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18 young women running a business in Scotland 2018

On International Women's Day Bridge 2 Business would like to celebrate the inspirational young women who support our programme as Local Heroes, aiming to inspire and advise the next generation of entrepreneurs.

"If women started businesses at the same rate as men - an additional £7.6bn would be contributed to the Scottish economy"

Women's Enterprise Scotland

18 Young Women, running a business in Scotland in 2018

Below you can see a summary of 18 inspirational women who are supporting the growth of the Scottish economy, both by running their own business and by supporting young people in their community to consider starting their own venture.

Molly McFarlane
Miss Molly
Glasgow, United Kingdom

Video Blogger for multiple fashion brands, makeup, accessories, and beauty products

Sam MacFarlane
Leith Loves Digital
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

We are a team of freelancers working in and around Edinburgh, mainly based in Leith. We believe that by working remotely and not being based in one place we can offer our customers lower prices and a more efficient service.

Maggie Mazoleka
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

MaRoberts is an Edinburgh based brand specializing in East African sauces, bringing "The Taste of Tanzania" to the UK market. A labour of love and a truly passionate venture of Maggie who was born in Tanzania and moved to Edinburgh 23 years ago.

Francesca Kelsey
Thrifty Little
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Thrifty Little is owned and run by Francesca Kelsey a fashion graduate, blogger and upcycling fan girl. She started the business in May 2013 putting her passions to good use in filling the gap for high quality, versatile and affordable, upcycled clothing

Emma McDonald
Peebles, United Kingdom
I'm happy to say I am one of only two florists in the Scottish Borders to be listed in The Good Florist Guide & I also won Florist of the Year for my region and then went on to win overall Florist of the Year 2014 at The Scottish wedding Awards.

Kathryn Neale
Fife, United Kingdom
Glass by Kathryn produces a wide range of hand-made fused glass giftware. Candleholders, clocks and coasters are just a few items that Kathryn designs and makes. Many stores across the UK have become official stockists of Glass by Kathryn giftware.

Linsey Douglas
Linsey Douglas MUA
West Lothian, United Kingdom
Starting as a make-up artist backin 2012 working for a well-known cosmetic company, Linsey found her passion formake-up. In 2014 she quit her job and launched her own business providingmake-up for special events and later launching her own brand line.

Emilia Coverdale
EC PT (Personal Training)
Falkirk, UK
Emilia has been a freelance PT for almost 4 years. She spends her days training peoplein fitness on a 1-2-1 basis and runs 3 group classes a week. Watching her clients make progress gives her enormous satisfaction and keeps her motivated.

Jen Nicoll
Rockpools and Daffodils
Dundee, United Kingdom
Rockpools and Daffodils is my ceramic art and jewellery business. I started after years of doing it as a hobby and attending college. I use the nature around me to inspire me and also press flowers into the clay to create fossil type pieces.

Caroline Miller
Caledonian Cupcakes
Dunbar, United Kingdom
Caledonian Cupcakes is owned and run by baking fanatic Caroline Miller. Starting in February 2013 Caroline sold a wide selection of cupcakes, celebration cakes & other sweet treats from home. In July 2014 she achieved her dream, opening a shop in Dunbar.

Kate Caven
Kids Creative Designs
Stirling, UK
Kate is a young and very talented designer who produces high quality, innovative and inspiring children's furniture. She was recently shortlisted for the MadeInScotland Young Innovator ofthe Year Award

Sarah Finlay
Miss Coco
Cumbernauld, United Kingdom
Sarah Finlay has combined her passion for chocolate with her love of all things glamorous to create a unique,new brand. A graduate of Glasgow University, Sarah has also been Miss EarthScotland and has travelled the world representing Scotland.

Lewa Thomas
Glasgow, United Kingdom
Lewa started her business Lewalicious in the heart of Glasgow. She focusses on providing the most luxurious tasting cakes for any and all occasions.......even if there isn't one.....

Angel Xue
Hi Home Away
Glasgow, United Kingdom
With an aim of promoting cultural exchange, HiHA app is an all in one easy to use platform with both informative and social features to help oversea Chinese integrate into local communities,engage with people and feel at home outside China.

Melanie Blane
White Rabbit Skincare
Dundonald, Ayrshire, United Kingdom
Melanie is the founder of White Rabbit Skincare, a vegan luxury skincare brand based in Ayrshire and is deeply passionate about natural products, the environment and animal welfare.

Amy Mackay
Amy C Mackay
Beauly, United Kingdom
Amy Mackay makes and sells high-end, contemporary jewellery from her studio and shop in the Highland village of Beauly.

Sarah Dunnett
3D Personal Training
Thurso, United Kingdom
Personal training service that aims to educate and inspire people to be more health aware and active.

Yva Yorston
Content Boost
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
We provide blog management andcontent marketing consultancy to help small businesses grow their businessthrough blogging.

Can you help us support the next generation of Scottish entrepreneurs?

The Bridge 2 Business programme offers college students first-hand opportunities to engage with entrepreneurial role models that they can relate to. We are always looking to diversify our pool of mentors and local heroes to reflect the communities in which we work. If you are an entrepreneur, aged under 40 and living in Scotland, and you think you can provide meaningful advice and insight to budding young entrepreneurs in your area then please get in touch with us. You can either contact your Regional Programme Executive or email info@bridge2business.org.uk