International Women’s Day Pledge for Parity

It is just over a week until International Women’s Day and the West Lothian Women in Business annual event at Oracle. I feel that this event is the highlight of the WLWiB event calendar. I love the positive energy in the room and how inspired I am on hearing everyone’s story.

During the event this year we get to hear from two enterprising ladies who will tell us their business stories and how leadership has played an important part in their journey. Everyone will have the opportunity to develop their own thoughts, through round table discussion, designed to encourage us to tap into our individual strengths.

Read more about this year’s event on LinkedIn …

Today is Social Enterprise Day.

I wasn’t aware of this until I read the press release letting me know that Mark Lazarowicz MP (Member of Parliament for Edinburgh North and Leith) was visiting The Melting Pot. I was sitting in The Melting Pot at the time.

In case you’ve not heard of The Melting Pot it’s a not-for-profit social enterprise that aims to ‘inspire and support people to realise their ideas for a better world’.

Reading the release as Mark left I realised many people might not be clear on what ‘social enterprise’ means.

The press release has the following to say

Social enterprises are businesses working towards a double-bottom line – as well as profits, they chase social or environmental change – and most of their profits go straight back into the business itself or the community it works in.

And some stats

There are 55,000 social enterprises in the UK with a combined turnover of £27 billion. Social enterprises account for 5% of all businesses with employees and contribute £8.4 billion per year to the UK economy.

Not bad for people who aren’t interested in the bottom line.

Links of interest on Social Enterprise

The Melting Pot

Social Enterprise at

The Social Enterprise Coalition