BWS Programme for Growth

The programme will be available in Glasgow, Edinburgh. Moray, Ayrshire and the Scottish Borders.

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 5 locations.

4 1/2 day workshops in total:

Day 1

Understanding My Market ( What’s your strategic vision for your business?)

This session will help you understand the market in which you aim to do business. You will understand what your strengths and opportunities are in your market along with confidently identifying your customers’ wants and needs.

Day 2

My Market Position

This session will focus on what your position is in the market. You will then go on to develop a marketing plan for your business that incorporates the principles of ‘the marketing mix’ – the 4Ps (product, pricing, place and promotion)

Day 3

Developing a Budget (Getting your business financially ready)

You will learn the importance of creating a budget for your business along with how to identify the key parts of the budget. After the session you will be able to confidently create and implement a working budget for your business.

Day 4

Roadmap for Business Planning (creating your board – building your team, exploring the strengths your require to build your team)

Building upon the knowledge gained from previous sessions you will explore your roadmap for business planning. You will gain an understanding of the importance of business planning and the components of that plan. You will clearly describe your vision, identify your business goals and confidently be able to embed your marketing plan and budget.

Day 5 – Meet the panel

The final event we invite the business owners to pitch their business to a panel of business women and men. 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. Each pitch has 25 minutes followed by 15 minute of questions, each panel member writes their comments on headed paper with their own details. The information is then collected and placed in an envelope for each of the business owners to read and contact any of the panel members directly. At the end of the panel session we invite all the business owners back into the room and they are presented with a certificate of recognition that they have taken part in the programme.

Locations in Scotland

Glasgow -11th November – 15th November 2019
Edinburgh – 1st April – 5th April 2019
Moray – 3rd June – 7th June 2019
Ayrshire – 26th August – 30th August 2019
Scottish Borders – 20th January – 24th January 2020

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. Moray, Ayrshire and the Scottish Borders.

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.”