The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has announced a partnership with Facebook to encourage more women to get involved in start up businesses.
The SheMeansBusiness partnership follows a major piece of research published by the FSB in April that focused on the enormous untapped potential of female entrepreneurs. In practical terms the tie up will involve developing a series of regional events, resources and networking opportunities to achieve a real boost for women’s entrepreneurship. “We will also lobby Government on tangible policy change to get more women in enterprise and help them grow,” the FSB said.
Earlier in the week, Facebook released research that shows around 2.7 million UK women want to start a business. “This has the potential to create 340,000 new businesses and support 425,000 additional jobs – ultimately unlocking a potential £10.1bn boost to the UK economy,” the report says.
Sandra Dexter, FSB national vice-chair, said: “The world of business is changing. There is now a record number of UK smaller businesses and the self-employed, and at FSB we have seen more and more women set themselves up in business and join us. I’m delighted that FSB is working with Facebook on SheMeansBusiness, a campaign which will be a real boost for female entrepreneurship.”