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Women in Business

26 September 2019, 12:00 PM — 3:00 PM
Organised by:
Woking Works
WWF UK Living Planet Centre, Brewery Road, Woking , Surrey, GU21 4LL
Free. Please register via the link below.

Woking Works, in partnership with Surrey Chambers of Commerce, is pleased to bring all female leaders and entrepreneurs together to hear a report on The Rose Review, which looks to identify the barriers faced by women when starting or growing a business.

The Rose Review:

The government-commissioned Rose Review examines the barriers women in business face and what can be done to overcome them.

The UK is the start-up capital of Europe, attracting more venture capital than any other European country, yet only one in three UK entrepreneurs is female. In comparison with 15% of women in Canada, almost 11% of women in the US, and over 9% of women in Australia and the Netherlands, only 5.6% of UK women run their own companies. But without more women in business, the UK is losing out. According to a new government-backed review by Alison Rose, CEO of commercial and private banking at NatWest, boosting female entrepreneurship could add £250bn to the economy.

What’s holding women back? Rose’s review says access to funding, risk awareness, primary care responsibilities and perception of skills are among the barriers female entrepreneurs need to overcome. And in order to do that, she recommends eight initiatives the private sector (and parts of the public sector) can take forward, including: increased funding; support from private investors; the expansion of mentoring and networking opportunities; and accelerating the rollout of entrepreneurial courses to schools and colleges.