News from the Association of Scottish businesswomen the Perthshire should know about.

8th February 2020: 2:00pm

Dundee and Angus Chamber of Commerce – City Quay, 37, Camperdown St, Dundee, DD1 3JA

Join the ASB Committee at Dundee and Angus Chamber of Commerce for our Annual General Meeting 

TICKETS

£5 – members (please remember you will need to be logged into our website to see this rate)

£10 – non-members

NB: voting is only available to members.

Showcase Tables: Why not take a showcase/exhibition table at our AGM?

Member table £30/ Non member table £40.

To book a table follow this link.

Showcase tables are in addition to your AGM admission – so remember to book your ticket on this page too. 

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Your ticket includes the AGM, and arrival refreshments.

Registration, refreshments and networking from 2:00pm.

Please book your place by NOON on THURSDAY 6th FEBRUARY 2020

Special thanks to Dundee and Angus Chamber of Commerce for sponsoring this event through the use of their facility.

The Association of Scottish Businesswomen is delighted to announce the winners of their 2019 National Business Awards, showcasing the talents and recognising the achievements and contribution of women in business throughout Scotland; rewarding enterprise, creativity, extraordinary contribution, skill and vision.

Over 170 guests joined this prestigious red carpet event at the Corn Exchange in Edinburgh on Saturday 14th September to support 45 finalists across 13 categories.

Open to business and professional women across Scotland, the ASB National Business Awards showcase and celebrate the achievement of women working across all sectors. Awards are open to both members and non-members and are supported by sponsors:  Re:markable, Vodafone, Hood Magazine and McKellar Accountants.

ASB President, Lyndsey Greer Phillips, said “I’m absolutely delighted to welcome such high calibre finalists to our Awards Dinner this Year. I know the judges had a very difficult time deciding between all these amazing businesses and inspiring women”

“The Association of Scottish Businesswomen is so incredibly proud to play an integral role in shining a spotlight on the many successful and inspiring women in our business communities by facilitating the awards, and giving the opportunity to praise and reward the most talented women for their achievements in business and in the community, recognising their hard work and dedication.

“The quantity and standard of entries increases year on year making it extremely difficult for our panel of 14 independent judges to decide on the winners. The awards give us a fantastic opportunity to showcase the very best businesswomen in Scotland.”

Details of the criteria of each award can be found here

A sparkling drinks reception, in the fantastic setting of this historical venue, was followed by a lavish dinner. Finalists, winners and guests celebrated by dancing the night away to live music by Pretty Shameless.

USE OF IMAGES: Official photographs supplied by Ewan Barry of Tete a Tete Foto. Images from the event can be viewed here – where you can also download (for your personal use) or order hard copy prints. Winners will receive a copy of their presentation photographs, together with winners logo/badge, from the ASB. We respectfully ask that any digitally shared images credit the ASB Awards and Tete a Tete Foto. Thank you.

ASB Young Inspiring Businesswoman of the Year Award : Zoe Forbes, Sweetpea Cafe, Dundee

Highly Commended : Suzanne McKellar, McKellar Accountancy

ASB Most Innovative Start-up of the Year Award : Yoga Warrior Online, Dr Yvonne Davies

Highly Commended : Fairy Sleep Mother, Eileen Macdonald

ASB Young Business of the Year Award : Handpicked Lodges

Highly Commended : Deep Miner 

ASB Community Commitment Award : Rowan Alba, Helen Carlin

ASB Recognition of Outstanding Contribution : Margarette Bryan

Highly Commended : Kirste Johnston, Vodafone UK

ASB Recognition of Best Practice in Diversity and Inclusion : Liberty Bligh 

Highly Commended : Jackie Leiper, Scottish Widows

ASB Professional of the Year Award : Kim Moran Hogg, Vodafone Ltd

Highly Commended : Nicola Booth, Finding Your Feet

Highly Commended : Emma Armstrong, B-Able Business Services

ASB Most Enterprising Business of the Year Award : Planit Scotland, Cecilia Grigor

Highly Commended : The Learning Cauldron, Karen Elwis

ASB Business of the Year Award : Appetite for Business Ltd, Sheryl Newman

Highly Commended: Wow (Scotland) Ltd, Gillian Crawford

Highly Commended: Trained for Life, Lez Graham

ASB Best Affiliated Group of the Year Award : Highland Business Women

Visit our website Homepage  (Member Showcase) as our winners tell us more about themselves, their passions and their award.

The Association of Scottish Business Women is delighted to announce the shortlisted finalists for the 2019 National Business Awards. The winners will be announced at a glittering ceremony to be held at The Corn Exchange, Edinburgh on Saturday 14th  September 2019.

Young Inspiring Businesswoman of the Year Award

Introduced in 2013, this award recognises the qualities of a successful entrepreneurial woman, in employment or in business, including but not limited to her drive, focus, vision and resilience, inspirational leadership and confidence.

