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Departmental Research

Volume 503: debated on Wednesday 6 January 2010

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what research his Department has (a) evaluated and (b) conducted on barriers to women and those from ethnic minorities establishing businesses. (307228)

The Household Survey of Entrepreneurship was conducted by the Department bi-annually between 2001 and 2007. This survey included analysis of barriers to starting a business for women and ethnic minorities.

The Annual Small Business Survey has been used to systematically acquire data on obstacles to success reported by women-led and ethnic minority-led businesses since 2003.

A number of studies focusing on specific issues have also been conducted. These include:

The Government’s response to the Ethnic Minority Business Task Force (2009).

The Government’s response to the Women’s Enterprise Task Force (2009).

Assessing the effectiveness of different forms of support for women’s enterprise: the regional women’s enterprise initiatives (2008).

Exploring gender differentials in access to business finance: an econometric analysis of survey data (2007).

Finance for small and medium-sized enterprises: comparisons of ethnic minority and white owned businesses (2006).

Women’s business ownership: recent research and policy developments (2006).

Sharing the vision: a collaborative approach to increasing female entrepreneurship (2003).

Engaging black and minority ethnic entrepreneurs in business support (2003).

Further details of these and other relevant studies are available on the Publications page of the BIS website: