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Christina McKelvie MSP highlights thriving female led Hamilton business


International Women’s Day was celebrated in the Scottish Parliament this week as local MSP for Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse, Christina McKelvie, praised the work of Hamilton Business, Jigsaw Travel.

Christina, who called for cross party support to ensure an end to discrimination against women, took the opportunity to highlight local entrepreneur, Lesley Millar and her inclusion in the Federation of Small Business top 100 business women in the UK.

Lesley, who established Hamilton based business ‘Jigsaw Travel’ in 1998 now employs Seven staff members, all of whom are women.

As the winners of the Scottish Passenger Agents Association ‘Best Small Business (Travel Agent) Award in 2017 and 2016, the business received special commendation from local SNP MSP, Christina McKelvie.

Commenting, Christina said:

“Lesley and the whole team at Jigsaw Travel are a template example of a small, thriving successful business within my constituency.

“Their determination, success and solid-work ethic is to be admired. Now employing seven members of staff – all of whom are female – is an incredibly appropriate cause to highlight on International Women’s Day 2018.

“Lesley deserves her place within the Federation of Small Businesses Top 100 business women within the UK and I wish them every success as they bring growth, business and jobs to my constituency.

Commenting, founder of Jigsaw Travel, Lesley Millar said:

“Having the ability to carve your own future is a gift and I would encourage any female considering starting a business to embrace this.”

“I head the team at Jigsaw Travel and have been fortunate enough to recruit the right people to work with me to deliver the goals and the values of the company.”

“I would also advise anyone thinking of starting a business to do something they truly love, if you happen to make a healthy profit then that’s an additional bonus but the driver should be doing something which makes you feel completely fulfilled.”