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Women’s business programme launched

Fiona Smith will be leading development session for Orkney’s female entrepreneurs.

Orkney’s aspiring female businesswomen are set to get a boost, with the introduction of a new development programme aimed at women entrepreneurs.

Set to get underway next month, the Realise programme has been developed by Business Gateway Orkney in conjunction with Catalyst Collective, who run leadership and mentoring initiatives for women who want to increase their impact and move their business forward.

Fiona Smith is co-founder of Catalyst Collective and will design and lead the sessions, set to begin next month.

She said: “I live in Orkney so have first-hand experience of the challenges that rural women entrepreneurs face — you can feel slightly removed and isolated at times.

“This programme will put you in touch with like-minded women right on your doorstep, who can help stretch your thinking, support and encourage you, and hold you to account for making changes.

“We know your time is valuable, so the sessions will be practical and action orientated with a focus on moving your businesses forward. We’ll help you tackle personal development in the areas that matter most to you as a female entrepreneur – whether that’s achieving a better work-life balance, increasing confidence or managing multiple demands on your time.”

The programme offers six group-based half-day coaching sessions over eight months, starting in mid-May. Applications close on April 15.

To find out more about the programme, you can visit www.bgateway.com/local-offices/orkney or contact Business Gateway Orkney on 01856 886666.

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