creating a rapid-growth tech venture right here in the UK.
Our speakers also include (by video) Jayne-Anne Gadhia, CEO of Virgin Money and the longest serving CEO of any European bank. Jayne-Anne was the catalyst for the Women in Finance Charter – a commitment by rms to work together for gender equality which is transforming the nancial services sector in Scotland and the UK. The First Minister will also attend and address the Awards.
The judging panel for the awards will be led by Lucinda Bruce-Gardyne, founder of Genius Gluten Free Foods and Dr Lesley Sawers Scotland Commissioner of the Equality and Human Rights Commission and business founder. Our MC for the evening is journalist and broadcaster Rachel McTavish. In the last 15 years Rachel has worked for ITV, BBC, FIVE, GMTV, STV, ITV London and can be seen reading the news on STV.
We are keen that business organisations and business leaders join us on the night to hear from our speakers and to mark the achievements of women in business across Scotland. We are especially keen that women working in sectors such as tech, have the opportunity to hear rst-hand from our inspirational speakers.
Con rmed sponsors include Business Gateway, the Royal Bank of Scotland, the Federation of Small Businesses and Highlands and Islands Enterprise. Sponsorship packages can be tailored to requirements – for example awards category sponsorship packages are priced from £4,000 plus VAT including award presentation on stage, one table of 10, programme insert, magazine editorial, logo on website, etc. Single tables of 10 are £1,200 plus VAT including one drink on arrival and a goody bag, with discounts available for packages of three tables or more. To discuss your requirements please contact Lynne Kennedy, Managing Editor, BWS Lynne@bwsltd.co.uk or Carolyn Currie, Chief Operating O cer, WES Carolyn@Wescotland.co.uk .
While the awards mark the achievements of women-led businesses, it remains critical that men and women work together to inspire the next generation and achieve a vibrant, prosperous and diverse business ecosystem in Scotland. Everyone will be welcome at the awards event and we look forward to celebrating together on the night. Please do join us!
The Award Categories 2017
BUSINESS WOMAN OF THE YEAR AWARD 2017
This award recognises a woman who has made an outstanding impact on the business landscape in Scotland. Overcoming challenges and adversity to build a successful business or community enterprise and providing inspiration for others including the next generation of businesswomen
BEST USE OF SOCIAL MEDIA
(sponsored by Grand Central Hotel)
An award for the most successful or innovative use of a social media campaign to promote a company, brand, event, or information.
BUSINESS OF THE YEAR – OVER 3 YEARS (sponsored by FSB)
This award will recognize the development and growing success of an SME, looking at business growth and strong nancial performance, pro tability, and brand awareness achieved in relation to the number of employees and budget.
EMPLOYER OF THE YEAR
This award recognizes a return on investment
in people, the employee strategy that best attracts, retains and develops talent – and how it contributes to sustainable growth and being an employer of choice.
GROWTH BUSINESS OF THE YEAR (COMPANY UP TO 3 YEARS OLD)
Sponsored by (RBS)
This award celebrates Scotland’s highest performing new companies and recognises those that have exceeded initial targets for growth and nancial performance. It recognises the companies who have best demonstrated an understanding of their competitors, customers, and markets they operate in; and have the foundations in place for continued commercial success.
INTERNATIONAL GROWTH OF THE YEAR
Recognizing Scottish businesses that have achieved the highest and most sustainable
levels of international growth in the past year, celebrating their export success. This award focuses on all aspects of growth – including sales, pro t, geographical expansion, and acquisition.
STARTUP OF THE YEAR
This award celebrates the entrepreneurial aptitude, vision, ambition, drive and commercial acumen to build a successful enterprise from start-up..
MENTOR OF THE YEAR & MENTEE OF THE YEAR
This award acknowledges the crucial relationship between a mentor and mentee. We are looking for a business mentor who has been inspirational and provided her knowledge, expertise and advice to others, free of charge. The mentor will have worked closely with a mentee, supporting her as she takes her business to another level due to receiving knowledge and advice from her mentor.
For further information about sponsorship and entering the awards call 0141 332 8801 or email Lynne@bwsltd.co.uk | firstname.lastname@example.org