Army of female entrepreneurs to help women’s enterprise

Minister recruits 1000 female entrepreneurs to inspire other business women

One thousand women entrepreneurs are to be recruited to help and inspire more women to set up their own businesses as part of the new Women’s Enterprise Taskforce.

Margaret Hodge, Industry and Regions Minister who announced the ‘army of businesswomen activists’, said the taskforce would provide a national network of women helping women across the country.

The network will be recruited by the regional development agencies (RDA), with each RDA set to recruit more than 100 entrepreneurs each.

Speaking at a conference on women’s enterprise, Hodge was keen to emphasise the necessity of the new taskforce:

“We can’t afford not to do this. There would be three quarters of a million more businesses in the UK if we matched US levels of female entrepreneurship.

“Successful women throughout the country can and must mentor and inspire many more women to think: ‘yes I can do that’ and take the confident plunge to start their own business.

“This will lead to a new women’s movement that will push back gender barriers and give women the confidence and support they need to start a business.”

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Hodge also announced that later this year a new support programme would be launched for budding female entrepreneurs who have graduated in the last ten years.

The programme, to be run by the National Council of Graduate Entrepreneurs, will help female graduates turn their ideas into reality, by providing a year’s business support.

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