Suzanne McKellar, McKellar Accountancy

Wati Calley, Hepburns Nail Lounge

Zoe Forbes, Sweetpea Café

Most Innovative Start up of the Year Award sponsored by Vodafone Business

This award celebrates the new ideas, processes, products, services, technologies and applications that have the greatest impact on an organisation’s start up success. This award recognises a young enterprise, that has most successfully applied innovation, and is one year old, or less, at 31st May in the year of the award. 

Fairy Sleep Mother

Yoga Warrior Ltd

Young Business of the Year Award sponsored by HOOD

Introduced by the Association of Scottish Businesswomen (ASB) in 2006, this Award is open to businesses, trading for three years or less at 31st May in this award year.

DeepMiner

Handpicked Lodges

Heather Thomson Naturopath

Kirsty Anne Rae Coaching

Walker Massage

Wishing Well Health

Community Commitment Award

The Community Commitment Award, introduced in 2017, recognises the contribution of an individual, group, business or organisation to a charity or community project, by promoting social action, community involvement, volunteering or fundraising.

Angie Foreman
Helen Carlin

Best Performing Team of the Year 

Introduced in 2013 this award celebrates the power of the many in driving breakthrough results and impact.

The judges have declared the following as a worthy finalist. However, with insufficient eligible applicants, this award category will not announce an overall winner.

B-Able Business Services Ltd

Recognition of Outstanding Contribution Award sponsored by Re:markable

The Recognition of Outstanding Contribution Award was introduced in 2000, and revised in 2017, to showcase and celebrate achievement among women in Scotland across all sectors. This award will be presented to a woman who has demonstrated outstanding contribution to a business or the wider community, over and above her normal working activities. She may be a mentor, volunteer or charity ambassador giving of her time, skills and energy for the benefit of others. The award is aimed at identifying business role models who inspire and motivate others.

Ann-Maree Morrison

Debbie Hutchison

Kirste Johnston

Margarette Bryan

Professional of the Year 

Introduced in 2013 this award recognises the qualities of a successful woman in a profession who makes a significant individual contribution to support her organisation to deliver superior performance.

Carol Dickie, Ardanach Lettings Ltd

Emma Armstrong, B-Able Business Services

Julie Hall, WEvolution

Kim Moran Hogg, Vodafone UK

Louise Cameron, ICTS UK

Monica Coyle, Positive Pulse Scotland

Nicola Booth, Finding your Feet

Exporting Business of the Year

This award was introduced in 2017 and is open to any business who is exporting a product or service, or is planning to export within the next six months.

The judges have declared the following as a worthy finalist. However, with insufficient eligible applicants, this award category will not announce an overall winner.

Scottish Keepsakes

Most Enterprising Business of the Year

Introduced by the Association of Scottish Businesswomen (ASB) in 2003, entrants for this award, are selected and endorsed as the nomination by their affiliate groups. The  award recognises the efforts of those members who have perhaps identified a niche market or moved the business in an entirely new direction, as well as those who are more recently established.

Clinic 22

Wild Blossom

Planit Scotland

The Learning Cauldron

Business of the Year

Introduced in 2013, this award is open to businesses established before 31 May 2015.

Appetite for Business

B-Able Business Services Ltd

Sew Nice Neckwarmers

Sarah’s Creative Occasions

Scottish Keepsakes

Trained for Life

Wow (Scotland) Ltd

Recognition of Best Practice in Diversity and Inclusion

Introduced in 2019 this new award recognises an individual who has made a significant contribution to enhance diversity, equality and inclusion in their business or business area. 

Angie Foreman, Coca Cola 5by20

Ann-Maree Morrison, Labels4Kids

Jackie Leiper, Scottish Widows

Kerry Anne Quinn, TCS-eco

Kirsty Horrocks, LifeScan Scotland

Liberty Bligh, Liberty Bligh

Best Affiliated Group of the Year

Introduced in 2015, this award recognises and rewards the contribution of an affiliated group to the overall success of the businesswomen throughout Scotland. Revised in 2019 to encourage every affiliated group to celebrate their achievements by demonstrating the values of linking, inspiring and supporting their members, committees, the entire affiliated network. And to recognise their own contribution to the wider business community and the Scottish economy.

