What is W-Power?

W-Power is a transnational programme which HIE has been participating in since 2018. The programme aims to help women overcome the challenges of remoteness and rurality to set up, develop and grow small businesses across a range of sectors.

W-Power is funded through the Northern Periphery and Arctic programme of the European Regional Development Fund.

Supporting one another through the challenges brought about by COVID-19 has become a strong focus of the programme during 2020. 

The core of the programme is an online network of business learning and support.

How will you benefit? 

Being part of the W-Power Female Entrepreneurs Learning and Development programme, you’ll have access to: 

  • An online networking platform
  • Monthly webinars to address your business and skills needs
  • Ask the expert sessions
  • Collaboration
  • Business support
  • Informal connections with other entrepreneurs
  • Events 
  • Online resources


Register today

Fill out our short form to start your journey with W-Power

W-Power form

Who's it for? 

W-Power is delivered by HIE in Argyll and the Islands, and is also open to women-led businesses in Dumfries and Galloway.

Any business led by a woman is eligible to participate in the programme.  There are no requirements in terms of size, stage or sector of business, though experience has shown that the programme tends to be particularly well-suited to start-up and early stage businesses.

How can I take part? 

Just sign-up! Please fill out our form, it's on the top right of this page and we'll be in touch. 

If you would like to chat to someone before signing up, please email - she'll be happy to answer your questions. 

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The W-Power network has been a lifeline, before and since the COVID-19 lockdown. It has helped me develop my approach to social media and online marketing. I do it all from home and it works around me.
Rachel MacNeill , Owner, Islay Whisky Academy

W-Power network supports rural businesswomen through COVID-19 crisis

Many of the 50-plus W-Power member businesses have been adversely affected by Covid-19 and are either on hold or working creatively to find new ways of trading, particularly online.

The W-Power network is helping them stay connected, share information and ideas about how to get through the challenges, as well as providing moral support to each another. 

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W-Power was instrumental in helping me set up my business, both with financial support as well as building my confidence. As a result I have made connections with key people that I may not have done otherwise.
Moira Newiss , SKIRR Skin Ltd

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Check out our podcast series featuring the business stories of women from across the W-Power network, and how they’ve adapted to the challenges of their rural locations and to Covid-19. 

Episode one

Interview with Rachel McNeill, founder of Islay Whisky Academy

Listen now

Episode two

Interview with Moira Newiss of Skirr Skin Ltd 

Listen now

About W-Power

This online network is part of the wider W-Power project. Over the last two years we have tested a series of new approaches for women to support them develop their businesses:

  • International peer learning and exchange programme for female start-ups;
  • Gender sensitive business support;
  • Online innovation platform for women-led businesses;