Scots business leader Margaret Gibson has been granted the Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion 2015 – The first time a woman has won the award in Scotland.

Margaret, currently chief executive of Women’s Enterprise Scotland, has been recognised for her work over 20 years in promoting enterprise in Scotland.

After five years running her own food production business, Wild Rice, Margaret joined the Prince’s Scottish Youth Business Trust in 1992. She worked there for 21 years, rising to deputy chief executive.

In 2013 she joined Women’s Enterprise Scotland where she supported women starting their own businesses. She is a voluntary mentor with Young Enterprise Scotland and more recently with Entrepreneurial Spark, the innovative business incubator that is now being replicated in other parts of the UK.

Said Annabelle Ewing MSP, Minister for Youth and Women’s Employment, “I am delighted that Margaret has been recognised with this prestigious award.  I have always been struck by her selfless drive to support the next generation of entrepreneurial successes. Her dedication is an inspiration to us all and she is the type of role model we need in order to realise our own commitment towards unleashing Scotland’s potential”.

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