Glasgow’s East End is renowned as a centre for people’s history and some of the most remarkable characters of this famous historic area are women, whether carpet weavers and market traders, campaigners or artists.

GWL will be at Bridgeton Library in the heart of the East End from 10am on Saturday 19th May and we would love you to join us, wherever you’re from, for a day of fun and activities.

All day badge making (10.30am-4pm): Be inspired by our unique collection of campaign and historical badges and make a few of your own. Just turn up at Bridgeton Library and we’ll help with the rest – all welcome!

Memories are Made of This (10.30am – 12.30pm): Why not learn some oral history skills to make sure your grandma’s voice is captured and lives forever in the Women’s Library’s archive? Please contact us at GWL to book a place.

GWL’s ‘Pop-up Treasure Trove’ (1.30-3pm): Discover (or add to!) the treasures in our unique collection, from dressmaking patterns to suffragette brooches. This is your chance to get up close and personal with these special items. Please contact us at GWL to book a place.

The Big Women’s Quiz (3pm – 4.30pm): Bring a team, bring a friend or just bring yourself for some hilarity as we pitch our wits to find who will be crowned the Big Women’s Quiz Champions.

Please contact us for information about disabled access.

Saturday, 19th May 2012 at Bridgeton Library, Landressy Street

This event has been supported with a Festival of Museums grant from Museums Galleries Scotland. Visit to explore the full events programme.


UK Government charity tax grab will harm Scottish charities

We, the signatories to this letter, are calling on the UK Government to reverse its decision to introduce a cap on the amount of tax relief that donors can claim on charitable donations.

This change will effectively increase the cost of donating to charities for large donors, almost certainly reducing the income of charitable organisations. Although it will only affect a relatively small number of donors, it will affect the largest and most significant donations. With around 50% of the £11bn donated to charities in the UK each year coming from just 8% of donors, the new rules will have a disproportionate effect.

As many organisations have been making clear in response to the change, today’s donations are tomorrow’s grants, and they translate into invaluable charitable activity in every community in the country. Voluntary grants and donations made up 10.7% of Scotland’s third sector income equivalent to £470m in 2010.

The new rule is additionally puzzling given that it is incompatible with the UK Government’s stated intention of building a “Big Society” and encouraging philanthropy. This becomes particularly important at a time when public funding of charities is reducing while demand for our sector is increasing. The cap will have the opposite effect.

The cap is also being introduced as part of a range of other tax relief caps aimed at tackling tax avoidance – effectively equating charitable giving with avoiding taxes is an astonishingly unhelpful message. Rather, this measure is a partial withdrawal of the Government’s tax support for charitable giving.

We want the UK Government to reverse its decision and exempt charitable donations from the caps on tax relief before it can do any damage to the essential work of charities across Scotland.

Yours sincerely

Martin Sime

Chief Executive



Sir Timothy O’Shea

Principal and Vice Chancellor

University of Edinburgh


Professor Ian Diamond

Principal and Vice Chancellor

University of Aberdeen


Professor Steve Chapman


Heriot-Watt University


Dr Gordon Rintoul


National Museums Scotland



Professor Anton Muscatelli

Principal and Vice Chancellor

University of Glasgow


Professor Pamela Gillies

Principal and Vice Chancellor

Glasgow Caledonian University


John Leighton


National Galleries of Scotland


Gregor McNie

Scotland Manager

Institute of Fundraising


Posted by: the3rdi | March 26, 2012

Vote in ther Santander SE Exchange Awards

ChangeKitchen CIC has been nominated – against fierce competition – as one of 5 nominees to win the Santander Social Enterprise Exchange Award TOMORROW in Glasgow. The winner is decided by the public: YOU can help a great Birmingham / WM social enterprise to win. The award will enable us to develop a new Healthy Eating programme to inspire disadvantaged people locally!

Please click on the link below by Tuesday 27th March 2pm , vote for Option 3 ChangeKitchen CIC and share with many people as possible!

The National Black Women’s Network and the Government Equalities Office are hosting a seminar on women and business on Thursday 29th March at the Mailbox, One Wharfside Street, Birmingham, B1 1RD between 1:00pm – 3:00pm .

This is a chance for you to have a say in Government policy as it is being made. The issues you will be discussing include:

  • What equalities means to SMEs and micro businesses and what government can do to make them more confident in achieving minimum compliance with equality legislation – your contribution will help develop a national series of roadshows for SMEs taking place later this year
  • The IPPR report “Women and Banks: Are female customers facing discrimination”   – your contribution will feed into a review for the Deputy Prime Minister on the issues raised by the report
  • Specific barriers faced by women when setting up or expanding their SMEs – your contribution will feed into the considerations of the Women’s Business Council, which is being set up by Government to provide advice on how to improve the business environment for women to maximise their success.

