Lorely Burt MP, Government Ambassador for Women in Enterprise, has published a report calling on the government to be more explicit about its commitment to diverse enterprise ownership.
Commenting on the publication of the report, Gordon Millward, FSB regional chairman said: “Failure to provide enough support for women entrepreneurs is a missed opportunity for the economy.
“We would like to see a lot more evidence gathered on what is holding women back, and how we can break down these barriers.
“Business support should be much more effectively targeted at women. There are still unhelpful stereotypes that suggest small business is a man’s world, and these need to be addressed.
“Growth Hubs and the ‘Business is Great’ website have the potential to be valuable signposts, but they need to be more targeted about how they provide women with information about a wide range of support and advice.”