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FEMALE BUSINESS OWNERS SEEK ENTERPRISE SUPPORT, FINANCE AND MARKET OPPORTUNITIES

FEMALE BUSINESS OWNERS SEEK ENTERPRISE SUPPORT, FINANCE AND MARKET OPPORTUNITIES
Thank you to everyone who completed our survey of women-owned businesses in Scotland.  The results are in and you can read the full report on our new website.   Over 80% of entrepreneurial businesswomen in Scotland want to grow their businesses and are actively seeking access to enterprise support, finance and market opportunities, a new survey has a revealed. Launching the Women’s Enterprise Scotland (WES) Survey of Women-Owned Businesses 2014 on Women’s Entrepreneurship Day, as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week, WES CEO Margaret Gibson said:  “The majority of women are running microbusinesses, employing fewer than ten staff, and our survey results show that personal savings were the main source of business finance in the last twelve months for this group, with only 12% accessing public funds.  The general perception was that investment for future business growth was more problematic.
In addition, respondents indicated a clear preference for flexible business support, where a selection of services were available rather than a ‘one size fits all’ approach.  Importantly, this support should be enhanced by providing a range of appropriate role models and mentors, who can inspire and encourage other women.  Today’s launch incorporates the introduction of the second group of Women’s Enterprise Scotland Ambassadors, who can do exactly that. They will inspire, motivate, engage and connect with women-led start-up and growth businesses.”  Download the Survey Report here.

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