BAWE Scotland welcomes female business owners who employ staff directly or indirectly. The group supports this specific group of female entrepreneurs in networking nationally and internationally with FCEM (Femmes Chefs d'Enterprises Mondiales and their associated business owner groups). In additional we welcome startups looking to grow and Corporate Directors, as they also run businesses and have similar challenges in their business life.
The World Association of Women Entrepreneurs was formed in 1946 and the British Association in 1954. As nothing existed at that time in Scotland, eminent women such as Vera Weisfeld and Marilyn Orcharton, to mention just a couple, joined the National Association. In April 1995 Marilyn Orcharton decided it was certainly time for a Scottish Branch and the launch was held at the Gleneagles Hotel with the support of the National and International Team of Members. Marilyn became our first Chairman and Vice President of the Association for Scotland. Vera Weisfeld was one of our Speakers and Rebecca Stephens, the first Woman to Climb Everest. Scotland started with a small number. One of the Highlights being the World Congress held in Glasgow in 2004 and opened by HRH the Princess Royal. Over these four days the world literally came to Glasgow. It also gave us a chance of showing our International ladies what Scotland had to offer travelling Scotland with them while networking.
BAWE Scotland meets 4 / 6 times per year. Meetings traditionally took place in Glasgow but we are keen to expand this to other parts of Scotland in fairness to all members and to attract members from further afield. We currently meet at Cromlix House in Perthshire and Devonshire Gardens, Glasgow.
Meetings are relaxed and take the form of a mix of social and business networking over a dinner with a speaker for 3 meetings a year in addition to the networking.
Whilst we are always delighted to hear of business being generated through a BAWE contact or from a meeting, our principle focus is on support and discussion of topical business matters and taking a leadership role on issues relating to women in business at a local, national and international level. Business between members is a positive sideline to this main focus.
Members have taken part in talks on Women20 for the G20, at the Scottish Office, in UK Government task force work and in Scottish government meetings to advance female entrepreneurship in the UK and internationally. These events are of course optional and voluntary.
Karen Somerville is co founder and director of Angels’ Share Glass.
Karen was awarded Entrepreneur of The Year 2015 and the Business has won many accolades for their products and design.
Karen has grown the business from a small home business to a growing enterprise with state of the art glassblowing studio, 6 full time staff and 12 seasonal & freelance staff.
All staff are female apart from Karen's dad, Tom Young MBE & Master glassblower, who is now semi retired and all staff are fully committed to the family business and its vision for growth.
The company has grown it’s handmade glassware range to create a premium range of whisky and spirit glassware for the Whisky Connoisseur.
Exporting all over the world with distribution networks in 4 major continents. The compny supplies both wholesalers, retailers, visitor centres and has their own ecommerce site.
Karen is also co-director for The Fife Whisky Festival Ltd a destination event and annual celebration of Scotch Whisky in Fife.
Karen and here teams passion for glass and whisky shines through in their designs and her everyday working ethic.