FORMER Scotland rugby captain David Sole, now managing partner at School for CEOs, and Scottish Enterprise chief executive Steve Dunlop have joined tech investor Mark Logan as the first men to become part of the Women’s Enterprise Scotland male ambassador programme.

After delivering the Equality and Diversity in Business - Men as Agents of Change workshop last week at the Business in the Parliament Conference, the three leading businessmen headed up a call for more male entrepreneurs to join the ranks in fighting to end gender inequality in enterprise.

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Lynne Cadenhead, chair of WES, said: “We are delighted to have such high profile change agents making a visible call for action.”

Bespoke sporrans

Family-run Scottish silversmiths Hayward & Stott is celebrating its 20th anniversary by extending further into the design of bespoke contemporary silverware as they launch The Thistle Collection and a new collaboration with Stewart Christie & Co shop in Edinburgh.

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The collection is designed by award-winning silversmith Hamish Dobbie, a Glasgow School of Art graduate, and ranges from whisky accessories to modern interpretations of Highland dress items. It features a range of bespoke sporrans, with sterling silver cantles, starting from £1,266, but the jewel in the crown is the £2,390 glasses set.

Awards launch

Scottish female business founders are again being offered an opportunity to raise their company’s profile and win a place on an international trade mission with the launch of the 2020 AccelerateHER Awards.

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A winner will be selected for each category and announced at an awards final event in March 2020. They will all secure a slot on a market-building trade mission trade mission to Europe, North America or the Middle East to showcase their business global investors. The deadline for entries is December 20.