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 Chairman 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 these four days the world literally came to Glasgow. It also gave us a chance of showing our International ladies what Scotland had to offer from a visit to the Isle of Sky and many places in between.

Our meetings

BAWE Scotland meets around 4 / 6 times per annum.

Meetings take place at either Hotel du Vin in Glasgow or Cromlix House in Kinbuck.

We have the odd members events at Gleneagles in Perthshire and Colessio in Stirling. 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 a dinner. Whilst 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. The next is in Rome in November 2017.

BAWE membership criteria

Whilst BAWE Scotland is keen to expand membership we are governed by BAWE’s Code of Governance on membership criteria as follows. This is why membership is by invitation only to keep track of the balance of members and make networking and meetings relevant for our members.

  1. 80% of members are Entrepreneurs, business owners who employ staff directly or indirectly [engage in projects which contract out works to others], have their own money at risk in their business, and a turnover of over £100K and which have been operating for at least 3 years. This category includes Associate Directors in in the 3rd sector also.
  2. 10% of members can be Corporate Directors from any organization, with the exception of Government.
  3. 10 % of members can be New starts, business owners where the business is less than 2 years old but which can demonstrate the potential to grow and employ staff.

We welcome Charitable or 3rd sector Directors also as an Associate member which falls under section 1. The percentages are roughly adhered to as the group grows in the UK but are placed on us by our FCEM membership, allowing us access to hundreds of international meetings and groups.

Think you may like to join us?

We would be delighted to meet you!

Attend two BAWE meetings as a guest

You are most welcome to attend two BAWE meetings as a guest.

Due to the strict rules of criteria set by BAWE UK membership is subject to approval by the committee but should be straight forward if you fit our membership criteria above.

The annual membership fee is £160.00 for Entrepreneurs, £260 for Corporate Directors and £80 for Start-ups (in the first 3 years of incorporation) with networking dinners usually between £35 and £50. 3rd sector or Associate membership is the same level as Entrepreneur membership. We have a limit of 10% of members for both Corporate and Start-ups which is one reason that our membership needs to be by invitation.

We look forward to welcoming you to BAWE please do not hesitate to contact either Ann-Maree, Tanya or Jane for any further information. Use the below contact form or email info@bawe-scotland.org 

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