650th Business Pledge

Minister for Business, Fair Work and Skills, Jamie Hepburn, visited Stirling based personalised jewellery specialists, Lily Blanche, recently to celebrate the 650th business to sign up to the Scottish Business Pledge.

From a beautiful studio in Stirling, Gillian Crawford, Director and her gender-balanced, multilingual team take vintage designs and give them a modern twist by combining them with outstanding 21st century design. Many pieces open up to reveal a hidden secret and have caught the eye of high profile clients such as Judy Murray.

Business Minister Jamie Hepburn said: “I am delighted to announce Lily Blanche as the 650th business to make a commitment to the Business Pledge. The Business Pledge is a values-led partnership between government and business designed to create lasting inclusive, economic success. Our ambition is to build sustainable growth that also achieves fairness, equality, opportunity and innovation.”

Scotland relies on progressive, sustainable businesses built on strong core values. As a female led business, actively contributing to the Women’s Enterprise Framework, Lily Blanche are a shining example to many female entrepreneurs.

Gillian Crawford, Lily Blanche Director and Women’s Enterprise Scotland Ambassador, said: “We are thrilled to be the 650th signatory to the Scottish Business Pledge. Our highly talented, multi-lingual team at Lily Blanche have been driving the growth of our ecommerce business. In common with many women’s businesses, social purpose and fair work are at the centre of our strategy and doing business in an ethical manner is important to us and to our customers”.

Jamie Hepburn with Gillian Crawford and her team

Business Pledge Review

We have been reviewing the Business Pledge over the past year and, in response to business feedback, we have refreshed it to make it more dynamic, have more impact and build capacity to ensure that prosperity, innovation, fairness and opportunity develop hand in hand in Scotland.

The reinvigorated pledge retains payment of the living wage as a core commitment, while offering a more tailored approach to meet individual business needs and includes environmental impact for the first time.

More information about the Business Pledge review outcomes will be available shortly with changes taken forward as part of the implementation process throughout 2019/20.