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Lack of women entrepreneurs in Yorkshire


6:50am 16th September 2011
(Updated 11:04am 16th September 2011)

The gender gap seems to be getting bigger in Yorkshire.

Stats show that more men than women in our region are branching out as entrepreneurs.

In fact only 27% of those self-employeed here are ladies.


The low levels of women entrepreneurs in Yorkshire & the Humber is a concern to local Euro MP, Diana Wallis.

Figures obtained by the MEP show, in Yorkshire & the Humber the numbers of female entrepreneurs is the third lowest for regions in England

She also says the numbers are decreasing regionally although the overall national figure is on the increase.

Euro MP Diana Wallis said:

"That the numbers of female entrepreneurs in our region is low anyway and are decreasing must be a cause for concern.

"It is clearly tough for female entrepreneurs to succeed anyway but the recession will only make things tougher.

"An added factor, in our region, will be the eventual withdrawal of EU funds in deprived areas as such funds seem to have had a very positive impact on female participation in business."

"I want to see much more publicity of the funding opportunities that are available to female entrepreneurs through special grants and other financial measures, such as the European Progress Microfinance Facility which provides credits of up to £22,000 to micro-enterprises and those who want to start their own business."

"Also just as students can make use of the Erasmus programme to study in other EU countries, so young entrepreneurs can work for up to 6 months with an experienced entrepreneur in his or her SME in another EU country. The difference is that the student Erasmus scheme is well known and hugely popular; that for entrepreneurs is woefully under publicised."

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