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Susan Harkins - Inspirational Woman award finalist

Business Women Scotland Awards – meet Susan Harkins


Business Women Scotland finalist in the Inspirational Woman of the Year category

Our series on the Business Women Scotland finalists continues with Susan Harkins. She heads up Business Gateway Edinburgh, and over the last 15 years she has led her team to support over 25,000 small businesses to start-up and grow. Susan has a passion for working with SMEs, and has a keen interest in Women Led Businesses, Digital and Social Enterprise.

Susan chairs the Business Gateway National Operational network, is founder of Women in Business Edinburgh network, a member of the Scottish Government Women in Business Action Group, regularly contributes to the Scottish Government Cross party groups on Women in Business and Social Enterprise and is an active member of Scottish Local Authority Economic Development (SLAED) Business Group. She studied her MBA at Edinburgh University and has a Business Counselling diploma.

1. Can you give us a brief description of your business?
Public Sector Business support and advice service. It’s a public service, and the inspiration came from the market failure, start-ups failing within first year of trading.

2. What do you enjoy about your work?
The people, I meet people from all different backgrounds aiming to start and grow their business it is inspiring and no one day is the same

3. What are the biggest work challenges you face?
Not enough time in the day!!

4. What advice would you give to high-school aged girls wanted to follow in their footsteps?
Be confident and strong, and most importantly be yourself.

The winners of this year’s Business Women Scotland will be announced on Friday 8th November.

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