Women in Business Julie Harris-Burland The Agenda: • Why Women? • Facts & Figures • What are we doing? • Internal Focus • Events and activities • Questions Why Women? • Just over a MILLION women are now self employed – an increase of around 10% over the last 4 years • Women-owned or led businesses currently contribute about £60bn to the UK economy • Women in Britain will be wealthier than men - controlling 60% of the nation’s wealth by 2025 • Women influence over 80% of all consumer purchases Why Women? • Women do it differently – the trends • Women respond and purchase differently • Government initiatives and targets • A market of the future! • The scale of the opportunity The Times Michelle Henery 29 September 2005 Our Approach: • To provide a service that demonstrates our understanding of women’s attitudes to banking and their business goals • Connecting women to the advice, information and networks that build business • It’s NOT about different financial products… women want to be served differently Connecting women to advice and information that builds business BIG FISH – our innovative flagship communication tool for WiB www.bankofscotland.co.uk/women Our unique online forum for business smart advice, information and downloads • Winners - Prowess Outstanding Achievement for Women's Enterprise award. INNOVATOR category 2006 • Winners - Corporate Award. CBI / Real Business First Women Awards 2005 • Winners - Opportunity Now Private Sector award for gender diversity 2005 Women in Business Internal Programme Corporate Savvy is our innovative new programme for Corporate Colleagues • Launched to celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8th 2006 • Provides training, confidence-building and networking opportunities for Corporate females. • It is in no way a ‘women’s club’; many of the topics have a broad appeal, whilst other bear a more specific gender lens We are dedicated to helping to stimulate a positive and inclusive Corporate culture Online information to facilitate access to a diverse range of resources and events The programme is a direct compliment to the offerings of HR, L&D and the Equality & Diversity team. Recognised as a practioner of best practice, BOS was invited to join the UK Corporate Women's Network group. Over to you: Questions….