Female-run start-ups on the rise

5 11 2007

The number of women ditching their jobs in favour of running their own business is growing, while the proportion of men doing the same is falling, new research reveals.  The percentage of females moving into self-employment has increased by 10 per cent since 1990, said enterprise support body Prowess, in contrast to the proportion of men which has fallen by the same number. 

Women’s Enterprise in the UK is a major new report which shows women are more likely than men to view social, ethical and environmental considerations as a key business driver, with the majority of females starting their own companies after working in the education, healthcare and community work sectors. The study also showed that women from the black community are among the most entrepreneurial.  The report’s author, Dr Rebecca Harding,  notes: “Research continues to show that the attitudes and motivations that drive women’s enterprise are fundamentally different to those that drive men.  Such differences need to be taken into account in the delivery of business support to women.”

In January 2008, the first Flying Start Programme for Women Entrepreneurs will be held in York.  Believed to be the first national programme designed specifically for women, the aim of the programme is to help women take their product, service or idea and make it a business reality.  It’s free to all participants and open to any graduate of a UK University (up to 10 years on) or final year students planning to start a business within the next 12 months. Each programme participant will receive (i) pre-programme support for their idea (ii) a 3 day residential programme and (iii) 12 months of mentoring and online support.

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