Currently in the UK, women represent less than a third of the self-employed population, according to the Office for National Statistics, with men around twice as likely to start a business. This imbalance remains even though the ONS reports women were responsible for 80 per cent of the growth in the number of self-employed people in the UK between 2008-2011. Thankfully though, there are a number of driven female entrepreneurs trying to change this situation.
As Women’s Entrepreneurship Day approaches, Aldermore identifies five female business leaders working hard to empower others to follow in their footsteps.
Before even reaching thirty, Carrie Green has already started two businesses, launching current project the Female Entrepreneur Association in 2011. The association acts as an online hub for female entrepreneurs to come together and learn from each other, offering a support community, regular business advice videos and a free monthly magazine, This Girl Means Business.
Belinda Parmar is the force behind Lady Geek, a creative agency and social enterprise aiming to change the way businesses speak to women and inspire girls to become technology innovators. Parmar is also on the UK government advisory board for science, technology, engineering and mathematics careers, encouraging more young women into these typically male-dominated sectors.
After selling off her first successful business venture, Emma Jones formed Enterprise Nation in 2006, an online small business community which has now grown to reach over 75,000 budding entrepreneurs. The organisation not only holds regular events and workshops, but also campaigns extensively to government on the need to support small businesses. Having next started a third business, StartUp Britain, in 2012 Jones was awarded an MBE for Services to Enterprise.
After working as a youth development professional for the Girl Scouts of America and publishing Surviving Girlhood, an educational manual on helping girls develop positive relationships, Nikki Giant is now the director of her own company, Full Circle. The business supports schools and local communities by delivering programs that enable young people to deal with common challenges, including gender issues.
Aimee Bateman has put her experience as a recruitment consultant to work by launching Careercake TV, an online careers site offering regular advice videos, coaching services and workshops. Bateman is a regular BBC spokeswoman on careers issues and has also picked up numerous awards and nominations from the likes of the Institute of Directors, Business Insider Magazine and Shell’s Young Entrepreneur of the Year contest.
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