Posted by: the3rdi | January 10, 2013

Do you need cash for your business idea?

Do you need cash for your business idea?

Dragons? Den gives you the chance to pitch your business to five of
the most successful and commercial brains in the UK.

If you are an entrepreneur looking for investment and ready to enter
the Den then we want to hear from you.

For an application form:

twitter: @bbcdragonsden
post: Dragons? Den, Bridge House, MediaCityUK, M50 2BH

Posted by: the3rdi | January 7, 2013

So Say Scotland needs help!!

Imagine Scotland as a hub of democratic innovation, A Scotland where everyone has a say!
We need help in making it a reality!! We need a very safe pair of hands and we need them quick.
Read all about it
Who’s willing to work all hours for peanuts on an innovative democracy project?
Starting 7th Jan or as close to, full time until March 31st – with an event on the 28th February.
We are attempting to bring together a range of partners to run a citizens assembly on a wing and a prayer.
Brilliant at organising, project managing, delegating, budgeting and accounting, co-ordinating, cold calling, hustling, charming, and keeping cool under pressure.  Does this sound like someone you know?
At the moment we have raised 10% of our budget and that means pennies for this role. However it is a chance to make history for someone who can cope with next to no income or is coming to this on secondment.
There is an organising committee (staff time in kind) and a project direction team (volunteers) in place, along with offers of in-kind support and good will, we need a star to pull it all together. Do you know them? 
Dynamic employee owned organisations were recognised at an awards ceremony with Scottish companies pulling off a unique double.

The UK Phillip Baxendale Awards showcased the very best in British employee ownership and the Scottish winners show the growing popularity of the business model.

The night saw wins for two vibrant Scottish businesses where employees have a real stake in their place of work.

Dick Philbrick, managing director of engineering firm Clansman Dynamics, was awarded the “Outstanding Leadership Award” for the inspirational role he has played at the head of that company, and the clear productivity gains since becoming employee owned.

Michelle Quadrelli of technical textile manufacturer Scott and Fyfe received the “Employee Innovation” award for the exciting marketing tools she has developed to engage with staff as the business undertakes its journey to employee ownership.

Dick Philbrick also chairs the Advisory Board of Co-operative Development Scotland – the agency responsible for growing employee owned businesses in Scotland.

He said: “I’m accepting this on behalf of all of my colleagues at Clansman Dynamics. The employees have worked hard, and risen to the challenge of owning their company. They have all played their part in the exciting journey we are on, and have all contributed to our success.”

Sarah Deas, chief executive of Co-operative Development Scotland, who is recognised as being the catalyst for the surge in interest in employee ownership and collaborative models in Scotland, was Highly Commended in the category of ‘Voice of Employee Ownership.’

Deas added: “What these awards show is that we are gaining real traction in the business community when it comes to making the case for employee ownership. Not only do firms benefit from an increase in staff morale but the evidence clearly points to a rise in productivity.”

Margaret Paterson, manager of Dumfries and Galloway home care company, Stewartry Care, was Highly Commended in the Leadership Award. Dyce based Woollard & Henry was also recognised with a Highly Commended award for Productivity and Profitability.

The Awards are co-organised by the Employee Ownership Association and Baxi Partnership. Peter Stocks, chief executive of the Baxi Partnership, said: “This year’s awards offer us a catwalk of high-performing businesses that are using their employee owned model as to drive their success. These exemplar organisations delivering to both public and private sectors show us the best of British innovation and workforce passion.

“It has been an incredibly exciting twelve months for the employee ownership sector, and given the potential in our growing sector the best is yet to come.”

Posted by: the3rdi | August 22, 2012

A Call to Action to Women Business Owners in Scotland!

A short survey has been designed to gain an insight into the current business environment for women owned businesses in Scotland.  In recognition of the importance of women to Scotland’s economy, the results will help inform discussion and subsequent action post the Scottish Government’s Women’s Employment Summit on 12 September 2012.


By participating in the survey, you will be helping to build a supportive environment for women to start and grow their business in Scotland; boosting Scotland’s economy.


The survey should take no longer than 10 minutes.

Please help shape the business environment for women by participating online here.

The deadline for completion of the survey is 2nd September.

Posted by: the3rdi | August 22, 2012

Procurement: Share your views!

