Our Unpaid Work Bias is Holding Back our Female Entrepreneurs

The untapped economic potential of female entrepreneurship represents a potential £1bn annual boost to the UK economy (Royal Bank of Scotland, 2017) and 150,000 additional new starts a year (Prowess Women in Business, 2018). It is widely reported women entrepreneurs often face more barriers to enterprise than their male counterparts. Data on gender difference within entrepreneurship …

Raising Investment, Is It Harder for Female Entrepreneurs?

Headlines on the rise of female entrepreneurs suggest that the entrepreneurial arena is leading the way in promoting gender equality, however major barriers remain.  This report explores the obstacles women face when securing investment to start-up or grow their business. Entrepreneurialism in the UK has risen far faster among women than men in the past decade. …

PNE Enterprise business nominated for prestigious award

A mumpreneur supported by PNE Enterprise has been nominated for a prestigious national children’s award. Jenna Davy, who has two children, Seb and Felicity, received the nomination for her work setting up The Baby Hub music, movement and sensory classes. This week it was announced Jenna has been nominated for a ‘What’s On 4 Kids’ …

Heidi Mottram OBE: The Value of Voluntary Sector Engagement

Heidi Mottram OBE, is Chief Executive Officer of Northumbrian Water Group and HRH The Prince of Wales’ Ambassador to the North East for Business in the Community. Here she discusses why engaging with voluntary and charitable organisations makes business sense. Some people may question why businesses spend time, money and effort supporting voluntary organisations and …

Dawn Cranswick on the Women Leaders Roundtable at the House of Lords

I was fortunate to be invited to the Women in Business Roundtables session at the House of Lords yesterday, an inspiring event which focused on: exploring the challenges that women face in their development as leaders hearing about ways to harness the growth of technology to support a blended work-life balance identifying strategies to increase …

Rising Female Entrepreneurship gives Gulf a Boost

A new report has revealed female entrepreneurship has risen 150% over a three year period within Gulf countries, representing a $385bn contribution to their economies. The GCC Women – Entrepreneurs in a New Economy report, undertaken by the Gulf Co-Operation Council (GCC), recorded the highest ever rates of female business activity within the region, representing …

Women in STEM: ‘Not just a matter of fairness, but a business imperative.’

Women have been underrepresented in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields for some time. With a skills gap looming on the horizon, the UK’s economy can’t afford to ignore women and the vital global resource they represent. There’s no question that boosting the role women play in STEM fields makes sense in regards to …