UK female entrepreneurs striving in e-commerce
Number of self-employed women in online retail has risen by 28% over last five years as females break the “glass ceiling”
The number of female e-commerce entrepreneurs is growing faster in the UK than anywhere else in Europe, rising 28% between 2009 and 2014 – compared to 17% in France, 5% in Italy and -2% in Germany.
The research, conducted by eBay using government data, also revealed that the number of UK female entrepreneurs in online retail has grown faster than the rate of male e-commerce entrepreneurs; which only increased by 10% over the same period.
According to the study, female entrepreneurs are “smashing the glass ceiling” with female-founded e-commerce firms creating stable jobs – 10% of female-founded e-commerce businesses have employees compared to just 2% of those e-commerce businesses established by men.
Tanya Lawler, eBay UK CEO, said:
“We’re seeing more and more women set up successful enterprises, and for all the talk of a glass ceiling, Britain is actually a nation of self-made women.
“Our research with Development Economics has now verified the strides that businesswomen are making in the small and medium enterprise space, and quantified their valuable economic contribution.”
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