The Women’s Enterprise Policy Group (WEPG), which looks to influence policy to support women in the UK to start and grow their businesses, is currently undertaking a piece of research into procurement. If you are a business owner with experience of trying to access supply chains, we want to hear from you.

By completing an online survey, to share your experiences you can help inform a piece of research in this area. The purpose of the survey is to understand the views and opinions of business owners regarding procurement processes in both the public and private sector. The research specifically seeks to explore whether the experiences and attitudes of women owned businesses differ from those of male owned businesses. The survey will take 5-10minutes to complete and can be accessed through the link below.

We are interested in the opinions and experiences of all business owners, whether you are a sole trader, SME or larger business so click the link below and share your experiences!

Posted by: the3rdi | June 3, 2012

Funny Women at the Fringe

Funny Women at the Fringe

In association with Benefit Cosmetics

George Square Gardens – Bosco

2.00 to 3.00pm 3rd to 17th August



Leading female comedy producer, Funny Women, will be celebrating its 10th Anniversary during the Fringe with a specially curated show featuring great comedy from the Funny Women Awards and beyond. This is the company’s eighth year at the world famous arts festival and it will showcase the broadest spectrum of comedy entertainment embracing all genres: stand up, sketch, musical comedy, character and improv.

Funny Women has one of the UK’s most successful beauty brands on board as a partner for the shows. Benefit Cosmetics will be on hand throughout the two week run with complimentary make-uppers and goodies from their Benebus, a bespoke mobile beauty salon, which will be parked alongside George Square Gardens.

Two exciting semi-finals of this year’s Funny Women Awards will take place on Wednesday 8th and 15th August. The cream of the UK’s crop of new female comedy acts will compete for the last few coveted places in the charity final on Monday 24th September at the Leicester Square Theatre in London.

The main prize this year is the Benefit Funny Women Award, sponsored by Benefit Cosmetics, which will be awarded to the act who, in the judges’ opinion, is the best all round comedy entertainer. The winner will receive a bursary worth £2,000 which includes a development package with Funny Women and Red 24 Management, £500 worth of Benefit products and the opportunity to work as a brand ambassador for Benefit Cosmetics for a year.

We are really excited to be working with Funny Women,” says Kyra Oates, head of promotions for Benefit Cosmetics. “Funny Women is all about empowering women which is what we do through our products so the synergy is perfect!  As we say at Benefit, ‘laughter is the best cosmetic….so grin and wearit!’.


The Variety Award is given to the best new sketch, character or speciality act and is sponsored by wine company, Blue Nun. The winner of the Blue Nun Variety Award will be offered a fully promoted show at the Leicester Square Theatre, a year’s worth of product and a publicity campaign.

The Comedy Writing Award offers non-performers with great ideas a chance to compete. This year Funny Women are teaming up with multi-award winning comedy production company The Comedy Unit to offer a spectacular prize of a £500 script commission for a 12 month development period, three weeks intensive mentoring to complete their script, and dedicated access to a professional script editor.

Funny Women is also being supported by its box office partner, WeGotTickets, and working closely with East Coast Trains on a special 10th Anniversary promotion and party which takes place at Harvey Nichols on Tuesday 7th August.

As with every year since the Awards were first launched in 2003, Funny Women is partnering a charity. This year it is Women’s Aid, the national domestic violence charity that helps up to 250,000 women and children every year.  The charity works to end violence against women and children, and supports over 500 domestic and sexual violence services across the country.

There’s a treasure trove of great women comics right now’ Guardian

There’s a lot of taboo breaking female comedy out there that deserves recognition. With so many emerging female comics determined to make their mark, the country’s funny women could well be having the last laugh.”DailyTelegraph

This comedy show provides something for everyone!”

women making you laugh?! What could be better?!”Cosmopolitan

Posted by: the3rdi | June 3, 2012

Funny Women Comedy Writing Award 2012

Funny Women and The Comedy Unit present the

Funny Women Comedy Writing Award 2012


The Funny Women Comedy Writing Award is now in its second year running, offering non-performers with great comic ideas an opportunity to compete in the annual Funny Women Awards. Recognising that not every writer is also a natural performer, Funny Women launched this Award last year so that those happier behind the scenes have an outlet for their comic potential.

