Did you know... 

  • 27% of self-employed people in the UK are women (A Strategic Framework for Women’s Enterprise, Small Business Service, 2003).
  • 12 – 14% of businesses are majority owned by women (A Strategic Framework for Women’s Enterprise, Small Business Service, 2003).
  • Female entrepreneurs account for 6.8% of the UK’s working population (Global Entrepreneurship Monitor, GEM, Jan 2004).
  • If the UK could achieve the same levels of female entrepreneurship as the US, Britain would gain three quarters of a million more businesses. (Gordon Brown, Advancing Enterprise Conference, 04.02.05).
  • According to their website, Prowess is the UK association of organisations and individuals who support women to start and grow business. If you’re thinking of setting up your own business, or you want to develop an existing one, you’ll find advice and resources here: http://www.prowess.org.uk/start/starting.asp.