Shouts ‘Girl Power’ with hand aloft sporting a peace sign this is not. This is a call to action! In 2015 Female entrepreneurs contributed a combined £3.51 billion to the UK economy, this is no small feat. However of all male entrepreneurs, 9.5% set up a business in 2015. Of all female entrepreneurs, less than 5% did. Do More would like to help redress this imbalance…Game on!
5 inspiring UK women run Start-ups businesses – the stories behind them. Some links to interesting interviews about them. And finally resources specifically for women run start-ups. At least two of your 5 a day reads in here. So kick back, give yourself the time…then get moving & Do More!
Niomi Smart easily fits the criteria of inspirational, especially in the current digital landscape. She has built her career via vlogging (Video Blogging for the uninitiated) specifically on health, beauty and lifestyle. With over 1.7 million subscribers to her Youtube channel she has made herself an authority. Her audience trust her and she promotes the brands and products she loves on her website, taking a commission via affiliate marketing. Find a good article where Niomi discusses the challenges of her industry here
Martha Lane Fox founded lastminute.com in 1998. A project that was huge in the early 2000’s dotcom boom. She has now metamorphasised as an evangelist for a fairer internet founding the movement doteveryoneukwhich seeks an inclusive digital society as well as a thriving digital economy. She has supported a wealth of online projects giving her unparalleled experience. Despite a horrific car accident in 2004 that nearly took her life and left her with life altering disabilities, she still chairs organisational boards and has a seat in the house of lords. Read a very frank interview in the Telegraph here.
Sherry Coutu founded Interactive Investor International in 1994, a platform that supports investors with unbiased financial information. She stepped down in 2000 when it was floated on the stock exchange and set herself on a career of angel investment. Particularly specialising in consumer internet and consulting with or coaching entrepreneurs. In 2010 Techcrunch voted her as the top CEO mentor/advisor in Europe, quite the accolade. Meet her in this brilliant Ted Talk and get some further insight.
Holly Tucker is one of the founders of Not On the Highstreet, the online marketplace for unique gifts and personalised products. She is also a preacher of small business strategy, authoring the bestselling books ‘Build a Business From Your Kitchen Table’ & ‘Shape Up Your Business’. Whilst dyslexia causes a challenging landscape, Holly has embraced this with the characteristics you would expect from a hard working entrepreneur – Doing more to be able to achieve her targets, levelling with and surpassing her peers. An insightful and inspirational interview in the Guardian can be found here.
The changing digital landscape affects every industry and is always a relevant topic. No surprises then that website development and application building are further becoming more popular as career choices cross gender. Kathryn Parsons is one of the co-founders of Decoded who claim that they can teach people how to ‘code in a day’. One day! This good article in Vogue Magazine posts Kathryn in a very good light, and furthers her company’s claim that coding is not completely out of reach of the masses.
Women Centric Networking Groups:
Forward Ladies – A Worldwide platform that aims to connect women to support and opportunities.
Prowess – A website chock full of support resources and advice specifically for women.
Enterprising Women – A website resource full of content to empower entrepreneurial women and support them across location and industry sector.
Mumpreneur – This does exactly what it says on the tin. Launched by two Mumpreneurs with 7 children between them, this website aims to support other like minded Mothers.
Wire – This stands for Women In Rural Enterprise and offers a volume of support resources and networks specifically targeted at those out of the city.
Every Woman – Established in 1999, Every Woman offers a network of over 20,000 members worldwide and supports the advancement of women.
UK Business Angels Association – Find a business angel to invest in a startup or early stage business. If you’ve ever watched Dragons Den, you’ll know that engaging an experienced entrepreneur into your project can reap massive rewards. Afterall, they want to see their investment flourish as much as you do.
UK CrowdFunding Association – CrowdFunding has been hugely successful, it is responsible for supporting thousands of UK Startups and helping businesses to surpass their previous reach. It is also a good way to market the business and get potential customers excited at the prospect.
Start Up Loans – A Government backed scheme to support the birth of new businesses within the UK. Application is via 3 stages but low interest loans can be up to £25,000.
Government ‘Smart Grants’ – Is your project of a research and development basis? Government scheme ‘Innovate UK’ supports this with grants available up to 60% of the project cost.
So there you have it, no excuse to follow up on that entrepreneurial idea and desire that has been playing on your mind, or that next step in your business growth. What are you waiting for?
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