Facebook says 'When Women Succeed, We All Win'

We were delighted to read that the FSB have teamed up with Facebook to promote women in business and support women entrepreneurs in the UK.

Following the launch of FSB’s report ‘Women in Enterprise: the untapped potential’ in April, they have been working hard to tackle the barriers to women’s entrepreneurship. They are also working with Facebook on the launch of its exciting new campaign ‘She means business’. This partnership will look to inspire future women business owners, alongside providing practical help and support through tools and online learning sessions. Facebook has released research, undertaken by Development Economics and YouGov, that shows around 2.7 million UK women want to start a business. This has the potential to create 340,000 new businesses and support 425,000 additional jobs – ultimately unlocking a potential £10.1 billion boost to the UK economy. The report highlights many of the same challenges and opportunities for women in business as FSB’s own research, namely that confidence is a real barrier to business for women. Supporting women’s enterprise is evidently crucial in helping individuals realise their full potential, and in turn boost the economy. That’s why the FSB are working with key stakeholders like Facebook and developing a series of regional events, resources and networking opportunities to achieve a real boost for women’s entrepreneurship. They will also lobby Government on tangible policy change to get more women in enterprise and help them grow. Sandra Dexter, FSB National Vice-Chair, said: “The world of business is changing. There is now a record number of UK smaller businesses and the self-employed, and at FSB we have seen more and more women set themselves up in business and join us. I’m delighted that FSB is working with Facebook on SheMeansBusiness, a campaign which will be a real boost for female entrepreneurship.” More information can be found about Facebook’s #shemeansbusiness campaign on their dedicated hub FB.me/shemeansbusinessuk and women can sign up to join one of the forthcoming webinar sessions.

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