Ayrshire Business Women

Edinburgh Businesswomen’s Club

Highland Business Women

Moray Business Women

Judging Panel

We are most grateful to our panel of independent judges who have deliberated over the application forms and interviewed our finalists:

Sandra Benn –  Board Member, Mentor, Active Contributor To Causes, Especially Gender Diversity

Roz Haughey – Re:markable

Bonnie Clarke – Re:markable

Helen Livingston – Branding Boutique

Steve Turner – DPS Group & Exolta Capital Partners

Dorothy Henke – Business Gateway

Kim Moran Hogg – Vodafone UK

Nick Price – Bright Purple

Maggie Gorman – Business Gateway

Emma Miller – Hood Magazine

Jeanette Stevenson – Royal College of Physicians 

Gordana Ross – Rise to Health Coaching

Julie Hall – WEvolution

Alison Henderson – Dundee & Angus Chamber of Commerce

We are indebted to our Awards sponsors: 


 

 

2019 ASB National Business Awards Dinner

Join us for our twentieth National Business Awards at the Corn Exchange, Edinburgh on Saturday 14th September as we celebrate the achievements and successes of businesswomen from throughout Scotland.

This is a night for dressing up, shouting from the rooftops, and applauding the hard work, determination and commitment of all our finalists.

Our evening will begin with a drinks reception at 6.30pm. After being seated in the Exchange Room, we will honour all our finalists and present each with a certificate.

Following a delicious three course dinner with wine we will hear from our guest speaker and then announce the award winners. Each will be presented with a beautiful trophy to mark their achievements. Then relax, celebrate together and dance the night away! 

Then relax, celebrate together and dance the night away! 

Tickets On Sale – Book now! 

ASB Member Tickets are £85 

Non-member tickets are £95

Tables of 10 cost £850 (full tables may include non-members guests). 

So join us at the Corn Exchange, Edinburgh and Book via our website now.

Ticket Sales End at 18:00 on Friday 30th August 2019 

Advertising opportunities

Promote your business to over 200 finalists and guests in the Awards Dinner programme from only £100.

Contact vice-president@asb-scotland.org to book your space. Copy deadline Friday 30th August.

Each year the Association of Scottish Businesswomen (ASB) honours and celebrates the achievement and contribution of inspirational women in business and the wider community through their Women of Inspiration Awards.

We are delighted to announce that we honoured twelve such women this year on International Women’s Day.

A special reception was hosted by Scottish Chambers of Commerce in Glasgow.

Each woman was nominated by someone who felt they are deserving of the award; an inspiration to others, role models or leaders in their professions; women who have excelled in their careers or who have encouraged others and impacted lives in the wider community.

ASB president, Lyndsey Greer Phillips said “we were overwhelmed by the number of nominations received this year, celebrating the contributions and achievements of women from all walks of life, making the decision of the nomination committee very difficult.

“Our “Inspirational Women” are business leaders, chief executives, trailblazers, charity champions, entrepreneurs, mentors, motivational speakers and adventurers, women who are truly inspirational and worthy of these awards.

“Each of these women is impacting the businesses and communities in which they work; they are passionate and pioneering business leaders, and selfless and committed charity champions, inspiring and encouraging those around them to overcome barriers and reach their own goals.”

The women recognised in the 2019 ASB Women of Inspiration Awards are:

Ann Moulds – Action Against Stalking

Anna Hunter – Turning Point Scotland

Cat Trebilco – Reach The Peak 

Corinne Hutton – Finding Your Feet (accepted by Joe Cairney)

Irene Duncan – Take My Word/The Prince’s Trust

Isabel Bruce – David Livingstone Trust

Jackie Cuddy – Eastgate Shopping Centre

Jojo Fraser – Mummy JoJo

Julie Grieve – Criton

Lindsey-Anne Knox – Wishing Well 

Lindsey Porter – Yoga Nu U

Sandra Brown OBE – Moira Anderson Foundation

Sheila Murphy – Mount Kirk Church, Greenock

Vicki McCarthy MBE – Reach for Autism (accepted by Jade Sinnamon)

11am Saturday 3rd November, The Royal Hotel, Bridge of Allan

Join the ASB Committee at The Royal Hotel, Bridge of Allan for our AGM as we review our year and look towards the coming year.

Your ticket includes the AGM, arrival refreshments and lunch. Registration, refreshments, showcases and networking from 10.30am.

Please book your place by Tuesday 30th October.

A limited number of member showcases are available at a cost of £20 and can be booked by contacting Wendy Maltman at president@asb-scotland.org

Speaker – Ann Johnson

We’re delighted that Ann Johnson, Finance Director of Blaze Manufacturing Solutions, will be our speaker at the AGM. Originally from Manchester, Ann started her career in the printing industry before moving to Aberdeen with husband Howard in 1989. Previous to establishing Blaze, Ann worked for oil and gas operator ConocoPhilips for 15 years, holding several positions including a buyer role.

Blaze is very much a family business with Ann working not only with her husband but also her two sons. Blaze provides technical safety and loss prevention solutions in the oil and gas, renewable energies, mining, commercial and industrial sectors and in 2017 was named as one of the top 1000 UK Companies to Inspire by the London Stock Exchange.

ASB Executive Committee

ASB is seeking suitable candidates to join the Executive Committee. If you are interested in getting involved then please send a copy of your CV and a covering letter, letting us know what skills you could bring to the group, to Lyndsey Greer, vice-president@asb-scotland.org by Wednesday 3rd October.

