We’ve been shortlisted in the British Chamber of Commerce Business Awards for the Equality Trailblazer – Diversity and Inclusion Award!
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Businesswomen Wendy Maltman worked for several of Scotland’s top design agencies in the early years of her career but found that once she had children, her employers were unable to support with family friendly working practices.
This was the catalyst to setting up her own business, The Malting House, and she initially worked from home while raising her family. Using her lived experience of inequality as a positive force for change, Wendy has continued to blaze a trail for women as her own company has also flourished.
Now, 18 years on, The Malting House has established itself as an award-winning marketing and design agency empowering ambitious businesses to maximise their potential. At the heart of the business are strong core values including ‘care’ and ‘community’ which guide decisions and drive their agenda.
In 2018 The Malting House was recognised in the Dundee Inspire Awards as an employer supportive of young people. Mindful of the obstacles facing young women, the team have made a point of offering work placements for females interested in design and marketing. However, the business is very much founded on the premise of supporting women in all their roles and throughout their whole careers.
As president of the Association of Scottish Businesswomen, Wendy served on a Scottish Government committee to lobby for support for female entrepreneurs and was involved in setting up a mentoring platform with the Scottish Chambers of Commerce.
Ramanee has a particular interest in digital accessibility and the team regularly provide free training webinars in marketing, branding and social media to the local community through Dundee & Angus and Perthshire Chambers of Commerce, Women Ahead, Perthshire Businesswomen’s Network (PBN) and The Association of Scottish Businesswomen.
The Malting House also undertake marketing work for charities such as ‘Feisty Women’, which exists to advance equality and economic justice for older women, and Alternatives Dundee which provide counselling for child loss, and interactive workshops to help young people explore healthy relationships. The company also provides pro-bono design and marketing support for local charities including CHAS, and supports the Rotary Club of Dundee’s Swimarathon, charity dinner and Oktoberfest.
The team undertake several volunteering roles where they also seek to promote diversity and inclusion. Debbie is currently president of Perthshire Businesswomen’s Network and is seeking to widen the membership especially by age and ethnicity; As a Guide leader, Ramanee promotes positive opportunities for young women, and Wendy is an active member of the Rotary Club of Dundee, recently taking up the role of President Nominee with the intent of becoming only the second female president in the group’s 100-year history in 2023. She is chair of the Youth Engagement Committee and annually donates a week of her time to be a mentor on the Rotary Youth Leadership Award programme.
Wendy is also Vice Chair of Dundee Museum of Transport, reflecting her love of the heritage sector and helping promote the organisation to a more diverse and varied audience.
Thank you to Mhairi Towler of Vivomotion for nominating The Malting House for this award.