British Association of Women Entrepreneurs in Scotland

British Association of Women Entrepreneurs in Scotland

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.



British Association of Women Entrepreneurs in Scotland.

Group Activities

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.

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Karen Somerville

Karen Somerville

Angels' Share Glass Ltd

Director of Angels' Share Glass ® & Fife Whisky Festival - Optimising your whisky experience keeping family, traditional skills and legends alive.

Scotch Whisky and Scottish Glassware are my most favourite things and being able to create products for the ultimate gifting experience is my goal. Market leaders in whisky gifting and also a passion for promoting our national spirit globally.
Women's Enterprise Scotland Ambassador,
committee member The British Association of Women Entrepreneurs -Scotland
Member of The Scottish Business Network.

Multi Award Winning :
Former winner "Entrepreneur of the Year" Forth Valley Chamber of Commerce Awards. Finalist in Scottish Family Business Intl Growth and WIB international Growth. Winners of Worldpay & FSB Small Business Awards product innovation and Family Business .
Best Micro Business and Most Innovative product for the whisky water dropper.

Co - Director of The Fife Whisky Festival, The first female lead whisky Festival of its kind, now in it’s third year.

Angels' Share Glass was founded by Father & Daughter .
Karen is co-director with dad Tom Young, Tom Young MBE is a master glassblower and craftsman, manufacturing glass since 1979.

Angels Share Glass ® is a specialist glass manufacturer supplying glass worldwide and designing pieces for many recognised companies. Karen drives Business Development & Growth. Providing customers with Premium hand made glassware and first class customer service.

The Glass studio is growing with additional warehousing and offices our trusted studio continues to be a creative hub. The team offer bespoke designs and consultancy on glass processing and engineering works. Working with over 5 glass makers in Scotland who supply our designs. All finishing and bespoke contracts are done in house. Offering glass design consultancy on lamp working projects and glassblowing commissions. Angels' Share Glass ® are the manufacturing agents for distilling glassware such as Spirit Bowls and distilling equipment. We also offer full branding and private labelling on all our products.

Angels' Share Glass ® offer a full range of premium whisky giftware and glassware for the spirits industry, Tourist Trade & Corporate gift market.
Angels Share Glass ® is Trademarked and all designs registered.

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