AGM Papers

AGM papers will be available in due course:

Draft Minutes from the 2017 AGM

2018 AGM Agenda

ASB Draft Accounts 31 July 2018

Proxy voting papers

The Association of Scottish Business Women is delighted to announce the shortlisted finalists for the 2018 National Business Awards.
The winners will be announced at a glittering ceremony to be held at Apex City Quay Hotel & Spa, Dundee on Friday 21st September 2018.
Young Inspiring Businesswoman of the Year Award sponsored by Remarkable
Introduced in 2013, this award recognises the qualities of a successful entrepreneurial woman including but not limited to, her drive, focus, vision, resilience, inspirational leadership and confidence.

Olivia Conlon, ThePropertyStagers
Lisa Weir, Flexi Business Support

Most Innovative Start up of the Year Award

Celebrating the new ideas, processes, products, services, technologies and applications that have the greatest impact on an organisation’s start up success, this Award recognises the enterprise that has most successfully applied innovation.

Diana Parusheva, Bhaile Craft Bakery
Melanie Russell, Outside In Garden Rooms Ltd
Lynne Warren, Better:Gen

Young Business of the Year Award

Introduced by the Association of Scottish Businesswomen in 2006, this Award is open to businesses which began trading on or after 30 June 2015.

Olivia Conlon, ThePropertyStagers
Laura Rennie, Arena HR Ltd
Fiona Wilson, The Edinburgh Practice
Elaine Woods, Heal’n Toes

Employee of the Year Award

Introduced in 2013, this award recognises the qualities of a successful woman who makes a significant individual contribution to support her employer to deliver superior performance.

Gill Barton, Journeycall
Karen Bennie, The Fenwick Hotel
Lesley Craig, Break the Silence

Community Commitment Award

The Community Commitment Award, introduced in 2017, recognises the contribution of an individual, group, business or organisation to a charity or community project, by promoting social action, community involvement, volunteering or fundraising.Get2Grips with Grants Ltd
Street Feet Dundee
The Little Art School
The Menopause Café
Volpa

Best Performing Team of the Year sponsored by Gallagher Insurance

Introduced in 2013 this award celebrates the power of the many in driving breakthrough results and impact.Ayrshire Chamber of Commerce
B-Able Business Services Ltd
Contact the Elderly – Team Scotland
Edinburgh International Conference Centre
Kids Bee Happy
Volpa

Recognition of Outstanding Contribution Award

The Recognition of Outstanding Contribution Award was introduced in 2000, and revised in 2017, to showcase and celebrate achievement among women in Scotland across all sectors. This award will be presented to a woman who has demonstrated outstanding contribution to a business or the wider community, over and above her normal working activities. She may be a mentor, volunteer or charity ambassador giving of her time, skills and energy for the benefit of others. The award is aimed at identifying role models who inspire and motivate others.Tricia Fox, Volpa
Theresa Slevin, Journeycall
Fin Wycherley, Supersize Media
Susan Young, Gallagher Insurance

Professional of the Year

Introduced in 2013 this award recognises the qualities of a successful woman in a profession who makes a significant individual contribution to support her organisation to deliver superior performance.Louise Cameron, ICTS UK & Ireland
Monica Coyle, Positive Pulse Scotland
Lisa Manners, Workspace Designs
Louise Potter, Lothian Psychological Assessments Ltd
Laura Rennie, Arena HR Ltd
Mary Geaney, Rossie Young People’s Trust
Louise Tierney, Lash Inc. Magazine
Susan Young, Gallagher Insurance

Exporting Business of the Year

This award was introduced in 2017 and is open to any business who is exporting a product or service, or is planning to export within the next six months.Lisa Manners, Workspace Designs
Louise Tierney, Lash Inc. Magazine

Most Enterprising Business of the Year

Introduced by the Association of Scottish Businesswomen in 2003, entrants are choice nominations or current winners of affiliate club awards.Sarah Frame O’Hare, Strategy Cards Ltd
Nicola Martin, Small City, Big Personality
Diana Parusheva, Bhaile Craft Bakery

Business of the Year

Introduced in 2013, this award is open to businesses established before 31 May 2015.Emma Armstrong, B-Able Business Services Ltd
Melanie Blane, White Rabbit Skincare
Tricia Fox, Volpa
Sally Kiddie and Lynne Falconer, Heal Physiotherapy
Lisa Manners, Workspace Designs
Laura Rhoney, Journeycall
Jacqui Taylor, Lifelink

Best Affiliated Group of the Year

Introduced in 2015, this award recognises and rewards the contribution of the affiliated groups to the success of the ASB.Ayrshire Business Women
Perthshire Businesswomen’s Network

We are most grateful to our panel of independent judges who have deliberated over the application forms and interviewed all our finalists.

Judges

Sandra Benn, Board member, Mentor, Active contributor to causes I care about, especially gender diversity
Margarette Bryan
Liz Cameron, Scottish Chambers of Commerce
Bonnie Clarke, Remarkable
Russell Dalgliesh, Exolta
Julie Hall, WEvolution
Helen Livingston, Branding Boutique
Nick Price, Bright Purple
Karen Ormiston, Remarkable
Gordana Ross, Rise to Health Coaching
Faith Simpson, Faith Simpson Accountants
Jeanette Stevenson, Royal College of Physicians
Alison Stitt, Gallagher Insurance

2018 ASB National Business Awards Dinner

Join us for our nineteenth National Business Awards at Apex City Quay Hotel & Spa on Friday 21st September as we celebrate the achievements and successes of businesswomen from throughout Scotland.

This is a night for dressing up, shouting from the rooftops, and applauding the hard work, determination and commitment of all our finalists.
Our evening will begin with a drinks reception in the ballroom lobby. After being seated in the magnificent ballroom we will honour all our finalists and present each with a certificate before enjoying a delicious three course dinner with wine.
We will then announce the award winners and present each with a beautiful trophy to mark their achievements. Then relax, celebrate together and dance the night away!
We are indebted to our Awards sponsors Gallaghers and Remarkable.

Tickets – Book now!

Tickets are £75 for ASB members, and £95 for non-members. Tables of 10 cost £750. Book your tickets here.

Please book your tickets by Friday 7th September.

Advertising opportunities

Promote your business to over 200 finalists and guests in the Awards Dinner programme from only £100. Contact Wendy Maltman for more information.

V&A 59 Minute Design Challenge

To celebrate the ASB National Business Awards and the opening of the V&A Design Museum we will be hosting a 59 Minute Design Challenge during the afternoon ahead of the Awards Dinner. The workshop will give you an opportunity to visit the newly opened stunning building and give you an introduction into design thinking, giving you new tools to apply in your business or place of work.

Businesses face challenges every day. Businesses like yours. But what if you could begin to address any business challenge, big or small, in under one hour? New products? New services? Better ways of working?

On Friday 21st September at V&A Museum of Design Dundee our Design for Business team will show you how in our dynamic, design-led workshop.

No prior design knowledge is required. Just bring along your enthusiasm, an open mind, and the V&A Dundee’s Design For Business team will show you how Design Thinking can solve everyday problems, and help you transform your business.​

We look forward to seeing you at the 59 Minute Design Challenge. Book your tickets here.

V&A Dundee, 1 Riverside Esplanade, Dundee DD1 4E

To celebrate the ASB National Business Awards and the opening of the V&A Design Museum we will be hosting a 59 Minute Design Challenge during the afternoon ahead of the Awards Dinner. The workshop will give you an opportunity to visit the newly opened stunning building and give you an introduction into design thinking, giving you new tools to apply in your business or place of work.

Businesses face challenges every day. Businesses like yours. But what if you could begin to address any business challenge, big or small, in under one hour? New products? New services? Better ways of working?

On Friday 21st September at V&A Museum of Design Dundee our Design for Business team will show you how in our dynamic, design-led workshop.

No prior design knowledge is required. Just bring along your enthusiasm, an open mind, and the V&A Dundee’s Design For Business team will show you how Design Thinking can solve everyday problems, and help you transform your business.​

We look forward to seeing you at the 59 Minute Design Challenge.

V&A Dundee, 1 Riverside Esplanade, Dundee DD1 4E

To Book: https://www.asb-scotland.org/news-and-events/59-minute-design-challenge 

Join ASB for their nineteenth National Business Awards at Apex City Quay Hotel & Spa, Dundee on Friday 21st September as they celebrate the achievements and successes of businesswomen from throughout Scotland.

This is a night for dressing up, shouting from the rooftops, and applauding the hard work, determination and commitment of all our finalists.

Our evening will begin with a drinks reception in the hotel lobby at 6.30pm. After being seated in the ballroom we will honour all our finalists and present each with a certificate.

Following a delicious three course dinner with wine we will announce the award winners and present each with a beautiful trophy to mark their achievements. Then relax, celebrate together and dance the night away!

Carriages 1am.

We are indebted to our Awards sponsors Re:markable and Gallaghers Insurance.

Tickets

Tickets are £75 for ASB members – Log in to the ASB website to purchase your tickets at member rates. Non-member tickets are £95. Please let us know any dietary or access requirements or seating requests. Please book your tickets by Friday 7th September.

Tables of 10 cost £750. Please contact our treasurer if you require an invoice for payment.

Accommodation – Click here for details of local accommodation deals. Book by 10th August.

Sponsorship packages

Sponsorship packages are available for £850 and £1500. Please download the PDF for more information. Book by 10th August.

