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New initiative aims to help thousands of Scottish women in business



A new initiative is being launched today to help thousands of women in Scotland set up and develop their own businesses over the next decade.

The Women’s Business Station has developed from the success of the Coca-Cola 5by20 Dundee programme which has supported over 170 women, over 90 of whom have launched their own business with a further 40 helped to grow their business.

The social enterprise has a 10 year plan to be positioned in five towns or cities across Scotland and has a target to help 10,000 women by 2030.

Women’s Business Station is now in discussions with Dundee City Council and the landlords of Wellgate Shopping Centre to transform a former, 8,000sq ft retail unit into a Business Start-up and Growth Station for aspiring women.

The unit would house 10 co-working pods, community area, meeting spaces and retail spaces where women can test the market.

The Women’s Business Station will offer practical business and enterprise training courses, workshops, seminars, coaching and mentoring.

Chief executive Angie De Vos said the results and evidence from the 5by20 programme, for which funding has now ended, had been clear to see.

“It’s time to take this to the next level, act on our ambition and those of the women themselves and extend our support right across Scotland.  Women’s Business Station is here to support you whatever your business goal, whether it’s turning a hobby into a micro-business or embarking on a more ambitious plan. We’ve already shown we can make a tangible difference and are now set to inspire and support even more women on their business journey, making a truly positive impact on their lives, and in their communities.”

Councillor John Alexander, leader of Dundee City Council, said: “The launch of Women’s Business Station is an incredible opportunity, not only for those involved in the programme but for the city generally. This programme has made a significant impact on female entrepreneurs but has also shone a spotlight on how we can develop and nurture new businesses in Dundee.”



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