PROGRAMME FOR GROWTH - Business Women Scotland

BWS Programme Growth

BWS are always searching for innovative and inventive ways to support women running their own enterprise, Business Women Scotland launched the Programme for Growth in 2019.

The aim is simple: to encourage entrepreneurs at the crucial growth stage of their business, boosting prosperity and ultimately creating jobs.

The three-day online course, helps women grow their businesses and, crucially, develop them to the next level. Running a business can be a lonely place and the growth stage is when it is easy to lose momentum. By bringing like-minded business owners together, Programme for Growth allows them to share experiences and opportunities. This is the ideal opportunity for women to take time out to work on their business, rather than in their business. By the end of the final seminar on day three, business owners have the exciting opportunity to present to a panel of specialists who offer bespoke business advice.

The entrepreneur can then go on to focus their efforts on the vital areas that have the best chance of success. The end result? Women moving forward confidently to expand their business.

It is the ideal opportunity to take some time out to work on your business, rather than in your business.



Boosting confidence and unlocking potential, The Programme for Growth now shows decisively that it drives innovation and growth.

A year on from the launch of Programme for Growth, Business Women Scotland hosted the first alumni event.

All 24 businesses that took part reported an increase in business and profits. Business owners said they found it a beneficial programme and taking advice from the panel of experts helped them make positive changes in their business.

One Attendee Said:

“I found parts of the programme very worthwhile, in particular Fiona MacNeill of Fiona McNeill Associates, her advice was very useful and something I will move forward with. I also found the coaching useful, I realise I need to go back to building a better team. From attending the programme, I have implemented advice from the panel and tried something just to see what result I would get.  I increased revenue straight off the mark: £30,000 in the space of six weeks.”

Read reviews below from businesses who have taken part in Programme for Growth.

Programme for Growth now has a proven track record with statistics showing the three-day course produces tangible results for businesses.

You will be invited back to the virtual alumni event at the end of the year giving you the opportunity to catch up with the panel and the group members to network and chat. It will give you the panel the opportunity to chat to the businesses the changes they have made to their businesses.


March 9th – 11th 2021

November 16th – 18th 2021

3 days of workshops all online, via Zoom.

All talks will be recorded and forwarded to each participant. 

  “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

Apply Today

The virtual programme will be 3 days online.

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

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


BWS Programme for Growth - Edinburgh Reviews

I have thoroughly enjoyed the Programme. Even though I have an MBA and have been involved in formal business education for most of my professional life, I have found the course really refreshing. I have met female entrepreneurs who are very inspiring, and we have received expert & practical guidance that I am very confident we will all be able to put to good use. So, I would encourage anyone, whatever your background and whatever stage you are in business, to apply – it is a worthwhile thing to do.

– Bronagh Power (Trustee with Smart Works)

BWS Programme for Growth - Edinburgh Reviews

I have thoroughly enjoyed the whole programme and it has given me the necessary insight, self-awareness and motivation to progress Dovecot’s business plan to the next stage – and a great new network of inspiring women too. Your programme has provided something that doesn’t exist for cultural not-for-profit enterprise, setting it side-by-side with other entrepreneurial business. Yet cultural enterprise is an area that can provide innovation, growth and create jobs in Scotland in future. It was a privilege to be part of your first cohort so thank you again for offering me this opportunity

– Celia Joicey (Director of Dovecot Studios)

BWS Programme for Growth - Edinburgh Reviews

I have spent the week with BWS attending the growth programme in Edinburgh, A great programme, some of the information I already knew but I had forgotten, and it is great to remember, revitalise, energise and take this information back to my team.

– Rickie Tank (co-founder of Home Help Me Care Ltd)

BWS Programme for Growth - Glasgow Reviews

I’m yet to come down off cloud 9 from the BWS Programme for Growth course – thank you for your hard work to organise it and for accepting my application. I found the programme incredibly beneficial, from the point of view of business help, confidence increase and network growth. It was a totally priceless experience I’ll never forget; the first event I’ve been to and not came away feeling worse about myself – the opposite.

– Alice Mitchell (Owner of Papeterie Bespoke)

BWS Programme for Growth - Glasgow Reviews

I found the Growth Programme very beneficial. The focus on confidence and mind-set couldn’t have come at a better time for me. I tend to get bogged down with the negatives and forget what we’ve achieved in our short time in business. I was delighted with my pitch! I usually spend the days/ hours before having to stand up and talk to people telling myself “I can’t do this, I’m terrible at this etc”. The workshops earlier in the week made me realise it was as simple as flipping that mind-set on its head and telling myself the opposite. It worked!

– Susie Anderson (Owner East Coast Cured)

BWS Programme for Growth - Glasgow Reviews

I wanted to convey a genuine huge thanks for the last 3 days. I’ve found it enlightening to realise I can actually (really) be away from my business and my team demonstrated what they are capable of and so much more. I did find the growth programme beneficial. It’s helped me validate many of the things we are doing right and bring to the forefront other areas I should now focus more and priories on in order to continue to grow the business. Thanks again, it was amazing and bizarre taking 3 days out the business and that alone has opened my eyes!

– Hayley Wilkes (Owner WeeCOOK)

Terms and conditions:

The growth fund has no cost to your business
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 who have been trading
for 2 years + Send your application to

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