Revealed: Women Make Up Only A Third Of All Entrepreneurs In The U.K

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Revealed: Women Make Up Only A Third Of All Entrepreneurs In The U.K
Revealed: Women Make Up Only A Third Of All Entrepreneurs In The U.K

As the Treasury announces that only 1p of every £1 of venture capital funding goes to entirely women-led start-ups, IW Capital launches its Women’s Entrepreneurship Index. The index explores why it is that women have to work so much harder to start their own businesses, through no fault of their own.

Luke Davis, CEO and Founder of the company that commissioned this research – IW Capital – commented on the findings; “After this week’s Treasury announcement regarding venture capital funding, this subject has scarcely been more important. Optimum productivity across our private sector can only be secured by utilising the full capacity of this nation’s diverse talent pool. Failing to do so will of course impede the growth and success of our economy, with up to 50% of the potential and subsequent productivity being restricted.

What has been found in the index reiterates a study conducted by the UK Business Angels Association (UKBAA) which showed the disparity between the potential investment available for men and women. It found that over half (54%) of female Angel investors had backed at least one female-founded business whilst only a small minority of male investors had done the same. This is worsened by the finding from the Women’s Entrepreneurship Index that men are three times more likely to have greater than £250,000 of investible assets available than women (9% of men vs 3% of women).

The SME arena contributed £1.9 trillion to the UK’s economy in 2017 and so making sure that it has the widest possible pool of talent to draw from is vital. As the backbone of the private sector, they will be a huge factor in determining the success of Brexit in March and onwards. Encouraging investment into female-founded businesses is clearly something that must be improved upon through legislation as well as fostering an environment in which women feel that they have the support and resources available to start businesses,” continued Mr Davis.

Other Key Statistics

  • Half of women believe that their professional success is down to personal merit, conviction and perseverance and not the guidance of academic or professional support. This is versus 57% of men (14% higher for men)
  • A third of women (34%) feel more disillusioned with the corporate ladder than their parents/grandparents were
  • Nearly four in 10 (38%) of women do not feel that they will be richer than their parents
  • A third of women (33%) feel less supported by the government to start their own business venture than their parents were at their age
  • Women are 21% less likely to consider an entrepreneurial route more attractive than working for some else than men (34% of men vs 28% of women)
  • Nearly a third of women (31%) are mindful or concerned about the impact of Brexit professionally and societally
Sentiments towards entrepreneurship still reflect a perceived advantage for men in the UK to start their own business over women
Sentiments towards entrepreneurship still reflect a perceived advantage for men in the UK to start their own business over women

The Gap Remains

Sentiments towards entrepreneurship still reflect a perceived advantage for men in the UK to start their own business over women

  • Men are 52% more likely to have more capital than their parents to start a business than women (35% of men vs 23% of women)
  • Women are 21% less likely to consider an entrepreneurial route more attractive than working for some else than men (34% of men vs 28% of women)
  • Half of women believe that their professional success is down to personal merit, conviction and perseverance and not the guidance of academic or professional support. This is versus 57% of men. (14% higher for men)
  • Fewer than one in five small and medium-sized enterprises in the U.K. are led by women
  • Two-thirds of women felt they had not been taken seriously by potential investors when raising money for new ventures.
  • Just 9% of U.K. start-up funding goes to women-run businesses.

The Generational Gap

It also seems that women in the UK are feeling disillusioned with the amount of support they can get from the government when looking to set up a business. This is especially true when compared to the opportunities their parents may have had.

  • A third of women (34%) feel more disillusioned with the corporate ladder than their parents/grandparents were.
  • 33% of women feel less supported by the government to start their own business venture than their parents were at their age
  • 38% of women do not feel that they will be richer than their parents

Meanwhile, a fifth of women feel like they were encouraged to commence their career in a role that did not reflect their professional aspirations or academic credentials at that time, including starting a business.

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Hernaldo Turrillo is a writer and author specialised in innovation, AI, DLT, SMEs, trading, investing and new trends in technology and business. He has been working for ztudium group since 2017. He is the editor of openbusinesscouncil.org, tradersdna.com, hedgethink.com, and writes regularly for intelligenthq.com, socialmediacouncil.eu. Hernaldo was born in Spain and finally settled in London, United Kingdom, after a few years of personal growth. Hernaldo finished his Journalism bachelor degree in the University of Seville, Spain, and began working as reporter in the newspaper, Europa Sur, writing about Politics and Society. He also worked as community manager and marketing advisor in Los Barrios, Spain. Innovation, technology, politics and economy are his main interests, with special focus on new trends and ethical projects. He enjoys finding himself getting lost in words, explaining what he understands from the world and helping others. Besides a journalist, he is also a thinker and proactive in digital transformation strategies. Knowledge and ideas have no limits.