October 20, 2011

Campaign launched to encourage female entrepreneurship

by Jan Harris

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) and business community network Everywoman have jointly launched a campaign to encourage more women to start their own businesses.

The Real-Life Entrepreneurs campaign aims to provide solutions to help entrepreneurs deal with everyday challenges.

The FSB and Everywoman are calling on the government to set targets for growth in female entrepreneurs.

They estimate that 150,000 start-ups could be created each year if as many female entrepreneurs set up businesses as male entrepreneurs.

The campaign will provide help with areas such as finance, cash-flow, tax and regulation.

As well as encouraging female entrepreneurship it will also encourage other groups under-represented in business, including young people, the over-50s, and people with disabilities.

John Walker, chairman of the FSB said: ” The Government wants to see the private sector pick up the slack from public sector job losses and with a large number of female employees working in the sector as well as large numbers of women already unemployed it is really important that setting up their own business is seen as an option.”

In the US, a new survey suggests that more women are setting up technology companies.

According to research by Women 2.0 published by TechCrunch, the number of women entrepreneurs in the technology sector has doubled in the past three years.

San Francisco-based Women 2.0 aims to increase the number of women entrepreneurs opening high growth companies through the provision of information and resources.

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