BWS issue 36 November December 2015 - Page 7

business news BUSINESS WOMEN SCOTLAND HSBC gives scottish SMEs the chance to win £150,000 cash to support their growth ambitions SMEs in Scotland could be in with a chance of winning £150,000 cash from HSBC to help make their ambitions a reality in a major pitch competition. The Elevator Pitch, which has been designed by HSBC to help UK businesses with a turnover of up to and including £10 million, asks businesses to explain in a 90-second pitch video how they would elevate their business with £150,000. The online competition ( is part of HSBC’s Elevator programme which also includes a series of talks and written guides to help businesses move to the next level. HSBC is looking for innovative and exciting responses to the brief which could see them win the cash prize, as well as 10 hours of mentoring from business experts. Susan Rowand, HSBC’s Head of Business Banking in Scotland, said: “SMEs are the lifeblood of the UK economy, employing some 15 million people with a combined turnover of £1.6 trillion. The Elevator Pitch could help these businesses fast-forward their growth plans, giving the winner the opportunity to make investments that may have been projected two or three years down the line. This sort of cash and support could open a lot of doors.” Some of the ways Scottish SMEs might use the money include investing in staff training, developing new sales channels, delivering a one-off marketing campaign, incorporating new technology and IT systems or expanding into new markets. • Prize also includes invaluable mentoring from leading business experts • Open to start-up businesses through to those with a £10m turnover • Businesses have until 30 November 2015 to submit video pitches How to enter To find out more about the competition and upload your business’s 90-second video, visit elevator before the closing date of 30 November 2015. The winner will be announced towards the end of February. The competition is open to any UK business from start-ups through to those with a turnover of £10 million. Entrants must be at least 18 years old and be prepared to take part in all elements of the campaign. For further information please contact: Billy Partridge, Stephanie Malcolm or Gerard Klein Direct: 0131 226 2363 Email: Twitter: @HSBCUKBusiness Edinburgh entrepreneur leaves investment career to launch electronic slimming aid An Edinburgh entrepreneur has launched the UK’s first electronic slimming aid and habit trainer to help users cut out snacking and change their eating habits for good. Mum of two, Liz Casely, created Slissie when she realised she needed a helping hand to cut out snacking and lose weight after having her two children. Liz created a prototype version of Slissie and, in conjunction with a calorie controlled diet, lost 18lbs in just over two months and kept it off. She was inspired to set up her business, Slim Lizzie Ltd, after friends begged her to share her weight loss secrets. Liz, who had successful a career in investment and finance in London and Edinburgh prior to setting up Slim Lizzie, has now secured support from Entrepreneurial Spark and help from financial backers to launch her product to market. Liz commented: “Over 100 women have tested Slissie in trials and the results have been fantastic. I’m very excited to be bringing this product to market to help anyone wanting to eat more healthily and make better choices, or for those looking for a willpower boost to help them stick to their chosen weight loss plan. “Launching Slissie so far has been hard work but extremely rewarding. It has been great to have the support of the Entrepreneurial Spark team to help me on my business journey. “When I first created Slissie, it made sticking to my weight loss eating plan so much easier as I just didn’t feel hungry. After using Slissie for a few weeks, I started to change my bad habits. “A year on I only need to use my Slissie occasionally as I have replaced my bad habits with good ones. I’m lighter than I was 20 years ago and feel great.” Jim Duffy, CEO of Entrepreneurial Spark, said: “We support Slim Lizzie Ltd. and are working hard with Edinburgh Chiclet Liz Casely to help her to scale up her innovative business. I’ve been impressed by Liz’s go-do attitude and look forward to seeing her business grow.” Slissie works by delivering a burst of tasty, appetite suppressing flavour to distract the user from snacking. Designed to look like a tube of mascara, Slissie is discrete, portable and easy to use. It is available with four caloriefree flavours; Original Mint, Fruit, Vanilla and Chocolate. Users press a button to releases appetite suppressing flavours and energy-boosting guarana, which the user sucks for tasty, calorie-free flavour. The Slissie electronic slimming aid is available to purchase for just £39.99 from 5