Due to limited capacity you must confirm your booking on a first come, first served basis to and please add full company details in your email.

Joining instructions and agenda will be sent to you once your place has been confirmed.

Posted by: the3rdi | March 21, 2012

Saltire Fellowship applications extended

Saltire Fellowship applications for Scottish based business women extended until Thursday 26th April 2012 – please help us to spread the word about this fabulous entrepreneurial programme!

The Saltire Fellowship, a programme for Scottish based business leaders, is actively seeking female candidates for its 2012 intake.  The programme aims to develop leadership skills and build capacity for entrepreneurial and intrapreneurial thinking in the Scottish economy. The Fellowship, which starts in late August, incorporates three months in Boston working on an externship and in course work at Babson College, the top-rated Entrepreneurial MBA programme in the world, followed by a week in China. The fellowship continues after Christmas with another several months working in a Scottish externship, solving real-world business challenges. The date for applications has been extended to Thursday 26th April to give qualified women the opportunity to apply.
Sandy Kennedy, Chief Executive of The Saltire Foundation values a good mix of both men and women participants. He says: “The Saltire Fellowship is a ground breaking programme.  It blends world class teaching by faculty who have been there and done it with the opportunity to learn firsthand on real life projects.  Combine that with privileged access to top networks in Scotland and internationally through the GlobalScots, it is an exceptional platform for Fellows to deliver on their potential.  Based on experience, particularly from the graduating class of 2011, we know that female Fellows not only flourish on the programme but enhance it dramatically for all the participants.  The Foundation is delighted to offer bursaries of up to 80% for those who wish to apply through open enrollment.”  
Dr. Suzanne Doyle-Morris, director of, who has worked with Women in Technology for many years, will be one of the fellows in the 2012 class. She says: “I’m very excited to see how the programme can help me develop my entrepreneurial skills. I can’t wait to work with a small group of people who will not only challenge my thinking to help me grow my own business, but also be wonderful contacts and friends for years to come. I know it means I will be away from home this autumn, but this feels like an opportunity I can’t afford to miss.”
Amina Nabi, a former Saltire Fellow says of the experience: “It’s difficult to describe the experience and learnings of the Fellowship in short, it truly is a once in a lifetime opportunity that should be actively pursued. The Fellowship has been a tremendous catalyst in my personal and professional life.  I have not only met a family of like minded and driven individuals but really learnt the essence of putting thought into action as well as applying global teachings locally. I have gained an invaluable network, a whole new international family where I can seek help and advice at all times entrusted in a risk free ecosystem. The entire Fellowship experience enabled me to be comfortable being uncomfortable and at the same time being relentless in the pursuit of opportunity. I strongly advocate and encourage you to apply if you want to be a part of such amazing energy, drive, enthusiasm and belief in contributing to a global Scottish presence.”  

For further information, please visit or contact

Posted by: the3rdi | March 8, 2012

EIC Ltd and Independent Women IFAS expand into Glasgow

Edinburgh based Independent Financial Advisors EIC Ltd and Independent Women are delighted to announce the opening of their new Glasgow office in March 2012.

The new offices, situated in the heart of Glasgow’s Financial District in Blythswood Square, mark expansion for the company of 20 years standing. CEO Lesley Mackintosh founded EIC Ltd in 1993, offering a full range of financial services and advice across the market, before spotting a gap in the market and launching Independent Women in 1997: offering the same services, but with a style and delivery tailored to match the style and preferences of women.

Lesley Mackintosh explains:

“We’re incredibly excited about our new venture, and are looking forward to increasing our presence in the West Coast and extending our network of contacts and clients from our new base.

“Even in times of challenge and recession, perhaps even more so, quality independent financial advice is of great importance, which is why we are proud to bring a fresh approach in providing a friendly, jargon-free and efficient service.”

EIC Director Scott Mackintosh, aims to lead the growth of EIC’s brand and client base throughout Scotland. He commented:

“Despite the difficult economic times, we’re proud to have maintained our staffing levels and take this opportunity for expansion to put us, and our private and corporate clients, in an even better position for the future.

“Our new location will provide opportunity for further growth and position us for greater engagement with our West of Scotland clients.  This move will enable us to meet the demand for sound, independent advice and to assist our current and new clients navigate the choppy waters of recession and the most recent legislation surrounding auto enrolment.”

For more information, or to arrange an appointment with EIC Ltd or Independent Women at their new Glasgow offices, simply contact the team on 0131 454 2343 / 0141 225 3870

Posted by: the3rdi | March 7, 2012


On Thursday 29 March, Economic Development Association Scotland (EDAS) and Co-operative Development Scotland are joining forces to showcase the diversity and benefits of co-operative business models. To register, click here.

Whether a start-up or growing business, a council service or a community group, there are opportunities for enabling economic, environmental and community benefits.

