Applications open for the second Business Gateway Women in Business Growth Programme launched by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon

Susan Harkins, Head of Business Gateway Edinburgh
Susan Harkins, Head of Business Gateway Edinburgh

Following the success of Business Gateway Edinburgh’s first Women in Business (WIB) Growth Programme, completed by ten inspiring businesswomen with a collective turnover of over £5m and over 50 employees, applications are now open for the second cohort.

The programme, which was launched by the First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon earlier this year, was developed by the Head of Business Gateway Edinburgh, Susan Harkins to help female entrepreneurs to take their business, idea or invention to the next level.

The six-week programme focusses on developing skills in key areas including leadership strategy, company structures, presenting for investing, building networks and exploring new markets.

The first cohort was successfully completed by Diane Harbison founder of Decipher Analytics, Kate Little founder of Digital Six, Martina Zupan founder of Alterwaste Ltd, Ifeyinwa Rita Kanu founder of IntelliDigest Ltd, Anne Sellar founder of Swift Letting Ltd, Laura Taylor, founder of The Secret Beauty Garden, Lorna Carr, founder of The Sensory Sessions, Monica Martins, founder of Theorem Conferences and Events Ltd, Moira Bennett founder of Sell More Tickets Ltd and Rachel Sneddon, founder of award-winning bridal business Rachel Scott Couture.

Susan Harkins, Head of Business Gateway Edinburgh, said: “Our first-ever WIB Growth Programme got off to a fantastic start this year when it was officially launched at our International Women’s Day event by the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

“The programme is the first of its kind in Scotland to work specifically with women to achieve their growth ambition and make it easier for them to get the support they need to expand their business, covering everything from premises and staffing to networking and exporting.

“I’m immensely proud of everyone who took part and honoured to be part of the successful growth of their businesses.

“Following on from its success we are delighted to be inviting applications from women in business who are looking for a bit of extra support to help grow their business. It’s a great opportunity, not only to upskill but also to build your network amongst like-minded women.”

The deadline for applications is the 27th September and the programme begins on the 26th October and takes place at Foundation Scotland, Calton Road, Edinburgh 10am – 1pm . To apply, please email for details.

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