Business group welcomes provosts as members

Provost of East Ayrshire Jim Todd, Provost of South Ayrshire Helen Moonie and Provost of North Ayrshire Joan Sturgeon receive their honorary memberships from AABW President Liz Cooper.
Provost of East Ayrshire Jim Todd, Provost of South Ayrshire Helen Moonie and Provost of North Ayrshire Joan Sturgeon receive their honorary memberships from AABW President Liz Cooper.

One of Ayrshire’s leading business groups has welcomed the Provosts of East, North and South Ayrshire as Honorary Members, as it prepares to mark 20 years of supporting business women.

The Ayrshire Association of Business Women invited Councillor Helen Moonie (Provost of South Ayrshire), Councillor Joan Sturgeon (Provost of North Ayrshire) and Councillor Jim Todd (Provost of East Ayrshire) to join its membership, signifying the important role each local authority plays in supporting business women throughout Ayrshire.

On being made an Honorary member of the Association of Ayrshire Business Women Provost Joan Sturgeon said: “Supporting and encouraging businesses in our area to flourish and grow is our Council’s main priority, so it was a huge privilege to become a part of this extremely important and worthwhile group. I fully intend to promote the excellent work they undertake, in providing a platform for Ayrshire business women to learn and share their experiences and best practice.”

Provost Jim Todd, East Ayrshire Council, said: “I am delighted to be part of the twenty years’ celebrations for the Ayrshire Association of Business Women and proud to be an honorary member. I look forward to taking part in all of the work the association does for women in Ayrshire. I am particularly pleased to see that there is a junior section this year. Our schools are leading the way in business studies and our young women are playing an active part in this. I wish the association all the very best for the future.”

South Ayrshire Provost Helen Moonie, said: “I’m honoured to become an Honorary Member of Ayrshire Association of Business Women alongside my fellow Provosts. The Association offers great networking and development opportunities that benefit business women of all levels of knowledge and expertise and I’m very pleased a junior membership is now available, providing pathways for the business women of the future. I’m proud to be a part of the Association and would encourage any woman working or interested in business to get involved.”

AABW Chair Liz Cooper said: “From education to business support and economic development, Ayrshire’s three local authorities play a pivotal role in the local business community, and over many years AABW has enjoyed close links with all of Ayrshire’s councils.

“Next year, AABW will celebrate its twentieth anniversary, and in anticipation of this significant milestone we invited Ayrshire’s First Citizens to become Honorary AABW members, and I was delighted to present the memberships to the Provosts at the recent Young Enterprise Scotland Ayrshire awards.”

Offering networking, learning and business development opportunities to women in business throughout Ayrshire, AABW is one of Scotland’s leading women’s networking groups and is affiliated to the Association of Scottish Business Women. Monthly meetings are held at a variety of locations throughout Ayrshire, covering a wide arrange of topics, and are open to both members and non-members. The Association is open to any woman working or interested in business, and earlier this year launched a new junior membership.

AABW is also encouraging Ayrshire businesses, organisations and individuals to enter the prestigious Association of Scottish Businesswomen’s 2013 Business Awards. To be held in Aberdeen later this year, the categories in the national awards include Young Business of the Year, Professional of the Year, Best Business-Charity Partnership, Best Performing Team and Young Inspiring Business Women of the Year. The closing date for these and other categories is Monday 1st July, and details of how to enter can be found at

AABW’s June 2013 meeting will be held on Tuesday 18 June, 6.30pm at Prestwick’s The Art of Dentistry. For further details and to book a place see