What is the Women’s Business Centre?

The Women’s Business Centre is here to help you bring your business idea to life and flourish as a business owner.

It is run by Women’s Enterprise Scotland (WES), a research-led, not for profit Community Interest Company which has been championing women-led and women-owned businesses since 2011.

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Who is behind WES and the Women's Business Centre?

Behind the Women’s Business Centre and Women’s Enterprise Scotland (WES) is a team of women who want to use their own business experience to help others achieve their business aspirations. All have experience in starting and running businesses as well as in other important business skills including banking, angel investment, communications strategy and marketing, business advice, mentoring and policy-making.

Whether you are curious about starting up a business and want to find out more or actively shaping up a business idea, access to both theory and practical tips from those who have already been there, can offer a great foundation from which to start.

We’ve spoken to women-owned businesses from the length and breadth of Scotland, who have stepped forward to share their business experiences and inspire you on your own business journey. Every one of these women has already walked the path you’re on right now and they all have valuable and inspiring stories about how they became entrepreneurs and created successful businesses.

The pioneering women-owned businesses who have shared their stories are all WES Ambassadors. The WES Ambassador programme raises awareness of women as successful business founders and owners – helping to inspire and encourage others to start up. The WES Ambassadors are trained to undertake a range of activities from networking locally to speaking at large scale events, in Parliament and in the media. They are relatable role models – or ‘real models’, as they themselves say.

You can meet some of our Ambassadors here on this site where they share their start-up stories, hints and tips.

We've created the Women's Business Centre to help you as you shape your business idea, launch and grow your business.

  • Make your move

    Step forward into your new business

    Start me!
  • Find inspiration

    Read about women already in business

    Inspire me!
  • Aim high

    Work smart with practical hints to get there faster

    Boost me!
  • Get help and tips

    Resources and support right to your inbox

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  • Powered by WES

    The Women's Business Centre is brought to you by Women's Enterprise Scotland (WES), a Community Interest Company which is advancing a world leading approach to enabling and supporting women-owned businesses.

  • Gender Proofing

    Ensure your organisation's resources are working to engage all clients, including women

  • Training

    A wealth of knowledge and experience delivering training and consultancy

  • Research and Policy

    Years of expertise and data conducting research for government and business organisations

  • Media Resources

    The go-to organisation for comment and opinion in respect of relevant women's enterprise issues in Scotland and the UK

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    If you have any questions about us or if you need help with your business or idea, get in touch.

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