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Taking place ahead of International Women’s Day next week and hosted by WeDO members Mazars in their Edinburgh offices, we were yesterday fortunate enough to attend an event which brought together Scottish businesswomen and female entrepreneurs from a range of industries.  With a diverse range of industry sectors represented, we enjoyed meeting some new faces and catching up with those we already knew.  We were joined by Scotland Office Minister Andrew Dunlop and it was fantastic to hear from everyone about their journeys, successes, challenges they’ve faced along the way and to hear their thoughts on how to encourage more female entrepreneurs.

Lord Dunlop said:

“We have seen real progress in extending opportunity to women. There are now more women in employment, and more women-led businesses, than ever before. There isn’t a single all-male board left in the FTSE 100, and the gender pay gap is at its lowest level since records began. But we know that there is more to be done.

This event will showcase some of the most innovative female entrepreneurs in Scotland, and share ideas and good practice in supporting women in business. I am very grateful to Mazars for hosting today’s rountable – as a major global firm, it’s really significant that they are keen to support this important issue in Scotland.”

Fiona Martin, Audit Partner with Mazars in Edinburgh, said:

“Developing female business talent is a priority for Mazars, and we are very pleased to be holding this event in partnership with the UK Government. We support a large number of women-led businesses to achieve success and business growth, and we have a number of in-house programmes to develop the talents of our own female staff.”

Our thanks to Mazars for hosting such a great event and we look forward to follow-up meetings with many of the attendees.

Businesses represented at the event included: Hot Tin Roof PR, Flexiworkforce, Equestrian Reviewer, Findra Cycle Clothing, Cherith Harrison Ltd, Commando Spirit, ExecSpace, Bespoke & Contemporary Kilts, Highland Hustle and Mama Tea.

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