There are twelve categories this year;

  • Young Inspiring Businesswomen of the Year – for women under the age of 30
  • Most Innovative Start-up of the Year – for businesses trading for less than one year
  • Young Business of the Year – for businesses trading for less than three years
  • Employee of the Year – open only to ASB affiliated or direct members
  • Best Performing Team of the year
  • Community Commitment Award
  • Recognition of Outstanding Contribution
  • Professional of the Year award
  • Exporting Business of the Year Award
  • Business of the Year Award
  • Most Enterprising Business of the Year – open only to ASB affiliated members by recommendation from their affiliated group
  • Best Affiliated Group of the Year award.

Applications are now closed.

Successful applicants will be invited to interviews in Edinburgh during the week commencing 23rd July. We may be able to accommodate telephone interviews, but it is preferable if you can make the journey to Edinburgh to meet our independent judges.

Read about last year’s winners here

We are delighted to announce that the ASB Business Awards are now open for applications.

Ladies – it’s your time to shine! This is your opportunity to shout about your successes and achievements, as we recognise and celebrate the contributions of women to business and the wider community in Scotland.

There are twelve awards this year;

  • Young Inspiring Businesswomen of the Year – for women under the age of 30
  • Most Innovative Start-up of the Year – for businesses trading for less than one year
  • Young Business of the Year – for businesses trading for less than three years
  • Employee of the Year – open only to ASB affiliated or direct members
  • Best Performing Team of the year
  • Community Commitment Awards
  • Recognition of Outstanding Contribution
  • Professional of the Year award
  • Exporting Business of the Year Award
  • Business of the Year Award
  • Most Enterprising Business of the Year – open only to ASB affiliated members by recommendation from their affiliated group
  • Best Affiliated Group of the Year award.

To apply click the Awards tab on the menu bar and select the award(s) you are interested in. You can read the criteria and apply online. ASB members should log in first. You can then log back in at any time to complete your application. If you are not a member you will receive an email with a pin number to allow you to return to complete your application form at a later date, if necessary.

Applications will close at 5pm on Friday 29th June. Please make sure you allow enough time to complete the form and also gather and upload the necessary references or endorsements. Applications may be shortlisted by independent judges so it’s really important to spend time on your application and show off your business as best you can!

Successful applicants will be invited to interviews in Edinburgh during the week commencing 23rd July. We may be able to accommodate telephone interviews, but it is preferable if you can make the journey to Edinburgh to meet our independent judges.

The Awards Dinner will be held at Apex City Quay Hotel & Spa, Dundee on Friday 21st September and all finalists are expected to attend.

We are indebted to the support of our sponsors; Re:Markable

Award sponsorship packages from £850-£1500 are available. Please contact Wendy Maltman for more details.

Read about last year’s winners here

The Association of Scottish Businesswomen supports business and professional women throughout Scotland by providing opportunities to inspire, link and connect businesswomen in Scotland, building and strengthening relationships via our national events and through our affiliated groups.

Our 2018 “Unstoppable Women” conference will be held at the newly renovated Perth Theatre. Our inspirational keynote speakers, Judy Murray, International Tennis Coach, Suzanne Doyle Morris, InclusIQ Ltd, and panelists will be sharing their own experiences of building resilience and developing a strong mindset to overcome every challenge that we face as businesswomen.

With a choice of practical workshops for business owners and women at every stage in their career, the conference will give each delegate the opportunity and confidence to step up, both personally and professionally, in their career, life and business activities. There will be opportunities for business showcases and networking and to hear from real women about their experiences in their professional and business lives.

We’re delighted to be partnering with Scotland Can Do to deliver the Unstoppable Women Conference.

Scotland Can Do is our shared statement of intent towards becoming a world-leading entrepreneurial and innovative nation: a CAN DO place for business. This is based on the clear recognition that if we are to achieve sustainable economic growth, and create opportunities for everyone in Scotland to flourish, then we must work together to accelerate entrepreneurship and innovation across Scotland.

Read more www.cando.scot

Programme
10.00am Coffee, networking, exhibitions
10.30am Welcome
10.50am Opening Speaker – Suzanne Doyle-Morris, InclusIQ Ltd
11.15am Morning Workshops
12.00pm Networking Workshop Session
12.15pm Lunch, networking, exhibitions
13.15pm Panel Discussion with facilitator Amy Jackson, Oxtale
14.15pm Afternoon Workshops
15.00pm Coffee, networking, exhibitions
15.30pm Keynote Speaker and Q&A – Judy Murray OBE, International Tennis Coach
16.30pm Launch of the ASB National Business Awards with Allison Harrison
16.40pm Close

Tickets
Book now! Book early to guarantee your choice of workshops!

ASB Member ticket £60

ASB Member ticket with showcase table £95 – Limited Availability

Reduced price ticket for young women £10 – Celebrating the Year of Young People. Limited Availability.
To qualify for this ticket you must be under 25 on the date of the conference.

