Our Workshops Make A Difference!

Key outcomes for our participants

Personal Support and Fulfilment

We provide encouragement and a safe place to express difficulties and celebrate successes. The workshops and weekly group meetings allow existing social entrepreneurs to inspire and support women to succeed in their own ambitions.  We aim to inspire, nurture, motivate, learn from each other and share resources.

Increased Learning

We encourage and inspire problem solving; providing new skills and training opportunities, technical & admin support and pooled skills sharing. Each week we focus on a different theme such as Motivation; Identifying and Researching Social and Environmental Needs; Setting Targets/Monitoring and Evaluation; Operations; Sales & Marketing and Finance & Funding. We draw on the expertise of the Gilded Lily team, the real life experiences of a broad range of fellow social enterprises and invite participation and contribution from various partner support organisations.

Better Connected

Gilded Lily is a place for accessing new connections for self/venture development. The participants who benefit from our workshops or 6 week long group meetings are all working towards the start-up of a new or growth of an existing social venture and are encouraged to connect and collaborate.


Raising awareness of social entrepreneurship and inspiring others to get involved through targeting organisations and individuals who would not normally engage in enterprise or social enterprise activities. We target women who lack confidence due to a range of barriers. Our workshops involve exploring social and environmental problems, confidence building with education, support and drama; product making and sales and marketing.

The Gilded Lily approach is unique!

We pride ourselves on our dedication to meeting the needs of and providing opportunities for Scottish women, and delivering real results through trading enterprises, job creation, volunteering roles and increased confidence, self-esteem and skills!

Workshops and Support Packages

All our workshops and programmes are designed and delivered by the Gilded Lily team.  We can also work with you to design a bespoke programme, specifically tailored to you or your clients.  We deliver training across a wide range of areas and have a fabulous team of facilitators specialising in specific industries such as sales and marketing, finance, business support, social media, creative industries, acting and drama, employability and many more!

Other workshops we have designed and facilitated:

  • ‘Introduction to Social Enterprise’ Workshop
  • Product Making Workshops (various)
  • ‘Social Enterprise in your Local Community’
  • ‘Drama and Self-Confidence’ Workshop
  • ‘Sales & Marketing’ Workshop
  • ‘Introduction into the DIY industry – Learn how to wallpaper!’ Workshop
  • ‘Raising Awareness of Abuse in our Communities’ Workshop
  • ‘Bath Salts’ Product Development Workshop
  • ‘Finance & Funding’ Workshop
  • Employability Skills & CV Writing Workshop
  • Teambuilding Day Workshop
  • Confidence & Motivation Workshop
  • ‘Eat Well & Live Happy’ Cookery & Nutrition Workshop

Milestones and Achievements

Since 2014 our milestones and achievements include

  • 350 women have taken part in workshops
  • 42 have participated in intensive six week’s support programmes
  • One SCIO, 3 CICs, 3 charities and 4 community groups have been formed
  • 4 full time and 13 part time jobs have been created
  • 37 new volunteer posts have been accessed
  • 42 women have participated in new and innovative training opportunities including arts and crafts, enterprise, employability, DIY, Counselling, The Freedom Project, Baking, Soap Making, Childcare, Health and Safety, Food Hygiene – Basic and advanced
  • Women have identified local issues and are solving them through enterprise such as lack of equality, confidence building, domestic abuse, childcare issues, language and cultural barriers, lack of skills and employment
  • Year 1 trading income from selling products and services £X
  • 3 Firstport grants have been secured by our participants
  • £85500 worth of funding from trusts, foundations and LA’s have been secured by our participants and clients
  • Gilded Lily’s Fiona MacNeil won the 2014 Herald Society’s coveted ‘Social Entrepreneur of the Year’ Award
  • Registered as a Community Interest Company with two new directors and moved into new Govan-based office premises in 2016
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