So, 10 years ago today only 12 of Scotland’s 50 most influential women in business were entrepreneurs. Have times changed? Who do you recognise as Scotland’s most influential business woman?

I READ my Sunday papers with a sinking heart. I doubt I was the only one. Did you find it disappointing that of Scotland’s 50 most influential women in business only 12 were entrepreneurs in their own right? I did. At first. But after a quick chocolate fix to bring my seratonin levels back up, I realised a couple of things.

Firstly, that the newspaper which profiled the individuals appears to have a somewhat skewed outlook on the true definition of “influential” and “business”. I mean, Jackie Bird is certainly a Scottish celebrity, but influential in business? No disrespect to Jackie, but presenting awards at business dinners doesn’t compare with building a multi-million pound business. I’m sure she would agree.

The second thing I realised is that for once, it’s not the newspaper’s fault. The newspaper was only reflecting public opinion, which is that being an entrepreneur still carries little credibility and has even less influence on business. Whereas getting a “real career”, with control over money, or politics, or accounts or law – or even someone else’s enterprise – is to be aspired to.

I’m not disappointed, because I don’t believe for a minute that there are only 12 influential female businesswomen, entrepreneurs, whatever you want to call them, in Scotland.

Why wasn’t Mary Gorman on the list? She started up Reality while husband Chris was still at DX Communications, and the couple sold their fledging business to GUS for £35m last year just 18 months after conception.

Where is Susan Haughey, wife of the Entrepreneurial Exchange’s Entrepreneur of the Year, Willie? The couple, who together built City Refrigeration Holdings into a phenomenally successful business with £100m turnover and more than 3700 employees in just six years, have yet to show their full potential.

There was no mention of Rita Rusk, hairdresser, inventor, educator and entrepreneur. Ms Rusk, last year’s chairman of the Exchange, not only built a successful – and still growing – business but she has invented and patented a seriously cool pair of scissors and runs a hairdressing school which teaches talented youngsters from all over the country.

Ann Budge of leading Scots IT company Newell and Budge is missing from the list. And what about Norma Black, whose Learning Game is about to revolutionise the way our children are taught in school? She has come out from behind husband Jack’s shadow with an exciting business that demonstrates that learning can be fun – and very profitable.

Please don’t get me wrong: bankers, accountants, lawyers, VCs, advisors are all influential in that they are supportive of businesswomen and men. They deserve recognition. But are they truly the top 50 women in business?

The fact that there are only 12 female entrepreneurs in the list will doubtless add more fuel to the bra-burning fire of the Wellpark women out there who believe that women in business are discriminated against because of their sex.

I know I’m on about women in business again, and the unfairness of the senseless but growing demand for women-only support networks and funding initiatives. I know that the Wellpark women will be putting yet another price on my head. But let’s face it girls, you get more publicity out of this column than anywhere else and surely bad publicity is better than none at all.

You must understand the facts by now. Businesswomen fall into two distinct but imbalanced groups (that’s the size of the group, not their mental state I must add). The first group is the larger of the two. These women are creative, enterprising, intelligent and sensible. They prefer to think small. Managing their own lifestyle business gives them the flexibility to spend time with their families and manage their domestic commitments. They are truly happy with this. They are also a crucial part of our economy.

The second, much much smaller group, are equally creative, enterprising and intelligent. But they want more. They need more. A lifestyle business for them just doesn’t deliver the job satisfaction nor the challenges they need on a daily business. These women have the potential to create and build wealth and job creating businesses with multi-million pound revenues. Yet another crucial part of our economy.

But never the twain shall meet. We should simply recognise and accept the reasons why. And then get on with supporting both groups – and their male counterparts – so that next year’s Top 50 list is even more inspirational.