Entrepreneurship

Supporting women entrepreneurs in ambitious businesses

The Highlands and Islands are home to many vibrant, ambitious, innovation-driven businesses. However, there is under representation of women leading these organisations. HIE supports a number of initiatives that aim to redress the balance across the Highlands and Islands:

Highlands and Islands women entrepreneurs

Two leading female entrepreneurs from the Highlands and Islands are amongst the first ever WES (Women's Enterprise Scotland) Ambassadors. Watch the inspiring videos from Kirsteen Stewart of Kirsteen Stewart Designs in Orkney and Anja Baak from Great Glen Game in Lochaber.

You can also view a directory of women led business in Scotland on the WES website gallery. If you would like yourself and your company to be featured in the directory contact info@wescotland.co.uk.

Download a copy of Women In Enterprise: A Framework and Action Plan to increase the contribution of women's enterprise to the Scottish economy to read about the proposed activities to be delivered across Scotland that HIE and other partners are supporting.

You can also read a copy of Cracking the Code: a 2014 KPMG report exploring a gender aware approach to improving the talent pipeline.

Other women-focused organisations who deliver events and activities in the Highlands and Islands include:

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