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The closing date of 2 September is getting closer but there’s still time to enter this year’s Business Women Scotland Awards.

Putting the achievements of women-led businesses firmly in the spotlight, the fifth annual awards celebrate the entrepreneurial talents of women across the country while helping to create more business role models to inspire the next generation.

From rural businesses and start-ups to sole traders, innovators, mentors and board members, the search is on for great women who are doing outstanding work in their sectors.

Just announced is a new prize for the overall award winner – a two-week airtime radio advertising campaign to be taken on award sponsor Global’s Heart FM or Smooth FM to the value of £4,000, along with commercial production of a 30-second commercial. Daily Business is media partner for the awards.

“It’s wonderful to see so many women in key positions across Scotland. This is a time to celebrate the inspiring and innovative work they do,” said Tracey McNellan, managing director Scotland of Global.

“We’re delighted to be the media sponsor for Business Women Scotland and look forward to working together on the awards and other upcoming events across the country.”

Our aim is to recognise the notable contribution women are making to boost Scotland’s economy

– Lynne Kennedy

Judges of this year’s awards, sponsored by Royal Bank of Scotland and Global, include Yvonne Greeves, head of women in business for NatWest, the Royal Bank of Scotland and Ulster Bank; Amanda Jones, employment partner at global law firm Dentons; business growth strategist June Walker, a specialist advisor to the Scottish Chambers of Commerce Future Female Business Leaders programme; leadership coach Laura Gordon, chair of Vistage; Michelle Ferguson, director of Scotland’s Bravest Manufacturing Company; and Susie Fraser, managing director at Adeo Group.

“Our aim is to recognise the notable contribution women are making to boost Scotland’s economy,” said Lynne Kennedy MBE, founding director of Business Women Scotland.

“Every year we hear stories of women making their mark in the world of business in innovative and ground-breaking ways. We want to recognise them and celebrate female entrepreneurship while shaping the agenda for equality.”

The awards ceremony takes place on 8 November at 200 SVS, Glasgow with an inspiring line up of speakers.

Before then the Business Women Scotland Roadshow arrives at the Lighthouse, Glasgow, on 31 October. Buy tickets to workshops or the lunch, alternatively come along for the full day.

Among the speakers are Suzie McCafferty of Platinum Wave on franchising and leadership development coach Kirsty Mac. Property Stagers designer Liv Conlan will be speaking at the lunch. 

Tickets are priced from £10.

For more information on the 2019 Business Women Scotland Awards or to book a ticket for the Glasgow Business Women Scotland Roadshow, visit

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