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More women starting their own business than men in the UK for the first time ever PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Leading enterprise agency for Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire, Wenta, have become a founder member of the Charter for Women in Business, just launched by Prowess, which aims to close a business development gap costing the UK economy billions each year. 


More women are starting their own business than men in the UK for the first time ever. These women are ambitious. Some 14% want to hire more staff this year. With nearly 1 million women-led SMEs in the UK that could mean around 140,000 new jobs, according to a government report.

But despite the start-up surge and clear ambitions, women’s businesses aren’t accessing the same level of support and they are less likely to survive and grow than men’s businesses. The Charter for Women in Business is a practical initiative to close the gender gap.

Award-winning Wenta have been providing a wealth of business start-up advice and support to local people for the past 32 years. Within this time, they have delivered a large number of successful programmes specifically aimed at helping women in business. This includes the current Women and Broadband Programme, a free scheme in Central Beds, Bedford, Luton and Milton Keynes which helps ladies to start or grow their business by getting online and taking advantage of faster broadband.

Wenta have also recently launched a women’s business networking group at Champney’s Tring called ‘Sapphire’. This offers a unique mix of advice, networking events, training, mentoring and online support.

“We are excited to have now become a member of The Charter for Women in Business. Here at Wenta, we continually encourage and support local business women and we feel proud to be a part of this initiative.” says Sharon Gaffney, Head of Training and Skills at Wenta.

Prowess Director Erika Watson, who was awarded an MBE for services to women’s enterprise, says: “The Charter builds on international best practice and more importantly the women we’ve surveyed give it their full approval. We’re inviting business support and services providers to join Wenta by signing up to the Charter themselves and letting their staff and clients know that they are serious about sharing in women’s business success.”

The Charter for Women in Business is available online at charter.prowess.org.uk. It includes a code of practice, online training and marketing tools which will better equip supporters of start-ups and small companies to reach and support the growing market of women in business.
 
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