Marketing and Events Manager, Letitia talks about our partnership with Business Women Scotland (BWS) and our recent workshop aimed at supporting business owners find their 'Why, How and What'.

This year, we blossomed a partnership with Business Women Scotland. Quite frankly, I was delighted about supporting this after my first meeting with Lynne Kennedy MBE. Aside from her notable contributions in promoting females in business and receiving her MBE this year, she had walked up eight flights of stairs to meet me at our office. Of course amazed, that was when I knew it was going to be the start of something beautiful! 

Four months later, my instincts were proven to be more than correct. 

On 10th October, we hosted our first workshop with BWS focused on using our experience to help other business owners find their 'Why, How and What'. 

We recently wrote an article about 'Finding your 'Why'' based on the principle brought about by Simon Sinek's book and Ted talk 'Start with Why'. To us as a business, revisiting our 'Why' and essentially our purpose, helps us ensure we are always doing the right thing for our clients, our team, and our ambitions. 

We started with 'Why'

What we found and tried to share with our guests was: if you don't even even know 'why' you do what you do, then how will you communicate this to others, and build a group of 'believers' that will work with you, follow you, and buy from you? When was the last time you thought about why you set up your business, what your goal is, and why you want to offer the product or service you have? Our open discussion during the session helped everyone to take some time to think, reflect and discuss this with other business owners alike. 

Our CEO Adrian Murphy talked through the challenges that he has been through since taking over the business from his dad, and our chairman Brian. Despite our business having operated for more than 42 years now, our 'why' is still centred around the same principle: to help people achieve their dreams and live their best life without the fear of ever running out of money. 

It might not surprise you, but as business owners, it’s easier to spend time IN your business rather than ON it. Another key challenge that was discussed during the day surrounded work-life balance – separating work life from personal life. It’s easy to understand why this is inevitable. For most business owners, their business is one of the biggest parts of their life. This is where we highlighted that setting out the lifestyle you WANT is an integral part of setting your goals. What life do you want to live, now and in the future?

Several of our guests, and even I, related to the challenges on personal note. Growing up in a family business meant witnessing the impact that business can have on personal relationships and your family life.

This brings me on nicely to my next shout out - special thank you to my parents for catering the sandwiches, wraps and prawn crackers for the day! They said it was a refreshing break from the takeaway.

Glasgow Care Foundation      

We began the second half of the session with an insightful talk from Christopher Steward, Chairman of the Glasgow Care Foundation. Christopher shared some shocking statistics around poverty in Glasgow and why it was the ‘helping hand’ and not a ‘hand out’ that makes a difference.

The Glasgow Care Foundation is a cause that we have been keen to support since finding out about it. It was a relationship that began after Operations Director presented Relationship Coordinator Elaine Sergeant an award at the Scottish Women in Business Awards earlier this year.

Gin o’clock.

If you are familiar with us at Murphy Wealth, you’ll be aware by now that we like to do things differently. Therefore it’s not a surprise that we wanted to end our workshop in style, with gin tasting hosted by The Whisky Ambassador! The Whisky Ambassador was the first whisky training course to be accredited by an awarding body and designed exclusively for the Licensed Trade.

Jo Graham and the team were inspired to create the training course after overhearing a bartender offer a limited selection of (Irish) whisky to a customer looking for Whisky recommendations.  The course now extends to gin and spirits.

We were eye-opened by the carefully selected range of gins that Jo and the team brought along for us including: Makar Cherry Gin, One Gin and Haycock’s No.09. Along with the delicately paired garnishes and quality tonics, it was a smashing line-up.

‘If more than 70% of your drink is going to be tonic, then you might as well pick some really good tonic!’ – noted.

That’s a wrap, for now.

…until we start planning the next one! This was our first workshop with BWS. We hosted it with a mindset of doing a series. It was therefore pleasantly surprisingly to hear that our guests were asking for a second workshop (instead of a gin!) before they left. It’s fortunate that we don’t like to disappoint, so keep your eyes peeled for a ‘Part 2’! It’s particularly exciting as we will be strengthening our relationship with BWS in 2020.

Pauline Calder, Director at PMA Contracts Ltd shared: 

“What a thought-provoking presentation from Murphy Wealth in connection with Business Women Scotland, as to “Why” we do what we do, rather than “what” we are selling.

Murphy Wealth’s forward-thinking approach is mirrored in their own offices with “pod” meeting spaces and break out areas with strong colours helping motivation.’

If you would like to find out more about Murphy Wealth, Business Women Scotland or future events, please get in touch with us at

About Business Women Scotland

Business Women Scotland is an organisation founded 11 years ago dedicated to helping women find support and networking opportunities to allow them to strengthen their business. We produce a bi-monthly digital magazine dedicated to women in business and run a series of Roadshow events and awards to celebrate and empower women in business while tackling the gender gap in enterprise.

Founder Lynne Kennedy MBE is passionate about creating opportunities for women in Scottish businesses to grow and develop.

“Our aim is to give women the support and encouragement to make their mark in the world of business in innovative and ground-breaking ways. We want to recognise and celebrate the success of female entrepreneurship while shaping the agenda for equality.”

About Murphy Wealth

We are a Glasgow-based firm, grown from a small, family-run business in Ayr. As business owners and individuals, we understand how tailored advice can make a difference. That’s why we don’t take a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach to financial planning, we take time to get to know you.

If you'd like to be in control of your future and live the life you want, contact us now to find out how.

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