This Award has added a whole new dimension to the comedy platform that we provide,” says Funny Women founder Lynne Parker. “This is open to any of the women performers as well as writers and gives us all a real opportunity to develop new talent on all levels.”

This year Funny Women is running the Comedy Writing Award in partnership with award-winning comedy production company, The Comedy Unit, who are offering a spectacular prize package: A £500 script option fee for a 12 month development period, three weeks mentoring for the writer to complete their script, and dedicated access to a professional script editor.

Funny Women has also attracted an array of amazingly accomplished writers to judge this year’s Comedy Writing Award.  They include:

Hattie Naylor, a hugely successful script writer who has won several national and international awards for her plays. Ivan and the Dogs was nominated for the Olivier Awards, and won the Tenniswood Award for best Original Drama in 2009. Other recent theatre productions include the blood-thirsty Nutcracker for Theatre Royal Bath and Going Dark with Sound and Fury. Hattie’s acclaimed adaptations of The Diaries of Samuel Pepys are currently being broadcast on BBC Radio 4. 

Harry Venning is an award-winning writer, performer and cartoonist, best known for creating the larger-than-life cartoon character, Clare in the Community for the Guardian newspaper, which he has also adapted into a Sony Award winning BBC Radio 4 sitcom, now on its eighth series.  Harry is also the creator of the weekly strip cartoon Hamlet The Pig in The Stage and he is currently working on a family sitcom for BBC 1 television.

Jennifer Howze, formerly The London Times’s online lifestyle editor and Alpha Mummy blog editor, is a journalist and co-founder of the BritMums social network, the UK’s leading network of parent bloggers with more than 3,500 members and holds the biggest parent blogging conference in June, BritMums Live.

Rowan Pelling, worked as Ian Hislop’s PA at Private Eye before setting up the Erotic Review magazine, which she edited for eight years. She now writes a weekly comment column for the Daily Telegraph and is the Daily Mail’s sex columnist, advising middle England about such bracing topics as Brazilian waxes. She does the odd bit of broadcasting, has been a Man Booker Prize judge, is a patron of the Cambridge Wordfest, and is the editor of The Decadent Handbook.

Gavin Smith is the creative director of business and development for The Comedy Unit and will chair this impressive panel. The Comedy Unit makes hit shows including Rab C Nesbitt, Still Game and Fags Mags and Bags. In his time with the company Gavin first worked with the creative team to win a number of children’s and youth commissions before going on to manage the development department and secure various comedy pilots and series from broadcasters including Gary: Tank Commander, Limmy’s Show, Frankie Boyle’s Tramadol Nights, Burnistoun and new project The Scot Squad.  Like many of the staff in the company Gavin is also a comedy writer and currently co-writes Radio 4’s comedy series –  Mordrin MacDonald: 21st Century Wizard.

Gavin Smith says “The Comedy Unit has a long tradition of nurturing talent at an early stage and firmly believes that the best comedy comes from the best writing. We were delighted to be approached by Funny Women to be involved with this great award dedicated to the craft of comedy on the page and look forward to uncovering the next big thing in writing talent.”

Last year’s Award was won by Christine Robertson who said, “Winning last year’s Funny Women Comedy Writing Award was a major foot in the door (both literally and metaphorically – I have size 11 feet). My mentoring and script development has been invaluable and I’d urge any ladies looking to break into comedy writing to get off their boobs and send their scripts in.”

Writers wishing to enter for this Award should check out for the detailed criteria and to register. Performers who have already registered and would like to also enter for the Comedy Writing Award do not have to register again but submit their written work in the required format.

Posted by: the3rdi | June 3, 2012

Funny Women In The City

Funny Women In The City

Supported by Snow Queen Vodka

Thursday 14th June 2012

The Hoxton Apprentice, City of London

Funny Women celebrated its 10th Anniversary and International Women’s Day back in March with its biggest comedy Challenge to date. Ten successful women from all walks of life took it upon themselves to perform comedy for the very first time, all in the name of charity. Now Funny Women reprises some of the magic of that evening with Funny Women in the City.

The positive feedback received after the show and requests for an ‘action-replay’ of evening has led to Funny Women In The City with the support of Snow Queen Vodka. The evening promises cocktails, music, food, drink and of course hilarious entertainment from some very special Funny Women guests.

