Women in Enterprise: The Untapped Potential

The FSB says, "It is right that we should focus on developing an environment which facilitates the growth of women entrepreneurs Understanding the challenges faced by women business owners, but also identifying solutions that will increase the number of women actually setting up a new business is vital to creating a dynamic and vibrant small business community

As the leading business organisation for small businesses and the self-employed, FSB has an important role to play in promoting the value of business ownership and being a key champion for women’s entrepreneurship We undertook this report to enhance our understanding of women’s business ownership both within our own membership and the wider business community and to explore ways to help this community ourish Although the report highlights how many of the challenges faced by women entrepreneurs are similar to those facing the small business community as a whole, it shows there are still speci c and persistent barriers for too many women when setting up and growing their own business To help address this, we include a series of recommendations for the UK and devolved Governments on how to help women entrepreneurs realise their full potential We hope these recommendations will prove useful to policymakers at the local, national and European level who seek to develop solutions to boosting women’s business ownership The report also highlights the role of business groups in promoting and supporting women in enterprise In response to the ndings, FSB is creating a new taskforce to support women entrepreneurs and small business owners The Women in Enterprise Taskforce will run a series of regional events and networking opportunities, working with the existing regional women’s networks to ensure FSB fully represents all of its diverse membership Small rms already make a huge contribution to our economy If we were to harness the still largely untapped potential of women entrepreneurship and provide them greater support, it could lead to more jobs being created, economic growth and a more diverse and representative small business community." Read the report here

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