Our member’s events rotate between Stirlingshire and Glasgow or Edinburgh and we are keen to expand to other areas of Scotland in fairness to all members and to attract members from further afield.
Meetings are relaxed and take the form of a mix of social and business networking over dinner. Many of the events have Guest Speakers, giving inspirational talks and advice. We are always delighted to hear of business being generated through a BAWE contact or from a meeting, our principle focus is on support and discussion of topical business matters and taking a leadership role on issues relating to women in business at a local, national and international level.
We are one of few, if any, groups for female entrepreneurs that has international connections for your business growth and provides mentoring for growing businesses within our international membership on request. We give access to the online portal to post your business details to FCEM members all over the world.
MPs have attended in the past and Scottish members are regularly personally invited to the Scottish Office and Holyrood, and other meetings like Scottish Enterprise, to take part in discussions on issues relating to women in business in Scotland today. These are of course optional and voluntary as are international world congress meetings.
History of BAWE Scotland
The World Association of Women Entrepreneurs was formed in 1946 and the British Association in 1954.
As nothing existed at that time in Scotland, eminent women such as Vera Weisfeld and Marilyn Orcharton, to mention just a couple, joined the National Association. In April 1995 Marilyn Orcharton decided it was certainly time for a Scottish Branch and the launch was held at the Gleneagles Hotel with the support of the National and International Team of Members.
Marilyn became our first Chair and Vice President of the Association for Scotland. Vera Weisfeld was one of our Speakers and Rebecca Stephens, the first Woman to Climb Everest , was another of many interesting Speakers from far and wide. Scotland started with a small number and grew over the years.
One of the Highlights being the World Congress held in Glasgow in 2004 and opened by HRH the Princess Royal. Over those four days the world literally came to Glasgow. It also gave us a chance of showing our International ladies what Scotland had to offer.