Date lodged: 21 November 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what support it provides for mentoring programmes for women in retail.
Answered by: Jamie Hepburn 10 December 2018
The Scottish Government recognises that mentoring can be valuable in supporting women into leadership positions. The First Minister mentors a young woman and has encouraged other women in leadership positions, across all sectors including retail, to consider mentoring as one tool to support the next generation of women leaders.
In addition, the Scottish Chambers of Commerce Network along with Women's Enterprise Scotland and Scotland's leading women entrepreneurs are working together to provide the "Women's Business Mentoring" programme to help support and create more female business owners, including those in retail.
We are currently working in partnership with the Scottish Retail Consortium to develop a national retail strategy and, as part of that process, will be considering action on a wide range of issues including any measures that will encourage employment and greater gender diversity throughout the industry.