Who we are

The Association of Scottish Businesswomen (ASB) was founded in 1995 as the umbrella organisation for a number of business and professional women’s clubs throughout Scotland. In 2012, the ASB created an exciting new vision and strategy for the organisation which included extending membership to all business and professional women throughout Scotland by launching individual membership to ASB.

Using the strong foundations developed over the last three decades, the new strategy embraced the ASB’s unique national position to become the voice of all women in business across Scotland and inspire, link and support those women to increase and strengthen their opportunities.

We work in partnership with Women’s Enterprise Scotland (WES) to develop research, influence policy and lobby government and its agencies to highlight the contribution women’s enterprise makes to the Scottish economy and to further the interests of women in business and industry, the professions and the voluntary sector.

ASB has many women members, either directly or through affiliated groups, creating wealth through their own business enterprise or contributing to Scotland’s prosperity through their managerial and professional skills.

We work with government, both national and local, enterprise organisations and businesses to further the interests of women in business, the professions and the voluntary sector.

The ASB offers access to networking, knowledge and mentoring opportunities across Scotland. Members come from every sector, age group, and level of experience and responsibility.

Business and professional women have challenges and concerns that may not always be addressed by traditional groups. The ASB is in an excellent position to foster an effective environment nationally via its members, affiliations and relationships to enable women to facilitate support and inspiration for each other at different stages of career or business development journeys.

What we do

We aim to be the leading Scottish network association for businesswomen by supporting our members, increasing and strengthening women’s business opportunities in Scotland.

We encourage personal and professional development as well as promoting business opportunities by way of connecting, networking and consulting members and recognising individual and business achievement.

This is achieved in a number of ways:

  • Annual National Business Awards - nationwide recognition and celebration of the achievements of successful female entrepreneurs, business and professional women,
  • Programme of national events themed in the interests of supporting, linking and inspiring women in business across Scotland: annual conference, leadership development/work-life balance weekend,
  • Partnering with the Scottish Chambers of Commerce  and the Scottish Government in the Future Female Business Leaders Programme, offering access to mentoring from some of Scotland's leading businesswomen
  • Sharing information on opportunities and events of interest to members via the website, social media, regular newsletters
  • Promotion and support of affiliated groups, encouraging collaboration to increase networking, business and development opportunities nationally for all members,
  • National online Membership Directory to connect like-minded women across Scotland,
  • Encouraging, inspiring and connecting members through our dedicated online Members Forum
  • Structured surveys giving members the opportunity to voice their views and opinions which then contribute to a consolidated representative position of women in business in Scotland, providing a route to influence policy and decision makers as a group, 
  • Working with partners and sponsors to create initiatives of benefit to members, and
  • Creating partnerships with organisations which bring added benefit to members, such as Women’s Enterprise Scotland and the Scottish Council for Development and Industry (SCDI).