As the number of women moving into self-employment continues to increase, so too does the need for targeted support, says Julie Kapsalis I’ve always been passionate about encouraging enterprise, and traditionally some of the most effective support has focused on helping women into self-employment, and particularly women with caring responsibilities. Ten years ago I worked with the south east branch of Business Link to develop a programme of workshops called ‘What’s Stopping You’. It focused on pre- start-ups and included sessions on confidence building, networking, finance, marketing and business planning. At the same time, I was appointed as an advisor to the UK women’s enterprise task force to drive forward the number of women-owned businesses. So, what progress has been made? There are some positive signs. Last year Prowess and the women’s budget group published a report entitled ‘Here to stay: women’s self-employment in a (post) austerity era’. This study … (To read the full article, subscribe below)

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Julie Kapsalis is a director at the Institute of Economic Development