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Did you know it was Women’s Entrepreneurship Day?

Untitled design (1)I didn’t. I am a woman, and an entrepreneur, but I had no idea about this celebration of women’s enterprise. That is, until my pal Nicky Marr posted on Facebook about being included in a compendium of women entrepreneurs published on the Women’s Enterprise Scotland website here.

According to their website:

WES plays a vital role in the promotion of women’s enterprise, through the media, and across the wider community. We provide spokeswomen, role models and contributors for the broadcast media and the press, for events, conferences, seminars and presentations.

We champion women-led business from every sector across the entire country. We challenge existing perceptions to gain recognition of the economic importance of all women’s enterprise, whether micro business, SME or stock market listed multinational.

We encourage courage, confidence and self-belief that women-led business is a positive, rewarding and achievable option for women everywhere, no matter the scale of their enterprise ambition. And we cheer on those agencies already providing gender specific business development, and cite best practice wherever we find it.

We’re active digitally, and use social media and online platforms to promote women’s enterprise, to share information and learn from each other.


They sound like a great organisation, but I hadn’t heard about them, either!

And then it struck me: the problem with entrepreneurship — besides the difficulty I have spelling it correctly — is that as an entrepreneur, running a (thankfully!) busy business, I am not on their radar. (I did get in touch with them subsequently, to do just that.)

So, not only did I not know about WES, I also wasn’t aware of the global celebration that is Women’s Entrepreneurship Day. Apparently, it’s a very big deal. Complete with a huge global sponsor (and former client), pwc. Here’s a link to the Women’s Entrepreneurship Day website: http://www.womenseday.org and a hashtag: #WomensEDay.

This whole thing of not being aware of something that is specifically targeted at you brings home the awareness that, when you are busy running your own business *and* haven’t sought public funding to start or perpetuate that business, you simply aren’t going to be on the mailing lists for a lot of things that people in the public sector may be aware of. That is to say, the very people trying to target you, are not aware of you.

I am delighted that Nicky Marr is part of my network. Here's the two of us with her gold medal at a recent networking event in Inverness

I am delighted that Nicky Marr is part of my network. Here’s the two of us with her gold medal at a recent networking event in Inverness

Which brings me to my point: the importance of networking. I never would have heard about Women’s Enterprise Scotland today if I hadn’t been a part of Nicky’s network. Hopefully, having now contacted them, and tweeted about Women’s Enterprise Day, they will know about me. Moreover, my network of Twitter followers and followers of our Bruce PR Facebook page will also become aware of this organisation. Because ultimately, it’s up to every one of us to help our fellow entrepreneurs get a hand up. So after this post is published, I will also put it on LinkedIn, where — ideally —  another group of fellow entrepreneurs will also see it.

Happy Women’s Entrepreneurs Day everyone! And thanks Nicky!

Highland Spotlight #PuttYerselintheSpotlight Challenge

Bruce Public Relations and CECE Events had a great time with our friends during our #PuttYerselintheSpotlight Challenge at the Inverness Chamber of Commerce 2014 Highland Spotlight exhibition. Here’s a few of the snaps from our stand.


“You can never have too many friends”: Nicky Marr and the power of goodwill

Nicky Marr captured doing a selfie with guests at the launch of her new venture

Nicky Marr captured doing a selfie with guests at the launch of her new venture

Last night broadcaster and columnist Nicky Marr invited several dozen friends and associates along as she launched her new enterprise. I was delighted to be invited to attend the post-work launch at the new Kingsmills Hotel venue, and it was a lovely evening. Her handsome husband Colin and two lovely daughters staffed the reception desk, and guests were invited to leave a stack of business cards to facilitate their own networking. A grand idea, really.

Glasses of fizz and a great buzz in the room, the formal programme began. After a delightful group “selfie”, Nicky took to the podium and shared plans of her new venture. She had been with local radio station MFR for 13 years, hosting the morning show and getting up at o’dark-thirty for ages. Increasingly, she was finding that she was coming home exhilarated at 1.30am after hosting/compereing/MC-ing awards events, industry dinners and conferences, only to have to get up again at 4.30am. Her weekly column in the Inverness Courier has also been syndicated around the SPP group of papers, and it seemed clear to Nicky, something was going to have to give.

She’s now out on her own full-time, having left her morning post at MFR, and available to host events, provide media training, do voiceovers, and more.

If you have ever attended an event she has hosted, you will know how obviously at ease she is in this role. Just the right blend of humour, familiarity with her hosts, and a business-like ability to get through the programme — your event is in a safe pair of hands, it would be fair to say.

Being new to the area, I first saw Nicky in action at the Highland Business awards luncheon last September at the Dromossie Hotel. She sparkled over the lunchtime programme, and everyone enjoyed the event.

What struck me last night, in the company of many of the people for whom Nicky has been that “safe pair of hands”, was the tremendous goodwill toward her and the speakers’ pleasure in giving her a bit of stick, back.

I was reminded of my mentor, the late Louis J. Cahill, APR, founder of Canada’s oldest PR firm, OEB International (now Enterprise Canada) and a founding member of the world’s first worldwide network of independent PR firms, the WorldCom Group. Early in my career at OEB, I remarked to Lou that he had more invitations and social engagements than anyone I knew. Given he was about 80 at the time, this was particularly striking. Lou advised me, “Laura, you can never have too many friends.”

Lou understood that you support your friends in their new ventures, and, if you ever needed it, chances were they would support you. From last night’s event it was clear: Nicky Marr has done a lot of good turns for people, and when she put out word of her new venture, they turned out for her in droves.

Nicky is going to be a huge success in her new venture — I just hope she isn’t too good at writing press releases, or we’re all going to be in big trouble! 🙂