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Women Entrepreneurs

Volume 455: debated on Thursday 18 January 2007

25. To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what plans the Government have for encouraging women entrepreneurs. (116359)

There are encouraging signs that more women are considering starting businesses and recent figures show that 34 per cent. of the newly self-employed are women, compared to 27 per cent. of those currently self-employed. A Task Force on Women’s Enterprise has been established to further accelerate the rates of women’s business ownership in the UK. The Task Force is co-ordinating activity across Government and the Regional Development Agencies to ensure more women can set up in business.