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WEConnect International in Europe opens doors to new supply chains. Led by corporate members, it certifies firms in the United Kingdom and Ireland that are at least 51% owned, managed and controlled by women and connects them with the growing global demand from corporations and the public sector for diverse and innovative suppliers. The organization partners with corporations, associations, governments, women entrepreneurs and their supporters, and is affiliated with a global certification network for women-owned enterprises.

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WES Logo colour(July 26, 2017) Women’s Enterprise Scotland (WES) (hosted the prestigious South-East Europe Women’s Business Angel Network (SEEWBAN) in Edinburgh on the 6th and 7th July 2017, looking at how to improve access to finance for women-led businesses.

WES - the not-for-profit Community Interest Company (CIC) which focuses on the contribution women's enterprise makes to the Scottish economy - has been appointed to the project as the expert organisation in women’s enterprise and access to finance. The WES team will share their financial and gender expertise and work in collaboration with women’s business associations from across Europe to grow the numbers of female business angels and mixed gender business angel consortia which invest in women-led businesses.

Karen Tracey(July 24, 2017) WEConnect International recently held its first ever photo contest for women-owned businesses. We received nearly 100 entries from 11 countries and named 5 finalists who are now in the running for a grand prize. Though Dunelm Business Consultants' entry was not chosen for the final round, we wanted to share their photo - "When you realise someone is about to steal your spot on the lectern" - and a little more about the company. In their own words:

Dunelm Business Consultants Ltd was founded by Karen Tracey after a successful 20 year Corporate career in the Learning and Development arena, leading to senior project and change management experience demanding the positive engagement or training of people.  It is the result of Karen’s unique vision of business coaching and leadership development. Karen says "Understanding the culture and wheels within is of the utmost importance so it’s not about coming in with preconceived ideas – it’s about listening to you, engaging with you and your team and ultimately giving you what you need for on-going success."

Stoyanov LiliaTech to thank for "office nomadism"

(July 19, 2017) Lilia Stoyanav has a varied and impressive professional history – from being an auditor at EY to a CFO at Skrill, she’s become a renowned fintech expert and global strategic leader.

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