Snow Queen Vodka, launched in 2005, is an organic, super premium vodka which has a clean, fresh taste. It is produced in Kazakhstan from the finest ingredients, using organic wheat and artesian spring water.

The show will feature performances from two of the 10th Anniversary mentors who lent a helping hand to the brave ‘challengers’. Hosting this spectacular evening is business woman and comedian Julia Streets who has performed her show ‘Streets in the City’ at a variety of comedy festivals and been featured on BBC Radio 4 Today Programme and in the City media. Headlining is comic duo, Ladies Live Longer, winners of the 2011 Funny Women Variety Award, with a wonderfully mad mix of song and sketch. “Think Jessie J meets Women’s Institute”.

Special guest performers include two ‘challengers’, Rowan Pelling and Sharon Simpson, from the event in March. Rowan Pelling was voted overall winner with her brilliant set based on her former job as editor of The Erotic Review. Sharon Simpson, a life coach, public speaker and creator of The Reinvention Diva blog, came close runner up to Rowan.

Music comes in the form of the hottest new vintage girl band in London, Four Femmes on the Thames, who provided wonderful musical entertainment at the 10th Anniversary Challenge.

The show will take place at Hoxton Apprentice which has been the venue for a past Funny Women Business Challenge and other Funny Women showcases. The venue is one of the Apprentice restaurants owned by the charity Training for Life. The charity provides a platform to give people who have rather lost their way in life, a chance to get their lives back on track, learning invaluable skills that will secure them future employment in the hospitality industry. A raffle will be held during the evening in support of the charity.

Ticket holders will be treated to a Snow Queen Vodka Cocktail and canapés upon arrival. The ticket price also includes delicious ‘bowl food’ showcasing a variety of fresh, imaginative cuisine created by The Apprentice team.

Funny Women In The City

Thursday 14th June 2012

Cost: £35 per head

Time: 6.30pm for 7.00pm Cocktails, 8.00pm Show

Venue: Hoxton Apprentice, 16 Hoxton Square, London N1 6NT

Tickets are now on sale at


Posted by: the3rdi | May 17, 2012

Creative Young Entrepreneur Award for 2012

JCI : Creative Young Entrepreneur Award for 2012

The criteria are quite wide although they do have to be of JCI age which is between 18 and 40! The term creative can be through a new product or a new way of marketing or through turning an exisitng business around. In particular extra points are awarded for people who have a strong element of CSR built into their business model. Full information is here:

While you may not want to recommend yourself for this award, I’m sure you will have come across someone in the last 12 months who you think is outstanding in what they’ve achieved and should be nominated. The deadline is the end of May.

PS: there is also the outstanding young person award is for amazing people in any field, be that arts or sports, science or politics so let me know of any potential winners!

Posted by: the3rdi | May 17, 2012

Great new business initiative

Last year Jen Gash came up to Edinburgh from her home in Bristol to be the very first presenter to the FAir Comment initiative from the3rdimagazine. We all loved the idea that Jen described at delighted that she has now launched this fantastic business.

“Discovery Party has been developed by Jen Gash from ideas about how we support each other as friends, especially women. They have been created as a way that life coaching can reach the world in an accessible, affordable and above all fun way! A Discovery Party is a low pressure way that gives you practical tools to bring about positive change rather than focusing on past regret. It is also about recognising that you don’t have to read millions of books, go on expensive courses or become a tee total fitness freak in order to make your life as you want it to be!!!

The idea is so fabulous (we think!) that it has been selected to be part of BBC Three’s Be Your Own Boss programme and as part of this opportunity we are holding several parties in and around Bristol to help as many women (and the odd man!) as possible to start on the path to the lives they want to achieve using our simple and fun format. It’s only £5 to attend one of these events so book your place now or email to find your nearest party:

Monday 21st May 1pm to 3pm The Square Club, Clifton,Bristol

Wednesday 23rd May 10am to 12 noon BHive, Regus, Temple Quay, Bristol


If you are a Coach yourself and interested in finding out how to become involved in Discover Party we are running a special evening just for you on Tuesday 22nd at 7.30pm at The Square Club, Clifton

To find out more or book your place go here:

We hope to see you at a party soon!
Jen Gash

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