Facebook and Enterprise Nation partner to ‘upskill’ 10,000 female entrepreneurs

Partnership will deliver programme of nationwide events and training that could unlock an estimated £45m for the UK economy by the end of the year

Facebook and small business network Enterprise Nation have formed a partnership that will deliver training to 10,000 women business owners across the country.

The free online and offline training resources have been created specifically by the two organisations to help female entrepreneurs develop essential digital skills, online and mobile tools that will help them grow their businesses.

At the same time, Enterprise Nation and Facebook will host a range of events across the UK to “inspire creativity, empower confidence” and teach women how best to use Facebook and Instagram to boost their business.

It’s estimated the nationwide programme of events and online courses has the potential to generate an estimated £45m for the UK economy by the end of 2017.

The partnership is the latest step in Facebook’s SheMeansBusiness initiative, launched in May last year to give more women across the UK the tools needed to grow their businesses.

The initiative comes as new research highlights a significant gender gap in the UK’s enterprise space with just 20% of the country’s 5.4 million small businesses started by women.

And despite the number of women in the UK who would like to start a business rising from 10% to 14% in the last year, 71% have said they are unlikely to, with 20% citing confidence as a barrier.

Nicola Mendelsohn, vice president of Europe, the Middle East and Africa at Facebook, said: We believe there is real opportunity here in the UK, whether through entrepreneurship education or by providing incentives, training and support for those who want to set up a business, to inspire more women to turn their great business ideas into reality.

“So we’re calling once more on all the brilliant friends, amazing mums, determined wives, and great grandmothers with an idea to realise their potential – and we hope this latest partnership will give more women the opportunity to do just that.”

Emma Jones MBE, founder of Enterprise Nation, commented: ” We’re looking forward to working with the thousands of female founders out there with Facebook to help them grow thriving and satisfying businesses for the long term, while making an important contribution to the British economy.”

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