BWS Programme for Growth

The programme will be available in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen.

If you would like to receive further information about the programme please email: lynne@bwsltd.co.uk or fill out the form below.

This support is fully funded meaning there’s no cost to your business.






“Royal Bank Of Scotland is delighted to be supporting the BWS Business Growth programme. When you have an entrepreneur who is female and may have faced challenges before, they sometimes need more bespoke support. The BWS Business Growth Programme offers advice to growing businesses and offers advice and access to business men and women who understands their specific needs for growth.”

Yvonne Greeves
Head of Women in Business at NatWest & Royal Bank of Scotland & Ulster Bank, Awards Judge, Speaker, Chair and Trustee

BWS is launching a new programme guide to take your business to the next level. The BWS growth programme is designed to encourage and support entrepreneurs and growing businesses, to create prosperity and ultimately create jobs. Running and growing your business can be a lonely place and at this stage you may lose a bit of momentum. BWS have created seminars to help grow your business. At the end of the final seminar you will have the opportunity to present to the panel of specialists and partners we have to help local businesses understand what they want or need to grow. You can then concentrate your efforts where you have the best chance of success and confidently expand your business.

Working in Partnership to increase the economic empowerment of women in business. A designed programme of courses for new business at the growth stage that will increase confidence unlock potential and drive innovation and growth. There will be a series of 4 workshops, with the final event which is titled ‘meet the panel”. A similar programme/network has been rolled out in Dundee and it is estimated that this network has contributed over £120k of in kind support since May 2017. The impact of this resource speaks for itself.

20 places are available for each growth programme in each of the 3 locations.

4 x 1/2 day workshops in total:

Day 1

Understanding My Market

Aim of Day – Understand Strategic Vision for Business and start to formulate a 2 year plan

2 minute Introduction to your business

Understanding your current Business proposition – SWOT Analysis – Strengths, Opportunities, Weakness & Threats

Understanding your customer

Day 2

Position your business for growth

Aim of day – Understand your position in the market and how to capitalise on this for optimum business growth.

Session will focus on marketing your business and understanding your supply chain

Is your business digital proof?

Day 3

Getting your business financially ready

Aim of the day – Understand the various financial options available to successfully and sustainably grow your business

Day will explore organic growth, traditional lending through to Venture Capital funding and the advantages and pitfalls of each option.

Day 4

Building your team

Aim of the day – Roadmap for building your team for optimum growth

What makes a successful team and how can you replicate this in your business

Roadmap your virtual and physical team

Are you board ready?

Day 5

Meet the panel

Aim of the day – Pitch your business to a panel of successfully professional.

The panel brings a wealth of skills experience and advice for the business owners. The role of the panel is to listen to each pitch and think of ways to provide support to help each individual grow their business and take to the next growth level.

You will be required to pitch your business to the panel for 5 minutes followed by a further 10 minutes of Q&A’s.

Panel members will provide written feedback and pledges of help where appropriate.

We will follow the pitches with a lunch and Certificates to show that you have completed the programme.

You will then join our BWS Business Growth programme Alumni and have the opportunity to reconnect with each other virtually and physically through our Live Events.

Locations in Scotland

Edinburgh – 1st April – 5th April 2019
Aberdeen – 3rd June – 7th June 2019
Glasgow -11th November – 15th November 2019

The Itinerary
4 x 1/2 day workshops
Start – 08:30 /9:00am arrival,
Guest speaker
Buffet lunch
finish at 12:45

Day 5 – 09:00
Final day presentation to an invited group of business men and women.
Buffet lunch
Finish 14:00 hrs

Supported by:

Terms and conditions:

The growth fund has no cost to your business but you have to be a BWS member to qualify (membership rates are affordable and can be paid monthly, further information can be found on the membership page ; https://bwsltd.co.uk/memberships/)

We welcome all businesses to apply that can follow this criteria.

You must have a turnover of £100k plus

Predominantly female ownership of the business
Trading for 3 years +

Send your application to Laura- Jane Clements Programme co ordinator at lj@bwsltd.co.uk.

The programme will be available in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen.

If you would like to receive further information about the programme please email: lynne@bwsltd.co.uk or fill out the form below.

This support is fully funded meaning there’s no cost to your business.






Yvonne Greeves
Head of Women in Business at NatWest & Royal Bank of Scotland & Ulster Bank, Awards Judge, Speaker, Chair and Trustee

“Royal Bank Of Scotland is delighted to be supporting the BWS Business Growth programme. When you have an entrepreneur who is female and may have faced challenges before, they sometimes need more bespoke support. The BWS Business Growth Programme offers advice to growing businesses and offers advice and access to business men and women who understands their specific needs for growth.”