The event will present expert snapshots of 3 different co-operative business models; consortia, employee ownership and mutualisation; film clips from live businesses and group discussions to explore how and why co-operative business models can support business and economic growth.

You will leave with a clear understanding of the potential of all 3 co-operative business models and gather a network of contacts to help put that knowledge into practice.

Posted by: the3rdi | March 7, 2012

Labours Commission into women’s safety

As you may be aware, Yvette Cooper MP asked Vera Baird QC to chair Labours Commission into women’s safety, supported by Shadow Equalities Minister Kate Green MP and Shadow Home Office Minister Stella Creasy MP, with the aim of auditing the effects of government spending decisions on women’s safety and services across the UK.

Over the past few months since the Commission was launched in November 2011, the Commission has spoken to over 100 women’s organisations, groups and specialists, and upwards of 160 women and men all over the UK.

The findings, summarised in the interim report (attached) is being launched today, on the eve of International Women’s Day 2012.

In response to these findings, the Commission will be campaigning on the central recommendations – to call for an urgent and comprehensive Government audit of women’s safety and services which tackle violence against women. It will be calling too for clearer standards and safeguards to protect women as the chaotic public service changes unfold at local level.

And the Commission will continue its work too – gathering more evidence, putting forward more ideas for the Government to consider, inputting into the Labour Party’s policy making process and promoting women’s safety across the country. We hope more even more people will become involved in the coming months. Because the goal must remain, every woman safe, everywhere.

The report is here to download, and if you have any further questions on the Commissions work please visit our website , or email the commission at

Posted by: the3rdi | March 1, 2012

Introductory Seminars on Employee Ownership

Baxi Partnership hosts seminars to introduce entrepreneurs, business owners and managers to the idea of employee ownership and the benefits it can bring your business. The seminar offers an overview of employee ownership and an opportunity to hear from speakers who have personal experience of driving success in employee owned businesses.

The events will be of interest to:

  • Business owners looking to grow a successful, sustainable business
  • Founders and shareholders of private companies looking for an exit route
  • Entrepreneurs interested in setting up an employee owned business
  • Senior managers interested in leading an employee buyout
  • Business advisers who can make their clients aware of this option

Download our Ownership Matters flyer (PDF).

For entrepreneurs, owners and managers looking for a better way of doing business

Start Date: March 7, 2012

End Date: March 7, 2012

Speakers: David Erdal, Former Chairman, Tullis Russell and Author, Beyond the Corporation

Location: Barcelo Carlton Hotel, North Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1SD

Posted by: the3rdi | February 10, 2012

Ubuntu International Project

Following the success of last years debut showcase of three South African designers – this
season Ubuntu International Project will be throwing a wider net by introducing modern
heritage aesthetics from South Africa, Uganda and Nigeria.
“The cornerstone of the 2nd Ubuntu showcase will be the 3 Rs so aptly embodied and
coined by Jose Hendo “Reduce Re use Re cycle. Our Slogan Tees further capture the
spirit and future Ubuntu African Industry development initiatives “Afro Eco” “African grown
and sewn” Clinton Lotter is a continuation of the inaugural Ubuntu showcase. His
collection subtly references the Ndebele South African tribe and European Art Deco.
Kevin Friedman from Frankli Wild™ jewelry depicts a lifelong fascination with the
distinctive arts and crafts of South Africa which has proven invaluable as an inspiration for
his work. He has also been involved in meaningful community development projects with
local crafters.
Recognition of his work followed when his well known Ndebele bead and diamond choker,
modelled by Charlize Theron, which garnered Kevin a “De Beers Diamond International
Award” in 2000.
“The reason we have chosen these designers is that they represent the new African
signature that is coming through,” says Errol Hendrickse of Ubuntu. “Within their work
traditional influences are evident along with a specific heritage aesthetic that translates as
a brilliant new fresh aesthetic”.
“The vision at Ubuntu International Project is to establish a design led aesthetic that is not
geographically confined but “an intelligent, creative design led bridge linking Africa and
Europe.” states Theo Omambala, Creative Director of Ubuntu. Mr Hendrickse and Ms
Omambala, started Ubuntu International Project two years ago as an initiative seeking to
develop talent from emerging markets across the globe. “We realized there was a gap
within the market in terms of a innovative African design aesthetic,” says Hendrickse, “The
world is desperate for a “new design aesthetic that has depth and meaning, that is relevant
to today’s conscious consumer” stipulates Omambala, “as everything is so diluted on the
global creative stage” concludes Hendriske. It is also time to show what Africa can offer
the international world of fashion.
The show on the 19 February 2012 will be preceded by an intimate seminar at our offices
in Marble Arch.

The seminar will look at the Creative African Fashion Industry at large –

17 February 2012 – 7:00pm.



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