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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  1. Natasha thanks for sharing this feminine survey!!!
    This will enhance the opportunity for other women who are planning to jump into ecommerce market and this is just like an ocean. To beat the competition one has to adopt a unique business model to target the potential audience.
    Can you share the numbers of female ecommerce entreprenuers who are already in business at high street?
    I observe that there are number of retailers at high street who have started ecommerce site after customer’s increasing demand.