Reduced price ticket for young women or businesses under 2 years old £45 – Limited Availability
To qualify for this ticket you must be under 25 on the date of the conference, or trading for less than two years on the date of the conference.

Non Member ticket including one year’s membership of ASB £80

Included in the ticket price, each delegate will receive a book from Keynote Speakers Judy Murray and Suzanne Doyle-Morris

Book Now

Keynote speakers
Judy Murray OBE – International Tennis Coach

A former Scottish international tennis player with 64 national titles to her name. She became Scottish National Coach in 1995, the same year that she became the first woman to pass the Lawn Tennis Association’s Performance Coach Award. She initiated the Scottish Development School programme which ultimately produced four Davis Cup players and one Fed Cup player, including her Grand-Slam-winning sons, Jamie and Andy. In 2011 Judy was appointed Captain of the British Fed Cup Team and used this role to grow the profile and numbers in women’s tennis across players and coaches. Judy has developed several tennis initiatives including Miss-Hits, a starter programme for girls age 5 to 8, Tennis on the Road, which takes tennis into remote and deprived parts of Scotland, and, most recently, She Rallies, a programme with the LTA, to encourage more women and girls into tennis across the UK.

Suzanne Doyle-Morris – InclusIQ

The Founder of InclusIQ Ltd. It was her experience leading Female Breadwinners, that made her increasingly convinced that it will take senior men, not just women, to achieve a fairer, more competitive and more enjoyable workplace for everyone. She routinely facilitates and leads sessions at a range of FTSE 100 companies. Suzanne received her Ph.D from the University of Cambridge, where she focused on the experiences of women working in male-dominated fields. She is author of Beyond the Boys’ Club: Strategies for Achieving Career Success as a Woman Working in a Male Dominated Field and Female Breadwinners: How They Make Relationships Work and Why They are the Future of the Modern Workplace. Suzanne is a Fellow of both the Professional Speakers Association and the Saltire Foundation. She is accredited by the International Coach Federation and is interviewed regularly by the press for her views on workplace diversity issues.

Panel Discussion
With facilitator Amy Jackson, Oxtale

Our panelists will be sharing their own experiences of building resilience and developing a strong mindset to overcome every challenge that we face as businesswomen;

  • Claire Nelson, Netball Scotland
  • Bonnie Clark, Remarkable
  • Rose Kirkpatrick, Dept Chief Constable, Police Scotland
  • Melanie Blane, White Rabbit Skincare

Look out for our panelist’s bios on our Facebook page.

Amy Jackson – Oxtale
Growing up in Edinburgh, Amy studied agriculture first at the West of Scotland Agricultural College then, after a stint in Canada milking cows, at the University of Aberdeen. She made the move into PR and communications quite by chance over 20 years ago after she (somewhat reluctantly) took a course to help her write a newsletter. Realising the profession actually suited her skills pretty well, she jumped career to work with a number of agricultural PR businesses then mainstream clients including Cadbury, Gillette, Toyota and Lafarge before setting up her own consultancy in 2008. Today, Amy has found her specialism in crisis and reputation management, and as well as handling issues as diverse as end-of-life care and waste fuels, is now one of the ‘go-to’ specialists in food and farming. This has led to speaking invitations at scientific conferences and public debates across the UK, and even a discussion about the acceptability of different dairy farming systems on BBC’s Countryfile. In a world increasingly focused on the value of people, Amy believes businesses benefit from qualities she shares with most women – persistence, emotional intelligence and intuitive communication abilities. She is adamant that personal challenges only make you stronger, and the key to success is infecting everyone around you with the same passion you feel for a product, service or cause. As Amy now lives in a rambling cottage in Oxfordshire with her partner Greg and two rescue dogs, she says she’s relishing the opportunity to return to Scotland to talk skills and strategy with like-minded business ladies – and to enjoy a proper full Scottish breakfast complete with square sausage!

Workshops
Morning Workshops – further details below
1. Sandy McCurdy, Sales Coach Scot – Selling is dead – long live relationships!
2. Brian Costello, Headstrong
3. Kirsty Rae, Love Enigma

Afternoon Workshops – further details below
1. Helen Potter, Potter & Potter – Being Meaningfully Unique
2. Rachel Weiss, Rowan Consultancy – Building Resilience
3. Maureen Evans – Posture and body language for impact

Workshop Leaders & Topics
Sandy McCurdy – Sales Coach Scot

Morning Workshop – Selling is dead – long live relationships!

Invariably, when potential clients contact Sales Coach Scot Sandy McCurdy they say “we are not into the hard sell.” Sandy’s response is always the same. I’m pleased to hear it. Neither am I – because the hard sell doesn’t work.”

