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Supporting Startups

Women in Business

RGU Innovation are working with Aberdeenshire Council’s Employment Support Team to deliver a support programme for women with children, living in Aberdeenshire, who are interested in starting their own business or earning a living through self-employment.

Have you ever considered increasing your earning potential through self-employment? Have you considered starting your own business as a flexible means income?

This popular programme is specifically designed for women with children living in Aberdeenshire and will take you through the necessary steps to create a feasible and viable business.

Women in Business is a free, fully funded programme available for Aberdeenshire Council area residents through The Scottish Government’s PESF (Parental Employability Support Fund) funding. Successful applicants must meet PESF funding criteria.

The programme starts Monday 10 January 2022, it is now closed for new applications.

About the programme

  • Free – no cost to you (Applicants must meet PESF criteria)
  • 7 week workshop programme 
  • 100% online
  • Live, interactive workshops every week at the same time
  • Access to a short online course to give you even more tips and tricks

What you will learn

These two-hour workshops will be held twice weekly every Monday and Tuesday. The programme is due to run from Monday 10 January 2022 to Tuesday 22 February 2022.  Participants should attend all sessions.

Week 1 – Motivation and Values

The first session will help you get to know others in the group and learn more about the programme. You will be encouraged to think about your motivations for becoming self-employed and explore your own personal values. 

Week 2 – The business and it's customers

Learn how to map out what your business offers by using cutting edge theories and tools. Get to know what makes your customers tick and learn how to meet their needs effectively.

Week 3 – Resources, Activities & Promotion

Consider essential activities, resources and partners. How does IP effect businesses? We will also take a look at how to effectively promote your business through branding, marketing and social media. 

Week 4 – Making Money

How do you ensure that income exceeds expenses? How can you cut costs and increase income? We will also consider pricing structures and strategies.

Week 5 - Keeping it Legal

Learn the laws around running a business, business types (Ltd, sole trader etc.) Find out about self-assessments, national Insurance, VAT, bank accounts and get introduced to support providers in the local region.

Week 6 – Making it happen 

Learn how to gain confidence in yourself and your business. Get tips on how to pitch your business effectively and set goals for the future.

Week 7 – Women in business

Learn how to overcome common challenges and consider resources and networks available to you.


Workshops will be held twice weekly every Monday and Tuesday from Monday 10 January 2022 to Tuesday 22 February 2022. The duration of each workshop is two hours.

Who is the programme for?

The Women in business programme for women with children is funded through the Government’s Parental Employability Support fund, delivered locally by Aberdeenshire Council. Find out more about the fund:

Applicants must live in an Aberdeenshire Council area.

Priority will be given to applicants from:

  • Lone parent families
  • Families which include a disabled adult or child
  • Larger families
  • Minority ethnic families
  • Families with a child under one year old
  • Families where the mother is under 25 years of age

Apply Now

The programme starts in January 2022. Applications have now closed.

If you applied, we will be in touch to let you know the outcome of your application shortly.

Have a Question?

This programme is brought to you by EIG at RGU and Aberdeenshire Council through the PESF. Find out more about the governmental funding:

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