PROGRAMME FOR GROWTH - Business Women Scotland

BWS Programme for Growth


The programme will be available in Glasgow and Aberdeen.

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.

  “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

Locations in Scotland

Aberdeen – 4th September – 6th September 2019
Glasgow – 12th November – 14th November 2019

BWS is launching Programme For Growth, an exciting new project in partnership with the Royal Bank of Scotland to encourage and support entrepreneurs at the crucial growth stage of theirbusiness. The aim is to boost prosperity and ultimately create jobs.

Places are still available at Programme for Growth in Aberdeen from 4-6 September and Glasgow from 12-14 November.

The three-day course is designed to help your business grow, and for you to develop and take it to the next level.

Running and growing a business can be a lonely place and at this stage it is easy to lose momentum. By the end of the final seminar on day three you will have the opportunity to present to a panelof specialists in business who can offerpersonalised advice to help your business. You can then concentrate your efforts on the areas where you have the best chance of success and goforward confidently to expand your business.

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

Final outcomes:

Boost confidence, unlock potential and drive innovation and growth.

A similar programmehas already been rolled out in Dundee and is estimated to have contributed more than £120,000 of in-kind support since May 2017. The impact of this resource speaks for itself.

Read reviews of the successful Edinburgh Programme for Growth here.

There are 20 places available atProgramme for Growth events in Aberdeen from 4-6 September and Glasgow from 12-14 November.

3 days of workshops:

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

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 2

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.

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 3

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

Aberdeen – 4th September – 6th September 2019
Glasgow – 12th November – 14th November 2019

Day 1 & Day 2

09:30 arrival for coffee,
10:00 am first programme
1:30pm – 3:30pm -2nd programme

Day 3

09:30am arrival for coffee
First presentation to panel 10:00am
Finishes 3:30pm

Aberdeen information + Edinburgh Reviews:

Download here.

Aberdeen Location Confirmed:

Craigevar Room
Royal Bank of Scotland
2 Marsichal Square
AB10 1BL

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 (

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 3 years +

Send your application to Laura- Jane Clements Programme co ordinator at