People’s ideas what good selling is about is often mistaken. In this short, informative and fun talk Sandy will highlight that trust and a customer’s perception of you is at the root of all good selling. He will describe how to build trust with a customer and illustrate the massive power of empathy. “Moments of Truth” – every contact that a customer has with your business – are the key to business success. Sandy will highlight some of the great “Moments of Truth” he has encountered in his business life.

Sandy will also describe how often businesses fail to build relationships and why this is disastrous for business survival and growth.

He will also discuss how great internal relationships in a business can lead to wonderful customer relationships – yes and increased business.

Brian Costello, Headstrong
Morning Workshop – Creating A New Normal

Brian Costello is Director of HeadStrong and for over ten years has dedicated himself to working out one of life’s most enduring puzzles…the working of our mind. An author, trainer, motivational speaker and one of Scotland’s leading mind coaches, Brian teaches people how to easily manage the mind by showing, at the core of all of us, we are much more simple than we think we are! He is an expert at make the complex task of thinking significantly simpler and is a frequent speaker at businesses, schools and events delivering a positive message of hope and honesty and how change is always much easier than we think its going to be.

The only constant in life is change. But, sometimes even though you are working hard, eating the right things, going to the gym and doing your best to be cheerful – the things you really want to change seem to just stay the same. Brian is going to show us how we can all make change simpler by lifting the lid on your mind’s inner workings. In this fascinating little seminar he will show you that you are a lot closer to creating the life you want than you think and reveal the simple mistakes that we make when we try to make change in our lives. This is not magic or about waiting on the universe delivering, this is about you mastering your mind and pointing it in a direction that leads to fulfilment and happiness.

Kirsty Rae – Love Enigma

Morning Workshop

Kirsty is a business woman with a passion for helping others succeed. With over 15 years experience in health and wellbeing and business management, she takes a holistic approach when delivering training, events or individual coaching to fellow entrepreneurs. “Success is about the whole picture, creating a business that lights your soul while living a life full of purpose.” As well as managing and running public and private sector companies, Kirsty has had a number of her own successful businesses and currently works between her business coaching and consulting company, The Entrepreneurs Association, and her award-winning training academy, Love Enigma.

Helen Potter – Potter & Potter

Afternoon Workshop – Being Meaningfully Unique

Helen is a Graduate Chemist, Marketer and Innovation Engineer with 25 years’ experience in new product development and innovation. When responsible for Innovation at Edrington, Helen devised, developed and launched a new portfolio for The Famous Grouse adding an incremental profit of over £12M. During this time, she enjoyed the mentorship of Doug Hall, founder of Eureka! Ranch and gained the highest certification in I.E.

In 2015 Helen founded Potter & Potter to teach people how to innovate. Helen is working with Doug Hall and the I.E. Institute, to build and deliver an Innovation Engineering Education Platform accessible to all. Helen also works with Matrix UK to deliver I.E. based Programmes in Ireland to help SMEs grow through innovation. An external review recently found the Programme had returned £26 for every £1 invested.

In her workshop Helen will explain what Innovation Engineering is and how, at its heart, is the notion of Meaningfully Unqiue™. She will discuss the mind-set required for innovation and how such a mind-set can help us deal with change and build resilience.

Rachel Weiss – Rowan Consultancy

Afternoon Workshop – Building Resilience

Rachel Weiss studied mathematics at Oxford and then rejected possible careers as an academic or a banker to be a teacher, subsequently training as a counsellor and coach. She founded Rowan Consultancy in Perth in 1997, whilst raising three children. Rowan has a network of counsellors, coaches and trainers throughout Scotland, helping people live more satisfying lives, www.rowan-consultancy.co.uk. We like to think that, in our small way, we help to make the world a better place by benefitting individuals, relationships, teams, workplaces and society. Rachel recently founded Menopause Café www.menopausecafe.net
@Rowan_Rachel

We all experience ups and downs in life, times of light and times of shade, and dappled times when the two are intermixed. This workshop gives you practical tips on how to build your personal resilience, so you can roll with the punches better and recover from adversity quicker. We will explore the attitudes which characterise resilient people and how you can develop these, if you so wish.

Maureen Evans – Complete Movement

Afternoon Workshop – Posture for Performance

Maureen has a degree in Pure Mathematics from St. Andrews University and an MBA from Henley Management Cowllege. With 20 years of corporate and senior leadership experience, she now runs her own leadership coaching business as well as being owner and Pilates coach at Complete Movement. Maureen’s workshop will combine her leadership and movement coaching work and help you to:

Understand how your personal or business brand is affected by posture
Get to know how the chemical make-up of your body can be affected by posture
Get a sense of what “good posture” is and how you can change it
Understand how posture can affect your wellbeing and business success
Despite her depth of understanding, what you’ll get from Maureen’s workshop is a simplicity and clarity that will show you why great posture matters. She’ll share some tools to help you to have more personal and business success in 2018.

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