Only 19% of small business owners in the UK are female, why is that?

Updated: Mar 15

International Womens Day

In the run up to International Womens Day SME loans ran a campaign #WomenInSMEs to highlight the inequality remaining in small business ownership in the UK.

As the owner of Space at 61 & Shona Chambers Marketing and being a female business owner myself I felt this was a good opportunity to help show what I do and how I work with many female entrepreneurs and add my voice to this campaign.

Gender Pay Gap

SME loans #WomenInSMEs campaign was launched as a way to shine a light on talented business owners, hoping to inspire young women to take the first step into the world of entrepreneurship.

The inspiring young women over at SME Loans were eager to find out the struggles of female business owners, ranging from the gender pay-gap to access to funding – all while celebrating the achievements and ability to overcome under representation.

19% of SMES are run by Women

Unbelievably, women lead just 19% of SMEs across the UK – and so sparked the #WomenInSMEs campaign. The campaign has already featured some incredible female business owners.

In the interview, we discuss starting up, the financial pressures of running a business and what inspires us to keep going.

Full Interview

You can read the full interview with Stacey over on the SME Loans website here, and catch up with the company’s social media on Twitter and Facebook.

Thanks again to Liz at SME Loans for asking me to feature in this inspiring campaign.

SME Loans SME Loans is a business finance brokerage specialising in alternative funding solutions for small and medium sized enterprises. Collaborating with a panel of dedicated lending experts, their account managers help clients easily secure funding up to £500,000 through unsecured business loans and merchant cash advance.

Twitter: @SME_Loans

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